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By 4:15 p.m. Sept. 20 Lauren Itzkowitz had begun to worry that her daughter’s school bus, which was carrying students from North Chevy Chase and Rosemary Hills elementary schools, had not yet arrived. Waiting at a bus stop in Kensington with two grandmothers, Itzkowitz knew the bus might be a bit late because it was being driven by a substitute driver, but by 4:20 she had become concerned. That’s when she looked up Saul Road to see a group of about 20 children crossing the road.


Mark Gabriele and his wife, Beth Edgerton, both furloughed federal workers from Bethesda, enjoy lunch together Tuesday at Jaleo in Bethesda. “Last week felt bizarre, and this week you feel guillty,” Edgerton said. She noted that the “work doesn’t go away” and that they will have to catch up after the furloughs end.


Walter Reed employees return to work; Navy scrubs birthday concert


Employees at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda went back to work Monday, despite the lingering federal government shutdown. The Department of Defense, under the direction of Secretary Chuck Hagel, eliminated furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members, based on a legal interpretation of the Pay Our Military Act, Hagel said in a statement Saturday. However, the law does not allow for a blanket recall of all Defense Department employees, Hagel said in the statement. Walter Reed ordered all general

Exemptions sought so they can pursue higher-level studies


Bethesda navigates the shutdown

schedule employees back to work Monday at their regularly scheduled times, according to the hospital. Still, thousands of federal workers remain out of work, as do federal contractors. Bethesda defense giant Lockheed Martin, one of Montgomery County’s largest employers, started furloughing about 2,400 employees companywide on Monday because of the political standoff. The number of sidelined employees was 600 fewer than what Lockheed officials announced Friday. After Hagel said Saturday that most of the roughly 400,000 civilian employees in that department had been deemed essential for national security, Lockheed officials decided

The Irish tin whistlers are on the move, the international waltzers have found a new home and the plein-air watercolorists are searching the landscape for a new location. In fact, all of the folks enrolled in Glen Echo Park’s many art, music and dance classes have scrambled to find new places in the area to meet

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It turned out that the bus driver had dropped the children off at the wrong stop, which was about a half mile away. It fell to Itzkowitz and the two grandmothers to shepherd the children home. Mix-ups like these are all too likely, say some parents of Montgomery County Public School students, when buses are driven by substitutes who do not know the routes, the children or where the stops are. Parents want to see some sort of a system in place — such as assigned buses or adult bus monitors — that would minimize these incidents. They also want a way to communicate with the school system when these problems arise. In 2009, Maryland’s Office of



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Parents of language-immersion students say they deserve an exemption from proposed changes to the Montgomery County Public Schools’ transfer policy. The changes, meant to prevent overcrowding at some high schools, would hinder their children’s ability to continue upper-level language studies from elementary and middle schoollevel immersion programs, the parents say. The school board’s policy


committee is set to next discuss comments submitted regarding the changes at its Tuesday meeting. One proposed change to the transfer policy would require a student who attended a middle school that is not their neighborhood school to reapply to continue on to a high school in the same cluster. A family who wants to transfer their child to another school must prove a significant hardship to be granted a Change of School Assignment. Parents said at the Sept. 23 school board meeting and in interviews that immersion students represent a small percentage of the total number of students who attend a school

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Cities, towns upgrade sites to provide more services Governments take different Digital approaches to using the Web overnment n

Part two in a two-part series

ONLINE EXTRAS n Data mining has both positive and negative sides. n Trends and statistics for municipal governments’ and county entities’ websites.


Early next year, the city of Gaithersburg plans to roll out a new website with better search capabilities and a more user-friendly design. “We’re switching over to a services-based model,” said Andrew

Barnes, a programmer for Gaithersburg’s website, which currently presents information sorted by departments. The “modern-day look and feel” of the new site will make it easier for residents and business owners to access basic information and services, such as finding out how to apply for a permit or get a recycling bin. With the contractor’s redesign, Gaithersburg joins local governments nationwide trying to meet the demand of higher Web use



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while dealing with dwindling resources. “Some see technology as a way to extend services at a lower cost through their websites, while others view it as a cost center that could be cut,” said Todd Sander, executive director for the California-based Center for Digital Government. Gaithersburg, Rockville and Takoma Park are among the Montgomery municipalities trying to provide

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9 Tot Time: Squirrel Tales, 10:15-11 a.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. $5. Register at Tyke Hikes: Hibernation, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Take a mini-nature hike and make a craft to take home. $5. Register at www. Nonfiction book discussion, 2 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. “The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales” by Bruno Bettelheim. Free. 240-773-9590. Managing Anger: A Parent’s Guide, 7:309:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Participants will learn ways to change thoughts, words and actions for more positive outcomes. $90 for three sessions. 301-929-8824.

THURSDAY, OCT. 10 Educators’ Open House, 5-8 p.m., Meadow-

side Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Regional environmental education providers will present the latest in science and environmental programs. Free. 301-258-4034.

FRIDAY, OCT. 11 MCC Craft Show, 5-8 p.m., Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road, Potomac, also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12. Proceeds will go toward local charities. Free admission. www.gfwcmd. org/clubs/montgomeryco/ccmoco.html. Campfire and Nature Walk, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. $6. Register at www.parkpass. org. Bluegrass Band Mama Tried, 8-11 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville. $15 suggested donation.

Montgomery County Stair Climb, 9 a.m., North Bethesda Market Tower, 11418 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Climb 110 stories of stairs as an endurance test in memory of the firefighters and personnel who died during 9/11. $25, pre-registration required. thomas.monahan@

Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department’s 65th Annual Open House, 10 a.m.-5

p.m., 8001 River Road, Bethesda. Includes free blood pressure checks, tours of the fire station and explanation of fire/rescue apparatus. www. Make It Take It: Moon Magic, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Learn a little about the moon and make a celestial-inspired wall hanging. $2 per craft. 301-258-4030. Haunted Gingerbread House Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive, Rockville. Fee includes one house and all the spooky decorating supplies. $40 for city residents, $45 for non-residents. 240-314-8840. Witchcraft at Salem, 1:30-4 p.m., Bethesda Regional Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda. A talk about the outbreak of witchcraft in the U.S. Free. Walking tour, 2-3:30 p.m., Garrett Park Post Office, 4600 Waverly Ave., Garrett Park. This tour of historic Garrett Park gives a capsule of the town’s history from the late 19th century through today. $5. info@montgomeryhistory. org. Intermediate Latin Dance Intensive, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Joy of Motion Dance Center Bethesda, 7315 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $75 for three weeks. 301-986-0016.


Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda. Includes potato salad, applesauce, ham, baked beans, rolls, beer and soda. $45, register in advance. Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C., 2:30-4:30 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. Author Rob Kasper speaks on “Baltimore Beer, A Satisfying History of Charm City Brewing.” Free. 301-320-6979. Couples Only Wedding and Event Social Dance Intensive, 3-5 p.m., Joy of Motion Dance

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Montgomery County Economic Roundtable, 8:45 a.m.-noon, Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville. State Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp will host. Free. 410-260-4020. 14th Annual College Fair, 6-8 p.m., Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington. More than 110 colleges across the country. Free. Planning for Safe Teen Driving, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Provides proven strategies to help teens safely navigate this critical stage. $30 per adult, $15 per teen. 301-929-8824.

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Walt Whitman High School roars for Katy Perry PEOPLE & PL ACES AGNES BLUM

Walt Whitman High School has roared, and wants everyone to hear it. Hundreds of students in the Bethesda school took part in a student-directed video that showcased school spirit while Katy Perry’s hit song “Roar” played in the background. The video is Whitman’s submission for a contest sponsored by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Whitman is one of hundreds of schools that sent in two-minute videos of students performing their own renditions of “Roar.” Perry will play a live concert at the winning school on or about Oct. 25. The concert will also be broadcast on “Good Morning America.” “We had help from teachers but it was all student-run,” said Jorge Richardson, senior, president of the student body. The Whitman video features the school mascot, a Viking, running through the halls past athletes, teachers and students, some of whom hold signs that read “I beat cancer.” Last February, Whitman students won the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society High School Challenge award by raising $91,000, making it the most successful school in the country, said Ben Zimmerman, the editor of the school paper, the Black & White. At the end of the video, students dressed in the school colors of black, white and Columbia blue descend on the football field and spell out the word “Roar.” About half the school, or 1,000 students, showed up for that scene, Richardson said. The filmmakers got the word through announcements on the school’s public address system, and through Twitter and Facebook. “It was a challenge. We used every single source, Richardson said. “The day of, everyone was dressed up in school colors and it really helped bring in the people who were half on-board.” The deadline to enter was

performers must perform the piece submitted on the audition tape. Auditioning companies and choreographers can apply two ways: Apply online at www. or mail in a completed application and DVD including one performance piece that is 8 to 10 minutes in length; resume including past performances and a nonrefundable entry fee of $15 to 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. Applications must be received by Nov. 22, 2013.

Oct. 1 and a panel of judges will decide on the winner, who will be notified on or around Oct. 10, according to the “Good Morning America” website. “A lot of our aspirations have already happened — getting a bigger sense of community and school spirit,” Richardson said.

Packing on the tons Bethesda Jewish Congregation, with the help of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church members, collected 3,292 pounds of food, that’s more than 1.5 tons, and delivered it to the Manna Food Center right after the Jewish High Holy Days in early September. Manna Food Center is the designated food bank for Montgomery County and serves more than 184,000 people per year. Donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 9311 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg.

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Ellen’s Run race winners announced


Hope Connections for Cancer Support, a Bethesda nonprofit that provides free support, education and social programs to people with cancer and their loved ones, is teaming with the Alloro Collection, a clothing line started by a local cancer survivor for women who have had breast cancer, to bring the Looking Good fashion show and trunk sale to Bethesda. The show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Hope Connections for Cancer Support’s Beaumont House at FASEB, 9650 Rockville Pike in Bethesda. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception, followed by the fashion show featuring some of the Alloro’s 15-piece core collection of tops, pants, dresses, camisoles and accessories modeled by Hope Connections’ participants. After the show, there will be a trunk sale and guests will have the opportunity to try on and purchase the clothing modeled as well as other items from the collection. While the clothing was designed with the specific challenges of breast cancer survivors in mind, it is chic and

Walt Whitman High School’s Student Government Association class organized the Bethesda school’s Katy Perry “Roar” video contest entry. comfortable for all women. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased by calling 301-6347500 or online at; 25 percent of Alloro’s profits will got to underserved women with breast cancer.

Food Cowboy rides in to save food waste Food Cowboy, a new startup social enterprise cofounded by Bethesda local Barbara Cohen, is launching an event on World Food Day — Oct. 16 — to help recover unserved food from catered events for local soup kitchens and shelters. The company wants to ensure that unserved food from parties and events is not wasted, but is shared with hungry people in the community. With the motto of “nothing goes to waste,” Food Cowboy reduces food waste by handling the logistics of getting surplus food to charities. In an average three-week



period, American industry wastes 34 million tons of food — enough to feed 50 million schoolchildren for a full year — while one in six American families does not know where its next meal is coming from, Cohen said. She said that she and her partners have developed logistics tools and services to tackle both consumer and commercial food waste. Food Cowboy’s first two clients are a wedding and a bar mitzvah, both in Montgomery County, this month. The hosts, who will be the very first “Food Cowboys,” pay $1 per guest for the service but can take tax deductions equal to the value of their donations. For more information, visit or call 800-673-6916.

Applications accepted for Bethesda dance contest The Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District is accepting applications for the 10th

annual Dance Bethesda Concert. Selected dance companies will be invited to perform in the concert on March 8 at Round House Theatre and will receive a $600 honorarium. Auditions will be viewed by the Dance Bethesda selection panel consisting of Susan Shields, professor in the School of Dance at George Mason University; Christine Stone Martin, manager of the Kennedy Center’s ballet company, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet; and Maida Withers, founder and artistic director of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, and professor of dance at The George Washington University. Dance companies and choreographers located in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C., are eligible to submit an audition application. All dance genres are eligible. Dance companies must have been in existence for at least two years. Choreographers, including emerging and established, are not required to have an established dance company. Selected

Ellen’s Run, the annual race held in memory of Ellen Vala Schneider, was held Sept. 29 at Candy Cane Pavilion in Chevy Chase. The male winners of the 5K include Roni Teich, in first place with a race time of 16:06; David Stopper, in second place with a race time of 17:31; and Ethan Katz, in third place with a race time of 17:42. For the women, Emily Young took first place with a race time of 18:43; Helen Webster, second with a race time of 19:09; and Almaz Gebre, third with a race time of 19:15. Money was raised for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Community Scholarship Fund, which Schneider chaired, and the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, where Schneider served on the board.

DEATHS Ruth Eleanor Adam Bottom Ruth Eleanor Adam Bottom, 89, died July 11, 2013, at Sunrise Assisted Living of Fair Oaks in Fairfax, Va. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at Olney Baptist Church with inurnment to follow at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at Arlington National Cemetery.




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Montgomery high schools map out plans for math Kensington school focuses on ninth- and 12th-graders




Montgomery County public high schools now all have a plan of action when it comes to math. The plans stem from Montgomery County Public Schools efforts to study students’ performance in math courses following the release of poor math exam scores, said Christopher Garran, associate superintendent of high schools. Each high school was charged with developing a plan that incorporated both practices already in place as well as new efforts to help students struggling in math. Through the plans, Garran said, the school system aims to address not only exam scores, but “math achievement overall.” Garran said that he and others recently completed meeting with representatives from each high school

— including principals, math resource teachers and math department heads — to discuss their plans. Schools, however, were encouraged to start implementing their plans before those meetings, he said. Garran said schools’ plans go “beyond interventions and supports” and also address how the delivery of instruction might be changed, such as through group learning or adding more critical thinking. The plans also were required to “name names,” and therefore be specific about exactly which students are struggling. “The names are going to change,” he said. “We have to know that and be on top of it.” Garran said he anticipates the high schools’ plans will change when a school system work group examining the issue of math semester exams releases its findings. At Clarksburg High School, Principal James Koutsos said the school is putting an emphasis on its 9th grade Algebra 1 students.

A new practice in place since midSeptember in math as well as other classes involves teachers setting aside a time period toward the end of class when they focus specifically on providing extra help to students struggling with a particular concept, he said. Koutsos said the school also is in the process of building an after-school program for its algebra students. The school already has held two of the weekly meetings, the most recent of which about 10 students attended, he said. “Although we’re not making it a requirement, we’re strongly encouraging it,” he said. He said the school will continue to provide opportunities for students to receive help before and after school as well as during lunch. Koutsos said the recent math exam scores were not a “primary driver” in how the school assessed its position. “We look at it from a more holistic approach,” he said. Marjani Isreal, a math resource teacher at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, said the school’s ac-

tion plan involves a more systematic approach for strategies and teaching practices already in place at the school. Isreal said the math exam data provided some information, but that the school was more concerned with who was passing the classes. In its math action plan, she said, the school is focusing on two group of students: ninth-graders who, based on data from their middle school performance, look like they might not pass algebra; and seniors who need math credits to graduate. Ninth grade, she said, is an important year because algebra is critical to the rest of students’ high school math education. “If they don’t get those basic skills, those foundations, then they can’t be successful,” she said. In algebra classes, she said, teachers are placing students in rotating groups to “encourage student discourse.” The school also has developed a more systematic approach to how it monitors students who are receiving D and E grades in math classes, she said.

Magruder High School Principal Leroy Evans said his school is focusing on algebra as well. Through its plan, he said, Magruder aims to improve its practices rather than adding different ones. Evans said the Rockville school’s math teachers are among those who will continue to offer extra help to students after the last bell rings. “Our teachers and other staff are here long after the school day ends,” he said. As the school developed its plan, Evans said, it did not look at recent math exam scores, which he said are “not as relevant right now.” Magruder is tracking current students to help identify which ones need help and how, he said. Evans said his discussion with central office staff involved an in-depth analysis of the plan to make sure the school is able to make a difference for struggling students. “This is not a dry run,” Evans said. “This is no rehearsal.”

Taste of Bethesda reflects its international flavor Great weather, great food combine for an afternoon of festivities on the streets



Using long paddles, three men scraped the bottom of the 6½-footwide metal frying pan, called a paella, to ensure the chicken and vegetables would caramelize and not burn. The cooks, from Bethesda’s popular tapas-style restaurant Jaleo, would later add 33 pounds of rice to make arroz con pollo to serve 700 people at Taste of Bethesda on Saturday. “We will have the longest line here,” said James Gee, head chef at Jaleo, as he directed the men to empty a large container of minced garlic into the pan. The meal was the first of three Gee said the restaurant would make, serving 2,100 people in all. Jaleo was just one of 52 restaurants that set up booths along Norfolk, Fairmont, Cordell and Del Ray avenues for the 24th Taste of Bethesda festival. The annual event also featured five stages with music and a children’s area with arts and crafts, balloons and face painting. In addition to the aroma of frying garlic, the air was rich with the smells of local restaurants offering food as diverse as Montgomery County. Walking down the streets of Woodmont Triangle, the scent of Indian spices from the Tandoori Nights booth mingled with

rich smell of roasted java from Quartermaine Coffee. Health-conscious locals could sample house-made hummus and carrots from Cafe Deluxe while those with more of a sweet tooth could enjoy salted caramel cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake. Over at the Barking Dog’s booth, people lined up to exchange tickets for pulled pork sliders. Taste tickets were sold four for $5 and most booths’ offerings cost from one to four tickets. “It’s a great day — I love being out in the community,” said Bob Brooksbank, one of the owners of Barking Dog. The event offered him the chance to showcase his establishment’s food, he said. “We’re more of a tavern and this helps get the word out.” About 40,000 people were expected to attend, according to Bethesda Urban Partnership, which sponsored the event. The event draws folks from around the region, from as far away as Baltimore and Frederick, said Stephanie Coppula, spokeswoman for the partnership. Ridhi and Richa Harmani came from Alexandria, Va., to dance on the St. Elmo stage as part of the Rhythmaya Dance Company, which specializes in South Asian-style dancing. The two girls, 9 and 7 respectively, wore Indian garb as they performed the classical North Indian dance called “Kathak.” “It felt like a privilege,” Ridhi said.


James Gee, head chef at Jaleo in Bethesda, cooks chicken on a large pan measuring more than 6 feet in diameter for a rice dish with vegetables Saturday during a Taste of Bethesda food and music festival. The event featured more than 50 area restaurants and live music.

