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Dahlia Huh can wield a tennis racket and rock a piano, but said she found where she belongs — student advocacy. The Clarksburg High School junior learned on April 30 that she will soon take that interest to a new stage as part of the Montgomery County Board of Education, starting July 1. Huh was elected on her 17th birthday by her fellow county students to be the next student member of the board, or “SMOB.” “SMOB has always really been in the back of my mind,” Huh said. “Student advocacy is my passion.” When she heard she had won the SMOB election, Huh said, “I was so surprised. I was shocked. My jaw dropped.” She ran against Calvin Yeh, a junior at Poolesville High School. She will take the reins from current SMOB Justin Kim. Huh, a junior in Clarksburg’s Advanced Placement Power Scholars program, currently holds student government positions both at her school and at the county level. She is the secretary of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association and — for the second year — one of several vice presidents in Clarksburg High’s student government. She also is a member of the SMOB Advisory Council. Beyond the county, Huh has participated in the Maryland Association of Student Councils

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Clarksburg High School’s Nick Infanti runs for third base during a game against Watkins Mill on March 22. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association is staging its draw for the playoffs today with games scheduled to start on Friday.

A majority of the present nine-member County Council appears to support construction of a transit system to connect Clarksburg to down county jobs and shopping instead of spending more than $350 million on an extension north of the Midcounty Highway. “I do believe our council has adapted a transit-first mentality,” said Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda on Tuesday. “When you look at the cost of M-83 [the extension], it is so significant compared to other priorities.” The county is picking up the total cost of extending a highway from Gaithersburg to Clarksburg. As of right now there is no additional planning money and no construction money in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, pending responses from the environmental agencies. There is also associated en-

vironmental damage with proposed route, which some critics say can’t be entirely mitigated. If built as proposed the M-83 would be a 5.7-mile highway from Montgomery Village Avenue to Ridge Road east of Interstate 270. Though the final design and route has not been set, it’s been described as a fourlane road. Some Clarksburg residents take the opposite view, saying they moved to the suburban area expecting the highway to be extended north. “Our quality of life and our mobility is greatly reduced if that road doesn’t get built,” said Doug Reimel, who moved from Rockville to the east end of Clarksburg Village near Md. 27 about a year ago. “The roads around here are already gridlocked— Md. 355 out of Clarksburg, 27 is very bad, and I-270 is typically jammed,” said Reimel, who also cited commuter traffic coming south from Carroll County. Brian Donohue of Clarksburg is a member of the ap-

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Ella Anotonishek can really throw her weight around. In fact, she can lift twice her weight. Weighing in at 60 pounds, this 8-year-old from Damascus broke the current U.S. National Powerlifting Ironman record of 85 pounds for her age and weight division by lifting a barbell weighing 90 pounds on April 26 at the 2014 RAW Mary-

land State Powerlifting Championships in Westminster. With encouragement from the crowd, she went on that same day to break her own record by lifting 110 pounds. At RAW challenges competitors are not equipped with things such as knee wraps or supportive shirts. The deadlift requires lifting a weighted barbell off the floor to mid-thigh level. “It took a lot of strength,” said Antonishek, a third-grader at Woodfield Elementary School in Gaithersburg. “I felt like I might drop it, but I kept going.” The Olympic sport of judo

is her main sport, but Ella recently took a side trip into competitive power lifting and did well at it. Antonishek has been taking judo lessons for three years with the Maryland Judo Team club for children 12 and under coached by Mark Dantzler of Damascus. Judo is an Olympic sport in which opponents try to throw each other off balance using a variety of holds. The team typically trains twice a week at Fox Chapel Elementary School in Germantown. “I like judo, because it’s become very fun for me,” Anton-

ishek said. “It’s challenging to fight [an opponent] for two or three minutes.” Dantzler said he thought the powerlifting event would be a fun diversion for Antonishek and five other students who have been lifting weights as part of their strength training for judo. “I thought it would help me with my judo, and make my arms stronger,” Ella said about entering the April 26 competition. Dantzler said deadlifts help build core muscles and if done

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Third-grader Ella Antonishek of Damascus broke a national record by lifting 90 pounds, and then broke her own record by lifting 110 pounds, in the deadlift event at a Maryland powerlifting competition in Westminster on April 26.

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More than a dozen townhouse owners have filed complaints with the county’s Department of Consumer Protection about what they claim is shoddy workmanship in units recently built by Beazer Homes in the Arora Hills neigh-

borhood of Clarksburg. “There have been numerous warranty-type issues raised,” said Eric Friedman, director of the agency based in Rockville. “We’re working with Beazer and consumers to resolve them.” Two townhouse owners who have been particularly active about the issue invited Friedman to answer questions from neighbors dealing with similar problems at a meeting in Arora Hills on April 29.

About 70 people attended, and the half dozen who spoke cited problems with leaking front doors, cracked and poorly installed hardwood floors, ineffective caulking, appliances that didn’t work when they moved in and damaged driveways due to water runoff, as well as poorly built outside retaining walls along Sweetspire Drive. The Beazer townhouses in Arora Hills have been selling for about $350,000, according to owners. Mai Bui, who bought the top two

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floors of a stacked townhouse on Spicebush Drive, said, “Noise is my main problem.” Bui said a Beazer salesperson told her that there is layer of concrete between the upper unit and lower units designed to muffle noise. However, she said her neighbors below have complained repeatedly to her about foot traffic in her unit. “Our neighbors are constantly knocking on our door,” Bui said. “They can hear us walking and watching TV.”

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Bui said she and her husband moved from Gaithersburg to a bigger place in Clarksburg in anticipation of having children. “This has made our purchase a living nightmare,” said Bui, who filed a complaint with Friedman after the meeting. Funded by county taxpayers, the county Department of Consumer Protection has the authority to investigate

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Damascus High staff outshoots students in basketball fundraiser The basketball game at Damascus High was close but in the end,

staff prevailed over students in the April 30 showdown that raised more than $700 for the post-prom party scheduled for May 16. “I’ve done this before at my previous schools, and it’s always a lot of fun,” said Principal Jennifer Webster, who participated. “It was great, I was really impressed with the sportsmanship of the students,” said Webster, who attributed the staff win to having a smaller team than the students, who played every player they had. “The kids rotated everybody with whole new teams,” she said. “It was a close game throughout, and I thought it could have gone either way.” The idea for the game originated with the Parent Teacher Student Association, which is raising money for the post-prom party, which includes a rock wall and other activities and prizes for the overnight party. Tickets for the basketball game were $5 for adults and $3 for students. “It was mostly students [who watched],” Webster said. “We had a good turnout.” Next year, organizers will probably host the game in the fall before basketball season, she said. “It gets crazy this time of year,” she said.

Kindergarten orientation set for Friday Damascus Elementary School will host its kindergarten orientation on Friday . The school is at 10201 Bethesda Church Road. Call for an appointment at 301-253-7080.

Four high school students promoted to Eagle Scout Four members of Boy Scout Troop 1760 in Gaithersburg have advanced to the ranking of Eagle Scout. A Court of Honor ceremony is

scheduled to be held 5 p.m. Saturday to commemorate the advancement at the First Baptist Church, 200 W. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg. Eli Austin Blaker, Joshua John Cocker, Jake Durham Griffin and Nicholas Daniel Youngs have achieved the ranking. Blaker, a sophomore at Poolesville High School, earned 28 merit badges and completed his service project, which focused on improving the 22-acre city-owned Washingtonian Woods Park in Gaithersburg. Blaker and 35 volunteers installed dog paths, refurbished an aging wooden bridge and removed debris from the stream and park areas. Cocker, a junior at Poolesville High School, accumulated 25 merit badges. In his service project, Cocker designed and built a labyrinth meditation garden at the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley on Clopper Road in Germantown. Griffin earned merit 27 badges and used his service project to make improvements to Seneca Creek State Park in Germantown. The Northwest High School junior focused on the Chickadee Pavilion picnic area where he built two sets of steps that connected the parking lot to the upper picnic spot. A junior at Quince Orchard High School, Youngs accumulated merit 25 badges. His service project involved downloading specific music onto iPods for Alzheimer’s residents at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.

Plants for sale at Clarksburg High Clarksburg High School will host its sixth annual plant sale from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in the main lobby of the school at 22500 Wims Road. Proceeds from the sale go toward promotion of the school’s horticulture program at the school and environmental awareness. For sale are flowering annuals for sun and shade, hybrid and heirloom tomato plants, culinary herbs and native perennials.

The plants are produced from seed and organically grown in the school greenhouse. The school’s native plant selection is sponsored through a collaborative effort with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Rainscapes Program. Students grow the natives from plugs and the department then uses 25 percent of the plants to train landscapers in designing rainscape gardens for stormwater management.

Catch ’em young The annual Richard S. McKernon Youth Fishing Tournament is scheduled to take place at Stevens Park Pond off of Seneca Chase Park Road on May 10 at 9 a.m. Kids ages 6 to 16 may compete. Entry is $1 and the event is sponsored by the Town of Poolesville and Tinker’s Taxidermy. Last year Graham King won for catching a 26-inch channel catfish. Registration forms and competition rules are available at http:// www.poolesville.com/Events.html.

Legion hosts shrimp feast Saturday The American Legion, Damascus Post 171, is hosting its annual

Shrimp Feast on May 17. Offered will be all-you-can-eat shrimp and fried chicken with side dishes and beverages. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner starts at 6 p.m. with music by the local Dry Town Band beginning at 7:30 p.m. The post is at 10201 Lewis Drive in Damascus. Tickets are $30 each if purchased in advance and $35 each at the door. Most credit cards are accepted. For more information, visit legionpost171.org. Call Kevin at 301204-9722 or Sam at 301-831-3216 to buy advance tickets.

Master Gardeners open house Saturday The Montgomery County Master Gardeners, a University of Maryland Extension group, is hosting a Spring Open House Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Agricultural History Farm Park at 18410 Muncaster Road in Derwood. There will be a number of gardening-related

demonstrations and talks including topics from composting to trellising to food preservation.

Hometown hero Air Force Airman Alfredo A. Ayala has graduated from basic

military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Ayala completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. As a result, Ayala earned four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Ayala is the son of Alfredo and Rafaela Ayala of Gaithersburg. He is a 2013 graduate of Clarksburg High School.

Emergency drills scheduled for Thursday in Boyds On Thursday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., public safety personnel will take part in emergencypreparedness training exercises at the South Germantown Recreational Park, primarily in the Maryland SoccerPlex and inside the Discovery Sports Center at 18031 Central Park Circle. Residents should be aware that these are training activities and not an actual emergency. The Germantown Indoor Swim Center and the Montgomery TennisPlex will remain open. The Discovery Sports Center and other facilities will be closed during the exercise.

Hearing on Pepco request for rate hike is Monday The public will have an opportunity next week to comment on Pepco’s request to increase its electric distribution rates by $43.3 million as of July 4. Pepco applied for the increase in December with the Maryland Public Service Commission. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. Those who wish to speak will sign up at the hearing.

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Parthiv Shah is a data scientist. “I smell and chase money!” Shah said. He’s got a program to help businesses connect with clients and close deals. Shah has taken his business, eLaunchers, from a threeperson data-driven marketing startup located in the county’s Germantown business incubator to a company of eight fulltime employees and a network of contractors and vendors in the U.S. and India. “It’s friendly and fertile soil,” said Shah, eLaunchers company founder and president. Shah lives with his family in Boyds and recently bought commercial condo space on Executive Park Terrace in Germantown for his new company office — a graduate of the county’s incubator program. “I want to be in this county – where else can you get this kind of support,” he said. Shah’s company is one of more than 125 startups that have graduated since 1999 from the five incubators in the Business Innovation Network run by the county’s Department of Economic Development. “He’s a great example of what the program is,” said network director John Korpela. “He has grown in the program, taken advantage of all the education and shared his knowledge with other [incubator tenants].” Shah’s company offers market technology, list and data services, web and app development and other services. It helps its clients target customers and also develops relationships with potential customers for clients with a strategy that Shah explains in his book, “Business Kamasutra,” set for release this month. Shah also regularly trains two to four interns at a time from the nearby Germantown campus of Montgomery College, thanks to a connection with former vice president and provost Hercules Pinkney, who currently serves as an advisor

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Parthiv Shah, president of eLaunchers.com in Germantown, explains how he helps start-up companies market themselves.

“I want to be in this county – where else can you get this kind of support.” Parthiv Shah, President of eLaunchers.com to the company. “All 30 [interns] have a job,” said Shah about the winwin program for the company and the Germantown campus. A one-time member of the Indian Air Force, Shah emigrated to Massachusetts in 1989 and spent 14 years working for the J. M. Perrone direct mail company while earning a master’s degree in marketing from Bentley College in Massachusetts. During that time, he learned to use data to target potential customers sales, and in one successful campaign, convinced people who were nearing the end of the their leases for Mercedes Benz cars to buy BMW, he said. In 2002, Shah started his own company called ListLaunchers and later sold it to a company in India, which asked him to move to Maryland to be near their related companies. In 2008, Shah applied for space in the newly opened Germantown incubator, which is on the second floor of Mont-

gomery College’s Paul Peck Academic and Innovation Building on Goldenrod Lane. The county’s other incubators are in Rockville, Shady Grove, Silver Spring and Wheaton. The application took time and effort, requiring interviews, a business plan and evidence of resources to keep the company going, but once in, the benefits are many, he said. For one thing, startups have the benefit of meeting with clients in professional office space, which contributes to credibility. “It gives you a home, a halfway house,” Shah said. Rents are comparable to commercial office space, Korpela said. Tenants pay $330 to $620 per month for between 142 to 245 square feet of office space, according to the county’s business network website. (Lab and clean room users pay more -- $2,000 to $3,300 per month, plus utilities for 500 to 700 square feet of space.) But incubator office tenants are not tied to a typical

five-year lease – they can leave with two months notice, he said. Tenants also have access to intellectual property lawyers and management consultants at no cost. “I don’t have $10,000 or $20,000 to pay for that,” Shah said. Tenants also meet regularly with a tenant review committee made up of investors, government employees and experts that evaluates the startup’s progress. “They’re like a command and control center of wisdom that you go to,” Shah said. “They give you the assistance to get on track and stay on track.” “The incubator gives you a shield of peace … where you can survive and thrive,” he said. For more information, visit mcinnovationnetwork.com and elaunchers.com. vterhune@gazette.net

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About an hour after the final bell had rung, the large Seneca Valley High School hallway was mostly quiet but for one room holding about 10 students working as an upbeat classical piece played in the background. The students, bent over their notebooks and social studies textbooks, stayed late at the Germantown school Monday to participate in a program that lets them earn credits they need to graduate. Up until this school year, the High School Plus program was a fairly standard program at county high schools that offered students the chance — primarily after school — to earn credits from a course they previously failed and needed to pass to get a diploma, such as English, algebra, biology and U.S. history. Now, the program — renamed High School Interventions for Graduation — continues, but with more flexibility at the individual school level after several issues hindered the program’s success. According to a March report from the school system’s Office of Shared Accountability, the High School Plus program overall faced difficulties with student attendance, teacher recruitment and the class-size requirement. In the 2011-12 school year, the report said, most students in the program were Hispanic or African-American and more than half received free and reduced-price meals, an indicator of poverty. About 2,000 students took a program course the first semester of that year, and about 2,500 students in the second semester, according to the report. The passing rates that school year “varied greatly” across the different subject areas, according to the report. Christopher Garran, associate superintendent for high schools, said 22 of the school

system’s 25 high schools have submitted plans to continue the program in one form or another. Garran said he sees a variety of approaches in the plans. Some schools are sticking with the after-school model. Others are emphasizing opportunities that let students tearn the needed credits during the school day without taking an entire course. Some schools are planning to do both. “The real key here was to give schools some decisionmaking authority around how they believe they can best meet their students’ needs,” he said. “Some of that flexibility, you could get it, but had to kind of advocate for it in the past.” This school year, Seneca Valley stuck with the traditional, after-school model, but next year plans to implement a “hybrid” model, Principal Marc Cohen said. The school has offered about five or six classes each semester that mostly 11th- and 12th-graders have taken. Under the current model, Cohen said, “the kids who go tend to pass.” The school plans to include opportunities for credit recovery during the day, Cohen said, following the school program’s struggle with student attendance in the afterschool classes. Many students have work and family obligations and are tired after the school day, Cohen said. Students asked the school to be “a little more creative” with day-time program options. Cohen said the school has struggled recruiting teachers to continue working after a long school day. “It’s just an exhausting job as it is,” Cohen said. James Fernandez, principal at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, said his school plans to diverge from the entirely after-school format next year to offer more options during the day. Fernandez said that credit recovery route might mean that students who failed a class due to their performance on a couple of major assignments could make up just those assignments to gain the class credit.

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Students at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring are using recyclable lunch trays.

