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The final auditions for new Redskins cheerleaders were held at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Sunday. (Below) Brooke Early, 2, of Northern Virginia, tagged along with her mother, former Redskin cheerleader Megs Early, to watch the auditions.

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After months of preparation and three rounds of auditions, a new team of cheerleaders danced to “Hail to the Redskins” together for the first time Sunday in Bethesda. The final stop in the audition process to pick the 2014 Redskins cheerleaders was a ticketed event at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. For a full house of friends and fans, 60 women showed off their dance, cheer and modeling skills in a bid to join the “first ladies of football.” From a pool of about 200 who came to the

first audition, 60 were selected to audition Sunday in a final that was part showcase of athletic dance skills, part beauty pageant. While the women walked across the stage in bikinis and posed with footballs, audience members cheered for their favorite candidates. An announcer said what each contestant does when she is not cheering. They came from different states and hold different jobs — federal employees, personal trainers, an eighth-grade science teacher, an auditor and CPA, and a bartender. Some are former pageant winners. Some listed shoe collecting or walking their dogs as hobbies; some had master’s degrees or were planning to go to law school.

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Maryland school systems and private providers will soon have access to a new grant program aimed at expanding prekindergarten services in the state. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed on Tuesday the PreKindergarten Expansion Act of 2014, which sets aside grant money to help programs take in

more children, jump from halfday to full-day services or open their doors for the first time. The O’Malley administration labeled the act one of its priorities in the state’s 2014 legislative session, which ended Monday. The program will start in fiscal 2015 with about $4.3 million. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) said the legislation marks another step toward the larger goal to provide universal, halfday prekindergarten by 2018. The state will seek out the best, most innovative public and private programs to channel grant funds to, he said.

“Our intent is to see an equitable distribution around the state,” Brown said. “We would like to see, if not every county, every region of the state have a program that is funded [through the grant program].” He said the new grant funds will allow about 1,600 more children to attend prekindergarten programs than the current 29,000 low-income children in the state who use the services. Janine Bacquie — director of Montgomery County Public Schools’ Division of Early Childhood Programs and Services and co-chairwoman of the Montgomery County Early

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Childhood Advisory Council — said she thinks it will benefit the state that many different types of prekindergarten providers could receive the grant funds. Bacquie said the school system will support the three child care programs it currently partners with, should they decide to apply for grant funds. The system is also open to working with other programs interested in applying for grant funds and seeking the school system’s endorsement, she said. Bacquie said the county advisory council she co-chairs has determined through its studies


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A worker lays brick as construction continued Thursday on the new Wilson Wims Elementary School in Clarksburg.

dar Grove elementary schools host child care programs run by KidsCo, a company based in Gaithersburg offering beforeand after-school programs in 17 locations, including Damascus Elementary School. Cedar Grove Principal Lee Derby said staff and parents selected KidsCo several years ago to run the program at Cedar Grove Elementary, and the results have been good. “They’re at maximum capacity, and there’s a waiting list,” Derby said.

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Montgomery County Public Schools has set a deadline of April 23 to accept bids for a child care program at the new Wilson Wims Elementary school in Clarksburg. Still under construction, the school for up to 734 students is set to open in August to serve students drawn from Little Bennett and Cedar Grove elementary schools, which are over capacity. Once the bids are in, a committee made up of Wilson Wims staff and parents will evaluate the applicants by using a point system for each application, according to the school system’s request for proposal. Applicants are asked to provide information about qualifications, experience, programmed services, insurance, budget, fees and staffing, as well as chances for parental involvement and approach to conflict mediation. The committee will then interview the three top-rated applicants and announce its selection by mid-May, according to the announcement. Both Little Bennett and Ce-

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A mother, a father and a son charged with attacking police and providing alcohol to teens during their son’s 21st birthday celebration are scheduled to appear in Montgomery County District Court on Thursday. The parents — George Magas, 54, and Cathy Magas, 46, and their sons, Nicholas Magas, 21, and Eric Magas, 18 — were charged with 21 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, in addition to obstruction and hindering, according to online court records.

The charges stem from what police allege happened when officers responded to a complaint about a party at the family’s house in the 9400 block of Damascus Road on Jan. 4, just prior to midnight. Police described seeing teens drinking in the yard and said there was a keg outside a stairwell of a basement, where 35 underage partiers were allegedly drinking. Police said residents wouldn’t let officers inside the home. A struggle ensued when officers tried to obtain the keg outside and saw someone coming out of a basement door trying to grab several cases of beer, police alleged. Police said attendees tried

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Yard sale and more at Damascus High The Damascus High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association is inviting households and arts and craft vendors to apply for space at a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 in the school parking lot. “This is the first time we’ve done this,” said Zoe Rosenbaum, vice president of the PTSA. Spaces cost $15, or $25 for two. To reserve a space, email The yard sale is a fundraiser for the annual all-night Post Prom event May 16-17 for seniors and juniors at the volunteer fire department’s activities center on Lewis Drive. “It’s a cruise ship theme this year,” Rosenbaum said. Also new to the party this year is a visit by Army recruiters, who are donating a climbing wall to the activities, which include a DJ and dancing. Also in the student parking lot on April 26 will be the Ford Drive For Your School event, with proceeds from people test driving new cars benefiting the school’s athletic boosters. That same day, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the school’s horticulture department will host a plant sale. “We thought we’d get more foot traffic if lots of people are selling their stuff,” Rosenbaum said. Organizers of the Post Prom event continue to accept donations to help finance the party. Checks may be made payable to DHS PTSA, note Post Prom, and dropped off in the school’s main office.

Church seeks donated bicycles Montgomery United Methodist Church in Damascus is accepting donations of bicycles in any condition for reconditioning by

its men’s Hands in Ministry team. The bicycles, which can be for any age rider, will be donated to local and international charities. Donors are invited to leave bicycles through April on the grass near the white box truck at the church at 28325 Kemptown Road. For a receipt or to request a pickup, email him.montumc.

Libraries to host voter registration drives With party primaries for state and local offices coming up June 24, the county’s board of elections will hold voter registration drives from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays this month at public libraries. The Damascus Library, at 9701 Main St., will hold its drive April 19. For more information, contact Gilberto Zelaya at 240-777-8532 or

Library hosts author of ‘The Yoga Store Murder’ Washington Post reporter Dan Morse, author of “The Yoga Store

Murder,” will discuss his book at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Damascus Library. The book is about the 2011 murder of an employee by a coworker at the Lululemon Athletica store in Bethesda. Morse reported the story and subsequent trial. The library, at 9701 Main St., will offer light refreshments at 7 p.m. For more information, call 240-773-9444.

Waste-to-energy plant honored by EPA Montgomery County’s wasteto-energy plant in Dickerson has won a 2014 Clean Air Technology



Clarksburg’s Naja McAdam competes in the high jump at a meet on Saturday in Clarksburg. Go to KEVIN MOOK

Montgomery County Police Officer Jeremy Wojdan, a resource officer at Northwest High School in Germantown, is named the 2013-14 Law Officer of the Year by the Montgomery County American Legion at a ceremony March 22 in Silver Spring. From left are State Legion Public Safety Chairman Bill Milligan, Damascus Post 171 Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Green, Wojdan and Montgomery County Legion Cmdr. Colleen Mulroney. Award from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA recognized the facility, which is operated by Covanta Montgomery, for upgrading its systems to cut its nitrogen oxide emissions in half. Covanta developed the technology as a retrofit for existing facilities such as the one in Dickerson, according to a news release from the Morristown, N.J., company. Nitrogen oxides contribute to the formation of ozone in the lower atmosphere and smog. The Dickerson plant was the first in the nation to use the Covanta system, starting in 2009. The facility is owned by the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority. Since it began operations in 1995, the plant, with a capacity of


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Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association Meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., Stedwick Com-

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Damascus Relay for Life Team Captain meeting, 7-8 p.m., Damascus

United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Damascus. Free. 301-5623612.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 “Gasland II” Screening, 7-10 p.m., Buffington/REMAX Building, Community Room, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Free admission; donations requested. 301-570-0923.

Potomac River Cleanup: Little Seneca Lake, 9-11 a.m., Black Hill Visitor

Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. Free. 301-528-3482. Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, 21720 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville. Free admission. 301-509-2911. Spring Fling, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Goddard School in Gaithersburg, 900 Wind River Lane, Gaithersburg. Free. 301-208-8787. Breakfast with the Bunny, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive, Rockville. $12. 240-314-8840. World of Possibilities disAbilities Expo, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Rockville Hilton,

1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. $3. Gaithersburg Bike Rodeo, noon-2 p.m., Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithers-



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a.m.-noon, Connelly School of the Holy Child, 9029 Bradley Blvd., Potomac. $25-$30. tigertrot.

Who Is This Jesus? Musical Drama, 11 a.m., Wesley Grove United Methodist Church, 23640 Woodfield Road, Laytonsville, also 7:30 p.m. 301-253-2894. Open House, 1-5 p.m., VCA Vet-

SPORTS Landon plays Georgetown in a highly anticipated boys lacrosse matchup.

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Earth Day volunteer opportunities available To mark Earth Month, and Earth Day on April 22, Montgomery County is seeking volunteers to host or contribute to environmentally focused projects. Projects include watershed cleanup activities and clearing trail paths. The county’s volunteer center is coordinating the events and maintains a database listing volunteer opportunities at volunteer.truist. com/mcvc/volunteer/search.aspx. Participating students can receive student service learning hours. erinary Referral Associates, 500 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. 301-926-3300.


Weekly Career Seminar, noon, Weichert, Realtors, 20400 Observation Drive, Suite 200, Germantown. Free. 301-540-1330.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Saturday Story and Hike, 10-11 a.m., Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, Rockville. $6. 240-3148770.

Great Adventure Labs present Lego Robotics, 3-4 p.m., Quince Orchard

Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

A Taste of Power: Food and American Identities, 7-9 p.m., Gaithersburg

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AROUND THE COUNTY Students marching the gap into the light

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Mark Foraker (left), development director at Manna Food Center, receives donations Monday at the nonprofit’s Gaithersburg food warehouse from Montgomery County public information officers (from left) Anne Santora, Tom Pogue and Trish Jenkins. The delivery kicked off the county’s 27th annual Give and Ride program, in which donors of nonperishable food items can get a free Ride On bus ride this week.

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Most people have at least some interest in biking, advocates say, and overcoming their reservations is the first step toward making biking a mainstream form of transportation. Bike advocates at the Great MoCo Bicycle Summit on Saturday in Chevy Chase pointed to a study in the Portland, Ore., area that found more than half of people were interested in biking more, but didn’t feel comfortable making it a part of their daily routine, especially on nonresidential roads. “We win when we get that full 50 percent able to bike comfortably,” said Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. Farthing, one of several planners and bike advocates who spoke at the conference, said the first challenge in making bicycling more mainstream is getting people who are not regular cyclists to consider biking. That means making infra-


Riders with the Great MoCo Bicycle Summit bike up Second Street in Silver Spring on Saturday. structure more bike-friendly, but also using marketing campaigns, outreach and signs to remind people that biking is an option for getting around. David Anspacher, a planner coordinator with the county Planning Department, said most

people in the “interested but concerned” category are afraid of being hit by a car while biking. Most of them are comfortable riding their bikes, however, if they are in a bike lane that is buffered or separated from the vehicular road in some way.

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While many bike lanes are on the shoulder of the road, engineers also are designing lanes separated from the road by medians, barriers or parking spaces. Pat Shepherd, the county Department of Transportation’s bikeways coordinator, said the county is looking for opportunities to build buffered bike lanes or separate cycle tracks, but it is also adding bike lanes to the road shoulder and sidewalks wide enough for bikes and pedestrians. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association organized the conference, along with MoBike and Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Takoma Park, who said he hopes the conference will become an annual event.

A group of Montgomery County students is marching to close the achievement gap — and they want everyone to join them. The roughly 20 students organizing the March to Close the Gap hail from Minority Scholars Programs at about 10 high schools around the county. As leaders and members of the program aimed at closing the gap, the students have planned the march as a platform to share their work and direct attention and support to the issue they say is prevalent but sometimes unknown. The march on April 27 will take its participants from the Carver Educational Services Center to the Montgomery County District Court in Rockville. Performance gaps between student groups — especially those between African-American and Hispanic students, and their white and Asian peers — remain a long-standing issue for Montgomery County Public Schools. With a little more than three weeks left to plan and recruit participants for the march, the students and their teachers in the program met at Clarksburg High School on April 2 to discuss a range of issues, including where they stood cultivating interest in the event from their peers and others. Gabriella Bianchi, a 16-year-old sophomore at Wootton, said after the meeting her school has a small percentage of minority students and many of her friends aren’t aware of the achievement gap. “It just doesn’t make sense to them because at our school, the problem, socially, isn’t a very big issue,” said Bianchi, a co-leader of Wootton’s Minority Scholars Program. To raise support at Wootton — where the idea of the march originated — Bianchi said she and others had reached out to a range of student groups and were working toward a spot on the school’s announcements and sending information home to students’ families. She said the march has received “good support so far” at the school, but there was more work for them to do in


the next few weeks. “We don’t have as much support as we wish we had,” Bianchi said. Mariam Jalloh-Jamboria, a senior at Clarksburg High School who leads its Minority Scholars Program, said she has emailed area churches and mosques and talked to members of other groups she’s involved in. “Anything that I have my foot in is where I’m promoting the march,” she said. Jalloh-Jamboria, 17, said she has learned that performance gaps exist beyond those found between students of different races. Gaps also appear along the lines of socioeconomic status and sexual orientation, she said. In her outreach, she said, she has told others that, whether they are a minority student or not, the gap and the Minority Scholars Program’s work affects them. Skylar Mitchell, a junior at Walt Whitman, joined the efforts to organize the march after hearing about the event from Michael Williams, a Minority Scholars Program coordinator and a fellow member of the county school system’s African American Student Achievement Action Group. Mitchell said she has not seen many other minority students in her advanced placement and honors courses. She said, from her experience, she thinks minority students too often don’t strive for academic success. “If we’re not all exceeding at the same rate for whatever reason, there’s a problem, and that’s something that needs to be addressed,” she said. Williams, a teacher and the Minority Scholars Program coordinator at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, said the program coordinators involved in the march’s planning knew the students were “on to something” when they raised the idea of a march. The march, he said, will serve to raise awareness and garner support from the community for efforts to close the gap. Vilma Najera, a foreign language resource teacher and the Minority Scholars Program coordinator at Clarksburg High, said she thinks the issue has escaped many county students. “I think a lot of kids don’t get it, and I think it’s just because it’s not a conversation a lot of kids are having,” she said.

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InBrief MADD meets at Rockville library The Maryland chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Rockville to announce new data about underage drinking prevention from a national survey of high school students. The talk precedes the group’s fourth annual PowerTalk 21 day on April 21, a national day for parents to start talking with their children about alcohol. The day is designed to coincide with the start of high school prom season. The talk at Rockville Memorial Library will feature Herman Bonaparte, program coordinator with MADD, and Jan Withers, the group’s national president. The library is at 21 Maryland Ave.

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Freshman Elspeth Dorr looks in the mirror at a red dress she is considering for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School prom. Her mother, Lale Dorr, behind her, and other students involved in the prom dress giveaway on Thursday help her choose.

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Finding that perfect prom dress is difficult. Getting one when you’re strapped for cash is nearly impossible. In hopes of easing some of that burden, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on Thursday hosted its fourth annual “Once Upon a Prom” dress giveaway. Organized by school parent Wendy Silver of Bethesda four years ago, the program aims to provide prom dresses to less-privileged girls, so they have a chance to feel special on prom night. “Compared to previous years, we saw a spike in attendance, which is wonderful because we really tried to get the word out,” Silver said. “It’s good to know that more of the community is hearing about the event.” About 150 people came to this year’s dress

giveaway in the school’s dance studio, including mothers and friends of girls looking for their perfect gown. The giveaway attracted girls from surrounding high schools such as Albert Einstein in Kensington and John F. Kennedy in Silver Spring and some from as far away as Howard County, Silver said. The number was about double that of last year and many more than the first year, when only 20 came, Silver said. “The most rewarding part is seeing the smiles on girls’ faces after they try on a dress that suits them,” she said. “That’s magical.” Silver gets dresses from individual donations and many from Ashley Taylor, a Washington, D.C., socialite who started the original “Once Upon a Prom” organization. “Last year we got a number of dresses from a retailer who was going retail to online,” she said. “I have about 150 dresses stored in my basement.” This year she added a raffle to the event, giving away certificates for manicures, pedicures, “blowouts” from Drybar in Bethesda, and other gifts and services. Bethesda-Chevy Chase seniors Peyton Sil-

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ver and Chloe Druskin, both 17, co-presidents of Once Upon A Prom this year, plan to pass the torch to Silver’s younger sister, Madison, a freshman. “I hope to keep the club vibrant and alive within B-CC and the community. I’m glad I’ve found a plan to keep it going in the years to come,” Wendy Silver said. Other schools in the county offer low-cost prom dresses to their students and nearby community. Northwest High School in Germantown held its annual Cinderella’s Closet Prom Dress sale Friday. Donated dresses were sold for $20, with proceeds going to community services through the school’s Northwest Ambassadors. About 60 dresses were sold Friday and the school plans to host a second sale from 2:30 to 5 p.m. May 2. Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville hosted a drive named Project Prom, also Friday, giving the option of 56 dresses for girls to choose from for $10. Organizers from Paint Branch were not available for comment on their program.

Germantown has a gnawing problem Community sees a spike in trees damaged by beavers along Little Seneca Lake

Beaver damage to trees along the edge of Lake Churchill in Germantown. Many small trees have been felled by the beavers. This large tree is almost ready to fall.




Public and private organizations on the south side of Little Seneca Lake in Germantown have reacted differently to what seems to be a recent spike in damage to trees caused by hungry beavers. Residents of the Churchill Community Foundation, which manages the land around privately owned Churchill Lake, have spent about $3,500 in 2013 encircling tree trunks with wire screening and replacing trees that have been gnawed to pencil points by beavers. “We’ve had about 15 trees damaged on individual properties and between 400 and 500 in the common areas [around the lake],” said Alan Siefert, management agent for the foundation. Siefert said some beavers have migrated east to Churchill Lake from the much larger Little Seneca Lake, a reservoir and backup water supply for the Washington region. Todd Peters, a resident of Churchill-South community, regularly walks on the paths along its shores and paddles on the lake in kayaks and canoes. This year, he said, he’s seen evidence of beavers gnawing the bark around old trees, as well as saplings on both sides of the footpath around


the south side of the lake. “Some of the trees are more than 100 years old,” Peters said. He is concerned that some felled trees are landing on fences and new boardwalk construction. “I love the beavers and I don’t want them to go away, but I think they’ve gotten out of control,” he said. The shores of Little Seneca Lake are managed by Montgomery Parks, which, as a general rule, follows a “live and let live” policy on beavers. “We try to reach a balance,” said Rob Gibbs, natural resources manager for Montgomery Parks. “We allow beavers to live in the park system and limit as best we can the damage they do.” A pair of beavers forms a colony

with their children and grandchildren, he said. When they’ve exhausted the vegetation supply near their lodge, they typically abandon it and move to a new location. “They do this shuffle dance around the edges of the lake,” Gibbs said. Beavers build dams to slow down the flow of water. That can be good for the natural environment, because the ponds provide good habitat for ducks, herons, fish and animals that rely on wetlands. “They provide natural areas to support rich diversity of native animals and plants,” Gibbs said. “They’re good at creating wetlands that also trap sediments and pollution.” But if beavers block streams or

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overflows from stormwater management ponds, the backup can flood roads and backyards. In that case, Montgomery Parks will usually come and remove the beavers, Gibbs said. Under state law, they cannot be relocated, which means they must be killed, he said. In general, the Montgomery Parks policy is to encourage humans to co-exist with beavers. The mission of the department is to not only provide activities and natural areas for people, but also foster habitats for wildlife. ‘Where we can keep beavers, we do,” Gibbs said.

