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Montgomery sets standard in sports facilities Neighboring Prince George’s invests far less in its athletics programs n



The 25 public high schools in Montgomery County with varsity sports teams governed by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association are tied with Baltimore City for the most MPSSAA-sanctioned programs in one school system. Next is neighboring Prince George’s C o u n t y , Each school gets with 22 high schools that participate in Montgomery in varsityfor athletics. level sports. B u t Each school gets even with m o r e schools, and a bigger in Prince George’s for athletics. selection of varsity sports provided to its students, Montgomery has managed to build and maintain better athletic facilities than Prince George’s. While there are exceptions on both sides, and even some similarities, sports facilities appear better overall for Montgomery County students. The

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Developer continues its foray into fashion n Bethesda Row focusing more on clothiers and other stores, less on food BY


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Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2011 alumni Stephen Sawicki and Matt Bookman work out at the school’s track Thursday.

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The Gazette analyzed the athletic facilities at the 47 public high schools in its coverage areas of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

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Many sports, other than football, must travel to train

Comparing the five largest and smallest in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.


The solution seems quite simple: If there is not enough space for something, create more. That, of course, is a lot easier said than done when referring to actual land. As Montgomery County high school athletic programs continue to flourish finding space on campus for all of them to hold daily practices has become an obstacle for athletic directors. Though this is not a completely new issue it has not become any less challenging, county athletic directors agreed. Bethesda-Chevy Chase is home to the county’s smallest campus by far, built on 16 acres of land, according to the Montgomery County Public Schools website — Springbrook’s is the next

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County schools contend with limited practice space

The retail face of Bethesda Row keeps changing, as its developer is moving away from restaurants in favor of clothing and other stores. Clothing retailer Kate Spade has signed a lease to open a store on Bethesda Row, said Stu Biel, leasing associate for Federal Realty Investment Trust of Rockville, which owns the Bethesda Row property. Biel said the company has been trying to bring in more nonfood retailers. “That’s a direction we want to keep going that we’ve gotten momentum on,” he said. Another clothier, Calypso St. Barths, opened Aug. 1 on Bethesda Row after opening a location in Georgetown in Washington in early Febru-

No horse? No problem n

4-H provides a way for Bethesda teen to enjoy and learn equestrian skills BY


Not having her own horse hasn’t stopped one Bethesda girl from participating in 4-H equestrian programs. This week, she’s at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, sharing her enthusiasm with other people who don’t have space for farm animals in their backyards. Margaret Nowack, 15, said she has always liked horses. A family friend who participated in 4-H piqued her interest in joining the horse club. Margaret now leases a horse from a friend in 4-H, which she said isn’t uncommon for the organization.

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‘Don’t be afraid of hard work,’ says former instructor BY



“I think one of the biggest [changes] is the greater demands on teachers,” says Jean Bone, who retired in June after teaching math for 50 years in Montgomery County.

closed, she transferred to Sligo Junior High in Silver Spring — Montgomery County didn’t begin the switch from junior high to middle schools until 1978 — then to Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, and back to middle schools, teaching at Ridgeview in Gaithersburg, Westland in Bethesda, Forest Oak in Gaithersburg and ending her career at Tilden Middle School in North Bethesda. There have been some changes, to


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A half-century ago, Jean Bone borrowed a car and drove from her home in Pennsylvania to Leland Junior High School in Chevy Chase for a job interview.

“A friend told me they had an opening for a math teacher,” she said. “I was hired on the spot.” When school opens this month, Bone will not be in the classroom for the first time in those 50 years, having retired from the county school system at the end of the 2013-14 school year in June. Bone, 75, who lives in Gaithersburg, has taught at schools throughout the county. When Leland Junior High

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put it mildly, over the years, she said. Not only the curriculum has changed significantly, she said, but the use of technology. She said she learned to use a computer for lessons, papers and grades, and to teach using a Promethean board, which connects information on a computer to an interactive whiteboard, learning as she was teaching.

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at 8:30 p.m. Featuring “The Lego Movie,” “Gravity” and “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Free admission. 14th Annual Back to School Jam, 6-8:30 p.m., Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville. DJ, prizes, food and drinks. Free admission; $2 buys a backpack filled with school supplies for city residents. Nature’s Summer Theatre, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Watch birds and bats dance in the sky, hear a concert performed by insects and frogs, and explore a dazzling sunset light show. The evening ends with an outdoor film in the wild theater. Ages 2 and up. $5. Register at www. TGIF Summer Concerts and Movies, 8 p.m., Wheaton Triangle, 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton. Featuring Latin musicians Grupo Latino Continental. Free.

MVFitness Fest, 6-8 p.m., North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road, Montgomery Village. Activites include tennis, team sports skills, fitness challenges and sampler classes. Free. www. Evening Book Discussion, 6:45 p.m., White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Books for discussion are available upon request from the check-out desk. Free. 240-773-9555.

THURSDAY, AUG. 14 BCC Chamber NextExec’s Lunch and Learn Series: Create an Image That Lasts,

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., BCC Chamber Office, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. A program on networking. $12 for members, $18 for non-members.

For Men Only: Picking up the Pieces Through Grieving, 6:30-8 p.m., Montgomery

Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville. A three-session workship for men grieving the loss of a loved one. Free, registration required. 301-921-4400.

SATURDAY, AUG. 16 Walk-In Plant Clinic, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,

Freshfarm Market, Ellsworth Drive between Georgia and Fenton avenues, Silver Spring. University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions; bring full and intact plant and insect samples. Free. 301-590-9650. Kensington Summer Concert, 10-11 a.m., Howard Avenue Park, Kensington. Featuring Brazilian jazz musicians Angie and Carlos Munhoz. Presented by the Kensington Historical Society. Free. www. Saturday Story and Hike, 10-11 a.m., Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, Rockville. A Naturalist will read a story and then lead a hike based on the story. Ages 2-5. $4 for Rockville residents, $6 for non-residents. Cypress Trio, 1-2 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Performing two-steps and waltzes with a variety of instruments and in the Cajun-French language. Free. 240773-9490. Summer Wine And Peach Fest, 2-7 p.m., Historic B&O Rail Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Attendees can also listen to poets recite their works. $29-$39. 301792-9448.

Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association Meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., Stedwick Community

Center, 10401 Stedwick Road, Montgomery Village. A forum for collaborating on activities like educational programs, promotional opportunities and outreach. Wheaton Wildlife Wanderings, 7-8 p.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Walk through the forest, meadow and along the stream or pond looking for animals. Ages 5-12. $5. Register at Planning for Safe Teen Driving, 7:309:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $30. 301-929-8824.

FRIDAY, AUG. 15 Splish-Splash, Drip, Plop, 1-2 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Wade in the water to see what’s swimming, diving and living in the stream. Ages 3-12. $5. Register at www. Comcast Outdoor Film Festival, 5:30-11 p.m., MCPS Board of Education Building Lot, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, continues through Sunday. Music, food, carnival games and inflatables; movie begins




Bethesda Chevy Chase/Greater Silver Spring Chamber Joint Networking Event, 4:30-7:30 p.m.,

Hunter Harris, 3, of Silver Spring drives through the mud at the Power Wheel Mud Bog in the KidZone during the Montgomery County Fair on Friday. Go to clicked.

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Speed networking with cocktails and appetizers. $20 for members and $30 for non-members in advance; $10 more at the door.


SUNDAY, AUG. 17 Carl Henn Millennium Trail Ride, 10 a.m., Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville. A 11-mile loop around the city. Hosted by the Rockville Bike Advisory Committee. Free. Fall Open House, noon-3 p.m., Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Free sample classes and information about upcoming productions. Free.

TUESDAY, AUG. 19 Back in Time at the Harper 1870s Homestead, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Brookside

Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Learn to grind oats, wash clothes by hand, shell corn, make butter, play some old time games and more. Ages 4-12. $6. Register at “Rabbit, Run” Adult Book Discussion, 11 a.m., Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Check out a copy of the book, or reserve a copy several days before the discussion, with your library card. Free. 240-777-0678. Summer Concert Series 2014, 7-9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Featuring U.S. Navy Band “Country Current.” Free. www.

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 Tyke Hikes: Our Finned Friends, 10:3011:15 a.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Take a nature mini-hike and make a craft to take home. Ages 2-3. $5. Register at Lunch and Discover, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ingleside at King Farm Retirement Community, 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville. Learn about the continuing care concept. Free, RSVP requested. 240-499-9019.

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An Aug. 6 article on new mixed-use projects under construction at Twinbrook in Rockville incorrectly referred to Monica Soladay as a spokeswoman for the developer, JBG Cos. of Chevy Chase. Soladay works for Maier & Warner Public Relations/Marketing of Rockville, which handles public relations for JBG. Also, the article omitted some information about the project supplied by JBG, including its rebuttal to criticisms from a neighborhood citizens group. An updated and corrected version is online at A JBG executive also explained the company’s position in a letter to the editor in today’s edition.








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Boloco, a burrito eatery in downtown Bethesda, had some guest workers helping out behind the counter Thursday afternoon. They might have picked up a few tips on making guacamole, but that’s not why U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez of Takoma Park, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) were there. They were there to talk about the minimum wage. “I applaud the efforts of the governor and the county executive for their work on the minimum wage,” Perez said. “Maryland is one of 13 states and the District of Columbia that have raised the minimum wage.” Perez is helping with President Barack Obama’s effort to raise the national minimum wage, now $7.24 per hour, to $10.10, with future increases

indexed to inflation. O’Malley signed legislation this year to increase Maryland’s minimum wage to $10.10 through a series of increases beginning Jan. 1, and reaching $10.10 in 2018. And in November, the Montgomery County Council went further, increasing the county’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour. That increase will be phased in, starting in October and completed in 2017. Boloco of Boston, which has a chain of burrito restaurants, has a starting salary of $9 per hour and an average salary of $11.50, said CEO Patrick Renna. “We pay what we feel is the right amount to start people in the job and the right amount to meet their needs,” Renna said. “Our mission is to positively impact [workers’] lives.” The upside for Boloco is more engaged employees and lower turnover, Renna said. “The true benefit is they’re happy and they’re providing great service,” he said. Kelsey Neydorff recently moved to Bethesda from New Hampshire where, she said, she worked for Boloco. She was happy to be able to transfer to the

Bethesda restaurant. “They just treat everyone fabulous,” she said. “Everyone is a team.” Linda Hudson of Silver Spring said she found her job online and has been with Boloco since it opened two years ago. “My spirit said this is where I should be,” she said. Boloco is a model for the rest of the nation, Perez said, emphasizing the benefits of higher wages and what they mean to the local economy. “We are here today to say, ‘Look what they’ve done ... look at Montgomery County, look at Maryland,’” he said. The restaurant seems to have earned the national attention it is getting. Avory Joseph of Silver Spring said he has worked there for about a year, and the higher wages allowed him to quit a second job and concentrate more on this one. “What they pay you, it makes you feel good,” he said. “It gives you a sense of responsibility. You have to own up to what you are worth.”

Utility says it needs more revenue to replace aging infrastructure BY


Some Montgomery County residents are questioning a proposal by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to increase a maintenance fee and add an infrastructure fee for water and sewage services. The fee changes would be in addition to annual rate increases, which have been as high as 9 percent in recent years. More revenue is needed because costs to replace and maintain aging infrastructure have risen and water consumption has re-

mained flat in the past two decades, despite the utility adding about 70,000 new accounts, said CEO and General Manager Jerry N. Johnson. The idea is to implement a “more predictable” billing system, with the intended result of reducing future rate increases, he said. WSSC has about 1.8 million customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. “Our infrastructure needs are increasing greatly at the same time that less demand for water causes us to have less money to maintain our infrastructure,” Johnson said. “That’s why we need a fixed fee for infrastructure.” But local customers said during an Aug. 6 meeting at the Montgomery County Council

building in Rockville that they are being penalized for installing low-flow toilets and faucets, as well as conserving by watering their lawns less and taking other measures. They noted that bills for households that use less water, including residents living alone, would be affected the most. “First, we were told, ‘Help us save water,’” said Nana Ofei, a Germantown resident. “Now, we are hearing, ‘Oh, you didn’t take too much of my water. You’ve got to pay up.’” Some residents called for the utility to change its rate structure to a uniform one rather than the current 16-tier system that charges customers who use more water higher rates. A seven-member family is charged 59 percent more per gallon than


(From left) Employee Kelsey Neydorff of Bethesda watches U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett make guacamole Thursday at Boloco in Bethesda.

a single-person household, even though the larger family uses about 25 percent less water per person, said Richard D. Boltuck, a Bethesda resident and economist. “Why is WSSC punishing these families with grossly higher prices?” Boltuck asked. Going to a more uniform rate could result in a “tremendous” increase for lower-water users, said Chris Cullinan, WSSC’s acting CFO. But he said it’s an issue officials will review again in the near future. “This is not the end of the discussion,” Cullinan said. The account maintenance fee — which covers the costs of customer meters and other customer service expenses — of $11 per quarter for most residential accounts has not increased since

it began in 1990, Cullinan said. The fee covers only about 70 percent of the costs of maintaining customer accounts, he said. WSSC proposes to raise the rate for most residents by $5 per quarter, although some commercial users will see a reduction in that fee. For example, a customer with a 2-inch meter will see a reduction of $24 per quarter. Most residences have meters of five-eighths of an inch to three-quarters of an inch. The new fixed infrastructure reconstruction fee that WSSC is proposing would be based on a customer’s meter size and go only toward water and sewer pipe reconstruction, not operating expenses, Cullinan said.

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Driver dispute escalated into knife attack BY


David B. Goldberg of Potomac was found guilty Aug. 6 on nine charges stemming from what prosecutors called an extreme case of road rage at Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda in November. “People are entitled to feel safe driving in a shopping mall parking lot,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney John

McCarthy said in a news release after a Circuit Court jury delivered its verdict after deliberating since the night of Aug. 4. “Mr. Goldberg escalated what might have otherwise been a minor traffic dispute to a violent resolution,” McCarthy said. “If you try to run over someone or stab them because of your temper or road rage you will be prosecuted.” The jury cleared Goldberg, 25, of the most serious charges — two counts of attempted first-degree murder — but convicted him of two counts of attempted voluntary

manslaughter. He faces up to 165 years in prison, prosecutors said. Sentencing by Judge Cheryl McCally is set for Dec. 18. On Nov. 14, Goldberg was driving on an access road near the mall parking lot and cut off Clifton Botts and Rachel Peterson, both of Potomac, who honked their horn at him, according to a police report. They had words and Botts and Peterson then parked near the Sears store at the mall and got out of their car. An older woman and young child also were in their car. Goldberg’s young daughter

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was in his car. “David Goldberg drove back towards Botts and Peterson, revved his engine, and then raced towards them while they were out of their vehicle standing in the middle of the parking lot,” the police report stated. “In the process of racing towards Botts and Peterson, David Goldberg either lost control of his car or swerved out of the way and struck a parked vehicle. ... Botts and Peterson were able to get out of the way so they did not get hit.” Goldberg then got out of his car, started fighting with Botts

and stabbed him, police said. In trying to stop the fight, Peterson also was stabbed by Goldberg; she was hospitalized for several days following the attack. Regarding Botts, Goldberg was found guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter, three counts of first-degree assault and one of second-degree assault. For his attacks on Peterson, he was found guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter, two counts of firstdegree assault and one of second-degree assault.

A Kensington singer-songwriter is in the running for awards from the International Music and Entertainment Association. Natalie Jean, a jazz singer, has been nominated for awards in five categories: Best Christian/Gospel Female Artist of The Year, Best Hip Hop/Rap Song, Best Jazz Song, Best Female Pop Artist and Best Spiritual Song, according to a news release from Jean. Winners are selected through a combination of voting by entertainment professionals, association members and fans. Fan voting is open until Aug. 27 at The awards are scheduled to be presented Oct. 4 at a ceremony in Kentucky. More about Jean is at

Campus congrats Several Bethesda and Kensington residents recently received bachelor’s degrees from Salisbury University. • From Bethesda: Thomas England and Carmen Izurieta, communication arts; Garrett Fenton, exercise science; Claudia Marquez, biology; and Diana Misul, political science. • From Kensington: Charles Nicolson, interdisciplinary studies; Daniel Parker, respiratory therapy; and Jacon Stevens, communication arts.

DEATHS June Carlita Brown Beale June Carlita Brown Beale, 47, of Gaithersburg died July 26, 2014. J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Alexander Diatsintos Alexander Diatsintos, 69, of Clarksburg died Aug. 3, 2014. Memorial contributions may be made to local Greek-American soccer teams or greekleague. com.

Doris Lorraine Westberg Doris Lorraine Westberg, 91, of Bethesda died July 18, 2014. Her body was donated to the George Washington University Body Donor Program and her remains will be buried in Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens in Rockville.