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Throughout the cafeteria at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring on Friday lay the first signs of a change coming to Montgomery County Public Schools — brown paper trays. The trays made their debut at the middle school on April 28 and school system officials say the goal is to switch out the plastic foam trays now found in school cafeterias around the county for the thin, cardboardlike trays that it can recycle by the beginning of the next academic year. Marla Caplon, director of food and nutrition services for the school system, said the school system has been looking for years to make a switch to recyclable trays. “It’s always kind of been on the front burner to do that but cost was a prohibiting factor,” she said. The plastic trays, which are made of polystyrene, can be recycled but there is no company near the county that could collect them, Caplon said. The distance of companies who could have recycled them would have made prices too steep, she said. After coming across other recyclable options with unmanageable price tags, Caplon said, the school system found an affordable option in the paper tray that costs about 4.27 cents — about 1 cent more than a plastic tray. Based on a hypothetical purchase of about 14 million trays for one year, the new paper trays would cost about $598,000 — about $140,000 more than their plastic counterparts, according to Caplon. Caplon said that, with the 4.27-cent tray, the school system has “at least one avenue that is cost effective.” The system is still seeking other affordable options through a bid process. The tray will be recyclable

as long as it doesn’t get a significant amount of food on it, Caplon said, citing the example of spaghetti and meat sauce. Francis Scott Key is serving as the pilot school for the new trays. Rather than use the plastic trays, the middle school students had forgone trays completely for several years until the paper trays’ introduction. Yolanda Stanislaus, principal at Francis Scott Key, said the new trays match the school system’s larger focus on environmental stewardship. “When Marla brought it up to us, we jumped on it immediately,” Stanislaus said. The reaction from students as they ate lunch on Friday was mixed: some focused on how they see the trays helping the environment while others wanted sturdier trays. Jeannie Tene, a seventhgrader at the school, said she thinks the trays could help the environment but saw her peers throwing them in the trash instead of recycling them. “They look really cheap, and they’re weak,” she said. Jaylen Jobshode, an eighthgrader who used to be a member of the school’s student recycling team, said he thinks the trays are useful and environmentally friendly. “It’s pretty awesome what they’re doing,” he said. Anna Brookes, a seventhgrader at Takoma Park Middle School, has advocated with other students in the Young Activist Club for the end of polystyrene trays in county schools. The trays, the young activists say, are bad for the environment and potentially students’ health. The Takoma Park group has unsuccessfully requested that the county school board allow them to test out a dishwasher and reusable trays at Piney Branch Elementary School. Brookes said she thinks the reusable trays would be a better alternative to plastic than the recyclable paper trays. “Getting rid of Styrofoam is still a major step,” she said. lpowers@gazette.net

Claiming it aimed to weed out candidates willing to “pay to play,” Montgomery County’s largest employee union asked on its endorsement questionnaire if candidates would pay its political action committee to campaign on their behalf, if endorsed. “That was to make a point,” said Gino Renne, president of United Food and Commercial Workers/Municipal and County Government Employees Organization Local 1994, MCGEO. “We wouldn’t have accepted any money. We were fishing to see what electeds or candidates would feel compelled to pay to play.” Specifically, the question asked, “If endorsed by our Union, will you commit to writing a $4,000-$5,000 check to our PAC, like you would to MCEA,

endorsement. Rather, the teachers union’s coordinated campaigns started after candidate recommendations were released, she said. “We have always drawn a bright line between our recommendation process and the campaigning,” she said. “We take great pains to be fair and transparent in our process.” Regardless, Renne called the practice into question, saying it undermined the entire point of a union endorsement: spending union money and putting union boots on the ground to campaign for a candidate. “I’ve been involved in Maryland politics since 1978 and they [MCEA] are the only ones I’ve encountered who do this,” he said. As for Renne’s claim that the endorsement question was meant to draw attention to the actions of MCEA, Jurgena could only laugh. “OK. If you believe that, then I have a bridge to sell you,” Jurgena said. kalexander@gazette.net

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From left, three generations of Gayles, grandmother Trevia Gayle, 4-year-old Danielle Gayle and mom Celia Gayle, of Clarksburg, take advantage of the warming weather to stroll along Snowden Farm Parkway in Clarksburg on Tuesday. Forecasts have temperatures reaching the 80s by the end of the week.

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ute their own countywide campaign mailer. For Dick Jurgena, a Republican candidate for county council district 2, MCEGO’s question upset him enough that he did not submit the form for an endorsement. “I looked at it more as extortion than I did as anything else,” he said. “I thought that I was pretty sure the union would not endorse me anyway, then when asking me for $4,000 to $5,000, it turned me off.” Maryland law caps donations by individuals to a PAC at $4,000, leading Jurgena to think the question was more bait than substance. Candidate committee donations to a PAC are capped at $6,000. State election law also prohibits quid pro quo endorsements, or endorsements in exchange for money, said Jared DeMarinis, director of the Candidacy and Campaign Finance Division of the State Board of Elections. Hueter said MCEA never took money in exchange for an endorsement, nor was any money discussed prior to an

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Eighth-grader Eileen Portillo, 13, reaches for one of the new recyclable lunch trays now in use at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring.

to assist our union’s campaign on your behalf?” MCEA is the county teachers union, Montgomery County Education Association. MCGEO’s request, Renne said, sought to highlight a teachers union practice of taking money from an endorsed candidate to fund union campaign efforts. Montgomery County Education Association spokeswoman Barbara Hueter said the teachers union has, in the past, when a candidate requested it, taken money from candidates for the union’s campaign. “We are not doing it this year,” she said. “We are doing different things this year.” Montgomery County Councilman Marc B. Elrich said he understood money paid to MCEA under the arrangement went toward a mailer issued by the union. However, Elrich said he did not pay last year. Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park — the only council incumbent to be endorsed by MCEGO — said it costs a candidate between $35,000 and $40,000 to produce and distrib-

In an effort to reduce the number of deer in Montgomery County, more money could be set aside for managed hunts and to hire sharpshooters. The County Council tentatively approved Monday $127,050 for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to thin the county’s deer herd. The council is expected to take a vote on the full budget, including this item, on May 22. The deer-hunting program would be expanded to include the Ten Mile Creek area of Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds, Hoyle’s Mill Conservation Park in Germantown, and a police

sharp-shooting program would expand in Red Door Store Special Park in Sandy Spring and two areas in Prince George’s County. The park and planning commission serves both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The safest place to conduct hunts is on park land, although they’ve also been contacted by private homeowners associations that are interested in having programs to manage the deer population on land that they control, said Mary Bradford, director of parks. It’s very hard to do deer management in the suburbs inside the Beltway, because of state law that prohibits sharpshooting within certain distances of homes or other occupied buildings, she said. But the commission will continue to do the best it can to

control deer populations there as well, she said. Several of the council members expressed good-natured frustration at the ubiquity of deer in the county, with several telling stories of the herds who live around their homes and occasionally invade their gardens or flower beds. But they made it clear the problem goes beyond a few devoured tomatoes or missing plants. The threat of Lyme disease is very serious, and the county isn’t really doing enough to fight it, Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park said. Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park talked about his recovery from serious injuries suffered in a collision involving a deer on the Beltway several years ago. If the county hunted the

deer, it would be more humane than leaving the animals to get hit by cars or go hungry because there are too many of them, he said. Plus the meat could be used to feed the hungry. “The status quo is not humane,” Leventhal said. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said his office gets a lot of emails from people upset about deer, and said the animals are everywhere in Potomac. “It is out of control,” he said. Berliner said the county should figure out what its goal should be with respect to the deer population and determine what type of management should be done and what measures the community will and will not accept. rmarshall@gazette.net


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Of the 12 times David R. Craig has run in a general election, he said he has never lost. In fact, the only election he said he has lost in his 32-year career in public office was the 1998 primary for Harford County Executive, the position he holds today. Now, at age 64, Craig is running for the Republican nomination to be Maryland’s next governor. And he said he plans to continue his winning trend. For the last three decades, Craig has held multiple elected offices: Harford County executive, Mayor of Havre de Grace, Havre de Grace councilman and council president, Maryland State senator and member of the Maryland House of Delegates. So governor, he said, is just a different office. He faces Del. Ronald A. George, Change Maryland founder Larry Hogan and businessman Charles Lollar in the June 24 primary. “Being governor is not an entry-level position,” he said. “You have to have somebody that knows how to do the job. We are the only ones on either side [Republican or Democrat] that have the experience to be able to do it.” From balancing budgets to hiring department heads to leading emergency operations, Craig said he has done it. Lowering taxes while maximizing the efficiency of government services is also something Craig did as Harford County executive and it saved Harford residents $50 million, he said. Craig is running on a platform of tax reform that includes cutting the state’s income and the corporate income taxes. Invariably, voters tell him taxes are their top issue, he said.

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H i g h taxes and uncontrolled state s p e n d ing have damaged Maryland, causing people to Craig move elsewhere. It has also cost the state jobs, he said. “We need to make this a better business-friendly state,” he said. “We need to make it a more efficient state. And we need to lower our taxes.” His plan would phase out the state’s income tax by starting with a pilot program to lower the tax across all income brackets to 4.25 percent. If re-elected, in the first year of his second term, Craig plans to reduce the tax to zero. He would also lower the corporate income tax from 8.25 percent to 4 percent. “Many [ask] ‘Where are you going to find the money to pay for that gap in the budget?’” he said. “The reality is, I would have my department heads lower their budgets by 3 percent, which save $1.2 billion so we would need less money.” Pointing to the nine states that have no income tax, Craig said those states are gaining jobs and so would Maryland by phasing out its tax. But Craig also realizes that he cannot cut money that has already been spent in future budgets. “We have to be cautious,” he said. “We have to pay off some things first.” Once able, he said he would also look at reducing the gasoline tax, repealing the stormwater management program, know by some as the “rain tax,” and changing the sales tax so as to not apply to products made and sold in Maryland. As a former teacher and administrator, Craig said education is an important issue to his campaign. “I am totally opposed to Common Core,” he said. “I tell

people education is about common sense, not about Common Core. Education is about what happens between the teacher and the child in the classroom not about politicians deciding, and they shouldn’t, how teachers are evaluated, how students achieve and how curriculum is developed.” While he might be a Republican, Craig has led both the Maryland Association of Counties and the Maryland Municipal League, and said he has experience reaching across the aisle to get work done. As his running mate, Craig has chosen Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (Dist. 37B) of Newcomb. “She is so intelligent, competent and capable,” he said of Haddaway-Riccio. “She is a small business owner, she works very hard and she is also very well respected.” Should something happen that prevents Craig from continuing as governor, he said she is more than up to the task. But Craig said the state would also have the best first lady, under his administration, Melinda Craig. Craig and his wife have been married 43 years and have three adult children, Courtney, Randolph and Pamela Joyce “PJ,” and eight grandchildren, who all still live in Havre De Grace. Craig said his roots run deep in the state. The Craig family came to Maryland in the 1660s and as a 10th generation Marylander, Craig said he grew up in Havre de Grace and spent his whole life in the state. His family still owns the house where Craig’s grandmother taught him to cook. Craig is a graduate of Towson State College — now Towson University — and Morgan State University. kalexander@gazette.net

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The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously April 29 to urge stores with pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes, leaving a prominent Annapolis lobbyist fuming. Bruce Bereano criticized the council’s resolution as legislative “double-talk” that infringes on the state’s authority to regulate tobacco sales. Bereano, whose clients include tobacco wholesalers, said several court decisions make it very clear that counties and municipalities have no authority to control or regulate the sale of tobacco products. He pointed, as an example, to a 2013 Maryland Court of Appeals case involving two Prince George’s County ordinances

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regulating the sale of cigars. The Montgomery council’s resolution recognized CVS Caremark for its decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its drugstores as of Oct. 1, a move the company estimates will cost it $2 billion in annual sales. The resolution also lists the economic and health costs of smoking, and notes that more than two dozen state attorneys general have signed a letter urging major retailers not to sell tobacco products in their stores that have pharmacies. Council Vice President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, the resolution’s sponsor, emphasized before the vote that the resolution was nonbinding and merely urged other stores to follow CVS’s example. But Bereano said he put little stock in the nonbinding nature of the resolution, which he called “a bunch of bunk.” The resolution may be nonbinding, but it was still an

action that was taken by the county’s legislative body and seems designed to scare and intimidate drugstores into not selling cigarettes, he said. “It’s double-talk. It is absolute double-talk,” Bereano said. Leventhal said April 30 that he wanted to give credit to CVS for its decision, and his resolution neither prohibited nor regulated tobacco sales. Bereano is paid to lobby on behalf of his clients, but what CVS has done deserves recognition, he said. Timothy Maloney with the Rockville and Greenbelt law firm of Joseph Greenwald & Laake, who represented cigar wholesalers in the case of Altadis U.S.A. Inc. et al v. Prince George’s County, said he thinks the council passed a resolution because it knew it couldn’t regulate tobacco sales. Such resolutions are often a chance for legislators to get issues off their chests, he said. rmarshall@gazette.net


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C. Edgardo Zuniga knows he’ll face plenty of challenges launching his own distillery business, but on Friday his most immediate challenge was how to safely transport 1,200 pounds of molasses from a delivery truck to his still. Working with three helpers, Zuniga worked to maneuver the two 55-gallon drums of molasses he’ll eventually use to make rum off the back of the truck, down a steep hill and into the smallish space in the rear of a Rockville industrial park where he plans to make rum, vodka, whiskey and other spirits under the banner of Twin Valley Distillers.

“The goal is to do almost everything,” he said. While waiting for a few more permits from Montgomery County to allow him to sell and distribute his products, Zuniga said his state license allowed him to start production as of Thursday. There are only six distillers in Maryland, including Zuniga, said Lou Berman, licensing manager in the state comptroller’s office. Twin Valley is the only one in Montgomery County. The state had been famous for its rye whiskey until the end of World War II, and was home to dozens of breweries into the 1960s, Berman said. But when it comes to legal distilleries, Maryland hadn’t had any since the ’70s until one opened on Kent Island about four years ago, he said. The comptroller’s office

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“I want to have a really good product,” says C. Edgardo Zuniga, CEO and head distiller for his new Twin Valley Distillers in Rockville. comes with a long list of county and state permits and plenty of waiting. Zuniga said going through the process has helped him learn to be more patient, as has learning the distilling process itself. Creating the mash, ferment-

ing and letting the yeast do its work all requires a person to be patient, he said. He’s hoping to open the distillery for tours once he has his grand opening in about two months. Zuniga, who said he’s invested about $60,000 into the

venture, said he’s hoping to offer a boutique approach to distilling that can give customers handcrafted liquor. “I want to have a really good product,” he said. rmarshall@gazette.net

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Lawanda McElvaine waited until she was over 40 years old to get pregnant. Once McElvaine, a real estate agent in Upper Marlboro, got pregnant, she kept visiting a website called baby2see.com to educate herself on “what could happen.” The website has a section about preterm labor. She read about premature babies, success stories, and mothers committed to making sure their babies had everything through the intensive care process. She didn't know she was about to go through the same situation a few months later. McElvaine was about 22 weeks pregnant when her water broke in January. Her due date was not until May 27. She was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. Doctors put her on bed rest for two-and-a-half months. “I needed to try to keep the baby inside as long as possible. ... The goal was that I was to sit in the hospital bed for two-anda-half months and pretty much just keep the baby there and let them monitor me every three hours,” she said. On Valentine’s Day weekend, when McElvaine got up to use the restroom, she looked down and saw a foot coming out. Doctors confirmed McElvaine’s baby was halfway out, in breech position. She had to undergo an emergency Caesarean section. Doctors told Lawanda’s husband, Corey McElvaine, that their boy, Logan, had a 50 percent chance of survival. His lungs were not fully developed and he was having trouble breathing.

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Lawanda McElvaine (left) stands next to her son Logan as she demonstrates how parents can watch their infant on a phone through NICVIEW, a secure video stream over the Internet using any web-enabled device.

“As recent as this morning, I still logged on. ... It also helps us from bothering the nursing staff. ... Instead of us going, ‘OK, what’s he doing? How is he doing?,’ we can just look and see without having to ring the phone.” Lawanda McElvaine

McElvaine went to the recovery room and kept wanting to see Logan. “At this point, I knew something had happened. ... My husband went down to the NICU [neonatal intensive care unit], and they were putting chest tubes in him at the same time he walked in. At that point, when he came back in the room, I could see all over his face. ... Now I am going, ‘What’s wrong?,’” McEl-

vaine said. The next day, doctors let her see her baby, but McElvaine developed an infection, so she wasn’t allowed in the NICU until her condition got better. The only way she could see her baby was through the NICVIEW system: a camera that provides a secure video stream over the Internet from a webenabled device. The 12 cameras were part of

a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to the Holy Cross Health Foundation. Parents or relatives can watch newborns who have complicated medical issues in intensive care treatment through the live stream system. “It is a very basic web camera. It is only video and no audio,” said Cyndi Hawley, the director of Holy Cross Hospital’s NICU.

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Hawley said cameras are wired into the hospital’s network, which is connected to a server linked to the NICVIEW management company. The company is in charge of the passwords and login registration. The camera is placed on top of the baby’s bed to give parents a full view of their infant. When McElvaine recovered, she was allowed back in the NICU. Once she was discharged from the hospital, she kept a watchful mother’s eyes through the live stream video when she was at home. She visited Logan every day. “As recent as this morning, I still logged on. ... It also helps us from bothering the nursing staff. ... Instead of us going, ‘OK, what’s he doing? How is he doing?,’ we can just look and see without having to ring the phone,” McElvaine said. Parents can give access information to other relatives. “It basically can be logged in from any Internet capable device. ... We have people from South America, Africa, China, all over the world logged in,” Hawley said. The hospital can use a privacy mode when care is being given to the baby. A message on the screen will tell the new mom or relatives to “Check back

later.” Hawley said that at the beginning of Logan’s care, nurses had to turn off the camera “a lot.” “We were learning with mom [McElvaine] just some of the ways we can prepare them for the times when [the camera] is maybe off,” added Hawley. Staff will explain how the program works and what parents should expect while seeing their baby through the video camera. Hawley said the hospital does not want to cause any more concerns for the parents. “You will see things. ... Babies do move. They slide down. They sometimes exit the picture. They roll over,” Hawley said. Hawley said all parents can participate in the program, but there’s a rotation and a waiting list for available cameras. The hospital is hoping to get 12 more devices. They can add up to 24 cameras on one server, for a total of 36. There are 46 bed units in the neonatal intensive care unit. According to the hospital’s website, once infants are ready to go home, staff eases the transition by offering special discharge classes, CPR training, and a caregiver support group. Chaplains are available to patients and families of all faiths and beliefs.


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Merry Eisner-Heidorn has her sights set on an atlarge seat on the Montgomery County Board of Education to help improve budget transparency, broaden the group of people providing input to the county school system, and increase teacher planning and training time. Eisner-Heidorn, 56, who has twin 10th-graders at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, said she would bring to the board experiences ranging from the county parentteacher association to state politics to school system work groups. Three other candidates — Edward Amatetti, Shebra Evans and Jill Ortman-Fouse — are also running for the at-large seat following school

board member Shirley Brandman’s announcement she would not run again for the position. The primary election falls on June 24 and the general election on Nov. 4. The Potomac resident is currently the marketing and operations director of a trade publication and the legislative director of Start School Later, and holds a position on the county work group reviewing why many high school students failed their math exams. Her former career and volunteer positions include a legislative aide in Annapolis, vice president of legislation for the Maryland PTA, and vice president of legislation and vice president of educational issues for the Montgomery County Council of ParentTeacher Associations. This is her first run at a board seat. “It was time for someone with my cross section of experience to articulate the need

for more stakeholder input, more transparency and more accountability,” she said. Eisner-Heidorn Related to her goal of transparency, Eisner-Heidorn said a budget’s impacts need to be more apparent before it is approved. The school system must also seek input “well beyond” public school parents in Montgomery’s communities with more outreach meetings outside schools so it can reflect their concerns in the budget, she said. “If we want to make the budgeting process more collaborative and actually get really legitimate engagement from stakeholders, our stakeholders need to understand what processes your using to gather their input,” she said.