Einstein High teacher charged with sex abuse of a minor Teacher and student allegedly exchanged inappropriate emails




A Potomac man who teaches social studies at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington has been charged with sexually abusing one of his former students after the girl’s mother found a string of sexually charged emails between the pair. Richard Brian Shemer, 50, of Maplecrest Drive was arrested Oct. 2 and charged with one count of sex abuse of a minor. Montgomery County Police learned of the abuse after the girl’s mother dis-

covered an email exchange between Shemer and the girl and contacted authorities. Shemer had developed a “close relationship” with the girl, one of his students last year, according to Shemer’s charging documents, which said the girl shared intimate details of her life Shemer with Shemer. The conversations continued via email, according to his arresting document. Shemer used both his school and his personal email accounts in the exchanges and he asked for a graphic

photo of the girl, according to charging documents. “The state is concerned this behavior took place on and off school grounds,” Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Jessica Hall said Thursday in Montgomery County District Court. Shemer’s bail initially was set at $250,000. Hall argued during the Thursday hearing that the bail should not be lowered. Paul Kemp, Shemer’s attorney, argued to have his client released without bail. He said Shemer is an award-winning teacher and has no criminal history. Shemer has three children: two in college and a daughter who is currently in high school, Kemp said in an inter-

view after the bond review. “These allegations are salacious and disturbing,” District Judge James Sarfield said. Sarfield noted that Shemer did not have a criminal history and that the charges involved only one victim. Shemer is not charged with touching the 16-year-old girl, but with engaging in sexually exploitative conduct. He lowered Shemer’s bail to $125,000. But he ordered Shemer not to have contact with any minors besides his daughter and to stay away from Einstein, among other conditions. Dana Tofig, a spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools, said Shemer was placed on administrative leave when the school system learned of the allegations after he was arrested.

“We will conduct an internal investigation at the appropriate time, after the police have completed their investigation,” Tofig said in an email. Shemer has been a county school system employee since 2002 and worked at Einstein since 2010, Tofig said. Shemer’s next court date is scheduled for Nov. 1. Several members of Shemer’s family declined to speak to The Gazette about Shemer’s case. “This is totally out of character,” Kemp said of Shemer, calling his client a “fine person.” Staff Writer Lindsay A. Powers contributed to this report.


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Two developers broke ground recently on apartment buildings in Bethesda and Potomac. In the Woodmont Triangle area in Bethesda, the 7770 Norfolk building is expected to include 244 units and 6,000 square feet of retail space, according to a news release from developer JBG Cos. of Chevy Chase. The project is a joint venture of JBG, Ross Development & Investment and the CIM Group. The 17-story building is expected to be finished in 2015, the release said. Developers plan to put a restaurant or cafe on the ground floor, with apartments above and a rooftop pool. The companies broke

ground on the building Thursday. Near Interstate 270 in Potomac, Foulger-Pratt Cos. recently began building the Park Potomac Apartments, according to a news release from the Rockville developer. The new building will have 297 units of luxury apartments, according to the release. Foulger-Pratt said they will attract “working professionals, more mature singles and couples, and empty nesters.” The Park Potomac Apartments also are expected to have retail space on the ground floor and a swimming pool. The apartments are part of the Park Potomac planned community, which also includes condominiums, townhomes, a Harris Teeter grocery store and a Founding Farmers restaurant. Future plans for expanding the community include a luxury hotel, office space and more retail, according to the news release.

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Firefighter: ‘As realistic as it can get’ County task force pushes n

County’s rescue workers and dogs get training in a live simulation BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER

Two firefighters stood on top of a concrete roofing slab, using a core drill to punch a hole to the crumpled Volkswagen Passat beneath. “Clear!” one of the men shouted, as the drill made a high-pitched whine, then popped through the slab. “They’re drilling a hole so I can stick this camera in,” said John Gilkey, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Master Firefighter and a member of Maryland Task Force 1, a Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search and Rescue team. Gilkey, who was the search team manager in the simulation grabbed a small, pole-mounted “search-cam,” and threaded it through the hole to try to get a look at the mannequin in the car beneath. “This is as realistic as it can get without it being a true disaster,” said another firefighter. Cindy Beach, a paramedic stationed at Fire House 35 in Clarksburg, monitored carbonmonoxide levels nearby. “In a collapse you might have a car running in there,” she said, explaining that she was also checking for “lower explosive limits” and doing other atmospheric monitoring.

It was all part of a three-day FEMA-required live simulation that Montgomery County firefighters and the doctors and engineers who make up Maryland Task Force 1 participated in at the former Department of Liquor Control building on Crabb’s Branch Way in Rockville this week. Maryland Task Force 1, which is sponsored by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, is one of 28 such task forces around the country that respond to natural disasters or other emergencies, such as the bombing of the Pentagon, or the Oklahoma City bombing. “This was a fully functional building until last Friday,” said Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham. The Department of Liquor Control moved out of the massive warehouse this year. This week, it looked more like it had been hit by a bomb, or an earthquake. On Monday, there were clusters of beige tents with the letters MD-1 outside the building. The task force has enough equipment and provisions to maintain an 80-person force for three days, Graham said. Firefighters got permission from the property’s new developers to use it for the live simulation, Graham said, then scattered nine dummies representing cadavers or live victims in and around the building, and dropped a massive section of the building’s roof on top of them. In preparing one simulation, firefighters made dogs search for other firefighters in

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John Gilkey and his Labrador retriever Jester of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue’s Urban Search and Rescue team MD-TF1 walk about the roof of the collapsed former Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control warehouse outside of Rockville on Monday following training exercises there. the rubble. They also placed “tickers,” which simulate a person knocking against debris, trying to signal for help, and actual human body parts — “legally obtained,” one firefighter said — in some locations to test cadaver search dogs. Long, twisted I-beams, asphalt and tar roofing, and piles of concrete debris lay cluttered around the site. Strands of reinforcement bar sprouted out of concrete pilings. Task force members used the coring drill, reciprocating saws and massive wire cutters to work their way through the mess. “Concrete breaching actually is one of the bread-andbutter elements of urban search and rescue,” said Scott Goldstein, another assistant chief for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, as he walked through a separate area of the building. In

that section, where the roof had not collapsed, members of the task force nailed together long boards of lumber and shored up various sections of walls — reminiscent of emergency situations rescue workers had to navigate similar to the Pentagon bombing, Goldstein said. “[Shoring] held up the building where the plane hit,” he said. Back at the Passat, a rescue worker called out, “I’ve got a victim right here!” Within a few more minutes, they finally extricated the mannequin from the crumpled car. It was the sixth of the day. As a chilly rain came down, they took a short break, then headed back to work — there were more victims in the rubble and time was draining away.

A task force says one thing is vital for the nightlife to thrive in Montgomery County: looser liquor restrictions. If restaurants could derive more profit from alcohol sales, they could respond to greater demand for higher quality alcoholic beverages. That’s the opinion of the Nighttime Economy Task Force, which is looking into ways the county can increase nighttime business and social activity, and therefore boost local economies and provide employment in the county. The task force could recommend that a restaurant’s alcohol sales, now limited by law at 50 percent of profits, be increased to 60 percent, said Henriot St. Gerard, the task force’s vice chairman, at the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board on Monday night. “This is a big one,” said St. Gerard, a Wheaton resident. “If we want to have a vibrant nighttime economy ... [restaurants] have to be able to serve alcohol.” Whatever the level, the remainder of the profits would come from food sales. The draft recommendations, which are still under review, also include a request for more police officers to be on hand in busy areas to enforce

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public safety at night. Goshen resident Robert Nelson suggested the task force look into more family-friendly activities after sunset, such as ice skating rinks or roller skating. Improving the nighttime economy in Montgomery County is “not just about bringing in bars,” Nelson said. The task force’s recommendations for nightlife venues have been focused on liquor laws and public safety. “[Task force members] don’t want to make alcohol the conversation, but that is the underlying issue,” St. Gerard said. Poolesville resident Daisha New, a member of the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board, said she would like to see Germantown area restaurants stay open later. Venues such as a jazz supper club could bring in more revenue after dark, she suggested. “We have some great restaurants in place, but none of them are allowed to stay open late enough,” she said. The task force also recommended lengthening hours for food trucks and giving developers incentives to build small, affordable performance areas in arts and entertainment districts. Transportation could also be enhanced by adding more taxi stands and expanding the frequency and reach of nighttime transit service, St. Gerard said. “All of these recommendations will, I think, entice businesses to come here,” he said. “It cannot work if most of the recommendations aren’t in place.” County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) appointed the 21-member task force in May. Public comments for the task force will be accepted by email via nighttimeeconomy.cex@ until Oct. 20. The task force will deliver its final recommendations to the county council on Oct. 21.



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AAA Mid-Atlantic is urging the county to reconsider its bus rapid transit plan. AAA representative Mahlon G. Anderson wrote in a letter to the Montgomery County Council on Sunday that the county’s plan is “fatally flawed in multiple ways.” County planners are working on a plan to bring a rapid transit network to existing

county roads. The county is proposing eight lines, which would run through U.S. 29, New Hampshire Avenue, University Boulevard, Georgia Avenue, Veirs Mill Road, Randolph Road, Md. 355 and North Bethesda. The network would be part of the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan, which is intended to improve transportation options, support local businesses and be environmentally friendly, according to county planners. Anderson argues in his letter that building bus lines on existing arteries would hobble the

area’s infrastructure. “Reducing ... capacity by ‘repurposing’ general lanes on some of our county’s most clogged arteries is a recipe for even worse gridlock,” Anderson wrote. “Dedicated lanes should be created by adding capacity to our arteries, not by subtracting it.” A memo from Montgomery County Deputy Council Administrator Glenn Orlin said some lanes may be created from medians or along the side of county roads, and others may be implemented through reversible lanes. The Coalition for Smarter

Growth, an advocacy group for mass transit, has supported the plan, but some downcounty residents, including Councilwoman Nancy M. Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park, have criticized it. In Friendship Heights, residents argued that the traffic congestion from bus lanes, in an area with multiple mass transit options, would do more harm than good. In August, the County Council added a second day of public hearings to its schedule for the proposed 81-mile bus rapid transit system. The system has been pared down from County

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Carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator at an apartment complex in Bethesda sent 15 people to local and regional hospitals this weekend. Eight people were listed in serious condition, but none have life-threatening injuries, officials said. Two were flown to hospitals by helicopter and were referred for hyperbaric treatment, said Scott Graham, assistant chief of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. The treatment helps red blood cells regain the ability to absorb and carry oxygen. Fire officials declined to disclose further information about the victims’ conditions. The toxic gas came from a generator that maintenance workers were repairing at about 10:30 a.m. at the Middlebrooke Apartments, on Battery Lane. One worker fainted and a resident who was near the back of the 11-story building also was overcome. According to Barbara Bryniarski from Bethesda-Chevy Chase Fire and Rescue, firefighters found “exceedingly high” levels of carbon-monoxide feet from the building’s entrance. Fire crews at the BethesdaChevy Chase fire station — which was preparing to celebrate its annual open house — ran to the building in gas masks and began clearing people out of the apartment building. “We had a lot of the people on the call,” Bryniarski said, when reached by phone. Firefighters evacuated more than 150 residents from the 97unit building and measured gas levels on each floor of the building. They found levels of 200 to 800 parts per million, which could have been lethal if not treated quickly. Normal levels of carbon monoxide are about 35 parts per million. “We call carbon monoxide the silent killer,” said Graham, noting that the gas is colorless and odorless. The situation could have been much more grave if there hadn’t been so many responders at the Bethedsa-Chevy Chase firehouse, located nearby. Residents sat on the building’s front lawn as they waited nearly four hours before they were able to return to their homes. Carbon monoxide detectors are in every unit, residents said, but only some heard alarms go off before the evacuation began. “There were a lot of blessings today,” Graham said.

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Executive Isiah Leggett’s 2012 plan for a 161.5-mile network. The AAA representative questioned whether the county could afford the current proposed network, with possible capital and operating costs coming to half a billion dollars per year. “We believe a detailed financial analysis must be conducted,” Anderson wrote. Orlin’s memo to the council said the county expects an estimated cost for land acquisition, design and construction to be about $3 billion. In comparison, Orlin noted, the Intercounty Connector cost $2.4 billion.

In his letter, Anderson applauded county planners’ move toward pedestrian, bicycle and transit activity. “This is appropriate for current and future urban areas, but ... it must not be accomplished by doing serious damage to those commuters and residents who choose to use — or must rely — on their cars.” The County Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee will assess the plan, corridor by corridor, during a series of work sessions this month.


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Developers can get more housing density in exchange for below-market-rate units BY AGNES BLUM STAFF WRITER

Leaders in Montgomery County’s efforts to provide affordable housing met Monday with staff members of the county’s planning department to dispel some myths about what the new zoning code might mean for their efforts. A lot of misinformation and

mischaracterization has circulated about the changes, said Barbara Goldberg Goldman, co-chairwoman of the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County Maryland, which organized the event. The nonprofit works on issues such as workforce housing, mixeduse and mixed-income developments, inclusionary zoning, rental housing and home ownership. County planners recently rewrote the zoning code to modernize antiquated and redundant zoning regulations. The County Council’s Planning, Housing, and Economic Devel-

opment Committee’s draft of the zoning code text and map is to be released Friday. On Nov. 12 and 14, the full council will hold public hearings to get feedback. In December, the committee will meet to consider the public hearing testimony and finalize the draft. “We thought the best approach would be bring together all of us who are involved and invested in this issue,” Goldberg Goldman said. “Let’s get the facts and the real deal from the people who are most responsible for crafting the zoning rewrite.”

Far from hurting the number of new affordable housing units being developed, the new code will help promote the building of moderately priced dwelling units, said Rose Krasnow, the county’s interim planning director. The moderately priced housing program, started in 1974, lets developers increase housing density in return for building below-market-rate units. Under the current code, projects with 20 or more units must designate 12.5 percent to 15 percent of new units as affordable. In exchange, developers can build up to 22 percent more than the density permitted in the original zoning. Developers can get even greater density if they add extra units, said Joshua Sloan, a planning department staffer. How-

ever, this has not created a bevy of new affordable units, he said. Since 2005, only 119 units, out of the thousands built, have been “bonus,” according to county records. “We’re not getting a large amount,” Sloan said. However, under the proposed code, a developer would be able to add more moderately priced units than the required 12.5 percent and not have those additional units counted against the project’s density. For some advocates in the affordable housing world, that still would not spur developers to build enough lower-cost units to meet demand. “A growing number of people in the affordable housing world are asking for 15 percent to be a given,” said Robert Goldman of Montgomery Housing

Partnership, a nonprofit housing developer that acquires, rehabilitates, builds and manages quality affordable rental housing in the county. “What could get developers to 15 percent?” Krasnow cautioned that it was a balancing act and that putting too many demands on developers could stymie new growth. “It’s very expensive for them to do that,” Krasnow said. “We could have a huge backlash.” Richard Nelson, the director of the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs, said the base of 12.5 percent makes Montgomery County one of the most, if not the most, progressive jurisdictions in the nation.

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After tasting political victory by helping legalize gay marriage in Maryland, Kevin Walling is ready for more, so he’s throwing his hat in the ring for one of three District 16 delegate seats. The New Jersey native, 28, said working on the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which voters approved in a 2012 referendum, whetted his appetite for the political process. Walling was the director of communications and development for Equality Maryland, Maryland’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group.

“I’m running because I love Maryland. I love what we were able to do for marriage equality,” said Walling, who lives in Bethesda and is single. District 16 includes Bethesda, Cabin John, Glen Echo and parts of Chevy Chase, Potomac and Rockville. Walling said he has not filed to run yet, but his campaign is up and active. A self-described progressive, Walling said the next big fight will be to pass a transgender rights bill that would protect Marylanders from discrimination based on gender identity. “I know what it takes to pass legislation in Annapolis and be a really good advocate,” Walling said. “You’re going to see much younger, much more progressive people being elected.” He also mentioned closing the education gap, protecting the environment and economic development as issues important to him. Walling, who works as a senior strategist for Stones


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Message from drug forum: More parents need to listen BY


A forum on preventing teenage substance abuse held Monday at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville brought school, police and government officials together to present to parents and others topics including heroin use, drug effects on young brains and parent involvement. However, some parents who attended expressed disappointment they were not part of a larger audience. “There aren’t as many people in this room as we’d like,” Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said. About 100 people attended the forum, said Dana Tofig, a school system spokesman. Montgomery County Public Schools worked with county police and local nonprofit groups to host the forum. There also was a resource fair with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Nar-Anon Family Groups and area treatment centers, among others. In addition to the school system and police, the event’s organizers included the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, the Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse and the Brave and Bold coalition. The forum intended for a countywide audience took place a few weeks after a similar forum was held at Wootton High School specifically for the school’s community. Starr, a forum speaker, emphasized the focus on social emotional well-being in the school system’s new framework. This includes a goal to help students decide to turn away from drugs and alcohol, he said. “I always want us to think about the fact that we must confront these problems and these issues, and create solutions with each other and with our kids,” he said. Starr said students should know they’re valued and should be watched carefully for signs something is wrong. “We have to know every single child in front of us,” Starr said. James Bjork — a researcher who has studied teenagers’ brains and a parent of county school system students —


“I always want us to think about the fact that we must confront these problems and these issues, and create solutions with each other and with our kids.” Joshua P. Starr, superintendent said he found that adolescent brains, are still undergoing development and “don’t process risk enough.” On average, he said, young brains also make no distinction between earning a reward that is guaranteed and earning a reward at a risk. Sgt. Keith Matthis of Montgomery County Police’s drug enforcement section said he has seen a decrease in the use of prescription opioid drugs and an increase in the use of heroin. Potential explanations for the trends, he said, are that health care authorities are tightening regulations for opioid prescriptions, and heroin is more accessible and cheaper. The rise of heroin use is a local and a national trend, Matthis said. Matthis recommended that parents check their children’s belongings, including their phone, car and rooms for signs of substance abuse. “If you don’t check ’em, we will,” he said. Ursula Hermann, director of the school system’s Department of Student Services, shared her experience as a parent who set up many rules to stay informed about her teenagers’ friends and activities. Hermann said it can be a daunting task for parents to talk to their children. “You bet it is, but that’s part

of our job as parents,” she said. During a question-and-answer component of the forum, one parent asked how to react to a conversation she heard between her son and his friends, who were talking about people they knew who were involved in drugs. “What do I do with that information?” she asked. Matthis told her she could turn to police, while Starr responded with the option of reaching out to the school’s principal. Lisa Essich and her daughter Lea Edgecomb, 20, also attended the event. Edgecomb overdosed on heroin when she was a 15-year-old student and now must use a wheelchair. She and her mother have visited several Montgomery County schools to share her story. Addressing the forum speakers, Essich asked how the school system might help spread the message to more students through programs, such as her daughter’s talks. Some parents asked the school system to consider organizing similar sessions at individual schools and how to gather more people in the future. “The next step,” one parent said, is figuring out “how to get the audience full.”


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The U.S. Postal Service is planning to move its White Flint Mall post office to a permanent spot outside the mall, according to an Oct. 1 statement from the agency. Ken Hartman, director of the county’s Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, shared the postal service’s statement from Tom A. Samra, vice president of facilities, online. The post office inside the mall has to move because of plans to tear down the mall, which is owned by Lerner Enterprises of Rockville, and redevelop the land. The postal service’s lease for the site expires May 31 and Lerner has elected not to renew the lease, according to the agency’s statement. Francine Waters, managing director of transportation and smart growth for Lerner, had previously said that the

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Katy Smith of Washington, D.C., who works nearby, patronizes the post office at the White Flint Mall in North Bethesda in June. mall would like the post office to be part of the redeveloped property. The post office would not be able to stay in the mall while the redevelopment is underway, however, and Richard Hancock, a real estate specialist for the postal service, said the agency would prefer a permanent location over moving to a temporary site while Lerner is doing construction at the mall site. The postal service has not yet selected a new site for the

White Flint-area post office, but it is looking for one as close to the current site as possible and within the same ZIP code, according to the statement. White Flint Mall is in a Kensington ZIP code, but much of the area the county calls the White Flint Sector is in a North Bethesda ZIP code. The postal service plans to continue services at the existing post office until a new facility opens, according to the statement.

