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Kenny Miller has always like carousels — the mechanics of them. But he’ll skip the ride. The spinning makes him sick. So when his company K.W. Miller Inc. of Damascus got the chance to move a 36foot classic carousel from Selbyville, Del., to its new home in Rio Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg he leaped at the chance. “When we first got a look at it, we were overwhelmed, but once we started it was like putting together a Lego set,” Miller said of the job. The Peterson Cos., who purchased the carousel, hired Miller’s company to the shopping center Peterson owns in Gaithersburg. The two companies have worked together before. Peterson hired Miller Inc.

Members of the Damascus American Legion, Post 171, spent Saturday morning placing flags on the graves of veterans buried in local cemeteries. Above, Robert Mullinix posts flags at grave sites. At right, post member Sandy Seipp helps Kevin Mook, 2nd vice commander, gather flags to post. PHOTOS BY BRIAN LEWIS/FOR THE GAZETTE

to move the Awakening statue from Hains Point in D.C. to its new location at National Harbor in February 2008. K.W. Miller is an excavating company that has expanded into what Miller says is more like “a jack of all trades.” “We enjoy a challenge,” Miller said. The team of 10 dismantled the carousel and loaded the pieces onto a 53-foot box trailer, an 18-foot box truck, a 12-foot truck and two trailers. Sue Miller, vice president of the company and Kenny Miller’s wife, said the planning took two months, disassembling took a couple days. Putting the carousel back together once it was on site in Gaithersburg took three days, but site work took more than a month. The work was bittersweet as company patriarch Kenny Miller Sr., who founded the company in 1970, died in March. “It was hard doing it without him here. He was so ex-

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Legion marks the graves of 580 veterans BY

VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER

For years, members of American Legion Post 171 in Damascus used hand-drawn plot maps of local cemeteries to find the graves of veterans and mark them with flags on Memorial Day. But as time went on, members suggested it was time to modernize the method. “People kept telling me it should be on computer,” said John Seipp, 89, who enlisted the help of his daughter Sandy Seipp, who lives with him in Damascus. Sandy Seipp made use of SmartDraw

software to make diagrams of the veterans’ graves in each cemetery that can be easily updated on her computer. The post used her maps on Saturday when nearly 30 volunteers placed 580 American flags on graves in 20 cemeteries in Damascus, Clarksburg, Purdum, and Hyattstown. The largest group of veterans’ graves – 92 of them – are in the Damascus United Methodist church cemetery and chapel in Damascus. Post members also held a Memorial Day service at the post on Sunday and picked up the flags on Tuesday for use again next year.

Born in Carroll County, John Seipp served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II. “We took the Philippines back,” he said. After post member Gerald Duvall died in 2004, he assumed the coordination of the annual flag project with his daughter’s help. Seipp reads the obituaries in the local paper every day to check for veterans that have died in the area, and other members also keep an eye out for similar news in other papers. Volunteers then find where in each cem-

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From left, Michael Ray of Damascus, Gene Covell of Westminister and Kenneth Miller of Damascus, owner of K.W. Miller, Inc., put the finishing touches on the installation of a carousel they disassembled in Delaware and reasembled at the Rio Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg on Friday.

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Five new hires included in the county’s newly approved 2015 budget will bolster security at Montgomery County’s two jails in Boyds and Rockville, address the growing issue of mental health among offenders, and improve accounting, record keeping and processing.

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The county Department of Correction and Rehabilitation’s budget increased by 6.8 percent, in the 2015 budget, mostly to cover standard pay and benefit increases, according to Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Director Arthur Wallenstein. About $340,000 will go to the new hires. Two officers will be hired for perimeter security at the Boyds jail at 22880 Whelan Lane, Wallenstein said. “We lost our evening and night perimeter

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That charge, a felony, is a common law offense. A sentence for such an offense is up to a judge’s discretion. The Magases previously faced similar charges connected to a January drinking party and multiple fights at their home in Damascus. Some of the original charges have been dropped.

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Clarksburg basketball team going to national tourney A team of basketball players based in Clarksburg is headed to Kentucky in July after recently winning their district championship for their age division. “We’ve had so much success is such a short amount of time,” said Justine Howard, who co-founded the Clarksburg Allstars with her husband and head coach Darrell Howard in 2011. Made up of juniors and sophomores from high schools in Clarksburg, Germantown and Gaithersburg, the club team is headed to Louisville, Ky., to compete for the national championship in their 17-years-and-under division. The players defeated five other teams to win the Potomac Valley Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) district championship for their division on May 11 at Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine in Prince George’s County. The AAU Potomac Valley district covers Northern Virginia, the District, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. “We had to go through this competition to qualify [for the nationals],” Howard said. Residents of Clarksburg, Howard said she and her husband were driving their son, Dayvon Howard, a varsity player on the Clarksburg High team, to AAU games all over the region, so they decided to start a local team. “There were no outlets for a lot of the kids to play,” said Howard who with her husband currently fields four teams for players starting in fifth and ending with eleventh grade. “The program is definitely growing,” she said. “We’ve made a footprint in the Clarksburg area.” Howard said students play in the spring after the school basketball season. “It gives them a chance to build a rapport with each other outside

the normal season,” she said about the eleventh grade team, which competed last year in the national AAU competition in Orlando. “Our whole vision was to give kids an opportunity to get to another level,” she said. The games are not only a good training ground for school teams but also a chance to play teams outside the school system. Playing in the faster-paced AAU games is also a plus when students apply to colleges. Howard said coaches from colleges in the region, including Penn State University, come to watch the AAU competitions. “If they want to play in college, they definitely get the experience,” Howard said. “This takes talent to another level.” For more information, visit leaguelineup.com/clarksburgallstars. JUSTINE HOWARD

Swim safety Learn how to stay safe while swimming this summer at Water Safety Day from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Gaithersburg Water Park, 512 S. Frederick Ave. The free event will include information on a variety of topics, including swim level testing, the importance of personal flotation devices, how to safely reach and assist someone struggling in the water and the importance of using sunscreen to prevent serious skin damage. Water Safety Day is cosponsored by the city of Rockville, the city of Gaithersburg and Montgomery County. Visitors to Water Safety Day who stop by the various information booths are welcome to stay and enjoy a free swim at the water park. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Food will be available for purchase. For more information about the event, call the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center at 240-314-8750 or the Gaithersburg Aquatics Division at 301-258-6445.

EVENTS College Safety Tips Presentation, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville. Free. 240-314-8620. Montgomery County Transportation Forum, 7-9 p.m., Silver Spring

Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. www.smartergrowth.net.

Vince Lewis and Barbara Martin Concert, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Friendship

Heights Community Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

FRIDAY, MAY 30 Kindergarten Orientation Registration, 8:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m., Germantown

Elementary School, 19110 Liberty Mill Road, Germantown. 301-353-8050 to set up an appointment.

The Latvian Organizations of Washington, D.C., Presents Youth Choir Balsis in Concert, 8 p.m., Latvian Cen-

The Clarksburg Allstars won their 17-and-under-division, which gives them the chance to compete in the AAU nationals in Orlando in July. Members of the Potomac Valley AAU district, most team members also play on high school basketball teams in Clarksburg, Germantown and Gaithersburg. Front row: Dayvon Howard, Clarksburg High School; middle row: Daryl Lewis, Quince Orchard High School; Geron Brathwaite, Gaithersburg High School; Christion Ireland, Gaitherburg High School; Dejaun Smith, Seneca Valley High School; Tyrell Richardson, Northwest High School; back row: Nelson Jones, Clarksburg High School.

Register now for library summer reading program Registration for county county libraries’ summer reading programs begins Sunday. Children are invited to participate in this year’s program. The theme for children through grade 6 is “Fizz, Boom, Read” and the theme for teens is “Spark a Reaction.” Participants can sign up for the programs and keep track of the books read using a designated computer in the library, or a home computer. To register, visit montgomerycountymd.gov/library, beginning Sunday. Recommended reading lists also will be available on the website.