“The B-minus is because I believe in heart and soul, that the [current school board] wants to make differences in lives of students. To get from a B-minus to an A-plus we need to move the needle further.” Merry Eisner-Heidorn, She said that, among other scenarios, the school system also needs to seek more input from working, low-income families about the child care they need and more engagement from agencies and organizations that could partner with the system. Another main goal, Eisner-Heidorn said, involves increasing planning and training time for teachers, includ-

ing opportunities for stronger teachers to help out their colleagues. She has seen budget cuts translate to a loss of that time, she said, which she thinks has left weaker teachers struggling. The Common Core State Standards are “a tremendous opportunity” but require that teachers have more planning and training time to imple-

ment them, she said. Eisner-Heidorn said she thinks the school system needs to make sure that all teachers can understand the curriculum based on the standards and are able to teach it in meaningful lessons. In her assessment of the school board, Eisner-Heidorn gave the board a B-minus. “The B-minus is because I believe in heart and soul, that the [current school board] wants to make differences in lives of students,” she said. “To get from a B-minus to an A-plus we need to move the needle further.” One thing the school board can do to move that needle, she said, is to ask for the development of metrics by which to evaluate the goals, funds, staff and other factors of the school system’s programs. lpowers@gazette.net

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Nadia Hashimi of Potomac said she always loved reading and writing but never thought she could be an author, even after realizing she had a story to tell. That story, “The Pearl that Broke Its Shell,” is Hashimi’s first novel, published by William Morrow/Harper Collins on Tuesday, though available online since March 5. The novel tells of two Afghan women in the same family, separated by a century, who as young girls take on the appearance and activities of boys to be free of the constraints placed on girls by their society. It’s an ancient custom called bacha posh and enables a girl to go to school, work or serve as an escort for female relatives. The practice usually lasts only until the girl reaches puberty or marriageable age. “They are two strong women,” Hashimi said. “What I’m hoping to convey is that Afghan women need an opportunity. They are so ready. They want to be anything if we give them the opportunity.” Hashimi’s parents emigrated from Afghanistan in the 1970s. Hashimi, 36, was born and grew up in New York, and she’s now an emergency room pediatrician. She took her first trip to Afghanistan in 2002 with her parents. “It was different for them than for me. It was really nothing like what they left,” she said. Hashimi said she was always active in the Afghan-American community and interested in its history and politics. In 2010, she read a story in The New York Times that mentioned bacha posh, which sparked her imagination. “My husband really encouraged me. He said, ‘Why don’t you take some time? I think you can do something with this,’” Hashimi said. She wrote the 450-page book in just nine months, while she was pregnant with her second child, who is now 3. When the advance copies were delivered to her house, she said she was surprised that it was so long. But the book’s length was based, in part, on the issues the country faces. “There are a lot of problems in Afghanistan: opium addiction, corrupt government, child marriages, warlords. ... They all make guest appearances,” she said. She is now expecting her third child and is working on a second novel, one her publishers hope will be finished in a year, she said.

“The Pearl That Broke Its Shell” has received positive reviews from Kirkus Reviews, which calls it “a lyrical, heartbreaking account of silenced lives.” Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” wrote that

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From left, brewer Jeff Ramirez, co-owner Emily Bruno, Director of Business Development Julie Verratti and volunteer Chris McClintock move brewing tanks into Denizens Brewing Company in Silver Spring on Friday.

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Emily Bruno has evaluated aid programs for the U.S. State Department, consulted with federal clients for accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers and directed research for the National Women’s Business Council. Now she has a new wrinkle: co-founder and operations director of Denizens Brewing Co., which plans to open a brewery and seasonal beer garden in downtown Silver Spring this summer. Denizens will be the largest production brewery in Montgomery County, Bruno said. The business will brew 15 barrels of beer at a time and employ some 40 people, she said. “We plan to have a major production facility,” said Bruno, who oversaw the moving of barrels and other equipment into a 7,500-square-foot building last week. By contrast, the nanobrewery Baying Hound Aleworks in east Rockville typically brews one to five barrels at a time in producing small-batch beers. Other brew pubs in the county work with fewer barrels or are part of national chains that manufacture beer off-site.

The brewery will open as county officials have struggled to find new nightlife venues for the younger crowd. Bruno and co-founder Julie Verratti — an adviser with the U.S. Small Business Administration, an attorney, and Denizens’ business development director — live in Silver Spring and noted the limited nightlife firsthand. “We were looking for more in nightlife and entertainment options, and decided we could provide a place where we would want to go,” Bruno said. Denizens will brew European-style lagers, Americanstyle ales, Belgian-inspired beers, and sour and barrelaged beers, selling them onsite and distributing them directly to other local restaurants and pubs. The latter would be allowed by a recent bill that was passed by the legislature and is awaiting Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signature. Otherwise, a brewer is forced to sell its beer to other venues through the county Department of Liquor Control. Jeff Ramirez, another cofounder, recently moved to the area to be the business’ brewing director after similar positions in Boulder, Colo., and Philadelphia. The state backed Denizens’ $500,000 loan from EagleBank with a guarantee through the Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority. “It’s particularly encouraging to see new enterprises coming from homegrown talent,” Dominick

Obituary It is with great sorrow that the family and friends of Martha Burton (Burt) White announce her unexpected passing on April 19, 2014 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She is survived by her brother, Bebo White (Nancy Cushen White) of San Francisco, CA; two nephews, Christopher C. White (Amélie Olivier White) of San Francisco, CA and Andrew C. White (Angela Maxwell White) of Seattle, WA; her great nephew, Ian White; her beloved dogs Molly and Betsy; and many wonderful friends and colleagues. Burt was born in Henderson, NC, on August 16, 1942 and grew up in Rocky Mount, NC. Her parents were Howard Vernon White, Sr. (1911-1971) and Kara Cole White (1912-2005). She attended Marjorie Webster Junior College and American University in Washington, DC. Upon graduation, she became an elementary classroom teacher and taught in the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public School District until her retirement in 1999. Burt is remembered by her many friends that shared her passion and joy for teaching, community service, travel, and social activities. She was especially known for her love of animals, large and small, and her dedication to her pets. A memorial service will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church, 9008 Rosemont Drive, Gaithersburg, MD, 20897 on Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 PM. Please visit http://burtwhitememories.com to learn of final details of the memorial service, post memories and photos of Burt, and learn of organizations to which donations may be made in her name. 1909912

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Co-owner Emily Bruno attaches a strap to the top of a brewing tank, so it can be lifted by crane into the Denizens Brewing Co. building on Friday. Murray, secretary of the state Department of Business and Economic Development, said in a statement. Denizens’ founders originally wanted to call their enterprise Citizens Brewing Co., but agreed to a change after

Obituary On Saturday April 12, 2014. Annie A. Daniels of Montgomery Village, MD. Beloved mother of Danielle Daniels, Kwame Cone and Victor Rodriguez. She is also survived by two sisters, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren and the Rodriguez Family. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday May 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Abundant Life Church of God, 7901H Beechcraft Ave. Gaithersburg, MD. 20879. Online condolences may be made at: www.rappfuneral.com

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Washington, D.C., brewery DC Brau cited potential confusion with a beer it makes called The Citizen. “Denizens is actually a great name for Silver Spring,” Bruno said. “It ties in with our philosophy of being a place where people familiar with craft beer can talk to other people with knowledge about the practice.” kshay@gazette.net

A local advocate for reliable electricity is skeptical that the sale of Pepco to Chicago-based Exelon Corp. will actually improve power service. “Any company that could acquire Pepco has got to be better than what we have,” said Abbe Milstein, founder of Powerupmontco, an online group that shares information on electric reliability and performance. “The question is: ‘Are we going to go from the frying pan into the fire?’” Pepco Holdings Inc. plans to sell to Exelon Corp., the Chicago-based parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric for $6.83 billion, all-cash. Pepco announced the acquisition by Exelon on April 30. Just because the much larger Exelon would own Pepco, does not mean service will improve for the thousands of customers who struggle with unreliable power, Milstein said. BGE, Milstein noted, is the utility responsible for the leaking power known as contact voltage that took the life of a Baltimorearea teen in 2006. Deanna Camille Green, then 14, was killed when she touched a fence that was coursing with 277 volts of electricity from faults in underground wires. “That is a big problem and a very scary problem,” Milstein said. “These are the kinds of things these companies need to address. The infrastructure is deteriorating right in front of us.” BGE was acquired by Exelon in 2012. Milstein said the sale does open the door for Montgomery County to push the Maryland Public Service Commission to tie high reliability, improved infrastructure and positive returns to the customer to the deal. Unfortunately, Pepco’s pending rate hike request with the PSC — the company has asked the commission for $43.3 million more, which would add $4.80 to the average customer’s monthly bill — has Milstein less than optimistic the county will go to bat for consumers in the deal. But County Councilman Roger Berliner has proposed a council resolution urging the commission condition any approval of the sale on “obtaining substantial ratepayer benefits, including, but not limited to, top quartile performance in three

“That is a big problem and a very scary problem. These are the kinds of things these companies need to address. The infrastructure is deteriorating right in front of us.” Abbe Milstein, founder, Powerupmontco As part of the acquisition, Exelon and Pepco Holdings have committed to build on the improvements to service reliability that Pepco says it has already achieved for its customers, according to a company news release. Exelon will provide an aggregate $100 million, or about $50 per customer, to a customer investment fund that Pepco Holdings utilities’ will use as each state public service commission deems appropriateforcustomerbenefits, such as rate credits, assistance for lowincomecustomersandenergy efficiency measures, the release said. Approval is required from Pepco’s stockholders as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, the Maryland Public Service Commission and the state commissions of New Jersey and Delaware before the companies can close on the sale. According to Pepco Holdings, the companies anticipate closing in the second or third quarter of 2015. kalexander@gazette.net

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The Montgomery County Council will make a decision on whether to reduce the county’s energy tax and by how much. But not for a while.

Obituary Jean C. Hubbard of Stevensville, Maryland died Friday, April 25, 2014 at Anne Arundel Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was 94. Born on October 14, 1919 in Dunnfermlin, Scotland, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Isabel Cooper. Jean loved paining, gardening and caring for others. Spending time with her grandchildren was her greatest pleasure. Jean is survived by a son, James Hubbard and his wife Terry of Stevensville, MD; five grandchildren, Kenny Hubbard, Lindsay Hubbard, Stephen Hubbard, Jeffrey Hubbard and Jamie Hubbard; niece, Jeanie Logan; nephew, Skip McDanolds; former daughter in-law, Heddy Hubbard of Rockville, MD. She was predeceased by a sister Agnes McDanolds. Contributions can be made to American Heart Association 4217 Park Place Ct. Glen Allen, VA 23060 Online condolences may be made at www.fhnfuneralhome.com 1909915

years and tying rate recovery to Exelon’s performance.” In a letter to his council colleagues Berliner said, “I don’t need to tell you — or our constituents — how long all of us have suffered from unacceptably poor service. Not when we endured five years in a row of lowest quartile performance. Fortunately, Exelon does have a better track record when it comes to reliability and is in a stronger financial position than Pepco. But we should not cross our fingers when it comes to improved service. Our state regulators should insist upon it.”

Councilmen Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg and Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesdahadintroducedaresolution to reduce the amount of revenue from a 2010 increase in the tax by 10 percent, a move that would cost the county an estimated $11.5 million in revenue. But members of the council’s Government Operations and Fiscal Policy and Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment committees agreed Thursday to add the matter to the list of items to be resolved before they pass the budget, scheduled for May 22. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) in his fiscal 2015 recommended operating budget proposed keeping the fuel-energy tax rate at the same rates set forfiscal 2014, which would provide an estimated $217.2 million in revenue in fiscal 2015. The tax is paid by suppliers or producers of electricity, gas, steam, coal, fuel, oil or liquefied gas in the county. Berliner said Thursday that rather than having a vote on the resolution, he’d prefer to work the issue out within the larger context of the budget. Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said she thought it would be best to work the issue out through the reconciliation process, when the council can look at the budget comprehensively.


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Continued from Page A-1 and attended the National Youth Association’s 2013 American Youth Summit in Washington, D.C. Huh said she has three main goals on the school board. One is to get full voting rights for student board members through the state legislature. Huh said she wants student board members to have an official say on several matters they are not allowed to vote on, including the system’s operating budget.

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Continued from Page A-1 pointed Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board, which meets regularly in Germantown about issues affecting the north end of the county. “We’re like an island by ourselves,” said Donohue, who drives to work in Rockville. “We want to be connected to everybody else.” A majority of the Upcounty board voted seven in favor of M-83, with two against and two abstaining at a meeting on April 28 with not all members present. Advocates on both sides of the issue are making the debate over the M-83 extension an election issue as council members and County Executive Isiah Leggett head into the Democratic and Republican primaries on June 24. However, it will be the winners of those elections who will vote whether to move forward toward building M-83, probably late this year or early next following review of the county Department of Transportation’s preferred highway route by the

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State Sen. Brian E. Frosh (DDist. 16) of Bethesda has been a vocal opponent against full voting rights for the student board member. He has said it’s undemocratic to give that power to someone who is elected by a small percentage of the student population and some board issues can be too complicated for a student. Another goal during Huh’s board tenure, she said, is to improve the communication between the student board member and peers using social media. In a county of Montgomery’s size, “it’s very hard to communicate a message to every single stu-

dent,” she said. Her third goal is to create a website database where students could find a range of information, including opportunities for scholarships, internships and service gigs, and instructions for starting a club or a nonprofit. With the website, Huh envisions “students can actually achieve what they want to” rather than getting “stuck in the process.” Huh said she sees a lot of changes coming to the school system, including a greater integration of technology, the new state assessment test and a possible

shift of school start times. Overcrowding is “one of the most pressing issues,” she said — one she has seen firsthand at Clarksburg High, which has about 11 portable classrooms. The system’s growing population is an issue that will take time to solve, she said, but she would like to be part of the board’s dicussion on solutions. Huh said she’s honored to represent her peers next year. “One year is such a short time, but I really hope I can get a lot of things done,” she said.

ing to the statement. “Some of those inspections have already occurred. We hope and expect to have those concerns resolved quickly, depending of course on our homeowners’ schedules and convenience.” Mike Kincaid who also attended the meeting, said he has lived on Little Seneca Parkway for nearly three years. He said his driveway rose 2 inches off the ground this winter, and he believes that water got underneath it and froze, pushing it upward. He hadn’t filed a complaint as of Monday, but he said he intends to. “My front door was never sealed properly, and there are cracks between pieces in the hardwood floors,” said Kincaid, adding that he spent $1,000 on a dehumidifier thinking it might help the problem. Kincaid also cited problems with failing caulking in the moulding along the ceiling and floor. The meeting in Arora Hills on Aug. 29 was co-organized by Elizabeth Kessler, who moved with her husband from Ger-

mantown into a townhouse on Sweetspire Drive in June 2012. Working with her on the meeting was Barry Lebowitz, who lives on Little Seneca Parkway. Kessler and others have said they expected no problems because the townhouse was new, but Kessler said she began finding evidence of shoddy workmanship soon after moving in. Kessler said she reported the problems to Beazer more than once, but that the company has failed to fix them as promised by her warranty. Kessler said the main defects include a persistent water leak in the framing around her inside front door, which has been replaced four times by Beazer but still leaks. Other problems include water leaks around the tub and shower in the master bathroom. She also cites improperly installed hardwood floors and an improperly built outdoor retaining wall in her front yard, a failing that has also been a problem for others on the street. Kessler has also raised questions about where the signature

in deeds properly represents the limited liability corporations who owned the houses at the time of closing and problems with Beazer contracts that fail to mention remedies other than arbitration if a homeowner feels aggrieved under the warranties. Friedman said Beazer does not believe there are any problems with documents but that it intends to check with homeowners who filed complaints to make sure. Kessler in the meantime is waiting to hear from Beazer and also from the the Department of Consumer Protection about her complaint, which she filed in March. She has also hired an attorney to represent her in dealings with Beazer and an environmental engineer to inspect her townhouse. Kessler said she and her husband are not looking for a financial settlement from Beazer – they just want the defects repaired. “We just want it done right,” she said.

Army Corps of Engineers and the Maryland Department of the Environment. “We’ll know if the state agencies have approved the preferred alternative toward the end of this year or early 2015,” said Edgar Gonzales, deputy director for department of transportation, during an April 21 session of the Councils’ Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment committee headed by Berliner. At that meeting, Berliner said he wanted assurance from the county’s Department of Transportation that it has looked at every transit option conceivable, including additional bus lanes on Interstate 270, not just the various routes suggested for the M-83 extension. “Over the time that’s gone on, hopefully there’s been an evolution in our thinking,” said Berliner, who questioned whether a highway, first put into the master plan in 1960, still makes sense. Council Vice President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park agreed. “I am opposed to the construction of M-83 as we simply

cannot afford it,” wrote Leventhal in an email to The Gazette. “At a projected cost of at least $350 million, M-83 would be three times more expensive than the most expensive transportation project in the County’s current six-year capital budget for transportation.” He and Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg, who is running for county executive, said proposals for the Corridor Cities Transitway, a bus rapid transit system along Frederick Road, upgraded intersections and reversible lanes on I-270 are better options. Also supportive of transit are council member Hans Riemer of Takoma Park, who wrote in a letter to constituents that he supports a bus rapid transit route along Md. 355 between Clarksburg and Gaithersburg, expanded bus service to the bus rapid transit system and intersection upgrades. “I have not supported M-83 for both environmental and cost reasons,” wrote at-large member Marc Elrich of Takoma Park in an email to The Gazette on Tuesday. “I believe we should

complete the CCT to Clarksburg town center and complete the proposed BRT line up 355, and then we should look at what road enhancements we need.” At-large Council member Nancy Floreen of Garrett Park said Tuesday that the issue has suddenly become politicized because the primaries are coming up. The county-based Transit Alternatives to Mid-County Highway Extended Coalition, which opposes construction of M-83, has recently talked with most council members about their positions. Reimel, meanwhile, said he and his neighbors in Clarksburg Village are also keeping opinions about M-83 in mind as the primary approaches. “This is a planning exercise that we’re in the middle of and it’s being turned into a political exercise, which it shouldn’t,” Floreen said. “We’ll be listening to the facts and listening to the community [at a future hearing], and we’re not at that point yet.”

