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Sheila (left) and Katherine Lyon of Kensington went missing at Wheaton Plaza in 1975.

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Five of the County Council’s nine members voted Tuesday to cut the Pulte Homes proposal to build 1,000 homes in the Ten Mile Creek watershed west of Interstate 270 in Clarksburg to 538 homes — equal to a 6 percent cap on impervious surfaces. The members also voted to place a impervious surface cap of 15 percent on the Miles-Coppola site, where the Peterson Cos. has proposed a Tanger fashion outlet center.

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Katie Ledecky, of Stone Ridge, laps the other swimmers in the girls 500-yard freestyle in the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming Championships on Saturday in Germantown.


At a news conference Tuesday in Rockville, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger points to a police mug shot of Lloyd Lee Welch, who police think may have been in contact with the Lyon sisters before they disappeared in 1975 in Wheaton. At left is Steve Vogt, a special agent with the FBI.

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The few minutes between the end of warmups and the start of a swimming championship is usually a time when swimmers focus inward, get themselves in the right frame of mind for the upcoming competition. Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart junior Katie Ledecky spent those moments at Saturday’s Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving championships signing autographs for and taking pictures with young fans who approached her on the Germantown Indoor Swim center pool deck. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist didn’t even turn away admirers that horded around her on occasion in between her events — ultimately Stone Ridge coach Robert Walker escorted them away until after the meet — and when everything


Montgomery County police are hoping to find out more about Lloyd Lee Welch, a convicted sex offender, and his possible connection to the disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon almost 39 years ago from Wheaton Plaza. Police say they have confirmed he was at the mall the day the girls disappeared.

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Police shed new light on an almost 39-year-old missing person case Tuesday when they identified a convicted sex offender they believe may have had contact with two Kensington girls the day they disappeared. The girls, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, ages 12 and 10, walked to Wheaton Plaza, as it was known at the time, for lunch on March 25, 1975, and vanished. At a news conference Tuesday, Montgomery County police identified 57-year-old Lloyd Lee Welch, a convicted sex offender, and said they have confirmed he was at the mall the day the girls disappeared. Investigators have traveled to Delaware, where Welch is serving a prison sentence for raping young girls, to talk to him, Assistant Police Chief Russell Hamill said. Chief J. Thomas Manger declined to comment on how those interviews have gone and what police have learned in them. Welch has served jail time for



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The story of a disappearance almost 39 years ago has haunted Montgomery County, resurfacing periodically with remembrances or potential leads to a still unsolved crime. Two young girls walking a half-mile to Wheaton Plaza were never seen again. On March 25, 1975, the Lyon sisters went to the mall for pizza and window shopping. They vanished, shattering a sense of safety that made it common for kids to walk to the local mall un-

See CASE, Page A-7 multiple convictions of sexual offenses and raping young girls in Virginia, South Carolina and Delaware, Manger said. He has not been charged in connection with the Lyons’ case. “If we were able to charge

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someone, we would have done it,” Manger said. According to police, witnesses from that day told investigators they saw Welch “paying

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Clarksburg continues to honor former classmate Clarksburg High School’s second-annual Dance Marathon on Friday night and Saturday morning raised $13,332 for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, plus the promise of future chances to honor former student Sam Moore. Forty-six students stayed at the high school from 9 p.m. Friday to about 9 a.m. the next morning for the all-night fundraiser. Last year’s marathon in memory of Moore, who died of a brain tumor in August 2012, brought in nearly $20,000. English teacher Jessica Douglass, along with her husband and fellow Clarksburg English teacher, David, sponsored the 10-member student committee producing this year’s event, with the hope that the dance marathon will become more and more student-led in years to come. “We delegate a lot of the work to students, and they come up with the ideas and implement them,” Douglass said. “We talk to the people who need adults to talk to, but for the most part we try to make it their thing and do less and less for them.” The Douglasses graduated in 2003 from Penn State, home of the 48-hour dance marathon for pediatric cancer. The popularity and purpose of the event stuck with the couple, and they hoped to make the Clarksburg dance marathon following Moore’s death into a similar tradition. Although the bulk of the money was raised in the 12 weeks leading up to the marathon, other


funds came from a Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation 5K race in October, bake sales and donations, and fundraisers through local businesses. In addition, the school held a coffee house marathon kickoff event from 6 to 9 p.m. that was open to the public. The students had activities such as performances, games and “Minute to Win It”-style challenges throughout the night. “This is only the second year it’s happened, but the seniors were so sad after this year ended, saying, ‘I can’t believe this is our last one,’” Jessica Douglass said. “That was a real indicator that this is something that can last and we can make bigger.” Based in part on the visible effort made by the Clarksburg community to raise money in honor of Moore, Jeanne Young, president of the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation, raised the possibility of awarding a grant to fund either primitive neuro-ectodermal tumor or pediatric glioblastoma multiforme; Moore was initially diagnosed with the former and had the latter when he relapsed. The foundation would not make any changes to its existing grant review process; rather, it would extend a call for applications in that research area. With plans in place to continue the event and fundraising for the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation, starting anew with a Potbelly’s fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at 20940 Frederick Road,

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Paige Arensmeyer (left), 17, and Sydney Lufsey, 16, along with many other Clarksburg High School students, participate in an all-night dance marathon Friday and Saturday at the school to benefit the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation in honor of former student Sam Moore. the dance marathon doesn’t show any signs of stopping any time soon. “I just hope that we’re getting kids not only to think about a cause bigger than themselves but sort of empower them to realize they can do that,” Douglass said. “These kids are going to walk away from this more confident, more mature, and they can bring this to college and start something. Even if we only raise $2,000 next year, if we’re instilling that in kids, I feel like we’ve done our job.”

Relay for Life captains meetings Damascus Relay for Life will hold its team captain meetings from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March

FRIDAY, FEB. 14 Church of the Redeemer’s Sweet Heart Banquet, 7 p.m., Hilton Gaith-

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ian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville. $15 suggested donation. 301-762-7666.

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13 and April 10 at Damascus United Methodist Church. Anyone who would like to start a team can come to a meeting or register at This year’s Relay will be held May 3 at the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department Activities Building and grounds, 10211 Lewis Drive. The church is at 9700 New Church Road. Call 301-562-3612 for more information. The annual Relay for Life is held in conjunction with the American Cancer Society and offers an opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote ways for people to reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer, according to the organization’s website.

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When his owner calls, Rocco follows. The owner — Potomac resident Eric “Rick” Bernthal — beckoned his dog to join him in his sunlit sitting room early Friday morning and the chocolate-colored canine climbed into his lap without hesitation. A 3-year-old rescue dog from the Washington Humane Society, Rocco has had four leg surgeries in his short life and has only just begun to roam his home like a normal dog. Rocco is a pit bull, one of thousands in Maryland that could be separated from their owners if they were accused of biting, regardless of whether they had previously exhibited dangerous behavior. “Imagine if someone told me I couldn’t own Rocco,” Bernthal said. “He’s a member of my family. It’s just wrong.” Bernthal, chairman of the board of directors for the Humane Society of the United States, is a staunch advocate for striking down a Maryland Court of Appeals opinion that makes the dog owner liable for any damages if he knew the biting dog was a pit bull. The opinion, also known as the Solesky decision, does not require plaintiffs to prove the dog was dangerous if it is known that the dog is a pit bull. The decision also makes landlords liable for damages if they knew a pit bull was on their property. “The problem is irresponsible ownership, not the dog,” Bernthal said. “Breed-specific legislation has the impact of denying to people ownership of dogs that they would love to have as pets, but it also has this profound impact on particular dogs. “It’s a death warrant for them because these dogs end up in shelters, people don’t adopt them, and they’re put down.” Bernthal did not grow up with pit bulls, but dogs have always been a part of his family, he said. From age 4 to 60 he raised boxers but he adopted his first pit bull after his son, “Mob City” actor Jon Bernthal, introduced him to the breed. “I began to learn, even before I was on the board, how much prejudice there is and how desperately they need homes,” Bernthal said. “These pit bulls




Rick Bernthal, chairman of the Humane Society of the United States board, gets a kiss from his 3-year-old rescue pit bull, Rocco, at his Potomac home Friday are animals which have a terrible reputation, and it’s completely undeserved.” Bernthal, a retired corporate lawyer, first got involved with the Humane Society of the United States, the country’s largest animal protection organization, after accepting a pro bono case about horse soring, the illegal practice of intentionally inflicting pain on a horse’s hooves to encourage an exaggerated gait called the “Big Lick.” He said he had always been interested in animal rights but did not have time to take on advocacy work. Bernthal brought a 57-count indictment against a prominent trainer practicing horse soring, a successful case that seriously damaged the industry, he said. In 2007, Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of HSUS, encouraged him to join the board of directors, a body that oversees the nonprofit and its staff. He accepted the invitation and in 2012, Pacelle asked him to become the board’s chairman. With 26 years of experience at the law firm Latham & Watkins, 12 of them spent as a managing partner for the Washington, D.C., office, Bernthal said it would have been tough to persuade him to leave it all if it weren’t for an organization like HSUS. “I love practicing law, loved the firm, building the firm, and it would have taken something really special to make me give it up and that’s what happened,” Bernthal said. The Solesky decision was announced only days after Bernthal was announced as chairman. After the Maryland Court of Appeals announced its opinion in April 2012, the HSUS looked for an op-

portunity to challenge the ruling, finding it in a special session of the Maryland General Assembly held to discuss casino gambling. Although bills eliminating the breed-specific language passed both houses, the Senate and House versions used different language, and the chambers could not reconcile the differences. HSUS tried again during the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Legislators successfully passed bills in both chambers but the conference report, which was a compromise between the bills, was not brought up for a vote in the House of Delegates. For the current session, state Sen. Brian E. Frosh and Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons have each introduced breed-neutral dog-bite bills. “We think it’s vital that the legislation pass because this problem is still out there and it still causes people to be unable to keep pit bull dogs,” Bernthal said. Still, Bernthal said, this legislation is not the ideal solution toward the ultimate goal of preventing dog bites. “Any legislation that speaks to breed is wrong, but we would have preferred legislation that encouraged people to train their dogs and be responsible pet owners,” he said. Bernthal is modest about his accomplishments, Pacelle said, but his leadership has been a “great boon” to HSUS. “It’s very personal for Rick. He has rescued a number of pit bull-type dogs and he knows that they can make great companions,” Pacelle said. “To cast all of the animals as dangerous is wrong on the fact and is a threat to the well-being of the dogs and a real problem for the owners of these animals.”

Someone at Watkins Mill School has been sick with tuberculosis, but there is only a small chance that others at the Gaithersburg school may have been infected, according to Montgomery County health officials. School officials would not identify the person or say if the victim is a student or a staff member. The person is being treated and students and staff are no longer exposed to the disease, according to a Feb. 6 letter to parents from county health officer Ulder J. Tillman and Principal Scott Murphy. Tuberculosis, a contagious bacterial disease, usually affects the lungs and also can affect the brain, kidneys and spine, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet sent to parents. Cindy Edwards, a senior nurse administrator at the county Department of Health and Human Services, said she doesn’t anticipate the individual will have infected others at the school. Edwards said county officials will look at the individual’s schedule and determine who at the school might have been in close enough contact in late 2013 or early 2014 to warrant testing them for infection. County health officials will test the individual’s family members, she said. She said she didn’t have an estimate for how many people might need to be tested as the health department is still investigating. Watkins Mill has about 1,425 students and 175 staff members, according to county school system spokesman Dana Tofig. Students and staff would not catch tuberculosis just walking through the hall near the person, Edwards said. “It does require a pretty significant exposure,” she said. “It has to be repeated and it has to be close exposure.” The letter to parents said there is a “very small” chance that a student has been infected and that a person would usually need to be in close con-

tact in a small room for about eight hours with the affected individual to become infected. County officials are recommending that “all students and staff who were in any class or after-school activity with this individual between October 2013 and January 2014” be tested, the letter said. Students and staff won’t be able to undergo tests to detect infection for about eight to 10 weeks — until late March — because tuberculosis has a long incubation period, Edwards said. “It’s hard to wait, but there’s science behind why there’s no need to go test this right now,” she said. In early March, the health department will contact those who should be tested, the letter said. Edwards said she doesn’t think a person would show symptoms of the disease before the eight- to 10-week period is over. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of tuberculosis — such as coughing, night sweats or a fever — should contact a doctor, she said. “If we find kids or staff (that have tuberculosis) at eight to 10 weeks, it’s very treatable,” Edwards said. The county health department will conduct free blood tests at the school for students at staff, she said. Because the disease is spread through the air, she said, there’s not much the school can do. “There’s no particular cleaning that needs to be done,” she said. In 2012, the most recent year with available data, the entire county had 85 cases of tuberculosis, Edwards said. Susan Young — president of the school’s parent, teacher and staff association — said “it’s not a thrilling situation,” but she thinks the school has responded well with the help of the county health department. Young said she doesn’t know how much her son was around the affected individual and that he will get tested only if the health department indicates it is necessary. She said the school community has remained calm. “For the most part, I really don’t think there’s a sense of panic at all,” she said.

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In adopting a $2.32 billion operating budget for fiscal 2015, Montgomery County’s school board on Tuesday approved additional money for staff positions, cultural competency training and a review of special education programs and services. The school board voted unanimously to pass the amended budget, which was about $34.7 million more than what Superintendent Joshua P. Starr proposed in December. The board is sending an operating budget to the Montgomery County Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett that asks for about $91 million more than the school system received this year. The budget also is about $51 million more than what the county is required to give under state law. In a Feb. 11 letter to school board members, Starr said the amended budget also reflects Gov. Martin O’Malley’s

state budget proposal, which provided about $217,000 less than the school system’s requested amount. The amended budget will rely on the county to make up that shortfall. Under O’Malley’s budget, the school system would receive about $618.8 million from the state. Following developments in the school system’s negotiations with its employee associations, the adopted budget also includes about $35.8 million for employee compensation not included in Starr’s original proposed budget. When Starr proposed his initial budget, he said he aimed to address growing student enrollment, ongoing achievement gaps among student groups and changes brought on by the Common Core State Standards, among other issues. During Tuesday’s meeting, Starr and board members said the operating budget marked another step in a larger plan to add and restore positions and other budget items. School board President Phil Kauffman (At large) of Olney said the budget, which doesn’t include everything the board members wanted, is “very responsible.” “Sometimes that gets a little frus-

trating when we say, ‘Gee, can’t we do it all at once,’” he said. “But I think it’s reasonable to have the multi-year approach.” School board Vice President Patricia O’Neill (District 3) of Bethesda said the budget is “a reflection of the past, the present and the future.” “It is a multi-year phase-in of some of the things we would like to see,” she said. The board passed amendments to the budget that included resources for two more prekindergarten classes, professional development to educate staff on how to work with students of different cultures, and three more pupil personnel workers and one more psychologist. There also will be money for an external review of special education programs and services and for student clubs related to science, technology, engineering and math. Speaking on the added pupil personnel workers and psychologist, Kauffman said the board heard a lot from the community about the need for increasing the number of such positions. “This is an area where I believe we have been underfunded in the past and we need to be expanding,” Kauffman said.

School board member Shirley Brandman (At large) of Bethesda said she supported the added staff members, as well, marking an acceleration of a plan to gradually add the positions. “We’re trying, through the acceleration, to sort of note our committment,” she said. Board member Christopher S. Barclay voiced his support for the cultural compentency training, which he said could benefit staff members who don’t have previous experience working with certain student groups. “We need to know our differences, not from a negative perspective but from a positive perspective so we can figure out how to attain our goals,” he said. Barclay (District 4) of Takoma Park said the review of special education programs and services is not a look at “what’s wrong.” “It is a review based on how to get even better at what we do,” he said. Board member Judith Docca (District 1) of Montgomery Village said the external review will provide “a balanced view of what we might do that would be better.”

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A smoking ban on parkland in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties is being considered in Annapolis. The proposal, in a bill filed on Friday, would require action by the Maryland General Assembly. The ban would expand upon Montgomery’s current smoking prohibition, which applies to a variety of public places, such as government buildings, businesses and many restaurants. Last year, county property such as bus stops, parking garages and outdoor recreation areas was included, too. Under the new bill, the MarylandNational Capital Park and Planning Commission would have to ban smoking of tobacco products on property under its jurisdiction, starting Oct. 1. The new bill is sponsored by both the Montgomery and Prince George’s county delegations. Del. Benjamin F. Kramer (D-Dist. 19) of Derwood, who worked on the idea and got his colleagues’ support for it, said a ban in parks makes sense because of the health risks associated with secondhand smoke, even outside. There’s “no safe level of exposure,” he said, noting that second-


Dr. Michael Raboy of Germantown, a dentist who used to practice in Montgomery Village, uses an electronic cigarette Friday in the Ridge Road Dog Park in Germantown. hand smoke is a class A carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent. People might not realize that, even in open air, they need to stand at least 20 feet away to escape smoke, he said. He said two other important reasons also are driving the proposed ban. One is litter, which often is tobacco-related, such as cigarette butts, he said. The other is the environmental damage tobacco trash can cause by leaching into the soil and the aquifer, Kramer said. After visiting Ridge Road Dog Park in Germantown on Friday, Dr. Michael Raboy said he agreed with the

proposed parkland ban, if the health dangers Kramer cited are true. Raboy, a dentist who lives in Germantown, said he was a heavy smoker for five years, but hasn’t had a cigarette in two years. Now, he uses an electronic cigarette, which delivers nicotine but releases water vapor instead of tobacco smoke. He doesn’t support one part of the bill that would directly affect him: The Park and Planning Commission, in its regulations, could prohibit an electronic cigarette or similar device, “whether or not the electronic device contains tobacco or nicotine,” the bill says.

Raboy called that idea foolish and wondered why government officials wouldn’t encourage something that cuts down on cigarette smoke and use. On Jan. 30, Montgomery County’s planning board expressed support for the bill. “It’s going to happen,” Mary Bradford, director of parks at MarylandNational Capital Park and Planning Commission, said of the ban. “It’s the wave of the future; how you get there is the issue.” One sticking point was that park employees would not have anywhere to smoke, a right protected under collective bargaining, Bradford said. To solve that, the bill was rewritten to let the county designate certain areas within parks for employee smoking. Amy Presley, a planning board commissioner, admitted she was trying to quit smoking. “It’s a horrible habit,” Presley said. But without designated areas, smokers like her would be forced out of parks. The bill also was changed so the county could exclude facilities rented out for events and certain venues, such as golf courses. “I would support this bill the way that it is written,” said Francoise Carrier, the board’s chairwoman. “It gives us parameters.” A hearing on the bill will be held in Annapolis on March 5. Agnes Blum contributed to this story.