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SATURDAY, MAY 31 Flower Valley Community Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Off Norbeck Road

between Muncaster Mill Road and Emory Lane, Rockville. Free admission. FVyardsale2104@gmail.com. Huge Community Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Rose Hill Falls, at Rt. 28 and Great Falls Road next to Julius West Middle School, Rockville. aileenjaye@verizon.net. Community Day and Spring Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Da-

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MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET of Hope: An Olympic Relay, noon5:30 a.m. June 1, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville. Visit www.RelayForLife.org/RockvilleMD. Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre Presents “The Little Mermaid,”

1:30 p.m., Poolesville High School, 17501 W. Willard Road, Poolesville. $14 for general admission, $11 for youth and seniors. 301-466-1906. Make It and Take It: Kites, 1:303:30 p.m., Black Hill Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. $2. 301-528-3492.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Glenview Mansion Art Opening

“Summer is a time of fun and relaxation. Reading is both, with the added bonus of keeping reading skills sharp,” said Parker Hamilton, the county’s library director, in a news release. Magicians, musicians and storytellers are among the entertainers who will perform for children at all library branches this summer. Science, technology, engineering and math events will be featured, complementing the program’s theme. Program schedules are on the library website. For more information call 240-777-0020 or visit montgomerycountymd.libguides.com/summerreading. and Free Concert, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Free. 240314-8660.

Wootton’s Urgy Eado (right) wins the boys 800 meter 4A state finals on Saturday. Go to clicked.Gazette.net. SPORTS Check online this week for coverage of the start of summer leagues.

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a.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444. Eat Right, Live Well, 1 p.m., Ingleside at King Farm, 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville. 240-499-9019.

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Members of Montgomery College’s 2014 graduating class donned caps and gowns and shared stories of struggle and success Friday for the commencement ceremony at its Rockville campus. Hundreds of family members, friends and others joined graduates from the college’s Rockville, Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses and its Workforce Development & Continuing Education programs. Of the 3,000 students who received degrees or certificates this year, about 800 students participated in the ceremony. Montgomery College President DeRionne P. Pollard said in her address that the students are part of the college’s largest class.

“Wherever your inner compass takes you, it will always lead you back in some way to your home here at Montgomery College,” she told the graduates. Pollard asked students to stand and say “I am MC” — for Montgomery College — if certain statements applied to them. A large number of graduates responded when she asked for students who graduated from a county high school, worked while attending the college and who planned to transfer to another school. Former Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin, the commencement speaker, shared her life story with the students, telling them she had to overcome a variety of challenges. She described how she didn’t graduate from college the first two times she sought a degree and how she rose from a position as a grocery store clerk to become a union organizer. She went on to get a master’s degree

in public administration from the University of Baltimore, according to her campaign website. Ervin — currently the executive director of the nonprofit Center for Working Families — also shared advice she received from her dad to “be nice” and consider laughter “a powerful tool.” “Be your true and authentic self. Open yourself to the universe and all the marvelous things that are waiting for you,” she said. “You are a bright light. Shine it.” Other speakers included three students who received Board of Trustees Scholar Awards and one student who received an Apprenticeship Trustee Scholar Award. Samuel Damesa, who earned an international studies degree, was one recipient of a Board of Trustees Scholar Award. Damesa, who immigrated to the U.S. in 2010 and now lives in Silver Spring, said he learned

the values of a strong work ethic, discipline, responsibility and “a fighting spirit” in his home country of Ethiopia. “America is truly the land of opportunity for people with a fighting spirit, people with determination and people who are willing to work hard — people like you, graduates,” he said. Lacey Hornkohl, another scholar award recipient, described how her life and career goals were changed by a group of nurses who worked with her dad while he battled cancer. “It was watching [a nurse practitioner] and that team of nurses at the cancer center that inspired me to quit acting and go to nursing school,” she said. A graduate of the college’s nursing program, she said Montgomery College helped make her dream a reality. Lisa Baughman told her fellow graduates she decided to attend Montgomery College after a difficult period in her life and 25 years out of a classroom to be-

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John Bourdeaux of Damascus decorated his mortar board with a small wooden surfer at the Montgomery College graduation ceremony on Friday. come a paralegal studies major. “Whether you’re a late bloomer like me, or you’re just starting out, arm yourself for

whatever opportunities you can make for yourself in life,” she said. lpowers@gazette.net

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They competed again this year in early April at the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, and although they didn’t win, they learned a good lesson about rallying after a setback. At the last minute, a judge ruled that the bumpers on their cage-like robot didn’t meet specifications, even though the bumpers had been cleared before, and the team had to quickly regroup. “It was a lesson in perseverance — you don’t give up,” Vogl said. “You have to put emotion aside and get the job done.” Named after the school’s Jaguar mascot, the team was founded with the help of a $5,000 grant from the Montgomery College engineering program. Several other high schools in the county also have robotics clubs, including Clarksburg, Poolesville, Montgomery Blair and Kennedy. Northwest’s team offers students hands-on experience in designing, build-

VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER

Designing and building machines to do battle with each other in teams of three is challenging, not to mention chaotic once the games begin. “It was like a mix of basketball and soccer played with robots,” said Greg Vogl, a mentor with Northwest High’s fledgling robotics team, the Jagbotics. “ ... and with a little football thrown in,”addedNorthwestengineeringteacher Mike Ames. Founded in 2012, the Jagbotics competed in the FIRST [For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology] games in April 2013 in Baltimore and won the Rookie Inspiration Award.

ing and programming machines. “It’s a [real-world] application — it’s not a workshop or a lesson or a textbook,” Ames said. “It fills in what you only learn by doing something physical.” Ames volunteers his time and runs the club with the help of two other volunteer mentors — Vogl, who has been working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] in Gaithersburg for seven years, and Paul Schrantz, cofounder of Surge Performance Training in Germantown, whose son Sam Schrantz is on the team. Going into their third year this fall, the Jagbotics use classroom space at Northwest High, but the school systems provides no financial help to the team, which relies on private funding to buy building supplies and cover travel expenses to the FIRST competition, Ames said. “We need at least $6,500 a year to run it,” Ames said.

Sponsors so far have included technology consultants Booz Allen Hamilton, Dakota Consulting Inc. in Silver Spring and Halpro, Inc., a Rockville machine shop. Ames and Vogle said they welcome help from more mentors and also more sponsors to help the developing team, which this year included about a dozen members, not including mentors. Halpro’s owner Bob King, Jr., said he was glad to help out this year by making metal plates that the team had designed to hold some of the operating equipment in the robot. King, who used to coach his son’s baseball team, said not everyone is into sports, and a robotics team is just as good a way to teach the value of cooperation. TeamsthatcompeteintheFIRSTprogram spend six weeks starting in January brainstorming ideas for their robot. Last year the challenge was to program robots

to maneuver discs into receptacles at end of the court, and this year, the challenge was to maneuver two-foot diameter balls into the receptacles, with extra points for teams that also passed the ball among themselves. Part of the initial design job was to foresee a range of possibilities on the court. “It models the real world,” Ames said. “You have to solve for variables.” Nikhil Thakur, a junior on the team from Germantown, said it was practical experience he could get nowhere else. “I learned all about electrical wiring, tapping threads, drilling, Computer Aided Design [CAD], using different tools such as the heat gun or the soldering iron,” he wrote in an email. For more information, visit northwestrobotics.org and usfirst.org. vterhune@gazette.net