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Stress. Obesity. Too little sleep. These are the main health concerns of teens today, according to a national study that three 4-HclubmembersfromRockville helped conduct. The Rockville teens, all members of the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club, which meets in Aspen Hill, helped gather information from Maryland teens for the report: “Teens Take on Health: Solutions for a Healthy America.” It was sponsored by the National 4-H Council of Chevy Chase and Molina Healthcare to get teens’ own takeontheirhealthissues. It turns out Maryland teens, like those in other states, are concernedabouthowlittlesleepthey get, stress, obesity and proper diet, said Rina Huang, 19, who’s a freshman at the University of Maryland. Huang organized four community meetings in Maryland — twoinPrinceGeorge’sCountyand two at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase — for teenstovoicetheirconcerns. Helping her with the meetingswereherbrother,KaiHuang, 16, a junior at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, and MarlenaNothwehr,17,aseniorat Richard Montgomery. “I thought the whole project was interesting because health is considered a serious adult topic, but teenagers have ideas too,” Nothwehr said.”The main concern youth was trying to get across was sleep and stress, but they were also concerned about mental health.” Huang said interest in the project showed that teens are thinking about the future. During the meetings, she in-

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cluded a challenge to the teens to come up with solutions to the problems they identified. “The solution to [not enough] sleep is time management,” she said. “Say ‘no’ to activities and put thecellphonedown.” Kai Huang said he was brought into the project because his sister needed help one day and he said yes. It turned out to be fun for him. “I was really engrossed,” he said. “I liked talking to the [other] teens. You got to see how they thought. They had a lot of good ideas.” He agreed with Nothwehr that teens are concerned abut mental health, but the one thing that stood out to him was that many teens don’t get enough sleep. That’s something he he knows first-hand, he said. Along with Head, Heart and Hand, Health is one of the four H’s, said Jennifer Sirangelo, PresidentandCEOoftheNational4-H Council. “The young people really wanted to engage about health,” shesaid.“Theyseehealthasholistic and they are paying attention to health care access.” Sirangelo said getting teens to talk about health concerns and solutions benefits not only them, but also their families and communities. “Teens often influence their parents when they come home with new ideas,” she said. As a result of the survey, the National 4-H Council plans to develop and enhance programs around mental and emotional health, provide leadership opportunities for teens, and model healthful behaviors at youth events, ensuring they include nutritious food, physical activity and early bedtimes, according to a summary of the project findings. The report can be found at 4-H.org. pmcewan@gazette.net

American. She was named Athlete of the Month by ‘Sports Illustrated KIDS Magazine’ in [June 2012].” The other five Maryland Judo Team students also did well in Westminster, he said. They included Julio Torrejon of Germantown, Jason Liau and Eric Liau of Gaithersburg, and two students whose parents did not want to release their names. Antonishek’s mother, Linda Antonishek, said learning judo has been a benefit for Ella physically and mentally. “It’s great exercise,” Linda Antonishek said. “It gives a lot of self-confidence,” she said. “You have to rely on your brain to decide what do to win the fight.” vterhune@gazette.net


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Next destination on Bethesda girls’ odyssey: Iowa Pyle team heads to World Championships

(From left) Molly Ding, Emma Davis, Rabhya Mehrotra, Annie O’Connell and Tess Ravick, members of the Fire Dragons Odyssey of the Mind team from Thomas W. Pyle Middle School in Bethesda, work on a catapault for their project. The all-girl team, which also includes Kasey Chatterji-Len, won the state championship for its age groups and will compete in the world championships May 28-31 in Ames, Iowa.

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They are silly, clever and serious all in one meeting and the six members of the Fire Dragons, an all-girl Odyssey of the Mind team, are busy planning for their upcoming trip to the competition’s world championships. Tess Ravick, Kasey ChatterjiLen, Emma Davis, Molly Ding, Annie O’Connell and Rabhya Mehrotra are all eighth-graders at Thomas W. Pyle Middle School in Bethesda. They began working on their Odyssey of the Mind projects in September but, they point out, they have been friends a long time. “I think our team is the best part of Odyssey of the Mind,” Tess said. “Everyone is really fun and creative and we get to see how [each member] thinks.” The Odyssey of the Mind program started in 1978 to “foster creative thinking and make learning fun,” according to the competition’s website, odysseyofthemind.com. The program provides problem scenarios designed to showcase students’ creativity. Each team chooses one long-term project and, during competitions, is also given spontaneous problems,

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those they have no way of anticipating. The teams are judged on use of materials provided and “out-of-the-box” solutions. The Fire Dragons selected a problem called the Not-SoHaunted House for their longterm project. They created their haunted house by painting three cardboard flats with black paint and drawing pictures of things that would be scary to teenage

girls, they said — for instance, a bad hair day, having only 1 percent battery power left on your cellphone, math problems or blood. Then they wrote a performance which had to include four special effects, designed to be scary, but which don’t turn out to be. One of their special effects is a papier mache head that allows them to “decapitate” one of the actors.

Although the team took first place in its grade-level division at the state championships March 15 at Norwood School in Bethesda, the girls have been busy improving their props and upgrading their special effects for the world competition. They are limited to spending just $145 on materials for their project and win points for using of recycled or reused material. Most

of their money, they said, was spent on paint for their house. The group met twice a week throughout the year: one day to work on the long-term project and one day to practice solving the spontaneous problems. “I’ve learned to work together with others, because with six different opinions we either come together as a team or we split into different groups,”

Emma said. “When that happens, we all vote.” All of the girls said they have enjoyed learning to think more creatively. “The problems are not something we’ve done before, like hanging a box of nails using straws, toothpicks and string,” Rabhya said. “I’ve learned to think differently.” They are coached by Rabhya’s father, Nitin Mehrotra, and Annie’s father, Dick O’Connell, though all the parents are helping arrange the team’s trip to Ames, Iowa, for the World Championships May 28-31. “I enjoy [coaching] very much,” Mehrotra said. “They are a smart group of kids and they all think so differently.” The girls do have one problem they are having a hard time solving: raising money for their trip. “It’s a lot harder raising money than we thought because we aren’t old enough to work,” Annie said. The girls have held two bake sales, sponsored a fundraiser at Mamma Lucia’s restaurant and received money from an anonymous donor, raising about $250 so far. They also contacted stores in Bethesda, hoping for a sponsorship, but to no avail. Anyone wishing to contribute to their cause can call Pyle Middle School at 301-320-6540.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Edison students medal at SkillsUSA competition Students at Thomas Edison High School of Technology in

Merit Scholarship winners announced in county Seventeen Montgomery County Public Schools seniors from eight high schools have been awarded corporatesponsored National Merit Scholarships. These scholarships, which range from $500 to $10,000, are financed by corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. The students are among 35 Maryland seniors and about 1,000 nationwide selected in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The scholars were selected from a pool of 8,000 students who were finalists in the National Merit competition and met the criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide the scholarships for finalists

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Silver Spring brought home the gold in several skills areas at the 2014 Maryland State SkillsUSA competition April 4 and 5 held at several Baltimore-area locations. Awards were presented at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Gold medal winners from the Career Pathways, Architecture and Construction Cluster were Issac Gastelum, Jose Araujo and David Kim, carpentry. In Community Service gold medalists were Sara Pugh, restaurant management; Angelo DiPasquela, network operations; and Brandon On, graphics. Other gold medalists were in Extemporaneous Speaking: Rachelle Rosenbaum, interior design; Antonio Andalla, masonry; Valerie Felipe, medical career; Cindy Gomez, network operations internship; Loren Hersh, network operations; and Jocelyn Lazo and Alejandra Flores, cosmetology 3. Silver medalists were Michael Prebble, electricity 2; Tida Siribongkot, cosmetology 3; Jacob Erickkson, graphics; Adonis Corvoisier, network operations 2; and Javier Vilaseca and Justin Johnson, network operations. Dari Daiz, cosmetology 3, earned a bronze medal. The gold medalists will

compete in the National SkillsUSA competition June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo. Also representing Edison is Pornpim Phorntavewat, a junior at Northwood High School in Silver Spring and a student in the Restaurant Management Program at Edison. She was elected Maryland SkillsUSA State Reporter at the April competition. She will participate in the Officer Leadership Training at the National SkillsUSA competition.

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who are children of their employees, who live in the communities they serve or who plan to pursue college majors and careers the sponsor wishes to support. The Montgomery winners, their intended field of study, and sponsors: • Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda: Emily A. Rosenthal, Leidos Inc., undecided; Zeya L. Luo, Northrop Grumman, chemical engineering. • Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring: Callie Deng, Leidos Inc., biochemistry; Gabriella R. Studt, Northrop Grumman, mathematics; Benjamin L. Sklar, Boeing, engineering. • Poolesville High School: Haley S. Talbot-Wendlandt, Lockheed Martin, geology. • Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg: Jennifer J. Walker, Mary E. Beyerle Estate, business. • Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville: Christina L. Xu, Geico, entrepreneurship; Sarah L. Wu, Leidos Inc., business. • Winston Churchill High School in Potomac: Allen Guo, Leidos Inc., computer science; Amy Lin, Lockheed Martin, mathematics; Jeanine M. Liu, Northrop Grumman, economics; Kevin A. Schecter, Geico, computer science. • Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville: Christopher

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G. Long, Boeing, computer science; Xiaoyu Cai, General Dynamics, ophthalmology; Lanson T. Tang, Leidos Inc., biomedicine. • Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda: Nathan I. Fredman, Geico, physics.

Blair junior wins art competition Dennis Yang, a junior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, won top honors in the 8th Congressional District in the 33rd annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students. Yang’s acrylic painting “After Rain” will displayed for a year in the U.S. Capitol, starting next month. In the 8th district, 250 students from 30 schools participated. Jurors selected 110 entries that were displayed at Washington ArtWorks in Rockville through April 25. From them, 18 works were selected for special recognition. • The Jane E. Lawton Memorial Award for singular vision or unique use of materials, reflecting Lawton’s individuality and vitality, was awarded to Jackie Margolis, a junior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. This piece will hang for a year in the Rockville office of Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington. • The Washington Art-

Works Award for the student artist who best exemplifies a mastery of technique and form went to Ashley Dasuki, a junior at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville. • The Washington School of Photography Best of Photography Award was given to Jiefu Fan, a sophomore at BethesdaChevy Chase High School. • The seven runners-up will have their work displayed in Van Hollen’s Capitol Hill and district offices for the next year. They are Maria Victoria Velikovsky, a senior at BethesdaChevy Chase High; Sarah Vermillion, a junior at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac; Cynthia Song, a sophomore at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville; and Nikki Mills, a junior at Whitman High. Honorable mention went to Lauren Ahn, a senior at HoltonArms School in Bethesda; Arianne Mazel, a junior at Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville; Ellin Hu, a junior at Montgomery High; and Lauren Gorsky, a senior at Wootton High.

Youth Advisory Committee to hold teen forum Young people will have an opportunity to share their experiences, insights and solutions to problems with County Executive Isiah Leggett, mem-

bers of the County Council and representatives from Montgomery County Public Schools at a teen forum to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring. The free event is organized by members of Leggett’s Youth Advisory Committee, which provides teens the opportunity to develop leadership skills while serving their communities. Committee members work to strengthen students’ voices in schools through “speakouts” and contact with county government. The committee also works to eliminate violence, reduce use of alcohol and other drugs, and fight racial discrimination through multicultural education. The forum will include speak-out sessions led by committee members, entertainment by hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon, a fashion show by the Red Sprinkle Fashion Club from Excel Beyond the Bell, and a dance performance by the Sports Academies’ Latin clubs. Bus transportation will be provided from the Mid-County, White Oak, East County, Lawton and Germantown community recreation centers. Registration is available at montgomerycountymd.gov/ rec, course number 384683. For more information, call 240-777-8080.


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Top: Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park trails in the polls in the Democratic primary for governor. Middle: Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is one of two front-runners, according to polls. Bottom: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown is the other frontrunner.

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Investigations. Attack ads. “Fact-checking” websites. Voters trotted out for emotional effect. Multimillion-dollar campaign accounts. As May approached, Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial primary race had seen all of these elements and more. Analysts say none of it is a surprise. “Par for the course,” said Gail Ewing, a retired Montgomery College politics professor. “That is the way it is. They call it mudslinging.” Maryland bumped its gubernatorial primary from September to June 24, forcing candidates to announce their candidacies and attack each other earlier than usual. “The stakes are pretty high,” said Geoffrey Skelley, a local political analyst and associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball. “It doesn’t surprise me that it’s gotten pretty nasty.” Up for grabs: Maryland’s highest elected office, and with it at least four years in the governor’s mansion and executive control of the state. The end of Gov. Martin J. O’Malley’s (D) second and final term — two terms is the limit in Maryland — has drawn six Democrats, four Republicans and one Libertarian into the race. With less than 60 days until the primary, candidates are beating the drums for as much money, support and votes as they can muster. In a cobalt-blue state where many expect the Democratic primary to choose the next governor — only three Republicans have been governor of Maryland since 1950 — Skelley said the party’s dominance can produce an ugly nomination battle. But only two seem to be slinging mud: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, the two candidates who are identified

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in polls as the front-runners. Across the aisle, Republicans have agreed to play nice during the primary, saving their money and energy to compete against the Democrat who advances, said David R. Craig, a Republican gubernatorial hopeful. Gansler and Brown “need the publicity. And the media knows that the public loves controversy and loves to get a smile over people being nasty to each other,” Ewing said. “I think in terms of campaigns, this is as civil as it’s ever been.” Gansler, Brown and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park have approached the primary election from different directions, she said. Maryland’s Democratic establishment has thrown its weight behind Brown, which must have been a shock for

Gansler, Ewing said. Even as the establishment favorite, Brown struggles to get traction in areas such as Montgomery County, where his opponents are well known, Ewing said. “He has to cause controversy. He has to make noise to get name recognition,” she said. But as Gansler and Brown duke it out with calls for investigations, negative ads against each other, and even Brown’s website FactCheckMD.com, Mizeur has remained just beyond the fray. Still, Mizeur is struggling to win the spotlight enough to overtake Brown or Gansler, Skelley said. “I think her problem is just name recognition and the ability to get the resources to overcome the name recognition problem,” he said.

Skelley said Mizeur could be steering clear in the hopes that Gansler and Brown destroy one another. Regardless, Mizeur won’t match either Gansler or Brown financially, and money is a major player in the primary, he said. Mizeur opted for public campaign financing, effectively limiting her campaign to a total of $2.5 million for the primary. Both Brown and Gansler had roughly double that amount at their January filings — $6 million for Gansler and $4 million for Brown. On policy and governance, there usually is little to differentiate candidates in a primary. But scandal can make the decision easier for voters, Skelley said. “A lot of times, voters are looking for a reason not to vote for someone,” he said. Controversy hit Gansler’s campaign out of the gate, first centering on a racial gaffe about Brown. Then a photo appeared showing Gansler at a party where teens were reportedly drinking. For Brown, controversy arrived with the problems of Maryland’s health exchange website. As lieutenant governor, Brown led the administration’s work on creating a state exchange. Candidate flaws exposed in the primary likely will be attacked in the general election, Skelley said. But he also said that candidates who face a contested primary tend to be better on the campaign trail in the general election. “It provides an opportunity for them to prove themselves as a candidate,” he said. With less than two months to primary day, most Maryland voters remain undecided about who should govern the state. An April poll of 954 registered voters by students at St. Mary’s College showed that more than two-thirds of Republican voters were undecided and about half of Democrats were. kalexander@gazette.net

CELEBRATIONS

Walker, Waggoner Ellen and James Walker of Olney announce the marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Leigh Walker, to Andrew Nicholas Waggoner, son of Lisa Waggoner and Charles Waggoner of Dover, Delaware. The couple were married on Sept. 21, 2013, at Rocklands Farm in Poolesville with a reception following at the farm. The ceremony was performed by a

close friend, Kamissa Mort of Ashton and Portland, Ore. The bride was attended by Lorna Pomicter Lucas as Matron of Honor and Ally Splain as bridesmaid. Zachary Lucas served as the Best Man and Michael Pillsbury as groomsman. The couple honeymooned on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas and are now residing in Silver Spring.

HEALTH CALENDAR THURSDAY, MAY 8 38th Annual Fore! Your Health Golf Classic, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

at the Manor Country Club, 14901 Carrolton Road, Rockville. Join the MGH Health Foundation at the 38th Annual Fore! Your Health Golf Classic, presented by Sandy Spring Bank, to benefit Professional Development at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. www.medstarhealth.org. Better Breathers Club, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Be part of a patient-centered and community-based club that supports persons with chronic lung disease including COPD, asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and lung cancer. Families, friends and support persons are invited to participate. Registration is required. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 13 Stay in Sight, from 1:15-2:15

p.m. at Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. Lean about eye diseases and problems that can occur in the senior population. Dr. Anupam Laul, optometrist from the Wilmer Eye Institute, will explain common vision disorders, including cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome and refraction problems that become more evident as we age. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org. Body Balance Yoga - Beginner at MedStar Montgomery, 6-7 p.m.

Tuesdays, to June 17, at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Yoga is an ancient and systematic approach to good health and wellbeing that helps to reduce stress, improve concentration and develop strength, flexibility and balance. Learn the physical and mental exercise that brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. Class meets eight weeks. Previous Yoga experience required. Wear nonrestrictive clothing. Yoga mats provided. $60. medstarhealth.org.

RELIGION CALENDAR 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 Blvd., Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at

10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, www.elcbethesda.org. Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church

Road, Monrovia, conducts a con-

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

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia

Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www.

