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“I am not content to sit here and allow this current diminution of our privacy rights to get to a point that one day my children or grandchildren are going to wake up and government is constantly spying on them,” he said. Maryland last amended its privacy laws in 1988, he said. Yet technology has vastly outpaced the law. Raskin said the package of privacy bills aims to create a balance between law and technology. Specifically, absent an emergency, the bills would require search warrants before

The debate over future development in Clarksburg and Boyds broadened Monday with questions from Montgomery County Council members about the effect of grading and earth compaction on the Ten Mile Creek watershed. Discussion has so far focused on how much to limit the extent of impervious or paved surfaces to minimize runoff, but a consultant for the Planning Board said grading uneven topography before building can also affect the delicate stream network. “There are seeps and springs which are feeders to base flows [in Ten Mile Creek],” said Ted Brown, a water resource engineer for consultant Biohabitats, during a three-hour meeting before two Council committees. “They are impacted when there is large-scale grading,” he said. The Ten Mile Creek stream system drains south into the Little Seneca Lake reservoir, which is a backup supply to maintain water levels in the Potomac River during droughts. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park leads the county’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee and Coun-

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Lauren Green of the Damascus High School Swarmin’ Hornets is having her best season, averaging 15.5 points per game and helping lead the team to an 11-2 start. See story, B-1.

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Two state senators — one very liberal and the other very conservative — have joined efforts in the Maryland General Assembly to protect citizens’ privacy from police unnecessarily using technology like drones to conduct searches. Sens. Jamie B. Raskin and Christopher B. Shank, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, will introduce four bills to regulate police use of drones,

State Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Dist. 20) automatic license plate readers, email surveillance and location tracking so as to not infringe on privacy rights. “It’s getting Orwellian out there,” Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park told reporters Tuesday morning. Shank (R-Dist. 2) of Hagerstown called the situation a “slippery slope.”

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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett might be interested in a study to look at the potential effect of development on a Clarksburg watershed. In a meeting with Gazette reporters and editors Friday, Leggett said he thinks there’s “some merit” in a county-funded study in Clarksburg’s Ten Mile Creek. Leggett said he’d like to evaluate some additional information from environmental agencies and the Washington Sewer and Sanitary Commission. He would have to see what

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Montgomery County would pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the White Flint area to promote private growth and redevelopment around the Metro station under a fiscal year 2015 capital budget proposed by County Executive Isiah Leggett. Almost $340 million of public money will be dedicated to generating



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private investment of even more money in White Flint, according to a draft copy of the proposed budget provided to The Gazette. The six-year capital improvement plan features plans to construct a new road and bike lane on the area’s Main/ Market Street, reconfiguring Executive Boulevard North and reconfiguring the intersection of Old Georgetown Road, Executive Boulevard and Hoya Street. The project includes $170 million in county funding for road projects on Montrose Parkway East and Chapman Avenue Extended and relocating the White Flint Fire Station to promote re-

development in the area. The Montrose Parkway East portion will build a new road to connect with the existing Montrose Parkway/ Rockville Pike interchange to Viers Mill Road. There are also plans to build a new parking garage for a conference center in the area to combine with future retail space and areas for affordable housing. The White Flint plans are part of a $4.4 billion capital improvement plan Leggett is scheduled to share with the council on Wednesday. The capital improvement plan finances construction projects such as


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schools, roads and infrastructure. Funding for schools is a major part of Leggett’s proposed plan, as Montgomery County Public Schools attempts to deal with dramatic increases in enrollment. The county’s public schools increased by 14,599 students between 2000 and 2012, and nearly half of the schools are projected to have too many students to accommodate by the 201819 school year. The county is working with its delegation to the General Assembly to get about $20 million more from the state to combine with $40 million from the

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county for school construction. That would allow the county to generate between $600 million and $700 million in money for school expansion and construction. “I’m optimistic, but cautiously optimistic,” Leggett said Friday about the possibility of additional state funds. “I think we have a strong case to make.” Leggett joined Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to announce they’ll work together on legislation for additional

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Adoption fair draws prospective parents


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Jennifer Fairfax (left), a Silver Spring adoption lawyer, and her associate Catelyn Slattery greet Bethesda’s Rebecca Tobin and her 10-week-old daughter, Emme, during the Children’s Home Society adoption fair Saturday at Neelsville Presbyterian Church in Germantown. Tobin was a client of Fairfax and was at the fair to speak with prospective parents about her experience. up and follow through with the process.” Susan Dibs, a physician at Johns Hopkins Pediatric Specialty Clinic, discussed testing for illnesses such as tuberculosis and HIV. “Most kids do not have many of these problems at all, or any of them, but we need to think about them,” she said. Several adopted children at the fair were in need of “intervention,” Orban said, due to a debilitating or life-threatening condition and a lack of resources. A child with a cleft palate and a child missing an arm were among those who had been adopted and given medical care. Rona Han of Clarksburg has adopted two children from China, who are now 11 and 8. When she and her husband took their daughter home, the child had a rash that doctors couldn’t seem to diagnose. When Han did some research and talked to other adoptive parents, she found out it was scabies, a skin disease Dibs warned of. Han said she would have liked to have known more about the issues associated with adoption,

EVENTS Read To A Dog, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444. Inova blood drive, 2:30-7 p.m., Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 18131 Slade School Road, Sandy Spring. 301-570-7081.

THURSDAY, JAN. 16 Writing a Successful Business Plan, 1-4 p.m., Rockville Economic Development, 95 Monroe St., Rockville. $25. 301-315-8096.

The Fiscal Picture for Montgomery County in 2014, 7-9 p.m., County

Council Office Building, fifth-floor conference room, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 301-320-5863. Author talk by Selby McPhee, 7:30-9 p.m., Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Free. 301294-3538.

cipal Jennifer Webster, the county police department, Family Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Damascus High School is at 25921 Ridge Road. Call 301-4142329 for more information.

High school plans forum on substance abuse

named to the fall semester dean’s list at Bridgewater (Va.) College. The junior biology major attained a grade point average of 3.4 or higher to make the list.

Damascus High School will hold an assembly, “Drug and Alcohol Awareness: An Opportunity for Our Community,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. Several guest speakers will discuss drug use trends in the area, the impacts of alcohol and other drugs, signs and symptons of substance abuse and how to access resources for those struggling with addiction. Speakers include Carrie Zilcoski, clinical director with Family Services, and Montgomery County Police Capt. David Gillespie. The school’s Parent Teacher Student Association is sponsoring the event, with support from Prin-


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such as the ones Dibs discussed, before she adopted her children. “I wish I had something like this,” Han said. Children’s Home Society of Minnesota has state licenses to provide local adoption services in Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota and Wisconsin. — SYLVIA CARIGNAN

FRIDAY, JAN. 17 Understanding Your Options with Social Security, 10:30 a.m.-noon,

Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200. Stand-up comedy, 8 p.m., VisArts, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. $20. 540-6578811.

SATURDAY, JAN. 18 Joys and Pitfalls of a Geology Career, 10 a.m.-noon, Asbury Meth-

odist Village, 301 Odenthal Ave., Rosborough Center Community Room, Gaithersburg.

Origami Art: a Makerspace Program, 2-4 p.m., Quince Orchard

Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200. Peter Mayer concert, 7-9:30 p.m., Rockville United Church, 355 Linthicum St., Rockville. $20. 301-424-6733.



All-You-CanEat Spaghetti Dinner, 4-7 p.m.,

Laytonsville Fire Department, 21400 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville. $8 for adults, $5 ages 5-11. 301-948-0794.


Instrumental, 3:30 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. $23 for general admission, $10 for students. 301-774-0022. True Stories, 4:30 p.m., Tikvat Israel Synagogue, 2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville. $13. 301-762-7338.

MONDAY, JAN. 20 Ninja Day Camp, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,

Kang’s Black Belt Academy, 17810 Meeting House Road, Sandy Spring. $75 per child. 301-570-1106. Hands-on Exploration Day Camp,

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Insurance information available to consumers The Maryland Insurance Administration will offer information on a range of insurance products, such as annuities, title insurance and health, auto and homeowner insurance, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at Silver Spring District Court, 8552 Second Ave. Agency staff will be available to answer consumer questions. More information is at 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. $60 per child, $20 for aftercare. 301-7740022. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, 10 a.m., Richard Montgomery

High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville. Free. 240-314-8620.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, 3-5 p.m., International Cul-

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 Lunch and Discover Retirement Living, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ingleside at

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DEATHS Marga Anne Laboy Marga Anne Laboy, 73, of Gaithersburg, died Jan. 7, 2014. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 at Peoples Community Church, 31 Norwood Road, Silver Spring.

CORRECTION A Jan. 8 story misidentified Eric Bernard, who is the executive director of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association. Marcine Goodloe is the association’s president. Also, the association, not the county, received grants to help bolster volunteer firefighter recruitment.


People from around the region took their first step toward becoming families at an adoption fair Saturday in Germantown. Mike and Jocelyn McNamara of Silver Spring said they wanted to learn as much as they could about adopting before making the commitment. “It’s something I’ve always been interested in,” Jocelyn McNamara said. At the fair, more than 100 people attended workshops on international and domestic adoption, foster care and children’s medical issues. The fair was held at Neelsville Presbyterian Church in Germantown by the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Children’s Home Society, a nationwide network that provides counseling and other services to children and their families. The organizations have offices around the country, including one in Silver Spring. Susan Orban, an outreach specialist for Children’s Home Society, said the fair was its largest yet. “Seeing our community come together for the welfare of children, both here in the United States and abroad, is so encouraging,” she said. Jossiane Regan of Wheaton took her 2-year-old adopted Korean daughter to the fair and answered questions about adoption from Korea. “I’ve known since middle school that I wanted to adopt,” Regan said. She and her husband also have an adopted son, 7, from Guatemala. The adoption process took a year for her son and three years for her daughter. Regan said she wanted to help prospective parents get information they need, especially because the paperwork may be intimidating. “We are such advocates of it,” she said. “I hope people do show


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LOCAL Citizens group Powerupmontco to take part in Pepco rate case

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Legislation would help similar groups to recoup fees, costs





Caitlin Augerson, a senior at Damascus High School, won first place — along with $500 — among four contestants in Saturday’s American Legion regional oratorical contest hosted by Post 171 in Damascus. To her right are the runners-up, all from Clarksburgh High School: sophomore Emory Cole II, who won second place and $250; sophomore Aditya Kaliappan, who won third place and $150; and freshman Anurudh Ganesan, who took home fourth place and $50. Augerson, whose oration was titled “A Passion for Our Nation,” will represent Post 171 in the countywide contest Jan. 25.

A Montgomery County citizens group will again have a voice as state regulators consider raising Pepco’s rates. Maryland’s Public Service Commission has allowed Powerupmontco, an online citizens group tracking electric reliability issues, to participate as it considers Pepco’s latest request for a rate hike, Abbe Milstein said. Milstein founded Powerupmontco in the wake of a big 2012 storm that caused days of power outages. The group served as a way to share information about electric reliability and performance. On top of the $27.9 million rate hike that went into effect last July, Pepco has asked the commission for more, this time an additional $43.3 million, which would add $4.80 to the average customer’s monthly bill. Pepco opposed Powerupmontco’s participation in the case. Maryland defines who can participate in rate cases and Pepco does not feel Powerupmontco qualifies, company

spokeswoman Myra Oppel said in an email. “Pepco welcomes the input of all of the interested stakeholders, and especially its customers,” she said. However, the rate case itself is a formal evidentiary proceeding subject to clear legal requirements for participation, and we feel that Powerupmontco does not satisfy those requirements.” The Maryland Office of People’s Counsel questioned what exactly is Powerupmontco. People’s Counsel Paula Carmody said her office did not oppose Powerupmontco intervening in the case, but wanted to understand the organization and its membership. Maryland’s Public Service Commission follows a courtlike process — complete with attorneys, witnesses and experts — for deciding rate cases. And it can be expensive. For example, Montgomery County has spent about $360,000 over the last four years fighting rate increases, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said. While utilities can request a portion of expenses in the case be returned via rates, Milstein said participating citizen groups and nonprofits like Powerupmontco, which took part in Pepco’s last rate case, must shoulder all associated costs.

Del. Alfred C. Carr has asked the General Assembly to ease that burden on citizens and allow greater citizen participation in utility regulation proceedings. Carr (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington has introduced a bill that uses California as a model and allows nonprofits and groups such as Powerupmontco to recoup lawyer fees, expert fees and other expenses involved in participating. Carr said his bill would level the playing field in proceedings and lead to greater scrutiny of utilities. “The goal in all of this is improvement of reliability,” Milstein said. Pepco started a five-year plan to improve reliability in 2010 after an investigation by the Maryland Public Service Commission into the utility’s reliability and quality found it operated with unacceptably low reliability for years. The PSC acknowledged the utility’s poor performance, fining it $1 million for failure to properly maintain its system. Other legislation this session would funnel fines paid by utilities that fail to meet reliability standards into a dedicated account to then be used by the utilities to improve reliability.

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If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, it’s not too late to help protect yourself from a particularly harsh strain of the flu. Tuesday morning, Ricardo Eugenio, 42, of Aspen Hill, arrived in the emergency department at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney. The otherwise healthy man was suffering from body aches and fever. He said multiple members of his household recently had the flu. Eugenio said he started feeling sick on Sunday. By Tuesday, he was pretty miserable. Dr. Michael Kerr, the medical director of the Department of Emergency Department Services at MedStar Montgomery, was confident his patient had the flu, even before the the nasal swab tested positive.

Kerr said the hospital is just starting to feel the effects of flu season. “The flu has started to hit the country, and has been most prevalent in the western and southwestern states,” he said. “It is progressing across the country and is now hitting the East Coast.” Kerr said over the past two to three weeks, many people have arrived in the emergency department with flu symptoms and tested positive for Influenza A and B, the most common types. “It’s a particularly bad strain,” he said. “A lot of people are getting sick even though they have been vaccinated, but those who have been vaccinated tend to have less severity. I still highly recommend getting a flu shot.” At MedStar Montgomery, doctors are seeing 10 to 20 patients a day with flu-like symptoms. “We’ve seen worse in previous years, but the season is just starting,” Kerr said. Flu symptoms include body aches, fever, fatigue, and lack of appetite. Other symptoms, such as sinus congestion and sore throat, are not associated


Died January 5th, 2014 after a brief illness in Washington, DC at age 61. Born in Washington, DC on March 17, 1952, he was raised in Bethesda, MD. A graduate of Walt Whitman High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and later settled in Dickerson, MD residing there for the last 38 years. He was a guitarist playing blues, folk and rock with such bands as The Blue Diamonds, Homespun, Crossbow, Boss Crow, Dead Man’s Hand, Boris and the Bush Pilots, Frye and Euler, and The Core. For the last 3 years he has played with The Vi-Kings. But he considered fatherhood his highest calling. He is survived by beloved grandsons Colin Patrick, Ryan Joseph, Leif Johannes Euler, sons Patrick Grahm Lodge Euler and Eric Joseph Stangeland Euler, daughter inlaw Lauren Michelle Euler, wife Phyllis Kay Euler, former wife Sharon Louise Ezell, brother John Lodge Euler and sisters Dianne Eva Pearson and Lois Ann Euler. Also loving partner for the last 3 years, Mary Jean Cochran. A memorial service will be held at Bethesda United Methodist Church at 8300 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD on Saturday, January 18th at 3pm. A celebration of his life will follow at 4:30pm at the Rock Creek Mansion, 5417 West Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD. 1905770

The Reverend Elizabeth Carpenter of Monrovia, Maryland, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014 at home. She was 73. Elizabeth was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. She was the valedictorian of Murphy High School in Mobile, Class of 1959. Elizabeth attended Duke University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1963. In 1991, she earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. She was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on July 22, 1992, and served several parishes in Massachusetts until she was called to be rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD in 1997. She was rector of St. Anne’s from 1997 until her retirement in 2011. While at St. Anne’s, she ministered to hundreds of families and oversaw the construction of the church’s new sanctuary. She was passionate about preaching the word of God, her family, her friends, and laughter. Reverend Carpenter is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Vicki Hudson of Elkridge, MD, two grandsons, and her sisters, Kathy Keevan of San Antonio, TX and Karen Beach of San Marcos, TX. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, and two brothers. There will be a memorial service at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at St. Anne’s Church in Damascus with the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington, officiating. The Molesworth-Williams Funeral Home in Damascus is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus. 1905771


Dr. Michael Kerr, Medical Director of Department of Emergency Department Services at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, prepares to test patient Ricardo Eugenio, 42, of Aspen Hill, for the flu.



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with flu, and are usually due to a common cold or upper respiratory infection. The flu is caused by a virus, so antibiotics don’t work. Kerr said usually healthy people can be treated for the flu by resting, drinking lots of fluids, and taking Motrin or Tylenol. Most can be treated by their physicians, but he recommends that people who are very young or very old, have other health problems, are unable to keep fluids down, are unable to control fever, or are having trouble breathing seek treatment at the hospital. Some antiviral medications can be given, but Kerr said that to be effective, they need to be started almost immediately after the onset of symptoms. Usually, by the time he sees the patients, it is too late. To prevent flu, Kerr recommends getting a flu shot, washing hands and hoping for the best. “And if you do get the flu, don’t go to work,” he said.

Obituary Elizabeth Freeman Setzer, 96, of

Golden, CO, died Friday, December 27, after a brief stay in hospice care. She was a resident at the Golden Pond Retirement Community.

Born in San Diego, Betty, as she was known to family and friends, spent her childhood in the California redwoods where her father operated the first camp in Richardson Grove. She graduated from Oakland High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley and a master’s from the University of Maryland. She was eager to serve her country during WWII, enlisting in the Navy as a WAVE. Betty achieved the rank of lieutenant and was stationed at Mare Island in Vallejo, CA, where she worked in the personnel office handling transportation and security. After the war, Betty moved with her family to Washington, DC, where she worked at the FHA as an assistant librarian. She met her husband of 41 years, Henry (Hank) W. Setzer, who was curator of mammals at the Smithsonian Institution. They raised three daughters on a small farm in Germantown, MD. Betty taught fourth grade at Germantown Elementary for 20 years. She was a long-standing member of the Dolly Madison Chapter of the DAR. Betty and Hank retired and divided their time between homes in Gainesville, FL, and Onancock, VA. After Hank’s death, Betty moved to Arlington, VA and then to Golden, CO to be near her youngest daughter. Betty was beloved and admired by all who knew her for her gracious and loving kindness. She took pleasure in the joys of nature, had a life-long interest in history and greeted every day as a wonderful new adventure. She took great pride in her Freeman family heritage; her grandfather, James M. Freeman, was a founder and mayor of Greeley, CO, as well as a Colorado state senator. First cousin Don Freeman was a noted artist and author and illustrator of children’s books including “Corduroy.” Betty was predeceased by her beloved twin brother, Edwin R. Freeman, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory her adored sister Dorothy Spencer of Stockton, CA and her three daughters; Suzanne Setzer of Sherborn, MA, Nancy Luria of Arlington, VA, and Lynn Filoreto of Golden, CO. She loved her nieces Roni Blackwood, Meg Body, Carol Koplin and nephew Bill Freeman and her four grandsons, Ian and Tommy Luria and Nick and Luke Filoreto. She considered Jane Comp, Daryl Costos, and Jennifer Boston her daughters and held a special place in her heart for Carl Filoreto, Terry Clifford, David Luria, and Jasper Filoreto. She was delighted to be a great-aunt to Brandon, Marshall and Harry. Betty’s family is grateful to the friends who were constant companions and sources of joy to Betty throughout her last months. Donations may be made to causes close to her heart--the Old Growth Forest Network at or P.O. Box 21, Easton, MD 21601. Donations can also be made to Save the Redwoods League at We invite you to share your memories of Betty in the Olinger Woods guest book at 1905772


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Schools face tougher emergency drill rules Schools will have to conduct six, instead of four, next year




At least four times a year, each public school in Montgomery County has practiced an emergency drill to help prepare staff and students for the worst, from a tornado to an armed shooter. While Montgomery County Public Schools has operated under its own mandate for at least 10 years, the school system will face a new state requirement next school year that calls for six drills each year, according to Bob Hellmuth, director of school safety and security for the school system. Following the revision of emergency plan guidelines for Maryland schools in April 2013, the Maryland State Board of Education amended state regulations later in the year in part to add a requirement that schools must conduct drills for evacuation, “shelter in place,” reverse evacuation, lockdown, severe weather and “drop, cover, and hold.” The state expanded the types of drills local school districts and schools must perform to help them prepare for “a broader range of emergencies,” according to a May 21, 2013, letter from state Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery to members of the Maryland school board. The change for Montgomery County next year, Hellmuth said, will have to do more with the number of

drills rather than their content. “There’s not anything too new to us,” he said. County schools currently have the ability to pick from among three types of drills: shelter, lockdown and evacuation. These drills cover a variety of possible situations, including weather incidents, Hellmuth said. Hellmuth said he could not remember how the school system decided to require four drills rather than more or less, but added he thought the number has allowed for a good amount of drill practice in the school system and has not been “overbearing.” In a shelter drill, a school will practice locking the exterior doors and monitoring the entrances while teachers continue to teach classes. Lockdown drills involve securing a school’s interior doors, covering the windows and making classrooms look unoccupied. To practice evacuating, students exit the building to meet at a designated place on the campus. For some drills, schools are handed a specific scenario they must react to, such as a bank robbery nearby involving a suspect last seen heading toward the school. Schools also must conduct 10 fire drills each year, a separate requirement, Hellmuth said. Some county principals said the extra two required emergency drills will be helpful. Scott Murphy, principal of Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, said he thinks four drills is an “appropriate” number but that

there’s always room for more practice. “Given the uncertainties in today’s world, you can never be prepared enough,” Murphy said. Following a drill, school staff will conduct a debriefing to evaluate their performance, he said. “Drills are always a learning experience,” he said. Cheryl Clark, principal of Lois P. Rockwell Elementary in Damascus, said the school conducts multiple drills each year to prepare for emergencies, including weather-related incidents. Not long ago, Clark said, the school dealt with an actual tornado warning for the area. “I was glad that we had practiced,” she said. More practice, she said, will translate to students and staff being more apt to follow procedures. “Anytime that you do a drill for safety reasons, when you’re talking about large numbers of kids in a building and large numbers of staff, I think the practice for safety precautions is not a bad thing — it’s helpful,” she said. Clark added that the elementary school sees a new group of young students each year who could benefit from the practice. Clark said she thinks the statemandated drills won’t mark a significant change for county schools. “It sounds like it is not that different from what we’re doing,” she said. Jimmy Sweeney, principal at Rosemont Elementary School in

Gaithersburg, said he thinks that six drills might be too much. “Four is plenty,” he said. “Six actually seems excessive to me.” Sweeney said he knows the intentions behind the state requirement are good, but thinks that students and staff know what to do under the current drill requirement. Eric Wilson, principal of Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring, said that he thinks two more drills will help students and staff with mental and emotional preparedness, translating to less anxiety should an actual incident occur. Wilson said each drill currently takes only about 15 to 20 minutes — with much of the time devoted to monitoring that the proper protocols are in place — but more drills will mean “a few more challenges.” “It is going to be a challenge to try and fit them in and get them scheduled,” he said. Susan Burkinshaw — health and safety committee co-chairwoman of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations — said more drills will help students, especially younger ones, be more familiar with the procedures they should follow in an emergency. Some students might be absent when a school performs a drill, and another two drills each year could help prepare more people, she said. “When you’re stressed and in a situation where there is a real emergency, you fall back on your training,” she said.

