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Council headed for Clarksburg

Cookies on credit

Girl Scouts from Bethesda Troop 4959 — (from left) Amalia Sulk, 12, of Bethesda, Samantha Christenson, 12, of Rockville, and Miriam Herman, 14, of Bethesda — use a special smartphone device to take credit card payments for cookies at the NAMI store in Rockville on Saturday.

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Residents in Clarksburg will have a chance Wednesday night to talk to the County Council about local issues, including proposed development limits for the area, at a Town Hall Meeting hosted by the council. The meeting is set for 8 p.m. at Rocky Hill Middle


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o you have a Samoa fix, but no cash? Do you need to satisfy your Thin Mint craving, but you’re short on dough? Your neighborhood Girl Scout might let you pay for your cookie order by credit card. The Girls Scouts recently adapted to the technological curve, thanks to Spark Pay by Capital One. This feature lets Girl Scout troops across the region accept credit cards, after years of cash-only payments. “This is an optional agreement depending on what troops think will work best for


their group,” said Nancy Wood, the public relations director for the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital. Troops that want the electronic payment option will get credit card readers that can attach to smartphones and tablets. “Working with Capital One is very exciting for the Girl Scouts. We have a good relationship with the company and I think having this optional way to pay for cookies is a great thing to add,” Wood said. For its Spark Pay system, Capital One does not charge a transaction fee until there have been at least $1,000 in sales. A Spark Pay Web page says that after that threshold, there is a 2.70 percent fee

per swipe if the user does not pay a monthly fee. For a $9.95 monthly fee, the rate drops to 1.95 percent per swipe. Wood said that, on average, a local troop sells about 150 boxes of cookies when it sets up a booth for a few hours in a public place. Knowing how many boxes of cookies they sell, troops can predict if they will hit the $1,000 threshold. “The troops get together at the beginning of every month and discuss all pieces of events going on. Last month, we worked out all minor details and decided that accepting credit cards would work for us.” said Girl Scout parent Miriam Christenson of Silver

Spring. Cookies are $4 a box. As more people prefer electronic payments, the acceptance of credit cards could be a benefit, Christenson said. “I think this way we will sell more cookies. For those people who hardly carry cash, we will be more convenient,” Christenson said. On average, troops in the Council of the Nation’s Capital receive about 70 cents per box sold, which meant total earnings of about $3 million last year, according to the Girl Scouts. The rest of the money stays within the council to support essential operations, such as volunteer training, camp maintenance, and financial assistance to deserving girls and troops. With credit card fraud a hot topic, Christenson said she hopes customers aren’t skeptical of using the new payment option.

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School, located at 22401 Brick Haven Way off Little Seneca Parkway west of Md. 355. Topping the list of concerns is likely to be controversial recommendations for limits on development to protect parts of fragile Ten Mile Creek. Five of the council members and County Executive Isiah Leggett have recommended a 6 percent cap on paving on the Pulte Homes site west of Interstate 270 and

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County Council races to feature familiar names Hucker, Barclay, Trachtenberg, Katz, Spiegel, Moore among candidates n



In June’s primary elections, Montgomery County voters will have familiar political names to choose from for County Council seats. In District 5, Del. Tom Hucker (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring filed for the seat Tues-

day and school board member Christopher Barclay filed for the seat Monday. In District 1, former Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg (D) of Rockville will challenge Councilman Roger Berliner (D) of Bethesda. District 3 features a showdown with three sitting elected officials in the Democratic primary: Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz and Councilman Ryan Spiegel, and Rockville Councilman Tom Moore. Tuesday was the filing

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Crime dropped by 26 percent in Montgomery County, comparing crime rates from 2007 to 2013, according to police data released Tuesday — this despite a recent rash of homicides to start 2014. Officials say cooperation between different law enforcement agencies and the community has contributed to a drop in crime in Montgomery County over the past few years. County Executive Isiah Leggett, State’s Attorney John McCarthy, County Council President Craig Rice and Montgomery

County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger spoke at a Tuesday press conference to tout their combined efforts to reduce crime in the county. Overall, the number of crimes in the county dropped by 26 percent from 2007 to 2013, according to year-end crime statistics from the county. Nationwide, the number of crimes declined by 9 percent from 2007 to 2012. This year, however, already has almost matched last year’s total number of homicides at eight as of Tuesday. There were eight criminal homicides in the county in 2013, down from 15 in 2012 and 19 in 2005, the earliest data available online from police. So far this year, there have been seven homicides in the county, according to police. The number of forcible rapes reported

was up from 102 in 2012 to 130 in 2013, according to the crime statistics. Manger said part of the increase was probably due to changes in how rapes are reported. The statistics Montgomery County released are part of the Uniform Crime Reporting program overseen by the FBI. Every year, law enforcement agencies around the country send data about crime in their areas to the bureau. In 2013, the program’s standards included reporting male victims. Before 2013, the statistics only counted female victims of rape. The police Family Crimes Division also took over investigating rapes where the victim and the suspect were intimate partners, according to a county press release. Many of the investigations came through the Family

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Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, flanked by County Council President Craig Rice (left), County Executive Isiah Leggett (center) and State’s Attorney John McCarthy (right), speaks Tuesday about the reasons for a decrease in crime in the county.

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every day for this device,” she said. “We worked during school and we worked after school.” Her team visited the Scott Key Center multiple times to talk with workers with disabilities about what they needed most. “We feel like we really made some new friends,” she said. Chang’s team is one of three from Poolesville High selected as finalists in the competition; all together, there are only five finalists. The Poolesville students’ teacher, Kevin Lee, has helped them enter the contest the past three years. “We’re just so excited,” he said. “It’s a great experience I wish more kids could be involved in.” The other Poolesville teams’ entries are a die cast guide to help visually impaired workers manufacture buffer pads; and the Nexus, to help workers produce O-rings more efficiently. Submissions to the challenge must create greater access to employment for people with disabilities. To ensure that these devices meet their needs, they must be developed in collaboration with a person with a disability.

Poolesville High School is hoping for another win at a national competition for devices that help people with disabilities work. Last year, students at the school submitted 18 entries to the AbilityOne Design Challenge, and won first place with a cone device that helps workers stuff copies of The Gazette in plastic sleeves. This year, Poolesville High student Rachel Chang said they’re building on a concept that won a Poolesville team second place in 2013. With the help of developmentally disabled workers at the Scott Key Center in Frederick, Chang and three other students built a sealing device that peels and places a clear label on top of a tea bag box. The previous year’s invention helped workers get the correct number of tea bags in each box. The AbilityOne challenge, organized by the nonprofit Institute for Economic Empowerment, requires students to build a functioning prototype of their device. High school teams must research, design and submit a discussion paper and video presentation featuring their device. Chang and her team are working on making multiple identical prototypes to show the AbilityOne contest judges during the competition Thursday and Friday in Washington, D.C. “My peers and I, we worked



Poolesville High School juniors (from left) Asma Azam, 17, and Meera Aris-

Cross Country Coaches Association for her achievements with the Millersville Marauders at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. All-Academic athletes must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 while placing in the top 30 percent at the regional championship.

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will present “Hello Dolly” this weekend. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday.



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Benefit Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m., Watkins Mill High School, 10301 Apple Ridge Road, Montgomery Village. $10 suggested donation. 240-398-8870.



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p.m., Novel Books, 23330 Frederick Road, Clarksburg. Free. 301-717-8500. Robert Reich’s film: Inequality for

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hnamoorthy, 16, both of Clarksburg, Navya Nanda, 16, of Germantown, and Rachel Chang, 16, of Gaithersburg, have developed a multipurpose sealing device for the AbilityOne Design Challenge. The assistive technology for workers with disabilities will be used by workers at Frederick County’s Scott Key Center to help seal tea boxes.

Campus congrats Michele Brown of Damascus graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in psychology from Salisbury University. • Abigail Daley of Clarksburg received an All-Academic award from the U.S. Track and Field and

Brendan Parent of Damascus High wrestles North Hagerstown’s Isaiah Brooks in the class 4A/3A state duals meet. Go to

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Vote on Midcounty Highway stalls Members fail to reach consensus on master plan route n



The sharp words and forceful rhetoric that have come to define discussions about Midcounty Highway caused an upcounty board to postpone a significant vote on the issue Monday. The Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board comprise 20 upcounty residents who represent different communities, including Montgomery Village, Clarksburg, Dickerson and Germantown. The board reports to the county executive on budget priorities for the upcounty. Members of the board held a meeting with a county transportation official Monday evening for a briefing on upcounty transportation projects, but the meeting was soon derailed once Midcounty Highway became part of the conversation. The highway is “a very important, and therefore controversial, project,” said Edgar A. Gonzalez, the county’s deputy director for transportation policy. The county’s Midcounty Highway extension project is intended to relieve congestion on Md. 355, improve vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian access to employment centers, commercial districts and residential areas, and do so in an environmentally sensitive manner, according to the county’s 2010 study. The board was scheduled to vote whether to support the master plan alignment, also known as M-83 or Midcounty Highway Alternative 9, but chose to table the issue until March to consider the public’s comments at the meeting.

If built as presented, Alternative 9 would be a 5.7-mile highway from Montgomery Village Avenue to Ridge Road. Though the final design has not yet been determined, the Midcounty Highway has been described in a county studay as a four-lane road, connecting to two-lane Ridge Road opposite Snowden Farm Parkway. Residents of Clarksburg, Montgomery Village, Goshen and Germantown, in addition to members of the Transit Alternatives to Midcounty Highway Extended Coalition and Action Committee Transit, voiced their concerns about the highway — and each other — at the meeting. Of about 30 members of the public who attended the board meeting, a handful wore bright orange “STICK WITH THE PLAN” stickers, signifying their support for Alternative 9. Chuck Tilford, president of the Greater Goshen Civic Association, wore an orange sticker. Tilford believes a road should be constructed to handle traffic coming from new neighborhoods. “We have some serious transportation problems,” he said. The upcounty region “gets the short end of the stick, consistently.” Tilford and several other Goshen residents are concerned that the construction Alternative 4 could take out wells along the route. The Alternative 4 plan would widen the corridor that includes Brink, Wightman, Snouffer School and Muncaster Mill roads. The corridor would become a four- to six-lane highway with a sidewalk and bike lanes. Montgomery Village resident and Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board member Mark Firley said he is worried about the “collateral damage” increased traffic would cause. “A large part of the project is we have

to fix Clarksburg.” The local transportation infrastructure was an after-thought to residential development, he said. Rosemary Arkoian of Goshen said changes must be made and the master plan road can help alleviate congestion. “We have to get real,” she said. “What are you going to do with all these people?” Residents from inside and outside the growing Clarksburg community were concerned that new developments there would push main routes like Ridge Road and Brink Road beyond their breaking point if Alternative 9 is not built. “Traffic in Clarksburg is absolutely ridiculous,” Clarksburg Civic Association President Barry Fantle said. If the upcounty board votes to support this route, it would follow the Montgomery County Planning Board, which voted in November to support Alternative 9. The county’s study also recommends Alternative 9. “The thing that is most disruptive to this process is having all these alternatives up in the air,” Gonzalez said. Terry O’Grady of Montgomery Village said the project has also disrupted relationships between neighbors. “All of a sudden, we’re baiting community against community on M-83,” she said. The three delegates and senator of District 39 did not attend the meeting, but sent in their comments. The four elected officials — Sen. Nancy J. King (D) of Montgomery Village, Del. Charles E. Barkley (D) of Germantown, Del. Kirill Reznick (D) of Germantown and Del. Shane Robinson (D) of Montgomery Village — oppose Alternative 9. The board will re-visit the issue and consider a vote in March.

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Getting state money for transit projects will be a main focus for the Montgomery County Council as it submits its transportation priorities to the state delegation. The projects include making sure the Purple Line project and Corridor Cities Transitway are funded, as well as supporting funding for capital improvements to the Metro system. The council voted 9-0 Tuesday to approve a letter from the council members and County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) to be sent to Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring and Del. Anne Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) of Calverton highlighting projects the county would like to see money appropriated for in the state’s budget. Raskin and Kaiser chair the county’s delegations to the state Senate and House of Delegates, respectively. The letter contains 15 projects to be funded for construction and another nine to have funded for development and evaluation. The state has provided part of the funding for the Purple Line, the 16-mile light-rail project that would connect Bethesda and New Carrollton. The county’s letter asks that money be appropriated in case the federal government doesn’t provide

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its share of money for the project. The letter also asks that state money be provided to fund the second stage of the Corridor Cities Transitway, a bus rapid transit system. Money has already been provided for the first stage that will run from the Shady Grove Metro Station to the Metropolitan Grove MARC station. The second phase is expected to continue north to Clarksburg. Among the other funding requests are widening Woodfield Road from the Midcounty Highway to Airpark Drive to four lanes, and creating an interchange at Interstate 270 and Newcut Road. Not all the projects will get state funding. The county last sent a letter in 2011, and out of 12 projects, three received funding, said Deputy Council Administrator Glenn Orlin. Those projects were the Purple Line project, an interchange at I-270 and Watkins Mill Road and a bypass of Georgia Avenue around Brookeville. The letter is a chance to tell the state what the county’s priorities are, said Councilman Roger Berliner (DDist. 1) of Bethesda, the chairman of the council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee. Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he was happy to see the Corridor Cities Transitway among the county’s top funding priorities. His district would be the most affected by the project, and it is very important for upcounty residents to get access to transit, Rice said.

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As authorities at the University of Maryland continue to investigate a data breach that compromised the personal information of more than 300,000 records of students, faculty and alumni, state officials are concerned that such incidents won’t stop anytime soon. The incident, which university President Wallace D. Loh described in a Feb. 19 letter to students, parents and others as a “sophisticated computer security attack,” compromised a database kept by the school’s information technology department that contained 309,079 records containing the names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and university identification numbers of students, faculty and alumni who had been issued university identification cards since 1998. The breach came on the same day Gov. Martin J. O’Malley (D), U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) signed an agreement that will help solidify the county’s plans to build the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Rockville. State and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating the cause of the breach, Loh’s letter said. Max Milien, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, said the agency is involved in the investigation. The school had no new information to report Thursday, said spokeswoman Pam Lloyd. Joe Bucci, director of marketing and communications for The Universities at Shady Grove, said Thursday that the campus has about 1,440 University of Maryland, College Park, undergraduate and graduate students as well as about 150 to 200 College Park faculty and staff who were affected by the breach. Other affected people include undergraduate students enrolled in

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A Silver Spring man found dead in his home Thursday has become Montgomery County’s seventh homicide victim this year. Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Montgomery County police responded to a call for a home in the 2000 block of Hanover Street in Silver Spring. According to police, a co-worker had gone to the home to check on 65-year-old Phillip F. Welsh, Jr. after he failed to come to work that day. Welsh was a Barwood taxi dispatcher, according to a statement from the Kensington-based company. “A veteran employee, Phil, as we called him, started working for Barwood in 1971, and was loved by all employees,” according to the statement. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled Welsh’s death a homicide, but could not comment on the circumstances surrounding Welsh’s death. There were eight criminal homicides in the county in 2013, down from 14 in 2012 and 19 in 2005, the earliest data available online from police, The Gazette previously reported. Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Rebecca Innocenti said the homicide in Silver Spring was the seventh homicide in the county this year. Police have not yet identified any suspects.