The Williams Syndrome Association is inviting the community to its May 3 Frederick Walk for Williams, aimed at raising awareness and funds for the disability. The walk will be held at the Villages of Urbana Community Center, 9023 Harris St. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m. There also will be face painting, games, balloon animals and a silent auction. Williams syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by mild to moderate intellectual disability or learning problems, unique personality characteristics, distinctive facial features, and cardiovascular problems, according to the National Institutes of Health website. It affects about one in 7,500 to 20,000 people. Admission for the walk is $20, or $50 for a family of four. Those who register by Saturday will receive a free Williams Syndrome Association T-shirt. To register or make a donation, visit For more information contact Erin Rupolo at 301-370-2688 or erupolo@

Civic group to discuss budget The Montgomery County Civic Federation will discuss the county’s proposed $1.48 billion fiscal 2015 budget from 7:45 to 10 p.m. Monday the County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Steve Farber, staff director for the County Council; Joe Beach, finance director for the county; and others will address such issues as commercial and residential property tax assessments, proposed salary raises for county employees, and bond authority and ratings. Speakers will accept questions from the floor. The public is invited. More information is at


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

Armed robbery • On March 24 at 5:30 a.m. at the 7-Eleven parking lot, 19786 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown. The subject assaulted the victim with a weapon and took property. Aggravated assault • On March 21 at 4 p.m. in the 6000 block of Laytonsville Road, Gaithersburg. The subject is known to the victim. • On March 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the 12600 block of Grey Eagle Court, Germantown. The subject is known to the victim. Residential burglary • 11000 block of Grassy Knoll Terrace, Germantown, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. March 21. Forced entry, took property. Vehicle larceny • Multiple incidents in Germantown between March 17 and 25. Took loose items. Affected streets include Waring Station Road, Wisteria Drive, Circle Gate Drive.


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Growing up in a family of lawyers didn’t seal Daniel Patrick Connell’s fate as a steward of the law. For him, the “aha” moment arrived after serving with a reconnaissance unit during Operation Desert Storm. “You know who you are and you know a little bit about life when you are in life or death situations,” Connell said. “And you watch your friends die.” Connell, a 45-year-old lawyer from Poolesville, is back after serving as a U.S. Department of State senior rule of law adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has returned with a new personal mission: to become a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge. “I looked at who had challenged these judges while I had been serving in Iraq as the senior rule of law adviser for the U.S. government. Who has challenged [the judges] back home in my own county, this process that’s undemocratic?” Connell asked, rhetorically. “Election after election, no one.” Connell was a last-minute entry in the upcoming race. Three sitting circuit judges — Gary E. Bair, Nelson W. Rupp Jr. and Joan E. Ryon — and a fourth who is about to take the circuit bench — Audrey A. Creighton — are vying for


four seats, along with one challenger, Connell. Connell described himself as “the people’s candidate” — opposed to the election process for circuit judges. “There is no good reason why judges should not be elected the same way we elect our legislators,” he said. Under Maryland’s constitution, Circuit Court judges are appointed by the governor, based on Connell nominees generated by a 13-person panel in each jurisdiction. The appointees run in the next election after the appointment and in elections thereafter. They can be formally opposed by any candidate who is at least 30 years old and a member of the state bar and who meets residency requirements. The 13-person panel, known as the Judicial Nominating Commission, was created by executive order during the 1970s. Nine members are appointed by the governor and the other four are chosen by presidents of local bar associations. Connell said the panel invites cronyism and isn’t transparent. “[It] is simply designed to obfuscate the fact that we’re all supposed to be considered on our merits and to keep the power — which that panel not only covets but, for all intents

and purposes, has already usurped — in our hands,” he said. This will be the first contested Circuit Court race since 2004, when Connell ran for Circuit Court judge and lost, receiving about 11 percent of the vote. Raised in Chevy Chase, Connell is a lifelong Montgomery County resident. His father, his brother and sister, an aunt and most of his cousins are lawyers. Connell served in the Marine Corps from 1987 to 1993, when he was honorably discharged. He is a decorated Marine Corps veteran. Connell obtained a degree in philosophy from the University of Maryland and a law degree from University of Denver in 1997. Connell was a senior rule of law adviser for the U.S. Department of State in Basra, Iraq, in 2009 and 2010, and in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2012 and 2013. His time overseas earned him two Expeditionary Service Awards from former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. If elected, Connell said, he would make impartiality and fairness priorities. He spoke of excessive bail and what he described as unfair sentencing. “I’ve seen a young AfricanAmerican, 18 years old, get a year in jail for having half a joint of marijuana,” Connell said. “That could have been President Obama, President Clinton. A year? That judge does not empathize with that young man.”

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On Tuesdays, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Nelson W. Rupp Jr. takes off his “judge face,” steps out of the courtroom and enters the classroom to teach third-year law school students how to be trial lawyers. On Thursday nights, he’s back in court for his other “second job” as presiding judge for Montgomery County Circuit Court’s Adult Drug Treatment Court Program, which he founded in 2004. But come Election Day, the question of whether Rupp gets to keep his main job — one of Montgomery County’s 22 Circuit Court judges — will be left to voters. For the first time in 10 years, sitting Circuit Court judges up for election will face a challenger. Poolesville lawyer Daniel Patrick Connell — the same person who sought judgeship a decade ago — has filed for candidacy for 2014. Maryland’s primary election is June 24. The general election is Nov. 4. Rupp, 64, is among the four sitting Circuit Court judges whose names will appear on the June primary ballot. The sitting judges are running as a team. “We hope the people will have faith in the system that has appointed us to Circuit Court,” Rupp said. In Maryland, Circuit Court judges are appointed by the governor from a pool of nominees chosen by a 13-member committee. But after the appointment, Circuit Court judges have to run in the nearest election to their appointments in order to continue for a 15-year term.

Thereafter, the judges are up for election. Appointees can be formally opposed by any qualified candidate. To run as a Circuit Court judge, a candidate must be 30 years old and be a member of the state bar, in addition to meeting residency requirements, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. Circuit Court is the local trial court that typically handles Rupp more serious cases. Rupp was appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) in 1997. Prior to that, he was appointed as a Montgomery County District Court judge by Gov. William Donald Schaefer (D) in 1993. Rupp said he founded drug court in 2004 because there were defendants who were becoming known as “all-stars,” people with drug problems who kept appearing in the court system over and over again. Prior to drug court, judges didn’t have many options for offenders struggling with addictions, Rupp said. “The traditional system doesn’t sufficiently address addicted offenders,” Rupp said. The Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court Program is a voluntary program that offers repeat offenders the chance to break the cycle of addiction and crime through intensive treatment and monitoring. A team made up of case managers, judges, therapists and attorneys work together to direct the participant’s evaluation and treatment for a minimum of two years, though the length of the program depends on the participant’s progress. Drug court sessions are held at night so that participants can keep a job, one of the require-

ments of the program. “It’s about changing the whole person,” Rupp said. “It’s not just about staying clean.” Since the program’s inception, 137 people have graduated from drug court. He became emotional when talking to The Gazette about some of the former graduates. “Every one of these graduates has a story,” Rupp said. Outside the courtroom, Rupp deals with a different sort of aspiring graduates. He’s an adjunct professor for a civil and criminal practice at American University, where he’s taught since 1998. “I don’t have on my judge face on in there,” Rupp said. “It helps to see the judge is a real person.” At the time of his interview with The Gazette, his students were preparing for the final — a staged trial on April 6. Rupp earned his law degree from American’s Washington College of Law in 1974. He said he decided to go into law because he wanted to help people. “The world of academics is one thing, but when you get out in the real world, it’s a whole other thing,” said Rupp. The son of a dentist and a stay-at-home mother, Rupp graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1966. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1974 and has served as an assistant state’s attorney and as a public defender in Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties, as well as working for private firms. Becoming a judge, Rupp said, gave him another avenue for helping improve the human condition—something he hopes voters remembers when they head to the polls. “I hope they look at my record, my history,” Rupp said.


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For an attorney, getting to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court is like going to the Super Bowl. And Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Gary E. Bair has been there twice. “That’s the highlight of your legal career,” said Bair, who worked as an attorney for more than 30 years before being appointed as a Circuit Judge in 2012. On Election Day, Bair hopes his broad background in criminal law will be an effective selling point for voters — the ones who will determine whether he gets to keep his job. For the first time in 10 years, the circuit judge race will be contested. Bair and the three other appointed circuit judges are running as a slate against challenger Daniel Patrick Connell, a lawyer

from Poolesville. were arrested, bringing about the “You want the most highly legal question of whether police qualified lawyers to be your had probable cause to arrest any judges,” Bair said. “People’s of them. money and freedom are in your The Supreme Court justices hands.” unanimously determined there Bair argued before Supreme was probable cause for an arrest. Court justices in 2003, toward the In 2004, Bair left the Maryend of his 21-year stint with the land Attorney General’s Office Maryland Attorney General’s Of- for private practice. He joined the fice. At the time, he was solicitor five-lawyer firm as partner with general, head of the criminal ap- Fred Warren Bennett, his courtpeals division. room adversary back The first case, which in the early 1980s. Bair appeared before the was working as an ascourtonMarch24,2003, sistant public defender involved a defendant in Prince George’s who argued convincCounty. Bennett was a ingly that his attorneys prosecutor. Bair kept failed to adequately running the firm after defend him because Bennett’sdeathin2007. they didn’t mention his He said he was beBair troubled childhood to ginning to miss being in the panel of jurors who sentenced the public sphere. him to death. “You don’t have the same The second, on Nov. 3, 2003, broad impact,” Bair said. was a search and seizure case inIn 2012, the retirement of Cirvolving a traffic stop that turned cuit Judge Thomas L. Craven gave up cash and a large amount of co- him an opening. In Maryland, caine. Three people in the vehicle judges are appointed by the gov-

one-party rule in state

ernor, though circuit judges still have to stand in contested elections. Bair said he applied to be a nominee because he was seeking a new challenge and because he was getting older. Maryland judges are required to retire when they reach age 70. Bair was 61 at the time. “If I want to do this,” Bair recalled thinking, “I’ve got to do this sooner than later.” Bair grew up in Baltimore County and was a 1968 graduate of Woodlawn High School. He said he was the first in his family to go away to college. He earned an English degree from Tulane University in 1972 and graduated from Georgetown University law school in 1976. He clerked for Appeals Judge J. Dudley Digges. Bair said that being a judge has enabled him to help others. “It sounds like a cliche,” Bair said, “but it’s a humbling experience. It’s the people every day. In court, you’re constantly reminded that people are entrusting you with their lives.”

GOP’s Begosh frustrated by high taxes, more business regulation

ing with them jobs both in their own organization as well as in the restaurants, stores and housing that spring up around these new major employers,” she said. “I am also running BY TERRI HOGAN to restore balance in a very STAFF WRITER out-of-align legislative body Republican Sharon T. Be- in Annapolis and especially gosh decided to throw her hat in Montgomery County. Not into the ring as a candidate for only a balance of ideas, but a District 14 delegate because balanced reaction to societal every elected position in Mont- problems that our state legislagomery County is held by a ture has in the past sought to fix Democrat, and she believes the with emotional over-reactions one party rule just isn’t working. which limit individual free“People like me feel that doms while not affecting the we need representation to give root of the problem.” She believes the one party a voice to people that are hardworking and who have the system is not healthy and has same beliefs we do,” she said. not produced successful out“I’ve been involved in enough comes in employment rates, campaigns and have gone door quality of education, accountto door for other candidates to ability of public servants, affordknow that there are many peo- able health care and happier ple out there who feel this way.” familiesthathavebeentoutedas Begosh, 52, has the goals of politicians. lived in Olney for “Diversity is a 11 years. While she wonderful thing,” she has no prior politisaid. “And it’s about cal experience, she time that we had some retired in 2012 from in political thinking of the Montgomery Montgomery CounCounty governty’s legislative reprement after 27 years sentatives.” of service in public To run a successful Begosh safety. campaign, Begosh said “I was chief of Pre-Trial she is hoping to raise as much Services within the Depart- money as possible, and is in the ment of Corrections and Reha- process of planning fundraising bilitation for the last nine years events. of my career,” she said. “I have The three District 14 House a lot of administrative experi- incumbents — Democrats ence, running a multimillion Anne R. Kaiser of Calverton, dollar agency.” Eric G. Luedtke of Burtonsville Her biggest issue is taxes. and Craig J. Zucker of Brookev“Crushing taxes for Maryille — are seeking re-election. land and Montgomery County Other candidates are citizens including the rain tax, bag tax, alcohol tax, gas tax, Democrat Valerie A. Nia Shell cigarette tax and health insur- of Burtonsville and Repubance tax,” said Begosh. “This licans Patricia Fenati of Daalso includes some of the high- mascus and Michael Ostroff of est estate, corporate, death and Burtonsville. District 14 includes the property taxes in the country.” She said out of control northeastern portion of the spending on bigger govern- county, including Fairland, ment has lead to tax hikes, and Burtonsville, Colesville, Ashton, increased regulations for cor- Sandy Spring, Olney, Brookevporations and small businesses. ille, Laytonsville and Damascus. The primary election is The high taxes and over-reguJune 24, and the general eleclation of businesses have led to the fleeing of businesses from tion is on Nov. 4. Begosh grew up in Harford Maryland to nearby businessCounty. She is married to Marfriendly states, she said. Begosh said she is running tin Begosh, a Purple Heart reto help make Maryland pro- cipient who is medically retired from injuries sustained as an business again. “Where businesses large Army sergeant. They have a son and small will flourish, bring- and a daughter.


Trachtenberg seeks return to County Council in District 1 Former at-large member now running in District 1




This time around, Marie “Duchy” Trachtenberg is narrowing her focus. When she served on the Montgomery County Council from 2006 to 2010, Trachtenberg was an at-large member, representing all residents of the county. Now, as she seeks to return to the council, the North Bethesda resident is running in District 1 against incumbent Councilman Roger Berliner (D) of Bethesda in the June 24 Democratic primary. Republican Jim Kirkland is alsorunningintheNov.4election. Being an at-large member often meant balancing competing interests around the county, Trachtenberg said.

But in representing a district, at-large members often look to you to see what your constituents’ needs are, she said. District 1 stretches from Bethesda and Chevy Chase on the Washington border, to Potomac and up to Poolesville and beyond. Trachtenberg said the key to representing such a diverse district will be getting the various communities involved early and often, and to be clear about her views on issues. You have to tell people what’s possible and what is not, she said. She said she has a reputation for speaking frankly on issues, which people appreciate, even if it leads to uncomfortable conversations. In 2012, Trachtenberg sought the 6th District congressional seat now held by Rep. John Delaney, but dropped out of the race. Trachtenberg had about $122,000 in campaign

money in January, and while she declined to say how much she plans to raise, she acknowledged that she expects the race to be expensive. With a campaign team that has nationally known staff such as strategist Joe Trippi and direct mail consultant Jim Crousne, TrachtenTrachtenberg berg said she expects to have “more than adequate funds” to run the campaign they designed. She said her decision is “not at all” based on the chance to run against Berliner, but a response to all of the people who have asked her to run. Trachtenberg said she will base her campaign around a re-

cord of accomplishment from her service on the council. During her term on the council, Trachtenberg was instrumental in helping open the county’s Family Justice Center to assist residents in domestic violence and other cases, as well as sponsoring a bill to ban serving trans fats in county restaurants. Trachtenberg said she was probablybestknownonthecouncil for her work on public health issues, as well as serving as a voice for the mentally ill and people with substance abuse problems or disabilities. This time, she also expects to focus on creating solid economic development in the county to create an economy that can sustain all families. She also wants to address the growing needs of children in the county and do a better job of providing support services to children and their families.

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Obituary Donna Belinda Gordon, 64, of Damascus, Maryland passed way Friday April 4, 2014 at home with her family by her side. Born on December 20, 1949 she was the daughter of Emmette Ray Pearre and Lucille Virginia Hawkins Pearre. She was the sixth of seven siblings. She is survived by her loving husband Edward Gordon, daughters Maggie Mackay and Katie Gordon, son-in-laws Kenneth Mackay and Robert Brockett, and her 2 grandchildern Carson and Phoebe Mackay, who were the light of her life. She was loved by many during her time here with us and lived her life devoted to family. Friends may call 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at Molesworth-Williams P.A. Funeral , 26401 Ridge Road, Damascus, Md. 20872 . Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 11, at Clarksburg United Methodist Church, 23425 Spire Street, Clarksburg, Md. Interment immediately following at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Online condolences may be shared with the family at 1910028



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Obituary William “Bill” Roberts William Joseph Roberts, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on April 2nd, following a long battle with brain cancer. He was born in Washington, DC on January 8th, 1956 to Russell Roberts and Dodie Roberts. Bill is survived by his wife, Lisa; his daughter, Sarah; his son, William Jr.; his two brothers, Jack (Joyce) and Jimmy (Donna); his brother-in-law Rick (Becky), his three nieces Amy, Amanda, and Jessica, and his two loyal golden retrievers, Kobe and Grace, all of whom he loved dearly. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made the to “Rhodes Runners for Life” team at the Angels Among Us Walk to benefit the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University ( A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 12th, at Poolesville Presbyterian Church, 17800 Elgin Rd., Poolesville, MD. 1910379

Obituary Avrom Nadell, 78, passed away suddenly on March 14, 2014. He was a beloved husband of nearly 50 years to Meribeth, loving father to Deborah Brogdon (Wade) and Michael Nadell (Suzanne). His grandchildren, Corey, Brooke, Riley and Price survive him as well as, his brother Joseph Nadell and his sister Naomi Escalante. A graduate of Columbia School of Pharmacy and The University of California, Berkley; he spent 25 years in the United States Air Force in the field hospital administration. After retiring as a Lt. Col., he joined Computer Science Corporation, as a program manager where he spent 20 years. Burial will be at a later date with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetary. 1910373


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Obituary What a wonderful life this great, altruistic, loving man lived. Donald Allan MacLennan, PhD Physicist, at age 77, passed away in Gaithersburg, MD, on February 28, 2014, after a valiant, year-long battle with undifferentiated Neuroendocrine Merkel Cell Cancer. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, MacLennan was a man of great dignity who grew up in Sacramento, California, where he attended public schools. He graduated from University of California at Berkeley, with honors in Engineering and a PhD in Physics. Highly respected as an “inspiration” with a reputation for “brilliance” among his colleagues, Donald enjoyed a distinguished career, known for his creativity, shown in a vast range of expertise. His contributions ranged from designing nuclear reactors to fluorescent lamps at General Electric Company, to technical management of the flash sources business at EG&G, (now Perkin Elmer), to developing defense against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at BAE Systems. Following five years at BAE, Donald went on, well past retirement age, to add significant input to the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) with the Department of Defense (DOD) and through Lanmark Technology and Ideal Innovations, Inc.; and to take part as a consultant in project development for the Pentagon. Donald was dedicated to the prevention of loss of life of innocent civilians and young troops in the Middle East. During his years as a Principal Research Scientist in the Washington D.C. area, where Don led projects in electrodeless lamps, MacLennan discovered a lamp excitation method, characterized by an expert witness as a “once in a decade” breakthrough. Along the way, he was issued 12 patents, (five pending) and was one of the designers of the Sulfur Lighting System, recognized with many international awards in 1995. Don was a happy family man who loved to share his technical expertise by helping other home owners at the Courtyards at Rio Townhome Community, where he served as the lighting committee, “the man who kept the yard lamps on.” The HOA board is installing a new street lamp in his honor with a plaque dedicated to his name. A Scottish Memorial for Donald MacLennan, with bagpipes will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 3:00 P.M., at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Church, 6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20817. All are invited. Please call the church for directions. Donald is survived by an adoring wife, Rosalind, a twin sister, Diana Record, a retired school teacher, who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a younger brother, Rod MacLennan, a retired airline first officer/captain for Eastern Airlines, who now is head of his own business, Airline Captain for a Day, in Las Vegas, and a large extended family. MacLennan took great pride in his marriage of 47 years to his loving wife, Rosalind Lacy MacLennan, and his three grown children, Nicole, son-in-law, Dr. Leon Henderson-MacLennan, who live in Pacific Palisades, California, Duane, who is a manager at Farmer Brothers Coffee in Los Angeles, and Alicia, a pilot and first officer for Qatar Airways in Doha, Qatar; and granddaughters, Maribel, 6, Gabriela age 3. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Donald A. MacLennan.

