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Parents and students trudge through the snow to Bethesda Elementary School on Tuesday. Only a couple of wet inches fell and county schools opened as usual — unlike the 10 times when snow has prompted closings this season.
Schools can ask state to waive ﬁve snow days Montgomery sticks to request for four days
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County Public Schools is sticking with its snow day waiver request — for now. The Maryland State Board of Education decided Tuesday that school districts can ask that up to ﬁve days missed due to bad weather be waived, but Montgomery is still asking for only a four-day waiver, according to Dana Toﬁg, a spokesman for the county school system. School ofﬁcials are undecided
as to whether they will ask the state to waive the additional day, Toﬁg said. County students have had 10 wintery days off this school year — six days more than the four days the district built into the calendar. The state requires districts to hold 180 instruction days. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr sent the four-day waiver request to State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery nearly two weeks before the state school board’s decision and a few days before the school system’s latest snow day on March 17. If the district were granted its current waiver request, it would need to make up two instruc-
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tion days. As of Tuesday, ofﬁcials planned to add one day to the calendar if the district is granted a waiver, but they weren’t sure about the second day. The school system will either ask that it be waived or decide to make it up as well, Toﬁg said. “Hopefully we will hear from the state soon and will be able to set a ﬁnal calendar for the rest of the school year,” Toﬁg said in an email. Lowery will make the call on each school system’s waiver request, although no deadline has been set for those decisions.
Damascus man reports daily data to National Weather Service BY CHRISTOPHER NEELY SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
This winter was one of the coldest and snowiest in Montgomery County in more than 30 years, and Robert J. Lefﬂer has the stats to prove it. Lefﬂer, 63, has been voluntarily running Montgomery County’s weather observation station in the backyard of his Damascus home since 1981. He said this
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The death of a Silver Spring man who collapsed in police custody and later died has sparked a debate over whether police ofﬁcers should carry lifesaving devices to treat heart failure. “This should be a wakeup call to the county, that they should do something promptly,” said Mike Mage, chairman of the Montgomery County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Mage was talking about Kareem Ali, a 65-year-old mentally disabled Silver Spring man who died in 2010 after a scufﬂe with
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police. Police claimed he was “unresponsive” in a stairwell and were trying to move him outside, sparking the conﬂict. Police used a Taser stun device and pepper spray to subdue him. He cleared an initial medical check with Montgomery County Fire & Rescue personnel, who left the scene after that. But Ali then passed out in the back of a police van and had to be hospitalized. He was pronounced dead on Oct. 14 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. Ali’s ofﬁcial cause of death was schizophrenia-induced agitated delirium complicated by police restraint, an enlarged heart and obesity. The manner of death was ruled undetermined, said Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the state medical examiner’s ofﬁce. On March 10, Montgomery
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A wrongful death lawsuit spurred by the death of Kareem Ali, a mentally disabled man who died after a scufﬂe with Montgomery County police, has resulted in a $450,000 settlement between the family and the county, according to a March 10 agreement ﬁled in U.S. District Court. “Bottom line, both sides came to the conclusion that this was fair,” county attorney Marc Hansen said. Greg Lattimer, an attorney representing the family members who ﬁled the civil suit, said March 19 the family was “re-
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winter was one of the toughest he has experienced. “This winter was consistently cold and extremely snowy,” Lefﬂer said. “The snow total was the third highest I’ve ever recorded.” Lefﬂer said of the past 10 winters, eight have accumulated a below-average snowfall. The record-setting winter of 2009-10 and the 1995-96 winter are the only ones since 1981 that trumped the most recent total, he said. Only December was warmer than the
The Clarksburg area is slated to become the location for the county’s first combined regional recreation and aquatic center, according to the county’s Department of Recreation. “It would serve the heart of Clarksburg but also reach out to communities north and west of Clarksburg,” said Jeff Bourne, division chief for the department’s facilities. One possible site for the complex could be inside the 290-acre Ovid Hazen Wells
Park off Skylark Road in Clarksburg, or it could also be built somewhere else in the area, he said. “This is very preliminary work,” said Bourne, who is coordinating his department’s search for a site with Montgomery Parks, the division of Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission that oversees parks. Montgomery Parks is currently accepting public input on ideas as part of updating the 1995 Ovid Hazen Wells Park master plan. Planners expect to answer questions at the annual Kites Over Clarksburg family day at the park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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PEOPLE& PLACES Students learn the art of display
Students from two upcounty schools recently found out what it’s like to exhibit their art at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. “Hopefully, [the students] learned about being an artist and what it takes to put up an exhibit like this,” local artist Jaree Donnelly said in a news release. “I think they learned that it takes a little bit more than [they] thought.” Called “Converging,” the exhibit runs through Thursday. The project is a collaboration between BlackRock, the private Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences in Dickerson and the Excel Beyond the Bell program at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown. A total of 21 students participated, each submitting three of their best works. The Barnesville eighth-graders spent an afternoon getting their pieces ready for the show, attaching screws and wires to the frames, deciding where the pieces would go and then hanging them. Working with them were gallery director Ann Burton, Barnesville art teacher Mary Waldhorn
and Donnelly. The organizers awarded prizes based on technique, creativity and composition at the opening reception March 18. Best Technique went to Ben Gherman of Barnesville for “Music”; Most Creative went to Rosetta Johnson of Clemente for “Traveling Love”; and Most Complex Composition went to Anna Morrison of Barnesville for “The Desolate Lighthouse Island.” Best in Show went to Adora Egwudobi of Barnesville for “Habits.” Honorable mentions went to Barnesville’s Madelyn Amick for “A Lonely Corner,” Joy Reeves for “Half Alive” and Chris Terp for “The Resting Lemons”; and Nadjah Cherubet of Clemente for “Dream.” “Artists are usually people who work by themselves and don’t really get a lot of accolades,” Waldhorn said in the release. “This has been incredibly nice for the students.”
Seniors: Got talent? Montgomery County’s Got Talent will hold an audition for its countywide Senior Showcase performance from 1 to 4 p.m. April 4 at the Damascus Senior Center. Performers must be 55 or older
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The BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown is hosting “Converging,” a joint student art exhibit, through Thursday. Participating are art students from Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown and Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences in Dickerson. Twenty-one students each submitted three works. and county residents. The audition in Damascus is one of several in the county. Performers — individuals or groups — run the gamut from singers, dancers and musicians to comedians and magicians. The talent show will be May 18 at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. The Senior Showcase was last presented in 2010 in Bethesda and featured 15 acts. This year, organizers plan to present 12 to 15 acts. The idea is to showcase the talent and contributions of the county’s seniors during Older Americans
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Koutos leaving Clarksburg High to head up union
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Clarksburg High School’s ﬁrst principal, James Koutsos, expects to leave his job at the end of June to become president for the next three years of the county’s school administrators union. “It’s the right opportunity at the right time for me,” said Koutsos, who has served as principal of Clarksburg High School for nine years. On Thursday, Koutsos sent a message to the high school community saying he had been chosen president-elect of the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals. His selection by the association’s 24-member board of directorsissubjecttoconﬁrmation by union members on March 31, said Edye Miller, the union’s executive director. Based in Rockville, the association represents about 750 principals and administrators who work for the Montgomery County school system. Considered to be on fulltime special assignment for three years, Koutsos will receive the same salary that he would have as a principal, Miller said. His current salary is $148,123, said school system spokesman Dana Toﬁg. “I have a strong desire to serve and help others and continue to meet the needs of the organization,” Koutsos said. If conﬁrmed as expected, he will succeed Debra Mugge, who decided not to seek a second term as president, Miller said. “There was strong support for him. .... He’s a strong leader,” said Miller, adding that Koutsos also has experience with union issues, having served in several positions since he became an administrator in 2000. “[The union looks for people] who are well-spoken, articulate and conﬁdent in public speaking,” Miller said. “You need to be reasonable and take the interests of our members and develop that in ways that support the school system.” Koutsos participated in negotiationsfortheMCAAP’s20142017 contract, which takes effect July 1. As president, he will lead negotiations during the third year of his term for the next threeyear contract, Miller said. He will also meet regularly
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Clarksburg Village school due to open in August BY
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The county Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to name a new elementary school opening in Clarksburg Village in August after local ﬁgure Wilson Wims. Known by some as “Mr. Clarksburg,” Wims, a strong supporter of youth sports, served in years past as president of the Clarksburg Recreation and of the Clarksburg Community associations. He died on Feb. 11, at age 98, at the Asbury Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Gaithersburg. “The community wanted someone with a very local connection to the community,” said founding Principal Sean McGee, who most recently served as principal of Damascus Elementary School. “He died within a week or so of
our committee meeting, and his [nomination] had the most energy to it. They wanted to do it as a tribute to him.” Built at a cost of $25 million, the new Clarksburg Village school is near Blue Sky Drive and Snowden Farm Parkway. It has a capacity for 734 students and was designed to relieve crowding at Little Bennett and Cedar Grove elementary schools. “I think we’ll have some wiggle room the ﬁrst couple of years,” said McGee, adding that families at both schools affected by the move have been notiﬁed about the switch. Construction is on schedule. Work is underway to staff the building and develop a PTA, he said. McGee said he and the staff are planning to meet with the community before school opens on Aug. 25. In the meantime, he is updating residents about the school’s progress through the school’s temporary website at montgom-
eryschoolsmd.org/schools/ cves and through a Twitter feed, @WilsonWimsES. Before serving as Damascus Elementary principal for nearly four years, McGee was assistant principal at Fox Chapel Elementary School in Germantown and assistant principal at Laytonsville Elementary School. Other names considered for the new Clarksburg Village school included Snowden Farm, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, JoAnn “Jody” Leleck and Nelson Mandela. Leleck, of Olney, died on Dec. 11, 2012. She was well known in the school system for turning around the once failing Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring. School board members said Monday that it would be possible to rename the Broad Acres school in her honor if community members initiated it. Wims’ name came up twice before during deliberations to name new Clarksburg schools.
“They felt the timing was right for this one,” McGee said. After World War II, Wims bought land in Clarksburg and built houses that he rented to black families who couldn’t afford to live elsewhere in the county, according to a March 6, 2002, story in The Gazette. Wims at one time owned and coached the Wildcats, a team of African-American baseball players who gathered after church on Sundays to play at Wims Meadow, now part of Little Bennett Regional Park. The team competed in the black baseball circuit from Pennsylvania to North Carolina until the network began dying out in the 1950s. McGee said Wims was asked in recent years to throw out the first pitch before a baseball game at Clarksburg High School. “He was kind of a legend in Clarksburg,” McGee said. email@example.com
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with MCAAP members, be involved in professional development programs and also serve on the school superintendent’s budget advisory group. After the March 31 vote, the school system will, through meetings and surveys, ask staff, students and Clarksburg residents about what leadership characteristics they would like to see in the next principal, said Christopher Garran, associate superintendent of high schools and Koutsos’ supervisor. Qualities can include things such as visibility, accessibility, belief in continuity and ideas about school culture and climate, said Garran, who hopes to recommend a successor for Koutsos to the Board of Education for approval on May 13. “[Koutsos] was there for the building and opening, and stuck with it as it grew,” Garran said. “He’s a very involved leader. ... The staff has a lot of respect for him.” Koutsos served as assistant principal at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Germantown from 2000 to 2003, followed by two years as assistant principal at Seneca Valley High School, also in Germantown. He began his tenure in Clarksburg in July 2005, participating in the building and hiring phases for the new high school, which opened in September 2006. Richard Melane, a senior from Boyds who has known Koutsos for four years, said the principal has set high standards for all students. “He takes a strong hand with academics ... and he makes extra resources available to students who are struggling,” Hoffman said. At the same time Koutsos is accessible, easygoing and friendly to everyone. “Availability to students is huge,” said Hoffmann, who hopes the next principal is equally approachable. Drawing from Clarksburg, Germantown, Damascus, Boyds and Gaithersburg, the school presently serves nearly 1,800 students. “Looking back on it and learning so much — it was a real special time,” said Koutos about his years at Clarksburg High. “It’s been a joy for me to have this experience,” he said. “I adore Clarksburg and I consider it my alma mater.” email@example.com
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New shelter opens for homeless veterans Darnestown home helps people with mental illness
BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Homeless veterans suffering from mental illnesses will have a warm place to rest in Darnestown and a supportive living environment to get back on their feet. On March 19, the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless unveiled its newest Safe Havens program, which is aimed at serving homeless veterans with persistent mental illness. “It’s a new initiative for us — serving homeless veterans — and we’re very honored to be playing that role in Montgomery County,” said Susie Sinclair-Smith, the coalition’s executive director. The Department of Veterans Affairs Capitol Health Care Network — which includes the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., veterans affairs medical centers — recently awarded a grant to the coalition for low-barrier Safe Haven emergency housing for 15 homeless veterans. The nonproﬁt has secured funding for the program for one year. Funding can be renewed for up to ﬁve years. Low-barrier housing means residents only need to meet limited criteria. The Darnestown Road shelter is the ﬁrst one to open. It can serve seven male veterans at one time, with the average length of stay hovering around six months. Three bedrooms can house two residents each and the fourth bedroom is for a single occupant. Three men, all veterans of the Vietnam War, currently live at the shelter. In mid-March, two were brought in from an emergency shelter and one came in off the streets, Sinclair-Smith said. The Department of Veterans Affairs processes the men’s referrals. Staffed around the clock, the program provides services such as medication monitoring, case management and skills development. “We work with residents at their pace,” said Nili Soni, the Safe Havens program director. Keshav Rai, the house manager, oversees medication monitoring and keeps up with day-to-day chores
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The new Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless emergency shelter for homeless veterans on Darnestown Road in Darnestown has four bedrooms and can house seven male veterans.
Leah Lyons (right), a case manager with the coalition, here leading a recent tour of the new shelter, says she focuses on three areas affecting many veterans: homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse. in the house, like grocery shopping. “I’m pretty much looking after the safety, well-being and security of the house,” he said.
Aside from a kitchen, dining room and bedrooms, the home also has a “resource room,” which has information such as the house rules,
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Montgomery County Council members and local advocates want more healthful foods in school cafeterias, but district ofﬁcials say they’re already doing what they can. A recent push for multiple changes to school foods from parent advocacy group Real Food for Kids-Montgomery spurred the conversation Thursday during a joint meeting of the County Council’s Education and Health and Human Services committees. The discussion covered the full gamut of changes the organization is calling for: more scratch-cooked food, more healthful a la carte and vending items, the removal of chemical additives, an upper-limit for sugar content, unlimited drinking water, and unlimited fruits and vegetables, among others. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr and other school ofﬁcials attended the meeting, along with Real Food for Kids-Montgomery co-founder Karen Devitt. The organization had gathered about 818 signatures as of Monday on an online petition for the changes. County Council President Craig Rice said during the meeting that he thinks the school system has worked to provide more healthful foods. But he also compared current school menu items to those found in a food court. Rice said he thinks students will warm up to mroe healthful options if the school system provides them.
“A healthy burger and healthier fries are better than no food at all. Kids who are hungry aren’t going to learn effectively.” Superintendent Joshua P. Starr “If a chicken breast is all that’s available on that Tuesday, eventually kids are going to start to eat chicken breast, and they’re going to start to be fans of it,” he said. Marla Caplon, director of food and nutrition services for the school system, said the school system has developed food items containing healthy ingredients that students with picky palates will eat. Some examples are turkey hot dogs and white-meat, whole-grain breaded, baked chicken nuggets. “What’s important is that we provide food items to students that they will eat,” she said. County Council Vice President George Leventhal said items like pizza, burgers and hot dogs should not be frequent menu items in school cafeterias — even with healthful ingredients — because of the message it sends to students. “If the school system, which is the institutional authority with which our kids must interact for all of their childhood, conveys that burgers and fries are a desirable and appropriate menu item, then the message that’s received by our kids is that it’s appropriate and it’s desireable to seek out burgers and fries,”
Leventhal said. Starr pointed to media advertisements for burgers and fries, saying he thinks public schools are “asked to solve societal issues.” The school system is “pushing” students with different menu items, he said, but offers food familiar to them, as well. “A healthy burger and healthier fries are better than no food at all,” Starr said. “Kids who are hungry aren’t going to learn effectively.” The school system also must balance ﬁnancial needs, he said. The system spends about $560,000 on wheat buns; the same amount could pay for seven teachers, he said. Devitt said the organization’s members are “asking for a little more creativity” on healthy menu items. She highlighted two issues of importance to the organization: lowering sugar content and pulling chemical additives. Current items with high sugar content or additives can be replaced with more healthful versions “without huge cost impacts,” she said. School ofﬁcials emphasized that the school system meets federal and other food regulations, including those of the Food and Drug Administration and the American Heart Association. Lindsey Parsons, Real Food for Kids-Montgomery’s other co-founder, said before the meeting that the group plans to collect petition signatures for a couple of months, then present them to Starr and the school board in May. The group helped host a forum on healthful food in county schools in November. “We are not asking for anything that has not been done elsewhere without added costs,” Parsons said. email@example.com
County Council seeks planning board member The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants to ﬁll the planning board position being vacated by Chairwoman Francoise Carrier (D). Carrier’s term ends June 14; the council is accepting applications until April 7. Members provide advice on land use and community planning, and serve as MarylandNational Capital Park and Planning commissioners. The new member may be named chairman, or a current member could become chairman. No more than three members may be of the same political party; members must be county residents and registered voters. Yearly compensation is $30,000; as chairwoman, Carrier earns $168,450. The council plans to set the chairman’s salary before choosing an applicant. The board meets Thursdays and often another day in the week. Typically, it spends two full days in scheduled and informal meetings per week. Applications, including a resume, should be addressed to Council President Craig Rice, County Council Ofﬁce, Stella B. Werner Council Ofﬁce Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. Applications also may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The applications and resumes are made public. Interviews are conducted in public and may be televised. For more information, contact Linda Lauer at 240-777-7979 or email@example.com.
Recreation job fair is Friday in Rockville The Montgomery County Recreation Department will host a job fair for summer camp workers and year-round temporary staff from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville. The department typically hires more than 300 summer camp and temporary staff to ﬁll positions that include camp counselors, pool aides and therapeutic recreation assistants. Representatives from aquatics, community centers, summer programs, teen programs and therapeutic recreation will be available to discuss the part-time, temporary jobs available and offer on-site prescreening interviews, according to a county news release. The free job fair, scheduled on a professional day holiday for public school students, is for youth 16 and older, college students and teachers. For more information, call 240-7776810.