The University of Maryland campus in College Park. programs at Shady Grove from Towson University; the University of Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Shady Grove officials think that about 2,600 undergraduate students — both currently enrolled and former students — who participated in the five university programs at the campus were affected, Bucci said. Bucci said these students were affected because the campus issued them Shady Grove IDs, which were in the same database that held the College Park IDs. The Shady Grove campus does not issue IDs to graduate students. “We’re still trying to get a handle on exactly how many [affected people] there are,” he said. “It goes back to the inception of [The Universities at Shady Grove in 2000].” It’s hard to judge how sophisticated the University of Maryland attack was because of how little information is publicly known, said Chris Ensey, COO of Dunbar Digital Armor, a Hunt Valley cybersecurity firm. But he said collections of student data are rich with personal information that make them regular targets for hackers. Many students have shorter credit histories that make it easier to use the information to open new lines of credit, Ensey said. “University systems are con-


stantly targeted,” he said. Donna Schena, interim vice president of instructional and information technology and chief information officer for Montgomery College, said the college uses a “multi-pronged approach” to prevent security hacks into personal information. “The threat is constant and the diligence, therefore, has to be constant,” she said. Strategies include technology that watches for and intervenes with threats, physical security for buildings and machines, and managing access to the college’s computer technology and resources, she said. Schena said the college also works hard to educate its students and staff about information security. Patrick Feehan, director of IT privacy and cybersecurity compliance at Montgomery College, described the college as working in “a constant circle of change” when it comes to preparing against virtual security threats. “We’re in a quickly evolving landscape as the world gets more wired,” he said. “We’re constantly having to update how we view threats and how we view vulnerabilities.” The Washington Post reported the breach took place at 4 a.m. on Feb. 18. Hours later, the officials inked the plans for the cybersecurity center. County officials have said they

believe the facility will make the county a national center for the cybersecurity industry. These types of breaches are why the state, as an institution, is focused on cybersecurity, said Sen. James C. Rosapepe. “It’s not a problem that will go away,” said Rosapepe (D-Dist. 21) of College Park. He said the latest breach is a dramatic example of the opportunity Maryland has to develop its cybersecurity sector. A September 2012 audit by the state’s Office of Legislative Audits revealed that the Department of Information Technology hadn’t created a way to monitor and enforce its Information Security Policy even though Maryland law made it responsible for enforcing the policies, procedures and standards for state agencies. The department’s policy shifted responsibility to each state agency to make sure it was complying with the information technology department’s policy. The report revealed that state agencies weren’t required to share the same amount of information about data breaches as private entities, said Tim Brooks, director of performance audits for the Office of Legislative Audits. Since the audit was done, the General Assembly has passed a law that state agencies would be bound by similar requirements as private companies for the security and encryption of information and to notify the Attorney General’s office, Department of Information Technology and any people affected by a breach, he said. Since the report, information security assessments are included as part of each state agency’s fiscal compliance audit that is done every three years, he said. Agencies and private companies both have to always be vigilant to look for signs that data has been compromised, Brooks said. “It’s a constant battle. It requires constant surveillance,” he said. Staff Writer Kate S. Alexander contributed to this report.

Snow removal generates council discussion Concerns raised about clearing snow on Capital Crescent Trail




Nearly two weeks after Montgomery County’s biggest snowfall of the year, the issue of how to remove all that snow continues to generate discussion among the Montgomery County Council. Councilman Hans Riemer is trying to gather support among his colleagues for a proposal to improve the county’s plans for removing snow from sidewalks after winter storms. “We have a very robust snow plow operation that clears the roads very efficiently, and our superb highway team is always working to improve its performance,” Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park wrote in a letter to other council members. “However, we do not have a sufficient plan or policies in place to meet the challenge of removing snow from sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.” Riemer’s plan would require the county’s Department of Transportation to create a “Sidewalk Snow Removal Plan” to include the following: • A map to show who is responsible for clearing snow on all sidewalks in the county. • A communications plan of steps to be implemented for snowstorms. • An educational campaign to make property owners aware of where they are responsible for clearing sidewalks. • Plans for county removal of

snow from bus stops and Metro stations, near schools, along state highways, and along high-priority pedestrian routes. • Increased enforcement against property owners who don’t clear their sidewalks. • Plans to prioritize the clearing of hiking and biking trails after a storm. Riemer said he wants to look at what it would take in regards to education, enforcement or the county stepping in to get people in problem areas to clear their sidewalks. County law requires residents and business owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their properties within 24 hours after a storm. In the letter to his fellow council members, Riemer said that while he recognizes winter storms already create a large expense for the county, making sure sidewalks are clear is also vital to the county’s interests. “Clearing the roads is a critical mission, but ensuring that all residents have mobility after storm events is the real goal. We should not be satisfied with finishing part of the job,” he wrote. The Feb. 13 storm dumped anywhere from a foot to more than two feet of snow on communities around the county. Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown faced questions from reporters Monday about the county’s response to the storm. Rice said he’s not sure there is a problem with the county’s snow removal process, noting that every other jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. area struggled with snow removal during the storm. Rice called the storm an “anomaly” and said he’s not sure the

county should set its policies based on an event that may only happen every few years. He said the problems highlighted by the storm may warrant a campaign to educate people on what the laws are for snow removal, and urged county residents to help clear snow from property owned by residents who are elderly or otherwise unable to remove the snow themselves. Meanwhile, Riemer was one of five council members who signed a letter from Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda to the directors of the county’s parks and transportation departments. The letter asked Mary Bradford, director of the Department of Parks for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Arthur Holmes, director of the county’s Department of Transportation, to prepare an estimate on what it would cost to remove snow and provide winter maintenance on the Capital Crescent Trail that runs from the Washington, D.C., border through Bethesda and into Silver Spring. “The condition of the Capital Crescent Trail and its lack of maintenance following snow events is an issue of great concern to our residents who rely on our trail infrastructure for commuting purposes,” Berliner wrote. The letter was also signed by Riemer, Council Vice President George Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg and Coucilwoman Cherri Branson (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring. While the trail is used by many residents for recreation, it also serves as a commuter route for people to get to work, Berliner wrote.


Gardening in a shifting climate How will climate change affect your garden? Brookside Gardens will host a Green Matters Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday on how to adapt gardening to different climate conditions. Speakers will discuss temperature and pests, public gardens, energy and farming methods. The talk will be at Manor Country Club, 14901 Carrolton Road, Rockville. The cost is $89. More information is at

Divorce seminars start Tuesday Divorce 101 is a six-week series of public education seminars to help people with the early stages of divorce. The program runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through April 8 at the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, 27 W. Jefferson St., Rockville. The cost is $10 per session or $50 for all six, payable at the door. The sessions will be conducted by lawyers, counselors and financial advisers on topics such as basic law, approaches to divorce, financial considerations and finding support. Light refreshments will be served. The program is sponsored by New Beginnings, the Collaborative Practice Center of Montgomery County and the bar foundation. Registration is required. For more information, contact Carol Randolph, founder and president of New Beginnings, at or 301-924-4101.

County seeks a couple of willing farmers Montgomery County is seeking two county farmers to serve on its seven-member Rustic Roads Advisory Committee. The committee’s duties include promoting public awareness of the Rustic Roads Program, plus reviewing and commenting on the classification of rustic roads; development proposals that affect rustic roads; and executive regulations and policies that may affect the program, according to a county news release. To be eligible, candidates must be owner-operators of commercial farmland in the county, earning at least of their income from farming. One must be a representative of the county’s Agricultural Advisory Committee. Members serve three-year terms without compensation, but can be reimbursed for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. The committee meets at least six times a year; usually on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Office Building in Rockville.


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.

Bank Robbery • On Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at TD Bank, 19905 Century Blvd., Germantown. Strong-Arm Robbery • On Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the 18800 block of Coral Grove Terrace, Germantown. The subjects assaulted the victim and took property. Aggravated Assault • On Feb. 2 at 4:30 a.m. in the 12500 block of Horseshoe Bend Circle, Clarksburg. The subject is known to the victim. Commercial Burglary • On Feb. 11 at Bethesda Methodist Church, 11901 Bethesda Church Road, Damascus. Residential Burglary • 13000 block of Town Commons Drive, Germantown, at 4:15 p.m. Jan. 30. No forced entry, took nothing. • 9000 block of Goshen Valley Drive, Gaithersburg, between 8 p.m. Jan. 28 and 7:45 p.m. Jan. 30. Forced entry, unknown if anything was taken. • 11800 block of Eton Manor Drive, Germantown, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Jan. 31. No forced entry, took property. • 13800 block of Rockingham Road, Darnestown, between 12:30 and 3:10 a.m. Feb. 3. Forced entry, took property. • 13300 block of Country Ridge Drive, Germantown, between noon Feb. 5 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Forced entry, took property. • 15100 block of Barnesville Road, Boyds, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 10. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 20500 block of Farcroft Lane, Laytonsville, on Feb. 11. No forced entry, unknown what was taken. • 13000 block of Prices Distillery Road, Clarksburg, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11. No forced entry, took property.



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Eight Montgomery County legislators have asked County Executive Isiah Leggett to reconsider replacing its oldest business incubator with a national cybersecurity center aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The legislators wrote in a letter that the William Hanna CenterforInnovationatShadyGrove, between Rockville and Gaithersburg, was the “cornerstone of our biotech community.” Replacing it with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence would represent a “significant setback to the thriving biotechnology industry in Montgomery County,” the letter says. Those who signed the Feb. 17 letter to Leggett include Dels. Sheila E. Hixson (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring and James W. Gilchrist (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville. The letter is stronger than one sent by Philip D. Schiff, CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland, to Leggett on Feb. 18, said David Beylin, CEO of Brain Biosciences, one of more than 30 tenants at the Shady Grove center. Schiff asked officials to “reaffirm” support for life sciences companies and provide “reasonable assistance” to businesses forced to move from the oldest business incubator. The Tech Council represents not just biotech companies, but also tech firms such as those in the cybersecurity industry. “I want to make sure we build our company in a vibrant startup environment,” Beylin said. “Either preserving [the Shady Grove center] or offering a replacement would address my concern better than invit-



Philip D. Schiff of the Tech Council of Maryland wants the county to help companies that must move.

ing real estate brokers.” Many companies at the incubator are worth more than $1 million, the legislators said. The county Department of Economic Development considered other sites for the cybersecurity center and it was “puzzling” why the Shady Grove facility was the best space, the legislators wrote. Schiff’s letter doesn’t ask the county to reverse the decision, but says his council is “concerned that this transition places undue stress on the affected companies and has led some in the broader life sciences and technology community to question the county’s support for early stage life sciences companies.” He praised officials’ efforts to establish the national cybersecurity center in the county. The county is moving ahead with the plan to convert the center to the cybersecurity facility, Patrick Lacefield, a county spokesman, said Monday in an email. An agreement was signed last week between Leggett (D) and state officials on the plan, he said. “We are working with firms on relocation and assistance,” Lacefield said. The new center will help make Montgomery a national

“Either preserving [the Shady Grove center] or offering a replacement would address my concerns better than inviting real estate brokers” David Beylin, CEO of Brain Biosciences, Shady Grove center tenant hub for the civilian cybersecurity industry, said Steven A. Silverman, the county’s economic development director. He said he was “appreciative” that the Tech Council wants to work with the countyontheplanandintendsto meet with Tech Council leaders. The county tried to find private-sector space for the cybersecurity facility, but rent would have cost close to $3 million a year rather than $750,000 a year at the Hanna center. The county’s plan doesn’t mean it is retreating from its commitment to the life sciences industry, Silverman said. The idea to convert the Shady Grove center, which dates to 1999, was hatched as officials refocus the incubators and try to do more to attract cybersecurity businesses. The county is considering converting office space near the Germantown Innovation Center into lab space. Beylin said his company likely will end up in space that is significantly larger and more expensive than what it needs and probably can’t hire as many employees as it hoped for this year.

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After twice failing to agree with the House on a liability standard for dog bites, Maryland’s Senate will consider a socalled compromise, reluctantly supported Thursday night by its Judicial Proceedings Committee. The bill seeks to overturn a controversial Court of Appeals ruling from 2012, Tracey v. Solesky, that holds landlords strictly liable for injuries and that declared pit bulls inherently dangerous. While the chambers agree on the need for breed neutrality and a lesser standard for landlords under the law, holding dog owners strictly liable has been a non-starter in the House, which last year killed the effort to overturn Solesky. Committee Chairman Sen. Brian E. Frosh — who is running for attorney general — introduced a so-called compromise that would overturn Solesky, while also allowing owners of dogs that cause harm to have their cases heard by juries. Frosh and Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville met over the summer to draft the bill. Simmons was a strong voice in the House against a strict liability standard last year. Strict liability holds someone legally responsible for damages and loss regardless of fault. “What this bill does is it moves the needle halfway,” Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase said in an offline meeting Thursday night. “Just because the House of Delegates or a member of it doesn’t like a bill and has exerted his will over the last couple of years, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do the right thing,” Sen. Robert A. Zirkin said. “I

don’t care what Del. Simmons thinks. We’re the Senate.” In an impassioned speech, Zirkin (D-Dist. 11) of Owings Mills asked the committee to change Frosh’s bill back to the strict liability standard the Senate has favored in the past, saying that holding owners liable for harm caused by their dog is “the right public policy.” “I agree, we would be best off under strict liability, it makes the most sense, but we’re not getting it. I’ve been to that train wreck twice. It’s not one delegate,” Frosh said. “There’s nobody who agrees with me or with Bobby who is strong enough, or loud enough, or capable enough to carry the ball and get it over the finish line in the House of Delegates.” Passing strict liability will get Maryland nowhere, Frosh said. “We’ll be stuck where we are today.” Reluctantly voting against Zirkin’s amendment, Sen.


Christopher B. Shank (R-Dist. 2) of Hagerstown said he too saw no discernible path where the committee could pass strict liability and the Senate’s version of the bill would get shut down yet again by the House. “I don’t think we can go another year without resolving this,” Shank said. Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park also reluctantly voted to send Frosh’s bill unamended to the Senate floor. “I agree with every word he [Zirkin] spoke as a matter of principle, but as a matter of strategy at this point, I’m going to vote no,” Raskin said. Zirkin said the Senate was bowing to the will of the House. “Never, in the 16 years I’ve been down here, have I seen the Senate bow to the will of the House like this,” Zirkin said. The bill moves to the full Senate for a vote.