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A trail of prom-goers jumped off their music-blaring party bus, swapped their heels, dress shoes, lengthy prom dresses, and rented tuxedo’s for a pair of loaned bowling shoes, Nike shorts, and senior class T-shirt’s to start the night off comfortably at Wootton High School’s Project post prom event, held recently at Bowl America in Gaithersburg. Bowling wasn’t the only thing to participate in that night, Black Jack and Texas Hold ‘em tables were a main source of entertainment, along with a money grab machine and an assortment of pizza’s and cookies to snack on. “I went home with an extra $17 and some free Slurpee coupons so that was a plus in my book,” senior Amanda Hamouda said about the May 17 event. In part to help decrease drunk driving behavior and the number of students out on the roads on prom nights, Montgomery County Project Prom/ Graduation organizers Meg Baker and Karen Bashir have worked for nearly two decades to get their mission, Project Prom on the map with high school PTAs, and students. The idea behind Project Prom was to create an event where teens could go with friends after prom, to keep them off the roads and engage in activities such as bowling, faux gambling, moon bounces, and more. Bashir, Baker, and ad-

ditional Project Prom board members work as an group to provide the basic information needed for parent coordinators and volunteers to successfully plan a post prom event for their specific school. “The meetings we hold offer lots of information as to where to look for vendors if certain schools need them, or help with fun activities to plan,” copresident of Project Prom Karen Bashir said. “Some first year coordinators don’t know where to look for everything so we try to pack our meetings with information for all,” she said. A staple in the community for nearly 22 years, the program was inspired by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), a partnership that aims to lower underage drinking in the Washington-Metropolitan area through educational programs. The coalition has grown from just four schools to a membership of 30 schools, six private and 24 public which work through the program by planning after prom celebratory events within their school PTA. An estimated 250,000 students have attended Post Prom sponsored events. “You can never pin point how much you are making a difference in others lives, but I feel as if we are impacting many students and they are leaning toward making better decisions on nights like these especially,” Bashir said. “We just want to give kids an alcohol-free, drugfree place they can turn to and still have a really enjoyable time.” The accomplishments of the post prom group is not only credited to the leading organizers, the Montgomery County

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Thomas S. Wootton High School student Max Greenblatt, 18, prepares for his turn to bowl during team games formed by he and his friends Saturday night at the post prom event May 17 at Bowl Mor Lanes in Gaithersburg. Police Department; vendors, such as The Green Turtle, WingStop, and Domino’s Pizza also donate their services to the program and certain schools regularly. Barwood Taxi Company participates in the Safe Ride Home program, which offers complimentary rides to teens on prom. Coordinators or volunteer parents are the only authorized callers to request a cab for a student, and relate the pick up and drop off addresses. Some schools even request for Montgomery County Police officers to speak with students

before the start of prom season, to discuss the dangers and consequences of bad decisions on one night. Although Project Prom as a group receives a Highway Safety Grant, which serves as an reimbursement toward the schools food budget for the event, schools are required to separately raise further funds to cover the remainder of costs. Which can be up to $2,000 or more. A few schools’ events are supplemented by the Under 21 Activity Fund Grant hosted by

the Collaboration Council at the Department of Health and Human Services, a grant awarded to individual schools that apply and are accepted. If accepted the applicant school can be awarded up to $1,000. The grant helps compensate the schools for the funds spent on activities held at the event. “Surprisingly, the schools who have a lower budget to work with, end up having the most students in attendance,” Bashir said. “It just goes to show that our parents and volunteers really try their best to make it work.” Ticket sales raise a good deal of money for the schools that do charge for entry, some pre-sale prices are $10, and $20 at the door. However, coordinators often start arrangements in September to assist with fundraising for the event, methods like faculty basketball games where all proceeds made benefit post prom are ways to raise funds, as well as bake sales, bingo night, and silent auctions. Funds usually go toward decorations, entertainment activities, DJ costs, and prizes distributed throughout the night of the event such as Beats headphones and Keurig coffee makers. “Fundraising has definitely gotten harder but the tactics we used worked. For example, events like restaurant night and car washes helped us raise extra money needed,” said Lisa Hedgepath, head parent coordinator at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring. Hedgepath, a post prom coordinator for three years said she is happy to help because, “Project Prom allows for a way for parents to be involved and assured their kids are in a safe

County police seek suspect in judge abduction BY DAN MORSE THE WASHINGTON POST

Montgomery County police are searching for a 24-year-old convicted felon who allegedly abducted a county judge with whom he was romantically involved by forcing her into her BMW, yanking on her hair and screaming at her to drive him to Gaithersburg, according to court and police records. The judge escaped by jumping out of the car, fending off the suspect and running into a grocery store to call 911, according to police. The suspect got back into the car, took off and drove one mile before crossing into oncoming traffic and crashing into another car, injuring two occupants and himself. He was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. On Tuesday, the day after the incident, Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton, 53, sought a protective order against the alleged assailant, Rickley Joshua Senning, whom she said had lived in her home for three weeks in May and three months last

year. Senning has convictions for assault, burglary, auto theft and a firearms violation. In 2008, he was sentenced to five years for punching a handcuffed inmate at the Montgomery County jail and assaulting two corrections officers, according to court records. That same year, Creighton had represented Senning in a separate case when she was a county public defender. Creighton has been a Circuit Court judge for a month, ascending to the position from the county’s District Court bench in April. She was not on the bench Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, having already scheduled personal leave, court officials said. She has since been granted two additional weeks of leave, said Judge John W. Debelius III, the chief administrative judge in Montgomery. He declined to comment on the events of this week. Creighton, who was scraped on her right hand during the incident, did not return telephone calls seeking comment. Since Monday night,

she has spoken with patrol officers, detectives and court officials — at one point saying her relationship with Senning was platonic and at another stating they were intimate partners, according to the police and court records. For police, the case began about 9:40 p.m. Monday, when they were called for a reported assault outside the Harris Teeter grocery store along Darnestown Road, west of Gaithersburg. There, they met Creighton. According to an incident report written by patrol officer John Gloss, she told them the following: Senning had been temporarily staying in the basement of her home in the Dickerson area. About 9:20 p.m., she came home to find him in the driveway, yelling at her. “Take me to Gaithersburg!’ he said, continuing to pressure her to do so. Creighton said “it was obvious to her that Senning was very intoxicated,” Gloss wrote. Creighton began driving him to Gaithersburg. Senning yelled at her to go “Faster! Faster Faster!” and at one point reached down to try to

push the accelerator with his hand. He began to grab and pull her hair. When Creighton reached the Harris Teeter, she bailed out. Senning followed her and tried to drag her back into the car, but Creighton broke free. At some point that night, according to police, Senning left Suburban Hospital, but it is unclear how. Officers may have been under the impression that his condition left him unable to walk, so they left him unattended. On Tuesday, Creighton applied for a Temporary Protective Order, stating that she and Stenning were intimate partners. In her application, she wrote that Senning had also lived in her home in June, July and August of 2013.A judge granted the order and set a court hearing for May 27, according to court records. Police asked anyone with information about Senning’s whereabouts to call 911. Crime Solvers of Montgomery County — 866-411TIPS — is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

environment.” Project Prom ensures safety by providing two police officers at each event location to help make sure plans run smoothly. Blake’s post prom which was held on May 10 at Dave and Buster’s in Kensington had about 540 students who attended. Coinciding with their prom theme, masquerade designed T-shirts made by students were given out at the end of the night as gifts, along with various other prizes. Arcade games like Temple Run were a big hit, along with billiards and shuffleboards. “I’ve usually seen an upward of about 500 students attend since I’ve started with the planning process,” Hedgepath said. “The kids seem to enjoy themselves and the night, I think our location at Dave and Busters offers so many things for the kids to do the whole night.” At high schools like Damascus, and Paint Branch after prom events are set to be held at the Damascus Fire Activity Center, and Church of the Resurrection, facilities that work hand-in-hand with the organization. Bethesda’s Winston Churchill’s after prom event was located at Bowl More Lanes in Bethesda, which featured activities like a green screen room, unlimited bowling and a variety of sweets for the students. “My friends and I had a pretty good time for the amount of time we stayed,” senior Sabine Hawthorne- Codato said. “We got excited about bowling once we made teams, and some of us even won prizes through the night.”

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

Sexual offense • On May 7 at 11 a.m. at Neelsville Middle School, 11700 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown. The subject is known to the victim. • On May 13 at 5:45 p.m. in the Gunners Lake area near Sky Blue and Wisteria drives, Germantown. The subject inappropriately touched the victim. Aggravated assault • On May 5 at 8 p.m. in the 19600 block of Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown. The subject is known to the victim. Residential burglary • 6500 block of Dorsey Road, Gaithersburg, between 8 p.m. May 7 and 8 p.m. May 8. Forced entry into shed, took property. Vehicle larceny • Five incidents in Gaithersburg between May 4 and 12. Unlocked door, took laptops, purses/bags, jewelry, designer sunglasses, cash and a GPS unit. Affected streets include Harvest Glen Way, Palmetto Court and Caravan Drive. • Three incidents in Germantown between May 6 and 11. Took cash, a laptop, jewelry and a purse. Affected streets include Station Street, Middlebrook Road and Country Ridge Drive.