Montgomery County Councilman Marc Elrich will alter his bill to increase the county’s minimum wage in an effort to coordinate with similar proposals in Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. Elrich’s bill originally sought to increase Montgomery’s minimum wage over a three-year period, from the current state minimum of $7.25 an hour to $12. He announced on Friday that the bill would instead require an increase to $11.50. The move “levels the playing field” between each of the two counties and the District, Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, said Monday. While each jurisdiction must pass its own bill, all three must deal with issues caused by large populations, low wages and the high cost of social programs, he

said. Prince George’s County Council Chairwoman Andrea Harrison (D-Dist. 5) of Springdale and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) have proposed similar bills. Harrison could not be reached for comment Monday, but told The Washington Post last week that while she expected some opposition from the business community, she believes many businesses will be concerned with making sure their employees’ needs are met. Elrich said $11.50 an hour still wouldn’t equal a wage that it takes to actually live in the county, estimated at more than $13 an hour. “It would be nice, but we’re not there yet,” Elrich said of reaching the living wage amount. Under Elrich’s plan, Montgomery’s minimum wage would increase gradually — to $8.25 an hour on July 1, 2014, $9.75 an hour on July 1, 2015, and to the full $11.50 an hour on July 1, 2016. After 2016, the minimum wage would be tied to increases in the Consumer Price Index,

which tracks changes in the price of various items for different regions of the country. Elrich said he’s had many conversations with business owners and others in the county about the bill, and tried to add in measures to address some of their concerns. The bill contains exemptions for workers who are not covered by the state minimum wage law, workers who receive tips or young workers who receive an opportunity wage under state or federal laws. The bill also allows for a 90day introductory period during which an employee can be paid at the previous year’s wage level, something Elrich said he added after hearing from some employers concerned about paying higher wages to employees who may not stay. The bill would also allow employers who offer their workers health care to pay lower wages. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.


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Armed Robbery • On Sept. 19 at 12:40 a.m. in the 11800 block of Rockville Pike, Rockville. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property.

Commercial Burglary • On Sept. 21 or 22 at Valero

Gas Station, 3700 University Blvd., Kensington. Forced entry, took property.

Graffiti • On Sept. 16 or 17 at Kensington Parkway Elementary School, 4710 Saul Road, Kensington. No further information provided.

Residential Burglary • 8900 block of Charred Oak Drive, Bethesda, between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 22. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 4500 block of Westbrook Lane, Kensington, between Sept. 19 and 24. Forced entry, took property. • 3500 block of Raymoor Road, Kensington, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 21. No forced entry, took property. • 9100 block of Burning Tree Road, Bethesda, at 12:53 a.m. Sept. 22. Forced entry, took property. • 9900 block of Fernwood Road, Bethesda, at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 22. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 6000 block of Welborn Drive, Bethesda, between 8 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Sept. 23. Forced entry, took property. • 4900 block of Cumberland Avenue, Chevy Chase, between 9:12 and 11 a.m. Sept. 23. No forced entry, took property. • 9600 block of Berman Woods Way, Potomac, at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Forced entry, took property. • 4400 block of Cambria Av-

enue, Garrett Park, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 24. Forced entry, took property. • 4400 block of Cambria Avenue, Garrett Park, between 1 and 4 p.m. Sept. 24. Unknown entry, took property and vehicle.

Robbery • On Sept. 22 at 1:10 a.m. in the 4700 block of Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda. The subject forcefully removed property from the victim.

Robbery and Sexual Assault • On Sept. 21 at 3:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of Stewart Avenue, Silver Spring. The subject inappropriately touched the victim and unsuccessfully attempted to take property from the victim.

Vehicle Larceny • Seven incidents in Chevy Chase on Sept. 22 or 23. Took clothing, a cellphone, cash and documents. Affected streets include Stanford Street, Spencer Road and Rosemary Hills Drive.

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Northwood High takes on Zimmerman case Lawyers help students learn legal points, rule for themselves



“Hear ye, hear ye, the courtroom at Northwood High School is now in session.” Addressing the classroomturned-courtroom in Silver Spring, Richard Melnick, president of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, called to order Monday a group of about 30 students or — as they would be known for the next hour — the jury hearing the case of the State of Florida v. George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted in July of second-degree murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black teenage boy, during a confrontation in Florida last year. The case sparked a national debate on race and the appropriate use of guns. The students in Silver Spring spent their first-period class learning about and helping reenact the controversial case with Melnick, as well as Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy and Lauren Turner, a county prosecutor, as part of the bar association’s “Creating an Improved Tomorrow” program. Monday’s session marked the first of four the county bar association organized at the school, which has a newly formed Academy of Politics, Advocacy, and Law. The students who participated in the session are interested in law, law enforcement, agencies such as the FBI and CIA, and politics, said their law teacher, Jamie Bisset, the head of the academy. The program, Melnick said, lets students and lawyers discuss law-related issues and allows the association to better understand students’ perspectives and thoughts. “You’re part of the process of putting together the law in


Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, acting as a defense attorney, makes an opening statement to Northwood High School students acting as a jury during Monday’s presentation of the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman court case. our society,” Melnick told the Northwood students. The three county lawyers led a presentation on the Zimmerman case. “One of the big ideas here is to get the emotion out of it and to allow them to think about something analytically,” Melnick said. McCarthy, as defense attorney, and Turner, as prosecutor, delivered spirited opening statements to show students how each side would first address the jury with what they think the evidence will show. Turner showed students a photo of Martin and said Zimmerman’s reasons for finding Martin suspicious were not justified. Zimmerman, who is white, had not listened to the 911 operator’s request to not follow Martin, resulting in the confrontation that followed, Turner said. McCarthy countered that his client was a neighborhood watchman who cared about his community, was in fear for his life during the confrontation and had voluntarily gone to police to help their investigation. Following the statements, the presenters discussed Florida’s “stand your ground” selfdefense law, which arose during the case but was not used in the defense’s argument. The local lawyers compared

the Florida law with Maryland’s self-defense law, which requires an individual to try to retreat before using justifiable deadly force against an attacker. The presenters also discussed how the defense and the prosecution would approach their arguments in different ways based on what evidence favors their argument. When one student asked McCarthy for his personal thoughts about the actual case, he said he thought the prosecution hurt its case by calling two witnesses who ended up supporting the defense’s argument. Students broke into groups to determine their verdict. Most students ruled Zimmerman was not guilty, though a fair number said they would find him guilty. Elise Rose, 17, a Northwood senior — and judge of the mock courtroom — said she learned information during the presentation that she thought portrayed the case differently from what she had seen it in the media. She said she was out of the country when the case was unfolding. “I never got into the nittygritty details before,” she said. After discussing with her peers what the verdict should be, Rose said, she heard some people who went with their “gut feelings. She said she realized

it’s difficult to be unbiased. Lisa Benitez-Basilio, 15, a sophomore, said the presentation helpedherbetterunderstandfacts of the case and details such as how Zimmerman was injured. She said she didn’t know there was a difference between Florida’s and Maryland’s selfdefense laws. Bisset said her students returned from summer break with questions about the case. She postponed the discussion, however, until students could discuss it with the county lawyers. Monday’s presentation, she said, offered the students clarity about the law related to the case and let them see “real attorneys in action.” Bisset said she hopes the students “understand we can’t decide things just on our passions, that we really have to look at the letter of the law.” McCarthy, a former teacher, said he visits classrooms a couple dozen times each year. He said the students were engaged and asked good questions. “I think what it did, and what I hoped it would do, it challenged some preconceptions, both ways, about this particular case and made them focus on the real facts and the difficulty of applying law to a real situation,” he said.



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Continued from Page A-1 outside their neighborhood cluster and do not make a significant contribution to overcrowding at the schools they attend, which include Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Winston Churchill high schools as well as various schools in the Downcounty and Northeast consortiums. Tricia Steadman, the parent of a Spanish immersion student at Rock Creek Forest Elementary school, said this change would affect students in the Chinese and Spanish programs — who typically continue on to the to same high school together — more than those in the French programs — who typically return to their neighborhood school for high school. Steadman said that proving the hardship necessary for reassignment is


Continued from Page A-1 Legislative Audits suggested the county assign students to specific buses so that students can be tracked, an approach used in school systems across the country. “Not assigning a student to a specific bus route creates a safety concern since MCPS may not readily be able to determine the location of a particular student,” according to a 2009 audit. The office recommended the school system adopt the assigned bus system. The school system responded that it had considered the idea but deemed it too labor intensive. “We do not agree with the recommendation that students should be required to ride a specific bus route. The Department of Transportation has previously considered assigning students to specific routes and stops but has rejected this idea. Accurately assigning students

“a bit of a hurdle” that immersion program parents have not had to jump in the past. Schools spokesman Dana Tofig said the school system currently requires students to reapply when moving from an elementary school outside of their neighborhood school to a middle school in the same cluster. An immersion program student moving from elementary school to middle school, however, is “generally allowed” to keep attending a school outside of their home cluster so they can continue in the program, Tofig said. A similar allowance has been made for the transition from middle to high school, he said. “The practice has been that a student in a middle school immersion program is afforded the same consideration as a student on a [Change of School Assignment] and is allowed to

to specific stops would require maintaining data on the pick-up and drop-off address,” read the report, which had a cover letter signed by then-superintendent Jerry D. Weast. The Sept. 20 incident was the result of several things going wrong at once, said Todd Watkins, the director of transportation for the school district. “It was a perfect storm — a substitute driver, a route change and an internal communications error. He did not have the right route sheet,” Watkins said. Watkins praised the student patrols on the bus who took responsibility for the confused kids. If they had remained on the bus, Watkins said, the driver would have circled back and taken them to their correct stops. As for assigned buses, Watkins acknowledged that while some jurisdictions used that system, it would be too timeconsuming for such a populous county that has 40,000 bus stops a day. “Some counties endeavor

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continue into the high school in the same cluster,” Tofig said in an email. The policy, however, does not specifically address students who are in an immersion program, he said. He added there has no been no discussion about exemptions to the proposed altered transfer policy. An Hu said she enrolled her daughter in a Chinese language-immersion program in kindergarten so she could become fluent in “a global language.” “We thought this is a great opportunity to learn a language that culturally, for us, that she’s affiliated with,” Hu said. Hu — who quit her job to drive her daughter to a school with an immersion program — said her family and others have made “career changes, life changes” to be in an immersion program and they want a guarantee from the school system that their children will be able to continue learning a language

to do that, and they spend all year trying to manage those changes,” he said. Kids go to different places on different days after school or have two different addresses to be picked up from for various reasons, such as divorce, he said. Adult monitors, another parent suggestion, were a possibility, Watkins said, adding that they were already present on special education buses. But parents said the county should re-examine its policy. “Part of the problem is that they don’t assign kids to bus routes,” said Monica Sakala, whose 7-year-old was one of the students wandering Saul Road on Sept. 20. “That invites problems.” Sakala said she feels relatively lucky that this happened in September and not in February, when it’s getting dark by 4:30 p.m., and the kids could have been wandering around in a neighborhood without sidewalks. Sakala was quick to praise the regular driver, who is familiar with not only the stops

at an advanced level in high school. If the change is adopted and immersion families are not exempted, Hu said she feels her family would be “shut out” from the final years of her daughter’s language education. “She has no way of being able to take [Advanced Placement] Chinese unless we move,” she said. Steadman said she and other parents are considering — if the changes are adopted — whether they want to continue their children in a middleschool immersion program or have them attend their neighborhood school so they can have a group of friends formed by the time they reach high school. Liza Smith of Clarksburg said her son — a Spanish immersion student at Westland Middle School in Bethesda — faces another obstacle as a resident of the upcounty area.

“If you live in upcounty, you have to go to downcounty to take these special programs,” she said. Smith said her son’s time in immersion programs has included sacrifices as well. When he attended Rock Creek Forest Elementary School, she said, his bus ride took about an hour. “It’s such a small number of kids,” Smith said. County school board member Patricia O’Neill — who said she has worked to expand immersion program opportunities in the past — said she understands parents are “extremely concerned” but that, from the board’s perspective, the immersion programs are one of many issues under consideration. “I’m happy we’ve undertaken the review because there are other issues that the board has been dealing with for number of years that we need to take a look at,” she said.

“It was a perfect storm — a substitute driver, a route change and an internal communications error. He did not have the right route sheet.” Todd Watkins, director of transportation for Montgomery County Public Schools but the kids. “We didn’t have our guy from last year who’s fantastic,” Sakala said. Had he been there, none of this would have happened, she said. Sherri Hammerman, whose daughter, a third-grader at Chevy Chase Elementary School, was dropped off at the wrong stop on the first day of school last year, agreed. “Our regular drivers are wonderful, they are so kind to the kids,” said Hammerman, whose daughter was able to find her way home. “Problems arise when there’s a sub. We need some sort of checks and balances in place if there is a sub.”

Another option parents brought up was placing an adult monitor on each bus whose job it would be to keep track of where each child should be disembarking. “I have long been an advocate of having adult monitors on the bus, and this clearly makes a good case for that — had there been another adult, familiar with the route, familiar with the children, this would not have happened,” Itzkowitz said. There have been other recent problems reported by parents. A Rosemary Hills mother, Evelyn Chung, watched Sept. 20 as a school bus, with her child on it, drove the wrong

way down Elm Street in Chevy Chase. A substitute driver got his bus stuck on the curb in front of a nursing home on Jones Mill Road, and the kids were brought into the nursing home and fed a snack without notifying parents — children were eventually delivered almost an hour late, Rosemary Hills parent Diana Borlase said. “There is no excuse for this,” said Janis Sartucci, a longtime critic of the school district and the woman behind the “Parents’ Coalition of Montgomery County, Maryland” blog. “The system shouldn’t be that loose.”





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With a Rockville construction company as a backdrop, President Barack Obama pressed Congress on Thursday to vote to end the federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1 after the Republican-majority House of Representatives and Democratic-controlled Senate failed to agree on any spending bills for fiscal 2014. “Unfortunately if this continues, businesses like this are going to feel and experience the negative impact,” Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro said after the rally. The rally took place at M. Luis Construction Co., which was started 25 years ago by a family from Portugal who didn’t speak English, said Filipe Dominigues,


Continued from Page A-1 during the partial federal government shutdown, which began Oct. 1. Among the groups seeking a temporary new home is a children’s theater troupe, Adventure Theatre-MTC. The theater group hopes to relocate performances of its show “Goodnight Moon” to a different venue and extend the run to accommodate those who have purchased tickets, spokeswoman Amanda Russell said. The group said last week it relocated its operations to Wintergreen Plaza in Rockville.

a cousin of the owners. Sisters Cidalia Luis-Akbar and Natalia Luis bought the company from their father. Obama offered Luis Construction as an example of a small business that will feel the effect of the government shutdown and one that has benefitted from government assistance such as Small Business Administration loans. The Gazette was not allowed inside the event because press was limited. Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring expressed frustration with Congress and the risk the shutdown poses to the economy. “I think locally we are really going to have to start to assess the impact,” she said. Groups of residents gathered outside hoping to catch a glimpse of the president, while police roped off the area and redirected traffic briefly. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington said Obama’s “basic message was, let’s vote today,” to open the govAs of Tuesday, Adventure Theatre-MTC had canceled several shows at Glen Echo Park, Russell said. If forced to cancel the remaining performances of “Goodnight Moon,” Russell said, her organization stands to lose about $45,000 in revenue. In addition to the performances, Russell said, Adventure Theatre-MTC has a Harvest Fest gala scheduled for Oct. 17, which also could be at risk of cancellation if the government shutdown keeps Glen Echo Park closed. Russell said the group is trying to relocate the gala. Perhaps the most unlikely people scrambling to change their Glen Echo Park plans are

ernment. He said the House would pass a basic bill reopening the government, but that House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio was not allowing a vote in the House. “He’s been listening to this very reckless faction within the House Republication party,” he said. “You don’t reduce your debt by not paying your bills,” Obama said in his speech, “it just makes you unreliable.” Councilman Craig Rice (DDist. 3) of Germantown said he was glad to see Obama put a face to the effects of the shutdown. Rather than a government shutdown, “we need to talk about this in terms of a people shutdown,” he said. When a project stops because of the shutdown, construction workers may not get paid next week, Rice said. “We have folks like that all throughout the county, who are brides-to-be. Couples planning to be married there are rushing to find new venues for their nuptials as they, too, are locked out of the federally run park. Some of those weddings are moving to Strathmore in North Bethesda, spokesman Mike Fila said. Over the weekend, Strathmore hosted a wedding on three days’ notice for a bride and groom scrambling to relocate their service and reception from Glen Echo, Fila said in an email. Strathmore tentatively has scheduled at least two more weddings this month that were originally booked at Glen Echo, he said.

being negatively impacted by the government shutdown,” he said. Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Takoma Park was among those who shook hands with Obama after the speech. Riemer served as the President’s National and Youth Director during the 2008 presidential campaign and Riemer’s wife, Angela, worked on the president’s 2006 U.S. Senate campaign. Riemer and the President caught up on how Riemer’s family is doing — Reimer’s son was born during the 2008 campaign. Obama told Riemer to bring his family to the White House for a visit, the councilman said. Several local businesses said they had been notified of Obama’s visit the day before he was there. Enterprise rental car branch manager Lindsey Chester said business was continuing as usual, but parking was a challenge. Another visible way the shutdown has come to the Bethesda area is through businesses providing discounts and freebies to furloughed workers. In downtown Bethesda, Redwood restaurant offered an all-day $4 and $5 happy hour to federal employees last week. This weekend, manager Colin Brennan said, the restaurant plans to offer a free glass of wine or an appetizer with the purchase of an appetizer or entree. “We feel bad for those people whohavelosttheirincome,”Brennan said. “We want to support everybody in the community.” Happy hours are a double-edged sword, said Marsha Lopez, the chief of the epidemi-


President Barack Obama speaks Thursday at M. Luis Construction Co. in Rockville, which he said is one of the businesses that could be hurt by the federal government’s partial shutdown. ology research branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “The problem is I’m still spending money I wouldn’t ordinarily be spending. So, that makes it tricky,” said Lopez, who lives in Bethesda. She has tried to scope out the free deals instead. “I did the Z Burger on the first day, and I did the Range pizza,” she said of two eateries, one in Tenleytown and the other in Friendship Heights, both in Washington, that offered free food to furloughed feds. “I want to do one of the José Andrés sandwich things.” Chef Andrés is giving furloughed employees with governmentIDsafreesandwicheveryday throughout the shutdown from 3 to5p.m.atanyofhisthreeeateries, including Jaleo in Bethesda. Meanwhile, Lopez said, her children’s closets have never been more organized. Searching for something

productive to do during the downtime is a common theme among the furloughed. Local list-servs have seen an uptick in federal employees looking for odd jobs, part-time work or just something to do. One man, who wrote that he had 30 years of experience in engineering, research and research management with the federal government, said he would rather tutor children than do nothing. Westbrook Elementary School in Bethesda hopes some of those parents at home, without work, will consider volunteering. “If you are at home today because of the government shutdown, please come out to volunteerasaWestbrookRanger,”wrote Judit Markarian, chairwoman of the school’s Recess Rangers. “Our government may not be able to figure things out, but we know that our kids would love to have you at lunch and recess.”


centennial of the Gettysburg Address, quotes by Abraham Lincoln highlighting freedom and liberty were to be displayed on a video screen throughout the concert. While the Pay Our Military Act allows the Defense Department to recall employees, public outreach events such as band concerts remain shut down, said Adam Grimm, a Navy Band spokesman. However, the band still is playing at ceremonies and funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, he said. The band does not plan to reschedule the birthday concert, he said. Wednesday’s performance is the second the Navy Band has scrubbed since the shutdown started. Grimm said it canceled a jazz performance by the Navy Band Commodores on Friday at Howard Community College in Columbia. With other performances scheduled — including one Saturday in Washington and four next week — Grimm said it is unclear how many other concerts might be canceled if the shutdown continues. “Between the sequestration and then this, it’s just been taking things a week at a time,” he said, referring to automatic federal budget cuts this year.