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Obituary Ardis Halgren MacGregor (Age 104) died February 17, 2014 in Clarksburg, MD. Beloved wife of the late Gordon J. MacGregor. Survived by her son, Jim MacGregor and wife, Janet; daughter, Jean Casey; grandchildren Jim Casey and wife, Katie, Robert and Jenny MacGregor, great grandchild, Jay Casey. Her life of community service and love for her family will be celebrated at her funeral on March 15th at 2 p.m. at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hennepin Ave. Church in Minneapolis, MN or Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, MD. 1905724

Obituary Jan Elizabeth Germon Tomlinson passed away peacefully in her sleep Wednesday morning, February 19 in her home. Jan was born in Atlanta, Georgia, November 26, 1953, graduated High School Gaithersburg, MD, and attended Stephens College, Columbia, MO.

A North Bethesda organization says it is waging a battle against the “emerging but silent epidemic” of traumatic brain injury in postwar Iraq. A little over a year ago, employees of JBS International, a firm of government contractors, traveled to Iraq to help physicians treat a nation and populace beset with trauma from war. According to Eileen Elias — a former mental health commissioner for Massachusetts, who went on the trip — the goal was to take on traumatic brain injury. The condition refers to the brain being injured by an ex-

Obituary Elizabeth Hays Tolbert, 88, of Barnesville, MD died on February 17, 2014. She was the wife of the late Air Force Retired Colonel Samuel Harold Tolbert. Born on December 5, 1925 she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Eleanor (Ray) Hays. Former Mayor of Barnesville, MD for three decades and past President of the Maryland Municipal League. Lib leaves a legacy of understanding people, policies, and politics. She is survived by her children; daughter Dr. Eleanor Lawrence and spouse Gary Mervak, sons Fred Sprigg Hays Tolbert and spouse Nancy Tolbert, Richard Leonard Tolbert, John Carlton Tolbert; grandchildren, Eryn Elizabeth Tolbert, Sarah Mervak Olsen, David Mervak and great granddaughters Alexa and Adriana Olsen. Lib is also survived by her only sister, Mary White Lok and her spouse Fred, and her devoted and beloved care provider Malita Nakayemb. Family will be receiving friends on Friday February 28 from 1:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD ( A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Saturday March 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, MD. Inurnment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: CALMRA, Inc. (a community based residential provider of homes and services to adults with cognitive disabilities), 5020 Sunnyside Avenue, Suite 206, Beltsville, MD 20705

She was a realtor at Charter One Realtors, Hilton Head Island, SC. After being a stay-at-home mom and raising two children, Jan pursued a career in Real Estate. She worked in many different arenas during her real estate career: Selling, training, mentoring, coaching, recruiting, and running a national brokerage. She was Vice President of the Hilton Head Association of Realtors. Jan was the recipient of the association’s community service award for several years. She and her Australian Shepherd, Scout, a certified therapy dog visited nursing homes in the area. She was a volunteer at Lowcountry Hospice. Jan was predeceased by her father Charles Germon. Jan leaves behind her devoted husband John (Jack) Tomlinson, H.H.I.; Mother Rachael Nelson Germon, H.H.I.; Sons Michael Boddicker, New Market, MD, Brad Boddicker and his wife Kate Boddicker, Holly Springs, NC.; Stepchildren Lori Fusaro and her husband Darrell Fusaro of Los Angeles, CA and Chris Tomlinson and his wife Rosie Tomlinson, Damascus, MD.; Grandchildren Zeke, Charles, Daniel, and Matthew Boddicker; Grandchildren Julia, Timmy, and Matthew Tomlinson and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial for Jan was held at 10:30 am, Tuesday, Feb 25 at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island 29926. Donations may be sent to The Hos-pet Program with Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, PO Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910 or flowers may be sent to the church. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. 1910763


ternal force. The most common causes are traffic accidents, falls and violence. The World Health Organization says TBI is a leading global cause of death and disability. Jerri Shaw, a co-owner of JBS, said the effects of TBI in many victims in Iraq are compounded by other stressors. “There’s a ripple effect. There are lots of consequences of brain injury,” she said. At that meeting in Iraq, physicians put together a strategic plan to deal with TBI. Then, U.S. troops and aid workers left the country, and “the strife has just intensified,” Shaw said. Now, she finds herself fighting a battle few people are noticing. “Most people will say to me, ‘If there’s no money, why are you paying attention to this is-




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Eileen Elias of JBS International provides resources for doctors in Iraq who treat traumatic brain injuries.

sue?’” Elias said. “I continue to say, ‘We were there. We have stepped out. There continue to be problems.’” The fighting in Iraq has made traveling there too dangerous. A lack of support from other organizations means little progress has been made, she said. Elias said she first began working on TBI issues in Massachusetts about 20 years ago. With JBS, she proposed a project to work with soldiers returning from Iraq with TBI, she said. She and others realized this was a serious problem for Iraq’s civilian population, as well. She, Shaw and others say they feel some responsibility. “It’s a war we went into, it left a lot of people questioning, ‘What did we accomplish?’” Elias said. “We have not finished our work,” she said. From a distance, she and others communicate with counterparts in Iraq electronically and hope for a respite in the violence. Elias and her colleagues have working pro bono since they proposed working on the issue nearly five years ago. Shaw, Elias and others are trying to find low-cost ways to help physicians in Iraq treat TBI. They create digital data archives with the latest research on treating TBI or link Iraqi doctors with American doctors who can be mentors. “One of the reasons we built the company was because we wanted to do things like this that no one else was doing but needed to be done,” Shaw said. “TBI is increasingly being recognized as an emerging but

silent epidemic,” said Capt. David Tarantino, a military doctor who served at Marine Corps headquarters as director of the Marines’ medical programs, which cover TBI. “TBI is a huge challenge for Iraq, as it is for any developing country or any country undergoing security issues,” he said. It’s also a significant issue in the U.S. Mark L. Ettenhofer, a professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, said 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer traumatic brain injuries every year. Of those, about 50,000 are fatal, he said. Roughly 1.4 million people who suffer injuries are treated and released. An additional 275,000 injuries are moderate or severe and require hospitalization. Those numbers do not account for people who do not seek treatment, he said. In moderate to severe cases, TBI affects memory, attention, speed of processing and higherlevel reasoning, Ettenhofer said. “It’s also common for people to have some sorts of emotional difficulties related to the brain directly.” In Iraq, from 2000 to 2013, there were about 288,000 TBIs of all severities among the U.S. military, he said. Numbers for Iraqis are not known. But “being active duty in a combat zone is a big risk factor for a TBI,” he said. The condition has been widely reported in the U.S. among football players who have been seriously injured by concussions. “There’s not enough awareness domestically ... that TBI happens here — when kids fall off bikes, car accidents, just in the normal process of living — and needs treatment,” Shaw said. In Iraq, the condition has become a secondary, lurking menace, Elias said. “It’s not the one trauma. It’s repetitive,” she said. “It’s one of those hidden cognitive disorders, yet its impact is huge.”



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How do we deal? Montgomery County State’s Attorney John J. McCarthy asks a serious question. Unfortunately, county leaders and residents have chosen to take it rhetorically. The question is: “How do we deal with people who have persistent mental health issues and intersect with the criminal justice system?” As a county — and as a state, and as a nation, really — we have no good answer for him. Last week, in “On the edge,” reporter St. John Barned-Smith described how in two weeks in January, the county was rocked by three heinous homicides. All allegedly were committed by people who either had mental health issues in the past or likely were suffering from mental illness at the time of the killings. A mother and her friend stab four children, killing two, in what they believed was an exorcism. A man walks into a 7-Eleven and kills a clerk, slashing and stabbing him 75 times. A young man is shot (by his father) as he fatally stabs his mother. How do we deal with people like this? Currently, it seems, we wait for them to commit a crime and put them in jail. People can be involuntarily committed to an institution only if they are dangerous to themselves or others, said Dr. Alan Newman, a psychiatrist with Georgetown University. As Newman pointed out, the definition of dangerous is narrow, which means many people can’t be forced to get the care they need. Likewise, many people would have not committed offenses had they gotten that care. “We shouldn’t be waiting until someone breaks the law to get treatment,” said Dr. Raymond Crowel, the county’s chief of behavioral health and crisis services. “There’s a conflict in the way the system is structured.” It’s taking a toll on our jail. Barned-Smith cited statistics showing that falling crime rates mean fewer people in our jail, yet a growing percentage arrive with mental health issues. A natural reaction is to turn to the Maryland General Assembly. Lawmakers have at least four measures to consider that could help the ill get help they need. One bill would make it easier for health care workers to commit individuals involuntarily. Another would let courts order treatment for individuals with disabling mental illness who struggle to adhere to their voluntary treatment. A third would allow the forced administration of medication under certain conditions. A fourth would ensure that offenders with a history of mental illness and substance abuse get services before and after their release from incarceration. Although the Montgomery crimes in January create a new urgency, these issues aren’t new to the lawmakers. Legislative committees considered the fourth bill last year, but took no action, according to the General Assembly website. These aren’t easy decisions for Annapolis. As much as a store clerk should have the right to complete a day’s work unharmed, the mentally ill have rights as well. These measures must be crafted carefully. It’s important to insist the legislature protect us all, but we must resist human nature. It’s easy for us to turn to the State House, insist our leaders take action and applaud when laws are enacted. When the applause dies down, we forget that the problems exist and direct our attention elsewhere. No matter what legislation passes, we’re left with McCarthy’s question. How do we deal with people like this? What’s necessary is a realization that we need to treat mental illness with the same vigor that we treat physical illness. Federal, state and local governments must allocate resources to care for the mentally ill. Nonprofits must, and do, devote time and energy. Churches must, and do, as well. And finally, families must, and do. Somehow, it isn’t enough. Sometime over the past 30 years, we’ve decided it’s acceptable for care for the mentally ill to be optional. If money’s tight, programs close, initiatives are shut down, centers are shuttered. The result is a young man who suffers from bipolar disorder living on the street or a young woman without the support to cope with her delusions. We need our statehouse and county seat to do better. We need our hometowns and our churches to do better. We need to do better. Money and concern will only go so far. It’s time for a sense of urgency.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher

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We don’t need ‘green’ bills

Incubator decision uses sloppy economics In its Feb. 19 editorial [“Incubator politics”], The Gazette indicates its support of County Executive Isiah Leggett’s position to close the county’s flagship biotechnology incubator, the William Hanna Innovation Center. The editorial cites Leggett’s argument that costs will be lower if the laudable new NCCoE (National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence) is located in the incubator. Leggett’s economic analysis is inaccurate. Doug Duncan got it right. The county claims that the difference in expense is $3 million as compared to $750,000. This is comparing apples to oranges. In one case, the county pays rent to house the NCCoE and in the other case, it’s constructing a building. The economic analysis then ignores all building costs. Reportedly, the state and county are putting in a total of about $11 million, substantially from new appropriations from both the state and county within the current bud-

get cycle. These are for construction costs for the NCCoE. A sound financial analysis has to include destruction costs of the existing incubator. When the county bulldozes these specialized biotech (including 24 wet labs) taxpayerfunded assets, they must be written off. This economic loss is properly added to construction costs. The incubator’s audited financial statements indicate its value on the government’s books is $6.1 million. The incubator’s current operation is funded by the private sector, mainly biotechnology companies. The NCCoE’s $750,000 operation expenditures represent new annual spending. The editorial denigrates Duncan for failing to identify an alternative to paying rent (presumably $2 million plus). However, the county has identified alternatives itself, which it dismissed. In a presentation to the Montgomery County Delegation on Feb. 14, Leggett’s representative, Steve Silverman, indicated that NIST

had originally proposed to house the NCCoE on its large campus in Gaithersburg, which would obviate the need to use the WHIC, but the county “talked them out of it.” Further, the county admitted that no RFP for a competitive bidding process to house the NCCoE in commercial space was ever generated, a normal good governance process. The editorial also frames the county’s loss as moving businesses out of a Gaithersburg (actually Rockville) incubator. The WHIC increases the odds of building a successful business by promoting interactions among the entrepreneurs in a shared biotech facility. WHIC’s track record of developing successful companies and life-enhancing medical products is a testament to this communitybuilding strategy.

Jerry Stringham and Aprile L. Pilon The authors are CEOs of biotechnology companies located within the WHIC incubator.

Zoning rewrite threatens urban farming I run First Fruits Farms, an open source urban farming research center in Germantown. The County Council is set to vote on the new zoning rewrite on March 4. A new use category is “Urban Farming,” which will be allowed in every zone not currently allowing regular farming, except for the heavy industrial zone. While that seems to be great for making fresh, healthy, locally grown food accessible to our neighborhoods, certain restrictions in the ordinance will kill any chance of urban farming becoming a reality in Montgomery County. The first restriction is that an onsite farmers market is a limited use for farms and will restrict sales to only produce grown on site. This means a neighborhood farmers market will not be able sell strawberries from a neighborhood farm two blocks over, while a convenience store on the same block is allowed to sell all manner of junk food from anywhere. Consumers with limited time to shop need a food store with a wide variety healthy food choices. As small urban farmers will only be able to grow a few crops each, un-

less they can sell each others’ produce, walkable neighborhoods and local food will not exist in Montgomery County. Currently, the Montgomery County Food Council and others are discussing the concepts of food hubs and other local food distribution systems that will make locally produced foods a viable choice for our citizens. The second local food killer restriction is that only walk-behind machinery or hand methods will be allowed on these urban farms. Without automation urban farms will not be able to pay a livable wage and make a profit. I believe the problem with the people doing the rewrite is that they know little about modern greenhouse food production. Most urban farms will be hydroponic and not use soil. I believe the code rewriters have a mind view of large noisy tractors waking up the neighborhood. We are developing small quiet low-cost robots to aid the urban farmer perform many of the tasks of seeding, transplanting and harvesting. Unless you entered one of our greenhouses you wouldn’t know they

were even there. Once the zoning is passed, I can envision an army of zoning enforcers closing down small neighborhood farmers for using automation. It seems to me a simple general noise/nuisance clause could address concerns related to the right of residents to “peaceful enjoyment.” Please contact your council member to ask that they at least hold off on the urban farm and farm market zoning ordinance changes to allow innovators in this space to propose workable parameters. It doesn’t seem much thought was put into this zoning change as urban farming and farmers markets have the same restriction in all zones. It seems to me issues in a very dense townhouse zone could be significantly different than in a moderate industrial zone. We need to do more outreach and polling of our citizens to think what all these issues might be and also have a means to allow some level of urban farming in these different zones to uncover what most of the issues might arise.