Horse show seeks teens The Washington International Horse Show is accepting applications for its Junior Committee and Youth Ambassador programs, which offer teen representation of the show and help staff. Applications are due April 7; the show will be in October at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Applicants must be 14 to 18 years old and knowledgeable about horses. About 20 students will be accepted to the Junior Committees, of which the youth ambassador is chairman. More information and applications are at wihs.org/ youth-ambassador-junior-committee/.
Let’s talk about bullying The Montgomery County Committee on Hate and Violence, the Montgomery County Ofﬁce of Human Rights and Montgomery College will host a community forum, “Bullying in Schools — A Community Symposium on Prevention and Intervention Strategies.” The forum will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave. For more information, call 240-777-8454 or email CommitteeonHateViolence@montgomerycountymd.gov.
Sorority offers college scholarships The Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, is offering a scholarship opportunity to all Montgomery County high school seniors. Scholarship applicants are judged on academic achievement, community service and ﬁnancial need. Up to four scholarship awards are made annually and the maximum award is $1,500. Applications are due Saturday and are at pvacfundinc.org. Public schools’ college and career center also have applications. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Skolnick appeals to county moderates Program for female At-large council candidate wooing nontraditional GOP voters n
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Shelly Skolnick realizes the odds are against him. As a Republican running for an at-large council seat in heavilyDemocraticMontgomeryCounty, Skolnick knows he’ll have to reach moderates and non-traditional Republican voters to get his message across. In Montgomery, registered Democrats outnumber the more than 125,000 registered Republicans nearly three-to-one. But Skolnick said a lot of independents and political moderates are registered as Democrats, so
they can vote in the party’s primary. Republicans need to employ a “big tent” strategy to get officials elected in Montgom-
ery, he said. Skolnick, 70, of Silver Spring, said he is trying to reach minorities, union workers and other groups who may not usually vote Republican. He will also be standing at Metro stations and busy intersections to present himself to voters and tell them about his ideas. Those include pushing for a repeal of the state’s maintenance of effort laws for schools, which require counties to contribute at
least the same amount of funding per student from year to year. The law is a deterrent from spending on schools because it raises the bar each year for what has to be spent, he said. “I just think it’s a foolish law,” he said. Skolnick also would turn the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on roadways such as Interstate 270 into toll lanes. Tolls would depend on the time of day. He also proposes using public-private partnerships to create indoor waiting facilities for bus riders and encourage people to use public transportation. If the county is serious about getting people out of their cars and onto public transit, it need to make it attractive, he said. He envisions a pilot program of travel centers with features such as take-out restaurants, cof-
fee shops and wireless Internet access for passengers waiting to ride commuter buses. Thecentersalsocouldbeused to create hubs for the RideOn bus service at the Lakeforest and Montgomery malls and Glenmont and Shady Grove Metro stations. They could be expanded to shopping centers and other areas if they’re successful, he said. SkolnickﬁnishedthirdinaRepublican primary for Maryland’s 8th District in Congress in 2012. He is one of four Republicans running for four at-large council seats in the June 24 primary, along with Robert Dyer, Chris P. Fiotes Jr. and Adol T. Owen-Williams II. All four will advance to the Nov. 4 general election. The council’s four at-large seats are now held by Democrats. email@example.com
Ostroff says he’s not your typical Republican Burtonsville lawyer focuses on ﬁscal policy and economic issues n
TERRI HOGAN STAFF WRITER
Michael A. Ostroff, a candidate for delegate in District 14, said he is a registered Republican with an independent philosophy. “That means I am fiscally conservative, socially neutral on most major issues, and pro environment,” he said. “The extreme Republican ideals don’t mesh with me, and I don’t support a lot of Democratic policies.” Ostroff, 29, of Burtonsville, is a lawyer with Montero Law Group, a small ﬁrm in Silver Spring. His practice areas include consumer bankruptcy, business organization, small business and consumer advocacy, civil litigation and contracts. He and his wife Alexandra have two sons, ages 4 and 1. He has not held or run for public ofﬁce previously. He said
he was motivated to run this cycle because he saw residents burdened with more taxes and out-of-control spendOstroff ing. “I’ve always been interested in politics,” he said. “Being in the legal ﬁeld, working with a lot of consumers and small businesses, I feel like most people I speak to are not feeling like they are represented in Annapolis.” Ostroff is focused mostly on ﬁscal policy and economic issues, including a balanced budget, targeted spending, and performance standards in contracts. He would like to see a reduction or elimination of direct taxes such as the rain tax and the gas tax and a return to 5 percent sales tax. He opposes special tax districts, such as what is being discussed for Bus Rapid Transit. He would like Intercounty Connector tolls eliminated or
greatly reduced. “I don’t travel on the ICC a lot because I have done the calculations of time versus cost, and most of the times they offset,” he said. “When I do travel on it, it is empty, because no one wants to pay an extra $6 to drive to work. Its purpose was to mitigate gridlock [and] reduce pollution and wasted time. Let it do its job.” Ostroff supports a transition to a ﬂat tax for all individuals and businesses. He favors decreasing special interest tax credits and deductions. Ostroff believes ﬁnancial literacy should begin at a young age and should be a high school graduation requirement. He would also like to see new school construction based on future growth projections, so new schools aren’t overcrowded when they open. Another key issue is the area of entitlements. He would like to see a consolidation of executive departments to simplify the application process and distribution of various financial assistance programs, including food stamps,
Women, Infants and Children, and Section 8 Housing. He supports pro-investment policies by lowering tax rates and reporting requirements for small businesses. He favors credits for new, long-term employment and development of real property, including the modernization, repairs and clean-up of existing buildings. The three District 14 House incumbents — Democrats Anne R. Kaiser of Calverton, Eric G. Luedtke of Burtonsville and Craig J. Zucker (D) of Brookeville — are seeking re-election. Other candidates are Democrat Valerie A. Nia Shell of Burtonsville and Republicans Patricia Fenati of Damascus and Sharon Begosh of Olney. District 14 includes the northeastern portion of the county, including Fairland, Burtonsville, Colesville, Ashton, Sandy Spring, Olney, Brookeville, Laytonsville, and Damascus. The primary election is June 24, and the general election is on Nov. 4. firstname.lastname@example.org
candidates helped motivate Daly’s run Council hopeful says Emerge Maryland class gave her conﬁdence to seek ofﬁce n
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Although she’s been politically active for more than two decades, until this year, Beth Daly had never run for ofﬁce. Daly, 51, a Democrat from Dickerson, said she’s always been active in other people’s political campaigns, but had never even run for student body president or class treasurer. In June, Daly was one of 21 graduates from the inaugural class of Emerge Maryland, a group dedicated to helping women seek and win public ofﬁce. During the six-month training, members learned about areas such as fundraising, ﬁeld work and using social media to help campaigns. Now Daly is putting the training to use running as an atlarge candidate for Montgomery County Council. She said her experience in Emerge Maryland gave her the conﬁdence to mount her race to seek one of the four at-large seats on the nine-member council. Daly listed her main issues as responsible growth, affordable housing, schools and libraries, environmental issues and trafﬁc and transportation. She’s especially bothered by the number of portable classrooms at the county’s schools, which she said is emblematic of the current council’s habit of approving development without considering all the possible ramiﬁcations on resources such as schools and roads. Daly said she’s not anti-
development, but believes the county needs to do a better job of looking at projects more critically and DALY negotiating with developers to get concessions to possibly lessen the impact on the county. Running for one of four atlarge seats makes it easier for her to sell her positions to voters, because she doesn’t have to persuade them to vote against a speciﬁcincumbentasshewould in a district race, she said. She said she thinks she’s qualiﬁed to represent the whole county as an at-large candidate. A former staff member for then-OhioSen.HowardMetzenbaum (D), she lived in Bethesda and Kensington for 10 years before moving to Dickerson, where she’s lived for 14 years. With the upcounty region growing fast, at least one of the at-large members should live in there, Daly said. Current at-large council members George L. Leventhal (D), Marc Elrich (D) and Hans Riemer (D) live in Takoma Park, while Nancy Floreen (D) lives in Garrett Park. Daly said she’d also like to joinFloreenandCouncilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring as the only women on the council after Councilwoman Cherri Branson (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring leaves at the end of her term in December. Branson was appointed in January to ﬁll the vacancy left by the resignation of Councilwoman Valerie Ervin and agreed not to run in the 2014 election as part of her appointment. email@example.com
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Shapiro brothers building on success Family HVAC and plumbing business hits $100M a year in sales n
BY KIRSTEN PETERSEN SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
Jerry and Sheldon Shapiro are businessmen, brothers, and practical jokesters. They have been known to hide office entrances with drywall or shrink an ofﬁce to the size of a closet with cinder blocks. But when it comes to their life’s work — producing highquality HVAC and plumbing systems and training skilled employees — there’s no joking around. The Shapiro brothers own and operate Shapiro & Duncan, a Rockville-based commercial mechanical contractor that provides heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing services to construction projects. Major projects include INOVA Fairfax Hospital, the new Gaithersburg High School and the Warriors Transition Unit at Walter Reed. Three generations of Shapiros have worked in plumbing and mechanical contracting. The Shapiros’ grandfather Jake Shapiro operated a Washington, D.C., plumbing business, J. Shapiro Plumbing & Heating. Their parents, David and Marcia Shapiro, started Shapiro & Duncan in 1976 as a nonunion mechanical contracting company. David Shapiro added the name “Duncan” simply to differentiate the business from his father’s, the brothers said. When the brothers took over the company 20 years ago, Shapiro & Duncan had only 20 employees and completed $4 million in business annually. Today, the company employs more than 350 people and completes about $100 million in business annually. Although the brothers said it was “in their genes” to do this
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Sheldon Shapiro, here in the company’s Landover facility, is CEO of Shapiro & Duncan, a longtime family business in Rockville. kind of work, neither brother aspired to join the family business or pursue careers in the construction industry. “I started college in 1978, and at that time construction was struggling,” Jerry said. “My father did not encourage me to go into the business, but working for him every summer I showed an interest, and when it was time to graduate, this is what I wanted to do.” Sheldon said the last thing he wanted to do was work for the family business, but the creativity of the construction industry convinced him to change his mind. “In the construction industry there are a tremendous amount of opportunities,” Sheldon said. “People can do whatever they want to be able to do. It’s one of the few industries where you can really do what you want to.” Jerry said his father, David, did not want to expand the business but decided to pass it on to his sons and give them the chance to build upon his success. “He saw that we wanted to grow the business and he thought it would be a good idea
for himself to step down and give us the business and let us grow,” Jerry said. “It was great foresight on him.” As president, Jerry oversees pre-construction, estimating for bidding projects and business development. As CEO, Sheldon oversees operations, ﬁnancials and continued improvement. As Sheldon put it, one brother gets the work in the door while the other makes sure the work gets done. This dynamic improves the brothers’ relationship as business partners. “It’s nice to have a partner,” Sheldon said. “The trust level is great.” “I wish I had two more brothers so I could do even more. It’s been great,” Jerry said. “We feed off each other and depend on each other to do what we do.” The company grew during each economic downturn, the Shapiros said, except during the last recession. Although the recession forced Shapiro & Duncan to lay off employees, the Shapiros took advantage of this time to focus on improving the business. They gained expertise in 3-D modeling and continued
Montgomery College needs $8 million more from county, Pollard says
to develop their pipe prefabrication systems, which are housed in a former Giant Food warehouse in Landover. The pipe prefabrication process has been essential to Shapiro & Duncan’s success, the brothers said. Before prefabrication, construction workers and plumbers would need to gather all of the supplies needed to build a pipe system and put it together piece by piece at the construction site. With prefabrication, a system of pipes is constructed off-site. The entire unit is delivered to a project site and then installed by connecting it to other pipe systems. Prefabricating pipes has helped Shapiro & Duncan win project bids and secure contracts, said Mark Drury, the vice president of business development for the company. “It was a big cultural change,” Drury said. “There was a lot of fear that it would eliminate jobs but instead it allowed us to do more work and hire more people and work more effectively, efﬁciently and safely.” One of the most signiﬁcant projects completed by Shapiro & Duncan in Montgomery County was the new Gaithersburg High School, which was less than 50 percent complete when they arrived. The brothers believe they have worked on projects at every school in Montgomery County. Jerry, who was named the Small Business Leader of the Year by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in November, said passing the business on to his children is a possible plan for the future, but not yet. “We don’t know if they’re going to want to do that or be ready to do that, but it’s going to keep me here to make sure I can give them that opportunity,” Jerry said. “It’s not a formal plan yet, but it’s a possible plan. It’s a 10-year process to see if it’s something they can do.”
Funds would go to new bioscience center, faculty
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Montgomery College’s president said the school needs county money to staff a new bioscience center and add full-time faculty that County Executive Isiah Leggett did not include in his proposed operating budget. President DeRionne P. Pollard said Leggett recommended about $11 million more than the county gave the college this ﬁscal year. The college, however, hoped for about $19 million more, for a total budget of $244.4 million, she said. The college plans to direct the additional $11 million toward increasing employee compensation and benefits, Pollard said. The salary increase in ﬁscal 2015 would be the second bump for college employees after there were furloughs in ﬁscal 2010 and no increases in ﬁscal years 2011 to 2013, she said. The remaining $8 million would go toward 38 staff positions in the college’s new Bioscience Education Center, which is set to open this fall on its Germantown campus. It also would pay for 13 new fulltime faculty positions in various subjects, current nursing staff at the college’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus and marketing. On March 17, Leggett proposed a $4.97 billion operating budget for ﬁscal 2015 that marks a growth of 3.4 percent from the ﬁscal 2014 budget. The proposed budget provides more money for schools, police and programs for youth and seniors, including about $1.5 billion for Montgomery County Public Schools. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr previously said he hopes the County Council agrees to fund the roughly $15 million Leggett did not include for the district. Pollard is also asking the council to ﬁll its budget gap, saying Montgomery College’s work is essential to the county and the college needs to accommodate students coming from the county school system. The college needs the extra $8 million in part to pay for lab coordinators, information technology specialists, facilities staff and other positions to staff its new bioscience center, she said. The college already has budgeted a tuition increase of $3 per credit hour for local residents, $6 per credit hour
for state residents, and $9 per credit hour for out-of-state residents. Without the extra funding, Pollard said the college will consider a larger increase. “It puts us in a very difﬁcult position,” she said. Pollard said the 13 new fulltime faculty members would help the college fill and add faculty positions in disciplines such as math and science following losses during the recession.
“It puts us in a very difﬁcult position.” DeRionne P. Pollard, Montgomery College president The college would like to see about 60 percent of its courses taught by full-time faculty and the rest by parttime faculty, she said. In several disciplines, she said, “we are not at that ratio.” The extra money also would cover nursing program staff that the college previously funded through a state grant that expired, Pollard said. The college also would partially channel funds toward expanded community outreach efforts in response to the county’s changing demographics, she said. Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 15) of Germantown said council members will see what they can do to help support the college’s mission as they analyze funding requests. The college serves students and the county, he said. “It’s deﬁnitely a priority of mine when it comes to work force and economic development and also a core tenet of mine when it comes to education,” he said. County Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said that, of the several needs the college has raised, the bioscience center staff is the most important because the county wants to see building fully used. On a possible tuition increase to help cover costs, Andrews said the county has helped the college keep its tuition “reasonable.” “We want to make sure that tuition at the college doesn’t reach a point where it becomes a barrier for a signiﬁcant number of people to go to Montgomery College,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Schools reduced suspensions last year New data show numbers are still higher for Montgomery’s black and Hispanic students n
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Suspensions in Montgomery County schools are dropping — more for white students than for black and Hispanic students, district ofﬁcials said. White students already are suspended at lower rates than students in other racial groups at both the high school and middle school levels. From 2012-13 to 2013-14, the suspension rate for white high school students dropped about 39 percent. The declines were about 28 percent for black high school students and about 29 percent for Hispanic students, according to data shared with the school board on Monday. “Disproportionate suspensions remain a challenge for us,” Christopher Garran, associate superintendent for high schools, told school board members. The school system’s recent work addressing suspensions has focused on principals and included training, monthly
updates on suspension data, and discussions about best practices and alternatives to suspension. School board member Christopher S. Barclay (Dist. 4) of Takoma Park said he wanted to applaud the work done, but also wanted to “push” school leaders. Barclay said he thinks the school system is generally not serving black male students well and racism has played a role in the school system’s current situation. “Folks are not dealing with African-American male children the same way they deal with white male children, for a variety of reasons,” Barclay said. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said that as the school system addresses the issue of suspensions, it must support students and counter the effects of other institutions. “It requires perhaps more than just an equity lens,” he said. “In some ways, it actually requires an anti-racist lens.” Starr said reducing suspensions does not mean excusing behavior; turning away from suspensions might mean more work for school staff. Regulations that the state school board adopted in January aim in part to end “disproportionate impact” on
minority and special education students. In all Montgomery County high schools last year, about 9 percent of black students were suspended and 4.7 percent of Hispanic students were suspended, compared with 3 percent or fewer of white students, according to the school system’s 2012-13 School Safety and Security at a Glance report. The report does not give speciﬁc numbers for values at 3 percent or lower. In all county middle schools last year, nearly 8 percent of black students and 4.5 percent of Hispanic students were suspended, compared with 3 percent or fewer of white students, according to the same report. Montgomery County Public Schools and other Maryland school districts have until the beginning of the next school year to align their policies with the new state regulations. Garran said, however, that principals are not waiting for next year. The progress made this school year, he said, shows the school system is capable of reducing suspensions. The biggest challenge is in high schools, which have the highest numbers of suspensions, he said.