From left, Wayne Thomas, Robbie Holston and Emmanuel Baxter, all equipment operators for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, spread hot patch asphalt over potholes before steamrolling it down on Brahms Ave on Friday in Silver Spring. DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE

Obituary Edgar Allan Burdette, 81, of Dothan, AL passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Mr. Burdette was born April 4, 1932 in Purdum, MD and lived his life in the Boyds/ Clarksburg, MD area until relocating to Dothan in 2010. He was the son of the late E. Calvin and Mildred King Burdette. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary L. Burdette. In 1984, Mr. Burdette retired from the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland where he served for 26 years. He enjoyed raising cattle on the family farm, camping trips with friends, and was a passionate fan of the Washington Redskins. He was a member of the Clarksburg United Methodist Church, Clarksburg, MD. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Joseph Allan Burdette, Boyds, MD, two daughters, Ruth Ann Burdette, Little Hocking, Ohio and Alana (David) Thomas, Gordon, AL; grandchildren, Mickey Allan Burdette, Eli David Thomas and Caroline Lorraine Thomas; sister, Shirley B. Kling, nephew, Dr. Ronald (Linda) Kling, DVM and niece, Laurie Bucher. He was preceded in death by grandchildren, Andrea Christine Burdette and Calvin Hunter Thomas; daughter-in-law Pamela Burdette. Funeral services were held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Grace Park United Methodist Church in Ashford, AL with Bro. Griff Pemberton officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 1700 Barrington Road, Dothan, AL with Robert Byrd directing. The family will receive friends from 10-11 am prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Clarksburg United Methodist Church, 23425 Spire Street, Clarksburg, MD 20871 or to Grace Park United Methodist Church, 105 Elmer Road, Ashford, AL 36312. Robert Byrd of Sunset Memorial Park Funeral Home (334) 983-6604



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Committee seeks ways to curtail costly project overruns Report outlines possible steps council might take




Almost anyone who has ever had work done on their home knows that few projects come without some unexpected problems. But in an effort to avoid expensive cost overruns — such as the ones at the Silver Spring Transit Center — the Montgomery County Council is looking at ways it can reduce the number of changes made to the facilities the county builds while they’re under construction.

The county builds projects such as libraries, police and fire stations, and recreation centers very well, but it tends to run into trouble when it tries to address unusual projects in the usual ways, said David Dise, director of the county’s Department of General Services. “We do what we normally do very well,” Dise said Thursday at a meeting of the council’s Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee. The committee was discussing a report from the Office of Legislative Oversight on the effect of change orders — directives that require a contractor working on a project to change a portion of the work specified un-

der the contract for the project — on county construction jobs. The report included three recommendations for the council to take action on: • To ask that General Services develop a process to assess the risks of capital budget projects. • To ask that General Services use different ways to manage the procurement and contracting process on projects that carry a high risk of expensive changes. • To encourage General Services to continue to collect and monitor data on change orders on projects to identify trends and factors that increase the chance of cost increases and delays.

Change orders can be caused by a variety of factors, according to the legislative oversight report. On one project, a construction contractor the county had worked with on other projects went out of business while it was working on a county project. In another case, a previously reliable vendor provided the county with faulty building materials, while on another project the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission changed code requirements while a capital project was being built. The transit center project in downtown Silver Spring wasn’t mentioned at the hearing, but the project has been crippled by

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Democratic county executive candidates sparred over budgetary issues at a forum Sunday in Silver Spring. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said the county government should not fund the public school system above the amount required by state funding minimums, as a way to control county spending. Current County Executive Isiah Leggett said staying at so-called maintenance of effort for any extended period of time would be a “recipe for disaster” by lowering the quality of the county’s school system. Former county executive Douglas M. Duncan criticized the law for providing disincentives for counties to fund more than the required amount because they’ll have to provide at least the new amount from the next year and in future years. The Womans Democratic Club

of Montgomery County hosted the forum. Republican candidate Jim Shalleck of Montgomery Village was not at the debate, and said he had not been invited to participate. Leggett’s proposed fiscal 2015 operating budget provides funding forschoolsatabout$26millionabove the maintenance of effort level. Leggett said he would love to see the law changed, but funding schools only at the basic level until it is wouldn’t provide the school system’s current students with the resources they need, Leggett said. Andrews said while education is an important service that the county provides, so are libraries, fire, police and other items that get crowded out of the budget by education spending. Duncan promised as executive to work with the county’s delegation to the General Assembly, the County Council and the school board to change the law so it rewards counties for providing increased funding. Duncan continued his attacks on Leggett for the troubled Silver Spring Transit Center project, asking when the facility will open, what it will cost and if it will be safe.

He accused Leggett of forming a secret committee to prepare a report on the long-delayed project in downtown Silver Spring. The comment drew a heated response from Leggett, who repeated his answer from earlier events that the facility will open when it is determined to be safe. “All this talk about some secret commission. What are you talking about?” Leggett asked. Andrews also reprised one of his favorite lines about the transit center, pointing out that both Duncan and Leggett have had opportunities to get the facility open as county executive and have failed to do so. He said perhaps Duncan could get some information on when the transit center will open from the project’s general contractor Foulger-Pratt, who had done some consulting work for Duncan. Duncan used the forum to promote his “Leadership In Action” plan. The plan includes policy proposals on a variety of issues, including education, job creation, infrastructure and the environment.

delays and problems. The county released information in November that the project had been subject to more than 400 proposed change orders, included approved orders worth $10.8 million. The Department of General Services is already doing some of the steps recommended in the report, Dise said. For instance, the department reviews project sites to try and identify potential problems with sites before a project starts. Renovations and rehabilitations cause more of a problem in this area because crews aren’t able to test an area as much as they could with a site that doesn’t already have a building

on it, Dise said. Dise said the county does evaluate things such as the safety record, payment histories and the number of modifications that previous projects have needed when it’s looking for a company to work on a project. It also talks with jurisdictions that have worked with the company, he said. After about an hour of discussion, committee Chairwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said she would like the committee to have some more discussion on the issue before it makes a recommendation to the full council on action to help avoid the need for change orders on projects.

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When it comes to bidding against companies from outside Montgomery County on county projects, local businesses will now officially receive a leg up. The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that would require the county to give preferences to county businesses in the event of a tie with a company from outside the county. The bill actually codifies what already is in county procurement regulations, with some additions, said bill sponsor Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring on Tuesday. Council members have long heard from business owners that the county’s procurement process is too long and involved, said Council Vice President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park. He said he supported the bill but asked Department of General Services Director DavidDiseifitwouldcomplicatetheprocesseven further. Dise said he didn’t expect it to. Government procurement can provide some challenges to businesses because of

the need to take measures to protect public money, Dise said. But in other jurisdictions that already have similar rules in place, a policy to break ties doesn’t usually provide an extra burden, he said. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg asked Dise if he thought the bill could hurt Montgomery companies trying to get contracts in other jurisdictions. The bill establishes a way to break ties for similar bids, not a preference for Montgomery companies that submit a higher bid than a competitor, Dise said. The bill defines a county-based bidder as a company that “has its principal place of business in Montgomery County” and has “operated through an office, distribution point, or facility in the county for at least six months immediately prior to submitting a bid in response to a formal solicitation issued by the county,” and one that owns property taxed by the county. In fiscal 2013, 28 percent of contracts awarded by the county, worth more than $233 million,weretolocalbusinessesworkingasthe primary contractor or subcontractor, according to a Feb. 20 letter from County Executive IsiahLeggett(D)expressingsupportforthebill. Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) ofGermantownmadehelpinglocalbusinesses a priority when he became council president in January.



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Continued from Page A-1 that the county should place an emphasis on child care programs above other providers. The affordabilty of child care is a major issue in the county, she said, and state dollars could help providers reach more families. Compared with the school system’s prekindergarten programs, community child care providers are sometimes able to provide longer hours and yearround services, she said. Some families also prefer informal or family child care, she said. The new law also expanded which families are eligible for prekindergarten services through programs that receive grant funds. The state now requires public prekindergarten programs to provide services to families with income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Programs could use grant funds to expand their services to families whose income falls at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.


Continued from Page A-1 to slam the front door on the officer’s arms and a second officer who tried to help also was assaulted. Meanwhile, partygoers inside were banging on windows, yelling profanities and making video recordings of the scuffle. Police alleged that homeowner George Magas, the dad, had to be subdued by a stun gun because he reached for an officer’s holster. Magas additionally was charged with attempting to disarm a law officer, attempting to incite a riot and three counts of second-degree assault. The Magas brothers also were charged with attempting to incite a riot.


Continued from Page A-1 Stephanie Jojokian, director of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, said the cheerleaders fall into a category known in the contemporary dance world as “working dancers,” holding down full-time jobs while dancing part time. “It’s not like New York, maybe, or L.A. where ... that’s what they do for a living,” she said. “We all have jobs, careers, and this allows us to still pursue our passion for dance.” Jojokian, an NBA cheerleader before coming to the Redskins, said the cheerleaders are paid by the hour for attending practices Tuesday and Thursday evenings, game days, and some public-

Increasing the pool of eligible families brings up “mixed points,” Bacquie said. More families facing financial hardship will have access to the services, she said, but the state might also be missing families at or below the 185 percent level who want the services. Sen. Nancy J. King (D-Dist. 39) of Montgomery Village, a sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, said the grant program is purposefully flexible to allow for different programs to get the money they need to expand or start. By way of a grant program, King said, the state can make sure the funds are going to the right, high-quality places and are not geographically lumped together. The law allows private entities to add funds to the program, and King said she expects significant contributions from corporate sponsors to supplement state dollars. The grant pool of $4.3 million is not enough, she said. “It’s clearly not enough, but it’s at least a really good start in the program,” she said. Eric Magas and mom Cathy Magas additionally were charged with second-degree assault. Montgomery County police spokeswoman Angela Cruz said police were still considering whether to press charges against other partygoers. Prosecutors and defense attorneys filed a joint motion for a continuance, which means Thursday’s court date could be postponed. As of Tuesday afternoon, a District Court judge had not made a determination. Rene Sandler, a private defense attorney representing the family, said she was still in the process of examining a large number of cellphone records obtained from the party attendees. ity appearances. The schedule leaves time for work and volunteering while pursuing their passion for dance and their love of football. “We have women who are role models in the community; they have careers too,” Jojokian said. The judges selected 36 cheerleaders and two alternates at the final. Jojokian said 14 are rookies, while the rest had cheered previously and were auditioning for another year on the team. The new team of Redskins cheerleaders will fly to Mexico to shoot the annual cheerleaders swimsuit calendar before returning to Washington, D.C., to root for the football team in its 2014 season.

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Montgomery County will not get more school construction money for next fiscal year, which starts July 1, but Annapolis leadership is not willing to let the issue stagnate. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said Tuesday that he and Gov. Martin J. O’Malley (D) have agreed to issue an executive order to study alternative financing methods for school construction. “Last night while y’all were out there partying,” Miller said at a bill signing Tuesday morning with O’Malley. “The governor and I were working.” In the final hours of the session Monday, the Senate squatted on legislation requiring a study of alternative financing methods for school construction funding, effectively killing it. “We were so sure, even at 5 minutes to 12,” Sen. Nancy J. King said. “I was just sure it was going to come up on the calendar and we were going to vote on it.” But the bill never resurfaced. “And when it’s midnight, it’s done no matter what,” King (DDist. 39) of Montgomery Village said. Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington said repeated special orders — motions to delay consideration of a bill — kept pushing off the final vote. When the balloons fell and the cheers rose marking the end of the 90-day session, King said Montgomery lawmakers flocked to talk to Miller (D-Dist. 27) of Chesapeake Beach. Miller said Tuesday the executive order will resolve the issue. King, who attended the bill signing, said she understands the order will require what the bill required, a study with recommendations by December. Montgomery lawmakers said early in the session that establishing a steady, predictable stream of school construction funding was their top priority. Montgomery County Public Schools enrollment has been steadily growing by about 2,000 students per year, the equivalent


Continued from Page A-1 KidsCo operates in the multi-purpose room, which during the day is used by the school for lunch, chorus practice and other activities. “The setting up and breaking down goes quickly,” Derby said. Students at Cedar Grove also


Del. Eric G. Luedtke (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville (left) chats with Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo (D-Dist. 15) of Boyds as legislators wrap up the 2014 session in Annapolis on Monday. of a high school, according to county figures. But midway through the session, Delegation Chairwoman Del. Anne R. Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) of Calverton and King both admitted that there was little hope of a program passing this year. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) also said the county knew it likely faced a multi-year battle. Lingering state structural deficit meant Maryland lacked the money Montgomery sought. A study of funding mechanisms was a compromise crafted to still move the issue forward, King said. Council President Craig L. Rice said a study should be able to give state lawmakers concrete evidence of what Montgomery faces. “We knew it was going to be a hard sell for us to get this done this first year,” Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said. “I think this

[study] really sets us up well for next year.” All three of the Democratic candidates for governor — Del. Heather R. Mizeur, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler — have openly supported the county’s push for the funds. “I’m hopeful that whoever is governor next year — assuming it’s a Democrat, we have a 100 percent chance of having a governor from one of the jurisdictions that benefit from this plan — that we will get it through,” Madaleno said. Leggett (D) said in a statement Tuesday that Montgomery made significant progress and he remains confident it will ultimately be successful. Other legislation of note: • Maryland expanded its anti-discrimination laws to include gender identity. • Maryland made it no lon-

ger a crime to possess small amounts of marijuana. While still illegal, possession of a small amount of pot will not automatically result in jail time, but rather a civil fine starting at $100 for a first offense. • Maryland expanded its laws for medical marijuana by allowing specialized doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients and by licensing growers and dispensaries in the state. • Maryland closed a loophole in a law protecting students by including part-time, temporary and contract employees and coaches among those who cannot engage in sexual contact with students. • Maryland made fatal accidents caused by driving and texting, or holding a hand-held device, punishable by up to 1 year in jail.

make use of other after-school programs in the area, Derby said. They include The Goddard School, Greenridge Baptist Church, Imam Learning Center, Kindercare, La Petite and Optimal Learning Center, according to the Cedar Grove website. The owner of KidsCo did not immediately respond to a call for comment Tuesday about whether KidsCo planned to bid to run the Wilson Wims child-

care program or how the new program might affect its other locations in Clarksburg. There are 118 privately run before- and after-school programs in county schools, according to the website for the county’s Community Use of Public Facilities department, which issues the permits to childcare providers. The provider chosen for Wilson Wims Elementary must also be certified by the Maryland State Department of Education by the time the school opens,

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Legislature passes minimum wage hike Phased-in raises will reach $10.10 by 2018




ANNAPOLIS — Minimum wage workers across Maryland will be getting a raise. After 90 days of dickering, lawmakers voted Monday — the last day of the General Assembly session — to raise the statewide minimum wage gradually to $10.10 per hour. For Gov. Martin J. O’Malley, the vote is checkmark in the victory column. O’Malley identified raising the wage his top legislative priority this session. “This year, we are building on this record of strengthening the middle class by raising Mary-

land’s minimum wage to $10.10,” O’Malley (D) said in a statement commending the General Assembly for the action. While the legislature held firm at raising the wage to O’Malley’s target of $10.10 per hour, lawmakers stretched implementation by two extra years, reaching $10.10 per hour by July 2018. Maryland last raised its minimum wage in 2006. In January, the first raise takes effect, increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8 an hour. Conservative lawmakers fought unsuccessfully to keep the wage at the current $7.25 per hour, predicting it would cost the state jobs and make the state even more unfriendly to business. “And it won’t just cost jobs, it will increase the cost of goods and

services,” House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke (R-Dist. 31) of Pasadena said. Eighteen House and 27 Senate amendments were proposed throughout the session to change the bill. Only five were adopted. Montgomery County’s local minimum wage will remain intact under the state bill, despite calls to pre-empt local wage legislation. Montgomery County’s minimum wage will exceed the state’s, reaching $11.50 by 2017. But enforcing the counties’ higher local wages will fall to the state, thanks to a bill by Del. Benjamin F. Kramer (D-Dist. 19) of Derwood. The Senate passed Kramer’s bill Monday. Sen. Brian J. Feldman said Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Dist. 9) of

WestFriendshipproposedrequiring counties with a differing local minimum wage to reimburse the state for the cost of enforcing the wage. Kittleman’s amendment ultimately failed. Like any other jurisdiction, Montgomery County residents will pay the taxes that cover the supplemental appropriation included by the state for enforcing the minimum wage, Feldman (DDist. 15) of Potomac said. County Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist 2) of Germantown, who came down for the last day of session, agreed with Feldman that enforcing the wage was best left to the state. The bill is headed to O’Malley for what is expected to be a speedy signature into law.

Deal approved to allow more in film tax credits Will it be enough to keep ‘House of Cards’ filming in Maryland? Stay tuned




Following a series of last-minute political twists reminiscent of a “House of Cards” episode, Maryland will provide $15 million in fiscal 2015 tax credits for film productions such as the Netflix political thriller. A bill that would have allowed $3.5 million more in credits died late Monday at the close of the General Assembly’s regular session. A six-member conference committee debated until the final bell on the bill that would have provided a total of $18.5 million in credits. Some House of Delegates members wanted to insert a provision that would rescind the credits if a production moved


from Maryland, while senators objected to that clause. The session’s deadline came without a compromise. A “House of Cards” executive threatened in a recent letter to state officials to not film the third season in Maryland if the production did not receive more in credits. Investors in the first season received $11.7 million in state tax credits and were projected to receive $15 million in tax credits for the second season, according to state figures. Whether the $15 million for next fiscal year — funds that all productions filming in the state are eligible to share — will be enough to keep “House of Cards” filming in Maryland was not known Tuesday by state officials. “We are hopeful ‘House of Cards’willcontinuetofilminMaryland, but that is a decision that [Media Rights Capital] has to make,” Karen Glenn Hood, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Depart-

ment of Business and Economic Development, which oversees the credit program, said Tuesday. Megan Duzi, a spokeswoman for Media Rights Capital, the Beverly Hills, Calif., production company of “House of Cards,” said Tuesday that company officials have no comment “at this time.” Producers delayed filming its third season until June to find out the results of the film tax credit debate. A construction coordinator working on “House of Cards” told a Maryland House committee several weeks ago that he understood the production is reviewing Pittsburgh, Chicago and Toronto, among other areas, to film. The first season of “House of Cards” completed 139 days of filming, mostly in Baltimore, Annapolis and Harford County, in 2012, and employees made purchases of goods and services at more than 1,800 Maryland businesses for an economic impact of $138 million, according to a

DBED report. The economic impact of the second season is projected to be about $120.6 million, with a similar amount for the third season if it is filmed in Maryland. Some $7.5 million in the fiscal 2015 tax credits will come from the general fund. Another $5 million is from “Sunny Day” funds and $2.5 million from a cultural arts special fund. Dipping into the arts fund is “very disappointing,” said John Schratwieser, executive director of the advocacy group Maryland Citizens for the Arts. “It’s not something we expected,” Schratwieser said. “This is a fund that has the potential to do a lot of good. It’s focused on helping local arts groups strengthen their organization through capacity building and fiscal training for better accounting practices.”



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To Peace Clothing helps charities To Peace Clothing is appealing to women’s senses of both fashion and charity. The online Rockville retailer says it sells trendy, affordable women’s clothing — and a percentage of sales is donated to a charity that the customer selects at checkout. The venture is the brainchild of Amy Spencer, who said she wanted to put her love of clothing toward a cause. Its website is and its phone number is 888-475-0110.

Company offers concierge services Need help with errands or other services? Muse-Concierge of Washington Grove offers concierge services, such as property caretaking, errands, food services, transportation services and elder care. The company provides services in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. It can be reached from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at 301337-0988; its website is

New website creates photo memorabilia A father-and-son team has launched a new startup, Biosaic, which creates interactive photo mosaics designed for live events. Headquartered in Rockville, Biosaic is a website that can create photomosaics from images. Yoni and Mark Lautman envision people using their site to create memorabilia for special events, including weddings, concerts and overseas trips. One image is chosen that best defines the mood of an event. Other images and their captions are added to build that image on the Biosaic website. Biosaic also plans to help candidates with their political campaigns. “Candidates are always looking for ways to best engage with their supporters,” Yoni Lautman said in a release. “Using Biosaic, candidates can increase their popularity and enthusiasm of their supporters by getting them to be a part of their leader’s Biosaic.” Biosaic is in live beta and its URL is

National 4-H Council names Head CIO The National 4-H Council named Mitch Head its new chief information officer. Previously, Head was director of technology strategy and innovation at AARP and technical director of international business technologies at AOL. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from James Madison University.