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Bethesda Democrat focusing on cyber issues, crime BY


With 12 years of experience under her belt, Del. Susan C. Lee thinks it’s the right time to represent her district in the Senate. Lee, a Bethesda Democrat who has served in the House since 2002, said she can use the relationships she has in the House and the work she has done to advance policy goals in the Senate. “I wanted to use my experience and accomplishments that I’ve gotten over the last 12 years ... to build on that track record and do even more in the Senate for my constituents,” she said. Lee got her chance to run for an open Senate seat in District 16 this year when Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D) of Chevy Chase ran for attorney general. Lee is the deputy majority whip, serves on the House Judiciary Committee, and chairs the Family Law Committee. She counts among her top accomplishments her work with the women’s legislative caucus to de-


Del. Susan C. Lee (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda.

vote funding to rape crisis centers; pass a law to keep people from using mistaken age a defense in child sex crimes; and make kidnapping a child for the purpose of human trafficking a felony. “This will help prosecutors prosecute” human trafficking, she said. Lee has also led commissions and task forces on cybersecurity, telemedicine and nanobiotechnology. She said


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she is considered a leader in passing laws to fight cybercrime and identity theft. As more health records are stored electronically, she said, large-scale identity theft is a greater risk. “It’s so easy now with technology to hack into a computer and steal” health records,” she said, adding that stolen health records could lead to misdiagnoses and incorrect drug charges. Cyber innovation also holds promise, however, and Lee said she wants to propose legislation to keep bioscience entrepreneurs in the state. Maryland could give innovators help commercializing their inventions, she said, or by giving tax credits to industries, or simply streamlining state processes that are cumbersome. Like many legislative hopefuls, Lee expects education funding to continue to be a priority. She said the state can ensure kindergarten through 12thgrade funding and expand prekindergarten funding, as well as keep college affordable. “We’ve made our tax system fairer, more progressive,” she said. “... We need to cut waste and duplication so that we can streamline processes” in

the government, while balancing the budget. Maryland has an opportunity to build on the innovation already happening in the state as the home to numerous federal agencies as well as science companies and colleges, Lee said, and legislators should prioritize support for those industries. “We could be the epicenter of cybersecurity, as well as life sciences,” she said. “We could create all sorts of different jobs.” Lee said she thinks she can do more in the Senate, which is smaller than the House, and forge bipartisan coalitions. “I’ve worked with [the senators] before, and I know that now that I will be over there, I can work with them even more,” she said. Lee is running against Republican Meyer Marks to represent District 16, which covers Bethesda, Chevy Chase and part of Potomac. More about Lee and other candidates is in The Gazette’s 2014 voters guide at vg2014gz.

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A grand jury on Thursday indicted a Montgomery County police officer on one count of perjury, the police department said. The charge is related to Officer Colin W. O’Brien’s testimony in a drug paraphernalia trial on Feb. 3. Police said in a news release that they received a complaint about the accuracy of O’Brien’s testimony. Detectives from the 1st District Investigative Section were assigned

to look into the allegation. Perjury is a misdemeanor carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. O’Brien has been suspended with pay since June 5 and will remain suspended while the case is adjudicated, the department said. He was hired on July 14, 2008, and is assigned to the 3rd District in Silver Spring, according to the department. Maryland’s online court record system lists O’Brien as 30 years old and living in Columbia. A scheduling hearing in the case is set for Aug. 22.

InBrief AARP offering driving class at Davis Library AARP will present its Smart Driver course from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda. Participants can tune up their driving skills, learn safe driving strategies and update their knowledge of the rules of the road. The instructor will provide information about normal age-related physical changes and how to compensate for these changes, according to a news release from the library. Each student completing the class will receive a certificate; some insurance companies charge cheaper premiums for drivers with the certificate. Space is limited and registration is required at The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The fee will be collected at the class. AARP members should bring their membership cards, and each student should bring a check payable to AARP and a pen. To request a sign language interpreter, email Montgomery County Public Libraries at, at least three business days before the class. For more information, call 240-7770922

Bethesda archaeological site on Maryland Public Television A PBS show Tuesday is sheduled to highlight a North Bethesda archaeological site. An episode of “Time Team America” about archaeological excavations at Josiah Henson Park is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. on MPT2. A documentary team and archaeologists visited the park about two years ago, The Gazette reported at the time. The team looked for evidence of what the Riley Farm would have looked like when it was a slave plantation in the 1800s. The Rev. Josiah Henson was a slave there from 1795 to 1830, when he escaped to Canada. Henson’s autobiography became an inspiration for the abolitionist novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”


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For Rockville family, ‘there are no answers’

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When Elaine Weinstein would visit her husband, Warren, in Pakistan, life was a whirlwind of activity. They visited almost all the major cities there, and when they weren’t traveling, their home in Lahore was always full of visitors coming and going. “Our house was like Grand Central Station,” Weinstein said. Her husband loved Pakistan since he first went there in 2004, loving the food, music and culture and acquiring a wide variety of friends, she said. “He was practically Pakistani,” Weinstein said. But Warren Weinstein, 73, was kidnapped Aug. 13, 2011, in Lahore by members of al-Qaida, four days before he was scheduled to return to the home in Rockville where he and Elaine have lived since 1977. Now, it’s been three years since Elaine has heard from the man who used to call her every night, no matter where he was in the world during a lifetime of traveling and working to help other people. He always sent them postcards from wherever he went, said their daughter Jennifer Coakley of Clarksburg. On each one, he wrote incredible descriptions about what he was doing, as well as lessons and facts about wherever he was, she said. And he always picked out the most beautiful local stamps, sometimes buying several cheaper stamps so that he could get more on each postcard, she said. He always came home at least twice a year, Coakley said, and when he couldn’t come home he tried to Skype with her children, ages 6 and 10, as often as possible. Even though their father was so far away, often on the other side of the world, it never felt like that, said Elaine and Warren’s other daughter, Alisa Weinstein of Chicago. Because of his previously frequent communications, the worst part since his kidnapping has been the “utter and complete silence,” she said. They have seen him once, in a video released Dec. 25, in which he looked bearded and haggard as he asked President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to take the steps necessary to secure his release. At first, she and her daughters were relieved to see the video and know he was alive, but then they saw what he looked like and were “extremely distressed,” Elaine Weinstein said.

Her husband is usually very animated when he talks, she said, but in the video he sits very still as he talks into the camera. But she takes comfort in the fact that he was coherent. Alisa Weinstein said the possibility of her father being kidnapped had crossed her mind, but she was more concerned about him flying regularly and driving on rural roads in foreign countries. She had told him about a month before his kidnapping that she was worried about him, but he waved off her concerns. Warren Weinstein was working for J.E. Austin Associates of Arlington, Va., at the time of his kidnapping, after previously having worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, along with other organizations. Austin Associates advises governments, nonprofits and others on how to grow their businesses and increase competitiveness. Neither the company nor the State Department returned calls seeking comment. Rep. John Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac has been vocal in his efforts to get Weinstein, one of his constituents, released. In June, Delaney introduced a House resolution calling on the Obama administration to use “all the lawful tools at its disposal” to get Weinstein home and to make the safe return of all U.S. citizens abroad a “top priority.” Delaney said Friday he has regular discussions with the State Department and the FBI about Weinstein, and is press-

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 • Between July 25 and 28 at The Walker Group, 4720 Montgomery Ave., Bethesda. Unknown entry, took property. Residential Burglary • 3400 block of Murdock Road, Kensington, between 10:30 a.m. and 11:50 p.m. July 24. Forced entry, took property. • 46300 block of Owen Place, Bethesda, between July 25 and 27. No forced entry, took property. • 8500 block of Garfield Street, Bethesda, between 10:30 p.m. and midnight July 27. Took property from an open garage. • 4700 block of Oxbow Road, Rockville, between midnight and 2 a.m. July 28. No forced entry, took property. Theft • On July 21 at 6 p.m. at Giant, 5400 Westbard Ave., Bethesda. The subjects took property from the victim. Vehicle Larceny • Five incidents in commercial lots along Rockville Pike between July 20 and 29. Forced entry, took loose items. • 7400 block of Denton Road, Bethesda, at 1:20 p.m. July 21. Forced entry, took purse. • Four incidents in the Glen Echo area of Bethesda on July 24 or 25. Took loose items. Affected streets include Newbold, Newmarket and Westfield drives.


(From left) Jennifer Coakley of Clarksburg, Elaine Weinstein of Rockville and Alisa Weinstein of Chicago stand next to a tree with three yellow ribbons in front of Elaine Weinstein’s Rockville home. The ribbons each represent one year of captivity for Warren Weinstein, husband of Elaine and father of Jennifer and Alisa,. He was kidnapped in Pakistan by members of al-Qaida on Aug. 13, 2011. DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE

ing them to do all they can in the case. He’s convinced the administration is doing all it can, but conceded that it’s difficult to quantify. “The only thing I can judge is whether he’s home,” Delaney said. Along with pushing his own government to do more to get Weinstein home, Delaney said, he wants the Pakistani government to make sure it’s doing everything it can and said his office isn’t sure that’s the case.

“I think it’s our view that they could do more,” Delaney said. Elaine Weinstein said the family is thankful to Delaney, as well as Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D) of Baltimore and Benjamin Cardin (D) of Pikesville for their support. But the family can only hope the government is doing all that it can to get her husband home. “We have to take it on faith,” she said. Delaney said he doesn’t believe the political firestorm unleashed when the administration

negotiated the release of captive Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl held in Afghanistan by the Taliban has changed White House’s interest in getting Weinstein home. The administration’s decision to release five Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to secure Bergdahl’s release brought rebukes from Republicans. Delaney said he can’t speak publicly about much of the information he’s received about Weinstein’s case, but he’s re-

ceived no insight into why Weinstein was captured. Weinstein has been a lifelong public servant working on aid projects all over the world, and Delaney said he’s seen nothing in his portfolio to indicate why he may have been a target. Alisa Weinstein said her family can only speculate about why her father was taken. “That’s the thing that causes a lot of distress is that there are no answers,” she said.


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Rockville Science Center now on Johns Hopkins campus Center, university looking to work together on programs




The Rockville Science Center has found a temporary office home in the midst of an ongoing search for a permanent facility. The science center’s administrative office, previously at the VisArts at Rockville center, moved this month to the Johns Hopkins University’s campus in Rockville. Former Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, a member of the nonprofit

center’s board, said the move won’t disrupt its programming. The center “is more of a virtual activity” that doesn’t currently require a building of its own to host its “repertoire of action,” she said. “We’ve got so many activities that are not necessarily in a permanent space,” she said. Those activities include science cafe seminars, robotics competitions and tours of the Chesapeake Bay and science institutions such as the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. The relocation will, however, mean that the center will be in close proximity to an institution holding similar interests and potentially helpful figures.

“It’s going to bring us closer to Johns Hopkins,” Marcuccio said. “Anything we do in science, we are now going to be in walking distance, perhaps, with the experts.” She said the center signed a yearlong lease for the office space that three or four part-time employees will use. Leslie Weber, interim executive director of the Johns Hopkins campus, said the university previously did not have a formal relationship with the center, though some of its graduate students have led science cafe seminars. The university is “certainly looking at opportunities to do more together” when it comes to existing programs,

Weber said. Johns Hopkins instructors might get involved along with the graduate students in the cafe seminars, she said. The university also might incorporate activities the science center has developed in the campus’ Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day for area middle school students. While a temporary administrative home is secured, Marcuccio said, the center is continuing a search for a permanent site and “open to all sorts of possibilities” in the city. One site of current interest, she said, is the two main barns in the King Farm community. Plans for the new facility include ar-

eas for hands-on activities, workshops and labs for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics; an auditorium with multimedia equipment for programs and presentations; and space where science groups can meet. The facility also would host programs such as cafe seminars, robotics leagues and summer camps. The center is raising funds to add to a $75,000 bond bill the General Assembly approved in April for the facility. “We’re at the tip of doing that at this point,” Marcuccio said.

InBrief C&O Canal seeks educators for programs


The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park seeks local educators for new programs at Great Falls in Potomac. The C&O Canal Trust, the park’s nonprofit partner, will offer a daily stipend. A training workshop will be held for new recruits Sept. 3-5 at the C&O Canal Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd. The park and Montgomery County Public Schools have developed new education programs for elementary, middle and high school students. The programs support national and state curriculum standards. During the field trips, each class will work on science, technology, engineering and math activities tailored to its grade level. Complementary classroom and online activities will focus on vocabulary, reading and writing. Bus scholarships are available to help schools afford transportation. To apply for the position or schedule a field trip, contact the C&O Canal Education Office at



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encourages middle school girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and math. Hamman said the program is working to locally address an issue that also appears on a national level. He cited a recent University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee survey that found that women make up


Valerie Lehmann and Joyce Chung said they have seen something important missing from the engineering program at their Rockville high school: girls. Male students significantly outnumber female students, they say, and the two rising sophomores at Col. Zadok Magruder High School have constructed a solution they hope will help bridge the gap. Starting this fall, Valerie and Joyce will lead as co-presidents an after-school program for girls at Magruder called Young Women in Engineering. The teens — both students in Magruder’s Academy of Engineering — said they hope to draw in about 10 female students this fall for the program, which Valerie said will include “a lot of hands-on activities.” Valerie said a strength of their program is that they will mentor the participants as fellow girls of a similar age. A Magruder teacher will help advise their work and the teens also hope to invite real-world engineers to lend their expertise. Joyce said they will “try to get [girls] interested and let everyone know that engineering is possible for girls and it’s actually really fun.” Another goal is to show how engineering can be used to help others, she said. This past school year, Valerie and Joyce said, they were the only freshman girls in a handful of female students in their principles of engineering class that had 25 to 30 students. Several of those girls don’t plan to continue in the engineering program, Valerie said. Valerie said it’s “unfortunate” there aren’t more girls in her school’s program because she thinks her female peers are missing out on an interesting subject involving math, creativity and design. She said she also thinks girls bring a different perspective to the field.


Valerie Lehmann (left), 14, and Joyce Chung, 15, with a robotic car that was built last year in their engineering class at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville. “I feel like a lot of females are daunted or afraid of getting into engineering,” she said. She thinks some girls might feel like they have to prove themselves if they are in a class that is mostly guys, she said, or they might be intimidated by the math involved. To recruit program participants, Joyce said, they are putting up fliers and posters around their school and emailing the area middle schools that feed into Magruder. When school starts, they also plan to visit classrooms to get the word out, she said. Amy Gensemer — supervisor of science, technology and engineering for Montgomery County Public Schools — said there is a disproportionate number of girls across the district’s nine high school engineering programs. In the 2012-13 school year, she said, about 40.4 percent of the students in those Project Lead The Way programs were girls. A county-level advisory board that includes industry and higher-education members will continue to meet this school year to discuss how to get students interested in engineering and keep them in the programs — a goal that will involve

increasing female enrollment, Gensemer said. Gensemer said she thinks there are “a whole number of factors” that contribute to girls not participating in engineering classes. In part, engineering can be taught in a way that attracts boys more than girls when civil, electrical and manufacturing components are emphasized more than environmental and biomedical elements, she said. John Hamman, Montgomery College’s dean of math and statistics, oversees the college’s Sonya Kovalevsky Program that


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about 20 percent of the country’s college engineering graduates and 11 percent of practicing engineers. Many math and science classrooms are designed with a “competitive approach,” he said, which he thinks appeals more to boys than girls. He said he’s glad to see more collab-

orative work taking place in the county school system and at the college. “I think there is some cultural stigma that still exists about what girls and women do and what occupations they’re doing,” he said.


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Shadee Perry modeled a blue mermaidstyle evening gown with an embellished bodice and coordinating scarf as she walked the runway Saturday evening. An aisle between cakes and quilts entered in competition at the Montogmery County fairgrounds may not have been the most conventional spot for a fashion show, but onlookers lining the runway didn’t seem to mind. That morning, the blue dress was just fabric. Faith Patino, Shadee Perry and Kenya Perry, all from the Gaithersburg area, started sewing at 9 a.m. to finish their creation in time for the runway show at 6 p.m. The trio was one of five teams competing in Project G Street at this year’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Groups got a country music CD, fabric and nine hours to sew a complete outfit inspired by country music and the fair’s theme this year, “Country in the Air.” For Christine and Emily Evans, who were on a team with their mother, Kathy Evans, a break-up song by Sarah Evans was the inspiration for combining a blue shimmery tunic and white capris.


Grace De Oro, 19, of Montgomery Village sews a dress Saturday in Project G Street at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg.

“Our outfit is supposed to be for a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man,” Emily said with a laugh. Christine said the team wanted to sew something with strong contrasts between the top and the bottom to project confidence. Her team was also the only group that made pants, rather than a skirt, for its outfit, but it was still meant to look grownup and professional. “It’s the opposite of cutesy,” Christine

said. The Evans family has participated in the contest in all three years it has been held, and Kathy said her daughters had progressed from her teaching them about patterns to them running the show. “It’s been three years of growth in sewing,” she said. When the results came in, Team Pin It to Win It took first place for a little black dress with a removable sheer overskirt inspired by a Martina McBride song. Shelly Geasler of Frederick County, who was on the team with her daughters, Bailey and Jamie Roe, said this was their first year in the Project G Street contest, but the girls had participated in 4-H in the past. “Usually they do 4-H projects and I can’t help them,” she said. In addition to the dress, the group made a coordinating necklace and hair accessory, which the judges said they liked. “We were done early, but we kept working,” Jamie said. For their first-place win, the team took home a $300 gift certificate to G Street Fabrics, which provided fabric for the contest. The runners-up also received gift certificates. The Evans family placed third, and Patino’s team came in fifth. The fair runs through Saturday.