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A former Montgomery County music teacher who prosecutors said faked his own death to keep a sexabuse victim from confronting him was held without bail Friday. The case against Lawrence W. Joynes, 55, is complicated and broad. He is charged with abusing 14 elementary school students during about 10 years teaching at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring. Joynes taught for the county for 27 years, according to school officials. Prosecutors also said that Joynes engaged in an inappropriate and abusive relationship with a 15th victim — now an adult — when she was a student at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring in the 1990s. According to his charging documents, Joynes molested her and had sex with her over

the course of three years. All told, he faces 15 counts of sex abuse, four counts of committing a sex offense, and one count of seconddegree rape. Montgomery County District Judge Eugene Wolfe cited the nature of the charges against Joynes, formerly of Dundalk, as a reason not to set a bail amount and keep him incarcerated. Wolfe’s ruling came after Joynes pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to one count of possessing child pornography. On Thursday, a judge there sentenced him to time served — about a year — and ordered him to register as a sex offender, according to online court records. The plea and sentencing in Baltimore allow prosecutors to pursue the charges against Joynes in Montgomery County. Montgomery law enforcement officials first learned about Joynes after he was snared in a child porn investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Baltimore County police. Some of the images were of vic-

tims who appeared to be Montgomery County students, according to charging documents. Federal and Baltimore County authorities contacted Montgomery County police, which got involved in the investigation. That led to new charges in two separate Montgomery County cases — one involving New Hampshire Estates Elementary School, the other involving Eastern Middle School. Montgomery County police said in his charging documents they found thousands of images of child pornography on one of his computers and on other digital devices he owned. According to the charging documents in the first Montgomery case against Joynes — which pertains to his time teaching at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School — prosecutors say Joynes abused 14 young girls. The school serves students in preschool through second grade, according to the school’s website. According to charging documents, Joynes trained a group of his favorite students, his “lunch bunch,” to engage in sexually suggestive behavior — like

sucking on his fingers or on candy — while he photographed and videotaped them. In Montgomery County District Court in Rockville, Assistant State’s Attorney Timothy Hagan argued that Joynes should be held without bail until his trial. “The risk of flight is high here,” Hagan told Wolfe. Hagan said that when the woman who had attended Eastern Middle School tried to contact Joynes and confront him about the abuse, Joynes malingered to avoid being found. “The defendant not only falsified a death certificate to fake his own death, but also at different times, impersonated different individuals in order to avoid prosecution and discovery,” Hagan said. Alan C. Drew, Joynes’ public defender, said Joynes deserved a reasonable bail. “Regardless of the nature of the allegations, they are just allegations,” Drew said.

InBrief County Council coming to Clarksburg The Montgomery County Council will meet with residents of Clarksburg, the county’s fastest-growing community, at a community meeting at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Rocky Hill Middle School. The school is at 22401 Brick Haven Way, just off Md. 355. A reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 240777-7931.

Spring recreation signups underway The spring issue of the Montgomery County Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs is now available. Registration opened this week for spring programs, classes and swimming lessons. Classes and programs include aquatics, sports, therapeutic recreation services and active adult senior programming. Residents may register online, by mail, fax or in person at the recreation offices at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. Print copies of the guide are available at recreation centers, park facilities, aquatic and senior centers, and public libraries. Residents can pay $5 annually and receive the guide’s four yearly editions by mail. The guide and mail subscriptions are available online at For more information, call 240777-6840.

Online ‘blitz’ planned on county’s summer camps The county’s recreation department will host a “Chattin’ It Up Summer” online conversation from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 22. Staff will monitor the department’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and its customer service mailbox, fielding questions and comments about summer camp programs. The “virtual outreach blitz” is designed to help families select summer camp programs, understand the registration process, set up summer payment plans and answer other questions about the department’s hundreds of programs and activities, according to a news release. The morning also will feature social media contests. For information: phone 240-7776800 or email On social media: Twitter @MoCoRec; or


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.

Armed residential robbery • On Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the 19600 block of Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Commercial robbery • On Jan. 24 at 9:30 p.m. at Sunoco gas station, 19235 Frederick Road, Germantown. The subjects threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Sexual assault • On Jan. 26 at 12:30 a.m. on Pine Ridge Lane, Germantown. The subjects are known to the victim. Aggravated assault • On Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. at the intersection of Crystal Rock Drive and Germantown Road, Germantown. The subject attempted to strike another vehicle with his vehicle and was arrested. Residential burglary • 24500 block of Woodfield Road, Gaithersburg, between 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and 12:45 a.m. Jan. 25. Forced entry, took property. Theft • Between 5 p.m. Jan. 22 and 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at a construction site at 11814 Echo Point Place, Clarksburg. Took property. Vehicle larceny • 12400 block of Valleyside Way, Germantown, at 3:50 a.m. Jan. 27.


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A long-standing program serving Montgomery County students and their families is hoping to see some more program sites and increased staffing as the county’s operating budget takes shape. The Linkages to Learning program, which includes sites at schools around the county, could receive a boost in county funding after the country’s economic downturn halted a trend of increasing funding and resulted in cuts to the program. In fiscal 2013, the program served more than 5,000 students at 26 Montgomery schools, according to a copy of the program’s six-year strategic plan. It provided comprehensive mental health and social services to about 3,700 of those students through a partnership between the school system and the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. Among other components of a multifaceted proposal, the plan would affect about 17 schools where county resources would either establish new sites or increase staffing. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has said he would like to begin restoring funding to some county programs, but be careful not to return to spending as usual. The amount of funding for the Linkages program has not yet been set. County spokesman Patrick Lacefield said the county’s operating budget is still being developed, and isn’t scheduled to be released until March 17. The program emerged from a 1991 County Council resolution urging the County Executive and Montgomery County Public Schools to set up a program that would offer comprehensive, school-based services to students to help them deal with a range of social and economic issues. The resolution specifically targeted poverty, poor health care, difficulty speaking English, emotional issues and unfamiliarity with the types of mental health and social services programs available as obstacles to the success of students and their families. The Linkages program established


In fiscal 2013, the program served more than 5,000 students at 26 Montgomery schools. a pilot program in 1993 at Summit Hall Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Harmony Hills Elementary School in Silver Spring and the Rocking Horse Road International Student Center in Rockville. County Council President Craig Rice, who serves as the chairman of the council’s Education Committee, said Tuesday that the program has been a phenomenal success for Montgomery. Providing a wide variety of services to students is key to helping all students succeed and close the achievement gap that often exists between poor students and others, he said. That might range from helping to ensure the student is healthy to making sure they’re fed adequately or helping to identify if the student is living in a home plagued by domestic violence, he said. “It’s a true wrap-around of that child,” to make sure they’re getting all the necessary services available, Rice said. Linkages has usually picked which sites it will operate in based on what percentage of a school’s students qualify for the federal government’s free and reduced meals program, according to the strategic plan. The meal program is an indication of poverty in the county school system. The number of Montgomery residents born outside the United States increased from 18.6 percent to 32.2 percent between 1990 and 2010, while the percentage of households who don’t speak English at home increased from 21.2 to 37.5 percent between 1990 and 2008, according to the plan. Almost 20,000 students receive teaching in English for Speakers of Other Languages, nearly double the number in 2000. And the county’s number of students who receive free or reduced meals increased by more than 20,000 students between 2000 and 2012, with nearly 49,400 such students in the county’s public schools in 2012. The program strives to tailor its operation to the specific needs that are

identified at each school. It also works to try and help students’ parents and families as well as the students themselves. New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring would be among the schools to receive more county resources in the form of a fulltime community service aide to supplement its staff. Marinda Thomas Evans, principal at New Hampshire Estates, said school staff refer students to the Linkages program, usually for non-academic supports, Evans said. Students could be facing situations in which their family lost a family member or a home, she said, while others might be experiencing medical issues or a lack of clothing. Last school year, about 90 percent of New Hampshire Estates’ students received free and reduced-price meals. Evans said the school is unable to refer all the students it would like to send to Linkages because the program workers have a limited caseload. “That’s disheartening,” she said. Kirian Villalta, New Hampshire Estate’s parent teacher association president, said Linkages conducts “a lot of outreach to parents.” Villalta said that many families at the school are from other countries and, though well-educated, sometimes have a difficult time finding a job in the U.S. Linkages, she said, provides counseling to family members to help them be productive in new ways with the skill sets they have. David Chia, principal at Wheaton Woods Elementary School in Rockville, said the Linkages site in his school currently includes a site coordinator, a social worker and a therapist. According to the strategic plan, the part-time site coordinator at Wheaton Woods would become a full-time position. The number of students Linkages serves at a given time varies, Chia said, but is usually around 20. “Right now we’re at the maintenance level,” he said.

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The affiliate of a company seeking to operate the Purple Line says it was not paid to transport Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust, despite records that show it asked for money. Keolis America — a U.S. affiliate of French rail company Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français, or SNCF — is part of a consortium bidding for the 35-year, $6 billion public-private partnership contract to operate the Purple Line. The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line that would connect Bethesda and New Carrollton. A bill in the General Assembly would require companies with direct involvement in the Holocaust or their affiliates to disclose their involvement and pay reparations to surviving victims and their families to be eligible for a public-private partnership in Maryland. According to an online petition by Leo Bretholz, a Maryland man who survived the Holocaust, SNCF was paid per head and per kilometer during World War II to deport about 76,000 Jews and others toward Nazi death camps. However, Jerry Ray, a spokesman for SNCF’s American operations in Rockville, said SNCF was not paid to transport Jews. The company, he said, was “conscripted” into transporting Jews toward Nazi extermination or death camps under German occupation. Ray declined to define what he meant by conscripted, which is a term usually meant to signify a draft, or forced service in the armed forces. Rafi Prober, pro bono counsel to the Coalition for Holocaust Rail Justice, said in a statement provided Friday by Prism Public Affairs that SNCF is trying to “parse its role in one of the most sordid chapters in world history.”

“If this is their way of defending their monstrous behavior, it is shameful,” Prober said. The coalition says it comprises “victims and their family members, historians, community leaders, and volunteers committed to holding SNCF accountable.” On its website, the coalition provides a copy of a bill, in French, supposedly sent from SNCF to the French government seeking payment with interestfortransportationof“interned or expelled persons” in 1944. An English translation of the bill is posted, too. In 2006, French government Commissioner Jean-Christophe Truilhé said that evidence indicated that SNCF willingly transported Jews during the Holocaust. In an advisory opinion in a case over the transports before the Administrative Court of Toulouse, Truilhé said SNCF’s independence from German coercion when it came to transporting Jews toward the camps was “particularly clear,” according to an English translation posted online in a law journal. Truilhé said the transfers, in cattle cars, were “billed to the Ministry of the Interior of the government of the so-called French State at the rate of a third-class ticket for a seat per person.” Ray did not respond to requests to comment on the records showing his company seeking payments. Ray said the company is analyzing whether the Maryland bill is discriminatory and designed to single out the company at the exclusion of others. A 2011 bill related to which companies may be awarded a MARC contract was similarly drafted to apply to Keolis. That bill passed. Del. Kirill Reznik, who filed the recent bill, said it deliberately is specific to the Holocaust. “We want to make sure that, at least with this bill, we deal with the information we have presently,” said Reznik (D-Dist. 39) of Germantown. As for other atrocities and the companies that might have had direct involvement, Reznik said he would look at other issues and similar legislation.


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Montgomery County is vowing to protect its minimum wage hike, even as a newly released report by a pro-business group concluded that a statewide increase could be harmful. The Montgomery County Council is keeping a close eye on possible efforts in Annapolis to limit whether counties can increase minimum wages, as Montgomery and Prince George’s counties did in November, Council President Craig L. Rice said Monday. A report released Monday by the Maryland Foundation for Research and Economic Education said a minimum wage increase would hurt local economies. The report identifies four drawbacks to raising the minimum wage in Maryland: an increase in the price of consumer goods, a decline in employment and personal income, a decline in real estate values and increased competition for jobs with other states. But, the consequences of increasing the wage may not be immediately apparent. “Changes to the minimum wage rate in Maryland can have impacts over a longer period ... and may be difficult to measure before the passage of five or ten years,” the report stated. If the legislature approves a statewide minimum wage of $10 an hour, the state would lose about 11,000 jobs, the report said. According to the Maryland Foundation for Research and Economic Education report, as of 2012, about 59,000 workers

in Montgomery County make $10 or less per hour. The Montgomery council voted 8-1 in November to raise the county’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017. Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C., also have approved increases in their minimum wages to $11.50 an hour. The District’s bill would put the increase into effect by 2016. During debate over the Montgomery bill, Rice — council vice president at the time — urged his colleagues to wait until January to get a better idea of what statewide legislation would emerge during the General Assembly’s session. When that push for a delay failed, Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown joined with the majority in voting for the bill. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg opposed the measure, saying that acting ahead of the state would leave the county “flying blind.” Throughout the debate over the minimum wage increase in the three Washington-area jurisdictions, rumors swirled that the General Assembly would act to revoke Montgomery and Prince George’s ability to independently raise their wage as part of a state-wide bill. In a statement following the passage of the bill in Montgomery, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said he believes a uniform wage throughout the state would be most effective, but Montgomery was within its rights to pass its own increase. Blaine Young (R), the president of Frederick County’s Board of Commissioners and a small-business owner, said an increase would have unintended consequences. “The bigger concern is obviously, with a teetering econ-

omy, it’s an added pressure and burden on small businesses ... that many think they can’t afford,” he said. If the state raises the minimum wage, Young said, workers who earn a wage just above the minimum may not get their anticipated raises. Young said people commute into Maryland from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia, but multiple factors may push their businesses over the line. Young cited the gas tax and stormwater management fees, in addition to increased minimum wages, as reasons for a business or resident to move out of Maryland. Several bills have been filed in the General Assembly with different provisions to raise the state’s minimum wage. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has backed a bill supported by activist group Raise Maryland that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016, index the wage to the rate of inflation and increase wages for tipped workers from 50 percent to 70 percent of the minimum wage. Rice, a former state delegate, said it’s too early to tell which measure will become the one that legislators vote on. Rice said during a briefing with reporters Monday that he believes the minimum wage debate will go down to the last days of the session in early April. “For us, this is just going to be something that we’re going to have to watch and wait,” Rice said. Rice said a difference of about $1 between the state’s and Montgomery’s wages is OK, but a bigger gap could put Montgomery businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

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Washington Gas officials hope to persuade state regulators to approve their plan to charge customers an extra fee to pay for improvements to the utility’s old and leaking gas lines. Washington Gas’ proposal to the Maryland Public Service Commission calls for households to pay about 29 cents more per month in the first year of a five-year plan geared to generate about $200 million in revenue for the company to use for replacing obsolete and aging lines. Four days of hearings wrapped up Friday, to be followed by legal briefs, a preliminary order from the commission by March 21 and an order detailing the commission’s decision by May 6. In its application, Washington Gas proposes to spend $200 million in five years as part of a 22-year plan to spend $863 million on replacing 633 miles of main and 75,200 customer lines and connections. Washington Gas says it will target bare or unprotected steel as well as some copper, “pre1975 plastic,” cast iron and obsolete mechanical couplings that are part of its infrastructure. Washington Gas provides service through about 449,000 active meters in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s and Frederick counties and 656,000 more meters in Virginia and Washington, D.C., according to its application filed Nov. 7. A law enacted last year authorizes the commission to let gas utilities charge a special fee

to accelerate reasonable improvements in its infrastructure that would increase safety and reliability. The law limits the surcharge to five years, and requires that any surcharge be assessed to residential and commercial customers in a ratio proportionate to each customer class’s use.

“Why are they not required to fully maintain the systems with their money? I don’t think we customers should be charged additional for it.” Imani Kazana, Washington Gas Customer The law requires the surcharge to be capped and sets the limit at $2 per month for households. Washington Gas’ proposal calls for the surcharge to increase, based on “actual capital expenditures” over the five-year period, until the $2 cap is reached, Company Vice President Douglas A. Staebler told the commission in testimony filed with the commission. “We were hoping to find a way to give them a little more money [to improve their infrastructure],” said Del. Charles E. Barkley (D-Dist. 39) of Germantown. Last month, the commission gave Baltimore Gas and Electric conditional approval to add a surcharge to its gas customers’ bills and turned down Columbia Gas of Maryland’s surcharge request, urging the company to

amend it and refile. Barkley said he thinks Washington Gas’ response in repairing its aging delivery system has been sufficient so far, but that by authorizing the commission to allow a surcharge “we hoped to get ahead of the problem.” A Washington Gas spokesman declined to discuss why the company needs the surcharge and whether it expects its request to face challenges. “…We do not comment on pending cases,” company Vice President Eric C. Grant replied in an email. The Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington objects to Washington Gas’ surcharge plan. Bruce R. Oliver, an economist who specializes in utility rates and regulation, said in testimony filed with the service commission on behalf of the apartment and office building association wrote that Washington Gas’ surcharge application does not provide enough detail tying project work and timelines to cost recovery. Oliver also estimated that Washington Gas’ replacement plan would not keep pace with the infrastructure’s projected lifespan. The Washington Post reported last month that a team of university researchers found nearly 5,900 gas leaks when they conducted a survey along Washington, D.C., streets. According to the report, researchers said they found concentrations in 12 manholes that could have set the stage for explosions. They said they notified Washington Gas, but found similar concentrations at eight of those locations four months later. Gas dispersed at other leaks and posed no direct threat, but such leaks trap heat and can contribute to climate warming, the report said.

Presidents Day closings announced in county Most Montgomery County offices and other operations will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The closures include county government and school offices, libraries and liquor stores. The recreation department’s aquatics programs will meet as scheduled, and aquatic facilities and community centers will be open. All other classes and programs will be canceled, and administrative offices and senior centers will be closed. Operating schedules for county parks, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks, tennis centers, trains and carousels, are at

Ride On buses will follow a modified holiday schedule, available at Metrobus will follow its Saturday schedule with supplemental service; Metrorail follows its Saturday holiday schedule. The TRiPS Commuter Stores in Silver Spring and Friendship Heights will be closed. The transfer station will be open, but trash and recycling pickup will be postponed by one day all week, with the last pickups on Saturday. Parking at public garages, lots and curbside meters will be free. State offices and courts will be closed.