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EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Rockville High School PTSA honors parents

Andrew and DJ are more than Buddies: They’re friends BY

Carole Marks and Becky Hubbard were named Parents of the Year 2014 by the Rockville High School Parent-TeacherStudent Association. Holly Shropshire, Scott Smith and Konni Brantner received honor-


Andrew Resnick and DJ Orino see each other every day at Tilden Middle School in Rockville, go to movies together and listen to music, especially The Beatles, DJ’s favorite group. Their two-year friendship has a special component. They are Best Buddies, members of an organization that matches students with and without developmental disabilities in a friendship program. This year, the eighth-graders also are the 2014 Best Buddies Maryland Friendship Walk’s Honorary Buddy Pair and will cut the ribbon at the annual fundraiser May 3 at the University of Maryland. It’s an honor they earned by embodying what Best Buddies is all about, said Vince Fiduccia, the state director of Best Buddies Maryland. “They are a great example of our mission to develop friendships between two students — one with a disability and one without,” Fiduccia said. Accolades aside, both boys say their friendship is real and they love spending time together. “DJ has definitely been a great Buddy. He makes me happy. He makes me laugh,” Andrew said. The boys sometimes communicate with hand gestures, doing fist bumps or high fives to acknowledge each other at school. “DJ just lights up and smiles every time he sees Andrew,” Leah Arbeter, a special education teacher and Best Buddies sponsor at Tilden, said in an email. “DJ refers to Andrew by saying ‘my friend.’ They are just that — friends.” There are 23 students in Learning for Independence program at Tilden and 22 of them participate in Best Buddies, an optional program, Arbeter said. More than 60 regular education students join them for monthly after-school chapter meetings, she said. “That includes associate members who come to help the peer buddies,” Arbeter said. At those meetings, students play games, make craft projects and do “getting to know you” activities. Last month, Arbeter cut letters from newspapers and magazines. The Buddies had find the right letters to spell their names on friendship posters that included

able mention. The award celebrates volunteerism by parents, grandparents or guardians of current Rockville High students. Marks was recognized for her contribution through the Booster Club as vice president and lead person for the snack bar. Hubbard has been involved in a number of parent organizations, but was recognized for her contributions to the After Prom Party Committee. Shropshire has been active in the Booster Club, the PTSA, the Pipe Band Parents and, as president, Friends of Rockville Music. Smith is a Booster Club leader and also organizes and runs the annual mulch sale, the school’s biggest fundraiser. Branter has been PTSA vice president for membership for the past two years and, this year, added the responsibilities of co-chairwoman of the school’s after-school café. The five will be honored at the PTSA’s meeting April 22 at the school.


Best Buddies Andrew Resnick (left) and DJ Orino, eighth-graders at Tilden Middle School in Rockville, were named 2014 Best Buddies Maryland Friendship Walk’s Honorary Buddy Pair. They will cut the ribbon to start the annual fundraiser May 3 at the University of Maryland, College Park. their photographs. “The middle school program is a yearlong program,” Fiduccia said. “We ask that [Buddies] see each other twice a month and make one phone call or email per week.” There are 20 chapters of Best Buddies in Montgomery County middle and high schools and 90 in Maryland, serving more than 4,100 students and adults statewide, he said. The Best Buddies Walk is a fundraiser for the friendship programs. Best Buddies does not require the extra time and effort Andrew and many others put in, he said. Last year, Andrew made Best Buddies his Bar Mitzvah project, rais-

Whitman again tops in fundraising challenge

ing almost $3,000 for the organization. “I really like [working with people with disabilities],” Andrew said. “If I can pursue it as a career, I will.” He also volunteers with the Montgomery Cheetahs, an ice hockey team for people with disabilities. Andrew said he has learned a lot from his friendship with DJ. It is not a one-way street. “I think I’ve learned more about myself,” he said. “I’m more responsible, organized and patient. With DJ, I need to plan ahead.”

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s High School Challenge, a fundraising competition, netted more than $150,000 in the region. Student teams from 14 Washington-area high schools were encouraged to develop leadership and fundraising skills in support of the nonprofit’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The competition is usu-

OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS Cedar Grove Elementary School

ally limited to February, but because of snow days it was extended to March 19. For the second year in a row, Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda received top honors, bringing in $68,158. Not far behind was Walter Johnson High School of Bethesda, returning as the 2014 runner-up with $52,000. Whitman students will be rewarded for their work next month with a pep rally with a master of ceremonies from Hot 99.5 radio. Marcela Falck-Bados, Whitman’s Pennies for Patients student leader, attributes the school’s success this year to its increased commitment to the mission as a community and keeping its focus on the big picture: making a difference in the lives of blood cancer patients. “We are very proud to have raised such a large amount of money,” Falck-Bados said in a news release. “Our goal this year was to make LLS Month more about blood cancer awareness, rather than just fundraising and competing against other schools. Despite the several snow days and interruptions, the Whitman community has been very flexible and willing to help a cause that is very close to the Whitman community.”

BlackRock Center offers spring break camp BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown will offer Spring Break Camp: Musical Mayhem from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through April 17. Students ages 5-12 can participate in themed workshops, improvisational games, art projects, dance and puppet shows. Each age group will create a musical and perform it on the final day on BlackRock’s main stage. The cost is $285. The center is at 12901 Town Commons Drive. For more information call 301-528-2260 or visit


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:

422 308 73 25.5 24.7 28.9

(Kindergarten through 5th grade)

School’s average class size:

MCPS average class size:




Grades 1 to 3

Grades 4 and 5

Number of school’s portable classrooms:

Total MCPS portable classrooms:

7 338 19.6 20.7


Grades 1 to 3

Student/ instructional staff ratio:

19 24

Grades 4 and 5

MCPS average elementary school student/ instructional staff ratio:


1960 Year school was built 1987 Year of last renovation/modernization

Cedar Grove Principal Lee Derby said the extra students meant the school needed to convert five rooms, such as the staff lounge, into general classrooms at the beginning of the school year. “The kids don’t have a problem with it at all,” he said. “They don’t even notice.” The school also received three portable classrooms in October, he said, which allowed the school to use some of the converted classrooms for other uses again. Cedar Grove’s staff also grew by six new positions this school year, Derby said. Arrival and dismissal of students can also be “a little bit hectic,” he said, but the students are well-behaved and follow the rules. The school has also held events at the nearby middle school rather than at Cedar Grove, which Derby said has not impacted “attendance or enjoyment.” DATA FOR 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS


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Weed Warriors

HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Diabetes Management, from 1-2 p.m. at Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are approximately 24 million people with diabetes and 57 million people with pre-diabetes in the US. Leni Barry, HeartWell nurse at Suburban Hospital, will discuss practical diabetes management skills and educational resources available for those living with this chronic disease. Free.



Non-native plants have damaging effects on local ecosystems BY


FRIDAY, APRIL 11 AARP Driver Safety Class at MedStar Montgomery, from 10

a.m. to 3 p.m. at Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The AARP Driver Safety Program, the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older, has helped millions of drivers remain safe on today’s roads. $15 for AARP members, $20 for nonmembers. www.medstarhealth. org.

Pilates for Seniors, 11:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays to May 20, at Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Pilates for Seniors will incorporate gentle movements to help strengthen the core, lengthen the spine, and build muscle tone while improving posture and increasing flexibility. Bring a mat and dress comfortably. Taught by a certified instructor. $60. www.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17 Tummy Troubles, from 1:152:15 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. What causes indigestion, constipation and acid reflux? Are these common problems related to the food we eat? There are so many over-the counter medications advertised, how do you know what, if anything, to take for discomfort? A gastroenterologist will answer these questions and much more during this informative lecture. Free.

RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro

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. Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown, will host Palm Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. April 13; Maundy Thursday worship with communion at 7:30 p.m. April 17; Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7:30 p.m. April 18; Easter Services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. April 20, brunch between services. All are welcome, babysitting provided. 301-972-3916,


Carole Bergmann, a forest ecologist for Montgomery Parks (in white hat), gives park maintenance workers a crash course in invasive plants and how to identify and remove them from parkland. Behind the group are tree trunks covered with non-native English ivy, one of the invasives that Bergmann is asking the maintenance workers to remove. what we have here (in invasives) was brought here on purpose,” Bergmann said. Often they are brought in for ornamental use, like English ivy, or because they’re edible, like garlic mustard. Non-native invasives take root and spread rapidly, pushing out native plants by hogging space and resources, or jeopardizing other environmental elements that plants depend on, such as certain soil fungi. Ecologists aren’t sure of all of the ways invasives interfere with their non-native environments; Bergmann said she doesn’t have time to wait for the research to come out or the resources to hire people to remove them. Instead, she trains park staff and residents, who normally would not be allowed to add or remove plants from park property. After about five hours of training — an online course, a classroom course and field training — certified Weed Warriors seek out harmful plants and remove them on their own. Sarah Morse of Chevy Chase starting cutting invasive vines around her neighborhood 12 years ago. Ten years ago, she became a Weed Warrior and is now a Weed Warrior supervisor, allowed to oversee

untrained volunteers. She organizes workdays about once a week, and had 35 volunteers come out on Sunday. She admits to being a little bit addicted to freeing trees of their vines. During the past 15 years, volunteers have logged enough hours to equal 31 years of full-time work. That’s at least $600,000 worth of donated work, or as much as $1.4 million, depending on the estimate. Including special work days that the Weed Warriors host, more than 7,000 people have chipped in on the removal efforts in the county. About once a month, Bergmann trains more volunteers to tackle the weeds, which now are a worse problem than when the program started. “Invasives love edges,” Bergmann said. Development creates edges in natural areas, disturbing habitat. About 10 percent of Montgomery County is preserved in 410 parks, she said. “We used to have many more undisturbed fields, forests,” she said. Having more edges is like having more surface area for new plants to infiltrate. And many invasives go to seed quickly, so by the time

their native counterparts reproduce, an invasive plant already has beat them to whatever fertile spot of soil is nearby. There goes the domino effect. For example, garlic mustard, now prolific on the forest floor, blooms at the same time as toothwort, a native plant with white flowers similar to those of garlic mustard, Bergmann explained. When the endangered West Virginia White butterfly looks to lay eggs on toothwarts, it often lands among garlic mustard, which is toxic to the butterfly eggs. From April 19 to May 3, the Weed Warriors have declared “15 Days of Garlic Mustard,” during which they’ll ramp up removal. “We have retired botanists and we have people who jog through the parks and see all these vines and have no idea what they are, but they know it’s not right,” Bergmann said. “Twenty years ago, a lot of people really didn’t get it,” she said. But that’s starting to change. “A lot of people care very much about their backyard and park. It’s their place. It’s their little piece of heaven.”

Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul), an independent and inclu-

sive Jewish community, will host a First Night Passover Seder at 6:15 p.m. April 14 at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church, Harlow Hall, 8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase. The song-filled, uplifting community Seder will use the compact edition of “A Different Night” as its Haggadah. A kosher meal (with vegetarian options) will be served. All are welcome. $30, free for children younger than 12. Har Tzeon - Agudath Achim, 1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring, will host its Second Night Family Seder from 7-10 p.m. April 15. Lead a part of the seder and share stories and words of Torah. A staff of waiters will serve a festive meal. $36 for adults, $26 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. 301-649-3800. Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Avenue,

Wheaton, will host the following Easter services. “Perspectives,” an original drama chronicling the hours following the Crucifixion of Jesus,




Carole Bergmann is waging war on garlic mustard. The edible greens may look harmless, but are “carpeting the ground floor in the woods,” she said, and are pushing out native plants. On a recent weekend, she organized volunteers to pull up 11,000 pounds of the short bunches of shoots and fanned leaves that smell like garlic when crushed. They may be good in salad, but they’re wreaking havoc on local ecosystems — all the more reason to yank them and toss them in with some arugula and olive oil. Fifteen years ago, Bergmann, a forest ecologist for Montgomery Parks, created the Weed Warriors Program to tackle the rising problem of non-native invasive species. Garlic mustard is one of dozens of non-natives on her list threatening the survival of native plants and the health of local ecosystems. Through the program, she has trained more than 1,000 residents to identify and remove invasive plants from their backyards and park land. Increased development in recent decades has opened the door for these species. Many are sold at nurseries, where unsuspecting gardeners buy them to plant in their yards. When Bergmann initiated the program, the idea of nonnative species damaging ecosystems was novel. Today, she said, it’s still about explaining to people the domino effect that one struggling species can have on surrounding plants, insects and animals that rely on, or prey on, one another. On April 1, Bergmann and Volunteer Coordinator Megan Fellows trained about a dozen parks staff who maintain parks in the area around North Chevy Chase Park, where they met, on how to remove invasive plants. They demonstrated how to kill English ivy by cutting through the vine near the base. Ivy covered the tall, old trees in the park, enveloping them in a thick layer of green leaves. During storms, ice and snow clinging to vines weigh down and weaken trees, Bergmann said. The ivy probably escaped at some point from someone’s yard, but once it climbs a tree, the plant matures, produces seeds and spreads. “Ninety-nine percent of



7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 17; The Chancel Choir, Paul Basler’s “Missa Kenya,” 7:30 p.m. April 18, 301-949-8383,

The Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover, 8801 Ardwick Ardmore

Road, Landover, will present the full stage play, “It Is Finished,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18. Admission is free.

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. 301924-8640;

Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,

Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. 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. Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church

Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit



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The urgency of action

When he was still a U.S. senator, President Barack Obama published “The Audacity of Hope.” The book described a number of issues — inadequate health care, energy, poverty, climage change — that burdened Americans struggling to make better lives for themselves and their families. “Audacity” helped to cement his bona fides as a legitimate presidential contender, and it also helped to fix “hope” as a political buzzword of the day. It’s hard to use the word in a public arena without evoking Obama’s book. So as schools Superintendent Joshua Starr served as the keynote speaker at Interfaith Works’ Companies Caring Breakfast two weeks ago, we suppose he meant to bring Obama to the minds of anyone who listened to his speech. Here are two quotes from Starr’s speech: • “Persistent achievement gaps call out to us with urgency and we must respond with urgency, the urgency of hope.” • “A child who believes that she has a bright future in front of her will have one if she has hope.” He called the room full of business, government and nonprofit leaders “travel agents of hope.” Obama’s book tried to rekindle American optimism. For many American families, hope could be a luxury lost to the tide of hardships. Hope can fuel families as they rebuild need by need. Hope, however, seems misplaced in a discussion on the achievement gap in Montgomery County Public Schools. On the one hand, Starr is right; every child needs hope. And, yes, we need to erase the persistent gaps that separate the test scores of white and Asian students, and their black and Hispanic peers. But hope won’t narrow the gap. That needs the urgent work of dedicated, tenacious educators — “the travel agents of action.” Smothering the issue with the trappings of Obama’s hope shifts attention away from what must be done.

Survey says... What makes you satisfied at your job is usually an answer with many parts. Likely answers include job security, earning a fair pay and having the correct tools to do your work. It’s fair to say that teachers likely would feel more effective if they had things like school buildings that were sized correctly for the student population, equal access in all schools to technology, and a system of monitoring the successes they felt were reflective of their efforts. They don’t need their employer to pay a national survey company nearly $1 million to tell them that. Montgomery County Public Schools launched a partnership with Gallup in 2012 to measure employee and student engagement and to use the results to help guide the school system’s improvement efforts. It is a $300,000-a-year, three-year contract to measure hope, well-being and engagement of students and staff. Employees who enjoy coming to work bring an energy that has a ripple effect on students and on creating a culture where innovation and creativity thrive, according to the Gallup survey website. Employee engagement also was measured by a survey developed jointly by Gallup and MCPS. An employee’s level of engagement has links to various school outcomes, including employee retention, parent engagement, student retention, and student achievement, according to the site. No argument there. The objectives are in the right place, but perhaps the money spent hearing the obvious needs of teachers could be better spent in meeting those needs. A parallel survey was given to students in grades 5 through 12 that measures hope, engagement and wellbeing — actionable targets linked to student achievement, retention and future employment. While the student version of the Gallup survey was free, it seems that asking teens or preteens on one snapshot day how they feel may not be totally accurate. Many parents would agree that, especially during these years, a Vine video, a tweet or a text could alter their mood. So, if they’re asked survey questions such as “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?” or “My teachers make me feel my schoolwork is important,” it’s less reflective of their overall sentiment about school and more about their current mindset. It’s true that $900,000 won’t solve all of the school system’s needs. But it might give students and staff the hope that the school leaders are finding every dollar to put toward their well being.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher


Metro project needs changes The April 2 article on the WMATA Board vote for the Takoma Metro development proposal [“Takoma Metro development moves forward”] only quotes supporters, while including just a few references to concerns of “neighbors.” However, the proposal is controversial because it’s incompatible with the community. I support development at the site, but we need changes before the project advances. The article glosses over local concerns, while quoting EYA (the developer), and Cheryl Cort (with the Coalition for Smarter Growth). EYA is a donor to the Coalition’s business council, a connection omitted in Cort’s Board testimony and the article. I live in Maryland near the site, as noted

in my testimony. It’s unclear why the EYA link and developer connections of some supporters who testified were not in their testimonies or the article. Here’s what was also left out: First, a board member stated they had to vote yes because they can’t address design issues. But EYA modified its earlier design at WMATA’s request. The Board could have postponed the vote pending further changes. Second, the building would be 72 feet high, adjacent to single-family homes and small apartments. Why not move higher parts closer to the rail line? Third, the WMATA traffic study ignores other area construction, and downplays current traffic problems around the site, and the impact of adding parking for building resi-

dents while cutting public parking. Fourth, we haven’t had true community engagement, with EYA holding one public meeting since last summer. Fifth, the plan breaches DC zoning rules and the Takoma Master Plan, leading Takoma Park and the Washington ANC to adopt resolutions supporting a more compatible design. Marylanders will have little say on the design, because we aren’t in the D.C. zoning process. For the real story, look at these websites:; http://dc-mdneighborsfortakomatransit. org/. Let’s have community engagement, and a balanced project.

Peter Kovar, Takoma Park

Just say ‘no’ to fracking Kudos to Justin W. Chappell, a Maryland House of Delegates candidate. In his letter to The Gazette [“Maryland needs to ban fracking”], he has demonstrated the political courage to stand up for a ban on fracking in Maryland. This will not win him any corporate votes. One can only hope that his position will win, not only the votes of environmentalists, but also the votes of every concerned citizen who wants to see an end to the rape of our land. I am all too familiar with this problem for I have inherited the mineral rights to a plot in Pennsylvania which lies in the midst of widespread hydraulic fracking. I have been notified that as soon as I sign a lease allowing drilling rights to a mining company I will receive a nice monthly check for my share of the profits. Too good to be true? You bet! It has taken very little time and research for me to discover that in the process of fracking, millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are injected underground at high enough pressure to fracture the rock and enter the earth below the aquifer and around the oil or gas well. Voila! A new energy source.

Green jobs can be costly

But, by the way, some of the hundreds of chemicals used are known carcinogens. That water can never be used again. It will be toxic for generations. Where will it go? The sand used by frackers is composed of very fine particles, which are heaped in piles around the fracking sites. When the wind blows the fine particles fly into everything, including lungs. The surrounding rural areas and habitat are trashed into what has now become an industrial area. I can certainly understand the lure that fracking presents to the big corporations. There is a lot of money to be had. Everyone wants a piece. Even me. But, after a lot of soul searching and looking for a loophole, I realize that there is a price to be paid for the use of a loophole. So I am refusing to lease my mineral rights. There are others in Maryland who also hold mineral rights. It is my hope that they, too, will consider refusing to lease their rights. Together, we could make a difference.

House of Delegates candidate Justin Chappell’s letter in the March 26, 2014, issue recommends a ban on fracking and the exporting of natural gas and supports “green jobs.” The first two of these recommendations will directly cost the state jobs. The green jobs, unfortunately may also cost jobs but indirectly. The cause of this job loss is that resources are wasted, energy prices increased and better investments are crowded out. The Spanish Government had a massive 11-year program to create green jobs and their post-program study found that for every four green job-years created, nine other jobs-years were destroyed. Although the Spanish study probably overestimated the job loss slightly, other countries in Europe have had similar results (about seven job-years lost for every four job-years created) and the Europeans have begun phasing out their green energy subsidies. In particular, the Europeans were scared as the price of electricity had risen sharply because of the cost of green energy and employers were responding to this by off shoring production.