Continued from Page A-1 to reduce the number of furloughs. Most of those affected work in civilian programs in the Washington region, said Gordon Johndroe, a Lockheed spokesman. Since the first day of the shutdown on Oct. 1, Maryland has had 16,078 requests for federal unemployment benefits, Maureen O’Connor, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Monday. Typically, the state sees about 2,500 to 3,500 applications a year from federal workers, but on the first day of the shutdown alone, it received nearly 4,000 applications, she said. Defense employees might be headed back to work, but the Navy Band is not performing. The band canceled its birthday concert scheduled for Wednesday at the Music Hall at Strathmore in North Bethesda because of the ongoing shutdown. A celebration of the Navy’s 238 years, the concert was intended to highlight Navy and national heritage, pay tribute to officers from the space program and honor injured military personnel and their caregivers. Four Navy Band ensembles were to perform. In honor of the sesqui-



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For a few hours last week, seventhgrader Hirschel Nambiar was an executive at Box and Co., a box-making company started by students at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring. His job only lasted a few hours, but Hirschel, 12, of Damascus, said he learned lessons he will use for life. “I learned how to start a business, how to run and business and how to keep it going,” Hirschel said. “All skills about our future.” Box and Co. was one of the boxmanufacturing businesses that students started Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 through the school’s Innovative Minds curriculum. During two four-hour sessions — one each day — about 60 students, in groups of four or five, started box-building companies. They began with just the idea of creating something. Each team started with $30 borrowed from a bank, eighth-grader Mahelet Samson, 13, of Silver Spring, said.

“We bought the paper for the boxes and rented supplies — scissors, rulers and glue — and had six minutes to create as many boxes as we could,” she said. Andre van der Bergh of Team Business — which teaches business basics to students through interactive programs — was the banker. He provided the supplies and purchased the boxes, allowing each team to complete four six-minute “months” during the program. At the end of each “month,” teams saw how successful their businesses were and made plans to become more profitable. “We had to [remember] to do the taxes and wages, too,” Sihame AboraDiallo, 13, an eighth-grader from Silver Spring, said. Through teamwork, discussion and van der Bergh’s leadership, the students worked to improve their bottom line. In the beginning, it was quantity over quality, Mahelet said. By the end, it was quality over quantity. Van der Bergh paid more for better boxes. If a company was creative, it could make more money. “When selling the box, if you made a handle or were creative decorating it, you could get more money,” Hirschel


Andre van der Bergh of Team Business shows Argyle Middle School students how to chart expenses and income for the businesses they created as part of the Innovative Minds program offered at the Silver Spring school. said. But, Mahelet added, you had to spend more money to rent markers to use for making decorations. So, quantity, quality, innovation, expenses and profit all came into the lesson.

“We take them through the trials and tribulations of running a business, making decisions,” van der Bergh said. In addition to lessons in accounting, communication and business skills, they got a foundation for starting their own businesses and prepared for

a Capstone project all eighth-graders at Argyle complete. “For the Capstone project, [they] will create a business and, with the help of the Junior Achievement curriculum, create a business plan, make a business presentation and work with a business client or nonprofit from the community,” Peter Daddone, magnet coordinator at Argyle, said. “Many of the students from this program will become leaders in the [Capstone] businesses,” he said. Sihame said she found running a business stressful. “We had to make sure we had enough money to pay for rent, the workers, and have enough money to buy supplies for the next run,” she said. In the end, though, she said, she learned a lot. “I learned teamwork and how to get along ... cooperation ... [and] it helped with math a lot. It helped me calculate more” she said. Hirschel said he hopes to be a doctor or a lawyer, but might become an entrepreneur, too. “I’d like to start a separate business to get more money,” he said.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Middle school student honored for bravery

elle A. Kenny. Paint Branch High School of Burtonsville: Lacey M. Walker. Poolesville High School: Connor M. Lugo-Harris and Ekiomoado A. Olumese. Rockville High School: Amanda M. Gardner. Springbrook High School of Silver Spring: William U. Uko. Wheaton High School: Christopher J. McDougall. Thomas S. Wootton High School of Rockville: Jackson I. Pierce Felker. Walter Johnson High School, of Bethesda: Jean Marc Nugent. Walt Whitman High School of Bethesda: Garrett P. Hickel.

When sixth-grader Bryant Pham walked into the main office at Cabin John Middle School

in Potomac on Oct. 2, he had a slightly baffled, slightly worried look on his face. He did not know that the small group of adults including his father, Loc Pham; Montgomery County Police Officer Terese Guilday; Kim Williams, principal of Stone Mill Elementary School in North Potomac; and a few others were there to honor him for his bravery as a patrol at Stone Mill in June 2012. “The weather was terrible, and we dismissed a bunch of children. They got on the school bus, and the driver didn’t leave,” Williams said. “It was getting worse, I was losing trees, and I got on the bus and decided we should take the children back inside the school.” Williams said Bryant, who was a School Safety Patrol officer at the time, was the patrol on the bus. She told him he would have to lead the students into the school, and she would bring up the rear. “He talked to the children and told them they would have to follow him, and he led all the students to safety,” she said. For that act of responsibility and cool headedness, Guilday presented 11-year-old Bryant with the Outstanding Safety Patrol Medal of Valor Award and certificate. He helped by being a role model and keeping the kids calm, Guilday said. “I’m really surprised,” Bryant said. “I did not expect to get this, ever.” Bryant said the storm came up right at dismissal time, and



Cabin John Middle School sixth-grader Bryant Pham (right) was surprised with a safety patrol award Oct. 2 for his leadership in helping fellow students to safety when he was a student at Stone Mill Elementary School in North Potomac during the June 2012 derecho. On hand to present the award was Stone Mill Principal Kim Williams (front, left) and Stone Mill Safety Patrol Sponsor Julie Lynch (left). Looking on is Bryant’s father, Loc Pham. the bus was shaking. “It was unsafe,” he said. He also said he was a little frightened because his little brother Collin, then in second grade, was on the bus. Bryant got everyone inside, and they all sat in the hall until the storm passed. His next thought was for his friends, and, he said, when he got home he called to make sure they were all OK. “I think he did a great job,” Bryant’s dad said.

Students named National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists Twenty students representing 11 high schools throughout Montgomery County Public Schools were selected as semi-

finalists in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship competition. The scholarship program, administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., recognizes academically promising black students across the nation and awards college scholarships to hundreds of students each year. The semifinalists:

Montgomery Blair High School of Silver Spring: Alexander N. Bourzutschky, Isaac N. Jiffar, Siméon K. Kakpovi, Fiona H. Lachman, Christian D. Lanier, Callahan Mayer Marks, Michelle G. McGhee and Paris M. ParkerLoan. James Hubert Blake High School of Silver Spring: Miles A. Douglas and Thomas J. Stanton. Albert Einstein High School of Kensington: Cecile-Emmanu-

More than 160,000 students requested consideration for the National Achievement Scholarship Program, and approximately 1,600 were named as semifinalists. The semifinalists selections are based on performance on the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Tests taken by the students during their junior year. Approximately 80 percent of the semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level, and more than half of the finalists will be awarded with scholarships next spring. Last year, 22 students from nine county public schools were named semifinalists and 11 received scholarships.

Chesapeake Bay Trust opens awards program The Chesapeake Bay Trust, a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through environmental education, community outreach and local watershed restoration, announced the opening of its 2014 Scholarship

and Awards Program. The program, which honors teachers, students and individuals for their contributions to environmental education; restoration of streams, rivers, and the Bay; and citizen stewardship, is soliciting applications and/or nominations for five awards: Teacher of the Year, Student of the Year, Honorable Arthur Dorman Scholarship, Ellen Fraites Wagner Award and Melanie Teems Award. Applicants must be residents of Maryland and/or the Chesapeake Bay watershed. For complete details and to submit an online application, visit Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Dec. 2. The winners will be announced during the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s 2014 Legislative Reception in January 2014.

Attention Deficit Disorders programs at library Montgomery County Public Libraries will host a free program, “Parenting the ADHD Child,” for parents and teachers at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd. The program is co-sponsored by Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders. “Parenting the ADHD Child” will include information about symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children and coping strategies for parents to support their children at home and advocate for them in school settings. Janette Patterson and members of the CHADD Board of Directors will present the program. To request a sign language interpreter or other deaf/hard of hearing services for library-

sponsored programs, email, preferably with three business days notice. For more information or to request accommodations other than deaf/hard of hearing services call the library at 240777-0110.

Montgomery Blair High School holds fruit sale The Montgomery Blair High School Parent Teacher Student

Association is holding a citrus sale to benefit special school programs and Shepherd’s Table food kitchen in Silver Spring. Oranges, grapefruit, tangelos and clementines will be delivered to the school within 24 hours of being picked in Florida and may be picked up Dec. 7 at the Blair Athletic Field Concession Stand, 51 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring. The ordering deadline is Nov. 14. Orders can be placed at www.blaircitrus. com. Choices include order for pickup, order for donating to Shepherd’s Table and gift orders, which can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Programs that benefit from this year’s sale are BLISS Tutoring, outreach for African American/Hispanic/multicultural groups; translation equipment for non-English-speaking parents; supplemental counseling and advisory activities and a water fountain on the athletic field. The citrus sale, which has supported the Blair community for more than 20 years is the largest fundraiser for the school’s PTSA; it earned $12,000 in revenue last year. For more information call 301-651-8189.

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Maloney, Orndorf Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Maloney of Poolesville announce the engagement of their daughter, Theresa Jean Maloney, to Kevin Patrick Orndorf, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Orndorf of Fort Ashby, W.Va. The bride-to-be graduated with honors from Poolesville High School and graduated cum laude from Duquesne University in 2007, receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Theresa Jean is currently employed with Florida Hospital Winter Park. The prospective groom is a graduate of Bishop Walsh Catholic High School, and graduated from Davis & Elkins College in 2006, receiving a bachelor’s degree in sport management. Kevin is currently employed with Smith Southwestern. The couple resides in Sanford, Fla. A May 2014 wedding is planned in Emmitsburg.

Poole, Kolb Krista Dawn Poole and Kevin David Kolb were married Sept. 14. The ceremony was held at Engedi Estates in Emmitsburg. Krista is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Knox of Fairfield, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. John Poole of Frederick. Kevin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Hornberger of Wyomissing, Pa. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Her maid of honor was Jami Creager and bridesmaids were Tasha Hollinger, Megan Dimitri, Alexa Kolb and Kaylee Knox. The junior bridesmaid was Demi Kolb and the flower girl was Kenadi Creager. The groom’s best man was Scott Kolb and groomsmen were Peter Kasparian, Jason Seiders, Raymond Nowaczynski and Justin Knox. The junior groomsman was Trey Kolb and the ring bearer was Tanner Kolb. The bride is a graduate of Fairfield High School, and the groom is a graduate of Wyomissing High School. The couple reside in Leesport, Pa.

Off on the Right Foot, from 1-2 p.m. at Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Learn about common problems that can affect your mobility and comfort from podiatrist Dr. Danielle Venegonia. Get your questions answered about bunions, hammertoes, fungus and corns. Discussion will also include the importance of foot hygiene and proper shoes. Free.

Breastfeeding for Working Moms, from 7-9 p.m. at MedStar

Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The AAP recommends breastfeeding for the first year, but many new moms struggle with trying to balance work and breastfeeding. Discussion includes aspects of planning, preparing, pumping and returning to work while breastfeeding. Best to be taken 2-4 weeks before returning back to work. Babies are welcomed, but not required. $30. 301-774-8881.

THURSDAY, OCT. 10 Breaking the Code: Should I be Tested for the BRCA Gene,

from 1:15-2:15 p.m. at Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. Judy

Macon will give insight surrounding BRCA genetic testing, including who should be tested, what it means for family members and how the results can help you understand your risk of developing breast, ovarian and other cancers. Free. www. CPR and AED, from 6:309:30 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The Heartsaver class teaches basic CPR, rescue breathing and relief of choking for adults, infants and children and Automated External Defibrillator use. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver AED card from the American Heart Association. $80; Registration required. 301-774-8881.

SATURDAY, OCT. 12 AARP Driver Safety Course, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital CR 4 (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. $12 for members, $14 for nonmembers; checks should be made out to AARP. Bring driver’s license and a ballpoint pen. www.suburbanhospital. org.

RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING The Ewe Church of America will host a special thanksgiving and fundraising service from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at 15930 Good Hope Road, Silver

Spring. For more information, call 301-768-9807.

Wyre, Tyson Nicole Rene Wyre, daughter of Kim and Buddy Wyre of Silver Spring, and Thomas Joseph Tyson, son of Gail and Jim Tyson of Pennsauken, N.J., were married July 6 in a beachfront wedding on Sanibel Island, Fla. The bride’s brother, Hadley Wyre, and the groom’s sister, Susan, performed the sunset wedding ceremony. The bride, an alumnus of Sherwood High School, graduated from University of Richmond and Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and is currently a clinician in the Exotic Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery department at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. The groom received his undergraduate degree in physics and math from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State. He currently works as an electrical engineer at Kichler Lighting in Cleveland, Ohio. The couple plans a honeymoon in Peru in the near future.

McNamera, Zangueneh Mr. and Mrs. William H. McNamara of Germantown announce the first anniversary of their daughter’s wedding Oct. 13, 2012. Mrs. Zangueneh, the former Miss Bridget Ann McNamara, married Mr. David S. Zangueneh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Farhad A. Zangueneh of Germantown, in a nuptial mass at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Pleasant. A reception followed at the Sequoia at Washington Harbour in Georgetown. Ms. AnnaRain Menzies-Tobin, friend of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sabrina Foley, Krista Eschelman and Sherry Zangueneh, sister of the groom. Mr. Paul Withrow, friend of the groom, was the best man. Groomsmen were Martin Leibold, AJ Aquino and Conor McNamara, brother of the bride. The bride graduated from Northwest High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She is a grants writer at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. The groom, also a graduate of Northwest, received his degree from Frostburg State University. He is sales coordinator at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in Washington, D.C. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and now resides in Washington, D.C.

ONGOING Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,

Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old

Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kinder-

garten, 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. Childcare is provided. This year’s theme, “A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story,” focuses on remembering that beauty can come out of chaos and that your past, present and future can be used for good with God’s love. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email mops@ Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,

Germantown, has returned to its Fall worship schedule, with services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday School for all ages at 9:40 a.m. www.

Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www.



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Rockville’s ‘pine tar’ house

Baseball fans of a certain age remember the infamous “Pine Tar Game.” In 1983, Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett hit a dramatic home run at Yankee Stadium, giving his team a ninth-inning lead. At the urging of the Yankees’ cagey manager, Billy Martin, umpires examined the liberal coating of sticky pine tar on Brett’s bat — more than the rulebook allowed. The home plate umpire nullified the home run and called Brett out, handing a bizarre win to the Yankees. Brett charged out of the clubhouse, enraged. Pardon a sports analogy for a local controversy, CONGREGATION but Jehovah’s Witnesses in LOOKS TO Rockville are facing their own “Pine Tar Incident” as GROW, FACING they try to build an assemOPPOSITION bly space. The congregation owns land with a house on it and wants to expand on the property. Zoning law should dictate whether this happens. If the use is allowed and the congregation gets permits it needs, the plan should proceed. However, there’s a potential wrench in the gears. A neighbor has asked that the house be designated “historic,” which would necessitate another layer of governmental review and, more importantly, could thwart the congregation’s plan. People pushing for the designation — which the congregation doesn’t want — have focused on a “kinship” community of free African-Americans who owned property in that area in the 19th century. By this logic, an historic designation makes sense for the Bessie Hill House at 602 Great Falls Road; assessment records show it dates to 1899. But the argument is weak for the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ house at 628 Great Falls Road. It was built in the 1920s and was not part of the kinship community. This square peg doesn’t fit in a round hole. Congregant Tim Ramsburg sounds frustrated — not nearly Brett-level, though — when he says the congregation has worked to address each community concern and doesn’t know what else it can do. Three decades ago, baseball’s commissioner overruled the umpires and restored Brett’s home run, explaining that the pine tar had no effect. The bat-substance rule actually was meant to prevent baseballs from getting stained and thrown out of play. There’s room for similarly reasonable logic in Rockville. The congregation can pledge to continue maintaining the house, as it has done since buying the property five years ago. The community can accept and respect a religious institution and preserve its First Amendment freedom to practice.

Community glue “People don’t actually read newspapers. They step into them every morning like a hot bath.” — Marshall McLuhan “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them.” — Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Edward Carrington McLuhan and Jefferson have distilled the essence of newspapers in two vivid images — a stimulating journey and an attentive watchdog. To celebrate National Newspaper Week, we reaffirm for our readers that we relish and take pride in both roles. Our goal every week is to inform, captivate and inspire thought and action. Newspapers are community glue — binding people and neighborhoods and institutions together through common experiences and milestones. The newspaper documents the human experience: weddings, scholastic achievements, sporting experiences, cultural gatherings, deaths. There are reviews of intriguing films, invitations to listen or perform, prompts to explore the amenities around you. Print remains an effective way for advertisers to offer their services and products. There are pages and pages of thinking voices, with sharp critiques or appreciative praise. We pursue the news, thoroughly, evenly and fairly. We seek answers and context about the roads through our communities, the corporations that employ our neighbors and the elected officials who manage our tax dollars. Each week in print and every day online, we do our best to educate and entertain. We live in a modernized, electronic world, in which news can reach us at warp speed. So, we are no longer defined solely by the newsprint and ink dropped at your door. But no matter the form or platform, we are your newspaper.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher

The Constitution and days off from school In the Sept. 25 letter, “Closings urged on Muslim holidays,” John Nasou made some valid comments but also made some seriously flawed assumptions. He is correct that the time has come to recognize that Montgomery County is a very diverse community and that residents adhere to a wide range of religious/philosophical/theological viewpoints. And his idea that spring break/holiday should not coincide with the Easter Week observed by non-Orthodox Christians is also valid. And that its elimination may in fact be a far better idea. But his solution to “allot a certain number of days for each student that would be

designated ‘absent for religious reasons’” has a serious flaw. It should not be for “religious reasons.” Far better would be to allot three or four “personal/family days” for each student. If the family wants to use that for religious events, fine. If they want to use it to give themselves an extra day off here and there also fine. Part of the problem is the next part of that same sentence where he writes “that these would cover any and all legitimate faiths.” It is not his place or right (and especially not the government’s place or right) to define what is or is not a “legitimate faith.”