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libertygrovechurch.org. Moms In Prayer Group, times and locations vary, email MoCtyMIP@gmail.com for information, occurs every first and third Friday through June 6. Free. www.momsinprayer.org.


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Today, The Gazette continues its endorsements for contested races in the June 24 party primaries.

For District 16 House of Delegates With Del. Susan C. Lee of Bethesda running for an open state Senate seat this year, six challengers joined the two other Democratic incumbents seeking their party’s nomination for the three seats in District 16, which comprises some of Potomac, Bethesda and Chevy Chase. The two incumbents — William Frick and Ariana Kelly, both of Bethesda — deserve a chance at another term. Frick has worked to ensure that the state is getting enough bang for its buck in its numerous tax credit programs is most welcome. Kelly, on the other hand, is strong on women’s and family issues. She helped pass laws requiring that every hospital emergency room in the state — not just one in each county — have at least a protocol for providing rape kits for victims of sexual assault. She also has fought to require small businesses to provide employees with job-protected maternity and paternity leave, and to mandate that insurance companies cover autism treatment. Among the challengers, Hrant Jamgochian of Bethesda is the best. With his professional expertise in health care issues — he is executive director of Dialysis Patient Citizens — he says he supports more preventive care and helping seniors with long-term care issues. But Jamgochian also sees the need for economic development efforts, such as establishing a state bank to provide small-business loans and streamlining the permitting process.

For District 16 state Senate With three terms under her belt in the House, Lee deserves the Democratic nomination for the District 16 Senate seat. Her priorities include those advocated by most Democrats: more state money for education; environmental protection; and mass transit, including the Purple Line and Metrorail. But Lee also has been a leader in efforts to fight domestic violence — helping make it easier for victims to get protective orders — and to enact stricter gun regulations.

For District 18 House of Delegates A bumper crop of strong candidates has emerged in the Democratic contest for Distict 18 delegate. That’s due, at least in part, to what some candidates say were indications from one of the incumbents, Ana Sol Gutierrez of Chevy Chase, that she would not seek a fourth term.

As it turns out, she, along with fellow incumbents Al Carr and Jeffrey Waldstreicher, both from Kensington, all filed to run last year. Still, that didn’t stop four challengers from running. While some of the challengers may feel aggrieved by what they perceive as Gutierrez’s deception, Democrats must vote based on who will represent them best in Annapolis. All four challengers are energetic and well-versed in the issues. Still, based on the incumbents’ experience, diversity of issues and prospects for legislative achievement, The Gazette is endorsing them. Carr has been an effective advocate for open government, leading the effort requiring governments to make available their electronic records in digital form and supporting immediate online disclosure of large campaign contributions. Waldstreicher points to work on child protection issues and helping his constituents with the issues that sometimes matter most to them, such as problems with Pepco and potholes. And Gutierrez has served two terms on the House Appropriations Committee and represents one of the county’s best chances to get the state school construction money it needs to keep pace with enrollment. The county’s delegation failed this session to win that money but Gutierrez says that school issues, including reforming the state funding formula, are her top priority. It’s imperative that she, and her Montgomery colleagues, make good on that promise in the next session.

For District 15 House of Delegates Dels. Kathleen Dumais and Aruna Miller have been hard-working representatives in the district and should have a chance at winning another term. The district starts south of Rockville and follows the Potomac River on up to the Frederick County line. The third seat in the race falls either to Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo, who was once a Montgomery County police officer, or Bennett Rushkoff, a public protection lawyer. Fraser-Hidalgo was appointed to the position before the start of the 2014 General Assembly session. For that reason, he has a short leg up above Rushkoff.

For District 14 House of Delegates In the Democratic primary, The Gazette endorses the incumbents, Dels. Anne Kaiser, Eric Luedtke and Craig Zucker, who have well represented the district, which follows the Montgomery-Howard county line. The three are challenged by Valerie A. Nia Shell, who did not respond to many requests for information.

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Missing persons report The police won’t pursue at the the forum. Are we supa missing persons report if it posed to believe that Brown’s regards an adult who’s disapcampaign was efficient enough peared for less than two days. to schedule the tracker but not That’s because, in most cases, Brown? Is Brown’s schedulsex and/or alcohol explain the ing team the same folks who absence. Or, it could be a front- designed Brown’s Obamacare running gubernatorial candiweb site? date ducking the voters until No, it wan’t a staff snafu, it Election Day. was Brown, once again, hiding Last week I from his opponents and moderated a canfrom the voters. It’s a didate’s forum pattern that’s repeated sponsored by itself throughout the a dozen Montgovernor’s race and his gomery County excuse is always a conDemocratic clubs. flicting family event. All three gubernaNext Wednesday’s is torial candidates the first televised gov— Brown, Gansler ernor’s debate. Will and Mizeur Brown show up? Might MY MARYLAND interfere with attending — long ago agreed to the his nephew’s birthBLAIR LEE event. Then, the day party at Chuck E. day before the forum, Brown Cheese. canceled because, the email Aside from the fact that explained, “The Lt. Governor’s he’s willing to lie about his stepson will be receiving the cancellations, what does Sacrament of Confirmation Brown’s “rose garden” stratat St. Mary’s Catholic Church egy say about the man? He tomorrow evening at the same promotes himself as a military time as the forum. As staff, we medal-winner and courageous missed this scheduling conleader but he’s afraid to debate flict.” Doug Gansler and Heather If you believe Brown’s B.S. Mizeur? Or, worse, he’s afraid excuse I’ve got some Lehman of himself — afraid he might Brothers stock I’d like to sell go “off script” and feed into the you. Consider this: Brown’s “empty suit” tag some voters camera tracker, the guy who suspect? shadows Doug Gansler with a Doesn’t matter, say his video camera every day, was supporters, he’s playing it

smart. According to the polls Brown holds a double-digit lead and is better financed than his rivals. And thanks to the geniuses in Congress and Annapolis, Maryland’s primary election day has moved from September to June 24th resulting in a “C-Span election” — the only people likely to vote are the junkies who watch C-Span. Under that scenario all Brown needs is for his AfricanAmerican vote, his union supporters and the O’Malley machine to show up. Just in case, he also benefits from Ike Leggett, a fellow African American, being locked into a contentious Montgomery County executive race further boosting black voter turnout, and from a supportive Washington Post reporter masquerading as an objective journalist. Ironically, Brown and Leggett are being hounded by two white Dougs ... Gansler and Duncan, respectively. Gansler is dogging Brown with Maryland’s Obamacare website fiasco and Duncan is chasing Leggett with the Silver Spring Transit Center screwup. But is anyone listening? A recent St. Mary’s College poll says 54 percent of Maryland’s registered Democrats have “no preference” in a governor’s race less than three

Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His past columns are available at www.gazette.net/ blairlee. His email address is blairleeiv@gmail.com.

LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR

Bongino a nationally recognized conservative In the Wednesday, April 23 issue, the Gazette endorsed Harold W. Painter Jr. over Daniel Bongino to be the 2014 Republican nominee to represent Maryland’s 6th Congressional District in the House of Representatives [“Endorsements: for 8th, 6th Congressional District”]. The Gazette’s ratio-

nale included the statement, “Painter, although weak on the issues, is a better option for Montgomery”. Daniel Bongino has been nationally recognized as a spokesman for the conservative position on many issues. Maryland Republicans would be well served by having Mr. Bongino

represent the party in the upcoming election. The Gazette provides no explanation of why Mr. Painter would be “better for Montgomery” other than his positions on the issues seem to be similar to the Democratic candidate, Mr. Delaney. The voters of the 6th Congressional District deserve

a clear choice between liberal/ progressive and conservative philosophies in determining who should represent them in Congress, rather than a choice between one liberal/progressive and a second candidate with an unclear governing philosophy who is also weak on the issues.

Josh Levin, Olney

Interesting, curious endorsements My friends and I read with interest the Gazette’s endorsements in the various legislative races. [“Endorsements: For D-19, Kramer, Cullison and Bardack; for D-20, Unger, Shurberg and Smith,” April 30].

Interesting choice in District 20 advancing Jonathan Shurberg as likely to be an effective legislator given his welldocumented ethical issues and suspension as a lawyer. We also found curious in

District 19 the choice of Paul Bardack calling him an “easy choice.” While Mr. Bardack has substantial federal experience (your basis), he was registered for years as a Republican. As lifelong Democrats my

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months away. So Brown is playing it cautious; don’t rock the boat, don’t come out of the foxhole until Election Day. Funny, last year Doug Gansler got into hot water for saying, “(Anthony Brown) is a nice guy ... (but) ask them, name one thing that he’s done for anybody in the state of Maryland’ ... So, you’re saying, compare his record, which is a little thin, versus our record ... I mean, right now his campaign slogan is, ‘Vote for me, I want to be the first AfricanAmerican governor of Maryland.’” The sanctimonious fallout from the usual quarters was fierce. You’d have thought Gansler was NBA Clippers owner, Don Sterling. But now, nine months later, Gansler’s claim doesn’t look so off-base. Thanks largely to his overwhelming AfricanAmerican support, Brown can cruise to victory by playing it safe and by doing absolutely nothing. Makes you wonder what kind of governor he’ll be.

Nathan Oravec, A&E Editor Ken Sain, Sports Editor Dan Gross, Photo Editor Jessica Loder, Web Editor

Dennis Wilston, Corporate Advertising Director Doug Baum, Corporate Classifieds Director Mona Bass, Inside Classifieds Director Jean Casey, Director of Marketing and Circulation

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friends and I who reside in Districts 20 and 19 discussed these choices and others and simply cannot vote for candidates with these histories.

Jasmine Bayill, Silver Spring

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End the bag tax Even robbers find the bag tax odious! [cartoon, March 26] I hate it ... as do many other Montgomery County residents. Why don’t I remember a ballot question regarding this? Other counties were given a choice and resoundingly rejected the idea. The last time I shopped at Montgomery Mall, I happened upon a sale and bought a couple of bras. Then, what to do with them? Do I dangle them on my arm as I continue shopping or stuff them into my (full) purse like a shoplifter? I chose the latter and now shop at Columbia Mall (or Tyson’s) where they package my purchases. All the major retail chains have stores throughout the WashingtonBaltimore metropoliton area. Those outside Montgomery County now collect my shopping and tax dollars. I can,

with rare exception, buy everything I need in Howard, Prince George’s, Baltimore, and Anne Arundel counties if I want to give my money to Maryland. I just came back from “civilization” where purchases are automatically packaged. When I tell people that in Montgomery County you need to bring bags, they think this is a crazy idea. My car and my purse are full of bags — some torn, others dirty (unsanitary), or the wrong size. D.C. only charges 3 cents, but just for plastic ones. Enough is enough! It’s time to end this farce! Do the merchants really like their costumers advertising for their competitors and more ability for shoplifting? End it Now!

Nancy Provorny, Silver Spring

Bring back traffic lights on Chevy Chase circle Don’t you think it’s time traffic lights were put there and the circle taken out? Apparently, modern life is too fast and people have forgotten courtesy for circles to work any more. Preferably a camera should be installed at the new traffic intersection. Two accidents a week are too much. Or are the authorities going to wait till a child is killed, as a professor of mine in City Planning at Penn used to say? I understand they’ve been taken out even in a notoriously slow country as my country of

origin, Burma. I was sad to read your article, as all 30 years I have been in the USA, living mostly in big cities, I have walked and never driven, and I love Dupont Circle, for instance. But I remember how hairy it was when my friend drove around Dupont Circle several times trying to get out at the right exit. The “instructions” posted in your article are too complicated even to read, let alone remember while in the Circle itself.

Kyi May Kaung, Bethesda

Sick cat illustrates holes in Animal Services When someone finds an injured or sick animal, a “good Samaritan” will bring the pet to a local veterinary hospital. If there is no microchip or other way to identify the owner, we would contact Animal Services, formerly through Montgomery County Humane Society (MCHS) and now through Animal Control and the Department of Police. This communication informs the veterinarian if the animal has been reported missing and legally, what we are able to do. Recently, someone brought a sick, stray cat to our hospital around 6 p.m., saying they had called Animal Control twice but had gotten no response. We then called Animal Control, but even the “after hours emergency” phone numbers only let us leave messages. I finally reached someone in police non-emergency, and they said they could send someone out to “assess” the cat. I told them I was a veterinarian and my question

was not about the medical status of the cat but legally what I could do. I was then re-routed through another computerized phone system, but again, left a voice message. Unsure what we could do, we kept the cat comfortable in our hospital overnight, fed and warmed him, but he was clearly very ill. Previously, we would reach someone at Animal Control/MCHS who would check the lost pet registry and find out if someone had reported the pet to be missing. Within 24 hours, we were able to speak to someone at MCHS about what to do for the pet. The thought of possibly needing to euthanize this suffering cat — possibly someone’s pet, when they might be frantically searching — kept me up that night. We called the next day and were able to have someone search the lost pet registry to find out if this cat had been reported miss-

Sunset the energy tax It was a brutal winter — the coldest in 30 years, say weather officials. But the energy tax imposed on Montgomery county homeowners and businesses has been more than brutal. It amounts to windfall revenue for the county and a hardship for energy users This tax is the third largest source of county revenue, after property tax and general county income tax. Between 2003 and 2013, the revenue from taxing energy in county homes and businesses increased tenfold — it went from $23 million to $232 million. The really big hit started in fiscal 2011 with a 155 percent increase for residential users of energy for heating, cooling and electricity. And that’s for a tax that was planned to sunset in 2012. Even worse, the county executive proposes to retain the tax for the entire fiscal 2015-2020 period. What’s wrong with this picture? The energy tax is an add-on in-

ing (he had not). No one returned calls for messages left the previous night. I called the director of animal services to discuss what to do for this cat, but once more all I could do was leave a voice message. In the past, MCHS would authorize and reimburse, at cost, for treatment. If the cat had not been reported missing and appeared terminally ill, euthanasia would be recommended. But that’s not a decision any of us as practicing veterinarians in the county feel comfortable making on our own. In emergency situations, we want to help stray pets, but we need guidance. The animals of our county deserve more help than we got in this situation.

Dale Rubenstein, Boyds The writer is a veterinarian at A Cat Clinic. She says the cat did recover and is doing much better.

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come tax. It generates over $200 million annually and is not deductible — unlike mortgage interest and property tax. Energy for heating/cooling is essential for all residents. Low- and moderate-income homeowners and retirees are likely to live in older, energy-inefficient homes. They are being punished every month because they cannot finance higher efficiency windows, heating/cooling and appliances. We can expect years ahead when hot summers and frigid winters are the “new normal.” That means higher energy consumption and more revenue for the county. This is not a “green tax” that fixes specific environmental problems or subsidizes energy improvements for homeowners. It’s a regressive tax, plain and simple. This is the year — with elections ahead — for the County Council to sunset this unfair tax.

In an article in the April 23 Gazette [“Ashton CVS meeting addresses some issues; traffic concerns remain”] about plans for a CVS in Ashton, there were quotes from two people. Both of these people do not live in Ashton, but rather live in Sandy Spring. Since the plan is for Ashton wouldn’t it have been more appropriate to get opinions from people who live in Ashton? Also, a survey was mentioned. How many of those included in the survey actually live in Ashton? Almost all of our friends in Ashton that we’ve discussed the idea with, agree that a CVS is not needed or wanted in Ashton. There is a CVS only 3 miles away in Olney and others only a little farther away in Burtonsville, Layhill, and Fulton. Also, the design does not fit in with the rural village character of Ashton, the intersection of Md. 108 and Md. 650 needs to be improved before any project of that scale is built, and there is likely to be significant light pollution of the night sky. We never saw the survey, but we think that the word “pharmacy” does not immediately bring CVS to mind, as CVS is far more than just a pharmacy. If CVS is a pharmacy, then so are the Giant, Safeway, Shoppers, and Harris Teeter supermarkets in Olney, all of which have a pharmacy in their store.

Roberta Faul-Zeitler, Silver Spring

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Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedules subject to change. TRACK AND FIELD: County championships at WJ, 3 p.m. Wednesday Northwest’s boys are the defending indoor and outdoor state champions.

TENNIS: County championships at Paint Branch, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday BOYS/CO-ED VOLLEYBALL: County championships at Magruder, 5 p.m. Tuesday

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For as long as Colar Kuhns can remember, he has wanted to play major Division I college football. And this fall, he is set to become a member of a big-

time program. In April, the Damascus High School senior and former Calvert Hall star quarterback accepted an offer as a preferred walk-on at Michigan State. “I’ve always wanted to play at the highest level, especially in the Big Ten,” said Kuhns, who had verbally committed to Cornell in October, but he said the financial aid he required did not materialize, which reopened his recruitment. “It’s always been my dream.

As I see it now, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.” Michigan State, which didn’t sign a quarterback in this year’s recruiting class, has just three quarterbacks on scholarship: Junior Connor Cook, sophomore Tyler O’Connor and redshirt freshman Damion Terry. Kuhns, who visited East Lansing March 28-29 and will likely redshirt this fall, said he was impressed with what Spartans coach Mark Dantonio, quar-

terbacks coach Brad Salem and recruiting coach Ron Burton offered in their program. The Spartans went 13-1 last season and won the Rose Bowl en route to a No. 3 national ranking. “It’s a great opportunity for me to compete for a position,” Kuhns said. “They’ve offered me a great opportunity to go up there and work hard.” Kuhns. a 6-foot-3, 205-pound Damascus resident, is well-traveled during his high school tenure. After attending

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Better reflexes help Blue Devils win division BY ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER

Springbrook High School’s Ria Peralta may not look like your typical lacrosse goalkeeper — or field hockey goalie, or basketball player, for that matter. But thanks in part to a decade’s worth of karate training, the 5-foot-1 junior has developed lightning-fast reflexes that are helping the three-sport varsity athlete thrive in whatever field or court she steps on. In her second season as a starting goalkeeper, Peralta has recorded 131 saves on 200 shots and led the Blue Devils (8-3 as of Monday) to their first division title in more than a decade, according to Springbrook coach Adam Bahr. “It really helps give me an edge as a goalie because with karate, you just can’t be afraid,” Peralta said. “… Your reaction has to be — you can’t think about it. It has to be subconscious, it has to be instinct.”