Alice G. Miller, Potomac

Martin Weiss, Potomac

Favoring public financing Good news at last for Americans cynical of the corrupting power of rich special interests in our incredibly expensive political campaigns. In one poll, 77 percent of Montgomery voters believed that political contributions were corrupting. Now, Montgomery County is about to have an alternative, and the Sierra Club of Montgomery County supports that change. The Montgomery County Council is considering a bill that would offer candidates for council and county executive offices alternatives to special interest money. Introduced by Councilman Philip Andrews and supported by the entire council, Bill 16-14 would match small individual contributions with measured county financing. A candidate who joins the county’s financing program must reject special

interest funds. Fourteen states, including Maryland, have public financing for elections. This bill is based upon lessons learned in decades of experience. With this bill, Montgomery County becomes the model of a political culture responsive to the public. Public financing results in better, more objective government decisions. It frees candidates to spend their time talking to voters instead of to big contributors. It will free lawmakers to devote their attention to the full time work of legislating, not fund raising. Critics of public funding claim that it will produce a flood of frivolous candidates. This bill, however, sets high hurdles to qualify for public funding. Opponents of public financing may

complain that it would be a fiscal burden. But cost estimates only range up to $2.5 million a year, a sum equal to about 1.5 percent of just the annual growth in the county’s tax revenue. Public cynicism is a toxin; it corrodes democracy. Public financing is the antidote that delivers healthy government and fosters sound, objective decisions. The nearly 5,000-member Sierra Club of Montgomery County supports Bill 16-14 because good decision makers in a healthy government make good decisions for a healthy environment.

Ron Levin, North Bethesda The writer is a member of the Sierra Club.

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The curious case of Julius Henson

Julius Henson is a street hustler and dean of Maryland’s political pundits. a thug. He grew up in Lafayette Courts, And for his unpardonable sin Henson one of Baltimore’s worst low-income paid a steep price. housing projects, and completed MorNot surprisingly, it was Henson who gan State University’s course work but came up with the Ehrlich campaign’s couldn’t graduate due to an unpaid bill. infamous last-minute robocall message After a spotty career during which he advising 112,000 Baltimore and P.G. sometimes lived out of his car, he found County black voters to relax and stay his calling in 1975 when he ran, unsuc- home because Obama and O’Malley cessfully, for clerk of the court. “That’s had already won (Obama wasn’t even what got me into politics,” on the 2010 ballot). Henson said. “I vowed to Subsequently, Henson never lose another election.” and Ehrlich’s campaign Since then he’s made manager, Paul Schurick, millions running nearly 100 were tried, separately, first political campaigns, with a 90 for voter suppression, and percent success rate. And desecond because the robospite his reputation as a politcalls failed to include an ical hit man (he calls himself “authority line” (i.e., every a “pure warrior”), Henson’s political campaign ad must clients have included goveridentify the political sponnors, congressmen, mayors, sor). state lawmakers and local ofMaryland’s voter supMY MARYLAND pression statute says “no ficials. His breakthrough win BLAIR LEE was Baltimore’s 1999 compperson can willfully and troller’s race, when Henson knowingly influence or atgot his girlfriend, Joan Pratt, tempt to influence a voter’s elected in a stunning upset against the decision whether to go to the polls ... establishment candidate. through use of force, fraud, threat, menHenson’s specialty is street tactics, ace, intimidation, etc.” I’m good with all dirty tricks, smears and whatever else but the “fraud” part. Clearly, Henson’s works. “Henson has a level of enthusi- and Schurick’s phony robocalls atasm and brass knuckles that Baltimor- tempted to keep black voters from going eans are not used to,” observed the late to the polls. But where do you draw the Art Murphy, one of the city’s savviest line? Aren’t most political ads fraudupoliticians. “He runs an in-your-face lent? And aren’t political “dirty tricks” campaign and does an excellent job. common in all campaigns? He is by far the best; he wins the big Turns out, however, that it didn’t ones.” A Henson detractor, the late Del. matter, and here’s where the story gets Pete Rawlings, put it differently: “Like really slimy. Schurick was convicted on war, politics is not a genteel game, but all counts, but Henson’s jury, 10 African there are rules of engagement and Ju- Americans and two whites, acquitted lius violates them.” Here’s how Henson him on the voter suppression charges describes his unorthodoxy: “The people and merely convicted him of conspirwho made that rule are the ones in of- ing to produce a political ad (robocall) fice and they want us to follow rules that that lacked an authority line, a misdebenefit them. ... I’m not going to play meanor. Apparently, Henson’s jury was their game.” sympathetic to his claim that he was Despite Henson’s unsavory tactics, a being targeted by the Democratic estabhost of otherwise reputable Democrats lishment “for jumping over the line.” including Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Leaving the courthouse, a beaming Parris Glendening and Elijah Cummings Henson said he was “elated” and “grateput him on their campaign payrolls. ful and thankful” for everyone’s support. But in 2010 Julius Henson made a big If he’d known what was about to hapmistake: He hired out to Republican pen, he wouldn’t have been so happy. Bob Ehrlich’s gubernatorial comeback The Baltimore Sun called the verdict against Martin O’Malley. “disappointing,” adding, “The judge has Being a hired hit man for Democrats the chance to set things right at sentencwas one thing, but doing it for Repub- ing. Mr. Schurick got 30 days of home licans, particularly Ehrlich, was unpar- detention, 500 hours of community donable. “What Henson did is akin to service and four years of probation for Karl Rove working to elect Democrats his offences. Mr. Henson deserves to be or James Carville flipping to the Repub- treated exactly the same ...” Well, Schlican side,” observed Frank DeFilippo, urick, the white man convicted of voter

suppression, and Henson, the black man convicted of being party to a political ad that didn’t have a tag line, were not treated the same. The judge threw the book at Henson: sixty days in jail, 30 days of home detention, 500 hours of community service and four years of probation during which Henson was prohibited from volunteering or working in any political campaigns. That’s right, a man actually went to jail because a robocall he was hired to produce failed to say “I’m Bob Ehrlich and I approve this ad,” a common infraction for which no one is prosecuted, much less sent to jail. The judge, an O’Malley appointee, blatantly ignored the jury’s verdict and treated Henson as if he’d been convicted on all counts. But wait, it gets worse. Always on the prowl for a headline, Attorney General Doug Gansler piled on by suing Henson for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act because the robocalls failed to identify the name and phone number of the party placing the call. Gansler won a $1 million verdict against Henson while deciding not to bring the same suit against Schurick, who was convicted of the same violations. Having served his jail sentence and being barred from making a living as a campaign consultant, Henson decided to run this year for the state Senate in one of Baltimore’s most impoverished, destitute districts. Henson’s sentencing judge tried to rule Henson’s candidacy a probation violation, but it appears Henson will win on appeal. So Henson is challenging Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, a steadfast ally of Senate President Mike Miller. Henson calls Miller “a jerk” who rewards lawmakers “who are going to kiss his tail. I’m not going to kiss his tail. The only thing Mike Miller is interested in is making himself and his family richer.” The die is cast: the Democratic establishment, the media and Mike Miller are going to make Julius Henson’s defeat their top priority. None of them want to see another person in the state Senate as smart, as talented and as ruthless as Miller.

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

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Distracted driving: a dangerous epidemic According to data from the Maryland Highway Safety Office, 231 people lost their lives and 29,050 others were injured in distracted driverinvolved crashes in 2011. That is a staggering statistic. I’m glad to see our state do more and more to raise the profile of this important issue in the hopes of preventing more Maryland residents from being injured on our roads — or worse. That’s why I’m joining Ford dealers from around the country to recognize April 2014 as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on Maryland’s roadways. We all see it practically every day. However, preventing distracted

driving doesn’t just mean refraining from activities like texting. Distracted driving is any activity — eating, caring for children, personal grooming or even driving “selfies” — that can divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving and endangers the safety of the driver, passengers and bystanders. It only takes a second to make a dangerous, and potentially life changing, mistake while on the road. Let’s take a moment today and recommit ourselves to remaining focused and safe on the road each time we get behind the wheel.

Alex Perdikis The writer is the general manager of Koons Ford of Silver Spring

Montgomery police’s I-270 strategy deserves praise, not criticism The recent police effort in Maryland to capture bank robbers on Interstate 270 by shutting down the highway deserves praise from the public rather than criticism [“Police taking heat for I-270 strategy,” March 19]. However, the March 11 decision to search from car to car for armed bank robbers apparently was judged by more than one motorist to be inappropriate police procedure. These same people taking objection would be the first to fling their outrage at public officials had a police chase been chosen as a course of action rather than the stopping of all

traffic. In an urgent and harrowing criminal situation, law enforcement made the right call in trapping the perpetrators and moving in for a clean capture. Rather than criticize, the public should recognize and appreciate the good judgment and restraint shown by police in this case. A successful resolution was reached without any further danger to the public. The various police units should be congratulated for their effectiveness as well as for their interagency efforts.

Barbara Balbiani, Chevy Chase

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County Executive Ike Leggett will recognize the extraordinary commitment and dedication of those whose work has made a positive difference in Montgomery County.

2014 Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Awards

Reverend Leon Grant has led an exemplary life of faith and service. As the Senior Pastor of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville, Maryland since 1987, Rev. Grant has reached beyond the walls of his church to serve the broader community. He has been a community leader through service on the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Community Advisory Committee, as a member of NAACP Montgomery County Chapter, a Field Education Supervisor at Wesley Theological Seminary, and a Director on the Board of the Montgomery County Mental Health Association. Dr. Michael Lin represents the American ideal of the professional who focuses his skills on serving the greater community. Dr. Lin has used his talents to empower underrepresented communities and help Montgomery County build one of America’s most welcoming communities through his leadership roles with the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), and his help founding the Asian American Political Alliance. He served as chair of MD Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and the Board of Trustees at Montgomery College. Nancy Scull has dedicated her life to the service of our neighbors in need. She has been a stellar advocate and tireless worker for programs that promote family self-sufficiency. She has served as coordinator of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) at HOC, as president of Bethesda HELP and Silver Spring HELP and a founding board member of Shepherd’s Table. Ms. Scull’s three decades of community volunteer service have helped provide emergency assistance and meals to thousands of our most vulnerable individuals and families.

The evening’s honorees include the winners of the Neal Potter Path of Achievement & the Montgomery Serves Awards

Adventist HealthCare • Ana G. Mendez University • Barwood Transportation • BioHealth Innovations • Carl M. Freeman Foundation • Choice Hotels • Community Foundation for Montgomery County Covanta Energy • County Executive Ike Leggett • Fitzgerald Auto Malls • Jewish Community Relations Council • Jewish Federation of Greater Washington • Johns Hopkins University • Lerch, Early & Brewer Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Properties, LLC • Montgomery College • Montgomery County Muslim Foundation • RAFFA, P.C. • SG Enterprise/Sol Graham • Safeway • Universities at Shady Grove (USG) The Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation • Soltesz Associates • Southern Management Corporation • Verizon • Washington Gas • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) • Westfield Wheaton


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Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedule subject to change. BOYS’ LACROSSE: Landon at Georgetown Prep, 4:30 p.m. Friday Two of the top 8-ranked teams in the nation face off for the first time this season.

TRACK AND FIELD: Woodward Relays at Georgetown Prep, Saturday GOLF: Landon vs. Georgetown Prep, 4 p.m. Monday

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Damascus hits the reset button



Girls’ lacrosse: Swarmin’ Hornets senior returns to a brand new lineup BY


Fresh approach

Last year, Leigh Gatons watched from the sidelines as the senior-laden Damascus High School girls’ lacrosse team went 12-1, winning all but its final game against Tuscarora. The then-junior had missed the entire season — perhaps her last chance to play on a contender — because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament she suffered in a preseason scrimmage. But one year and one major surgery later, Gatons is back on the field, and while the senior midfielder is in an entirely new situation — playing in a completely transformed lineup — she and her teammates are embracing the challenge. “Getting used to learning how to play with a new team and new girls — it’s challenging, but it’s fun,” said Gatons, a University of Louisville recruit. The transition has been rocky for Damascus (1-4 as of Monday); a difficult early-season schedule, poor weather conditions and the natural learning curve for the first-year varsity players have all contributed to a slow start. But the girls have shown glimpses of championship-level play in close losses against

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Most 10-year-olds do not view the world with an adult perspective. Lacking the nuance that life experience teaches, they can form quick opinions. For example, when someone gets cancer, “they die,” Georgetown Prep freshman golfer Jack Rolle recalled thinking last week at the Country Club of Maryland in Towson. Rolle knows exactly what goes through a 10-year-old’s mind when a doctor tells him


Paint Branch High School junior Nick Bazis (left) helps coach Tommy Rey carry baseball gear from the parking lot as they arrive for a home game at Kelley Park in Gaithersburg on April 2. The Panthers haven’t played a true home game in Burtonsville since 2010.

Paint Branch grows weary of ‘nomad’ baseball

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Georgetown Prep golfer Jack Rolle watches a shot in Thursday’s match against Calvert Hall at the Country Club of Maryland in Towson.



Bethesda native helps at-risk youth get into the game Leveling the Playing Field donates more sports equipment to 35 area youth programs n


The first thing 2007 Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School graduate Max Levitt did as the Syracuse University football team’s equipment manager from 200911 when he got back to school each year


was clear out virtually all the item’s in the team’s equipment shed to make room for the new shipments from Nike. Most college athletics programs have contracts with certain equipment manufacturers, Levitt said, and the more high profile the program, the more money it is worth. For Syracuse, Nike sent about $2 million of equipment annually to spread across its teams. “It doesn’t roll over year after year,”

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Margie Glancz, of Rockville, and project organizer Max Levit collect sports equipment Sunday for Level the Playing Field.

From the time that he began watching his older brother, Brian Jacobs, play for the Paint Branch High School baseball team, Panthers’ senior Drew Jacobs has dreamed about playing games on his school’s home field. But through the first three seasons of his high school tenure and into the early part of his senior year, Jacobs can only describe playing home games at Paint Branch as a dream. After playing their home games at James H. Blake the previous two seasons, Paint Branch has been forced to designate Kelley Park in Gaithersburg as its home field this spring and Jacobs said he is running out of chances to play a genuine home game. “It stinks,” Jacobs said of the Panthers’ current arrangement, although it has hardly impacted the play on the field during their 3-1 start that includes a 12-2 victory over Blake. “I remember watching my older brother play and I remember thinking how

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If there’s a ground ball and Sherwood High School boys’ lacrosse player Mike Crooks is in the vicinity, chances are he’ll scoop it up. Crooks, a 5-foot-8 senior, is one of the best two-way midfielders in Montgomery County. He’s not a dominating physical presence and his athleticism, while certainly a plus, can’t fully explain how he is so effective. But when the ball hits the turf, Crooks has a knack for coming away with it and gaining key possessions for his team. Crooks has an exceptional feel for the game, or as senior teammate Jack Sadler puts it, “He just always seems to be at the right place, at the right time.” No where is this skill more evident than with his ground ball statistics. Crooks ranks second in the 4A/3A South Division with 38 ground balls, a number impressive by itself, but even more so when considering he’s not a face-off man. Among the division’s non-faceoff men, he ranks first in ground balls by 15. “That’s always been a strength,” said Crooks, who has more than 200 ground balls with the Warriors, according to Sherwood coach Chip Steel. “It’s pretty much just effort, I guess. I want the ball and that’s an easy way to get it.” How does he do it? It’s a combination of hustle, skill, timing and lacrosse IQ. “You have to pick your spots to go after them,” said Crooks, the starting point guard for the varsity basketball team “Sometimes there’ll be a huge scrum and you have to wait and get the ball out to a specific space. It’s pretty strategic.” That he is often up against larger, stronger players for ground balls hasn’t stopped


Continued from Page B-1 high-quality opponents that include North Carroll, Winston Churchill, Walter Johnson and Poolesville, four teams with a combined 15-1 record. “It’s been difficult but it’s also been really rewarding,” said senior goalkeeper Jennifer West, the lone returning starter from last season’s team. “When we do a really nice transition, or just a great defensive play, it’s just amazing to see.” Gatons, a starter in 2011 and 2012, said she had not played varsity with any of her




Sherwood High School lacrosse player Mike Crooks practices with teammates Monday at the Sandy Spring school. Crooks from winning out on ground balls, senior teammate William Wykoff said. “He just doesn’t care if he’s going up against some big guy, hacking him,” Wykoff said. “He’ll go right through it.” Crooks, who recently recorded his 100th varsity point, is more than a ground ball specialist. He has a team-high 11 goals to go with six assists, ranking 10th in points in the division. His eight forced turnovers rank first on the team and third in the division. “He goes harder than anyone else out there,” said Sadler, who has played lacrosse with Crooks since elementary school. “He puts out more effort. He’s just all over the place, high energy.” In Friday’s overtime 12-11 loss to Walter Johnson, Crooks recorded a goal, three assists, 13 ground balls and two forced turnovers. “He’s crafty, he’s slick and he’s sneaky,” Walter Johnson coach Alan Pohoryles said.

current teammates prior to this season, and that the girls are still gaining familiarity one another. “It doesn’t really hit you until you’re on the field and you’re not used to playing with them,” she said. Gatons, who wears a brace on her right knee, said her strength has improved since being cleared to play in February. The senior has five goals, 16 draw controls and three assists, notching a hat trick in the 16-11 loss to Winston Churchill. “She’s been really solid for coming back from such a traumatic injury,” West said. “She’s handling it really well. She’s

“He’s everything you want out of a midfielder.” In the 2012 postseason, Crooks scored the game-winning double-overtime goal to defeat Walter Johnson 6-5. “[It’s] nothing flashy,” Pohoryles said. “At the end of the day when you look at the stats and you see Crooks had three goals and four assists, you go, ‘really?’” Crooks, a fourth-year varsity player and third-year starter, said he has played lacrosse since third grade and started taking the sport more seriously in middle school. He said he is considering playing in college as a walk-on and that he is focused on finishing his final high school varsity season with the Warriors (3-1 as of Monday) on a high note. “I just want to win,” he said. “... I just want to improve, win the regional championship.”

been working her butt off, getting back in transitions, getting back on defense. She’s been all over the place.” Gatons has been aided by a strong young talented group of underclassmen, highlighted by top scorer Jacque Pino. The freshman midfielder has 14 goals, five assists and 15 draw controls through her first five varsity games. “I think we definitely have a lot of talent on our team,” Gatons said. “... We have to learn how to play together.” Damascus faces a lighter schedule in April, with upcoming games against Watkins Mill, Seneca Valley, Wheaton and

Bethesda-Chevy Chase. “We’re improving and bonding more as a team,” Pino said. “We know we can get there, we just haven’t gotten there yet.” Second-year coach Marcus Jurado expects the team to continue improving as the season progresses and be playing its best lacrosse in May. “I think that’s exactly what kind of team is,” Jurado said. “It’s definitely a team that teams are not going to want to play at the end of the season.”