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The blue-and-white vehicle parked at the entrance to the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair might look like your average city bus, but it’s way more than that. It’s a rapid transit vehicle on its way to Denver and it’s what transit advocates hope is a glimpse at the future of transportation in the county. “Oh, my goodness, these buses. They’re not, if you will, your father’s bus. They’re not your average bus,” County Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said Monday. “This is going to be a way for people to get around that they say, ‘Thank you. I don’t want to drive.’” Outfitted with 57 vibrantly colored seats, a lower deck and multiple boarding points, the two-car vehicle that’s parked outside the fair this week is designed to move more people more quickly than a conventional bus. Provided by Communities for Transit, a

Silver Spring nonprofit that supports rapid transit as a response to the county’s traffic woes, the display aims to make the proposed system tangible for fairgoers. “We want people to see this because I think it reflects what the future is about,” County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Monday when he stopped by the display. “It is not just a hope that we will join the other communities across the country, 20 or so, [that have rapid transit systems]. We will, in fact, join them.” “We cannot, we cannot — I’m emphasizing this — we cannot provide the prosperity, the movement, to ensure our future so long as we’re in single vehicles in Montgomery County,” Leggett continued. “We have to go to this system.” Lawmakers promised an ambitious timeline for rolling out rapid transit. Berliner, chairman of the Transportation Infrastructure Energy and Environment Committee, committed to have at least portions of the system operating in the next four years. “In the next four years, we are going to make this happen,” he said. “This cannot just be a plan. This just can’t be pretty pictures.”

However, Tom Street, the county’s assistant chief administrative officer, said it could take a few years just to complete conceptual design studies underway for a few of the 10 planned corridors. The county approved a planned network of 10 rapid transit corridors — in addition to the 15-mile Corridor Cities Transitway — as part of the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan. Studies are underway for the Corridor Cities Transitway, Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road, as well as Md. 355 and U.S. 29. Councilman Marc B. Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park, hailed as the “father” of rapid transit in the county, proposed the idea eight years ago. “We need another way to move people,” he said. Planned growth and development cannot happen under the transportation status quo, as “it is physically impossible,” he said. “This gives us our best shot at building a system, not just a line, but a system that moves people from where they live to where they work and does it in an economically efficient and responsible way,” Elrich said.

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FAIR SCHEDULE Here’s a partial schedule of events for the remainder of this year’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Many events are recurring throughout the fair but aren’t listed daily here. A complete schedule is at Fair gates are open 10 a.m. to midnight, with the carnival open noon to midnight. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13 Free admission for children 11 and younger. Carnival Megapass one-day ride wristbands are $15 for all ages. Wristbands must be purchased from noon to 5 p.m. on-site to ride until midnight. All day, every day: Old MacDonald’s Barn & Mooo-ternity Ward (Barn #10) 10:15 a.m.-1 p.m.: 4-H Junior Promotion and Gymkhana Show (games on horseback), Horse Arena 11 a.m.: Raptors Birds of Prey Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 1, 4, 8 p.m.: A Grizzly Experience, upper grounds noon-5 p.m.: Monster Truck rides, Grandstand 3, 6:30 p.m.: Agricadabra, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 3, 6 p.m.: Puppetone Rockers, KidZone 3:30 p.m.: Hermit crab races, sponsored Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 7:30 p.m.: Monster Truck Madness, Grandstand

THURSDAY, AUG. 14 Military Day: Free admission for active military in uniform or with a valid military ID. 11 a.m.: Raptors Birds of Prey Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park noon-5 p.m.: Monster Truck rides, Grandstand 1, 4, 8 p.m.: A Grizzly Experience, upper grounds 2:30, 4:30, 8 p.m.: Extreme Illusions Magic Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 7 p.m.: Special contest — refrigerator pickles, Home Arts

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7:30 p.m.: Monster Truck Madness, Grandstand 8 p.m.: Dairy Supreme Champion Show, Cattle Show Pavilion (Bldg. #16)

FRIDAY, AUG. 15 11 a.m.: Raptors Birds of Prey Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Celtic Cross, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 1, 4, 8 p.m.: A Grizzly Experience, upper grounds 5, 6:30, 8 p.m.: Fame NASCAR Racing, near Cheese Booth (Building #7) 7:30 p.m.: Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union Demolition Derby Night of Destruction, Grandstand

SATURDAY, AUG. 16 10 a.m.: Lawn and garden tractor pull, Grandstand 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m.: Agricadabra, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park noon: Texas Longhorn Show, Cattle Show Pavilion (Bldg. #16) 12:30, 2, 5:30, 7:30 p.m.: Pig Races, Racing Park 2 p.m.: Special Contest — homemade cheese, Home Arts (Bldg. #6) 5 p.m.: 4-H Fashion Show and awards, Heritage (Garden Room) 6:30 p.m.: Capital Dog Training Club, Cattle Show Pavilion (Bldg. #16) 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Top Tones, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 7 p.m.: “Evening With the Stars,” meet award winners in Home Arts Building (Bldg. #6) 7:30 p.m.: Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union Demolition Derby Night of Destruction, Grandstand 9 p.m.: Brad Matchett: Comedy Hypnotist Show, Racing Park Stage


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spending much of her time at the county fair. She is participating in competitions and horse shows, as well as spending some time in the barns talking to the public about horses. One of her favorite things about the fair is being able to share what she knows about horses with visitors, she said, as many of them don’t see farm animals very often. “It’s just a lot of fun to be able to participate in the fair and show the animals to the public,” she said. “... When they ask questions, it’s nice to be able to answer and inform them.” The fair runs through Saturday.

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For more than 10 years, Col. Zadok Magruder High School girls volleyball coach Scott Zanni and former Sherwood coach Bonnie Gilchrist have run a summer volleyball camp in conjunction with the Olney Boys and Girls Club, a non-profit youth sports organization. With a variety of age-group and talent-level offerings, the annual multisession event has expanded and in turn, so has the need to acquire gymnasium space. “We’ve been at a lot of different places over the years like Sherwood

[High], Farquhar [Middle], Rosa Parks [Middle], Watkins Mill [High] and Walter Johnson [High],” Zanni said. “We’ve always had to rent them.” The camp, like every other community organization wishing to use space at one of the county’s public high schools, must submit an application, receive approval and rent from the Community Use of Public Facilities’ Interagency Coordinating Board. Sports and non-athletic facilities — inside and out — are secured by an hourly fee that varies based upon the renting location and type and age-group of the organization (the school system, non-profits and youth groups receive priority), according Ginny Gong, the executive director of CUPF. Historical users, such as the volleyball camp, also receive priority.

“The schools are just one big piece of managing community use in public space and government buildings,” Gong said. “... We have over 6,000 user groups that represent sports, home-owner associations, the scouts, religious activities and a whole variety of school activities. “And through policy established by ICB ... there is a pecking order. The schools always get first crack.” Montgomery County Public Schools sanctioned events, such as athletic contests and tournaments, do not have to rent space; they only are required to pay for building service workers and/or security staff at a rate of $29.50/hour and $32.50/hour, respectively, according to the CUPF’s website. “We have a partnership with ICB,” Gaithersburg High School Athletic Director Jason Woodward said. “We all let

ICB know when our athletic events are so they know what days are available to the community organizations.” For a non-profit organization and/ or a county resident wanting to rent one of Montgomery County Public Schools’ synthetic turf fields at Richard Montgomery, Walter Johnson or Thomas S. Wootton high schools, the rate would be $125/hour (with light use it goes up to $160/hour), according to the CUPF website. A commercial for-profit entity and non-county resident could pay $200/hour ($235/hour with lights). At a Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning-managed field, such as Montgomery Blair High School and Fairland Regional Park, the rates per hour are between $100-185. For natural grass locations, the hourly cost is spread between $50-210, provided the


Continued from Page A-1 smallest at 25.1 acres. The Barons have precisely two fields, the lower stadium field and an upper field that has two backstops for baseball and softball to share in the spring.

Keep off the grass

The court at Damascus was installed in 1950 and the one at Wootton was installed in 1970. Most hardwood basketball courts in the United States are made from dense maple with a smaller number made from a maple-oak hybrid. According to, a leading trade publication, to maintain a floor properly schools should: • Dust mop the floor daily.

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• Clean the floor regularly with a solution recommended by the finish manufacturer. • Screen and recoat the floor at least once a year.


Continued from Page A-1 biggest reason for this is Montgomery puts more money into its athletics. Montgomery County Public Schools allocated $7.8 million to its athletics which represented about .35 percent of its $2.23 billion operating budget the last fiscal year. Prince George’s County Public Schools allocated nearly $4.4 million to athletics, which is only .26 percent of the county’s $1.687 billion budget from last year. While Prince George’s has struggled to squeeze funds into basic maintenance needs, Montgomery has been able to stay on top of potential issues. Take gym floors for example. Between Prince George’s and Montgomery County high schools, Damascus High School has the oldest basketball court. It hasn’t been replaced since the school was built in 1950. But Butch Marshall, the boys basketball coach at Damascus, said that the court is fine and doesn’t pose any problems. “They [county maintenance] maintain it really well,” Marshall said. “The floor itself is old and everything else like that, but like I said they re-do the surface twice a year so that really helps.” He said they put a new sealcoat on the floor in the summer, then once again in the winter. In addition, the bleachers are electric, and slide in and out without a problem. “It’s pretty nice considering its age,” Marshall said. In contrast, the second oldest gym floor between the two counties is in Beltsville, at High Point High School. It was laid in 1953, and their boys basketball coach Rodney Lewis said its been a constant problem every year that he has been there. Prince George’s maintenance puts a new coat down once a year during the summer. And the coat is worn off by the time basketball season comes around in the winter, causing his players to slip. They also have heating and lighting issues in the gym. MCPS allocated an average of $65,000 to each high school’s


The court at Damascus High School’s gymnasium is the oldest in either Montgomery or Prince George’s counties, being installed in 1950.



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The average age for a hardwood basketball court at a Montgomery County public high school is 13 years old. In Prince George’s County, that number is 21. Two schools in Montgomery County have courts that are much older than the average, Damascus and Thomas S. Wootton, according to information provided by athletic directors and the school system.

• Sand down, reseal, paint and refinish the floor every 10 to 15 years.

individual school grants permission prior CUPF review. Renting a gymnasium ranges from $10/hour to $72/hour depending on the time, day and type of organization. A full list of fees and rental rates can be found on the CUPF website at www. “If someone like [the Damascus Sports Association] wanted to play games at Damascus High School they would have to ask the [athletic director] if it was OK and then work with ICB,” said MCPS Director of System-Wide Athletics Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, who added that community members are free to walk or run around high school tracks when other events are not scheduled.


athletics department last year, with the exact amount depending on how big a school is and average gate receipts over a three-year period. School’s that generate more money, receive a smaller allocation. On average, MCPS schools spent about $155,000 on things such as maintenance, equipment, officials, uniforms, transportation, security and other miscellaneous items. “The additional income that schools generate to cover the gap between the athletic allocation they receive and actual expenses come from a combination of sources, including gate receipts [which schools retain], fundraisers, booster clubs, playoffs and various supplements,” said Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, the MCPS director of systemwide athletics. While Montgomery gives schools more financial freedom to spend, PGCPS maintains the majority of spending power, allocating just $17,000 to each of its high schools’ athletics departments. That money goes toward smaller, indoor maintenance needs and miscellaneous expenses. The central office is in charge of paying for major maintenance issues, transportation, uniforms and officials.

One of the athletic facility projects each county is currently facing is the installation of artificial turf fields at high schools. Once again, money is the difference in why Montgomery’s is moving faster than Prince George’s in installation. Currently, there are six schools with artificial turf in Montgomery, with a seventh planned to be installed by next spring at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. MCPS has used a combination of booster clubs and private-organizations to help pay for the almost $1 million up-front cost of these fields, in exchange for preferred use. Oxon Hill High School begins play this season on the first artificial turf field at a Prince George’s County public high school. The county plans to add turf to two other high schools by next summer: Gwynn Park in Brandywine and Henry A. Wise in Upper Marlboro. Prince George’s needed state money for the projects and is seeking alternative sources of funding for future turf fields. They also plan on adding stadium lights to each new field with turf. Prince George’s currently has just three schools with stadium lights. All 25 schools in Montgomery have stadium

lights. “A backlog of capital improvement projects due to inadequate funding has affected the county’s ability to devote funds to stadium lights,” said Max Pugh, the PGCPS acting communications officer. But every athletic facility discrepancy doesn’t come down to money, at least not directly. The average year of when the combined 47 schools between the two counties were built or re-built is 1981. Seventeen Prince George’s schools were built before that year. Only four Montgomery high school’s fall into that category: Damascus, Poolesville, Seneca Valley, and Thomas S. Wootton. The relative modernness of Montgomery’s high schools could play a factor in why 21 of 25 have a dedicated wrestling and trainer’s room, while 21 of 22 Prince George’s schools go without at least one, and in some cases both. And every Montgomery high school has a second gym while 12 Prince George’s schools do not. Marshall, said the second gym makes things easier when trying to accommodate a junior varsity and varsity team for both the girls and boys basketball programs. Two of the three schools that don’t have training and wrestling rooms in Montgomery happen to be the third and fourth oldest schools in the county: Poolesville High School, which was renovated in 1976, and Seneca Valley High School, which was built in 1974 in Germantown. Seneca Valley joins 16 Prince George’s schools as the only Montgomery school that doesn’t have restrooms at its football stadium. According to David Lever, executive director of the Maryland State Board of Public Works Interagency Committee on School Construction, the age of the school could play a factor in why some facilities don’t have certain athletic amenities. “[To have some athletic facilities] certainly isn’t a requirement. It’s just one of those things most schools have.”

One reason space is so limited is the need to stay off grass stadium fields on non-game days to keep them playable. B-CC Athletic Director Jim Tapley said between games and practices a grass stadium field would be completely torn up within a few short weeks. Athletic directors agreed the easiest solution would be the installation of turf fields, which could endure the wear and tear of practices and games without damage to the playing surface. There are currently six schools with turf stadium fields. The synthetic grass surface would also help alleviate some of the scheduling conflicts that occur when inclement weather hits as the turf surface is much less affected.

Football in the outfield At many schools, football is the only team to practice on campus during the fall season because transporting the equipment sleds and everything required to run football practice — pads and helmets, among other things — would be difficult, Rockville athletic director Mike Hayes said. However, most football teams’ “practice fields” are actually just the outfield of the softball or baseball diamonds. “It certainly impacts the play of our outfield, balls take the Damascus bounce, it’s a very tough field to field on,” said Steve Kachadorian, who stepped down following the spring season as Damascus’ softball coach. “There are a ton of divots. They’re essentially working on a 50-yard field so we’re not talking about a lot of room to spread the damage out, it’s going to be concentrated.” In the fall many field hockey teams play and practice on the outfields of baseball fields.

On the road again In addition to costing programs money that could be used elsewhere — athletic di-

“Coaches and athletes have to bring water with them, and ice, and the first aid supplies.” Joe Doody, Damascus High School athletic director rectors must acquire permits for satellite locations — offsite practices present a myriad of other challenges, including transportation, accessibility to restroom facilities and safety protocol. Getting to and from practice comes down to studentathletes with driver’s licenses and parents’ daily commitment to transporting athletes. Even if funds were available, school buses are unavailable while making their afterschool rounds and that’s when most practices take place, Tapley said. While some satellite practice locations are within walking distance, athletic directors said they still worry about athletes crossing major thoroughfares. And athletic directors agreed they would like to limit the time spent in cars with student drivers, anyway. B-CC girls soccer seniors Denali Minnick and Rachel Cady agreed practicing on campus would be much more convenient and would provide a better playing surface but said the team has turned carpooling into a prosperous team bonding experience. The county requires every team to have an automated external defibrillator onsite, Damascus High School Athletic Director Joe Doody said, which means coaches must make sure to bring portable AEDs everywhere they go. “We use a field at the elementary school but that doesn’t mean kids will be able to get into the building to use the restroom or get water at a vending machine,” Doody said. “Coaches and athletes have to bring water with them, and ice, and the first aid supplies. We have portable AEDs so those teams offsite have to remember to take those with them to every practice.”


Springbrook High School practices on one of the smallest campuses in the county. Some teams have to practice at different sites.