Two high school principals who have seen their schools’ suspension numbers decrease described how they and their staff have addressed the issue. Northwood High School in Silver Spring has had conversations with frequently suspended students who have raised their concerns about the suspenion process, Principal Mildred Charley-Greene said. Those converations, she said, helped create training to help staff be respectful to students and make them feel valued. Scott Murphy, principal of Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, said his school’s staff has built staff-student relationships that are both caring and involve high expectations. Suspensions still happen, but as a last resort. Schools judge each situation individually, he said. School board member Judith Docca (District 1) of Montgomery Village, who has worked on the issue of disproportionate suspensions for years, told Charley-Greene that her work is “exactly what we need to do” to help the staff understand how to help students with their behavior. email@example.com
Maintenance of effort law raises concerns BY
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County ofﬁcials are feeling handcuffed by a state mandate on school funding. On March 17, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) submitted a proposed operating budget with $2.164 billion in state and federal money for Montgomery County Public Schools. The school system would receive $1.502 billion from the county under Leggett’s proposal, $26 million more than what the state’s maintenance of effort law requires. Since the mid-1980s, the law has forced counties to provide at least as much funding per student as the previous year. Montgomery County often has been a leader in Maryland, traditionally funding the county schools above the minimum required. Montgomery’s success has been largely built on the strength of its school system, said former county executive Douglas M. Duncan, who is running for his old seat. He is competing against Leggett and Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg in a June 24 Democratic primary. The state has created a major disincentive for counties to spend more than the minimum required, Duncan said. He said the state should create incentives for counties that fund above maintenance of effort, rather than penalizing them for extra spending. Andrews criticized Leggett’s proposal to go $26 million above maintenance of effort, saying it would burden future county taxpayers. It also would hamstring county executives and councils for coming budgets because the county will have to provide that money in coming years, as well. Even maintenance of effort provides the county schools with a $54 million increase, Andrews said. That’s because funding is per pupil and Montgomery County’s enrollment is growing. Until the state makes the maintenance-of-effort law more ﬂexible and lets counties provide more one-time investments in education, the county should be ﬁscally responsible and not exceed it, Andrews said. Leggett said he has no problem with the law in general, but doesn’t like the state automatically withholding any annual increase in education aid from counties that don’t fund the necessary amount. The law creates more of a
“mental ceiling” for lawmakers by creating second thoughts on education funding decisions, said County Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown. Even though ofﬁcials might strongly support education money, they have to be cautious about future budget implications, he said. The difference lies in the rules that require counties to provide the same amount of per-pupil funding. Unless a county’s student population decreases, it faces constantly increasing costs for education. If the county gives its Parks Department more money one year for staff training, it doesn’t have to worry about being locked in the following year, he said. Costs for a school system, such as pay increases and fuel and utility costs, continue to rise even if funding is limited to the MOE level, said Larry Bowers, chief operating ofﬁcer for Montgomery County Public Schools. The “ceiling” argument never came up until the recession hit, even though the law had been in effect for 25 years, he said. “That’s what waivers are all about. That’s what the waiver process is all about,” Bowers said. The state lets counties ask the State Board of Education for waivers if their ability to meet
the requirements are temporarily impaired or if the county and the local board of education reach an agreement to reduce recurring costs. It also lets counties request that their baseline for determining MOE funding be “re-based,” or permanently reduced, if the county can prove that its ability to meet MOE has been permanently affected. Kent and Wicomico counties sought waivers in fiscal 2013, citing damage to their local economies caused by the recession. Both counties ultimately withdrew their waiver requests before the state board made a decision. Leggett said Montgomery County got waivers for budgets that went below maintenance funding for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. A majority of the state board approved Montgomery’s request for a ﬁscal 2011 waiver, citing a $4.6 billion loss in the county’s taxable income base. The decision acknowledged Montgomery’s “consistently high-level funding in excess of the MOE target, in comparison to other counties” as one factor. Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring, a former school board member, said some counties undoubtedly need a mandate to ensure proper funding. But a one-size-fits-all approach can be problematic,
and the state law should create a natural tendency to invest in education rather than just looking at funding levels, she said. The question should be whether school systems are achieving goals or just adding more money for programs that aren’t effective, she said. “We’re not really getting down to what ‘effort’ means,” Navarro said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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County’s candidates for governor cancel on students in Rockville Forum attended by only GOP candidates
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
Students hosting a gubernatorial form at the Universities at Shady Grove got stood up Monday by all but one candidate for governor and one for lieutenant governor. Del. Heather R. Mizeur (DDist. 20) of Takoma Park, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), Harford County Executive David R. Craig (R) and Charles Lollar (R) were all scheduled to speak at the forum. But only Craig and Lollar’s running mate, Ken Timmerman (R), showed. Mizeur and Gansler — the two Montgomery County residents in the race — both cited last-minute scheduling conﬂicts thatforcedthemtocancelonthe students Monday morning. “I wasn’t expecting last-minute cancellations. I was being too optimistic,” said Carlos Moya, president of the Political Science Student Organization at USG, which hosted the event. “But I know that politics can get in the way. I am hoping we can have another forum.” Moya said the organization hosted the forum with the intent tohavebothpartiesrepresented. He said they invited all the candidates running for governor in 2014 to participate. He also said he would like to try again to host a forum where Democratic candidates for governor can attend. Lollar was unable to attend because he was out of town. Timmerman did not pass on the opportunity to criticize the Democrats who canceled on the students Monday morning. “I’m a bit disappointed some of our Democratic adversaries, opponents, colleagues did not show up this morning to
account for their record,” Timmerman said in his opening speech. When asked later, he said it would have been good to exchange points of view, to hear what other candidates had to say. At least with Craig and for Lollar, those who attended were informed of where those candidates and their running mates stand on issues, said Alfredo Ballon, past president of the Political Science Students Organization. “We understand,” he said of the cancellations. “We were sad to hear they could not make it, but we are thankful that both County Executive Craig and lieutenant governor [candidate] Timmerman were here.” Students questioned Craig and Timmerman on a broad set of issues ranging from education, marijuana legalization and the minimum wage, to the state budget shortfall, taxes and transportation. As a Harford County executive, Craig said, he has lowered taxes, grew jobs and also maintained programs. “It can be done,” he said. Timmerman promised that if Lollar is elected, their administration would phase out the income tax, as well as repeal the gas tax and halt the Purple Line. The 16-mile light-rail line proposed to connect Bethesda to New Carrollton is a “$2 billion boondoggle,” Timmerman said. “The only thing light about light rail is its capacity,” he said. When asked about closing the achievement gap, Craig, a former teacher, said the key to education is for teachers to be allowed to teach. “We do not want to air-drop policies from Annapolis,” Timmerman said. email@example.com
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Consumer protection ofﬁce will probe high water bills from utility
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TERRI HOGAN STAFF WRITER
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Beatrice Weiss of Derwood creates an origami crane during Saturday’s Japanese cultural fair at the Bauer Drive Community Center in Rockville. The Montgomery County Recreation Department and Sakura Educational Exchange USA co-hosted the fair. It featured students from Yokohama (Japan) Hayato High School, who demonstrated Japanese arts, games and customs.
“Something is not right.” Inresponsetotheissueofhigher-thannormal water bills plaguing many Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission customers, Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda quoted the children’sbook“Madeline,”writtenbyLudwig Bemelmans. A member of Berliner’s staff said that calls and complaints continue to come into their ofﬁce. Over the past few weeks, the ofﬁce has forwarded 49 complaints to the commission to be investigated. Of those accounts, the commission reported that 48 of them were billed correctly based on account review, follow-up meter readings and further investigation. One account was read incorrectly and is being corrected. In letters to Berliner dated March 18 and March 20 reporting the agency’s ﬁndings, WSSC General Manager/CEO Jerry N. Johnson wrote that the vast majority of the higher-than-normal bills is unrelated to any type of billing error. “The investigation of the accounts revealed that the higher charges were due either to the extended billing periods, possible leaks or increased usage,” he wrote. Berliner said he appreciated WSSC investigating the complaints, but questions remain. “I confess that it doesn’t comport with my own common sense — how some of these bills can be that much higher,” he said. Berliner said that because he is not in the position to challenge the commission’s conclusions, he has asked the county’s Ofﬁce of Consumer Protection to look into the matter. “I’ve carried this as far as I can, and am at a juncture,” he said. “I think the Ofﬁce of Consumer Protection is the appropriate government agency to take over.” Eric Friedman, director of the Ofﬁce of Consumer Affairs, conﬁrmed that he has been in contact with Berliner’s ofﬁce regarding the matter. “I think it is appropriate that they re-
ferred the matter to our ofﬁce,” he said. “We will pick up the ball and investigate it like any thing else. The secret is one step at a time — gathering information, looking at it, and then contacting WSSC to address concerns and any issues that come up.”
“We will pick up the ball and investigate it like anything else.” Eric Friedman, director, Ofﬁce of Consumer Affairs WSSC has maintained that the challenging winter weather caused a delay in meter readings, resulting in billing cycles that could be as much as one month longer than normal, at an increase of as much as 30 percent compared to the same period last winter. In a news release, WSSC reported that it opted to delay meter readings, rather than estimate bills in an effort to provide customers with a bill that most accurately reﬂects their usage. The billing cycle included the holidays and several snow days, which WSSC said could translate to increased consumption. Jim Neustadt, WSSC director of Communications and Community Relations, said their call center is not getting an inordinate amount of calls regarding high bills. “The phones are not ringing off the hook, and I don’t know that they ever were,” he said. “We’ve done what we can to get the word out to our customers, though bill inserts, news releases and social media.” “We appreciate our customers understanding that this is one of the effects of the weather we’ve been having,” he added. “The next bill will be smaller than normal.” Neustadt said that WSSC has waived fees for late payments and tried to accommodate their customers. “It’s an unfortunate situation, but hopefully next winter will be normal,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Quicken Loans named new Tiger Woods tournament sponsor As Congressional members vote, Woods says he is ‘looking at all options’ for next year and beyond n
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
Quicken Loans is the new title sponsor for June’s annual golf tournament beneﬁtting the Tigers Woods Foundation at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, ofﬁcials said Monday. But the question of where the former AT&T National tournament will be after this year is still swinging in the air. During a news conference on Monday, Woods said he hopes Congressional will be the host site under an alternate plan in 2016, 2018 and 2020. Members of the
Bethesda club are voting through March 31 on whether to allow the event there in 2016, 2018 and 2020 and at an unspeciﬁed venue in 2015, 2017 and 2019. “We’re excited to host the event this year at Congressional,” Woods said, according to a transcript of the news conference supplied by his foundation. “What a storied golf course, a U.S. Open site. I’ve won there, so that helps.” Tournament officials and Woods are reviewing other courses for the Quicken Loans National, they said. Even if members approve the proposal, they still have to ﬁnd a site for next year and alternate years. One other Montgomery County course Woods and others are looking at is TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, which was a regular stop on the PGA Tour for more than a decade and last
hosted the Booz Allen Classic in 2006. Woods also mentioned Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., which has held the Presidents Cup several times, as another possibility. “There’s a lot of really nice golf courses in the area,” Woods said. “We’d like to keep it in the D.C. community. This is where we started with this event. There’s all these options out there, and we’re looking at all options right now.” The tournament, which has been held at Congressional most years since 2007, is in the last year of its contract. Some members have complained that the tournament cuts too much into their use of the country club. Emily Taylor, a spokeswoman for Woods’ foundation, said that results of the Congressional members’ vote are not expected until early April.
AT&T taking a lesser role in sponsorship AT&T’s sponsorship was through 2014, but leaders of the telecommunications giant agreed to take a lesser role this year as founding sponsor, allowing Quicken Loans to take the lead immediately. Quicken Loans’ contract as the title sponsor for the event runs through 2017. The Detroitbased company is one of the country’s largest retail mortgage lenders. The company is title sponsor of NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Michigan and Phoenix this year, and chairman Dan Gilbert is also majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Last year, the company closed a record $80 billion worth of home loans, up from about $70 billion in
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Rice: Minimum wage bill set the tone for cooperative work BY
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
After the success late last year in coordinating passage of a minimum wage bill among Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and the District of Columbia, leaders from local jurisdictions will meet periodically to address regional issues. Montgomery County Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown hosted the heads of the Prince George’s, Howard and Arlington county councils and the Washington, D.C., council March 19 in Rockville, in the ﬁrst of what leaders hope is an ongoing series of meetings. The event was a great discussion that centered on issues such as economic development and transportation, Rice said Monday. The different jurisdictions in the Washington area need to start approaching transportation from a more regional approach, he said. After the recession, more collaboration is needed than in the past, when counties were more likely to tackle big projects on their own, he said. While Montgomery is planning a bus rapid transit system and Howard is also looking at the possibility of a similar system or light-railproject,therehasn’tbeen any discussion about collaborating despite the fact that commuters don’t stop at the county line, Rice said. Rice said the group hopes to meet every few months, and the next meeting could include looking at how to address issues facing returning veterans, such as providing workforce development training and robust mental health services. The four jurisdictions are members of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, a group of counties and municipalities that stretches from Frederick County to Charles
County, and Prince William County, Va. Rice said in a release that the meeting was a chance for leaders to meet in a less formal environment than the group’s official meetings. He said the meetings can be a chance for ofﬁcials to talk about what their priorities are and make sure they’re included in the respective budgets. He pointed to the coordination in November between ofﬁcials in the District, Montgomery and Prince George’s in passing minimum wage increases in each jurisdiction as a model for similar efforts in the future. Each of the jurisdictions will raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016 in the District and 2017 in Montgomery and Prince George’s. Calvin Ball, chairman of the Howard County Council, said collaboration would help jurisdictions ﬁgure out how to make their proposals more effective when they’re seeking more state and federal money. The coalition can also address issues such as economic development and environmental sustainability, Ball said. Environmental issues often cross jurisdictional borders and require a regional approach to address them, he said. Ball said he’d also be interested in looking at how the region can leverage its economic development abilities to attract companies looking to relocate. There will be times when it makes sense for a certain business to be located in one county or another, and the areas can compete to draw those businesses, he said. But if they’re looking to attract a certain industry or business, one ofﬁce could be located in Howard and another in Montgomery, or some other combination that beneﬁts multiple jurisdictions, he said. “We can even be more than the sum of our various parts,” Ball said.
2012 and $30 billion in 2011. This year’s Congressional tournament is slated for June 23-29. Woods won the event in 2009 and 2012. Last year, Woods pulled out due to an injury, and former Wake Forest All-American Bill Haas won the tournament. Woods has been hampered by a back injury recently and said Monday it was “too soon” to say if he would be able to play in the Masters Tournament, one of four major pro golf events each year. That tournament is slated for April 10-13 in Augusta, Ga. “I’ve had a couple weeks off getting treatment, just working on trying to get ready for Augusta,” Woods said. “As of right now, it’s still too soon. As I said, it’s very frustrating.” The 2009 Congressional event saw its highest weeklong attendance of about 194,000 spectators, generating an estimated
Fuchs charged with assault, disarming a law enforcement ofﬁcer
Music and family activities were highlights of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s H20 Summit on Saturday in Silver Spring. Co-sponsored with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection to emphasize the importance of protecting the region’s water resources, it featured more than 40 organizations and green vendors. Activities included workshops on edible forests, native plant gardens for birds and butterflies, creating a front-yard permaculture garden and helping frogs.
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Maka Hutson of Bethesda holds her son Alec, 7, as he sprays water onto a sensor that lights up an umbrella during the H20 Summit on Saturday sponsored by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in Silver Spring. The water fair featured live music, speakers, workshops and hands-on activities for families.
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Gaithersburg police last week arrested a man accused of trying to choke a patrol ofﬁcer and grab an ofﬁcer’s gun. Henry Fuchs, 48, of Teachers Way in Gaithersburg, was charged with assault, disarming a law enforcement ofﬁcer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of controlled dangerous substances, which police suspect is marijuana, according to a police news release. The charges stem from an incident on March 17 in the 100 block of Teachers Way. Citizens complained of a man yelling and screaming. They said he lay
down in front of the building and then got up and started running around a parking garage, screaming and jumping on cars, according to the news release. When an officer arrived, Fuchs charged at him, pinning the ofﬁcer’s arm against the police car door, then tried to choke him, police said. The ofﬁcer was able to free himself. More ofﬁcers arrived, but the tussle did not end. During the scufﬂe, Fuchs tried to remove an ofﬁcer’s handgun from its holster. Police said they were eventually able to handcuff Fuchs, who was taken to a hospital and was arrested the next day. Fuchs is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center. Attorney information was not listed in online Montgomery County Circuit Court records. A hearing is scheduled for April 11.
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$29.1 million in direct and indirect spending in the county, according to a study commissioned by the MontgomeryCountyDepartment of Economic Development. Last year, with Woods out, about 147,000 people attended, the second most for the event when it was held in Bethesda. The tournament attracted about 193,000 and 150,000 fans in 2010 and 2011, respectively, when it was at the Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia while Congressional prepared for and hosted the 2011 U.S. Open. Since 2007, the tournament has raised about $17 million for college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation and other charities. The foundation operates several Tiger Woods Learning Centers in the Washington, D.C., area.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Someone else’s money
In County Executive Isiah Leggett’s $4.97 billion budget proposal for ﬁscal 2015, he offers Montgomery County Public Schools $1.5 billion in county money. By Maryland law, a county must pay its school system at least the same amount, per pupil, year to year — the so-called maintenance of effort law. The Leggett budget proposal ends up with $26 million more than state funding minimums. That means, if the budget passes, the county has a new ﬂoor for school funding. It’s not just an increase for current taxpayers, but an increase that future taxpayers have to carry as well. The school system will argue that it needs that $26 million. In fact, the Montgomery County Board of Education says it needs $15 million on top of that. But lay aside the question of need, and instead focus directly on the question of policy. Crafted 30 years ago, maintenance of effort prevents the state’s 24 jurisdictions from collecting state education aid, then reshufﬂing those dollars so the money ends up paying for
some other program. But all those years ago, recessions never came with capital R’s. Though the economy always has had stretches of anemic growth, no one could foresee a bust in housing, which fuels the majority of local government revenue. So, as a matter of running a government, maintenance of effort takes education out of the discussion when leaders need to weigh priorities. Granted, no one can dream of a time when educating our children won’t be a major priority. Then again, no one could foresee a time when owning a home wasn’t a good investment. On this side of the Great Recession, maybe Montgomery County should be more gun-shy in how it commits its public money. Sure, Montgomery has a highly ranked school system. Its teachers are ﬁrst rate, and the test scores are better than most. But Leggett’s budget — presented during an election year — isn’t just spending the money of this year’s taxpayers. He’s spending future generations’ money.
