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If building is not razed, light rail platform would have to fit in existing tunnel BY AGNES BLUM STAFF WRITER


Artist Barton Rubenstein, with the design of the new $100 bill he helped create, at his studio in Chevy Chase.

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Chevy Chase sculptor contributes to $100 redesign BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Wallets around the world now can hold the work of Chevy Chase artist Barton Rubenstein, who helped create the design of the new U.S. $100 bill. Rubenstein, a sculptor, has art on display across the country, throughout the D.C. area and at the official residence of the vice president. He was contacted by The National Academies to be on a committee commissioned by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to help redesign American currency. The product of the collaboration can be seen on the $100 bill that was unveiled and put into circulation in October. Although he originally declined the invita-


Barton Rubenstein worked with scientists to give American currency a fresh look

tion because he thought it would be too timeconsuming, Rubenstein eventually changed his mind. The committee met formally from 2005 to 2007, about four to six times a year, but kept in touch through email. “It was a fascinating process. I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Rubenstein said. The group made recommendations to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which made the final decisions.

Rubenstein started his career in science, studying neuroscience at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. But, he said, he “continued [his] life’s path in the world of art” and began sculpting full time in the early 1990s. “I was the only artist. There were a lot of scientists,” Rubenstein said about the committee. But he felt comfortable interacting with them because of his background. Rubenstein said the first step was to understand problems with the old design, so the group could improve it. The group spoke with the Secret Service and other agencies that knew a lot about counterfeiting. “We were very interested in making sure

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Vendors will set up outside for holiday season BY AGNES BLUM STAFF WRITER

Loyal customers braved the cold this past weekend to get their fill of authentic French croissants from the Saint Michel Bakery in Rockville. Normally tucked inside the cozy building of the Bethesda


READY FOR RENOVATION County planner says Caroline Freeland Park in downtown Bethesda is in need of a makeover.


Farm Women’s Market, the Rockville baker, along with others that usually sell their goods inside the building, have been forced out into the cold after a car crashed into the side of the market’s building. On Nov. 6, a woman crashed her car into the back of the market’s white building on Wisconsin Avenue, causing structural damage that led the county to condemn the building. No one was injured and the car remains lodged in the building Tuesday. The county will

not tow the car until an engineer has evaluated the damage. Vendors who work inside of the market, which is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, sold their wares outside this past weekend and will have to continue doing so for the near future, according to the market’s website. “In true ‘Farm Women’ fashion, we turn lemons into lemonade,” the website stated. The accident couldn’t come at a worse time, with the holidays


PAST STRUGGLES JUST THAT Clarksburg football returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.


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Teacher: MSA test is waste of time, money Hundreds sign her petition, but state officials say exams will go on n



fast approaching, said Sarah Dwyer, who runs the chocolate shop, Chouquette, that is normally inside. “This is the busiest time of year for us,” said Dwyer, who plans to be at the market this Friday and Saturday in a tent outside. She considers herself one of the lucky ones since her chocolates are already packaged and don’t readily spoil. “My chocolates aren’t going to wilt like a fresh flower would.”

A petition started by a Montgomery County Public Schools teacher calling for the state not to administer the Maryland School Assessment tests this school year has gained hundreds of signatures from around the state. Tiferet Ani, a social studies teacher in the Quince Orchard cluster, said that with the county — and state — implementing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers test and no longer looking to the MSA tests to track student progress, she thinks it is a waste of time and resources to administer the annual test to elementary and middle school students this year. PARCC, which aligns with the Common Core State Standards, will be fully implemented in the school system next school year. As of Friday afternoon, about 400 people had

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Not enough time and too few incentives, says the owner of the Apex building in downtown Bethesda — the site where state and county planners want to build the “optimal” station for the western terminus of the $2.2 billion Purple Line. A few weeks ago the word from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, which owns the building at 7272 Wisconsin Ave., was that the company was willing to work with Montgomery County on finding a mutually beneficial arrangement. But at a meeting on Thursday before the county’s planning board, David Witmer, the company’s senior vice president and CEO, said there was neither enough time to do a proper analysis, nor enough incentives to make it worthwhile. “We’ve monitored the plans for the Purple Line since purchasing the Apex building in 1992,” Witmer said. “You can imagine our surprise when we discovered earlier this year that a proposal had been filed to amend the master plan for our property with the expectation that by the end of the year we would have to make a decision to whether to agree to vacate our building and de-

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Furniture store raises $12K for troops Olive drabs may not be the cutting edge of chic, but the owners of downtown Bethesda furniture store Urban Country feel a strong connection to the nation’s veterans. To show their support, the Roth family — mother Rachelle and daughters Jillian and Sascha — recently held a fundraiser for the Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund. The Chevy Chase nonprofit, founded by Garland Miller, gives all donations it receives to wounded troops who are recovering at military hospitals in the Washington, D.C., area. The fundraiser was part of the store’s Home for the Holidays 22nd anniversary celebration and raised more than $12,000. “Still money is coming in,” said Rachelle Roth. “With Walter Reed so close to us, it was important to recognize our troops.” To raise money, the store auctioned off its own items, as well as donations from other Bethesda Row vendors. The store also is collecting candy for the troops and the front of the store is wall-to-wall boxes of Halloween treats, Roth said. “It’s very heartwarming,” Roth said. “It’s just feel good all around. And they need it.” The store is at the corner of Bethesda Road and Arlington Avenue.


each took first place in their respective age groups for their photographs in the FotoWeekDC 2013 Youth Photo Contest. Both won in the Woman of Vision category, one of three in the contest. Nora won in the ninth- to 12th-grade division, Keegan in the sixth- to eighth-grade division. The contest, sponsored by PNC Financial Services Group, the National Geographic Museum and The Washington Post, drew more than 1,200 photo entries from students in the Washington area. The Woman of Vision category is new to this year’s contest in honor of the National Geographic’s “Women of Vision” exhibit, which celebrates the work of 11 female photojournalists. The exhibit, sponsored by PNC, is on display at the National Geographic Museum.

New bikes lanes in North Bethesda The Montgomery County Department of Transportation will soon start construction of a dual bike way along a portion of Woodglen Drive. It is to comprise an 8-foot, off-road, shared-use bike path on the west side of the road between Edson and Nicholson lanes in North Bethesda; an on-road, 6-foot-wide

Local girls win photo contest Nora Lenhard of Bethesda and Keegan Freedman of Chevy Chase



Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Nora McUmber placed second at the Class 4A state cross-country meet in Westminster. Go to STEVEN ELIOPOULOS

(From left) Army Reserve Capt. Hugh Fisher, Jillian Roth, Will Fisher, Rachelle Roth, Sascha Roth and Garland Miller participated in Urban Country’s fundraiser Oct. 30 for the Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund. bike lane on the east side in the northbound travel lane; and an on-road shared lane, or “sharrow,” on the west side in the southbound travel lane. “Sharrows” are pavement markings that alert motorists to the presence of bicyclists and encourage safer passing practices. The Woodglen dual bike way will link to the Bethesda Trolley Trail and to Metro stations, retail and neighborhoods in the Rockville and North Bethesda areas.

Bethesda man wins intelligence award Robert De Gross of Bethesda received the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Torch Bearers Award on Thursday. The award honors individuals


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whose contributions during their tenure at the agency have a positive impact on the agency’s success. De Gross is the program manager of the Intelligence Community Advanced Analysis Program and the referent at the Sherman Kent School of Intelligence Analysis. From 1977 to 2005, he held a variety of positions at the agency, including dean, and the first civilian deputy commandant and provost of what is now called the National Intelligence University. De Gross also has received the Director DIA Distinguished Civilian and the Director of National Intelligence Integration awards.

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Katya Morrison Katya Morrison, born Katharine Swet, 63, died Oct. 31, 2013, in Haifa, Israel. A celebration of her life took place Nov. 10 at Congregation Rosh Pina in Owings Mills.

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The Sweater Set — folk duo Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin of Washington, D.C. — play Thursday at the kickoff for the Combined Federal Campaign fundraising season at NIH in Bethesda.

Charity campaign kicks off at NIH in Bethesda


Amy Freeman of Bethesda tells Esther Weiss of Olney about her charity, Bethesda Cares, during Thursday’s kickoff of the Combined Federal Campaign fundraising season at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda.

Because of the government shutdown, the National Institutes of Health had to reschedule its planned kick-off to the beginning of the Combined Federal Campaign season to Thursday on the NIH campus. The Combined Federal Campaign is an annual workplace charity program in which federal civilian, military and postal employees can donate money to eligible nonprofits. It runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 15. At the event were representatives of more than 30 charities, music performed by the Sweater Set, a local folk duo, and several Washington, D.C.-area food trucks. – AGNES BLUM

Bethesda park ready for renovation, county planner says Caroline Freeland park called an ‘urban oasis’



It acts as a buffer between the shops of downtown Bethesda and the neighborhood of Edgemoor, a popular children’s playground and a shady spot in which to sit, but county planners think the Caroline Freeland Park could do even more. About 25 people came to the Bethesda Library on Nov. 6 to hear about the proposed renovation of the 1-acre park. Built in 1983, the small park, which is named after the first chairwoman of the county’s planning board, is at the intersection of Arlington Road and Elm Street. The site is too small to incorporate some of the conventional design elements found in Montgomery County parks, said Lucas Bonney, project manager for the county’s parks department,

which is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Some of the elements that were considered and dismissed are a wooded area, a skate park, a dog park, and courts and playing fields for volleyball, tennis or basketball. Bonney pointed out that there are six parks that offer playing fields and courts within 1 mile of the park. What was feasible was strengthening connections with nearby amenities, such as creating a more direct path to the nearby library, said Steven Sattler of the landscape architecture firm Parker Rodriguez. And while much of the park would have to be redone, Sattler said, designers wanted to keep what was working — including many of its mature trees that provide shade. “We want to get a sense of the absolute things that need to be kept in the park,” Sattler said, which would mean closely examining the 50-plus trees on the lot. “Is it worth keeping this tree

if it’s only going to last another five years?” The park is small, but has a lot of green space, he said. That’s something that should be protected. One-third of the surface, not including the play area, is pervious. And the planners and designers wanted to hear from the public as well, asking what residents liked and disliked about the park. Some of the features people praised were the playground, the mature trees that provided shade and being a green oasis in a rapidly urbanizing environment. Criticisms of the park included the noise from nearby Arlington Road, a sense of disjointedness in the park and problems with homeless people. After all comments have been compiled, designers will take them into account and come up with a few plans to be presented to the public in March, according to county documents.


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Rockville landscaping company agrees to be acquired in $1.6B deal Brickman has 10,000 employees nationwide




The Brickman Group has agreed to be bought by global investment firm KKR & Co. for $1.6 billion in a move made to position the Rockville commercial landscaping company for further growth, executives said Monday. The deal is a strict ownership change that will retain the headquarters of Brickman — one of the nation’s largest landscaping companies — in Rockville, said LaNella Hooper-Williams, a Brickman spokeswoman. Los Angeles private equity firm Leonard Green &

Partners is now privately held Brickman’s largest investor, acquiring a majority stake in 2007 for $847 million. “It will be business as usual,” Hooper-Williams said. Brickman was founded in 1939 in the Chicago area by Theodore W. Brickman Sr., a horticulturist for the Chicago Park District. His son, Theodore “Dick” Brickman Jr., joined the family business in 1954, and the company started opening branches on the East Coast in the 1970s. Scott Brickman of Potomac, Dick Brickman’s son, joined in 1986 and became CEO in 1998. Former Aramark Corp. executive Andrew Kerin took over as CEO in 2012, while Scott Brickman became board chairman, the position his father had held.

Brickman Group has some 10,000 employees nationwide, with about 100 at its Research Boulevard headquarters and 1,600 in the Maryland-Virginia region, Hooper-Williams said. The company recently moved its headquarters from Gaithersburg to Rockville, and there are other offices in Montgomery County and Frederick among more than 160 branches nationwide. Kerin said in a statement that the deal will allow Brickman to “accelerate our growth.” Last year, the company had revenue of about $900 million, second among landscaping companies nationally behind TruGreen of Memphis, Tenn., according to industry publication Landscape Management. That was about

double the $454.5 million that Brickman reported for 2005, according to a statement the company filed in 2006 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by Dec. 31. KKR of New York City, a publicly traded company, had $90.2 billion in assets under management as of Sept. 30. Brickman provides snow removal services besides landscape maintenance services that include lawn care, flower planting and care, and tree and shrub pruning. Clients have included McDonald’s Corp., IBM and Trammell Crow Co.

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InBrief Proposed zoning revisions at public hearing The Montgomery County Council will hold the second of two public hearings on the revised proposed changes to the county zoning law and zoning map at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Council Office Building,100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. The zoning code, which controls most aspects of property development in the county, has not been comprehensively rewritten in more than 30 years, according to the county website.

Medical insurance workshop is Nov. 20 Montgomery and Prince George’s counties will host a workshop on how to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 20 at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Speakers will provide an overview of coverage on the Maryland Health Connection website and a paper version through County Connectors. Light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m. The workshop is free, but space is limited. To attend, call Tae Kim, program coordinator, at 240-777-3421 by Friday.

Divorce seminar for women Nov. 21


Winner Amy Ba of Silver Spring works her way through a word in Montgomery County Friends of the Library’s semiannual Senior Spelling Bee, held Saturday at Little Falls Branch Library in Bethesda. The bee, in which 13 people competed, was open to all county residents 55 or older. Ba’s winning word was “ameliorate.”

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The guys in the green-and-yellow jerseys pedaling down Montgomery County’s trails may look like the other spandex-clad cycling enthusiasts that flood the parks, but these “spokesmen” are on the clock. Thanks to the Managers on Bikes program started this summer by Bill Tyler, chief of the county’s southern parks division, park managers have been stowing their trucks and hopping on two-wheelers to experience the southern part of the county’s 100-plus miles of trails first-hand. Montgomery’s parks department is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, an independent state agency made up of Parks and Planning in Montgomery County and Parks, Recreation and Planning in Prince George’s County. “We like to educate people, let them know we’re out there,” said Tyler, who is responsible for an $11.7 million budget and oversees 147 full-time employees, as well as


Margaret Paton of Bethesda is greeted by Bill Tyler (right) and Jeff Devlin, both managers with the Montgomery Parks Southern Region, while she was running Tuesday with her 8-month-old daughter, Maura, on the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda. Under a new program, managers with the county parks department are taking to their bikes twice a week to check on facilities and to interact with the public on the 100-plus miles of trails in the southern part of the county. seasonal staff. On any given day, weekends included, a manager might be cruising up and down a trail, chatting with other walkers and cyclists, looking for problems that need to be addressed and making sure rules are being followed, Tyler said. The 10 area managers try to get out on the trail once or twice a week, always wearing jerseys that list the trails that crisscross the 80,000 acres of the southern parks: Northwest Branch, Paint Branch, Sligo Creek,

Capital Crescent Trail, Little Falls Branch, Long Branch, Matthew Henson and Rock Creek. It’s just part of being good stewards of the park system, Tyler said. Managers say being on the ground, out in the elements, provides a more accurate sense of what is going on. “You get to see a lot more than when you’re in a truck,” said Perry Young, who rides the Matthew Henson trail in Aspen Hill. “You get to experience what the riders experi-

ence more up close and personal.” On the always-busy Capital Crescent Trail, John Boyd and Jeff Devlin, who have a combined 53 years with the parks department, are often stopped by people who have questions — sometimes about things they can answer, such as directions, and sometimes about issues they cannot, such as when the $2.2 billion Purple Line light rail project will be built. For frequent walkers Joy Macdonald and Catherine Hotvedt, recognizable parks employees on the trail are a welcome sight. “We’re super grateful,” said Macdonald, who has been walking the trail with Hotvedt five days a week for at least 10 years. It’s reassuring to see someone official checking on the trail and its users, Hotvedt said, especially in light of the infrequent — but often traumatic — crimes that occur, such as the woman who was sexually assaulted on the trail in October 2012. Park managers say they are much more likely to come across downed tree limbs than active crime scenes, but Hotvedt said she is happy they are there. “We need you and we thank you,” Hotvedt said,

The Montgomery County Commission for Women will host a legal seminar on separation and divorce from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Suite 330. The Bar Association of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association and Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable also are partners in the presentation. Experts will offer financial, property and other legal advice, as well as grounds for divorce, domestic violence, alimony and alternatives to court. The seminar will be offered at the same time and place in Spanish. The cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Register at divorcelawseminar1113.eventbrite. com, or call 240-777-8300 for more information.


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

Commercial burglary • On Oct. 23 between midnight and 1 a.m. at Citgo, 8505 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Forced entry, took property. • Between Oct. 23 and 25 at Stanley Slater, 5530 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Forced entry, took nothing. • On Oct. 24 or 25 at Leo’s Landscaping, 8913 Brookville Road, Silver Spring. No forced entry, took property from a shed. • On Oct. 24 or 25 at Hatcher Group, 4340 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Unknown entry, took property. • On Oct. 26 at 4:30 a.m. at Vace Italian Deli, 4705 Miller Ave., Bethesda. Forced entry, took property. • On Oct. 27 at 9:35 p.m. at Radio Shack, 8125 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Forced entry, took nothing but caused damage. Theft • On Oct. 25 or 26 at Bausum Duckett, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Took property. Vehicle larceny • Three incidents in the 10800 block of Hampton Mill Terrace, North Bethesda, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Took loose items. • 4900 block of Cloister Drive, Rockville, between 12:30 and 8:15 a.m. Oct. 29. Forced entry, took vehicle parts.


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Elrich says he’s open to some amendments




The sponsor of a Montgomery County Council bill to raise the county’s minimum wage says he could go along with some of the suggestions for changes made by one of his colleagues, but not others. Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park said he’s willing to consider amendments to the bill suggested by Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Silver Spring, such as dropping exceptions in the bill that aren’t in the state’s minimum wage law or allowing the state, rather than the county, to enforce the bill. Riemer suggests a $1 county wage increase could be implemented over three years after a state increase has been phased in. Elrich opposes that. Riemer sent a memorandum to his council colleagues on Nov. 4 outlining his suggested changes to the bill. In the memo, he called Elrich’s plan that would coordinate the increase in Montgomery’s wage to $11.50 by 2017 with similar efforts in Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C., a “positive development,” but cautioned against any effort to actually join the bills together. “[W]e cannot control the actual laws that will be passed in those jurisdictions or how they may or may not be amended in the future, and our laws should not be formally linked,” Riemer wrote. Riemer also said some of the exemptions in Elrich’s bill, including for employees who work for tips and that would allow employers who pay part

of their employees’ health care to deduct all or part of the cost of an employee’s premium, should be eliminated. Making exceptions for some workers is a bad idea, Riemer said Thursday. Riemer’s memo also proposed letting the state take the lead on minimum wage policy. “I believe it is profoundly important for the core policymaking responsibility to remain at the state level, where decisions can help a much larger population than just Montgomery County,” Riemer wrote. The General Assembly is expected to take up an effort to increase the minimum wage during its session that starts in January. But Riemer also proposed setting Montgomery’s wage at a dollar higher than the state level to make up for the cost of living in the county, which he said could be phased in over a three-year period after the state’s increase had been phased in over a similar time frame. Riemer said officials have to understand the impact an increase will have on businesses. “I just think there’s a reality to what it will take for businesses to adjust,” he said. Elrich argued Thursday that the state already is the primary policy maker, and the wage of $7.25 an hour is too low. If the state is going to set the policy, Montgomery should just go along with whatever the state decides, he said. He called Riemer’s twostep phase-in plan “absolutely meaningless.” “What are you going to tell people? ‘Wait five years, you’ll be fine?’” Elrich asked.


A 34-year-old Washington, D.C., man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in federal prison for leading a series of smash-andgrab robberies, including some at Montgomery County’s toniest stores. A federal district court judge in Virginia also ordered Walter A. Douglas and his co-defendants to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution. Douglas pleaded guilty Aug.