Board endorses plan to pay Rock Terrace students MCPS would use W-2 information, flat fees




About seven months after parents raised concerns, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr has developed a plan that could pay more than 100 students who participated in Rock Terrace School’s work-study programs. The Rockville school serves developmentally disabled students, and a county grand jury is investigating the staff’s handling of workstudy payments. School officials and an attorney presented the plan to the county school board Tuesday along with other information about the school’s work-study programs. The school board voted 6-1 to support the plan, though the board’s approval was not required, said Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the county school system. School board member Michael Durso voted against the plan. Student member Justin Kim was absent. Starr previously said the school system would wait for the conclusion of the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s investigation, but in a Jan. 14 letter to school board members, Starr said he thinks waiting for the investigation before acting would “delay resolution of this matter indefinitely.” In early December, the school board requested a plan from Starr. Under his plan, the total payout by the school system will be about $30,000 to $35,000 to students who participated in the program as far back as 2006, said Larry Bowers, chief operating officer for the school system. Bowers said Rock Terrace staff treated the money these students earned as school program funds — an interpretation school system officials does not agree with. Similar work-study programs exist in the county’s high schools where the money earned goes to the students, Bowers said. “It is my intent, my hope, and my belief that this plan will go a long way in restoring the parents’/guard-


Administrators have devised a plan to pay more than 100 work-study students at Rock Terrace School in Rockville. ians’ faith in the school system’s financial practices,” Starr said in the letter. School board President Phil Kauffman said Thursday he agreed with Starr that the school system shouldn’t wait, and that it’s not certain the school system would have access to the data. “I think we have enough information to proceed at this time,” Kauffman said. The school system will base payments on whether students worked inside or outside the school. Students who took part in the school’s Transition Services Unit work program — an off-campus program — will be paid an amount based on information generated through the school system’s payroll system. Looking at W-2 forms that were available from 2006 onward, the school system identified about 30 students who participated in the transition program from 2006 to 2012 who would receive payments. Of the 30 students, the school system found records of 19 who had bank accounts at the Education Systems Federal Credit Union. About 79 W-2 forms for these students — some of whom participated in a program multiple times — include payments ranging from about $11 to more than $600. For the last several years, students in the off-campus program have received $3.65 a day, according to Starr’s letter.

The school system is unable to tell how much money was withdrawn from these students’ bank accounts, Bowers said. “Although some of these funds may have been withdrawn by the students and their families, I have decided to assume that all funds were withdrawn by staff and used for program purposes and that the students did not receive any of the monies,” Starr said in the letter. For students who took part in the school’s on-campus programs — for which financial records are poor or incomplete — the school system will provide a flat payment of $200 to each student, Bowers said. For a period between 2008 and 2010, on-campus participants’ earnings were grouped together rather than being deposited in individual bank accounts, according to Starr’s letter. The school’s recordkeeping also made it unclear who withdrew funds or how they were used. About 75 students who worked in these programs during that time frame would receive the flat payments, Bowers said. In these on-campus programs — which focused on culinary arts, office skills and woodworking — students have received a variety of small payments over the years, sometimes based on the student’s grade and sometimes a flat amount per class. During the school board’s Tuesday meeting, Durso asked whether it is possible the county’s investigation

will generate findings that might cause the school system to “go back to the drawing board.” Attorney Judy Bresler said that the purpose of a grand jury investigation is to look for evidence of criminal conduct and not provide an accounting history. Durso said he thinks the plan is a good first step for the school system “to try and rectify all of this” but said he questioned whether it would be better to wait for an external investigation. “I just think there are some credibility issues here,” he said. The school system and the state’s attorney’s office began investigating the Rockville school after parents raised allegations that staff misappropriated funds their children earned. In his letter, Starr said the school system consulted a tax attorney who determined the money paid to Rock Terrace students should not be considered taxable income or wages because the primary purpose of the students’ experience was to train. Chrisandra Richardson, associate superintendent for special education and student services, will put together a work group that will study the school system’s work-study programs and recommend whether students should continue to receive payments, according to Starr’s letter. Starr said he anticipates he will be able to make a decision with the help of the group’s recommendations before the next school year starts. The school system has suspended payments to students in all high school work-study programs, and Bowers said those payments will not be reinstituted this school year. Lyda Astrove — a Rockvillebased lawyer and special-education advocate working with Rock Terrace parents — said she does not think the school used the earnings to help educate students because “they never saw the money.” Astrove questioned Starr’s change in position and repeated her call for an external audit. “An outside independent audit is the only way to know exactly who made what and how much was removed,” she said.

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Humane society offers flexible adoption fees For the rest of January, people who adopt a pet through the Montgomery County Humane Society can pay whatever adoption fee they choose. The fees normally run from $10 for a bird to $175 for a dog, which includes shots and other treatments. Those who adopt a pet still must pay an annual registration with the county or municipality in which they live; those fees are $12 per neutered or spayed cat or dog, and $25 for unaltered pets. The humane society is at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, 14645 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville. Prospective adopters should have government-issued identification and proof of address; for renters, the landlord’s approval to have a pet; and collars, leashes and cat carriers, which are available for purchase. Information: or 240-7735960, option 4. The shelter is open for visits noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. weekends. It’s closed Wednesdays.

Job search program offered to seniors The Jewish Council for the Aging will hold a job search training program for seniors in February called “The Career Gateway.” Created to help those 50 and older land a job, the program provides one-on-one mentoring, group instruction and a post-course job club. It consists of five, six-hour courses spread out over a two-week period. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 10, 12, 14, 17 and 19 at the council’s Ann L. Bronfman Center, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville. Reservations are required, as space is limited. The cost is $75. For more information, contact Ellen Greenberg at 301-255-4215 or egreenberg@accessjca. org.

YMCA mentoring program seeks volunteers YMCA Youth and Family Services has joined forces with Montgomery County to encourage residents to volunteer with one child one hour per week in a mentoring program. The initiative, called “One for One,” was announced Jan. 6 by Circuit Court Judge Richard Jordan, Agnes Leshner, director of county child welfare services, and Carson Henry, executive director of YMCA Youth and Family Services . According to a news release, the county suffers from a severe shortage of mentors and, for every child matched with a caring volunteer, there are several more waiting for the benefits provided by the relationship. For more information, call 301-587-5700.


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

Strong-arm robbery • On Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Mateny Road and Cinnamon Drive, Germantown. The subjects, who are known to the victim, assaulted the victim and took property. Commercial burglary • On Dec. 21 at 11:33 p.m. at Shell Gas Station, 12901 Wisteria Drive, Germantown. Forced entry, took property. • On Dec. 23 at 2:40 a.m. at Papa John’s Pizza, 11522 Middlebrook Road, Germantown. No forced entry, took property. • Between 7 p.m. Dec. 26 and 8 a.m. Dec. 27 at Dirks Design Build, 13216 Executive Park Terrace, Germantown. Forced entry, took property. Residential burglary • 18300 block of Metz Drive, Germantown, between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Forced entry, took nothing. • 20000 block of Apperson Place, Germantown, at 3 p.m. Dec. 17. • 21200 block of Blunt Road, Germantown, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 19. No forced entry, took property. • 12000 block of Amber Ridge Circle, Germantown, between Dec. 21 and 26. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 11100 block of Maryland Manor Court, Germantown, at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 23. Forced entry, took nothing. Vehicle larceny • Four incidents in the Lake Churchill area of Germantown between Dec. 17 and 26. No forced entry, took property. Affected streets include Laurel Hill Way, Cloverdale Place, Timber Oak Lane and Park Lane Drive.

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Maryland’s federal prosecutor collected $143M in fiscal ’13 $130 million came from civil settlement with manufacturer of generic drugs




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Despite several delays during the remodeling process, restaurateur Matt Largent hopes to have his new Kentlands restaurant up and running on Feb. 1. The Germantown resident signed a 10-year lease in March on the building at 654 Center Point Way in Gaithersburg. His plan has been to completely renovate the space and create a neighborhood eatery called Largent’s Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant was originally scheduled to open last August, but a couple of unexpected delays pushed back the opening. “Mainly the delays have just been trying to remodel,” he said. “There were a lot of things that were not up to current code. Now, we’re just trying to get inspections completed.” While some residents believe the space is “cursed” —


the space has seen four tenants come and go in the past dozen years — Largent said he thinks the other establishments did not have the right business models for the Kentlands community. The restaurant will not be a sports bar, but it will welcome fans with plenty of televisions for big games, according to Largent. The first floor will be more family oriented, and the main bar will be relocated to the second floor. Largent specifically chose the Kentlands location because its small community feeling reminded him of his upbringing in Damascus. He wants the restaurant to be geared toward both children and adults. “The Kentlands is a very family oriented neighborhood and that’s where we want to be,” he said. “The atmosphere is going to be more of a neighborhood restaurant.” One previous problem with the eatery’s structure was a lack of sufficient bathroom space. Largent said adding bathrooms was already part of his plan, but

the city of Gaithersburg offered to help pay for them. “The city has long considered this design flaw to be both an inconvenience for patrons as well as a detriment for the space’s marketability,” Economic Development Director Tom Lonergan said in March. Since then, Largent applied for one of the city’s toolbox grants, which are designed to provide economic development incentives to businesses that exhibit growth potential, and provide stable, well-paying jobs. While the location of Largent’s eatery typically does not qualify for retail support, Lonergan said the city decided to award the $10,000 grant because of Largent’s substantial investment in the stucture and the space’s large size. A grand opening celebration will be planned once the restaurant officially opens, Largent said.

Maryland’s federal prosecutors recovered more than $143 million in civil and criminal collections in the last fiscal year, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office. The number is much higher than fiscal 2012, when the office took in about $24.7 million in civil and criminal collections. Much of the money in last year’s collections came from part of a $500 million settlement the Department of Justice made with a drug manufacturing company in May.. In that case, the U.S. subsidiary of India-based Ranbaxy Laboratories., a maker of generic drugs, pleaded guilty to making drugs that were adulterated, meaning they had not been manufactured, processed or packaged according to regulations. Ranbaxy USA — Ranbaxy’s U.S. subsidiary — agreed to pay a $130 million criminal

fine and forfeit an additional $20 million. It also agreed to pay an additional $350 million to the federal government and to the 50 states participating in the agreement. It was the largest false claims case ever prosecuted in Maryland, Rod J. Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney in Maryland, said in an interview. Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for his office, said in an interview that the company has paid $130 million so far. About $6 million of the more than $137 million collected in criminal actions was restitution for federal agencies and for victims. The other $131 million came from criminal fines and other criminal collections, according to data from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland. U.S. prosecutors also collected nearly $6 million in civil actions. Detailed information about how many specific cases originated in Montgomery County was not available. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the overall total of fines and fees came from a variety of cases. The office provided two examples involving Montgomery County. In April of last year, Gurpreet Singh Kohli of Potomac had to pay a $30,000 fine and

“It’s a very effective tool combating crime.” Rod I. Rosenstein, U.S. attorney for Maryland spend six months of home confinement after pleading guilty to lying to investigators during his background investigation for a security clearance. In the last fiscal year, the state collected $10,000 from another defendant, Gaithersburg resident Andrew Liang, who had to pay the fine as part of his sentencing in 2011 after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. His sentence also included a year in prison and five years of probation. “It’s a very effective tool combating crime,” Rosenstein said of prosecutors’ ability to seek financial penalties. Rosenstein said his office tries to collect for two reasons: to make sure criminals don’t profit from their crimes and to obtain restitution, to help “make whole a victim.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closings Many Montgomery County operations will be shut down Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. County offices, libraries and liquor stores will be closed. County aquatics programs and facilities will be open, but all other classes and programs are canceled. Administrative offices, senior centers and community centers will be closed. Operating schedules

for county parks are at Ride On buses will follow a special modified holiday schedule, available at Metrobus will follow a Saturday schedule with supplemental service; Metrorail follows its Saturday holiday schedule. The TRiPS commuter stores in Silver Spring and Friendship Heights will be closed.

Trash and recycling pickups will be delayed one day during the week, with the last collection day Saturday. The transfer station will be closed. Parking in public garages and lots and at curbside meters is free. Schools and school administrative offices, along with state offices and courts, will be closed.


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One week after Lancelot Quarshie celebrated his fourth birthday, he was gone. Lancelot died in a two-alarm blaze in Montgomery Village on Jan. 8, leaving his family — and their community — in shock. The fire displaced 40 residents and sent four people to the hospital. According to his aunt Francesca Jones, Lancelot’s parents are not sure how the fire started and are waiting for an official report from county investigators. Lancelot’s death has been hard for his father, Samuel Quarshie, to handle, she said. Samuel was asleep in the apartment with Lancelot when the fire started, and he was unable to get his son out. “He is very devastated,” Jones said. “He is not in his full mind. I’m sure anyone in his position would feel the same way.” Jones remembers seeing smoke in the sky from her workplace on Interstate 270 before getting the news. Lancelot’s mother and Jones’ sister, Nana Sarpong, called her. “She was yelling and screaming,” she said. “I was in shock.” Lancelot’s parents have declined to talk to The Gazette. On Monday afternoon at a Safeway store in Gaithersburg, volunteers from Montgomery Village and Germantown handed shoppers wish lists. Nonprofit organizations and radio station staff set up booths to help raise awareness about the fire and displaced residents’ needs. Judith Clark, executive director of Women Who Care Ministries, said that about $500 was collected in the first hour of fundraising in front of the grocery store. “We’re getting a really good community response,” she said.

Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice (left) of Germantown and Greg Ten Eyck of Safeway wheel donations collected for the families affected by last week’s Cider Mill Apartments fire in Montgomery Village to a waiting van Monday outside the Goshen Oaks Safeway in Gaithersburg. Rice, radio station WPGC, Women Who Care Ministries, Safeway and other community volunteers coordinated the effort.


Lamonte Smith of Germantown, a volunteer with Women Who Care Ministries, loads a van Monday with donations collected for the families affected by the recent Cider Mill Apartments fire. Smith and other volunteers were working outside of the Goshen Oaks Safeway in Gaithersburg. . She said her organization collected more than $2,000 in food donations, about $400 in gift cards and almost $2,000 in cash. Cash donations will help the people displaced by the fire and

with funeral expenses for Lancelot Quarshie. Women Who Care is reaching displaced residents, who are scattered among family, friends and other locations, through their churches and

community groups. Lancelot’s family is temporarily living in a Gaithersburg hotel, courtesy of the Red Cross. The volunteers’ wish list is topped with gift cards and monetary donations, followed by nonperishable food like rice, canned tuna, spaghetti and cereal. Several carts sitting in front of the store were filled with food donations. W. Gregory Wims, a Gaithersburg resident and president of the Victims Rights Foundation, said his organization is collecting clothing and blankets for the displaced families. On Sunday, neighbors and members of World Ministry Church International, the

church the Quarshie family belongs to, collected donations for them. Eunice Abasah attends church with the Quarshie family. She said she has known them for six years, before Lancelot was born. On New Year’s Eve, she said, Lancelot’s parents took him and his siblings to church. “And then on the 8th, he was gone,” Abasah said. The church’s pastor, Dwumah Frimpong, said the congregants wanted to bring the family encouragement and “share ... the word of God” as they made their way through a difficult time. Frimpong said he broke the news of the fire to the small congregation after a service that day. “Everybody is shocked,” he said.

The congregation is made up of about 50 to 60 people, mostly Africans from several different countries. Most know each others’ families, he said. Lancelot’s parents asked Frimpong to lead a funeral service this coming Saturday before they bury their son. The Quarshie family has two other children, one of whom lives in Ghana, Frimpong said. The pastor said the community is welcome to attend the service. Lancelot Quarshie’s service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hosanna Methodist Church at 14 Brookes Ave. in Gaithersburg. He will be buried at All Souls Cemetary in Germantown.


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Speakers took to the podium Thursday night to tell the Montgomery County Board of Education about the need for counselors, services for non-English speaking students, technology, and support for Curriculum 2.0 implementation in the fiscal 2015 operating budget. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr released his recommended $2.28 billion operating budget in December, which includes new positions aimed at helping low-income, English for Speakers of Other Languages and special education students. Speakers testified about the urgent need for more staff in schools. Janette Gilman — president of the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations — said the council endorsed the budget “in large measure” but was concerned about funds directed toward central office positions. Gilman said the school board should consider whether the money would be put to better use in schoolbased positions. Ann Coletti, a Springbrook cluster coordinator, said schools in her area need expanded ESOL services. “Our ESOL teachers are overwhelmed and understaffed,” she said. Some schools, Coletti said, need more professional development for teachers to help them better implement Curriculum 2.0. Large class sizes are putting “incredible strains on teachers and students alike,” she said. One speaker — who identified herself as a counselor at Little Bennett Elementary in Clarksburg — said counselors at her school are facing “enormous demands” as rising enrollment has increased the number of students each counselor works with. “I counsel 985 students along with a part-time counselor,” she said. “Students in need of counseling are often waiting outside my office or sent back to class.” School board member Michael

“We do need to come up with new ways of doing business. As our population changes, we have to figure out ways to reach them. ” Christopher S. Barclay, school board member Durso said it seems there are disparities from school to school when it comes to student-to-counselor ratios. Kevin David — area vice president for the Clarksburg, Northwest, Quince Orchard and Seneca Valley clusters — said the proposed budget does not meet all the needs of the schools in the clusters he represents, which include updated technology and more full-time staff development personnel. New positions in Starr’s budget include 178 elementary and secondary teachers, 75 positions working with special education students, and eight positions working with students who speak English as a second language. The budget also includes 15 focus teachers in high schools aimed at helping reduce English and math class sizes in some schools and new team leader positions in some elementary schools with high numbers of special education and ESOL students. Other new staff members in the budget include 5.5 elementary school counselors, four school psychologists and three pupil personnel workers. Dahlia Huh, a junior at Clarksburg High School and secretary of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association, said students want to see new technology and programs that were cut restored.

Another speaker, who identified himself as the member of a Latino student achievement group, said the school system needs to develop new ways to address Latino students’ needs and keep it up-to-date with “changing student populations and county communities.” “Persistent problems cannot be solved with outdated remedies,” he said. School board member Christopher S. Barclay said he agreed. “We do have to come up with new ways of doing business,” Barclay said. “As our population changes, we have to figure out ways to reach them.” Several parents asked for funding to continue an eight-period class schedule at Silver Spring International Middle School. The extra period allows more planning time for teachers and opportunities for students to take electives, they said. Celeste Raker Dillen said her son — a student at Silver Spring International — struggles with learning disabilities, undiagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and anxiety that make school difficult for him. In his music, art and band classes, however, he is able to “transcend his disability,” she said. Dillen said she was advocating for all students who struggle in core academic subjects. A representative from the Korean Parent Association of Montgomery County shared his concern with board members that the school system was eliminating services that translate parent materials into Korean. Larry Bowers, chief operating officer for the school system, said the proposed change would mean the school system would no longer employ a full-time Korean translator but rather do the translation work on a contractual basis. The demand for Korean translation services has decreased in the school system, Bowers said.