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LEAD Continued from Page A-1 attention” to the girls and he may have spoken to them. On Tuesday, police said they are looking for answers about an event that, still years later, remains a mystery. The case riveted the attention of the greater Washington area as police and volunteers spent weeks searching for the girls. Police combed the area with helicopters and dogs; citizens-band radio enthusiasts combed the woods. There was an alleged sighting of two girls bound and gagged in a car in Manassas, but that tip went nowhere. Police said they are trying to find out more information about Welch, whom they say worked for many years as a carnival ride operator. According to police, his job allowed him to travel across the country, including Austin, Texas, and Sioux City, Iowa. Police said they have documented his travels from 1974 to his incarceration in 1997 through locations in Maryland, Florida, California, Iowa, South Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware, and possibly New York. Investigators are trying to figure out if Welch was involved in any criminal activity in those places. The girls’ disappearance “really rattled the community, I think the entire county. Everyone in Montgomery County was shocked by this,” said Harry Geehreng, a detective with the department’s Juvenile Aid Unit

CASE Continued from Page A-1 attended. “These things don’t happen, we thought, in Montgomery County,” said Hedda Denton, who had two young daughters at the time. She would listen to the girls’ father, John Lyon, on WMAL radio as she drove to different schools for her job as a speech therapist. Chris Core of WTOP radio worked with Lyon at WMAL when the girls went missing. He said listeners loved Lyon’s “smooth style, soft humor.” And he recalled Lyon’s courage in coming back to work several weeks later. “When you’re on the radio, it’s averyintimatemedium,”especially with the personality-driven radio of thetime,Coresaid. “It’s like the story can never go away,” he said. “It’s something that’s stuck with the Washington community in such an incredible way, partly because everything about it was so innocent.” People still ask Core about the case. “I can remember years later when my daughter was that age and wanted to go to the mall, and I was just sick to my stomach,” Core said. Montgomery County Police said Tuesday that they believe a convicted sex offender, who is now incarcerated, may have had

when the girls vanished. “We got more tips than we could handle,” he said in a phone interview after the press conference. “So many tips, so many leads. It was difficult to follow them all, but we did.” He welcomed the news that police believed they might be closer to solving the girls’ disappearance. “If they could crack this case, I’d be so happy,” Geehreng said. “It’d be very welcome news to all of us and to the community ... if for no other reason than to know what happened to these girls,” he said. Welch bore a similarity to a sketch that police created, using information a witness provided of a man who may have been following the girls, Manger said. During the press conference, he gave more details about Welch, whom he said may have had a connection to the area around the Walter Reed Annex in Silver Spring. Welch had a reputation as a drifter who frequently hitchhiked and walked along the railroad tracks between Kensington and Silver Spring. He sometimes worked as a landscaper, Manger said. In many of those travels, his girlfriend, Helen Craver, accompanied him, Manger said. She also worked for the carnival company. She died in 2009. “We know we’re asking people to remember things they may not want to think about,” said Steve Vogt, the FBI’s special agent in charge in Baltimore, stressing the importance of the

public providing any information they had. “The family deserves closure, just as you do. ... Please contact us if you have anything to share,” he said. Investigators are trying to find out more information about Craver, as well as a security guard working at the mall the day the girls disappeared, Manger said. The security guard — whom police are trying to identify — may have had contact with Welch, he said. “All of these folks, we believe ... could help us fill in some of the blanks and assist us and determine more information about Mr. Welch ...,” Manger said. Through police, the Lyon family released a statement Tuesday about the disappearance of their daughters. “Throughout these years our hope for a resolution of this mystery have been sustained by the support and efforts of countless members of law enforcement, the news media and the community. The fact that so many people still care about this case means a great deal to us. ... We are grateful for any information the public can provide to help bring this story to its conclusion, and ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this time,” the family said. Anyone who may have encountered Welch has been asked to call investigators at 800-CALL-FBI or submit a tip online at

contact with the girls at the mall the day they disappeared. Police are asking for the public’s help in filling in details about the man, his former girlfriend and a mall security guard. Jamie Freedman of Gaithersburg was just 3 when her parents took her to the Wheaton mall that day to see her first movie, “Escape from Witch Mountain.” When they exited the theater, “the place was swarming with police,” Freedman’s parents told her. Growing up in Potomac, she remembers the case coming up often throughout elementary school in safety talks. Jane Harding saw police sweeping the woods behind her house on McComas Avenue, just south of the mall, after the girls went missing. They wouldn’t tell her what happened at first. Her daughter was a few years older than the Lyon sisters. “It was such a tragedy,” she said. “Everybodywassofrightened. ... [Our kids] couldn’t go anywhere or do anything because we were so traumatized by it,” said Toni Ward, another neighbor. Her son, Dan Parker, was in Sheila’s seventh-grade class. Ward said Parker often walked to the mall and local swim club with his high school-aged siblings. Parker saw the sisters walking down Drumm Avenue around the time of their disappearance, though he wasn’t sure if it was the

evening before or the day the girls went missing. He rode the bus to school with the Lyon sisters and said Sheila was “a quiet, nice person.” “We used to cut through the woods and go up to the plaza,” Parker said. But “everything kind of did change. Everyone was on this heightened alert, and it was scary as a kid.” Ward told her kids to stop taking the cut-through path in the woods. John Hanrahan, who was working at a clothing shop at Wheaton Plaza the day the girls disappeared, said it had been a busy day. He thought he saw the girls stop by. It was one of the last places they were reportedly seen. The police came in during their investigation shortly after the sisters went missing, and posted Sheila’s and Katherine’s pictures around the mall, he said. Hanrahan’s father, an amateur radio enthusiast, was one of hundreds of people who combed the woods for weeks and walked along the Beltway looking for them, he recalled. “It was a different world back then. People were a little more community-oriented back then,” he said. “It felt like you had lost part of your innocence when it happened.”

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Bill would open streetlight ownership Measure eliminates haggling with utilities




Maryland counties, cities and towns could soon have the power to take ownership of streetlights from utilities. A bill filed by Del. Alfred C. Carr Jr. clarifies the process for local governments to assume ownership from utility companies with a goal of driving down the cost to operate the 300,000plus streetlights in the state. Carr (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, said $60 million is spent annually across the state on street-lighting services.

VOTE Continued from Page A-1 The two committees involved in the vote included the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee, chaired by Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Potomac and the Planning, Housing and Economic Development committee, headed by Nancy Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park. Last week Berliner proposed putting an 8 percent impervious surface caps on all three developments — the Pulte, Miles-Coppola and the Egan site, a 100-acre area north of the Miles-Coppola property. Said Diane Cameron, who heads the Save Ten Mile Creek Coalition, about the Pulte site, “It cuts the development footprint in half from what the Planning

LEDECKY Continued from Page A-1 was said and done Saturday, after swimming four races in a two-hour time span when most normal people probably wanted to go home and take a nap or spend some time celebrating with teammates, Ledecky more than willingly hung around the facility to chat with more fans, of all ages. “It’s great to get the support of this community and [Metros] really exemplifies that,” Ledecky said. “I was in [those fans’] place 10 years ago, some of the little kids, getting autographs from Olympians, so I know what it means to them and I definitely want to give them my autograph if they want it. It’s fun to see them so excited about the sport, I’m really happy to see that.” Ledecky won three of four events she contested Saturday — she also anchored the second-place 400-yard freestyle relay — setting a Metros and national high school record in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 42.38 seconds). Stone Ridge in

“That’s an equivalent of $400 just to change a light bulb,” he said. And in Montgomery County and Prince George’s counties, Carr said the cost to maintain the lights could rise further if Pepco’s request for higher rates is approved by the Public Service Commission. Pepco is still reviewing the bill, spokeswoman Courtney Nogas said in an email. “However, in recent years we have opposed several similar measures that aim to take utility owned streetlights without fair compensation,” she said. “We remain committed to negotiating with local governments ... interested in purchasing the streetlights within their

jurisdiction.” Carr said his bill attempts to define a formula for the lights’ value so there is no haggling over the purchase price. Energy efficiency is also at the heart of his bill. Nogas said Pepco implemented in 2008 a multiyear effort to replace all of its mercury vapor streetlights with high-pressure sodium streetlights, which “were chosen by cities and utilities nationwide because they are more efficient than mercury vapor and were a cost effective option for large scale conversions.” Carr called those lamps 1970s technology, with more efficient lighting options now available.

Board recommended.” Pulte Homes, which has threatened to sue if its development plan is severely cut back, said in a statement after the vote that it will consider whether to appeal after the straw vote of the full council, which is expected in two weeks. “We think we’ve done the right thing for the environment,” Berliner said Tuesday. The measures, which would amend the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan, are intended to protect the relatively clean Ten Mile Creek watershed as the final phase of development gets under way in Clarksburg. The full nine-member County Council is expected to take a straw vote on Feb. 25 before staff drafts a final resolution for a final council vote. A 15 percent cap will allow Peterson to intensely develop

five acres off Md. 121 with some housing on the rest of the 100acre tract. Four of five members also voted to put the 15 percent cap on the Egan site, which is slated for housing. Voting in favor of the 15 percent cap in addition to Berliner were: Marc Elrich, (D-At large) of Takoma Park; George Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park and Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Takoma Park. Voting against the 15 percent caps was Floreen, who had proposed a 20 percent cap for the Miles-Coppola site. On Feb. 4 the County Council voted to amend an approved development plan on the Adventist Healthcare site west of I-270 in the Cabin Branch area to allow construction of a premium outlet center.

turn repeated last year’s first top 5 performance in a decade. The biggest headline, however, came in Friday’s 500-yard freestyle preliminaries, when Ledecky added yet another record to her already-impressive resume by breaking a six-year American record to become the first woman to break the 4 minute, 30 second barrier , in 4:28.7. The 500-yard race is an American competition. “On Friday I was fresh and I was ready to go and I just laid it all in the water,” Ledecky said. “It’s been a goal of mine to break 4:30, I’ve had my eye on that for a while and it feels really good to get that done,” In addition to Friday’s new mark Ledecky now holds American records in the 400- and 800-meter and 1,650-yard freestyle and world records in the 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle. Her blossoming career has put her in the spotlight worldwide, something Ledecky said she is becoming more and more comfortable with. “I mean, it’s inspiring to a lot of little kids, but you see her race her 500 before you swim

and you’re like, ‘OK, I’m going to race my race like that,’ and realistic or not, it just inspires you to go fast,” Churchill senior Alicia Tiberino said after Saturday’s meet. “Watching her swim any event, even warming down people are like, ‘Oh my God, I touched her foot!’ Being in close proximity to her made a lot of people really happy. It’s like, ‘Oh my God, I get to race an Olympian.’” Ledecky has risen to stardom in an age where social media enables fans to connect to their role models. The four-time world champion, whose Twitter account has grown to more than 18,000 followers across the world. Still she remains grounded, seemingly unfazed by her fame, and truly appreciative of the support and admiration that’s coming from every which way. “I’m more comfortable [being a role model], I’ve progressed throughtheyearsandgottenused toallthis,”Ledeckysaid.“It’sbeen a fun ride, I just remember being in their place.”

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Clarksburg’s bargain

Shoppers, rejoice! A recent decision from the Montgomery County Council has cleared the way for Premium Outlets to come to the Cabin Branch site in Clarksburg by late 2015, according to the outlet developers. A vote taken Feb. 4 amended an approved development plan that increases the retail space on the property from 120,000 to 484,000 square feet — just the sort of space developers need for the center. The good news — Coach handbags and J.Crew clothing will be marked down. Good thing, because the land was supposed to bring high-paying medical and technical jobs to the area as opposed to the retail jobs. Because Adventist Healthcare did not win state approval WILL A SECOND to put a hospital on the land, the organization is selling the OUTLET property to recoup some of its PLAN BE LEFT costs in infrastructure and land BEHIND? purchase. Adventist Healthcare says that cash flow will help the organization create health care jobs and services elsewhere in the county — which is also good news. Clarksburg folks are left to wonder — not a new sentiment for residents who were promised a build-out of their community more than a decade ago — whether a second project, Tanger Outlets proposed for the Miles-Coppola site east of Interstate 270, is essentially dead. At least some council members say they back a cap on impervious surfaces on three large developments, including the MilesCoppola site, to protect the Ten Mile Creek watershed. But, even without the environmental concerns, could there really be two outlet centers less than five miles apart? Premium and Tanger boast of many of the same major retailers on their websites, such as Gap, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic, though Premium has yet to announce specific tenants here. It’s a draw that will cut the drive time for bargain hunters who now head to Hagerstown or Leesburg, Va., outlet centers. Maybe that can count as an environmentally sound reason for two centers in Montgomery County. But, really how many flat-front khaki pants and noiron blouses can one shop for?

Tracking bins

Trust is a bedrock in our donations to charity. We support causes largely because of their reputations, as best as we know them. Few of us have the interest or time to do the legwork to bolster our instincts — such as looking up the percentage of monetary donations that pay overhead costs. There’s a separate trust issue emerging in Gaithersburg, where some officials are wondering about public donation bins that pop up like mushrooms. We see them so often, they’re a part of the landscape. Now, Gaithersburg is considering how to track and possibly regulate the boxes. One of the main concerns is about the organizations behind the boxes. Most people WE FAVOR A recognize Goodwill and its SYSTEMATIC But what of the other APPROACH TO work. groups? Are they charities or REGULATING businesses? DONATION A memo by Planning DiviBOXES sion Chief Lauren Pruss expressed other considerations: Are the bins maintained and the contents regularly collected? Do they become a dumping ground for unrelated trash? Do they attract pests? This is a common problem for unmanned dropoff spots. Some municipalities have had to remove public recycling bins because of the mounds of junk that were being left there. We could easily see charity bins attracting the same ignorant behavior, so Gaithersburg is right to take on this project. The city’s staff has recommended creating a record of all public bins, along with guidelines on where they could go, how big they could be and how they should be labeled (with clear information about the organization and how to contact it). This might sound like a lot of government for a relatively minor issue, but we favor a systematic approach to public bins. Goodwill has lobbied for similar regulations in other cities and states, aware that skepticism about questionable bin practices by other organizations hurts the charity’s cause. New regulations are especially appropriate if businesses, rather than charities, are using bins as part of their commerce, circumventing the regulations in place on brick-and-mortar offices, where their employees work. When Gaithersburg holds its public hearing on its proposed plan on March 3, local organizations should be there to explain their use of bins and how they maintain them. Hopefully, this will be less of a crackdown and more of a cooperative plan for improving one aspect of the community.

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Montgomery County Circuit Court test books in Rockville.

Beall-Dawson House ’s connection to county history goes back generations As a volunteer docent at the Beall-Dawson House in Rockville, I read with great interest your article, “Old school technology, circa 2014,” [Feb. 5] concerning the oath book kept by the clerk of the Montgomery County Circuit Court since 1777. In that year, the court clerk was Brooke Beall (pronounced Bell). His son Upton (1770-1827), built our mansion house sometime around 1815. The Bealls were wealthy landowners. They owned about 70 acres of land in Rockville, and at one time, Upton, who became the second clerk of the court, owned about 30 slaves. The clerkship was quite a lucrative position, because unlike today, the clerk person-

ally received a fee for the filing of all deeds, death certificates, marriage licenses, and birth certificates. After his first wife died, the 40-year-old Upton married, in 1810, the daughter of a local tavern owner, Jane Robb, who was 23 years his junior. They had three daughters, Matilda (1812-1870), Jane Elizabeth (1815-1863) and Margaret (1817-1901). When Upton died, Jane never remarried, allowing her to own the vast estate outright. When she died in 1849, Jane’s three daughters inherited the property. Although the Beall sisters, who never married, owned slaves, they were staunch Union supporters during the Civil War. Indeed, after staying

at the Beall house in September 1862, while on his way to the Battle of Antietam, Gen. George McClellan, then the commanding general of the Army of the Potomac, wrote to his wife about the sisters’ loyalty. When Margaret’s cousin, Amelia Somervell, who had come to live with her in 1870, married local farmer John Dawson, the mansion eventually passed to their daughters. As you can see, our house has quite a history. We welcome all to come visit it. We are open noon-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. There is a nominal admission charge.

Allen H. Saperstein, Bethesda

Pepco’s neglect imperils pedestrians Winter storm Janus elicited joy for students across Montgomery County, leaving them with about 9 inches of snow, no school on Jan. 22, and a twohour delay on Jan. 23. That joy, however, quickly turned to despair as students who were unfortunate enough to live within a certain distance from school realized that they had to walk to school. The Montgomery County public school system does not provide bus service to high school students within 2 miles of the school, middle school students within 1½ miles, and elementary school students within 1 mile. I am one of the many students who does not receive bus service. Complaining about walking would do me no good, so I viewed it as an opportunity to exercise. I was bundled up in my warmest jacket, waterproof boots, two pairs of socks, a set of mittens and a hat shaped like Grover from Sesame Street and a scarf. All was well until it dawned on me that Pepco, the company notorious for power outages without just cause, had not shoveled the sidewalk that parallels their property on either

side of Gainsborough Road. It’s a mere 300 feet at the most, 0.06 of a mile. It doesn’t seem like much, but those 300 feet are located on a hill. The snow that had fallen on Jan. 21st had melted slightly and re-froze into a seemingly innocent sheet of ice over the course of the 48 hours that had lapsed since it stopped snowing. The sidewalk was ice, the grass was ice, the road was full of cars; there was no safe way to get to school. I began to walk on the ice-covered sidewalk, and it appeared to be somewhat safe. Halfway up I slipped, and landed on my backside. Luckily, no one saw me, and everyone knows you didn’t really fall unless someone else is there to witness your embarrassment. I didn’t mind, I just got up, brushed myself off, and continued on to school. At 2:15 that afternoon, I was walking in the same spot and fell again. The next morning, my friend fell while walking to school with me. This has continued for over a week and I have witnessed someone fall or have fallen myself every single

day on the walk to and from school. It is unsafe for students, or anyone really, to be walking on Pepco’s death trap made out of neglect and water. In case you are not familiar with Montgomery County’s code of law, under Sec. 49-17, the following three points are expressly stated: • “A person is responsible for removing snow and ice on any sidewalk, other walkway, or parking area on or adjacent to property that the person owns, leases, or manages, including any walkway in the public right-of-way, to provide a pathway wide enough for safe pedestrian and wheelchair use.” • “If ice or hardpacked snow is impossible or unreasonably difficult to remove, the person is responsible for applying sufficient sand, other abrasives, or salt to provide safe pedestrian use.” • “The person is responsible for removing snow and ice within 24 hours after the end of the precipitation that caused the condition.” This code of law holds Pepco accountable for removing snow and ice on any sidewalk adjacent to the property

Kelly Walsh, Potomac

We have met the deer’s enemy, and he is us In answer to the letter in The Gazette’s Forum on Jan. 22: “For deer, sharpshooters maybe only option.” The solution to the deer’s overpopulation is for humans to stop taking over their habitat: their forests; their waterways and every blade of grass.

We have, through the years and without mercy, overbuilt both in cities and suburbs thus creating a wildlife exodus and confusion. We have the impression that deer’s population has increased when in reality it’s the human population triggering problems for the wildlife.

We could make an effort and live in good co-existence with wildlife if we stopped depleting woods and forests to create more suburbs and shopping malls infested with pollution and crime.

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that they own or manage. If the ice is too difficult to remove, they are responsible for applying enough sand or salt to make it safe to walk on. They also have to do this within 24 hours of the end of the precipitation. It has been over seven days. The court case Poole v. Coakley, 423 Md. 91 (2011), ruled that “knowledge undoubtedly acquired from encountering visible snow and ice may be imputed as a matter of law.” Without all of the lawyer jargon, that means that if you see snow and ice and continue to walk on it anyway, you assume the risk of potentially slipping and falling. If someone fell there, Pepco would not be held responsible even though there is no other way to get past the ice without going in the road and potentially being hit by a car or trespassing on Pepco’s property. Pepco has had over a week to fix this problem, yet they have not done anything and will continue to do nothing. It is unsafe and unfair that people are forced to deal with Pepco’s ignorance.