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Winning attitude starts with winning look, some say n

Booster clubs help some schools upgrade their equipment faster BY


Look good. Feel good. Play good. It’s an adage that has Montgomery County high schools dipping into their athletic budgets so their football players can shine under the Friday night lights. County schools averaged about $8,725 in football equipment expenditures last year, according to Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, the school system’s director of systemwide athletics. Football uniforms, renewed at most county teams on three- to four-year cycles, can account for a significant portion of that. At Kensington’s Albert Einstein High School, the school paid $6,000 for 100 new home and road uniforms, said firstyear coach Neal Owens. “To me it represents a lot. A new look, a new attitude, hopefully a turnaround season,” said senior Damien Monroe, who wore used uniforms the past three seasons. “We kind of like the brand-new type of look and it definitely makes you feel bet-


Albert Einstein High School football players Leeland Rowe (right) and Spencer Fye try on new uniforms July 28 at the Kensington school. ter.” Einstein’s sizable purchase isn’t just the cost of looking good. It’s the cost of playing well, too. According to Stephany Coakley, director at Maximum Mental Training Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based psy-

chology consulting firm, there is research suggesting that new attire can have a positive impact on performance. “In order to perform at a high level, you have to be confident and have self-esteem. And the way you look will facilitate

or debilitate your level of confidence,” Coakley said. Coaches and players echoed Coakley’s sentiments. “When they feel that they look good and they got the new uniforms and everything’s all bright and shiny, they’re go-

ing to come out with a swagger,” said Greg Kellner, coach of Bethesda’s Walter Johnson High School. “… That is something that the kids, they all talk about it.” County high schools averaged about $155,000 in total athletic expenditures during the 2013-14 academic year and all of them were provided sufficient, certified football safety equipment, according to Beattie. But there were discrepancies between the teams: average football expenditures ranged from $13,000 to $31,000 (average $21,000 for all county high schools), and booster club income ranged from $0 to $61,500 ($22,300 average), he said. “Some may be at a position where they can update things more frequently than others, but competitive disadvantages? I say absolutely not,” Beattie said. The Albert Einstein High School Sports Booster Club’s annual expenditures are about $25,000 — most going to uniforms, according to club president Mike Etherton. He said that if a team has a certain need, regardless of the sport, the booster club works with the school to purchase the equipment.

At John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, where the booster club is inactive, football coach Carlos Smith said the team has difficulty meeting some equipment demands. “We can get A, B, C and D but you might not get E, F,” Smith said. Springbrook High School faces similar challenges, said football coach Adam Bahr. The Springbrook Athletic Booster Club, which in past years has paid for new lights and video equipment, has a goal of raising about $10,000 for the upcoming year, said club co-president Rachel Spangenberg. “Fundraising in our community is extremely difficult, and the budget, to my understanding, doesn’t even come close to covering all the costs to all the teams,” said Bahr, a third-year coach at the Silver Spring school. Springbrook received 150 new football uniforms after winning a contest run by professional football player Pierre Garçon, but if not for the free uniforms, Bahr said, “We would be in tough shape.”

Private funding helps build better facilities Several state grants also available to help fund projects




Montgomery County Park and Planning maintains the baseball and softball fields at James H. Blake High School in Silver Spring, site of this American Legion game between Cissel Saxon Post 41 (Lawrence Johnson) and Wheaton Post 76 (Zeke Green) on July 1. Most public high schools, however, must maintain their athletic fields themselves.

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At most Montgomery County public high schools, coaches and athletic directors put in a lot of individual time and effort to keep athletic fields not only playable, but in excellent condition. Take for instance Germantown’s Seneca Valley High School, an athletics program that has enjoyed a lot of success, winning more state football championships than any other school in Maryland. According to Athletic Director Jesse Irvin, he and the coaches mow the grass and line the fields themselves. The football field at Seneca Valley consists of Bermuda grass, which is supplied by a private outside landscaping company, the Brickman Group. But once the sod is put down, it is up to Irvin and his coaches to maintain the field. “We’re not a school with a contract,” Irvin said. “The county doesn’t maintain our fields.” Despite the hard work and time commitment, Irvin believes having control over his own fields helps the school in the long run. “It gives us an advantage,” he said. “I believe we have one of the nicest grass fields in the county, and our kids love playing on it.” Although the county does not help maintain Seneca Valley’s fields, the Montgomery County Public School system does

“The fields are maintained throughout our offseason so that when we return to use on March 1, they are theoretically in playing condition already.” Jared Fribush, Blake athletic director provide some financial aid. “High schools, for the most part, provide for the maintenance for their athletic fields,” Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, Montgomery County’s director of system-wide athletics, said in an email to The Gazette. “...The school system periodically foots the bill for resurfacing a high school stadium field, doing about one school per year. The school system also takes care of resurfacing tracks and tennis courts.” So, while field maintenance is usually one of the top priorities for an athletics program, the schools must come up with their own ways to fund it completely. Some schools, most notably Silver Spring’s James H. Blake High School, have a unique relationship with Montgomery County Parks and Planning. Blake allows for Parks and Planning to permit the baseball and softball fields to be used for non-school athletic events in return for the maintenance of the baseball and softball fields, the practice softball field and lower practice field, used by the soccer and lacrosse teams. The lights at both the softball and baseball field are also maintained by Parks and Planning. “I do not have to budget for the main-

tenance of our game fields for baseball and softball,” Blake Athletic Director Jared Fribush said in an email to The Gazette. “...The fields are also maintained throughout our offseason, so that when we return to use on March 1, they are theoretically in playing condition already.” Fribush does believe the school loses some control over its fields. There are a number of permitted users, especially on the weekends, and the coaching staff must repair the field from that use. The biggest advantage that comes with the partnership is the lights on fields that usually don’t have them at public high schools, Fribush said. It allows the school to schedule a number of night games, allowing parents better opportunities to watch their children play. It also gives coaches the ability to hold practices later in the afternoon. Blake still must budget between $30,000 and $45,000 per year to pay for field maintenance, as the county does not maintain the Bermuda grass stadium or field hockey fields. All in all, Fribush acknowledged that it is a positive relationship for both the school and Parks and Planning and that Blake’s fields are in excellent condition.

With the school year set to begin this month and many of the fall sports being contested outdoors, high school athletes at Montgomery County Public Schools will, perhaps, be able to participate at facilities superior to those in neighboring Prince George’s County. In some instances, private funding paved the way for those differences. While a handful of MCPS high schools have transitioned from natural grass fields to artificial turf courtesy of the taxpayers, several schools have received upgrades that were largely privately-funded. Thomas S. Wootton High School has a turf field that cost $1.3 million, of which $900,000 was paid for by the Bethesda Soccer Club. Wootton parents raised another $200,000 and the taxpayers paid the remaining $200,000, according to Bethesda Soccer Club president Greg Dillon. “It was amazing what the parent booster club could do,” Wootton soccer coach Keith Yanity said. “They probably campaigned for a year to raise the money. They did everything from holding fundraisers to literally going door-to-door. It’s certainly not something that every school or community can do.” During the past three years, the Montgomery County Board of Education oversaw more than 100 projects that were privately funded, nearly 20 percent of which cost $10,000 or more. Damascus High School replaced its scoreboard at a cost of $110,000 and Winston Churchill got a new one for $80,000, with both schools generating the revenue through private donations and parent-teacher association fun-

draising efforts, according to the Montgomery County Board of Education President Phil Kauffman. “Damascus parents and alumni have always been very passionate about their athletic programs, especially football,” Damascus High School Athletic Director Joe Doody said. “It probably wasn’t easy for them to raise the money, but they all had a goal in mind. You probably see that a lot more often at private schools where an alum just shows up one day and writes the school a check for a new field or new gym.” Several other of the county’s public high schools also received private funds for athletic venue improvements over the last four years. While none of them compare to the $1.3 million turf field at Wootton, a handful of schools received roughly $200,000 in private funds to install or replace equipment for athletic events, according to Kauffman, after the board approved a total budget of $2.28 million for the upcoming fiscal year. The Northwest High School PTA paid $40,000 for the school’s electronic scoreboard upgrade. Clarksburg’s booster club raised $30,000 to build new dugouts for the baseball and softball teams. Poolesville’s booster club ponied up $25,000 for a press box and storage shed. Seneca Valley purchased a new scoreboard for $22,000 thanks to its independent activity fund. Montgomery Blair’s booster club raised $17,500 to replace its stadium scoreboard. All Maryland public schools can apply for grants through the Maryland State Department of Education. Each year over 50 companies and an equal number of family foundations/ memorial funds provide grants and other sources of funding, according to the department’s website.


Rob Osborne of Germantown (right), who played high school football at Damascus and Clarksburg, works out with former Washington Redskins player Jonathan Combs on July 29 at Thomas S. Wootton High School.


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Finger-pointing abounds in flap over party registrations State, county officials blame each other as voters are switched





When neighbors Robert Debernardis and Carl Mauri walked into their precinct to vote in the June 24 Democratic primary, the two Potomac men got unsettling news: Neither was registered to vote as a Democrat. For the past 42 years, Debernardis said, he has been a registered Democrat, and has never missed voting in a presidential or gubernatorial election. And

for at least the last six years Mauri has been with the party, saying he changed his affiliation to Democrat to vote for Barack Obama in 2008. Yet somehow both men were registered as unaffiliated voters when they reached the polls in June. As many as a few hundred of Montgomery County’s 675,000 registered voters are believed to have fallen victim to altered voter registrations, a problem local officials say is a computer glitch at the Motor Vehicle Administration and what state officials say is a local failure to properly process the applications. Both Debernardis and Mauri have traced the change in

Obituary Harriette H. Hobbs was born on January 3, 1934 in Franklin, Virginia. She graduated Salutatorian of her class at Franklin High School, and then attended William & Mary College, where she earned a BA in Psychology. During her time there, she was elected President of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and appeared as a model in Mademoiselle Magazine. After Harriette graduated in 1955, she moved up to northern Virginia to teach at Hollin Hills School in Fairfax County. In the summer of 1957, a friend arranged a blind date for her with a young lawyer named Charlie Hobbs. It went well; 3 weeks later they were engaged, and six months later married. They moved to Chevy Chase, Maryland, in 1965 and have lived a happily married life there ever since. Harriette was more than a “home maker”. She was a “family maker.” Almost every night she prepared a gourmet, home-cooked meal as a family event. Besides gourmet cooking and her children, her passions were the Chevy Chase Garden Club, the Chevy Chase Historical Society, and planning family trips. She also sang in church choirs, first at Chevy Chase Baptist and later Fourth Presbyterian. 57 years after that blind date, Harriette could boast of four successful daughters and their husbands, and 12 grandchildren, ranging from 6 months to 17 years old. The funeral took place at the Fourth Presbyterian Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Lisner Home, 5425 Western Ave., Washington D.C. 20015.

their voter registrations to separate visits to the Motor Vehicle Administration’s Walnut Hill center in Gaithersburg. In January, Debernardis visited the facility to renew his driver’s license. On Jan. 22 at midnight, his party affiliation was changed to “other,” according to an electronic voter registration form filed with the Board of Elections. In March, Mauri said he made a similar visit to the Walnut Hill facility to replace a lost license. On March 25 at midnight, his registration also was changed to “other.” Margaret Jurgensen, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, said her board is investigating the issue. When the county board identifies problems, it notifies state officials, who work with the motor vehicles agency, she said. “Different issues have arisen in the past and the state board works with [the agency] to correct those issues.” Her board has known about other problems with regis-


the computer system, either a “yes” or a “no” button must be pushed, he said. But no such question was asked of Mauri or Debernardis when they visited the Walnut Hill center, both men said. Mary Wagner, director of voter registration with the State Board of Elections, said the problem lies not with the Motor Vehicle Administration, but rather with the Montgomery County Board of Elections. The county board is “not processing the applications correctly,” Wagner alleged. Jurgensen said the county board is following “to the letter” instructions for processing the applications, instructions that were provided to the county by Wagner’s office. And state voter registration data show that the lion’s share of voter registration forms are submitted through the Motor Vehicle Administration, which both Debernardis and Mauri claim is the source of their problem. As fingers point in various

On-demand car wash business opens in Bethesda area Bob Gordon has opened Carbrio of Bethesda, which offers onsite car washing services in the Bethesda-Rockville area. Using a text messaging system, customers can order a car wash and “within 60 seconds a car wash pro is on the way to their car,” according to a company news release. On-demand hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Prices start at $15 for washing just wheels and windows, with full exterior and interior options also available. Volume discounts are offered. The system requires no running water and creates no runoff. Cars can be washed year-round and anywhere they’re parked, including on the street or in a garage. Tips are not accepted. More information is at

Saul Centers reports big jump in profits Saul Centers of Bethesda — owner of retail locations in the Kentlands in Gaithersburg and others in Montgomery County and elsewhere in the U.S. — reported that its second-quarter profit grew to $20.5 million, from $7.8 million in the same quarter a year ago. Funds from operations, a key industry metric, rose to $24.7 million, from $20.2 million.

Profits up for new shopping center owner Washington Prime Group of Bethesda, a new retail real estate company that spun off in May from Simon Property Group, reported that its second-quarter profit increased to $84.3 million, from $41.4 million in the same quarter last year. Revenues grew to $158.2 million, from $151.6 million. Funds from operations fell to $41.3 million, from $87.5 million; the company cited $48.8 million in costs associated with the spinoff from Simon for the decrease. Washington Prime Group owns 98 shopping centers around the country, including one in Bowie. Its CEO is Mark Ordan, who previously was CEO of Sunrise Senior Living and CEO and president of Mills LP, which was acquired by Simon Property Group and Farallon in 2007. He also was founder, chairman, president and CEO of Fresh Fields Markets, which was acquired by Whole Foods Markets, and president and CEO of Balducci’s from 2003 to 2006.

Buyer’s Edge names specialist Buyer’s Edge, a real estate agency in Bethesda, named Nora Sullivan of Greenbelt a residential specialist.

Taxi union affiliates with national group The recently organized Montgomery County Professional Drivers Union announced Sunday that it has affiliated with the 18,000-member National Taxi Workers Alliance, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. The county’s 1,000 taxi drivers are considered independent contractors and are not protected by any wage, hour, or worker compensation laws, according to a union news release. They have no health insurance, disability insurance or retirement benefits. The drivers work from 12 to 16 hours a day, earn less than the minimum wage and pay $100 to $115 a day to lease their taxis from cab companies, according to the union. There are five cab companies operating in the county. Barwood Taxi of Kensington is the biggest, with more than 60 percent of the taxi business in Montgomery. Others are Action, Regency, Sun and Orange. The drivers union has held two protests since November to seek changes. The county responded by calling for mediation between the drivers and the cab companies. One session has been held in the process, which is continuing, the union said.

Profits spike at Diamondrock Hospitality Diamondrock Hospitality of Bethesda reported that its profit in the second quarter rose to $51.9 million, from $15.1 million in the second quarter of 2013. Revenues grew to $229.9 million, from $218.0 million. Revenue per available room, an important industry measure, increased to $169.21, from $151.27. Diamondrock owns hotels across the country, including the Bethesda Marriott Suites.

Abt Associates promotes associate Abt Associates of Bethesda has promoted Alan White, a principal associate, to senior health economist for health policy in its U.S. Health Division. White will be responsible for guiding health economists in its health policy practice, developing business strategy, and helping recruit and retain employees. White joined Abt Associates 20 years ago as a senior analyst.

Quarterly profits drop at Walker & Dunlop Walker & Dunlop of Bethesda, which provides loans for the multifamily residential real estate market, reported that its second-quarter profit fell to $12.9 million from $14.5 million in the same quarter of 2013. Revenues fell to $85.3 million from $90.7 million.

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directions, Mauri called the excuses bull and said the problem only continues. “We thought that we were exposing something to them that they didn’t know about,” he said. When he learned that the board had known about other problems for almost two years, Mauri said he almost laughed. “It’s ridiculous,” he said. Questioning how a similar error could happen to the county’s highest election official and not be fixed, Debernardis concluded that the registrations are “a problem nobody seems to be caring about.” Prior to the June 24 election, the county elections board surveyed voters to detect potentially erroneous voter registration changes. Jurgensen estimated a “couple hundred” voters have been affected. Provisional ballots cast by such voters — including Debernardis and Mauri — were counted in the primary.