Peter James, Germantown

Speed cameras generate revenue, not reduce speeding

I am writing in response to the article from Feb. 19, “Olney speed cameras are top revenue generators in county.” The thing that bothered me most about the article was the contradictory statement by Capt. Thomas Didone stating, “he believes the cameras are effective in reducing speed.” Let’s look at the numbers again and tell me how speed cameras are helping to reduce speeding. In 2012, there were 64,592 tick-

ets issues (for $2,583,680 in fines). The 2013 numbers are up 11 percent or approximately 71,697 tickets for $2,867,884 in fines (or $3,000,000 in fines per the article). How in the world can Didone say that speed cameras reduce speeding when the numbers show speeding is increasing? Has any reader ever noticed that when you see a marked police car you tend to either check your speed or slow down? There is the solution, put more officers on the streets in

marked cruisers. For the money collected, the county could fund additional officers and actually reduce speeding. Do something that truly works to reduce speeding instead of contradicting yourself [Capt. Didone] about the real reason the money machines are installed. The money is not going into the county to reduce speeding; it is just going into the coffers for the council.

Gerry Adcock, Olney

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Who among us has time to stay on top of what the Montgomery County Council members propose to do with our hard-earned tax dollars? While the County Council plans to take up an 11-point “green legislation” [“Montgomery councilman issues package of environmental, energy bills,” Jan. 22], many of us live our lives unaware of what’s next that will be forced upon us by those elected to represent us. While Councilman Reimer, Councilwoman Floreen and Councilman Berliner get to speak for all, they certainly don’t represent all who are out here. ... I know I speak for over 50 members in my family alone ... and we want the council to know that we don’t support 11 new laws, nor do we agree that “this is certainly where Montgomery County wants to be” on energy issues. I’m not an expert, but I’ve got common sense, and common sense tells me that if these were such great ideas, why would they have to be legislatively imposed upon the citizenry? We don’t want more laws or rules or regulations telling us how to build (apparently, now LEED certified isn’t even good enough?) or, God forbid, another county office — this one now called “Office of Sustainability” within the Office of Environmental Protection — thus further growing, guess what — the government! They are masters of “sustainability!” Stop the expansion of the government into every aspect of life, building, growth. Halt the green movement, who advance their agenda relentlessly. We’re all for common sense clean air/water — but the rain tax? On top of the flush tax? Will there be a “breathe air tax?” Seriously, do developers and builders really need to be required to provide “x number” of electric vehicle charging stations? Do we really need a new telecommuting manager? Oh, I see — so the county employees who get paid anyways will now be able to sit around at home and still get paid — because, “this is where the county is headed.” It’s this self-licking ice cream cone that has me and other county residents fed up with the County Council! Why don’t they please come up with ways to put money back into our pockets? ...

Maureen Ruppert Whippen, Clarksburg

On snow, improvement on one front As one who suffered through three blizzards in 2010 without seeing a county plow on my culde-sac, I was really pleased to see Keith Compton’s improved snow removal after the big storm, complete with a tractor to do my neighborhood in Wheaton. [Editor’s note: Compton is the chief of the county’s Division of Highway Services.] What an improvement. On the other hand, a big disappointment was the response of Montgomery County Public Schools where Glenn Haven Elementary school could not be bothered to open the sidewalk in front of the school for days after the snow, endangering the lives of pedestrians and children until complaints were made. At least we are half way there.

Steve Sacks, Silver Spring

POST COMMUNITY MEDIA Karen Acton, Chief Executive Officer Michael T. McIntyre, Controller Donna Johnson, Vice President of Human Resources Maxine Minar, President, Comprint Military


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RACES Continued from Page A-1 deadline for candidates to be eligible for the June 24 primary election. According to the Maryland State Board of Elections website, 24 candidates have filed to run for seats on the council, Meanwhile, Del. C. William Frick (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda, who had announced a bid for attorney general, filed Tuesday instead for re-election. Besides Hucker and Barclay, the District 5 race includes Evan Glass and Jeffrey Thames, who filed for the Democratic primary earlier. Terrill North filed Friday. The seat came open with the resignation of former Councilwoman Valerie Ervin last month. Cherri Branson (DDist. 5) of Silver Spring was appointed to finish our her term as a caretaker, meaning she wouldn’t run for a full term. Besides Berliner, six other council incumbents seek reelection: Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Ger-


Continued from Page A-1 a 15 percent cap on the MilesCoppola site east of I-270. The full nine-member council is scheduled to take a straw vote on March 4 about the caps. The caps are intended to limit the amount of building allowed in the watershed, which drains into Little Seneca Lake, a backup water supply for the region. So far many of the most outspoken groups in the battle over limits have been develop-

CRIME Continued from Page A-1 Justice Center, where victims received a high level of support, the release said. Manger said that may have made people more comfortable with reporting rapes. Manger said the department has implemented a number of crime-fighting tactics recently, such as tailoring different strategies to different higher-crime areas. A team of officers patrols areas with spikes in crime,


Continued from Page A-1 “I hope customers don’t shy away from buying the cookies because they think that might be a problem. We’re the Girl Scouts, so I think we’ll be fine,” Christenson said. After the sales period, troops can evaluate whether to use the credit-card option again next time. Troop leaders will allow

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mantown, Nancy Navarro (DDist. 4) of Silver Spring, Council Vice President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park and Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg is seeking the Democratic nomination for county executive. Navarro faces no challenger in her race. In District 2, Democrat Neda Bolourian and Republican Chris P. Fiotes Jr., both of Gaithersburg, and Republican Dick Jurgena of Germantown have filed to challenge Rice. Democrats Beth Daly of Dickerson and Vivian Malloy of Olney and Republicans Robert Dyer of Bethesda and Shelly Skolnick of Silver Spring have filed as at-large candidates. Green Party candidate Tim Willard of Kensington will run in the general election. They will compete with Democrats Leventhal, Elrich, Floreen and Riemer for the four

Five of Montgomery County’s eight state senators have no primary challengers. Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington will compete against Dana Beyer in the primary. Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville and former Del. Cheryl Kagan are both seeking the seat held by the retiring Sen. Jennie Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville.

ers and environmentalists who live outside the area. The Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce is petitioning the council to delay the vote until Clarksburg residents learn more about the cap proposal. Chamber President David Stein, who runs a blog serving more than 400 households in Clarksburg Village, argues that development is needed to generate the people that developers need to justify completing the build-out of Clarksburg with roads, sewers, stores, public facilities and other ameni-

ties. Stein said he wants people who live in Clarksburg to weigh in on the issue, not just activists and council members who live elsewhere. “I want to bring the issue to more people and get new faces involved,” Stein said Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Liveable Clarksburg Coalition is pressing the council to cast its straw vote on March 4 so that things can move forward toward a final vote to amend the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan. The coalition supported the approval given to develop-

ers of the Cabin Branch area, who plan to build a Premium fashion outlet center and stores. “The compromise solution is fair to developers and property owners, provides much greater protection to Ten Mile Creek than developer proposals, and will complement the build out of services and amenities in the Town Center of Clarksburg, according to a statement released by the coalition on Monday.

weekly meetings keep track of progress and problem areas, and each high school now has a school resource officer from the county or another law enforcement department, Manger said. In Montgomery County, as in the rest of the country, outside factors affect crime rates before police even get involved, Manger said. Montgomery has invested in schools and economic development, as well as crime prevention programs and initiatives to address mental illness — all things that help

keep crime levels low, Manger said. “There’s a host of things that supplement the work the police department has done,” he said. Support for police from government agencies and the broader public are a large part of why crime has gone down faster in Montgomery County over the past few years than it has nationwide, Manger said. People report crimes and witnesses show up to testify because they have confidence in law enforcement, he said. “We’re not out there doing

it by ourselves,” he said. Leggett said the county is not going to rest on its laurels this year. “It is my anticipation and hope that we can drive these numbers even further down,” he said. Complete statistics from 2013 and previous years are available at under the crime statistics drop-down menu by clicking on “quarterly crime stats.”

Scouts to process credit-card transactions if they think they can handle them. Otherwise, parents will assist. “... It’s really up to the troop leader or person in charge to say whether or not that can happen.” Wood said. “Many of the girls are excited about the new change, but mainly our parents will be the ones handling the credit card processing, so hopefully it runs smoothly.” Christenson said.

Credit-card sales will add a new element to the financial literacy lessons the Scouts get. “The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girlled entrepreneurial program in the country where girls learn goal-setting, decisionmaking, money management, people skills and business ethics that are essential to leadership and success in life,” Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital CEO Lidia Soto-Har-

mon said in a news release. Girl Scouts started their cookie sales to families and friends first, than expanded to booths at local grocery stores and businesses on Feb. 21. To find a Girl Scout booth, go to, or download the app “Girl Scout Cookie Locator” and enter your ZIP code, or dial **gscookies on a smartphone. Girl Scout cookie sales will conclude March 30.

at-large seats, which are elected countywide. Voters in the Republican and Democratic primary elections will be able to choose up to four at-large candidates from their party, said Christine Rzeszut, operations manager for the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Primary winners move on to the Nov. 4 general election. After eight years in the House, Hucker is looking to move to the Council Office Building in Rockville. Hucker initially planned to run again for delegate, but changed his mind.

Legislators file

Del. Susan C. Lee (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda is seeking the seat of Sen. Brian Frosh (DDist. 16) of Chevy Chase, who is running for attorney general. She faces challenges from J’aime Drayton of Potomac and Hugh Hill of Bethesda, who both filed Tuesday. The House has crowded races in almost all eight Montgomery legislative districts — none more so than District 20, where 10 people are vying for three seats. In District 14, the three Democratic incumbent delegates and two other Democrats will face off in the June primary. Three Republicans filed in the race. In District 15, four Demcrats and two Republicans have filed. In District 16, eight Democrats seek three seats. One Republican has filed. Nine Democrats have filed in District 17. District 17 has six Democrats and a Republican seeking three seats. In District 19, six Democrats have filed. AndinDistrict39,threeDemocrats and three Republicans are seeking three delegate seats.

Professional Services


(From left) Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition; Caryn York, policy associate for the Jobs Opportunities Task Force; and Ronnie Galvin, executive director of Impact Silver Spring, lead a discussion at the African-American Democratic Club of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Young Democrats’ annual forum on the “State of Black Montgomery” in Silver Spring on Saturday.

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Supporters of a bill that would change Maryland law to hide convictions for some nonviolent offenses believe it could be a way to help minorities in Montgomery County. A bill sponsored by Montgomery Sen. Jamie Raskin (DDist. 20) of Silver Spring would allow people convicted of nonviolent offenses such as disorderly conduct, trespassing or misdemeanor theft to ask a court to shield their record from public view three years after they complete their sentence. The legislation was discussed at a Saturday forum on the “State of Black Montgomery” in Silver Spring. The event was organized by the AfricanAmerican Democratic Club of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Young Democrats. The forum included panels on topics such as increasing business opportunities for blacks, empowering and engaging black youth and increasing political participation among blacks. The permanency of a criminal record is a major barrier to people transitioning from jail back into society, said Caryn York, a policy associate with the Baltimore-based Job Opportunities Task Force who spoke on one of the panels at the event. After a certain period of time, a person should be able to have their record removed from public view, York said. Under Raskin’s bill, which has a hearing scheduled for March 4 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, someone may ask a judge to shield all court and police records relating to a conviction for a shieldable offense committed before the person was 26 years old. Raskin said Monday that his

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bill speaks to a profound value in American society that people should be given an opportunity to get back on their feet after they’ve made a mistake. It would only apply to nonviolent misdemeanors, he said. The state and the country have too many people who aren’t able to find their way back into the work force with a nonviolent conviction on their record, he said. That is tragic for those individuals, but there’s also a danger for society from the creation of a permanent under-class who can’t get back into the legitimate economy, he said. The bill would not apply to convictions for domestic crimes. Even if shielded, the information would remain visible to police and other law enforcement as well as employers who are legally or contractually required to conduct criminal background checks for employees. A conviction would be unable to be shielded if the person applying for it is convicted of a new crime during the waiting period, unless the new conviction also becomes eligible for shielding. U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington said changes to criminal justice policy may be coming from the federal government as well. There’s a growing consensus among both liberals and conservatives in Congress that the criminal justice system is broken and needs to be reformed, Van Hollen said. One of the potential areas for reform is getting rid of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders, he said. Van Hollen said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and other conservatives have expressed an interest in working on the problem.



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Costner, Heard are plunged into madcap mayhem in ‘3 Days to Kill’














hevy Chase resident Susanne Lotarski remembers her Georgetown University political science professor, the late Jan Karski, also of Chevy Chase, as being very well-organized during his 1960s seminars about Central and Eastern Europe. “He had a very organized, systematic mind,” she said. But what she appreciated most about Karski, a courier for the Polish underground in World War II, was the fact that he had experienced firsthand some of what he was teaching. A Polish Catholic, Karski was one of the first people to bring eyewitness accounts to the Allies about the Warsaw ghetto after the uprising and the emerging Nazi plan to exterminate Jews. “What was so special about his course was that he was teaching not from books but from what he lived through personally,” said Lotarski, who retired in 2005 as director of Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Lotarski, who is currently Washington Metro Division vice president of the nonprofit Polish


The memory of the late Jan Karski, a Polish American who lived in Chevy Chase, will be honored by the National Philharmonic and pianist Brian Ganz during two concerts on March 8 and 9 at the Music Center at Strathmore. Karski, who died in 2000, provided the Allies with personal eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust in Poland before emigrating to the United States and teaching political science at Georgetown University.


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Montgomery County native Jason Hutt didn’t think after he graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac and went to Harvard to study economics that he’d turn into a filmmaker. But a filmmaker he became, and WASHINGTON his documentary, “Sukkah City,” is one of 64 films that will be screened JEWISH FILM during the annual Washington Jewish FESTIVAL Film Festival running from Thursday to March 9 at venues in Rockville, Siln When: Thursday ver Spring and Washington, D.C. to March 9. See “The 24th annual event is expected online schedule for to draw 10,000 people from Washingscreenings. ton and surrounding counties,” said n Where: AFI Silver festival director Ilya Tovbis, who is in Theatre and Cultural his second year of running the event. Center, 8633 “One-quarter to one-third of our Colesville Road, audience comes from outside [the DisSilver Spring; JCC of trict],” Tovbis said. Greater Washington, There are 13 screenings scheduled 6125 Montrose Road, at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural CenRockville; nine venues ter in Silver Spring and 10 screenings in Washington, D.C. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville. n Tickets: $12 single; $85 full festival pass; This year’s festival will also offer $125 all access VIP more chances for people to talk to one pass another about the films at social events and panel discussions, Tovbis said. n For information: “We don’t want it to be just 1-888-718-4253,

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TRIBUTE TO POLAND n When: 8 p.m. March 8; 3 p.m. March 9. Free preconcert lecture 6:45 p.m. Saturday, 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit about Karski in lobby. n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $28-$84. Free for children 7-17 n For information: 301-5815100, Nationalphilharmonic. org


Pianist Brian Ganz and the National Philharmonic will perform a concerto by Chopin during two concerts on March 8-9 at the Music Center at Strathmore to honor the late Polish-American hero Jan Karski of Chevy Chase. PHOTO BY MICHAEL VENTURA

The “Fractured Bubble” sukkah is woven as part of a design competition exploring the ancient Jewish tradition of building a temporary house as part of observing the week-long holiday of Sukkot. The mid-Atlantic premiere of Potomac-native Jason Hutt’s documentary, “Sukkah City,” about the contest is part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.