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• Mary Ellen Barbera. Appointed chief judge of the state’s top court. First woman to hold that post. • Laura Neuman. Anne Arundel County’s new county executive with a heroic life story and plenty of smarts. • Tom Perez. President Obama’s new secretary of labor (this guy is a perennial rising star). • Ben Carson. Hopkins superstar neurosurgeon celebrated by Hollywood and the media until he ventured into politics this year as a conservative, becoming a national political figure. • MGM. Won the new casino rights in P.G. County (shocker?); will MY MARYLAND make zillions. BLAIR LEE • Stock market. Stocks cap best year of century with 30 percent gains. • Mike Pantelides. The young Republican who won Annapolis mayor’s race by 59 votes. • Cyber security. Maryland’s hottest new growth industry with unlimited potential. • University of Maryland. Breaks into top 10 on Playboy’s best “party schools” list. • Bao Bao. The National Zoo’s new baby giant panda whose every move dominates the news. • Towson Tigers. Coach Rob Ambrose takes Towson U. football from 1-10 (2010) to the 2013 National Championship game. • “The Wire.” Baltimore-based HBO series named number one TV show of all time by EW magazine. • The 2000 Dodge Caravan. Maryland’s most stolen car, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Falling stars • Pro sports. Both the Orioles (.525) and the Nationals (.531) defy expectations, failing to make the playoffs. Meanwhile the NFL champion Ravens also miss the playoffs while the Redskins go 3-13 and fire coach Shanahan. • The Terps. Football team limped through its last ACC season before joining the Big Ten (thank God the College

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Park geniuses didn’t put us in the SEC). • Gold. The economic downturn drove up gold from $500 per ounce to $1,900 in 2011, but 2013 was the first year this century that gold finished lower than it began. • Coal. Cheap natural gas (fracking) and stiff new EPA regs helped close two Maryland coal-fired plants, ban new ones. • Public-financed hotels. Baltimore’s $300 million taxpayer-financed Hilton Hotel has lost $70 million since it opened in 2008. Meanwhile, the $120 million state-financed Cambridge Hyatt Hotel can’t pay its bills either. Both hotels are draining reserve funds. • Maryland business/retirement climate. Maryland’s business climate dropped from 40th to 41st nationally and the state tied with Vermont (44th) as “one of the worst places to retire,” according to national surveys.

Fiascos and scams of the year • Baltimore speed cameras. When Baltimore’s hopelessly flawed speed cameras issued 70,000 incorrect tickets (including a parked truck) the city agreed to a $2.2 million camera replacement plan but exited the contract by paying off the vendor $600,000. • Maryland’s Obamacare exchange. Maryland’s self-styled website crashed the first day and has never fully recovered. It makes the federal website look good, but state legislators don’t want to hold anyone accountable until after November’s elections. • Baltimore jail bust. The state took over the Baltimore jail in the early 1990s due to the city’s mismanagement. Yet, in April the feds busted the jail and indicted 44 inmates and guards who abetted the Black Guerrilla Family’s free run of the lockup. • The rain tax. Taxpayers in Maryland’s 10 largest counties received “rain tax” bills for stormwater runoff from their rooftops and driveways. • Baltimore’s school construction. As a reward for the city’s years of failing to close schools and for operating halfempty buildings, the state guaranteed $20 million a year for thirty years to fix the problem while leaving other counties to fight for year-to-year funding. • Robert Saylor. When this Down syndrome moviegoer tried to watch an extra show, three off-duty Frederick County deputies scuffled with him, leading to his


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LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR death by asphyxiation. • Silver Spring Transit Center. Due to faulty concrete work, this $120 million project is wildly over budget, overdue and a major embarrassment. • DHCD headquarters. In a political payoff to P.G. County (and punishment to Anne Arundel County) Gov. Martin O’Malley defied all logic and cost effectiveness by relocating the Department of Housing and Community Development HQ to New Carrollton. • Court delays. Once a case is heard by Maryland’s top court, how long before a ruling should be rendered? How about seven years? In 2006 the court heard Kevin Alston’s plea for parole eligibility. But, by the time the court decided (2013) in his favor, Alston had completed his five-year sentence. Numerous such delays are a judicial scandal. • School cheating. No, not the students, it’s the administrators. Why are Maryland’s schools top ranked? Because Maryland leads the nation in excluding low-scoring special ed and immigrant students from national testing. • More school cheating. Auditors found P.G. schools misspent $167,000 in federal stimulus funds (engraved watches, rental cars, teas) and $540,000 misspent by Baltimore schools (harbor cruises, catered mom/daughter “makeover days”). A Baltimore principal stole $10,000 from a student activity fund, a Baltimore school board member resigned for falsifying his education resume, and the University of Maryland disclosed that it secretly hired a PR firm to sway public opinion in favor of its move to the Big Ten. • Obamaphones. Free cellphones for low-income Maryland families grew from 5,821 (2008) to 509,000 (2012), an increase 40 times the national average because half the recipients were ineligible. • Air pollution. Despite Maryland’s punitive environmental efforts against state businesses, it turns out that 70 percent of Maryland’s air pollution comes from upwind states beyond Maryland’s control. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at His email address is blairleeiv@gmail. com.

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Praise for Andrews’ bill Councilman Philip Andrews’ bill to provide public funding for county executive and County Council campaigns [“Andrews proposes campaign money plan,” Feb. 5], which has drawn unanimous praise from fellow council members as well as support from a number of organizations dedicated to good government, is an example of his integrity, leadership, and, in particular, concern

about the influence of special interests in politics — characteristics that make Andrews an attractive candidate for county executive in the June 24 Democratic primary. Andrews is the only candidate running in the primary who does not accept campaign funds from developers, unions and PACs.

Susanne Humphrey, Wheaton

Publicly financed candidates ensures government ‘by the people’ Phil Andrews’ new bill to set up a public finance system for Montgomery County elections [“Andrews proposes bill that would allow public funding for campaigns,” Feb. 5] will make our county more democratic. Democracy means “government by the people” — not “government by special interest groups.” Right now, special interests dictate how politics are run more than they should. Andrews’ public finance system offers a way to stop special interests from taking over elections. Politicians who chose to participate in the proposed public

financing system won’t be able to take big contributions from unions and developers. And, individual donations will be capped at $150. Public financing would encourage more people to run for county office who don’t have access to special interest money or don’t want to be dependent on it. This will make government more “by the people.” I hope the County Council approves Andrews’ legislation. Thank you, Andrews, for caring about democracy.

Laura Markstein, Silver Spring

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Cherri Branson has moved around a lot in her life: from rural West Virginia to Southeast Washington, D.C., then New York for college, Indiana for law school and Atlanta. She came to Montgomery County for a career as a congressional legislative aide on Capitol Hill. Now, Branson (D) of Silver Spring has moved into a small office on the sixth floor of the Stella Werner Council Office Building in Rockville. It will be a 10-month stay as the Montgomery County Council representative from District 5, filling the spot left by the resignation of former Councilwoman Valerie Ervin. Branson, 54, took her seat on Jan. 28. She has agreed not to run for a full term in this year’s election. She said she knew she would face a rush of information as she got up to speed on a variety of issues, but the pace has been more hectic than she expected. After nearly a quarter-century on Capitol Hill — including her most recent job as Chief Counsel for Oversight to the House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee — Branson is used to absorbing a lot of information quickly. And, she said, after coming from Congress, where things have largely ground to a halt in recent years amid partisan gridlock, it’s nice to get back to a busy schedule. “The pace part of [the council] is not necessarily different,” she said. It’s largely the scope of what she’ll be working on that has changed. The County Council thinks about

how to help the county’s school system, while Congress thinks about education policy generally, Branson said. Part of Branson’s transition will include figuring out her position on both the issues that affect her constituents in District 5 and those that affect county residents in general. Speaking in her office on Feb. 5, Branson said she would need to some time to think through some of the excellent testimony the council heard at a hearing on plans for development in the White Oak area. She’s also taking time to consider her position on development in Clarksburg and issues surrounding the Ten Mile Creek watershed. “I personally need more information,” Branson said. She’s also heard from her new constituents about the need to help resolve transportation issues in the district, which includes Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Burtonsville. Branson said she’s aware of the need to fix transportation in Montgomery, but warned that there’s no “magic bullet” to solve the problems. Branson’s transition will be aided by Chief of Staff Sonya Healy and several other staff members who stayed on after Ervin resigned Jan. 3 to become the chief executive of a New York-based nonprofit group. Healy said the switch was easier because the council was in recess for much of the time between Ervin’s resignation and Branson’s appointment. She said the break gave her and other staffers a chance to focus on maintaining communication with residents. Healy praised Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown for making sure Ervin’s staff was taken care of and for initiating an open and fair process to find her replacement.

Branson was one of 18 candidates who applied to fill the remainder of the term. The council interviewed the finalists in public. Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said she and other council members are available to help Branson with anything she needs. Navarro understands what Branson is dealing with, having come to the council in a special election in 2009 before winning her first full term in 2010. She said serving more than four years on the county’s Board of Education helped her understand legislative process, but nothing prepares you for the onslaught of issues the council has to deal with. A new member has to rely heavily on staff and colleagues and be able to put in extra time to review the history of issues and other finer points of policy, Navarro said. Branson was born in Shepherdstown, W.Va., in 1959, but moved to Washington with her mother, Marie Branson, who got a job as a teacher. Although they lived in Southeast Washington, Branson got permission to attend elementary and junior high school in Georgetown. Going to school with the children of senators, diplomats and Washington’s elite helped her be comfortable in a variety of situations. “I had to learn quickly how to still be me wherever I was,” she said. She attended Washington’s Eastern High School for a year before transferring to the now-defunct Immaculate Conception Academy in the District. Then it was off to New York’s Vassar College, where her time was spent in class and working with a group dedicated to bringing more racial and economic diversity to the school. She was also active in an antiapartheid group on campus, once par-


Cherri Branson laughs as Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice (far left) and other council members, including Roger Berliner (center), say a few words about her after she is sworn in as the new District 5 council member on Jan. 28. ticipating in the takeover of a campus administrative building to protest a structure of racial segregation under the regime in South Africa. “I kept busy,” Branson said. After college, she came back to Washington and worked for the district government, running a summer youth employment program and working as a management analyst while she earned money for law school. She was inspired by the work of Thurgood Marshall and others who showed the ability of the law to make substantive changes in people’s lives. “I wanted to be a lawyer all my life,” Branson said. She got a law degree from Indiana University’s law school in 1985, after which she taught for two years at Howard University Law School. She got a degree in litigation from Atlanta’s Emory University School of Law in 1988.

In Atlanta, she worked as both a prosecutor and a public defender, seeing the legal system from both sides of the courtroom. Then Branson came back to Washington, where she spent 23 years as a Capitol Hill staffer, along with about one year as a political appointee in Bill Clinton’s Labor Department. She settled in Silver Spring, where she lives with her husband, Donald, and son Avery, 16. Her mother is one of her new constituents. While she’s still getting caught up on many issues she’ll be asked to address during her term, working in a group such as the council is similar in many ways. whether at the federal or local level, she said. “A legislative branch is a legislative branch,” she said.

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Prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity is considered the last major piece of the legislative puzzle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders, but a split state Senate committee threatens to stymie the effort. Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. has proposed the Fairness for

All Marylanders Act, a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity when it comes to housing, employment, credit and public accommodations. He proposed the act last year, but it died in committee by one vote. Once again, the 11 members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee are about evenly divided as to whether the legislation should advance to the Senate floor for debate, said committee chairman Brian E. Frosh, a supporter of the bill. “It’s a 6-5 vote in my com-

Obituary Mr. Herbert L. Miller, 85, of Frederick, passed away on February 3, 2014 at Frederick Memroial Hospital. He was the husband of the late Martha A. Miller, and the former husband of the late Audrey L. King.

mittee,” said Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase. “I’m not sure if that is in favor or against. It depends on which way it turns, whose vote is picked up or lost.” It is too soon, he said, to talk about how the committee might try to amend the bill. With 25 co-sponsors in the Senate, the bill is likely to pass if it makes it to the floor. Montgomery County’s entire Senate delegation has co-sponsored the bill. Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, a civil rights organization lobbying in support of the bill, said there are three swing votes on the committee and any one of them could make or break the effort. Beyer has announced she is challenging Madaleno for his Senate seat.

Sens. Norman R. Stone (DDist. 6) of Dundalk, C. Anthony Muse (D-Dist. 26) of Fort Washington and James Brochin (DDist 42) of Towson could vote either way on the legislation, Beyer said. All three opposed Madaleno’s legislation last year. Once again, a sticking point for opponents is prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations, such as restrooms. Gender identity is defined in the law as a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of an individual regardless of their assigned sex at birth. Proponents of the bill say transgender Marylanders deserve inclusion and the same protections under the law that others enjoy. Opponents fear

Born May 28, 1928 in Damascus, MD, he was the son of the late Lewis and Nellie Miller. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, assigned to “M” Co., 32nd Infantry Regiment. Mr. Miller received two Purple Hearts, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars. He was also stationed in Japan and served in the U.S. Army Reserves. In civilian life, Mr. Miller was an electrician. In 1992 he returned to school and earned his High School Diploma, and attended Frederick Community College to learn industrial plant maintenance and blueprint reading.

“And there have been no problems with security in bathrooms,” said Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, a member of the committee. “So we want to treat the concerns seriously, but I haven’t seen any incidents that show there is a real problem.” Montgomery County law prohibits discrimination against transgendered individuals in housing, employment, cable television service and public accommodations. Maryland Citizens for Responsible Government gathered signatures to take Montgomery County’s law to referendum, but the Court of Appeals said the question could not appear on the 2008 ballot. The court’s decision put the law into effect. Frosh expects his committee to vote in the coming weeks.

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In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Miller was preceded in death by two brothers, John Miller and Harold Miller; three sisters, Elsy Cole, Gladys Shultz, and Goldie Wilt; and his daughter-in-law, Katherine M. Miller. He leaves behind to cherish his memory a son, Carl D. Miller; a daughter, Anna Davis; a brother, Bill Miller & wife Gloria; grandchildren, Edward R. Moyers, Lee Ann N. Sanchez, Jennifer Hillyard, Katie Miller, Matthew Miller, and Robbie Miller; great-grandchildren, Jessica Maria Hernandez and Brandon Rene Hernandez; and special friend Mary Stone. Services will be held privately at a later date. 1905660


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doing so would jeopardize the safety of women and children in public restrooms by allowing a loophole for unscrupulous predators to claim gender identity, enter a restroom and commit sexual crimes. Transwomen often are the targets of these fears about restrooms, Beyer said, adding that such fears are “silly” and steeped in ignorance. “Transwomen are amongst the most modest of women; they do not go out of their way to be obvious or in anyone’s face,” she said. “Everyone uses the bathroom and all transpeople are using the appropriate bathroom every day without any problem.” Sen. Jamie B. Raskin said similar protections for transgender citizens exist in 17 states as well as in Baltimore County, Baltimore city, Howard County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Food stamp recipients in Maryland will be spared from the cuts once proposed in the federal farm bill. President Barack Obama signed the Agriculture Act of 2014 into law on Friday. The controversial law, formerly known as the farm bill, sets U.S. agricultural and food policy for the next five years. “Marylanders won’t see additional cuts as a result of the passage of the farm bill,” Maryland Hunger Solutions spokeswoman Brooke A. McCauley said. About 34,800 households in Montgomery County receive monthly food stamp benefits. Those households are already dealing with smaller budgets due to a cut late last year. At the end of November, food stamp recipients across the country saw a 5 percent decrease in their budgets when a federal expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, expired. “There have been some families that have been affected significantly by that cut,” said JoAnn Barnes, deputy chief of the county’s Children, Youth and Family Services division. Just a few months ago, food

stamp advocates worried that a draft of the Agriculture Act would deal a second blow and cut as much as $39 billion from SNAP for needy households nationwide, but the bill that became law last week does not make those changes. Households must meet certain income requirements to be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A single household’s gross income must be 130 percent of the federal poverty level or lower. According to Brian Schleter, spokesman for the state Department of Human Resources, the rules for eligibility for SNAP in Maryland will not change, but state funding could. The department could see a $750,000 decrease in funding for outreach. “This could significantly reduce our ability to identify and enroll eligible families in needed services,” he said in an email. The Capital Area Food Bank, which serves Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Washington counties; D.C. and northern Virginia, receives funding from the Maryland Department of Human Resources. For the calendar year 2014, the organization received $18,000 in outreach funding for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, which it matches. It is not yet clear if the state will reduce its funding for the food bank’s outreach next year.




As other countries discover the creative talents and brewing prowess of American craft beers, the industry has witnessed a stupendous growth in exports.

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ack in 2010, writer and comedy filmmaker Ben Popik sat down with five of his friends with one simple idea — those guys should write a movie. OK, maybe it wasn’t quite that simple. Popik had rules and conditions. Each of the five would be responsible for writing 15 pages of the script. Each member would pull a number out of a hat, and that was the order in which they would write. Oh, and each writer was only allowed to read the last five pages of the previous person’s work. The concept turned into “The Exquisite Corpse Project,” which will be screened Sunday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. “Exquisite corpse” is a term coined in the early part of the 20th century for a parlor game where people would write or draw something, cover it up, and pass it along to

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Marc (Caleb Bark) and Adayit (Megan Raye Manzi) share a moment in “The Exquisite Corpse Project.”


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Writers (from left) Dave Segal, Chioke Nassor, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Joel Clark and Adam Conover were given the task of putting together the film “The Exquisite Corpse Project” with a very unusual set of rules. JAY KELLY


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Cabaret act explores astrophysics and love

Actor, vocalist and raconteuse Gia Mora will bring her cabaret show, “Einstein’s Girl,” to Bethesda Blues & Jazz on Saturday, Feb. 15. Accompanying her will be pianist and composer Charlie Barnett. FROM GIA MORA



As Valentine’s Day approaches, Gia Mora — actress, singer and raconteuse — sees parallels between the unfolding of romantic relationships and the history of the universe. “I see them as being similar, because they’re both momentous events,” said Mora, who mixes science, song and standup in her latest cabaret show, “Einstein’s Girl.” A former resident of the Washington area, Mora will return to the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Saturday, Feb. 15, with an updated version of her show about “the science of love, theoretically speaking.” “Music, physics and love go together,” said Mora, who sings and writes her own comedy material. “How to tell a story in as short a time as possible — I love that challenge,” she said. As a vocalist, she puts her own spin on romantic classics like “Stardust” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” but she also throws in her own musical and comedic take on love in the digital age mixed with the latest in cosmology.



Psychic’s new book tells ghost stories BY



There’s not a ghost of a chance that Laine Crosby has many solitary moments. Since the Atlanta native and her family moved into a house on the site of an 18th-century plantation in Derwood almost a decade ago, the once self-described “completely ordinary” wife and mother has been walking and talking with spirits. In her recently released book, “Investigative Medium: The Awakening,” Crosby tells the story of discovering and accepting her psychic abilities. “I turned forty, ate chocolate Coca-Cola birthday cake, and woke up talking to dead people,” she wrote in the book’s preface. “Suddenly, I was

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n When: 8 p.m. Saturday

n Where: Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda

n Tickets: $25

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Laine Crosby, author of “Investigative Medium — The Awakening.”