8 to leading a smash-and-grab robbery crew that targeted more than 20 stores in the Washington area, according to prosecutors. One of the stores was a Cartier jewelry shop in the 5400 block of Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase. Court records show that when federal investigators arrested Douglas in May, they had already connected him and his crew to robberies in McLean and Alexandria, Va.; Washington and Montgomery County. Court records show that Douglas and his crew struck some of the stores more than once, making hauls that ranged from about $500 to high-level robberies of luxury watch stores that netted them from $130,000

to $500,000 in merchandise. Besides Cartier, Douglas and his crew stole more than $1 million in merchandise during the robbery spree from retailers such as Tourneau, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Reached after his sentencing hearing Friday, Douglas’ attorney, Jessica N. Carmichael, declined to comment. The first robbery that federal investigators linked to Douglas and his crew was in December at a Michael Kors store in a mall in Virginia. The gang swiped nearly $5,000 in handbags and drove off in a gray, four-door BMW. In the Montgomery County robbery on April 30, five people stormed into the Cartier store on Wisconsin Avenue, smashed

a display case and seized 13 watches valued at about $131,000, according to court records. The masked and gloved robbers then got into a black Dodge Charger and drove away. Police chased the car into Washington, before the robbers got away. Investigators tiedDouglas and a co-defendant to the Cartier robbery via cellphone records, according to court affidavits. After he is released from prison in 20 years, Douglas was ordered to pay $200 a month in restitution — which means he would pay off the value of the items he stole in roughly 500 years.

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Leaders in Montgomery County’s efforts to provide affordable housing held a second meeting Nov. 6 with staff members of the county’s planning department to discuss in greater detail how to further their goals under the new zoning code rewrite. The event in Silver Spring was organized by the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County, which works on issues such as workforce housing, mixed-use and mixedincome developments, inclusionary zoning, rental housing and home ownership. County planners recently rewrote the zoning code to modernize antiquated and redundant zoning regulations and the County Council’s Planning,

Housing, and Economic Development Committee’s released a draft of the zoning code text and map in October. On Tuesday and Thursday this week, the full council was scheduled to hold public hearings to get feedback and the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County, Maryland plans to testify at the second hearing, said Lise Tracey, the executive director of the group. “We hope people will come out and support us,” Tracey said. In December, the committee will meewt to consider the public hearing testimony and finalize the zoning code draft. While some affordable housing advocates feared the new zoning would reduce the number of units in the county, Rose Krasnow, the planning department’s deputy director, said the opposite was true: the new code could actually help promote the construction of moderately priced dwelling units. During the second meeting held Nov. 6 — the first was on Oct. 7 — the group zeroed in more on some of the suggested

changes discussed at the first meeting, Krasnow said. “I am hopeful,” she said. “I really think these are really significant changes that will really incentivize the production of more affordable housing.” For example, the group kept its idea of not counting bonus moderately priced units toward construction density and expanded it to not count any moderately priced unit toward a total project density, she said. Moderately priced dwelling units, are part of a program started in 1974 that 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. About 15 people attended the Nov. 6 meeting, including county, nonprofit and privatesector representatives.


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Gaithersburg resource fair aims to get homeless back on their feet Hundreds of people come out for health counseling, legal assistance



Just six months ago, Peter Atkinson lived a comfortable lifestyle, complete with a home, car, job and money to spend. But after spiraling into drug addiction, Atkinson said, he lost everything and became homeless. On Thursday, he was one of more than 500 homeless Montgomery County residents who flocked to Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg to attend Homeless Resource Day. Homeless individuals and families were given free medical screenings, legal services, financial and health counseling, employment help and tax assistance. Free haircuts, manicures, massages and sandwiches from Subway also were offered. Atkinson said he came to the event to learn how to sign up for health insurance since his medical coverage was taken away when he lost his job. He currently lives in a treatment facility in Rockville. “One of the biggest problems I had in the midst of my addiction was reaching out for help because there is such a stigma with drug addiction,” he said. Montgomery County Council Vice President Craig Rice (DDist. 2) of Germantown said the

event was a starting point for homeless people to seek help and direction to better their lives. “This is all about stepping stones,” he said. “This is the first step to getting their lives back on track.” For the first time, Montgomery County has linked with the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national movement of more than 200 communities that works to find permanent homes for chronic and medically vulnerable homeless people. Volunteers canvassed the county Nov. 4 through 6 to survey homeless people and learn about their needs. They gathered data to identify the most vulnerable people and help get them into permanent housing with support services, like counseling. While the number of homeless in Gaithersburg fluctuates, resources for and acknowledgement of the homeless population has improved, according to Jimmy Frazier-Bey, a homeless advocate who works for the city. “We had the whole economic crisis, which increases homelessness,” he said. “So we’ve had more homeless people, but at the same time, there’s also been more of a response to homelessness.” Pointing to Wells/Robertson House, DeSellum House and Community Services, FrazierBey said the city’s eagerness to help and its compassion for the homeless keep more Gaithersburg residents off the streets. Robert Mazurick, a resident


Robert Mazurick from the Rockville Safe Haven shelter gets his hair cut by a Gaithersburg High School cosmetology student volunteering at last week’s Homeless Resource Day. Mazurick said he was getting ready for a job interview. of the Rockville Safe Haven shelter, said he came to Homeless

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metology students to prepare for an upcoming job interview at Home Depot in Aspen Hill. Lisa Henderson said she attended to pick up some warm winter clothing and information on housing, so she can begin the process of owning her own home. She currently lives in the Wilkins Avenue Women’s Assessment Center in Rockville. In conjuction with the 100,000 Homes Campaign, Frazier-Bey said, more than 10 teams of volunteers combed through the Gaithersburg area to look for homeless people. Frazier-Bey’s team, which consisted of him and two others, was assigned to search for the homeless near Walnut Hill and Quince Orchard Plaza in Gaith-

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Starr talks innovation, hope School system faces old, new challenges, chief says




Superintendent Joshua P. Starr emphasized innovation and hope during his second State of the Schools speech Monday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Addressing the crowd of about 750 people, Starr said the school system is facing both ongoing problems — such as achievement gaps among student groups — and new challenges — such as the Common Core State Standards and new state assessments. “We must innovate in order to respond to long-standing challenges and new opportunities,” Starr said to the group of parents, business leaders, county and state legislators and others. “Hope is the engine of innovation,” he said. As the school system seeks innovation, Starr said, its members need to “intimately understand” the system’s operations to create new solutions. Starr pointed to the school system’s innovation schools initiative and the Achieving College Excellence and Success program formed with Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove as examples of current innovation in the school system. Some students, however, are still struggling, he said. “Despite our best efforts, we have not reached some children, and many of them are students of color, students with special needs, students who are learn-

ing English or students who are poor,” he said. African-American and Hispanic students are scoring lower on the SAT than white students and students of color are more likely to be suspended than their white and Asian counterparts, Starr said. “We have to accept that the strategies we’ve used up to this point, while effective, will not get us to the top of the mountain,” he said. Starr also emphasized the importance of creative problemsolving and social emotional learning in students’ education.

named the 2013-2014 Montgomery County Public Schools Teacher of the Year — described how she was influenced by her first- and second-grade teacher Mary Hawkins-Jones, who was recently named “The Most Hopeful Teacher in America” and also spoke at the event. “My hope is to create those powerful connections Mrs. Hawkins was able to create 23 years ago with me,” Ulrich said. Blessed Sheriff, a junior at Richard Montgomery High School, recited a poem she wrote defining hope. “Hope. A noun in action,”

“We have to accept that the strategies we’ve used up to this point, while effective, will not get us to the top of the mountain,” Superintendent Joshua P. Starr He called for continued investment in the school system as it looks to make further changes. “There is no other place in the country that has the capacity to prove, once and for all, that no matter where you come from, what language you speak, what you look like, or how much money your family has, you can get a great education so that you can thrive in your future,” he said. The event, which fell on Veterans Day, also included a speech from school system parent U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class William Moorehead and other speakers. Cristina Ulrich — who was

she said. “And whether we are shuffling, mumbling, or running at breakneck speed it makes sure that we are moving.” County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said in an interview that he attended the event to support Starr and demonstrate that education remains the county’s top priority. Leggett said the education issues on his mind include closing the achievement gap and the system’s capacity challenges. “We continue to do a great deal with the resources we have,” he said, addressing the school system’s Capital Improvements Program.

$17M in scholarships unclaimed Maryland students offered funding, but awards were rejected n



About $17 million in Maryland need-based college scholarships went unused last year after a “higher than anticipated level” of students rejected awards or were ineligible for them. According to an audit by Maryland’s Office of Legislative Audits, $17.2 million in funding that was appropriated for scholarships was not spent. The unspent funds could have helped 7,800 students on the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s 31,000-applicant waiting list, the report said. The office’s report on the commission was released to the public on Nov. 6. The commission did not use the accumulated scholarship funds from students who were offered scholarships but were later found to be ineligible, or turned down the award. Commission spokesman Gregory P. FitzGerald said the funds went unused because the commission saw a “higherthan-anticipated level of cancellations” for the awards, but there is no definite cause behind the cancellations. The Need-Based Student Financial Assistance Fund was created in 2011 to account for rejected or canceled awards in the state’s budget, the report stated. Unused funds from the previous year roll over to the next year. The fund’s balance was $9.9 million in June 2011 and $17.2 million in June 2013. The financial need-based awards include the Educational Excellence Awards, available for high school seniors and undergraduate students. Awardees must maintain satisfactory grades to renew their application for the awards. Grants for graduate students and professional school students also are available to students who demonstrate need and are studying certain subjects. FitzGerald said $14 million of the fund’s $17.2 million balance will be appropriated to offer awards to more students on the waiting list. The commission plans to award about $81 million in need-based scholarships in fiscal 2014, though $135 million already

has been offered to students. In fiscal year 2012, the commission awarded $81.4 million in need-based grants and scholarships to students. The commission will be “actively engaging the institutions, streamlining the process, and communicating earlier with stu-

dents and parents to get more aid to students,” FitzGerald said. Montgomery College spokesman Marcus Rosano said the school’s admissions team is reviewing the audit before it comments on the state’s findings.




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Many make passionate funding pleas; second hearing to be held Thursday



Damascus High School senior Morgan Johnson held up a green fragment of tennis court surfacing to show the Montgomery County Board of Education on Monday night. “Tonight, I brought a piece of Damascus High School with me,” said Johnson, the school’s student government president. “Tonight, we have a symbol of what is happening outside and inside of my school.” Johnson was one of a slew of speakers at the first of two public hearings before the school board on Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s proposed $1.55 billion Capital Improvements Program budget for fiscal years

2015 to 2020. The speakers included students, local government officials and parent-teacher association leaders who called on the board to address immediate needs at schools they described as old, deteriorating, overcrowded and unsafe. Many testified against delays to revitalization and expansion projects in the proposed program, including a large group protesting the delay of a new Poolesville High School building. Starr recently said his program addresses the school system’s ongoing, significant enrollment growth with a recommendation for 14 new classroom addition projects. The plan also maintains schedules for other previously approved capacity projects, including five new schools. The plan, however, pushes back the timeline of 20 revitalization/expansion projects. Dozens of people testified

on behalf of schools waiting for these projects, as well as for other schools in need of capital funds. Reading a list compiled by her fellow students, Johnson said Damascus High’s current building has a leaky ceiling, rats, roaches and odd-smelling and -colored water. “We have made friends with the critters in our school, but it’s time for them to graduate,” she said. Poolesville High senior Marie Jankowski said she has experienced her school’s crowded hallways for four years. “We represent thousands of students across Montgomery County who are attending crumbling, outdated, overcrowded schools because our legislators, council members, and board of education talk about what they value, but do not act on these values,” she said. Another Poolesville High School student said that in her school, students sit on stools

around the classroom perimeter because there is inadequate space for more desks. Students eat lunch on the hallway floors and the locker room showers are unusable. Daniel Lowell, a fifth-grader from Poolesville Elementary School, said “it seems something is really broken in how things work” because the school system keeps changing its plans. “It is very difficult for me, other students, my mom, and parents to come to these meetings year after year, and get the impression that no one is listening,” he said. Janette Gilman, president of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations, said that PTA leaders spoke with “reluctant understanding” and conceded to capital project decisions during difficult economic times in past years — but this year was different. This proposed budget “shortchanges our students

with delays and tradeoffs,” Gilman said. “We will not accept all that has been left out,” she said. PTA leaders also spoke on behalf of a number of school clusters, including Kennedy, Blair, Wheaton, Whitman, Walter Johnson, Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg and Damascus. Nate Conroy, the Northwood cluster coordinator, asked the board to change the process for the revitalization and expansion projects by breaking up what needed to be in done into smaller projects and placing them on a prioritized list. Examples of much-needed projects in his cluster, he said, would include replacing old school kitchen equipment and inefficient windows. “For the students that are there now, this plan is somewhat dead on arrival,” Conroy said. Liz King, a Walter Johnson cluster coordinator, described needs at schools including Luxmanor Elementary School and Tilden Middle School, which both have projects that were delayed in the proposed budget. King said the cluster has asked the board to consider a long list of capital needs, but “it is impossible to prioritize” because the requested projects are all necessary to help schools

avoid significant overcrowding. “So, we ask you, be bold. Ask for the funding our schools so badly need,” she said. Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz said the city was dismayed to see that a project that would have expanded capacity at the overcrowded Summit Hall Elementary was delayed in the proposed program. The city is also concerned that a revitalization/expansion project at Brown Station Elementary was delayed and that a feasibility study for Strawberry Knoll Elementary is no longer being considered, Katz said. “Overcrowding and use of portables continues to be a concern throughout the Gaithersburg cluster,” he said. School board members asked school system officials to look into specific issues brought up during the hearing. They also emphasized that members of the school system need to advocate for more money from the state to fund the program. The second board hearing on the capital improvements program will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville. The board is expected to approve the program request Monday. It would then go to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and the County Council.






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Muslim holidays not added to school calendar Work group to focus Board discusses adopting ‘fair’ measure for holiday closures n



Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr won’t be official school holidays next year, but some school board members say a change needs to be made in determining the basis for adding new holidays to the county schools’ calendar. While the decision won’t affect the next school year, the Montgomery County school board didn’t amend the school calendar Tuesday to give students and staff in Montgomery County Public Schools the day off on two Muslim holidays. Among other information, the board considered absenteeism data from Eid al-Adha, which fell on Oct. 15 this year, before voting to approve the 2014-15 school year calendar. School system officials have said the system needs a secular reason, such as high absenteeism rates from students and staff, to legally justify closing schools on a holiday. Board members Michael Durso and Justin Kim voted against the calendar’s approval. Before the vote, school board President Christopher S. Barclay said he thinks the public school system needs to develop “a realistic and fair measure” for determining when student and staff absenteeism on a holiday is high enough to justify closing

schools. In next school year’s calendar, the holidays — Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr — would not have conflicted with classes. The holidays change each year as they follow the Islam lunar calendar. Eid al-Adha marks the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadan. The issue of closing schools on the holidays is at the heart of the Equality for Eid Coalition — sponsored by the Maryland chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations — which has called for an amended school calendar. The coalition also called for students and staff members to skip school on Oct. 15 and instead celebrate Eid al-Adha. The school system recognizes both Muslim holidays by declaring them non-testing days and giving Muslim students excused absences. On the Oct. 15 holiday, and on several days around it, the school system tracked absenteeism. According to a Nov. 7 letter from Superintendent Joshua P. Starr to County Councilman George Leventhal, about 5.6 percent of students and 5 percent of teachers were absent on Eid alAdha this year compared with about 3.2 percent of students and 4.2 percent of teachers the same day the previous week. The letter also said that about 5.5 percent of students and 6.3 percent of teachers were absent the day before the holiday (which was Columbus Day)

and about 3.9 percent of students and 4.6 percent of teachers were absent the day after the holiday. School system officials have previously said the school system did not have the records showing how it came to its decision regarding the Jewish holidays. But, school board Vice President Phil Kauffman said the school system recently located some of the files related to its decision to close on the Jewish holidays. A Nov. 5, 1973, memo, he said, shows the decision was made based on high absenteeism that hindered schools’ ability to teach students. That memo, he said, looked at about five years worth of data, and showed about 15 percent of both students and professional staff were absent on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The school system decided to close on the first day but not on the second day of Rosh Hashanah — when it found between 10 and 12 percent of students were absent and about 12 percent of professional staff were absent. “Clearly we did make these decisions based on statistics back in 1973,” he said. At this point, he said, it does not appear the school system has seen the amount of absenteeism necessary to justify closing schools on the Muslim holidays. Durso said, however, that he thinks the school system might be applying different standards for the Jewish and Muslim com-

munities. “I’m not sure 40-year old data still necessarily speaks to maybe what we’re dealing with in 2013,” Durso said. Durso said there are other days during the school year when a significant number of people are absent. “We have one coming up,” he said. “It’s called the day before Thanksgiving.” Samira Hussein — a longtime advocate for school closures on the Muslim holidays and a family service worker for the school system — said the school system can continue to gather absenteeism data for the Eid holidays, but she doesn’t think it will be accurate, in part because the data doesn’t encompass absences from all types of school staff. Hussein said she doesn’t think the 1973 memo is relevant anymore. “If [Kauffman] wants to live 40 years ago, that’s his choice,” she said. Leventhal, who has supported closing schools on the holidays, said he doesn’t understand “what’s magic about 15 percent” and that he thinks that the recent 5-percent absenteeism rate on Eid al-Adha is significant. “I think the inequity continues,” he said.

on working parents Council wants study of subsidy program for child care costs




A new Montgomery County Council group will look at ways to help working parents get subsidies to pay for child care. The council approved a resolution Tuesday asking County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) to establish the work group to look at the county’s Working Parents Assistance program, which gives subsidies to families for child care. The work group should look at what standards are used to determine eligibility and what is required for child care providers to participate, according to the resolution. The group also should consider a minimum subsidy and the possibility of updating the rules of how the program is overseen. The Working Parents Assistance program began in 1986 to help families afford the high cost of child care and help low-income families who earn too much to qualify for

the State Child Care Subsidy Program. Income eligibility limits and problems finding funding have limited the number of people who got the subsidies in recent years, according to the resolution. It calls for the work group to include members from the county’s Health and Human Services, the Commission on Child Care and local child care providers, among others. The subsidies are critically important for working families that can’t afford the extremely high cost of child care in the county, said Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring. Children need child care providers who provide early education to help prepare them for school, she said. Without the subsidies, many children won’t get that education, she said. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said the council wants to fully understand the needs of working parents in the county. The work group should look for ways the county can help working parents get highquality child care, he said.

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Sisters make long-distance partnership work Metro again eyes

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Cera Wax Studio tries to be ‘a social environment’





Sisters Monica Gomez and Anna Gomez-Akers grew up together in sunny San Diego, three time zones and some 2,700 miles from Bethesda. Seven years ago, Monica decided to move away from the beaches of Southern California for the Washington, D.C., area, leaving her sister and several other family members. A licensed esthetician, she worked in jobs such as an operations and business development consultant for Serenity Zone Medical Spa, a cosmetic medical spa in Olney. More than a year ago, Gomez got the itch to look into starting a business. Gomez-Akers in San Diego had a similar longing, so they decided to join forces and see if a long-distance partnership would work. The result is Cera Wax Studio, a Bethesda business specializing in hair-removal wax treatments for women and men that has been open since February. Gomez operates the fulltime day-to-day duties, while Gomez-Akers runs business aspects like accounting and bill paying from California on a part-time basis. “We always had a dream to own a business in the beauty industry,” Gomez said. “Waxing came to mind since there was a need for a specialized studio where women and men feel comfortable in the environment. There are not many studios in the area specializing in what we offer.” A wax treatment is different in not just physical ways from a massage or other spa treatment, but in the environment, she noted. “We’re a studio, not a spa,” Gomez said. “It’s not about being a quiet, relaxing place. We want to be a fun environment, a very social environment.” And they echo a motto of Las Vegas, though they don’t provide a gambling venue. “Our clients know that whatever is said at Cera stays at Cera,” Gomez said. Reviews on social media sites and word-of-mouth have



“We always had a dream to own a business in the beauty industry,” says Monica Gomez, co-owner of Cera Wax Studio.