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“But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” — Psalm 81:16 Bernice Johnson Reagon founded the group Sweet Honey in the Rock 40 years ago at the D.C.

Black Repertory Theater Company in 1973. The ensemble’s name is taken from a song based on the Bible verse Psalm 81:16. The allwomen, African-American a cappella group has played in concerts across the globe for adoring fans and for political dignitaries. Reagon retired from Sweet Honey in the Rock in 2004, but the group, featuring core members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and American Sign Language

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SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK — “FORTY & FIERCE” n When: 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $29-$70


Sweet Honey in the Rock will celebrate its 40th anniversary Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore.

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The New York-based Ballet Hispanico, widely regarded as the nation’s premier Latino dance company, will host a Latin dance party at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The event precedes a masterclass scheduled for 2 p.m. March 29, and dual performances at 8 p.m. March 29 and 3 p.m. March 30. A workshop with high school students is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, with the Salsa dance party following at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. The events are the result of a collaboration between BlackRock and the After School Dance Fund, which aims to promote health, exercise and cultural awareness within Montgomery County high school students via Latin dance education. For more information, visit

Ballet Hispanico will come to the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Friday for a Latin dance lesson and party prior to a masterclass and performances March 29-30. PAULA LOBO

‘Persistence’ of visions


The rites of ‘Spring’ “Spring Awakening,” Broadway’s Tony Award-winning tale of teens discovering the tumult of sexuality, opens today at the college’s performing arts center. Presented by Montgomery College Theatre students, show times are 8 p.m. daily through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Based upon the controversial German play published by Frank Wedekind in 1891, the original Broadway production was adapted by Steven Sater with music by Duncan Sheik and went on to win eight Tony Awards in 2007. Bill Gillett directs the Montgomery College production. For more information, visit pac.

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David McDonald will play piano and the marimba on Friday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda.

Marimba soloist David McDonald will perform music for the marimba and piano at 7 p.m. Friday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda. The concert serves as the inaugural event of Washington Conservatory of Music Friday Focus, which will spotlight church faculty with one-hour presentations throughout the year. McDonald also is the drummer with the Airman of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. He has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Concertante di Chicago, Kenosha Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Rob Parton’s Jazz Tech Big Band, Capitol Bones and the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, and toured Japan as a member of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra. McDonald is a faculty member at the Washington Conservatory of Music. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, visit


David Carter’s “The Persistence of Self,” oil on canvas, 2010.

“Critical Contacts: Significant Encounters and Their Impact,” will showcase works by the Studio Art Faculty of Montgomery College. The exhibit, curated by Dr. Claudia Rousseau, opens Monday at the Capitol Arts Network Urban by Nature Gallery in Rockville, and runs to March 28. An opening reception is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. March 7. Normal gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit capitolartsnetwork. com.


Aurora Beckett as Wendla and Matt Krug as Melchior in The Montgomery College Theatre presentation of “Spring Awakening,” opening today at the college.

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IN THE ARTS Carpe Diem Contra Dance, March. 13, Steve Hickman, John Devine and the Major Minors, DeLaura Padovan, caller, 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. 26, free Rumba lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Feb. 27, March 6, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); Feb. 28, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing at 9 p.m. ($15); March 1, Ballroom dance night, lessons from 6:30-9 p.m., dance from 9 p.m. to midnight ($15); March 2, free Cha Cha lessons at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); March 5, free Step of the Evening 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, partner necessary, T-39 Building on

NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339.

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

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Feb. 28, Ted Hodapp and Contratopia, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, March 2, Ted Hodapp and Contratopia, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. English Country, Feb. 26, Caller: Dan Gillespie, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw. org. Swing, March, TBD, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, March 2, Contratopia, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Gotta Swing Dance with Josh

& The Good Old Stuff, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26; Veronneau, 8 p.m. Feb. 27; The Texas Chainsaw Horns & Hot Mess Burlesque, 8 p.m. Feb. 28; Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies, 8 p.m. March 1, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240330-4500,

BlackRock Center for the Arts, Ballet Hispanico Latin Dance Party, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; Cashore Marionettes, 1 p.m. March 1, Dervish, 8 p.m. March 8; Seamus Kennedy, 7:30 p.m. March 13, call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260,

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Carrie Newcomer,

7:30 p.m. March 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Feb. 26, March 1, 5; AIR: Nistha Raj, Hindustani violin, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26; Pilobolus, 8 p.m. Feb. 26; AIR Alumni: Daisy Castro, Gypsy jazz violin, 11 a.m. Feb. 28; BSO: Off the Cuff — CSI: Mozart, 8:15 p.m. Feb. 28; Sweet Honey in the Rock 40th Anniversary Celebration: Forty and Fierce! 8 p.m. March 1; Michael Bolton, 7 p.m. March 2; Intro to Jazz Singing 7:30 p.m. March 3; Mardi Gras Specialty Tea, 1 p.m. March 4; WPAS: Murray Perahia, piano, 8 p.m. March 4; Berlin ~ Las Vegas with Theo Bleckmann, voice & Rob Schwimmer, piano, 7:30 p.m. March 6; BSO: Nadja SalernoSonnenberg Plays Shostakovich, 8 p.m. March 6; Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge, 8 p.m. March 7; Rye Rye, 9 p.m. March 7; National Philharmonic: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1, 8 p.m. March 8, 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, Comedy and Magic Show, 8 p.m. Feb. 28; KAT 2nd Stage presents “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh for Kids,” March 8-23. 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, 301-258-6394, Imagination Stage, “Rumpelstiltskin,” 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 March 2; “I And You,” Feb. 26 to March 23, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www. The Puppet Co., “Sleeping Beauty,” 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, 301-6345380, 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, 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,” to March 15, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times,

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “The Deepest Feeling Always Shows Itself in Silence,” to March 23, opening vernissage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www. Capital Arts Network, “Critical Contacts: Significant Encounters and Their Impact,” Studio Art Faculty of Montgomery College, March 3-28, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. March 7, normal gallery hours from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Capitol Arts Network Urban by Nature Gallery, Rockville, Gallery B, “Creative Connections,” MFA at Gallery B, to March 1; “Ideal Form,” March 5-29, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. March 14, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Glenview Mansion, Annual Student Art Show, March 2-14, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. Marin-Price Galleries, “The Way of the Horse,” to April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622.






VisArts, Ryan Rakhshan: Robin Meyer: “Life and death of charm city,” to March 16, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. March 7, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www.

Washington Printmakers Gallery,

“New Life,” Nina Muys, Feb. 26 to March 30, opening reception from 1-4 p.m. March 1; artist demonstration 3-5 p.m. March 16, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www.

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For wine lovers, hidden gems exist in Oregon’s Willamette Valley The excellent wines, spectacular views and remarkably friendly people within Oregon’s Willamette Valley make selecting which wineries to visit a difficult challenge. There is comfort in choosing familiar names such as Ken Wright, Soter Vineyards, Domaine Drouhin and Cristom Vineyards, pioneers in the region with stellar reputations for creating outstanding wines. But don’t ignore the smaller, less well-known wineries found scattered throughout the region where you will often have an opportunity to meet the owners, hear their stories and experience first-hand their passion to craft notable wines. With limited funds and no formal training, Scott and Lisa Neal left Colorado where he was in the medical device business and she did real estate to

GRAPELINES BY LOUIS MARMON pursue their winemaking dreams. By happenstance they came upon a nearly ideal location to grow grapes in the foothills of the Yamhill Valley. After tromping around and examining the soils along the property’s hillside for two days, they purchased the land, establishing their Coeur de Terre (Heart of the Earth) Vineyard in 1998, named after a heart-shaped boulder encountered while digging up the land for a vineyard that now has a place of honor on the property. Coeur de Terre is a must on the list of places to visit in Willamette Valley, not just for their delicious wines but

also because the owners are unpretentiously knowledgeable and loads of fun to hang with as they share the bounty of their family owned, organically run winery. They make a very tasty Riesling and produce several high-quality single vineyard Pinot Noirs. These include their sleek Talluhah’s Run 2009 showing floral and blackberry aromas intermingled with flavors of spice, dark plum, red berries and tobacco; the even more floral Abby’s Block 2009 that has cranberry, black cherry and savory notes with firmer tannins and a bit more spice and the softer Sarah Jane’s Block 2009 whose red cherry and rose petal scents are accented with hints of leather and herbs that persist among the spicy red and dark fruit flavors well into the long finish. Their violet and blackberry scented Renelle’s Block 2009 is simply

delightful, deep in color and structure with Asian spice, black cherry, raspberry, cola and earthy flavors that display remarkable complexity, length and balance. The single best word to describe Dukes Family Vineyards is “precision.” It is seen everywhere in the property located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills from the immaculately maintained vineyards on their gorgeous estate to the structure of their exceptional wines. Pat Dukes has a resume (including being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef) that would make the bearded Dos Equis beer guy jealous. His wife Jackie says that their friends accuse them of the best mid-life crisis ever. They moved onto the property to live among the vines in 2008 where they oversee all aspects of the winemaking and still find



watching a film and going home,” he said. “There are Q&A’s and programmed discussions.” Details about venues, dates, times and director appearances are available on the festival’s website at One of the main draws is likely to be the 2013 film “Fading Gigolo,” starring Woody Allen and John Turturro. Turturro also directed and wrote the movie. It is screening March 8 at the AFI Silver Theatre, and Turturro will be present for a Q&A after the show. “It’s a treatment of the Orthodox community in Brooklyn, it’s funny,” said Tovbis. The movie is about Fioravante (Turturro), who becomes a professional Don Juan to help his friend Murray (Allen), who owns a failing bookstore. Allen is his “manager,” and along the way, Turturro becomes romantically involved for real with an orthodox Jewish widow (Vanessa Paradis). Also in the cast are Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara.

American Congress, plans to attend a concert in Karski’s memory this weekend at the Music Center at Strathmore not far from where she lives. Based at Strathmore, the National Philharmonic in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C., is presenting a Tribute to Poland featuring two concerts on March 8 and 9 dedicated to Karski. On the program chosen by the Philharmonic’s music director and conductor, Polish native Piotr Gajewski, is the 1848 “Bajka (Fairytale) Overture” by Stanislaw Moniuszko. Considered to be the father of the Polish national opera, Moniuszko, who died in 1872, is also known for his patriotic references to Polish and Lithuanian folk music. “In Poland, he’s extraordinarily well known and very often played,” Gajewski said. Playing Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” will be Kensington native and solo pianist Brian Ganz, who performed his fourth all-Chopin concert on Feb. 22 at Strathmore. Ganz is halfway through his commitment to perform all 250 works of Chopin, who was born in Poland and celebrated his homeland in his work. Also on the program is “Symphony No. 39” by Mozart, one of Chopin’s favorite composers. The work combines the “style of Bach and Handel with the clarity of Classicism,” according to a National Philharmonic release. At the podium will be guest conductor Michal Dworzynski, recently named music director of the Krakow Philharmonic. “We often bring in artists and guest conductors, and this seemed to be a nice opportunity to bring someone from Poland,” Gajewski said. On Saturday, Ryszard Schnepf, who was named Poland’s ambassador to the United States in early 2013, is expected to speak before the concert. The Polish president and parliament marked 2014 as the Year of Karski, declaring him a national hero on the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1914. “He’s an example for future generations, a person who indicated the path to follow,” said Schnepf, who met him in 1973. Schnepf was a university student in Warsaw, when Karski paid a private visit to Poland to see a fellow professor and spoke to the professor’s history class. “He talked for two hours, recounting his life,” Schnepf said. “It was like a suspense story — we were shocked.” “We are ashamed that we didn’t know about [his history],” said Schnepf, part of a generation educated under Communism that had not been taught about Karski’s service during the war. Even as a professor at Georgetown, he continued his work to further peace and understanding, Schnepf said. “He followed his humanitarian mission, teaching tolerance [of] different national cultures and different religions,” he said. “It was not only him as a person but also the values he promoted.”

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Woody Allen and John Turturro star in director Turturro’s comedy “Fading Gigolo” screening March 8 at the AFI Silver Theatre during the 24th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival running from Thursday to March 9. Turturro will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

“Sukkah City” Hutt’s documentary is called “Sukkah City,” and it’s about an international competition to design and build sukkahs, temporary shelters intended to remind Jews of their homelessness during the exodus from Egypt. During the seven-day Sukkot holiday, families eat their meals in them and occasionally sleep in them. The film is screening March 6, at the JCC in Rockville and March 9 at the JCC in Washington, D.C. Hutt will be available after the screenings and also will be at the Library of Congress for a discussion on March 7. A resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., for 12 years, Hutt is particularly interested in making films about aspects of Jewish culture. His most recent film, “Orthodox Stance,” is about an immigrant Russian boxer balancing his career and his Orthodox faith. Hutt said he happened to be reading the Brooklyn Arts Council newsletter in 2010 when he spotted a request for proposal for architectural designers to build sukkahs for an exhibition in Union Square. The competition was co-created by author Joshua Foer, a member of the Washington-based Foer family, who gave Hutt the go-ahead to film the competition from start to finish, including the judging by well-known architects and critics. Hutt, who is Jewish, said he’s never built a sukkah himself, but that he was interested in the creative process of re-imagining the practice, which dates back thousands of years. “It was about recovering an old tradition and seeing how it would resonate in contemporary culture,” Hutt said. “You’re meant to experience what it was like in the wilderness and to think about the fragility of life and that ultimately we are vulnerable, so you leave your home,” he said. But today Jews can buy pre-packaged, tent-like sukkahs that all look the same. “It’s difficult to build one,” said Hutt. “I can understand how people pull it out of the garage every year.” More than 600 people submitted their ideas to the competition, he said. “They were all wildly different, with different materials and shapes,” Hutt said. “One was made out of vi-


Continued from Page A-9 interpreter Shirley Childress, will celebrate Sweet Honey in the Rock’s 40th anniversary with a show on Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. “Forty & Fierce,” is the first fullyscripted show with a storyline for the group. Archived photos will be projected on screen while each member will share their personal stories. Maillard, who said the group had no idea they would still be together after 40 years, hopes the show at Strathmore will be a really wonderful experience for

time to cook and entertain their guests. The Dukes’ Blushing Katie 2011, a 100 percent Pinot Noir Rose, has lovely watermelon aromas and tart cherry and strawberry flavors with good balance and length. The deeply fragrant Alyssa Pinot Noir 2009 has dark and red berry aromas and flavors and soft tannins allowing it to be enjoyed now as well as after a few more years in the bottle, while the 2010 Alyssa shows more earthiness and bramble character along with spicy red berry, cranberry and black fruit. A distinctive contrast is also seen between the harvests of their Charlotte vineyards with the 2009 showing more earth along with dark fruit in a soft frame while the 2010 Charlotte has some additional spiciness along with cranberry, dark fruit and a more pronounced minerality.