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Local legend Count Gore De Vol (aka Dick Dyszel) returns from his crypt to host a Valentine’s Day weekend presentation of “The Bride of Frankenstein,” Saturday at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring.


On the heels of heart-shaped chocolate boxes and hand-written sweet nothings, paramours throughout Montgomery County can put their heads together and celebrate a belated Valentine’s when the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center presents James Whale’s “The Bride of Frankenstein” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by District legend Count Gore De Vol (Dick Dyszel), the presentation promises to be a throwback to the good Count’s televised “Creature Features,” complete with interactive intermissions and “ghoulish” surprises. Unrated, the 1935 film stars Boris Karloff in the role that made him an icon, alongside Elsa Lanchester’s titular Bride, who would go on to become synonymous with “shocking” hairdos for generations to come. For more information, visit afi. com/silver. Visit

A night at the symphony


Six professional Washington, D.C.-area theater companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours as part of Saturday’s 10th annual Play In A Day.

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Folk-pop acoustic duo Buskin & Batteau will perform Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring.

Dynamic duo Folk duo Buskin & Batteau will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring. Known for their trademark blend of humor — as evidenced in songs like “Second Homeless” and “Jews Don’t Camp” — and acoustic excellence exacted via piano and violin, the duo will perform songs from the recently released CD, “Love Remembered, Love Forgot.” Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for church members. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Play In a Day returns to Montgomery County this Saturday.

The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in concert at 8 p.m. tonight at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The program, featuring Rossini’s “Overture to the Barber of Seville,” Prokofiev’s “Violin Concerto No. 2” and Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 2,” will be led by music director Yuri Temirkanov. Soloist Sayaka Shoji will perform on violin. For more information, visit

Soloist Sayaka Shoji. KISHIN SHINOYAMA

Now in its tenth year, the one-of-a-kind event, presented by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, will unleash six professional Washington, D.C.-area theater companies on to the Imagination Stage’s Lerner Theater in Bethesda, where they will produce original works based on similar themes in 24 hours. The fun begins Friday evening, when playwrights and directors assemble to receive assignments and props, and to then hammer out a fully formed play throughout the waning night hours. Rehearsals begin Saturday morning, with teams of directors and actors striving to meet an 8 p.m. deadline, when the curtain rises and the real drama begins. Participating theater companies include Adventure Theatre MTC, Flying V, Imagination Stage, Keegan Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, and Round House Theatre. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit





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Finally! A comedy that works. An animated film with a look — a kinetic aesthetic honoring its product line’s bright, bricklike origins — that isn’t like every other clinically rounded and bland digital 3-D effort. A movie that works for the Lego-indebted parent as well as the Lego-crazed offspring. A movie that, in its brilliantly crammed first half especially, will work even if you don’t give a rip about Legos. “The Lego Movie” proves that you can soar directly into and then straight past product placement into a realm of the sublime, if you’re clever enough. This isn’t just the funniest PG-rated animation in too long; it’s the funniest film, period, in months, since the kid-hostile “This Is the End” and “The World’s End” came out last summer. I would like to nominate the screenwriting team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”) for the Nobel Peace Prize, even though very little about “The Lego Movie” is peaceful. It is, in fact, a manic wonder, sneaking in so many small, medium and large jokes on the sly, it has an instantly re-watchable appeal. The setup of “The Lego Movie,” also directed by Lord and Miller, recalls both “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and the recent “Wreck-It Ralph” in its mashup of familiar characters and imaginative worlds. (Confession: I always found “Roger Rabbit” a technically remarkable but mean-spirited drag, and consider “Wreck-It Ralph” clever but exhausting. So consider that when considering my response to “The Lego Movie.”) The prophecy dictates that the one who will save the world is a person born with “face of yellow.” So says the Yoda-style soothsayer voiced by Morgan Freeman. The hero? An ordinary Lego construction worker, with

n 4 stars n PG; 100 minutes n Cast: Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Alison Brie n Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller


(Clockwise, from left) LEGO characters Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman), Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett), Benny (Charlie Day) and Unikitty (Alison Brie) in the 3D computer animated adventure “The Lego Movie.”

(From left) LEGO minifigures Superman, Green Lantern and Emmet (Chris Pratt). the classic waist-bendy design and fondness for right angles and orderly skylines of many colors. Emmet is his name, and he lives and resides in the bustling community of Bricksburg.

This world’s overlord, President Business (Will Ferrell doing the vocals, in full snivel), has nefarious plans for maintaining that order permanently. But a mighty band of resistance fighters has

other plans, and pretty soon safe, routinized, anonymous Emmet is mistaken for the saviors’ ringleader and mastermind, even though he’s never really put much stock in individuality. He’s

a good little Lego. The way Chris Pratt of “Parks and Recreation” voices this fellow, his sweetness is never in doubt. The movie flings Emmet, and the audience, into one Lego universe after another. There’s a Wild West sequence that owes as much to “Son of Paleface” as anything else. When other Lego favorites are introduced into the action — Will Arnett voices an exceedingly narcissistic Batman — they’re given distinct and vivid comic personalities. Liam Neeson is superbly cast as the voice of the quick-change artist Bad Cop/Good Cop, tasked with capturing Emmet and implementing the end of Bricksburg as we know it. Each facet of Emmet’s world is part of an insidiously entertaining mind-control experiment. The citizens of Bricksburg all tune into the same officially sanctioned hit show, “Where Are My Pants?”; everyone sings

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, Feb. 12, free Foxtrot lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Feb. 13, 20, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); Feb. 14, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions ($15); Feb. 15, Valentine Day Dance with Helmut Licht Big Band, Waltz

lesson at 7:30 p.m., dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m. with Helmut, 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with DJ ($25 in advance); Feb. 16, free West Coast Swing lessons at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Feb. 19, free Waltz lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-3261181, www.hollywoodballroomdc. com 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, Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, part-

ner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339.

Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd.

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The Damascus Theatre Company presents Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” with a 17-member cast running to Feb. 23 at the Arts Barn Theatre in Gaithersburg. Pictured: Glamorous actress Desiree (Liz Weber) comes to town for a performance and visits with her daughter Fredrika (Miranda Tharp).



the same annoyingly hummable hit song, “Everything Is Awesome.” (Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo did the score.) This isn’t paradise; it’s hell. Or both. The satire’s extremely deft, and even when Lord and Miller, working with animation co-director Chris McKay, indulge their snarky postadolescent sensibilities with one too many torture sequences, the style of the animation doesn’t mistake “realism” for “quality.” We’re happily and fully in thrall to the stop-motion Lego world writ large, to the point that when a huge change occurs at the climax, it’s a bit of a killjoy. We don’t really want to leave the Lego world, even for sincerely wrought pathos, and a complicatedly affecting message to parents everywhere. Nick Offerman pirates his way, merrily, through the role of Metal Beard; Elizabeth Banks is Wyldstyle, the driven revolutionary with the mad motorcycle skills. The sight gags, most of them quick as an eyeblink, are shrewdly timed; considerable credit goes to editors David Burrows and McKay, who really know how to bite off the end of a scene at precisely the right moment. I suppose it’s a bit much toward the end. A little more breathing room en route might’ve helped sell the heartfelt wrap-up. But most of the way “The Lego Movie” plays like the world’s greatest fan tribute, and I can’t wait to see it again.


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Sharing the wealth: American craft beer exports on the rise As other countries discover the creative talents and brewing prowess of American craft beers, the industry has witnessed a stupendous growth in exports. In 2012, American craft beer exports increased by 72 percent to almost 190,000 barrels, the equivalent to the ninth largest craft brewery. Almost half the exports are to Canada followed surprisingly by Sweden and then Great Britain. Beer exports also are going throughout Europe, the Far East, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER Exports, however, are not a major part of most U.S. brewery sales. In virtually all cases, the percent of total sales is less than 5 percent and usually under 2 percent. There are exceptions, most notably Brooklyn Brewery which expects to export 25 percent of its projected production of more than 200,000 barrels in 2013 to 20 countries. Brooklyn’s General Manager Eric Ottaway said that “selling beer in France isn’t much different than selling beer in Oklahoma.” The earliest craft beer exports came about by chance. In 1985, Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co., was called by a friend living in Munich who ventured that “Boston Lager is better than anything in Germany,” so Koch sent Boston Lager to Germany. Almost a decade later, Rogue Brewery became the second craft exporter when an American expatriate living in Sapporo, Japan, met with Rogue founder Jack Joyce and convinced him to sell beer there. Rogue now exports to 32 coun-


Continued from Page A-13 Blues, Capital Blues: Thursdays, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Feb. 14, Valerie Young and the Glen Echo Open


The Boulevard Brewing Company’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is one of the more popular American craft beer exports. tries, probably more than any other American craft brewery. The reasons breweries export vary. Sierra Nevada started exporting their beers to England in order to “protect our trademark, quality and integrity” from bootleggers. Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery has a similar story that “we know a gray market exists for our beers overseas and these have not been handled up to our quality standards. We

Band, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, Feb. 16, Valerie Young calls with Lars Prillaman and the Br, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, Feb. 12, Caller:

decided to take control of our exports.” Brooklyn Brewery began seriously exporting beer in 2005 after Carlsberg gave brewmaster Garrett Oliver an award, and this relationship evolved to Carlsberg becoming the Brooklyn importer. Deschutes started exporting to Canada after many Canadian visitors asked where their beers were available. Breweries have different experiences about which styles to export.

Anna Rain; Feb. 19, Caller: Carol Marsh; Feb. 26, Caller: Dan Gillespie, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Swing, March, TBD, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, www.flyingfeet. org. Waltz, Feb. 16, MacArthur Boulevard, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.

“IPAs are hot in every country,” according to Deschutes. Rogue has similar experiences as do several other breweries. On the other hand, Brooklyn Lager accounts for about 80 percent of Brooklyn’s export sales, much higher than their domestic sales. Boston Lager also is Boston Beer’s most requested style. Among the more popular exports are: • Samuel Adams Boston Lager (4.9

MUSIC & DANCE Arts Barn, Singer Songwriter Concert Series, 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-

percent alcohol by volume, ABV) is brewed by the Boston Beer Co. It has a an earthy, bready and malty nose with a hint of noble hops. The slightly effervescent front has a light bready sweetness which continues in the middle. A mild floral hop is added in the finish which increases in the aftertaste of this crispy and refreshing brew. Ratings: 7.5/7.5. • Dead Guy Ale (6.6 percent ABV) is produced at the Rogue Ales brewery in Newport, Ore., and is Rogue’s best selling export. This Hellerbock style brew has a caramel, apricot and faint berry bouquet. The modest sweet caramel malt front melds into a middle where a trace of sweet berry is added. A touch of bitter hops emerges in the finish and grows to medium in the aftertaste where there is a lingering caramel malt. Ratings: 8/8. • Torpedo Extra IPA (7.2 percent ABV) is made by the Sierra Nevada Brewing in Chico, Calif. Torpedo, Sierra Nevada’s highest exported IPA and a well balanced and smooth brew, has a robust grapefruit hop aroma. The moderate malt front is joined by a muted citrus hop with notes of lemon and grapefruit in the middle. The hops elevate in the finish and again in the aftertaste to a balanced medium bitterness. Ratings: 7/7.5. • Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale (8 percent ABV) has a complex nose of apricot, lemon, pepper and melon. Very smooth, the medium-bodied Tank 7 begins with a restrained lemon and melon sweet front. A pinch of pepper joins in the middle and a pleasant grapefruit combines in the finish. In the aftertaste the grapefruit increases to medium, with a delicate bitterness, a mild dryness, and a hint of alcoholic warmth. Ratings: 8.5/8

258-6394, www.gaithersburgmd. gov/artsbarn.

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Doors Wide Open, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 12; Zoe, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13; Valentine’s Day with the Softones, 8 p.m. Feb. 14; Gia Mora is Einstein’s Girl featuring Charlie Barnett, 8 p.m. Feb. 15, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500,

BlackRock Center for the Arts, District Comedy, 8 p.m.

Feb. 15; The Exquisite Corpse Project, 4 p.m. Feb. 16, call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260,

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Nuala Ken-

nedy, 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, www. Strathmore, Specialty Tea: Valentine’s Tea, 1 p.m. Feb. 12; AIR: Nistha Raj, Hindustani violin, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12; WPAS: St. Petersburg Philharmonic, 8 p.m. Feb. 12; Guitar Passions: Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo, 8 p.m. Feb. 13; Valentine’s Day Dinner, 6 p.m. Feb. 14; Marcus Johnson and the Urban Jam Band, 8 p.m. Feb. 14; Specialty Tea: Teddy Bear Tea, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15; BSO: Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique, 8 p.m. Feb. 15, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore. org.

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Miss Nelson is Missing,” to March 9, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Arts Barn, “A Little Night Music,” to Feb. 23, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, 301-258-6394, Imagination Stage, “Rumpel-

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VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “The Deepest Feeling Always Shows Itself in Silence,” Feb. 13 to March 23, opening vernissage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www.

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, “Creative Connections,” MFA at Gallery B, Feb. 5 to March 1, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 14; gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Glenview Mansion, Gordana Gerskovic, experimental photography, to Feb. 21, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www.rockvillemd. gov. Marin-Price Galleries, “The Way of the Horse,” Feb. 18 to April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301718-0622. VisArts, Ryan Rakhshan: Robin Meyer: “Life and death of charm city,” Feb. 14 to March 16, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. March 7, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301315-8200, www.visartsatrockville. org. Washington Printmakers Gallery, “Fourth Annual Excellence in

February 20 (Preview) February 21, 22 at 8pm February 23 at 2pm



stiltskin,” 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,” To Feb. 23; call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www. The Puppet Co., “Sleeping Beauty,” Feb. 13 to March 23; 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,” to March 4, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Pluto,” presented by Forum Theatre, Feb. 20 to March 15, 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, “Superior Donuts,” Feb. 21 to March 15, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, The Writer’s Center, Poetry and Prose Open Mic, 2 p.m. Feb. 23, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301654-8664,

Printmaking Exhibition,” to Feb. 23, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring,


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‘The Monuments Men’: Great story, but result is no masterpiece BY



A genial disappointment about the preciousness of art amid the destructive horrors of war, “The Monuments Men” is scored to a military march by composer Alexandre Desplat. You hear what he was going for: jaunty heroics. The throwback sound of it suggests the director, co-writer and star George Clooney sat down with Desplat, gave him a smile and said: “Gimme some of that Elmer Bernstein ‘Great Escape’ magic, Al.” It almost works. The whole film, with its unfashionable techniques (slow fades and dissolves by the dozen) and uberrelaxed, old-school vibe, almost works. Yet Clooney’s attempt to honor unsung real-life heroes while recapturing the ensemble pleasures of some well-remembered Hollywood war pictures, notably “The Great Escape” and “The Guns of Navarone,” comes off as a modestly accomplished forgery at best. You keep waiting for it to kick into gear, for the odd-couple banter between Bill Murray and Bob Balaban to start clicking. The actors, including Matt Damon, John Goodman, Jean

THE MONUMENTS MEN n 2 stars n PG-13; 110 minutes n Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujuardin, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett n Directed by George Clooney

Dujuardin, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett as a Parisian curator based on Rose Valland, are present and ready for duty. It’s “Ocean’s Eight,” this time with serious historical import. The script by Clooney and Grant Heslov offers the actors an outline and some functional scenes, mostly two-handers. But at some point during filming in Germany and England, Clooney must’ve realized behind the camera that his own script needed another rewrite or two to make dramatic and comic sense of its mission. “All hell’s broken loose here,” his character says at one point, traveling through another frontline scene of mass destruction. You see it, you don’t feel it, and while it’d be crazy to expect a movie such as “The


(From left) Dimitri Leonidas, John Goodman, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bob Balaban in Columbia Pictures’ thriller “The Monuments Men.” Monuments Men” to dive into wartime miseries, its calculated breeziness veers perilously close to a State Department tour. It’s a wonderful subject, which makes the engagement level all the more frustrating. The curators, architects, art historians and artists of the FDRsanctioned Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives crew scrambled around Europe during the war, saving what they could, finding Nazi-looted and culturally priceless Rembrandts and

Picassos and frescoes, many of them crated deep within Hitler’s salt mines. Largely fictionalized, the film compresses events and cooks up dramatic death scenes, even as it asks the audience to chuckle through a scene of Damon’s character trapped atop an unexploded land mine. That scene is followed, abruptly, by the discovery of barrels of gold teeth extracted from Jewish concentration camp prisoners. The change-up is jarring, intention-



Accompanying her on piano is her musical collaborator, pianist and producer Charlie Barnett, who underscores her monologues. “He improvises [while I’m] speaking. ... We have a symbiotic relationship,” Mora said. A Colorado native whose father plays jazz guitar, Mora stated singing and performing from age 3. She also started writing plays early, later earning an undergraduate degree in screenwriting and playwriting from the University of Colorado. “I’ve always loved writing, but good writing is extremely hard,” she said. “Singing comes more naturally to me.” She also became an actor and dancer, performing in the Washington, D.C. area for six years at the Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, MetroStage and other venues before moving to Los Angeles two years ago. Over the years, Mora has written and performed several cabaret shows, mostly about the intersection of politics and romance, before taking on the origins of the universe. About year ago, she happened to hear an NPR “Science Friday” radio program featuring a dialogue between cosmologists and a novelist who incorporates science into his stories. Astrophysics and love have things in common, she said. “There’s the Big Bang Theory [about the origin of the universe] ... where everything collides and explodes,” she said. Cosmic dust coalesces into planets, and things start to settle down a little, much like falling in love and entering into a relationship over time. “I dived into it and thought, ‘This metaphor could really work,’” said Mora, who started reading up on everything from multiple universes to particle accelerators. Mora launched her “Einstein’s Girl” act in Los Angeles in February 2013, and it wasn’t long before it got the attention of Jennifer Ouellet, writer of the blog “Cocktail Party Physics: Physics with a Twist” for Scientific American. “[Mora] explores old-fashioned romance in the digital era, marked by snappy patter in between songs and lyrics peppered with allusions to ... cosmic inflation, singularities and of course, relativity and Albert Einstein, a.k.a.

the next person for them to write or draw something. At the end, the last person would open up the paper and read what was written or show what had been drawn. In the case of “The Exquisite Corpse Project,” the writers — Chioke Nassor, Joel Clark, Adam Conover, Dave Segal and Raphael Bob-Waksberg — would only pen their part of the script if Popik agreed to make the movie, no matter how bad it turned out. “My background is in sketch comedy,” Popik said. “That’s where we came up as a group. We started in [Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.] and then after college we moved to New York City to pursue comedy professionally.” Popik, along with the other writers, were part of the comedy group “Olde English,” which filmed sketches that became popular on YouTube and throughout the Internet. While in New York, the group performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, which is a jumping off point for many “Saturday Night Live” comedians. During one of the shows, the guys assigned each other rules by which to write sketches. As the writers learned of their rules, they were filmed and the video was shown to the audience that night. “One of the writers, one set of constraints I gave him was he had to combine his three most embarrassing memories into one sketch,” Popik said. “Rule No. 2 was that he had to write the sketch in five minutes and rule No. 3 was the five minutes starts right now. So the audience got to see me assign those rules to him … and then got to watch him scramble to write something in five minutes.