Leggett not backing Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls in primary ANDREW SCHOTZ STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett — one of the region’s highest-stature Democrats — is standing clear of his party’s gubernatorial primary, for now. In a race among Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park for this year’s Democratic nomination, Leggett said Friday that he hasn’t decided whom to support. The primary will be held June 24. The general election will be Nov. 4. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is finishing his second term, the maximum allowed in Maryland. Asked during a meeting with Gazette reporters and editors if he had an allegiance in the race, Leggett said: “I have none at this point. I’ll tell you why. I hope and I anticipate that I may endorse at some point in the future, but I’m not sure. “I’m very close to Heather, very close to Doug, who I’ve worked with on a number of projects. They’re local Montgomery County residents. I know Anthony very well. I support a great deal of what he’s done. “We are fortunate to have several good candidates. I have not found a justification as to how to make a distinction between one or the other at this point in time. I talk to them a great deal and it’s my intent, and I hope to at some point, to make an endorsement, but at this point, not yet.” Brown was the first to release a list of elected officials in Maryland who back his campaign, including both U.S. senators and four U.S. representatives. Maryland House

“For all the things that you look at, there’s no major distinction in terms of qualification.” Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett Leggett has no plans to take any stances in state House or Senate primaries, either. But he does have a choice in the attorney general’s race. He has endorsed state Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase, who has three Democratic competitors so far — Del. C. William Frick (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda, Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Dist. 25) of Mitchellville, and Del. Jon S. Cardin (D-Dist. 11) of Owings Mills. “I think that he is one of the most outstanding public servants that you can find — a very honorable, hard-working guy, who has great values about public service,” Leggett said of Frosh.


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Speaker Michael E. Busch, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., and several Montgomery County officials at the state and local levels are on the list, too. Gansler’s endorsement list includes about half of Montgomery County’s delegation and county officials such as State’s Attorney John J. McCarthy and Sheriff Darren M. Popkin. Mizeur’s support includes current and past Takoma Park leaders. So far, Leggett said, he sees nothing major that separates the three candidates from each other. “For all the things that you look at, there’s no major distinction in terms of qualification,” he said. “There’s no major distinction in terms of issues or political philosophy. They’re all fairly well similar in that regard. So, there’s nothing that I see that would be a showstopper. ... “They all support basically the same kinds of ideas that I think that move the state forward. There’s no major distinction. The only distinction would be, you know, maybe, leadership style or temperament.” Asked when he expects to make up his mind for an endorsement, Leggett joked, “Maybe around June the 25th.”


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Francoise M. Carrier, chairwoman of the Montgomery County Planning Board, has announced she will not seek a second term when her appointment ends in June.

After a single term, Carrier plans to leave county board Floreen: Council will ‘see what happens’ in finding successor




Saying it’s time for a new challenge, the chairwoman of Montgomery County’s planning board will not seek a second term when her appointment ends in June. Francoise Carrier said Monday there’s no overriding reason for her decision to leave the planning board. She just believed one term was enough, she said. While she called the job fascinating, Carrier said it was time to find something new. Montgomery presents a lot of planning challenges, with a mix of rural, suburban and urban communities in a county that’s constantly changing, she said. The county will need good planning guidance as those changes continue, Carrier said. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (DAt Large) of Garrett Park, chairwoman of the council’s Planning, Housing & Economic Development Committee, said Monday she thought Carrier had done a tremendous job chairing the planning board and helping guide it through several master plans and the ongoing rewrite of the county’s zoning ordinance. The rewrite has been an enormous job, complicated by the fact that the

county switched planning directors in the middle of the process, Floreen said. Floreen said everyone would have to “see what happens” in terms of finding a successor to Carrier. The chair of the five-member board is appointed by the County Council and serves four-year terms, spokeswoman Bridget Schwiesow said. The job will be posted, and people will be able to apply for the opening, she said. Carrier was appointed as chairwoman of the board by the County Council in 2010, succeeding two-term chairman Royce Hanson. Her term has included the approval of master plans in places such as Chevy Chase Lake, Takoma/Langley, Glenmont, Long Branch and the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Plan. During her term, the board also adopted a new Park and Planning Master Plan, approved park master plans and capital programs and supervised the renewed development of the Montgomery Parks Foundation to develop financial support from county residents and businesses. Carrier graduated from Stanford Law School with a background in economics and land use law, and before joining the planning board worked as a director and hearing examiner for Montgomery County’s Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings.


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With little more than six months until the June 24 primary, the three Democratic candidates for Montgomery County executive will be highly visible around the county, knocking on doors, attending events and meeting with supporters. Often, each candidate — Executive Isiah Leggett, former Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg — will have a campaign manager by his side, responsible for coordinating his appearances and helping him stay on time and on-message. Leggett campaign manager Scott Goldberg said a manager’s biggest job is to “make the trains run on time. Duncan’s campaign manager, Kurt Staiger, said the manager is the one who “keeps all the balls in the air.” Andrews’ manager, Chandler Bellanca, described a

manager’s responsibilities as “making sure the day-to-day [oversight] happens.” It requires a head for logistics and an ability to balance short- and long-term goals, as well as overseeing the campaign’s message, staff, volunteers, fundraising and outreach, among other assignments. “Campaigns are essentially about lists,” Goldberg said. The job also requires stamina, with work weeks that often stretch up to 80 hours or more. “There’s just a ton of time that you have to commit [to the job],” Staiger said. The long hours mean managers tend to be younger. Bellanca and Staiger are both 27. Goldberg is 31. The candidates they’re working for are much older — Andrews, 54, Duncan, 58, and Leggett, 68. The age range the managers are in is usually when you have worked on several campaigns and acquired the amount of experience to manage a campaign on your own, Bellanca said. It’s also the age when people tend to have fewer attachments, such as spouses or children, and can afford to spend that much time on the job, Staiger said. Bellanca worked for U.S.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, then on several campaigns in New York and elsewhere before being hired by Andrews, who said he expects to formally announce Bellanca’s hiring this week. He also worked as a volunteer coordinator in former state Sen. Robert J. Garagiola’s unsuccessful campaign in the 2012 Democratic primary for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Staiger was on the other side of that race, working as deputy campaign manager for the eventual victor, Rep. John Delaney (D) of Potomac. Goldberg has also run for office himself — for the House of Delegates from District 16 in 2010. Being able to see a campaign as both a staffer and a candidate has given him “invaluable” perspective that you can’t truly have unless you’ve had your name on a ballot, he said. Each county executive candidate knew what he was looking for in a campaign manager. Leggett said he wanted someone local who understood Montgomery County, but also could identify with young peo-

ple and understood technology, particularly the techniques needed to run a modern campaign. A campaign manager now has to have a grasp of the latest tools for campaigning, including technology, websites, email and fundraising databases, Goldberg said. Andrews said he wanted someone with extensive experience working with volunteers, which Bellanca had with the Garagiola campaign, as well as someone who understands how to coordinate aspects of a campaign, deliver a message and mobilize voters. Duncan was a Delaney supporter, which is how he got to know Staiger. He said he was impressed by that campaign’s use of technology, including social media and tools for “microtargeting” potential supporters, and decided to bring Staiger on board for his own run. The campaign manager’s job is a crucial one, Duncan said. “The candidate cannot manage their own campaign, and those that try are not successful,” he said.

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Attack occurred during early-morning hours at Cancun Cantina BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER

A 28-year-old man is behind bars after Gaithersburg Police say he was part of a trio of men responsible for a stabbing at a local restaurant. Isidro Pineda Guardado, of no fixed address, was arrested Dec. 28 in the 400 block of West Side Drive, according to Gaith-

ersburg Police Ofc. Dan Lane. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and reckless endangerment. According to a police news release issued Tuesday, at 2:32 a.m. on Dec. 7, police were called to Cancun Cantina at 117 E. Diamond Ave. after receiving reports of a stabbing. Police say Pineda Guardado and two other men, Edwin J. Guerra and Edgardo Pineda, were involved in a verbal argument with two victims at the restaurant earlier in the evening, but it was disrupted by other patrons.

When the victims were in the parking lot later on, the three men approached the victims and stabbed them both with an unknown sharp object, the release said. All three men fled in a darkcolored Honda Civic with Texas license plates. Both victims were taken to area hospitals where they were treated for life-threatening injuries. Lane said the victims are recovering. Pineda Guardado is currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center, according to the

release. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 24. Lawyer information for Pineda Guardado was not listed in online court records. Police believe Guerra and Pineda have fled the state. They are wanted for attempted first-degree murder and related charges. Police are asking anyone with information on the suspects’ whereabouts to contact the Gaithersburg Police Investigations Section at 301258-6400.

charged with three counts of second-degree assault Man’s attorney calls charges ‘irresponsible’




A Briggs Chaney Middle School teacher was arrested on Jan. 8 and charged with three counts of second-degree assault involving other school employees, according to Montgomery County police. The assault charges stem from incidents of unwanted physical contact with three female coworkers at the Silver Spring school, police said. “We have three victims that have come forward,” said Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti, a spokeswoman for county police. Walter Stafon Bowman, 37, of the 4900 block of Veronica Court in Indian Head was also charged with one count of false imprisonment for allegedly holding one of the three school employees in a tight hug, Innocenti said. He was arrested around 6:20 a.m., she said. Kush Arora, Bowman’s attorney, said Bowman is “very, very frustrated” and surprised by the allegations. “Mr. Bowman told me that he considered these people friends and colleagues, and he held them in great esteem,” he said. Dana Tofig, a spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools, said Bowman has been placed on administrative leave pending further action. He also had been placed on administrative leave earlier this school year, Tofig said. Tofig said no additional information is available because that was a personnel matter. Bowman previously worked at Needwood Academy in Rockville for a few months in 2009 and A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring from August 2012 to June 2013, Tofig said. One female school employee reported that Bowman assaulted her twice between Aug. 26 and Aug. 29, according to police. In the first incident, Bowman entered the employee’s office unannounced and put his hands on her shoulders. In the second incident, Bowman placed the employee in a bear hug until she was able to break free. Another female employee said she was standing in her classroom in September when Bowman

Obituary Allan H. Hobner, 70, passed away on the 24th of December in his home in Germantown, Md. He is survived by his brother Lee Hobner, sister Linda Milgate and many friends. Allan was always there to help people out. He was a lifetime honorary member of the Capitol Hang Gliding Association and had printed their newsletter for years. He was a graduate of Richard Montgomery High School and Montgomery Junior College. Alan served honorably with the Army in Viet Nam as a Flight Engineer. A memorial service is being planned at a future date, if you are interested in more information as it becomes available contact locally, or 1912386


approached her from behind, crouched on the floor and touched her ankle, according to police. The third employee said Bowman grabbed her from behind around the waist in September, police said.

“While these are only allegations at this point, I know this news is very upsetting. We have high expectations of professionalism for our staff in how they deal with our students and one another.” Principal Tamitha Campbell Police were speaking with school employees as part of their investigation, Innocenti said. According to Bowman’s charging documents, police believed Bowman assaulted other people who are afraid to come forward. The three employees and the others who have not come forward “are in fear for their safety,” according to the charging documents. The employees who have come forward have felt the need for an escort to accompany them when they needed to talk to Bowman. “Having to work with (Bowman) on a daily basis, they are terrified that (Bowman) will further assault them,” the documents said. Arora called the charges irresponsible, saying he thinks county police are usually better at “making sure charges are brought when appropriate.” The county school system investigated Bowman earlier in the school year and did not find him at fault, Arora said. “This is a matter that’s already been investigated and, in my opinion, already been put to rest,” he said. A Jan. 8 letter posted to the school’s website from Principal Tamitha Campbell alerted parents of Bowman’s arrest and placement on administrative leave. “While these are only allegations at this point, I know this news is very upsetting,” Campbell said in the letter. “We have high expectations of professionalism for our staff in how they deal with our students and one another.” The school also informed parents through Connect Ed, a notification service. Detectives have been investigating Bowman since Jan. 6, when they received notice of reports that he had assaulted three female coworkers. Innocenti said someone other than a school staff person called police about Bowman. Bowman’s grandmother Jessie Guinyard — reached by The Gazette Jan. 8 at the home she lives in with Bowman — said she was unaware he had been arrested. “He always been a fine person,” she said. “He has been no more than a great person.” Guinyard said she hadn’t seen her grandson since the morning of Jan. 8, when he left around 5 a.m. to go to the school. Detectives are asking anyone else who believes Bowman assaulted them to call 4th District investigators at 240-773-5530.


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Ten-year-old dies after falling through ice on Crown Farm pond Two other boys rescued, treated for hypothermia



A 10-year-old Rockville boy died Monday evening after being pulled out of a sediment pond in Gaithersburg’s new Crown Farm neighborhood. The boy, identified on Tuesday as D’Angelo Jayvon McMullen, of the 10100 block of Reprise Drive, died at about 7:46 p.m. Monday after being taken to a local hospital in critical condition, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham. “They were kids, just playing,” Graham said of the three boys whom rescue personnel were called to save Monday at about 4:15 p.m. The pond was iced over, but not thick enough to support their weight. “The takeaway here is that no ice in this region is going to withstand human weight,” Graham said, warning people not to go onto iced-over lakes or other bodies of water even if they appear frozen over. The two other boys also were taken to a local hospital after being rescued from the pond to be treated for hypothermia, he said. According to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel, the children — described as about 9 to 11 years old — were playing on ice on a sediment pond behind a new development in the Crown Farm neighborhood of Gaithersburg when the ice gave way. The pond is unmarked and partially bordered with black rubber silt fencing. Rescuers plucked two of the children from the pond minutes after their arrival. One of them was still on the ice, and the second boy’s foot had fallen through the ice, but rescuers still were able to pull the two to safety quickly, Graham said. The third boy, D’Angelo, had fallen all the way into the pond,


Rescue workers rush two boys who had fallen into the Crown Farm pond to a nearby hospital for treatment. Below, divers search for the victim.


Rosemont Elementary School Principal Jimmy Sweeney (right) speaks to reporters about D’Angelo Jayvon McMullen, who died Monday night after falling through ice on a pond in Gaithersburg. McMullen was a fourth-grader at Rosemont. in water that was about 5 feet deep, Graham said. Rescue crews used thermal imaging to search the pond. A Maryland State Police helicopter equipped with additional thermal imaging hovered over the pond and aided in the search. It took rescuers about 30 minutes, using poles and searching with their hands, to find the boy and pull him out of the icy water. Initially listed in critical condition, he died Monday night. The pond is in Crown Farm, a large residential and commercial district under construction in Gaithersburg. The pond controls sediment and manages stormwater. Fencing is not required by Gaithersburg’s City Code, but

city officials required contractors to install a 42-inch safety fence for the pond as a condition of the erosion and sediment control plan approval process in 2010, said the statement from John Schlichting, the city’s director of planning and code administration. “City inspectors confirmed installation of the safety fence around Pond #1 at the beginning of construction [in 2010] and at subsequent inspections,” Schlichting wrote. “Removal of the fence has not been authorized by the City.” Silt fencing about 30 inches tall partially bordered the pond Tuesday morning. A wide swath of land leading down to the water’s edge from Diamondback Drive was not blocked by any

fencing, and there did not appear to be any fencing that was 42 inches tall. At Rosemont Elementary School, Jimmy Sweeney, the school’s principal, said Tuesday that many of his students had arrived the day after D’Angelo’s death already knowing about the tragedy. The accident involved two of his students — D’Angelo, and another unidentified fourth-grader, whom rescue workers saved. Sweeney said D’Angelo was a “good, energetic student” who liked science class. Despite it being D’Angelo’s first year at the school, Sweeney said the boy had made many friends at the school and left a strong impression on teachers. “We are all going to miss him

terribly here,” he said. The school had extra pupilpersonnel workers and counselors to help students process D’Angelo’s death, he said. School officials also sent out information on ConnectED, a notification service for parents, and sent a letter home with students explaining more details about the incident. D’Angelo’s brother, a sixthgrader at Forest Oak Middle School, also was involved in the accident, but was rescued unharmed. Sweeney said officials

at Forest Oak were working with him as well. On Tuesday evening, D’Angelo’s family released a statement about their son’s death. “We would like to thank all of our family, friends, and the community for their support during this difficult time,” it said. “Please respect our privacy while our family grieves the loss of our very special child.”


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The three Maryland jurisdictions with the most population — Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties — are calling on state lawmakers for money to build and renovate schools. Montgomery’s priority this session is establishing a steady, predictable stream of state money

BUDGET Continued from Page A-1 funding for school modernization and construction. Leggett’s capital improvement program recommends $1.117 billion for the county’s public schools, a 13.1 percent increase from the approved Fiscal Year 2013-18 CIP. Those expenditures are being balanced by a 14 percent decrease in funding for county government projects, totalling $308.3 million. If the proposal is fully funded, MCPS’s school construction request could fund new additions to 18 elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools, according to the draft proposal. Those projects would create 455 new classrooms by fiscal 2020. Among other education projects, the proposal includes a $37 million increase for heating, air conditioning and ventilation work. The capital proposal also includes $348.1 million in funding for Montgomery College, with $89.6 million expected to come from state funding. The plan would include completing a renovation to a science building and construction of a parking garage on the Rockville campus in 2015; opening the Germantown campus’s Bioscience Education Center in fiscal 2015; and the beginning of design in fiscal 2018 for the Takoma Park campus’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Math and Science Center, with construction scheduled to begin in fiscal 2020. Leggett’s plan would provide funding for transportation projects, including several in the upcounty region. One project would extend Observation Drive between Germantown and Clarksburg to relieve traffic congestion, while a public-private partnership would connect an intersection of Brink Road and Little Seneca and Snowden Farm parkways to support development and improve traffic flow.

to leverage borrowing for school construction. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Montgomery’s enrollment grows annually by about 2,000 students, the equivalent of one high school. In 2013, Montgomery County Public Schools enrolled 151,289 students, up from 148,779 students in 2012. “We are seeing unprecedented growth that we alone cannot resolve,” Leggett said. “We cannot wait.” To build one high school costs Montgomery more than $100 million, he said. Its overall need is as high as Another project would widen lanes and add sidewalks, bike paths and center medians to Goshen Road South from Girard Street to Warfield Road near Montgomery Village. Leggett’s plan proposes $51.9 million to replace fire apparatus that couldn’t be replaced during the recession. Over the six-year course of the plan, the money would be expected to replace nine aerial units, 64 ambulances, 21 engines, four all-wheel-drive pumper trucks, four rescue squads and two tankers. The capital improvement plan would change how the county renovates libraries. The county is in a transitional period with its libraries, re-evaluating how they’re built and used, Leggett said. Technology is changing how libraries operate, and the county will look at how the buildings are used, he said. Leggett’s proposal includes money for the Silver Spring Library, which is scheduled to open this year, as well as a combination of a library and recreation center in Wheaton. In the future, rather than closing down and renovating them, the county will likely perform “refreshments” that will provide electrical and furniture upgrades to more quickly provide upgraded facilities, Leggett said. The new method is expected to allow the county to update and renovate 17 libraries over the six-year course of the capital plan rather than two libraries under the old method. Leggett’s proposal also provides $363 million in investments in stormwater management by shifting the focus of the county’s programs from hard concrete structures to methods such as rain gardens, bioretention fields and other environmentally friendly techniques.