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provided much repeat business, Gomez said. She does plan to join the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce and take advantage of networking opportunities. Being skilled in the hair-removal craft is only part of what makes customers return; it’s important to know a customer’s personal likes, make them feel comfortable and provide a clean environment with services at good prices, Gomez said. Gomez-Akers also manages a day spa in San Diego while working a few days a week on the Bethesda business operations. “I come out there about once a month to help out in person,” she said. “With technology, it’s not hard to manage the business aspects from Cali-

fornia.” Working together has helped cut down some of the miles between them, Gomez-Akers said. “I think this business has brought us closer together,” she said. “We know when to switch

between being sisters and being business partners.” Gomez said she “fell in love” with the Washington area when the family visited a cousin locally when she was a teenager. “It’s such a diverse, cultural area,” she said. “There is always something to do.” Cera Wax is in the heart of Bethesda on Cordell Avenue, which was one of the attractions to establishing the business there, Gomez said. Clients can access the studio by Metro, as they travel from Northern Virginia, the District and Gaithersburg. “It is a metropolitan area but still has a small-town feel,” Gomez said.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is looking for a third private developer to revive stalled plans to build a transit-oriented multifamily residential project next to its GrosvenorStrathmore Metro station, a prime 4.5-acre site on Rockville Pike just north of the Capital Beltway. The request for proposals for the Red Line station issued Tuesday said the property is zoned for as many as 550 apartments or condos. Metro said the project should be compatible with surrounding residential development but would also allow as much as 5,500 square feet of retail space, based on maximizing the number of housing units. Metro also wants the developer to expand garage space to replace surface parking lot spaces that would be sacrificed to make the property available. The property is in a prized location, giving a developer access to frontage on Rockville Pike and Tuckerman Lane. Other than residential development, the biggest draw at the Grosvenor station is the Strathmore music venue, which is linked to the Metro garage by a pedestrian bridge. The site is one of two Maryland Metro locations newly offered for joint development. The other is the Morgan Boulevard station

in Landover, which is on the Blue Line that serves Prince George’s County. The new Grosvenor request for proposals marks the third time over the past 20 years that Metro has tried to strike a deal to develop the site, which includes a 412-space surface parking lot immediately south of the station’s 1,482-space garage. Metro had selected Dallas developer Trammell Crow in 2006 to build a up to 700,000 square feet of residential space, a 500-space garage addition and as much as 18,000 square feet of retail space located in a plaza at the subway entrance. But no final terms were ever announced. Similarly, Trammell Crow was signed on to replace Potomac Investment Properties Inc. of Washington, D.C., which had pitched an unsolicited development plan to WMATA in 1993 and won a request for proposals contest in 2002 that never came to fruition. WMATA has had success with other property it owns surrounding the Grosvenor station. Immediately south of the proposed joint development site, stand 860 multifamily units, including The Meridian at Grosvenor Station, a 15-story tower with 300 apartments, retail and belowgrade parking. Three mid-rise multifamily buildings have been developed on other WMATA land immediately across Tuckerman Lane from the proposed site.

Obituary Francis Paul Diblasi III, age 60, of Takoma Park, passed away on Monday, October 14 at the Washington Adventist Hospital, succumbing to complications of an extended illness. He worked as an assistant manager at the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park. A life-long resident of the DC area, Paul graduated from St. John ‘s College High School in Chevy Chase in 1971 and received a BA degree from Gettysburg College in 1975. After a career selling church goods to area churches, Paul became a well-known folk musician in the Washington, DC, music scene, performing with with his wife Janie Meneely as the duo Calico Jack for more than a decade, and for 7 years at the Maryland Renaissance Festival as Drake Mallard with The Pyrates Royale. Paul was a fixture at sea music concerts, festivals, chantey sings and folk events throughout DC and the Mid-Atlantic region. His last performance was in Rockland, Maine on October 4, with Gordon Bok. His generous nature and easy camaraderie were hallmarks of his life. He is survived by his wife, Janie Meneely, his sons from a previous marriage, Chris and Paul IV, a sister Denise Yunger of Germantown, and two sisters Donna Otis and Diane Kufta, and his mother Alice DiBlasi all of Charlottesville, Va. A public celebration of his life is planned for Saturday, November 16 beginning at 8 p.m. at McGinty’s Pub in downtown Silver Spring; a memorial service for family and close friends will be held on Sunday, November 17 at 3 p.m. at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Renaissance Entertainers Staff and Crafters Union (RESCU), a non-profit aid organization that assists performers and other fair workers with a range of health expenses ( 1913018


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Continued from Page A-1 it was handicapped accessible to make sure that the visually impaired could see it,” Rubenstein added, explaining that the group used the large-print “100” for that reason. Rubenstein said his personal contribution was an idea for the holographic bar code to the right of Benjamin Franklin that helps immediately distinguish that the bill is legitimate. Each denomination would have a unique bar code, so it is harder to use smaller bills to counterfeit larger ones. Rubenstein said it’s important for the National Academies to contact academia and industries to find people on the cutting edge of new

technologies. They can make the new designs high-tech and durable so they “stay intact and ahead of the game,” he said. “My first love is really mathematics and science, but I always loved art because my mother was a curator at the Smithsonian,” Rubenstein said. Rubenstein lives with his family in Somerset, an incorporated town within Chevy Chase. His studio is on his property. He has a sculpture titled “Field of Dreams” on display right down the road from his home at Somerset Elementary School, where his youngest child attends fifth grade. His two older children attend The Field School in Washington, D.C., and he plans on doing a piece for the school next year. Rubenstein said academic in-

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stitutions are his favorite venue for sculptures, because they’re where people go to learn and grow and where they need motivation. “I like doing universities around the country because it’s where kids are looking for inspiration and what to do with their lives,” he said. Although he doesn’t know what’s next on the agenda or if he will be needed again for future government projects, he said the relationship and experience was a positive one. “I have an open relationship with these other scientists and the National Academies,” Rubenstein said. “If something happens in the future that they need my services for, I would definitely help again.”


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Chevy Chase artist Barton Rubenstein, with his latest public art sculpture, at his studio in Chevy Chase.


The Bethesda Women’s Farm Market on Wisconsin Avenue has been condemned after this car plowed into it on Nov. 6. But vendors will continue selling their wares outside.


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Continued from Page A-1 molish it within two years.” Planners want to tear down the Apex building, which also houses the Bethesda Regal 10 movie theater, to build the “optimal” Bethesda station, which would allow access to both the Purple Line and Metro’s Red Line, according to county documents. The Purple Line is a planned 16-mile light rail that

Great Depression in 1932, and was first organized by farmers’ wives who sold meat from their farms, cakes, pies, and cookies from their ovens and canned fruits, vegetables and jams from their cellars and pantries, according to the

will link Bethesda and New Carrollton. Without tearing down the Apex building, the station’s platform would have to fit into the existing tunnel, planners have said. If the tunnel is rebuilt, it can be widened to make it safer and more accommodating for passengers. And the Maryland Transit Administration has said it wants an answer on the issue by the end of the year. Witmer called the deadline

Montgomery County Historical Society. The building, a 105-by-45-foot simple rectangular frame structure on a concrete foundation, has stayed basically unchanged over the past 80 years, surrounded by a

“unusually aggressive” and said the company needed adequate time to do due diligence. “This is no small decision,” Witmer said, The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists has about 40,000 members, employs about 200 people and has been in Bethesda for more than 45 years — the last 20 in the Apex building. Witmer said the company would need “a compelling benefit” to vacate and tear down the building because adding density

parking lot and shaded by two large sycamore trees. Neither representatives for the market nor the county could not be reached Tuesday.

to the rebuilt building might not be sufficient to offset losses. Purple Line planners have acknowledged the need to sweeten the incentives for the owner to get on board, and that increasing the building’s allowed density after redevelopment won’t be enough. From $5 million to $10 million in public money might be needed to offset the costs related to the owner moving out of the Apex building, according to a county economic analysis. “It’s not, of course, the an-

signed the petition titled “Cancel the MSA.” Ani, in her seventh year of teaching in the school system, said she has administered the test four times. The test is administered over a two-week period during which teachers lose instructional time, Ani said. Ani said she wants to see the state choose not to administer the test — which she said doesn’t match up with schools’ new curriculum based on Common Core — to save instructional time as well as taxpayer dollars. She said she plans to deliver the petition to the school board on Nov. 12 and try to meet with Superintendent Joshua P. Starr face to face. She will also try to hand-deliver the petition to Annapolis, she said. However, when asked if local districts have any flexibility on the matter, Maryland State Department of Education spokesman William Reinhard said, “They don’t have any.” Maryland must continue to test students with the MSA this year based on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which requires that certain students be tested each year on reading and math with the state-approved assessment, Reinhard said. The state intends to follow the federal law, he said. Reinhard said the test, while on its way out, will still provide important information about student subgroups. “It is not a useless test,” he said. “It’s imperfect, but it’s important to continue testing students.” Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the county school system, said Starr has said he is not sure if the test data will be useful when it comes to determining how students and schools are peforming. “Dr. Starr has made it clear that he’s concerned about continuing to give the MSA when more and more of the test will not be aligned to the curriculum that we’re teaching” and the school’s work to implement Common Core, Tofig said. The school system, however, will keep the test if the state requires it, he said. State Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Dist. 14), who supports the petition, said while he understood the state’s position under federal law, he thinks the test is “meaningless” and “damaging” to students and the state has “a moral responsibility to say no.” “Teachers and students and parents see the damage this is causing and they need to have a voice in the decisions that are being made in Annapolis,” Luedtke said. The test doesn’t help school systems understand where students stand or properly judge the quality of teachers or schools, he said. Even if the state education department doesn’t take up the issue with the federal government, Luedtke said, he thinks it would beneficial if the petition helps spark a “broader conversation” on how the state tests and the effect it has on students’ education. “I think people who are deeply involved in the schools on a day-to-day basis are enraged by this,” he said. “I think the petition’s reflective of that.”

swer we wanted to hear,” said Francoise Carrier, chairwoman of the planning board, once Witmer was done testifying. Several other people spoke, including town of Chevy Chase Mayor Pat Burda, who said she wanted to see the proposed master plan amendment made conditional on full funding for the Purple Line, an approach that was adopted earlier this year in the Chevy Chase Lake sector plan. The county will continue taking comments on the Purple

Line Station minor master plan amendment until Thursday and the planning board is scheduled to hold another meeting on the amendment on Nov. 21. Comments can be emailed to, faxed to Francoise Carrier at 301-4951320, or addressed to Francoise Carrier, Chairwoman, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

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There won’t be any wiggling in this barber chair. That’s because it’s an airplane. Kids have a new hair salon just for them in Rockville Town Square where they can get their hair cut while sitting in barber chairs made to look like airplanes and automobiles. Salon owners Mana and Taylor Rose and Jennifer Trickey recently opened Pigtails & Crewcuts at 107B Gibbs St. Children can get haircuts and styling while playing video games or watching movies. All services range from $10 to $30. The Rockville salon also features a private party room where children can play dressup, have their hair done, enjoy makeup and nail color services, embark on treasure hunts and celebrate an occasion with friends at one of Pigtails & Crewcuts’ signature parties. The salon is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.


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As her children’s eyes widened upon seeing a 5-pound Hershey’s bar and 1.5-pound boxes of Nerds and SweeTarts in the new It’Sugar shop at Washingtonian Center, Joetta Asher assessed her holiday shopping strategy. “I have started,” said Asher, a Potomac resident who visited the 2,351-square-foot confectionery in Gaithersburg for the first time on Nov. 6. “Most of it so far has been online.” Getting people off their computers and into the shops these last two months — the most lucrative time of the year for retailers — is one of the biggest challenges, said Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. Maryland retailers expect a 2 percent to 2.5 percent increase in sales from last year, slightly lower than what is expected nationally. Holiday sales are expected to rise by almost 4 percent nationally, to $602.1 billion, from last year, while online sales should increase as much as 15 percent, to $82 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. “It’s continued to be up and down for local retailers,” Donoho said. “There is a lot of price competition from online retailers.” Maryland retailers also are hurt by the cuts to federal budgets, he said. It’Sugar, a chain developed by Jeff Rubin, founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar and FAO Schweetz, draws customers into its colorful sites with its well-stocked selection of more than 1,000 types of sweets and accessories, said Ryan Seeley, general manager of the Gaithersburg store. The site opened on Nov. 4. It’s the first one in Montgomery County; others are in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. “There is something for everyone,” Seeley said. “It’s not just candy but a lot of unique items.” Those include pillows, stuffed animals and Hello Kitty accessories.

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Nicholas Asher, 10, of Potomac, and Caitlyn Asher, 12, buy bulk candy on Nov. 6 at the It’Sugar candy shop at the Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg. included renovating Center Court, installing a new children’s play area at the JCPenney Court and putting in new furniture in the food court. The renovations will allow for expanding community events like Santa visits and providing a better experience for customers, said Susan Davis, marketing director for Lakeforest. The mall has also launched a new youth club called Adventure Kids and welcomed fresh tenants such as national retailer rue21 and local chocolatier SPAGnVOLA this year.

“We are very excited and optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season,” Davis said. Westfield Wheaton mall welcomed a Costco in April, while Milestone Center in Germantown added Big Lots in July at the former Borders bookstore space. Many retailers are doing sales promotions, such as bookseller Barnes & Noble giving a free $10 gift card when customers spend at least $75 for cards.

There’s a new bar in Gaithersburg, but it isn’t one where

you will prop yourself on a stool for the night. The Bar Method studio recently opened its doors at 201 Kentlands Market Square, using dance conditioning to get clients in shape. The Bar Method is built on the body-elongating practice of dance conditioning, the science of physical therapy and the pace of interval training to provide a non-impact exercise system that creates lean, firm, sculpted bodies, focusing on effectiveness, safety and body awareness, according to a news

release from the store. Co-owners Jenn Menconi and Jennifer Gawronski have been best friends since childhood and grew up with active lifestyles. Information on classes and prices is at northpotomac. or by calling 301-926-6900.

Tech council honors Rockville company The Tech Council of Maryland has named Optimal Networks of Rockville an “outstanding place to work.” The council, a trade association of technology and life science companies, selected Optimal Networks from among 40 nominees for its employee benefits and programs. Runners-up were Portal Solutions of Rockville and Digital Management Inc. of Bethesda.

Names and Faces Ruppert Landscape of Laytonsville promoted Bob Jones to

president of the landscape construction division. He manages four branch offices with more than 200 employees. Jones has worked for Ruppert for about 17 years and has more than 30 years of industry experience. Previously, he was a Marine corporal. He also is chairman-elect of the Associated Builders and Contractors Metro Washington chapter’s board. Ruppert Landscape also hired Ken Railey as director of fleet operations, a position he held with the company about 15 years ago. Since 1998, Railey has been national fleet director for TruGreen LandCare and later its parent company, ServiceMaster.

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Tilden students remember classmate with hospital donation Students raise $1,000 for children’s hospital




Samantha Heald knows how to make a pink frosted cupcakes. She and her friends have made enough of them. But the sweet treats weren’t for a party. They were made to raise money in memory of a classmate who died just months after school started last year. Lisa Carmona, a 12-year-old sixthgrader at Tilden Middle School in Rockville, died unexpectedly on Nov. 2, 2012, at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “I never met Lisa but I knew it was really sad and I wanted to do something,” said Samantha, now a seventhgrader at the school. Principal Irina LaGrange said Samantha’s reaction was typical of many students who heard about the death and asked what they could do. The students, with LaGrange’s help, came up with a plan to raise money for the children’s hospital in Lisa’s memory. On Nov. 6, the school presented a check for $1,000 to Dr. Kurt Newman, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer. The fund grew with pennies, nickels and dimes donated by the students, LaGrange said. Samantha came up with the idea of making cupcakes to sell at a basketball game, then at the school’s spring con-


Tilden Middle School Principal Irina Le Grange with student leaders and volunteers who helped raise money in honor of sixth-grader Lisa Carmona, in photo, who passed away one year ago. Students (from left) are Samantha Heald, Andrew Resnick, Kevin Tavaras, Jessica Silverman and Patricia Cuff. The school raised $1,000 for Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. cert and annual talent show. “Me and a lot of my friends made cupcakes. We cooked for hours,” she said. Even members of her Girl Scout Troop 4848 of Potomac helped with the cupcakes, always frosting them pink, Lisa’s favorite color. Andrew Resnick, 13, an eighthgrader who was a member of the Student Government Association last year and is president this year, said they got

behind the idea and decided that the best act in the talent show would be “voted on” with donations of change from the students. “Kids were coming with bags of pennies and other change,” LaGrange said. Patricia Cuff, 12, a seventh-grader, knew Lisa. The two met in fourth grade at Garrett Park Elementary School in Kensington. “She was a caring person,” Patricia said. “She cared about everyone. She

loved to sing and dance and she was very witty.” Fittingly, Newman said the money the students raised would go toward a fund to bring artists and musicians to the hospital to add a little interest to the patients’ days while at the hospital. Jessica Silverman, 12, a seventhgrader, said the best part of the donation ceremony at the school, complete with pink frosted donuts, was knowing they had raised money to help others in

Lisa’s name. “It was a celebration of Lisa,” she said. “When Dr. Newman spoke he said the $1,000 would make a difference.” Until then, Samantha said, she didn’t realize what she and the other students had accomplished. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we made a difference,’” she said. Last year the community helped Lisa’s family with her funeral expenses. LaGrange said the day after the news of Lisa’s death and her family’s need for help with funeral expenses got out, parents arrived at the school with cash and checks, she said. “The family and funeral expenses were taken care of the first day,” LaGrange said. “It really was a village [working together].” Angela Hammie-Bonner, school counselor, worked with Lisa’s mother to give Lisa a proper funeral, finding a church for the service and, she said, a family stepped forward to donate a burial site at Parklawn Memorial Park in Rockville. “We were helped a lot by Thibadeau Mortuary Services in Gaithersburg,” she said. “They helped us find the plot.” Lisa would have wanted the students to honor her just the way they did, LaGrange said. “She would want us to do something for others,” LaGrange said. “She was a connector.”

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Whitman student selected for national chorus Oliver Ades, 16, a junior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, was selected as a member of the 2013 All-National Honor Chorus sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. He joined more than 670 high school students from across the U.S. on Oct. 27-30 in Nashville, Tenn., for three days of music education culminating in a concert at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The rehearsals included one at the Grand Ole Opry. Oliver is the first Whitman student ever selected for the chorus. “After singing in the state and county choruses for a few years, starting an a capella quartet with friends and joining another singing group, I thought, ‘Why not give it a try?’” Oliver said in a news release. For his audition, he sang “Danny Boy” which, he said, he recorded a capella on his smartphone. Rollo Dilworth, professor of choral music education at Temple University, led the choral students. “It was awesome,” Oliver said. “The experience with Rollo took me to a higher level of musical understanding and performance. I would love to be invited back.”


“I would love to be invited back,” says Oliver Ades (center), a junior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda who performed Oct. 30 with the 2013 National Association for Music Education All-National Honors Chorus at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

Wootton students to hold annual blood drive The Thomas S. Wootton High School Organization for Humanitarian Aid will hold a blood drive in cooperation with Inova Blood Donor Services from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 26 in the school’s lower gym at 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville. This year the group is expanding the drive beyond staff and students to include adults in the community, although they will be allowed to donate only from 3 to 6 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted. “Wootton High School

has an excellent track record when it comes to donations and always leads Montgomery County Public Schools in the number of participants they are able to attract,” said Jeffrey Benya, the club’s sponsor. “We use it as a way to teach citizenship; you have to give back to the community.” For more information, email

High schools present fall musicals Several Montgomery County high schools will present their annual fall musicals in the next

few weeks. Here are a few: • Winston Churchill High School in Potomac will present the musical “Auntie Mame” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. The school is at 11300 Gainsborough Road. Tickets cost $10 at the door. Information: scott_r_courlander@ • Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring will present “Disney’s Beauty & the Beast” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and Nov. 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 23. The school is at 300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. There will be a tea party with Mrs. Potts and Belle from the play from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. before the Saturday matinees. The tea includes drinks, snacks and pictures with Mrs. Potts and Belle. All seats for the performances are reserved and cost $15. They can be purchased from Tickets for the tea are $5 and available online with tickets for the performances. • Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg will present “The Cat in the Hat” at 7 p.m. Friday and Nov. 22, and at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The school is at Watkins Mill High School, 10310 Apple Ridge Road. Tickets are $10 and $5 for children 2 through 5. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Information: 301-840-3959. • Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville will present “Romeo and Juliet,” with a his-

torical twist, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. As Maryland commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Shakespeare classic will be set in the fictional town of Verona, Md., as the war rages on. Director Jessica Speck focused on Maryland’s role as a border state to illustrate how war tensions could play out within a single town. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. They can be bought online at schooltix. org/wootton/ or at the school’s box office. The school is at 2100 Wootton Parkway. Information:

Christ Episcopal School to hold open house Christ Episcopal School in Rockville will hold an admission open house at 10 a.m. Friday at 109 S. Washington St. Staff will discuss the school’s Learning Integration for Tomorrow and science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. They also will discuss why Johns Hopkins University established multiple programs with the school and how they can enhance the learning experience. The morning also will feature a campus tour and the opportunity to meet with members of the school community. The school has students age 2 to grade eight. For more information and to register for the open house, visit or call 301-424-6550.