The comedy “Cupcakes” by Israeli director Eytan Fox, about a Eurovision-style musical contest, will screen Tuesday in Rockville and March 9 in Washington, D.C., during the festival. nyl and another out of a single piece of wire. One was a gigantic log on top four pieces of glass.” A panel of judges picked a dozen winners, which were displayed in Union Square Park in New York for two days in September 2010. The “people’s choice” award went to “Fractured Bubble,” a globe-shaped structure designed by Babak Bryan and Henry Grosman, that remained on view during the Sukkot holiday. Hutt said “Sukkah City” is making the festival circuit and that he is planning to release a DVD, probably in September.

Wide range of movies This year’s films, which range from serious documentaries to comedies and films for younger people, come from 18 countries. The Washington premiere of the award-winning movie, “Bethlehem,” screens Saturday at AFI Silver. It is about an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. The movie won six Ophir awards, the equivalent of the Academy Awards in Israel. The festival will also feature several films from Poland, including “Aftermath,” a fictional story inspired by the murders of more than 300 Jews at Jedwabne in 1941 that involved a barn fire set by Poles. “There were serious waves of protest in Poland — mobs forced the theaters to close,” said Tovbis, about some Poles objecting to the movie. “Poland is going through a resurgence of interest in Jewish music and culture,” nearly all of which was wiped the audience. “There will be a lot of music people haven’t heard in a while,” Maillard said. Maillard said if folks didn’t see Sweet Honey in the Rock perform their tribute show at the Warner Theatre in D.C. a couple of years ago, they might be surprised to see the group performing with a bass player and a percussionist. “Sometimes on stage there’s the quartet … that is reminiscent of the original quartet,” Maillard said. “Sometime there might be five singers on stage. Sometime it’ll just be one person on stage talking and singing. You’ll have stories about how a song was created; you’ll hear stories about how the group

The “Fractured Bubble” sukkah featured in the film “Sukkah City,” which explores the ancient Jewish tradition of building a temporary house as part of the week-long holiday of Sukkot.

out during the Holocaust, he said. Screening on March 6 at AFI Silver is the documentary “Regina,” featuring the voice of British actress Rachel Weisz as Regina Jones, the daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler who was ordained in Berlin in 1935 and died in Auschwitz in 1944. Director and producer Julie Cohen, who grew up in the Washington area, will be showing her documentary “The Sturgeon Queens,” about a Lower East Side lox and herring establishment called Russ and Daughters run by four generations of a Russian immigrant family. “It’s fun and incisive and well -researched,” Tovbis said. Also screening are the first three episodes of a popular Israeli TV show called “Shtisel,” which is about a Haredi widower and his son living in Jerusalem. “It’s a peek behind the current of an ultra-Orthodox community in Jersusalem,” Tovbis said. Also featured will be the claymation, stop-motion film “Master of a Good Name,” about Baal Shem Tov, the rabbi living in the Ukraine in the 1700s who is believed to have founded Hasidic Judaism. Also scheduled are panel discussions about Arab speakers in Jewish schools and other aspects of living together in Israel, where Arabs make up 20 percent of the population. There’s a pub crawl on U Street in Washington featuring three short films per pub, and new this year are gatherings during the festival at Black Whiskey in Washington, where visitors can talk informally with filmmakers. “If you want to remain relevant on the cultural scene ... you have to evolve and grow, and attract younger and different audiences,” Tovbis said. came to be from different perspectives, because every person who participated had a different experience.” For years, Sweet Honey in the Rock has entertained worldwide, including performances for the United Nations. For Maillard, though, one concerts stands out among the rest. “I think it was really nice when the group ... [was] invited by Michelle Obama to come to the White House,” Maillard said. Back when President Obama was just Sen. Barack Obama from Illinois, Sweet Honey in the Rock wanted to present him with some of the group’s music. Maillard presented him with a shopping bag full of music from the

War years When the Nazis and the Soviet Union partitioned Poland in 1939, Soviets captured Karski and sent him west to German-held territory. He escaped and joined the Polish underground, secretly carrying dispatches to the Polish government in exile, first in Paris and later in London. group, not expecting the senator to really know much about the ensemble. “When he got on stage, he looked over to us and said, ‘You’re giving me Sweet Honey in the Rock music? Like I don’t know who Sweet Honey in the Rock is?’” Maillard laughed. “I said, ‘Brother, I don’t know what you know, but we’re giving you this music!’” Obama then proceeded to sing a verse from “Ella’s Song,” one of Sweet Honey in the Rock’s songs. “We don’t know a lot of people in the public who listens to us or appreciates us until they say something to us,” Maillard said. “If someone asks, ‘What’s your favorite music?’ everyone’s not spouting off ‘I’m listening to


Guest conductor Michal Dworzynski, recently appointed music director of the Krakow Philharmonic, will lead the National Philharmonic in two concerts featuring pianist Brian Ganz on March 8-9 at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

Karski saw first-hand the conditions the Jews were living in the Warsaw ghetto, which he visited disguised as a Latvian policeman, and in Izbica, a transit camp in Poland set up to send Jews to Belzec, the first Nazi death camp. In 1940, Karski was captured and tortured by the Nazis, but was smuggled out of a hospital and made his way back to the resistance movement. In 1943, he was sent to Washington, D.C., to personally talk with President Franklin Roosevelt about what the Nazis were doing in Poland. A year later, Karski’s book, “Courier from Poland: The Story of a Secret State,” was published, and he later earned a doctorate from Georgetown University, where former President Bill Clinton would become one of this students decades later. Lotarski, a second-generation Polish American, graduated from Georgetown and then earned her doctorate in Eastern European and Communist Studies from Columbia University in 1973. She taught briefly at Vassar College (using notes from her classes with Karski, she said), before starting her career with the U.S. Department of Commerce. “I certainly got a foundation in this region from him which was extraordinary,” she said about Karski’s knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe. But she said he was didn’t talk much about his personal experiences during the war. “He never put himself forward,” she said. “He did what he did out of conscience. … He felt it was his duty.” A patriot, he had a deep love for Poland, a battleground for centuries caught between German and Russian empires trying to expand. Karksi became a U.S. citizen in 1954, and in 2012, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Georgetown University reprinted is book in 2013, with additional notes. “In some cases, he couldn’t use real names and places sometimes, in order not give people away,” Lotarski said. The Jan Karski Institute for Tolerance and Dialogue, based in Washington D.C., has also released a graphic novel, “Jan Karski,” created by two Polish authors. “He was God, honor and country personified. … He’s really become an international symbol of resistance to evil,” Lotarski said. Sweet Honey. I’m loving Sweet Honey right now.’” The first 40 years have been magical for Maillard and all the members of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Maillard said she wouldn’t be surprised if the group was still going strong 40 years from now. “Forty years from now, I’ll be 100,” Maillard said. “We’ll all be 100, so we might be singing in the retirement center in Maui. And probably still singing our behinds off if I know these ladies. Everybody is probably still going to have really strong voices and good health.”


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Damascus on its usual late-year roll

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



Record Pts



24-3 60


Montrose Christian 15-5 54



20-2 48



19-2 42



17-4 36


Montgomery Blair 18-3 30



16-5 22


St. Andrew’s

18-7 15



17-5 13



17-7 10

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Others receiving votes: None.


Kennedy at Walt Whitman, Friday: The two played as recently

as Feb. 21, a 46-30 Whitman win, but nothing was on the line then.


Name, school A. Trier, Montrose Christian J. Friedman, Sandy Spring J. McKay, McLean N. Segura, The Heights W. English, McLean J. Stern, Hebrew Academy I. Kallon, Wheaton K. Williams, Kennedy B. Thompson, Covenant Life A. Tarke, Gaithersburg

PPG 25.5 22.1 21.1 19.8 19.6 19.4 19.3 19.1 18.7 18.1

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



Record Pts



19-3 60


Walt Whitman

19-2 54


Paint Branch

19-2 48


John F. Kennedy 16-3 40


Holy Child


Thomas S. Wootton 15-6 30

24-3 38



16-5 24


Good Counsel

16-13 16


Jewish Day

16-1 14


Seneca Valley

15-5 5

Others receiving votes:


James H. Blake High School’s Martha Sam competes in the 300-meter dash on Feb. 18 at the Class 4A/3A state championship at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

Short on numbers,



The James H. Blake High School indoor track and field team brought only five girls to the Class 4A state meet, none of whom had been there before. Butfacingdeeper,moreexperienced competition, the team wasn’t intimidated. Quite the contrary. With a small squad — and only three open event participants — the Bengals not only earned third place, but sent a

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message that there’s a new era for Blake track and field. Under first-year coach Brandon Tynes, Blake finished with 34 points, just behind Clarksburg (34.5) and within reach of first-place South River (43.5) of Anne Arundel County.

Elaina Gu won three state titles Saturday after failing to score a single point at 2013 state meet


both earlier games, but the second came down to the wire (48-47).


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Montgomery Blair at Walter Johnson, Friday: The Blazers won


Each of Blake’s five runners stepped up in the Jan. 18 state championship meet held in the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. Junior Martha Sam won the 300 meters and set a school record (40.01 seconds) while placing third in the 55 meters (7.32) for Blake, which did not have any girls participate in last year’s indoor state meet. “I’m pretty happy with the way we

PPG 20.3 19.2 19.0 18.4 18.3 17.9 17.7 16.7 16.3 16.2 15.6

Football is a way of life in the town of Damascus. This is nothing new to the basketball team or its coaches. It’s the main reason the Swarmin’ Hornets haven’t won more than three games prior to the New Year’s Day in any of coach Butch Marshall’s four years at the helm. While the football players — usually around four double as basketball players — are either extending their season deep into the playoffs, participating in the Crab Bowl and various other postseason games, taking college visits or all of the above, the basketball team is generally happy to scrounge up enough players to scrimmage at the end of practice. But, such is the life of a Damascus basketball player, and it’s one they’ve grown accustomed to at this juncture in their Swarmin’ Hornets tenure. “If you look at our record over the last four years, we have a losing record before Christmas and a pretty good record after Christmas,” Marshall said. “But that’s what you expect at Damascus. Of course it would be nice to have 10 basketball-only players but you got to appreciate the multi-sport athletes.” Thus far in 2014, Marshall’s postChristmas tournament record is 8-5, though in one of those games, Richmond-bound tight end Stephon Ja-

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Connor Burke of Damascus High School is pressed by a Walter Johnson defender during a Jan. 31 game.

Churchill’s reliable junior key to state runner-up

Gaithersburg 1.

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




Winston Churchill High School’s Elaina Gu swims the 500-yard freestyle on Feb. 1 at the Montgomery County Public Schools Championships.

It’s not really in the nature of Montgomery County’s top swimmers to go into a race expecting anything less than first place — the sport in general attracts some of the most internally driven athletes. But Winston Churchill High School junior Elaina Gu entered the 500-yard freestyle event at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships earlier this month about 100 percent she was not going to win — 2012 Olympic gold med-

alist Katie Ledecky had already set a American mark during the preliminary round the previous evening. Gu didn’t back away from the event, though. TheBulldogsneededahighscorersoshewentafter the race and finished second behind Ledecky, but way ahead of the rest of the field to earn the Bulldogs those 21 points, their only in the event. Churchill went on to win its second Metros title in three years. “Elaina is a person that no matter what I ask her to do she comes in full force,” Bulldogs coach Brendan Roddy said. “She brings her ‘A’ game no matter what, it’s the competitor in her. If she is in a bad mental space or not in the mood to do something, I would never know and the team would never know, she comes in ready and will



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Poolesville makes history with back-to-back crowns Falcons win first-ever back-toback division titles BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER

Kenny Kramek used to be able to joke with his Poolesville High School boys’ basketball team that he was the only one in the gym with a division championship

BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK under his belt. Well, those days are long gone. A 72-46 win against Seneca Valley on Feb. 19 sealed up the Falcons’ second straight Montgomery 3A/2A Division title,


Continued from Page B-1 cob — the team’s tallest player at 6-foot-2 — was taking an official college visit. “I feel like I’m still getting used to it,” said Jacob, who is second on the team with 13.9 points per game and averages roughly 10 rebounds, according to classmate Connor Burke. “I mean, I haven’t played basketball in so long. We play football in the summer and the fall and then we get into basketball.” Which is why it came as nothing short of a shock to the rest of the county


Continued from Page B-1 did,” said Sam, who also ran in the relay competitions. “… Last year we didn’t make it and this year I was able to not only make it but get four medals and place in every event that I ran in.” Adesanya, a second-year var-


Continued from Page B-1 ing to go full force every time.” Even Gu’s game face couldn’t hide how miserable she was feeling at last year’s state championship. One of Churchill’s most reliable scorers, Gu failed to earn a single point. The top scorer at the region meet with wins in every event she entered, Gu finished

the first time in school history they have won consecutive titles. “I’d joke with the kids that I was the only one with a division championship and they would say back ‘No way, no way, we’re going to get one,’” Kramek said. “They took a lot of pride, that core group of kids — Trevor [Stottlemyer], Craig [Morton], Andy [Baker], Anthony [Papagjika] — they definitely took a lot of pride in themselves. “The development of Trevor has been incredible, Andy is as solid of a basketball player you’re going to find, Craig has been our biggest surprise… and Anthony can go off at any time.” Kramek said that Poolesville may have won back-to-back division championships — “or whatever the equivalent was” — in 1966 and 1967, but the setup of the divisions was completely different. So

inthemoderneraofMontgomerybasketball, Poolesville has etched itself into the books.