$600 million to $700 million in a six-year period, he said. Leggett will release his sixyear capital improvements program Wednesday. House Speaker Michael E. BuschsaidGov.MartinO’Malley’s fiscal 2015 capital budget, which also comes out Wednesday, includes $627 million for education. Exactly how much the “big three” counties seek from the state remains to be seen, but Leggett said Montgomery will put up money of its own to match. “We commit an awful lot already on construction dollars, and we’re willing to commit even more, but our commitment can

WATERSHED Continued from Page A-1 cilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda heads the county’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee. The two committees planned to talk about watershedrelated environmental issues on Monday, the reservoir on Friday and land use issues on Jan. 24. However, the presentation by planning staff and the consultants’ took up most of Monday’s session and left no time for more questions from the council, which will instead ask questions on Friday. The County Council is expected to vote in February on how much development to allow in the watershed, an area of nearly five square miles with 22 miles of stream straddling Interstate 270 in Clarksburg and Boyds. The area is currently 46 percent forest, 38 percent cropland and pasture, 10 percent other pervious surfaces, 4 percent impervious surfaces, 1 percent bare

STUDY Continued from Page A-1 a study would cost and how long it would take before deciding if he would support it, he said. Two council committees are scheduled to hold a work session to consider whether a proposed residential development in Boyds and a mixed-use fashion outlet mall in Clarksburg pose a threat to the Ten Mile Creek watershed, which drains into Little Seneca Lake. The lake is a backup water supply for parts of the county during droughts. The committees are also


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only be leveraged so far and to leverage that you need ongoing, sustainable support,” he said. Not responding to a growing need for more school construction dollars could threaten county growth. Leggett said Montgomery could face moratoriums on development in areas where schools have reached maximum capacity. With the state staring at about a $500 million deficit that O’Malley (D) says he plans to close without raising taxes, finding additional dollars to commit in perpetuity will be a challenge, Sen. Roger Manno said. “It’s a tight budget,” he said. “But it’s my hope that we can find

a solution that works for us.” For the rest of the session, Manno (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring — who sits on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee — said securing this funding will be his No. 1 priority. If the big three counties broker a deal like Baltimore city secured for school construction last session, Manno said it will be the largest ongoing capital construction project in the history of the state. Together the state, Baltimore city and its school system will contribute $60 million annually for rehabilitating schools. Leggett said while Mont-

gomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties have stepped forward to ask for school construction funding this session, other communities have similar needs. “This is not something that is unique to just the three of us,” he said. If the state does another school construction funding program, like it did for Baltimore City, Busch (Dist. 30) of Annapolis said he would like to see it focus on need not county-by-county allocation.

ground, and 1 percent water and wetlands, according to the “Existing Land Cover” table in the planners’ presentation. The big projects proposed for the watershed include Pulte Homes’ plan to build 1,000 housing units on 538 acres of forest and farmland west of I-270. Proposed for east of I-270 are the 100-acre Egan site (High Point Catering) with housing and the 100-acre Miles Coppola site (Peterson Companies) with a mixed-use Tanger Outlet Center. Grading, which falls within the limits of disturbance of a construction projects, affects more than impervious areas, because builders typically need to bulldoze the land make room for roads, utilities and buildings. Valdis Lazdins, the county’s chief planner for Area 1, said extensive grading would be needed for the Miles-Coppola site east of I-270. “It’s really rough terrain,” he said, noting an 80-foot difference between the ground level at I-270 and a high point on the property. Significant grading would also be needed for construction of a Md. 355 bypass around the

Clarksburg Historic District and for eventual construction of a transitway through the area, planners say. Berliner said after Monday’s session that he believes the consultants have underestimated the potential degradation to the creek system, because their model did not factor in sediment and nutrients set free by stream erosion from increased runoff. Berlin also questioned the consultants’ reliance on stream data averages to predict the effect on Ten Mile Creek, which is biologically healthy and close to a naturally functioning stream. “It’s not an average stream,” he said. “A little change could mean bigger consequences.” Developers, however, continue to assert that current Environmental Site Design techniques will slow down water and erosion and filter runoff. “I know they will,” Lewis Birnbaum, president of Pulte’s mid-Atlantic division, said after the session. Pulte also points out that the study area sits atop a small part of the regional aquifer and is a small part of the drainage sys-

tem that feeds into the Potomac River. County environmental officials have said the Pulte project will not damage the reservoir, he said. “It’s no threat to the drinking water,” said Birnbaum. Biohabitats’ Brown said that, based on a review of 140 articles, there is solid evidence that environmental techniques such as bio-retention facilities, green roofs, rain gardens and permeable pavement work better than previous methods on a small scale, in a subdivision of 35 or 40 acres. But he said there is not enough data yet to show how well they work on a watershedwide scale. Brown also raised the question of who maintains the environmental site design facilities over time. “I think the jury’s still out ... about how well they’re constructed and maintained,” he said.

scheduled to meet on Jan. 17 and 24. A county study could have a significant effect on the various development projects planned for the Clarksburg and Boyds areas. Leggett said a decision on whether to halt projects until a study is completed would depend on how long the study will take. “There are some huge decisions that need to be made here, and decisions that you want to be sure you’ve got the right information on,” Leggett said. A representative from The Peterson Cos., the developer of the proposed outlet mall,

did not respond to a request for comment on what impact halting the project until a study is complete might have on the company’s plans. On Jan. 9, Leggett sent a letter to the coordinator of the Save Ten Mile Creek Coalition saying the county will not develop more than 400 acres of land it owns in the Ten Mile Creek area, including a proposed addition to the county jail in Clarksburg. Not developing that land will reduce the amount of impervious surface and the amount of runoff into the watershed, Leggett said. “I am committed to protecting Ten Mile Creek and

believe we can do that and still provide the appropriate infrastructure for the Clarksburg community, and for a successful town center,” he wrote. Caroline Taylor, executive director of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance, said Friday that the coalition was cautiously optimistic that Leggett and the County Council will do the right thing to protect the residents and drinking water in the region for decades. “We’re really hopeful that the county is going to take a long view on this,” she said.

phone. It would impose limits and regulations on aerial surveillance by drones and prevent police from keeping, for longer than 90 days without cause, the license plate and location data collected by the

automatic scanners. In the House, the bills are cosponsored by Dels. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, Alfred C. Carr Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, Mi-

chael D. Smigiel Sr. (R-Dist. 36) of Chesapeake City and Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-Dist. 41) of Baltimore.


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Cheesecake Factory open at Montgomery mall


Diners can add The Cheesecake Factory to the list of places to eat at the Montgomery mall in Bethesda. The restaurant chain opened its newest location at the mall Dec. 19. It replaces the company’s former location at the White Flint Mall in North Bethesda. The Montgomery mall location is 10,680 square feet and can accommodate 320 diners, according to a release from the company. The eatery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.


A key part of a refocusing program for Montgomery County’s innovation centers is taking shape, as officials plan to move tenants out of the county’s oldest center for early-stage businesses by this summer. The county plans to work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the state of Maryland to renovate the William Hanna Center for Innovation at Shady Grove — which dates to 1999 as Montgomery’s first business “incubator” — as the home of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. “Somewhere in the country will be the hub for civil cybersecurity,” said Steven A. Silverman, director of the county’s Department of Economic Development. “And we think it should be in Montgomery County.” NIST, a Gaithersburg-based federal agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce, is in the process of obtaining a contractor to operate the facility as a federally funded research and development center. The public-private entity formally started almost two years ago to bring together experts from industry, government and academia to work on cybersecurity needs. The agency plans to award a contract to operate the center proposed for five years with a value up to $400 million, according to a NIST news release. NIST also is working with private hightech companies such as Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, which are providing software and other resources to the center’s work.


National 4-H Council has first female CEO


Maya Eid, a clinical lab scientist for NeoDiagnostix, analyzes cervical epithelial cells at the William E. Hanna Center for Innovation at Shady Grove in Rockville. “It’s an opportunity to leverage millions of dollars in federal money that is going into cybersecurity and bring cybersecurity companies to the county,” Silverman said. “We want to get these private partners to open offices here.” That will result in some pain to the 34 companies in the innovation center, some of which have been in the Rockville-Shady Grove area for several years. Most of those are in the life sciences. There is space at the Germantown innovation center and in the private sector, Silverman said. Johns Hopkins University also has businesses with space within the Rockville campus. “We intend to work with each one individually to find a good solution for them,” Silverman said. Once the companies are moved, the renovation process

should take a few months, he said, though he was not sure about the timeline. In October, Silverman and others spoke before a County Council committee about a plan to reorganize the five innovation centers to better focus them and provide more intensive services that can make tenants grow faster. One proposal calls for focusing the 23,000-squarefoot downtown Rockville one on data analytics, while the 32,000-square-foot Germantown center, the newest one that opened in 2008 with 45 offices and 11 wet labs, would retain its life sciences focus. The 20,000-square-foot Silver Spring center, which formed in 2004 and is in the only building owned outright by the county, would become an accelerator, which provides more intensive

programs, including access to funding, in a fixed, reduced time frame. The 12,000-square-foot Wheaton facility, the smallest one, which opened in 2006, would close once its lease is up in 2016. That plan is on hold while the county moves forward with the program for the Shady Grove center, Silverman said. The five centers now have an annual budget of about $4.5 million, with about $2.5 million recovered in rent, licensing fees and other income. The idea is to move away from the county doing real estate management to get more investment and partnership management, Silverman said. The incubator program has graduated more than 100 companies into private space since forming in 1999.


The National 4-H Council of Chevy Chase is now led by its first female CEO and president: Jennifer Sirangelo, who started Jan. 1. Previously, Sirangelo, who joined the nonprofit in 2006, was its executive vice president and chief operating officer. She succeeds Donald T. Floyd Jr., who retired as CEO in December after 22 years with the council, including 13 as CEO. “Every day, I meet or learn about young people who are tackling issues that matter most and are engaged in 4-H programs focused on science, healthy living, food security and citizenship,” Sirangelo said in a news release. “My pledge is to work to bring the 4-H story to new partners, so that we can work together to grow 4-H and invest in young people — our world’s greatest resource.” In her seven years with the council, Sirangelo more than tripled its annual fundraising and led the development of its new strategic plan, according to the release. Before joining the council, Sirangelo was Northeast regional vice president for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and also worked for William Jewell College and the National Kidney Foundation.

Liss joins Foot and Ankle Specialists Dr. Andrew L. Liss recently joined the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, with administrative offices in Kensington. Liss graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He has been practicing in Maryland for more than 25 years. He was chief of podiatry at Howard County General Hospital and director of the Montgomery County Podiatric Residency Program. He also was president of the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association for two years and continues to serve on its executive board.


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Joanie Prather n Age: 62 n Job title: Paraeducator, Maryvale Elementary School, Rockville n Hometown: Germantown n Education: Graduated from Gaithersburg High School n Family: Daughter, Crystal n Hobby: Cooking, watching mysteries on TV n Favorite vacation spot: Would love to go to Hawaii n Lesson to live by: It will be better tomorrow.

Joanie Prather is a paraeducator at Maryvale Elementary School, Rockville. She was interviewed at the school Jan. 9. Your assistant principal, Greg Mullenholz, wrote about you and said you have been at Maryvale for 40 years. That is a long time. Why have you stayed so long?

I love this school. I will retire from Maryvale, the teachers are caring, they are great. The people and the children [keep me here]. The children are willing to try, they come here in good spirits. All the people are friendly and nice. How did you get started?

I started as a sub at the old Maryvale, then Mr. Risk, I don’t know his first name he was always Mr. Risk to me, asked me if I’d like to come back and I’ve been here ever since. Tell me about the changes at Maryvale in the last 40 years.

We used to be in another building, but they tore that down and moved us here. This used to be a middle school, that’s why you see the lockers in the halls. French Immersion came 18 or 19 years ago. They said it was a temporary thing but they’re still here. The front door was always unlocked and parents could just come in. Not now. And

we used to have a crank copier machine, a mimeograph that got blue ink all over your hands, and there were typewriters. Have you learned French?

Oui. I don’t go into those classes, only on Tuesdays when we have [Individual Educational Plan meetings] and I need to cover a class. Mostly I go to the English classes where I know what they are doing. They do everything in French except specials: art, [physical education] and music and when they come to lunch. What is your favorite thing about the job?

I like to go into the classrooms or if they need a sub in P.E. I like working with the younger ones, kindergarten, first and second grades. I like them all but I like the little ones. I’ve done everything here. One day they called for a sub in the cafeteria and no one came. My friend, another paraeducator, and I did lunch, luckily it was pizza day. We got it in the oven and we got through lunch and cleaned up the cafeteria. It was fun. That was the first time I ever did that and I didn’t do it again. It was a good experience — something different. Do you have a favorite memory?

One day we were reading a story about

pioneers and I said, “I like rabbit.” To eat. These were fourth-graders and since we had been a middle school, we were still set up with a kitchen for home [economics], so I bought a rabbit and brought it in a cooked it with the children. They liked it. Another time, with second-graders, we were reading a story about potatoes and I asked them if they liked mashed potatoes and baked potatoes and many had never had a baked potato. So we cooked them and they liked them, too. Mr. Mullenholz also said you are a “pillar in the community,” can you tell me about that?

I know a lot of the children’s parents, I had some of them here and now their children are here. People stay in the community and a lot of their grandparents raise them. I know who rides which bus, who walks and who carpools. I can say, “where’s your brother.” A lot of parents will tell their children, go ask Ms. Prather then tell me what she says.

“Voices in Education” is a twice-monthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured, email Peggy McEwan at

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Northwest High seniors share research projects Zoe Kaplan did not know there was a black market for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder stimulants until someone asked about buying some of hers at school one day. Since then she has researched the problem and said she is surprised at how much kids know about the use of the medications and how little parents and school administrators know about their misuse. Kaplan, who was diagnosed with ADHD in elementary school, studied the underground distribution of ADHD stimulants for her senior research project as part of the Ulysses Signature Program at Northwest High School in Germantown. She, along with 28 other seniors in the program, presented her research to classmates, faculty, family and friends Jan. 7 at the school. The seniors in the Ulysses program are required to share their research twice: once as a lecture before a class and, the second time, as an exhibit to share in at the school’s Ulysses Fair offered in the winter and spring each year. Students entering the school must apply to be a part of the Ulysses program, said Suzanne Borenzweig, the program coordinator. About 125 students from each grade participate, she said. Kaplan’s exhibit including a video of the television show “CSI” that dealt with the problem of students purchasing and using the prescription drugs. ADHD causes concentration issues, she said, and people who don’t usually need the medication like it to help them focus for tests, especially SATs. Many of the students did their research on topics connected to their future occupa-


Robert Allsopp, a senior in the Ulysses Signature Program at Northwest High School in Germantown, discusses his senior research project with English teacher Dorothy Ellis on Jan. 7. Allsopp studied Alzheimer’s disease, examining its symptoms, causes and cures. tions — Kaplan would like to become a physician’s assistant — but others choose something they were just curious about. Sarah Lee, who often visits family in South Korea, wondered why cosmetic surgery was such big business there. “It’s so normal, so common in Korea,” she said. “It’s not seen as a negative. It’s like getting braces.” Through her research, “I came to the conclusion that the idea of beauty in the United States is that you are more than just your face, but in Korea it’s just about your face,” she said. Rachel Kim studied computer hacking for her exhibit, “Cybersecurity: The Real Deal.” Amdiel Clement took a cue from his own life to study “Academic Stress: Stressed to the Test” and Robert Allsopp created an exhibit on Alzheimer’s disease. He said the brain has always interested him. “In elementary school I did a research study on the lobes of the brain,” he said. Another group of Ulysses program studies will be pre-

sented at Northwest High on April 30 and May 1.

15 science students among nation’s tops Fifteen Montgomery County Public Schools students — out of 20 statewide — have been selected as semifinalists in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search, a nationwide high school science competition. The students and their high schools: • Montgomery Blair in Silver Spring: Alexander N. Bour-

zutschky, Ishaun S. Datta, Neil S. Davey, Daniela I. Ganelin, Yi-Zhi He, Aanchal Johri, Jessica Shi, Hueyjong Shih and Gabriella R. Studt. • Winston Churchill in Potomac: Daniel D. Liu and Jessica G. Yau. • Richard Montgomery in Rockville: Emily Z. Ma and Suzanne L. Xu. • Poolesville: Vinay K. Sriram. • Walt Whitman in Bethesda: Lisa Deng.

The competition is administered by the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. There were 300 semifinalists nationwide, who were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,800 entries. “I continue to be impressed by the high level of creativity, innovation, and commitment our students display in this rigorous competition,” county school Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in a news release. The county students’ research projects covered a range of scientific topics, including cancer treatments, stem cell development and vaccinations. A list of all the semifinalists and their projects is at Each of the semifinalists will receive $1,000. Also, each school will receive $1,000 for each of its semifinalists, which is to be used to further excellence in science, math and engineering education. Forty finalists will be chosen Jan. 22 and will compete March 6-12 in Washington, D.C., for the top prize of $100,000.

Hispanic group honors Poolesville students Poolesville High School

seniors Andre Guzman of Gaithersburg and Carolina Zarate of Germantown were awarded scholarships for engineering and math talent at the Washington, D.C., regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards ceremony. As the gold medalist in the engineering and mathematics category, sponsored by ExxonMobil, Guzman won a $3,000 scholarship to help him pursue a degree in computer science and electrical engineering. Zarate, a silver award winner, received a $2,000 scholarship to pursue a degree in computer science.

The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards program offers educational grants to Hispanic high school seniors chosen by regional selection committees based on their academic achievement, leadership, community service, category focus and an essay about the important role their heritage played in their success.

Open house at St. Patrick’s St. Patrick’s Catholic School

in Rockville will hold open houses for grades kindergarten through 8 on Jan. 23 and 28 and for its prekindergarten class Jan. 31. Both will be from 9 to 11 a.m. St. Patrick’s, at 4101 Norbeck Road, is an accredited Catholic school and is part of the Archdiocese of Washington. The school emphasizes excellence in academics, demonstrating faith through service and developing students skills to their fullest potential, according to a news release. For more information, call 301-929-9672, email office@, or visit www.

35 county teachers achieve certification Thirty-five Montgomery County Public Schools educators achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2013. This brings the number of board-certified teachers in the school district to 672. The district surpasses all other districts in Maryland and ranks eighth among school districts nationwide in the number of new certified educators. The voluntary certification program involves a performance-based assessment that typically takes more

than a year to complete. It is designed to measure what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The process requires teachers to demonstrate how their activities, both inside and outside the classroom, strengthen student performance and contribute to student achievement. Educators earn certification after completing a series of assessments that include teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and analyses of their classroom teaching and student learning. Candidates also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge and their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students. Certified full-time, non-administrative Montgomery educators receive a $2,000 annual bonus. The state also provides a stipend to certified teachers who meet certain qualifications, pending annual funding.

Gaithersburg High offers summer job fair Students at Gaithersburg High School who are thinking

ahead to summer can explore job opportunities at the Summer Job Fair at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria at 314 S. Frederick Ave. The fair is sponsored by the school and the Parent Teacher Student Association. Among the job providers who will be answering questions and taking applications at the fair will be Asbury Methodist Home in Gaithersburg; the Rockville Parks and Recreation Department; Gaithersburg’s aquatics, parks and recreation, miniature golf and water park facilities; and the Montgomery Village Foundation aquatics and parks and recreation departments. Information:



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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 A Mothers and Daughters Night out: “Let’s Talk about HPV,” from

Kosian Bruce and Dorothy Mills Kosian celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Jan. 11, 2014. They were wed on Jan. 11, 1954, at their minister’s home when Bruce was on leave from the Army. Bruce was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War and Dorothy was a secretary in Rockville. They spent 47 years in the Derwood area until the their home was taken by eminent domain for the building of the ICC. They now reside in Gaithersburg. They have three children, Mark Kosian, Karen Kosian and Kathy Ruddle. They have four grandchildren, Keith Kosian, Heather Kosian, Stacey Ruddle Guedes and Wesley Ruddle, and one great-granddaughter, Stella Guedes. They have enjoyed their neighbors and friends all these years.

6-7:30 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The best way to fight cervical cancer is to learn what can be done to prevent it. During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, MedStar Montgomery is bringing together a group of experts who will help both mothers and daughters understand the importance of being proactive about cervical cancer screenings and vaccines. Learn about the human papillomavirus and Gardasil, the vaccine that has been proven effective in preventing HPV.

SATURDAY, JAN. 18 Girls on the Run: First Aid, 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 at Suburban Hospital (Lambert Building), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Receive instruction on first aid and learn the treatment of bleeding, burns, broken bones and more. This course is for GOTR coaches only. Class workbook can be purchased the day of the class for $14. Checks and cash accepted. $20.

SUNDAY, JAN. 19 Childbirth Express at MedStar Montgomery, from 1-5 p.m. at

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. This condensed version will prepare couples for their labor and birth experience. Class is presented in lecture/video format. To enhance what you learn, hands-on instruction available by taking the Lamaze Techniques class. Hospital tour included. $75. www.

TUESDAY, JAN. 21 Safe Sitter, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at

Suburban Hospital (Lambert Building), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Comprehensive training course teaches 11- to 13-year-olds the essentials of babysitting. Course includes tactics in handling emergencies basic first aid and child-care skills. Registration required. If you are interested in becoming a Safe Sitter instructor, please call 301896-2999 for more information. $95. Breastfeeding Basics at MedStar Montgomery, 7-9:30 p.m. at

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 1801 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Course is designed to offer advice and support for breastfeeding mothers. A lactation specialist will discuss topics on the healthrelated benefits of breastfeeding, practical techniques, and breastfeeding at work. $30.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 Healthy Choices, 7-8 p.m. at Suburban Hospital (Lambert Building), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Ten-week structured program to help you learn a nondiet lifestyle approach to weight management. A Suburban Hospital registered dietitian will help you get started on the best way to achieve a healthy body through nutrition, exercise and behavioral skills. $145.

SATURDAY, JAN. 25 CPR and AED at MedStar Montgomery, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

at Montgomery Medical Center, 1801 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The Heartsaver class teaches basic CPR, rescue breathing, and relief of choking for adults, infants and children and Automated External Defibrillator use. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver AED card from the American Heart Association.

Class is for the lay community and is not adequate for individuals who have or will have patient-care responsibilities. This class is not designed for health care providers. If you are a health care provider, please register under BLS and CPR for Healthcare Professionals. $80.