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trations at the motor vehicle agency for about the past two years, Jurgensen said. Jurgensen has experienced the issues first-hand. She said that when she went to renew her license, she was asked if she wanted to register to vote, and while she said “no,” a new voter registration was nonetheless generated. As for what happened to Debernardis and Mauri, the Motor Vehicle Administration claims no knowledge of the situation. Agency spokesman Buel C. Young said no such problem has been reported to the agency, nor have complaints been filed that the forms being submitted to the State Board of Elections are in error. Young said each clerk at the Motor Vehicle Administration is supposed to ask drivers renewing or replacing a license if they want to update their voter registration. Specifically, a computer will prompt clerks to ask if a driver wishes “to update your party affiliation.” To continue through




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Montgomery County’s leadership not as diverse as county ‘Overall, we didn’t do very well,’ says one candidate




Most of Montgomery County’s 1 million residents are minorities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and while recent elections have begun to reflect that change, some say more progress is needed. A record-high 32 black candidates — according to one candidate’s website — from the county ran in state and local races during the June 24 primary. They were just one of many minority groups with multiple candidates seeking office. “I think a lot of people were inspired by the election and re-election of the president,” said Democrat Alan Bowser, who ran unsuccessfully for court clerk, a position never held by a black person in the county. “I think lot were inspired and encouraged by the example of our county executive and the lieutenant governor, who is running for governor.” Yet despite the number of black candidates who ran for office, the face of Montgomery’s elected leadership looks to remain largely white following the Nov. 4 general election. “I can’t say there’s an impressive trend or that we’re going in the right direction for either Latinos or for AfricanAmerican candidates,” said Bowser,


Continued from Page A-1 ary. The Bethesda location replaces a Dunkin’ Donuts on Bethesda Avenue. “I think retail is evolving in general, and I think certainly the neighborhood of Bethesda has evolved quite a bit,” Biel said. Bethesda is more of a regional destination than it was five or six years ago, Biel said. National brands are looking at Bethesda as an entry point for the entire Washington market, rather than just Montgomery County. For example, the clothing store Icebreaker and chocolate-centric restaurant Max Brenner both opened their first Washingtonarea stores on Bethesda Row, rather than in Georgetown. Biel said Bethesda Row became successful by bringing more fashion and chef-driven restaurants into what people thought of as a suburban area. Now, it has more quick-serve restaurants and retail. “What built Bethesda was food and entertainment ... but we’ve been able to

who is black. Of the black candidates who ran for the General Assembly, only two, Del. Al Carr (D-Dist. 18) and Will Smith (DDist. 20) advanced to the general election. However, the county delegation could become more diverse, as in addition to Carr and Smith, Dels. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-Dist. 18), David FraserHidalgo (D-Dist. 15), Kumar Barve (DDist. 17), Aruna Miller (D-Dist. 15) and Susan Lee (D-Dist. 16) — who is running for the Senate — will be joined on the ballot by candidates who include Maurice I. Morales (D-Dist. 19), Rose Maria Li (R-Dist. 16), David Moon (DDist. 20), Gloria Cheng (R-Dist. 39) and Xiangfei Cheng (R-Dist. 39), and Felix Ed Gonzales II (R-Dist. 19) who is running for Senate. Still, the county has never elected a black state senator, although Lee looks to bring more diversity to the Senate delegation as a woman of East Asian descent, Bowser said. And while County Executive Isiah Leggett, who is black, is favored to win a third term in November, the County Council will lose some diversity on its dais when Councilwoman Cherri Branson (D-Dist. 5) is succeeded by Del. Tom Hucker (D). “Overall, we didn’t do very well,” Bowser said. “The reason for that? Very few of us got The Gazette endorsement; people pay attention to that. We also didn’t get the kind of press coverage

hit more of a balance,” he said. Meanwhile, changes are coming to the Shoppes of Bethesda retail complex that fronts Elm Street and Hampden Lane behind it. The strip of stores on Hampden Lane, which includes a Montgomery County liquor store, is getting a new facade and new retailers. For example, the Galaxie Cleaners No. 2 is slated to move there from Elm Street, while a Japanese restaurant and vacuum cleaner store there are closed. The Irish pub Ri-Ra closed on Elm Street, to be replaced by Noodles & Co. Efforts to reach the landlord, Draiman Properties of Bethesda, for comment were unsuccessful. And the changes aren’t done. Another large residential development is expected to open next year on Woodmont Avenue in what was county parking lot 31. Federal Realty is not involved with that project, but Biel said it will be great when the public parking garage opens there, and the influx of residents will make Bethesda more of a 24/7 market.

that this phenomenon should have had during the campaign. We had an event back in [June] and there was no press there at all.” The Montgomery County branch of the NAACP, together with the Black Ministers Conference, Black Chamber of Commerce, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and National Pan Hellenic Council, held a gathering on June 2 to recognize the recordhigh number of black candidates in the county. The county NAACP and African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County did not respond to requests for comment for this story. County Council President Craig L. Rice said the concentration of minority candidates in certain primary races — such as the council’s 5th District, where three black candidates ran for one seat — also worked against candidates by diluting and dividing an already small base of support. None of those three candidates advanced to the general election. “Historically, Montgomery County has had a lack of minority representatives in elected office and that directly contributes to the lack of a base of support for minority candidates,” said Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown, who is black. “It goes both ways,” he continued. “Part of the challenge is that because we don’t have many minorities that are in


Continued from Page A-1 “I think one of the biggest [changes] is the greater demands on teachers, the accountability, the test scores and seeing that every child is successful,” Bone said. “Of course you want all your [students] to be successful, but it’s not all the teacher. The parents need to be [helping] and the students need to be working.” Bone has many fond memories of her years in the classroom, but one that is quite special is from 1993, when she was chosen for the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award from the school system. Getting the award was an honor, but the best part was the letters and cards she received, many from former students, she said. One of her former students, Jason Szymkowiak, is also a math teacher at Tilden, Bone’s last school. Bone said she thinks the Common Core curriculum is a welcome change because it puts math objectives in a

elected office, that leads to the disconnect, that leads to folks that are disengaged.” It can be a struggle for a minority candidate to drum up volunteers and financial support, he said. However, Carr said Montgomery County voters will elect diverse candidates “as long as those candidates are qualified,” citing Leggett’s legacy of elected service. Leggett was the first black candidate elected to the County Council when he won in 1986. He served four terms and as chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party before being elected county executive in 2006. Leggett was also the council’s only black at-large member. Black voters historically tend to lean Democratic, leaving Republicans often seen as the party of white men, a stereotype that Michael Higgs, chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee, considers unfair. Higgs, who is white, said the GOP is growing in diversity, actively working to engage minority voters and candidates to help them see that its policies are good for their communities. “We are definitely seeing a move toward more candidates that reflect the demographics of the electorate,” he said, adding that several Asian-Americans are running as Republicans in the general election and that the GOP’s lieutenant governor candidate, Boyd

“Throughout her career, Ms. Bone believed that a single dedicated teacher could make a positive difference in the life of a child.” Irina LaGrange, principal of Tilden Middle School better order: for example, teaching elementary students basic multiplication facts so that when they get to middle school they can learn to think. “When you get to higher math you are fighting two battles — arithmetic and how do I reasonably solve this problem,” she said. Her advice to teachers just starting their careers is to keep in mind that


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Rutherford, is black. Change takes time, Carr said. “You don’t expect to see change overnight. It takes time for the elected officials to reflect the population of Montgomery County,” he said. “It’s also hard to beat an incumbent regardless of the demographics involved, especially if the incumbents are doing their job.” Bowser said minority candidates need to continue to seek office and grow name recognition to be successful. “These trains only come around every four years, so they have to stay engaged and have to stay interested and they have to raise their profile,” Bowser said. “It’s not enough to think you can run in 2014 and come back in 2018 and not do anything in the intervening period.” Carr noted it took him two elections to win his House seat. Bowser said he hopes efforts to create a public campaign finance system, if successful, will help minority candidates. As of 2013, non-Hispanic whites made up 47 percent of Montgomery County’s population, down from 59.5 percent in 2000, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. Of county residents, 18.6 percent are black, 18.3 percent are Hispanic and 14.9 percent are Asian, according to bureau data.

the goal is to make every child learn. “Don’t be afraid of hard work. It’s the key to success,” she said. She obviously took that advice to heart, according to Irina LaGrange, principal of Tilden Middle School. “Throughout her career, Ms. Bone believed that a single dedicated teacher could make a positive difference in the life of a child,” LaGrange wrote in an email. “She worked diligently to support her students both in the classroom and during lunch, in a group setting, as well as one-on-one. She believed in on-going professional development, cohort planning and collaboration with her colleagues, so that our students could have daily access to engaging and rigorous instruction that would prepare them for high school.” Bone said she is not ready for complete retirement yet. She would like to help edit math textbooks and plans to do some substitute teaching this school year. “I like to be busy,” she said.

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RELIGION CALENDAR ONGOING Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink

Road, Gaithersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on first Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 301-924-8640;

Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,

Betts, Williams Christine Sheridan Betts of Silver Spring and Ocean City and Kirk Howard Betts of Bethesda announce the engagement of their daughter, Abigail Sheridan Betts, to Jeffrey David Williams. Abigail is the Director of Development at the HoltonArms School in Bethesda. She is a 1998 alumna of the HoltonArms School and received her BA in Norwegian Language and Nordic Studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in

2002. Jeffrey Williams hails from Texas, where he graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 1994. He received his BA and MA in Political Science from the University of North Texas and his PhD from the University of Arizona. He is an International Trade Specialist with the Department of Commerce. They will be married in Ocean City surrounded by their closest family and friends. The couple will reside in Rockville.

Liverman, Gillette Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Liverman Jr. of Gaithersburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Samantha Liverman, to John Matthew Gillette, son of John and Dorothy Gillette of Jacksonville, Fla. The bride-to-be earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University and her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She most recently

was employed by Fairfax County Public Schools as a third grade teacher. The prospective groom graduated from the University of Florida and is currently a captain in the United States Army. The wedding will be held at the The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Sept. 13, 2014. The couple will reside in Germany.

HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13 Zumba Gold, 1 p.m. to 1:45

p.m., Aug. 13 through Sept. 17, Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Intended for the active senior, Zumba Gold is a fun, safe, and effective Latin and international inspired fitness program that is easy to follow and can be done seated or standing. Dress comfortably. $60. For more information, visit

Helping Yourself and Others Survive after the Loss of a Loved One, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Friendship

Heights Community Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Learning about the process of grief can help us understand our thoughts, emotions and experiences during this difficult time. Brought to you by Montgomery Hospice, this workshop provides an opportunity to discuss ways of coping for ourselves and strategies to help a grieving friend. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and to learn from each

other. Free. For more information, visit

THURSDAY, AUG. 14 Girls on the Run: Heartsaver CPR Refresher Class, 4 p.m. to 6

p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Suburban Hospital Lambert Bldg (Second Floor), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. This class is designed for Girls on the Run coaches whose CPR credentials have recently expired. The class will not include AED training. For GOTR coaches only. Participants must contact Suburban-On-Call at 301-896-3939 to register for the class. Latest CPR expiration date required. $20. For more information, visit

SATURDAY, AUG. 16 Girls on the Run: First Aid, 8 a.m. to noon, Suburban Hospital Lambert Bldg (Second Floor), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Receive instruction on first aid and learn the treatment of bleeding, burns, broken bones and more.

This course is for GOTR coaches only. PLEASE NOTE: If you require the class workbook, it can be purchased the day of the class for $14. Checks and cash accepted. $20. For more information, visit AARP Smart Driver Course, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Suburban Hospital CR4 (Second Floor), 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and the rules of the road. Appropriate for drivers age 50 and older. The fee, due at the class, is $15 for members, $20 for non-members; checks are to be made out to AARP. Bring driver’s license and a ballpoint pen. To register for this event, call 301-896-3939. DO NOT PAY FOR THIS CLASS WITH A CREDIT CARD. YOU MUST BRING A CHECK MADE PAYABLE TO AARP TO THE CLASS.

SUNDAY, AUG. 17 Childbirth Express at Medstar Montgomery, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,

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Center, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. This condensed version will prepare couples for their labor and birth experience. Class is presented in lecture/video format. To enhance what you learn, hands-on instruction available by taking the Lamaze Techniques class. Hospital tour included. $75. For more information, visit medstarhealth. org or call 301-774-8881.

MONDAY, AUG. 18 Prostate Cancer Support Group, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,

Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. This ongoing, monthly support group is open to all prostate cancer patients, their families and friends and provides an opportunity to gain new knowledge and share common concerns. Guest speakers alternate with informal discussions among participants. Drop-ins welcome; for information call Susan Jacobstein at 301896-6837.

Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georiga Ave.,

Wheaton, offers an informal Sunday morning worship service at 9 a.m., followed by a traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. Child care is available from 9 a.m. to noon. Hospitality time is at 9:45 a.m. in the Garden Entrance. El Buen Samaritano offers a Spanish service at Noon. Communion is Celebrated the first Sunday of the month. For more information, call 301-9498383. Visit Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301253-1768. Visitkemptownumc. org.

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Colum-

bia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-4219166. For a schedule of events, visit “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. For more in-

formation call 301-662-1819. Email

Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,

Germantown, offers summer service at 10 a.m. on Sundays throughout the summer. “Parenting from the Proverbs: A Summer Discussion Group for Parents,” will run all summer Sundays at 9 a.m. with classes available for children as well. Babysitting provided. Enroll your child in our Vacation Bible School program Aug. 4-9. The theme is Weird Animals. For sign-up and other information, or call 301-9723916. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. Call 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit

Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays

at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301421-9166 or visit “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit kncf. org. Geneva Presbyterian Church, potluck lunches at

11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. There is no fee to attend. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. Call 301-4244346.

The Rev. Kenneth S. Jones, who served as pastor of Faith Church from 1967 to 1977 will celebrate his 95th birthday as the pulpit guest, preaching at 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship services on Sunday, Aug. 17. His sermon topic will be “Where Have All The Ministers Gone?” There will be a birthday reception following the 10 a.m. service. Faith United Methodist Church is located at 6810 Montrose Road, Rockville. 301881-1881.



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Survey gives us serious information to think about As parents prepare to send children off to school this month, they can’t help but worry. Will they study hard and learn? Will they fit in socially? And, the increasingly unsettling anxiety, will they be safe at school? Now, Montgomery County parents can glean greater insight into what happens when students leave their homes for the day. This year, for the first time, a Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey has statistics specific to Montgomery. The survey, which Maryland does every two years as part of a federal initiative, covers a universe of risks, dangers and emotions — what youths do and how they feel about these actions and their learning environment. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland’s secretary of health and mental hygiene, wrote that the findings “will help state and local agencies, educators, businesses, students, parents and other key stakeholders develop and refine initiatives targeted at improving the health and well-being of Maryland youth.” If you’re unprepared, the Montgomery results read like a heavy storm that won’t relent. Among high school students: • 8.3 percent said they never or rarely wear a seat belt while a passenger in a motor vehicle. • 19.2 percent rode one or more times in the past 30 days with someone who drank alcohol • 7.1 percent of students who drove in the last 30 days did so after drinking alcohol • 31.3 percent of students who drove in the last 30 days sent a text or email while doing so (that increases to 55.7 percent for those who were 18 or older) • 10.9 percent carried a weapon in the last 30 days and 3.9 percent did so on school property • 5.8 percent didn’t go to school in the last 30 days because they felt unsafe at school or on the way to or from school • 8.1 percent were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the last 12 months • 9.3 percent were physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to (that increases to 14.5 percent for females who were 18 or older). These are stark, sobering figures — especially the last category, which appears to describe rape. There has been widespread attention lately on the prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses. This report reminds us that it’s a serious problem even before children go off to live on their own. The report on statewide high school results said there are good and bad trends. The good includes more time on healthy physical activity and fewer students who have ever drank alcohol. The bad includes more use of smokeless tobacco and more use of needles to inject illegal drugs. These surveys are voluntary and anonymous to elicit more candid replies — although there’s no guarantee that all of the answers were truthful. Still, they give us a strong foundation for insight into what happens in young people’s lives. Montgomery’s middle-school data was equally revealing: • 51.1 percent of students who rode a bike never or rarely wear a helmet (including 73 percent for boys at least 14 years old) • 24.5 percent have carried a weapon • 44.4 percent have been bullied on school property and 18.2 percent have been electronically bullied • 17 percent have thought seriously about killing themselves • 9.3 percent had not had breakfast in the past seven days • 23.8 percent felt sad and hopeless for at least two weeks in a row and stopped participating in their usual activities. We also saw some encouraging results. Only 5.9 percent of middle-schoolers did not wear a seat belt in a motor vehicle and just 3.4 percent reported smoking a whole cigarette before age 11. Both of these figures might have been higher in earlier eras, before society got wiser and more aggressive about personal health and safety. County officials plan to dig into the results this fall to see what they can improve. We encourage everyone to read through these surveys. The state and local results can be found at For parents, information like this is further proof that it can be a confusing, challenging world out there, often out of our control. We do our best at home and hope our children are smart enough when they leave us to make the best decisions for themselves.


Story misrepresented Twinbrook projects In response to The Gazette’s Aug. 6 article “Twinbrook projects rile some neighbors,” The JBG Companies first would like to emphasize that we are proud of the work we have done in Twinbrook, not only in our developments, but in our work to bring a renewed spirit to the community. Our latest mixed-use projects — The Alaire, The Terano and Galvan at Twinbrook — bring new restaurants and retail, along with transit-oriented residences that are transforming the area. That said, I would like to correct a number of inaccuracies in the story. JBG was not asked to respond to the allegation that we “reneged” on a deal to build condos. We have not. The land occupied by The Alaire and The Terano is owned by WMATA and is under lease to JBG. Such a ground lease

precludes owner-occupied condominiums and JBG never represented otherwise. Both communities are part of Twinbrook Station, our 2.2 million-square-foot development around the Twinbrook Metro. Plans call for significantly more residential units and a condo component is expected in the future. Galvan was long-planned as a rental community. There was also reference to an absence of park space. In fact, JBG has built a oneacre public park at 5601 Fishers Lane. A second park, a village green space nearer the Metro station, is in the works and will be used to host community events. It should be noted that all JBG’s development in Twinbrook was approved through a lengthy process by the city of Rockville years ago. JBG initiated a community dialogue in 2000 and community

input was incorporated. Plans for The Terano were approved in April 2005 and have since undergone at least four amendments by city planning staff. Galvan was similarly approved via public process in 2012. As a founding member of the Twinbrook Partnership, a private neighborhood and business alliance that promotes Twinbrook, JBG is an involved member of the community. We are honored to provide support for environmental programs, biking initiatives and charitable efforts, as well as the Twinbrook Community Center, Twinbrook Elementary School and the Twinbrook Farmers Market. It’s a shame that The Gazette story included more sensationalism than fact.