Damion Rowe, a junior sprinter for Seneca Valley High School, said he had never played or trained for a serious sport his entire life prior to his freshman year. Sure, he had messed around with some recreational league basketball and baseball teams, but it was never ultra-competitive. And then, after being introduced to the Screaming Eagles’ football coaches his eighth grade year, he tried out for the football team. His success, having not played in the youth leagues like many of his peers, may have surprised a good number. Not Rowe. “It’s natural,” he said. “I just am an athletic person. I like the competition.” “He’s definitely a gifted athlete,” Seneca sprints coach Oraje Robinson said. “Very gifted athlete. He just don’t say, ‘No.’” Football, though, was just a gateway into track. As many fall athletes do, Rowe picked up track to better his all-around physical abilities, but Rowe took a liking to track so much that it soon became his No. 1 sport. “I love going out to the track and watching a bunch of events and watching people fight for their spots,” Rowe said. “Winning is great, obviously, but I love helping out my teammates.” Seneca’s sprint coaches, Robinson and Zachery Jackson, reveled in Rowe’s ability to pick up track so quickly. In just his third year in the sport, Rowe is ranked third in the 100 meter runners (his personal best for the year is 11.18 seconds) in Maryland — No. 1 among 3A schools — fourth in the 200 meters (22.78) — also No. 1 among 3A schools — and owns the fastest split on Seneca’s 1,600-relay team. “On any given day, depending on how he feels, he can go and go and go and go,” Robinson said. “He really wasn’t developed, he was raw. This kid could come from 200 yards behind and smoke somebody. I’m glad we got him. He’s definitely, defi-

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nitely, definitely special.” This is not to say that Jackson and Robinson are free of frustration. As much as a pleasure it is to work with such a raw bundle of natural athleticism, it’s equally as vexing to attempt to unlock that potential. The summer was mainly working on the technical aspects — form, running strategy — than it was speed. That part, Rowe was born with. “Oh, it works you. There’s mind games. You get a little feisty with him because you know what he can do. I think with him, he just doesn’t know his own strength,” Jackson said. “In the last 50 meters you’ll see him and it’s just like, ‘Wow.’ And in the relays we’ll be down and then you’ll just see him zoom. But then you want him to do it in an open event so it’s more-so just reprogramming. This is his second year running, and I was shocked by that, astonished. He’s stocked, and he’s always been that way since middle school.” It wasn’t until this past summer that Rowe said he realized he could be pretty good. He had proven he could compete against the local competition well enough, but when he got out on the summer circuit, racing anywhere from Potomac to North Carolina, his times were still among the tops even with those from other states. “We both think he’s still got a lot left in the tank,” Robinson said. “By the end of the year he’s going to be able to top out. He’s going to be able to walk everybody next year. And when I say walk, I mean walk, because he’s going to be at the top of his game.”




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When Nick and Jeremy Ponafala joined the Montgomery College baseball team last year, coach Dan Rascher had a hard time figuring out which 2012 Paint Branch High School graduate went with each name. The 5-foot-11 Ponafala brothers, 19, are identical twins and the only visible distinguishing characteristics between the two are that Jeremy Ponafala has longer hair and a Samoan tattoo on his arm. Their taste in music also may be slightly different. Jeremy Ponafala says he would choose House of Pain’s “Jump Around” for his walk-up introduction music while Nick Ponafala says he’d pick Run DMC’s “It’s Tricky.” “I had trouble knowing who was who,” Rascher said with a laugh and a smile during an interview on Saturday at batting


Continued from Page B-1 he has brain cancer. In May 2009, when Rolle was just a 4-foot-8, 75-pound child, he had heard those words. “Before you know what cancer is, I guess I thought everybody who has cancer dies,” he said. “I didn’t know how my life was going to be but I guess with the support of all my family and friends it was a lot easier than it could have been.” Nick Rolle said he never allowed the thought of losing his little brother cross his mind. While still young enough to understand the severity of the situation when Jack was diagnosed, he was old enough, 13, to realize that cancer could be treated. “Honestly, it’s a different perspective as an older brother,” said Nick, a senior at Prep. “You’re sort of — obviously it’s not happening to you so the way I kind of dealt with it was, I was like, ‘He’s gonna be fine.’ As an older brother you kind of, I don’t know, you’re a figure of strength.” It’s impossible to tell now, as the 15-year-old Jack Rolle stood next to a pile of yellow range balls, hitting 20-yard chip shots before a match with Calvert Hall, that doctors once discovered a peasized tumor in his brain called Germinoma, which affects less than one in a million children. Any scars he has from surgery are covered up by a PING hat drawn low over his light blue eyes. His tight, compact swing is a spitting image of his older brother’s, reflecting zero signs of reduced


Continued from Page B-1 Levitt said. “We’d take boxes of cleats and footballs and basically just toss them in the dumpster. Some of the stuff hadn’t been touched yet, stuff like game balls had been used 12 times.” This likely happens everywhere, Levitt said, because NCAA regulations make it difficult for colleges to make donations on their own unless approached by an organization. With the programs’ logo on the equipment, universities are not allowed to donate to youth programs where athletes have recruitment eligibility, Levitt said. The waste of perfectly good sporting equipment did not sit well with Levitt. In order to combat that, he founded Leveling the Playing Field, Inc., a Montgomery County-based non-profit organization that aims to provide at-risk children living in the Washington Metropolitan area with sporting equipment in an effort to increase their athletic involvement opportunities. “I did a lot of volunteer work with the Jewish Federation growing up and I’ve gone into areas in D.C. and Montgomery County where a lot of kids would kill for [what we were throwing away at Syracuse],” said Levitt, who added that sports were a major factor in his upbringing. “I started looking deeper into it and in doing research I found out that the cost of sports equipment is a huge barrier for non-profits.” Levitt said he found that one


Paint Branch graduates and twins Jeremy (pictured) and Nick Ponafala start for Montgomery College.


Paint Branch High School graduates and identical twins Jeremy and Nick Ponafala (pictured) start for Montgomery College’s baseball team. practice. “Now, I got it figured it out. One (Nick) looks a little more serious than the other.” “The long hair definitely makes it easier and helps people,” Jeremy Ponafala said. “I just wanted to grow it out and Nick has always been a short-haired guy. There was definitely a lot of

confusion last year. It was fun and we are used to it.” The now-sophomore twins — Jeremy starts in right field for the Raptors and Nick starts at third base and occasionally pitches — have always played on the same baseball team. They began playing tee ball together

motor control or arm strength. He will repeatedly say that, aside from the inconvenience of taking 10 or so different medications every day and checking in for regular MRIs and spinal taps, there are no lingering effects from the 16 rounds of chemotherapy and roughly 10 weeks of radiation in Boston that kicked the cancer into remission just months after its diagnosis. Georgetown Prep coach Robert Barry knows otherwise. After shooting a 42 earlier this year, Jack Rolle shook Barry’s hands. It was “like shaking an ice cube,” the coach said. Jack Rolle has Raynaud’s syndrome — the circulation in his hands is still not quite back to normal, a common side effect from the myriad treatments he received, and they are often numbingly cold. Not that he would let anybody know. “There’s a perspective that he has that is ‘OK, I’ve been through this,’” Barry said. “The only reason I knew [of Raynaud’s] is because I shook his hand — the only reason. He says, ‘Oh, I’ve got this syndrome, Raynaud’s, and it’s about circulation in the blood and etcetera.’ And that’s where we are. He doesn’t make a big deal out of it. It means absolutely nothing. He says, ‘This is what I’m going to deal with.’” Rolle’s remarkable strength, both mental and physical, throughout his cancer treatments has been a common source of inspiration. In the fall of 2009, it was the Maryland Terrapin football team. Jack watched most every home game from the sidelines with his brothers, William, Nick, and Chris; and after the Terps

beat James Madison in overtime, Jack was hauled into the locker room and handed the game ball by then-coach Ralph Friedgen. Then there is the story behind the PING hat that Rolle now regularly wears. He did not simply pluck it off a rack and shell out $20. It was a gift from one of the world’s top golfers, Hunter Mahan. The Make-A-Wish foundation had learned of Rolle’s condition and, being an avid golfer since the age of 6, Rolle’s wish was to meet one of his favorite golfers. So Make-A-Wish flew the Rolle family down to Doral for the World Golf ChampionshipsCadillac Championship, where he met Mahan, took a ride in Donald Trump’s helicopter, and raced down Homestead-Miami Speedway. “It was very fun,” he said, “But very scary going about 145 miles an hour.” Rolle does not view the world as most 15-year-olds do. After bad shots on the golf course, he doesn’t slam his club or fill the air with curses. At worst, there is a shake of the head. “He knows that coming out here — this is his,” Barry said. “‘I’m not a byproduct of medicine, I’m not a byproduct of surgery, I’m not a byproduct of therapy, I’m not a byproduct of chemo, I’m just Jack Rolle, and I love to play golf.’” “It gave me a new perspective on life that you can’t really take life for granted,” Rolle said. “You gotta look at the little things and appreciate them, just know how many blessings you have.”

in five underserved households are not getting their kids involved in athletics because of the price of equipment. Aside from physical fitness — obesity rates have tripled in the last three decades, according to Level the Playing Field’s news release — athletics possess important mental benefits. According to Levitt, children who participate in athletics are 60 percent less likely to drop out of school. In just a short time, what started off as a small collection of equipment Levitt stored in his parents’ basement has turned into an organization that has donated more than 5,000 sporting items to 35 youth programs primarily in Montgomery County, but scattered throughout the Washington, D.C. area and impacting nearly 5,550 children, Levitt said. That number is set to rise exponentially after Levitt and Level the Playing Field volunteers cleared out the Montgomery County Recreation Department’s warehouse Sunday in an event that drew out County Executive Ike Leggett. Leveling the Playing Field was given nearly 4,000 pieces of equipment no longer being used by the county as it now only offers basketball league play. Among area programs benefitting from Levitt’s organization are Linkages to Learning — 15 sites within Montgomery County Public Schools — and the City of Rockville’s Latino Youth Development Program. “Max really helped us with donating actual equipment, it’s

very expensive, money we don’t have in our budget to purchase supplies,” said Lynique Murray, the Linkages to Learning site director at Maryvale Elementary. “That is money that I can now use elsewhere like for finding reading materials, other educational items or food.” Whereas Levitt used to spend time calling around for whatever pieces of equipment he could find, an average of two organizations per week reach out to him these days. In addition to Syracuse, Levitt’s organization has working relationships with the University of Maryland, College Park, Towson, Gallaudet and Goucher College and he said he intends to add to that list. While donations aren’t an issue, Levitt said seeking corporate funding will be important as his organization and programs continue to grow. He has also joined forces with professional athletes and local teams, including the Washington Redskins and D.C. United, to provide a life skills component with his donations, Levitt said. “Sport is a really good vehicle for teaching,” Levitt said. “There’s always something that can relate to real life. One lesson we’re trying to get across is when facing adversity the last thing you want to do is put your head down, with hard work and determination you can get out of your situation. That goes hand in hand with sports. If you’re losing a game you’re certainly not going to come back if you put your head down and feel bad for yourself.”

in kindergarten and moved their way up, including coach and kid pitch levels of the Oxon Hill Boys and Girls Club. When they moved from Temple Hills in Prince George’s County to Burtonsville the summer before enrolling as high school freshmen, they switched to play for the Burtonsville Big Dawgs. “Ever since we picked up a bat and glove, we’ve never split up,” said Jeremy Ponafala, who was voted Montgomery College’s team captain this spring. “I can’t imagine not playing together. I think it would be awkward.”


Continued from Page B-1 great it would be to come here and play home games. We’re trying to make the best of it. Kelley Park has lights and it’s an OK field. But sometimes during rush hour it takes 45 minutes to get there.” Paint Branch has not played a home baseball game at the school since the older Jacobs graduated in 2010 due to the school’s building and facilities being rebuilt. The constant traveling to games and practices is becoming somewhat taxing on both coach Tom Rey and his players, they said. The Panthers practice at Briggs Chaney Middle School on a field that does not have a grass infield and is smaller than a standard high school field. On rainy days, the team will practice on the school’s turf football/soccer field. “I kept thinking that we were going to get a chance to play home games this year,” Rey said. “We’ve been waiting for the county to finish building the new school and

Added Nick Ponafala: “We have an extra connection. Baseball became easy because we always had a guy to practice with, hit with and throw with.” The twins’ parents, Pua and Cindy Ponafala, encouraged them to try several sports growing up — they played basketball and soccer before settling on baseball. “Baseball became what we stuck with and loved, it is what we were best at and enjoyed the most,” said Jeremy Ponafala, who didn’t begin playing in the outfield until his junior high school season. “At first, Nick started as a first baseman and I started at third and then when we were 11 or 12, he started pitching and I started catching. Most days, we’d get the job done.” Added Nick Ponafala: “I mean, we practiced together all the time. Our yard wasn’t big enough so we just hit a whiffle ball and played catch. No broken windows happened, but we tried to see who could hit it the furthest.” This spring, both have made strong contributions for the No. 7-ranked team (12-4 record as of now it’s been almost five years. I’m grateful that we have a place to practice and we have access to Kelley Park. But it’s like we’re a bunch of nomads. We’re always packing up the cars and commuting somewhere.” Paint Branch junior catcher Sam Stewart has accepted the current setup and already made adjustments. He admits that the scenario has hardly altered either his personal goals or those of the team. “It’s annoying, but I’ve gotten used to it,” Stewart said. “Everything is OK. It would be nice having home games, but I like being able to play under the lights at Kelley Park. I don’t like making that drive over there after school when there’s a lot of traffic, but we get there and back. As one of the team captains, I like showing my teammates that we can overcome a little adversity.” Jacobs has not lost all hope that the team could play at least one or two games on the high school field before the end of the season, and neither has Rey, but the Pan-

Monday) in the NJCAA Division III national poll. Nick Ponafala, who broke his right ankle in April 2013 practicing sliding into second base and is not quite back to full strength, is hitting .394 with a home run and a team-leading 14 runs batted in. Jeremy Ponafala has six hits, including a double, in 30 at bats. “It’s kind of amazing Nick is back,” Rascher said. “He’s worked his butt off. ... I’m amazed to see where he’s at.” Both brothers hope to transfer to a four-year college to continue their baseball tenures next year, but they don’t know if they will still play together. “It would be nice, but we we’ll figure it out,” Jeremy Ponafala said. Montgomery College, which had several early season games cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather and poor field conditions, hopes it can get in a groove now that practice conditions have improved. “You get stir-crazy in the gym,” Rascher said. “Hopefully we will be OK.”

thers’ senior has not lost sight of the team’s main focus — winning the Class 4A North Region title and getting to the state tournament. “You know, there is still a chance we could play a home game this year,” Jacobs said. “In the meantime, I’m not going to dwell on it. It sucks that it hasn’t happened and maybe I could go all four years without playing a home game. But our main goal is to win a state championship this year. I think we have the hitting and the pitching to do it. Having to travel for practices and home games only makes us work that much harder.” “It’s really a tribute to the seniors and our captains that the team stays focused and stays together,” Rey said. “You never hear any of them complain. They leave school, go home and carpool to the field for practice and for home games. It’s not the best situation, but it’s made everyone understand that sometimes things don’t always go your way.”




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Sujata Massey will discuss her latest novel ‘The Sleeping Dictionary’ alongside Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of ‘Man Alive!,’ at this year’s Bethesda Literary Festival.

Bethesda Literary Festival returns PHOTO FROM MILES FAIRRIS

Steve Jimenez will join Peter Ross Range at the Bethesda Literary Festival to discuss their books about Matthew Shepard and the Lululemon murder respectively in a panel titled “Ripped From The Headlines.”

15th annual event assembles authors from all walks of life





Psalmayene 24 rounds out trilogy with message of girl empowerment



Imagination Stage in Bethesda is putting a new spin on the Cinderella story, transforming the traditional rags-to-riches tale into a celebration of girl power with its upcoming production of “Cinderella: The Remix.” The show, which opens for previews tonight, is the story of a young girl who is talented on the turntables but is forbidden from mixing beats beyond her stepmama’s basement — she lives in Hip-Hop Hollywood, where girls

Bethesda will offer residents a deeper understanding of new and popular works by bringing local and national authors to the area Friday through Sunday for the 15th annual Bethesda Literary Festival. The Bethesda Urban Partnership’s festival began in 2000 with the goal of bringing in well-known and close-by authors and connecting them to the community. The organizBETHESDA LITERARY ers added writing contests in 2004 to increase community FESTIVAL involvement in the event and n When: Friday through allow them to share their work Sunday, various times alongside established visiting authors and journalists. n Where: locations vary “It’s always a really intern Tickets: Free active audience and we always have very lively discussions,” n For information: said Director of Marketing Stephanie Coppula, who has litfest/litfest.htm been working with the festival since 2001. “I think the authors really appreciate that they’re talking about their book and getting a lot of feedback from the audience.” For 15 years, the Bethesda Literary Festival has brought in a wide variety of guest writers, from local authors and journalists

CINDERELLA: THE REMIX n When: April 9 to May 25 (contact theater for show times) n Where: Imagination Stage, 5908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda n Tickets: $10-$30 n For information: 301-2801660,

aren’t allowed to DJ and “fronting,” or acting like something you’re not, is a crime. When the famous performer J Prince holds auditions for his


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Chocolate Ice (Mark Hairston) likes the beats Cinderella (Paige Hernandez) is playing in ‘Cinderella: The Remix’ at Imagination Stage, April 9 to May 25.

(From left) Jane Squier Bruns as Polly, Andrea Spitz as Brooke and Bill Hurlbut as Lyman in Silver Spring Stage’s upcoming production of “Other Desert Cities.” HARVEY LEVINE

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Many families have skeletons in the closet. When someone in the family decides they want to let the skeletons out, that’s usually when a world of problems pops up. Jon Robin Baitz’s Broadway play,


“Other Desert Cities,” brings family strife during Christmas to the stage. Silver Spring Stage brings the show to life from now until April 27. “It is a family drama that revolves around a daughter who has returned home after a long absence to celebrate Christmas with her family,” said director Bridget Muehlberger. “During this visit, she reveals a manuscript she has brought that is

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OTHER DESERT CITIES n When: To April 27 (contact theater for show times) n Where: Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $18-$20 n For information: 301-593-6036;


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Country music’s Lyndsey Highlander will perform in concert tonight at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club.

Luckily Lyndsey Country rising star Lyndsey Highlander will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. today at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Highlander currently is the opening act on the Phil Vassar tour and is celebrating the release of her music video “Flowers Ain’t Gonna Fix This.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Upcoming performances at the supper club include the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Dr. Hook, featuring Ray Sawyer, at 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit

This week’s Second Thursday Contra Dance in Silver Spring will feature New England band Nor’Easter, with Will Mentor calling.


Fair weather footwork

Carpe Diem Arts will host its Second Thursday Contra Dance at the Silver Spring Civic Building’s Great Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. this week. The dance will be led by caller Will Mentor and will feature the music of New England band Nor’Easter. No partner or experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. A beginner workshop is scheduled from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Second Thursday dances are scheduled monthly, and are presented by Carpe Diem Arts in partnership with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s “Be Active Montgomery” initiative. General admission is $10, $8 for members and $5 for students and those with no income. For more information, call 301-466-0183.

Paintings and prints and ‘Hill and Glen’


The NIH Philharmonia, under the direction of Dr. Nancia D’Alimonte (pictured), will present “Musical Genius” on Saturday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville.

Real ‘Genius’ The NIH Philharmonia, under the direction of Dr. Nancia D’Alimonte, will present “Musical Genius” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville. The program will include works by Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Pärt. Admission is free. For more information, visit


Beginning today, works by Ric Garcia will be on view through May 3 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts.