UPCOMING Qigong, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 27 at Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Focus on maintaining good health and preventing chronic ailments through the cultivation of life energy. Unlike Tai Chi, Qigong uses minimal movement, concentrates on proper alignment and meditation. Exercises can be practiced from a standing or sitting position. $70. Senior Shape: Stability Ball, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays to March 27 at the Gaithersburg Senior Center (Bohrer Park), 506 Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Taught by a certified instructor, program will tone and define core muscles and help build better balance. Dress comfortably. Bring an exercise ball, hand-held weights or speak with the instructor to determine the right kind of ball to use. $15. (Also 9-9:45 a.m. Mondays, to March 31 at the Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, $30; 11-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at the Margaret Schweinhaut Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, $30), Senior Shape: Advanced Weight Training, from 10-10:45

a.m. Fridays to March 28, at Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. Taught by a certified instructor, this exercise program, participants perform a variety of weight-training exercises at a faster pace to increase muscu-

lar strength and endurance while getting the heart rate up. Form is emphasized to insure maximal results while keeping the joints safe. Dress comfortably. Bring a mat. $30. Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors, from 7-8:15 p.m. Mondays

to March 31, at Sibley Medical Building Conference Room 2, 5215 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, D.C. Weekly meditative gentle and restorative yoga using mindful movement, balance and breathing techniques to help women with a history of cancer to reduce anxiety, improve quality of life and regain sense of self. $10 per class, $30 per month, scholarships available. Walk-ins welcome with cash/ check if space permits. 202-2432320.

Meditation and Mindfulness: Tools for Alleviating Stress Post Cancer Diagnosis, from 7-8 p.m.

Thursdays to March 27 at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3 (next to cafeteria), 5255 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, D.C. Join facilitator Ashley Nunn and others with a history of cancer to learn about and practice a relaxation technique that uses focus on breathing. This practice has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness; improving sleep; and boosting immune system. No prior experience required. Walk-ins welcome. Register at or call 202-243-2320. Free. Mommy & Me Club, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, to Jan. 29, at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Program offers education and support for new mothers and their babies. Discuss with a registered nurse the practical changes that occur after a new baby arrives. Topics include breastfeeding/feeding issues, infant development, how to calm a fussy baby and get more sleep to name a few. $60.


Rowe, Sankar Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Rowe of Damascus announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Wyatt Rowe, to Mr. Scott Edward Sankar, son of Dr. and Mrs. S. G. Sankar of Burlington, N.C. The bride-to-be graduated from Damascus High School in 2003, from Salisbury University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Worcester, Mass., in 2010. Ms. Rowe is a pharmacist, employed with CVS Pharmacy, and resides in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The prospective groom graduated from Walter Williams High School in Burlington, N.C., in 2004 and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2008 from North Carolina State University. Mr. Sankar is the general manager of Ristorante Lidi on Daniel Island, S.C. A November 2014 wedding and reception is being planned at The Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C.


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

ten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. Ministry serves moms who have children from birth to kindergarten, encouraging moms during whatever stage of mothering they are in and provide support and fellowship with other moms in the same season of life. 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. 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301-421-9166 or visit “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit Geneva Presbyterian Church, potluck lunches at 11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. There is no fee to attend. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. Call 301-4244346.

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From the thumbs of babes

If you thought the weather was awful last week, you should have read the cesspool of angry comments leveled at Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr on Twitter. Starr has made himself accessible on the social media site, sharing school-related news and the occasional personal thought. In return, parents, students and anyone else with electronic access can write back. On Jan. 6, amid a spell of severe cold weather, Montgomery and other school systems had to decide whether to cancel school the next day. Schools were closed in Fairfax County, Va., and opened two hours late in Prince George’s County. MontgomANYONE WHO ery County and Washington, D.C., were in the minority in CARES ABOUT CIVILITY SHOULD sticking to a normal school schedule. WORRY ABOUT reaction, predictably, THESE TIRADES VIA wasThe overwhelmingly — well, TWITTER annoyed or mad doesn’t capture it. Many people launched Twitter-length tirades that were as bitter as the outside air. Some attacked Starr’s judgment and competency. One insisted that he resign. Some of the harsher comments included raunchy insults. Then, there were the threats, such as: Starr should be hunted down and tied to a tree. Another said: Starr’s personal biography, which lists him having three children, might need be changed to having two kids if he doesn’t watch out. Get it? A few lonely voices chimed in to call for the vicious attacks to end. At least one apologized to Starr for the barrage. The wording of the tweets and the Twitter user profile photos point toward students being behind much of the vitriol, but there is no way to know without further investigation. When a similar wave of anger was directed toward Starr in December, he responded with an open letter. Referring to messages from students at the time, he wrote, “Some of these ‘tweets’ were clever, funny, and respectful, pleading for me to cancel school so they could sleep in or have more time to do their homework. Many of these tweets, however, were offensive and disturbing. Some were threatening to me and others. A few referenced my family. There was rampant use of racial epithets and curse words.” This should be a giant “whoa!” to any parent who cares about decency and civility. Just what have our kids learned? The school system superintendent, in a modern-world gesture toward access and connectedness, has invited comments from anyone, at any time. Maybe this is simply too much freedom for teens with unregulated access to electronic communication and no shame. Imagine the same exchange happening face to face: A teen addressing an adult — let alone the top school system official — by his first name, or a slang nickname, or a racial slur, and so on, down the scale of formality and respect. Some of the exchanges could rise to the level of criminal behavior — hinting about killing someone’s child? — yet Starr, magnanimously, hasn’t involved police, according to Gboyinde Onijala, a spokeswoman for the district. In his letter, Starr cited his legal responsibility to report the most violent-tinged messages to administrators and security staff. One media report quoted Starr saying principals “doled out consequences” to some students who sent the tweets, but Onijala told The Gazette that the central office left that discretion to the principals and doesn’t know if any of them took disciplinary action. Starr’s reference to “cyberbullying” in his public letter was misinterpreted by tweeters who ordered him to toughen up. Actually, the superintendent’s letter clearly and astutely raised the societal factors behind what is happening in these Twitter attacks. He wants to address how young people use social media and how it can go so wrong. Bullying, electronically and in person, is a primitive, destructive assault on a person’s pysche and well-being. It germinates in school systems, where youths sometimes crave adulation and acceptance, even at another person’s expense. Starr wrote that “the adolescent brain isn’t equipped to think long term and doesn’t calculate risk/reward ratios in the same way that adults do.” Parents need to do more than hand children a smartphone and send them on their way. Electronic devices, as these two episodes of online nastiness show, can amplify or replace inperson bullying, putting educators in a bind on how to police inappropriate behavior that doesn’t physically take place on school grounds. Onijala said the school system offers parents plenty of ideas and advice for talking to their children about the proper way to act online and offline. Now, the district might do more, through a work group examining “cybercivility.” Onijala said there are no specific plans or timetables yet for the group, which will include students. We commend Starr for thinking productively rather than punitively. May the effort toward detoxifying our daily discourse continue.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher


Term limits might not solve the problem


Officials for Montgomery Child Care Association Inc. say that over the winter holidays, one of their buses was vandalized with foam from a fire extinguisher.

Shocked, disgusted at vandalism Montgomery Child Care Association Inc. has provided child care and early education to the families of Montgomery County for over 40 years. MCCA takes an active role in supporting the communities that we serve and is dedicated to providing high quality and affordable child care. This December, on the Sunday before New Year’s, we discovered that a school bus at one of our programs located in the Beverly Farms neighborhood in Potomac had been vandalized. The vandals entered the bus, used the fire extinguisher to spray foam all over the interior of the bus, and then defecated on the driver’s seat. A scooter abandoned nearby suggested that neighborhood youth may

have been involved in this senseless act. We reported the incident to the Montgomery County Police, who attempted to recover fingerprints from the scene. We cleaned and sanitized the bus at great expense and bought a new fire extinguisher. The young children in our program missed two days of field trips while the bus was out of commission and the children had a hard time understanding why. After our initial shock and disgust passed, we were left to wonder what would motivate young people to engage in this type of behavior — anger, contempt, or possibly worse, a complete lack of empathy for the impact of their actions on others? We also wondered

whether the parents of these young vandals have any idea at all that their children are capable of such vile behavior against a longtime neighborhood nonprofit that provides an essential service to their community. As the new year begins, and our children return to school, let us resolve as parents, caregivers and educators to model self-control and compassion, and to develop responsible citizens with strong social and emotional foundations. We teach these values to our youngest children; we should expect more of our youth.

Michelle Martineau Green The writer is the executive director of the Montgomery Child Care Association Inc. in Rockville.

Support for Kleine for District 5 I am writing in strong support of Andrew Kleine for the “caretaker” seat on the Montgomery County Council. I served with Andrew on the Central Committee and he served as the president of our Citizens Association. Andrew would bring a skill set to the council that would be of incalculable help in these tight budget times. His experience in public finance and management would give our county help way beyond the pay scale of the position. We are privileged to be offered his assistance on a temporary basis and should take full advantage of that offer by allowing him to serve us.

Beth Siniawsky, Silver Spring

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Paul and JoAnn Schimke raise very valid concerns regarding last November’s “No Selection Election” [“Term limits needed in Gaithersburg,” letters, Jan 8]. However, it is unclear that their proposed remedy, term limits for the mayor and council members, would be in the city’s long-term best interest. The fact that no one stepped forward to challenge the three incumbents may reflect a public consensus that the city is wellmanaged. It may also reflect the fact that currently there are no burning issues that serve to polarize the electorate. These factors could change. Both the mayor and one council member have announced plans to seek higher office. Vacancies in city government will occur through attrition. A few years hence, many neighborhoods will be convulsed for years by construction of the Corridor Cities Transitway. Issues will arise that will test Gaithersburg’s governance and encourage electoral challenges. For the moment, however, one is reminded of Joni Mitchell’s memorable lyrics: “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” No need to force the issue.

Bill Fallon, Gaithersburg

E-ZPass puts limits on ICC While part of the problem with the use of the ICC (Md. 200) maybe the high cost of the tolls, the real problem may be the fact that one has to have E-ZPass. If one doesn’t have an E-ZPass, then there is a $3 surcharge adding to the toll cost ($6 roundtrip extra regardless of the toll). Maryland charges $18 a year to have their E-ZPass, plus keeping at least $25 in the account. The commuter with limited funds or the infrequent user may not want to pay that much for so little.

Dr. Alan S. Kaplan, Rockville

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The re-election session

It’s election year. Every aspect cludes resolving a mindless court of the 2014 Maryland General As- decision that pit bulls are “inhersembly session, which convened ently dangerous.” Common law Wednesday, hinges on that all- says owners and landlords aren’t important fact. The chief aim (the liable unless an animal has shown sole aim?) of every state lawmaker prior viciousness (the “one bite” is to either get re-elected or to get rule). The court’s decision creates elected to the next-highest office. liability chaos. Also, pit bulls are Only the lame ducks aren’t laser- not a distinct breed. And how about focused on career encrossbreeds? A legislative hancement. correction is in the works. Adding to the Another court decianxiety is this year’s sion, that criminal defenearly primary election dants must have counsel date, June 24, just 10 (public defenders) at bail weeks after the seshearings before a commission adjourns. Whose sioner, could cost the state idea was it to put more than $30 million a an election so close year. Legislative leaders to income tax-filing have decided to kick that day? Incumbents can down the road until MY MARYLAND next year. worry that there’s not enough time for votStatehouse incumBLAIR LEE ers to forgive or forbents also must apply cosget. metic surgery to a couple And the $300 million bud- of state scandals that are embarget surplus that incumbents built rassing their gubernatorial favorite, into last year’s budget so there’d Anthony Brown. be plenty of election-year loot to First, there’s the Black Guerrilla spread around is gone. Instead, this Family federal bust at the state-run year’s state spending, as usual, ex- Baltimore city jail, where corrupt ceeds projected revenues, a $500 guards were helping an inmate gang million deficit downer. run the joint, including conjugal But Gov. O’Malley and the visits with the female guards. After Dems have a solution — put it on O’Malley pronounced the scandal the credit card. Just borrow an ad- “a positive development,” a legisditional $75 million annually for lative task force decided who’s to the next five years and let the next blame ... the building! That’s right, governor worry about Maryland’s the solution is a new $533 million skyrocketing debt service, the larg- jail. Seriously. est increase of all budget categories, The task force also recomclimbing from $233 million in 2015 mended new disciplinary rules for to $557 million in 2019. Call it De- the guards, but if you believe state troit financing. lawmakers are going to stand up to Another solution to the lack of the public employee unions in an state money is to spend somebody election year, I’ve got some Lehman else’s money. That’s why state law- Brothers stock I’d like to sell you. makers are falling over themselves to Heck, O’Malley and the Dems enraise the state’s $7.25-per-hour mini- acted the 2010 “Corrections Officers mum wage. The state won’t have to Bill of Rights,” which, as the feds pay the new increases; employers observed, results in “no effective will. punishment” for corrupt guards. Incumbents have taken a lot of So, instead of placing blame, we’ll heat for passing the infamous “rain build a new jail. tax,” one of the dumbest laws ever Speaking of placing blame, enacted. But after all the posturing who takes the fall for Maryland’s is over, the powerful environmen- $150 million Obamacare website tal lobby will prevent its repeal. At fiasco? Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown most, it might be delayed until after was in charge but, when the webthe election, but, more likely, it will site crashed in October, the party be softened for nonprofits and reli- line was, “We’re focused on fixing gious properties. it, we’ll place blame later.” Well, Some unfinished business in- “later” is here. But you’re about to

see one of the greatest magic acts in state history. Somehow, the blame will fall on the bureaucrats, on the contractors or on anyone else except Brown, who’s been endorsed by the legislature’s leadership, by O’Malley and by most Democratic incumbents. Finally, here’s my nominee for this session’s wild card sleeper issue, legalizing marijuana, which could get legs for these reasons: One, most incumbents are Dems whose re-election depends on winning their Dem primary in their Dem districts, where pot is popular. A 2012 Gonzales poll on medical marijuana showed 63 percent of Maryland’s likely voters in favor, but 70 percent of Dems. Two, for blacks and liberals it’s a civil rights issue; legalization would end so-called racial bias in pot convictions. Three, Senate President Mike Miller is in favor because he wants the pot tax revenue, the same reason why he backed slots and casinos. Four, Del. Heather Mizeur’s only chance for winning the governor’s race is her legalizing pot pledge, so she’ll be pot’s Joan of Arc in this year’s session. Five, House Speaker Mike Busch and O’Malley are opposed but Busch is famous for caving in (i.e., slots and casinos), and O’Malley’s veto might act as a perverse incentive for lawmakers who want to vote for legalization without it actually happening. Likewise, lame-duck lawmakers, immune from re-election pressure, may cast surprising votes. To make it more palatable, recreational pot may be recast as decriminalization or as unrestricted medical marijuana (like California). But, whatever they call it, 2014 may be the year when the Free State becomes the Weed State. 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 blairlee. His email address is

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We don’t need hunts to manage deer Every public park near our home in Montgomery County displays yellow signs warning the public of its impending closure during January and February 2014, when “trained sharpshooters” will roam the forests from dusk to dawn in a futile attempt to cull the deer population. Research has shown that in areas where such “management” occurs, the deer population actually increases. It makes sense — surviving deer have less competition over scarce food sources and nature fights back with an increase in multiple births the following season. There are much better and more humane ways to keep the deer population under control such as fencing, birth control, and using trained dogs to herd the deer. Rapid City, S.D., has been killing deer since 1996 with unclear effect and at a cost of over $350,000. In Lewis Morris Park, N.J., an annual deer cull since 1996 produced the following effect: 63.2 deer per square mile in 1996, 65 deer per square mile in 2009. After 17 years of deer culling, the city of Stevens Point, Wis., concluded that the deer population’s rate has remained unchanged. Is it possible that these “management” practices actually are causing a larger problem and giving hunters an excuse to invade our parks? Deer have a relevant role in our ecosystem only we have not adequately explored this angle. A recent article in the Journal of Wildlife Management states that high deer populations enrich the soil with their droppings creating hospitable environment useful for its forest creatures. Deer grazing on tree saplings have also shown to enhance the moisture of the soil.

There is no scientific evidence to support that deer are preventing our forests from regenerating. In New York near Binghamton University researchers clearly showed why deer culling not only had no positive effects but also long-term negative affects on our ecosystem. They found that the presence of deer is actually helpful to other animal species, and that programs to reduce their populations may be detrimental to a region’s biodiversity. “Culling deer may cascade into affecting plants, salamanders and other creatures in ways we can’t even imagine,” said Ohio State University researcher Katherine Greenwald. “Officials need to know more about the forest ecosystem before making decisions about wildlife management.” Another study showed that some forest understory-dwelling birds benefit from deer grazing, and that the presence of deer decreased populations of rodents that preyed on ground birds’ nests. Culling practices have also shown little if no impact on the tick population. Deer are much less likely than other hosts (such as mice) to transmit a bacterial infection to feeding ticks. Deer then actually may play an important role in reducing the incidence of Lyme disease. We neglect to take into account our role in destroying the deer’s habitat and their predators. The least we can do is leave the parks as our sanctuary and theirs — for our families and future generations. Let’s find cheaper and better ways of creating safe sanctuaries for all of us — people and deer alike.

Avi Goldscheider, Potomac


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Gaithersburg tailback gets another game

HOW THEY RANK BOYS The 10 best boys’ basketball teams in Montgomery County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

Rank 1.


Record Pts


12-3 60


Montrose Christian 7-5 52


St. Andrew’s

11-1 48



9-1 44



10-1 35



8-2 29


Montgomery Blair 9-2 26



8-3 15


Walt Whitman

9-3 11



8-2 10

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Others receiving votes:



Springbrook at Clarksburg, 5:15 p.m. Friday: Four versatile

scorers — Springbrook’s Robinson twins, Clarksburg’s Josh Hardy and Xavier Sewell — square off.


Name, school A. Trier, Montrose Christian J. Friedman, Sandy Spring W. English, McLean I. Kallon, Wheaton M. Adkison, St. Andrew’s N. Segura, The Heights J. Bradshaw, Einstein I. Grigsby, The Heights K. Williams, Kennedy T. Stottlemyer, Poolesville

PPG 26.9 26.2 23.3 21.4 20.8 20.2 19.0 18.9 18.3 18.1

GIRLS The 10 best girls’ basketball teams in Montgomery County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

Rank 1.



Record Pts


11-2 60

Paint Branch

10-1 54


John F. Kennedy

7-1 45


Walt Whitman

10-2 44


Good Counsel

8-5 36



9-1 31


Seneca Valley

8-3 24


Holy Child

11-3 15


Montgomery Blair 9-2 14


Thomas S. Wootton 7-4 5

Others receiving votes:

James H. Blake, 2.


Wootton at Gaithersburg, 7 p.m. Friday: The Patriots (7-4, 4-0)

take a five-game winning streak into Gaithersburg (6-4, 3-1).


Name, school K. Prange, Damascus B. Beckwith, Quince Orchard S. Addison, Wootton D. Harris, Paint Branch W. Carmack, Poolesville J. Karim-Duvall, Churchill K. Meredith, Northwest K. Colston, Paint Branch D. Lerner, Jewish Day D. Walker, Watkins Mill




Northwood High School’s Christian Reyes (front) played last fall with a torn ACL and suffered compartment syndrome following surgery.





It started with pop. In September’s season-opener, Northwood High School football player Christian Reyes sacked Poolesville’s quarterback and took a cleat to his right knee. The second-team All-Gazette kicker and talented defensive lineman said he heard “a huge pop” in his right leg and suspected the injury was serious, but carried on throughout the fall. Despite the injured knee, Reyes, who is right-footed, averaged 40.6 yards

From the first time football coach Kreg Kephart saw Solomon Vault on the Gaithersburg High School field during summer practice prior to the 2010 season, the longtime Trojans’ coach knew he was going to watch a special student-athlete develop over the ensuing four years. That August, Kephart went as far to joke with a Gazette reporter that he had to hide the then-freshman from area private school powers, such as Our Lady of Good Counsel, to keep them from luring the young running back away. Now, with Vault set to sign his national letter of intent with Northwestern University on Feb. 5 and graduate in the spring, Kephart can reflect fondly on the past four football seasons. “He’s a young man that gets it,” Kephart said. “Solomon understands the whole picture beyond football. He could be fortunate enough [to play professionally], but you go to Northwestern and get a degree, you are pretty good to go for the rest of your life.” Vault made an impact from the start at Gaithersburg. As a freshman, he contributed significantly for an 11-2 team that advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals. He then rushed for more than 1,000 yards during his sophomore and junior seasons (Gaithersburg made the playoffs in 2011). Last fall, he suffered an injury

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Northwood kicker suffers setback following routine ACL surgery


per punt and was perfect as a field goal kicker. The junior converted all 13 extra point attempts, both of his field goals and had two punts for more than 60 yards, according to Northwood coach Dennis Harris. “I always felt a tingle and a little spasm attack every time I punted, but I’ve been to so many punting camps that I developed the instinct,” Reyes said. Reyes was also a force on the defensive line, recording 39 tackles, four sacks and nine tackles for loss. “It didn’t appear to slow him down

at all,” senior teammate Lucas Kane said. “I honestly forgot that his knee was even bothering him.” After Northwood’s 2-8 season ended, Reyes had the knee checked out and was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a strained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). He had surgery on Dec. 23, but that’s when the worst of it came. Complications followed the ACL surgery and Reyes, 16, was diagnosed with compartment syndrome: a poten

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Gaithersburg High School running back Solomon Vault, who missed the majority of his senior season due to injury, is verbally committed to Northwestern University.