Rod Lawrence The writer is a partner for The JBG Companies

Without regulation, fair competition is impossible Much has been said about how companies like Uber and Lyft are giving the taxi industry a jolt of innovation and competition. However, their blatant disregard for the laws and regulations governing their service is not true competition — it’s anticompetitive and creates an unlevel playing field that hurts consumers and licensed taxi drivers. Barwood is well-known for its cutting edge technology innovations, which provide our customers greater access to safe and affordable transportation service. Customers can order a cab with a phone call, text message, email, through our website and even from our mobile app. Yes, that’s right — we have a mobile app, too, but we’re still regulated as a taxi company. Uber falsely claims that regulation stifles innovation. But Barwood’s technology innovations have taken place under stringent state and local regulations governing the for-hire transportation industry. Our vehicles must be inspected multiple times

each year. The government decides who is best qualified to drive taxis safely, based on a series of criteria. The fares we charge passengers are regulated and we’re required to carry appropriate levels of commercial liability insurance to protect passengers. These are just some of the rules Uber refuses to follow. We welcome the competition from Uber. But fair competition is impossible when companies like Uber don’t play by the rules. Just like Barwood, Uber transports passengers for a fee. They are a taxi service. Look at this way: Two boxers enter the ring for a match, but one has his hands tied behind his back and the other can do whatever he wants, even hitting below the belt. This is exactly the situation with Uber. They have entered the taxi industry with little regard for the existing regulations licensed companies must follow. They break the law every day. For-hire transportation regulations

protect customers and ensure that our drivers, taxicabs, and roads are safe. I applaud the Maryland Public Service Commission’s recent ruling that Uber is indeed a “common carrier.” While this is a step in the right direction, we still have to wait and see how, if at all, the state and local jurisdictions will actually regulate Uber. In the meantime, Barwood has joined other Maryland taxi companies in a lawsuit against Uber to ensure fair competition and protect the safety of our customers and the livelihoods of our drivers. If Uber and other companies want to operate in this industry, they should have to comply with the same insurance, inspection, and licensing regulations required by the local jurisdictions. Anything less is unfair and unacceptable.

Lee Barnes The writer is the president of Barwood Taxi in Kensington

Turnout percentage doesn’t reflect voter rolls Regarding your July 30 editorial “Electoral review wins our vote,” I agree that more must be done to increase voter turnout. However, the official Board of Elections percentage of 16.2 percent participation is misleading. The number of registered voters in Montgomery County is much higher than the actual eligible number. The voting lists have not been

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purged in many years. For example, my two adult daughters have not lived or voted in the county for many years, and yet they continue to be listed as eligible, even though one lives in England and the other in Florida. I was under the mistaken assumption that if you didn’t vote in two or three of the last elections, your name was removed from the lists. That is not

true! A name may be removed from the eligible list if a sample ballot is returned to the Board of Elections with such information. Or if someone registers to vote in another jurisdiction/ state, that entity is supposed to notify Montgomery County. Or if someone dies, the Social Security Administration is supposed to notify the state, and then the state is supposed to notify the local

jurisdiction. Do any of these steps actually happen? How are these processes audited? The Montgomery County Board of Elections takes the position that they would prefer to err on the side of keeping ineligible names on the voting list than disenfranchise possible voters. That is not an unreasonable position. But are they taking steps to mini-

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mize this probable discrepancy? And when they report voter participation, shouldn’t they try to explain that it is a probable mischacterization? Most of my friends and neighbors take voting very seriously. I believe that most eligible Montgomery County voters try to participate.

Jim Marrinan, Rockville

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There’s another side to voting recommendations I read with great interest your editorial on the Montgomery County Council’s Right to Vote Task Force (“Electoral review wins our vote,” July 30). I am the vice chair of that task force, one of only two conservatives in its current 12-person membership. As such, I wrote many of the minority reports and cast many of the votes in opposition to the recommendations. Therefore, please allow me to explain where I part company from your

general support of the 59 recommendations of the task force. A few of the recommendations submitted are reasonable, especially the one on fair redistricting, which would eliminate the current Democrat gerrymandering and align voting districts in a more nonpartisan way. Where I have substantial differences with other task force recommendations — and your editorial endorsing them — are in the proposals to extend the

franchise to groups which do not presently possess it. As you point out, the objective of the task force is to increase voter participation, not necessarily increase the number of voters. Yet that is precisely what the following proposals would not do, as they are exclusively focused on expanding the franchise, not turning out more of those who already possess it: • Give voting rights to minors in local elections starting at ages 16 and 17

• Give felons the right to register to vote while still incarcerated and give convicted felons the actual right to vote while on probation or parole • Give non-citizens the right to vote in local and county elections. These proposals have one thing in common: They are all outside the provisions of both Maryland and U.S. law and, as such, would require at least legislative action and in some instances, constitutional

amendment — all well beyond the reach of the Montgomery County Council. While that seems obvious, perhaps less obvious is the likely effect of the task force’s failure to require proof of U.S. citizenship before voting. Not doing so opens the back door to allowing aliens (legal and illegal) to infringe the most precious right of citizenship — the right to vote. In summary, I believe the only way to increase voter participation, keep the 47 percent of

Marylanders who told a recent poll they’d like to leave the state because of all the taxes, and retain businesses who are already exiting is to end one-party rule and thus bring balance back to state and local governments. That power is already in the voters’ hands.

Gary Featheringham, North Potomac The writer is vice chair of the Montgomery County Right to Vote Task Force

Right to Vote Task Force report should stimulate discussion The League of Women Voters would like to alert the public that the Montgomery County Council has received (and posted on its website) the initial report of its Right to Vote Task Force. We think the recommendations of the task force will be of general interest, particularly with regard to the reasons for low voter turnout in the recent primary election. We look forward to the council conducting a thorough study of this

report, including its scheduling of a public forum on Sept. 23, to educate the public about the issues addressed and to hear additional views. The League of Women Voters stands ready to participate fully in the process and hopes that other organizations that are concerned about strengthening our democracy and encouraging more people to vote will also become involved. From our experience in voter education, we know that

one of the main reasons that citizens do not vote is that they are unfamiliar with the candidates and issues. To address this need for information, the League will publish its nonpartisan Voters’ Guide and an online version at [It] covers all the candidates and explains the ballot questions in plain language. We will also hold a forum for candidates for the Board of Education on Sept. 29.

Blair Lee got it wrong on deportation order Blair Lee misunderstands — or misrepresents — President Obama’s 2012 executive order regarding deportation of undocumented children (“By heart or by head?,” July 30). That order applied only to children who had been brought to this country by their parents and had lived here for at least five years. The executive order does not cover the children pouring into the country this year, so could not have “exacerbated the problem” nor caused the numbers of unaccompanied,

undocumented children to “skyrocket.” The two principal factors that have increased the numbers of undocumented children are: (1) the unrelenting climate of gang-related violence in several Central American nations and (2) increased awareness of the law signed by President Bush in 2008 to provide appropriate protection and a careful evaluation process for children who are caught crossing the border illegally.

Robert Tiller, Silver Spring

We hope that candidates for other offices will also agree to participate in forums. In addition, the League is ready to assist groups with dynamic and knowledgeable speakers who can explain the ballot questions and facilitate group discussions or provide more basic explanation about the functions of county government and the role played by each of the offices that voters will see on the ballot. The task force made a

number of recommendations regarding voter registration and voter education. While those may require some time to consider and implement, we are prepared to act now to help citizens become registered. The League of Women Voters will participate in National Voter Registration Day on September 23, 2014. We invite other organizations to partner with us in helping residents ensure that their voter

registration information is up-to-date to avoid delays at the polling place on Election Day. We urge The Gazette to provide advance coverage of this event as a service to its readers, so that they can take advantage of the convenient voter registration activity that day.

Linna Barnes, Chevy Chase The writer is president of The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, MD, Inc.

U.S. aid supports Israel’s war crimes After reading your article about a Montgomery County church sending aid to Gaza (“Bethesda church reaches out to Gaza hospital,” July 23) and the constant news of Israel’s war against Gaza, I feel moved to write the following: It is very troubling to me that my tax dollars are being used to slaughter Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel is committing, again and again, war crimes against the Palestinians. The $3 billion in annual aid to

Israel that the U.S. has committed to is allowing Israel to unleash horrible amounts of weapons upon the Palestinian people in the land of Israel. It seems clear that Israel’s goal is the eradication of Palestinians from the land of Israel, which historically was Arab land. The U.S. Congress and the president have sided with Israel in this goal. What a tragedy for the U.S. and Israel. Both countries are carrying out illegal wars at great cost to the people of Israel and the

U.S. Palestinians want to live in peace, but Israel continues to suppress and oppress the people of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In frustration and outrage at this injustice, Palestinians have fought back militarily after years of trying nonviolent, legal protest. My heart mourns for Palestinians and Israelis and for my part in this tragedy.

Mary Ellen Atkinson, Sandy Spring



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Uganda mission labor of love for two women Rockville, Gaithersburg mothers start nonprofit to build school




Rukundo: In Rukiga, the native tongue of the Kiga people of Uganda, rukundo means love. For Rukundo International, an organization started by two Montgomery County women to make a difference in the lives of Ugandan children, love is at the heart of what they do. “God doesn’t always call the qualified; he qualifies those he’s called,” Amanda Jones said as she sat at the glass-top kitchen table in her Rockville home just off Connecticut Avenue. A single mother of three and former early childhood educator, Jones said she often feels unqualified to do the work she and fellow single mom Andrea Sedlock of Gaithersburg began when they co-founded Rukundo in January. “I never, honestly, saw myself starting a nonprofit, but I just felt like this place ignited a passion for me just to love,” Jones said. “Sometimes I wish God hadn’t put this burden on my heart to start this school, but he did. It’s an area I never imagined myself working in but I can’t imagine myself not being here now.” Volunteer-run, Rukundo International, which has applied for nonprofit tax status, has a mission to “create a healthy educational environment that ministers to the development of the child in totality: intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.” It’s a mission it aims to achieve by building a primary school for orphans, and other underprivileged and atrisk children and their families in the remote Ugandan region of Kabale. For the last five years, Jones


Andrea Sedlock (left) of Gaithersburg and Amanda Jones of Rockville have launched an organization whose goal is to build a school in Uganda. It’s collecting shoes as a fundraiser. and Sedlock have worked in the Kabale region, building relationships with residents and learning the culture. While working with another organization in Uganda, Jones said, she and Sedlock noticed the schools were in bad condition, classrooms were overcrowded, few children progressed beyond primary school and the so-called “free” government education often came with fees attached. Those who could not pay the fees were often turned away. “They were set up to fail,” Jones said. Months of prayer and research led to the decision to

“I always say, ‘I’m not going to change Uganda, I’m not going to change Kabale, but I will make a difference to this child at this school.’ And they’ll make a difference to somebody else.” Amanda Jones form Rukundo International, Sedlock said. “I just fell in love with the people and saw such a great need that I just felt like I had to do something about this,” said Sedlock, who, by day, works as a biologist at the National Institutes of Health.

Jones and Sedlock decided the best way to truly help the students in Kabale was to open a school of their own. “I always say, ‘I’m not going to change Uganda, I’m not going to change Kabale, but I will make a difference to this child at this school.’ And they’ll make a difference to somebody else. And they’ll make a difference,” Jones said.

Aiming to obtain a 5-acre parcel by the end of 2014, the women said Rukundo International is raising money to build the school in phases starting in 2015, adding one classroom at a time until there are enough classes through primary level seven. Rukundo also sponsors five scholars to attend secondary school. Rukundo has been operat-

ing only a few months, but already it is gaining momentum. Its first event in March raised about $10,000, Jones said. Rukundo also has partnered with the Reel Water Film Festival in Silver Spring to install three rainwater collection tanks in the Kabale region. The film festival is a volunteer-run nonprofit that, according to its website, uses film to start the conversation about local and global water issues, and donates at least half of its funds to international water projects and community education. And between now and Sept. 30, Rukundo is holding a shoe drive, taking shoes in any condition. Rukundo has partnered with Funds2Orgs, which will provide it with $1,000 for every 2,500 pairs of shoes collected. Those interested in donating can find a list of drop sites on the group’s website, What started as just two people with an idea to make a difference has become an allvolunteer organization of about 15, including a five-member board. Because Rukundo operates out of the founders’ homes, it can put all donations toward its mission, Sedlock said. “When you have seen how far $10 can go, you can’t justify paying rent when we can meet out of our houses,” Jones explained. While running a nonprofit, holding another job and raising children is demanding and, at times, overwhelming, Sedlock said being a single mom only fuels her passion for the work of Rukundo. “It’s hard, but I think having a child is what makes me all the more want to help these children who don’t have the same opportunities, the same material things my child has access to every single day,” Sedlock said. Jones said Rukundo also is looking for monthly donors, interns and people to host benefit dinners.

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“I’ll do whatever it takes, whether it’s technique or racing harder in practice.”

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart senior Katie Ledecky has made breaking American and world swimming records look easy — it’s become almost expected for her to lower marks every time she races. But when she dives into the water during any given competition, making history is rarely on her mind, she’s consistently said. The goal has always remained simply to achieve personal bests. It just so happens that at this point, her own individKatie Ledecky ual records will also be the world’s best times. On Saturday at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, Calif. Ledecky became the first woman to break the 3 minute, 59 second barrier in the 400-meter freestyle. Her time of 3:58.86 bested Italian Federica Pellegri-

ni’s previous mark of 3:59.16, which she achieved at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome. After coming within .74 seconds of the record in the morning’s preliminaries, Ledecky admitted the thought of a new world record during the evening’s finals did creep into her mind. “It was on my mind but I didn’t let it overtake me today,” Ledecky said. “I was just relaxed and whatever happened, happened. ...I think [coach] Bruce [Gemmell] should be pretty happy about how I swam it. I just had to make sure I didn’t rush the first hundred, and right after the first hundred I could go and just race the last 300. I think I set it up pretty well.” With the new mark Ledecky now holds world records in the 400-, 800and 1,500-meter freestyle events, something no woman has done

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As thousands of high school studentathletes begin fall practice Wednesday throughout Maryland, they should consider themselves lucky. The 2012 law that required school systems to adopt heat acclimatization guidelines for preseason activities has, for all intents and purposes, eliminated traditional two-a-day practices. Aside from my jealousy factor, the rule changes to limit contact and time spent in the heat, and evolving attitudes and knowledge about concussions and overall athlete safety have altered sports at all levels. Starting this year, Montgomery County Public Schools — for the first time — will have an


athletic trainer at all 25 high schools. When I was playing high school football 11 years ago, one of my friends complained of mild headaches during an August practice. We wondered why because he wasn’t KENT ZAKOUR a starter and we never ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR saw him get hit hard in practice. So, we, as teammates and a few coaches, gave him a hard time about being “soft” and told “him to suck it up.” We figured he was just tired or a little dehydrated. It was the culture — even at the high school level — of the game then. But his headaches persisted and he eventually went to the doctor, where was diagnosed with a concussion and was required to sit out of


For an hour the athletes are silent, barely moving from their designated spots in the Wheaton High School lower gymnasium. There’s no running, there’s no heavy lifting and there’s no competition. It’s not a typical football workout. But after committing this summer to the twice-aweek routine, yoga, they said they are feeling healthy

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practice for a few weeks. He seemed fine, however, and even he felt like he should be back out on the field. My how times have changed. Now, with all of the emphasis on concussions — whether brought about for actual player safety reasons or solely financially motivated by the National Football League — we probably wouldn’t have pressured our friend. I’m sure, with an athletic trainer on campus, he would’ve been properly diagnosed much earlier. Times have changed in the newspaper industry as well. At The Gazette, as you may have seen, we are striving to be more hyper-local than ever. So in our five county editions (Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville and Silver Spring) expect to see a focus on area-specific stories. In addition to our weekly Wednesday

With Wednesday’s first day of practice for fall sports across Montgomery County Public Schools comes the return of a prevalent issue that has swept the sporting world more intensely in recent years: Concussions. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way a person’s brain functions, according to the Mayo Clinic. And although most concussions are a result of a hit to the head — which is why people associate them most with contact sports like football — they are actually caused by the brain hitting the skull and can be sustained by a mere jolt to the head or upper body. As more studies reveal — and former professional athletes speak out about — the possible long-term effects of the traumatic brain injuries, there has been a strong push to promote concussion prevention. But the truth is, there’s no way to avoid concussions completely. The best way to deal with surfacing data and the fear that’s accompanied it, is education, coaches agreed. A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine revealed the number of concussions among high school athletes doubled from 2005-12 but some

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Doctors can’t know what they can’t see A major danger to a concussed individual is second impact syndrome, which occurs when a successive concussion is sustained before symptoms to the original have subsided. And the problem with trying to prevent this potentially fatal occurrence is there’s no foolproof test to confirm when an athlete is ready to return to the playing field or court. “If you break your ankle, you X-ray it and you X-ray it until it’s not broken anymore,” Walt Whitman High School football coach Jim Kuhn said. “There’s no test to see if your brain has a concussion.” In 2013 MCPS began funding mandatory baseline concussion testing — these assess an athlete’s balance and brain function — for all studentathletes in an effort to reduce the risk of athletes returning to competition too quickly. Another way for the county to support student-athletes’ safety is through equipment, Richard Montgomery football coach Josh Klotz said. Technology is constantly changing and new and more effective equipment is always surfacing. Thanks to the support of its boosters Richard Montgomery football received more than $5,000 in new helmets this fall. It’s possible headgear might become a requirement on the soccer field at some point as well, coaches said.