The ‘House’ shouldn’t always win
First came the hissy ﬁt, then the schmooze. “House of Cards,” the addictively popular Netﬂix series about rough-andtumble politics, is playing bad lobbyist, good lobbyist in Annapolis these days. The end game is tax breaks, aka free money. After threatening to abandon Maryland if its ﬁnancial demands weren’t met, the series tried a softer touch, sending its star, Kevin Spacey, to rub elbows with politicos in Annapolis on Friday. “House of Cards” isn’t the only show or movie produced in Maryland in recent years, but it has become the pouting face of the state’s ﬁlm tax credit fund. For ﬁscal years 2012 through 2014, the state could award up to $7.5 million in ﬁlm tax credits each year. “House of Cards” was one of the beneﬁciaries. A state Department of Business and Economic Development report says that to retain “House of Cards” and “Veep,” another series, the legislature in 2013 boosted the tax credit fund to $32.5 million for three years. Not surprisingly, those credits were gobbled up. For its ﬁrst season in 2012, “House of Cards” received a tax credit of $11.7 million, but reportedly had an economic impact of more than $138 million, spending at more than 1,800 Maryland businesses, not to mention local technicians and actors it hired (temporarily). For season 2, “House of
Cards” was approved for another $15 million. For season 3 in 2015, the production qualiﬁed for $15 million, but was approved for $4 million, according to DBED. That’s where it gets ugly. Early this year, a ﬁlm production executive wrote to state leaders demanding more tax-break money. Otherwise, the company will “break down our stage, sets and ofﬁces and set up in another state,” the letter says. Last week, Spacey charmed a packed room of legislators, relatives and staffers at a private reception at an Annapolis bar. Pass a bill with a higher tax credit, he gently urged them. MarylandReporter.com posted a photo album of giddy pols posing for photos with Spacey. This is not how economic development should be — awed legislators who control the purse strings, straining for their brush with a star. It looks and feels unseemly. We’re leery of the potential for puffed-up economic numbers and wonder why there’s so much fawning over jobs that are here for short bursts, then go away. Who is asking: Could this tax-credit money be used just as well, or better, some other way? Most of all, we’re turned off by strong-arm politics. Glitz or not, this is just another business grabbing what it can. Don’t give in; let the “Cards” fall where they may.
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LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Deer problem shows we take care of trees too well Recently, letters to the editor have appeared in The Gazette about the loss of deer habitat and blame urban development. Good habitat includes the following — clean air, clean water, the right soils for the right vegetation for food, shelter and protection from predators. In reality, we need a diversity of growth in our forests because different animals utilize different forest environments. Let us focus on one important factor about our urban deer habitat. The trees in our federal, state and local parks, state and national forests, the wooded common areas of urban developments and ﬂood plains have not been cut for years. The tall trees block the sun from reaching the forest ﬂoor and the weeds and invasive species of vegetation thwart this as well since they choke out new plants. By preventing ﬁres that eliminate these weeds and leaf and tree debris that have accumulated on the ground we have actually neglected the forest habitat because these ﬁres are necessary to improve the soil and
enable seeds to sprout and grow into new trees to replace the aging forest. Forestry experts recommend that 10 percent of a forest needs to be in transition each year thereby creating a diversity of forest heights. The sad fact about our mature forest canopy is that we have protected the trees in our parks and urban forests so well that they do not provide the right food for deer and other animals at the level they can reach nor is the food they need readily available in the quantities they require to survive and be healthy. When food supplies are limited, deer are forced to leave the wooded areas for cropland or go to housing developments and neighborhoods with hedge level food for them to eat in order to live. However, this movement puts them in danger of vehicular interaction. Deer cannot feed on tall trees — they must have large quantities of saplings and younger softer limbs and twigs to munch on. It is essential to have this type of food available nearby their bedding areas in
the wintertime when snow may restrict traveling. They need dense stands of low timber for protection from wind and other weather. Oak trees yield food and cover but as they age, oak trees produce fewer acorns which deer and many other animals utilize as a primary food source in preparation for winter. Also, since some oak tree species produce acorns every other year, and if they are the only oak trees in that area, there is limited amounts of food to eat during alternate years which again forces deer to leave their wooded areas for food. We need to look carefully at our woodland habitat. Science-based management of our forests is essential. “Protecting” the trees by prohibiting any action by man to is actually detrimental and shortsighted. Yes, urban growth is going to happen and needs to be closely monitored but habitat improvement and careful management in all our forests is required in order for animals to have a great place to live.
Mark Gochnour, Germantown
Maryland needs to ban fracking Maryland must ban hydraulic fracking and the exporting of liqueﬁed gas, standing as a proﬁle in courage, not intimidated by a rush to export LNG to combat Russia’s recent threats to stop supplying gas to Ukraine and Europe. Several nations including France and Bulgaria have banned fracking which injects carcinogens and toxins into
the ground at high pressures. Fracking has been shown to contaminate nearby drinking and ground water. The emissions from gas production, transport, liquefaction, and shipping overseas would also make climate change worse, while not reducing the cost of gas here at home. Fracking supporters argue that it creates jobs. Maryland
should invest in green jobs that would stay here in America and build our renewable energy resources such solar and wind power. Maryland’s temporary moratorium on fracking will expire soon without immediate action, even as the State of Maryland has not ﬁnished its study on the environmental and health hazards of fracking.
Justin W. Chappell, Silver Spring The author is a Maryland House of Delegates candidate in the Democratic primary for District 20.
Don’t combine city, presidential elections Regarding March 19 article “Future of city election cycle is still uncertain,” the Rockville City Council may ignore city voters in approving the combining of presidential and city election cycles. On the city’s November 2014 ballot there was a question about such a change and it was defeated by a huge majority of over 10 percent! For the past 60 years, Rockville has prided itself for conducting our own elec-
tions without outside interference and with a focus on city issues. If combined, city elections would come last on a long ballot including not only presidential and congresssional candidates but Montgomery County and school board candidates with their many referendum questions. And the election process is mostly controlled by Montgomery County. The rationale for combining the cy-
Plowing snow is a boondoggle On March 3, my wife and I, both elderly and in marginal health, shoveled out our drive and the street fronting our house, in roughly half an hour. Most of our neighbors did likewise and, by midmorning, the street was fully passable. Between 8 and 9 that evening, two snowplows came down our street, scraping up basically nothing. I have observed this pattern numerous times both this year and in previous years, after light snowfalls. The overpaid individuals who drive these plows apparently recognize a boondoggle when they see one, readily taking advantage
of the county’s panic attacks whenever there’s more than two clouds in the sky. As a taxpayer, I’m offended by the use of county funds to support these activities, when they could much more effectively be used for other purposes, such as the schools. I propose that snow plowing is unnecessary on most residential streets, for snowfalls under a foot. Special provisions could be made for the minority of residents too old or incapacitated to shovel themselves out.
Charles Shore, Gaithersburg
cles is to increase the number of potential voters. Most jurisdictions including Montgomery County have increased voter participation by having an early voting option and Rockville should do likewise. The will of Rockville voters should be respected and the proposal to combine the two cycles rejected.
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LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Even speed camera supporter says they’re mostly about revenue I am in agreement with Alan Freeman [“Speed cameras improve safety,” letters, March 12] when he wrote, “The one factor that has never been considered in connection with any location is the potential for a particular location to generate revenue.” I, like nearly all Montgomery County drivers, support the SafeSpeed program. And I agree with Alan Freeman that the program has reduced
speeding and is a highly efﬁcient way to enforce our trafﬁc laws. I got one speed camera ticket ever and it was near Shady Grove and Rockville Pike. I do disagree with Mr. Freeman that cameras are about safety and not revenue. In my opinion, with cameras popping up all over the county, I feel this program is 33 percent to 50 percent about safety and 50 percent to 67 percent about revenue.
Rice, Leventhal deserve thanks for their efforts on school food initiative In response to the article “All the broccoli you can eat, kids” [March 12], we would like to thank County Council President Craig Rice and Vice President George Leventhal for their support of Real Food for Kids – Montgomery (RFKM) and its recommendations to Montgomery County Public Schools for improving the school food environment. This past Friday, March 14, RFKM launched a communitywide petition asking that its recommendations be taken into consideration by Superintendent Starr and the Board of Education. We are gathering support for the petition and will deliver it in 60 days. While MCPS follows USDA and Maryland state guidelines with regard to school food, we believe MCPS can do better. In its 18-month existence, RFKM has garnered the support of 1200-plus parents, community members and health professionals in advocating for fresher, healthier, more nutrient-rich foods in MCPS. We also support the elimination of highly-processed, chemically-laden offerings in both the school cafeterias and vending machines. Another area of concern to parents is the high level of
sugar in food products offered by MCPS to its 151,000 students. With one exception, all juice products sold in MCPS equal or exceed calorie and sugar levels in an equivalent-sized soda. In our preliminary analysis of over 200 MCPS food products, RFKM identiﬁed 39 with added sugars and 49 with dangerous chemical additives. While some schools have salad bars, we would like to see the number increase to include all schools, where feasible. With the current awareness of the beneﬁts of a healthy diet and the purchasing power of such a large school system, we believe acceptable alternatives can replace unhealthy products without a ﬁnancial burden. We look forward to seeing positive changes in the coming years, and we believe our community will support MCPS and Montgomery County in this endeavor. More information about RFKM and its petition can be found on our website, www. realfoodforkidsmontgomery. org.
Karen Devitt, Silver Spring, and Lindsey Parsons, Takoma Park The writers are co-founders of Real Food For Kids — Montgomery.
If this SafeSpeed program was truly only about safety in front of schools and playgrounds, can Mr. Freeman explain why these speed cameras are on 24/7? I ﬁnd it very frustrating to drive by the nearby high school on a Sunday afternoon where the speed limit is 25 mph and people are driving a ridiculous 19 mph when there are no school activities. I hope the purpose of this program
is not to intimidate people into driving too slow. Many drivers probably do not know that you can drive up to 11 miles over the speed limit before the camera ﬂashes. I can understand the frustration of “out of town” drivers because I have never seen so many speed cameras anywhere but in Montgomery County, Maryland and Washington, D.C. There should be a realistic discus-
sion on safe speed limits because obviously I-270 or I-495 would have fewer accidents if they installed speed cameras and lowered the speed limit to 35 mph. While I support our police force and SafeSpeed, to use a term by Mr. Freeman, it is “pure poppycock” if he thinks this SafeSpeed program is only about safety.
Rec Center debate dates back I would like to illuminate the issue of designating the Wheaton Recreation Center from a different point of view as someone who has lived in the community for over 20 years and has followed its trajectory for 17 years. In 1997 the Recreation Strategic Facility Plan 1997-2010 called for replacing the existing facility with a larger full service center to serve the Wheaton/ Kemp Mill communities. As part of this process our community proposed ideas to renovate the present building. The county did nothing. By 2002 the Rec Center was in dire need of repair. The county proposed demolishing the building and moving the Wheaton Rescue Squad there. Again, we would have welcomed a renovated and expanded building. But again, nothing was done. Over the last 17 years we have heard nothing from the Maryland Historical Trust (who lobbied to give the building historic designation) or the county planning board (who sided with the trust). Over the years we would have welcomed their help to upgrade the building. Again, nothing. And, over these years plans for the Wheaton Library (which sits adjacent to the Rec Center) and the Rec Center came and went (to see a full timeline of this project go to savewhea-
tonlibrary.com). This delay is a travesty for our neighborhoods. Children today are using a building that is falling apart. Two years ago the county approved the budget for the new joint facility without any opposition. The Maryland Historic Trust nor any other organization or individual ever brought up the future historic value of the Wheaton Rec Center. Now the county has designed plans to integrate the library and Rec Center properties in a well-planned project that will both upgrade the facilities to be of good use to the community and be on par with other sites throughout the county. The vast majority of people have voiced their approval of these plans and resistance to any further delays. Seventeen years is enough of a delay. George French and Marcie Stickle say it’s important to save older buildings as part of our heritage. I don’t disagree with that sentiment. However, if they and the Historic Trust felt that way, where have they been all these years? The only award this “awardwinning” building received was for good use of cheap materials. And, we can see now just how that has worked out. The building is falling apart and it will now take $7-$8 million to ﬁx. That’s money the county
doesn’t have. It will also cut the contiguous open space on the properties making it impossible, as stated by the county’s Recreation Department, to conduct outside activities as they do in other county recreation centers. The Recreation Department has stated it will not move young children to Wheaton Regional Park for those activities. It will simply not conduct any after-school outdoor activities nor summer camps in our community. The community wants a recreation center on par with those in other parts of the county. Despite French’s and Stickle’s belief that “we can have it all” — both keep the present Rec Center and upgrade the facilities — in meetings we have had with county agencies we have learned we cannot have it all. The size of the properties limits usage. There won’t be enough contiguous outdoor space to conduct the types of activities the Recreation Department does elsewhere. The cost is now too high, both monetarily and for the residents of the community. Where was the Historic Trust when we needed them? Their interest is too little and way too late.
Jeff Gates, Wheaton
Neil Keller, Rockville
Library parking Has anyone else noticed the parking lot at the new Gaithersburg library? There are NO parking spots reserved for expectant mothers, NO parking spots reserved for parents with small children, NO parking spots reserved for the elderly, three parking spots reserved for handicapped and 10 parking spots reserved right out front for ... fuel efﬁcient vehicles. Whose idea was this?
Rob Greving, Montgomery Village
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Continued from Page A-1 County agreed to pay Ali’s family $450,000, a settlement to a $150 million lawsuit Ali’s father and sister ﬁled in 2012. The ACLU was not involved with the case. “If the police ofﬁcer had a deﬁbrillator, Mr. Ali would have lived and there would have been no lawsuit,” Mage said. Montgomery County police Capt. Paul Starks said 40 to 50 Montgomery County squad cars have automated external deﬁbrillators, or AEDs. The county plans to add more each year until every marked police car has one. “We think this is a worthwhile effort,” said Starks, a department spokesman. But state Del. Ana Sol Gutiérrez (D-Dist. 18) of Chevy Chase said the county is moving too slowly. Gutiérrez, a board member of the Montgomery County ACLU, prepared a bill that would require that any law enforcement vehicle on patrol in the county — regardless of where the agency is based — be equipped with an AED. She said police would have three years to equip on-duty vehicles. “Time is of the essence,” Gutiérrez said during a hearing for the bill in February. “After 10 minutes, after cardiac arrest, whatever you do is not going to be able to save a life or prevent serious damage.” According to the National Institutes of Health, AEDs are
Continued from Page A-1 lieved” at the outcome. “A trial would have meant sitting in the court room listening to how your family member died, which is extremely traumatic,” Lattimer said. On Oct. 10, 2010, a Montgomery County police patrol ofﬁcer found Ali, 65, of the 11600 block of Lockwood Drive in Silver Spring, lying unresponsive in an apartment stairwell, The Gazette reported. The ofﬁcer tried to move Ali from the stairwell after attempts to get his attention didn’t work but this spurred a struggle between Ali and the police. Another ofﬁcer arrived, but police alleged that Ali continued to resist attempts to be moved outside. In an attempt to subdue Ali, police pepper sprayed him and used a handheld Taser
Continued from Page A-1 30-year normal, with January, February and March all considerably colder. Leffler said his interest in weather dates to his childhood. After studying it in college, he landed a job with the National Weather Service. Almost a de-
portable devices that can send an electric shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm after sudden cardiac arrest, or heart failure. A built-in computer checks a victim’s heart rhythm through adhesive electrodes. The computer calculates whether deﬁbrillation is needed and tells the rescuer whether to push the shock button to jump-start the heart. Citing a police report, Mage said police who arrested Ali in 2010 did not have an AED and it took Montgomery County Fire & Rescue personnel 10 minutes to arrive at the scene. Starks said personnel tried to use an AED on Ali when they arrived, but backed off after getting a “do not shock” reading. He was unable to corroborate how long it took MCFRS to arrive. All MCFRS units are equipped with AEDs or a cardiac monitor deﬁbrillator. Montgomery County police were among several agencies to oppose Gutiérrez’s bill. Law enforcement complained that the bill was an unfunded mandate and would cause logistical problems to implement and enforce, particularly for agencies that operate in more than one county. “One of the major issues that we are concerned with is that there’s no funding attached to this current legislation and really no incremental implementation plan,” Capt. Bob Bolesta said during the hearing. Bolesta directs Montgomery County police’s special operations division, which oversees distribution of AEDs. He said the department wants to equip
police cars with defibrillators within three years. According to his testimony at the hearing, equipping the police department’s 926 vehicles with deﬁbrillators would cost more than $2 million. Takoma Park Police Chief Alan M. Goldberg said equipping its 42 police cars with AEDs would cost $70,000 — a strain on the city if they all had to be implemented at once. The ACLU argued that lessexpensive units would cut the cost in half, but local police leaders said they prefer buying the same units MCFRS uses. Last month, after Gaithersburg-based Rescue One Training for Life donated 100 AEDs to Laurel, city ofﬁcials said the machines would be placed in all police cars, city facilities and some other city vehicles. Gutiérrez said her bill is unlikely to pass this session. She’s proposed similar legislation before, but it has failed. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett set aside $70,000 for 30 more police AEDs in his proposed ﬁscal year 2015 budget, which begins July 1, 2014. Gutiérrez said this was good news. “If it can be done without a bill, that’s ﬁne with me,” she said. “I just think that it needs to be made a priority.” Ultimately, Mage said, taxpayers wind up paying for the county’s lack of AEDs through civil suits. email@example.com
device on him. The lawsuit claimed that Ali suffered broken ribs, contusions, abrasions and bruises from the encounter with police. Police told The Gazette in 2010 that Ali was examined by medical personal after he was hit by the Taser and pepper sprayed. They treated him and left, only to be called back moments later after Ali lost consciousness in the back of a police transport van. Ali was rushed to Holy Cross hospital, where he died days later, according to the court records. On Oct. 15, 2012, Ali’s sister Renee Coates and his father, Cicero Satterﬁeld, ﬁled a wrongful death suit against Montgomery County, seeking $145 million. The lawsuit claimed Ali’s rights were violated by police who responded to a mentally disabled man with brutality, according to federal court records.
The lawsuit named the county and “several” unidentiﬁed 3rd District ofﬁcers as defendants. Lattimer said the family suffered another blow after Ali’s death. Satterfield, a Takoma Park resident and a Tuskeegee Airmen, died June 6, 2013. Satterﬁeld and Ali were close. “He was never the same after his son died,” Lattimer said. Cpt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County police spokesman, said the department reviewed the use of force in the case of Ali, but said he couldn’t attribute the speciﬁc incident to changes in police procedure. The county attorney defended police policies. “In our view, the policies in place with respect to the use of force are sound and based on nationally recognized standards,” Hansen said.
cade later, he volunteered to run the weather station now in his backyard. Leffler is a Montgomery County resident of 58 years and has been reporting weather since the early 1970s. He said other than his wife, Dee, and the equipment used for observing the weather, there is not much help in day-to-day operations.
“For a volunteer job, it’s quite a bit of work,” Lefﬂer said. “So I wouldn’t be doing it unless I enjoyed it.” Leffler’s weather observation station is part of the National Weather Service’s Cooperative Observer Program, and there are more than 8,000 similar volunteer-run stations across the country.