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Gia Mora will bring her cabaret show, “Einstein’s Girl,” to Bethesda Blues & Jazz on Saturday.

‘Albie,’” wrote Ouellette on Feb. 25, 2013. “Albie” plays a role in “E=mc2,” a song Mora co-wrote with Brad Brown, an English teacher at the Chelsea School in Hyattsville. In it, she asks Einstein, “What is love?” “He said, “Well, my girl, I know a lot about physics. “And I’ve studied me a little bit of chemistry, too. “But nothing in mathematics can explain love’s boogie woogie for two.” Mora also throws in songs about romance and social media, such as “Oh Internet,” “I Google You” and “The Facebook Song,” as well as a song she wrote called “Missing David B.-w4m-41” about missed connections on Craigslist. Mora also weaves in the latest developments in science and high-tech, such as China’s lunar rover and Google Glass. At Bethesda Blues & Jazz, she will also be singing a “quirky song” written by the composers of the musical “Orphie and the Book of Heroes,” premiering from Feb. 8-25 at the Kennedy Center. Mora sings the part of Persephone in the show. She is also working on new songs for her next cabaret show and album, and inspired by the likes of multi-faceted entertainers such as Hugh Laurie and Tracey Ullman, is working on some television pilots. In the meantime, she’s still focused on the connection between relationships and universes. “They’re explosive, momentous, life-altering events, and they take time to develop,” she said.


Continued from Page A-`` a psychic medium, and I never wanted to be.” Although Crosby knew her maternal grandmother had psychic abilities, she mostly ignored her own childhood experiences, like seeing people — or ghosts — “out of the corner of my eyes,” and what is known as traveling clairvoyance, “being able to go back and forth in time,” she explained. Crosby’s skeptical mother credited her child with “a big imagination,” and she attributed her young adult daughter’s accurate predictions of when people would die to “women’s intuition,” dubbing her “the prophet of doom.” Still, prior to her awakening, the paranormal was rarely in evidence in Crosby’s adult life. After earning an undergraduate degree in economics from Agnes Scott College and an MBA from Georgia State University, she spent 20 years doing marketing and public relations for companies including The Weather Channel, Wachovia and CocaCola. Not long after the family moved to Montgomery County,


Crosby said, their house began to “feel a little strange,” and unexplained sounds and occurrences filled her days and nights. On Sept. 21, 2004, she woke up from a nap to hear “the sweet, soft voice of a woman” speaking to her and “saw the image of a beautiful woman with dark skin and an almond-shaped face.” That was the beginning of her continuing relationship with Jannette, the ghost of a slave who lived on the plantation in the 1850s. In a series of

conversations, Jannette told Crosby about her own romantic history: a love triangle with her master and another slave. She also showed Crosby visions of the locale through time and introduced her to other spirits, many of them denizens of the property’s slave cemetery. “My first event where I knowingly talked to a ghost was when I heard and saw Jannette physically in the room with me,” Crosby said. “She was there and it was two-way communication.” A dramatic acknowledgement of Crosby’s abilities occurred in February 2005 when she heard a television news report about a missing 9-year-old, and had a vision that revealed Jessica Marie Lunsford’s location. Crosby and her husband opted not to relay the information to the police because they thought it would not be credible. Once the truth of Crosby’s “remote viewing” was confirmed, that decision weighed heavily on her conscience, and, she wrote, “My life has never since been the same.” “It was the first time all my abilities came together and I knew the outcome of a crime. I could see, hear, smell and

ally. The effect feels misjudged. Clooney plays a Harvard art historian based on George Stout, a World War I veteran returning to the fields and villages of battle with a different objective this time. He’s the ringleader, and once he enlists James Granger (Damon, playing a character loosely inspired by James Rorimer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art), it’s a matter of lining up the best character men for the job. Murray’s introduced atop a Chicago skyscraper, with the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower behind him. He plays an architect borrowing a bit of real-life architect Robert Posey’s story. One of the peculiarities of “The Monuments Men” is its generic texture; the men’s specific skills and interests are largely washed over. Clooney’s work as a director includes “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “The Ides of March,” good films all. He also directed the period football comedy “Leatherheads,” proving his fallibility. “The Monuments Men” deals in an entirely different genre, but there’s a similar tonal indecision at work here. Now and then the film goes for the jugular, emotionally speak-

“What he wrote was bad … but the interesting effect that we noticed is that because the audience knew the context of the assignment, because they knew the constraints and they knew essentially why the piece was bad, they thought it was hilarious, which was very interesting.” Just like that, the fundamental building blocks of “The Exquisite Corpse Project” were assembled. The writers wrote their part of the scripts, cursing the previous writer for what they were given to work with, and the movie was shot. All the while, Popik was filming interviews with the writers, which he would use in the movie as well. Although it was written and filmed in relatively short time, the editing process ended up taking almost two years. “The original plan was to leave the writers’ sections completely intact,” Popik said. “We would see 15 minutes of one person’s section, then maybe we’d have three or four minutes of documentary material and then we’d see the next person’s completed section, then see three or four minutes of documentary material. Once we shot the whole thing, that’s how we edited it.” Popik said the first time through the editing process just did not work because the audience doesn’t want to go in and watch these 15 minute scenes straight through. “They’re too bad, especially Joel’s section … it’s quite tedious,” Popik said. “When that didn’t work, there was the mandatory panic — basically, ‘Oh my God, did we just waste months of our lives on this garbage?’ Then we started to just play around with ‘What if we introduce the documentary footage this way and that way …’ Eventually, through the editing process, we found a really satisfying way to work back and forth with the footage.”

‘know’ what was going on,” Crosby said about the pivotal event that opens her book. “Up until this point, I had gradually been recognizing abilities as I met Jannette and the other slaves on the plantation.” Being a medium does not conflict with Crosby’s devout Christianity. In fact, she wrote, “Over the years… with prayer and God’s help, I have assisted a number of spirits in crossing over into Heaven. That is, moving on from our physical dimension, through the tunnel of white light, into the dimension that is of God.” Crosby, who sets aside time before sleep to talk to her guides or angels, said she sees herself as “an instrument to help the other side connect to this world …. A mouthpiece — a channel, a medium — not really much different from a telephone or radio. As I experience information, I do the best I can to make sense of it, define it, and pass it on.” Instead of doing readings and offering advice to individuals, as is the wont of many mediums — “That is not what I’m here to do,” Crosby said — she devotes her time to investigative weekends at historic locales like the battlefields at Gettysburg;

leading psychic training classes and workshops; lecturing at venues including colleges, plantations and historical societies; researching, writing and marketing her books; and, perhaps most important, working with missing persons networks and police — free of charge. Three new books are in the works. A sequel to “The Awakening,” titled “The Adventures of a Free Range Investigative Medium,” is half done and Crosby expects to complete it by July 2015. Among its ghosts is Annabelle, who, according to Crosby, is “5, almost 6.” Crosby learned that Annabelle drowned in the Patuxent River and located her grave. “The last year she [Annabelle] remembers is 1812. It could be her birth year, or her death year. I don’t know. She did drown, and she is with me all the time, mostly, but when she’s in my house, she plays with the dogs (one alive, two dead) and with her cousins and also my kids.” An ebook, “Conversations with the Ghosts of Gettysburg,” consisting of four stories, is due out this month, and Crosby hopes to release “Real Daughters,” conversations with the

ing, as when Murray’s architect tears up listening to his family’s homemade recording of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” That scene should kill, yet somehow it doesn’t. It’s not Murray’s fault: The scene needed a simpler, straighter attack, not all the fancy intercutting with field hospital trauma footage. Realism schmealism: This is a Hollywood movie. But that sort of scene takes you out of the movie you’re trying to invest in. The actors are quite marvelous, and a brief sequence featuring “Downton Abbey’s” Bonneville as dissolute art lover out for redemption, in which he asks a superior officer for permission to go into Bruges and save a Madonna, provides exactly what the rest of the movie lacks — namely, some snap. Clooney acts with more charm than urgency in “The Monuments Men.” He’s a far better actor than many realize; he makes everything look easy. But this time he really does just sort of George-Clooney his way through. See John Frankenheimer’s “The Train” again, the one with Burt Lancaster, for a wholly different and genuinely exciting perspective on the same historical outrage.

THE EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT n When: 4 p.m. Sunday n Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown n Tickets: $8 n For information: 301-5282260;

Although the film highlights the movie created by the writers, the project itself feels like it’s a full documentary about the writers. “Well, it didn’t start out as a documentary about them,” Popik said. “When these guys all signed on, they signed on to ‘Hey, let’s play this silly game!’ and everybody was on board with that. By the end, we found the most interesting footage was in the documentary footage with their relationships and the way they dealt with each other.” In the end, Popik hopes audiences really get the feeling that the movie really was a labor of love and that everyone had more than one hand in helping to make it a reality. “I personally shot the movie,” Popik said. “We were all the editors. Everybody you see in the film, if they’re not on-screen, they’re off and holding a boom mic. It’s really a film we made ourselves and I hope the take-away for young people is that. I think a lot of filmmakers get intimidated by the budgets they see on the big screen … I think content is more important than polish in many cases. “I would really encourage people to go out there an experiment and make a lot of content and not get too hung up on making ‘Iron Man 4.’” daughters of soldiers who fought for the Confederacy, in conjunction with Atlanta’s celebration of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary in the spring of 2015. Crosby’s books are selfpublished, she said, because not only does she have a background in digital publishing, but also she refused to work with publishers who wanted her to make her stories spookier to enhance their marketing value. Ample matter is available for additional books. “I save my findings and use them for future material for books, and I research when I can, so I have lots of ideas for books that are a bit unique,” she said. “My father wrote nine books, which are not in print now, and I would like to use his historical research to write historical fiction eventually — after I tackle what is already on my plate.” That’s a substantial meal, but no doubt, Crosby can enlist some help from the spirits that surround her. “Investigative Medium: The Awakening” is available on and www.

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



Record Pts



19-3 60


Montrose Christian 13-5 54



16-2 46


St. Andrew’s

17-4 38



15-2 29



14-4 20


Montgomery Blair 14-3 19



14-3 9



13-4 7


Walt Whitman

13-4 4


Others receiving votes:

Wheaton 3; Jewish Day 1.


Poolesville at Rockville, 5:15 p.m. Tuesday: This game that

could decide the Montgomery 3A/2A Division title.


Name, school A. Trier, Montrose Christian J. Friedman, Sandy Spring W. English, McLean J. McKay, McLean I. Kallon, Wheaton N. Segura, The Heights K. Williams, Kennedy J. Stern, Hebrew Academy M. Adkison, St. Andrew’s A. Tarke, Gaithersburg


ALASTS tweet today FOREVER

PPG 25.5 22.2 21.3 20.6 19.9 19.1 18.7 18.6 18.5 18.2

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



Record Pts



16-2 60


Walt Whitman

15-2 54


Paint Branch

16-2 48


John F. Kennedy 13-2 42


Holy Child

18-3 36


Seneca Valley

14-3 20



13-4 19


Thomas S. Wootton 12-6 18


Winston Churchill 10-8 11



10-4 8

Others receiving votes: Good Counsel 3; Col. Zadok Magruder 1.


Damascus at Riverdale Baptist, 7 p.m. Tuesday: The best of

Montgomery and Prince George’s square off in a must-watch game.


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


PPG 19.6 18.6 18.4 18.1 17.5 17.4 17.4 16.5 16.2 16.1 15.9

From Twitter to Facebook to message boards, Web provides information, places to rant




Around 11 a.m. on an otherwise average Wednesday morning at Thomas S. Wootton High School (@ WoottonSports, 220 followers), Patriot football coach Tyree Spinner (@ TyreeSpinner, 243 followers) and his assistant coaches were dismissed. The cyberspace feuding began soon after.

Upon hearing the news, one student said he arrived home around 2:30 p.m. and the first thing he did was create a Twitter account, @getspinnerback (195 followers), which has since launched a sea of discussion in the Montgomery County Twitter-sphere. Social media has been used for all manner of things in myriad fields: public relations, news gathering and reporting, organizational efforts,

trash talk, and publishing whatever is on one’s mind — anything under the sun. It can be a tremendous resource or entirely worthless, both trouble-causing and problem-solving. The latter was the intent for the student behind the @getspinnerback account, who asked to remain anonymous in an interview.

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Landon senior leads by example

Einstein senior dominates the paint Camara stronger than ever after abbreviated junior season



Barton, a three-year starter, serves as captain for young team



Albert Einstein High School boys’ basketball senior Abraham Camara used to be a lanky 6-foot-5 center. A raw, talented big man, or as teammate Joe Bradshaw described him, “some skinny frail guy.” But that all changed last year, after he temporarily left the team and missed out on Einstein’s late-season run to focus on his academics. Thanks to the extended offseason, which allowed for extra time in the weight room, Camara has transformed into one of the most dominant big men in the county. “He became a dedicated high school athlete,” Einstein coach Rich Porac said. “That, beyond anything else I’ve seen, has been the biggest improvement.”

Landon School senior Jack Barton is the only three-year starter on the Bears’ ice hockey team, but that’s not why he has accepted and thrived in the role of team captain. It’s his performance on the ice. In Landon’s 7-1 victory Friday against rival Georgetown Prep, a game that clinched the regularseason Interstate Athletic Conference crown for the Bears, Barton scored three goals, including one shorthanded. However, his hat trick was not his biggest contribution in that game. Landon had forged a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period on goals from junior Jones Lindner and sophomore Brian Jordan and, as expected, George



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Albert Einstein High School’s Abe Camara shoots against Rockville on Friday.

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Continued from Page B-1 town Prep began the second period with a hint of desperation. When Bears’ junior defenseman Trevor Wolf was given a two-minute minor penalty, the Little Hoyas went on the power play. An early second period goal by Prep would not only narrow the Bears’ deficit in half, it would energize the Little Hoyas and their enthusiastic student section, which had been standing since five minutes before the opening face-off. But not only did Landon weather the storm and kill the Little Hoyas’ power play, Barton made the game’s most significant play shortly before it ended. Prep had gotten three good shots on goal against Bears’ goalie Sean O’Brien, but Landon cleared the puck into the Little Hoyas’ zone. Barton charged the blue line with a purpose and intercepted a lazy Prep clearing pass, headed behind the net and rifled a pass to fellow senior Campbell Blue who one-timed the puck into the net for a 3-0 lead. “Those are the types of things that he does to win games,” Landon coach


Continued from Page B-1 Camara bulked up in the offseason and also played on the football team this fall. “You can see the difference,” Porac said. In just his third year playing organized basketball, the senior is averaging 18 points, 15.8 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game (as of Monday), dominating inside on both ends of the floor. “He’s way more aggressive. He feels like he has to prove a point in the county,” Bradshaw said. The Titans rarely call plays for Camara, who leads the team in scoring and shoots about 60 percent from the field. The center inflicts most of his damage in the paint, collecting errant field goal attempts and turning them into easy buckets. “Sometimes, our best play is a bad shot when Abraham is under the basket,” Porac said. Camara has been playing his best basketball as of late. He had 40 points and 18 rebounds in a 72-56 win over


Landon School ice hockey captain Jack Barton is one of the best players in the area. Chan Gammill said. “Not only were we about to kill their power play chance, Jack chases down the puck and then

Campbell trails him and we get a goal. That was just a huge momentum swing. If they score on the power play, they’re

Seneca Valley on Jan. 31. The week before, he recorded 37 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Walter Johnson. “The thing with him, he doesn’t need us to pass the ball,” Bradshaw said. “If the ball comes off the rim, that’s just his.” Camara began his sophomore year on the junior varsity team, but moved up to varsity after a rimbreaking two-handed dunk caught the attention of his coaches. Adjusting to the varsity level was a struggle, he said. “It was really difficult for me,” he said. “... There were obviously guys better than me, bigger than me. I needed time to learn the game of basketball.” Slowly but surely Camara has done exactly that, overcoming obstacles like the ones he faced his junior season. “I started taking my grades seriously, hitting the weight room, trying to get better,” Camara said. Even though he didn’t play at the end of last season, Camara attended all of Einstein’s games. After a 2-10

start, the Titans won nine of their last 13 before falling to Urbana in the 3A West Region semifinal. “It really upset me,” Camara said. “Seeing the looks on my teammates’ faces when they lost to Urbana, I knew I had to step up.” Camara has added several elements to his game this season, including an improved left hand. He’s also become more versatile. In a game two weeks ago, he grabbed a rebound and took it coast-to-coast, as if he were a guard, Porac said. With only three years of serious basketball experience, there is plenty of room for growth. “I think there’s a little more time to add more stuff to my game,” Camara said. “I just need to put the work in.” Camara said he is undecided about school but that he wants to continue playing basketball. “If I get the opportunity and the grades are up to par, I think I can get to the next level,” Camara said.


Continued from Page B-1 “I think it can have a pretty big impact because The Gazette (@Mont_Sports, 1,413 followers) has already talked about us and more people followed,” he said. “And if someone else writes about us, then more people will notice us and the word will get out and maybe Dr. [and principal, Michael] Doran will think about it.” Wootton officials held a meeting at the school on Feb. 6 to respond to concerns in the community about the dismissal of Spinner and his staff. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and all other forms of social media give athletes, coaches, opponents, and students an unchecked, unfiltered voice behind the safety of a computer screen. “Faceless Internet weasels” is how Quince Orchard football coach Dave Mencarini (@ QOCoach, 1,452 followers) put it. Coaches and athletic directors can interact with the community at large, players with


The announcement that Thomas S. Wootton football coach Tyree Spinner and his staff were dismissed caused one student to create a Twitter account. county peers, team accounts with other team accounts. The @getspinnerback account was created predominantly with positive intentions for the coach. That’s not to say, however, that social media can’t backfire. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly rare when it doesn’t. Colleges and high schools have suspended players for derogatory tweets. Professional athletes have been fined. It’s

become increasingly difficult for social-media users to straddle the line between First Amendment rights and when it simply goes too far to publish an item on a forum where one screen-shot can preserve it for eternity. “The big thing that you really got to do, especially for a young coach like Spinner, is to stay away from it,” founder Mike Cornejo (@MikeCornejo,

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 d right back in it at 2-1. We get a shorthanded goal and now its 3-0 and then get back to even strength. But you know that’s why he’s a captain. Sure, he’s been with us three years but its his work ethic that leads to goals like that.” Barton, one of only five seniors on the team, downplayed the moment. His assist may have started the scoring in the second period, but he had two goals later in the frame, the second of which was also shorthanded and he scored the Bears’ lone tally in the third period for a 7-0 lead. When Prep’s Ryan Holman ended O’Brien’s bid for a shutout, it was the Landon cheering section that gave the Little Hoyas’ player a loud, albeit sarcastic ovation since most of the Prep faithful had already departed. “We knew coming into this year that we had a chance to go out with another championship,” Barton said. “For me, being a captain since the beginning of the season has meant a lot. I know that it’s important for me to show an example, especially for the younger players. We want them to carry on the tradition after we leave. As a defenseman, my focus is on helping out my goalie [O’Brien] and not really focusing too much on

scoring. It was great to get three goals [against Prep] but really the main task for me is keeping the other team from getting scoring chances.” As he watched Barton record an assist on one shorthanded goal and then add a shorthanded goal of his own in the waning stages of the second period, Georgetown Prep coach Paul Fritz understood both the scenario and the impact of those two scores. “Really, what it comes down to in a lot of those situations is just staying disciplined,” Fritz said. “We had maybe a handful of power play chances tonight and instead of staying with the game plan and working together as a team, we had too many instances where our guys were trying to improvise. On shorthanded goals like the three they got [on Friday] it was all about hustle and determination. Their guys made the plays and [Barton] not only played a good game defensively for them he also accounted for over one-half their goals.”