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Springbrook High School lacrosse goalie Ria Peralta defends Friday against Col. Zadok Magruder.

Springbrook is giving up 6.9 goals per game and 4.8 goals in victories with Peralta in net. “She has crazy fast reflexes,” senior defender Angelica Darling said. “She’s gotten so much better. She was good to begin with, but I’ve seen so much improvement. She’s definitely top five in the whole county.”

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Montgomery College second baseman Antonio Pino waits for the pick-off throw from home to tag out Hagerstown Community College’s Garrett Sprangle on Saturday.

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For much of the month of March, the Montgomery College baseball team was confined to the inside of the school’s athletic facilities. Due to cold weather, rain and snow, the baseball field on the Germantown campus was rendered — for the most part — unplayable. With more than 20 games postponed or cancelled and practices held in the gymnasium, the Raptors began to get restless, waiting for days to be able to play. But the delay had a few positive results, including team bonding and the discovery of several unique personalities. There’s Our Lady of Good

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Counsel graduate and freshman second baseman/pitcher/lead-off hitter Antonio Pino, the unquestioned vocal leader and most enthusiastic teammate. “There’s no doubt I am the loudest guy around and I’m glad I am,” Pino said with a laugh and a huge grin during batting practice on Saturday. “I just got to keep the guys lose and get everybody going.” “He likes to think he is,” Walter Johnson graduate and freshman pitcher Gus Gil said. “Antonio is a character. He’s the one to rally us and he could be the heart and soul of this team as an unnamed captain of sorts.”

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Montgomery College’s Tyler Coleman.

The record for the 1,600 meters at Rockville High School is 4 minutes, 17 seconds. That is the time senior Jonaton Baginski said he is aiming for each time he runs the event. “I would like to break 4:20 in the [1,600],” Baginski said. “... I want to set the school record in the 1,600 ... I want to break that. That was my goal coming in, and I think I can.” Baginski is the reigning indoor Montgomery County champion for the 1,600. He currently holds the 15th fastest time in the state this spring (4:25.61). That time, which he posted during Sherwood’s Katie Jenkins Invitational on Saturday, earned him a second place finish at the

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Rockville High School senior Jonaton Baginski runs Thursday at Montgomery Blair.

event and is good enough for fourth overall in Montgomery County. But it’s far from the expectations that Baginski set for himself. “I really don’t think the

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Continued from Page B-1 Added coach Dave Rascher: “I think that’s a very true statement. He hasn’t stopped talking since he got here and Antonio takes pride in it. He loves it and lives it. It’s fun coaching him because he keeps it loose around here. Every team needs a guy like him.” Gil, meanwhile, brings his own sense of flavor to the team with a mullet. “I can’t remember the last time I got a haircut since I’ve just been letting it go,” Gil said. “The ladies love it. … I’m just kidding, they actually hate it. The guys just say I got some nice flow going on.” “If it works for him, it works for me because he’s had a good spring and I can’t grow one,” Rascher said. And with a host of other quality junior college baseball student-athletes, the Raptors have perennially been one of the better programs in the nation. Now, with the weather

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improved, Montgomery College (25-15 as of Monday) has been playing frequently and is set to head into the Region XX tournament, scheduled to begin Friday, playing some of its best baseball this spring. “It was tough not being able to play because of the weather, but ever since [the spring break trip in midMarch] we went to Florida and got away, we’ve been pretty good,” Col. Zadok Magruder graduate and center fielder Ian Velez said. The Raptors outfield might be the team’s strongest unit. Richard Montgomery graduate and left fielder Tyler Coleman is having a stellar spring as one of the best hitters in the nation. The freshman is batting .505 with seven doubles, a home run and a team-leading 25 runs batted in. Velez is also having a good sophomore season, hitting .361 with 13 stolen bases. Classmate and Paint Branch alumnus Jeremy Ponafala has been steady in right field. “There’s no question,

they’ve all played really well this year and they’re a big reason we win a lot of games,” Rascher said. Added Coleman: “We’ve really bonded this year and gotten closer than I think we would have because of the rainouts. It’s been fun.” Pino (.409, five doubles), who is also one of the team’s top relievers (16 appearances), and third basemen Nick Ponafala (.400) have also been key cogs in the Raptors’ lineup. As one of the team’s top pitchers, Gil is 5-2 with a 3.18 earned-run average and 58 strikeouts in 56.2 innings, and he’s helped himself out offensively with a .347 average. Montgomery College advanced to the NJCAA Division III World Series last year and it hopes to return to Tyler, Texas again later this month. “It’s not an option for us not to go,” Pino said. “We just don’t see it any other way.”

her freshman season. Bahr, working the scoreboard for the girls’ basketball team, said he saw “this tiny little kid diving for loose balls, being aggressive,” and encouraged her to join the team. She did, starting out as a defender before trying out for the goalkeeper position. “[Bahr] was like, alright, you need to go out there and block

whatever you can, by any means necessary,” Peralta said. Peralta’s transition to the new position came naturally. Her agility and hand-eye coordination made her a solid goalkeeper right away, even if she lacked experience. “It just seemed to me that she had a mentality. That she didn’t care about her physical limita-

tions. Her thing was that she wanted to compete,” Bahr said. Peralta was comfortable with the goalie stick because of her experience using a bo, a tall and long karate weapon, Arnel Peralta said. “She was so used to that, that when she first picked up the goalie stick, she was actually blocking the ball with the stick

part and not the net part,” he said. Peralta’s success in all three sports comes despite being at a constant height disadvantage. “When you go down the lane, these girls have grown and they’re much stronger,” Arnel Peralta said. “But she’s fearless. She’s so determined and she doesn’t back off on anything.”

Springbrook, 6-8 last season, heads into the playoffs having won seven of its past eight games. “I think we have potential to do really well,” Darling said. “As long as we do everything we know how to do. Stay united. And do our best.”

few months. The Katie Jenkins Invitational was just the second meet he’s competed in this season. He does other cross-training activities, such as bicycling, to stay in shape, but there’s no substitute for getting out on the track, Rockville coach Collin Cunningham said. “When Jonaton is healthy, he’s probably one of the best runners in the county,” Cun-

ningham said. “Fitness-wise, endurance-wise, he’s where he needs to be. He’s trailed off a little bit in that only because of his injury, and it really hasn’t allowed him to practice as much as he’s wanted to.” Cunningham sees the potential in Baginski to be great, not just good — and he said he has the responsibility of getting the most out of his injured athlete without pushing him too

much. “Sometimes you gotta reel him in a little bit because he wants to run two races, but he’s got two bags of ice on each leg and you go, ‘Sorry, I’d love to but I can’t,” Cunningham said. “There are times when he comes to me and he says, ‘I gotta pick one today. My legs are just not gonna let me do two races.’” Baginski also runs on the 3,200 relay team for Rockville.

The Katie Jenkins Invitational was Rockville’s final meet of the season before the county championships. If Baginski is going to break the school record before he graduates, he’s running out of time. He admits that he’ll need more practice to get it. “It’s just little tweaks,” Baginski said about what he needed to work on. “Because I know I’m fast enough. I have the speed for sure, and endurance-

wise, I know I’m there.” “He’s got the desire to be good and he has the desire to win,” Cunningham said. “It’s one of those things where you see it and sometimes you just wish that you could go out there and push him one step more, and push him one more meter. I see no reason why he can’t break 4:15.”

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who also considered transferring to Sherwood and Damascus after his freshman year. “At Damascus, I was asked to do other things and fill other roles, wherever they needed me to fill a void. It was different, but at the end of the day it was successful and a learning experience.” All told, Kuhns, 247sports.com’s No. 112-rated pro-style quarterback

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Montgomery College’s Ian Velez (left) and Tyler Coleman track a ball to the outfield during Sunday’s game against Hagerstown Community College.

in his class, threw for more than 5,000 yards (60 touchdowns) and rushed for more than 850 yards (11 TDs) in high school, according to The Baltimore Sun. “Primarily I’m a pocket passer, but I have the ability to run,” said Kuhns, who plans to major in premedicine and attend medical school after college. “Above all else, I’m go-

ing to work hard to compete for a starting job.” Kuhns, who said he began playing the sport when he was 8 with the Olney Boys and Girls Club, says he works out every day and has been coached by Quarterback Factory founder and private coach Chris Baucia since seventh grade. “One thing that has stayed the

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same with [Kuhns] is his work ethic,” Baucia said. “Some kids come in highly focused and not worried about all the hype, they are just trying to get better. That’s been Colar’s [modus operandi] from the first day. “He’s got a big arm, makes plays and he’s more athletic than people think.”

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It took a month of losing for the Damascus High School girls’ lacrosse team to become winners. After a 1-4 start, the Swarmin’ Hornets (7-4) finished their regular season on a six-game win streak and are playing at a high level with their Class 3A/2A first-round playoff game against Rockville scheduled Wednesday. It was a predictable start and finish for Damascus, which graduated nearly its entire starting lineup from last season’s 12-1 team. “We were going to be one of those second-half teams just because of the youth that we had,” Damascus coach Marcus Jurado said. “You’re starting to see it now. The girls have grown up.” A tough early-season schedule, combined with the poor weather conditions and the roster’s inexperience, led to a rocky start, but the team has not lost since April 4 when it was defeated by Poolesville, 10-7. Senior Leigh Gatons, a University of Louisville recruit, is helping anchor the defense after missing all of her junior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. She has 14 goals — including three in the season-finale victory over Clarksburg — contributing on both ends of the field. Freshman Jacque Pino leads the team in goals (41) and has upped her scoring as the season has progressed, notching 29 goals during the winning streak. Senior goalkeeper Jennifer West — who joins Gatons and Caitlin Augerson as the only players with significant starting experience — has 60 saves on the season and recorded a shut out

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Sherwood High School’s Emily Kenul (right) races past Winston Churchill’s Bethany Dubick April 10 on her way to scoring a goal.

LACROSSE NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN April 26 against Wheaton. “Some of those girls have really stepped up,” Jurado said. “... They’ve bonded. They’re clicking. They’re a team now.”

Sherwood realignment A year removed from its historic run to the 4A/3A state finals, the Sherwood

girls’ team is again one of the favorites in this year’s postseason. But this time, it’ll have to take a different path and defeat an out-ofcounty team in order to make it out of its region. The Warriors (10-1) are in Section II of the 4A-3A North Region, which includes a lighter group of Montgomery County opponents but a Carroll County heavyweight, Westminster, as the top seed in the opposite section. It’s a contrast from last season, when the Warriors went through Walt Whitman, Thomas S. Wootton and James H. Blake

— teams that played them close in the regular season — then Howard in the state semifinals. “There are lots of pros, lots of cons. It’s hard to tell which is going to benefit you in the long run,” Sherwood coach Kelly Hughes said. Sherwood, led by senior midfielder Emily Kenul (212 goals 130 assists in four seasons), is scheduled to play the winner of Blake and Montgomery Blair. If it advances, it will face the winner of No. 2 Springbrook (bye) vs. John F. Kennedy/Paint Branch. The Warriors defeated Blake 17-3 and Paint Branch 19-0 in their first two games of the season. “I think we benefitted last year, having to step up and put a hurting on some teams we had closer games with in the regular season,” Hughes said. The Warriors took their first and only loss May 2 to Our Lady of Good Counsel, 19-6, but responded with a convincing victory against Quince Orchard in their season finale. “We’re going to keep the bar set high,” Hughes said. “… We want to get to the end.” Sherwood’s boys’ team (6-9) is facing a similar situation in Section II of the 4A-3A North Region, which excludes other teams from the competitive 4A/3A South Division. Sherwood would likely play Westminster or Howard — both undefeated — if it made it out of its section. The Warriors closed their regular season with a 16-15 loss to Quince Orchard, its third one-goal defeat of the year. They are scheduled to play Paint Branch Wednesday, then James H. Blake if they advance. “We’re very close to breaking out of this funk that we’re in, and if we do, I

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Quince Orchard junior breaks 100 Quince Orchard boys’ lacrosse’s Jake Christensen surpassed 100 goals last week and has compiled 105 goals (as of Monday) in his three seasons with the team. The junior attackman has 40 goals and 19 assists on the season for the Cougars, who are 10-3 as they head into their playoff matchup against the winner of Col. Zadok Magruder and Northwest. He recorded 34 goals and three assists as a freshman then 31 goals and 22 assists last season, according to Gonzalez. “He’s just one of those guys that love to find a way to get better and work at it,” Gonzalez said.

think we could surprise some people.”

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It took many teams most of the season to find their identities after rain washed away much of the early goings, but heading into this week’s postseason — first-round region tournament games are scheduled to begin Thursday and Friday — some squads have started separating themselves from the field. Favorites: Sherwood (Class 4A North Region), obviously. The two-time defending state champion Warriors have now won 56 consecutive games. A close 2-0 win over rival Montgomery Blair, a top seed in the Class 4A West, Saturday was just the type of late-season test Sherwood needed to kick it back into gear, first-year coach Ashley Barber-Strunk said. With

SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN its back against the wall several times during the contest, Sherwood proved against Blair why the Warriors have been so dominant: They always seem to figure things out in the end. Plus they have arguably the state’s best pitcher in Towson University recruit Meggie Dejter, which right away puts them a step ahead of the competition, and a stingy defense and high-scoring offense on top of that. Blair’s performance against Sherwood Saturday is certainly what the Blazers needed after a surprise loss to James H. Blake last week — the Bengals have the misfortune of being paired with Sherwood in the 4A North but put up a good fight in a 4-1 loss last month. Senior pitcher Annie Pietanza has proven she can be a dominant hurler; Blair

has all the tools to make it back to the state semifinals. Contenders: There’s a whole list of these. Richard Montgomery nabbed the No. 2 seed in the top section of the Class 4A West draw behind Blair; the Rockets lost by only a run to the Blazers during the regular season. The two are almost shoe-ins for the section final. The bottom section will be a little less predictable. Col. Zadok Magruder and defending region champion Northwest took the top two seeds with identical 13-2 records. Without a head-to-head meeting during the regular season it’s hard to gauge how the two would match up but both are similar in that they boast strong pitching, Magruder with Fiona Johnson and Northwest with Bridgette Barbour. Both also have state tournament experience under their belts — Magruder reached the state semifinal in 2012.

KEEPING IT BRIEF Landon ends Georgetown Prep’s run as IAC champs Landon School ended Georgetown Prepatory’s two-year reign as defending Interstate Athletic Conference golf champions Monday by reclaiming that title, the 18th time the Bears have won it. Landon’s five golfers (six play, lowest five count) shot 375 at Bethesda’s Congressional Country Club. Georgetown Prep finished in second place, 18 shots back. Georgetown Prep senior Brendan Peel won the gold medal for securing the lowest score of the day, 70. “Definitely would’ve liked the team to win,” Peel said. “I’m happy that I was able to make the putt on the last hole but yeah, it would’ve been the cherry on top for our team to win it... I mean it’s what we look forward to all year.” St. Albans finished third with 403 shots. Bullis wasn’t far behind scoring 408. Episcopal had 427, and St. Stephens/St. Agnes tallied 452. Morgan Egloff led Landon with a 71. This is Landon’s first time winning the tournament since 2012. The Bears have won or shared the IAC crown 13 times since 1993.

— PRINCE J. GRIMES

Northwood player raises funds for charity Northwood High School football junior Christian Reyes has launched a campaign to raise money for Colleen’s Dream Foundation, an organization supporting research for ovarian cancer. The fundraiser is part of the Kicking For The Dream project, which unites kickers in their efforts to raise money and awareness for

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Landon School’s Morgan Egloff watches his drive Monday during the Interstate Athletic Conference Golf Championship in Bethesda. ovarian cancer research. Reyes, a second-team All-Gazette kicker, said he was inspired to raise money for cancer research because of his mother, Lilian Escobar, a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed about 14 years ago. “I just want to give back to her and the people,” said Reyes, of Kensington. To learn out more about the campaign, visit http://donate. kickingforthedream.com/allstatereyes.

— ERIC GOLDWEIN

Good Counsel tennis finishes second in WCAC The Our Lady of Good Counsel boys’ tennis team was represented on six of nine courts during Monday’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament

finals held at the Olney Manor Recreational Park and though none of the Falcons won titles, the team’s second-place finish was its best result in coach Lee Ingham’s nine years, she said. Gonzaga, which handed Good Counsel five of its six losses Monday, won its fifth straight title. A rain riddled March and April reduced Good Counsel’s playing schedule but the team finished 4-1 in WCAC this spring. Good Counsel reached the finals in four singles brackets with senior No. 3 Reed Joyner, junior No. 4 Zach Joyner, senior No. 5 Kyle van Winter and junior No. 6 Greg Dawson. Reed Joyner and Dawson reached the No. 2 doubles final and Van Winter and senior Peter Bolesta, were the No. 3 doubles runners-up.