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Most of Clarksburg may be new and growing, but it will soon house a colorful, fun and entertaining reminder of earlier days. Coming to the Ovid Hazen Wells Park in the Arora Hills area is a merry-go-round built a century ago that once operated at the National Mall near the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The relocation of the carousel from the Wheaton Regional Park is being considered along with the update of the Ovid Hazen Wells Park 1995 master plan now being conducted by Montgomery Parks, a division of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The Wells family required the purchase of the carousel and location in the park when they deeded their 1,900-acre farm to Montgomery Parks in 1981.
Continued from Page A-1 Bourne said the idea of combining a rec center and swimming pools into one complex will lower operating expenses through the shared use of utilities, parking lots, ﬁtness rooms and maintenance costs. “We can bring together all of that in one location,” he said. There is $64,000 in the county’s proposed ﬁscal 2015 Capital Improvement Plan for various site selection studies, including a recreationalaquatic center and library in Clarksburg, he said. There is also $647,000 in planning money in the budget for unspeciﬁed projects around the county, he said. So far there are no preliminary estimates for construction and operating costs. “We’ve not done this process before for this kind of facility,” Bourne said. Lynn Fantle, planning chairwoman for the Clarksburg Civic Association, said a regional center would beneﬁt fast-growing Clarksburg, which is woefully short of recreational facilities. The town center, Clarksburg Village and Arora Hills neighborhoods have homeowner association pools, but there are dozens of other neighborhoods that don’t, she said. Clarksburg residents can use the Germantown Indoor Swimming Facility in Boyds, but Fantle said the large facility is busy, with parents some-
Part of the update is deciding on a ﬁnal location in the park for the carousel, which is 40 feet in diameter and features 36 animals and two chariots. “Clarksburg has continued to grow, and it can now support the carousel, which is why we’re trying to get it out there,” said Rachel Newhouse, planner coordinator with Montgomery Parks. The carousel and train ride in Wheaton Regional Park open for the season on April 12 in time for spring break from school. Also part of the 1995 master plan update is ﬁnding a possible site for construction of a regional community recreation/ aquatics center in the park or surrounding Clarksburg area. Park ofﬁcials, who are seeking public input on the carousel and master plan, will attend the free, sixth annual Kites over Clarksburg family fun day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the park. “The Clarksburg Civic Association started it as a community-uniting event,” said co-organizer Kathie Hulley with the association. It is co-hosted by Montgomery Parks and the com-
munity nonprofit Clarksburg Foundation. Organizers invite residents to bring a picnic, roast marshmallows and ﬂy kites. “It’s very low key,” Hulley said. “Evidenced by the number of kids, there’s a lot of interest in the park.” Kites are available for purchase at cost for $1 to $10, and there will also be a limited supply of free kite-making materials. Visitors who bring canned food, used eyeglasses or hearing aids to donate to local charities will receive rafﬂe tickets for prizes from local sponsors. Local clubs and associations will also provide information about their activities. “It’s a fabulous park for ﬂying kites — there’s a small hill,” said Lynn Fantle, planning chairwoman of the Clarksburg Civic Association. When the carousel might be moved to Ovid Hazen Wells is not yet known, said Christine Brett, with the Enterprise division of Montgomery Parks. Designed to be disassembled, the carousel will likely be moved by truck during the off-season, November to April, when the ride is closed.
times having to show up at 6:30 a.m. to book swim time for their children, she said. A regional center should give Clarksburg residents ﬁrst dibs on recreational programs and classes or alternatively, Clarksburg should get its own would local rec center, which it currently doesn’t have, Fantle said. Whatever happens, ofﬁcials should comply with the wishes of Ovid and Hallie Wells, who deeded the park to Montgomery Parks in 1981, Fantle said. “The land and improvements hereby conveyed shall be used as open space, for parkland, and/or for recreation in such manner as to evidence the conservation of soil, water, wood and wildlife, and to that end, shall be so maintained,” according to the deed.
and Md. 355 corridor. In the next 20 years, most of the county’s growth is expected to take place along the corridors, where residents are also presently underserved by recreational facilities, he said. “It’s the fastest-growing area of the county, and it’s also currently the lowestserved population because of the existing large population,” Bourne said. The regional centers would be about 8,000 square feet larger than existing rec centers, with a larger ﬁtness room, social hall and community lounge. They would also feature multi-purpose rooms that could be adapted to serve seniors, adult classes and afterschool programs. “It’s like constructing multi-purpose boxes,” Bourne said. Also included would be commercial kitchens to cook for senior and after-school programs. Locating in the I-270/Md. 355 corridor from Silver Spring to Clarksburg will also encourage access to the facilities via public transportation, which is expected to expand in the corridor, Bourne said. Montgomery Parks planners expect to present recommendations to the county Planning Board in July, followed by a public hearing in September. For more information, visit montgomeryparks.org and search for “ovid master plan update.”
Trending to regional Building a regional facility to serve Clarksburg is a response to the area’s growing population, which is now at 20,000 and expected to grow to 40,000 when current development plans are realized. The recreational center part of the complex would be similar in function to the 21 other rec centers in the county but the building would be larger according to a new center model, Bourne said. The Department of Recreation’s idea is to move away from building more local community centers and instead build regional centers in four “nodes” — Silver Spring, White Flint, Shady Grove and Clarksburg — along the Interstate 270
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A ‘Hunger Games’-like franchise falls well short of that standard.
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WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
‘BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL’ HIGHLIGHTS FRIENDSHIP, DANCING, AND STUNTS
“Bring It On: The Musical,” is set to jump out at audiences on Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore.
ring It On,” a film starring Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku and Gabrielle Union, hit box ofﬁce gold in 2000. It shouldn’t have been a surprise then when the studio decided to pump out four direct-to-video sequels — “Bring It On Again,” “Bring it On: All or Nothing,” “Bring It On: In It to Win It,” and “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish.” Although the sequels didn’t garner the fame, recognition or money of the original ﬁlm, the Broadway version of “Bring It On” lived up
to the hype. The National Tour of “Bring It On: The Musical” is set to somersault into the Music Center at Strathmore for two shows on Saturday . According to Zuri Washington, who plays Danielle in the show, fans expecting to see a musical based on the ﬁrst movie will be a little surprised. “It’s actually based more on the third ‘Bring It On,’ movie, which most people may not have seen,” Washington said. “It has a very similar plot in terms of kind of an urban, ethnic team
versus a waspy, Beverly Hills kind of 90210 team.” The story starts off with Campbell Davis, who is totally excited about being the cheer captain her senior year. She gets the job, only to ﬁnd out that, because of redistricting, she has to go to another school — and the school doesn’t even have a cheer squad! Campbell talks Danielle into helping her create a group of cheerleaders so they can
Award-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross will be playing new hits and old standards when he performs at the Birchmere on Sunday. COURTESY CHRISTOPHER CROSS
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BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL n When: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $39-$81 n For information: 301-5815100; strathmore.org
Cross winds n
“Sailing” songwriter has history in Bethesda BY
WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
Back in the 1980s, you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing a song by Christopher Cross. The award-winning singer/songwriter is responsible for such tunes as “Think of Laura,” “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” “Ride Like the Wind,” and “Never Be The Same.” Cross made Grammy history in 1981, winning Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Arrangement for “Sailing.” To date, no one has ever won all of those awards in the same year except Cross. Add to that an Academy Award for Best Song for “Arthur’s Theme,” from the Dudley Moore ﬁlm, “Arthur,” and Cross was a force to be reckoned with in the early ’80s. The singer/songwriter will be making a stop at the
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CHRISTOPHER CROSS n When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday n Where: The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. n Tickets: $39.50 n For information: 703-549-7500; birchmere.com
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ISRAELI DANCE FESTIVAL DC
Kesem (Magic), the D.C.-area Israeli Dance Troupe for seventh- and eighth-graders, will participate in this weekend’s Israeli Dance Festival DC 2014. Pictured is dancer Jordana Meyer.
A Harkada happening IMAGINATION STAGE
Megan Graves and Bradley Foster Smith perform in “Inside Out,” part of the My First Imagination Stage Season, to April 6.
Fantasy fun continues this weekend with “Inside Out” at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. Designed with audience members ages 1-6 in mind, the interactive extravaganza continues to April 6 at the theater. Part of the My First Imagination Stage Season, the production follows two children who — instead of getting ready for bed — turn on their creativity to turn their room inside out in wonderful ways. Soon, clothes are turning into amazing creatures and socks are shimmying in the closet. Performances include a “free play” session, allowing youngsters to explore items used in the show. For more information, visit imaginationstage.org.
The Israeli Dance Festival DC 2014 kicks off at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville. The event will feature performances by regional troupes such as Avirah, Hora DC, Kesem, Mavrik, Yesodot, Kinor and JPDS-NC, with a special guest performance by Bustan Boston. An Israeli dance party is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at the B’nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville. Tickets for the Saturday evening dance party and Sunday performance are $25 for adults and $20 for students in advance. Tickets for the dance fest only are $15 for adults and $10 for students in advance. For more information, visit israelidancefestivaldc.com.
Comedian Lily Tomlin will perform in concert on Friday at The Music Center at Strathmore.
Comedienne extraordinaire Lily Tomlin returns to the Music Center at Strathmore at 8 p.m. Friday. To date, the multi-hyphenate has claimed six Emmy Awards, two Tonys and a Grammy, and has left an indelible mark on pop culture with performances spanning the pioneer sketch comedy “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in” to major motion picture such as “9 to 5” and “All of Me.” For more information, visit strathmore.org.
Spring into April Pastels by Richard Levine, tapestries by Tea Okropiridze and ceramics by Laura Peery will be on view from April 2-26 at Gallery B in Bethesda through-
Works from Tea Okropiridze will be on view beginning April 2 at Gallery B in Bethesda as part of a mixed media group exhibition.
Works by Richard Levine will be on view beginning April 2 at Gallery B in Bethesda as part of a mixed media group exhibition.
out the month of April. An opening reception coinciding with the monthly Bethesda Art Walk is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. April 11, with all artists in attendance. Normal gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit bethesda.org.
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AT THE MOVIES
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ needs more Muppets Film devotes too much time to its human villains n
MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE
High spirits and good times are hard to come by in “Muppets Most Wanted,” the anxious follow-up to the commercially successful 2011 reboot (“The Muppets”) and the seventh Muppet sequel to follow in the animal tracks of “The Muppet Movie” in 1979. I’m not sure what young newcomers will make of this sardonic take on the felt-covered universe, created by the late Jim Henson long before Disney got ahold of it. The pop culture references, mostly ﬂeeting, have their way with “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Jerry Maguire,” though the sight of Ray Liotta, Danny Trejo and “Flight of the Conchords” mainstay Jemaine Clement leading a Siberian gulag prisoner ensemble in a number from “A Chorus
Line” certainly is novel. Some of the jokes sound funnier than they really are. Director and co-writer James Bobin, working with screenwriter Nicholas Stoller, is an awfully clever guy, but the pairs’ pacing and character instincts are shaky this time out. I did like Ty Burrell’s fastidiously lazy Interpol agent, drinking espresso out of the tiniest cup imaginable. But if you’ve come to the end of your second paragraph in a “Muppets Most Wanted” review and haven’t mentioned a single Muppet, something’s wrong. Weirdly, much of what made “Cars 2” a drag — the violent James Bond spooﬁng and a general, cynical sense of mayhem — has somehow ﬂoated over to this franchise installment. The ﬁlm begins seconds after ﬁlming has wrapped on the 2011 “Muppet Movie.” Right away Kermit, Miss Piggy, et al., are kicked to the curb, once again left without fans or hopes. But the song “We’re Doing a Sequel,” while admitting that “everybody knows the sequel
MUPPETS MOST WANTED n 2 stars n PG; 113 minutes n Cast: Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Jim Henson’s Muppets n Directed by James Bobin
isn’t quite as good,” launches the gang into a new round of adversity, embodied by their new manager, Dominic Badguy, played by a top-billed and terminally blase Ricky Gervais. Off they go on a European tour, which turns out to be a cover for a plot to steal the crown jewels. It’s masterminded by Kermit’s dastardly look-alike, Constantine, a Cold War-era criminal with a “Despicable Me” dialect stolen from Steve Carell. In uneasy cahoots, Kermit’s doppelganger and Gervais’ sniveling two-faced Muppet wrangler guide the ﬁlm’s action, with Con-
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(From left) Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf and Scooter star in “Muppets Most Wanted.” stantine somehow hoodwinking his Muppet cohorts into thinking he’s just regular ol’ Kermit. Miss Piggy can’t ﬁgure out her boyfriend’s newfound garbled dialect and mood swings. Meantime the real Kermit languishes, lonely and scared, in the forbidding gulag overseen by Tina Fey’s commander. In the previous, pretty good Muppet movie, Jason Segel and Amy Adams helped lighten the load and spark a connection between the human and nonhuman characters. Here, the atmosphere’s soured; the beloved Muppets are treated as dismis-
sible straight men, women and critters, for the venal real-world populace. Bobin’s credits include “Da Ali G Show” and “Flight of the Conchords,” while co-writer Stoller (whose stuff I’ve liked a lot) is coming off “The Five-Year Engagement” and “Get Him to the Greek.” The air of defeatism hanging over the storyline in “Muppets Most Wanted” is meant, I think, to stokeoursympathiesfortheMuppets and to set up the London-set climax for a heartening load of pathos. Many Muppet fans will be happy to see the gang, including the Swedish Chef and the drum-
Making the most of Oregon’s wine country If the drive from Portland to McMinnville in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country only takes you an hour, then you
GRAPELINES BY LOUIS MARMON have missed several opportunities to taste some of the region’s exquisite wines while enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding vistas and valley. Instead, stop at some of the wineries along 99 west, particularly Sokol Blosser, who recently opened their new visitor’s center. An Oregon pioneer, Sokol Blosser has been creating award winning wines for decades while also being at the forefront of environmental efforts. In 2002, =they built the ﬁrst LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certiﬁed winery building in the country and their new visitor’s center is on track to be rated at the current highest level of environmental sustainability. The gorgeous new visitor’s center is set in the hillside and fits seamlessly with the surrounding countryside. As copresident Alison Sokol Blosser said, it looks “like it just grew up out of the earth.” Featuring striated wood throughout, broad windows, large skylights and terraces that afford views of
the valley, vineyards and distant Mount Hood, it is an ideal location to taste some of the region’s ﬁnest wines. And Sokol Blosser does make some wonderful wines, several of which were served at a dinner prepared by Portland star chef Jenn Louis to celebrate the center’s opening. Beginning with their lovely sparkling wine served in the main tasting room followed by the equally enjoyable 2012 Estate Rose of Pinot Noir, the second course was accompanied by the Sokol Blosser Peach Tree Block Pinot Noir 2012, a silky smooth, dark berry
and their many fans enjoying the fruits of Rob’s experience and passion. Rob is a reformed biochemist whose wine journey took him through Napa and Washington State until 1994 when he became the winemaker at the Erath Winery, another of Oregon’s iconic estates. Erath wines are known for their complexity and reﬁnement, a characteristic that Rob has continued at his own winery where he bottles splendid Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, sparkling and dessert wines. A dinner held by the Stuarts during IPNC began with
and chocolate perfumed delight with red berry, minerals and accents of spice. Next was the also enjoyable, ﬂoral and blackberry scented Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir 2009 which displayed more muscle and tannins with its blueberry, dark fruit and herbal flavors that extended nicely throughout the lengthy ﬁnish. A surprise was their semi-sweet dessert wine, a Muller-Thugau 2012 which had honeyed peach and pear with good balance to accompany Italian cookies, berries and cream. When you finally arrive in McMinnville, it will be easy to ﬁnd places to try Oregon wines. However your ﬁrst stop should be at the R. Stuart & Co. wine bar on Third Avenue where you will ﬁnd Rob Stuart, his wife Maria
their lovely ﬂoral and raspberry scented sparkler, Rosé d’Or that also had whiffs of caramel and biscuits along with bright red fruit ﬂavors accented by herbs and cinnamon. Next was the Temperance Hill “Vin Tardine” 2008 , a late harvest, food-
friendly, 100 percent Pinot Gris with a slight sweetness that was perfectly offset by crisp citrus acidity along with peach and melon. One of their “Tuesday night” easy drinking wines, the Big Fire Pinot Gris 2012 followed and was delightfully
complex with nutty and vanilla scents that led into pear, apple and ripe melon ﬂavors. The Hirschy Pinot Noir 2010 was remarkably deep expressing cranberry, chocolate and earthiness, while the Menefee Pinot Noir 2010 was somewhat lighter, with spicy tart berry and candied cherry notes. Their Klipsun Vineyards Tawny Cabernet Sauvignon solera dessert
wine was another treat showing blackberry, cassis, dried currant, chocolate and orange peel.
mer Animal, once again. But the ﬁlm’s blobby, overextended and more bizarre than eccentric. The cameo laundry list this time includes Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Tom Hiddleston, Salma Hayek and Christoph Waltz. The songs, a serviceably amusing lot, are by Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet?” three years ago. Part of the problem here is one of proportion: The movie throws a misjudged majority of the material to the villains and lets the unfashionably sincere and sweet-natured Muppets fend for themselves. No doubt Gervais, Fey and company adore their co-stars, as does the creative team behind “Muppets Most Wanted.” But something’s missing from this sequel, and it isn’t jokes about how sequels usually disappoint.
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AT THE MOVIES DANCES
Carpe Diem Contra Dance, April 10, Nor’Easter from New England, Will Mentor, 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, www. carpediemarts.org.
Candlelight Waltzes Dance Club, April 6, Tea Dance, Ballroom
and Latin music by 2Hot2Handle, semi-formal, couples only, 4-7 p.m., Columbia Country Club, 7900 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, $25 per person, $15 for students, reservations by April 4, call Peter at 202-362-7851. Hollywood Ballroom, March 26, “step of the evening” Cha-cha at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m.; March 27, April 3, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); March 28, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); March 30, free Samba lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); April 2, “step of the evening” Night Club Two Step at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m., 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www. hollywoodballroomdc.com Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-
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(From left) Shailene Woodley and Theo James star in “Divergent.”