Girls invited to prepare for success The 13th annual Preparing for Success Fall Forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, The an all-day conference is designed to provide practical information to high school girls headed for college or the workplace. There will be workshops that address interviewing, resume writing, career choices, getting into college and helping girls stay safe while in high school and also when using the Internet. The free program is sponsored by the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Foundation. For more information and to register, visit

Richard Montgomery choral concert Tuesday The annual Richard Montgomery High School Cluster

Choral Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school auditorium, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville. The concert also will include performances by students from Beall, College Gardens, Twinbrook and Ritchie Park elementary schools and Julius West Middle School. For more information, call 301-610-8046.


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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13 Fine-tune Your Hearing, from 1-2 p.m. at Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Take steps to improve your hearing. Audiologist Jillian L. Blinkoff will review the causes and types of hearing loss in seniors. She will also describe strategies to help reduce the effects of hearing loss, including options in hearing devices on the market.

Sibling Class and Tour at MedStar Montgomery, from 4:30-6 p.m. at MedStar

Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The Sibling Class and Tour (formerly Big Brother/Sister)helps to introduce siblings to life with a new baby, including their role and importance when the baby arrives.


Juvelis Sept. 1, 2013, marked the 50th anniversary of Martha and Nick Juvelis, who were married in Harrisburg, Pa. Having spent most of those 50 years as Silver Spring residents, they are now Bethesda residents. Their marriage has been blessed with their three daughters — Antigone, Angela and Georgia — their spouses and six grandchildren, who congratulate them on their 50 years of wedded bliss and thank them for their love, inspiration and unconditional support.

Power to Change: Overcoming Challenges in Diabetes Self-Management, from

6:30-8 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Looking to make a meaningful change in your diabetes? Join Sibley and Suburban Hospitals for an educational evening in honor of National Diabetes Month. Learn behavior modification strategies that will help improve your diabetes management. Discover delicious diabetes-friendly recipes that will revitalize your meals. Dedicate a few hours to help you live and enjoy your life. Pre-Diabetes Group Class, from 3-5 p.m. at Nutrition and Diabetes Center, MedStar Montgomery, 18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite B-100, Olney. 301-774-8881, www.

FRIDAY, NOV. 15 Gentle Yoga for Seniors, from 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays, Nov. 15 to Dec. 27 at Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Tone muscles, improve balance and increase circulation with gentle yoga for seniors. Taught by an instructor from the Mindfulness Center, gentle yoga offers several health benefits while relaxing the mind and body. Dress comfortably. Please bring yoga mat and blanket. $70.

MONDAY, NOV. 18 Balancing Act, from 1-2 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 18 to Dec. 9, at Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. A certified Physical Therapist will teach balance and walking exercises that can be done safely at home. First session will include a presentation on strategies in fall prevention with the remaining sessions focusing on strengthening exercises that will improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. Space is limited. Recommended for those with mild balance problems. $45.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20 Adventist Behavioral Health open house for outpatient wellness clinic, 10-11:30 a.m.

at 14915 Broschart Road, Suite 2200, Rockville. Learn more about the counseling and therapy services offered to the community and meet clinical staff. Light refreshments will be provided. 301-251-4594.

ONGOING New Mothers Postpartum Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays at MedStar

Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Ever wonder if you are the only one feeling stressed and alone now that a baby has joined your family? Wasn’t it supposed to be easier? If you are finding yourself feeling sad, anxious, angry or irritable, group support can help. Group led by two therapists who specialize in the postpartum period. Babies are welcome. Free; registration required. 301-774-8881, www. Senior Fit, meets from 9-9:45 a.m. once a week at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Free 45-minute exercise program designed for seniors age 55 and older. Senior Fit focuses on increasing strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance. Exercise is an important factor in preventing falls, managing chronic illnesses and improving quality of life. Classes are ongoing and a physician’s consent form is required to participate. Free for people over the age of 55. 301-774-8881, A Diabetes Support Group, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. A social network that provides peer support for people living with diabetes via open discussions and speakers on various diabetes topics. Light snacks available. Call Maria Chamberlain, diabetes nurse educator, at 301-896-3056 with questions. A Harris Teeter supermarket tour, from 11 a.m. to noon second Wednesdays, 18169 Town Center Drive, Olney. Join Andrea Ciccone Troutner, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, during a supermarket stop-and-shop tour for all your nutrition and wellness needs. You’ll be able to identify the right healthy foods for you and your family. Free; registration required. 301-774-8727.

RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING A new and prospective member Shabbat, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at Torah Synagogue,

10 Ridge Road, Greenbelt. Shabbat will feature services, kiddush lunch and an opportunity to meet rabbi, education director and members. RSVP appreciated but not required to membership@MishkanTorah. org. Free. 301-474-4223.

Szymczak, Pearson Drs. William and Camille Szymczak of North Potomac announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Catherine Szymczak, to Steven Dale Pearson Jr., son of Steven and Angela Pearson of Wheaton, Ill. The bride-to-be graduated from Quince Orchard High School in 2008 and graduated magna cum laude in biology and chemistry from Cornell University in 2012. She is currently a Ph.D. student in chemistry at Northwestern University. The prospective groom graduated from Wheaton Academy high school in Wheaton, Ill., in 2007, and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 2011. He is currently attending medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A summer 2014 wedding is planned.


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. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, con-

ducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-4219166. For a schedule of events, visit www. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. 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 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. 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. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-8817275. For a schedule of events, visit www. Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301-421-9166 or visit www. “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit Geneva Presbyterian Church, potluck lunches at 11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. There is no fee to attend. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. Call 301424-4346.

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A step for school safety

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger wants to expand the program that places school resource officers, or SROs, in the county’s high schools. It is an effort that should have the community’s support. Too often, newspaper headlines and television news broadcasts describe the dangers to our schoolchildren. A police officer assigned to a school can help prevent some of those tragedies from occurring. MANGER Manger described his plan at a IS TAKING 6 joint meeting with the County THE RIGHT Nov. Council’s Education and Public APPROACH Safety committees — a venue one might think receptive to the proposal. As it turns out, Councilman Marc Elrich and Councilwoman Valerie Ervin were less than enthused. “I continue to have some heartburn over this program. This is an extraordinary amount of money we’re talking about,” said Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park. “I don’t think this is a panacea. I don’t think everything is going to come to the attention of the SRO,” said Ervin (D-At large) of Silver Spring. “Until we see data that backs up the need for SROs, I’m going to continue to be a pit bull on this thing.” Granted, Elrich’s and Ervin’s preliminary thoughts might not mean much as budget talks progress. They are, after all, expressing their ideas in a session months before the next spending plan will be proposed, and the seven other council members could disagree with them. Still, the comments are troubling. First, take Elrich’s comment. He was part of an eightvote majority that voted a big salary increase for the next council. Assuming he gets re-elected — and what incumbent doesn’t make that assumption? — he stands to see a 21 percent raise. Do any of those eight council members have any credibility when they say they think another government program is too costly? Ervin’s comment shows she looks at the program from exactly the wrong end of the telescope. No, SROs aren’t a panacea, but they help prevent the worst that could happen. As she asks for data, Ervin probably thinks she’s taking a thrifty, taxpayer-minded step, but, generally, the data that prove the need for more police officers become apparent after a tragedy. No one should expect SROs to patrol the border between a school and the outside world. A gunman — like an Adam Lanza in Newtown, Conn., or James Holmes in Aurora, Colo. — hellbent on mayhem might not be stopped by a single law enforcement officer. But SROs can perform valuable community policing inside the school. They can take care of minor offenses without needing to dispatch a cruiser. They can build bridges to our youth. And they can do valuable police work. At Quince Orchard High School, an SRO was part of an investigation that led to six people, ranging in age from 16 to 63, to be arrested on gun and drug charges. Police say 45 firearms were confiscated. During the SRO discussion, school board member Michael Durso, a former principal, gave his assessment. “I really can’t say enough of the importance of the growth of the SRO program,” he said. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda asked Durso to ask the school board to consider splitting the cost with the county of expanding school resource officers. That’s a good idea. The SRO program took a significant hit during the recession. During the 2009-2010 school year, the program had 33 budgeted positions. In July 2010, the number of SROs had fallen to six. In the current budget, six positions were added, at a cost of about $952,900, according to Bruce R. Meier of the county’s Office of Management and Budget. Eight other officers participate in the SRO program, including officers from the Rockville and Gaithersburg police departments. That brings the total to 20 officers; the county has 25 high schools. One resource officer for every high school would be a logical next step in expanding the program. To their credit, Elrich and Ervin also suggested that the county restore money to the kinds of youth programs that can keep students “safe and engaged.” Somehow, County Executive Isiah Leggett’s fiscal 2015 spending plan should accomplish both, money for programs and SROs. Neither is a panacea, but each is a good step the community can take to prevent a disaffected young man from resorting to violence.

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Rewrite undermines input on zoning The proposed zoning rewrite now before the County Council is a very big deal. The rewrite does a good job of achieving its main goal, which is to simplify our current overly long and complicated zoning code. But I and many other civic leaders feel one part of the rewrite undermines the ability of residents to have a say in the development of their nearby commercial and industrial areas through master plans and sector plans. The current draft of the zoning rewrite proposes a single county-wide, or “district map” amendment that would convert nearly all commercial zones in the county into commercial/residential zones in one fell swoop. That means that a number of strip shopping centers could turn into a lot of

high-rise residential buildings. That could result in a lot of these high rises which could provide excessive strain on traffic and school capacity. Also it would place additional burdens on the police and social services for youths, families, seniors, etc. My biggest concern with this district map amendment proposal is that it removes the right of each community to have a say about this issue through the master plan process. The changes occur throughout the county immediately if approved by the council. I and many other civic activists feel that this is disastrous. We feel that some commercial zones are appropriate for conversion to commercial residential zones, but that others should stay commercial.

Christian Curtis is away. His cartoon will return when he gets back. Montgomery County is too big and too varied in its make-up between urban, suburban and rural areas to have a one-sizefits-all zone for its commercial areas. Every local community needs a say on how its closest commercial areas should look. I encourage everyone to write to the County Council with your thoughts on the zoning rewrite ( and to please spread the word.

Brookeville celebrates in style

Hats off to historic Brookeville! It warmed the heart to see an overflow crowd of 265 — including Maryland’s governor — squeeze into the Inn at Brookeville Farms to attend a celebration of the town’s role in the War of 1812. (Could it have been the biggest gathering in the town’s long history?) The event was billed as the Madison Supper and opened an observance of the night of Aug. 26, 1814, when President James Madison fled the British invasion of Washington, D.C., and found refuge in the Quaker village. The observance is off to a roaring start!

Costumed stand-ins for the beleaguered president and his party recounted the grievances that led to the war, with Gov. Martin O’Malley in the role of militia general. The dinner menu replicated a meal of the time. Neatest of all, that night the “president” slept in the same bedroom as had his reallife predecessor in Brookeville’s Madison House, as guest of event chairwoman Sandy Heiler and husband Duane. Hats off to all!

Tom and Susan Fifer Canby, Clarksville The writers are former Brookeville residents.

Save the Wheaton rec center I’m writing in response to the editorial “Rec center blues,” [Oct. 30], regarding the fate of the Wheaton Recreation Center on Georgia Avenue. I was dismayed to see such a broad indictment against the building fixating on the rock concert history of the space, with little regard for the significance of the architecture, which is first and foremost, the reason the Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to recommend for preservation, or adaptive reuse.

Whether Led Zeppelin or any band, local or otherwise, plugged in their amps there, is secondary to the fact that the building is one of the few remaining examples along Georgia Avenue that represent something other than the stifling architectural sameness that goes for miles in either direction. A building from 1963 really stands out in 2013, and deserves better consideration than the cheap shot you gave it fixating on “classic rock.”

Jeff Krulik, Silver Spring

Costco not nearly cold hearted Instead of appreciating the many examples of what Costco does for communities and workers wages I am supposed to be outraged because Costco recycles its produce rather than giving it to the food bank [“Cold-hearted Costco,” letters, Oct. 23]. How about the irony that Whole Foods does contribute to the food bank while the CEO of Whole Foods does not support the Affordable Care Act, denies climate change and recently applauded corporate tax shelters outside of the United States? Invest your printable space in articles that raise awareness of the impact on those affected by the cutting of food stamp benefits. Families, children and seniors who

Here in Derwood’s Park Overlook community, we have a lot to be thankful for this season. During the past 18 months, Montgomery County authorities completed several important education, recreation and public safety projects in our area. Each project stands on its own as an investment in our community. Together, they are a testimony to the great county in which we live. Above all, we give thanks for the relocation of Candlewood Elementary School to the new upcounty holding school at Emory Grove, as we look to the modernization of Candlewood being complete in January 2015. The original plan was to relocate Candlewood to the holding facility at Grosvenor, but a productive dialog between Candlewood’s PTA and Montgomery County Public Schools authorities yielded support to relocate the school closer to the original Candle-

understand what cold-hearted is deserve a more responsible voice than the singleminded opinion printed in your paper. Challenging Costco to build on what it already does by reviewing policies on discarding unsellable producers is a good thing. Referring to a corporation that is responsible to its employees with fair wages and health-insurance benefits as “coldhearted” while the Whole Foods brand name is floating around the Beltway on food bank trucks is narrow-minded selfrighteousness.

Sharon Murphy, Takoma Park The writer is the director of Mary House.

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After-school programs bring peace of mind As Montgomery County working moms, we long ago learned what every other working parent can tell you: That every-afternoon chunk of time that starts with the final school bell and ends when parents arrive at home can be filled either with angst or peace of mind, depending on whether your kids are under the watchful eye of caring adults and constructively occupied. After-school programs are a terrific solution, and that’s one reason we’ve both spent years working to make sure such programs are available. In October, more than 7,500 afterschool programs across the nation and at U.S. military bases around the globe celebrated Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide series of rallies for after-school. This Sunday, 2,000 Girls on the Run of Montgomery County students will participate in the organization’s 5K event at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Girls on the Run uses health and fitness as a way to help girls develop confidence. The curriculum develops teamwork skills and healthy relationships; it takes on Internet safety, cyber-bullying, body image, eating disorders, tobacco and alcohol use, and more, with running woven throughout. Sunday, the girls will be joined by parents, after-school providers, teachers, school administrators, community partners, elected officials, and others — all united by their desire to celebrate the girls’ accomplishment, and to show their support for afterschool programs. We hope that message is heard, loud, clear, far and wide!

Elizabeth McGlynn, Bethesda Jodi Grant, Bethesda McGlynn is executive director of Girls on the Run of Montgomery County. Grant is executive director of the Afterschool Alliance.

Giving thanks in Derwood wood site. Recent and ongoing improvements to the Emory Grove site will certainly benefit school other populations for years to come as future modernizations and relocations take place. We also give thanks for the newly renovated recreation area in the county’s Blueberry Hill Park, adjacent to our community [“Derwood neighbors celebrate renovated playground,” Aug. 28]. Complete with a centralized play area that helps parents keep a watchful eye on their children and new landscaping that includes an advanced drainage system for stormwater runoff, it is already a well-used and popular site since its opening in August. Additionally, we give thanks for the new crosswalk on Needwood Road between our community and Blueberry Hill that is helping to improve pedestrian safety. Speed has been

a perennial problem along Needwood, especially during the spring and summer seasons. The road does not qualify for traditional speed reduction measures like speed bumps. But, the county heard community concerns and worked swiftly to install the crosswalk that connects our community with the adjacent park. Finally, we give thanks for a project completed just beyond Park Overlook — the Shady Grove Access Bike Path, which now provides a safe route to the Shady Grove Metro Station for bicyclists and pedestrians. As part of the overall Shady Grove Sector Plan, the creation of the path was a major step forward in transforming the area into a more bicycle- and pedestrianfriendly community. In partnership with the county, our community anticipates continued involvement in implementing the Sector Plan and ultimately giving thanks for

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what will be a substantial public investment that will be appreciated by many future generations. The years ahead may also see major private investment in our community: the $50 million arena slated to be built next to the Shady Grove Metro Station. Public thanks for this project will be well-deserved if it is undertaken with careful attention to the existing sector plan, as efficiently and smartly as the community projects recently completed by the county, and with equal if not greater civic engagement. Derwood residents expect and deserve the smartest possible change and growth that the county and private investors can deliver. If recent projects are any indication of what our future holds, then Derwood will indeed have a bright future as it becomes an even better place to live.

Jeffrey S. Reznick, Derwood

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Let’s butt out

During election years Maryland politicians promise tax cuts. Then, after the election, they spend the next three years raising taxes until the next election year when the cycle repeats itself. An exception to this phenomenon is the cigarette tax, the ugly duckling of taxes, which most voters support. So it wasn’t surprising last week when anti-smoking activists called for a $1 a pack increase in Maryland’s cigarette tax, an increase to $3 a pack (the highest tax in our five state region and 10 times higher than Virginia’s 30 cents a pack). And they want state lawmakers to act next January, in the middle of an election year. The antiMY MARYLAND smoking cruBLAIR LEE saders say the tax isn’t meant to raise revenue, it’s meant to make cigarettes so expensive that people quit. It’s true that boosting taxes doesn’t raise a lot more revenue. Maryland’s cigarette tax was 36 cents a pack in 1999. Since then it’s been increased three times to $2 a pack, more than a 450 percent increase. Yet revenues haven’t kept pace. When the tax doubled in 2008, revenues only increased 51 percent. Since then there’s been a steady drop in state cigarette tax proceeds. So, is taxation driving the tobacco industry out of business? Are fewer Marylanders smoking? Maybe, the number of cigarettes sold here dropped from 243 million in 2008 to 200 million in 2012. This is proof positive say the anti-smoking folks that their tax-itto-death plan is working. Maybe, but measuring Maryland cigarette sales doesn’t account for cigarette smuggling which, thanks to the tax hikes, is on the rise. A January 2013 Tax Foundation report ranks each state by its estimated amount of cigarette smuggling. Maryland ranks 13th with smuggling accounting for 26 percent of cigarettes consumed here, up from 10 percent in 2006. New York, with its $4.35 per pack tax (an additional $1.50 in New York City) comes in first with a 61 percent smuggling rate.


An Ocean City smuggling ring was recently nabbed smuggling 1 million cartons from Virginia to New York. By my math these guys were looking at a $41 million profit. According to Jeff Kelly, a Maryland cigarette tax enforcement officer, some heroin and cocaine dealers are switching to cigarette smuggling because it’s less risky, easier and just as lucrative. Tobacco smuggling has a rich history. The first American tobacco was grown in 1612 by Virginia planter John Rolfe from tobacco seeds he smuggled into the colony from Venezuela. Tobacco growing soon spread to Maryland where it became the foundation of the colony’s economy for the next 150 years. Port Tobacco in Charles County became Maryland’s second largest seaport (today’s population is 13) and in 1637, tobacco was declared the official currency. Colonists bought goods and paid their debts and taxes with tobacco leaves. But most ironic was tobacco’s widespread popularity in Europe because, doctors believed, it was good for smokers’ lungs. Today, tobacco has fallen from grace. The war on tobacco is being waged by raising taxes, curbing advertising, limiting smoking venues and by peer pressure. In 1999 Maryland launched a tobacco buyout program paying tobacco growers who converted to other crops. Of the state’s 1,000 growers, 845 participated and today tobacco auctions are largely a thing of the past. So, here’s my question: Why prolong the agony? Smokers have been reduced to social outcasts. They huddle like lepers in the freezing parking lot sucking on their $7-a-pack cigarettes. Why not just outlaw cigarettes the same way we’d outlaw any other dangerous drug? Imagine if tobacco was first introduced today instead of 400 years ago. Picture the industry’s FDA presentation: “We’d like you to approve an inhalant that has no redeeming value but is addictive and often causes lung cancer.” It wouldn’t have a chance. Heck, even electronic cigarettes, the new non-tobacco fake cigarettes, are having a tough time with the FDA. A libertarian by nature, I don’t like government officials who think they’re better and smarter than me telling me what to eat and drink or

what health insurance I must buy. But protecting us from addictive, fatal substances falls well within the government’s purview. So, instead of taxing it to death, which only promotes widespread smuggling, let’s put a bullet in it. Let’s figure out a realistic, equitable tobacco ban. The anti-smoking zealots are fine with an immediate, outright ban because, having battled the tobacco industry all these years, they view it as the Evil Empire which must be punished. Like most moralists, they don’t live in the real world. In fact, the only argument for tobacco is its 400-year evolution into a global industry with $90 billion in U.S. sales last year. Abruptly ending those jobs, investments and revenues would cause economic chaos. So phasing-out tobacco over a reasonable period is step one. If tobacco’s days are numbered, let’s start numbering them. And perhaps Maryland’s successful experience converting tobacco farmers to other crops is a model for the larger tobacco industry. If e-cigs don’t have health dangers, that’s one conversion path. The e-cigs use a tiny battery that vaporizes a solution which is then drawn through a nicotine cartridge. “Smokers” get the nicotine without the tobacco and its harmful effects. The health zealots oppose e-cigs as a “gateway” to tobacco smoking that produces “secondhand vapor.” That’s the unhelpful, hardline approach. If harmless, e-cigs could be a godsend for smokers and the industry and should be welcomed instead of taxed and regulated like tobacco. Another conversation path, and I’m not kidding, is the coming legalization of marijuana. If this nation has its heart set on switching from tobacco to pot, why not put the tobacco industry in charge? Lord knows they’re set up for it. After all, that’s where we’d be today if, back in 1612, John Rolfe had smuggled in different seeds from Venezuela.