InBrief Plan a tour with Heritage Montgomery app Plan a tour with the help of new Heritage Montgomery’s App Steaming tours, GPS navigation and points of interest in county on your smartphone Heritage Montgomery has a new tool to make it easy to find the county’s historic treasures and activities: the new Heritage Montgomery App for the smartphone. The Heritage Montgomery smartphone App, available free for both Android and iPhone,

will allow you to stream or download tours throughout the county. Interactive GPS maps that include your current location and all points of interest on the tours allow for easy navigation. Descriptions, as well as contact information including websites and phone numbers, deliver all the information you need for each tour stop. Additionally, in “Things to Do” for each regional listing you’ll find all the special program information to explore the more than 40 sites participating in Heritage Days Weekend, June 28 & 29. Visit the Android Market or

App Store and search: Heritage Montgomery, Maryland. For information on the Heritage Montgomery App, as well as Heritage Days Weekend, visit HeritageMontgomery.org.

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday Montgomery County citizens planning to vote in the June 24 primary elections must submit a voter registration application by 9 p.m. Tuesday. That is also the deadline for changing political party affiliation or making other registration changes.

To register, residents must be a U.S. citizen, live in Montgomery County and be at least 18 by Nov. 4. Applications can be downloaded at 777vote.org. To verify voter registration using the automated phone system, call 240-777-8683. Registration can be done in person at 18753 N. Frederick Ave., Suite 210, Gaithersburg. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The office will be open until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Applications also are available at county libraries, regional service centers, all county health

offices, Department of Motor Vehicles offices and post offices.

County seeks applicants for Board of Appeals The Montgomery County Council is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Board of Appeals when Catherine Titus’ second term ends in September. Board duties include reviewing special exceptions applications and variance from development standards requests, and hearing appeals of certain county administrative

decisions. The board typically holds hearings all day on Wednesdays and work sessions every other week. Members work about 15 to 25 hours a week, and are paid $15,032.30 annually. Applications are due at 5 p.m. July 16. Interviews will be scheduled in September. Applications, with a letter of interest, resume and contact information, should be sent to County Council President Craig Rice, County Council Office, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850, or emailed to county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov.


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In 12 years on the Montgomery County Council, George Leventhal said his favorite part is being able to help constituents deal with problems they’re confronted with. In his first term, Leventhal said he was probably too anxious to associate himself with specific issues. Since then, he’s learned that although it’s a cliche, you really can get a lot more done if you don’t care who gets the credit, he

said. “I just get great satisfaction out of helping people,” he said. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park is one of six Democrats vying in the June 24 primary for four at-large spots on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election. There are also four Republicans running, along with one Green Party member. The son of two doctors who worked at the National Institutes of Health, Leventhal said he grew up familiar with the idea of service to others. He counts the creation of the Montgomery Cares network of community health clinics as one of his most important successes on the council. The clinics will provide access to health care to more than

years. The 16-mile 31,000 county resilight-rail project rundents without insurning between Bethesda ance this year, he said. and New Carrollton is Leventhal has scheduled to start conbeen active in trying struction in 2015. to lower homelessness Along with public in Montgomery, and service, another early initiated the county’s influence as Leventhal involvement in the grew up outside the 100,000 Homes camLeventhal nation’s capital getting paign. He also cofounded the The Washington Post delivered Bethesda Green nonprofit, which each morning at the height of the he said was the first green jobs Watergate scandal, was politics. He participated in his first incubator in Maryland and promotes community sustainability campaign as a college student at the University of California at and reducing carbon emissions. He was also a cofounder of Berkeley, and worked as an aide the Purple Line Now! coalition, to a Berkeley city councilman which worked to keep the issue while still in school. of the Purple Line project alive He worked on Capitol Hill as when support for it was not as a staff member for a U.S. Senate strong as it has been in recent committee, then for Maryland

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) for five years. Later, while working for the Association of American Universities, Leventhal served as the chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee from 1996 through 2001. Despite his partisan affiliations, Leventhal said he’s been sad to see the decline of Republicans in the county. “I don’t think the absence of Republicans is healthy for Democrats,” he said. Registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans in Montgomery by a nearly threeto-one margin. Leventhal said if he’s reelected, he’ll continue to hold county staff accountable for

spending taxpayers’ money. He’s never been afraid to ask questions on spending, and residents deserve to have their questions answered, he said. He’s also concerned the county’s school system. There are essentially two school systems in the county, with high-performing and lowperforming schools, he said. Education is a great social equalizer, and the county needs to make sure all students have the same chance for success, he said. That involves studying analytics and finding what works and what doesn’t. “Greatness requires being honest about where we can do better,” he said. rmarshall@gazette.net

Rice focuses on unfinished business in District 2 council battle Former delegate prefers governance at local level

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Four years ago, Craig Rice left a seat in Annapolis to join the Montgomery County Council. He believed it was the best way to make a difference in the community where he lived. Now, Rice is seeking four more years to finish some of the work he started. Rice, of Germantown, is seeking re-election to the District 2 council seat in the June 24 pri-

mary against Gaithersimmediate chance to have an impact. burg Democrat Neda Since joining the Bolourian. The winner council, he said, a bill will face Republican banning the use of coal Dick Jurgena in the tar driveway sealants Nov. 4 general election. that could contribute Rice said he deto toxic chemicals in cided to leave his water supplies is one District 15 seat in the Rice of his biggest achieveHouse of Delegates in ments. He also cited his push 2010 to run for the council seat to keep resource officers in the because he was convinced the county’s schools and a bill adding council offered a more satisfying stop arms and cameras to school way to develop policy. buses. In four years in Annapolis, he Rice said he’s also proud of had three or four bills passed that the refurbishing of the North Pohe was really proud of, he said. tomac and Plum Gar community But the council offered a more centers and his support for the

county’s farming community in the Agricultural Reserve. As council president for 2014, Rice has made it a priority to collaborate and talk with the county’s neighbors, helping to form a series of meeting of officials from nearby counties and the District of Columbia to discuss local topics. Rice said he’d like to use that type of collaboration to make sure Montgomery County issues are at the forefront in Annapolis, particularly the need for increased funding for the county’s schools. He said he’d also like to continue his role as chairman of the council’s Education Committee.

Rice said the council must continue to support small businesses and work on economic development by reforming the county’s procurement process. As with many candidates, Rice said the county will continue to deal with transportation issues, including bus rapid transit to connect Clarksburg, Germantown and Shady Grove,

as well as widening Interstate 270 and adding additional lanes. Rice said he’d like to increase the amount of contact with Montgomery’s congressional delegation to talk about priorities for the county and the region. Those relationships and others are why Rice said he’s eager to return for another four years on the council.