Heads up Last year the National Federation of State High School Association partnered with USA Football to endorse the organization’s Heads Up Football program, which is geared toward promoting tackling mechanics that aim to reduce helmet contact. While the push is a high profile one, Klotz said these techniques have been taught by Montgomery County coaches for five to seven years under a different moniker. And it’s not just because they’re safer, they’re actually better, he said. Klotz said it’s also reached the youth organizations which

is extremely important. The key to maintaining the proper technique — not leading with the head, more shoulder to body contact — is repetition, coaches agreed. If bad habits are there, they can be broken, Kuhn said. Kuhn and Klotz agreed that the majority of their athletes are first-time football players when they enter ninth grade so they start with a clean slate but even with experienced players they stressed the importance of taking the time to break down the tackle and work on strengthening the individual aspects that go into creating one single hit. Coaches in all sports have been encouraged to work with athletes on upper body, shoulder and neck strength to minimize neck movement during collisions and tackles.

Cautious but not fearful The prospect of injury can be unnerving but playing timidly might actually increase the chances of enduring one, Clarksburg High girls’ soccer coach Christina Mann said. With all the recent attention paid to head injuries, soccer has come under recent scrutiny given that forcefully making contact with one’s head on the ball is actually a major component of the game. Some organizations have banned the act of heading the ball at the younger levels, which Clarksburg High girls’ soccer coach said is understandable. But rather than avoiding a part of the game that’s both instinctive and unlikely to go away, Mann said it’s important to make sure it’s done right — players can practice with smaller or lighter soccer balls. “Taking heading out of soccer could take away some players’ best quality,” said Washington Spirit midfielder Tori Huster. “Look at Abby Wambach. How many goals has she scored with her head? One thing that’s really important is to teach kids how to actually head the ball. There’s a technique to it and a place on the head that if you hit it there nine times out of 10 you will feel fine. There’s so much knowledge of concussions coming out, it’s also important to have knowledge of the right technique.”


Continued from Page B-1 and fit heading into the preseason. “You wouldn’t think yoga can work you out but once you start getting into it and actually doing it, you actually start to sweat,” said Dominyck Sims, a junior. “It’s a legitimate exercise because you’re sweating and your blood is flowing. Added senior Carey Brown: “I thought it was kind of boring and that it wouldn’t help me. But now that I’m doing it it’s a big help. It keeps me from getting injured.” The Knights have been practicing yoga since Ernie Williams was hired as coach before the 2012 season. The third-year coach said he started the program — which has mental and physical benefits — after seeing its rise in popularity in college and professional sports. “There’s just so many teams that are doing it and the benefits are so great,” he


Continued from Page B-1 simultaneously since storied American Olympian Janet Evans on May 12, 2006, according to USA Swimming. Ledecky said just being mentioned in the same sentence as the woman she considers a great role model, is an honor. The historical swim capped off a successful weekend for Ledecky, who defeated fivetime Olympic medalist Missy Franklin to win the 200 freestyle to go along with her third straight 800 freestyle national title. “I was trying to think earlier how many times I’ve actually gotten to race [Franklin]


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Wheaton High School seniors football players Nick Boumboulis (left) and Tommy Cortes perform yoga at the school. said. “... They get into some positions where if you’re not focused, you’re hitting the ground. They have to be locked into the moment.” Williams said about 33 players — up from 23 last season — attend the classes, which are instructed by Nancy Rossini, a longtime yoga enthusiast and friend of

the coach. “It definitely can be challenging because they come with different skill levels, they come with different flexibility, they come with different focus levels,” said Rossini, a counselor at Argyle Middle School in Aspen Hill. “... The boys are definitely getting better. They’re getting more

and it’s just a handful probably, like four or five times,” Ledecky said. “It’s an honor to be in a heat with her. It means a lot [when she says I make her better] because I feel the same way about her. She’s such a great person. And what I most admire is how she’s improved over the years and taken everything in stride and is just an extremely positive person.” The weekend’s national championship meet also served as a qualifier for the Pan Pacific Championships, which scheduled for Aug. 2125 in Gold Coast, Australia. The top three in each event — or four for relays — at nationals qualified for the international championship at the

end of the month. Pan Pacifics are also an opportunity for swimmers to earn bids to the 2015 FINA World Championships, slated for next July 24 to August 9 in Russia. Though Ledecky has separated herself as the world’s best distance freestyler, she’s also proven in the last year that she can tackle the middle distances as well. Her training, she said, is centered around the 400 freestyle and she can go up or down from there. She said she’s most recently focused on the 200 freestyle because that distance allows her to be a valuable asset to the United States’ relays. Ledecky has compiled quite the list of accomplishments in the two years since

Prince Grimes (@dmvprince; football) will provide readers with day-to-day coverage online at Sports editor Ken Sain (@gazsptsed), a strong stable of freelancers and I (@kzakour) will all help out as needed. Beginning next week we will begin previewing all of the Montgomery County public

and private high school programs. Cross country, field hockey, golf and tennis are scheduled for Aug. 20 with boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball set for Aug. 27. Finally, our football preview section, complete with individual team capsules, will run on Sept. 3.

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winning her first Olympic gold medal in the 800 freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics but the key to improving, she said, is knowing there is still a lot out there for her to work toward. “[Between now and Pan Pacifics] I will just get back to training, there’s a lot we can still improve,” Ledecky said. “I’m just trying to get faster, it’s pretty simple. I’ll do whatever it takes, whether it’s technique or racing harder in practice. I don’t know what my best time will be [when all is said and done] but I’m hoping I can keep getting faster.”

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familiar with the poses.” Senior Dontrey Tyler said he was skeptical of yoga initially and that he struggled in his earlier sessions, but has come to appreciate the hourlong workouts. “I realize it helps stretch you out more and helps your core. It just helps your overall strength of your body, stretches it out and makes you feel more fluid,” Tyler said. “... It helps you push past what you think you can do.” Sims, a running back, said that yoga — in conjunction with their other workouts — could help the Knights execute their fast-pace offense as they look to improve on last season’s 1-9 season. “If we’re in top shape and we’re doing yoga, it could keep us from being injured,” Sims said. “We do a lot of running to keep in condition, so when it comes to the fourth quarter, we’ll be able to pull out the games and win.”




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Springbrook High School graduate and former NFL player Shawn Springs (left) chats with Asher Smith (right), 13 of Potomac, Dermot O’Kelly (center), 13 of Bethesda, and Owen Hopkins, 14 of Bethesda, during Saturday’s first annual Save Youth Football combine at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda.

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Solomon Taylor said football helped him overcome personal struggles while growing up in Potomac, so when he saw the sport’s youth participation falling — which he attributed to costs and safety concerns — he decided to take action by saving the sport that helped save him. Taylor, 31, launched Save Youth Football (SYF) in June 2013, andtheBethesda-basednonprofit helditsfirstmajorevent—aCharity Football Combine — Saturday at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. More than 250 people were in attendance, including 120 youth football players who participated free of charge, Taylor said. “There’s a lot of kids out there that don’t have that opportunity to play the game, and we’re losing kids to other sports, so that’s why it’s ‘Save Youth Football,’” said Taylor, a Winston Churchill alumnus. According to the SYF website, Taylor was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder at a young age but was able to graduate high school with football’s help, and has stayed involved with the sport since then, coaching at the youth level and running a youth sports video production company. “This is the ultimate team sport,” said Taylor, owner of

Prominent Productions. “It teaches life lessons so it’s important that kids get an opportunity to play this.” But Taylor said he has seen youth football participation fall in recent years, locally and nationally. According to ESPN, Pop Warner, a prominent youth football program, had its participation drop 9.5 percent from 2010 to 2012. The decline comes as concerns about player safety and head injuries are on the rise. Robert Cantu, a neurosurgeon and concussion expert at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, recommended children under 14 not play tackle football because of the unknown long-term impact of concussions and repetitive head trauma. Taylor said the drop has more to do with rising costs ($300-plus per player) than player safety. Mark Steinwandel, of Darnestown, whose eighth-grade son played in the Rockville Football League, said that parents are concerned about player safety, but that youth tackle football can help curb risk of injuries at higher age-levels. “This is unscientific but when the kids are little and they’re all about the same size, nobody is running 1,000 miles per hour,” Steinwandel said. “If they can learn the techniques and what to do and how to protect themselves, to me, that’s really helpful.” The Charity Football Combine featured several activities for athletes, including a 40-yard dash,

a field-goal kicking station and an agility shuttle. Players were given scorecards to record their times and measurements. “This is something they watch on TV: the NFL combine,” Taylor said. “… All these kids want to run a 40-yard dash and they want to do it with a laser timer and they get excited about it … They get to seewhattheirhardworkintheoffseason has done.” The event included an equipment drive for children from underserved communities. It also featured Retired NFL All-Pro Shawn Springs, an alumnus of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring (Class of 1993), and former Washington Redskins player Marcus Washington. “Football, like any sport, adds a lot of value to anyone’s life. You learn a little bit about team work, you learn discipline, you learn about hard work. And I think there’s some important life lessons,” Springs said. “… Anything I can do to keep the sport relevant ... if there’s kids that want to play and can’t afford to play, that shouldn’t be the case.” Isaiah Nolasco, 11, of Rockville, said that his favorite part of the event was “that I get to practice and try to get better at things, and help other people.” Lamont Hagans, 12, of New Carrollton participated in several drills, including the field-goal station and the 40-yard dash. “[I’m here] so I can train more and be active … It’s pretty cool,” he said.

KEEPING IT BRIEF B-CC assistant football coach passes away Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School assistant football coach Jeffrey Van Grack passed away on Saturday from a fight with bladder cancer. B-CC coach Josh Singer expressed his condolences on Twitter: “Real sad to say we have lost a member of our football family. We will miss you Coach Jeff Van Grack! #JVGSTRONG.” Van Grack graduated from B-CC and has worked as a lawyer in Bethesda for decades. From 2000-11, when he started coaching at B-CC, he assisted with the athletics at Northwest High School in Germantown.


Rockville represented in international lacrosse tournament Four graduates from Rockville’s Thomas S. Wootton High School participated in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship, held July 10-19 in Colorado. Matt Greenblatt (Class of 2010) Jason Senter (2009) and Mark Jutkowitz (2008) played for Israel, while Sam Futrovsky (2007) played for Slovakia. Bullis School (Potomac) graduates Matt Opsahl (2012) and Mitch Goldberg (2013) also played for Isreal.

Longtime Montgomery County coach Edward Kostolansky led Slovakia’s national team. Potomac’s Winston Churchill featured senior Daniel DiBono III (Spain) senior Louis Dubick (Israel), Bertan Unal (2007, Turkey) and Brett Rolf (assistant coach, Costa Rica).


Germantown swimmer sets world record Germantown-based swimmer Frederik Hviid, 40, set a masters world record en route to winning the 200-meter backstroke in the Men’s 40-44 age group at the 15th FINA World Masters Championships held July 27 through Sunday in Montreal. Hviid finished in a time of 2 minutes, 11.56 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Hviid, who is a two-time Olympic distance freestyler and individual medley swimmer from Spain, opened the competition with a first-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle. His time of 8:47.75 was nearly 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Stewart Carroll. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Hviid won the consolation final of the 400-meter individual medley. He also competed in the 2000 Sydney event.


P. Branch cheerleaders recognized for skills The Paint Branch High School varsity cheerleading team won several awards at a four-day event held last week in Ocean City. The Burtonsville school won Best Chant, Best Game Day, Best Xtreme Routine, Best AllAround Award and Leadership Award, according to coach Zina Saunders. “[Paint Branch] Cheer worked hard every day. They were always the first team to arrive in the morning, the team that practiced during lunch and after the evening session every day. The hard work paid off,” Saunders wrote in an email to The Gazette.


Potomac boy wins national tennis title Benjamin Kittay, 10 of Potomac teamed with Faris Khan, 12 of Texas to win the doubles title at the U.S. Tennis Association Boys 12s National Championships held last week in Arkansas. Despite being on the youngest end of the age-group spectrum Kittay, who is ranked No. 21 nationally in the USTA Boys 12s, also reached the semifinals of the singles competition. There he lost in two close sets to eventual champion Aditya Gupta.


The Washington Spirit women’s professional soccer team was mere minutes away from clinching its first National Women’s Soccer League postseason appearance Saturday night in Seattle. A win against the topranked Reign would’ve ensured Washington a top-four, regularseason finish and the Spirit led, 1-0, in the 89th minute of Saturday’s contest. Then, in a quick turn of events, Seattle’s Jessica Fishlock threaded a pass right through Washington’s backline to the feet of Scottish midfielder Kim Little. The league’s leading scorer handled a sliding challenge from Spirit goalkeeper Chantel Jones — Washington’s starting goalie Ashlyn Harris was sidelined with concussion-like symptoms — with seeming ease and buried the equalizer for her 16th goal of the year. Each team took a point away from the 1-1 draw and every point is important for the Spirit at this juncture of the season. “We scored a good goal first and then we defended and we were disciplined, I think we deserved to win,” Washington coach Mark Parsons said. “But it’s hard to stop a squad full of players that Seattle has. ... Apart from that last opportunity, I didn’t see them scoring. I think we all could’ve done better on that last opportunity, we could’ve slowed the game down. But we’ve got to learn from that, it’s a great time to learn from that.” Washington (10-8-5), which has come a long way since its last-place finish a year ago, currently sits in third place in the league standings with 35 points. Portland Thorns FC (33 points) and Chicago Red Stars (31) are not far behind. The Spirit are still in position to clinch a playoff berth but they will need to win their season finale next Saturday against the Sky Blue FC in a game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds.


Washington Spirit players Diana Matheson (left) and Crystal Dunn hope to lead the organization to its first playoff berth. Washington’s last outing against the New York/New Jersey-based team did not go well — Sky Blue won 4-2 — but Spirit coach Mark Parsons praised his team’s ability to get a job done when most necessary. “We keep saying, we’re our best when we have to do something, when we have to win,” Parsons said. “It will be no different against a hot, on-form Sky Blue. Our motivation is really high and we’ve been strong at home recently. Even if we won [Saturday night] going home and winning against the Sky Blue would’ve been just as high a priority and focus.” Seattle is a team ripe with starpower, Parsons said. From notoriously stingy Hope Solo in goal to experienced U.S. Women’s National Team defender Stephanie Cox, from midfielders Little and Welsh international Fishlock to the offensive third with Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi and American stars Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux, Seattle is strong in every area of the field. But the Reign, which has outscored its opponents 50-19 in 2014, has also seemed to bring out some of Washington’s best, Parsons said, as the Spirit have hung with and even controlled play against Seattle at times this seaosn. With the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in upcoming playoffs shored up, Seattle had very little riding on Saturday’s contest, except for pride and an undefeated streak at home. Little

andKawasumi,therefore,started the game on the bench — Seattle had also just played three days earlier — and Washington took advantage. The Spirit pressured Seattle’s backline and midfield and didn’t allow the Reign the space they’re used to playing with. Though Seattle had a couple looks at a goal in the first half, it was Washington that struck first in the 29th minute when Canadian National Team midfielder Diana Matheson finished a pass from Australian international Lisa De Vanna inside the far post. Kawasumi came off the bench in the 46th minute and Little in the 68th and their entries changed the complexion of the game. Seattle outshot Washington, 11-4, Saturday, though only 4-2 in shots on goal. Parsons said he was pleased with the way the Spirit held its shape defensively and remained disciplined under the pressure to maintain their advantage. It took nearly perfect play to ruin Washington’s chances of clinching a playoff berth. It was Little’s first goal against the Spirit. “In our previous two games I think we’ve done a good job with Kim Little, she hadn’t had too many opportunities against us,” Parsons said. “But you take a fresh Kim Little when we’re on a road trip on the West Coast, dealing with jet lag [we just got in the day before] and she is tough to deal with.”


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Two-and-a-half hours a day. Four days a week. Every week this summer. That’s how often senior Sean Parker and many of his Poolesville High School football teammates said they trained in the weight room this summer. On Monday, with less than 48 hours until the start of preseason, they’d spend another few hours in their workout spot, but on this afternoon, there was no heavy lifting. Instead, there was a lot of sitting around and staring at screens, as Poolesville converted its weight room into a video game center and played a team-wide FIFA (soccer) tournament.