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

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Don’t scale back the bag tax The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County was proud of the County Council for its leadership in passing the comprehensive bag tax that took effect on Jan. 1, 2012. This act recognized that local governments can play an important role in protecting and managing our natural resources — including streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Consequently, the league was quite disappointed to learn of the submission of Bill 10-13 (titled “Taxation-Excise Tax Disposable Carryout Bags-Scope”), which would dramatically narrow the scope of the bag tax and reverse some benefits of the original bill. We wish to share with The Gazette and county residents some of our concerns. We hope that the County Council will recognize that taking such action would be extremely premature. The bag tax has been in effect for about 18 months — and without much publicity. County residents are still becoming accustomed to its requirements and may need more time and publicity to achieve more thorough compliance and to become comfortable bringing their own reusable (and washable) bags whenever and wherever they shop, while accepting such simple routines as laundering reusable bags. Narrowing the scope will conflict with and contradict the farsighted Climate Action Plan approved by the County Council — you see, plastic is a petroleum product that in both its production and destruction emits carbon dioxide (increasing our carbon footprint) and other air toxins. Narrowing

the scope could also result in more costs for cleaning up trash, maintaining facilities and possibly requiring additional staff to do so. Despite rumors to the contrary, visual and physical pollution of county paths, roads, byways and streams — particularly with plastic bags — continues. Some League members have even seen them entangled in the tops of county trees. These bags also clog our stormwater management infrastructure, are costly to remove, and are hazardous to our wildlife. In addition, the 5-cent charge serves as a reminder of the negative environmental and economic impacts plastic bags have — thus inculcating an awareness of these problems (albeit at a far lower cost than in Ireland, where in 2009 the charge was 35 cents). Maybe we should consider charging more. We ask the county to join the league in supporting and retaining this sensible and important control over the pollution of our resources and in promoting more policies that protect our resources by reducing pollution. The league has long supported the County Council’s “reduce-reuserecycle” hierarchy and hopes that the County will continue to promote and strengthen these efforts — rather than weaken them — which is what Bill 1013 will do.

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

Gazette needs to recognize other holidays The Gazette publishes on the front page happy photos and articles featuring Christmas, Easter, Jewish holidays, Halloween and the return of the spring blossoms. Until you realize that Norooz, Eid and Diwali are being equally joyfully celebrated by an increasing number of people and report on them on the front page (as opposed to a back page), neither the government nor the people in general will see the slighting of the holidays by the county public schools as a problem. Norooz is one of the most important Persian holidays, regardless of the religion of the immigrants. However, it

routinely falls during the county’s MSA spring testing schedule and both students have staff have to make the hard decision of whether to celebrate the holiday and miss work school at a time they are told no absences are allowed. I am happy to have my (Jewish) holidays recognized, though sometimes misunderstood. Until The Gazette does a better job of informing the public at large of the other annual cultural celebrations, there will not be a big shift in the government, nor in the support of the constituency. So, get with it, Gazette!

Angie Loomis, Chevy Chase


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Mizeur proposes cutting taxes, raising wages Gubernatorial candidate would raise the minimum wage to $16.70 by 2022




Del. Heather Mizeur detailed an economic plan for Maryland on Nov. 6 that would include a mix of tax cuts, wage increases, work force training and infrastructure improvements. “The current administration

in the last legislative session raised taxes on the middle class by allowing a higher tax rate on millionaires to expire. I’m turning that around,” she said in an interview. “Under a Mizeur administration, middle-class workers would earn more and pay less in taxes.” Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park is running for the Democratic nomination in the race to be Maryland’s next governor. She faces Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in

the June 24, 2014, primary. Her latest plan proposes to cut taxes on 90 percent of Marylanders by raising levies on the state’s highest earners. That, she said, is how you get the economy going. When the state puts more money in the hands of middleclass families, that money is spent in the community, she said. “It does not get socked way in stock options but rather pumped back into our economy,” she said. But Larry Hogan, chair-

man of Change Maryland, an organization pushing for “fiscal restraint” in Annapolis, said Mizeur’s plan is the opposite of what Maryland needs. “While she may be wellintentioned, this is like giving a poison pill to a dying patient,” he said. “This will cause more people to go out of business. It will hurt the middle class the most.” Hogan said the last time the state raised taxes on high earners it lost revenue. On top of her income tax, Mizeur’s plan also includes re-




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ers do not need a minimum wage, they need to make a living wage,” she said. Her plan would continually raise the minimum wage for non-tipped workers to $16.70 by 2022. Tipped workers would receive 70 percent of that under her plan. And it would provide every worker with earned sick and safe leave, saving the state $2.5 million annually, according to her plan. Safe leave is paid leave for victims of domestic violence who often need to take time away from work for legal proceedings, she said. Other provisions in her plan would provide extra state dollars for job training, fund schools construction and public infrastructure, streamline the regulatory system to cut red tape, expand clean energy jobs and grow the state’s innovation economy.

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As appeals of its July rate increase progress in court, Pepco Holdings Inc. told investors on Nov. 6 that it will file yet another request to raise its rates by the end of the year. Joseph M. Rigby, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said the outcome of the company’s most recent request makes it necessary to file another rate case. The company will also continue to work to reduce regulatory lag and ensure timely recovery of its costs, Rigby said, citing upfront surcharges as a means to that end. “We will remain very active in the regulatory arena,” he said. On July 12, for the third time in four years, the Maryland Public Service Commission denied the lion’s share of Pepco’s request for higher rates when it granted Pepco $27.9 million of a $60.8 million request. However, it also broke with decades of precedent when it awarded the company $24 million upfront to fix feeders. Feeders are high-voltage lines that carry electricity from substations into neighborhoods. The utility requested $192 million as an upfront surcharge, known as the grid resiliency charge, for feeders and other projects.



At the time, Pepco spokeswoman Myra Oppel said the decision was disappointing, a sentiment also shared by those who opposed raising the utility’s rates. Pepco appealed the decision, as did Montgomery County, AARP of Maryland and the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel. All four appeals, filed this summer, are waiting on a judge in Baltimore City Circuit Court to decide if the cases should be consolidated into a single appeal, physically merging the cases under a single case number. Merging the cases should make the appeals move more efficiently. While Pepco Holdings promised to continue its annual pattern of filing for higher rates, it also reported income and stock earnings increases yearover-year for the third quarter on Nov. 6. For the third quarter of 2013, Pepco Holdings posted $110 million in net income from continued operations, up from $87 million in the third quarter of 2012. Its earnings per share for the quarter rose to 44 cents, up from 38 cents in 2012. Rigby attributed the results to the “positive impact of our continued investment in utility infrastructure,” along with higher distribution revenue from higher rates, increased infrastructure investments and lower operation and maintenance costs.


SPORTS BETHESDA | KENSINGTON | Wednesday, November 13, 2013


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Ice hockey first of winter sports to start play Defending champion Churchill must make up for loss of stars; Landon strong again




Last season was unquestionably historic for Winston Churchill’s ice hockey team. The Bulldogs, under the direction of All-Gazette Coach of the Year Ray McKenzie and All-Gazette Player of the Year Zack Arden, won their second Maryland Student Hockey League title in three seasons. They were deep, physical, quick and talented. Arden, who accumulated 66 points in 18 games, was joined by standout seniors Zach Satin and Connor Martin to form one of the more memorable trios in

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Winston Churchill goalie Noah Kalicka (right), pictured last season against Walter Johnson, is one of the Bulldogs’ top returning players this winter. Clarksburg High School’s Tyler Fenslau finds room to run in the fourth quarter against Northwest earlier this fall. RAPHAEL TALISMAN/FOR THE GAZETTE



Coyotes’ follow up two-win 2012 season with first playoff appearance since 2008

he Tyler Fenslau that showed up at Clarksburg High School football tryouts in August 2011 was not the Tyler Fenslau that Coyotes coach Larry Hurd said he had seen playing running back since age 7. The speed and the cuts weren’t there. Then again, it’s probably fairly difficult to accomplish those things with a broken foot. Shortly thereafter, he had two. Relegated to the sideline for the first nine weeks of his freshman year, Fenslau gave Clarksburg football fans a glimpse of what he

was capable of with 200 rushing yards in the junior varsity team’s season-finale against Springbrook that year. “The thing is, he had two broken feet and he tried to play through it,” Hurd said. “I watched him play youth football and I knew he was a special kid. He wasn’t moving. I was like, ‘What’s going on here?’” Then in the fourth game of the 2012 season Fenslau suffered a season-ending knee injury — a meniscus tear — in a two-point loss to Watkins Mill. Of course he tried to play through that ailment as well.

“His pain tolerance is pretty unbelievable. One of the greatest things he’s done is learn how to communicate,” Hurd said with a chuckle. A healthy Fenslau, who Hurd said can read holes better than any running back he has coached, has provided Clarksburg with a team-high 12 rushing touchdowns this fall as a junior. Five of them came in Friday’s 33-7 win against Richard Montgomery that clinched the Coyotes’ (7-3) first postseason


Defense led Wootton field hockey’s postseason run Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Alex Yokley (#21) advances the ball during the State 4A Field Hockey Championship game against Severna Park High School at Washington College in Chestertown Saturday. Wootton lost to Severna Park by a score of 4-1.


Only one team scored multiple goals against Wootton BY

Whitman’s three-sport athlete healthy Senior leads by example for football, wrestling and baseball n


Walt Whitman High School’s Max Sessions has an injury history resembling that of a retired professional football player, but that hasn’t kept him off the field, mat or diamond. Sessions, 18, is a three-sport athlete; a member of Whitman’s football, wrestling and baseball teams. He has played significant roles in all three programs, but he’s also missed significant time on all of those teams due to injury. In the past few years alone, his injuries include a broken ankle, a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn meniscus.

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Just look at all those numbers: 90 goals; four hat-tricks from Allie Band; 15 goals from Julia Lee; another player, Alex Yokley, eclipsing doubledigits; Marissa Morakis, technically a defender, chipping in eight; eight more Thomas S. Wootton players scored at some point along their journey to the state finals. In eight wins the Patriots had five goals or more, making another high-scoring team, look tame, almost innocuous.


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Walt Whitman High School’s Max Sessions (right) blocks against Montgomery Blair on Friday.


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Cross Country

Boys’ Runner of the Year

Girls’ Runner of the Year

Chase Weaverling

Nora McUmber

Poolesville Senior

B-CC Junior

Weaverling is the first boys’ runner since 1998 to win two county and one state title.


Poolesville High School’s Chase Weaverling won the Class 2A cross country state championship.


Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School’s Nora McUmber was the top runner in the county this fall.

Boys’ first team

Girls’ first team

Danniel Belay

Collin Crilly

Urgy Eado

Alex Riishojgaard

Evan Woods

Diego Zarate

Gaithersburg Senior

Good Counsel Senior

Wootton Senior

B-CC Senior

Whitman Junior

Northwest Junior

Finished first at the Keyser Invitational with a time of 15:16.

Crilly repeated as the WCAC champion (16:21).

Placed eighth in the 4A state championship, fifth at region.

Ended senior season with a 10th place state finish.

Woods won the 4A West Region and finished fourth at states.

Was second in the 4A West meet (15:57), sixth in county.

Boys’ Coaches of the Year Prasad Gerard, James Vollmer Poolesville Gerard and Vollmer teamed up to prove the Falcons were more than just Weaverling as deep squad finished second in the state in Class 2A.


Continued from Page B-1 The numbers put up by Band and the rest of that juggernaut of an offense are shiny and fun, easy to point to when seeking an answer for Wootton’s consecutive undefeated seasons and the first appearance in a state final in more than three decades. Still, there is a much less gaudy statistic that languished in the shadows of the front line’s prolific, goal-filled year: four, the number of goals allowed by the Patriots’ defense in the first 16 games, an average .25 per game. Technically, Wootton needed only 20 goals to make it to Saturday’s state championship. The other 70 were just for fun. “I think it’s the most dominant it’s ever been,” Band said of the offense, the defense, and everything in between after the Patriots’ 1-0, overtime win over Dulaney in the state semifinals. “I don’t think we’ve ever scored 89 goals in a season. I think it’s crazy.” When the offense sputtered against Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the regional final, it was no cause of concern for coach Kearney Blandamer. Sophomore keeper Athena Sardelis pitched her 11th shutout of the year, biding time until Hannah King iced the game with an overtime goal, the first time the Patriots



Dominant all year en route to second straight county title and second place at state meet.

Claire Beautz

Sophie El-Masry

Lucie Noall

Kiernan Keller

Regina Schreiber

Lucy Srour

Poolesville Junior

R. Montgomery Sophomore

Clarksburg Junior

Walter Johnson Junior

Q. Orchard Senior

Churchill Junior

Fifth at region and the county, she was third at states. (19:14).

Third-place finishes in both the state (19:09) and county.

She was fourth at states (19:12), second in the county.

She had seven top-five finishes, including fifth at states.

She finishing fourth in the county (19:16), 19th at states.

Third at regions (19:00), Srour’s finished 24th at states.

Boys’ second team

Girls’ second team

Sam Baker, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, junior; Harold Dorsey, Paint Branch, senior; David Fitzgerald, Winston Churchill, junior; William Kirk, Rockville, junior; Daniel Kosogof, Walter Johnson, senior; Ryan McCann, Quince Orchard, senior; Lorenzo Neal, Paint Branch, junior; Alex Roederer, Walt Whitman, junior; Luke Simpson, Albert Einstein, senior; Liam Walsh, Quince Orchard, sophomore.

Irina Bukharin, Walter Johnson, senior; Megan Crilly, Good Counsel, sophomore; Grace Dellapa, Thomas S. Wootton, sophomore; Karen Escobedo, Springbrook, senior; Abby Fry, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, junior; Amanda HayesPuttfarcken, Sherwood, sophomore; Emily Murphy, Walter Johnson, sophomore; Theresa Nardone, Poolesville, freshman; Julia Reicin, Winston Churchill, freshman; Helen Webster, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, senior

had seen extra minutes since the previous year’s region final, when Walter Johnson ran away with it in double-overtime. Five days later, when the offense again couldn’t find its way against Dulaney in the state semifinals and Wootton was trotted back out onto the field for an extra period, Sardelis did more than enough. At one point the sophomore made the veteran — and bold — move of allowing a Dulaney potential game-winning shot skip right past her and into the goal because she saw that the Lion had fired just outside of the shooting circle. Had she tried to kick it or made an attempt to knock it away only to accidentally redirect it into her own goal, the game would have been over, and another sublime Wootton season would have been undone in a most unfitting manner. But Wootton didn’t let up four goals for no reason at all. Sardelis and her rock of a back line in Dani Averill, Morakis, and Rachel Maizel were simply that good. “Defense is something you can do brilliantly every game,” Blandamer said after Yokley pounded in the game-winner over the Lions with zero seconds on the clock. “But offense is inconsistent and you can create the same opportunities and one game you score on every one and another game you miss

them all. “And so, just from talking about that with the kids, they don’t panic when the ball doesn’t end up in the back of the cage. They know that that’s to be expected and they just keep trying.” In Saturday’s state final tilt with Severna Park, the most heralded field hockey program in the state the back line could only do so much. They faced a Columbia University-bound Maeve Doherty and a University of Maryland-bound Olivia Reiter and a front line who bludgeoned its way through an indomitable Anne Arundel County schedule. Four first half goals — one was called a goal, then waved off, then reinstated as, in fact, a goal — eventually doomed the Patriots to a 4-1 loss to the Falcons but not before the defense saved some face. The Averill-Maizel-Morakis-led back line shut out the Falcons in the final 30 minutes, allowing zero shots to reach Sardelis and giving their offense a chance, albeit a very outside one, to mount a comeback. “Excellent,” senior defender Dani Averill said of her unit after the loss. “We’re really strong. I mean, second half, [Severna Park] didn’t get any opportunities. Second half we just went into it — we knew we had nothing to lose at that point.”




Continued from Page B-1 recent history for a team that went 15-3-0. This year, however, things are different. With Adren, Satin and Martin all out of the picture, McKenzie, entering his 11th season at the helm, said he’s got a relatively inexperienced bunch and is unsure what to expect from his group. “I know the style we’d like to play,” McKenzie said. “We’re little, but I think we have decent speed. I’d like to be the little, fast, pesky team, but until we do that in games, it’s hard to say what you have. I hope we’re the little fast team that never quits and creates pressure.” The Bulldogs will be young, with five seniors on the roster, 10 sophomores and a freshman, though senior goalie Noah Kalicka returns and sophomore goalie Marcus Hurd joins the mix. The unpredictability of a usually-strong Churchill team should only add to the unpredictability of the league as a whole this season. “We go from third- and fourth-liners who now have to play on the first lines and replace the 80 goals we lost,” McKenzie said. “They certainly saw what it took to be a champion. Everyone who’s returning, they know what it takes. They know how hard the top

Girls’ Coach of the Year Thomas Martin Walter Johnson Martin and assistant Ashley St. Denis helped the Wildcats finish first in both the 4A West Regional meet and the 4A state championship (first since 1999) as they edged rival Bethesda-Chevy Chase both times.

players worked and how dedicated they were.” McKenzie said, based on his preseason observations and conversations, that Thomas S. Wootton and Walt Whitman are “in a class of their own.” Sherwood coach Chris Leonard agreed that Wootton could be a title contender, but also cautioned teams not to overlook the Bulldogs, despite their losses. Damascus coach Dave Hockey said that Montgomery Blaircouldbeasurpriseteamthis season while it will be interesting to see how Richard Montgomery performs after breaking away from the Col. Zadok Magruder/ Rockville team. Both Blair and Richard Montgomery are now standing alone instead as part of a co-op program. “Last year I think our team did pretty darn well for a young bunch that we had,” Sherwood’s Leonard said. “I think this year we’ve got the potential to be a good open ice team and be a bit physical.” Sherwood (4-7-1 in 201213) returns senior forward Colby Clem after he missed last year with an injury while Will Delany is back in goal. Seniors Ari Kirschbaun and Jakob Tomasson are expected to anchor the defense. At Damascus (5-5-1 last year), which combines players from Damascus, Gaithersburg and Clarksburg, Hockey said

his team will be experienced and strong down the middle. Senior center Billy Graham, senior defender Joey Hockey and senior goalie Grant Munson form an impressive trio of talent for the club, which also features two talented girls on the roster in Emily Hockey and Olivia Michalewicz. For James H. Blake, coach John Drzewicki is optimistic his group can continue its improvement from last season. Long have the Bengals struggled to win games, but they went 4-7-0 last year. “When I first started, I didn’t have any players who played anywhere but on our team,” Drzewicki said. “Now we’re getting more exposure. I’d like to consider us a very quick team.” Among the private schools, Landon will once again be the school to watch. Coach Chandler Gammill’s team has won (or shared) an Interstate Athletic Conference title for eight straight seasons, including earning the last three outright. Despite losing goalie Sam Kroll, forward Graham Shue and defender Will Buckingham to graduation, the Bears are deep and are expected to be lead by senior two-way defender Jack Barton. Montgomery County MSHL games are scheduled to begin in earnest Friday.


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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. 9.


Record Points

6-5 9-1 9-1 9-1 9-1 8-2 8-2 7-3 7-3 7-3

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

60 54 47 43 36 30 24 18 9 9

Also receiving votes: None.