Young Adult adaptation up to old tricks A ‘Hunger Games’-like franchise falls well short of that standard n
MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE
In Veronica Roth’s young adult trilogy of best-selling futuristic hellholes, being a “divergent” means you avoid easy categorization and defy the crushing dictates of your overseers. The movie version of “Divergent” is no divergent. It goes along to get along. It’s tame, formulaic and strictly by the book in every sense. Certainly you can do worse in this genre. The recent screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” was a lot worse. But you can do better, courtesy of “The Hunger Games,” to which “Divergent” bears a more-than-passing resemblance. The time is a century plus change from now, after a devastating world war. The place: a desiccated and user-hostile Chicago, where there are no music festivals or charming storefront theaters of any kind. The city sits beside a dried-up Lake Michigan. The crumbling
skyscrapers are dotted with wind turbines. The government divides the populace into ﬁve factions based on an individual’s primary virtue. Either you’re a Dauntless, an Abnegation, an Erudite, an Amity or a Candor. If you’re a Divergent, you’re none or all of these, and therefore an enemy of the state. If you’re “Divergent,” the movie, you’re a blandly well-crafted adaptation of a YA success story, lacking a sense of personal identity or visual magic. Director Neil Burger made the diverting “Limitless” and “The Illusionist,” among other ﬁlms. In “Limitless” he asserted his ability to propel a story; in “The Illusionist” he fashioned a convincing period picture on a low budget. He was a pretty good bet for the “Divergent” trilogy, the first installment adapted from Roth’s book by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. But the project cannot shake its aura of overfamiliarity. As in “The Hunger Games,” we have a hardy, underestimated young heroine, this one called Beatrice “Tris” Prior, played by Shailene Woodley. We have another one of those nasty public competitions or “choosing ceremonies,” determining the
Continued from Page A-13 Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandra, Va., on Sunday. For Cross, the event in Alexandria is a bit of a homecoming. Cross’ father served as a pediatrician at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, where he was a physician for President Dwight Eisenhower’s grandchildren. “We were pretty fortunate because we had one of the few houses actually on the base,” Cross said. “We had a big ol’ house with cherry trees and everything. I think the two houses on base were ours and the commanding general’s. Everyone else kind of lived off base.” Cross said the family moved to Bethesda after spending time in Japan, where his dad was stationed. The family ended up living in the area for ﬁve years, according to Cross. “It was a wonderful time in my life, I was just young. … The town was much more open then. We used to run
Continued from Page A-13 compete at Nationals. Zaniness — and heartfelt friendship — ensues. Eean Cochran is one of the production’s swing actors — meaning on any given night, he could be playing different characters based on what’s required. If an actor needs a night off, Cochran can ﬁll in, along with the
DIVERGENT n 2 stars n PG-13; 143 minutes n Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Tony Goldwyn n Directed by Neil Burger
characters’ futures, in this instance their lifelong faction. Tris must undergo terrifying drug-induced tests of will, as her subconscious dream state brings to life all her worst fears (rabid dogs, unsuccessful franchise launches) in realistic detail. Keeping a sharp, cold eye on her progress is the totalitarian matriarch played by Kate Winslet, whose talent so far outstrips her material, her scenes become mini training videos in how to enliven the most conventional material imaginable. Her character exists so that Woodley’s character can assert her self-empowerment. “All of my life I’ve lived by your rules,” Tris hisses at one point, echoing the inner thoughts of adolescents the world over. “Not anymore.” There are revelations regarding what’s up with the choosing ceremony, who’s in-
around free on our bikes. … It was a fun place to be in that time of life.” Cross gets his love of music naturally. His father played bass in college and also spent time playing for acclaimed bandleader Lawrence Welk. “I think music was kind of a release for him,” Cross said. “I just saw the joy in his face and the happiness that it brought him and I related music to that. I wanted to be a part of whatever that was. I was in ﬁfth or sixth grade and I asked for some drums.” Later on, after listening to his father’s album collection, Cross went to the record store and asked if they had anything that sounded like his dad’s music, only for a younger crowd. “They gave me ‘Time in Outer Space,’ by Dave Brubeck,” Cross said. “That was my ﬁrst exposure to having my own album and music and I loved it. … I switched to guitar at 16 because I wanted to write down songs. It was always a singular passion. … It’s always been my solace through failed marriages or whatever I had going in life.” Cross’ debut album, aptly called
other swing actors. “It’s kind of fun, but it’s a little stressful as well,” Cochran said. “... Some of the swings get to watch the show ... so you can ﬁnd things you can do different than the person you’re covering. It’s a lot of fun once you get on stage.” Most of the actors in the show participated in a cheerleading “camp” before the run of the show to get their bearings and to learn some of the proper
volved with the simmering revolution, and how the male lead, played by Theo James, will look without a shirt. In a recent interview Woodley told MTV News: “We didn’t want it to feel like, oh, attractive male lead taking his shirt off in a young adult franchise.” Yes, well. Good try. All the same, James is the best thing in “Divergent.” Imagine the pain and suffering this ﬁlm might’ve inﬂicted with Taylor Lautner of “Twilight” in the male-lust-object role, and you especially appreciate James’ wry, offhanded charisma. At one point Tris zip-lines down from atop the John Hancock Center. This scene is fun. Berger manages one lovely and surprising image: that of a hallucinating Tris ﬂoating in a reclining medical exam chair in an open ﬁeld. The generic bulk of “Divergent” hits its marks and moves on. Woodley — excellent in “The Descendants” and “The Spectacular Now,” where she played the bitchiest and the nicest young women on the planet, respectively — has the stuff it takes to anchor one of these dystopian jobbies. Here’s hoping the second movie, scheduled to be released a year from now, rebels against the establishment in more ways than one.
“Christopher Cross,” came out in 1979 and has gone platinum ﬁve times over, according to the RIAA. That record had four top-20 singles, including “Sailing,” which hit No. 1 and “Ride Like the Wind,” which topped out at No. 2. Although Cross said he knew his songs were quality work, he was a little surprised at how quickly success came to him. “I aspired to great artists like Joni Mitchell and people like that, so I was trying to emulate what they were doing as far as the craft goes,” Cross said. “I was just hoping to get the album out and then after the third album have a single to hit the radio. I never really imagined having that early success. “I think disco and punk had sort of run their course. People were sort of ready to hear pop again and I was just in the right place at the right time.” Cross has released 13 studio albums, including two Christmas records. Last year, he released “A Night in Paris,” a live album recorded and ﬁlmed entirely in one night at the Theatre Le Trianon in Paris.
techniques. “The cheer camp was kind of another audition process,” Cochran said. “We just worked on small cheer stunts. I guess just going back to the basics for people who had never cheered before. … Then we moved on to the more advanced stunts to see who could do [tosses].” Washington, whose character utilizes more of a dance style, did not participate in the camp, but still spent the major-
days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, March 28, Nils Fredland and Figment, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, March 30, Nils Fredland and Figment; April 6, Mary Wesley and Sassafras Stomp, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www.fsgw.org. English Country, March 26, Bob Farrall; April 2, Liz Donaldson, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw.org. Swing, April 12, Radio King Orchestra, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $15, www.ﬂyingfeet.org. Waltz, March 30, Figments, 2:453:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.
MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Linda Oh “Initial Here” Quar-
tet, 7:30 p.m. March 26; Nick Moss, 7:30 p.m. March 27; Arlen Roth & The Cordobas featuring Lexie Roth, 8 p.m. March 28; Roberto Pomili Tango Concert, 8:30 p.m. March 29; Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, 7:30 p.m. March 30, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www. bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Ballet Hispanico masterclass, 11:30 a.m. March 29; Ballet Hispanico, 8 p.m. March 29, 3 p.m. March 30; Tiempo Libre, 8 p.m. April 5, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260, www.blackrockcenter.org. Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Sean Tyrrell,
7:30 p.m. April 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call
“It’s lovely to play at Le Trianon in Paris,” Cross said. “It’s such an historic venue. The show sold out and it was a pretty special evening. We only got to tape one night, which is hard because, with live records, you usually want to record multiple nights and choose performances and things like that. But the band played incredibly well and I think it came out really, really well.” Cross hasn’t had quite the success he enjoyed early on in his career, but he still sells out shows around the world. As an artist, Cross said he’s never frustrated with fans when they say they love his older work as opposed to something new. What’s frustrating, he said, is the lack of exposure the songs are getting. “It’s very difﬁcult and it’s not the fans’ fault, it’s just the problem with terrestrial radio,” Cross said. “A lot of times, the more artistic work kind of slips through the cracks. So as the songs got more sophisticated and the lyrics got more sophisticated, it just wasn’t what radio was embracing. Britney Spears came in and I just didn’t ﬁt the mold anymore.”
ity of her time working on choreography. “I’m not being tossed, nor am I tossing people in the air,” Washington said. “We had a very short period of rehearsal time for this show. So it was really hard to get everyone to do everything. … It was, like, three weeks to learn everything — choreography, music, stunts and cheerleading. It was really overwhelming to do all of that in a short period of time.”
for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. March 26; AIR: Brad Kolodner, banjo, 7:30 p.m. March 26; BSO: Stayin’ Alive — One Night of the Beegees, 8 p.m. March 27; History of Jazz Part I: When Africa Met Europe On the Plantation, 11 a.m. March 28; Lily Tomlin, 8 p.m. March 28; Nils Frahm with Douglas Dare, 9 p.m. March 28; “Bring It On: The Musical,” 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 29; Peter Minkler, viola & Jeremy Gill, piano, 3 p.m. March 30; Parker Quartet, 7:30 p.m. March 31, 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, “The Jungle Book,” April 4 to May 25, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Arts Barn, “Great American Trailer Park Musical,” April 4-20, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. www.r-m-t.org, www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Imagination Stage, “Cinderella: The Remix:” April 9 to May 25, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www.imaginationstage.org. Olney Theatre Center, “I and You,” extended to March 30; “Once On This Island,” April 9 to May 4, call for prices, times, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-9243400, www.olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “Hansel and Gretel,” March 27 to April 27; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www. thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Two Trains Running,” April 2-27, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Snow Angel,” April 4-12, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-6441100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, “Other Desert Cities,” April 4-27, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www.ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Christopher Bakken and Derrick Weston Brown, 2 p.m. April 6, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, writer.org.
VISUAL ART Gallery B, “Ideal Form,” to March 29; Group Exhibition, April 2-26, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www.bethesda.org. Glenview Mansion, National Capital Art Glass Guild, March 30 to April 25, opening reception from 1:303:30 p.m. March 30, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www.rockvillemd.gov. VisArts, Xiaosheng Bi, “Garden of My Mind,” March 26 to April 20, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. March 20, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301315-8200, visartsatrockville.org.
Cross is one to keep himself busy. Shortly after his show at Birchmere, Cross will be hopping a plane for some tour dates in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. He also just ﬁnished recording a new album, “Secret Ladder,” which he hopes will be out around June 15. Since his divorce in 2007, Cross said he’s been writing constantly. “We just have a lot of material,” Cross said. “Just ﬁnished ‘Secret Ladder,’ and I’m very, very happy with it. … It’s just a very strong record.” For fans who come out to see Cross perform, he hopes they enjoy the music and ﬁnd a better understanding of his work. “The songs usually have a little bit deeper meaning and in some cases personal meaning,” Cross said. “Some of these songs are slightly autobiographical. I hope somehow in the concert they get to know me a little bit and … leave feeling like they know me a little better. “It’s the story of my life. It’s just a book I keep adding pages to.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington and Cochran agree the hard work has paid off. Packed houses are getting to see the amount of time and energy put into this show and are entertained at the same time. They both, however, hope audiences take a little something with them when they go. “I think people will take away a sense of pride in being who they are no matter who or what people perceive them as,” Washington said.
“I think it deﬁnitely has a message of friendship and relationships,” Cochran added. “When people watch the show, they get amused by the cheerleading and the fun dances and stuff, but I think it’s very important to understand the relationships [Campbell] is building and ﬁnds and the people she surrounds herself with.” email@example.com
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SPORTS DAMASCUS | CLARKSBURG
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Rockville High School’s Kathleen McTighe (right) keeps her eye on the ball on Friday against Richard Montgomery’s Haley McClelland.
Rockville lacrosse on the verge
SOFTBALL COACH TAKES OVER
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TOP TEAM, BIG EXPECTATIONS
ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER
First-year coach Ashley Barber-Strunk has taken over one of the most successful softball programs in recent history this spring. BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER
here is a long list of reasons that back up the notion ﬁrstyear Sherwood High School softball coach Ashley BarberStrunk has stepped into the most enviable coaching position in Montgomery County. The 2002 Richard Montgomery graduate — after all — inherited a two-time defending Class 4A state championship program on a 42-game winning streak that returns six starters, including the county’s best pitcher in Towson University recruit Meggie Dejter. It is, however, just as easy prove that the
member of Lock Haven University’s 2006 NCAA Division II national championship team’s undertaking marks the start of a journey few would dare embark on. Barber-Strunk has to ﬁll the shoes of a wellrespected 17-year coach who took the Sherwood program to new heights, putting her in prime position to feel the brunt of any slip in the Warriors’ dominance. While Sherwood’s former junior varsity coach admitted that concept isn’t lost on her, any remnants of anxiety are overshadowed by the excitement that surrounds the opportunity to put her spin on a program ripe with athletes just as passionate about, and dedicated to, softball as she is. “[Former coach] Pat [Flanagan] was here for so long, at this point it’s about establishing my lines,”
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Barber-Strunk said. “I was worried at ﬁrst that [the team] might be like, ‘Why aren’t we doing things this way,’ or ‘Why aren’t we doing things that way.’ I feel like I’m doing things the right way.” She is, according to Dejter. Given Sherwood’s recent results it’s hard to imagine the Warriors’ need to change much, but Barber-Strunk made it perfectly clear on the ﬁrst day of practice this spring that she would not settle for a team set on cruise control, that there’s no room in the Sandy Spring program for complacency, Dejter said. Barber-Strunk’s approach — she said she implements many of the drills and conditioning she did in college — is different than the traditional style Sherwood is used
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Cautious optimisim After years of losing, Clarksburg opens season with big win n
BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER
Even after it opened the season with a lopsided 19-0 home victory over Watkins Mill on Saturday afternoon, Clarksburg High School baseball coach Matthew Derrick and three of his key players still viewed the remainder of the season with cautious optimism. Clarksburg (1-0) won only one
game two seasons ago when its top seniors were only sophomores. Last season the squad improved to 6-11. Now, with most of his starters returning, including senior ace Zach Thompson, catcher Michael Kavounis and opening day pitcher Nick Infanti, Derrick probably had every right to view the 2014 season with a good deal of optimism. “We still have to take it one game at a time,” Derrick said. “We have a lot of tough teams in our league, especially in our division. We’ll see how we fare against Gaithersburg,
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Kathleen McTighe wasn’t much of a lacrosse player when she tried out for the Rockville High School girls’ team in the spring of 2012. But two years later, the multi-sport athlete has transformed from an inexperienced junior varsity freshman into a standout midﬁelder, rising through the ranks to become a reliable starter on the up-and-coming Rams. One of 13 juniors on an upperclassmen-heavy roster of 18, McTighe is a product of a newly-established Rams Lacrosse Foundation. A threesport varsity athlete — named Rockville girls’ basketball’s top defensive player this past season — McTighe moved up to varsity early last season and contributed immediately, particularly on the
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BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER
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Nick Infanti pitches for Clarksburg High School on Saturday against Watkins Mill.
Jennifer Hoffmann was pleased to still be in basketball mode in late February and early March since her Seneca Valley High School girls’ basketball team was amid its best postseason performance in recent history — the Screaming Eagles lost to eventual Class 3A state ﬁnalist Damascus in the 3A West Region semiﬁnals — when a sequence of events made it clear that would-be fourth-year Clarksburg softball
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Continued from Page B-1 to, but Dejter said the change has helped to keep the Warriors on their toes. They might actually need to be on guard defensively more so this season than in recent years. Despite returning the majority of its high-scoring lineup, Sherwood did lose two of its most powerful hitters. While the Warriors are still more than capable of producing runs, the scor-
Continued from Page B-1 Quince Orchard, Northwest and some of the other teams that have handled us the last two years. It was a good way to start the season. We got a win and I was able to get everyone into the game.” Thompson is expected to retain his status as the ace of the Coyotes’ pitching staff this spring, but Saturday afternoon he played ﬁrst base and batted third in the order. Infanti, the squad’s No. 2 pitcher, shut out the Wolverines on two hits and struck out ﬁve in ﬁve innings. Kavounis caught and batted ﬁfth. “When you have a good defense behind you, you just go out and throw strikes,” said Infanti, who threw strikes on 43 of 61 pitches on Saturday. “You always like the defensive help and the run support. I think we’re going into this season with a lot of conﬁdence. For me, the best game for us will be against Gaithersburg. They’re always among the best teams in our league and in the state. When we play them, we’ll know where we are.” Kavounis had another team in mind — Northwest. Two years removed from a squad that won only one game and often suffered setbacks via the 10-run mercy rule, Kavounis was quick to
Continued from Page B-1 defensive end, Rockville coach Caitlin Ulmer said. “Her speed is a huge asset for us and she’s actually one of our more defensive-minded midfielders,” Ulmer said. “... She’s got a little bit of that basketball shufﬂe.” Rockville’s progression, like McTighe’s, hasn’t happened
Continued from Page B-1 coach Danielle Murray was not going to be able to give the defending Class 4A West Region ﬁnalist Coyotes her undivided attention. Or much attention at all. “Danielle just had a baby and she was supposed to come back and then her husband ended up breaking his arm,” Hoffmann said. “It got to the point where [Murray] was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do this.’” That final decision was made about a week before the start of softball season and Hoffmann, who had been heading up Clarksburg’s junior varsity program since the school opened in 2006, could easily
ing differential might not be as much as it has been, Dejter said. Sherwood did win its 43rd consecutive game with Saturday’s 12-0 season-opening victory against Thomas S. Wootton. “I think [the changes are] good because we don’t want to get too comfortable and overconﬁdent with what we have, it’s good to get a new view point,” Dejter said. “[Barber-Strunk] did just play in college a couple years ago and won a national championship so she has so much she’s able to teach us. It’s
good because she does kind of knock us down a level. She really does push us. She’s been where we are and even better.” A catcher turned outﬁelder, Barber-Strunk brought in her cousin, former Our Lady of Good Counsel ace pitcher Kim Bartlett, who primarily played third base at Methodist University, as an assistant coach. Between the two, they provide expertise in all areas of the diamond. Student-athletes can be deﬁant in the face of change, but Barber-Strunk’s credibility and
experience makes it difﬁcult for the Warriors not to trust in everything she does, Dejter said. Perhaps even more important, the right-handed hurler added, is the open channel of coach-athlete communication Barber-Strunk encourages. Her youth also helps her relatability, Dejter said. “If you’re skeptical all you have to do is talk to her and she explains it fully,” Dejter said. “She doesn’t try to hide anything, she knows exactly what she’s talking about. She explains everything and how it’s going to
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 d help us, I think it’s really good to have that openness.” Barber-Strunk said her love for softball grew with the unity of her college team and that is a very important aspect of the game she aims to convey at Sherwood. The team has already come together in support of her efforts early, she and Dejter agreed. It’s no secret that all eyes are on Barber-Strunk and the substantially sized shoes she has to ﬁll. But the Warriors have rallied around someone who has already earned their respect.