“It’s very fun being here,” senior Sean Parker said of the tournament. “We don’t really do things like this.” With Montgomery County’s high school preseason beginning on Wednesday, football teams such as Poolesville’s took advantage of their final hours of summer freedom. Poolesville set up eight video game systems and eight televisions, including a big screen for the championship match, for its tournament. “It’s kind of cool that we can conclude the summer workouts by having fun and competing against each other in video games,” junior Louis Potts said. The tournament marked the end of a busy offseason that concluded with some players completing the “Poolesville Punisher,” a challenging workout. “[It’s a] little reward for the kids to try and have some fun,”

Poolesville coach Will Gant said. Teams across the county had different team-building activities in the days preceding preseason. Potomac’s Winston Churchill attended The EDGE Team Football Camp at Salisbury University in early August. The three-day trip helped the players develop football skills and team chemistry, coach Joe Allen said. “The kids get familiar with who they’re going to play with and who’s going to be coaching them. It’s more a team building thing than anything else,” he said. Churchill also had monthly non-football get-togethers, including cookouts and a trip to Dave & Buster’s, Allen said. “We’re just trying to get the guys to bond together and to get together as a team. The kids get to know each other and so far it seems to have worked out real well.”

Quince Orchard in Gaithersburghadnospecialteam-building activity this past week, but after a productive summer in the weight room,coachJohnKelleysaidplayers were given the week off. “We’ve been going all summer so we give them a week to let their bodies recover … Wednesday they hit the ground running with the first practice,” Kelley said. Poolesville and other county schools are scheduled to begin their seasons on Sept. 5. Until then, they’ll be spending their days preparing for Week 1. “We’re ready to go,” Parker said. “… We have a good group of people so it’ll be really nice to have everybody else here and everybody working hard, because we’re trying to get a 2A state championship.”

Anyone who watched the Washington Redskins 23-6 exhibition game victory against the New England Patriots on Thursday may have heard a familiar name being called by the in-house commentator: Travis Hawkins. Hawkins was a member of the visiting Patriots, but he felt right at home at FedEx Field, not too far away from Gaithersburg’s Quince Orchard High School, where he played football from 2005-09. HewasamemberofQuince Orchard’s2007undefeatedstate championship team. Last week, he got the unlikely opportunity to play his first National Football League game in his home state and he said he enjoyed every bit of it. “It was great. It was great to be home. Playing in front of my family and friends and just playing against a team I grew up watching [and] liking,” Hawkins said following a practice on Sunday evening, back at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. For the entire week leading up to the Redskins game, the Patriots were taking part in joint practices and scrimmages with Washington in Richmond, Va., at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. The two teams had grown familiar with one another over the week, but Hawkins said he still had a few nerves creep in moments before the game. “Just because, going into my first NFL game — I’ve been to a Redskins game before, but I never been on the field. Just being on the field, and just look-

ing up in the stadium, like, my dreams finally came true. It was amazing,” Hawkins said. He was signed by the Patriots in May as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Delaware, one day after the NFL Draft concluded. Hawkins played cornerback for Delaware, a position he was highly-recruited at out of Quince Orchard, where he also saw time at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Hawkins originally committed to the University of Maryland, College Park, but transferred to Delaware two years later once a new coaching regime took over at Maryland. Hawkins went one to graduate as one of the top cornerbacks and kick returners in the Colonial Athletic Association. He was also the first person in his family to earn a college degree. Hawkins said that while he was at Delaware, his only focus was to win a championship. And while he never won a CAA title, he did make an impression big enough to make an NFL team’s 90-man preseason roster — something he said never crossed his mind while he was playing. Now with the Patriots, Hawkins is playing a new position, safety, and hoping to stay on the roster, which has to be cut down to 53 players by August 30. Teams also have to cut their roster down to 75 players onAugust26,followingthethird weekend of preseason games. “Absolutely [it’s fun]. Every day, I just got to come out and havefun,”Hawkinssaid.“When I’m having fun, that’s when I feel like I’m playing at my best. Whenever I’m thinking too much and just worrying about the little things, that’s when I start making mistakes.

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Nineteen shows, 500 songs, 350 performers and 30,000 tickets have marked the path from a 2004 Nils Lofgren tribute show to the 10th anniversary of BandHouse Gigs, taking place at the Music Center at Strathmore on Saturday. The team behind BandHouse Gigs creates tribute concerts twice annually celebrating songwriters and performers whose work they admire — along with much of the local music community. Ten years later, they show no signs of letting the music die anytime soon. It all began with the Washington Area Music Timeline Concert Series, a round of shows highlighting the work of local musicians that occurred at Strathmore. The final outdoor concert was to focus on Bruce Springsteen’s guitar player Lofgren, who had performed in several bands in the greater metropolitan area. Ronnie Newmyer, one of BandHouse Gigs’ executive producers, was asked to organize the show due to his history playing with Lofgren. Along with Chuck Sullivan, Newmyer put together the concert, which brought in a crowd of 5,000. Following the concert’s success they were asked to produce more tributes, and the rest was history. “Strathmore was hugely influential and encouraged us to broaden our base so we didn’t

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Danny Schwartz, David Sless, Ronnie Newmyer and Chuck Sullivan are working hard during the final days of preparation for BandHouse Gigs’ 10th anniversary musical retrospective concert Aug. 16. come back with the same faces in all of our shows,” Newmyer said. “We’re hugely excited for the opportunity to come back and celebrate this 10 year journey that wouldn’t have happened if not for the opportunity they afforded us in the first place.” Newmyer and Sullivan produce the tribute concerts alongside David Sless, David Schwartz and Greg Hardin — and a handful of volunteers. From the time a concert wraps up, the BandHouse Gigs team begins to plan for the next show and begin sorting through local

performers to invite to participate. BandHouse Gigs have highlighted music from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, as well as eras and events such as Woodstock and the British Invasion. By including the hits as well as deep album cuts familiar to and beloved by few, Newmyer and crew celebrate each artist’s full history with audience members and participating musicians alike. “Musicians do get paid for the shows, but they’re not do-

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BANDHOUSE GIGS 10TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE TRIBUTE CONCERT n When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $15-$29 n More information:

Bluejacket Brewery is one of the newest additions to the DC brewing scene, located in the revitalized section of Southeast Washington, very close to Nationals Stadium. The brewery is part of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group which includes the beer-centric ChurchKey/ Birch and Barley and Rustico. Bluejacket opened in October 2013 in one of Washington’s oldest extant industrial buildings which started life in 1919 as the Boilermakers Shops of the Navy Yard. Bluejacket is a Navy term for an enlisted man and pays homage to the building and neighborhood’s origins. The insides of the empty building were completely crafted to fit the plans for Bluejacket. Bluejacket’s main floor is the brewery’s restaurant and bar, called The Arsenal. The Arsenal has 20 draft lines, each serving a different unfiltered beer at the correct serving temperature through a sophisticated control system. Bluejacket uses eight different glassware shapes to ensure beers are served with the appropriate glass for the style. There also are five cask conditioned ales served via hand pumps. The upper two floors contain the brewery itself. The 15-barrel brewing system has 18 small fermenters which provide flexibility for aging beers

for various lengths of time as needed. There also is a souring room where tart/sour beers are aged and developed in a wide variety of wood casks. Lastly, Bluejacket installed one of the few coolships extant in the country. Plans are to begin using the coolship to create some sour ales starting in the fall. In less than a year of operation, Bluejacket has made more than 70 different beers. Most beers follow traditional styles modified by creativity and experimentation. Until recently, all the beers have been consumed onsite in The Arsenal. Bluejacket has started bottling 10 of their beers and plans to sell kegs to local restaurants and bars. While there is a continuing rotation of beers, the three most popular and regularly available are Forbidden Planet, a dryhopped Kölsch, Lost Weekend IPA made with Citra hops, and Mexican Radio, a spiced sweet stout. Normally there are at least 2-3 funky or sour ales on draft. Forbidden Planet (4.2 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) is a hoppy Kölsch made with a profusion of Galaxy hops. It has a tropical fruit nose with notes of mango, orange and cantaloupe with some floral character. Quite smooth, Forbidden Planet has a light sweet mango front which continues in the middle. A slight citrus-y orange is added in the finish with all going into the aftertaste with the citrus flavors lingering. Ratings: 8/8 Pyro (5.9 percent ABV) is a sour Saison which begins with a complex aroma that is fruity, tangy and has a mild smokiness. The noticeable tangy fruit front

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IN THE ARTS For a free listing, please submit complete information to at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpg format should be submitted when available. DANCES West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. Drop in lessons 7:30 to 9 p.m. ($15), Aug. 15; Ballroom Bash 6:30 to 8:30

p.m., practice and lesson 8:30 p.m. to midnight dance ($20), Aug. 16; Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m., free Rumba lesson at 7 p.m. ($16), Aug. 17; Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. ($16), Aug. 20; Tea Dance 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. ($6), Aug. 21, 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, Scottish Country Dancing, 8 to 10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240-505-0339. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thursdays, 8:15 p.m.

beginner lesson, 9 to 11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Aug. 15, Anna Rain calls to Gaslight Tinkers with Peter Siegel on mandolin, guitar, banjo, Garrett Sawyer on bass, Zoe Darrow on fiddle and Dave Noonan on drums, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $10, English Country, Aug. 13, Stephanie Smith caller, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Swing and Lindy, Show Stoppers for Leaders and Followers, three sessions, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 4-18, $60, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, Waltz, Aug. 17, Terpsichore with Elke Baker (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass),

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Daryl Jr. Cline and the Recliners, Aug. 15; The Last Southern Gentlemen Tour feat. Ellis Marsalis and Delfeayo Marsalis, Aug. 16, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Deanna Bogart, 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, Fillmore Silver Spring, Wild Child, Aug. 14; Boyz II Men, Aug. 15; blessthefall & Chiodos w/Capture the Crown and I Killed the Prom Queen, Aug. 16, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Strathmore, UkeFest 2014, 7 p.m., Aug. 13;

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Best of Strathmore Tribute Shows with Bandhouse Gigs, 8 p.m., Aug. 16, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100,

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre-MTC, “Pinkalicious,” to Aug. 31, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Imagination Stage, “Stuart Little,” Sept. 19 through Oct. 26, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Olney Theatre Center, “Colossal,” Sept. 3-28, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, The Puppet Co., “Little Red & the Pigs,” to Aug. 31; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Fool for Love,” Sept. 3-27, call for show times, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors. 240-644-1100, Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 244-644-1100, Silver Spring Stage, One Act Festival, Aug. 7-24, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, The Writer’s Center, Mariposa Poets, 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 17; Let’s Talk about Sex: How to use Eroticism Effectively in Prose, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Aug. 21; 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301654-8664,

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “Carte Blanche: Seth, Hannah and Schuyler,” to Aug. 17, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, Glenview Mansion, The Friday Group, to Aug. 29, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Marin-Price Galleries, John Aquilino, Aug. 30 to Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622, marin-price. com. VisArts, Gibbs Street Gallery; RIPPLE: Cloth, Community and Connectivity, to Aug. 17, Rockville, 301-315-8200, Washington Printmakers Gallery, 17th annual National Small Works Exhibition, through Aug. 31, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring,

ing this for the money,” Newmyer said. “It’s because they love the experience of working with their peers, and they’re usually happy to be a part of a tribute for a songwriter they also love. We’ve never encountered musicians coming into it for the wrong purpose.” In order to keep the shows fresh and celebrate new, local talent, Newmyer said close to 30 percent of the performers in each concert have never participated in a BandHouse Gigs event before. Through connections to the music industry as well as the word of mouth resulting from previous shows, the producers bring on local talent new to the scene alongside Washington music veterans. The team closely looks at each performer’s style to determine the best song with which to pair them. However, this doesn’t mean band members were kept together on certain performances. Rather, Newmyer emphasized the benefits that come from splitting musicians up, keeping the tribute shows from becoming a themed Battle of the Bands. “Everyone was focused on the

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 b task at hand, and it created a situation where people were supporting each other rather than worrying about playing better than so-andso,” he said. “It became an event full of the history and camaraderie and spirit the Washington music community has been building for the past 35 or 40 years.” The shows have changed locations over the years, from starting outside of Strathmore to moving indoors and expanding to The Barns at Wolf Trap and The Fillmore Silver Spring. Through the venue changes and increased visibility in the community, BandHouse Gigs have maintained their all-volunteer, notfor-profit background. Each show has around 50 individual performers, and a team of approximately a dozen volunteers — some without music or stage backgrounds — keep the productions running smoothly. “The staging — where there are different people taking the stage every second song — is quite complex,” Newmyer said. “And we’re proud we’ve been able to put together sharp, professional shows with people who don’t necessarily do this for a living.” The quality shows — the tribute concerts regularly sell out, proving the importance and lasting mark of the highlighted songwriters and


Ronnie Newmyer performers to the music community present in the area. While each show may provide fresh jitters, BandHouse Gigs never fails to connect the participants — onstage as well as in the audience and behind the scenes — with the music they hold dear. “Even though we’ve done this 19 times, every single time there’s a bit of panic, like maybe none of this is going to work,” he said. “I feel a tremendous satisfaction, it feels like something we were meant to do that we didn’t know we were, in bringing people together like this.”


Continued from Page B-5 is followed by a blast of lemon and orange with a touch of apricot, all lasting into the slightly tart finish and aftertaste. Ratings: 8.5/9. Lost Weekend IPA (6.7 percent ABV) has a grapefruit and bitter hop bouquet from its Citra hops. The robust grapefruit and other citrus flavors in the front continue throughout, joined by a black pepper spiciness in the finish and aftertaste. Ratings: 7.5/7. Mexican Radio (6.5 percent ABV), a spiced sweet stout, has aromas of sweetness, milk stout, roast and chocolate, almost like a New York Egg Cream soda. The strong chocolate front with hints of milk and roast segues into the middle where the roast increases a shade. While the finish is the same, the aftertaste adds a muted bitter hop with nuances of chili. Ratings: 8.5/9.


The Arsenal is the main floor and restaurant/bar for Bluejacket Brewery in Washington, D.C.



“Even though we’ve done this 19 times, every single time there’s a bit of panic, like maybe none of this is going to work. “


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All in the family The Marsalis family has been making music for years. While Branford and Wynton may be a little better known, it doesn’t mean they’re better musically. Although, each in the family might argue over who’s the best. Ellis Marsalis Jr., the patriarch of the Marsalis family, and his son Delfeayo, will be performing together

as part of their “The Last Southern Gentlemen” tour at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Saturday. Ellis Jr., is a pianist, while Delfeayo plays the trombone. The show is a highlight for any jazz fan. Tickets for the show are $30. For more information, visit


Popular R&B group Boyz II Men will be making a stop at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday.

On bended knee

In 1991, a quartet of friends from Philadelphia released an album with a fresh, new sound. The world instantly became hooked and made Boyz II Men quite famous. Although the quartet is now down to a trio, the smooth R&B sounds are still the same, and you can enjoy them yourself when Boyz II Men comes to the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday. Tickets for the show are $39.50. “Cooleyhighharmony,” featured the hits

“It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” “Motownphilly,” and “Uhh Ahh,” making the album a smash — going nine times platinum in the U.S. alone. Since then, the group has gone on to release 11 more albums, including a Christmas CD. Their most recent album, “Collide,” is set to be released on Sept. 30. For more information, visit or call 301-960-9999.


Ellis Marsalis Jr., the patriarch of the famed musical Marsalis family, and son Delfeayo, will perform at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Super Club on Saturday.

It’s just like candy


Jackie Hoysted’s “Pick n’ Mix” is currently on display at VisArts in Rockville.

Artwork that’s good enough to eat? No, this isn’t a scene from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, it’s the latest exhibit at VisArts in Rockville. “Jackie Hoysted: The Candy Store” is on display now through Aug. 17 at the Gibbs Street Gallery in Rockville. The exhibit is free and open to the public.



Hoysted, a native of Dublin, Ireland, has used scented paints to make her paintings look and smell good enough to eat. Her works play with idea of “eye candy” — a personal contemplation on desire and craving. For more information, visit or call 301-315-8200.


Fran Abrams “Purple Squared,” is on display at the “It’s Abstract!” exhibit in Germantown.

In the abstract

Fran Abram’s “Purple Squared” is just one of the many pieces of art on display right now at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. “It’s Abstract!,” an exhibit that features works by 12 different local artists, focuses on abstract paintings, photographs, sculptures, mixed media works and digital prints. The exhibit is open now through Sept. 5, in the Main Gallery at BlackRock. Of the 12 artists, five are local to Montgomery County: Abrams from Rockville; Laurie Breen of Silver Spring; Felisa Federman of Potomac; and Gordana Gerskovic and Ronald Komara, both of Gaithersburg. All of the artists’ works have been shown not only in the region, but in studios outside of the DMV as well. For more information, visit or call 301-528-2260.

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Andrews Gazette, a newspaper published for distribution on Joint Base Andrews and the surrounding community, is searching for an independent Editor/Writer. Candidate must be able to come up with story ideas for the weekly paper as well as go out in the community and cover events for publication. Supervise one reporter/photographer and work with copy desk to layout the paper each week. An understanding of how to cover military service members and their families a plus. Must be organized and a team player. Strong writing and editing skills (AP style) a must. Must be able to manage staff and processes. College degree in journalism required. Prefer military family members and/or former military candidates. If interested and qualified, please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements and three writing samples to We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE. HEALTHCARE


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