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As an attorney in private practice and a state representative, Del. Jon S. Cardin said he has spent the last 15 years working to help people who have been harmed become whole again. “And now I want to do that for the state of Maryland and for each and every citizen of the state of Maryland as the next attorney general,” he said. Cardin, who represents District 11 in Baltimore County, is one of three Democrats running this June for attorney general. Sen. Brian E. Frosh (Dist. 16) and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (Dist. 25) also are in the race. The winner in the June 24 primary will face Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker and Libertarian Leo Wayne Dymowski in the general election. Cardin said he got into politics to focus on environmental protection. But as a father of a 2-year-old daughter and a private practice attorney, issues of public safety, civil rights and the safety of children also became priorities for him. Cardin, his wife Megan — who is expecting their second child — and their 2-yearold daughter live in Baltimore

County. Cyber security, Cardin has been a he said, will be a top delegate for 12 years. As public safety issue a member of the Ways for the next generaand Means Committee, tion, while for conCardin said, his legislasumers, identity tive career has focused theft is the biggest on taxes, gaming, eduissue. cation and election law As a delegate, — the subcommittee of Cardin Cardin sponsored which he chairs. the law that crimiThrough his work, Cardin nalized cyber sexual harassment. said, he became skilled at bring- He also sponsored Grace’s Law, ing people together to solve problems before they become which he said is one of the nation’s toughest against cyber crises. The nephew of U.S. Sen. bullying. Cardin said it is his personal Benjamin L. Cardin (D), Jon vision that every single MaryCardin said he has enjoyed early polling leads based on name lander can vote as conveniently recognition. But as the primary and safely as possible. He said he is not afraid to nears, he said, the polls show his message is catching on with vot- take on what he calls the “good ‘ole boys.” ers. As an attorney, he said, he “While of course I am very, very appreciative of the advice, went after school systems that the counsel my uncle has given didn’t take bullying seriously and to me and the reputation that he fought energy companies trying has given to me, I believe that, to install explosive gas pipelines not only, has my campaigning under houses. “I’m not afraid to say, ‘You resulted in improved interests in my candidacy, but my goals of know what? The safety of every creating a safer Maryland [have] individual and the dignity of every individual far exceeds politireally been resonating,” he said. Cardin, 44, said he has a cal gamesmanship,” he said. “I’ve grown up in a family of unique, demonstrated ability to understand the issues that will public service where I’ve been taught that I want to leave my matter in coming years. “Everybody deserves a voice, corner of the world in a better everybody deserves a safe place place than I find it,” he said. “I to live but also safe air to breathe believe this is the best way for me and also a safe environment to to do it.” purchase things, be it on the Internet or in person,” he said. kalexander@gazette.net

State senator wants to make a greater impact

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KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

A year ago, Sen. Brian E. Frosh did not expect to run for Maryland attorney general. Rather, he was ready to support his colleague, Sen. Jamie B. Raskin, who was planning to run for the office. But when Raskin decided against running and urged Frosh to run instead, it got Frosh thinking. “I’m very satisfied with career I’ve had in the General Assembly,” said Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Somerset. “While I love the Senate — and that was a concern; I loved doing that job — the fact that I could have an even greater impact as attorney general outweighed that.” Frosh, who has held public office for 28 years, said this was a good time to run. His two daughters are grown and gone, leaving him and his wife of almost 30 years, Marcy, as empty nesters. As he reflected on his career as a lawmaker and an attorney, he said he is well suited for the job. It was the presidential election of Ronald Reagan, who Frosh felt was unqualified for the job, that made him want to hold office. “When I saw Reagan get elected in 1980, I was just galva-

nized,” he said. In the General Assembly, Frosh has been a catalyst for many state laws, including the new Firearms Safety Act, the Maryland Recycling Act, a law that Frosh stopped drilling for oil and gas in the Chesapeake Bay, and one that overturned the effects of a controversial court ruling on pit bulls. As chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Frosh was a key figure in the legalization of gay marriage, the repeal of the death penalty and protections for victims of domestic violence, among other laws. For 35 years, Frosh, an attorney, has been with his private practice, Karp Frosh Wigodsky and Norwind, PA. He has worked on international antitrust issues, real estate and business litigation. Frosh was named one of the best lawyers in America by Best Lawyers, a peer-reviewed publication, and was elected to the American Law Institute, which produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. Frosh is one of three Democrats running this June for attorney general. Del. Jon S. Cardin (Dist. 11) and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (Dist. 25) also are in the race. The winner in the June

24 primary will face Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker and Libertarian Leo Wayne Dymowski in the general election. An attorney general needs not just knowledge of government, but an understanding of how people in government work and how to work with them, Frosh said. As he campaigns across the state, he said, he is hearing the same issues raised by voters: consumer protection, environmental protection and public safety. “People want to feel safe in their neighborhoods; they want clean air to breathe; they want clean water to drink; and they want equal opportunity, a fair shot at the American dream,” he said. “They don’t want to be victims either in the sense of violent crime or scams, frauds and rip-offs.” If elected, Frosh said, he wants to make sure environmental polluters get punished. And he wants to go after those who prey on victims of credit card debt, the way outgoing Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) pursued mortgage lenders for foreclosures. Frosh said lenders can sell consumer debt for pennies on the dollar. Often, it means honest borrowers can end up in court for money they may or may not owe. “People get put in jail for debt in the United States as result of this,” he said. “The attorney general can play an important role in fixing this.” kalexander@gazette.net

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KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

Two planning board members are among the five candidates Montgomery County Council plans to interview this July in its search to replace planning board Chairwoman Francoise Carrier. Carrier’s term ends June 14 and the council is seeking a replacement. Eighteen people submitted applications for the planning board, of which eight applied for the position of board chair, eight applied for either chair or board member, and two applied to be members of the board. The council will interview only five applicants to succeed Carrier: Planning Board member Casey Anderson, Planning Board member Richard Dreyfuss, former county councilman Mike Knapp, deputy planning director Rose Krasnow and Meredith Wellington, a past member of the planning board. Interviews are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. July 8. The interviews are open to the public and will be televised on the county’s cable channel. If either Anderson or Dreyfuss are selected, the council will hold another round of interviews to select another planning board member, County Council President Craig L. Rice said. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said applicants were asked if they would consider a board position when applying for the chair position. Planning chair is a full time position. Carrier currently earns $168,450 a year. Rice said the council has not yet done so, but plans to soon set the salary for the next planning chair. Members of the planning board provide advice on land use and community planning, and serve as Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning commissioners. Yearly compensation for members, who are part-time, is $30,000. 1909133

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Athletic Club patriarch at heart of Boyds league for 40 years Stalwart mows lawn, cooks burgers, gives league character

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Gene Lowery has run the Upper Montgomery Athletic Club baseball league in Boyds for nearly 40 years. He’s the league’s president, but he’s best known around the fields for the cheeseburgers and egg sandwiches he sells from the snack shack at least six days a week. On top of the contracting company he runs with his son Brad Lowery — Lowery Construction — he puts in about 60 hours a week to keep the league running and feed hungry players, parents and siblings. “He’s the guy who does everything out here, the father of the league so to speak,” Coach Ike Brenner said. Lowery, 73, joined the league in 1975, coaching then 9-year-old Brad’s team. Within a few years, he became president of the league. At the time, it used one field behind the old Edward U. Taylor School on White Ground Road. Ten years ago, the school closed. Lowery said he nego-

tiated a deal with the county school system to let the league build four more fields and maintain them without paying to use the fields. Since then, he and Brad have built a pavilion and dugout covers there. They built the snack shack about 20 years ago. Boys run up to the red shack, $3 in hand, to grab a Diet Coke for Mom and a packet of Big League Chew. Their sisters pick out Skittles and take them to the playground to gossip. Pings of bats hitting balls ring across the fields around the shack. Lowery waits behind the counter in his red league shirt, white-grey hair combed back, beard trimmed, while one player after another is stumped by which flavor of Gatorade to choose. The menu, handwritten in marker on the side of a white refrigerator, offers pickles for 50 cents, hot dogs for $2 and Super Bubble for 5 cents a piece. Lowery estimates he makes about 1,000 burgers during the 40 or so games each week. Trophies from Cal Ripken tournaments stand prominently beside the counter. “He’s a giver, that’s for sure,” said Chris McKee, who has coached his four sons’ teams the past seven years. “He’s just

tireless around here.” Typically, Lowery rises at 3 or 4 a.m., depending on what time he went to sleep. He sleeps for exactly five hours and wakes up without an alarm clock every day to have breakfast and maybe scrub pans from the snack shack that he didn’t get to the night before. He gets to work around 7 a.m. By 3 p.m., he’s on his way to the fields, stopping at Costco a few days a week to restock burgers, Gatorade and candy. Then, there are fields to be mowed, dirt diamonds to be smoothed, and last-minute fill-in umpires to be called. On Friday and Saturday nights, the teams play under lights, a big hit, Lowery said. Around 9 p.m., he’s wrapping up to head home. Lowery insists he keeps doing the job because there’s no one else to take over. Indeed, his shoes would be big ones to fill. But the community he has created here knows the effort he puts in so kids can play baseball. It’s a sport he has loved since he listened to Pittsburgh Pirate games over the radio in the 1940s and 1950s, while growing up in Western Maryland. “This is kind of a yesteryear ballpark. People come from all

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Gene Lowery of the Upper Montgomery Athletic Club baseball league operates the concession stand during games on May 22 on the Edward U. Taylor Science Materials Center grounds in Boyds. over. They go, ‘Ah, you all are so lucky,’” McKee said. “He makes this a wholesome place, he really does.”