David S. Schwartzman, Rockville

Haunted orphanage in bad taste As I sit in a session with one of my many adopted teenage clients, she begins to tell me about her weekend that included an annual visit to Olney Boys and Girls Community Sports Association’s “Field of Screams.” [“Field of Screams Maryland opens for the season,” Sept. 18] Sadly, I was the one who wanted to scream as she described the latest attraction. They had the standard hay ride and walking path but this year added a “Haunted Orphanage.” I am all for having fun and I have never been accused of being someone who is easily offended. Although I suspect that the association’s folks who thought up this year’s “fright fest” did not give too much thought about the ramifications of this year’s main attraction, I am really upset and appalled. I am an adoptive mom and a therapist that works with adopted kids. There are countless families in the Olney area with adopted chil-

dren, many of whom were born overseas and, yes, some even lived in orphanages before coming to the United States. I can’t even imagine what it would be like for a local child to walk through the “Haunted Orphanage” littered with broken toys and bloody babies, probably thinking about when they were in an orphanage or if the “Haunted Orphanage” was something like what they experienced as an infant. In a time when we as parents constantly worry about all sorts of problems with our children, ranging from bullying to depression and more, the idea of our local Boys and Girls Club constructing a “Haunted Orphanage” defies belief. One can only hope that next year someone at OBGC will give a little more thought to what attractions are at the Field of Screams and how they may affect the very residents that the organization was formed to serve.

turn home with the same options. Urban life cannot exist without public transportation. Unless we drive and dine (sans alcohol) public transit is virtually non-existent. We could, of course, bar hop in downtown Bethesda using The Circulator but we still couldn’t get home. Right now, we can’t get 2 miles beyond the downtown Bethesda Urban District to outer Bethesda using public transportation at night. We need a transportation system that creates schedules to accommodate entertainment. Nightlife can flourish but government, business and the public must make a combined effort to provide robust transportation options. Do it “and people will come.”

Charles Kauffman, Bethesda

Dan Myer, Potomac

Julie Bulitt, Olney

Nightlife needs public transportation I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps. Here in Montgomery County we roll up the sidewalks before 8 p.m. In an effort to stimulate participation by young adults in Bethesda nightlife, Councilman Hans Reimer, formed a “Nighttime Economy Task Force,” which issued a recent report. [“Survey reveals Montgomery County short on nightlife options,” Sept. 4.] However, the pervasive and major inhibiting factor is not a lack of dining and entertainment options but the lack of public transportation. Merely review the WMATA Ride On and MTA bus and Metro schedules; check on parking meter and street parking options and you will soon realize that nightlife cannot thrive without robust public transportation. We need to be able to get where we want to go — when we want to get there and re-

Another Wegmans lament

On Sept. 19, my wife and I traveled from Rockville to the new Wegmans food market in Germantown. [“A Wegmans lament,” letters, Sept. 25] I was appalled by the massive store layout, the unnecessarily vast assortment of

Robert Rand, Managing Editor Ken Sain, Sports Editor Andrew Schotz, Assistant Managing Editor Dan Gross, Photo Editor Jessica Loder, Web Editor

Another way to lower state taxes I am a lifetime resident of Maryland concerned about the unsustainable fiscal budgets requiring gimmicks like casinos, speed cameras, lotteries, excessive taxes and fees all created by our one-party government. Numerous Gazette editorials and letters expressed opinions about the ever-rising taxes and fees cost to Maryland residents even citing a recent study documenting Maryland’s net loss of residents, resident income and lost tax revenues to other states. This is a topic my wife and I regularly explore as our retirement approaches and our decision day nears. Do we keep the home we love in the location we prefer or would a move to a less expensive/ taxing state make more sense? I do not know how we will decide, but I offer a third option — it is time to fight back politically. I quit the Democratic Party to become an independent because I disagree with many of their principles. I now understand that was is a kneejerk mistake as the Democratic Party has since become even more liberal. It is time for all Maryland independents and Republicans to take a stand by joining the ruling Democratic Party in order to moderate their candidates by voting in the Democratic primary. Waiting for the general election is too late as the primary is the only election that matters. Just maybe if enough of us join, there are a enough Maryland independents and Republicans, we can moderate our government and transform Maryland and Montgomery County into an affordable state to live and retire. As the Democrats love to say, “rock the vote!”

fresh produce, and the excessive varieties of grocery and nongrocery items available. I left Wegmans rejoicing the fact that Rockville does not have such an option for grocery shopping. Clear-sightedness by city of Rockville officials has saved Rockville res-

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It is not just atheists would properly object to the designation of “religious-only reasons” for days off or the notion of “legitimate faiths.” It is anyone who cares about and respects the U.S. Constitution, which is the only sacred document to the nation as a whole and government of the U.S. Religious views are important to individuals of this great land and they should be respected and protected as such. But religion has no special importance to the nation as a whole or to the government as an entity and the government should not be granting special days off to practice it.

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idents from grotesquely large department stores, grocery stores and restaurants. I hope more Rockville residents will visit Wegmans to see what we’ve been saved from.

Matthew D. Taylor, Rockville

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Local governments are going mobile. Here is a selection of smartphone apps that can make it easier for residents to interact with local agencies.

BOOKMYNE n Cost: Free n Cost to develop/ongoing costs: No additional cost; is included in contract with SIRSI

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The website for the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission – like websites of other government agencies – has seen a steady increase in pageviews.

n Available for: Android, iPhone


n Bookmyne connects users to their library’s catalogue and library account remotely. It also lets them download books from Project Gutenburg, a site with free ebook versions of works with expired copyrights. The app also lets users receive an array of recommended book lists from a variety of sources, including, a book reviewing and cataloguing site.


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n Cost: App is free; transactions within it have a fee n Cost to develop/ongoing costs: There is no cost to the school system for being part of MyLunchMoney n Available for: Android, iPhone n MyLunchMoney is a national app and website that the Montgomery County school district has chosen to participate in that lets parents review what children are purchasing at school lunch, see the balance on their account and put more money into the account.


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n Cost: App is free, transactions have a cost



n Available for: Android, iPad, iPhone n MobileNOW! lets users pay for parking meters in certain areas with their smartphones or iPads. Some meters in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Montgomery Hills and North Bethesda use MobileNOW!.


Continued from Page A-1 more services to taxpayers by expanding what’s offered online. Rockville spokeswoman Marylou Berg said the city launched a redesigned website in June. Some of the top-visited pages on Rockville’s website are those for city facilities, career opportunities and special events. In a one-year period, the site drew a little less than 3.4 million page views, an average of about 280,000 page views per month. In addition to general information about the city, Rockville’s website includes an option to sign up for notifications and newsletters on a variety of topics. Visitors can watch video recordings of city meetings, report potholes and pay bills. “We have a button right on the home page for paying online, so you can pay your tickets, your water bills, [your] sewer, your stormwater utility,” Berg said. “Those are all done with a third-party vendor.” Arts enthusiasts can order tickets for shows at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Civic Center Park online. Rockville’s staff produces

and maintains content, and a Kansas company hosts the site. This year, web hosting cost $8,600; that figure is expected to go up 3 percent per year, Berg said. The city also employs a Web administrator.

Digital innovations Montgomery County government has a decentralized system of websites, said Donna Bigler, assistant director of the Office of Public Information. The website launched in 1995, she said. For the first nine months of 2013, the county tallied more than 10.7 million page views, according to a Google Analytics report of the county’s website traffic. Its most popular pages, besides the county home page, were the careers page, the library catalog and the Ride On route schedules. Recently, the number of people accessing the website from mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, has increased, Bigler said. Now, about 11 percent of the site’s visitors are using mobile devices. Kyung Lee, the county’s Web content manager, said residents and county agencies also are us-

ing social media more. “I think everyone, including Montgomery County, is more open to resident interaction through the Web,” Lee said. A few years ago, many government agencies were wary of letting residents post comments directly on the governments’ websites. Now, they tend to see social media as platforms to share information and receive comments from residents, Lee said. “We still moderate, but we let people comment and use the comments to let others know about the information,” he said. By responding to comments on social media, county employees can let others see the answers to questions they might have had. The county debuted online open data initiatives last year, so the public can search for things like permits, budget records and salaries themselves, Lee said.

Different approaches to the Web Operating costs for local government websites vary. Chevy Chase Management Assistant Eric Glidden, who helps operate, said the annual cost of hosting

the town’s recently updated site is about $2,000. Traffic follows seasonal patterns. Abbi Irelan, marketing and public affairs manager for Montgomery Parks, said in an email that the number of visits to the website tends to spike in the spring and summer. The most popular pages also vary, but the pages for Brookside Gardens, picnic shelters and activity buildings, and regional and recreational parks tend to be some of the most visited. The site costs about $5,000 a year for hosting, fees, and addons such as forms and comment tools. Most of the operating cost goes to the development and design of new content areas or tools. Montgomery County Public Schools employs five people to focus on the development and maintenance of its website, though individual schools update their own websites, schools spokesman Dana Tofig said.

Growing importance of connecting online County departments and local utilities also are seeing higher traffic numbers. The domain Montgom-

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Average time on site 2011: 2 minutes 57 seconds Average time on site 2012: 3 minutes 41 seconds Average time on site varies 2013 (Jan – July): 3 minutes 40 seconds launched in 2008, Irelan said. The website originally started as part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Montgomery County website, which debuted in 1995. In 2011, had a little more than 630,000 unique visitors. In 2012, that number reached 740,000. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which provides water and sewer services for much of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, offers online bill paying, water quality advisories and utility work information at wsscwater. com. The current site launched in 2010. The commission plans to launch a new site in 2014, according to Lyn Riggins, a WSSC

spokeswoman. In 2012, between 57,000 and 86,000 unique visitors came to the site each month, meaning more than 300,000 to 400,000 monthly page views. Last year, visitors spent an average of three minutes and 41 seconds on the site per visit. Riggins said in an email that a map on the site lets customers see if their area is under a boil-water advisory or mandatory water restrictions. Last July, when Prince George’s county was experiencing water restrictions, the site had 77,783 visitors in a five-day period, compared to 21,180 visitors during the five previous weekdays.


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The Montgomery County Council Will Hold a

Public Hearing on

Proposed Changes to the County Zoning Law and the Zoning Map Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 14 7:30 p.m. Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed new zoning law (ZTA 13-04) and a proposed new zoning map for the County (G-956) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 14. The zoning law has not been comprehensively updated since 1977. The County Planning Board has suggested changes to the law. The Council is considering those changes and the recommendations of the Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee. Few changes are proposed for single-family residential properties. Non-residentially zoned properties and their neighbors could be affected. Information concerning the proposed new law and map is available online at

If you wish to testify at the public hearing, call 240-777-7803. Call by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Spaces are limited. Written testimony or comments can be mailed to: County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 or emailed to all Councilmembers at





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Cautiously optimistic Amid ultra-competitive division, Churchill’s boys soccer team leads the way n



Coming into the preseason, neither Winston Churchill High School boys’ soccer coach Arnold Tarzy nor senior center back Teddy Liakakis knew what to expect from their group. After all, the Bulldogs lost a lot of talented players from the previous season, one that had been a bit turbulent as it relates to locker room chemistry. “At the beginning of the year we came in, and I don’t think anyone had any idea how we were going to do,” Liakakis said. “Last year, we had a lot of arguments, and nobody really got along on the team.” That uncertainty was followed by a humbling 6-2 season-opening loss against


Fresh Paint

Paint Branch High School senior receiver Javonn Curry runs with the ball during Friday’s football game against Albert Einstein.

Paint Branch has new stadium, weight room, one of county’s top offenses, undefeated record




Had a passerby wandered through Banneker Middle School two summers ago, they would have noticed dozens of young men, clad in Paint Branch High School gear and cutoffs, lifting weights outside in the schoolyard. “Jailhouse weightlifting,” as coach Mike Nesmith called it. Due to ongoing renovations, the Panthers had no weight room. Their hands clapsed hot bars in the 90-plus

degree heat. Dehydration was a perpetual concern. The only weights the players could lift were the ones they loaded into crates and unloaded into the yard. Besides that hardship, they hadn’t had a home game since 2009, temporarily playing their “home” games at Montgomery Blair. “A lot of people don’t realize how much that puts on the kids,” Nesmith said. “To be getting on a bus every weekend, they don’t really have home games.” Fitting to Paint Branch’s unlucky narrative, its first home game in half a decade was rained out and moved to a Monday. Even with the less-than-traditional Monday night lights replacing the Friday night lights, fans still came out in droves for the home opener, the first since 2009. “It was really, really great,” quarter-

back Gaston Cooper said. “I wouldn’t really know, but to me, it felt like a college game. There was just a lot of hype around it. People were in the parking lots before. The stands were packed. It was awesome, and it helped a lot, just knowing that all our classmates and parents and alumni were behind us. It just gave us a boost.” Whether the Panthers needed the boost or not there’s no saying, but Paint Branch emerged with a 42-0 victory against James H. Blake. Cooper, meanwhile, ran for three touchdowns and threw another, accounting for 208 total yards in the first of four straight running clock wins. “We are playing with tempo,” Nesmith said of his team, which averaged 52.75

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Field hockey star thwarting swarms of defenders Reigning Walter Johnson Player of the Year sees heavy doses of opponents




Anna Rowthorn-Apel laughs because what else can she really do? She sees double, triple and sometimes even quadruple teams on the field hockey field. Defenders come every game, from every angle, at any point on the field. They come when she doesn’t have the ball. They multiply in droves when she has it. Such is the price tag of being the most dangerous player in the county. So she laughs.

“She knows it’s going to happen,” Walter Johnson High School coach Erika Murray said. “And she just laughs about it. She’s not laughing at them, she just laughs.” Of course, it makes it easier to find the situation somewhat amusing since RowthornApel’s Wildcats are outscoring opponents 25-5 and the only one that has managed to top them is No.1-ranked and undefeated Thomas S. Wootton, whom no team has come within than two goals of. As Murray would point out, “when there’s that many players on her, there’s that many girls that are open.” Though it can be quite comical watching an entire defensive line smother her,


and even with the amount of teammates who have nothing but giant swaths of turf around them, “it’s really frustrating,” Rowthorn-Apel said. “Especially to hear other coaches say, ‘Get on 11, get on 11’ because I am playing field hockey for fun, and it’s frustrating when I have that many girls on me because it’s just not all that fun.” But, she allowed, “every other player is open, so I’ll say, ‘Huh, here we go again.’” Murray doesn’t necessarily enjoy watching teams form around her stud, either, but she “understands why they do it.” Rowthorn-Apel, if she were to settle on any one position, would have an argument for

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Marriotts Ridge, at which point Liakakis said he and his teammates drew upon a strong preseason bonding trip to Ocean City and reevaluated in what direction they were heading. Well, eight matches later the Bulldogs sit atop what’s arguably the most difficult division in the state (Montgomery County’s 4A South) with a 6-2-1 record as of Sunday and a growing confidence that they can make a deep playoffs run in 2013. “We’ve come together, and we support each other now,” senior midfielder Nathan Ferdowski said. “In the preseason, we didn’t know each other yet, but over time we found out each other’s strengths, and since then we’ve been dominating every game.” Van Der Merwe, a powerfA “I didn’t have any right to come into the season making any predictions about how we’d do, but I have to say I


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Girls soccer: Covenant Life transfer thrives despite the improved competition


Gaithersburg High School junior Jaime Montgomery said her mind was racing on the first day of girls’ soccer tryouts last August. Homeschooled since second grade, she played soccer for Covenant Life School in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference in 2011 and led the Cougars to the conference championship game, becoming the first freshman to earn Player of the Year honors in league history. But Montgomery County Public Schools is a much bigger, more competitive league than the 14-team PVAC, Montgomery said, and despite knowing some of the Trojans’ players from club soccer, she wasn’t sure where she would fit in at Gaithersburg. “[Tryouts] were definitely

intimidating. I didn’t know if I’d make junior varsity or varsity. It was really scary,” Montgomery said. “I just gave it my all. I didn’t know how I’d square up.” Not only did Montgomery make coach Greg Kenel’s varsity squad, but she became the Trojans’ best scoring options last fall with 11 goals, and Gaithersburg enjoyed its best season in 15 years. On the starting end of many of those scoring runs was classmate and Maryland Rush Montgomery teammate Jordan Menge, who Kenel said has a sense of where her teammates are going to be before they even know themselves. Though Gaithersburg only graduated three starters a year ago, the holes they left behind were filled by freshmen in 2013, which left some question marks early. But Gaithersburg (4-2-1), which boosted its schedule this fall with games against fourtime defending Class 4A West Region champion BethesdaChevy Chase and undefeated

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Anna Rowthorn-Apel of Walter Johnson High School plays at field hockey practice.


Gaithersburg High School’s Jamie Montgomery turns the ball away from Clarksburg’s Rebecca Wilson during Thursday’s girls’ soccer game.


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Watkins Mill girls’ soccer overcomes slow start, now rolling Boys’ soccer playoffs race as tight as ever



After four-consecutive losses to start the season — all against Class 4A competition — the Watkins Mill High School girls’ soccer team has won three-consecutive games and is undefeated in the Montgomery 3A/2A Division.

SOCCER NOTEBOOK In that time the Wolverines have outscored their opponents 9-1 with games against firstplace Damascus and Poolesville still on the schedule. “We’re led by 11 seniors on our team, and this group is


Continued from Page B-1 the county’s best forward, midfielder, or defender. But she’s a roamer, an omnipresence on the field. This doesn’t mean the reigning Gazette Player of the Year plays mistake-free every game. The incredibly long leash that Murray allows her to play with sometimes needs to be tightened, when Rowthorn-Apel begins making a habit of trying to do too much and winds up overstepping her bounds. “There are times when she’s overplaying into somebody else’s position,” Murray said before laughing. “I mean, she is still a teenager.” A teenager, yes, but likely the most experienced field hockey player in the county, if not the entire state. Raised in Montevideo — the capital of Uruguay — from age 5 to 10, Rowthorn-Apel lived a South American girl’s way of life: field hockey. “They take it very seriously there because girls don’t play anything other than field hockey,” she said. When she eventually returned back to the states, she almost gave it up because North

Continued from Page B-1 Walt Whitman, has picked up where it left off in 2012 and the Menge/Montgomery tandem is a major reason why, Kenel said. Their different skill sets complement each other well on the pitch, he said, and raise the level of those around them. Just seven games into the season Montgomery has 10 goals, one short of last year’s total, and Menge has 10 assists (and four goals).