Early into the season, with just a 3-1 record to show at the time, Jewish Day coach Dave McCloud said he had a promising bunch on his hands. His Lions delivered on that promise, going 19-0 in Potomac Valley Athletic Conference play to win the regular season title despite graduating leading scorer Ethan Walfish from last year’s 18-5 team. Danny Kravitz, who scored his 1,000th career point in a Feb. 10 victory over Washington Christian, partnered with freshman Bryan Knapp to average

28.1 points between them while senior Jon Prigal added another 12.9 to the mix. The first conference loss of the season, though, came at an ill-time, in the PVAC semifinals at the hands of St. Anselm’s, which nixed all hopes of a regular season and tournament sweep of conference titles. Covenant Life, meanwhile, rode the Brandon Thompson train all the way to the tournament title. In three playoff games, the 5-foot-8 guard scored 29 (on Washington International), 41 (Field) and 25 in Saturday night’s championship game against St. Anselm’s. “He’s phenomenal, phenomenal,” coach Alan Snyder said. “He’s the best offensive player in the PVAC. We got him playing defense, we got him passing the ball. He is the most improved player on the team, I’d say in the league..”

when then-3-8 Damascus beat thenundefeated Gaithersburg, 61-55, on Jan. 10. The Swarmin’ Hornets hadn’t been at full strength nearly the entire year to that point. That game served as the launching pad to what Jacob and Burke labeled the beginning of the rest of the season. “It seemed like after that it clicked and everybody was playing together,” said Burke, the team’s leading scorer at 16.1 points per game. “It just takes awhile for us to come together. At tryouts we had maybe 10 guys.” The only losses since that Gaithersburg game have come to Poolesville, Urbana, and Rockville, team’s combin-

ing for a 40-12 record and all of who are legitimate contenders to make it to the state tournament. “The playoffs are what matters,” Marshall said. “You want to be playing your best basketball at the end of the year. You lose one game and your season is over; you can lose in the regular season, you don’t win anything in the regular season. We just emphasize getting better and getting better.” Marshall has been particularly impressed with the way Burke has taken on a more authoritative role both in the locker room and on the court. He looks for his shots and pushes the ball more —

one of the advantages of having a lineup with four players below six-feet is almost always being the faster team. Burke, Joe Daniel, and Jhames Nghonda — all left-handed players, as is Jacob, which comprises a four-lefty starting lineup — are all “point guards” at heart, says Burke, meaning Jacob or whoever else grabs the rebound has three viable outlets to look for in starting the fast break. The key, of course, is grabbing a key rebound, not always an easy task given Damascus’ relatively short squad across the board. “If we can get the rebound — that’s the big if,” Marshall said. “We do like to

Jewish Day, Covenant Life split PVAC titles

run and if we can get the rebound, we try to get some numbers and run but we can’t run until we get the rebound and that’s the problem, really.” As the regular season wound down, the coach often found himself sifting through tapes from the beginning of the season and then comparing it to what he sees now. What he sees, he said, “is night and day.” It’s the same observation he has made every year for the past four years, and one he’ll likely make for many to come.

sity runner, placed seventh in the 500 (1:19.87). She has dropped 13 seconds off of her time by working harder in practice and focusing more on strategy, she said. “As an individual, my mindset has completely changed compared to how it was last year,” Adesanya said. “… I decided if I’m going to do a drill a certain way, I’m going to do it perfectly each

time so that when it comes time to compete, I can show that same diligence.” Junior Sarah Moore took fifth in the 300 (42.04) to round out Blake’s open event runners. The 1,600 (4:03.75) and 800 (1:46.39) relay teams both placed third and were aided by junior Kaela Jones and sophomore Onesty Peoples, respectively.

“Everyone else has improved pretty well,” Sam said. With a small group at states, Blake’s open event runners were needed in most of the events. “There’s no break,” Adesanya said. “There’s no picking up your cell phone, there’s no talking to anyone. That can be very tiring at times.” Tynes said he wanted to es-

tablish a winning culture for Blake track by restructuring the team and getting more out of practices and workouts. “I think once they started seeing how much better they were doing and how their bodies were changing — they were stronger — they really started buying into the program,” Tynes said. “… Once that started happening, things re-

ally fell in place.” Afterthesuccessfulwinter,the girls have high expectations heading into the outdoor season. “I believe that indoor season has definitely showed us how much more we have to work and how much more we’re going to do,” Adesanya said.

17th in the 200-yard freestyle before Roddy scratched her from the rest of her events. In turn, Churchill finished the meet in sixth place. Gu and the Bulldogs got redemption at Saturday’s seasonending meet held at the University of Maryland, College Park where they finished second to defending champion Thomas S. Wootton by twopoints.Theprimarilymid-distance freestyler won the 200-yard

freestyle, anchored Churchill’s winning 200-yard freestyle and swam the third leg of the meetrecord setting 400-yard freestyle relay. “I couldn’t swim well [last year], I didn’t score in a single event, so it felt good to score at states and do well,” said Gu, whose older brother, Harrison, won the 100-yard breaststroke statetitleSaturdayfortheseventhplace Churchill boys.

Though Saturday’s runnerup result spoiled the Bulldogs’ chance at a perfect season — undefeated in dual meets and Division I, Metros and regional titles — Churchill’s near-win was a huge statement. With the county’s best diving contingent by a landslide — all four Churchill divers finished in the top 6 at Metros — teams are quick to point out the Bulldogs’ advantage in a typical champion-

ship setting. But the state swim meet does not include diving, which has been a major obstacle for Churchill the past three years. Thiswinter,however,theBulldogs proved they had as strong a swimming squad as any other team. “I can’t say that I’ve never heard grumblings that we’re a diving team with a swimming issue but [Saturday we proved we’re strong on the boards and strong offtheblocks,”Roddysaid.“When

we took out the diving points from divisionals we still came out ahead and at regionals we still won by 13 points. A two-point meet is nothing when you’re talking about hundreds of points. The girls had a fantastic meet and swam extremely well, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect season. It just didn’t sway in our favor this time.”


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Paint Branch

Yusrah Addebayo, soph. Breanna Coleman, senior Funmi Daramola, senior Adassa Phillips, junior Won state title with top MCPS time (1:43.91).

1,600 RELAY


Julia Cogdell, junior Simone Glenn, senior Kyla Lewis, junior Lindsay Lewis, freshman Owns county’s top time (3:59.15) by nearly four seconds.

3,200 RELAY

Walt Whitman

Lena Feldman, freshman Erin McClanahan, junior Clare Severe, junior Lela Walter, sophomore Followed up region title with win at states in 9:39.16.

Clarksburg Led team to first county title, improved from eighth to second at state meet with four-person contingent.


Alexus Pyles

Diego Zarate

Austin Castleberry

Swept the top meets; won county’s high jump, long jump and triple jump.

Won 1,600 at state meet with countybest 4:21.82; finished third in 3,200.

Won county, region and state titles in event.

Clarksburg Sophomore, 55 hurdles

Northwest Senior, high jump

Northwest Junior, 1,600


Clarksburg’s Alexus Pyles won the state title in the 55 hurdles and is The Gazette’s girls’ athlete of the year in indoor track.


Northwest’s Diego Zarate is The Gazette’s Athlete of the Year after winning the 1,600.

Girls’ First Team

Boys’ First Team

Fanny Chen

Funmi Daramola

Gwladys Fotso

Simone Glenn

Urgy Eado

Clifton Green

Devon Hairston

Devonte Johnson

Oliver Lloyd

State winner tops county leaderboard (43-05.50).

She finished second at the county championships.

MoCo champ has county’s top time (1:17.63).

Runner-up at states with 5-02 was county’s best.

Surpassed Olivia Ekpone with cdunty’s all-time top time (38.82).

Won county title with top time of 1:58.42.

Posted county-best (20-06.50) at PG County Relays.

Became county’s leader since 2006 with MC win (7.50).

Swept county, region and state titles.

Had county’s fastest time (1:06.33), finished third at states.

Tyatianna Johnson

Kiernan Keller

Emily Murphy

Clare Severe

Bethany White

Timothy Santosa

Jalen Walker

Carlos Venzego

Chase Weaverling

Clarksburg Senior, shot put

Seneca Valley Junior, triple jump County leader in long and triple jump; was runnerup to Pyles.

Churchill Senior, long jump

Paint Branch Senior, 500 meters

W. Johnson Junior, 1,600 meters Won state title with county’s second-bestmark (5:07.39).

W. Johnson Sophomore, 3,200 meters Third place at states was county’s highest and fastest.

Blair Senior, high jump

Bullis Senior, 300 meters

Walt Whitman Junior, 800 meters Posted county-best 2:18.83 in winning state title.

Magruder Senior, 55 meters Won state championship with county-best 7.07.

Long jump: Keila Robertson, Col. Zadok Magruder Triple jump: Breanna Coleman, Paint Branch Shot put: Ozioma Edokobi, Richard Montgomery 800 relay: Bullis 1,600 relay: Paint Branch 3,200 relay: Poolesville


Class 4A indoor track and field n Northwest, boys’ team title n Richard Montgomery, boys’ 3,200-meter relay (Stephen Alexander, Emmanuel Porquin, Matt Agboola, Adam Jung) n Paint Branch, girls’ 800-meter relay (Adassa Phillips, Yusrah Addebayo, Breanna Coleman, Olufunmilayo Daramola) n Paint Branch, girls’ 1,600-meter relay (Yusrah Addebayo, Breanna Coleman, Nina Nuama, Olufunmilayo Daramola) n Whitman, girls 3,200-meter relay (Lela Walter, Erin McClanahan, Lena Feldman, Clare Severe) n Claudia Ababio, Clarksburg, girls’ shot put n Austin Castleberry, Northwest, boys’ high jump n Devonte Johnson, Paint Branch, boys’ shot put n Kiernan Keller, Walter Johnson, girls’ mile* n Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg, girls’ 55-meter hurdles n Martha Sam, Blake, girls’ 300 meters n Clare Severe, Whitman, 800 meters n Bethany White, Magruder, girls’ 55-meter hurdles n Diego Zarate, Northwest, boys’ 1,600 meters

Class 3A indoor track and field

n Einstein, girls’ 3,200-meter relay (Mahlet Bauerie, Halcyon Ruskin, Pauline McMurry, Victoria Cabellos)

Class 2A indoor track and field n Poolesville, girls’ 3,200-meter relay (Denise Larson, Chelsie Pennello, Claire Beautz, Theresa Nardone) n Chase Weaverling, 3,200 meters


Richard Montgomery High School’s Bouke Edskes competes in the 200 individual medley during the Class 4A/3A state swimming championships on Saturday at the University of Maryland, College Park. n n n n n n n n n n n

Rory Lewis, Einstein, boys 100 butterfly Emily Wang, Churchill, girls 100 butterfly Brian Tsau, Blair, boys 500 freestyle Madison Waechter, Blair, girls 500 freestyle Richard Montgomery, boys 200 freestyle relay (Kenny Afolabi-Brown, John Jeang, Juan Barrera, Anatol Liu) Winston Churchill, girls 200 freestyle relay (Alicia Tiberino, Katie Wright, Hannah Lindsey, Elaina Gu) Andrew Gibson, Wootton, boys 100 backstroke Hannah Lindsey, Churchill, girls 100 backstroke Harrison Gu, Churchill, boys 100 breaststroke Walt Whitman, boys 400 freestyle relay (John Janezich, Mike Sullivan, Alex Vissering, John Mooers) Winston Churchill, girls 400 freestyle relay (Alicia Tiberino, Emily Andrews, Elaina Gu, Hannah Lindsey)

Class 4A/3A/2A/1A diving

Class 3A/2A/1A swimming

n Jack Crow, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, boys n Mashal Heashem, Winston Churchill, girls

n Poolesville, boys’ team title n Poolesville, boys 200 medley relay (William An, Jack McCarty, Jacob Weiss, Patrick Krisko) n Ryan O’Leary, Damascus, boys 200 individual medley, boys 100 breaststroke n Dorit Song, Poolesville, girls 200 individual medley, girls 100 freestyle n Xavier Laracuente, Poolesville, boys 50 freestyle, boys 100 freestyle n Sayaka Vaules, Poolesville, girls 50 freestyle n Jacob Weiss, Poolesville, boys 100 butterfly n Alexa Stewart, Rockville, girls 100 butterfly n Poolesville, boys 200 freestyle relay (Jack McCarty, Xavier Laracuente, Alex Lin, Anthony Kim) n Griffin Alaniz, Rockville, boys 100 backstroke n Poolesville, boys 400 freestyle relay (Xavier Laracuente, Anthony Kim, Patrick Krisko, Alex Lin)

Class 4A/3A swimming

n Richard Montgomery, boys’ team title n Thomas S. Wootton, girls’ team title n R. Montgomery, boys’ 200-medley relay (Bouke Edskes, Peter Wang, Anatol Liu, John Jeang) n Wootton, girls’ 200-medley relay (Kristina Li, Jessica Chen, Scarlett Sun, Emily Zhang) n Mike Sullivan, Whitman, boys’ 200 freestyle n Elaina Gu, Winston Churchill, girls 200 freestyle n Rory Lewis, Einstein, boys 200 individual medley n Emily Zhang, Wootton, girls 200 individual medley n Jean-Marc Nugent, W. Johnson, boys 50 freestyle; boys 100 freestyle n Morgan Hill, Sherwood, girls 50 freestyle; girls 100 freestyle

Clarksburg Senior, pole vault State runnerup with county-best 12-06.00.

Paint Branch Senior, long jump

Northwest Junior, 55 meters Highest finisher at state with county’s second best 6.53.

Kennedy Senior, 55 hurdles

Clarksburg Senior, triple jump Tops county leaderboard (45-09.) and won county title.

Paint Branch Senior, shot put

Poolesville Senior, 3,200 meters Set new 2A state championship meet record at 9:23.76.

Paint Branch Junior, 500 meters

Jaron Woodyard

Watkins Mill Sophomore, 300 meters Posted county-best time (35.19) in region win.

Boys’ Second Team

Girls’ Second Team 55 hurdles: HelnSarah Penda, Seneca 55: Martha Sam, James H. Blake 300: Emma Coleman, Churchill 500: Elizabeth Adesanya, Blake 800: Lucy Srour, Winston Churchill 1,600: Helen Webster, B.-Chevy Chase 3,200: Claire Beautz, Poolesville High jump: Naja McAdam, Clarksburg

Wootton Senior, 800 meters

55: Solomon Vault, Gaithersburg 55 hurdles: Alan Banks, Wootton 300: Damion Rowe, Seneca Valley 500: Nolan Ebner, B.-Chevy Chase 800: Edward Smith, Walt Whitman 1600: Jonaton Baginski, Rockville 3200: Itai Bezherano, Walter Johnson High jump: Wynston Reed, Blair Long jump: Jack McCloskey, Clarksburg

Paint Branch

Vangelis Alexandris, senior Clifton Green, senior Noel Njem, senior Sheldon Roman, senior County-best performance (1:33.50) good for third at states.