Albert Einstein High School’s Abe Camara talks to his coach, Rich Porac, against Rockville on Friday.

1,624 followers) said. “It’s very tempting to post something on a message board like MoCo Football and fire back. In a broader sense, it’s the same thing [as Twitter], but … you’re not limited to 140 characters.” It’s not all negative, though. Students and athletic departments have found productive uses for social media as well, though it’s oftentimes the inflammatory comments that attract the most attention. Those with student section twitter accounts, such as Quince Orchard’s Red Army (@ RedArmy2013, 413 followers), use it to get out the message for a certain theme for that week’s game, what color to wear, etc. Athletic directors, principals, and higher-ups have discovered successful ways to organize fundraisers and events, or announce schedule changes or weather postponements. James H. Blake Athletic Director Jared Fribush (@ BlakeAthletics, 807 followers) said he uses it mainly to promote games and provide live scoring updates and check scores from around the county. Seneca Valley Athletic Director Jesse Irvin (@SVHSathletics, 406 followers) has a

policy that every single athletic event will have a score tweeted out within two hours of conclusion. “It is great to get out information to them quickly,” said Irvin, who set up the department’s Twitter and Facebook accounts when he took the job in 2011. “I have also used it to garner fan interest by holding Twitter contests, such as tweeting a picture of the student athlete at a game in school colors, showing their school pride.” Though he emphasizes caution, Fribush leaves any social media restrictions up to each individual coach, adding that it’s not necessarily their responsibility to monitor Twitter or Facebook. To his knowledge, he has yet to see an incident involving any Blake athletes. Seneca, meanwhile, has devised a specific social media policy where “inappropriate comments/pictures/descriptions regarding another person’s race, ethnic background, culture, religion, gender, or sexual orientation” can result in suspension or dismissal from the team entirely. Mencarini views Twitter

and the message boards as “an unbelievable resource,” though he recognized the wealth of drawbacks that go hand-in-hand. “It’s a great opportunity for me as a coach to promote all the good things we’re doing …. You find out more about what’s going on in the world in sports, news, whatever, on Twitter before you have to even get on the Internet.” As most any coach has at this point, Mencarini, who makes a point of following his players on Twitter, has had conversations with several of his players about using social media responsibly. A synopsis of his 30-minute speech he gives his players goes something like this: “There’s two things in this world you can’t get back and that’s time and what you put on the Internet,” he said. “All we really have at the end of the day is our last name, so how do you want to be received?”


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Feb. 5 was the first day high school seniors can sign a National Letter of Intent to play sports in college. Below is a list of all the student-athletes from Montgomery County that The Gazette has been able to confirm who have (or expect to) signed their national letters of intent. Athletes who plan to play at non-scholarship schools are also included.

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Walt Whitman High School’s Hannah Niles (left) dribbles past Walter Johson’s Kristin Scott on Friday.

Wootton pulls reversal vs. Gaithersburg Whitman’s streak reaches 14; Jewish Day leads the PVAC n

The Thomas S. Wotton High School girls’ basketball team (12-6, 8-2 as of Monday) clinched a share of the Montgomery 4A West Division title on Friday, defeating co-champion Gaithersburg 70-46 on Friday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN The Trojans (11-5, 8-2) took the first meeting and could have earned sole possession of the division title with a series sweep, but the Patriots jumped out to an early lead and held on for the win. Ellie Kobylski scored a game-high 22 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead the Patriots. The junior guard also helped limit Gaithersburg’s leading scorer, Janessa Fauntroy, who finished with 19 points. “She’s just strong and intense and a real competitor,” Wootton

coach Maggie Dyer said. Wootton’s press kept Gaithersburg’s offense in check; the Trojans managed only 26 points through three quarters. “I think defensively, we played a lot better. We played with a lot more intensity coming out,” Dyer said. Wootton had four different double-digit scorers, including Kobylski, her twin sister Cece Kobylski (12), Sheri Addison (20) and Kaitlin Klausing (12). “A lot of kids just stepped up and contributed to make it a team win,” Dyer said.

Whitman win streak continues Whitman (15-2, 7-0) has won 14 straight games after defeating Walter Johnson 65-30 on Friday and is peaking at just the right time. Senior Avery Witt scored 12 points and sophomore Hannah Niles scored 11 off the bench to lead Whitman’s balanced attack. Though Whitman doesn’t have a player averaging doubledigits in scoring, the offense has scored 50-plus points in six of its last seven games. “We pride ourselves on the

defense, but the offense seems to be catching up,” Whitman coach Pete Kenah said after the game. The Vikings returned two starters from last year’s 21-5 squad that won a region title and reached the state semifinals.

Jewish Day atop PVAC Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (11-1 as of Monday) is on a nine-game win streak and in position to win the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference. “As this season has gone on, they’re understanding better how each other play,” said firstyear coach Rebecca Silberman. “… I think I’ve done a good job of motivating them but I think they’ve done an even better job of motivating each other.” The Lions are led by sophomore Daphne Lerner, who is averaging a team-high 18.5 points and helping carry the team on both sides of the floor. Their last loss came in December against Washington Waldorf (37-34). Harvey Valentine contributed.

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Robert Bean was quick to keep his optimism in check. His Winston Churchill High School basketball team had just followed up a four-point win against previously-ranked Walt Whitman by delivering a 20-point home thumping to

BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER then-No. 5 Montgomery Blair. But he has seen these flashes of brilliance before. He was quick to contain his excitement within realistic bounds. “It’s a good sign for sure, but it’s a little bit too early to tell,” the first-year coach said. “We won three in a row earlier but then we lost three in a row. What I’m seeing right now is in practice, we seem a lot more focused and we’re playing in practice like we play in a game.” What he’s also seeing is a consistently full roster for one of the first times all season. Bean has had to deal with injuries and various other reasons for athletes being unable to play. With 6-foot-5 junior Bobby ArthurWilliams and 6-4 sophomore Sean Strittmatter, both of whom have battled injuries throughout the year, and several others as healthy as they’ve been all year, Churchill has essentially its entire lineup playing together, and playing on the same page. “We’ve had a couple big wins,” Bean said. “We needed them. Things are starting to come around. It’s tough to get a new coach and it’s tough to be a new coach.” Earlier in the week, Springbrook coach Tom Crowell had actually voiced his confusion over why Churchill was struggling so much. Prior to the Bulldogs’ resurgent week, they were 5-11 and had lost four of the past


Winston Churchill High School’s Allen Njumbe is one of the Bulldogs’ key players this season. five games, though that win did come against a solid Col. Zadok Magruder team. “They’re so athletic, they have some really good players,” Crowell said, before specifically citing Jesse Locke and Allen Njumbe as the two that particularly stuck out to him. Well, guess who combined for 37 points in the Feb. 4 victory over Whitman? And then another 36 in the rout over Blair? Locke and Njumbe. “Our offense was clicking, our defense — I think we were doing a job getting hands in [Blair’s] face and getting on the boards,” Bean said. “And on offense, we were getting a lot of good shots, open shots.” Bean runs what he likes to call a “penetrate and kick” mo-

tion-style offense. The penetration draws the defense to leave a man, ideally Locke or Njumbe, open on the perimeter. The result was a devastating 13 made 3-pointers against Blair — topping the previous season-high of 12 on Magruder — nine of which came off the hands of Locke and Njumbe. Though Churchill is well out of the running for a bye in the playoffs, every team makes the tournament regardless of regular season success. With the playoff draw near, it’s not too bad a time to begin peaking. “We got to shore up a lot of things, to be honest,” Bean said. “We have a lot to work on. Right now, I’m cautiously optimistic.”

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County high school hockey playoffs begin Seneca Valley grad Georgetown Prep, enjoys life at Virginia Churchill win Metros n


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A glimpse at the final Montgomery 2A standings in the Maryland Student Hockey League may have signaled a changing of the guard in the county, especially with Thomas S. Wootton High School (12-0)




Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Brady Welch celebrates winning the boys’ 100 freestyle with a personal best time during Saturday’s Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming Championship in Germantown. goalies. Defending champion Churchill (9-2-1) finished second in the standings, outscoring its opponents, 81-22, despite the two 5-1 setbacks to Wootton. In the 10 games that were not head-to-head meetings, Wootton outscored its rivals, 89-14, while Churchill, which went 9-0-1 in those outings, owned a 79-12 advantage in goals. Three Churchill players, Junmno Kim (14 goals), Philip Satin (10) and Connor Liu (10) scored at least 10 goals, while six players, Ross Allen (16 assists), Satin (12), Liu (10), Charlie Ruter (10), Richard Ying (10) and Justin Vagonis (10) had at least 10 assists. Marcus Hurd (8-2-1, 2.66) is the primary netminder. — TED BLACK

Georgetown Prep, Churchill win Metros Eight total records were broken at Saturday’s 50th Washington Metropolitan In-

mark with her American record swim during Friday’s 500-yard freestyle preliminaries. With a time of 4 minutes, 28.71 seconds, Ledecky became the first woman to break the 4:30 barrier. She won the event by more than two pool lengths Saturday. Georgetown Prep accounted for three meet records. Juniors Carsten Vissering and Grant Goddard broke individual records in the 100-yard breaststroke (53.49) and 100yard butterfly (48.69), respectively. The two then joined classmates Adrian Lin and Brandon Goldstein to win the meet finale 400-yard freestlye in record fashion (3:04.83). Other meet records were set by Sidwell Friends’ Gavin Springer (200-yard freestyle, 1:38.29), Sherwood’s Morgan Hill (50-yard freestyle, 22.97), Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Brady Welch (100-yard freestyle, 45.00) and Wootton’s Kristina Li (100-yard backstroke, 54.12). — JENNIFER BEEKMAN


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terscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships won by Georgetown Prep and Winston Churchill. The Little Hoyas, who were the boys’ champion from 20042010, won their first Metros title in four years Saturday at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center with a 412-360 advantage over three-time defending champion Gonzaga. The Richard Montgomery boys finished third with 280.5 points and Thomas S. Wootton (263.5 points) and Walt Whitman (258) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Churchill, which led by 67 points following Thursday’s diving competition, won its third championship in three years by besting the defending champion Wootton girls, 426346. Resurgent Walter Johnson (246), Richard Montgomery (238) and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (224) rounded out the top 5. Stone Ridge junior and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky set a new Metros

As soon as it happened, Kelsey Wolfe said she knew she was significantly hurt. On Feb. 17, 2013, Wolfe was leading a fast break for the University of Virginia women’s basketball team and in order to beat one last defender, she performed a routine move she had done many times before. Around the 3-point line, Wolfe was going to execute an “in-and-out or a crossover” dribble, but as soon as she came down on her right leg, she collapsed to the John Paul Jones Arena floor with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. “As soon as it happened, I really knew I messed it up,” said Wolfe, who had never seriously been hurt playing basketball prior to the first half against the University of Maryland last year. Now recovered, the 2010 Seneca Valley graduate is one of the Cavaliers top players in her senior season. “It was pretty hard watching from the sidelines, not helping my team,” the guard said. “... Rehab took a long time and took a lot of encouragement from [friends, family, teammates, coaches and trainers].” Wolfe’s self-diagnosis of her injury wasn’t jumping to the worst-possible scenario. As a kinesiology major, she had recently taken a biomechanics class and learned about the anatomy of the knee and the difference in stability of an intact and torn ACL. “It’s definitely been helpful,” said Wolfe, who hopes to attend graduate school for physical therapy after graduating in May. She may also pursue a basketball career overseas. “{Recovering] is just as mental as physical.” For the next nine months, Wolfe rehabilitated her knee and was able to get back on to the court after missing the first couple weeks of preseason


PREP NOTEBOOK sporting the league’s only unblemished record punctuated by the Patriots’ 5-1 victory over Winston Churchill on Friday evening. But longtime Wootton coach Dave Evans is hardly viewing the standings as an entire validation of his team’s pending coronation as tournament champions Thursday at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel. Granted, Wootton owns two, identical, 5-1 victories over Churchill this season and has outscored its opponents by a 99-16 margin in its 12 games, but Evans has seen enough during his 20 years at the helm to know regular season success is no guarantee of postseason triumphs. “Right now, I couldn’t be happier with the way that we’re playing,” Evans said after last Friday’s latest victory over Churchill. “It’s great to have an undefeated season, but the guys know that the playoffs are what counts. Even toward the end of the game when things started to get a little chippy, I kept telling the guys to back away and not do anything that would hurt the team. We didn’t want to have anyone suspended heading into the playoffs.” The Wootton attack is led by Brandon Hall (18 goals, 17 assists, 35 points), Austin Schoenfeld (10, 19, 29), Luke Klecker (13, 5, 18) and Nicolas Band (12, 5, 17). Hall had two goals last week in the win over Churchill and Schoenfeld added a goal and an assist. Jake Mitchell, in net last week against Churchill, owns a 7-1 mark with a 2.17 goals against average and Aaron Cooperman (5-0, 1.83) are the Patriots’ two


practice. She returned to her starting role in Virginia’s (12-11 overall, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) season-opening contest and has not looked back, averaging 10.8 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game this winter. Wolfe estimates she is “99 percent” recovered and says she stopped playing with a protective knee brace during a tournament in December. But there are still a few specific movements that she thinks about. “I’m feeling more comfortable on the court,” she said. “Conference play was when I really started to be really confident and sure.” On Jan. 23, Wolfe scored 24 points and helped lead the host Cavaliers to an upset victory over then sixth-ranked Maryland, ending the Terrapins 14game win streak. It was the first time Virginia played Maryland in Charlottesville since Wolfe’s injury last year. “It was definitely in the back of my mind,” Wolfe said. But once the game got started, she said it was forgotten and she was focused on helping her team win. Wolfe, who recorded 1,809 points in high school and was named The Gazette’s 2010 Player of the Year after leading the Screaming Eagles to the 3A state championship with a perfect 27-0 record, came off the bench during her first two seasons in Charlottesville, averaging 9.1 and 12.4 minutes as a freshman and sophomore, respectively. But she worked her way into the starting lineup to begin the 2012-13 season, starting all 25 games and becoming the Cavaliers’ second-leading scorer (10.6) before her knee injury. Virginia coach Joanne Boyle, who replaced Debbie Ryan — the coach Wolfe was recruited by out of high school — in the spring of 2011, says she has been impressed with Wolfe’s improvement, particularly with her vocal leadership. “I didn’t think it was going to go by so fast,” Wolfe said. “I grew a lot as a person and developed a lot of relationships.”


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Montgomery County’s biotechnology businesses are concerned about the effect of a county plan to move companies out of a Gaithersburg center for beginning businesses. The county plans to renovate the William Hanna Center for Innovation at Shady Grove to make it the home for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence,forcingbiotechandothercompaniesatthefacility to find new space. The biotech industry is a community, whose members rely on each other for information and customer referrals, said Dietmar Wolf, executive vice president of AnalytiCon Discovery, which is at the Hanna Center. Wolf spoke Thursday at a gathering of biotech companies for a meeting with Douglas M. Duncan, a Democratic candidate for Montgomery County executive. Duncan, a former county executive, is running against incumbent Isiah Leggett and Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg. Duncan criticized the decision to move the cybersecurity center into the Gaithersburg facility and relocate many biotech companies to the Germantown area. “This is a very significant issue for the future of this county,” Duncan said. He said he plans to send a letter to the County


Douglas M. Duncan, a candidate for Montgomery County executive, meets with current and former tenants of the William Hanna Innovation Center at GeneDX in Gaithersburg on Thursday to discuss the county’s plan to close the biotech incubator.

Council asking it to reconsider the issue. Surely, there’s another location in the county for the cybersecurity facility, he said. “Why does it have to be at this facility? Why can’t the county do both?” Duncan asked. Montgomery started nurturing the biotechnology and life sciences industry in the early 1980s, he said.

Duncan said if the county follows through with the plan, it would send a message to the world that Montgomery is losing interest in life sciences. The county believes it can remain one of the nation’s top life sciences region while also establishing itself as a center of the cybersecurity industry, said Kristina Ellis, a spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Economic Development. “We’re just unique in thinking we can be a leader in both,” she said. Life sciences in the county seems to be moving toward the Germantown region anyway, she said. Meanwhile, the Hanna Center’s proximity to the National Institute of Standards and Technology makes it a good spot for the cybersecurity facility, she said. Ellis said the county would work with the companies now at the Hanna Center to help as many as possible to move to Germantown. David Beylin, CEO of Brain Biosciences Inc., said his company moved into the Gaithersburg incubator in May and he appreciates the business “ecosystem” in the facility. The county’s plan to move the biotech companies out “is not a friendly message” that these types of companies are welcome in Montgomery, he said. Beylin said he’s not opposed to a cybersecurity center, but thinks the county should find another place for it. Jonathan Cohen, president and CEO of 20/20 GeneSystems, said business incubators around the country and the world are trying to attract biotech companies. “We should be growing the Shady Grove innovation center, not destroying it,” Cohen said.

Retailers, restaurant opening at Bethesda mall Lilly Pulitzer, True Religion and Talbots are new shops



Three stores and a restaurant are expected to open to shoppers and diners at the Montgomery mall in Bethesda this spring. Opening its second Maryland location, Lilly Pulitzer designs and distributes apparel and accessories for women, children and men. The new


store will be on the lower level, near Center Court, according to a press release from the mall. Founded in 2002, True Religion, a men’s and women’s store selling denim, T-shirts, Western shirts and loungewear with a vintage feel is opening a new store on the lower level of the mall, along the Nordstrom wing. This is True Religion’s third store in Maryland, according to the press release. Talbots sells women’s classic apparel, shoes and accessories and will soon move from the White Flint

mall in North Bethesda to the Montgomery mall. The company was established in 1947 and has more than 500 stores in the U.S. and Canada, according to the mall’s press release. The new store will be on the lower level in the Sears wing. Naples 45 Ristorante e Pizzeria is an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria and Italian restaurant originating in New York City. It is owned by Patina Restaurant Group, which has more than 60 restaurants, including Brasserie, Lincoln Ristorante, Patina and The Sea Grill. The Montgomery Naples

45 location will be the company’s second outside New York City and its first mall location. Naples 45 offers regional southern Italian specialties with gourmet brick-oven slices. The restaurant will be adjacent to the center’s new Dining Terrace and ArcLight Cinemas and will open later this year. Other new restaurants that came to the mall in 2013 include Bobby’s Burger Palace, The Cheesecake Factory, Wicked Waffle and Kraze Burgers.