Continued from Page B-1 plays per game through its first four games. “We are trying to get the ball off as quickly as possible. We’re trying to take advantage of our conditioning. The more snaps you can get off, the more chances you have to score.” It’s ironic that Nesmith credited his team’s conditioning as one of the reasons behind the success of this year’s team since this is the first season in some


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finally coming into its own,” coach Joey Collins said. “We took those losses at the beginning of the year, but in the last week and a half I think we’ve really turned a corner and made it a goal of ours to do what we can to win the division.” Watkins Mill’s recent surge has been led by Alexis Randolph,




who’s scored two goals apiece in each of the past three contests and leads the team with seven total goals. Nathaly Alvear had the assist on five of them.

Blake girls earn attention It’s been a while since Blake girls’ soccer has put up much

American field hockey was so unorganized at the grassroots level compared to its southern counterpart. But she soon discovered the Jackals club team, where she developed into one of the state’s premier players. Since then, she has come so far as to be invited to the Futures Elite team — an exclusive team comprised of the best of the best on the East coast — and has verbally committed to play for Dartmouth. “I fell in love with the scenery, the campus, the team, everything,” she said. Thus far, Wootton has been the only team to concoct a strategy sound enough to stump the former South American, and even the Patriots had to take their lumps before figuring it out. Last season, Kearney Blandamer’s squad was undefeated heading into the 4A West Region finals where they would meet Murray’s Wildcats. The consensus around the county was that the Patriots were too deep, too fast and had too many options to be contained by a team centered around a superstar with role players orbiting around her. Well, two overtimes and 76 minutes later, the consensus was proven wrong. Rowthorn-Apel

resistance against the county’s top teams, but for the first time in three years the Bengals are enjoying a winning record. A 2-0 loss to perennial county power Quince Orchard Sept. 18 was the last time Blake was on the wrong end of game. Third-year coach Tucker Schrumm attributes the success to a balanced group of talented seniors, which includes Christopher Newport (Va.) recruit Kaylie Deshler, and an influx of club soccer-playing freshmen and sophomores. Elana Harris (seven goals) and Nikki Stock (five) lead the scoring charge. Midfielder Yoselin Milloy and defender Torie Broer also have attracted interest from several college coaches but have yet to commit, Schrumm said.

struck with her third overtime, game-winning goal of the season to send the Patriots packing. “If you have to lose, I suppose you want to lose to a two-time junior Olympian,” Blandamer said that night. “If anybody for WJ was going to get it done, it was going to be Anna.” The next time the two met, on Sept. 30, Blandamer did not have a strategy. Senior leader Alex Yokley had played club with RowthornApel, so Blandamer left it up to the girls to figure it out. “I had sort of one vision pregame, and then we changed things,” Blandamer said after Wootton beat Walter Johnson 3-0 earlier this year. “My kids do best when we just let them be creative and let them make the decisions.” Even Wootton, however, despite Blandamer’s efforts to form no Rowthorn-Apel-specific scheme, wasn’t immune to chasing No. 11. A referee approached the Walter Johnson midfielder sometime during the game and “said it looked like I had monkeys on my back,” Rowthorn-Apel recalled.


Another week, another player from Bethesda-Olney Academy finds themselves being called into a U.S. national team camp. This time, striker Eric Matzelevich — a Bullis School student — received the call to the U-17 Men’s National Team residency training, which will be held Oct. 20-26 in Bradenton, Fla.

Playoff seeds up for grabs On the boys side, the competition for playoffs seeding among Montgomery County’s public schools is as tense as it’s ever been. Every team in the county has lost a match, and all but one

(Northwood) has won a game. “Every team can beat every other team on any given night,” Winston Churchill defender Teddy Liakakis said. The Bulldogs are first in the 4A South Division with a 6-2-1 record as of Sunday night, while John F. Kennedy, Walter Johnson and Walt Whitman all have four wins. Seeding likely won’t been determined until the final week of the season as every division race is tight. Leading the county in scoring is Our Lady of Good Counsel senior Alessandro Burlew, who has 11 goals, while Landon School’s Zach Fingerhut has nine. Among public school players, Wheaton’s Juan Castellon and Churchill’s J.J. Van Der Merwe both have eight.


Continued from Page B-1 couldn’t have predicted us playing the way we are,” Tarzy said. “I feel like we have some depth and probably the biggest surprise for me has been our goalkeeping. [Mengucci] worked really hard to become more fit, and he’s been able to cover a great deal of area. It’s turned out to be strength where I thought we’d have a weakness.” Against county competition, the Bulldogs have conceded four goals in eight games and scored nine. Tarzy said he came into the season wanting to improve his defense, and that’s certainly shown to the midway point. “Everyone knows each other’s weaknesses and strengths along the back line,” said Liakakis. “The communication is 10 times better than it was to start the season. Everyone knows what to say and how to give constructive criticism to one another.” Of Churchill’s six wins, two have stood out — the


Urbana High School’s Paul Windsor (left) fights for the ball as Winston Churchill’s Teddy Liakakis during an earlier game between the two first being a 3-0 blanking of Northwest. The Jaguars were unbeaten entering that match but fell flat against the Bulldogs. The second was a 2-1 win against Sherwood on Oct. 1 where the Bulldogs scored twice in the final 20 minutes to snatch the victory. “Those two games have shown our spirit and togetherness,” Liakakis said. “I think if everyone can keep their heads and keep doing what we do well, I don’t think there’s anyone that can stop us from achieving our goals. But everyone in this county has quality.”

Indeed, there’s little doubt Montgomery County soccer on the whole has been unpredictable this season. Every team has at least one loss, and only one side (Northwood) remains winless. There have been blowouts and close games and wacky results that show not only the depth of the county’s clubs, but hint at how wild the playoffs could be. The Bulldogs know that even though they’re in good standing now, if they don’t remain diligent about preparing the same way for every match, it could cost them.”

“You put those two players on the field, and when they connect, there’s some good stuff happening,” Kenel said. “Jordan has tremendous control. She is our mastermind in the middle. That complements Jaime because she is a workhorse. She’s fast and quick and will do anything to score a goal. The two of them help bridge the two different levels of play. We have one person we can count on to score and attack and one to hold, control and distribute, and the girls follow their lead.”

While it’s easy to look past some of the opponents on Gaithersburg’s schedule early — the Trojans scored 24 goals in four-consecutive shutouts to start the year — Kenel said he is more concerned with the way in which his players tally goals rather than the number on the scoreboard. Gaithersburg prides itself on a possessionoriented offense propelled by quick passes to move the ball upfield. Though Montgomery and Menge lead the team in scoring and assists, Kenel praised them for being ex-

tremely unselfish players who involve everyone around them. Led by senior goalkeeper Michaela Colon, Gaithersburg has shut out all but two opponents: B-CC (1-0 loss) and Whitman (2-0 loss). The need for a team to work together in order to be successful, Montgomery said, is what she likes most about soccer. “You can put one really good player on a team, but the team that works well together will win over a team with really good players who don’t work together,” Montgomery said.

Added Menge: “I definitely don’t think stats show [everything]. Even though me and Jaime work well together and get stats, there are defenders who support us, and just because other people aren’t the ones scoring doesn’t mean they aren’t a part of it.” Menge and Montgomery both said they hope to play in college one day. Montgomery said that played a role in her transfer to Gaithersburg a year ago. But fortunately for the Trojans, the two, who Kenel said have taken on more leadership

responsibilities as juniors, will be back for another season of high school ball as Gaithersburg looks to solidify its place as a legitimate postseason contender. “My freshman year we did OK, but there was not much enthusiasm [for the program]. Last year the support was amazing,” Menge said. “People are starting to pay more attention to [our team]. Everyone is excited to play. We have a new school and a new spirit and morale.”

time that the Panthers have the resources to get in shape. The impetus to this well-conditioned team, aside from the fact that the players have a place to lift weights with a roof over their heads, has been the hiring of renowned trainer Myron Flowers, a Paint Branch graduate who claims to have trained more than 20 NFL players, including San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. “It makes all the difference in the world. It really does,” Nesmith said. “One of the things

that always makes the difference is strength and conditioning, putting in the hours [coaches] aren’t paid to do. You end up paying to coach. “It’s not like Quince Orchard and Seneca and Damascus have all these Spartans walking around their hallways. That’s not it. These are four-year guys in the program, four years of strength and conditioning. It’s a big difference.” Cooper, when speaking about having a weight room and home games, accidentally called

it an advantage before correcting himself, realizing that, in reality, having those amenities just evened the playing field. “No, I guess it’s not an advantage,” he said with a laugh. “But it has been really good.” Along with the Panthers’ bounty of new facilities, Cooper has plenty of weapons at his disposal. Now at the season’s midpoint, no team has had more receivers catch a pass (nine) than Paint Branch, and that includes the air-heavy offenses of Thomas S. Wootton and Rockville.

At Cooper’s disposal is firstyear varsity receiver Ryan Stango (20 catches, 385 yards), senior Javonn Curry (24 catches, 364 yards), senior Kevin Koomson (11 catches, 115 yards), and several others in the slot. In a surprisingly dominant 54-7 rout of Einstein on Friday, Cooper eclipsed the 300-yard threshold through the air, finding Curry three times for a touchdown, and two other receivers for scores. All that, and Cooper is just as dangerous, if not moreso, on the ground. A hybrid quarterback, the

senior led Paint Branch in rushing through the first four games, hitting a season-high 87 yards in a 21-13 season-opening win against Springbrook. “I always try to establish myself as a passer first,” he said. “Then I’ll go into a hybrid.” Meanwhile, Paint Branch has officially established itself among the county’s elite. The Panthers face Northwest (4-1) this week in a matchup of two of the county’s best teams.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HOW THEY RANK The 10 best football teams in Montgomery County this week as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff.



1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Quince Orchard Cougars Good Counsel Falcons Gaithersburg Trojans Bullis Bulldogs Paint Branch Panthers Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Wootton Patriots Sherwood Warriors Northwest Jaguars Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles

Record Points

5-0 4-3 5-0 4-1 5-0 4-1 3-2 4-1 4-1 3-2

60 54 46 42 35 28 24 18 14 9

Also receiving votes: None.

LEADERS Top rushers

Carries Khalil Wilson, Einstein 77 Dage Davis, Geo. Prep 84 Zac Morton, Whitman 116 Charles Lyles, Poolesville 108 Chris Dawson, G. Counsel 96 Devonte Williams, Bullis 80 Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard 65 Liam Duffy, R. Mont. 91 E. Spottswood, Sherwood 89 Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel 95

Top passers

Cmp-Att. Chuck Reese, Rockville 154-235 Sam Ellis, Wootton 106-180 G. Cooper, P. Branch 67-116 Mike Murtaugh, Q. Orch. 51-81 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 48-74 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 71-128 C. Hennessey, N’wood 56-115 Evan Smith, Whitman 43-80 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 37-78 S. Morningstar, Pooles. 43-77

Top receivers Joey Cornwell, Rockville Jibri Woods, Wootton Trevon Diggs, Wootton Ryan Stango, P. Branch Anthony Albert, Rockville Michael Scott, Kennedy Javonn Curry, P. Branch Louison Biama, Rockville Keon Paye, G. Counsel Elliott Davis, Q. Orchard

Catches 47 35 39 20 29 24 24 20 10 12

Yards 919 826 799 749 629 585 509 504 494 489

Avg. TDs 11.9 8 9.8 12 6.9 7 6.9 6 6.9 8 7.3 7 7.8 9 5.5 3 5.6 5 5.1 3

Yards 1713 1499 989 871 806 789 596 572 528 505 Yards 582 511 456 385 368 366 364 330 275 273

Int. 5 7 4 1 4 3 2 6 5 6

TDs 21 14 13 11 4 9 5 5 5 3

Avg. TDs 12.4 7 14.6 5 14.0 7 19.3 5 9.2 4 15.3 1 15.2 6 16.5 3 27.5 3 22.8 4

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Rockville QB almost sets state passing record

died so young. But he also cherished how the event served as a reunion and chance for Quinn’s friends to remember him. “Quinn’s induction was pretty special,” Brennan said. David Magathan, who coached several sports, and Tony Korson, a baseball player, also were inducted.

When Walt Whitman High School football star Ben Quinn died in a car crash during the spring of his senior year in 1979, a memorial tree was planted near the team’s then-home field. Mike Brennan, who nominated Quinn for the Walt Whitman Athletic Hall of Fame, already had arranged for a new tree to be planted near Whitman’s new field in

GC changes backfield

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN advance of Friday’s induction ceremony. Then, Brennan visited the old tree Friday morning to dig up and move the marble plaque commemorating Quinn. It wouldn’t budge. Described during the ceremony as a “gentle giant,” the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Quinn had accepted a scholarship offer to Virginia Tech. He was also a standout wrestler and rugby player known for his committed work ethic. His sisters, Jane Quinn Brack and Diana Quinn, niece and nephew accepted the honor on his behalf. Quinn’s teammate on the 1978 state fi-


Our Lady of Good Counsel High School’s Chris Dawson (right) said he’s happy he moved from fullback to tailback.

nalist football team, Tim Agee, also was inducted. Agee later played for West Virginia University and the Cleveland Browns. Brennan, who also played on the 1978 Whitman team, said he couldn’t help but think throughout the halftime ceremony — which featured people wearing gold No. 77 pins provided by Pete Creedon, another one of Quinn’s classmates who pushed for his induction — how tragic it was Quinn

Rain pushes back start of sport’s postseason

Around 9:30 a.m. Monday, Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Delaney Shah was standing on the third tee at Poolesville Golf Course for the annual

PREP NOTEBOOK BY GAZETTE STAFF district tournament, the qualifying grounds for the state tournament. Shah and the defending state champions’ quest to defend that title was delayed before she could even tee up her drive on No. 3. “On [hole] two the winds got up to 30 miles per hour and it started to pour,” Shah, the second-leading scorer in Montgomery County during the regular season, said. “Umbrellas were flying all over the place.” The tournament was postponed to Thursday before the airborne umbrellas managed to inflict any real damage. It was not the only reason to push the tournament — there was also a tornado watch throughout most of the day. The delay meant players and teams would not have to attempt to shoot a qualifying score (332 for teams, roughly 83 for individuals) in howling winds and sideways rain. Walt Whitman coach Karl O’Donoghue estimates that, had the tournament continued, “if someone broke 75 they would have ran away with it,” which is an accomplishment in a county where 14 players hover around or below the 75-stroke average when doubling their nine-hole averages. Leading that contingent is O’Donoghue’s own Graham Hutchinson, a freshman averaging a county-best 35.5 strokes per nine holes. He won the county

Still pretty good Though it was initially reported Rockville quarterback Chuck Reese threw for 514 yards Friday — a mark that would have broken the state single-game record of 475 — Rockville coach Seth Kenton reviewed video of the 51-13 win against Northwood and determined a few of Reese’s runs were errantly recorded under passing yards. Reese will have to settle for 390 yards.

FEARLESS FORECASTS The Gazette sports staff picks the winners for this week’s games involving Montgomery football teams. Here are this week’s selections:

Montgomery County record All games

Landon at Woodberry Forest Richard Montgomery at Poolesville Northwood at Seneca Valley Watkins Mill at Rockville Walt Whitman at Damascus Clarksburg at Wootton Fort Hill at Walter Johnson Gaithersburg at Churchill Quince Orchard at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Magruder at Sherwood Northwest at Paint Branch Einstein at Kennedy Springbrook at Blake Wheaton at Blair Reginald Lewis at Georgetown Prep St. John’s College at Good Counsel St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes at Bullis Perry Street vs. Avalon

scoring title from Shah in the season’s final match, shooting a 34 to Shah’s 38 to beat the Wootton sophomore by four total strokes on the season. “I’ve never seen a freshman as solid as he is,” O’Donoghue said. “He is steady and straight down the middle. When he hits trouble he’s 10 yards off the fairway.” So, individually, the district crown could realistically go to any of about 10 possible candidates. Shah shot 69 at Poolesville in her practice round and “wasn’t really reading any putts or anything.” Then there’s Quince Orchard’s Colton Christensen (36.67 average), Winston Churchill’s Luke Schaap (36.83), and the entire starting lineups of Walter Johnson and Wootton to contend for it. “I don’t know,” Shah said of what she thinks the number will be for the individual winner. “There’s a lot of good players. I think under par is going to win it.” The team title, meanwhile, is a contest to who, if anybody, can chase down Walter Johnson. The Wildcats easily took a second consecutive county regular season title with a 17-1 record and an average nearly six strokes lower then the next best. “Yes it is,” Wildcats’ coach Richard Payne said when asked if this was the strongest team he has coached. “It definitely is by far. We have five players that are very capable of shooting at par. I tend to let the players get ready for it. I’m not one to do a lot of ‘Rah rah rah.’ These players really like each other, they support each other.” Even with Walter Johnson being “ridiculously solid,” as O’Donoghue labeled it, Payne still didn’t budge on who he expects the favorites are. “Definitely Wootton,” he said, “because they won states last year.” Unfortunately for players and spectators, the forecast for Thurs-


Wootton* Whitman R. Montgomery B-Chevy Chase Churchill Walter Johnson*

All Div.

3-2 3-2 1-4 2-3 1-4 1-4

3-1 2-1 1-1 1-2 1-2 1-2


163 52 107 98 110 153 73 111 36 172 30 138

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Blair Springbrook* Blake Kennedy

All Div.

5-0 4-1 2-3 2-3 1-4 1-4

3-0 2-0 1-2 1-2 0-1 0-2


207 32 98 82 87 73 92 56 20 158 53 96

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

5-0 5-0 4-1 2-3 1-4

2-0 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2


130 34 192 13 171 52 76 69 42 171

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Rockville Watkins Mill Wheaton Northwood

All Div.

4-1 3-2 2-2 3-2 2-3 1-4 0-5

3-0 2-0 2-1 2-2 1-1 0-3 0-3

Montgomery 2A Independent Team








3-2 104 82

Private schools Team


160 54 131 69 118 138 188 162 84 123 62 198 33 206

Bullis 4-1 134 85 Good Counsel 4-3 171 80 Georgetown Prep 2-3 118 148 Avalon 2-4 135 138 Landon 1-3 84 79 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores

Ken Sain

Dan Feldman

Travis Mewhirter

Nick Cammarota

Jennifer Beekman

Kent Zakour

76-15 151-32

74-17 150-33

67-24 145--38

71-20 144-39

72-19 143-40

70-21 140-43

Woodberry R. Montgomery Seneca Valley Watkins Mill Damascus Wootton Fort Hill Gaithersburg Q. Orchard Sherwood Paint Branch Einstein Springbrook Blair Geo. Prep Good Counsel Bullis Avalon

Woodberry Poolesville Seneca Valley Rockville Damascus Wootton Fort Hill Gaithersburg Q. Orchard Sherwood Paint Branch Einstein Springbrook Blair Geo. Prep Good Counsel Bullis Perry Street

Woodberry Poolesville Seneca Valley Rockville Damascus Wootton Fort Hill Gaithersburg Q. Orchard Sherwood Paint Branch Einstein Springbrook Blair Geo. Prep St. John’s Bullis Avalon

Woodberry Poolesville Seneca Valley Rockville Damscus Wootton Fort Hill Gaithersburg Q. Orchard Sherwood Northwest Einstein Springbrook Blair Geo. Prep Good Counsel Bullis Avalon

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Our Lady of Good Counsel senior Chris Dawson mostly has played fullback this season, but he primarily played tailback Saturday against Bishop McNamara High School. He finished with 182 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-0 win. “I’m happy they did it,” the 5-foot-5, 195-pound Dawson said. “...I like getting the ball. I like delivering the hit instead of getting hit. And I like scoring touchdowns.”