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PPG 19.7 18.7 18.4 17.6 17.4 17.4 17.0 16.9 16.8 16.7



Some basketball players struggle using their off hands, but not Damascus High School’s Lauren Green. The senior shooting guard turned hers into an useful option. Making plays with her left and right, Green is having her best high school season and has developed into one of Montgomery County’s top scoring threats. She is averaging 15.5 points

per game, using her versatile skill-set to help the Swarmin’ Hornets off to an 11-2 start. “Because she uses both hands so well, she can get to the basket and score at any angle,” Damascus coach Steve Pisarski said. Green said she has been working to improve her left hand since she started playing basketball about 10 years ago. “When I was younger, my dad (Bob Green) really pushed to work my off-hand as well as my strong hand. ... Every drill that we did, we did it on the right side and the left side,” Green said.

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Damascus High School’s Lauren Green has taken on an increased role this winter.


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Continued from Page B-1 the third game against Clarksburg and was held out for most of the rest of the season (Gaithersburg still went 8-3 and qualified for the playoffs). “We had a good team and we went 8-3 without him,” Kephart said. “I sure would’ve loved to see what we could’ve done if he was healthy, but he’s got a great future in front of him.” Added Vault: “It was tough because your only a high school senior once, but I had to be smart about it because they kept finding things.” Vault, who is fully recovered from the calf injury and running on Gaithersburg’s indoor track team, verbally committed to Northwestern last April, choosing the Wildcats over Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Purdue, among


Continued from Page B-1 A decade later, that’s paying off. Green makes left-handed shots — ranging up to 10-feet — with regularity, Pisarski said. Green, 5-foot-8, is scoring from all over the court, Pisarski said. “She’s got a great basketball mind, she’s got that basketball mentality,” Pisarski said. “She thinks the game very well.” Green’s right-handed shot is pretty good, too. She leads the Swarmin’ Hornets in 3-pointers (20) and is nearly perfect at the free-throw line (52-61). “Overall, it’s my best year so far,” Green said. The sharp shooting isn’t just improving Green’s statistics; it’s freeing up space for Damascus’ leading-scorer Kelli Prange, who demands extra attention from opposing defenses. “It’s a huge bonus for me,” said Prange, who averages 19.3 points. “... Once they start doubling down on me, we’re able to kick it back out and there’s Lauren Green for the three.” GreenhasbeenhotinDamascus’ current four-game winning streak, putting up big numbers against some of the county’s best teams: Paint Branch (10-1), Pool-


Continued from Page B-1 tially life-threatening condition occurring when excessive pressurebuildsupinanenclosedbody space. The condition can sometimes result in paralysis. Reyes said he had “a huge blood clot” in his calf and his swollen leg was “about as big as a basketball and as hard as a rock.” On Christmas, the kicker underwent surgery at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He remained there for more than two weeks, undergoing several procedures on his leg. Reyes said he was transferred to Georgetown Hospital on Monday. “It was really tough for me,” Reyes said. “And it’s still tough for me right now to accept the fact that I’m really hurt and I can’t do anything about it.” The timing could not have been worse for Reyes, who is trying to earn a football scholarship. “I just don’t want my parents

others. It allowed Vault to complete the recruiting process and relieved a lot of stress, he said. “Academically, athletically, Solomon Vault mainly the people, the school and I have a lot of common goals,” said Vault, who is undecided on what he will study. In Evanston, Vault is expected to change positions and play primarily as a slot receiver. “It’s going to be different, but I feel like the slot will complement my skill set more,” he said. “I’m a smaller guy and should be able to get a lot of good matchups.” Vault was listed as a wiry 5-foot-9, esville (9-1), Seneca Valley (8-3) and Gaithersburg (6-4). Green scored 15 points against Poolesville and had a 16-point game against Seneca Valley, helping Damascus remain undefeated (4-0) in the Montgomery 3A/2A Division. “I think our coaches have done a really god job of keeping us focused,” Green said. “... All the girls are coming together really well and supporting each other. It’s making for a lot of team chemistry which carries onto the court.” Green scored a team-high 24 points and collected nine rebounds in Damascus’ Jan. 4 victory against Paint Branch (67-58), while Prange scored 22 and senior Jenna Kaufman added 10. “We’re not a one-person show, but we do have a bunch of different people, including Lauren, who can lead us in scoring every night,” Pisarski said. Damascus went 22-3 last season and advanced to the 3A state semifinals after winning the 3A West Region. Green, who signed with Bentley University, is hoping this year’s team can take the next step. “I just want to be able to help ... and just keep improving so that I can help myself, as well as the team,” Green said. to pay a dime for college,” he said. But he remains optimistic that he can return and said he feels fortunate that the symptoms weren’t worse.Heestimatedthathewould be 70 percent healthy next season, adding that it could take two years to fully recover. There are risks; Reyes said that playing football could increase the chance of symptoms returning in the future. “That’s definitely a tough situation and like I told him, it’s about him being healthy,” Harris said. “Don’t worry about trying to rush back and play football. You have your entire life to live and you don’t want do something to jeopardize that.” Reyes said he was unsure when he would be released from the hospital and would return to school in a wheelchair on Jan. 27 at the earliest. “I still believe that after every surgery, I’m going to come back stronger. I know that for sure,” Reyes said.

130-pound high school freshman and played last fall at 5-11 and 188 pounds. He will have one more chance to suit up in a high school game. Vault has committed to playing in the Big 33 Football Classic for Team Maryland. In the June 14 senior all-star game against Pennsylvania in Hershey, Pa., Vault is expected to play in his new position. Following the game, Vault says he will move to Illinois on June 22. “It’s a big transition and I’m excited. I think about it every day,” Vault said. “He’s going to go down as one of the greatest running backs we have ever heard of at Gaithersburg, But more importantly, he’s a fine young man and will be a success story down the road, whether academically, athletically, professionally or in a career,” Kephart said.

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There are many factors that have been at play during the Poolesville High School boys’ basketball team’s 8-2 start. The Falcons are headed by The Gazette’s 2013 Coach of the Year, Kenny Kramek, have one of the “highest IQs,” according to the coach, on a basketball court, and boast four players averaging double-digit points. Most of all, however, it was the losing. This off-season wasn’t necessarily a rebuilding project for Poolesville, more a puzzle. Kramek had the pieces — different pieces — and he just needed to figure out where and how they fit. While he shifted them around, there came some predictable drawbacks. With longtime point guard Kirby Carmack and leading scorer Colin Turner lost to graduation, Kramek had to step back and make the necessary adjustments and figure out where his returning core of now-seniors fit into the mix. So he moved Andy Baker, a swingman and shooting guard his entire life, to Carmack’s old spot at the point. Trevor Stottlemyer, a longtime center, took it upon himself to pick up the slack in the scoring department where Turner’s void was left, so he moved to the wing where his athleticism has finally been given the chance to shine. Craig Morton blossomed into a lockdown defender while Anthony Papagjika softened his touch from outside. All of the changes and players moving into unfamiliar positions have proven a successful endeavor for Kramek now, but in the heat of summer league gyms, there was a bit of a learning curve. There was losing, and the Falcons are better for it. “The adjustment that I was harping on was that we were getting better and better

every game [over summer],” Kramek said. “We were better in June than we were in May, better in July than we were in June. The kids were getting frustrated because we’re used to winning, we’re not used to getting beat up but we were getting better and that’s what I told them because wins and losses don’t matter that much in summer, it’s when we get into the season that it matters.” The Falcons took their lumps throughout the various summer leagues. Baker’s turnovers steadily reduced, Stottlemyer grew more comfortable with the uptick in shots and attacking from the outside, and soon enough, Poolesville was regaining its form; not that it didn’t come without a good deal of frustration. Losing, no matter how inconsequential a summer league game may be, didn’t sit all that well for the Falcons, who were coming off one of the better seasons in recent school memory. “The first half of summer was definitely pretty rough,” Baker said. “Not everybody was on the same page but by the second half we were gelling. That’s the main point of summer and nobody wants to lose but we knew it was going to get us ready.” “Definitely,” agreed Stottlemyer, who is averaging a team-best 16.7 points per game and is yet to be held to single digits. “We had a little bit of a learning curve with Andy taking over the point. Once we got into a nice rhythm, we’ve been good. We’ve all been playing together so long so we knew it was only a matter of time before we started clicking.” There are some instances where the “gelling” and the “clicking” is still not quite right. For example, a 69-65 loss to a previously winless Walter Johnson team that saw the Falcons jump out to a 15-2 lead, according to Baker, and lose the rest of the game 63-54. Aside from an 85-67 out-of-division loss to Gaithersburg that’s the lone blemish on Poolesville’s season. “We weren’t making shots


Poolesville High School’s Trevor Stottlemyer takes the rebound away from Northwood’s Jauvenel Leveille on Friday. and they were making everything,” Stottlemyer said. “It was just one of those nights.” Perhaps those nights are in the past for the Falcons, left mostly in the summer league gyms. The changes are taking root, stemming into success similar to 2012-2013. Baker is more of a scorer than Carmack, the quintessential point guard. Stottlemyer gets his points at the rim whereas Turner’s were a blend of 3-pointers, slippery drives and pull-ups. Jon Bateky is a new presence inside. Morton

and Papagjika have embraced their defensive specialist roles. It’s working — just differently than last year. To hear the players tell it, the best days are only ahead. “I still think that Trevor is the only one playing at the level he should be every game,” Baker said. “Me, Anthony and Craig all have our nights but it’s not as consistent as it should be. We’re only going to get better as the season progresses.”


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Damascus hands Gaithersburg first loss Swarmin’ Hornets pick up signature victory by shocking Trojans


History wasn’t doing the Damascus High School boys’ basketball team any favors when it visited undefeated Gaithersburg Friday night. The Swarmin’ Hornets were always competitive, having five of their eight losses decided by 11 points or less, including a two-point loss to Central Valley, a six-point loss to Clarksburg, another two-point heartbreaker to Watkins Mill and another sixpoint loss to Bethesda-Chevy Chase. The problem? Free



BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER throw shooting. Combined between the losses to the Coyotes, Wolverines and Barons, Damascus went 39-for-71 from the line, a ghastly 55 percent. So forgive coach Butch Marshall if he wasn’t brimming with confidence when the Trojans began fouling to stop the clock on Friday night. But then something strange happened: the Hornets made 8-of-9 in the final four minutes to seal a 61-56 upset of the thenNo. 3 Trojans, ruining Gaithersburg’s shot at perfection. Stephon Jacob went 4-for-5 in scoring 21 points, Matthew Torrence 4-for-4, and Joseph Daniels 2-for-2. “It should give us a lot more confidence, especially when we step up to the line,” Marshall said. “It gave our guys the confidence that you can go into any environment and win. We’ve had that a couple times where we have the opportunities and miss the free throws. It was a big plus because when we have a lead and they’re fouling, when you knock those down it makes a big, big difference.” Marshall made sure to note that Gaithersburg was without leading scorer Anthony Tarke (17.8 ppg), who rolled his ankle in a 52-48 win over Quince Orchard two nights before, and

Betsy Knox (right) of Walt Whitman High School looks to shoot against Maggie McClain of host Montgomery Blair on Friday.


Gaithersburg High School’s Aaron King (front) was not at full strength due to injury when the Trojans were upset by Damascus on Friday. that point guard Aaron King also wasn’t fully healthy, having hurt his back and operating at what Gaithersburg coach Tom Sheahin estimated to be “75 percent.” “We were banged up but Damascus had a great game plan, awesome game plan, and they spread us out,” Sheahin said. “It just seemed like they got every loose ball, even balls that were tipped out of bounds seemed to go their way.” Any bounces from the rim weren’t helping, either. The Trojans made just one field goal in a 3-point second quarter to head into the half down 23-18 and played from behind for the remainder of the game. Sheahin, while disappointed by the loss, wasn’t crushed by it. It was an out-ofconference game still early in the season with two of his best playmakers either out or nagged by an injury. Tarke had warmed up, testing out the ankle, before the coach ultimately decided to sit him.

“We start out with 10 of our first 13 games on the road,” Sheahin said. “If you would have told me we’d be 10-1 at this point in the season, I’d be very happy. Very rarely in sports does somebody go undefeated, it’s a hard thing to do.” The Trojans responded by attending a voluntary team practice the next morning at 8:30 — an hour and a half before the scheduled start time of 10 a.m. “The big thing was we handled it really well,” Sheahin said. “They handled it very well.” Unfortunately for Damascus, any momentum from the win will essentially stop there. The Hornets have an 11-day layoff for exams before getting a rematch with the Wolverines. “I wish we could play tonight, tomorrow night, last night,” Marshall joked. “Everything kind of aligned for us.”

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The Georgetown Prep swimming and diving team defeated three-time defending Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving champion and historical rival DeMatha in a tri-meet held Saturday in Bethesda. The Little Hoyas, who are undefeated to start the 2013-14

PREP NOTEBOOK BY GAZETTE STAFF season and poised to have a successful championship season, prevailed 101-85 over Gonzaga and 130-50 over DeMatha. Prep won 10 of 12 events Saturday and finished two in the top three of six races. The Little Hoyas’ tremendous junior class accounted for five of eight individual events. Grant Goddard and Carsten Vissering won two events apiece. Both have broken Prep pool records early this winter, Goddard in the 200-yard freestyle and Vissering in the 200yard individual medley. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Richard Montgomery’s Song to swim at Columbia There are no athletic scholarships offered in Ivy League sports but after giving his verbal commitment to swim at Columbia University, Richard Montgomery senior Gregory Song recently signed a document that for all intents and purposes acted as his national letter of intent to swim for the Lions in 2014-15. A top 10 indi-

vidual scorer at last year’s Metros, Song has been integral in the Rockets’ recent success. A third-place finisher at last winter’s state championship meet, Richard Montgomery is making quite the campaign for itself as a major postseason contender this championship season. With Saturday’s win over defending state runner-up Montgomery Blair, the Rockets remain the only undefeated boys’ team in the county’s top division with Saturday’s contest against a .500 Winston Churchill team closing out its division schedule. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Tilton continues to impress on QO’s mat Quince Orchard heavyweight wrestler Connor Tilton maintained his impressive start to the season by scoring a big win against Urbana’s Nick Keller in the championship match of the Hub Cup Tournament at North Hagerstown High School. A tournament that always features a stacked field of competition, Tilton added this win to his Mad Mats title from December and appears on track to potentially better his third-place finish in the state tournament from a season ago. — NICK CAMMAROTA

Clarksburg performs well at Montgomery Invite The Coyotes had a strong showing at Saturday’s Montgomery Invitational indoor track meet with Claudia Ababio, Alexus Pyles and Carlos Vanzego all placing at the event. Ababio, a senior shot putter, tookfirstplace(42feet,4.5inches). Pyles, a sophomore, placed sec-


Carlos Vanzego of Clarksburg competes in the triple jump finals Saturday during the Montgomery County Invitational.

ond in the high jump (5-4) and third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.43 seconds). Vanzego, who started jumping last spring, recorded a personal best in the triple jump (45-09) and finished second. “He’s really, really progressed a lot. It’s exciting,” Clarksburg coach Scott Mathias said. Montgomery County had several second-place finishers, including John F. Kennedy’s Devon Hairston (55 hurdles), Col. Zadok Magruder’s Bethany White (55), Thomas S. Wootton’s Urgy Eado (800), Poolesville’s Chase Weaverling (3,200), Walt Whitman’s Clare Severe (mile) and Richard Montgomery’s boys 3,200 relay team. — ERIC GOLDWEIN

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The Walt Whitman High School girls’ basketball team doesn’t have one top scorer; it has about five. Sophomore Marie Hatch is leading the team with just 10.1 points per game, but the Vikings (10-2, 5-0) have several players capable of taking over on any given night. Lately, freshman guard Abby Meyers has carried the offense. She tallied a personal best 15 points in Friday’s 65-38 victory over Montgomery Blair and a team-high 12 points in a win over Richard Montgomery. “She fits right in, like you wouldn’t even know that she’s a freshman,” senior Avery Witt said. “She goes out on the court and plays so well. I love it.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN Whitman has won nine straight and is in first place in the Montgomery 4A South Division after ending Blair’s (9-2, 4-1) eight-game winning streak. The Vikings’ last loss came Dec. 14 against private school Bishop McNamara. Winston Churchill (6-6, 3-2) has won three straight and sits in third place in the division after defeating Walter Johnson, Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Richard Montgomery. The Bulldogs are undefeated since their Jan. 4 overtime loss to Blair.

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sel rebounded from a tough loss to Bishop McNamara with a 65-50 victory over St. Mary’s Ryken (5-8) last week followed by a 62-57 win over Georgetown Visitation (10-2), and has now won three of its last four games. Senior Stacey Koutris stepped up in the last two wins, scoring a combined 35 points. Junior Nicole Enabosi is averaging a teamhigh 11.1 points and has hit double-figures in all but three games. The Falcons (8-5, 3-2) are competing for a top spot in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Paul VI Catholic (11-3, 6-0) and Elizabeth Seton (12-3, 6-1) rank first and second in the WCAC, respectively.


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Overcoming injuries

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Churchill swim team’s Alicia Tiberino warms up before her team’s meet against Walter Johnson at Montgomery College in Takoma Park on Saturday afternoon. a championship team have also been integral to the program, Roddy said. Those qualities, along with Tiberino’s sheer racing abilities, make her vital in the lead-off position in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. The Bulldogs won the 400-yard freestyle relay at last year’s Metros in an automatic All-American time of 2 minutes, 28.01 seconds and finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay to a Katie Ledeckyled Stone Ridge squad. “[Tiberino] understands the dynamics of a team and that it’s more than just the top stars or herself,” Roddy said. “Everyone makes a difference. She is a mental swimmer, she gets herself amped and ready to compete and she steps up no matter who is in the lane next to her.” It’s hard to derail Tiberino, these past two years have shown that — she said she is stronger for what she’s been through. With her shoulder feeling 100 percent for the first time in a long time, Tiberino is poised for a strong championship season. “Basically I swam through [the injury], I didn’t want to start back at the bottom [if I took time off],” Tiberino said. “I’ve been through terrible pain, I don’t take it for granted when I feel amazing.”


Churchill swim team’s Alicia Tiberino swims the 100 meter freestyle at a meet against Walter Johnson at Montgomery College in Takoma Park on Saturday afternoon.