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Mostly Monograms, but other gifts, too Jill McNamara has launched Mostly Monograms, which offers personalized monogram services and a variety of gifts. “I love to sew and create items that are fun, bright colors and different,” McNamara wrote in an email. The Bethesda business “personalizes gifts for the whole family, and we try to monogram while you wait!” Mostly Monograms also sells baby gifts, women’s and men’s accessories, Scout items, monogrammed sandals, candles, linens and hats. The store, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, is at 5110 Ridgefield Road, No. 207. Its phone number is 301-919-6321 and its website is

Schuler joins investment firm Stephen Schuler, a veteran investment adviser and former president of Maryland Capital Management, has joined Bridgewater Wealth & Financial Management of Bethesda as principal and chief investment officer. Schuler brings to Bridgewater about $200 million in client assets, increasing its total assets under management to $500 million. The company’s website is

Psychologist launches tutoring service John Leddo, an educational psychologist, has opened a new online tutoring service to help students prepare for SATs and do homework, with individual feedback provided via artificial intelligence engines. Leddo uses “his knowledge of psychology and artificial intelligence to create an affordable, interactive, software-based learning tool,” according to a statement. Education Online is at 10408 Insley St., Silver Spring, and is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Its phone number is 800-763-9133 and its website is


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SCHOOL LIFE Reading is Terrific is helping first-graders learn to love reading E.A. Stonesifer of Rockville and Frank Ieardi of Laytonsville are founders of Reading is Terrific, a nonprofit organization that provides books and readers to first-graders in eight Montgomery County Title I public schools. They were interviewed Saturday and Sunday.

burg] — it was one school and one classroom. We now go to eight schools and read to over 800 students. Can you explain the program?

Frank, I know you make and distribute wooden toys to organizations who work with children in need. Is Reading is Terrific an outgrowth of that?

The wood toys started as a retirement activity; I worked for IBM as a computer programmer. When I retired I went to the Montgomery County volunteer office and they hooked me up with Wood to Wonderful, a group making toys for needy kids. Woodworking was always my hobby. When the organizers of that retired and moved to Pennsylvania, I continued the work, starting a nonprofit, Woodworkers for Children Charity, in 1997. The book program began in 2004. E.A. suggested it. She too knew Doug and Louise Brown, the toymaking couple who moved to Pennsylvania. They started a reading program there and suggested she start one in Montgomery County and get in touch with me to help her. Can you tell me about that, E.A.?

books. Our budget is between $20,000 and $25,000 this year. United Way has provided significant funding through its Community Impact Grants but unfortunately we do not qualify under their new rules. They are not funding organizations with budgets less than $50,000. We have developed other sources including grants from the Phase Foundation and IBM and we have generous individual donors.


We started nine years ago at Rosemont Elementary School [Gaithers-

Stonesifer: We have readers who go into the schools once a month to read to first-graders. All of the schools are Title I schools and each child gets a copy of the book each month, so by the end of the year they each own nine books. The program gives the students reading skills, like learning new vocabulary and predicting [outcomes]. Frank and I are really careful to choose books with good storylines and we also want excellent illustrations — they are first-graders.

What does this program mean to you?

Putting books into the hands of kids. Many parents can’t afford them, they are struggling to put food on the table. I read in the newspaper that it is important for kids to have books in their homes. This is an attempt to help that situation.

Are you a reader?

Stonesifer: I am, and there is no doubt that the best part of my job is being with the children. I taught secondary school in MCPS [Montgomery County Public Schools] for 31 years. Working with little ones is a real joy and to see the growth from the beginning of the year to the end. My job is to coordinate readers and the schools. We go into 47 classrooms. This year we opened a new area, Aspen Hill, Wheaton. So we added another coordinator, Kay McGuire, a retired MCPS


E.A. Stonesifer and Frank Ieardi are the founders of Reading is Terrific. Their organization provides books and readers to first-graders in eight Montgomery County Public Schools. counselor. Most of our readers are from MCPS, because that’s who I know. Frank and I do the book selection, we go to a book warehouse to purchase books two to three times a year. This year we are giving out over 800 books a month. I wish I knew how many we have given since the beginning, It’s thousands and thousands.

How about you, Frank, are you a reader?

I have done it once or twice as a substitute but my job is to deliver the books to the classrooms. Each book has a bookplate where the kids can put their name. I put those in, with help. I also do the fundraising, writing grants to get the money for the

More information about the Reading is Terrific program can be found online at Those interested in becoming readers with the program can email wonderfulnice@ “Voices in Education” is a twicemonthly 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 Budding grand masters enjoy competitive success

of original paintings by Herman Maril, an American modernist who was born in Baltimore and was a professor at the University of Maryland for more than 30 years.

More than 20 students from the chess club at Wood Acres Elementary School in Bethesda participated Feb. 1 in the 2014 Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Tournament in Baltimore, bringing home both individual and team trophies. Fourth-grader Miles Stewart took first place in the Varsity K-5 Division and his team, which also included Aksel Bell,

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Pascal Bell, Arden Hoehn-Saric and Zach Yaqub, won second

place in that division. Wood Acres third-graders were first in the Varsity K-3 Division. That team comprised

Hari Mahaeswaran, Conner Khovananth, Conrad Decressin and Ben Adams.

“The chess program is a big activity at Wood Acres,” said parent coordinator Andrew Stewart. “We competed in four divisions in Baltimore.” Every Wednesday, before and after school, club members meet to learn new moves and play against each other, testing their new skills. There are 70 members of the club, which meets under the tutelage of coach Victor Sherman. “Mr. Sherman has been teaching chess for over 30 years,” Stewart wrote in an email. “He was [formerly] the head coach for the City of Leningrad.” Interest in the chess club, which includes both boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade, ranges from those who want to learn to play socially to those interested in competition. “As chess has gained popu-


Members of the chess club at Wood Acres Elementary School in Bethesda, some of whom are pictured here, competed Feb. 1 in the 2014 Greater MidAtlantic Scholastic Chess Tournament in Baltimore. larity in the Wood Acres community, Wood Acres students have been achieving outstanding success in major scholastic tournaments,” Stewart wrote. The students are now preparing for the Maryland Elementary School Chess Championships on March 8 at Dumbarton Middle School in Towson.

Three students honored with art awards Maryland Comptroller

Peter V.R. Franchot presented

his Maryland Masters Awards to three Montgomery County students at a ceremony Jan. 27 at Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington. The awards, started by Franchot to celebrate the achievements and talents of Maryland public school students, recognizes young, talented artists who have displayed extraordinary

artistic skills, reflecting the vision of Maryland’s future, according to a news release from Franchot’s office. The honored students: • Nicholas Tucker, a fifthgrader at Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park who created an undersea scene with a stingray, fish and sea plants. • Pauline Turla, an eighthgrader at Newport Mill Middle School who used software to form small fractals for a landscape of trees and mountains. • Adam Anderson, a senior at Winston Churchill High School’s Academy of the Creative and Performing Arts in Potomac, who digitally photographed a decommissioned railroad engine at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. The students’ art will be on exhibit for two months at Franchot’s office in Annapolis. Their work will join a collection

Round House Theatre is offering summer programs for anyone kindergarten age and older. The theater offers one- and two-week classes where students can express their imaginations, create plays and learn theater from both sides of the spotlights, according to a news release. The programs run June 16 through Aug. 22 in Silver Spring and Bethesda. For more information, call 301-585-1225, visit, or email

Peace groups sponsor writing contest Maryland seventh- and eighth-graders are invited to enter the Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest, a competition focusing on the themes of peace and social justice. To enter, students must submit an entry of up to 1,200 words on the following topic: “You learn that a friend at school has received repeated cruel and intimidating text messages from other classmates. Some of these communications have even suggested that your friend deserves to be hurt in some way. Your friend also has been contacted in this manner

by text messages and email and through social media such as Facebook, MySpace, Tumblr and Formspring. You realize that these actions are not a joke and need to be stopped. You decide to work with other students to develop a strategy for ending the cyber bullying. Explain what you will do.” The contest is sponsored by Anne Arundel Peace Action, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund, the Benjamin Peace Foundation of Garrett Park, and the Peace and Justice Center of Annapolis Friends Meeting. It is open to seventh- and eighthgraders in public or private schools and home-schoolers. Four cash prizes will be awarded: $350 for first place, $250 for second place, $150 for third place and $100 for fourth place. The winners also will be honored at a ceremony, although attendance is not required to receive an award. Entries must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet including the student’s name, address and phone number or email address; school’s name, address and phone number; and the name of the teacher sponsor, if applicable. Entries and accompanying materials must be postmarked by April 30 and mailed to Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest, 310 Riverview Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403-3328. Anne Arundel Peace Action and the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund are affiliated with Peace Action, a grassroots peace and disarmament organization with about 100,000 members nationwide. For more information, call 410-263-7409 or email






Starr to host book club discussion on hope County schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr will host his first book club discussion of the school year at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the auditorium of the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville. The book is “Making Hope Happen” by Shane Lopez, a senior scientist with the Gallup organization. He is the chief architect of the Gallup Student Poll — taken by more than 1 million public school students, including Montgomery County’s — which measures hope, academic success and overall well-being on the path to determining what drives achievement. Lopez offers examples of people with high hopes who changed their lives. Starr will be joined by Lopez, who will discuss the book and take questions and comments from the audience. Those watching online or on MCPS TV (Comcast Channel 34) can participate in the conversation by sending questions via Twitter, using the hashtag #mcpsbookclub, or by sending an email to “Hope is a powerful factor in ensuring our students are prepared to succeed in their future,” Starr said in a statement. “Shane Lopez is one of the nation’s foremost experts on hope and I look forward to engaging with him and our community about how we can instill hope in our children.” Anyone who wants to attend the free event is asked to email

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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12 Diagnosing Heart Disease, from 1-2 p.m. at Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Dr. Eva Hausner, cardiologist, will lead a discussion on echocardiography and other non-invasive tests that can be used to determine if you’ve had a heart attack. She will also review the signs and symptoms of heart problems and preventive strategies such as diet and exercise. Free.


Carlson, Wechtaluk Susan Carlson and Fred Maymir-Ducharme of Potomac and Jeffrey and Mary Ann Carlson of Richmond, Va., announce the engagement of their daughter, Caitlin Marie Carlson, to Ethan Parrott Wechtaluk, son of Kathleen Parrott and David Wechtaluk of Blacksburg, Va. The bride-to-be graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac in 2006. Both the future bride and groom graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees. The prospective groom will receive his MBA from Penn State this August. Caitlin is employed by US Wellness in Germantown as an assistant manager. Ethan is employed by Booz Allen Hamilton in Rockville as a consultant. A July 2014 wedding is planned.

Mangum, Hamilton Lindsay Mangum of Olney announces the engagement of her sister Heather Mangum to Michael Hamilton. The wedding is set for Sept. 6, 2014. Michael asked Heather to marry him on Feb. 1, 2013, while on their trip to New Orleans for Super Bowl weekend. They will wed at her father’s estate in Kent Island at Love Point with a beautiful Bay and sunset view. Gary Mangum and Maureen Campbell are the parents of the bride-to-be, and Rita and Richard Wayne Hamilton are the parents of the prospective groom.

Better Breathers Club, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, CR 1/2 (second floor), 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Be part of a patient-centered and community-based club that supports persons with chronic lung disease including COPD, asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Families, friends and support persons are welcomed. Registration required. Free.

SUNDAY, FEB. 16 Childbirth Express at MedStar Montgomery, from 1-5

p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Condensed version will prepare couples for their labor and birth experi-

ence. 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.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25 AARP Driver Safety Class at MedStar Montgomery, 10

a.m. to 3 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older has helped millions of drivers remain safe on today’s roads. Course is designed to help tune-up driving skills, explain safe driving strategies, and update knowledge of the rules of the road. Learn about normal age-related physical changes, and how to adjust driving to allow for these changes. Reduce traffic violations, the likelihood of crashes and chances for injuries. Some insurance companies operating in Maryland consider drivers who take the course qualified for an auto insurance premium reduction or discount. $15 for AARP members; $20 for nonmembers. Checks should be made payable to AARP to secure your registration. Mail to: MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Planning & Marketing, 18101 Prince Philip Dr. Olney, MD 20832.

RELIGION CALENDAR ONGOING Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink

Watkins, Sprankle McCallum, Calderwood Mr. and Mrs. Rick McCallum of Venice, Fla. (formerly of Clarksburg), announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Joy McCallum, to Mr. Thomas Calderwood, of Tasmania, Australia. The prospective groom is a platoon commander for the 12th/40th Royal Tasmanian Regiment, Australia, and an outdoor education/physical education teacher and head of house at Guilford Young College. The bride-to-be has been a child care teacher in Hobart, Tasmania. The couple is planning an April wedding in Clarksburg and will reside in Australia.

The families of Jason Sprankle and Heather Watkins announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jim and Debbie Mahoney of Oswego, N.Y., and John and Tara Watkins of Olney. She is a 2008 graduate of Damascus High School and attended Towson University. She is employed as a nanny, working in Potomac. The prospective groom is the son of Ken and Reina Sprankle of Damascus. He is a 2005 graduate of Damascus High School and received his bachelor’s degree in math from Salisbury University in 2009. He is pursuing his master’s degree in education and is currently employed by Montgomery County Public Schools, working in Chevy Chase. A June wedding is planned in Ellicott City.

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

Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church

St., 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 Bou-

levard, 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 of-

fered 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, www.

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old

Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. For more 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. www.

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Education CMMS Germantown location is looking for qualified: * Directors * Teachers * Assistant Teachers 90 hour certification and Bachelors Degree preferred. Please forward resumes to


Suburban Propane, a nationwide provider of propane & related services has the following opening in the Rockville, MD area: Delivery Driver. Qual incl a HS Diploma or equiv. Class B CDL w/Hazmat and tanker endorsements, clean driving record. Strong team player w/excellent cust service skills, propane gas delivery experience preferred, flexible schedule w/after hours call-outs, heavy lifting required. Suburban offers a competitive salary w/incentive potential and comprehensive benefits including 401K and tuition reimbursement. For add’l info or to apply, please visit our website at: Click Career Opportunities and search for job opening ID 7421. As part of our hiring process, DOT physicals, background checks and preemployment drug tests are performed. EOE, M/F/D/V


$900-$1200/WK Class A CDL & 6 Mos. Exp. Req. No Canada, HAZMAT or NYC! 877-705-9261


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



Sunrise Learning Center Seeks Pre- School ft/pt Teachers for pre-school center in Gaithersburg. 90 hrs plus experience or college credit in ECE is needed.

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Careers 301-670-2500 Real Estate

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Family Services Inc.’s Watch Me Grow Child Development Center is dedicating to providing the most high quality form of child care for children aging from 6 weeks through age 5. Our mission is to enrich the lives of children by creating a warm and nurturing environment that encourages children to grow and experience appropriate developmental practices, personal interests, cultural diversity, and a lifelong love of learning. Our Watch Me Grow Child Development Center currently has the following positions open: two full time vacancies for Senior Staff Teachers for 2 year olds, one full-time position for a Before and After Care Coordinator, one full-time Senior Staff Teacher for the infant and toddler age groups, and two part-time Assistant Teachers. Please refer to our website about the specific qualifications that are applicable to each of the positions. To apply to any of the positions listed above, please email resume and cover letter to or fax to 240-631-9356.

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Family Services, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer [EOE]



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

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REPORTER Comprint Military Publications has an immediate opening for a full-time, general assignment reporter in its Joint Base AnacostiaBolling Washington, D.C. office. Good writing and interviewing skills along with solid knowledge of AP Style a must; camera familiarity a help. E-mail resume and writing/photo samples to: We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE.


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Sheehy Ford Lincoln 901 North Frederick Ave. Gaithersburg, MD 20879 Salesperson Experienced preferred but not required Service Advisors Willing to train Quick Lube Technician Automatic Trans Tech Ford experience preferred – Rare opportunity! Body Shop Technician Experienced preferred but not required



For Family Practice in Rockville. 1 yr exp with front office/tech. Patient appt scheduling, filing, chart prep, prescriptions, insurance verification/follow up of denied claims. Billing experience. Multi-tasking. Email Resume to: SKILLED TRADE

PLUMBER IMMEDIATE Position Avialable for Plumber. MUST have 2 yrs exp. Great hourly pay, commission, weekly bonus & insurance. Drug free, customer oriented, and motivated. Only qualified applicants apply. 301-670-1944 - Gaithersburg


We provide training for all those interested in applying, and are looking for personable, fun, and customer service orientated professionals. Bilingual speaking employees needed in all departments. All positions require a background and drug screening test before employment. Excellent pay with Great Benefits, 401k, Life, STD, Flexible spending and other insurance offered! GC3181

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EVS Company seeking motivated individuals to fill positions available in the Silver Spring area. The job is convenient to public transportation. Please call 301-890-9797. EOE. Part-Time

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2012 Fiat 500 POP

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#E0259A, 137k Miles


#N0294, 89k Miles w/Navigation


#P8834, w/Navigation, 106k Miles


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#426006A, AWD With Navigation, 176k Miles


2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited


#N0276, 22k Miles


#438145B, WithNavigation, 77kMiles



2008 Ford Expedition L

#327213B, With Navigation, 87k Miles




2009 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Crew Cab

#327217C, 63k Miles



2007 Jeep Wrangler X......................................$13,480 2011 Volvo XC-90..................................................$33,980 #325118A #P8827, Navigation, 32k Miles 2008 Mazda MX5 Miata Grand Touring.......$17,480 2012 Volvo XC-60 R-Design Platinum..........$35,980 #325094A, 21k Miles #422036A, 37k Miles 2012 Volvo C30 Premium Plus................$18,480 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ.............................$37,980

#326023A, 46k Miles

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

2010 Scion XD.................. $12,800 $12,800 #P8873, 4 SpeedAuto, 24K miles, 1-Owner, Super White

MSRP $28,936

OURISMAN VW WORLD AUTO CERTIFIED PRE OWNED 2009 GTI..................#V551811A, White, 99,448 miles.............$12,991 2006 Toyota Tundra #V001658A, Gray, 51,123 miles..............$13,999 2009 CC.....................#V0022A, Black, 90,298 miles................$14,491 2006 Dodge Charger. .#V007711A, Yellow, 65,873 miles........$14,491 2011 Toyota Corolla #VP0020, Black, 30,992 miles................$14,991 2012 KIA Rio............#V415025A, Red, 57,565 miles...............$15,491 2012 Mazda 6..........#VPR0023, Black, 44,340 miles...............$15,491 2012 Nissan Altima.#VPR0024, Gray, 42,366 miles...............$15,991 2013 Passat S….....#VPR0031, Silver, 34,132 miles...............$15,999 2007 BMW Z-4.......#V006539B, White, 69,522 miles.............$16,991 2010 Tiguan.............#V563875A, Gray, 77,182 miles..............$17,491



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