STANDINGS Montgomery 4A South Division

day isn’t much brighter than it was on Monday, with weathermen calling for showers and chilly temperatures the majority of the day.

Paint Branch clinches tennis title With its 5-2 win over Seneca Valley, the Paint Branch girls’ tennis team clinched the Division III title that eluded it two years ago. The Panthers are now slated to move up to the county’s second division, a place they have not been in at least seven years, according to coach Judy Rothstein. The two individual losses Thursday were the most Paint Branch has dropped in any division match, most of their wins have been shutouts. A 5-2 loss to Division II winner Montgomery Blair, which dropped down from Division I this year for the first time in a long time, gives the Panthers confidence moving forward, Rothstein said. Paint Branch is propelled by an extremely strong singles lineup that is undefeated in division play. Senior Victoria Nguyen is in her fourth year at No. 1 singles. Her younger sister, sophomore Tiffany has been right behind her at No. 2 singles the past two seasons. Second-year No. 3 singles Adeola Animasahun and first-year singles player Naomi Noubossie round out the top four. The rest of the team, Rothstein said, is new, which makes the division dominance all the more impressive. “We had a strong four singles players, which made it easy to go out there but the rest of the players were all new, so that’s what makes those 7-0 wins so nice,” Rothstein said. Travis Mewhirter and Jennifer Beekman contributed to this report.

Woodberry Woodberry R. Montgomery Poolesville Seneca Valley Seneca Valley Rockville Watkins Mill Damascus Damascus Wootton Wootton Fort Hill Fort Hill Gaithersburg Gaithersburg Q. Orchard Q. Orchard Sherwood Sherwood Northwest Paint Branch Einstein Einstein Springbrook Springbrook Blair Blair Geo. Prep Geo. Prep Good Counsel Good Counsel Bullis Bullis Perry Street Avalon

Kennedy 28, Wheaton 0 Springbrook 26, Watkins Mill 6 Rockville 51, Northwood 13 Paint Branch 54, Einstein 7 Whitman 35, R. Montgomery 13 Bethesda-Chevy Chase 14, Blair 6 Quince Orchard 52, Churchill 0 Northwest 50, Blake 0 Magruder 4, Walter Johnson 2 Gaithersburg 20, Wootton 14 Damascus 13, Clarksburg 12 Sherwood 14, Seneca Valley 7 Georgetown Prep 42, St. Albans 15 Catoctin 28, Poolesville 0 Bullis 42, Cape Henlopen (Del.) 7 Riverdale Baptist 47, Avalon 32 Good Counsel 41, McNamara 0 Episcopal 30, Landon 21

BEST BET Northwest at Paint Branch, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Paint Branch (5-0) is off to its best start since at least 2002, but Northwest (4-1) is its first opponent with a current winning mark. PBHS quarterback Gaston Cooper will test a defense that has held its opponents to, or below, their season scoring average.


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Wootton’s dynamic duo is the team to beat Thomas S. Wootton High School girls’ tennis’ senior No. 2 doubles player Katarina Sherman is 5-foot-11 for the record. Opponents — Sherman and third-year doubles partner Karrie Shi have not lost a match since 2011 — can perhaps find some solace in that. “A lot of times at the end of matches opponents will ask me how tall I am,” Sherman said. Sherman’s height lends itself to a booming serve and quite intimidating aggressive net game. Shi, a junior, is an unassuming 5-foot-1 and prefers to hang back and smack groundstrokes from the baseline. Wootton coach Nia Cresham said she saw something special within the apparent differences between Sherman and Shi and her decision to pair them together has paid dividends. Last year’s county champions in the No. 1 doubles bracket, the two have become one of the county’s most prosperous doubles teams and an important cog in the Patriots’ recent ascent to the top. With dominant wins against Winston Churchill and Walt

Shi said. “You feel more connected as time goes by. You know what to expect from each other.” Trust in a partner’s ability to hold her own is vital, Sherman and Shi agreed, and both have faith in one another during big points. After going undefeated and relatively untested en route to last year’s county championship, the two are undefeated eight matches in to 2013 and will likely be the top seed in the No. 2 doubles

bracket at the county championships later this month. The addition of two talented freshmen in the Patriots’ singles lineup — No. 1 Miranda Deng (7-0) and No. 3 Rebecca Wuren — pushed last year’s Nos. 3 and 4 singles players, Kathy Kim and Kelly Chen into the Patriots’ doubles contingent. Having a pair like Sherman and Shi in the second doubles slot gives the Patriots immeasurable depth, which is

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Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Karrie Shi works out during preseason practice in August.



Whitman — a combined four individual losses — Wootton has all but clinched the Division I title for the first time in recent history and is on pace to win the county championship. “Their games complement each other,” Cresham said. “I saw Kat being more of a net player because she’s so tall and can cover so much. Karrie has a pretty baseline game. She is consistent and hits nice low strong shots to set Kat up. They’re both strong mentally and get along well, it turned out to be a good fit.” Clearly, since the two have stuck together for three seasons. Sherman and Shi’s longlasting partnership is a rarity in high school tennis. Teams are typically built from the top down; doubles pairs tend to be thrown together after the singles lineup is firmed up and usually seem to shift on a yearly basis as rosters change. Sherman and Shi’s familiarity with each other’s tendencies, their comfort with each other and ability to communicate with ease is an incredibly valuable intangible that sets them apart. Each year, the two agreed, they learn something more and become even more in sync, and it is tough for newly formed teams to compete with that. “With each season that goes by, it’s just the smaller things that we notice, like how [Sherman] responds to certain shots when you’re playing against certain teams,”




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QO grad’s potential becomes apparent Sophomore defensive end is major contributor at Monmouth University n



When Juwan Jackson first saw Darnell Leslie play on the football field he liked what he saw. The defensive line coach and staff at Monmouth University eventually were so impressed that the Division IFootball Championship Subdivision school offered Leslie a scholarship. “The biggest thing I saw was his closing speed,” Jackson said. “It’s rare to see that ability. ... Within two steps he’s almost at top speed.” Last year — just a season removed from being a standout defensive end at Quince Orchard High School — however, Leslie spent the season learning. He did not play during his freshman collegiate campaign in New Jersey and practiced with the scout-team defense against the first-team offense. Redshirting turned out to be a perfect scenario. “It was an eye-opener experience having never played college football before,” Leslie said. “Everything has slowed down a little bit.” Now, this fall, Leslie is wreaking havoc on the Hawks’ opponents. In six games for Monmouth — all starts — he has recorded 19 tackles (10 solo) and 3.5 sacks to go along with an interception, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries. “The best thing he’s done is he’s dedicated himself to football to get bigger and ready to play,” Jackson said. “He was a little big undersized at [6-foot1, 210 pounds] when I first saw him. Now he’s big enough to handle the pounding in the middle of the line.” It took him a couple of games to settle into his increased responsibilities, however. Jackson and Leslie agree that Leslie has matured as a football player. They say Leslie has become confident in his own abilities and has quickly learned how to play against offensive lineman of different sizes and athletic abilities and take on blocks. His pass rush skills always have been natural. “{Defensive end] is one of those positions where you get your first sack and tackle for loss, you get more and more


Quince Orchard High School graduate Darnell Leslie starts at defensive end for Monmouth University. confidence,” Jackson said. “... He will be great to see in the future.” Leslie spent much of last season learning the intricacies of Monmouth’s defensive scheme and enjoying the benefits a college weight lifting and conditioning regimen. Leslie, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, said he entered the offseason at 217 pounds and started fall camp significantly stronger and bigger at 234 pounds. He also touted his experience at Quince Orchard with coach Dave Mencarini and defensive coordinator John Kelley as being beneficial to his college success. Leslie helped the Cougars advance to the 2011 Class 4A state championship game. “They run their program like a college program,” Leslie said. “They show hard work can get you where you want to be.” Despite his increased success and notoriety, Leslie remains humble. The Hawks (3-3) have won three-consecutive games after starting the season 0-3.

“As a team, I want to get to the playoffs,” he said. “Personally, I just wanted to get a spot on the team.”


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A mechanical approach to football and life Richard Montgomery RB embraces engineering, averages 101 yards per game

“His demeanor just suddenly changed,” Klotz said. “As soon as the pads went on, he became an animal.”



“I’ve always enjoyed seeing things and making them fit together in a way they weren’t meant to.”


Richard Montgomery High School senior running back Liam Duffy wanted to join the school’s robotics team, but football never left him enough time. He has helped his dad build a backyard deck and assisted an uncle who’s a carpenter. In the process, he’s developed an affinity for that type of mechanical thinking. So, Duffy plans to give up football after this season and pursue his other passion in college: engineering, ideally at the University of Maryland, College Park. “I’ve always enjoyed seeing things and making them fit together in a way they weren’t meant to,” Duffy said. Duffy is practicing that each week on the football field, making his 5-foot-9, 165-pound frame fit in the game’s most physical situations. After averaging 100 yards

—Liam Duffy Duffy said he has to play that way just to hold up at his size. He actually considered giving up football after middle school because the high school players looked too big.

Liam Duffy (left), running back for Richard Montgomery High School, carries the ball during Wednesday’s practice. per game in the season’s first half, Duffy will next use his punishing running style Friday, when Richard Montgomery hosts Poolesville.

First-year Richard Montgomery coach Josh Klotz didn’t know much about Duffy when he took the job last January, but he learned quickly.

Everyone kept telling Klotz how tough Duffy is, and Klotz believed them, though he still wanted to see for himself. The coach got another clue when


Duffy gave impressive efforts during offseason workouts. Still, it was difficult for Klotz to look past Duffy’s small frame — until fall practice.


Liam Duffy (left), running back for Richard Montgomery High School, carries the ball on a kick return drill during practice on Oct. 2.

But former Richard Montgomery coach Neal Owens convinced him to join the high school program, and Duffy became a starting linebacker/ safety as a junior. Before switching Duffy’s focus to offense, Klotz showed Duffy video of all the plays he whiffed due to being overly aggressive. “I would come up and hit someone and know I was blowing coverage if someone gets behind me, but I just had that thirst to get that contact, just to hit somebody,” Duffy said. “At running back, of course, now I’m trying not to get hit, but I still sometimes just want to lower my shoulder and get that contact.” Klotz said he believes Duffy could play Division III football if he wanted, but Duffy is set on majoring in engineering at a bigger school, in part, because engineering can be just as competitive as football. And he believes he’s ready. “People doubt you, and you have to show them what you’re made of,” Duffy said.

KEEPING IT BRIEF Wheaton lineman OK after neck injury


With 7 minutes, 49 seconds remaining in the third quarter of Friday night’s football game between Wheaton High School and John F. Kennedy, Wheaton senior offensive lineman Chris Mudd was carted off by emergency personnel after colliding with a teammate on a running play. At the time, Knights’ coach Ernie Williams said that Mudd was able to move both his arms and legs and he most likely jammed his neck severely. Mudd was taken to a local medical center for evaluation. On Monday night, Williams said, “Chris is doing very well,” and reported that Mudd suffered a strained neck and will be out for only one week. — TRAVIS MEWHIRTER



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Tony Award-winning actor/singer Sutton Foster is set to perform at Strathmore on Saturday. STRATHMORE


n When: 8 p.m. Saturday

n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda

n Tickets: $26-$78; special $20 tickets available for all federal and military employees impacted by the government shutdown

n For information: 301-581-5200


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“Bald Headed Blues: A Doctormentary on Sarcofiguy,” will screen as part of the Spooky Movie horror fest, beginning Thursday at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Featured will be Dick Dyszel (Count Gore De Vol, left) and John Dimes, a.k.a. Dr. Sarcofiguy.

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The quick and the dead Before there was “Weekend at Bernie’s” there was “Lucky Stiff,” a 1988 musical farce about an uptight English shoe salesman forced to take his dead uncle on vacation to Monte Carlo and pass him off as alive. “Lucky Stiff” opens today at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College. For returning director Bobby Smith, the comedy presents an interesting challenge for his cast of young actors.


1997, the then 22-year-old Sutton Foster landed her first real Broadway role as the Star To Be in the musical “Annie.” Fate, it seems, knew what was in store for the actress. Nine Broadway shows later, Foster has two Tony Awards as well as a couple of Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards to her credit. She starred in her own TV show, “Bunheads,” and even appeared on “Sesame Street.” Now, Foster is ready for a more intimate setting. The taln Award-winning ented acperformer talks life t o r / s i n g e r perform on, off stage and will some of her upcoming movie own songs as well as popular show tunes on Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Foster said the biggest difference between her Broadway shows and the cabaret-style show she’s bringing to Strathmore is that she’s not playing a character, she’ll just be herself. “It’s a totally different side of me as a performer,” Foster said. “The last thing I did in New York was ‘Anything Goes,’ where I was sort of a fabulous character with fabulous costumes and a wig and lots of makeup and eyelashes. Here it’s just a chance for audiences to get to know me as, like, the essence of who I am as a person as opposed to the characters that I’ve played. “It’s a really cool opportunity to be able to sing the songs that I love and that I want to sing, say the things that I want to say and to sort of create an evening of song for an audience. It’s definitely



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Aurora Beckett as Annabel, Olavi Takala as Tony and Liam Allen as Harry in a scene from “Lucky Stiff.”

There is no question John Dimes is a man of many talents. As a singer, Dimes has performed at the historic Apollo Theater in New York. As a painter and artist, his work has been showcased in various states across the

country. As a standup comedian, he has worked alongside Patton Oswalt, Dave Chappelle and Wanda Sykes. Near the very bottom of the list, written in pencil, is scary movie host. That’s when Dimes’ alter ego emerges. Dr. Sarcofiguy has been a fixture in the horror-film hosting circles for going on 18 years. “One of my big heroes in D.C. … is Count Gore De Vol,” Dimes said. “We wanted to do a horror movie show. We

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Members of the New West Guitar Group will perform music from their new studio album, “Big City,” on Thursday at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. From left, against the Los Angeles skyline, are Jeff Stein, John Storie and Perry Smith.

Barbara and the BSO The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra returns to Strathmore with “The Streisand Songbook,” kicking off the

BSO’s 2013-14 Pops season and featuring conductor Jack Everly and singersongwriter Ann Hampton Callaway. The Tony-nominated Callaway will perform all of Streisand’s biggest hits, including favorites from “Funny Girl” to “A Star Is Born.” Callaway enjoys a professional relationship with Streisand, having written some of her most popular songs, including “At the Same Time” and “I Dreamed of You.” Show time is 8 p.m Thursday. For more information, visit





uitar trio the New West Guitar Group — Jeff Stein, Perry Smith and John Storie — will bring the sonic streetscape sounds of their latest effort, “Big City,” to the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Thursday. The group’s last album, “Round Trip Ticket,” was frequently featured on NPR and hit No. 28 on the jazz charts. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit


Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church will host its 52nd Greek Festival in Silver Spring this year, following more than 90 years of calling Washington,

D.C., home. The event is scheduled for noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 15100 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring. In addition to Greek food, the festival will feature live Greek music and a Greek marketplace, as well as a moon bounce, clown and face painting. Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church is building a new church at 701 Norwood in Silver Spring, to be completed end of 2014. Services are currently offered at the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral on New Hampshire Avenue. Rain or shine. Free admission and free parking is available. For more information, visit

George Barlas plays the bouzouki in the four-piece Greek group, the Golden Flame Band, which will perform this weekend as part of the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church’s 52nd Greek Festival. Other members include Tasos Christou (vocals, guitar), Bobby Spyridakis (keyboards) and Kostas Vithoulkas (drums).


The work of Terry Meisner is currently on view as part of “A Fine Line: Calligraphy, Language & Symbol,” to Nov. 10 at the Mansion at Strathmore.

The ‘Line’ starts here “A Fine Line: Calligraphy, Language & Symbol,” continues to Nov. 10 at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The ex-

hibit explores the impact of cultural influence on the artform of calligraphy, resulting in distinguishing and geographically-specific attributes. “A Fine Line” showcases 85 works by more than 24 artists, spanning Asian, English, Arabic and Hebrew styles and illustrating the ever-evolving “art of beautiful writing.” For more information, visit





Conductor Jack Everly.



Singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway.


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A Martian invasion comes to the Gaithersburg Arts Barn Sandy Spring Theatre gets supernatural n



The night before Halloween 1938, a widespread panic set in across the nation as reports of a Martian invasion came in over the airwaves. Despite the fear and chaos, it turns out the broadcast was actually an adaptation of the science fiction classic “The War of the Worlds.” Written by H.G. Wells, “The War of the Worlds” was published right before the turn of the 20th century. It’s a firsthand account of a fictional protagonist and his brother living in London when Earth is suddenly invaded by Martians. The novel sparked several adaptations including comic books, TV shows, radio dramas, video games and most recently, a 2005 Steven Spielberg film starring Tom Cruise. The majority of the 1938 radio program, which was narrated by writer and director Orson Welles, resembled news bulletins and included no commercial breaks. As many listeners tuned in after the introduction, fear quickly set in. “My grandmother told me about [this broadcast],” said David Dossey of Olney. “A lot of people missed the intro that clearly stated this is based on a book. People in her small town in Texas were running outside with wet towels wrapped around them to prevent heat-rays.” Starting Friday, Dossey will direct a recreation of the


Philip Stamper and Yvonne Paretzky rehearse for “The War of the Worlds,” opening Friday.


Oct. 13

n Following the hour-long program will be a 15-minute segment, “When Welles Collide,” a humorous take on the “War of the Worlds” broadcast. n When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 11-27, no performance

infamous radio broadcast in partnership with Sandy Spring Theatre Group and the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. “We’re sticking to the 1938 script but we’re not sticking to the 1938 way of doing it,” Dossey said. “It’s not a museum piece.

n Where: Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg n Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 for city of Gaithersburg residents, $9 for students n For information: 301-2586394, theater

We’re not doing it with the stuff they had.” Dossey, along with assistant director Stan Rosen and their cast, will not depend on 1930s technology for their adaptation of the broadcast. “They had, at that time, rudi-

mentary sound effects ...” Dossey said. “A lot of the stuff they had to make sound effects, like a hand-crank siren for example, doesn’t exist anymore.” Instead, Dossey said his actors will depend on their voices to create a realistic interpretation of the original broadcast. “We’ve spent a lot of time working on voice and speech,” Dossey said. “I was telling [the cast], these guys that did these radio programs, they were trained actors and they would rehearse how their voices sounded on the radio. It’s a whole different way of performing.” An actor and former speech coach, Dossey is a firm believer in the power of the spoken word. “One of the things that I believe that we’ve lost in this day and age is the ability to use words to communicate,” Dossey said. “I used to tell my students: those who control language control their destiny and the destiny of others. People that are strong speakers have that ability to reach out and grab you and change minds.” In an effort to instill the same sense of panic and impending doom in his audience as the original 1938 broadcast did, Dossey asked his actors to think about an infamous day in modern American history when it felt plausible that the world might be coming to an end. “I said, flashback to 9/11 when people were describing what they saw after the plane hit the first tower,” Dossey said. “We all have a memory of what it was like; the panic. This is the same thing ... they have to believe that Martians have landed.”