LEADERS Top rushers Isaac Boyd, Avalon Khalil Wilson, Einstein Charles Lyles, Poolesville Devonte Williams, Bullis Zac Morton, Whitman Dage Davis, Geo. Prep Chris Dawson, G. Counsel Amankwah-Ayeh, B-CC E. Spottswood, Sherwood Kevin Joppy, QO

Top passers Chuck Reese, Rockville Sam Ellis, Wootton G. Cooper, P. Branch Mike Murtaugh, QO Nick DeCarlo, G’burg C. Reighard, Seneca Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. Marvin Galdamez, Ken. Dwayne Haskins, Bullis C. Hennessey, N’wood

Carries 142 184 219 198 247 193 185 184 150 110

Yards 1673 1599 1549 1535 1499 1432 1038 1136 951 769

Cmp-Att. 356-415 194-375 158-269 95-159 82-146 99-189 118-217 99-178 72-128 99-204

Top receivers

Avg. 11.8 8.7 7.1 7.8 6.1 7.4 5.6 6.2 6.3 7.0

Yards 2932 2870 2261 1556 1467 1355 1324 1208 1130 1099

Catches Yards Trevon Diggs, Wootton 77 1102 Jibri Woods, Wootton 67 1007 Javonn Curry, P. Branch 57 907 Joey Cornwell, Rockville 59 736 Louison Biama, Rockville 45 758 Michael Scott, Kennedy 48 684 Phil Osborn, R. Mont. 54 645 Ryan Stango, P. Branch 40 640 Steven Kelly, B-CC 27 615 Anthony Albert, Rockville 57 604

TDs 29 15 15 23 17 19 13 12 14 14

Int. 15 15 7 4 5 6 6 9 5 10

TDs 37 24 29 21 12 15 14 6 14 6

Avg. 14.3 15.0 15.9 12.5 16.8 14.3 11.9 16.0 22.7 10.6

TDs 13 7 16 7 6 1 11 8 7 11


Continued from Page B-1 Sessionswasrelativelyhealthy this football season, playing on the offensive and defensive line. In September, he recorded four sacks in a 24-0 win against Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Whitman football coach Jim Kuhn said Sessions’ commitment to the sport has provided a positive example for his teammates. “It’s just a labor of love,” Kuhn said. “Most people would have probably given it up.” Kuhn said Sessions — playing on one healthy leg this season — has led on and off the field. Even when lined up in the trenches, he called out coverage assignments for the secondary. “He’s like that coach on the field that you need,” Kuhn said. “He’s the leader. The heart and soul of the field that he’s on.” The senior wrapped up his varsity football career Nov. 8 with


Continued from Page B-1 appearance since back-to-back playoff runs in 2007-08 when the current Class 4A program competed in 2A. Clarksburg will face Quince Orchard, a two-time defending state finalist and the 4A West Region’s No. 1 seed in Friday’s region semifinals, a tough task but one Hurd and Fenslau agreed the team is looking forward to. Clarksburg lost to the Cougars, 35-7, in Week 1. “They’re the king of the hill,” Hurd said of the Cougars. “We’re excited to see how much we’ve improved from Week 1. When you get to playoffs. ... I’ve coached all the sports and in [all sports but football] you start on day one and everyone knows they’re making playoffs no matter what their record is. In football, you have to earn the right to be there. We earned the right to be here, we’re one of 16

Damascus hopes to turn tide against Urbana Region playoffs begin Friday throughout state

King of the hill


A year ago, Urbana High School’s football team shocked top-seeded Damascus with a 24-23 overtime victory in the Class 3A West Region semifinals, spoiling the Hornets’ perfect season. The Hawks (8-2) will have the opportunity to repeat his-

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN tory 7 p.m. Friday at Damascus (9-1), but don’t expect the Swarmin’ Hornets to be caught off guard this time. “Everybody wants this one bad,” Damascus coach Eric Wallich said. “The fact that it’s the team that knocked us out last year, it’d make it icing on the cake.” Damascus comes into the game having won its last seven games while Urbana dropped its regular season finale 20-7 against Linganore (9-1). Wallich said the Hornets will need to shut down the Hawks’ star running back, Raekwon Gray, who rushed for 26 touchdowns and almost 2,000 yards this season. To do that, their offensive and defensive lines will have to step up.


Urbana High School running back Raekwon Gray helped the Hawks defeat Damascus 24-23 in overtime in last year’s playoffs. Urbana coach Ryan Hines said he expects Damascus to come prepared. “If I was in their place, I’d want to play a little extra hard,” Hines said.

mon Vault, who was described as “doubtful” by Gaithersburg coach Kreg Kephart. Northwest has won five of its past six games since losing to Gaithersburg 26-6 Sept. 28.

Trojans’ Vault doubtful

Paint Branch hot

Gaithersburg (8-2) returns to the playoffs after going 3-7 last season, but the team will have its hands full against Northwest (8-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in Germantown. The Trojans dropped the final game of their regular season — a 35-34 loss to Paint Branch — and may be without injured running back Solo-

Paint Branch (9-1) capped off its regular season with back-to-back victories against playoff teams and is riding a four-game winning streak into the postseason. It plays host to Sherwood (8-3) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Panthers defeated the Warriors 55-21 in the regularseason meeting.

Clarksburg (6-3) hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2008, but coach Larry Hurd said the last two months might as well have been postseason play. The Coyotes capped off their season winning five must-win games, including a 14-13 road victory against Northwest, to get the final spot in the 4A West Region. They are scheduled to play top-seeded Quince Orchard (10-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Gaithersburg. The Cougars defeated the Coyotes 35-7 in the first week of the regular season. “They’re the king of the hill,” Hurd said.

Underdog Poolesville Poolesville (7-3) is in the postseason for the second straight year after clinching a spot with a 41-18 victory over Rockville last week. But they’ll need a lot to go right in order to pull off the upset against undefeated Middletown (10-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. “We’re going to enjoy the moment and enjoy the opportunity to play with one of the best teams in the state,” Poolesville coach William Gant said.

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

Clarksburg at Quince Orchard Gaithersburg at Northwest Sherwood at Paint Branch Urbana at Damascus Poolesville at Middletown Flowers at Suitland Wise at DuVal Douglass at Gwynn Park FAET at Surrattsville Sparrows Point at Forestville St. John’s College vs. DeMatha

Ken Sain

Dan Feldman

Jennifer Beekman

Nick Cammarota

Travis Mewhirter

Kent Zakour

149-27 294-52

147-29 290-56

146-30 288-58

145-31 288-58

141-35 284-62

139-37 276-70

Q. Orchard Gaithersburg Paint Branch Damascus Middletown Suitland Wise Douglass Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

Q. Orchard Gaithersburg Paint Branch Urbana Middletown Suitland DuVal Douglass Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

Q. Orchard Northwest Paint Branch Urbana Middletown Suitland DuVal Gwynn Park Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

Q. Orchard Northwest Paint Branch Urbana Middletown Suitland DuVal Gwynn Park Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

Q. Orchard Northwest Paint Branch Urbana Middletown Suitland DuVal Gwynn Park Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

Q. Orchard Gaithersburg Paint Branch Damascus Middletown Suitland Wise Douglass Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

a 17-13 win against Montgomery Blair. Now, he is looking forward to wrestling season. Last year, he was among the team’s leaders in wins and came within one match from qualifying for states. A re-torn meniscus forced him out of the lineup temporarily and prevented him from wrestling at full strength, spoiling part of that promising season. “He’s dealt with it amazingly. He’s never made any excuses — never complained,” wrestling coach Derek Manon said. The prior season, Sessions broke his ankle during the finals of a tournament in Southern Maryland, and completed the match. “He’s worked as hard as I can askhimtowiththosetypesofinjuries,” Manon said. Manon also hopes to have a healthy Sessions back in the lineup this season. Sessions is also a starter on the baseball team. He hit higher than .400 the past two seasons despite suffering injuries and ailments.

“The fact he can still hit for us and be a three-year starter, it’s pretty impressive,” baseball coach Joe Cassidy said. Cassidy calls him “old school” because of his toughness and versatility. “He’s very good at three sports which is rare in this day and age,” Cassidy said. Sessions said balancing time between the three sports and school work can be challenging, but he has grown accustomed to the commitment. “I wouldn’t change it for anything. It’s just kind of routine,” Sessions said. He said he wants to enroll at a school that lets him play football and baseball. “[Injuries] kind of helped me realize, you might not have the stats and everything, but your teammates they still look up to you,” Sessions said.

teams and we worked hard to get here.” It’s taken a long time to get back “here” after having such success in the program’s second and third years of existence and it’s not something that seemed overly possible after what Hurd called an embarrassing 2-8 campaign a year ago. Public school programs are at the mercy of whatever athletes their district provides them and Clarksburg was fortunate to have drawn some tremendous NCAA Division I-caliber football players that set an early precedent. The last few years Clarksburg has struggled in several departments, Hurd said. But there was a different feel at the start of 2013, an inkling that something special was on the horizon. In addition to having the personnel to compete with the county’s best, the Coyotes brought a deepened passion into this season and have truly

bought into the fact that they’re playing for the name on the front of their jerseys and not their own individual statistics, Hurd said. Hurd praised his players for their trust in one another and their ability to focus on playing for a 1-0 record each and every week. For the first time in a while Hurd said his players have learned to focus on their individual responsibilities and how they fit into the big picture. The powerful Fenslau (122 carries for 701 yards) — Hurd said he literally carried six Richard Montgomery defenders on his back for 20 yards Friday — splits time in the backfield with elusive junior back Tavis Holland (132-767, three TDs). They run behind a monster offensive line anchored by Daequan Brooks and Zachary Thompson and Carlos Vanzego leads a defense that has only given up an average of two touchdowns per game.

STANDINGS Montgomery 4A South Division Team

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

All Div.

7-3 5-5 4-6 2-8 1-9 1-9

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


214 155 265 219 162 277 218 263 52 292 53 304

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Springbrook* Blair Kennedy Blake

All Div.

9-1 7-3 5-5 5-5 3-7 1-9

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


414 134 240 201 204 129 190 162 142 176 50 292

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Quince Orchard Gaithersburg Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

9-1 8-2 8-2 7-3 1-9

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


385 61 259 119 344 152 207 111 89 404

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Rockville Einstein Watkins Mill Northwood Wheaton

All Div.

9-1 7-3 5-5 4-5 4-6 2-8 1-9

6-0 5-1 3-3 3-3 3-3 1-5 0-6

Montgomery 2A Independent Team








7-3 256 180

Private schools Team


324 88 324 97 354 345 210 278 151 264 92 370 124 352

Bullis 9-1 344 117 Good Counsel 6-5 254 150 Avalon 5-5 272 212 Georgetown Prep 4-6 346 238 Landon 4-5 174 174 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores

Poolesville 41, Rockville 18 Northwood 26, Wheaton 14 Watkins Mill 24, Einstein 20 Quince Orchard 40, Wootton 0 B.-Chevy Chase 22, W. Johnson 9 Clarksburg 33, R. Montgomery 7 Damascus 29, Churchill 0 Northwest 35, Springbrook 18 Sherwood 20, Kennedy 6 Seneca Valley 42, Blake 0 Whitman 17, Blair 13 Bullis 35, Georgetown Prep 7 Paint Branch 35, Gaithersburg 34 Landon 19, St. Albans 13 OT Randallstown 32, Magruder 0 DeMatha 29, Good Counsel 28 OT

BEST BET Urbana at Damascus, 7 p.m. Friday. Frederick County teams have won the 3A West Region for two straight years and Urbana ended Damascus’ unbeaten season in last year’s region semifinals. The Hornets are trying to return to the state semifinals for the first time since 2010. Urbana is coming off a big loss to Linganore that cost them the top seed.


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Prep grads hone skills with Raptors


Montgomery College has shown it can score, but giving up too many points




Wheaton replaces its boys’ basketball coach After five years of coaching the Wheaton High School boys basketball team, Sharief Hashim stepped down, accepting a position with Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services in Alexandria, Va. Four-year junior varsity coach, Marco BassoLuca was promoted to varsity in Hashim’s stead, and football coach Ernie Williams will be taking over Basso-Luca’s former duties. “Leaving was the toughest decision I’ve ever made,” Hashim said over the weekend. “But I know the program is much stronger now than when I started five years ago. I miss it already.” In a topsy-turvy season last year in which the Knights were perpetually involved in close, defensive-minded games, Star player Tyron White helped Wheaton finish 10-14.

Whitman advances to state title game Walt Whitman senior midfielder Aliza Wolfe’s penalty kick in the 79th minute of Saturday’s girls’ soccer Class 4A state semifinal against the defending champion South River of Anne Arundel County clinched the Vikings’ 1-0 win and first state final appearance since 2005. Whitman won its only state title in 2004. The Vikings (15-1-1) will face Baltimore County’s Catonsville, a 5-0 winner over Prince George’s County’s Eleanor Roosevelt in the other semifinal, in Saturday’s championship game at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “This has been what the seniors have wanted since our freshman year,” Wolfe said. “We really, really want this.”

Damascus loses in soccer’s semifinals The Damascus High School girls’ soccer team suffered its first loss of the season in Saturday’s Class 3A state semifinal, a 4-1 defeat to eight-time state champion River Hill from How-

Magruder soccer falls in state semifinals The 2010 state champion Col. Zadok Magruder High boys’ soccer team’s season ended abruptly in Saturday’s 1-0, state semifinal loss in overtime to Anne Arundel County’s Severna Park. Adam Schaeffer came off the bench to finish a pass from Daniel Kwon in the 84th minute. The play came mere seconds after Magruder had the ball on its offensive end. “Soccer is like that. If you don’t make the score, the other team is going to have the opportunity to make the winning goal like that,” Colonels coach Juan Gomez said. The Falcons’ win ruined the hopes of an allMontgomery County final after James H. Blake’s 3-2 win over Parkdale earlier in the day clinched the Bengals’ first-ever state final appearance. Though disappointed in their ability to capitalize on some chances Saturday — Magruder was the agressor for most of the contest — the Colonels can reflect on a remarkable turnaround from a subpar 2012. And with so many young players, including sophomore national-caliber midfielder Bryan Argueta, Gomez said he is excited to contiue building on this year’s success in years to come. — GAZETTE STAFF


Montgomery College sophomore and Springbrook High School graduate Timmy Christian drives to the basket against Passaic on Sunday.

“Being at MC has been beneficial because we are all trying to improve our stock and get looks and hopefully transfer to [four-year schools].” — Timmy Christian is rough when it starts, but we’ve definitely improved early on. The chemistry — you can see it — is getting better. We just need to play consistent defense because we believe no one can stop us offensively.” Freshman 5-foot-11 point guard D’Angelo Vaughn (Henry A. Wise) is averaging 21.5 points per contest and 6-foot-4 class-


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mate Shaun Lee Pender (19.0 ppg, Washington Christian Academy), who has been limited this season due to a strained thumb, are also key contributors. Freshman forward Zach Curran, who moved to the area from Montana, according to Bryson, completes the starting lineup. Sam Ijeomah (Suitland), Dwayne Clinton (Suitland), Jourdan McCants (Sherwood), Tanguy Mbaye (Montgomery Blair), Kelvin Bennett (Seneca Valley), William Jackson (Washington Christian) and Jason Rogers-Paris (Washington Christian) are all expected to contribute. “We have a lot of players and a couple kids who will be playing around Christmas,” Bryson said. “So we are working on figuring out a rotation and won’t be at full strength until then.” Note: MC is scheduled to return home Tuesday and play Northern Virginia as part of a daylong ceremony celebrating the college’s revealing of its new mascot, the Raptor.




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ard County. The Swarmin’ Hornets were making their first state tournament appearance since 2003. Katie Kirschenmann scored off a rebound from leading scorer Steph Cox’s shot in the 64th minute to prevent the shutout, something Damascus had done to quite a few opponents this fall. “This was probably the best season,” senior midfielder Steph Cox said. “We have eight seniors that make up the majority of the starting lineup so it’s great to have your best friends and girls you know and played with for three or four years. It [was disappointing to lose], but amazing getting this far.”



Walt Whitman High School’s Aliza Wolfe (back to camera) is embraced by teammates (from left) Anna Gurney, Abby Myers, and Emma Anderson after Wolfe scored the winning goal in Saturday’s state semifinal game.

When Andre Gaines was playing basketball at Quince Orchard High School, he was typically the Cougars’ tallest and biggest student-athlete on the court, so he had to play inside. More than two years removed from high school, the 6-foot-6 forward is hoping to earn a scholarship to a four-year university after honing his game at Montgomery College. Gaines, who leads the Raptors (2-2) in scoring (24.8 points per game), says he is being looked at by a number of NCAA Division II schools. “Even at [the Division III junior college level] everybody is taller and more athletic so my wing play has improved a lot here at MC,” Gaines said. “I’m more of a guard-type now and playing outside feels more natural. I’d say from high school, my ballhandling and shot have definitely gotten better.” One of Gaines’ classmates, Springbrook graduate Timmy Christian, has also been a key contributor for the Raptors over the past two seasons. At Springbrook, the6-foot-5swingmanblossomed his senior year, but only received interest from a few colleges. So he — like most players on the Raptors’ roster — opted to enroll at a junior college with the intent of eventually transferring. “Oh, it has definitely helped a lot,” said Christian, who is averaging 13.5 points per game this year. “In high school I just used to shoot. Now, I am taking the ball to the rack more. Being at MC has been beneficial because we are all trying to improve our stock and get looks and hopefully transfer to [four-year schools].” Gaines and Christian are just two contributors on a Montgomery College squad that has been entertaining to watch early this winter. The Raptors are scoring 94.3 points per game, but allowing 89.8, a figure too high for coach James Bryson. “We can score,” Bryson said. “We are up-tempo, but hopefully we can be a little better defensively. If we can stop people, we should be fine.” Added Gaines, “Every team



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or more than 30 years, Slayer has been considered metal music royalty. Part of the “Big Four” of thrash metal — along with Anthrax, Megadeth and Metallica — Slayer has released 11 studio albums and won multiple Grammy Awards. The wildly popular — and always a bit controversial — group is set to play at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Tuesday. Slayer has inspired generations of musicians, most of whom give credit to the band for their sound and lyrics. For Slayer vocalist and bassist Tom Araya, inspiration came from a little closer to home. “I learned to play bass because my brother was learning how to play guitar,” Araya said. “The bass player I looked up to when me and my brother were learning how to play music was

Legendary heavy metal band Slayer, (from left) Gary Holt, Tom Araya, Kerry King and Paul Bostaph, will perform at Fillmore Silver Spring on Tuesday. TIM TRONCKOE


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Eclectic jazz group makes supper club debut BY


When Bethesda jazz guitarist Louis Matza resolved to find a vocalist for a new band he was forming a few years ago, he posted a notice on Craigslist. “I saw this posting with obscure musical influences that I loved and no one else knew about,” said Aura Kanegis, who lives in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It turned out the two shared a liking for the alternative rock bands R.E.M. and the Replacements, as well as Irish singer and songwriter Damien Rice. Kanegis signed up, the two began writing songs, added two


Bethesda & Brûlée BRÛLÉE

n When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday n Where: Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda n Tickets: $10 n For information: 240-330-450


Powerhouse’s Principato is back n

Local musician celebrates 17th album release in Bethesda BY


Local guitarist and singer Tom Principato will celebrate the release of his 17th solo album, “Robert Johnson Told Me So,” with a CD release party at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Saturday night. A Falls Church, Va., native, Principato launched a solo career in 1984 after recording a live album with late guitarist Danny Gatton called “Blazing Telecasters.” The album saw great success, even earning consideration for a Grammy nomination. But Principato had been a fixture on the Washington, D.C., blues and jazz scene well before the 1984 collaboration. In the 1970s, he was the leader of Powerhouse, a band

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The jazz group Brûlée will perform Thursday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. From left are Lex O’Brien (drums), Andrew Brown (upright bass), Aura Kanegis (lead vocals) and Louis Matza (guitars).



Tom Principato will celebrate the release of his latest album, “Robert Johnson Told Me So,” with a release party on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club.


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(From left) Kelsey Jenkins, Deavon Taylor, Albertha Joseph and Ren Paige in “Speech and Debate,” opening Friday at Montgomery College.

‘Speech’ patterns The Communications and Performing Arts Department of Montgomery College — Takoma/Silver Spring will present the dark comedy “Speech & Debate” at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 15-24 at the college’s Cultural Arts Center. Directed by Sasha Olinick, “Speech and Debate” follows three misfit teens in Salem, Ore. — an openly gay young man, a self-professed nerd and a musical-theater obsessed loner — who discover they are linked by a sex scandal that has rocked their town. General admission is $5. Admission is free for students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, visit

The Origins Concert Series will present flutist Carrie Rose, oboist Wes Nichols, clarinetist Cheryl Hill, bassoonist Maude Fish and horn player Ted Thayer in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring. The program will feature Marcel Bitsch’s “Sonatine,” Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6,” Stuart Saunders Smith’s “Legacy Variations #99,” Thea Musgrave’s “Impromptu” and Gyorgy Ligeti’s “Six Bagatelles.” The concert also will serve as the world premiere for Rose’s “A Thin Translucence.” Each concert in the Origins series features a world premiere, presented alongside music from a variety of other time periods. Now in its third season, the series is supported by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Commission of Montgomery County. Upcoming concerts are scheduled for Feb. 1 and March 29, 2014. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 and younger, at the door. For more information, visit www.