downplay the Coyotes potential rise to prominence. “A couple of years ago, we were on the other side in games [like Saturday],” Kavounis said. “It’s tough to walk out onto the ﬁeld when you’re down 10-0 after one inning. I think last year we gained our conﬁdence and that carried over into this spring. We know we can compete in this league. But for me, when we face Northwest, a team with a lot of guys that I know, that’s when we’ll know how good we are.” Thompson will likely get the ball from Derrick when the Coyotes face Northwest, Gaithersburg and Quince Orchard this spring, For Thompson, who plans to attend Alderson-Broaddus this fall, the game against Quince Orchard is the one he is looking forward to the most. “We play a lot of good teams again,” Thompson said. “I think we get all of the top teams except we don’t play Sherwood. But that game against Quince Orchard is going to tell us what we have. I think our goals are to win the region and get to states. Two years ago we lost almost every game, but last year we came together and then over the summer we stayed close together knowing this was the last chance for us seniors to get to states.” firstname.lastname@example.org
“I think in the beginning she was a lot more nervous than now and especially the returning players, we deﬁnitely stepped in and were like, ‘OK, whatever you need from us, we’re here, we’re your team and we want to support you fully,’” Dejter said. “It really made this a team thing. She’s got such a passion for the game which everyone can see and it puts it on us, we want to impress her and we want to make her feel good about what she’s doing.” email@example.com
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Mike Kavounis gets a celebratory hand slap from Clarksburg High School baseball coach Mike Parent after a good inning against Watkins Mill on Saturday.
overnight. The team went 8-4 against a lighter 2A/1A schedule in 2011, Ulmer’s ﬁrst year coaching, but upgraded to a more challenging 3A/2A schedule and subsequently dropped to 3-10 in 2012, according to LaxPower. com. Rockville doubled its win total to improve to 6-7 last season, and with another year of experience, things are looking up, McTighe said. “I think that we can get more wins than we did last year and
that we can be one of the top teams in our division,” McTighe said. “... A lot of us already know how each other play so we can pick things up more easily ... there’s a lot more chemistry just because we’ve played together so long.” Senior Hope Basile, who led Rockville with 42 goals last season, said that more underclassmen have expressed interest in recent seasons, helping contribute to the improvement. Partici-
pation has increased with the varsity and junior varsity teams ﬁlling up each of the last four seasons, Ulmer said. “We’ve really been building up the program and getting more and more people interested in playing lacrosse in general,” Basile said. Anna Damone, a 2011 Rockville alumna, said there was a culture shift when Ulmer took over in 2011. “Ithinksenioryearwejusthad
a lot more enthusiasm and more of a team family atmosphere,” Damone said. “... She brought us all together and made us compete. I think that’s something that really wasn’t done before.” While Basile has been playing lacrosse since about fourth grade and starting on varsity since she was a freshman, many of her teammates, such as McTighe, lack that experience. Their growth, along with the continued development of the
underclassmen on the junior varsity team, could be essential in establishing a winning culture at Rockville. “They’ve really been able to get a hang of all the foundations of lacrosse,” said Basile, who has recorded 63 goals in her ﬁrst three seasons. “They’ve been able to really play well and learn the game and have been able to succeed in the sport.”
have declined the offer to take over the program for a year. But that would have left Clarksburg in a lurch. Before last season, the Coyotes haven’t appeared in a region ﬁnal since it was a Class 3A program in 2010. Despite the hectic schedule that was sure to ensue — and it was exacerbated by the inconsistent practice times thanks to a long patch of inclement weather — Hoffmann said she could not turn her back on the forward progress this relatively new Clarksburg program has made in establishing itself in the county’s upper echelon. Former varsity softball coach and the school’s football coach Larry Hurd also stepped in last-minute to coach junior varsity. “Stability is important, I didn’t want to just plop varsity
in someone’s lap, so I decided to take it over for this year,” Hoffmann said. “We have a strong softball program here and one thing I did not want was for things to change so much where all of a sudden it does start to affect the players.” The players, junior left ﬁelder Tia Mitchell and senior center ﬁelder Laurie Kostecka agreed, were happy to see a familiar face on the ﬁrst day of tryouts March 1. In the name of building a true program, Murray and Hoffman often ran joint practices, Kostecka said, so the Coyotes avoided the transitional period that inevitably accompanies any new coaching situation and remain in good position to build on last year’s breakout performance. “I think bringing in someone new [to coach] would’ve thrown
us off for a while, this doesn’t feel like much of a change,” said Kostecka, a University of Tampa recruit. “I think Coach Hoffmann is amazing for doing this, it really is a sign of how much she cares about our program. ... “Last year really set us up for this season because everyone is so determined. Last year we ﬁnally made it to the ﬁnal and almost won and we plan on winning this year.” The Coyotes certainly have the means necessary. While they did graduate ace pitcher Jennifer Taffe, who struck out 154 batters, her younger sister, sophomore Emily, and classmate Ashleigh Bisset, who hit a two-run home run in last year’s region ﬁnal loss to Northwest, are more than capable of holding their own in the pitcher’s circle, Hoffmann said. The rest
of Clarksburg’s defense remains in tact, likely even stronger. The arrival of freshman shortstop Allie Janowiak, who Hoffman said possesses the type of softball instincts that can’t be taught, enabled former two-year shortstop Mitchell, a University of Virginia recruit, to move back to her natural position in the outfield. The ground she and Kostecka will be able to cover should provide perhaps one of the county’s best ﬁnal lines of defense. The two also lead an offense that had no trouble scoring runs a year ago — Mitchell batted .593 with 22 runs batted in and 34 runs scored and Kosctecka (.500) sent 30 runs across the plate while scoring 25 of her own. Communication, Mitchell said, should also be a team strength now that most of the
team has played together for at least one or two years and it helps that all four captains — Mitchell, Kostecka, catcher Rachel Brenowitz and right ﬁelder Joanne Cardera — are in some of the most communicative positions. Players’ ability to talk on the ﬁeld is vital to teams’ success, especially under the stress of postseason play, Hoffmann said. “I think we can deﬁnitely at least attain what we did last year and even go further than that,” she said. “Especially now that there’s not some new person screaming from the sidelines telling them what to do. ... I still communicate with Danielle, it’s not like she just dropped off the face of the earth, she is still involved.”
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Player of the Year
KENT ZAKOUR STAFF WRITER
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Landon School senior Jack Barton is The Gazette’s Player of the Year in ice hockey.
Not only the best defenseman in IAC, but also showed offensive skills.
Stellar two-way player was key cog in Patriots’ title run.
Senior netminder was solid all season for the IAC champs.
Hard working player led Little Hoyas in scoring.
Led Stags in goals (20), assists (18) and points (38).
Solid two-way player has both size and speed.
Landon Senior Defender
Wootton Senior Defender
Coach of the Year Dave Evans Wootton
In his 20th season at the helm he led the Patriots to a perfect league mark, a 16-1 record overall and the team’s third Maryland Student Hockey League Championship.
Landon Senior Goalie
Geo. Prep Senior Forward
Jordy Bretner, Wootton, senior, defense Ross Allen, Churchill, junior, forward Kevin Mackey, DeMatha, senior, goalie Ryan Holman, Georgetown Prep, senior, forward Brandon Hall, Wootton, senior, forward Lizar Zamurovic, Georgetown Prep, junior, defense
DeMatha Senior Forward
Geo. Prep Junior Forward
Luke Klecker, Wootton, junior, defense Junmo Kim, Churchill, senior, forward Jones Lindner, Landon, junior, forward John Mulera, Georgetown Prep, junior, defense Adam Kaplan, Wootton, junior, defense Colton Rupp, Landon, junior, forward
Landon reloads, Prep looks to defend Golf preview: Hoyas won 2013 IAC title, but Bears have a top freshman class
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It took Morgan Egloff roughly half a second to correct himself. “This year we have four freshmen,” the Landon School golfer said before pausing. “Well, four really good freshmen.” Possibly, even, the best quartet of rookies in Landon history. Coach Jack Duquette takes his team on an annual trip to Alabama — where they are scheduled to be through Saturday — to play 36 holes a day for four days. It’s not uncommon for him to bring along a few promising seventh or eighth graders who can step back to the varsity tees and not get soundly defeated by the older, more experienced players. What is uncommon, however, is, on this very same trip a year ago, then-eighth grader Jeff Samit carding a 6-under 66, Evan Katz a 4-under 68, Cole Gibson a 2-under 70 and John Kalavritinos an even-par 72. Even more startling, these scores came on a famed Robert Trent Jones-designed course called The Senator, a popular venue on the LPGA Tour. “There’s a lot of good players out there,” said Landon senior Brent Bubes, an All-IAC selection as a junior. “But, yeah, they all played really, really well. I deﬁ-
nitely remember that day.” That day portends a promising season for the Bears, who were mired by depth issues last year, when Georgetown Prep won the conference title. Landon lacked a consistent ﬁve and six golfers in its lineup — teams start six and keep five scores — in 2013; with the addition of the four freshmen, the only depth issue is narrowing the starting lineup to six. “This year could be one of our best years,” Duquette said. “We have some veterans who are really strong but we have a nucleus of four freshmen who are very good ... we have a very good stable of golfers.” Of course, so does their rival, Georgetown Prep. The defending IAC champions return all six of their starters from last year, including four-year starter Brendan Peel. Also coming back for the title defense are seniors Jon Carr, Nick Rolle and Carter Connelly, and sophomores Mike Jones and Davis Lamb. “I’ve had six people leave on me,” Georgetown Prep coach Robert Barry said. “But I’ve never had a situation where it was all
six coming back. These guys, very clearly — they’re the starters. I’ve never really had too much experience with this kind of lineup.” Barry recognized that his IAC and Metros champion team will be the one with the target on its back, and that all schools will be itching to knock off the Little Hoyas. “Those six guys, I tell them, ‘We’re only as good a team as our four, ﬁve, and six guys play,’” the coach said. “Last year, when we won Metros, we had ﬁve guys shoot in the 70s. When we won the IAC, we had ﬁve guys in the 70s. In this format, it’s not the one horse you need, it’s the depth.” Both Landon and Georgetown Prep have plenty of that, so much so that both have voiced bittersweet complaints over that very blessing. Duquette could have a different starting combination every match. Barry said his biggest issue is who to pair with whom, ﬁnding the right balance of which players complement each others’ games the best. Regardless, these petty “problems,” have set up a top-heavy IAC. “[Landon] always has a good team,” Barry said. “But they’ve picked up a few kids and of course they have the war horses back so they’re going to be a team to reckon with and I think that that’s the great thing about this rivalry in that we’re going to go head-tohead and the winner is going to come out the IAC champs.” firstname.lastname@example.org
KEEPING IT BRIEF Bethesda resident reaches milestone
RM volleyball sweeps Watkins Mill
Bethesda resident Garrett Brahms ﬁnished his junior wrestling season at st. John’s Catholic High School, with a 43-12 mark and has won more than 100 matches his career. Brahms, who competes at 132 pounds, ﬁnished second in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championships, losing to Good Counsel’s Kevin Budock in the ﬁnals.
The Richard Montgomery High School boys’ volleyball team opened the season with a 25-4, 25-19, 25-8 sweep over Watkins Mill on Friday. The Rockets returned ﬁve starters from last year’s squad that reached the county championship match. — TED BLACK
There is no such thing as an offseason for baseball connoisseur Jeff Rabberman as the coach of the Gaithersburg Giants. “It’s absolutely a 12-month, 365-day job,” said Rabberman, who guided the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League franchise to a successful inaugural season last summer. He is also the coach at Gaithersburg High School during the spring. “There’s not a day that goes by I’m not doing something for the Giants.” In 2013, the Giants entered the CRCBL, a hyper-competitive amateur summer wooden bat league founded in 2005 comprised of 12 franchises in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. And through the years, as the league has expanded, the time commitment has not only increased on the field, but off the ﬁeld as well for all of the league’s representatives, including Montgomery County’s four teams (Gaithersburg, Silver Spring-Takoma Park Thunderbolts, Bethesda Big Train and Rockville Express). Rabberman and representatives from Silver Spring and the Big Train all agreed that running their organization extends to much more than just the annual schedule of games from late May to early August. They all compared it to running a college program or minor league afﬁliate, complete with annual winter league meetings. Planning a budget, interviewing potential interns, improving stadium and ﬁeld amenities, lining up host families, hiring play-by-play and public address announcers and increasing community involvement are just a few of the tasks at hand for each franchise. “For [Big Train President and General Manager] Adam Dantus now and me back in the day, it never stopped,” said Bethesda co-founder Bruce Adams, who has admittedly become less involved in the organization’s day-to-day operations over the past couple of years. “As soon as the sum-
Flagler College student-athlete Jake Taylor is expected to return to play for the Silver Spring-Takoma Park Thunderbolts this summer. mer youth camps and season are over, we are working on our annual fundraising, ordering uniforms and equipment and setting up offseason events for fans. Now, especially with the Web and social media, it’s a completely non-stop process.” But recruiting college players and developing relationships is the most important key to success. Teams said they have their roster set for the most part by the late fall or early winter. “Recruiting players for the next summer’s team is a huge part,” said Thunderbolts Vice President Joe Gerbasi, whose organization is entering its 15th year of operation. “It takes a lot of dedicated work and research to ﬁnd, target and develop relationships with college programs and players. “We are always looking to increase the number of Division I players on our roster, but at the same time, we are always looking for Division II, III and junior college players flying under the radar. We want to have a big league dream with a small-town charm.”
Added Adams: “Sal Colangelo, our manager, he literally goes from championship series game to vacation and dials recruits on the phone. There can’t be any gap in downtime because if you aren’t recruiting early and often, you won’t get the best players.” Rabberman, who traveled to the University of Texas last month to visit three of his summer players, said he is amazed at how far-reaching the CRCBL has become. In fact, he said he received a random email from a potential play-by-play radio guy from Washington state. “A couple of parents have asked me, ‘Do you want to coach in college?’ and I just laughed because I don’t coach at a university, but it is like we — I’m sure the other teams will agree — all do. It is as much work and we keep getting more and more involved and rewarded. I have the Trojans and the Giants. I get the college kids during the summer and high school kids in the spring.” email@example.com
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SCHOOL LIFE EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Wootton High singers and dancers in ‘Hairspray’
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Yi-Cheng Chen, an architect with Grimm and Parker in Calverton, looks on as high school students work on an elementary school site design during a break-out session at the Young Professionals Conference on Thursday at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville.
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Students stood around an elementary school site plan, moving cutouts of classrooms, the cafeteria, the gym, playing ﬁelds and other elements of a school, working to ﬁt everything on the site in a well-ordered pattern. They were high school students interested in architecture and design, learning ﬁrsthand some of the things architects and engineers have to consider when designing a school. Site planning was just one of the opportunities Montgomery County public school students, mostly high school juniors, had while participating in workplace scenarios at the 13th annual Young Professionals Conference on
Thursday at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. One of the conference sponsors, the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education, “is all about connecting students and the outside world,” said Nikki Malcolm, program manager for the group. “These students are on a chosen career pathway and we bring them businesses from the community.” The conference was also sponsored by Montgomery County Public Schools, the Universities at Shady Grove and Montgomery College. Participants also spent time learning from businesses that included law, teaching, ﬁnance, information technology, biosciences, broadcast media and hospitality, all career pathways programs offered in county high schools. It was an opportunity for the students to ask questions of professionals in a ﬁeld they might pursue, learn about the education required and the
variety of experiences each profession offers. Hanna Berhane, a junior at Wheaton High School, said she is studying both aerospace engineering and digital engineering this year. She isn’t sure about her future career but found the presentation by architects from Grimm and Parker Architects in Calverton, interesting. “It was really interactive,” she said. “I liked that they gave us a challenge to work on.” The event was organized like a real business conference, Malcolm said, with a keynote speaker, break-out sessions and a networking lunch. Thomas Perry, general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center in Washington, D.C., was the keynote speaker, encouraging the students to make the most of their time and giving a few words of advice while sharing his own story. “It’s important for you all to understand you have
to work hard,” he said. “The person who will have the most success is the person who makes the most of the 86,400 seconds in the day.” He also told the students that they would only be as good as the people they spent their time with and encouraged them to ﬁnd older people to learn from. “If you’re 16 years old, you cannot learn everything about life from another 16-year-old,” he said. “If you want to learn about life, ﬁnd someone ten years older than you who is doing what you want to do and hang out with them.” Fredy Calderon, a senior at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, said he was impressed by Perry’s talk and thought it was a great way to start the conference. He wants to pursue a career in law. Lawyers get incomplete information and have to ﬁll in the blanks, he said, “I ﬁnd it interesting,” he said, “That’s what I like to do.”
Wootton High School students will perform the Broadway musical “Hairspray” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; at 2 p.m. Sunday; at 7:30 p.m. April 4 and 5; and at 2 p.m. April 6. The school is at 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville. More than 150 students, including actors, musicians and crew, along with a team of teachers and community members, are involved in presenting “Hairspray,” set in Baltimore in the 1960s. “It’s one of the rare shows that has a tremendous amount of featured roles and the music is just so good,” said director Jessica Speck. “You cannot get away from how great this music is. It’s so catchy.” Tickets, at $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved seating, can be purchased at schooltix. org/wootton. For more information, call 301-279-8550.
Nursery school director celebrates 25 years Karen Gerton lives in a time warp of sorts. As director of B’nai Israel Congregation’s Schilit Nursery School for the last 25 years, she says that though she gets older, the kids do not. She always works with preschoolers ages 15 months through 5 years. “The kids are the same. They come in with smiles and are happy and love to be here,” Gerton said. B’nai Israel honored Gerton with a March 8 celebration attended by more than 350 people that included entertainment by comedian Kevin Meaney. “It was an overwhelming experience,” Gerton said of the celebration. “ My whole life converged.” Gerton said the biggest surprise of the evening was the people who came representing families from her 25 years at the school. She started at the Rockville nursery school in 1989, teaching
OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS Clarksburg High School
3-year-olds three days a week. After seven years, the director retired and she applied for the job because she said it was something she wanted to do eventually and she didn’t know when the opportunity would come up again. When she took over, there were 55 children in the program, all in half-day classes. Now there are 120 students in programs ranging from parentchild classes to pre-K classes for 4- and 5-year-olds. The school, Gerton said, is a place of community for the students and their parents. “It’s a community where [parents] meet people and establish friendships,” she said. “A common theme is they met friends and stayed friends. It warms my heart when people say that.” After 25 years, Gerton said she has no plans to retire. The celebration in her honor is an example of why she stays. “It was wonderful,” she said, “It touched my heart. That’s why I don’t leave. As much as I love being here, they love me too.”