Before the season started, Montgomery Blair High School’s co-op ice hockey team had two factors that were arguably working against it. The first, and one that was resolved rather quickly, was that it appeared as though Blair would exceed the number of players from one school who were allowed to participate on a co-op team, forcing the Blazers to play as a singleschool club. That turned out not to be the case, however, as Kevin McCabe’s team powered forward with the same makeup it’s had in past seasons. The second, and more intangible factor, was wondering how the team would respond given that the roster didn’t contain a single senior. Every player, from leading scorer Max Kronstadt (13 goals, 9 assists, 22 points) to freshman goalie Jake Zastrow, had no more than two years of varsity experience heading into the year. So, despite the fact that a significant amount of talent, especially on defense, was on Blair’s side, no one was quite sure how good the team would actually be. “Truth be told, we’re a hair better than I thought we were going to be,” said McCabe, now in his 15th season. “Somewhere along the line they got the hockey bug — playing in summer leagues, going to camps, making themselves upwardly mobile, striving to basically improve every aspect of their game — and it’s translated into more success for the team.” Through seven games, the Blazers boast a 5-1-1 record in the MSHL with their only loss coming against the team ahead of them in the standings, the D.C. Stars (6-1-0). Alongside Kronstadt, junior captain Sebastian Rubenstein has contributed a significant chunk of offensive support with 10 goals and 11 assists (21 points). But make no mistake, said McCabe, this is far from a team with one or two standout individuals who make things work. “This is probably the most balanced team I’ve had,” McCabe said. “I’ve had better hockey players in the past, but they can’t be on the ice at all times. With this group, I can


If there is one thing swimmers do well, it’s push themselves to extraordinary heights. Therefore, as one of the Washington, D.C. area’s fastest sprinters, it goes completely against Winston Churchill High School senior Alicia Tiberino’s nature to hold back. It was the inherent internal drive of a swimmer that kept her competitive during two years of shoulder issues that started in 2011, but her body’s limitations that prevented her from going all out the way every fiber in her being wanted to. “I’m a sprinter, I have to move my arms fast but it hurt,” Tiberino said. “I was always thinking, ‘Don’t push too hard, don’t push too hard,’ and everyone was passing me. It was terrible.” No one could have blamed Tiberino for walking away from the sport; she said her parents even asked her on occasion why she put herself through so much pain. It was for the hope of swimming best times again, for helping Churchill compete for another Metros title, and for milestones like signing her letter of intent in the fall to compete at the Division I level next year at Saint Francis (Pa.) University. Tiberino waited out the storm and these days is pain-free for the first time in a long time, she said, which can only mean good things for the undefeated Bulldogs as they look to reclaim the Metros title from defending champion Thomas S. Wootton. “I knew I didn’t want to quit,” Tiberino said. “I love how I feel in the water when you’re just going fast. That’s not something I wanted to let go of. ... At the beginning of this year it didn’t hurt anymore and I felt like a new person.” Tiberino is used to defying odds. At 5-foot-4 on a good day, she is typically smaller than most of her competitors and often reminded of the challenges that presents. But she refused to be defined by the recent shoulder injury, she said. Tiberino kept the pain and frustration to herself and went about her business, scoring points for Churchill and embracing her role as an important team leader and role model for younger athletes. Brendan Roddy said he had no idea how much pain Tiberino was in, and how would he? It was not reflected in her results. As a freshman, she helped Churchill win its second Metros title in three years with 35 points, second only to then junior Natalya Ares, who is currently in her sophomore season at Division I University of Richmond. As a sophomore, Tiberino racked up 36 points off two top 6 individual results and last winter, finished fifth in the 100yard freestyle. Though Tiberino might not be Churchill’s highest scorer, her consistency is invaluable, Roddy said. Every single point matters at a championship meet — Churchill won the 2012 title by two points and finished second by six points in 2013 — and she has been among the Bulldogs’ top contributors since her freshman year. Her ability to understand how meets work and the team effort that goes into creating

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take one line off the ice, replace them with five more guys and we’re not missing a beat.” In addition to Kronstadt and Rubenstein, Kenny Johnson, Javy Lopez-Casertano, Ty Wilson, Eddie Ilgenfritz and Kristina Rexford all are part of the junior class that has been thrust into a leadership role one year early. “Our juniors are trying to be there for the freshman like the seniors have been there for us in the past,” Rubenstein said. “It’s different not having any seniors, but it could work to our advantage.” After every game, Rubenstein is meticulous about having a lengthy team chat to break down what went well and what needs improvement. Whether it’s clearing the puck out of the defensive end or tightening positioning on the power play, the team always has plenty to discuss. “One of the things our team has learned is that we kind of feel like we haven’t played our best game yet this year,” Rubenstein said. “We’re trying to get better each and every week and hopefully we can keep it up.” McCabe said while the Blazers are strong defensively, they can also fly through the neutral zone and play fast when they need to. His biggest concern this preseason was goaltending, which has been addressed by the rapidly-improving Zastrow (4.71 GAA). “He’s not Dominik Hasek yet, but he’s athletic and playing well enough for us to win,” McCabe said. Johnson, another member of the talented junior class, said he also didn’t expect Blair to be quite this good at the start of the season, but also is aware of the opportunity ahead to create some special memories if all goes well. “In the big games when it’s close, we’re the people that coach looks for to get us out of those tough situations and to get some goals up on the board,” Johnson said. “I don’t think having no seniors holds us back at all. We’re out there to play as a team and if you go out there and play as a team, the goals will come.” Added McCabe: “It’s encouraging for me as a coach to see that kind of intensity and that kind of camaraderie because it doesn’t come along very often. If you play poker long enough, you get dealt a good hand. And as a coach, I’ve been dealt a good hand.”



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Members of the visiting Dayton Contemporary dance company will perform in “Emergence,” a program featuring original



works by CityDance resident choreographer Robert Priore, on Saturday and Sunday at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore in North Bethesda. GEEKWITHALENSPHOTOGRAPHY



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After graduating from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, choreographer Robert Priore spent a year dancing with Ohio’s renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in Ohio. Now it’s the company’s time to journey east and visit him for the first time in North Bethesda, where he is resident choreographer for the CityDance Conservatory at Strathmore.



The Dayton troupe will perform a piece it commissioned from Priore as part of “Emergence,” a program entirely choreographed by Priore, running Saturday and Sunday at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore. “It’s my first stab at creating a night all by myself,” said Priore. “It’s all my vocabulary and my vision.” Priore said he’s been working on the program since August and initially thought of dancing in it himself, but decided instead to step back and focus on the big picture. “I had wanted to dance, but I thought if I wanted to really convey [what I want to convey], I had better take myself out,” he said. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1968 by dancer and future MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient Jeraldyne Blunden, who died in 1999. The company is presently run by her daughter (Debbie Blunden-Diggs), Priore said. Priore danced with DCDC’s second company for a year and also choreo-


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Young musicians ready to rock this weekend BY


According to Laura Bollettino, executive director at the School of Rock of Silver Spring, the philosophy behind the unconventional music school is “if you tell [children] they can do something, then they think they can and they do it.” “You tell them, get on-stage at The Fillmore and they say, ‘Yeah, why wouldn’t I get on stage at The Fillmore?’” Bollettino said. “Any adult would be paralyzed with fear.” Students from the School of

Rock in Silver Spring will prove Bollettino right on Sunday when they take the stage at the venue. The afternoon concert will showcase musicians from the school’s School of Rock 101 program, Performance Program, Adult Program, Silver Spring School of Rock House Band and special guest performers, Philadelphia-based Swift Technique. There will be a second show at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26. School of Rock was founded in 1998 by Paul Green. There are currently more than 15,000 students enrolled in 125 schools across seven countries.

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SCHOOL OF ROCK n When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $15 n For information: 301-9609999, fillmoresilver

Crystina Martinez, 15, sings during a School of Rock performance in downtown Silver Spring. LAURA BOLLETTINO

EMERGENCE n When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 n Where: CityDance Studio Theater, Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda

graphed two pieces for the troupe, which encouraged him to keep at it. In “Emergence” there are four new works and six others that have been performed before, said Piore, who is presenting the show with a mix of Dayton dancers and current and former students of the Conservatory.

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The Capitol Arts Network continues to spotlight “Its Own” to Jan. 25 with its inaugural resident artists’ exhibition. Pictured: “Tiger wading” by Susan Shalowitz.

The Capitol Arts Network will continue to spotlight “Its Own,” to Jan. 25 as part of an inaugural resident artists’ exhibition at the gallery in Rockville’s Twinbrook district. The January show is designed to be the first in a series of periodic exhibits highlighting the work of its more than 50 resident artists. Thirty-seven painters, sculptors, photographers and additional artisans already working in Capitol Arts Network studios are slated to take part, as well as newcomers who will become residents of the organization’s new 16-studio annex in January. For more information, visit

Crank it up!


Appalachian singers Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle have revived the traditional art of “crankies,” and incorporated it into their show which combines fiddle and banjo music, ballads, harmony singing, storytelling and flatfoot dancing.

Audiences are invited to discover “Crankies” during an Appalachian music workshop and concert hosted by Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt on Saturday. The workshop is scheduled for 4-6 p.m., with the concert to follow at 8 p.m. at Seeker’s Church, 276 Carroll Street, NW, Washington, DC., across the street from the Takoma Station on Metro’s Red Line. Long before the advent of YouTube, “crankies” created the effect of an animate tapestry via hand-cranked illustrations on a roll of fabric. Roberts-Gevalt and LapRelle incorporate the lost art into their concert, combining fiddle and banjo music, ballads, harmonizing, storytelling and flatfoot dancing. Tickets to either the workshop or the concert are $15 for members, or $20 for general admission. Combination tickets are $25 for members, $30 for general admission. Visit

Gabriela Martinez to perform at Strathmore Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez will perform Bach’s “Concerto No. 1” with the National Philharmonic, under the direction of associate conductor Victoria Gau, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Also on the program are Mozart’s “Divertimento K. 136 in D Major” and Schubert’s “Mass No. 2 in G Major.” One of Bach’s most popular concertos, “Piano Concerto No. 1” was one of the first composed for the keyboard. Martinez — orchestral soloist, chamber musician, recitalist — has performed in venues ranging from the Tokyo International Music Festival to Carnegie Hall. A free pre-concert lecture will be offered at 6:45 p.m. in the Concert Hall. For more information, visit


Pianist Gabriela Martinez will perform Bach’s “Concerto No. 1” on Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore.


The Dixieland Express will return to Damascus’ Music Cafe from 8-10 p.m. Saturday. Founded in 1999, the Express has long

Photoworks will exhibit “So Much Depends,” images from award-winning photographer Gurujeet Khalsa, to Feb. 17 at the Glen Echo gallery.

“So Much Depends,” images from award-winning photographer Gurujeet Khalsa, continues to Feb. 17 at the Photoworks Gallery at Glen Echo Park. Featuring photographs from locations as diverse as Belize and the Pacific Northwest, Khalsa captures an inner landscape that transcends place. Exhibit hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday, or by appointment. For more information, visit


(From left) Trumpet player Bob Vernier, trombonist John Stewart, drummer Joel Albert, tuba player Ken Carlson, banjo player Jules Levine and clarinetist Kirt Vener are the Dixieland Express.




delivered traditional New Orleans-style Dixieland jazz to fans throughout the Washington, D.C., area, performing at events such as the Kensington Summer Concert Series and alongside contemporaries the Potomac River Jazz Club. The Music Cafe is located at 26528 Ridge Road, Damascus. For more information, visit www.


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‘I have a dream’: Diverse group of performers gather for MLK celebration Artists honor icon with 20th anniversary tribute celebration




On Monday, the Montgomery County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee invites 2,000 area residents to honor the Civil Rights icon with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Tribute and Celebration. The 90-minute concert marks the 20th anniversary of the event and will be held at the Music Center at Strathmore. The afternoon will feature a diverse group of performers and will award honorees who serve their community. ABC 7 News anchor Leon Harris will serve as master of ceremonies. The event will feature local talent, including Washington, D.C., saxophonist Brian Lenair. Lenair, who performed at the tribute two years ago, is one of 11 acts scheduled for the celebration.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., BIRTHDAY AND TRIBUTE CELEBRATION n When: 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 n Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: Sold out, but a stand-by line begins at 2 p.m. outside the Music Center n For information:

“We held a talent search back in October,” said Rachel Reed, program chair for the event. Reed added that the panel of three judges was in search of performers who they felt were in line with the tribute celebration’s theme: “celebrate, serve, remember.” “[We wanted] finalists that we felt ... had something that related to Martin Luther King’s

purpose about serving and giving and about being together.” The afternoon’s lineup alone is a realization of King’s dream. “It does a great job of honoring him because there are so many different races, so many different creeds coming together,” said Lenair. “It’s very diverse. It has all different types of singing groups.” Lenair, who released his smooth jazz CD, “Eye of the Storm,” two years ago, said he will most likely play some original music, a gospel song and a rendition of the Beatles’ “Come Together.” Other performances include a song from a group of hearing and deaf students at Cashell Elementary School who will sing and sign a song dedicated to King. Students from the Washington Dunhuang Guzheng Academy will perform on the guzheng, a traditional Chinese string instrument.

Saxophonist Brian Lenair is just one of the performers who will appear at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Tribute Celebration on Monday. ROY COX STUDIOS

IN THE ARTS DANCES Carpe Diem Contra Dance, Feb. 13, Caller: Ann Fallon, Music by Gary Wright and Leah Weiss with Ahren Buchheister, 7-7:30 p.m. contradance workshops, 7:30-10 p.m. Contras & Squares, second Thursdays, Great Hall, Silver Spring Civics Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, $10 for general admission, $8 for members, $5 for students and those without income, Hollywood Ballroom, Jan. 15, Ballroom Bash from 8:30-10:30 p.m. ($16), Jan. 16, 23, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); Jan. 17, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Jan. 18, Ballroom Bash, workshops from 6-9 p.m., dance from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ($25 for workshop and dance, $16 for dance only); Jan. 19, free Fox Trot lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Jan. 22, Ballroom Bash, 8:30-10:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www. 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 halfprice throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Jan. 17, David Giusti and Waverly Station, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. Contra & Square, Jan. 19, Perry Shafran with Sibling Ribaldry; Jan.


26, Valerie Helbert with STEAM, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. English Country, Jan. 15, Caller: Tom Spilsbury; Jan. 22, Caller: Susan Taylor; Jan. 29, Caller: Stephanie Smith, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Swing, Jan. 18, Naomi & Her Handsome Devils, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, Jan. 19, Hickman, Glickman & Devine, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, Glen Echo Park, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Arts Barn, Singer Songwriter

Concert Series, Bonnie Whitmore with Dede Wyland & Ira Gitlin, Jan. 23; Slaid Cleaves with Tony Denikos, Feb. 22, 3 p.m. workshops at the Arts Barn or Kentlands Mansion, 7:30 p.m. concerts at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394, www. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Perry Conticchio

Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15; Tizer featuring Karen Briggs, 8 p.m. Jan. 16; Motown & More: Tribute to Legends of Motown & Soul, 8 p.m. Jan. 17; Popa Chubby, 8 p.m. Jan. 18; The Soul Serenaders, 8 p.m. Jan. 19; Gotta Swing Dance Night with Bad Influence, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22; Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion, 8 p.m. Jan. 24, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, The 9 Songwriters Series, 8 p.m. Jan. 18; Charlotte Blake Alston, 1 p.m. Jan. 25; Hot Club of San Francisco and Cinema Vivant, 8 p.m. Jan. 25; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260,

— Rockville, Claire Lynch Band, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3; Nuala Kennedy, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17; Carrie Newcomer, 7:30 p.m. March 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Christie Dashiell, jazz vocalist, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 29; Duo Sonidos, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16; BSO: Beethoven and Mozart, 8 p.m. Jan. 16; Wired In: Web and Social Media, 10 a.m. Jan. 18; Children’s Talk and Tour, 10:15 a.m. Jan. 18; Art Talk, 1 p.m. Jan. 18; National Philharmonic: Three Great Classics, 8 p.m. Jan. 18; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Tribute and Celebration, 3 p.m. Jan. 20; The 9 Songwriter Series Benefits: Ted Garber and Family, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20; Artist in Residence Education Workshop with Christie Dashiell: A Jazz Journey, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22; BSO: Marvin Hamlisch — One Singular Sensation, 8 p.m. Jan. 23; Jazz Vocal Intensive: Scat Singing 201, 10 a.m. Jan. 25, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Miss Nelson is Missing,” Jan. 17 to March 9, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270,

Arts Barn, “Blame it On Beckett,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, to Jan. 26, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, 301-258-6394, Imagination Stage, “Rumpelstiltskin,” Feb. 5 to March 16, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. Olney Theatre Center, “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying,” Jan. 29 to Feb. 23; call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, The Puppet Co., “Tales of Beatrix Potter,” Jan. 17 to Feb. 9; 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, www. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Seminar,” Feb. 5 to March 4, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Impossible! A Happenstance Circus,” Jan. 31 to Feb. 9, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, Silver Spring Stage, “The

Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” To Feb. 1, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, The Writer’s Center, Cynthia Atkins and Nathan Leslie, 2-4 p.m. Jan. 26, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664,

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “Residue:” Sharon Butler, Michael Callaghan, Steven Charles, J.D. Hastings and Toni Tiller, to Feb. 9, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162,

The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, TBA, hours are 10 a.m. to

4:30 p.m. Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. 301-897-1518. Gallery B, “New Works on Paper,” Jan. 8 to Feb. 1, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 10, gallery hours are noon to 6

p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Glenview Mansion, The Pate Painters, watercolor, oil, acrylic, gouache, pastel, pencil, to Jan. 24, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www.rockvillemd. gov. Marin-Price Galleries, March Avery, to Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Michael Sellmeyer: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, That Mostly Go Together, to Jan. 12, Common Ground Gallery; Lauren Boilini: Rabid Habits, to Jan. 12, Gibbs Street Gallery,155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www. Washington Printmakers Gallery, “South African Voices: A

New Generation of Printmakers,” to Jan. 26, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring,


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Pitching in and helping out n Musicians sing Monday at benefit for Garber family of Bethesda BY


Local musicians are turning out in force to assist one of their own at a fundraising concert on Monday at the Mansion at Strathmore. Presented by The 9 Songwriters Series, the concert is for guitarist Ted Garber of Bethesda, a singer/songwriter of blues, rock and Americana, whose wife, Rebecca, is recovering from cancer surgery. She is also undergoing chemotherapy after recently giving birth prematurely to their daughter, Sydney. “I think in music communities when a fellow co-worker gets sick, people do their benefits,” said co-organizer Justin Trawick of Arlington, Va. “It’s the way we know how to help.” Founder of The 9 Songwriters Series, guitarist Trawick is organizing the event with banjoist Cathy Fink of the Grammywinning Cathy & Marcy [Marxer] duo from Kensington. Joining them will be Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Tom Paxton and blues rocker Patty Reese, along with Songwriter regulars Jason Ager and Tiffany Thompson, who are performing at Strathmore for the first time. Also part of the lineup are Christylez Bacon and Maureen Andary, former artists in residence at Strathmore, and Grammy-winner Jon Carroll, one of their mentors during their residencies. Carroll and Fink were also mentors to Garber, an artist in residence during the 2011-2012 season. Fink said she has performed twice for the Songwriter series, which changes its lineup for ev-


Guitarist Jason Trawick (second from left) of Arlington, Va., founded The 9 Songwriters Series in 2008. The group of performers sing solo and also collaborate for concerts, with lineups that change for each show.

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Local musicians associated with The 9 Songwriter Series are donating their time on Monday at the Mansion at Strathmore for a concert to benefit guitarist Ted Garber (pictured), whose wife, Rebecca, is battling cancer. ery show. During concerts, musicians each perform solo and also back each other up. “It’s like a very fun whirlwind,” said Fink. “You have an extremely short period of time to present your song and collaborate with other singers and writers.” Strathmore, the performers and the sound engineer are donating their space, time and efforts for the Garber concert, she said. There will also be a silent auction with items such as tickets to Strathmore events, music-related gear, a guitar track donated by a well-known musician and possibly some donated studio time, said Fink. Proceeds will help cover the costs of hospital and outpatient treatments, medical support and

GARBER FAMILY BENEFIT n When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 n Where: Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda n Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door n For information: strathmore. org, (type in Garber)

general living expenses that include long hotel stays near Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “[Ted] is cutting back on his shows so he can be present with [his wife and daughter],” Fink said.

Nine different performers for the price of one. That’s what you get with a ticket to The 9 Songwriters Series concert at the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday in Germantown. “As singer-songwriters, we’re always struggling to get out of that bar atmosphere and get into larger venues,” said Justin Trawick of Arlington, Va., who first developed the idea in 2008. “It’s tough, if you don’t have the drawing power alone,” he said. “But with a combination in a collective, you have the influence to pack the room.” Performing Saturday will be guitarist Trawick, Margot MacDonald, Ryan Walker, Andy Zipf, Amanda Lee, Bradley Rhodes, Victoria Vox, Justin Jones and Don Kim. “We’re all very professional in our own right,” said Trawick about the range of music offered to audiences — everything from folk and Americana to pop, R&B and jazz.

The nature of the show depends on the lineup, which varies with every concert. “It’s always original, and it’s fun,” he said. Each performer sings several songs, with the sequence of singers randomly determined by picking names out of a hat. “When they’re on stage, they can do whatever they want,” Trawick said. Performers may also ask other singers to lend backup on instruments or vocals. “It’s very relaxed,” said Cathy Fink, of the Cathy & Marcy duo, which has performed twice with the series. “There’s a good vibe from [the performers] and the audience,” she said. There’s also a spontaneous feeling about the Songwriters shows, because the performers don’t have much time to rehearse with one another. “It’s sort of spur of the moment, and we fly by the seat of our pants,” Trawick said. The concerts offer the performers a sometimes rare chance to work with other musicians, he said. Focusing just on developing your own career can be “a lonely business,” Trawick said. “You can get very independent,” he said. “You enjoy the

THE 9 SONGWRITERS SERIES n When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 n Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown n Tickets: $22 n For information: 240-9121058,,

collaboration with other artists.” Trawick has duplicated his local success by tapping into his growing network of singersongwriters to present The 9 concerts up and down the East Coast and in California. “I’ve got them in my iPhone, and they’re organized by city,” he said. By performing in the series, musicians help themselves by gaining broader exposure in a larger venue while helping others to also develop their careers.” “It’s good for me, and good for a lot of people in the area,” he said.

A SEAL team tragedy BY




n 3 stars


n Rated R; 121 minutes

Roughly half of “Lone Survivor” is a standard-issue Hollywood treatment of a recent, bloody and, in human terms, tragic 2005 Navy SEAL mission to eliminate an al-Qaida operative in the Afghanistan mountain region of Hindu Kush. But the other half — the hour or so of writer-director Peter Berg’s film dealing specifically with what happens when four men are cut off in Taliban country, scrambling under fire — is strong, gripping stuff, free of polemics, nerve-wracking in the extreme. This is a straight, hard, do-ordie scenario, vividly re-created by Berg. He adapts the best-seller “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10,” written by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. Mark Wahlberg plays Luttrell. His fellow SEALs are portrayed by Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch, with Eric Bana as their commander back at Bagram Air Field, monitoring what becomes a terrible ambush. Berg’s movie gets through its introductions effi-

w No ing! w Sho F.

Scott Fitzgerald Theater

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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly

Jan. 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.