The BlackRock Center for the Arts will host two dynamic art exhibits throughout the month of April. Lesley Clarke’s “Hill and Glen” is now on view through May 3 at the second floor Terrace Gallery. Opening today in the Germantown venue’s main gallery is “Cuban Pop: Paintings and Prints by Ric Garcia.” The closing event for the exhibit will feature an artist talk and a classical roots and Latin soul performance by the Dali Quartet at 8 p.m. May 3. Tickets for the performance will be $22. Both exhibits will enjoy an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 12. Both exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, visit



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Truth, justice and the ‘Captain America’ way Steve Rogers keeps his courtly charm, but violence escalates




“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a better-than-average Marvel superhero bash, intriguingly plotted and pretty clever in its speculations about 21st-century life for Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, the greatest of the Greatest Generation warriors, as he contends with contemporary American geopolitical ideals run amok. The movie does its duty. It’s a reliable commodity, delivered efficiently and well, like pizza. In its frenzied action style and overall visual approach, the film is interestingly different from the first “Captain America,” my favorite of the Marvel franchisees alongside the first “Iron Man,” which has been carbon-dated to a time when Robert Downey Jr. seemed like novel casting. But I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed “Captain America” 2 as much as I did “Captain America” the first. Many are praising the sequel for its harsh realism and frenetic approach to hand-to-hand combat, both in staging and editing. The directors are siblings Anthony and Joe Russo, who haven’t made a feature since “You, Me and Dupree” eight years ago, but who are about to become big deals in Hollywood thanks to the inevitable success of this thing. (They’re already attached to a sequel.) The new “Captain America” copies the pummeling sales tactics of “The Avengers,” which made a billion-and-a-half dollars worldwide two years ago. May 2015 brings the sequel to that all-star variety show, to be titled “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” It’s beginning to feel as if the Age of Ultron, which could be another name for Hollywood’s Marvel-dominant era, will never end. Long after life on Earth has been extinguished, there’ll still be an “Iron Man” sequel coming out the following spring. This “Captain America”

works for several reasons, beginning with the script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. It pauses occasionally to remind us that these are supposed to be human beings, however genetically enhanced, coping with real-world problems of trust and job insecurity, and battling trauma and fishout-of-water loneliness. Chris Evans is back as Rogers, who is now 95 years old but looks 30ish thanks to the deepfreeze process initiated by his S.H.I.E.L.D. overseers, led by eye-patched and anger-fueled Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), whose temperament suggests he’ll someday be revealed to be the real Incredible Hulk. The first “Captain America” was set in and around World War II, with Cappy and his boomerang-y shield fighting the sinister forces of Hydra. “The Winter Soldier” follows Cap into the present day, alongside Scarlett Johansson’s wily S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Black Widow. Their nemesis is the Soviet supersoldier known as the Winter Soldier, who is in fact none other than … a fellow named Spoiler Alert. There’s the tiniest hint of a romance, though Black Widow is plainly too much for Rogers’ emotional circuitry to handle. The new day that Rogers/Cappy must negotiate is one of rampant, escalating paranoia — never much of an aphrodisiac. Robert Redford lightens the film’s load as the trusted, respected, well-tailored S.H.I.E.L.D. overseer who’s mixed up in the World Security Council. America’s latest secret weapons, hiding deep beneath the surface of Washington, D.C., are a trio of flying battleships armed to the teeth and able to kill “a thousand hostiles a minute,” Fury mentions to a skeptical Rogers. Soon our hero is hung out to dry by his own team, and like a Redford character in a ’70s thriller, he doesn’t know whom to believe. The short list of the trustworthy includes an Army paratrooper played by Anthony Mackie. With a pair of sleek metal wings he transforms into


Chris Evans stars as Captain America in “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

‘CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER’ n 3 stars n PG-13; 136 minutes n Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford n Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo

the Falcon. Mackie’s a real asset here, and in general the cast is fully engaged, with only trace elements of sequel-itis afflicting the tenor of the storytelling. They find ways to deliver the welcome wisecrack or the leavening zinger just so, before the next round of slaughter begins. The worldwide success of these movies is in their superheroics, of course, and in


Sebastian Stan stars as the Winter Soldier in “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” the crazy degree of overkill involved. There is no “just enough” in today’s computergenerated Marvel marvels; there is only “too much.” And there’s a stealth element of hypocrisy in a film like “The Winter Soldier,” which bemoans Ameri-

ca’s bloodthirsty, weapons-mad impulses even as it exploits all the hardware and an obscene body count for fun and profit. Something about even a good Marvel movie is starting to feel a little bit enough-already. But in “Captain America” 2 at least our

own skepticism and ambivalence regarding where it’s all going is mirrored by a protagonist who favors swing-era standards, even if his buddy Falcon has the excellent taste to recommend he give Marvin Gaye’s “Trouble Man” a listen, too.

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Sam Worthington as Monster, Joe Manganiello as Grinder, Josh Holloway as Neck, and Mireille Enos as Lizzy in “Sabotage,” directed by David Ayer.

There’s a weird, bashful moment in “Sabotage” when Olivia Williams, atypically cast as a tough Atlanta police detective, is drawn like a moth to the flame of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lips. It’s a quick bit, cut off with comical abruptness before director and co-writer David Ayer (“Training Day,” “End of Watch”) gets back to the business of slaughter. Lots of it. Arnold-minded

audiences eager to see him kill lots and lots of drug cartel minions should be ready for a slick, heaping helping of peppy sadism, and entrails hanging from a dead body nailed to a ceiling, and torture sequences, and numerous digitally enhanced “kill” shots designed to move the viewer to the next level of the story, in the gamer’s parlance. But a love scene between an actress in her mid-40s and an action star in his mid-60s? No way. Terrence Howard is in “Sabotage” too, as is second-billed Sam Worthington, and “True Blood’s” Joe Manganiello, all playing adrenaline-fueled Drug Enforcement Agency undercover maniacs with justifiable trust issues. Many good performers here, and they’re almost reason enough to see this latest showcase for Schwarzenegger’s way with a three-word line of dialogue. (“Get in there!”) The

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Arnold Schwarzenegger as Breacher in “Sabotage.” acting’s fine in this thing; the acting’s rarely the reason a violent action movie succeeds or fails. At least screenwriters Ayer and Skip Woods keep the moral compass spinning around in circles before selling out in the end. A “drug war god,” John “Breacher” Wharton is the Schwarzenegger role. He’s left wifeless and sonless by bloodthirsty cartel goons. Months later Breacher and his DEA team execute a bust at the home of a drug lord whose mansion looks suspiciously like a suburban Atlanta model home. (The film was made in tax-incentivefriendly Georgia.) Breacher and company squirrel away $10 million in drug money for their own private stash, but somebody gets to the money before they do. Time passes, as time does, and a member of Breacher’s team dies under mysterious circumstances. Then another one is found nailed to a ceiling and gutted. “Like a deer,” one character notes. As “Sabotage” turns into the most violent Agatha Christie whodunit imaginable, Ayer injects a modicum of malignant energy in the hopped-up,


SABOTAGE n 2 stars n R; 109 minutes n Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Josh Holloway, Joe Manganiello, Martin Donovan n Director: David Ayer

uncontrollable behavior of Breacher’s gang, as they kill time between assignments, or just kill, kill, kill, and then go to strip clubs. The movie wants it both ways: bloodthirsty revenge and some finger-wagging about the tactics. The real mystery, for me, relates to Arnold’s hair colors — jet black up top, gray around the sideburns, a malty-wheat tone for the eyebrows. Martin Donovan has a couple of boilerplate scenes as Arnold’s superior. It’s amusing to watch an amusing actor try to wring some juice out of essentially juice-free material. It’s less amusing to contemplate how much further an R-rated kill-’em-up can go in the bloodspritz department.


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Port City Brewing was the first bottling brewery to open in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area since the close

BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER of Old Dominion Brewing. The brewery’s name derives from Alexandria’s origins as an important colonial seaport, which later became a major brewing center. Owner Bill Butcher recognized that Washington was the only large metropolitan area without a production brewery and decided to fill that vacuum, opening in February 2011. Jonathan Reeves, a brewer with 17 years experience, was Butcher’s first hire. Reeves helped design and install the brewery and develops the beer recipes. Since its opening, brewing at Port City has increased from 3000 barrels the first year to about 9000 barrels in its third year of operation. Port City has expanded its capacity each year


Continued from Page B-4 a memoir and not the novel they were expecting.” The daughter, Brooke, has written a memoir focusing on a pivotal event in the family’s history, according to Muehlberger. “We watch as the family reacts to this event,” Muehlberger said. “… Everyone sees there’s a different perception of this event and we watch and empathize with the family as they struggle to reconcile these differences.” Other than Brooke, the family consists of her parents, Polly and Lyman, who are both Republicans, and Polly’s liberal sister, Silda, who is fresh out of rehab. Polly and Silda have spent time in the entertainment business, as they both wrote a number of MGM comedies in the 1960s. All of this leads to Brooke trying to find her identity in


Continued from Page B-4 Jam — Hip-Hop Hollywood’s equivalent to a ball at the castle — Cinderella disguises herself as a boy to get a shot at pursuing her dream of becoming a DJ. “In this version, Cinderella learns she doesn’t need to lean on a prince to rise above her station and live out her dreams,” said Katy Carkuff, who plays Cinderella’s best friend, Chin Chilla. “She finds the strength and the talent within herself.” “Cinderella: The Remix” is the final production in The Hip-Hop Children’s Trilogy, a trio of shows written and directed by playwright Psalmayene 24 that explores the past, present and future of hip-hop culture. The first play, “Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth,” is a fictional account of how hip-hop got its start. The second, “P.Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical,” is a hiphop adaptation of Pinocchio,


Continued from Page B-4 appearing for the first time to returning festival veterans from across the country. By pairing speakers up for events based on shared backgrounds or topics, the festival organizers create a forum to discuss not only what’s similar between two authors, but also what makes them different. The “Ripped From the Headlines” discussion at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Residency Inn Bethesda puts Stephen Jimenez, author of “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard,” together with “Murder in the Yoga Store: The True Story of the Lululemon Killings,” by author Pe-

to meet this growing demand and now is able to produce 14,000 barrels at its Alexandria industrial area location. The facility has a tap room with between 8 and 14 different beers on draft for visitors, which average about 800 to 1000 each week. The brewery is open for visitors and tours Thursday through Sunday with hours posted on its website ( The tapping area provides a tasting glass and six samples for $9. About 40 percent of Port City’s beer is bottled with the remainder distributed in kegs and sold in growlers at the brewery. Port City’s distribution includes the metro area, South Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, New York City and Quebec, Canada.. Port City brews five beers on a year around basis: Essential Pale Ale, Monumental IPA, Porter, Optimal Wit and Downright Pilsner. Periodically, the brewery makes an oyster stout using 3000 locally grown oysters and oyster shells per batch with part of the proceeds going to an oyster recovery program for the Chesapeake Bay. Seasonals include Tartan Ale (Scottish Ale) in the Spring, an American-style Bitter for the summer, Oktoberfest in the Fall and a spiced Tidings Ale, using Maryland wildflower honey as its holiday



Port City is the Washington, D.C. metro area’s first production brewing facility since the closing of Old Dominion. offering. Optimal Wit, a bottle conditioned beer and the brewery’s best seller, won a gold medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. The brewery also took four other medals. Porter (7.2 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) has an alluring aroma of roast, coffee and dark fruit which leads into a front showing muted roast, a splash of dark fruit and a soupcon of chocolate. The roast increases a tad in middle while adding both a nuanced vinous quality and a tempered bitterness. The roast and coffee grow to medium in the finish with restrained dark fruit emerging.

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this family. “Brooke is really a smart, tortured soul,” said Andrea Spitz, who plays Brooke. “She grew up in a family that didn’t really fit her. Because of this enormous secret the family has kept for all these years, she never really got to negotiate the family waters on her own terms because there was so much she didn’t understand.” Brooke does love and care for her family, Spitz said, but she knows the only way to make a name for herself is with her memoir. “At the end of the day, she feels like she has this book and it’s her story about her childhood and her life,” Spitz said. “She feels like the only way she can be seen or heard in this world is to publish the book and finally tell her side of the story.” One of the reasons Spitz decided to audition for the show is the strength of the script, she said. Baitz’s play was a finalist

for a 2012 Pulitzer Prize. “As soon as I read it last year, I thought this was the kind of thing I’d really like to sink my teeth into,” Spitz said. “The dialogue is witty and the characters are all equal parts pigheaded and compassion. It’s a really compelling story, but it also has a lot of moments of nice levity.” Muehlberger said the fact the play was a finalist for the Pulitzer was no surprise. Baitz, she said, has a way of writing specifically for his characters and they’re all extremely well drawn. “[Baitz] is able to show us their differences as well as show us the bond that they have as a family,” Muehlberger said. “They love each other deeply. They don’t always like each other, or like what each other has done, but there’s a central core of love amongst the whole family, no matter the sparring that happens between them.”

For Spitz, it’s all about the family. Even though they might not get along — whether its politics or personal events — the family dynamic is there. “The family bond still ties them together and makes them overlook those differences,” Spitz said. Muehlberger hopes audiences will walk away from the show not only thinking about what they had just seen, but also debating the events in the show with their own lives. “We hope at the end … the audience continues to talk about it,” Muehlberger said. “‘What would I have done?’ ‘What would we have done in our family?’ ‘Could you have published this story without the permission?’ ‘Would you have waited until a different time to publish?’ We’re just hoping the audience asks those same kinds of questions.”

but this time the puppet is a video game character who also aspires to become a “real boy.” “Cinderella” explores Psalmayene 24’s vision for the future of hip-hop. He believes that a stronger presence of girls and women participating in hip-hop music would encourage a positive and healthy future for hip-hop culture. “Right now the numbers are pretty sad in terms of boys to girls and men to women in hip-hop,” Psalmayene 24 said. “If we have more girls involved we would just get a wider breadth in terms of subject matter, and I feel like that would help the culture grow in ways that I don’t think are really possible without women being involved.” “Cinderella: The Remix” is not a traditional musical — hip-hop beats will be mixed during the show and instead of singing, the actors will be rapping, Psalmayene 24 said. The show was written for young children, so Psalmayene 24 knows he’ll also have parents and grandparents in the audi-

ence who may have preconceptions about hip-hop music. “What is gratifying is actually having the opportunity to use hip-hop music in a way that people haven’t heard it articulated before,” Psalmayene 24 said. “It’s sort of like a hip-hop appreciation class for people who are not in the culture because they get a chance to hear it with new ears.” Psalmayene 24 said a confident, diverse cast is essential to conveying the message of empowerment to young girls. “They’ll see women on stage who are not only excellent actors but who also have a great facility for hip-hop performance,” Psalmayene 24 said. “I think oftentimes you don’t see people who look like you or are the same gender or color as you or from the same background as you. I want girls to feel like they have the ability to enter this culture of hip-hop and not second-guess themselves or think, ‘It’s not for me.’” This is especially important for Paige Hernandez, who

plays Cinderella. She said she was exposed to the arts as a child but did not see people on stage “that looked like me or talked like me.” “What I enjoy most about performing for young children is the seeds I’m able to plant in their very impressionable minds,” Hernandez said. “Being an adult artist and bringing this all to the stage is important to me.” Hernandez said she hopes her performance will show young girls that there is always a time to be yourself and that individuality makes you beautiful. “I think this is a fantastic fairy tale to re-imagine, especially with the way Psalm has done it because it’s not a romantic story at all. It’s about empowerment and that’s what hip-hop is all about — empowering the community and blurring the lines,” Hernandez said. “Even if you feel like you’re fronting and putting up a facade, there’s nothing wrong with being yourself and having your own perfect ending.”

ter Ross Range. A Washington, D.C., resident who frequently visits Bethesda Row, Range was on his way to Strosneider’s Hardware the morning victim Jayna Murray was discovered. His interest in the unfolding drama led him to write an Amazon Kindle Single about the local murder. “It struck home for so many people to have this kind of murder occur in a place like Bethesda Row, which is where people with their kids might be out shopping,” said Range. “You can imagine your own daughter being the person in that store. With the sheer horror of the brutality, people couldn’t not read that and follow that story, and it seemed to affect a lot of people’s lives around here.” In contrast to the local au-


thor with a narrative based within the area, Georgetownalum Jiminez is a Brooklyn reporter and producer bringing his debut book about the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1998 and how the case developed over the following years. The festival panel pairs the Lululemon case with Shepard’s murder as a way for the two journalists to discuss how the story is altered over time as new information comes out months, even years, later. “The stories involving crimes often are told by the media initially in a kind of shorthand,” Jimenez said. “It really takes time to process and digest what these stories are really about in terms of specific details, the facts. These are two cases where

perception changes over time as you gather information.” Jimenez and Range’s panel is focused on a certain topic, like Saturday’s “Lincoln Literature” with William Martin and David O. Stewart. However, the literary festival also hosts events with author themes, including “Noteworthy Non-Fiction” featuring Michael Sokolove and Honest Tea co-founder Seth Goldman and “Remarkable Writers” with Steve Vogel and Henry Weincek. Mary Kay Zuravleff of Washington, D.C., and Sujata Massey of Baltimore will team up for “Wonderful Women Writers” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The two writers hope to make their presentation more of a conversation than a set of speeches. “I love having an author’s

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, Hollywood Ballroom, April 9, “step of the evening” mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16); April 10, 17, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); April 11, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); April 12, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m., dance from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for workshop and dance, $15 for dance only); April 13, free Waltz lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); April 16, “step of the evening” mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, April 11, Ridge Kennedy with Glen Echo Open Band, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, April 13, April Blum with Hot Point String Band, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, April 9, Caller: Rich Galloway; April 16, Carol Marsh, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), 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, April 20, Destino da Rosa, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Lyndsey Highlander, 7:30 p.m.

April 9; Next Best Thing Presents: LIVE AT THE FILLMORE - Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, 8 p.m. April 10; Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, 8:30 p.m. April 11; Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer, 8 p.m. April 12; The Gospel Persuaders, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 13; Frank McComb, 7:30 p.m. April 13; JazzFunk United, 7:30 p.m. April 16, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz. com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Peter Mayer, 7:30 p.m. April 10; United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, 7:30 p.m. April 10; TreeHouse Shakers–Hatched, 10 a.m. April 12; Grace Kelly, 8 p.m. April 12, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, Fillmore Silver Spring, Brother Ali with Rhapsody and Self Devine, 8 p.m. April 12; The Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Carcass The Black Dahlia Murder & More, 6:20 p.m. April 13; University Of Maryland Hip-Hop Conference French Montana Ty Dolla $ign, 8 p.m. April 17, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Old Buck, 7:30 p.m.

April 21, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices,

voice in my head, so we will each read a bit, but it’s also fun to watch two authors yip yap,” Zuravleff said. “And it also makes people feel really comfortable to ask whatever they want. Sometimes there’s that awkward silence until people feel invited, and if they’ve already seen the authors interview each other then they feel more welcome.” While Zuravleff’s latest book, “Man Alive!,” takes place in Bethesda, Massey’s work may be a bit harder for attendees to immediately place themselves in; her most recent novel, “The Sleeping Dictionary,” is set in 1930s-’40s India, and her prior mystery novels are set in Japan. Massey believes learning about the past helps others gain a deeper understanding of the present, and she hopes attend-

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p.m. April 12, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington, call for prices, Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. April 9, 15-16; AIR: Piotr Pakhomkin, classical guitar, 7:30 p.m. April 9; Cirque Ziva, 8 p.m. April 9; BSO: Itzhak Perlman, 8 p.m. April 10; Atomic Yacht Fax, 9 p.m. April 11; National Philharmonic: Bach Mass in B minor, 8 p.m. April 12, 3 p.m. April 13; AIR Education Workshop with Piotr Pakhomkin: Classical Guitar Technique in Modern Rock Music, 7:30 p.m. April 16; Gabriel Kahane & Rob Moose Duo, 7:30 p.m. April 17, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Jungle Book,” to May 25, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Arts Barn, “Great American Trailer Park Musical,” to April 20, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg., 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, “Once On This Island,” April 9 to May 4, call for prices, times, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney, 301924-3400, The Puppet Co., “Hansel and Gretel,” 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. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Two Trains Running,” to May 4, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Snow Angel,” to April 12, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www. Silver Spring Stage, “Other Desert Cities,” to April 27, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www. The Writer’s Center, Joanna Chen and Zein El-Amine, 7:30 p.m. April 10; Bethesda Literary Festival, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 11; Selby McPhee and Natasha Saje, 2 p.m. April 13, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664,

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “An Allegory of Algorithms and Aesthetics,” Jessica Drenk, April 12 to May 12, opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 12 with music by The Blackberry Blonde, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, Gallery B, Group Exhibition, to April 26, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Glenview Mansion, National Capital Art Glass Guild, to April 25, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Marin-Price Galleries, “The Way of the Horse,” to April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Xiaosheng Bi, “Garden of My Mind,” to April 20, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www.

ees discover how relevant historical fiction can be. By showcasing a broad range of talent from different styles, backgrounds and corners of the country, the Bethesda Literary Festival is designed to reintroduce reading literature to a community increasingly tuned in to technology, as well as hopefully inspire would-be authors to get out there and become a potential future literary festival panelist. “A lot of people would like to try writing, and I hope our presentation will encourage people to follow their dreams,” Massey said. “Whether or not their writing gets published, I think it’s a healthy way for people to find out more about themselves and the world they live in.”