Registration underway for pre-K, Head Start Registration has begun for Montgomery County Public Schools prekindergarten and Head Start classes for the 2014-15 school year. The programs are for incomeeligible children who will be 4 by Sept. 1. They provide services such as preschool education, health and social services, and parent engagement for lowincome families, including those whose children have disabilities. Limited Head Start openings also are available at Montgomery College’s Rockville campus for parents receiving Working Parents Assistance or Purchase of Care child care subsidies. These classes are open to children who turn 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. Walk-in applications are accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Rocking Horse Road Center, 4910 Macon Road, Room 141, Rockville. Parents also can register their children at other community locations.
n Each week, The Gazette will feature a county school by the numbers, giving a glimpse at how local schools are dealing with overcrowded conditions.
Number of students:
Current student capacity:
Number of students overcapacity:
Percent over capacity:
Number of school’s portable classrooms:
1,638 320 19.5 11 338 1995 25.2 26.2 2006 26.7 24.7
School’s average class size:
Total MCPS portable classrooms:
MCPS average high school class size:
Student/ instructional staff ratio:
MCPS average high school student/ instructional staff ratio:
Year school was built
Year of last renovation/modernization
Principal James Koutsos said the school’s 11 portable classrooms have created a larger building footprint. “We have a bit more base to kind of monitor and supervise,” he said. Overall, Koutsos said, the school has adjusted well to the extra students. Hallways and stairwells can accommodate students, he said, and the added enrollment has not affected extracurricular groups, some of which have used off-campus sites to meet prior to the student population growth. With more students, Koutsos said, there’s “more diversity, more variety, more opportunity.” An addition to the school is slated for completion by August 2015, he said. DATA FOR 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Pre-Operative Spine Class, from 2-3 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Spine patients – lower, mid-back and neck (cervical) – learn about pre-operative preparation and post-operative care prior to surgery. Registration required. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org.
THURSDAY, MARCH 27
Kohlenburg The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of William and Kathryn Kohlenburg extend warm congratulations and love in celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Married on April 6, 1944, at Grace Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, they have resided in their Gaithersburg home for 68 years and look forward to many more.
Korzeniowska, Nason Mansoor and Aileen Nason of Olney announce the engagement of their son, Seth Nason, to Ewa Korzeniowska, daughter of Grazyna and Wieslaw Korzeniowski of Poland. The prospective groom graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 2001 and in 2005 graduated from The United States Military Academy. Captain Nason is a POW/MIA Rccovery Team Leader at Joint Base, Pearl Harbor/Hickam in Hawaii. The bride-to be graduated from Paciﬁc Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is currently at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Nurse Anesthetist program. A May 2014 wedding in Hawaii is planned.
Eyes Wide Open, from 1-2 p.m. at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville. Learn about eye diseases and problems that can occur in the senior population. Dr. Neal Adams will describe the signs and symptoms of common vision conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome and refraction problems that become more evident as we age. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org.
FRIDAY, MARCH 28 Safe Sitter, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Jane E. Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase. Comprehensive training course teaches 11- to 13-year-olds the essentials of babysitting. Course includes tactics in handling emergencies basic ﬁrst aid and child-care skills. Registration required. If you are interested in becoming a Safe Sitter instructor, please call 301896-2999 for more information. $95. www.suburbanhospital.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 29 The Power of Food for Your Health, from 1:30-3 p.m. at
Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Dr. Eva Hausner and Dr. Mary DuPont will discuss the power of whole food nutrition and healthy lifestyle to prevent disease and to stay healthy. There will be a doctors’ Q&A panel included at the end of the health seminar. Free registration at: http://suburbanhospitalmarch29.eventbrite.com/.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30 Body Balance Yoga - Beginner at MedStar Montgomery,
10:30-11:30 a.m. Sundays, from March 30 to May 4 at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Phillip Drive, Olney. Yoga is an ancient and systematic approach to good health and well-being that helps to reduce stress, improve concentration and develop strength, ﬂexibility and balance. $60. For more information, visit www. medstarhealth.org.
MONDAY, MARCH 31 Basic First Aid and CPR, from 6-10 p.m., March 31 to April 1, at Suburban Hospital, Lambert Building (Second Floor), 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Receive instruction for Adult CPR, treatment of bleeding, burns, broken bones and more. For lay people who require CPR credential documentation. $85. www.suburbanhospital.org.
RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Golds-
boro Road, Bethesda, will present a special Lenten Sermon Series to April 13 (Palm Sunday) based on Adam Hamilton’s book, “24 Hours That Changed the World.” Based on the author’s travels in the Holy Land and other sources, the book helps readers experience the ﬁnal day of Jesus’ life and understand it’s signiﬁcance. Sunday service starts at 10 a.m. www. csachurch.com.
Littman, Brown Ellen-Sue and Neal Brown announce the wedding of their son, Mark Jared Brown of North Laurel, to Heidi Allison Littman on Oct. 13, 2013, at the Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, Calif. Heidi is the daughter of Wendy and Joel Littman of Sunnyvale, Calif., and the granddaughter of Gladys and Jacob Angel of Elk Grove, Calif., and Muriel Littman of Menlo Park, Calif. The bride is a 2000 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and received a master’s degree in musical performance from the University of Maryland. She is a musician in the Washington area. The groom graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a master’s degree in information systems from Johns Hopkins University. He is a manager with Infosnap in Bethesda. After a honeymoon in Thailand, they reside in Laurel.
The Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover, 8801 Ardwick
Oakley, Mueller Michaela Oakley and Michael Mueller were married on Sept. 21, 2013, at Stone Manor in Middletown. The bride is the daughter of Patty and Terry Oakley of Montgomery Village. The groom is the son of Fred Mueller of Tampa, Fla., and Robin Harrington of Gaithersburg. The ceremony and reception were celebrated with close friends and family followed by a honeymoon in Saint Lucia. The couple currently resides in Gaithersburg.
Ardmore Road, Landover, will present the full stage play, “It Is Finished,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18. Admission is free. www.shilohbc.org.
ONGOING Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink
Road, Gaithersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on ﬁrst Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through
This” Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 301-924-8640; www.agapeamec.org.
Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,
Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. www.damascusumc.org. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, www. elcbethesda.org.
Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church
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Opening for a qualified console operator on a state of the art Mitsubishi Diamond Star double wide press. Applicants must be able to work any shift and overtime often throughout the year. Must know how to set and register color as well as align pages. Knowledge of digital operating systems is a recommended but not required.
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Earn $350-$500/wk. M-F or Tues-Sat. No nights. Must have own car & valid. Drivers lic. Se Habla Espanol.
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Responsible for assisting in the laying and installation of sod, straw hand spreading and raking for small rock removal.
WE’RE HIRING WEEKEND CNAS, GNAS, AND HHAS!
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Local company in Gaithersburg is looking for an office administrative assistant to help with day to day tasks. Seeking self motivated, well organized, reliable individual for F/T position 9am-5pm M-F. Duties include: Answering phones, A/P entry, typing proposals, giving purchase orders, filing, data entry. Must be able to Multi task. $10$15/hr plus benefits If you meet the above requirements and are interested in applying for the position please Email your resume to Sara@hvacprecision.com
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Comprint Printing, a division of Post Community Media, LLC, is seeking a dynamic individual for a roll prep operator (tender) for a Mitsubishi Diamondstar double wide press. Applicant must be able to operate a forklift with paper clamp attachment. Some computer and mechanical knowledge preferred. Must be able to work any shift and overtime when required.
Burtonsville, MD location is looking for friendly & energetic associates to join our team!
On-Site Career Fair will be held Tuesday, April 8 from 2pm -6pm Roy Rogers is Hiring Full Time & Part Time Positions & Assistant Restaurant Managers at our Burtonsville, MD location! Join our hospitality team of friendly guest service associates: • College Tuition Reimbursement • Flexible Scheduling • Discounted Meals • Driver’s Education Reimbursement • Opportunities for advancement and much, much more!!
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OPERATOR IV The City of Frederick is currently seeking: FT Operator IV Wastewater Treatment Plant (POS-35-14) $16.7412 $21.0873 per hour. depending upon experience. Wastewater treatment experience preferred. MD Class 5A Wastewater Treatment Operator’s license preferred. For additional information visit our website @ www.cityoffrederick.com. Physical & drug test required for all positions. E.O.E.
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Roy Rogers Burtonsville, MD location is looking for friendly & energetic associates to join our team! On-site Career Fair will be held Tuesday, April 8 from 2pm-6pm. Roy Rogers is hiring full time and part time positions Kenwood Country Club & assistant restaurant managers at our Burtonsville, Bethesda MD location! P/T Evenings Join our hospitality team of friendly guest service asContact Chef Martin sociates 301 320 3000 x 1270 We have great benefits to offer: *College tuition reimbursement Part-Time *Flexible scheduling Local *Discount meals companies, *Driver’s education reimbursement National Children’s Center Local *Opportunities for advancement and much, much Making calls. For more info please more! candidates call Weekdays between 9a-4p Please apply in Person 15662 Old Columbia Pike Get Connected No selling! Sal + bonus + benes. Burtonsville MD 20866. We are an Equal OpportuniCall 301-333-1900 ty Employer.
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Montgomery County Department of Transportation seeks individuals for full-time and part-time substitute Bus Operators as part of the County-operated transit system (Ride On). Employees’ starting salary will be $17.83 per hour plus any overtime earned. Work schedules vary depending upon work assignment, and are based on seniority. Interested applicants need to be able to read and write, have three years of driving experience, at least one year of direct customer service, 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, and no more then 1 point on their driving record (equivalency will be applied to non Maryland residents). Experience driving a transit bus is a plus. Resumes must be submitted online by April 12, 2014. To view entire job announcement and apply online, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/careers IRC13886. EOE M/F/H Job Assistance Fair Information: If you require assistance in the application process, please bring an electronic version of your resume and join us on Friday, April 4, 2014 – 2pm-5pm or Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 9am to 2pm at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, Maryland, lobby level auditorium. GC3187
DIRECT CARE ASSISTANTS FT/PT- Overnight Shift ~ working with emotionally disturbed adolescents in residential setting. Shift schedule 10:45 p.m. 7:15 a.m. High school graduate w/experience preferred and current CNA Certification from MD Board of Nursing required to apply. MD State Benefits include paid leave, subsidized health and life insurance, free parking. Salary $14 p/hr. plus shift differential. Apply in person between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m March 26 - April 4, 2014, M - F at JLG-RICA, Admin. Reception, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD at intersection of Broschart and Blackwell Roads - enter on Blackwell. EEO
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2007 Honda Accord EX-L
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo...#V0033A, Green, 110,020 miles..........$8,991 2010 New Beetle CPE. #V606150B, Gray, 50,127 miles................$11,991 2012 Jetta SE...............#VPR6113, Silver, 34,537 miles.................$12,594 2010 Toyota Prius...#V658032A, Gray, 65,455 miles..............$15,492 2007 BMW Z-4.......#V006539B, White, 69,522 miles.............$15,993 2010 Passat 2.0 Tech.#V024161A, Moca Brown, 32,227 miles...............$16,975 2012 Nissan Juke..#V257168A, White, 57,565 miles.............$17,992 2013 Jetta SE...........#VPR0027, White, 6,101 miles...............$17,823 2013 Jetta SE............#VPR0030, Silver, 4,340 miles................$17,893
2013 New Beetle..........#VPR0038, Silver, 4,549 miles..................$18,492 2013 Passat S...........#VPR0026, Black, 6,891 miles................$18,923 2014 Passat Wolfsburg. .#VPR0041, White, 2,878 miles................$19,752 2014 Passat Wolfsburg...#VPR0040, Grey, 5,227 miles.................$19,792 2014 Passat Wolfsburg...#VPR0039, Silver, 5,447 miles.................$19,992 2011 CC.....................#VP0035, White, 38,225 miles................$19,993 2014 Passat SE........#VPR0036, White, 5,965 miles...............$21,791 2012 Nissan Maxima. .#V073708A, Gray, 47,457 miles..............$23,991
All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 03/31/14.
#E0259A, 137k Miles
#422048B, 96k Miles
2007 VW Passat
2006 Lexus IS 250
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2007 Jeep Wrangler X
#3258118A, 111k Miles
2008 Mazda Miata MX5 Grand Touring
#325094A, 21k Miles
#426006A, AWD With Navigation, 176k Miles
2009 Volvo XC-90
#P8834, w/Navigation, 106k Miles
#327213B, With Navigation, 87k Miles
2008 Ford Expedition L
#N0294, 89k Miles w/Navigation
2010 Lincoln Town Car
#422037C, 71k Miles
2009 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Crew Cab
#327217C, 63k Miles
1999 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4.............................$8,480 2011 Lexus ES350.....................................................$23,980 #N0295A, 118k Miles
#P8876, 39k Miles
#G0002, 47k Miles
#P8828, Entertainment System, 47k Miles
#P8827, Navigation, 32k Miles
#422055A, 90k Miles
#422036A, 37k Miles
2006 Ford Fusion SE............................................$9,980 2010 Volvo XC-90.........................................................$23,980
2007 Volvo S60................................................................$11,980 2011 Volvo XC-90..................................................$30,980
2011 Volvo XC-60.........................................................$19,980 2012 Volvo XC-60 R-Design Platinum..........$32,980
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11 Nissan Versa 1.8S $$
#464060A, 6 Speed Manual, 30k Miles, Black, 1-Owner
13 Kia Rio LX $$
#453017A, Auto, 2K Miles, 1-Owner
2006 Lexus IS 250
13 Toyota Corolla LE #R1781, 4 Speed $ Auto, 1-Owner, $
#422051B, 121K Miles
12 Scion TC $$
#472144A, Auto, 4k Miles, 1-Owner
13 Toyota Camry LE $$
#R1753, 1-Owner, 12K Miles, 6 Speed Auto
2007 Volvo S60
#N0294, 89k Miles w/Navigation
#426010A, 58k Miles
13 Toyota Camry SE $$
2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer #372287B, Sport Utility, 5 Speed, Black
12ToyotaSiennaLEMiniVan #472179A, 6 Speed $ Auto, 1-Owner, $ 28K Miles
$14,900 2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $14,900 #E0322, Classic Silver, 1-Owner, 33K Miles $15,499 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.......... $15,499 #P8858A, CVT Trans, 13k Miles, Bright Silver 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $16,990 $16,990 #472230A, 1-Owner. 26K Miles, 6 Speed,Aloe Green $17,495 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS. . $17,495 #363442A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, Sport Utility, Blue Metallic 2011 Ford Ranger XL.......... $17,900 $17,900 #467057B, 1-Owner, 30K Miles, Ext Cab, Oxford White
#E0296, 34K Miles
#422037C, 71k Miles
2010 Lincoln Town Car
13 Ford Escape S
#372014A, 6 Speed Auto, 8K Miles, 1-Owner
12 Chrysler 300 LTD #469042A, $ 8 Speed Auto, 42K $ Miles, Grey
2011 Toyota Tacoma........... $17,900 $17,900 #467046A, Ext. Cab, 5 Sp Manual, 32k Miles, 1-Owner 2011 Nissan Juke S............ $18,985 $18,985 #450094A, 1-Owner, 36K Miles, CVTTrans, Black Station Wagon
$19,900 2010 Nissan XTerra SE........ $19,900 #464098A, 5 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, Silver Metallic, Sport Utility 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. $21,900 $21,900 #363225A, 6 SpeedAuto, 5k Miles, Sport Utility, Rally Red
2012 Toyota Sienna LE........ $22,500 $22,500 #472179A, 1-Owner, 28K Miles, 6 SpeedAuto, Cypress Pearl 2013 Nissan Quest SV......... $25,990 $25,990 #363238A, CVT Trans, 1-Owner, 11K Miles, White Pearl
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2013 Chevrolet Cruze
2009 Volvo XC-90
#422005A, 67K Miles
#P8834, w/Navigation, 106k Miles
2008 Mazda Miata MX5 Grand Touring
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11 Toyota RAV4 $$
#P8948, 1-Owner, Sport Utility, 33K Miles
2011 Ford Escape 12 Hyundai Genesis Coupe #464070A, 2.0T, $ 5 Speed, 13K Miles, $
#426006A, AWD With Navigation, 176k Miles
2007 VW Passat
#R1735A, 6 Speed Auto, 1-Owner, 25K Miles
2003 Volvo S60
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#325094A, 21k Miles
2010 Volvo S40
#42603A, 50k Miles
2008 Ford Expedition L
#327213B, With Navigation, 87k Miles
1999 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4.............................$8,480 2012 VW Beetle..............................................................$13,980 #N0295A, 118k Miles
#N0323, 28k Miles
#429027A, 83k Miles
#P8884, 40k Miles
#G0002, 47k Miles
#98885, 9k Miles
#E0306, 34k Miles
#P8827, Navigation, 32k Miles
2001 Volvo XC70..........................................................$9,480 2012 Volvo S60................................................................$23,480
2006 Ford Fusion SE............................................$9,980 2013 Volvo S6............................................................$29,980 2013 Mazda3......................................................................$13,480 2011 Volvo XC-90..................................................$30,980
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2014 Nissan Versa Note SV #R1825, Auto, 1Owner, 3.9K miles
#P8904, CVT Trans, Leather, Sunroof, 1-Owner
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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
#470267D, 3.0L Sport, RWD, 1-Owner, Auto
14,495 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle
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#442018A, Auto, Convertible, Final Edition
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2014MSRP: NISSAN FRONTIER KC$21,255 4X2 S
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2012 Volvo C30 Premier Plus
2010 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL
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2014 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S $
#446147B, 4WD, Automatic
#11614 2 At This Price: VINS:410790, 415357
#12213 2 At This Price: VINS: 766057, 767134
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PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. 2014 COROLLA LE ECO & PRIUS PLIG-IN LEASES ARE FOR 24 MONTHS WITH $995 DOWN. EXPIRES 03/31/2014.
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