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Bolstered by the fact that Winston Churchill High School overcame a 6-10 regular season to reach the Class 4A state baseball semifinals last spring, Richard Montgomery is hoping to follow in the Bulldogs’ footsteps. After losing seven straight games at one stretch this season, Richard Montgomery (4-8-1) has won two of its past three and played Clarksburg to a 7-7 tie before darkness caused the game to end. In their most recent outing, the Rockets defeated Damascus

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK BY TED BLACK 10-0 as senior pitcher Nick Campbell recorded a five-inning no-hitter for his first win of the season. “I thought my curveball was really good that day,” said Campbell, who is also among the team’s leading hitters, batting .432 with one triple and 12 runs batted in. “My fastball was good and that’s how I got ahead in the count and then my curveball kept them off balance. I didn’t even know until the game was over that I had thrown a no-hitter. The entire

defense just played great behind me.” Campbell and fellow senior teammate, PJ Glasser, who is batting .424 with one double, one triple and 21 runs scored, are looking forward to the 3A West Region tournament. “We started the season in rough fashion, but now we’re playing with a lot of confidence,” Glasser said. “Everyone knows that Churchill did last year, so once the playoffs start you can throw the records out and everyone gets a fresh start.” tblack@gazette.net


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More than three years since its initial concept and one year since the official project was first announced, Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc.’s newest music venue now has a name fitting of its mission. Set to open early 2015, AMP will bring live, genre-spanning music to Federal Realty Investment Trust’s upcoming Pike & Rose development in a more intimate and

hip setting than typically associated with Strathmore. Strathmore founder and CEO Eliot Pfanstiehl brought the idea for a smaller, nightclub-like venue several years ago to a group of developers working together to redevelop White Flint. When Evan Goldman, vice president for development at FRIT, expressed interest, the two worked together to create a space for AMP within the Pike & Rose plan. “You’ve got to think tall and mixed-use, that’s the future of White Flint,” Pfanstiehl

said. “To not be a part of that in your own backyard is to miss out on the future.” Pike & Rose is one of several neighborhoods in development for the county, particularly the North Bethesda area, hoping to draw in young urban professionals with quality restaurants and retail spaces within walking distance of luxury apartment buildings. Another key Pike & Rose player, Neighborhood Restaurant Group, led by owner Michael Babin, will provide exclusive food services to AMP through its catering branch, 550 Events & District Provisions. The group will also open a restaurant and

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Sometimes “political theater” has a completely different meaning. Sen. Jamie Raskin, of Takoma Park, is a self-proclaimed Shakespeare fanatic. Along with David Minton, the executive and artistic director at Lumina Studio Theatre in Silver Spring, the two have worked together to adapt Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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he Zombies’ Colin Blunstone will perform at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College on Saturday to share music from his solo career, as well as from the British rock band that brought him fame. Blunstone has provided lead vocals for The Zombies in songs such as “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season,” from

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(From left, clockwise) Sophia Falvey, Ben Lickerman, Sylvie Weissman, Anna Gorman and Sagar Castleman star in Lumina Studio Theatre’s production of “Brother Hal.”

BROTHER HAL/SWEET JOAN OF THE TEXTILE MILLS n When: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. for “Brother Hal”; 5 p.m. for “Sweet Joan,” Saturday and Sunday

the band’s start in the early 1960s throughout their split ups and reincarnations, the most recent of which happened in the last couple of years. “We [The Zombies] have been touring through the southern states of America. I am bringing my solo band to the northern states,” Blunstone said. Blunstone, whose concert on Saturday will celebrate his 10th solo studio album, “On The Air Tonight,” said that he and his solo band have not been to the United States on tour since 1973 and that being back is quite an occasion.

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n Where: Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring n Tickets: $8-$15 (pay-what-you-can for “Sweet Joan”) n For information: 301-565-2282; luminastudio.org

COLIN BLUNSTONE n When: 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville n Tickets: $22 for general admission, $20 for students and seniors

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n For information: 240-567-5301; montgomerycollege.edu/pac

“Brother Hal,” which will wrap up its run this weekend, is set in Flint, Mich., and focuses on the labor union strikes in the late 1930s. Lumina Studio is performing two shows on the same days, with “Brother Hal” following “Sweet Joan of the Textile Mills,” which is based on Bertolt Brecht’s “Saint Joan of the Stockyards.” “We’ve turned Henry into a labor parable,” Raskin said. Raskin worked with Minton last year when the two adapted Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” and set it in occupied Iraq. “I did very [amateurish] acting when I was in high school and college,” Raskin said. “I’ve always been a

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Eva Maria Ruhl’s “Tulip 1,” oil on board, will be on view as part of the exhibit “Contemplating the Sweetness of Grass and the Startling Brevity of Life: Studio 155,” opening May 16 at the Adah Rose Gallery.

Studio 155 — Roberta Bernstein, Elizabeth Carter, Wendy Cortesi, Jan Denton, Jill M. Hodgson, Betsy Kelly, Vicki Malone, Eileen Malone-Brown, Donald B. Meyer, Kappy Prosch, Michael Rawson, EvaMaria Ruhl, Ellen Tuttle, Juliana Weihe, S.M. Wilson and Neena Birch — will be on view from May 16 to June 8 at the Adah Rose Gallery, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. An opening vernissage with the artists is scheduled from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, featuring live music by White Chihuahua. Working in varying mediums from oil to acrylic, colored pencil to graphite, the artists of Studio 155 pay tribute to the inspiration and impact plants have had throughout history and in our day-today lives. Normal gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, visit adahrosegallery.com

Denikos in Damascus Tony Denikos and his band Working Poor will perform a blend of Americana and covers in concert at 8 p.m. Friday at The Music Cafe, 26528-B Ridge Road, Da-

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Tony Denikos and the Working Poor will perform in concert Friday at The Music Cafe in Damascus.

Awarding Imagination Imagination Stage in Bethesda was awarded Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences for its 2013 production of “Anime Momotaro” at the 30th Anniversary of the Helen Hayes Awards on Monday, April 21. More than 80 professional theaters and a total of 198 eligible productions produced during the 2013 calendar year were considered for nominations. Adapted from a traditional Japanese folktale, the East Coast premiere of “Anime Momotaro” incorporated anime influences and a strong moral core surrounding innerstrength and standing up for one’s self. The production was directed by Eric Johnson and choreographed by Alvin Chan, who adapted the tale alongside the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Imagination Stage also was nominated for Outstanding Costume Design (Kendra Rai, “The Magic Finger” and Katie Touart, “Peter Pan and Wendy”) and Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical (James Konicek, “Peter Pan and Wendy”). The company’s productions of “The Magic Finger” and “Peter Pan and Wendy” also were nominated for Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences. Imagination Stage’s current production, Psalmayene 24’s hip hop fairytale “Cinderella: The Remix” continues to May 25. For more information, visit imaginationstage.org.

mascus. Singer-songwriter Denikos’ 2012 release, “Under the Church,” reached number 21 on the Freeform Americana Roots (FAR) Chart, and features the track “Tip of My Tongue,” which won the grand prize in the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, visit the-music-cafe.com.

‘Jupiter’ ascending The Bach Sinfonia will present “Mozart’s Journey from Prague to Jupiter” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia

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Paul Hopkins will join The Bach Sinfonia on natural horn to perform Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412 (+514) on Saturday at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center.

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Ave., Silver Spring. A pre-concert discussion is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. Mozart’s most popular symphonies, rarely heard on period instruments in the Washington, D.C., area, will be showcased. The program will include his final symphonic work, Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, “Jupiter,” as well as Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504, “Prague.” Paul Hopkins will join the Sinfonia on natural horn, performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412 (+514). One of four horn concertos composed by Mozart, the piece will be performed without hand stopping, allowing for a true period instrument performance of this work. Tickets are $30, $27 for seniors, $15 for university students to age 15 and free for age 14 and younger. For more information, visit bachsinfonia.org.


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Enjoy a trip to the country in the search for craft beers Farm breweries, a relatively new type of brewery, have opened in Maryland and Virginia in the last few years with others on the way. These include Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm and Frey’s Brewery, both in Mount Airy, Ruhlman’s Brewing in Hampstead, and Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland, Va. Dirt Farm Brewery in Bluemont, Va., and Linganore Brewery in Mount Airy are expected to open in the fall. Most farm breweries in this nascent brewing niche are quite small, perhaps a step above nanobreweries. Often these breweries are starting with two-three barrel facilities and responding to both popular interest in exploring terroir, desires to buy locally, and new state laws. Several states have passed legislation in the last few years promoting farming and farm breweries often similar to their farm winery laws, each with different restrictions and definitions. In Maryland, based on a 2012 law, a brewery on a farm which uses products grown on the farm is allowed to sell the beer brewed there. Often the brewing is integral to the profit and operation of the farm. For instance, at Milkhouse the grains used for brewing also are fed to the animals and the sheep keep the weeds under control in the hopyard. Owner Tom Barse says “our cows, horses, sheep, and chickens get excited

BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER when they see us coming with a bucket of spent grain.” These laws are intended to promote state agricultural growth, preserve farms and farmland, and promote agritourism. In some cases, including Milkhouse Brewery and Frey’s, they are in the middle of areas populated by a number of small wineries promoted by similar laws, encouraging trips to the countryside combining brewery and winery touring. Adam Frey has a small two barrel system in a former milkshed on his 126 acre farm. He grows wheat, corn, beef, chickens and hops, distributes beers only locally, and is making about 150 barrels a year. Barse at his Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm has Leicester sheep, honey bees, hops, hay and wheat. Lickinghole Creek grew strawberries and pumpkins last year for use in their beers and plans this year to grow a wide variety of herbs as well as barley which will be malted by the Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, Va. Before visiting, check operating hours in advance for any particular weekend but most of these farm breweries are open for

tastings Friday through Sunday afternoons. The lone exception is Frey’s Brewing which bottles and distributes its beers around Frederick and Mount Airy, but does not have a tasting room. Goldie’s Best Bitter Ale (3.9 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) is brewed by the Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm in Mount Airy. This best bitter has a light hop and sweet malt nose leading into a slightly sweet malt front with a hint of bitter hops. The middle shows a minimal increase in bitterness. In the finish the bitter grows a bit more with a touch of apricot in evidence. The aftertaste has the mild hops continuing but well balanced by the malt presence with a tempered dryness. Ratings: 8.5/8.

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(4.5 percent ABV) also is made at the Milkhouse Brewery. Coppermine Creek has a lovely roast and dark chocolate aroma and pours with a very fluffy head. The medium roast and subtle bitter hop front presages an appealing increased roast in the middle. The finish adds a subtle dark chocolate and a pinch more bitter hops. In the moderately dry aftertaste the roast tapers a bit, the chocolate remains, while the hops come to the front. Ratings: 8.5/8.5. Three Chopt Tripel Ale (9.3 percent ABV) is produced at the Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Tom Barse, owner and brewer at the Milkhouse Brewery in Mount Airy, owns just one of the several farm breweries that have popped up recently in the area. in Goochland, Va. The Chopt has a hop, yeast and pepper bouquet and a soft sweet front with a trace of hops. A muted lime is added in the middle along with a slight peppery character which intensifies in the finish, where it is joined by a delicate honey sweetness and underlying peach and apricot flavors. The

aftertaste continues the pepper notes and sweetness while the hops fade. Ratings: 8/8. Backwoods Brigade (4.2 percent ABV) is a Smoked American Farmhouse Ale brewed Frey’s Brewing in Mt. Airy, using malt smoked with cherrywood. It has a tinge of bitter hop, cantaloupe and strong smoke nose. A gentle

bitter hop and modest smoke front merges with a cantaloupe nuance in the middle that continues into the finish. The smoke comes to the front in the aftertaste as hops continue and the melon dwindles. Backwood Brigade is basically a smoke beer rather than a farmhouse ale. Ratings: 6/5.5.

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Growing up as an only child — a member of the “worldwide, super smart, afraid of conflict, narcissist club” — John Hodgman had plenty of time to develop interests and “hateful, pretentious eccentricities.” Because of that, Hodgman is a man who figuratively wears a lot of hats. The comedian, author, actor, humorist and former Apple pitchman is set to bring his stand up show, “I Stole Your Dad,” to the Birchmere on May 15. “Even as a child, I was interested in a lot of different things,” Hodgman said. “I loved comedy. I loved music. I loved ‘Dr. Who.’ I loved magazine and books. I didn’t care for poetry that much – I’m just going to be blunt about it. And I loved wearing a fedora and walking around with a briefcase in high school looking like a dope. None of those things have really changed. I have a lot of interests and preoccupations.” Hodgman grew up in Massachusetts and graduated Yale in 1994 with a degree in literature. He worked as a literary agent before making a name for himself as an author himself. “Once I realized no one was going to pay me to write serious short stories about people with feelings — which is what I wanted to do … I made sure to have a professional career that would allow me to cultivate my restlessness. So I was a literary

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agent because I could work with a lot of different writers … and tell them what to do so I didn’t have to do any of it myself. “A lot of this is simply that I’m ADHD. I like a lot of different things and it’s hard for me to pay attention long enough.” Afterwards, Hodgman started writing for magazines, which allowed him to explore the world of CD-ROM video games, he said. “That and deep-fried Twinkies and barbecue, and eventually profiling creators of books and movies like Alexander Payne and Ayn Randian objectivism,” Hodgman said. “And you just dip into all these different worlds, which I really loved to do. The common thread to this … was that I could be funny.” Hodgman, who has written three books of made up “facts,” first appeared on the incredibly popular Comedy Central program “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Since then, he’s appeared on the show several times as a “resident expert,” lent his voice to cartoon shows such as “The Venture Bros.,” provided “expert analysis” for the Primetime Emmy Awards – where he would make up facts about the winners – guest starred in many other TV shows such as “Battlestar Galactica,” and “Community,” and starred alongside actor Justin Long in the “You Should Buy A Mac” Apple commercial series from 2006 to 2010. Despite being labeled as the “I’m a PC” guy in the commercials, Hodgman said he was thrilled to work on the spots and would not be against going back into the studio to record more. “It was fun to go into the great, white void with Justin Long, who’s really funny and still a friend … and just play with a character who was, arguably, the role of a lifetime I didn’t even know I was looking for,” Hodgman said. “I’m always happy when people remember those ads and if any of the readers work for Apple, let them know I still have the suit and glasses. I’m ready to go.” With all that he does and continues to do, Hodgman said he’s particularly comfortable doing one thing. “I like lying down in my bed, checking my email. It gives me the feeling that I’m getting information from the world and that I’m somehow being productive, but I’m also lying down in bed.” For tickets, visit birchmere. com. wfranklin@gazette.net


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Imagination the driving force for prolific romance writer ‘Goosebumps’ let author know she’s on right track

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Pamela Palmer cannot subscribe to the advice often attributed to Mark Twain. Writing what she knows is just not within her realm. “Given the fantastic nature of most of my stories — vampires, other worlds and shape-shifting males battling demons and mage [practitioners of paranormal magic], it’s a good thing most of my ideas don’t come from my life experiences,” the 54-year-old Herndon writer acknowledged. All of Palmer’s 16 full-length novels “fall into the romance genre in one way or another.” Her body of work includes the paranormal romances of the Feral Warriors and Esri series; the “urban fantasy/paranormal romance blend” of the Vamp City books, and two Scottish historical time travels, which are “high-

action romantic adventures.” “Wulfe Untamed,” the eighth and final book in the Feral Warriors series, was released in February. Each title of the Feral novels includes the word “untamed,” and focuses on a member of “an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release…” An active imagination is Palmer’s source. “Everything I read, watch, hear and read goes into the black box in my head and starts spinning around, meshing and melding with the multitude of things already in there. Ideas pop out constantly, a few with recognizable origins, most not,” she said. Her process is to type the ideas “until I find the one that resonates, or, better yet, gives me goosebumps,” she explained. “That’s when I know I’ve hit on the right one.” Palmer said she writes and/

or plots daily, even while traveling. “I’ve gotten good at writing in airport terminals, on airplanes, and in hotel rooms,” she said. It takes her six to eight months to write each book. Prolific as Palmer is, writing was not her original aspiration; her goal, from age 10 as a consequence of watching “Star Trek,” was to become an astronaut. Nine years later, however, after recognizing that the space program was “the Space Shuttle, not the Starship Enterprise,” she chose instead to major in industrial engineering at Auburn University. “I approach a new story like an engineer — analyzing, building my plot, element by element, following each potential path through to the end,” she said. “Once I know the story and the characters, I take off the engineer’s hat, don the writer’s cap … That’s when I immerse myself in the emotion, the world, the characters, and let my imagination fly free.” The self-described avid

It’s ‘Twilight’ time in College Park Twelve actors re-envision Tony-nominated one-woman show at Clarice Smith

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Anna Deavere Smith’s onewoman play “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” will receive a new twist as a 12-person cast at the University of Maryland takes on the hefty task of exploring the racial and social tensions that prevailed after the Rodney King beating, trial and acquittal. The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at UMD in College Park is putting on the Tony-nominated play from May 2-10 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” was first performed by Smith in 1994 and consisted of a culmination of more than 300 interviews with different people in Los Angeles during the time of the trial and riots. Smith spoke with a diverse group of individuals of every race, social and economic class and political affiliation to gather a big-

ger picture about the influential moment in American history. “Each testimony is different and diverse, some are comedic some are serious,” explained actress Sisi Reid. “Each one kind of colors a different perspective of what happened in L.A. I think that’s what Anna [Deavere Smith] was trying to do; show the different perspectives.” Reid is an undergraduate at UMD and portrays a handful of characters in the show, some of whom are different races and genders than she is. Though she admitted it has been a challenge at times to see her white friends play African American characters, she said it has opened up great conversations and dialogue among her friends and cast mates. “It’s been a journey for all of us to be open in our own specific experiences around people who aren’t necessarily familiar with the experience,” Reid said. “We can all share this common experience.” Director Caroline Clay sees “Twilight: Los Angeles 1992” as a great way for students to perform to their full potential and be someone else entirely. “It’s an experience for these

young actors to live beyond themselves creatively and to put themselves in positions that may not be comfortable, but let them explore,” Clay said. While Clay is usually on stage as an actor rather than behind the scenes, she views directing this play as an opportunity to facilitate conversations about the issues that come to light through these accounts. “Racial tensions have always existed. L.A. is a microcosm of a macro problem,” she said. Still, she continued, “there are moments of whimsy and joy because it is about human condition in the midst of an extraordinary event.”

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reader and daydreamer first considered writing while working for IBM. A habit of “devouring Harlequin romances after work” inspired her imagination to “spin its own tales.” But without formal training, her initial attempts were frustrating and fruitless. “After the first chapter, I had no idea what came next,” she recalled about her first effort. “After banging my head against the desk for a few months, I decided that a real writer would know what to write, and since I didn’t, I clearly had no writing talent. I gave up.” A few years later, a second try after “one of my daydreams became too complex to keep in my head,” had similar results.

This time, “three chapters in, I hit that same wall.” Palmer found her way “within the racks of the Chantilly Library, [where] I discovered a wealth of books on plotting and character development and realized that I could learn how to turn scenes into books and how to craft entire stories.” Thus equipped, she worked hard to produce 10 manuscripts, six of them only partial. Another key was her membership in Romance Writers of America (RWA). “Lucky for me, the romance community is a behemoth in publishing and extremely well organized from the writer side,” Palmer said.

Through conferences and contests, RWA gives unpublished writers access to New York editors and agents. Palmer’s manuscripts achieved finalist status in national contests, which led to her first sale in 2006 as well as an agent. Palmer plans on continuing “to write, write, write.” She recently completed the first book in a new series, describing it as “a contemporary thriller with paranormal and romantic elements,” and is now at work on the final book in her Vamp City trilogy. “The ideas come to me constantly,” she said, “and I have hundreds of stories I’d love to tell.”