$18 to $16



The family is celebrating when a mysterious inspector comes to call. It becomes clear that they are implicated in a young women’s death. Join us for an exciting whodunnit that will keep you guessing to the very end.

n Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kisch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Ali Suliman n Directed by Peter Berg

ciently, though without much in the way of character detail. We know from the start who lives and who dies; Wahlberg’s Luttrell provides the voice-over at the outset, while we see him being saved by a rescue team. The heart of the film is pure crisis and response. Kitsch plays Mike Murphy, the special ops team leader; Foster, the communications specialist Matthew “Axe” Axelson. Hirsch’s Danny Dietz, gunner’s mate, completes the quartet, dispatched by helicopter to a remote mountainside perch near the village where their target has been spotted. And then it goes wrong. They’re ambushed, and for the better part of “Lone Survivor” we see them shot, thrown down boulder-strewn inclines, fight back, attempt to regain a foothold. The actors know what’s required of them. You wouldn’t call an actor such as Foster an underplayer, but Berg manages to get all his actors in the same movie and keep conventional histrionics to a minimum. The situations that make up “Lone Survivor” are harrowing to begin with; they don’t need goosing. Berg shot the film in the mountains and sound stages of New Mexico, and the size of the picture feels right for the scope of this true-life story. The adaptation doesn’t make room for much beyond the kinetic horror of the ambush. When Luttrell meets a local villager (Ali Suliman) who harbors the American from the Taliban, the movie takes a couple of shortcuts back into Hollywood territory. Sometimes, things that really happened have a way of seeming slightly phony on screen. Wahlberg remains one of our most reliable and least actorly of movie stars, innately macho but vulnerable enough to seem like a human being caught in an inhuman situation. Berg’s film pays attention to every setback, every moment lost or won on that mountain.


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‘Almost’ there Small town life, love come alive in ‘Almost, Maine’




Never underestimate the importance of living in a small town. Sure, the excitement from the everyday hustle and bustle isn’t quite as big, but that only leaves more time for people to interact, tell stories and fall in love. Such is the case in John Cariani’s play, “Almost, Maine,” which is being performed by the Upcounty Theatre at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The play features nine vignettes all taking place in the enchanted little town of Almost, Maine. Each little story explores love — both gained and lost. Denise Smith, who plays Rhonda, said she originally had never heard of the play, but quickly fell in love with both the script and her character. “[Rhonda’s] best friend in the whole world is Dave and they’ve been really good friends for a long, long time,” Smith said. “Rhonda’s kind of a tomboy and I really felt when I read the script for the first time that you’re supposed to believe that maybe she’s a lesbian. But she loves Dave. … You find out she’s never kissed a guy, she doesn’t know how and she just likes guy things.” Director Matti Jane Dickenson had the idea to do “Almost, Maine,” and brought the suggestion to the Upcounty Theatre board. Dickenson, according to Smith, came prepared by offering the board different ways to do the show spending varying amounts of money. “The president, Jeff Smith, was pretty intrigued,” Smith said. “… Matti presented it so well. She had schematics and


n When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18 n Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown n Tickets: $8-$15 n For information: 301-5282260;

everything planned out. … Matti is absolutely wonderful and young and fresh with a lot of experience from college and some post-grad work.” “Almost, Maine,” is the second show Dickenson has directed. Her first was a threewoman production with no set pieces and the actors remaining on stage throughout. Needless to say, with a cast of 15 and a full crew, “Almost, Maine,” is a bit different. “I think it’s such a perfect show for this company and the space and time that we have,” Dickenson said. “We just finished the holidays. We’re getting ready to go into Valentine’s Day and it’s a perfect time for it. We have this perfectly fine frigid air that helps set the mood!” Smith said she has really enjoyed working with the cast and playing Rhonda might have opened her eyes a little. “Playing Rhonda has helped me personally explore parts of me that I think needed some exploring and maybe nurturing,” Smith said. “Rhonda’s a [tough girl] and [I’m] exploring that part of [me] and I kind of want to see that just a little more.” For Dickenson, she hopes the audiences walks away knowing unexpected things can sometimes happen and they can be good. “You have to not take things too seriously,” Dickenson said. “You have to have fun with love.”


Thomas Gower as Chad and Jacob Lucas as Randy rehearse a scene for “Almost, Maine.”


Continued from Page B-5 The Conservatory grads, now in college, will perform a piece about “what happens after a person [dies] and what happens with the people still there,” said Priore. Also scheduled is a solo about the feeling of freedom after a long struggle, and a duet about love. “It’s about finding a love who will be there no matter what, and how that can happen unexpectedly,” he said. The longest work in “Emergence” is a five-section piece called “Os Padroes,” a Portuguese word for patterns. It was inspired by the work of Dayton artist Willis “Bing” Davis, whom Priore got to know while performing in Ohio. “It came out of a collabora-

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tion between myself and Bing,” Priore said. Looking at one of Davis’ paintings called “Ancestral Spirit Dance,” he began to hear the music of Brazil and the Caribbean in his head and choreographed the piece with that in mind. The dance is set to music by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain, and the Belgian/African vocal ensemble Zap Mama. “There are four dancers from Dayton, four alumni and three current students in it,” he said. Priore said he is very glad to be hosting a first-time visit by the Dayton dancers to CityDance. “It’s like a dream come true to have both [companies] working together,” he said. “It’s awesome.”


CityDance will present “Emergence,” a program featuring original work by its resident choreographer Robert Priore, on Saturday and Sunday at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore in North Bethesda.


Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore in the romantic drama “Her,” directed by Spike Jonze.

‘Her’ makes a perfect love connection BY



A delicate, droll masterwork, writerdirector Spike Jonze’s “Her” sticks its neck out, all the way out, asserting that what the world needs now and evermore is love, sweet love. Preferably between humans, but you can’t have everything all the time. It tells a love story about a forlorn writer, whose firm — — provides busy, digitally preoccupied customers with personalized correspondence crafted by professionals like Theodore Twombly, played by refreshingly rage-free and wholly inspired Joaquin Phoenix. Theodore is smarting from a marital breakup he’s not ready to process, legally or emotionally. He has a filmmaker friend, played by Amy Adams, living in his building in a Los Angeles of the very near future, perhaps 30 years from now. This is a city whose interiors are dominated by reds and pinks and salmon tones, as if the entire culture had taken an oath to view itself through rose-colored glasses. Theodore buys the latest new gadget, the iPhone of its day. It is an advanced “operating system” that is simply a voice. Not a face. Not a body. Not a person, but a carefully rendered collection of so much intelligence, so many programmed human traits and quirks and speech patterns and interests and desires that, well, why not? Why not call her your girlfriend and take it from there? No grief; no apparent emotional neediness; no accusing glances, like the ones we see in beautifully rendered flashback, showing Theodore’s life and times with his wife, portrayed by Rooney Mara. I love this film, and I’m one of the most technophobic and least gadget-centric people on the planet. It’s unusually witty science fiction and it’s unfashionably sincere, as well as a work of such casual visual inspiration that a second viewing of “Her” feels more like a first. This is the fourth feature from Jonze, and the first in which he directs his own script. Jonze has learned well from his earlier work. He met his poetic screwball match in screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for “Being John Malkovich” and “Adap-

(From left) Joaquin Phoenix and Olivia Wilde in the romantic drama “Her.” tation,” and his more recent and fiercely divisive “Where the Wild Things Are” sent half the audience into emotional shock and the other half into emotional shock followed by immense gratitude. “Her” is a more even-toned work, but not in a blanded-out way. The high-waisted beltless pants of the future alone make this film worth seeing. Jonze works with some creatively fabulous designers, among them production designer K.K. Barrett and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema, creating a futuristic L.A. where everyone seems a little calmer but a little more isolated. The earbuds in so many ears may as well be space dividers. Theodore’s path to Samantha, the operating system with the voice of Scarlett Johansson, involves a blind date with a gorgeous but touchy and insecure woman (Olivia Wilde, mercurial and striking) and a lot of blissfully easygoing debriefing with Theodore’s platonic-ish soul mate, the Adams character, rendered with unusual emotional transparency and the lightest of touches. Phoenix is remarkable as Theodore; he never rolls over for an obvious laugh. Sitting alone in his apartment, playing the latest immersive video game, he paws the air like a chipmunk as his gam-

HER n 4 stars n R; 119 minutes n Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara n Directed by Spike Jonze

ing avatar burrows into tunnels. It’s a sad but truly funny image, and the film’s full of such double-sided gems. Where does the love story take Theodore and his new thrill? Better you find out for yourself. Jonze’s truisms sometimes have a somewhat predigested ring to them (“The heart expands in size the more you love”), but as Theodore and Samantha reach a relationship crossroads, the film becomes more and more amazing in its high-wire act. It is a small film made by enormous talents working in harmony. Jonze’s first solo script is topical in the right ways, and forward-thinking in the right ways. We’re living in this enticingly lonely world, more or less, already. But does Siri really understand your needs?


Continued from Page B-5 Bollettino and her husband Jeff opened two School of Rock locations in Virginia: one in Vienna in July 2006 and one in Ashburn in July 2007. The two took over the Silver Spring location in September 2007. “My husband and I were both involved in corporate America and as our kids were getting older, we realized we were missing out on a lot,” Bollettino said. “This was a unique concept … we really saw it made [students] really good, really fast.” School of Rock is a performance-based music school with an emphasis on fun. “We always joke around and say, ‘Don’t tell the kids we’re a serious music school,” Bollettino said. But School of Rock means business. Students are first enrolled in School of Rock 101, teaching basic skills through 45-minute private lessons and 90-minute group sessions. Students then move on to the Performance Program, which consists of 45-minute private lessons and a final show. The students rehearse for three hours, once a week in preparation for the end-of-season show at the end of the 12-13 week session. Teachers at the school come from a range of backgrounds. “We use a combination of teachers,” Bollettino said. “ … [some] are gigging musicians, some have degrees, some have just a lot of experience.” But the headmaster is studio manager Forrest Hainline IV. “I like to think of myself as the principal of School of Rock,” Hainline said. “I promote a culture that is fun and safe and comfortable and inspiring for students.” A Montgomery County native and a graduate of the Landon School in Bethesda, Hainline has been with School of Rock of Silver Spring for one and a half years.


Gabby Chuke, 12 and a student at the School of Rock, performs in downtown Silver Spring. “I really never thought of teaching,” said Hainline, who graduated from Augustana College in Illinois. “Even two years into it I never thought I was qualified, but people kept asking me to come back.” On top of teaching private lessons, Hainline also leads students in the Performance Program and has prepared all of the students performing in Saturday’s concert. “We give them song assignments …” Hainline said. “Students come in once a week for three hours and start chipping away.” According to Hainline, Saturday’s concert, which is divided into two parts, “What’s His Name Is?!” and “Who’s That Grrrl?!” is a celebration of songs about guys and girls. The lineup includes Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia,” “Hey Jude,” by the Beatles and “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” by the Ramones. Though School of Rock’s emphasis is

obviously on the music, both Bollettino and Hainline said the program helps its students develop skills applicable to other areas of their lives as well. “Part of being an artist and being a gigging musician is you have to do promotion,” Bollettino said. “Selling tickets, making posters.” School of Rock students have vowed to sell 400 tickets on their own for Saturday’s performance. Bollettino added that School of Rock also builds self-assurance in its students. “One of the things I’ve seen over and over again, by getting on stage and pushing through your fears, you gain confidence,” Bollettino said. “The feeling of accomplishment and ‘I did it’ and ‘I learned this hard piece of music,’ that can translate to any obstacle they’ll face in the future.”

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M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M FREE FOOD GIVEM AWAY BYGRACE POTOMAC HSKPR M Anyone 1-9 pm. Legal. Drive, M LIFE. M needing help will be Good English. LaunNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in accordance with the Bylaws of M Global Executives, Hiking, Skiing, M eli-gible, no questions dry. Min 2yrs Exp. the Association that the Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Playful Pets. Theatre, Music, M asked. Sat. Jan. 25. Call 301.887.3212. M Waters Landing Association originally scheduled for November 2pm - 4pm. Venue: Lovingly Awaits 1st Baby M 8730 Cherry Lane, M 20, 2013, and which was adjourned for a lack of quorum, has M Lau-rel, MD 20707. been rescheduled and will be held at the following date, time and M M Expenses Paid.M FMI please call place: M Ijeh M on 301.219.7174 1-800-933-1975 M or astor@gracelifecenM GP2363 DATE: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED ANNUAL MEETING WATERS LANDING ASSOCIATION, INC.

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MOST HOLY APOSTLE, St. Jude, faithful (1-15-14)

HOPING TO PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T intends to submit a Section 106 sub- ADOPT: Loving married couple mission for a proposed telecommunication longs to adopt newfacility (Girard St) located at 400 Victory born We promise a Farm Drive, Gaithersburg, Montgomery lifetime of unconditionCounty, Maryland 20877. AT&T is publish- al love, opportunities ing this notice in accordance with federal and security. Expensregulation 37CFR 1.1307, the NEPA and es Paid. Please call Tricia & Don anytime the ACHP 36 CFR 800. A 150 foot stealth at 1-800-348-1748 tower will be constructed in place of an existing light pole, within a 24 foot by 28 foot proposed fenced compound area. An 11.5 to advertise foot by 12 foot equipment shelter will be in- Realtors & Agents stalled within the compound. The overall call height of the tower will be 150 feet. Parties 301.670.2641 interested in submitting comments or questions regarding any potential effects of the existing facility on Historic Properties may do so by contacting Rebecca Grant, to advertise (AT&T) at 7150 Standard Dr., Hanover, MD Rentals & for sale 21076, 410.712.7768 or by owner (1-15-14)

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Business Development Specialist Assist in design market research strategies to pinpoint higher profit-yielding business practices and markets. Research market conditions in various demographics. Compile and identify customer demands based on statistical evidence. Assist in creating pricing strategies for services/packages. MBA. Knldge of &/or exp in Tencent QQ instant messaging software, Sina Weibo, Kingsoft WPS Office 2012 and Baidu Cloud. Res to job loc: Evergreen Settlement Comp, Inc., Attn: S. Chang, 8923 Shady Grove Ct, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.


Earn $300-$500/wk. M-F, No nights or wknds. Must have own car & valid. Drivers lic. Se Habla Espanol.

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Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

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FOOD SERVICE ∂ Chef or Experienced Cook - Some weekends, experience with & knowledge of production systems essential, food safety certified & computer preferred. ∂ Line Server/Food Prep Helper - Part time ∂ Utility/Dishwasher - Part time Reliable transportation is essential. Apply in person, M-F @ 2pm, Sandy Spring Friends School, 16923 Norwood Rd. Sandy Spring, MD 20860, 301-7747455 ext. 128, EOE

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Firm located in Rockville MD has two open positions. Driver qualified driver with CDL- B license to deliver materials to customer sites and load and unload trucks. Day shift. Warehouse Workerverifies counts, unload trucks, and pull materials for jobs. 2nd shift. Both positions require forklift experience and are able to lift 50 lbs. Must work over-time when necessary. We offer competitive pay and benefits package. Submit application on line EOE/M/F/V/D

Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524 CTO SCHEV


Full-Time Nurses Skilled Nursing Facility seeking experienced Registered Nurses for FT 3-11 shifts. Apply in person and take the PreEmployment Exam at 1235 Potomac Valley Road Rockville MD 20850 EOE.



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

Skilled Trades

HANDYMAN General Maintenance 25 hr/wk. Vehicle (truck) Required. Good driving record. Send resume to Weekend work also required NO PHONE CALL PLEASE

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Certified Nursing Assistant

Lab Technician Andrologist The A.R.T Institute of Washington Inc. has an immediate opening for an Andrologist in Bethesda, MD. College education or cert. in a biological or chemical science pref. US citizenship req. Previous andrology experience &/or background check for work in a DOD facility is beneficial. Will train a qualified applicant. Work schedule requires some weekends & holiday work. EOE

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

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(GNA & Med Tech a plu$) Asst. Living in a rural home enviroment, Brookeville, MD Must have own transp. or fax: 301-570-1182

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The successful candidate must be detail-oriented & have superior communication and organizational skills. We seek a lab colleague who has the drive and enthusiasm for patient contact, quality control, regulatory compliance and who functions well independently.

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Montgomery County Public Schools Division of Maintenance NOW HIRING


Please fax or email your resume to Aidita James at 888-399-7045 or

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Opticians, Fashion Eye Glass Fitters & Med Techs 2 yrs college min/retail exp, will train. Must own car, F/T including Sat. Salary $12-$26/hr & ben. Apply in person

for location call Doctors On Sight, 301-540-1200 or 703-506-0000


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Automotive Call 301-670-7100 or email



07 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS #364333A, $$ 5 Speed Manual, 1


Owner, 44k Miles

04 Honda Element EX #362045B, 4 Speed $ $ Auto, 1-Owner, 4WD


10 Toyota Corolla LE #470348A, $$ 4 Speed Auto, 40k Miles


05 Bmw X3 $$ #363412A, Auto, 2.5i, 4WD


09HyundaiVeracruzLTD #364523A, 6 Speed $ $ Auto, 1-Owner, Sport



11 Toyota Camry LE #P8864, 1 Owner, $ 6 Speed Auto, $

13 Hyundai Velostar #467009A, $ 6 Speed Auto,1 Owner,$

4-DR, Silver Metallic

38k Miles



4 Door

10k Miles, Coupe



2013 GOLF 2 DOOR

2014 PASSAT S 2.5L

11,800 MSRP $17,810

11 Toyota Camry LE #472182A, $$ 6 Speed Auto,

13 Ne Beetles & Bewet Convertibles le 19 Availabl Stock Units eOnIn ly

OURISMAN VW # 7373771, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

12 Ford Focus SEL #351136A, $ 6 Speed Auto, $

$5,000 OFF 20

12 Nissan Altima S #470192A, CVT $ $ Trans, 2.5. Low Miles




08 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 3.0L

#1679497, Power Windows/Locks, Sunroof, Auto, Loaded

#457003B, 7 Speed Auto,, Mars Red



2006 Toyota Camry LE........... $8,800 $8,800 2010 Toyota Prius II............ $16,800 $16,800 #462007A, 5 SpeedAuto, Indigo Ink Pearl #P8874, CVT Trans, 1 Owner, 25k Miles, Barcelona Red

$9,800 2007 Lexus IS 250.............. $18,800 $18,800 2006 Toyota Corolla S........... $9,800 #450075B, 4 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, Indigo Ink Pearl #4377591A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, Obsidian

MSRP $24,490 - $5,000 OFF BUY FOR

#9009449, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Cruise Control

MSRP $20,860



#3096306, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Heated Seats, Bluetooth, Cruise Control



OR 0% for 60 MONTHS





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#7234651, Automatic Power Windows, Power Locks, Bluetooth

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MSRP $25,155

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2010 Jeep Liberty Sport....... $15,500 $15,500 2011 Toyota Avalon............ $19,800 $19,800 #467042A, 4 WD, 4 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, Silver Metallic #478001A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, 4 Door 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L. ... $15,800 $15,800 2009 Nissan Murano SL....... $20,800 $20,800 #460070A, 5 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner #P8851A, CVT Trans, 4WD, Sport Utility 2011 Honda Accord LX-P...... $16,800 $16,800 2014 Toyota Camry LE.......... $21,800 $21,800 #472112A, 1 Owner, 5 SpeedAuto, 39k Miles, Metal Metallic #378075A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, 307 Miles, Clearwater Blue Metallic

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1999 SAAB 9-5..............#V674887A, Green, 83,144 miles..............$5,991 2011 Jetta Sedan..........#V0019A, Silver, 47,603 miles.................$12,995 2010 Routan...................#VP0021,White, 53,686 miles.................$13,999 2012 Mazda 6................#VPR0023, Black, 44,340 miles...............$14,995 2011 Toyota Corolla......#VP0020, Black, 30,992 miles.................$15,491 2012 Nissan Altima......#VPR0024, Gray, 42,366 miles................$15,995 2012 Honda CR-Z..........#V448990A, Black, 24,198 miles.............$15,995 2012 Jetta SE................#VPR61113, Silver, 34,537 miles.............$16,495 2012 Beetle....................#V20016, Silver, 10,890 miles.................$16,495

2012 Passat S................#VPR0016, Gray, 37,800 miles................$16,995 2013 Jetta SE................#V693295A, Red, 3,179 miles..................$18,995 2013 Jetta SE................#VPR0012, Silver, 3,693 miles..................$18,999 2013 Jetta SE................#VPR0011, Silver, 4,491 miles..................$18,999 2011 CC..........................#VP0022, Black, 30,272 miles..................$18,999 2011 Honda CRV...........#V003776A, Gray, 37,086 miles...............$19,995 2011 Tiguan S................#VPR0017,White, 32,529 miles...............$20,995 2012 CC..........................#V502916A, Silver, 35,715 miles..............$21,995

All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 01/31/14.

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2010 FORD F-150: P l a t i n u m Supercrew, 4x4, 40900 miles, black, leather, navigation, rear view camera, tow package, excellent condition, $ 1 4 9 0 0 , m



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2007 BMW 3 Series 328Xi #445067A, AWD, Automatic



With Bluetooth #13114 2 At This Price: VINS: 204558, 263232

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2012 Nissan Altima 2.5s

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2006 Honda CR-V LX

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2013 Nissan Frontier S #347529A, Auto, 2WD, 1 Owner, Pick Up

#25014 2 At This Price: VINS: 607679, 602755

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