1,600 RELAY

Claudia Ababio

Coach of the Year Scott Mathias

Boys’ Athlete of the Year

Girls’ Athlete of the Year


Triple jump: Matthew Adedeji, Clarksburg Shot put: Donovan Taylor, Quince Orchard Pole vault: Kyle Beatty, Winston Churchill 800 relay: Northwest 1600 relay: Northwest 3200 relay: Paint Branch

Paint Branch

Clifton Green, senior Dewayne Haamid, senior Oliver Lloyd, junior Noel Njem, senior Runners-up at states, posted county’s best mark at Virginia Tech Invitational (3:27.49).

3,200 RELAY

Richard Montgomery

Matt Agboola, junior Stephen Alexander, senior Adam Jung, senior Emmanuel Porquin, junior Won state title with county’s top time (8:05.59).

Coach of the Year Dessalyn Dillard Paint Branch, 8th year

A year ago the Panthers scored 11 points in 17th-place finish at states. This year won its first county title.


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Students raise Pennies for Patients Efforts brought in $435,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society last year n


n Over the next few months The Gazette will be featuring one of the county’s schools by the numbers giving a glimpse at ways local schools are dealing with overcrowded conditions.




Ugly legs, a beard contest and dancing until you drop: Sounds like an odd bet, but students in Montgomery County are finding creative ways to raise money in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. Last week students from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda held a 5K race, the Red Rush. This week they are dancing from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the bRAVE. And in between they have found other more conventional ways of raising money — such as walking around the school cafeteria asking for spare change. The Whitman students, along with students at 15 other Montgomery County high schools are competing to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their Pennies for Patients campaign. The winning high school gets a pep rally hosted by Pepco and radio station Hot 99.5, and a summer internship for a student at Pepco. Middle and elementary schools also are participating in the fundraising drive. In all, 130 county schools are participating in the campaign that runs February and March. Crazy or fun, Pennies for Patients activities are profitable. Last year, 130 county schools contributed almost $435,000 to the society, Stacey Matusko, campaign specialist for the organization, said in an email. “It’s a crazy month,” said Jenna Kantor, 17, a senior at Whitman. “It’s so much fun.” Kantor is secretary of the school’s Student Government Association, which sponsors Pennies for Patients there. Last year, she said, her school raised more than $91,000, more than any other school in the nation. The goal this year, she said, is to raise as much money as the students can. “You might think $91,000, let’s go for $100,000, but there is only a certain amount of money that we can raise, so we are just saying ‘as much as we can,’” she said. While Whitman students plan their yard sale and a Battle of the Bands, ask their teachers to grow beards for money and even auction off junior and senior boys for dates, students at other schools are working hard to be the top winner, too.

Arcola Elementary School

Silver Spring


Students take off at the beginning of the Red Rush 5K on Feb. 9 at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. The race raised $10,000.

Students at Poolesville High School also have an impressive list of activities scheduled, said Allison Wilder, an English resource teacher and National Honor Society sponsor. The Honor Society students organize the effort at Poolesville. Wilder said the school has participated in Pennies for Patients for at least five years and the fundraising activities change from year to year. “Last year we had a talent show but this year we will have Mr. Poolesville,” she said. Ten male contestants will showcase their talents, do an interview and model sportswear and formal attire, she said. Community leaders will select Mr. Poolesville. “It’s fun,” she said. “It’s a ticketed event and we expect to make between $2,500 and $3,000.” Poolesville also is the school with an ugly legs contest, in which students and staff determine which male staff member or student has the ugliest legs. Voters donate money as their “vote” for one of the ugly leg photos. The owner of the legs that gets the most votes wears shorts to school the following Monday. “Pennies for Patients is a service learning, character education and philanthropy program that gives students a unique experience making a difference through teamwork — working together to aid thousands of children and adults in the fight blood cancers like leukemia,” Matusko wrote in her email. All the money from Pennies for Patients goes to research and patient services to fund the society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

Number of students:


(pre-kindergarten through 5th grade)

Current student capacity:


Average class size:





18.9 Grades 1 to 3

MCPS average class size:

20.7 Grades 1 to 3

Number of students overcapacity:



Grades 4 and 5


Grades 4 and 5

Principal’s take Emmanuel Jean-Philippe, currently in his first year as principal, said with the large number of students, school staff have been mindful about scheduling gatherings such as assemblies and sporting events. The school also organizes bathroom breaks, arrivals and dismissals for students so they know where to go and have the space they need. Arcola will have a six-classroom addition ready by 2015, Jean-Philippe said. The numbers show the school is overcapacity, he said, but staff are used to the situation. “We’ve really done a good job of looking at everything in a positive way,” he said. “We’re maximizing our space but, again, it’s working for us.”

Number of relocatable classrooms:


Total MCPS relocatable classrooms:


Student/ instructional staff ratio:


MCPS average Elementary School student/instructional staff ratio:


Year building built: 1956 Year renovation/ modernization: 2007

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Fields Road students kick off Read-A-Thon with magic With sleight of hand, illusion and storytelling, magician Joe Romano helped launch the annual Read-A-Thon on Feb. 18 at Fields Road Elementary School in Gaithersburg. Romano performed to an all-school audience, encouraging the students to read as he worked his tricks and enlisted their support of the Read-A-Thon. It is the school’s major fundraiser, said Ashley Bergesen, a PTA member. Students get pledges and sponsors for every minute they read from Feb. 18 through March 6, she said. “It is really encouraging literacy,” Bergesen said. “We don’t have to sell anything.” The PTA hopes to raise $7,000 to purchase a portable computer lab that houses 10 laptop computers and can be used by teachers throughout the school. Last year, the Read-A-Thon brought in $6,254 and the PTA was able to buy the school its first portable computer lab, Bergesen said. Romano mentioned a number of the books he enjoyed as a child, especially the biography of famed escape artist Harry Houdini, the book that started him on his career path. He also selected students to come on stage and help him with his performance. First-grader Blake Porter was the princess in the “Princess and the Pea” and three schoolmates were selected to vie for her hand in marriage. Fortunately,

she did not have to kiss the frog and the audience, and Blake, squealed with relief. Third-grader Susan Montgomery said she liked the show but did not need encouragement to read. “I love to read,” she said. “I read at least three hours a day.” Her brother Lewis Montgomery, a first-grader, said he also likes to read, especially the “Skylanders” books. The PTA had a few other fundraising tricks to encourage the students to read. There was a Family Fun Night at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Gaithersburg, where a portion of sales went to the PTA fund. There also was a dining out night at Paizano’s Pizza that brought a portion of sales to the school.

Reflections winners announced Winners of the 2013-14 Montgomery County PTA Reflections Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme and Award of Merit for this year’s Reflections program were announced this month for all grade levels. This year’s theme was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” Three Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme were awarded in each division and category. These winning entries move on to the state competition. Three Award of Merit winners also are recognized in each category/division, but those entries do not move on in the competition. Because of the number of winners, The Gazette will publish the names of the

winners over two weeks. This week, winners from the Primary and Intermediate divisions are listed. •Dance choreography Primary Division: Daniella Oyekola, Cold Spring Elementary School, Potomac;

Sasha Richards, Candlewood Elementary School, Rockville; Giselle Tompkins, Travilah Elementary School, North Po-

tomac. Intermediate Division: Naiya Dawson, Westover Elementary School, Colesville; Amberly Wu, Potomac Elementary School; Rebecca Zhu, Bells Mill Elementary School, Potomac. Honorable Mention: Caroline Burd, Potomac Elementary; Aidan Douglass, Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School, Germantown; Gabriella Gordon, Little Bennett Elementary School, Clarksburg. • Film production Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme Primary Division: Alanna Hart, Rock Creek Valley Elementary School, Rockville; Praneel Suvarna, Little Bennett Elementary. Intermediate Division: Austin Chen, Bells Mill Elementary; Parker Hill, Seven Locks Elementary School, Potomac; Riley Jordan, Cold Spring Elementary. Honorable Mention: Aidan Douglass, Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary; Peyton Eppard and Lauren Povich, DuFief Elementary School, Gaithersburg. • Literature Primary Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Margo Brown, Cold Spring Elementary; Shirin Ghorbani, Potomac

Elementary; Mahsa Riar, Travilah Elementary. Honorable Mention: Isabel Miller and Zain Qureshi, Woodlin Elementary School, Silver Spring; Sydney Mitchell, Galway Elementary School, Silver Spring. Intermediate Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Phoebe Chambers, Wayside Elementary School, Potomac; Vishesh Khare, Little Bennett Elementary; Pratyusha Mandel, Travilah Elementary. Honorable Mention: Emma Cleveland, Candlewood Elementary; Dominique Crane, Rock Creek Valley Elementary; Amberly Wu, Potomac Elementary. • Musical composition Primary Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Patrick Foley, Little Bennett Elementary; Mandy Guo, Travilah Elementary; Ruby Siegal, Bells Mill Elementary. Honorable Mention: Laila-Aryana Grey, Galway Elementary; Maya Siegal, Bells Mill Elementary; Petrina Steimel, Maryvale Elementary School, Rockville. Intermediate Division: Ava Gordon, Little Bennett Elementary; Sarim Haider, Potomac Elementary; Tong Tong Ye, Cold Spring Elementary. Honorable Mention: Dinaz Campbell, Travilah Elementary; Nicholas Renzi and Elyssa Shenker, Potomac Elementary. • Photography Primary Division Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Arianna DeCamp, Christo-

pher Lindsay and Kate Mizushima, Po-

tomac Elementary. Honorable Mention: Siddhant Jog and Zoe Wilson, Little Bennett Elementary; Daniela Martinez, Candlewood Elementary. Intermediate Division: Shaadi Ghorbani and Alexander Lindsay, Potomac Elementary; Emma Piasecki, Little Bennett Elementary. Honorable Mention: Dylan Chang, Wayside Elementary; Sam Geier, Cold Spring Elementary; Schanze Qureshi, Woodlin Elementary. • Visual Arts Primary Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Leah Facciobene, Wayside Elementary; Kanza Ihsan, Seven Locks Elementary; Zoe Tang, Potomac Elementary. Honorable Mention: Meera Khosla, Galway Elementary; Mignon Kaufman, Cold Spring Elementary; Justin Zacharia, Potomac Elementary. Intermediate Division: Brielle Taubenblatt, Seven Locks Elementary; Candace Wei, Potomac Elementary; Krista Wong, Wayside Elementary. Honorable Mention: Sarah Bagheri, Bells Mill Elementary; Claire Baumert, Woodlin Elementary; Samuel Planty, Candlewood Elementary. • Special artist division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Henry Burd, photography, Potomac Elementary; Jordan Hyde, visual arts, DuFief Elementary; Jordan Zennia, music, Woodlin Elementary.



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Montgomery County Government hereby notifies the general pubTO lic and other interested parties that a three-week period has been *HOPING established during which they may request a public hearing on A D O P T * Loving married couple the FY2015 Annual Transportation Plan grant application. The ap- longs to adopt newplication requests up to $23,055,842 for buses, up to $5,000,000 born. We promise a for preventative maintenance, $309,958 to fund Ride On routes lifetime of uncondition76 and 90 peak-hour service, $379,107 to continue the Call-N- al love, op-portunities Ride program under the Statewide Special Transportation Assis- and security. ExpensPaid. Please tance Program and $582,948 to fund the Large Urban Operating es Assistance project from the Maryland Transit Administration and call Tricia & Don anytime at 1-800-348Federal Transit Administration. 1748 This three-week period will commence on February 26, 2014 and end March 19, 2014 at 5 PM. If requested, the public hearing on the above mentioned programs will be held on March 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the 10th Floor Conf. Rm., Executive Office Building, MY COMPUTER 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850. WORKS Computer The request for a public hearing must be submitted in writing and received by the Division of Transit Services no later than 5 PM Wednesday March 19, 2014. Request received after March 19, 2014 will be returned to sender.


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Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) is a Montgomery County, MD community-based non-profit organization, dedicated to serving children and adults living with autism. The position will provide Direct Support to Children and Adults in Montgomery County homes as a Residential Counselor, supporting students who are receiving educational services at our Community School of MD as a Teaching Assistant, or assistants for adults in our supported employment program as a Job Coach. We provide paid training. If interested, please visit: for our employment application or send your resume to

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Fitzgerald Lakeforest Toyota

Toyota Presents Pets With Disabilities With A New Toyota At Fitzgerald Toyota Program Donates 100 Cars to 100 Nonprofits in 50 Days GAITHERSBURG, MD – February 19, 2014 – Toyota today presented a brand new 2014 Toyota Highlander to Pets with Disabilities at Fitzgerald Lakeforest Toyota, as part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 50 days, based on votes from the public. “Fitzgerald Auto Malls is very proud to support and be a part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program,” said Dottie Fitzgerald, Vice President of Fitzgerald Auto Malls, “Pets with Disabilities is an incredible organization and we commend their efforts.”

100 Cars for Good is the first Toyota initiative that engages the public to determine how corporate philanthropic donations will be awarded. Individual members of the public were able to vote through Facebook for the nonprofit organizations they believed could do the most good with a new vehicle. The contest began on October 1, 2013 and continued over the course of fifty days. At the end of each day, the two nonprofits with the most number of votes would win a brand new Toyota vehicle. “We were thrilled to have been chosen again as one of the worthy organizations to participate in Toyota’s 100 Cars for

(From L To R) Darryn Hyman, Toyota Operations Manager, Keith Barreca, Toyota Dottie Fitzgerald, Vp Fitzgerald Auto Malls With The Pets With Vehicle Supply Manager, Dottie Fitzgerald, Vp Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Joyce Disabilities Dogs, Ernie And Megan Darrell, Co-founder Of Pets With Disabilities, Greg Kirby, Toyota District Sales Manager, Dana Heidebrecht, Scion District Manager, Mike Dickerson, CoFounder Of Pets With Disabilities (Front Row) Candi, A Three-legged Dog, Ernie In The Wheelchair, And Megan Who Is Blind

Good program,” said Joyce Darrell, one of the founders of Pets with Disabilities, “This year was our lucky year and we were one of the winning organizations, a dream come true for our rescue.” Pets with Disabilities will use the new Highlander to provide safe and affordable transport for many homeless, disabled dogs in need and a second chance to find a loving home. To learn more about the 100 Cars for Good program, please visit To learn more about Fitzgerald Toyota, please visit

Joyce Darrell, Co-founder Of Pets With Disabilities, Darryn Hyman, Toyota Operations Manager, Dottie Fitzgerald, Vp Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Greg Kirby, Toyota District Sales Manager, Phil Formichelli, General Sales Manager Fitzgerald Toyota And Scion



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