Lowery loves seeing the kids play; the league is a ministry to him, he said. “I think I’m doing God’s

work. I hope God likes baseball,” he said. sscully@gazette.net

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KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County passed a nearly $5 billion spending plan Thursday that increases pay to employees, funding for programs as well as fully funds the county’s school system budget request. The $4.99 billion operating budget grows 3.8 percent or about $18 million over the fiscal 2014 budget, which ends June 30. While the total budget passed unanimously, the county government portion of the spending plan met with opposition from one member of the council. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg, voted against the county government’s budget, he said, because of the salary increases it included for government employees. Eligible firefighters will see a 9.75 percent increase in pay in fiscal 2015. Eligible police will

see a 7.35 increase in pay while eligible general employees who are part of the union will see a 6.75 percent bump in pay. “I think that, as I said last week, the pay raises are excessive and extraordinarily expensive and will make it harder for us to balance budgets in the future in an equitable and a reasonable way,” Andrews said. Andrews is running against Leggett in June for county executive. “A budget is a policy and a priority document that takes political rhetoric and turns it into what’s real for people,” said Councilwoman Cherri Branson (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring. “And I think what’s real for people is leadership.” Leadership, she said, is not only being responsible, but responsive to the needs of the people, and what she said the budget does. Montgomery will spend more to educate children next year, growing its school expenditure by $51.4 million over the

current year, however, the county’s state-required funding base, known as maintenance of effort, will not increase. Pulling from other funds, the council was able to meet Montgomery County Public Schools’ total $2.28 billion request while keeping its funding requirement at the current level of $1.47 billion. Funding for Montgomery College and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will also increase. The county will provide the college a total of $296.8 million, which is an increase of $15.7 million or 7.2 percent from the current year and will provide park and planning with $148.1 million, a 5.9 percent or $7.8 million bump. Council President Craig L. Rice said the budget also boosts county services that were cut during the recession, including libraries, police, fire and rescue, corrections, safety net services and transportation. “We were also able to provide additional support to our nonprofit partners whom

we rely on to provide many services and programs that enhance the lives of our residents,” Rice (DDist. 2) of Germantown said. The council approved $2.47 million to fund 82 community grants to nonprofits. Among the expansion of social safety net services, Councilman George L. Leventhal, chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, said the council added more than $1 million to Leggett’s proposed budget for the community health clinics, and added funds for an additional 15 housing placements for county homeless. “It’s a very good day today. We’ve added a great deal for ini-

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efits for its retirees, thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Because the county can now use a Medicare Part D program to provide prescription drug coverage for eligible retirees and survivors, it was able to reduce it’s pre-payment for retiree health benefits to $100.6, about $81.8 million or 44 percent less than it had expected to pay. In addition to the operating budget, the council passed a $4.45 billion capital budget for fiscal years 2015-2020. kalexander@gazette.net


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Nikita Singh, an eighthgrader at Takoma Park Middle School, has been competing in spelling bees since fourth grade. This week, studying all of those words could pay off in the form of $30,000 and other prizes, as she competes in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor in Oxon Hill. The first day of competition was Tuesday. ESPN is scheduled to televise the finals live, starting at 8 p.m. Thursday. “It’s exciting,” said Nikita, who lives in Rockville. “This is my first time to make it to the National Spelling Bee.” She won the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for Montgomery County in March, clinching the title by correctly spelling “portentous.” Students from some 42 county public and private schools participated in the bee. It takes studying to win a bee, Nikita said. She focuses on word roots, prefixes and suffixes, and also studies from a list provided by Scripps. “I probably spend about four hours a week studying,” Nikita said.

Last year, another Takoma Park Middle School student, Calvin Liu, also won the county spelling bee and competed in the national competition. He just missed reaching the semifinal round. Studying the spelling words has helped Nikita in other classes, such as French. “If I don’t know the meaning of a word, I can figure it out from the root,” she said. When she is not studying, Nikita swims, runs, plays the trumpet and sings in community choruses, including one associated with Strathmore in North Bethesda. She is also a high achiever in math, scoring a nearperfect SAT math score of 780 in seventh grade. “I also read a lot,” Nikita said. Before spelling bees, she finds it helps to eat some chocolate, especially her lucky blue M&Ms. The national winner’s prizes include $30,000, a trophy from Scripps, a $2,500 savings bond and $5,000 from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation. This year, 281 students from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and U.S. Department of Defense schools in Europe are competing. Eleven students from Maryland are in the bee, including Tamya Matthews, a seventhgrader from Mount Calvary

Obituary Mrs. Charlotte Marie (Sellner) Richards, 88, of Damascus, Md. died Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Westminster Ridge Assisted Living, Westminster. She was the beloved wife of the late James A. Richards. When he passed away in 2003 they had been married 58 years. Born October 5, 1925 in Clinton, Maryland she was the oldest of five children born to George C. and Lottie Marie Taylor Sellner. Mrs. Richards and her husband Jim founded the Damascus Upholstery Company in the 1970’s, and ran the very successful business jointly, for many years. She was an expert baker, gardener, homemaker, cook and seamstress, winning local Fair prizes and recognition. Together with Doris Strickland she organized and co-led the first Girl Scout troop in Damascus. She loved her family, her home in Damascus, and the home she and her husband had in PawPaw, West Virginia for a number of years. It was a place on the banks of the Potomac River to celebrate the beauty of nature. She was a voracious reader, she never lost her love of reading, and passed it on to her children and family. Surviving her are four children: James D. Richards, of Sneads Ferry, N.C.; Dianne M. Reeves of Westminster; Darlene L. Tollestrup, of Sugarland, Texas, and Donna S. Keen of Hagerstown. Twelve grandchildren, five great grandchildren; two brothers George Sellner and Charles Sellner and two sisters Marion Garber and Pauline Rutter; many dear friends and neighbors. Friends may call on Saturday, May 24, at Molesworth-Williams P.A., Funeral Home, 26401 Ridge Road, Damascus, Md. 20872, from 10:00 a.m. until funeral services begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.molesworthwilliams.com.

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LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER

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Nikita Singh, an eighth-grader at Takoma Park Middle School, holds her trophy after winning the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for Montgomery County in March. She is in the national competition this week. Catholic School in Forestville, who won the Prince George’s County bee sponsored by The Gazette-Star. There are 142 girls and 139 boys. Most are in seventh or eighth grade, but with one each from second and third grade and two fourth-graders. Some 13 semifinalists are returning from last year, including Sriram Hathwar, a New York

eighth-grader who placed third last year. This year’s competition began with more than 11 million students participating in school and community-sponsored spelling bees. The National Spelling Bee started in 1925. The E.W. Scripps Co. took it over in 1941.

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Ijamsville came in. He’s a furniture restorer and repairer. He can now add animal touch-up artist to his list of skills. Bale spent an estimated 50 hours filling in chunks of resin missing from the animals and restoring paint jobs. Bale used a vacant storefront at Rio Washingtonian to do his work bringing the animals back up to their full potential. “It’s neat to see the work Kenny done over [at the carousel]. To me it is an Erector set that he gets to play with,” Bale said. A dragon gave Bale the most trouble having to repeatedly apply the acrylic paint by hand to get the right look. Bale said he is a carousel buff. “Carousels are just cool — an oversized toy that has a lot of life to it,” Bale said. He’s got a ride planned for his family when it starts operating on May 31. The Millers and crew put the finishing touches on the carousel in preparation for the grand celebration scheduled to start at 11 a.m. May 31. Carousel rides will be $3. The carousel has space for up to 38 adult and 30 child passengers, with wheelchair access. “I’m going to sit in one of those two chariots [on the carousel] with my wife. The kids, they’re going to want to ride the ostrich, the gorilla and of course that dragon,” Kenny Miller said.