Though the original “War of the Worlds” is more than 100 years old and the broadcast 75, Dossey said the core of the story still resonates with people. “Once you get past the Victorian era version of science, the story is about a group of people dealing with extraordinary circumstances,” Dossey said. “This guy was just a guy. He wasn’t

IN THE ARTS MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Cloudburst, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9; New West Guitar Group, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10; Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, 8 p.m. Oct. 11; The Soul Crackers with Tommy Lepson, 8 p.m. Oct. 12; Blue Moon Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13; Abbe Buck, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16; Ingratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18; The Fabulous Hubcaps, 8 p.m. Oct. 19; Deaf Dog and the Indictments & Feels So Good Band, 7 p.m. Oct. 20, call for tickets, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Buskin & Batteau, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17;

Furever (film), 8 p.m. Oct. 18; The Spooky Magic of Joe Romano, 1 p.m. Oct. 19; Carolyn Malachi, 8 p.m. Oct. 19; Julie Fowlis, 8 p.m. Oct. 25-26, call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260, Fillmore Silver Spring, Julieta Venegas, Los Momentos Tour 2013, 8 p.m. Oct. 10; Lee Brice, 8 p.m. Oct. 11; Atlas Genius, 8 p.m. Oct. 13; Rusko — The Lift Off Tour with Special Guests Roni Size and Dynamite MC, 8 p.m. Oct. 18; Aaron Carter, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-960-9999,,

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Moscatiello, Barbara Tresidder Ryan & Loralyn Coles, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16; Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301960-3655,

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Becky Warren & Friends, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Oct. 8-9, Oct. 12, Oct. 15-16; The U.S. Navy Birthday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Jaimie Salazar a.k.a. Gato, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9; BSO: The Streisand Songbook, 8 p.m. Oct. 10; Orion Weiss, piano, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11; Sutton Foster, 8 p.m. Oct. 12; Sutton Foster Masterclass, 10 a.m. Oct. 13; Les Violins Du Roy

with Stephanie Blythe, 8 p.m. Oct. 15, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,

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a scientist ... trying to solve the problem. [He] was involved with the people whose lives were affected. When you think about movies about 9/11, they’re about ordinary people dealing with extraordinary circumstances. I think that’s the one thing about the book that’s made it timeless.”


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From Montgomery County to Music City Blake High School graduate, musician enjoys warm homecoming n



For singer/songwriters Tom Whall and Emily Earle, the last few weeks out on the road have been an exercise in trial and error. “It’s been a really great learning process,” Earle said. “ ... As far as, what areas and markets does our music work in? What kind of crowd tends to like us better?” During their private show Sept. 27 at RPM Studios in Silver Spring, the duo — who are also dating — didn’t have to worry about the crowd not liking their Americana sound. They played for a room full of Whall’s friends and family. “It was great,” said Whall, a Silver Spring native. “My parents always love it when I get to play when I’m in town ... they are the

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ones who have supported me from the beginning.” The September concert was also special because of its location. RPM is a digital media group specializing in video production, audio recording and engineering and live performance/music video. Whall and Earle’s performance was recorded for a DVD. “It’s one thing to go on tour and just have a show where all of your friends and family come out, but I think I wanted to do something unique and that’s why we did this whole studio show,” Whall said. “It gave family and friends the opportunity to see us in a very unique environment.” Whall is a 2007 graduate of Blake High School. Whall — also a talented drummer and key-

Both Tom Whall and Emily Earle have had the opportunity to perform for family and friends during their tour together. board player — picked up the guitar in high school. He learned from his father whom he called a musical “jack of all trades.” A triplet, Whall also spent his adolescence harmonizing with his

brother and sister in church. “With family, it’s awesome because a lot of times it sounds good because what they call the timbre of your voice is so similar, they match very well,” Whall said. Lucky for him, Whall was able to find that same connection with Earle. “I think the timbres of our voices are different enough, unique enough, that people like it,” Whall said. “That’s my mathematically musical equation behind it all,” he laughed. Whall met Earle a year ago through a mutual friend shortly after she moved to Nashville. Whall attended Baldwin-Wallace College, a small liberal arts school outside of Cleveland. He moved to Music City after graduating in 2011. Earle spent her childhood in Texas before moving with her family to Colorado. She is the niece of Americana singer and Grammy Award-winning artist Steve Earle. She attended Berklee School of Music in Boston for three years before landing an internship with Warner Music

in New York City. Earle gained some notoriety for her stint on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” where she made it to the Battle Round on Team CeeLo. After “The Voice,” and opening for her uncle on a sevenmonth world tour, Earle settled in Nashville. Whall first joined Earle for a show at Opry Mills Mall. “It’s a three-hour-long gig which is a long time to fill, so she asked me to start playing with her,” Whall said. “That became a weekly gig and we started learning each other’s music and harmonizing on it.” The idea for a tour was born when the duo realized they each had shows booked along the East Coast. “Tom had booked a wedding and then a week before that, I was asked to play a benefit concert in Georgia so we thought we’d just link these two together and put a lot of shows around them to make it a tour,” Earle said. “We picked towns where we knew we had friends who we could stay with. [We

thought] this could be a great opportunity to see and catch up with old friends.” Other stops on the tour included Philadelphia, Wrightsville Beach, N.C. and Chesapeake, Va. “I like starting from the ground up,” Whall said. “I think it’s more fun that way; to just kind of book your own stuff, stay out on the road and do it the old school way.” Both Whall and Earle said they hope to eventually quit their day jobs — he works at a puppy adoption center and she occasionally babysits and substitute teaches — and support themselves solely through music. But the musicians said they also recognize it won’t happen overnight. “Nashville is a town of paying your dues,” Whall said. “So I think we’ve both kind of come to terms with our dues could take one monthor5yearsor10yearstokind of get to where [we] want to be.”


and Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 443-422-3810, www. Imagination Stage, “Lulu and the Brontosaurus,” to Oct. 27, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. Olney Theatre Center, Bedlam Theatre presents “Hamlet” and “Saint Joan,” to Oct. 20, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “This,” Oct. 9 to Nov. 3, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Beertown,” to Oct. 19; call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, Silver Spring Stage, Paula Vogel’s “The Baltimore Waltz,” to Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The Writer’s Center, “Publish Now” seminar, beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 26, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.

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Lemony Snicket, the mysterious children’s biographer and narrator of the popular “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” is scheduled to visit Rockville’s Barnes & Noble on Oct. 16. His latest endeavor, the children’s series, “All the Wrong Questions,” kicked off with a first entry, “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” in 2012. A second, “When Did You See Her Last?” follows Tuesday. Snicket is believed to be visiting the store in person to discuss and sign copies of this latest chapter, recounting the second of four “wrong questions” regarding the search for a missing girl in a town by the sea. Known for their wit, advanced vocabulary and calamitous events, Snicket’s stories are far from sugary or


Continued from Page B-7 “Farce is incredibly detailed and it’s kind of great for the students,” Smith said. “It’s much more difficult than people think.” A well-executed farce depends heavily on quick wit and timing. “The timing has to be impeccable,” Smith said. “It has to go quickly so you don’t lose the through-line.” But Smith added that the mistake many actors make, especially young actors, is to rush through their parts. “An actor’s instinct is to get caught up in that quickness, to add too much movement ...” he said. “What we’ve been working on in rehearsal is them being specific and the idea that too much movement or too much action or energy is going to distract from the storytelling. Their instinct is to go fast ... It can’t be. It has to be specific; a look at the audience, a punchline.” The farce genre even presented a challenge for the most experienced of the “Lucky Stiff” cast members, including Liam Allen who plays Harry Witherspoon, the show’s protagonist. Allen is finishing up his high school credits, taking classes part-time at the Montgomery Christian Institute and parttime at Montgomery College. He’s participated in Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre program and starred in school and church productions. Allen hopes to study musical theater next year in college. “[Lucky Stiff] is the opposite of realism, which is what I’m used

sentimental, nor do they condescend to children. “Kids like him, because he doesn’t talk down to them,” said Annette Klause, a children’s librarian who buys books for the Montgomery County Public Libraries. “He trusts them to get the jokes and the attitude. He makes them feel like they’re in on the joke.” The books also appeal to children who enjoy language and like playing with words. “There are certain kids who gobble it up,” Klause said. The Lemony Snicket stories take the view that things often go wrong in life and that it becomes necessary to persevere. “[They] enable kids to put their own problems in perspective, compared to the heights of despair that the Baudelaire kids go through,” said Klause about the children in the first series who lose their parents and go live with a cousin, Olaf, who is after their inheritance. The young characters aren’t rewarded for good behavior, but they should strive to do the right thing anyway, an interpretation that Daniel Han-

LEMONY SNICKET n When: 7 p.m. Oct. 16 n Where: Barnes & Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville (Montrose Crossing Shopping Center) n Tickets: Free n For information: 301-881-2361,

dler, who writes under the Snicket pen name, agrees with. “That holds true in life in general,” he said. Handler set his first series of 13 books, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” in a Gothic-like world that featured Lemony Snicket as an older man recounting the adventures of the three orphaned Baudelaire children, who lost their parents in a fire. The stories were made into a movie called “Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events,” starring Jim Carrey as the Baudelaire’s relative Count Olaf, who continues to hound them for their

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n When: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9-13 n Where: Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville n Tickets: $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and students n For information: 240-5675301, montgomerycollege. edu/pac R. SCOTT HENGEN

Brianna Taylor as Spinster, Liam Allen as Harry and Kelsey Jenkins as Landlady in “Lucky Stiff,” opening today at Montgomery College.

on stage,” Allen said of the director. “The way to have your best reaction on stage is to listen and have a natural reaction.” Allen added that Smith has encouraged the students to think about their character’s motivation, even giving them a backstory to help drive their arc. “[Smith] said what he’s always done, is had a secret about his character,” Allen said. “In real life, people have something that they know but not everyone else does and it fuels them ... It makes it more real if you have that fueling your character.” For Allen, coming up with that secret didn’t take much thought since it’s at the heart of the “Lucky Stiff” premise. “For my character, it’s kind of embedded in the show,” Allen said. “Harry Witherspoon already has a big secret.”

a more intimate insight into who I am.” Foster grew up in the small town of Statesboro, Ga., with her brother, Hunter. Foster’s father worked for General Motors, so the family moved to Troy, Mich., when she was older. Foster’s brother is a Broadway star in his own right, having been nominated for several awards for his role in “Urinetown.” He also received a Tony nomination for playing Seymour in the revival of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Still, Foster said it never dawned on them that they could do this for a living. “We don’t come from a showbiz family,” Foster said. “My mom was a mom and my dad worked for General Motors. I started dancing when I was 4, but it wasn’t like, ‘Come on, honey, let’s go put on a show!’ It was more like that’s just what you do. It was fun. We got involved in community theater as kids and dancing and singing and performing — but I had no idea … I didn’t even know that a thing like Broadway existed … “When we moved to Michigan when I was 13, that was when I realized ‘Oh, you can do this and get paid?!’ It didn’t even cross my mind, although I didn’t really have anything else I was interested in. There was never that one moment where it was like ‘This is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life!’” Foster’s jump to the small screen by starring in “Bun-



Broadway star Sutton Foster will perform in concert on Saturday as part of Strathmore’s highly anticipated 2013-14 season. heads,” where she played a Las Vegas showgirl who teaches ballet in a small town. The show, which aired on ABC Family, only lasted one season before getting canceled by the network. “I was devastated,” Foster said. “I really loved, loved doing that show. The people involved and the character I played — It was an amazing opportunity. I knew that we were a long shot to be picked up. I was so grateful for the outpouring of love and support we got on the show. I couldn’t have asked for a better first foray into television. I really have no regrets. Do I wish I could still be doing it? Of course I do. I loved it.” After tackling the stage and small screen, it seems only natural that Foster would take on movies. The dark comedy “Gravy” is set to be released in theaters in December. Other than that, not too many people know the details of the movie. Luckily, Foster was willing to share.


Continued from Page B-7 tried to figure out, ‘OK, we need a horror host.’ So in 1995 or 1996, I came up with a name — Dr. Sarcofiguy. Every horror host has to be a doctor or professor or a count or something like that. I said, let’s make him a doctor.” The good — or spooky, in this case — doctor will be joined by Count Gore De Vol, played by Dick Dyszel, as part of this year’s Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival at AFI Silver in Silver Spring. The 20-day festival, which opens Thursday, will showcase full-length horror movies, shorts and documentaries. One of those documentaries, directed by the festival’s founder Curtis Prather, is about Dimes’ Dr. Sarcofiguy character. “Bald Headed Blues: A Doctormentary on Sarcofiguy” will be shown at 10 p.m. on Sunday. Prather, who directed a documentary on Dyszel’s Count Gore, “Every Other Day is Halloween,” said doing a piece on Dimes was simply a natural progression. “I’ve known John for going on 20 years and this is probably the fourth documentary that he’s been involved in,” Prather said. “He gravitates towards the fun side of being scared of horror movies. He’s always treated the character of Dr. Sarcofiguy as someone who’s just along for the journey — he doesn’t necessarily know more than the viewer, but he wants to make the viewer feel comfortable while they’re watching these movies.” The hard part about making the documentary was getting Dimes to agree to let Prather do it.

n When: Oct. 10-19 n Where: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $12 single tickets, $125 for all fest pass n Note: No one under 18 will be admitted into any of the screenings without a parent or guardian


The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival kicks off on Thursday with director Bobcat Goldthwait’s foundfootage bigfoot film, “Willow Creek.” Goldthwait will be present for a Q&A. His film “Word’s Greatest Dad,” starring Robin Williams (pictured), will also screen during the festival as part of a retrospective of the director’s works. “I’m always reticent of people compiling any evidence of my lunacy together on film,” Dimes said, laughing. “I know I’m nuts but the rest of the world doesn’t need to know I’m nuts. Especially for an hour and 30 minutes.” In all seriousness, Dimes said he is a very reluctant actor and he felt a little weird, but gratified, about being the star of the documentary. “When I’m doing the show, it doesn’t feel weird because I know what’s happening and I know this is just for TV,” Dimes said. “But when someone is ‘paying homage’ to someone and putting that together to make a retrospective view and ‘we’re celebrating your achievement,’ that’s weird because it’s just all in fun. … My ego doesn’t


The author of the latest Lemony Snicket book is due to appear at a book signing and discussion for “When Did You See Her Last?” on Oct. 16 at the Barnes & Noble store in Rockville. The book, with cover art by Seth, is for children 8 and older and is the second in the new Lemony Snicket series, “All the Wrong Questions.”



to,” Allen said. “It being a farce, it requires a completely different acting style. Everything is big, everything is exaggerated but has to be very precise at the same time.” Lucky for the “Lucky Stiff” cast, they had Smith, an actor himself, to guide them. Originally from Richmond, Va., and now living in Howard County, Smith’s acting credits include a number of Broadway and off-Broadway shows in addition to appearances at Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre and Olney Theatre Center. He said he feels part of his responsibility as an actor is to help others trying to make it in the business. “It’s a part of giving back,” Smith said. “I was passionate about art and passionate about my craft and that’s exactly where they are ... They’re so eager to learn and get into the business ... I was there, I was eager.” Smith even shared some of the tricks that have helped him in his career with his young cast. “He encourages you to really listen to your fellow performers

inheritance, and Jude Law narrating as Snicket. “All the Wrong Questions” goes back in time to find a 13-year-old Snicket living in the seaside town Stain’d-by-the-Sea. “It’s been stained by the ink industry,” said Handler, who has created a film noir-like setting with dark streets, double-crossing characters, a stolen statue and a missing girl. An apprentice in a clandestine group called the V.F.C., Snicket sets out to find the girl. The hardcover edition of “When Did You See Her Last?” sells for $16, audiobook editions are $23 and ebook editions $9.99, according to a release from Handler’s publisher Little, Brown and Company. “There’s a chaperone, and other young people become involved,” said Handler about the new cast of characters and new set of adventures. Could another movie be in the works? “People have expressed interest,” Handler said.

allow for that. My ego allows for me to be on television and being funny and silly, but my ego does not allow me to be celebrated for being silly and funny.” Prather said Dimes is very humble and down to Earth. Way down on his list of priorities is being a horror host, according to Prather. “He’s almost reluctant in it at times,” Prather said. “But when he gets recognized or when he gets into it, I really don’t think there’s anyone better. He’s definitely one of the funniest … hosts that’s out there.” Dimes was skeptical about being the centerpiece of a documentary, Prather said. When filming for “Every Other Day is Halloween,” Prather said there were some extra interviews that weren’t used.

n 7 p.m.: “Willow Creek,” director Bob Goldthwait in person n 9:40 p.m.: “An American Terror,” Q&A with director Haylar Garcia Oct. 11

n Midnight: “Pinup Dolls on Ice,” Q&A with directors Geoff Klein and Melissa Mira Oct. 13

n 5 p.m.: “Backwater,” post


“Scream Blackula Scream,” hosted by Count Gore De Vol, will close this year’s festival on Oct. 19 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

“When I started coming back around to John, he was like ‘I thought we already did an interview? Why do you want

to keep talking?” Prather said. “He certainly didn’t try to stop it or anything, and he’s been very supportive of it, but he was very skeptical about doing a full documentary on him and the character.” In the end, Prather said he wanted to see that Dimes was purely one of a kind. “So often when I see John described in magazines and newspaper articles when Dr. Sarcofiguy is mentioned — in-

“I read the script and it was written by James Roday, who is a brilliant writer and actor,” Foster said. “When I read the script, I said I have to be in this movie! It’s a crazy, quirky, culty black comedy/horror film about cannibalism. You know, just your typical day. I thought that would be an interesting thing to be a part of. It was just a blast to film. I haven’t seen it yet, but it was definitely unlike anything I’ve done before. It is a quirky, weird-ass movie and I absolutely loved doing it.” In the meantime, audiences can see Foster doing what she does best — singing and performing on stage. “I think they can expect to see an intimate show,” Foster said. “It’s really like behind the false eyelashes, behind the sequins … it’s just very simple and … a way for me to show audiences who I am as a human being, as a person, as a performer and as an artist.”

screening Q&A with filmmaker Christopher Schrack n 7:30 p.m.: “Mortal Remains,” post screening Q&A with filmmakers Christian Stavrakis and Mark Ricche n 10 p.m.: “Bald Headed Blues: A Doctormentary on Sarcofiguy,” post Q&A Session with director Curtis Prather and star John Dimes (Dr. Sarcofiguy) Oct. 19

n 7:30 p.m.: Count Gore De Vol presents “Scream, Blackula, Scream”

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evitably, the reference gets made about how he is the first African-American horror host,” Prather said. “To me, he is the funniest horror host. The oddest horror host. He’s taken this television staple that’s been around for 60 years now, and has done something completely different. No one can come in and do what John does because they’re not John.”

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