Null, not void


Cat Russell will perform jazz and blues at the Black Rock Center for the Arts on Saturday.


rammy Award-winner Catherine Russell will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. After a storied career backing artists like Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and Paul Simon, among many others, jazz, swing and blues singer Russell — the daughter of music legends Luis Russell and Carline Ray — became almost an overnight success after the 2006 release of her debut album “Cat.” Tickets are $32. For more information, visit

Hail to ‘The King’


Ballad singer Lisa Null will perform Sunday at Glen Echo Town Hall.

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington will present ballad singer Lisa Null in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Ave., Glen Echo. Null, a mainstay in the Washington, D.C., area, as well as the national folk music scene for more than 40 years, performs traditional folksongs from North America, Ireland and Great Britain. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Null became nationally known through frequent guest appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and co-founded the celebrated Irish music record company, Green Linnet, during this time. Now 71, Null is making her return to stage following a long battle with cancer, in hopes to raise funds for a future, allencompassing recording project. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit

Eileen Ward and Paolo Montalban as Anna and the King in Olney Theatre Center’s production of “The King and I.”

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning musical “The King and I” comes to the Olney Theatre Center this Friday, with shows to Dec. 30. Known for its indelible contributions to musical theatre, such as “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Getting to Know You,” and “Shall We Dance?” the tale follows the star-crossed relationship that unfolds when a British school teacher is hired by the King of Siam to help modernize his country. For tickets and show times, visit



Flutist and founder of the Origins Concert Series Carrie Rose.





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p.m. Nov. 17, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.

Hollywood Ballroom, Nov. 13, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 14, Tea Dance from 12:303:30 p.m. ($6), Nov. 15, free East Coast Swing lesson at 8 p.m., Social Ballroom at 9 p.m. ($16); Nov. 16, Social Ballroom Dance from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ($10); Nov. 17, free Rumba lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8 p.m. ($16); Nov. 20, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 21, Tea Dance from 12:303:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-3261181, www.hollywoodballroomdc. com

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, John James Anderson and Mei Mei Chang, Nov. 14 to Dec. 28, opening vernissage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 featuring live music by the Blackberry Blonde, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www. The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, TBA, hours are 10 a.m. to

Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

Now and Then Dance Studio, Saturday ballroom dances,

second and fourth Saturdays, beginner group lesson at 8 p.m., open dancing at 9 p.m., $10 cash at door (all men admitted at half price throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Swing, Dec. 14, Daryl Davis, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, Nov. 17, Rhapsody, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Bruless, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14;

Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Sextet, 8 p.m. Nov. 15; Tom Principato, 8 p.m. Nov. 16; Rene Marie, 8 p.m. Nov. 20; Sara Gazarek and Matt Dusk, 8 p.m. Nov. 21; Cindy Blackman and Another Lifetime, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-3304500, www.bethesdabluesjazz. com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington,” film, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15; Catherine Russell, 8 p.m. Nov. 16; The Sweater Set, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260, El Golfo Restaurant/Music Hall,

Pianist Allyn Johnson joins the faculty of the inDepth Jazz workshop “Maiden Voyage: The Music of Herbie Hancock” on Saturday in Rockville. Greater U Street Jazz Collective, Ballin’ the Jack CD Release Party, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 8739 Flower Ave., Pitney Branch, Silver Spring. 301-608-2121, Fillmore Silver Spring, Tori Kelly, 8 p.m. Nov. 14; Saved By the 90s A Party with The Bayside Tigers, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16; David Nail with special guest Brothers Osborne, 7 p.m. Nov. 17; Slayer, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19; Hoodie Allen, 8 p.m. Nov. 22; Mazzy Star with special guests Psychic Ills, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Lamb of God & Killswitch Engage, 7 p.m. Nov. 26; K. Michelle w/ Sevyn Streeter, 8 p.m. Nov. 27; Giving Thanks, 11 a.m. Nov. 28; The Smokers Club Tour Featuring Joey Bada$$, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; MiMOSA, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-960-9999,, www. InDepth Jazz Clinics and Concerts, “Maiden Voyage: The Music

of Herbie Hancock,” 1-5:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Faculty for clinic includes Mike Pope, bass; Kenny Rittenhouse, trumpet; Jeff Antoniuk, saxophone; Allyn Johnson, piano; Todd Harrison, drums. $180 ($125, audits).

Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, A Civil

War Scrapbook: CD Release with Hesperus & Maggies Music, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13; Al Petteway & Amy White, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, www. Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Alan Reid & Rob van

Sante, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, The Music Cafe, Raice McLeod and Barry Gurley, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13; Stranded Travelers, p.m. Nov. 15; Second Hand Ramblers, 8 p.m.

Nov. 16; Dixieland Express, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 20, 26528 Ridge Road, Damascus. No admission. Tips accepted. 301-253-1500. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Nov. 19-20; Museum Shop Around, 10 a.m. Nov. 14-17; BSO: Chris Botti, 8 p.m. Nov. 14; An Evening with Amy Tan, 8 p.m. Nov. 15; BSO: War Requiem, 8 p.m. Nov. 16; AIR Mentor: Graham Breedlove with guests Elijah Balbed and Christie Dashiell, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20; Lawler & Fadoul Duo, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21; National Philharmonic: Verdi’s Powerful and Timeless Requiem, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; Michael McDonald — This Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100,

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Nov. 15 to Dec. 30, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301634-2270, Do or Die Mysteries, TBA, 6:30 p.m. buffet, 7:30 p.m. show, $47.50 buffet and show, Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 443-422-3810, www. Imagination Stage, “Lyle the Crocodile,” Nov. 20 to Jan. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www.imaginationstage. org Olney Theatre Center, “The King and I,” Nov. 14 to Dec. 29, call for prices, times, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-

924-3400, The Puppet Co., Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Lyons,” Nov. 27 to Dec. 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Meena’s Dream,” Jan. 8-14, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www.


Silver Spring Stage, “The Pillowman,” to Nov. 23, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The Writer’s Center, Finishing Line Press Poetry Reading, 2

Washington Printmakers Gallery, “A Life with Line,” Lila Oliver

Asher, to Dec. 1, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www.

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days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Nov. 15, Greg Frock calls to The Avant Gardeners; Nov. 22, Eric Black with Gallimaufry; Nov. 29, Nils Fredland calls to Elixir, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, Nov. 17, Ted Hodapp calls with Dance du Jour; Nov. 24, Eric Black calls with Dead Sea Squirrels, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, Nov. 13; Caller: Tom Spilsbury; Nov. 20, Caller: Stephanie Smith; Nov. 27, Caller: Bob Farrall, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.

4:30 p.m. Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. 301-897-1518. Gallery B, “ZigZag,” to Nov. 30, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www. Glenview Mansion, Washington Watercolor Association, to Dec. 3, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. Marin-Price Galleries, Hennesy & Hennesy, to Nov. 25, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Dawn Gavin, to Nov. 27, Gibbs Street Gallery; Carol Miller Frost and Rebecca Kamen: “Flow and Shift,” to Nov. 27, Kaplan Gallery; 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www.






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‘Thor’ hammers home same points BY




“Thor: The Dark World” is the eighth movie in its particular franchise. So if anyone asks you what it has in common with “Blondie Goes Latin” and “Bomba and the Jungle Girl” you’ll know the answer. The franchise at hand goes by the name of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, encompassing the new adventures of Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America and so on, worth billions around the world. (Rumor has it the next all-star “Avengers” movie will be two hours of actors in costume, counting their money.) So how’s this “Thor” sequel? It’s fairly entertaining. Same old threats of galaxy annihilation, spiced with fishout-of-water jokes. My favorite here: Encountering a London flat for the first time in his travels, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor comes in the door and hangs his snazzy flying killer hammer from its leather loop on one of the coat hooks.

n 2 1/2 stars n PG-13; 120 minutes n Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba n Directed by Alan Taylor

This is the second outing for mighty Thor and his mighty hammer, though honestly, what chance have they against Tom Hiddleston as Odin’s other, less trustworthy son, Loki? The chief adversary from the first “Thor” (which I liked, in spite of its squareness) and the hugely popular mash-up “The Avengers” has a way of making valor and honor look foolish. Clearly director Alan Taylor, whose previous work has mostly been in classy series television (lately, “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire”), likes this character best, because he

snivels most. Now for some very important plot points. In “Thor 2” Malekith, the leader of the dark elves of Svartalfheim, comes out of a long hibernation ready to rumble. Their secret weapon is the aether, pronounced “ee-ther,” an “ancient force of infinite destruction,” as Anthony Hopkins’ Odin describes it, sounding like he’s saying the words “blah blah blah” instead. When some of the aether enters the bloodstream of astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman once again), things get sticky. At the end of “Thor 1” Thor took off back to Asgard, leaving Jane bereft. “Thor 2” ponders the challenges of intergalactic dating, and the film has its scrambled moments where one beat of an action sequence begins on Earth, and then two seconds later, the second beat is completed at the other end of the tunnel. After a while anything’s possible, and little is compelling, even though it’s on Asgard where Jane meets Thor’s folks. Other scenes takes place

Tom Hiddleston stars as Loki in Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” on Vanaheim, which is like Anaheim without Disneyland. Taylor handles the battle sequences dutifully and without much visual dynamism. (If you go to “Thor 2,” don’t bother with the 3-D edition. Two’s enough.) By now, in this Marvel world, we’ve seen everything twice, and it’s hard to impress audiences with something new. But we don’t go to “Thor 2” or any of these films, really, for something new. We go because we saw the other ones. The most satisfying films of the eight so far — the first “Iron Man” and “Captain America: The First


Avenger” — did the job with a lighter hand and a less pummeling attack. The occasional charms of “Thor 2” are all about the way Kat Dennings (back again as Jane’s intern) deadpans her way through another Armageddon, or Hopkins’ stunning final-t consonant enunciation when he bites off the end of the word “birthright.” Or Hiddleston’s malevolent grin, the mocking face of sibling rivalry. Plenty of fine actors do what they can here amid the digital mayhem and smashed columns. At times the film appears to have been directed by The Hulk, in a snit.

History, unchained in Steve McQueen’s ‘12 Years a Slave’ BY


At this point, “12 Years a Slave” has only its own publicity to conquer. Moviegoers reeling from “Gravity” may well approach director Steve McQueen’s patient, clear-eyed and altogether extraordinary adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative with a combination of preconditioned shock and awe (given the subject matter) and misleading expectations of classy, eightcylinder Hollywood melodrama. But this is different. It is smaller in size and larger, deeper, more complicated in its reach. It is its own classically accomplished achievement. There are a few drawbacks but a few hundred more rewards to be found here in McQueen’s third and finest feature, preceded by “Hunger” (2008) and “Shame” (2011), about Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands and a fictional New York City sex addict, respectively. McQueen’s images have always had a self-conscious side;

in his earlier pictures the staging, the lighting, the compositions had a way of turning the storytelling into picture-framing. Not here. Something else takes over in “12 Years a Slave.” While this is very much a McQueen picture, with visual flourishes and motifs unmistakably his, the historical urgency and staggering injustice of the events keep McQueen and company utterly honest in their approach and in their collective act of imagining Solomon Northup’s odyssey to hell and back. That odyssey took the freeborn man of color from Saratoga, N.Y., to the swamps and whip cracks of pre-Civil War Louisiana. The film version of Northup’s account, written by John Ridley, takes a great deal of the language from the original book while compressing the events and the chapters describing an abduction from freedom into chains. Already we’re going in the opposite direction of virtually every other slave account in the movies. To say (rightly) that “12 Years a Slave” is the best so far says too little. To say

12 YEARS A SLAVE n 4 stars n R; 134 minutes n Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Michael Fassbender n Directed by Steve McQueen

we needed a movie like this, after the facetious spaghetti-Western-blaxploitation make-believe of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” says even less. Let’s just say a film this good, and this quietly distinctive in its style, is always welcome. In 1841 the middle-class Northup, married with young children, was hired as a violinist for a job in Washington, D.C., while his wife, a cook and a domestic, was away on temporary employment. In Washington, Northup was drugged, kidnapped, chained and sold, then transported to Louisiana. Thus began a life of raw survival as a Northerner who could not reveal his education or literacy without risking all. The events of the film are stripped down to Northup’s experiences on two plantations. The first belonged to a relatively kindly slave owner, played by Benedict Cumberbatch; the second, which accounted for

nearly a decade of Northup’s enslavement, was ruled by an unpredictable, raging drunk, described by Northup in his memoir as a sadistic creature “distinguished for his faculty of subduing the spirit of the slave.” McQueen has an actor of exceptional, complicated spirit at the center of “12 Years a Slave,” Chiwetel Ejiofor. Like many of his on-screen and behind-the-camera colleagues, he is a London-based talent, and with McQueen being British, the film has garnered heat in some American quarters for not being “American” enough. It’s hardly worth discussion; it’s all in the results. With his skillfully sustained long shots, often revealing a half-dozen grievous facets of the plantation life in a single image, McQueen ensures our rapt attention without resorting to every vicious cliche and screw-tightening trick the movies have given us since D.W. Griffith (a great artist, but still). On the Epps plantation, the psychosis of the “peculiar institution” reaches dizzying heights. Northup befriends Patsey, who has the miserable distinction of being the sexual chattel of the master. A remarkable newcomer, Lupita Nyong’o, plays Patsey; Michael Fassbender casts a formidable shadow as Edwin Epps, whose wife (a steely, effective Sarah Paulson) can barely process

the indignity of being sidelined in her slovenly husband’s affections by a piece of property. Throughout the picture, Ejiofor’s character is both participant and observer in his own nightmare. With a lesser actor Northup might seem a cipher. But McQueen uses him brilliantly. There are so many striking moments. After turning on a particularly venal workman (played by Paul Dano) on his first plantation, Northup survives a lynching, barely. For an excruciating length of time we see Northup dangling from the rope while stretching his toes in order to reach the muddy and treacherous ground. No music. No false dramatics. The sound of the cicadas is background music enough. (Elsewhere, the typically bombastic composer Hans Zimmer contributes one of his least intrusive scores.) Another inspired long take (probably the best thing McQueen has ever staged on film) features Paul Giamatti as a slave trader offering his fresh supplies for display. It’s a whirligig of motion and action, all of it appalling and appallingly matter-of-fact. “12 Years a Slave” comes from Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company. Rather jarringly, Pitt takes on a key good-guy role near the end, that of a Canadian carpenter working on the Epps plantation — in many scenes, we see structures being built while an entire corrosive society metaphorically crashes down around them. The film cost between $20 million and $22 million to produce, according to various reports, and the physical production’s modest scope is perfect for the story. One of the key one-two punches is a shot of a paddle wheel from inside the craft — the boat is transporting Northup and his fellow slaves from up North to down South — followed, a few minutes later, by a shot of a corpse bundled up and buried unceremoniously at sea, filmed from the same angle.






Chiwetel Ejiofor as “Solomon Northup” in “12 Years a Slave.”

There’s no exterior shot of the ship. McQueen finds ways to visualize Northup’s story without the usual peaks and valleys or throat-clearing transitional moments. It all flows naturally, like a tributary feeding a big, bad river. One aspect of the film feels artificial, as opposed to carefully stylized. The gracious life of Northup and his family in Saratoga is depicted as a kind of placid fairy tale. It’s treated as such for heightened contrast to the horrors around the bend, but it seems somewhat ahistorical, as if racism itself didn’t exist north of the Mason-Dixon. A few of the casting strokes (Pitt and Dano especially) have a way of taking you out of the film, momentarily. But the scenes of real impact, and there are dozens, make hash of these small issues, such as Patsey’s plea to Northup to help end her life. She has suffered too much, in too many ways, yet Northup cannot understand her fatalism. “How can you fall into such despair?” he asks. “How can you not know?” comes the reply. In that scene, as with so much of this supple achievement, “12 Years a Slave” reminds us: Behind one person’s story, there are others, millions more, whose stories demand equal time and films of their own.


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Comfort and white linen at Copper Canyon Grill in Silver Spring Hankering for an early steak dinner and a drink on a Sunday afternoon in Silver Spring, I started calling the local usual suspects: Rays the Classics was closed between lunch and dinner service, Jackie’s would be opening later. Copper Canyon Grill said the grill is hot and the bar is open. When we arrived at 4:30 p.m., the place was packed and happy.

DINING REVIEW BY BRIAN PATTERSON Service practically sings at Copper Canyon. Clearly, management puts a premium on training staff to be engaging, responsive, quick and knowledgeable about the menu and the concept of team service. The server’s preamble that comes with the menus and solicitation for drinks is so scripted and steeped in the Copper Canyon credo of service with smile that it feels like you have entered a culinary theme park. From greeters, to seaters, from the captain to the servers and clearers, the teamwork approach to service fires on all cylinders. When it comes to the food, in the category of best burger in the county, try Copper Canyon’s Prime Rib Burger cooked medium rare and topped with Gouda cheese, sautéed onions, horseradish and — the kicker — slices of medium rare prime rib. While the choices of sides are many,

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we opted for a house salad that came with crumbles of fresh goat cheese and crunchy croutons made from the house cornbread. Coconut shrimp is a big plate of large tail-on shrimp generously battered with shredded coconut and coconut milk, all served with a salsa of fresh mango flavored on the sweet side. Macaroni and cheese is made of large corkscrew noodles in a creamy Mornay sauce of high-shelf cheddars and other cheeses. The meat on the pork spareribs, slathered in a user-friendly sauce of


Continued from Page B-5 actually Paul McCartney from the Beatles. I didn’t want to emulate him, but I enjoyed the Beatles’ music and me and my brother used to play it.” Araya said he and his brother were really inspired by the music of the 1960s, especially Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones and the Doors. “All that music inspired me and that’s the music I listened to growing up,” Araya said. On May 2, guitarist Jeff Hanneman, one of the founding members of the band, died from liver failure due to alcohol-related cirrhosis. Before that, he had battled necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly known as the flesh-eating disease, that doctors seemed to think was a result of a spider bite on his arm. Doctors had to cut open his arm from his wrist to his shoulder to remove the diseased tissue. “About a month after he passed, we had started a European tour,” Araya said. “That tour was hard for me because at the very end of the set that we did on that entire tour, we did two songs … ‘South of Heaven,’ and ‘Angel of Death,’ and we had a banner that was made that was done in the logo of a Heineken, but it said Hanneman. It had ‘Angel of Death still reigning,’ and it had the year of his birth … it was a banner we put up as we started ‘South of Heaven,’ and going into ‘Angel of Death,’ which were two songs that Jeff wrote musically. “Of the four original members, me and Jeff kind of built a friendship. [We were] like brothers or family where every time we saw each other, it was ‘Hey, what’s going on? How are you doing?’ I thought for sure he could get it together. Even if he couldn’t play, I just got to the point where it didn’t matter to me whether he could play or not. I know he was struggling and he was having a tough time gaining dexterity back in his arm. It got to the point where I didn’t care, I just wanted him back out on the road being a part of this. He should be there. Slayer is our baby and he had every right to be there.” As part of the “Big Four,” Slayer did two concerts in the United States — New York and Los Angeles — with Megadeth, Anthrax and Metallica. In Europe, the bands played in several countries and even have a DVD of their show in Bulgaria. Although the bands played for packed stadiums, Araya said fans shouldn’t hold out hope for more shows — and points the finger at Metallica. “I don’t want to say politics is preventing that,” Araya said. “It’s not the politics between bands; it’s the politics of character in one particular band. We had an issue that came up on the New York show, which really freaked everybody out, but the New York show happened. I think, in all honesty, that was the last time we did the Big Four. I think another Big Four show might not happen. They could prove me wrong. Those shows basically, even though it was called the Big Four, it was done through Metallica. It was with Metallica’s blessing that allowed those shows to happen. If they want to continue and do a couple more shows, I think that would be great … if we were to sit down with them and communicate with them, that’s what I’d tell them.” Until then, Slayer is moving on with its own projects. Araya said currently the band is working on material for a new album with hopes of recording in January. “Yeah, that’s the plan,” Araya said. “That’s the plan [we] have on paper. I say that because things always change. Everything that this band does is never really set in stone. A lot of the time, we end up just doing stuff and things are taken care of after the fact. So that’s the plan. From what I understand, we’re going to head to the studio and start doing something. I know Kerry [King, guitarist] has been working on stuff for the past two years or so. … There’s plans for us to do something, starting in January and yeah, we’ll see where that goes.”