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Large Luxury Condo Frederick MD 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1944sf condo in private setting just minutes from Wegman’s! This condo is 4 years old with many upgrades and includes a breakfast room/den, large balcony,on site storage room, washer and dryer, central air, additional storage unit on property, huge walk in closets, master bath with dual sinks, assigned underground parking, elevator, community pool and sports area. (and great neighbors) Please call 301-228-2938 for appointment. $315,000


large condo. $1295 uti inc + SD & Move In Fees, Front Desk. Ref req. 240-418-5693


2Br, 1Ba, h/w flrs, huge balcony, 1 block to Metro, Grg, $2275/mo 301-520-5179

GAITH: 2br/2ba fully

renovated condo avai now $1550 uti incl. avantishroff@com 917-544-6744

1bd/ 1ba condo 55+ leisure world comm. $1200/m + sec dep. April. 1st 2407936188

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3004 Bel Pre Rd., Apt. 204, Silver Spring, MD 20906

GAITH/MUDDY BRANCH: M/F only for LG lwr Lvl suite

w/ba,Fam RM w/FP NSTH $720 + utils avail Mar.3016747928


1 Br in TH, shrd Ba w/female NS/NP, $460/mo + util Call: 240-401-3522

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privlgs all amenities, pool ,beautiful country setting, NS. $600 301482-1425

GAITH:M BRs $435+ 440+475+555+ Maid Ns/Np, nr 270/370/Bus shops, quiet, conv.Sec Dep 301-983-3210

basmt apt. Priv entr. kit, bath. $1200 incl utils. N/P, N/S. Avail Now! 240-601-8844


Condo 3br 2ba, Slps 8. HDTV & free wifi Free Golf, Tennis & Ammens. $785/per week. 301-977-4227

GERM: Basement in SFH Ba, Kit, bedroom, liv/ding area. $725 incl all utils. NS/NP, Conv. loc 240-780-7420


entr/ba/frig $750/mo nr bus, shops & 270, NS/NP 240-406-2133 & 240-565-7584

GAITH: 2 BR. 1 for


ROCK: Cozy 1BD

Mature Male, Furn BRs. Util not incl. Near 61 Bus Line. Maria 301-916-8158

GERM: Male only 2 BRs $400 each + utils in TH NS/ND. Near bus & shops. Sec Dep Req. 240-476-6224

1Br, shrd Ba, $550 util inc, nr bus station & shops 240-848-4483 or 301-977-6069

Shared Kit & Ba, Nr Forest Glen Metro/HC Hosp, utl/cbl/intrn inc CALL: 240-389-8825

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room w/pvt BA $650/mo, 1 small room priv Ba $450/mo both inc util & int. Nr Walmart & 270/355 CALL: 240-744-2421

MONT VIL: Lg fully

furnished basement $1300 and lg BD with hall BA for $600. All utils incl, cable + wifi. 301-977-4552 lv msg.


GREAT DEAL!! 1 Br, shr Ba, beautiful EU TH, female only $675/per month w/util, int, cable TV, NP/NS Call 301-774-4654

kFull Size W/D in every unit kSwimming Pool

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GERM: Male 1Br in TH Share bath & kitchen $450 ut inc Nr MARC/Buses, Ref’s Req. 240-370-2301

$500 and 1 for $450. utils incl. NS, NP. Sec Dep Req. 301-2162482

w/priv entr. Shared kit & bath. Near public transpt. Start $550 inc. utils. 240-462-4226

ROCK: Furn 2nd flr

BOWIE: Furn/Unfurn

rm in SFH, $550/mo utils incl Free Cable. It’s Available now! Call: 301-509-3050

ROCK: 2BD in bsmt

kFamily Room

Male $550 utils cable Best selection of incl. Near Metro/ Bus affordable rentals. NS/NP 240-483-9184 Full/partial weeks. Call for FREE brochure. ROCKVILLE: 1Br Open daily. Holiday w/o bsmnt suite w/full Real Estate. 1-800bath & kitchenette, in- 638-2102. Online dependent access, reservations: quiet neighborhood n/s, n/p no cooking. $850 catv util incl avail 05/01. 301-523-8841 ORL/DISNEY: 3mi frm Disney 5br/4fba furn SIL SPRG: bsmt apt home daily/wkly slps pvt entrance, full kit, 12/Pool www.floridasu bath, LR, BR, $875 util incl; sec dep $250 htm or Quintemar2 NS/NP 240-353-8746


1BA in 2BD, 2BA apt. Male only. NS. $750 util incl. Off Belpre Rd. 240-330-2330

SILVER SPRING: 1 furnished BD in basement in SFH. Priv ent. $450 incl util. MALE ONLY. 240-676-0621 SILVER


Near Forest Glen Metro $450 avail 4/15.Shared Util,Kitch, bath (301)404-2681

SS: 2 BR bsmt apt

wh BA . W/D, kit pvt entr. nr bus/metro. $1400 incl util. 301439-6414

or email


kSpacious Floor Plans kSmall Pets Welcome

Contact Ashby Rice (301) 670-2667

OLNEY: 3 bedroom,


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16.17 ACRES just $64,832 TOP-OF-THE WORLD VIEWS! NEAR RIVERFRONT Milder winters & Low PARK Just in time for GERMAN: 3Br, 3.5 Taxes! Gated Ba, w/o finish bsmnt spring turkey hunting! Community,amazing w/rec room & room This large acreage amenities! New New carpet, paint, w/d parcel has stately Homes mid $40’s. $1700/m plus utils. hardwoods and level Brochures available Bokhari 240-525-5585 land. Only 3 miles to 1-866-629-0770 or river with all the bass Like GERMAN: you can catch, plus a New! 1Br + 1FB, W/D, short drive to blueFP. 1st Flr, Patio, ribbon trout fishing. $1100 per month Perfect for camp or Owner/Agent Call: cabin. New perc, surSPRING LAND Russ 301-370-6005 vey, ALL mineral SALE! 2+AC only rights & warranty deed $21,900 PUBLIC GERMANTOWN for peace of mind. WATER. 14 AC Just 3BR, 1.5BA, TH, just Easy financing for $59,900 River Access. renovated, nr schs, easy ownership. CALL Level, mountain top shop & bus $1600 + NOW 1-800-888-1262. parcels w/park - like utils Available now hardwood & sweeping WATERFRONT call (240)876-1424 mtn/valley views. EnLOTS joy easy access to Virginia’s Eastern Shore GE RMA NT OWN : boating, skiiing, fishLrg TH, 4Br, 2.5 Ba, Was $325K Now from ing, shopping, more. w/o bsmt, 2 decks, nr $65,000 - Community Includes all mineral shops & bus, HOC, Center/Pool. 1 acre+ rights & warranty Call: 240-383-1000 lots, Bay & Ocean Acdeed. Just in time for cess, Great Fishing, GERM: Newly Renov spring outdoor enjoyCrabbing, Kayaking. TH, 3Br, 3.5Ba, finsh ment! Little down fiCustom Homes bsmt, near Bus, HOC nancing, great rates. www.oldemill Welcome. No Pets CALL NOW 757-824$1700 202-299-4901 888-1262. 0808


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Careers 301-670-2500 Front Desk/Admin Assist

Become an entry level DENTAL ASSISTANT in just 11 weeks • Dental Terminology & Charting • X-Ray Certification Eligibility • Clinical Skills • Sterilization of Equipment & OSHA Guidelines • Adult CPR • Job Interviewing Techniques • Expanded Function Courses Available




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Become a Professional Chauffeur - We train! If you have a good driving record, know your way around and enjoy making people happy then we want to talk to you. Please join us Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 from 11am to 5pm for our open house. 401K, benefits package, and bonuses provided! All applicants must be of the age of 25. RMA WORLDWIDE CHAUFFEURED TRANSPORTATION 11565 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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DRIVER Comprint Printing, a division of Post Community Media, LLC, has an immediate opening for an experienced CDL Licensed Driver. Candidate must possess a clean MVA report, clear criminal background, and pass DOT physical and drug test. Ideal applicant should have strong communication skills and professionalism. Post Community Media, LLC offers excellent benefits, including medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. Salary commensurate with experience. If interested and qualified, send salary history and resume to: or fax to 240 473 7567. EOE Education

Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now





Elderly Care, Live-in Only, Off every other weekend, WILL TRAIN!! $1500/mo, Call: 301-728-7377

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email

Acctg/Admin Support

N. Potomac. Seeks an organized, intelligent and motivated individual for seasonal work. Must have exc. verbal & written comm. skills w/intermediate skills in MS Word/Excel/Outlook. Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and work efficiently aq must. Exp w/payroll & GL work a plus. Weekend availability required. Send resume and salary req to:

Advertising Sales

Comprint Military Publications publishes 8 newspapers each week and the only website dedicated to the military in the DC region is looking for energetic, organized, computer savvy sales representatives to sell advertising into military newspapers and online. Job requires previous infield and telephone sales experience; prefer military veteran or military spouse with BA degrees. Must be customer service oriented and consultative seller. Candidates must be able to create ads for customers and work well under weekly deadlines and pressures of meeting sales goals. Great for prior military or spouses with experience. Sales territory located in Northern VA, headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD; telecommuting allowed 3 days per week (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays).

Concrete Form Carpenters Miller & Long Concrete Construction

Experienced Concrete Form Carpenters. Good Pay and Benefits. Apply in person Monday thru Friday from 9:00am - 12 noon @ 4842 Rugby Avenue, Bethesda MD 20814. EOE/AA/M/F/VET/DISABILITY. We are a drug-free Company.

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

Call 301-208-6948

Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706 CTO SCHEV

FULL and PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES California Tortilla – at the Paramount (A newly-opening Cal-Mex restaurant) at 255 Spectrum Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20879 ABSOLUTE MUST REQUIREMENTS


1. Must be friendly and customer-service oriented 2. Must be punctual (on time) and dependable 3. Must be able to function in a fast-paced environment 4. Must be legally eligible for employment in U.S. 5. Must have own transportation or public transportation accessibility 6. Must have childcare responsibilities handled 7. Must not have any drug or alcohol dependencies (you will be tested)

1. Good starting salary (based on experience) 2. Excellent training and opportunity for advancement 3. Great work environment 4. Flexible schedule 5. Free meals 6. Convenient location and free parking 7. Bonus and employee recognition programs (earn more when you do well!)

• You will be cross-trained to handle multiple duties in the food service industry • We offer “better for you food” it’s not pizza, burgers, fries or McNuggets. If you’re hungry for more than an opportunity, call, fax, or email Ken (the owner/operator) at:

Champion is the premier home improvement company in the United States with over 75 locations nationwide. Currently we are seeking highly qualified sales representatives to drive our growth in MD, DC and VA. As a Factory Representative for Champion, you have the opportunity to earn over $100k annually. You receive paid training and ongoing support from a world class company of more than 60 years. Champion designs, manufactures, installs and guarantees the longest-lasting, most energy-efficient products on the market today. Champion Factory Sales Representatives enjoy: ∂ Company driven lead generation - no cold calling required. ∂ Aggressive compensation, bonuses, exotic trips and other rewards! ∂ Industry leading technology ∂ Comprehensive benefits (medical/dental/vision, 401K and more) Qualifications: ∂ Experience is preferred but we’ll train the right fit. ∂ A successful Champion Factory Sales Representative will: Be self-motivated/results driven; Have a proven track record of success; Have a strong focus on customers ∂ Valid driver’s license and ability to pass background check If you are a determined professional with a strong desire to advance your career instead of just finding a job, we want to talk to you! This may be the last time we hire sales people this year. Call 301-990-3001 on Monday the 14th or Tuesday the 15th only to schedule an interview time, ask for Kate Quinter. EOE

Dietary Aides

Long-Term Care facility hiring experienced part-time dietary aides for 4pm-8pm shifts. May lead to full-time position. Must work every other weekend. Apply at 1235 Potomac Valley Road, Rockville, MD 20850 EOE

Phone – 301.252.4777 • Fax – 301.874.3733 Email – For more information on California Tortilla, please visit GC3267


The Hampton Inn & Suites located at 960 N Frederick Ave is currently hiring for the following positions:

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NOW HIRING CNAS Call Rafiq at: 301-922-0615 19120 Muncaster Rd, Derwood, MD 20855 Healthcare

RN/LPN RN/LPN needed FT for a busy Pediatric Office in Rockville, MD. EMR knowledge a plus. If interested please FAX resumes to 301-881-8451. HEALTHCARE


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


Excellent career opportunity working in Mont./Fred. County for local company with exceptional reputation, 40+ yrs. & full-time work all year. Must have residential experience, truly professional & excellent communication skills. Health/401K benefits, commissions, paid leave. Call 301-926-3253 or send resume to:

MEDICAL ASSISTANT/RN FT/PT busy Allergist’s office in Germantown & Rockville. Experience required in giving allergy shots & skin testing.Fax resume to 301-983-6062

On Call Supervisor

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


Private Bethesda Nursing Facility is seeking a FT Receptionist to join our front office team. Candidate must possess excellent phone etiquette, strong interpersonal and communication skills both in person and over the phone, be detail-oriented, have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, computer proficiency required, and have at least 2-3 years experience in a customer service or administrative support role. Excellent salary and benefits. Email resume to: or fax (301) 897-5093.

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Careers 301-670-2500 MEDICAL ASSISTANT & RECEPTIONIST Needed for busy doctors office in Rockvllie. Excellent salary and benefits. Experience a plus! Fax resume to 301-424-8337 Real Estate


Experienced or licensed in real estate. Must be proficient in English, independent, organized, computer savvy, and flexible. College degree a must. Call Michelle 240-888-5076

Admin/Accounting Assistant

Private club in North Potomac seeks an energetic, organized, intelligent and motivated individual to provide seasonal accounting and admin support. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and intermediate skills in MS Word, Excel and Outlook. Experience with payroll and general ledger work a plus. Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work efficiently. Weekend availability is a requirement (likely Saturdays). Send resume and salary requirements to

Roll Prep Operator

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.

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We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. This is a great career opportunity for the right individual. Please email or fax resume to: or fax to 301-670-7138. EOE

Seasonal Maintenance Workers

Lab Technician Andrologist The A.R.T Institute of Washington Inc. has an immediate opening for an Andrologist in Bethesda, MD. College education or cert. in a biological or chemical science pref. US citizenship req. Previous andrology experience &/or background check for work in a DOD facility is beneficial. Will train a qualified applicant. Work schedule requires some weekends & holiday work. EOE The successful candidate must be detail-oriented & have superior communication and organizational skills. We seek a lab colleague who has the drive and enthusiasm for patient contact, quality control, regulatory compliance and who functions well independently. Please fax or email your resume to Aidita James at 888-399-7045 or


Upscale Women’s Apparel Company looking for Manager in it’s Bethesda Row Shop. Minimum 4 Years Retail Experience. Please Send Resume to:

Project Manager/HVAC System Design

Installation design for residential HVAC systems: sizing, proper airflow & duct design. Extensive experience in system installation, airflow & code requirements. Must have excellent communication skills, attention to detail & professionalism. Exceptional local company with full benefits package. Call 301-926-3253 or email resume to

Real Estate

Silver Spring

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

Must R.S.V.P.

Call Bill Hennessy



City of Gaithersburg has immediate openings for seasonal Public Works Maintenance Workers. Duties include landscape maintenance; mowing and trimming; trash and litter pickup and removal; setting up and cleaning up for events and activities; and other special assignments. $10 to $13 per hour. Must be 18 years or older, hard-working and dependable. Apply online and view other current job opportunities at or call 301.258.6327 for more information. Open until filled. EOE/M/F


301-388-2626 301-388-2626 • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. EOE

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email


EXPERIENCED in fabrication and installation of handrails. Valid driver’s license required. Please call 240-207-3563 or email


PT work at an organic farm. Includes marketing.

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National Children’s Center Making calls. For more info please call Weekdays between 9a-4p No selling! Sal + bonus + benes. Call 301-333-1900

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Automotive Call 301-670-7100 or email







#7380482, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry



2014 PASSAT S #9009449, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

MSRP $22,765



OR 0.9% for 60 MONTHS





#2824647, 2.0 Turbo, Power Windows/ Locks, Power Top

MSRP $26,960

MSRP $30,365

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS



#7229632, Automatic Power Windows, Power Locks, Sunroof

#9009850, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Sunroof

#13543457, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

MSRP $28,350

MSRP $29,465





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#4116048, Automatic, Power Windows/ Power Locks, Keyless Entry



93 HONDA CIVIC SI for sale by original owner. Good condition Int & Ext. $1500 OBO. Wheaton, MD area. 301-466-5268.





loaded, sunroof, auto, heated seats, md inspected $11999 3013403984

MSRP $24,490

2013 GTI 4 DOOR



#1693378, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Sunroof

MSRP 21,085

MSRP 17,810


#30001704, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Heated Seats, Bluetooth, Cruise Control


2014 BEETLE 2.5L




2014 GOLF 2.5L 4 DOOR

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1997 TOYOTA 4 RUNNER limited 1 Your donation helps owner, loaded local families with leather & sunroof, food, clothing, shelter. MD inspected Tax deductible. $4499 3013403984



2014 JETTA S


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OURISMAN VW WORLD AUTO CERTIFIED PRE OWNED 23 Available...Rates Starting at 2.64% up to 72 months

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt....#V406575B, Green, 97,004 Miles.....$6,991 2008 Jetta MT..........#V272778B, Red, 63,409 Miles...............$10,391 2010 Passat Sedan..#VP0046, Black, 86,098 Miles................$11,991 2010 New Beetle CPE. #V606150B, Gray, 50,127 miles................$11,993 2012 Jetta SE...............#VPR6113, Silver, 34,537 miles.................$12,594 2008 GLI...................#V272695A, Gray, 58,369 Miles..............$13,792 2012 Nissan Versa. #V221107A, Silver, 21,215 Miles..............$13,991 2011 Jetta SE.........#V405443A, Black, 51, 598 Miles.............$13,991 2010 Honda Accord SDN......#V508537B, Silver, 48,011 Miles......$16,491 2009 Jetta TDI.........#VP0043A, Black, 68,842 Miles...............$16,992 2012 Nissan Juke..#V257168A, White, 57,565 miles.............$16,994 2013 Jetta SE............#VPR0030, Silver, 4,340 miles................$16,994

2013 New Beetle..........#VPR0038, Silver, 4,549 miles..................$17,694 2013 Passat S...........#VPR0026, Black, 6,891 miles................$17,994 2011 CC.....................#VP0035, White, 38,225 miles................$18,754 2011 GTI...................#V239376A, Gray, 52,553 Miles..............$18,991 2014 Passat Wolfsburg...#VPR0040, Grey, 5,227 miles.................$19,394 2014 Passat Wolfsburg. .#VPR0041, White, 2,878 miles................$19,754 2012 Mini Cooper County....#V241376B, Blue, 38,350 Miles........$21,991 2011 Tiguan............#V008756A, White, 47,559 Miles.............$21,991 2012 Nissan Maxima. .#V073708A, Gray, 47,457 miles..............$22,494 2013 Dodge Charger.#V411396A, Black, 19,344 Miles..............$26,491 2013 Nissan Pathfinder #V266506A, Gray, 4,735 Miles........$27,991

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#464060A, 6 Speed Manual, 30k Miles, Black, 1-Owner


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#453017A, Auto, 2K Miles, 1-Owner

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#467087A, Extended Cab, 5 Speed Manual, 72k Miles


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 04/30/14.

Ourisman VW of Laurel 3371 Fort Meade Road, Laurel

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11 Nissan Juke S $$

#450094A, CVT Trans, 36K Miles, 1-Owner, Station Wagon


12ToyotaSiennaLEMiniVan #472179A, 6 Speed $ Auto, 1-Owner, $ 28K Miles


2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT..... . $9,995 $9,995 #N0339, Sport Utility, 1-Owner, Dark Gray 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer #372287B, Sport Utility, 5 Speed, Black

$12,795 $12,795

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$19,900 2010 Nissan XTerra SE........ $19,900 #464098A, 5 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, Silver Metallic, Sport Utility 2012 Toyota Camry SE........... $20,900 $20,900 #N0336, 6 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, Magnetic Gray, 26K Miles 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. $21,900 $21,900 #363225A, 6 SpeedAuto, 5k Miles, Sport Utility, Rally Red 2011 BMW 328i.................. $24,500 $24,500 #472196A, 7 SpeedAuto, Black 2013 Toyota Highlander Sport Utility $25,900 $25,900 #R1755, 5 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, 16K Miles, Blizzard Pearl

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid...... $25,995 $25,995 #432094A, CVT Transmission, 1-Owner, 13k miles



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$14,490 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.......... $14,490 #P8858A, CVT Trans, 13k Miles, Bright Silver $17,495 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS. . $17,495 #363442A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, Sport Utility, Blue Metallic

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#472144A, Auto, 4k Miles, 1-Owner

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