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Jamie Foxx and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man star in Columbia Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man,” also co-starring Emma Stone.

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Already spinning large webs of money, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a decent superhero franchise product, lent some personality by Andrew Garfield’s skyscraper hair and the actor’s easy, push-pull rapport with co-star Emma Stone, who plays the eternally disappointed Gwen, freshly graduated from high school, frustratingly in love with Peter Parker. The love is mootual, as Teri Garr said in “Young Frankenstein.” But Spandexed, web-slinging crime-fighting consumes our hero, who is graduating along with Gwen. Spider-Man’s primary adversary is Electro, an energy-sucking mutant, an electric eel/ human hybrid played by Jamie Foxx. Speaking of energy suckers: I like Garfield a lot in this role, but he does enjoy his ... hesitations and his ... frequent ... tic-laden ... pauses. “The Amazing SpiderMan 2” runs two hours and 21 minutes, and at least 21 of those minutes can be attributed to loose flaps of dead air preceding simple lines of dialogue meant to be whipped through with a little urgency, contributed by Garfield and by Dane DeHaan, who slithers around looking like a

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Continued from Page B-4 nut about Shakespeare.” Raskin, who is also a professor of Constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law, said Lumina Studio is a “national treasure nestled right in the heart of Silver Spring.” “My kids were in a rock ‘n’ roll ‘Romeo & Juliet’ where the Capulets and Montagues were the Rolling Stones fans and the Beatles fans,” Raskin said. “That was about 15 years ago. I’ve been hooked on Lumina ever since.” Both Raskin and Minton are huge fans of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV,” due to the Bard’s

Continued from Page B-4 While The Zombies and Blunstone’s solo albums have been hits throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, Blunstone admits with a laugh that they never had many huge hits in America. However, he explained that promoters in the northeast have recently shown a lot of interest in getting the band to their venues and that’s where they’ve made sure to stop. “You go where people show interest,” Blunstone said. Blunstone, who lives just outside of

Continued from Page B-4 beer garden within the development. Though the goal to create a versatile venue with programming that appealed to residents in their 20s and 30s was set from the beginning, it took awhile longer to decide on a name. Ultimately, the name AMP came out of the hope that the venue would “amplify” Strathmore’s current programming as well as emphasize the “cranked up” food and entertainment experience. “We want to play with pro-

bad-seed version of young Leonardo DiCaprio. He portrays Peter’s sometime pal, the super-rich Oscorp heir Harry Osborn, who’s dying and desperate for the spider venom at the heart of all the pricey research that went awry and gave Peter his unusual abilities. Folks, I confess: I’m coping with a mild case of arachno-apatha-phobia, defined as the fear of another so-so “Spider-Man” sequel. It wasn’t like this a few short years ago, when director Sam Raimi’s franchise (the one with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst) got around to the second part of that trilogy. Bolstered by a formidable adversary in Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, the 2004 “Spider-Man 2” really did the job; it had size and swagger, and the violence in the action sequences was stylized just enough to honor the material’s comic book roots. This is a problem with many superhero franchises, in or out of the Marvel stable of familiar faces. Producers encourage their

classic character Falstaff, a role that often proves problematic for young actors. “Everyone loves Falstaff,” Raskin said. “He’s the runaway star of the early Henry plays. But David wanted to do ‘Henry V.’ The truth is, it’s hard to get a young person – a high school student – to play Falstaff, because Falstaff’s principle characteristic is his extreme fatness and sloth. … David wanted to do ‘Henry V’ instead, which of course is the play about nationalism and patriotism and military triumphalism.” This adaptation finds England represented by the union and France by the France Corporation. Henry has to lead a union struggle instead of a

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bloody war. The show features actors varying in age from 11 to 16. “My major political supporters are under the age of 11,” Raskin laughed. “I think kids have a tremendous political insight and sophistication. What’s exciting about this is that it has provided such a great education for these kids into not just Shakespeare but labor history. For anyone who has a union bone in his or her body, it is extremely moving to watch these kids perform. “The energy of these young actors is magnificent.” On Friday, May 9, Lumina Studio will hold a special production of “Brother Hal” and “Sweet Joan of the Textile

London, has been making music and touring for 53 years and said that he has learned from experience how to get over being away from home so much. “We would typically come here for six or seven weeks. It was so expensive to call home so I would be totally out of contact. I think it was a lot more difficult then, it’s a lot easier now, really,” Blunstone said. He said that now that there are cell phones and email, he can constantly keep in contact with everyone back home. “I think sometimes my family likes to see me go and get some quiet,” Blunstone added with a laugh.

gramming to attract audiences who may not feel comfortable coming to a place that calls itself a concert hall,” said Pfanstiehl. “You talk about an audible, edible experience, and they’re there.” The name, logo and catering partner are new, but there have not been any major changes to the overall venue since its initial announcement last year. AMP is still planned for the top level of the building housing a twolevel iPic luxury movie theater, and the glass-enclosed area includes 2,800 square feet of indoor space, a green room and 1,100 square feet of pre-function space. AMP will be able to

creative teams to go for massively destructive and apocalyptically scaled brutality in the name of “dark” “realism,” and too often the resulting action sequences go on and on forever. (The climax of the recent “Man of Steel” still hasn’t ended, and that movie came out last summer.) Director Marc Webb, whose moderately skillful “The Amazing SpiderMan” came out two years ago, returns here and again delivers a reasonably entertaining melange,shoteverywhichaway,alittlehandheld here, a little bob-and-weave there, capturing the swoony, combative couple at the story’s center. When Garfield and Stone aren’t working through their issues, the film’s essentially an extended electrocution montage, and electrocution, that bloodlessly nasty way to injure or kill someone and still retain a PG-13 or lower rating, rates among my least favorite means of injury or death. Movies get you thinking along those lines, especially when it’s superhero time, which is all the time, i.e., too much of the time. Raimi’s second “Spider-Man” ranks high among our best summer-season sequels. This one’s just OK, which is probably more than adequate from a business perspective. For the record, the script is by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. They provide the film with three action climaxes, which is two too many, but what do I know. For the fan base it’s probably two too few.

Mills,” for union members. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFL-CIO Washington Council President Joslyn Williams will be the guests of honor that night, with both making a cameo performance. Raskin said he hopes the message is quite clear for the audience. “We’re hoping it’s an uplifting, soaring experience,” Raskin said. “The language of Shakespeare is always transporting. We’re hoping people get a jolt of political and moral energy. “This is a play that just blows right off the stage. I think it’s going to take the audiences by storm.” wfranklin@gazette.net

While missing home is a con of being on tour, Blunstone said that the pros include being able to travel and see the world. His favorite part about being on tour, though, as with many performers, is actually performing the music. Blunstone plays in his solo band with four other members and while the music is more “singer-songwriter” than The Zombies, it’s definitely still a rock ‘n’ roll show with electric instruments. “It is great fun to play with a really tight band and hopefully to a receptive audience,” he said. “There’s a close relationship between the performer and the audience.”

bring smaller, diverse musical acts that the 1,976-seat Strathmore concert hall is unable to host. The 250-seat venue can accommodate multiple configurations, ranging from cabaret-style tables and chairs for a concert to a theater set-up with a screen on one end for corporate conferences. Programming will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for 44 weeks of the year, leaving the rest of the week available to rent for events including private parties, company functions and seminars. The partners are now getting into specifics regarding soundproofing, decor and lay-

out. “You should feel just as comfortable having your wedding there as you do on a nightclub night,” he said. “This is no small challenge for a decorator.” While Pike & Rose is aiming toward a younger, trendier crowd, the area itself could be a challenge for AMP and the rest of the development. Many local younger residents choose to go to Washington, D.C., for a night of fun rather than restaurants and bars closer to home. While the county’s Nighttime Economy Task Force is working on solving issues with retaining the millennial population, many feel the county’s curfew and re-

Hollywood Ballroom, May 8, 15, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); May 9, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam productions at 9 p.m. ($15); May 10, 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); May 11, free Cha Cha lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); May 14, “step of the evening” Waltz mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www.hollywoodballroomdc.com. 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, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, May 9, Wendy Graham with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; May 16, Joseph Pimentel calls to Goldcrest; May 23, George Marshall and Tim van Egmond with Swallowtail; May 30, Susan Taylor with Raise The Roof, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, May 11, Perry Shafran with The Ivory Boys, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. fsgw.org. English Country, May 7, Caller: Joseph Pimentel; May 14, Caller: Melissa Running, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www. fsgw.org. Swing, July 12, Boilermaker Jazz Band, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $15, www. flyingfeet.org. Waltz, May 25, Swallowtail, lesson from 2:45-3:30 p.m., dancing to live music from 3:30-6 p.m., $10, www.waltztimedances.org.

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Ben Redwine & The Dirty

Rice Band, 7:30 p.m. May 7; Mother’s Day Brunch with The Janine Gilbert-Carter Quartet, 10 a.m. May 11; Mother’s Day with God’s House Singers featuring Juanita Hellium and Gospel of Faith, 6 p.m. May 11; Author Series: Ralph Nader, “Unstoppable,” 7 p.m. May 12; Side by Side, 7:30 p.m. May 14; Next Best Thing Presents: Simon & Garfunkel, 8 p.m. May 15, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, The Hit Men (featuring former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons), 4 p.m. May 11, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Live Nation Presents Blackberry Smoke The Fire In The Hole Tour 2014, 8 p.m. May 9; The Aquabats, 7 p.m. May 10; Paul Potts, 8 p.m. May 11; Ghost with King Dude, 8 p.m. May 14; 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. www.fillmoresilverspring. com. Strathmore, Mothers Appreciation Specialty Tea, 1 p.m. May 7; Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra, 7 p.m. May 9; Mothers Appreciation Specialty Tea, 1 p.m. May 10; Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, 7 p.m. May 10; Mother’s Day Brunch, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 11; call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100, www.strathmore.org.

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The

turetheatre-mtc.org. Arts Barn, “Woody Allen, Woody Allen,” to May 18; Comedy and Magic Society, 8 p.m. May 23, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Imagination Stage, “Cinderella: The Remix:” to May 25, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. imaginationstage.org. Kensington Arts Theatre, “Les Mis,” 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, to May 24, Kensington Town Hall/Armory, 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, contact theater for prices, times, katonline.org. Lumina Studio Theatre, “Brother Hal,” 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. 10-11, special performance for union members at 7 p.m. May 9; “Sweet Joan of the Textile Mills,” 5 p.m. 10-11, Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. luminastudio.org., brownpapertickets.com. Montgomery College, Colin Blunstone and his All-Star Band with Edward Rogers, 8 p.m. May 10, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, contact theater for ticket prices, montgomerycollege.edu/PAC. Olney Theatre Center, August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson,” May 8 to June 1, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “Pinocchio,” to June 8; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www.thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Ordinary Days,” May 28 to June 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” May 22 to June 14, 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.roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, “The Arabian Knights,” May 16 to June 7, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www.ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Poetry and Prose Open Mic, 2 p.m. May 11, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.writer.org.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “An Allegory of Algorithms and Aesthetics,” Jessica Drenk, to May 12, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www.adahrosegallery.com Gallery B, “72 Grams Per Pixel,” to May 24, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. May 9, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www. bethesda.org. Glenview Mansion, Rockville Art League, to May 23, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www.rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, March Avery, “Works on Paper,” to May 14, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301718-0622. VisArts, Xiaosheng Bi, Liz Lescault and Alison Sigethy: “Fathom Full Five: Going Deeper,” to June 1, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. May 9, Gibbs Street Gallery; TARNISH: Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), May 2 to June 1, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. May 9, Kaplan Gallery; Painting With Thread: Embroidery Arts Exhibition from China, May 9-11, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. May 9, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-3158200, www.visartsatrockville.org. Washington Printmakers Gallery, “Jambo, Tanzania,” Marian

Jungle Book,” to May 25, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adven-

Osher, to May 25, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www. washingtonprintmakers.com.

stricted hours harm chances to gain their business. “There’s more competition for the nightlife dollar metrowide, not just in the county,” he said. “I have four children, ranging from 30 to 19, and they have always left the county for their entertainment. I sure would like to keep them home a little bit, and I’m not the only one with that experience.” By partnering with Babin and Goldman on this modern music venue, Pfanstiehl and the rest of the Strathmore crew have a chance to welcome not just the 20-year-olds and people in their 30s and 40s with dual incomes and no children but also their

traditional older Strathmore concert hall audience. The ability to plan programming for — and tailor spaces to — residents of all ages at AMP could lead to an eventual symbiotic relationship with Strathmore’s existing mission and events. “With AMP, we think we are going to be on the cusp of the new nightlife agenda for the county,” said Pfanstiehl. “This is a natural evolution for Strathmore. If we started a year later, I don’t think we would have had this opportunity — now we’re opening a year from now, and we can’t waste a minute.” kgroff@gazette.net


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CSAAC is a private, non-profit agency, dedicated to serving children and adults living with autism by helping them succeed in day-to-day activities and become engaged members of the community. We offer a variety of career opportunities in education, early intervention, in-home supports and job training and we are seeking qualified and dedicated service professionals looking to make a difference. Please join us on May 7th to find out more information. Please visit our careers page at http://www.csaac.org/careers.htm to find out about our array of Current Job Openings and complete an application online. *In the event of inclement weather, please call 240-912-2220. If the office is closed, we will postpone the event to a future date.

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Floorman

Effective immediately, M.T. Laney Co., Inc. a site/paving contractor will be accepting applications for the following positions:

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3 Floorman needed, DC area, Part Time, Floor Experience requried. Transportation and English a must.

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CSAAC (Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children) is proud to announce that we will be hosting an on-site Job Fair on Wednesday, May 7th from 4pm - 6pm at our East Village Headquarters located at 8615 East Village Ave., Montgomery Village, MD 20886.

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Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524

Ourisman ROCKVILLE Volkswagen and Mazda needs technicians. We don’t care where you work or how much you are currently making,

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WE WANT TO MAKE YOU AN OFFER! We are offering signing bonuses for qualified hires. You can transfer over your vacation time and any earned benefits from your current employer. Multiple FULL TIME positions available – Complete Benefit Package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance, 401K, Sick and Vacation leave, Special Bonuses and Incentives. Ourisman is a premier automotive company in business for over 93 years with the best pay plans in the industry.

Make Ourisman your new home. Call: BILL DEVINE at 301-424-7800 extension 2494 or Email: Bill.Devine@ourismanautomotive.com

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Deputy Assistant Secretary The Office of Environmental Management (EM), U.S. DOE, in D.C., is seeking a motivated and highlyqualified candidate for this exciting FT position for Human Capital and Corporate Services. The mission of this office is to (1) develop and implement the EM enterprise human capital program and IT & cyber security programs, (2) manage human resources liaison services, and (3) ensure infrastructure support in the areas of procurement; records management; executive services; federal purchase cards; foreign travel; permanent change of station; training administration; space and logistics; and executive correspondence. To apply please visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/

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Careers 301-670-2500 Real Estate

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Medical Assistant

Work with the BEST!

CMA needed with cardiology experience for our Rockville/Germantown area. Must have strong skills. Fax or Email resume to 240-449-1193 or resumestowork1@gmail.com

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.

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Department of Transportation, Division of Transit Services The employee will be responsible for managing the operations of a comprehensive, countywide public transit bus system and overall delivery of bus service provided by Ride On as well as the safety, efficiency and responsiveness of the system to the public. Duties include supervising the activities of all Ride On depots, Central Communications, and Safety and Training; planning, managing and directing the development of policies and procedures; enforcement of standard operating procedures and safety regulations; ensuring sufficient operating personnel and equipment to fulfill bus service requirements for operations; identifying, formulating and recommending budgetary requirements, including personnel, materials, and capital equipment to ensure sufficient resources; directing the development of strategic contingency plans, coordinating emergency procedures and ensuring that personnel are properly trained and appropriate equipment is made available to respond to matters having a potentially adverse impact on bus operations and safety.

Part-Time

Work From Home

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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Experience: Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in public transit environment, three years of which were in a supervisory or executive capacity. Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree. Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted. To view entire job announcement and apply online visit: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ohr/staffing/careers.html EOE M/F/H

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Sales

INSIDE SALES We’re looking for a Specialist who has a documented history of driving new business. Post Newsweek Media provides local news and information to communities in Maryland and Virginia. We are looking for a skilled sales professional to assist small businesses in marketing their products and services. This is a inside/outside sales understanding of print, online, recruitment, retail and service experience needed, enthusiasm, to succeed.

position. You would develop an mobile advertising with a focus on business segments. Previous sales great work ethic and a strong desire

We offer a competitive compensation & comprehensive benefits package including pension, 401(k) & tuition reimbursement. To become part of this high-quality, high-growth organization, send resume and salary requirement to mbass@gazette.net. EOE

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MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST

We are looking for a medical receptionist who has more than 2 years experience in a large medical practice. The ideal candidate must have knowledge of Electronic Medical Record and must have excellent communication as well as customer service skill. Please send your resume to jobs@montgomerymedical.com

Restaurant Help Breakfast Linecook Sat & Sun Only Wait Staff Part Time Call 301-529-2568

The Department of Commerce

U.S. Census Bureau is hiring locally for temporary positions in selected areas of Washington, D.C., and selected areas of Montgomery Co., MD for the 2014 Census Test. Positions range from $14.00$21.50 per hour. Please call 1-888-480-1639 for more information and to be scheduled for testing. The Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.

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NEW HOMES PART-TIME SALES ASSISTANT

We’ve Got the Ideal Job!!! Miller and Smith is seeking energetic candidates with excellent people and communication skills to serve as a part-time Sales Assistant at our location in MONT Co./Clarksburg for 4 days a week. Thurs. -Sun. weekends are required/ NO benefits. $16.00/hr. Interested candidates should send their resumes to hr@millerandsmith.com or fax to (703) 394-6605. EEO M/V/F/D

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Automotive Call 301-670-7100 or email class@gazette.net

P Pre re

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8,990

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19,995

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2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $15,990 $15,990 #F0005, 32K Miles, 1 Owner

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