Continued from Page A-1 cited to do this project,” Sue Miller said. After disconnecting the electrical wires on each lighted piece workers had to lay the piece down on a blanket, bubblewrap it and then log it so it could be reassembled in Gaithersburg. A crane lifted the heart of the machine, weighing about 4,000 pounds, onto the trailer. The 700-pound finial at the top of the carousel also got a lift from the crane. Heaviest of all the carousel animals is the eagle, weighing in at 200 pounds. Four workers lifted that animal to store it and then back out to place it back in its perch on the carousel. All the animals move up and down during the ride. “Animals are different weights so need to be placed just right on the carousel so it stays balanced,” said Sue Miller. The carousel was built by Chance Rides, an amusement ride manufacturer in Wichita, Kan., in 2007 and stood on a property in Selbyville before it was up for sale, Kenny Miller said. From years of use, some of the animals needed a bit of TLC before being placed back on their spot on the ride. That’s where the Millers’ former neighbor, friend and owner of Woodchucks, Chuck Bale of

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Montgomery County’s teachers union named five incumbents May 21 in its second and final round of endorsements for the upcoming Montgomery County Council races. The union, which represents more than 12,000 Montgomery County Public Schools teachers, endorsed County Councilman Roger Berliner of Bethesda for the District 1 seat; Council President Craig L. Rice of Germantown for the District 2 seat; Councilwoman Nancy Navarro of Silver Spring for the District 4 seat and Marc Elrich of Takoma Park and Hans Riemer of Takoma Park for at-large seats. The union endorsed only two candidates running for at-large positions, though the County Council includes four at-large seats. The recommendations leave out two incumbents seeking re-election: Council Vice President George L. Leventhal of Takoma Park and Councilwoman Nancy Floreen of Garrett Park, who each hold an at-large seat. The union announced in March its endorsements of Gaithersburg City Councilman Ryan Spiegel for the council’s District 3 seat and county school board member Christopher S. Barclay for the District 5 seat. Councilman Philip M. Andrews of Gaithersburg, who currently holds the council’s District 3 seat, is running for Montgomery County Executive. Councilwoman Cherri Branson of Silver Spring was appointed to the District 5 seat and is not seeking election. The primary election falls on June 24 and the general election on Nov. 4. A May 21 union statement said that multiple factors were considered in the endorsement process, including “the temperament of each candidate and how she/ he interacted with the interview teams and with school system leaders during the recent Montgomery County budget discussions.” The Washington Post reported on Thursday that the union did not like that, dur-

ing a budget discussion with school officials, Leventhal brought up a February incident in which a young student was dropped off at the wrong bus stop. Doug Prouty, the union’s president, would not comment on Leventhal’s comments during budget discussions. He rather echoed part of the union’s May 21 statement, saying that interactions between school officials and council members was a factor in the endorsement process. Prouty also said the union committee that interviewed the candidates “did not put his name forward.” Leventhal — whom the union endorsed in 2002, 2006 and 2010 — said he does not “regret asking questions of [Superintendent Joshua P. Starr] if that’s what triggered the [union’s] decisions.” “I don’t think we should just usher the school budget through the council in five seconds or without asking any questions about it,” he said. Floreen said she has never received a teachers union endorsement and that she has “no idea why.” “I assume they think I don’t cozy up to them sufficiently,” she said. She said she “couldn’t identify any differences” between herself and the candidates the union does support. “I’ve always been respectful and supported their initiatives,” she said. Prouty said in an interview that among the challengers to the County Council incumbents, candidate Beth Daly — who is seeking an at-large seat — “received the most serious consideration.” The incumbents the union endorsed “have a history of recognizing the key role MCPS [Montgomery County Public Schools] plays in the quality of life for Montgomery County residents, both those who have students in our schools and those who do not,” he said in the union statement. lpowers@gazette.net

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Continued from Page A-1 In this case, the state’s attorney’s office filed formal charges against the family through what is called a “criminal information.” This way of filing charges is similar to an indictment, except there is no grand jury. A determination of probable cause is made during a preliminary hearing in District Court, a lower court. The current charges against the Magas family stem from a chain of events that allegedly happened on Jan. 4. Montgomery County police said their officers and the sheriff’s department went that day to the Magas family residence in the 9400 block of Damascus Road. Tipped off by a pizza delivery man, arriving officers described seeing underage young people drinking in the yard taking photos, according to court filings. Music could be heard coming from the basement. Police alleged that Cathy Magas refused to let officers inside. The situation escalated when police officers moved a keg and began taking up cases of beer left outside. Police said George Magas and Nicholas Magas fought with police. At some point during the

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Continued from Page A-1 security patrol at Boyds during the recession as part of mandatory budget cuts. We are restoring full-time security patrol on our perimeter,” Wallenstein said. A psychiatric community health nurse will also join the department. “Mental health is our most serious challenge in corrections. We have a growing number of seriously mentally ill prisoners,” Wallenstein explained. He said that mental health treatment is not only for those incarcerated, but also for offenders of minor crimes. Other new positions include an accountant, pre-trail correctional officer, and a records coordinator. The department deals with

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scuffle, police alleged, George Magas grabbed the handle of a deputy’s gun and tried to take the weapon out of its holster. Eric Magas jumped into the fight when an officer punched his father, police alleged in court filings. Cathy Magas got involved when police deployed a Taser on Eric Magas. Police alleged that Cathy Magas removed the Taser plugs from her son and elbowed an officer in the face. Meanwhile, George Magas was still fighting with other officers and was eventually subdued by a Taser, police said in court filings. A call was put out for officers in trouble. George and Eric Magas, who was shot with a Taser a second time prior to his arrest, were treated at Shady Grove Hospital. According to court filings, police obtained a warrant that night after the family’s scuffle with police. Rene Sandler, an attorney representing the family, said there was no probable cause to charge the family any criminal offense. “Every member of the community has a Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizures,” Sandler said. “And every person has the right under the

Fourth Amendment to require police to have a warrant before entering their home.” After obtaining the warrant, officers forced open the door and found youths hiding, police said in court filings. Police said they also found a glass marijuana pipe. More than 20 people were issued citations for underage drinking. The state’s attorney’s office charged George Magas with attempting to disarm a police officer; obstruction; three counts of second-degree assault of a police officer; and 20 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors. Eric Magas was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer; possession of drug paraphernalia; six counts of obstruction; and 20 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors. Cathy Magas was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer; obstruction; and 20 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors. Nicholas Magas was charged with obstruction and 20 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors. A scheduling hearing was set for June.

over 16,000 cases and release dates per year, Wallenstein said, and has never had a fulltime staff member to specialize in release date calculations and records. This task has been divided among other staff. The department will also continue to work with Gaithersburg-based nonprofit Identity, an organization that works with the Latino community. Identity works with Latino offenders on understanding the justice system and re-entry into society. It also provides support to families of incarcerated Latinos. The new budget provides the group $30,000 for full-time work at the Boyds jail. “Identity has been funding part of the program themselves, since there were no funds to cover a full-time staff member. Now they will be able to cover 40 hours of work [a week] at the Clarksburg jail,”

Wallenstein said. Identity will also receive a $50,000 grant from the county for its work with the jails, according to Wallenstein. “We have the opportunity to work with them while at the jail, upon their release, and to help them reestablish their lives,” explained Maria Borrero, who works with the correction programs. The department has worked with Identity for six years, Wallenstein said. During the recession, the department had to cut 52 positions, about ten percent of its employees, according to Wallenstein. “We are just very very pleased to gain some additional staff to perform core operations,” he said.