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Rotisserie chicken at the Copper Canyon Grill. smoke and spice, falls off those bones almost too easily; they should need a little more gnawing. The coleslaw is creamy and refreshing and the fries are cooked well at the order, thin and crisp and lightly dusted with salt. The day’s fresh cornbread comes in hunks, moist and grainy without being too sweet. The house chicken pot pie is delivered in the little cast iron skillet in

which it’s baked. It’s a big pillow of pastry crimped around the edges of a rich and satisfying stew of chicken and vegetables. One gets the feeling that this is a just and delicious use of the scraps of rotisserie chicken left over from the day before. And rotisserie chicken is indeed the house specialty. While Montgomery County may be up to its elbows in rotisserie roasted chicken, it is refreshing to get good

roasted chicken in a low key, white linen setting. And speaking of the linen, I love the napkins with the button hole in one corner so you can button the napkin to your shirt! The fireplace is welcoming, the music is toe-tapping without being blasted and the service moves with a purpose. Without making reservations, we were greeted and seated with alacrity. Southern-style sweet tea, lemonade, and even the kid’s Shirley Temples are bottomless as long as you are seated. This franchise has the feel of a large well organized restaurant. The food is competently made and served in ample portions; the steak and salmon are cooked precisely as requested, however there is room for refinement. Executive Chef Jose Guillen is in the midst of tweaking and upgrading his culinary vision, and the service infrastructure is in place to deliver an even more polished menu. Copper Canyon is the venue to watch in the coming months as they become more of a threat to the fine dining possibilities in Silver Spring. Copper Canyon has sister locations in the Rio Center in Gaithersburg, not to mention Glenarden and Centerville Virgina, with another in the works in Woodmore Towne Center in Lanham. But only the Silver Spring location will be open on Thanksgiving!



Continued from Page B-5 popular on the East Coast blues club circuit. With the release of his more recent albums, including 2011’s critically acclaimed “A Part of Me,” Principato said he feels he’s evolved as an artist. “I’ve always made a conscious effort, no matter where I am in my career, I don’t want to do the same old thing,” Principato said. “ ... Most of my career I’ve been known as a guitarist, but I’ve been trying to expand my songwriting and vocal skills. I like to think the last two albums have demonstrated my growth.” “Robert Johnson Told Me So” features guest artists such as Willie Weeks, bassist for Eric Clapton; Jim Brock, drummer for Kathy Mattea and Chuck Leavell, a keyboardist who’s played with The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers Band and John Mayer. “Chuck Leavell has been a friend of mine and been a guitarist on a number of CDs,” Principato said. “He always contributes a high level of musicianship.” Though Leavell will not be at Saturday’s release party, Principato will be joined by Tommy Lepson on keyboards and vocals, Joe Wells on drums, Bob Shellhouse on second guitar, and John DeSalme, Justine Miller and Xavier Perez on horns. Three members of Howard University’s Afro Blue Vocal Group will also perform with Principato on

n When: 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda n Tickets: $25 n For information: 240-330-4500,


Though a guitarist for more than 40 years, Principato said his more recent albums showcase his vocal and songwriting abilities. Saturday. Principato started playing the guitar at the age of 11. He played in bands during his time at Fall Church High School, and after graduation, said he knew he wanted to become a professional musician, but didn’t know how to make it happen. “I didn’t really know what it would take ... but I knew I wanted to do it,” Principato said. At the suggestion of a friend, Principato moved to Boston where he said he “sort of stumbled his way around” until he landed a gig with a professional band. “I was 19 and have been a professional ever since,” Principato said. He may have 40-plus years as

a guitarist under his belt, but Principato said he’s only recently really developed into a songwriter. “I found that as soon as I started singing songs myself, about my life experiences, it was a lot easier for me to connect emotionally and I think that helped in my improvement,” he said. “I really have been trying to listen to other great songwriters and learn what it is about other songwriters I admire.” Principato said it was the ability of other musicians to connect that he found important. “[I’m] just mostly getting to a point where I’m writing about things that happened to me and things I think other people can relate to,” Principato said. “The sub-


Brulee members (from left) guitarist Louis Matza, vocalist Aura Kanegis, drummer Lex O’Brien and bassist Andrew Brown.

Continued from Page B-5 more members and the group is now known as Brûlée. “Our writing styles worked pretty well together,” said Kanegis. “I was good with good with lyrics and melody, and he had the intricate chord structures.” The band, which also includes drummer Lex O’Brien of Takoma Park and bassist Andrew Brown of University Park, performs an original mix of jazz, indie, alternative rock and pop that reflects the diverse interests of its members. “We have a pretty eclectic style,” said Kanegis. “It’s not easy to put us in a box. We have a little something for everyone.” Brûlée, which has appeared in the District, Virginia and Prince George’s County, will perform for the first time at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Thursday. Also joining the band that night will be sometime participant Tom Anderson from Virginia, playing the sax. Kanegis said the group will probably play tunes from its first CD, “To a Crisp,” and also some new music. “It’s almost all original with a cover or two,” Kanegis said about the show. It took several years to finally produce “To A Crisp,” because Matza, Kanegis and Brown work full time and also have young children. A policy director for Quaker group the American Friends Service Committee, Kanegis said it’s sometimes tough to find time to write songs. “I’m the queen of wrinkled up scraps of paper,” laughed Kanegis, who stores ideas on her iPhone if she’s busy with work or family. “I’ll have a song looping around

jects I’ve been covering the most are about lost love ... losing parents, loss of romantic love ... Also, I [went] through a period experiencing some problems with my health.” It’s these real life struggles that Principato said have proved most touching to audience members. “On some of the more melancholy stuff, I’m connecting with audience members. I’ll see some misty eyes,” Principato said. “That’s when I know I’m connecting.” Saturday will not be Principato’s first performance at the newly renovated Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. He’s performed at the club once since its 2012 opening and multiple times before it was remodeled. He said he feels the revitalization was important for the local blues and jazz scene that he’s been a part of for so many years. “The renovation and what they have done is beautiful,” Principato said. “Any venue that supports local music [and tries] to bring in topdrawer talent is important to the scene.”


in my head … and a few weeks later I’ll find the time to write it down,” she said. Like Matza, who works as a research psychologist, she enjoys song writing and can’t imagine life without music. “I’m an introvert, and yet I really love performing,” she said. “You get into a feedback loop [with the audience]. It doesn’t matter if there are two people or 500, it makes the music so much better.” Born in Frederick County, Kanegis grew up listening to bluegrass and singers like Billie Holiday. “The blues and jazz voices always spoke to me,” said Kanegis, who sang with local folk and roots bands including the U-Liners and the all-girl funk band Zeala before it broke up. The first tune she wrote with Matza was “Glaze,” which reflects their shared love of road songs. It was inspired by Kanegis’ stop for Krispy Kreme donuts after a gig years ago.

As a guitar/vocal duo, they perform “Amsterdam,” a song that honors Matza’s close friend and traveling companion who “died ridiculously young in a motorcycle crash,” according to notes on the Brûlée website. The two also wrote “Poesy” based on Kanegis’ memories of a relationship in college with “trippy chords” by Matza. It is written in 6/8 time popularized by the Coltrane Quartet. “It evokes the ’60s jazz mood,” said Matza. “Driftin’ is a song by Brown, who builds guitars and basses and also likes to row on the Patuxent River. The song is about how remembering the Maryland river got him through some tough times while playing classical and jazz bass while studying in Vienna along the river Danube. Another Brûlée original is “Count Sheep,” which Matza wrote during bouts of insomnia in his early 20s and which has been up-

dated with O’Brien’s idea to add a samba beat from the Carnival in Rio. O’Brien, who also plays for ComplexBlue, at one time worked as a drummer for rock bands and has also played everything from country to free jazz to symphonic to circus music, according to the website. Despite all the engineered music on TV, radio and the Web, people still seem to enjoy live performances by real people, Kanegis said. “There seems to be a new resurgence for music that isn’t just a drum machine and synthesized sounds,” she said. Brûlée continues to build a steady fan base, and its second album is now in the planning stages. “The goal is to have a reliable crowd that would come out for our gigs, make a new CD and be able to afford to do that,” Kanegis said.

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WSSC Development Services Group Abolishes the "To Be Billed" payment option. Effective January 1, 2014 the WSSC Development Services Group will no longer be offering the existing "To Be Billed" payment process for "Permits and/or Plan submittal transactions. For plan submittal transactions, the two methods of payment available will be: 1) Check or Cash; 2) Electronic ACH payment (funds are transferred from a checking account) using the new ePayment System implemented on October 15, 2013. The link to the ePayment (Project Plan Review Fee) system is located on the WSSC website at, under Businesses, under Development Services, under Developers Forms and Fees, under WSSC ePlan Review. An additional link to the ePayment (Project Plan Review Fee) system is also located on the ePlan Review (ProjectDox) login screen. Currently, the only available method of payment for Long Form Permit transactions is: Check or Cash.

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ACCOUNTANT For our Rockville office we seek an individual to work in our accounting dept. as Accountant. Over 5 yrs Accounting experience is desired. Duties to include AP/AR, Payroll processing, knowledge of fixed assets and depreciation, journal entries, sales tax returns and preparation of schedules for financial audit. Proficiency with computers and Excel a must. Must possess good communication and organizational skills. Resume to


Need a capable bookkeeper not a data entry clerk, we do not use Quickbooks. Must speak good English! Send resume to or mail to: Accounting & Bookkeeping Service 11301 Spur Wheel Lane, Potomac, MD 20854

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Insurance CSR

Admin, for a Rockville Insurance Company We will train for position. Must have computer and receptionist skills. Career opportunity with salary and benefits. To apply please

Well-established State Farm agency in Gaithersburg looking for fully licensed professional. Salaried position. Experience w/SF agency office systems a plus. Email/Fax resume to; 1-301-975-9426

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FT, experienced, friendly and outgoing to work weekday day shift, weekends, with some overnight shifts. Benefits are available. The perfect applicant will have several years of technician experience in an emergency setting, and knowledge of DVMax. To apply go to:


FT for an OB/GYN practice in Germantown, MD, current exp in the medical office & familiar with insurance and coding required. Spanish speaking a plus. Please fax your resume to: 301-983-6262


On Call Supervisor

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

BRICKLAYERS $22.00/hr. Min. 5 yrs commercial exp. Job in Ashburn, VA. Bilingual a plus. Drug-free workplace EOE, E-Verify

Restaurant Staff µ Wait Staff µ Bus Persons Full & Part time shifts available Apply In Person: Normandie Farm Restaurant 10710 Falls Rd, Potomac 301-983-8838

Provides general office support with emphasis on accounts receivable. Works closely with the CEO and manages his calendar, communications and other tasks as required. Compensation DOE. Resume to Financial

SR Loan Officer

Sonabank seeks Commercial Lender Montgomery County. BS in Business and 5 yrs direct exp. Resume to EEO AAE.

The City of Gaithersburg has full-time and part-time employment opportunities currently available including:

Call 301-355-7205

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Comprint Military Publications publishes 9 newspapers each week and the only website dedicated to the military in the DC region is looking for energetic, organized, computer savvy sales representative to sell advertising into military newspapers and online. Job requires previous infield and telephone sales experience. Must be customer service oriented and consultative seller. Candidates must be able to create ads for customers and work well under weekly deadlines and pressures of meeting sales goals. Prefer candidates with experience. Territory open in Northern VA. Headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD.

AV Sales Representative

must have strong audio visual knowledge, experience and communications skills. Email resume to


Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)

If interested and qualified, please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to

Cardiology Office seeking a FT with 1 year minimum experience and proficiency with a Philips iE33 machine. Salary negotiable. Fax resume to 301-797-6927.

We offer a competitive compensation, commission and incentives, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE.

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

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

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2006 Hyundai Sonata LX


#325064A, 5 Speed Auto, Ebony Black, 4 Door


2012 Mazda Mazda 6


#E0259, 5 Speed Auto, 38K Miles, Polished Slate


2010 Mini Cooper S

2008 Volvo S60 2.5T

#N110003, 5 Speed Auto, Blue Metallic, Sunroof



#329040A, Ent. Center, 4WD Sport Utility, Formal Black


#325025A, 6 Speed Auto, Black, Mid Size Wagon

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#326077A, 4WD, Auto, Sport Utility, Sterling Gray

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#325096B, CVT Transmission, Super Black, 52K Miles



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2008 Honda Pilot SE





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#326024A, Premium, M/T Car Coupe, 46K miles, 5 Speed


2013 Infinity G37



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2007 Honda Accord

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2012 Nissan Versa S

#E0263, 32K Miles, 4 Speed Auto, 4 Door Coupe..................................

2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ


#426021A, 6 Speed Auto 37.6K Miles, Taupe Gray Metallic...................

2008 Cadillac STS

#N0270, RWD W/1SB, 6 Speed Auto, Black Raven................................

2013 Volkswagen Passat SE

#N0271, 6 Speed Auto, 7.9K Miles, Black..............................................

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$18,480 $19,480 $20,980

#327223B, Touring, Navigation, M/T, 24K Miles, 1-Owner......................





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#332293A, 5 Speed Auto, 2.6K Miles, Ice White, 1-Owner.....................

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$31,980 $36,480


13.5k miles, 1 Owner


10 Toyota Rav-4 $$

#P8822, 4 Speed Auto, 39k miles, 4WD Sport Utility


13 Toyota Camry LE #R1738, $ 6 Speed Auto, 14.2k $

miles, 4 Door, 1 Owner


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11 Ford Focus SE $$

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2010 Nissan XTERRA X........ $16,800 $16,800 2011 Toyota Highlander SE. . . $22,800 $22,800 #472099A, 5 SpeedAuto, 4WD, Super Black, 1 Owner #363230A, 6 SpeedAuto, Blizzard Pearl

#327208A, 6 Speed Auto, Caspian Blue, Certified.................................


11 Toyota Camry LE $$

#P8793, 6 Speed Auto, 29k miles, Mid-Size


2007 Honda CR-V EX-L........ $15,985 $15,985 2013 Scion FR-S................ $22,800 $22,800 #472069A, 5 SpeedAuto, Beige Metallic, 1 Owner #335112A, Coupe,Auto, 5.7K Miles, 1 Owner


#P8825, 6 Speed Auto, Ice White, 4WD, 1-Owner, Certified...................

012 Volvo XC60


4 Door, 1 Owner

$13,800 2013 Mazda Mazda 5.......... $21,900 $21,900 2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $13,800 #R1712, 4 SpeedAuto, 12K Miles, 1 Owner, Magnetic Grey #460022A, Grand Touring, 2WD Minivan, 5 SpeedAuto


#429002A, 4WD, Sport Utility, 44K Miles, Gray Metallic Certified...........

22011 Volvo XC60 T6


4 Door, 1 Owner


$13,500 2010 Toyota Venza............. $20,995 $20,995 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $13,500 #P8734, 1 Owner, 6 SpeedAuto, Magnetic Grey Metallic #374551A, 6 SpeedAuto, 43.9 mil, Red, Midsize Wagon


#438145A, Auto, 29.8K Miles, X-Drive, 4 Door, Alpine White..................

2013 Volvo C30


4 Door

10 Toyota Corolla LE #P8802, $ 4 Speed Auto, $

2007 Toyota Sienna CE........ $11,800 $11,800 2012 Toyota Tacoma 4WD. . . . $20,555 $20,555 #364373A, 2WD, 5 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner,Artic Pearl #355048A, 4 SpeedAuto, 11k miles, Magnetic Gray


#327217B, 6 Speed Auto, 9K Miles, Satin Metal, 1-Owner.....................

2011 BMW 328xi


10 Toyota Prius III $$

#P8805, 4 Door, CVT Transmission, 45k miles


2011 KIA Optima EX

11 Toyota Camry LE #372388A, $ 6 Speed Auto, $

Auto, 1 Owner





11 Chevrolet Equinox LT #470213A, $ Sport Utility, $


10 Mazda Mazda3 S #377580A, $ 4 Door, 5 Speed $

CERTIFIED #P8750, AWD, Electric Silver, Metallic, Certified

10 Toyota Corolla LE #36449A, $ 4 Speed Auto, $

6 Speed Auto

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CERTIFIED #438042D, Hardtop, Coupe, Pepper White, Auto, 41K miles

05 Honda Pilot EX-L $$

#262026B, 5 Speed Auto, 4WD

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2011 Ford F150 STX T r u c k , V-6 Flex-fuel, 3.7L ABS, PS, PDL, PW, StabilityTraction, 36k miles, Tux Black, $20,250. Excellent condition! Call: Larry 301-461-1244; 9 am – 7 pm.


99 VOLKSWAGON B E E T L E : 5 spd,

blck, runs good, 109k miles, MD Inspec. $3,700 240-701-3589

Your donation helps local families with food, clothing, shelter. Tax deductible. MVA licensed. LutheranMissionSociet 2000 HONDA CRV: 410-636-0123 or AWD, 5spd, AC, power windows, MD toll-free 1-877-737Inspec, $4999 3018567. 340-3984


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Full Size Station Wagon 1965 to 1979. Small/medium engine. Call: 240-475-3210




2002 HONDA ACCORD EX/V6: loaded and in mint cond. 128kmi, $6500 or best offer 240-476-3199

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2011 VW Jetta

Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

leather interior sunroof automatic $4000 Obo call 240-372-2878



#11614 2 At This Price: VINS: 350804, 370886

ition with 3.0 Liter V6 engine. Exc cond. 54k miles. $13000 OBO 202-360-6812


MSRP: Sale Price: NMAC Bonus Cash:

HONDA FIT 2007 5 DR 5 speed manual PW/AC 2 5 K miles, MD inspected, 1 owner $8999 301-340-3984



2014 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S $

With Bluetooth #13114 2 At This Price: VINS: 157426, 127996

2013 NISSAN MURANO S AWD MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: Nissan Bonus Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

VOLVO 2004 SUV XC90 T6 awd 7 pass, MD inspect, 1 owner $5999 301340-3984

$23,320 $18,995 -$1,000 -$500

2012 Nissan Versa SL #346423A, Auto Transmission, Alloy Wheels, Bluetooth, Power Features

2 AVAILABLE: #363397, 363411




2004 Toyota Highlander Limited



#472031B, 4WD, Leather Seating, Sunroof, 7 Passenger, Low Mileage

2011 Toyota Corolla LE



#347522A, Power Features, Low Miles

#346486A, Auto Transmission, Alloy Wheels, Sunroof



2003 Ford Thunderbird #N0275, Hard Top Convertible, Low Miles



With Bluetooth #23213 2 At This Price: VINS: 319441, 321399


V.W GOLF 2001 GTI 80K MIL 5 sp VR 6 MD inspect, $4999 301-3403984

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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S Coupe


$34,705 $29,495 -$1,500 -$1,000


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2011 BMW 328i

2009 Mini Cooper Clubman S #P8746, 1-Owner, Pano Roof, Automatic



#E0215, 24K Miles, Navigation Sys, Sunroof


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$31,750 $26,995 -$2,500 -$1,000 -$500



#341230A, Auto Transmission, Low Miles

#12113 2 At This Price: VINS:788738, 784016

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TOYOTA AVALON XLS 2000 172K mi loaded, exc cond, $5595/BO Mookim 301-972-1435

2007 Ford Mustang Coupe


4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO



#P8767,PWR, Mirrors, Lock, Remote Keyless Entry

$18,370 $14,995 -$500


MERCEDES 2001 C240 4 DR, 6 spd manual, MD inspect only 73K miles $7000 301-3403984

$14,995 -$500 -$500

Prices include all all rebates andand incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. Prices Prices include rebates incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. exclude tags,tax, freight $780, trucks and $200and processing charge. *Lease areonly calculated with Prices tax, exclude tags,(cars freight (cars $810,$725-$995), trucks $845-$995), $200 processing charge.payments Prices valid on listed tax, tags, freight, $200 processing charge firstforpayment signing,11/18/2013. and are valid with tier one approval through VINS. See and dealer details. due Offeratexpires NMAC. Prices valid only on listed VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 10/22/2012.


2010 Nissan Versa Hatchback


2002 MAZDA MILLENIA: 97k miles tan

#25213 2 At This Price: VINS: 679899, 606300




#P8751A, Wolfsburg Edition, Leather, Sunroof, Manual

2 AVAILABLE: #470180, 470188



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