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In her quest to help doctors more efficiently and effectively care for patients, one woman has turned a college class assignment into a successful business. In 2007, Ting Shih, then a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was given a project prompt by a professor to create a business plan for a social enterprise that would impact more than one billion people. “We thought, everyone has a mobile phone. Why not use a mobile phone to deliver health care?” she said. That’s when the idea for ClickMedix was born. Based in Gaithersburg, ClickMedix is a telemedicine application system that ex-

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Continued from Page A-1 etery the veterans are buried, and his daughter updates the maps. “If she wasn’t doing this, we couldn’t get it done,” John Seipp said. The volunteers go out in teams of three – one person carries the plot map, another using a tool to make a hole in the ground, and the third carries the flags. Seipp said ideally the flag should be placed above the veteran’s right shoulder and far enough away from the headstone to fly freely. “You don’t want it to be too close to the tombstone, because Old Glory has to [wave] all the way around,” he said. Sandy Seipp, who worked

pands the reach of doctors and health organizations by allowing them to serve four to 10 times more patients, said Shih, who founded the business in November 2010 and also serves as its CEO. It gives doctors the ability to diagnose patients remotely, and includes tools such as patient record tracking, streamlined workflow, diagnosis protocols and medical equipment integration. The application can be used on Web, Apple and Android devices, Shih said. “We are trying to solve the problem of too many patients needing to see doctors,” she said. “One way to help is to make every doctor more efficient by allowing them to see more patients in a time period.” The uniqueness and innovation of ClickMedix caught the eye of judges at this year’s InvestMaryland Challenge, a state business competition which offered nearly $1 million in cash and in-kind awards for startups to showcase themselves to potential investors.

The company took home first place in the Information Technology category, garnering a $100,000 grand prize. Shih said the prize money will be used to launch a health training program that would enable homevisit nurses and caregivers to conduct mental health assessments in the Washington metropolitan area. The business that Shih initially created in graduate school — the first-generation company of ClickMedix — was actually called Click Diagnostics Inc. Even though it failed shortly thereafter, its mission led to the formation of ClickMedix in 2010. It was founded by Shih, with the help of other students and faculty from MIT and Carnegie Mellon University. ClickMedix was launched in June 2011 with its first sale to the dermatology department of Harvard Medical School. The company now has 16 clients throughout the world, reaching the fingertips of hundreds of doctors.

for the U.S. Navy as a civilian for 37 years, said she doesn’t mind helping her Dad coordinate the project every year. “It’s the least I can do for vets – some are buried and not even remembered,” she said. She and a group of 13 other women also regularly knit lap robes for Navy men at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. “Look what they’ve gone through -- some have lost two or three limbs,” she said. John Seipp said veterans who served in World II are beginning to pass on at greater rates, and he worries that the younger generation won’t carry on the tradition of placing the flags on Memorial Day. Becky McDonald of Damascus, and her sister, Stacy

Baker of Boyds, were among the volunteers on Saturday, and both are in their 40s. “I volunteered because I think it’s important to remember the sacrifices of our veterans,” wrote McDonald in an email. “A lot of people don’t really think about the meaning of Memorial Day, so it’s nice that groups like the American Legion organize these types of events.” McDonald also said he expects she will volunteer again next year. “It was very meaningful,” she wrote about placing the flags. “It was such a small gesture, but it feels good to honor and show respect for these veterans. Hopefully, many of younger generation will join in and continue these traditions.” vterhune@gazette.net


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Ellsworth Park dog park proposal lacking evidence I recently attended and testified in a county Planning Board public hearing (April 24th) for a dog park proposal for Ellsworth Park in Silver Spring. The entire experience was eye-opening as I learned that park users and neighboring residences are not important in Parks Department studies and the Planning Board is not interested in evidencebased proposals. The proposal is for the installation of a 21,000-squarefoot dog park (four times larger than the children’s playground space) in the park’s only open, green space used throughout the year. During the entire year that the proposal study was underway, there was one public

meeting (approximately 50 attendees) held on a weeknight in the fall, one visit to a neighborhood group (approximately 25 attendees) and a public website with the dog park design buried deep in a lengthy presentation and an email address to send in comments. There were no documented visits to the park by the department to observe park space use, no known input from active park users or neighboring residents on the current park use or the proposed dog park design, and no information posted in the park to raise awareness about the design or to seek input. Even the recent public hearing was not communi-

Council makes right move on M-83 Hooray for the County Council for adopting a “transit-first” mentality and opposing M-83 [“Council leaning toward transit options instead of M-83,” May 7]. As an upcounty resident, I have seen first-hand that more highways just mean

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more gridlock. To really improve mobility in the upcounty, we need to invest in rapid, convenient transit, not waste hundreds of millions of dollars on an obsolete, environmentally destructive highway.

Miriam Schoenbaum, Boyds

that myself apparently it takes more than 57 million bags for the “pools” to come to life. Wake up Montgomery County! It’s just another tax that produces income from those not wanting to use germ-laden recyclable bags that are supposed to be washed after every use — sure. P.S. You can get a box of plastic bags at Sams Club for under 2 cents each, but be responsible and make sure they reach the trash can.

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ask about park user/neighbor input into the study. Despite all of the public testimony questioning the site selection, timing, landscape materials, lack of user/neighbor input, child safety concerns, and counterevidence on current space utilization, the Board approved the proposal. As county residents, we should demand that Parks Department proposals are based on evidence of park use and input from those affected the most, and that the Planning Board represents us by seeking evidence for claims made in proposals.

Steve Peck, Silver Spring

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The bag tax is just another tax The May 14 Gazette letters to the editor carried two pro letters for the bag tax [“Bag fee helps reduce litter” and “Bag fee cuts retailers’ costs’]. According to Montgomery County Department of Finance, Division of Treasury for the year 2012 (latest I could find) 57,684,003 bags were sold for an income of $2,307,360. If the bag fee worked why did we sell so many bags? According to last week’s writers we no longer have “ugly pools of polyethylene.” While I never witnessed anything like

cated well, with hearing notices posted in the park where dog owners congregate, rather than the front park entrance where most park users would see it. During the Planning Board hearing, the Board primarily focused only on the park design — not on the dog park site location study. The board also did not allow time for those testifying to rebut Parks Department claims. With the public library (bordering Ellsworth Park) closing soon and no decisions on the use of that space after closure, why would the county select this site for development? The Planning Board did not inquire about the Parks Department’s evidence that the space is “underutilized” and failed to

I would like to thank the Gazette for covering the Town Council elections in the Town of Chevy Chase [“Metro, parks major concerns for candidates in Chevy Chase,” April 30]. But I would also like to note that there were issues raised in the election campaign, besides the issue of the Purple Line, and the issue of what to do with the reserves, that The Gazette did not cover. As a candidate, I raised for discussion and debate several issues. These are issues faced not only within our town, but also within other local municipalities. One issue that I raised was the devastating effects that real estate development is having within our town; in my view, too many of our older, modest-sized, well-built homes are being sacrificed to make way for a building boom of huge houses, which take away trees and green space, all to satisfy the greed of builder/developers and

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Andrews for county executive The three Montgomery County executive candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination on June 24 each offer admirable qualities. Incumbent Isiah Leggett led the county through difficult fiscal times. He made hard budget decisions, and for that, residents should be thankful for his leadership. In our interview with him, Leggett compared the county to a ship that looked fine, except there were many repairs needed below the waterline. The past eight years have been spent making those repairs, and now — taking the metaphor further — he wants to chart the ship to new ports. Former county executive Douglas Duncan’s time in office, 1994 through 2006, was a remarkable era, with a host of accomplishments including the Silver Spring revitalization, the construction of Strathmore and the expansion of the life sciences along Interstate 270. He has built his campaign around rekindling the kind of bold action that marked those years. County Councilman Phil Andrews has painted a slightly different picture of the two. He criticized his colleagues, Leggett and Duncan, when he was in office, targeting extravagant union contracts for government employees. On a council full of Democrats, Andrews often can sound like a Republican railing against no-restraint taxing and profligate spending. We pondered long on whom to endorse, because each provides a set of skills that could be useful over the next four years. Ultimately, we decided Andrews offers a better prescription as the county emerges from our economic hardships. For one, Andrews promises to be tight with our money. As we’re in the middle of a sputtering recovery, Montgomery County needs four years of that. In a March op-ed piece in The Gazette, he showed where he would trim $40 million from the recently passed budget, and where he would redirect the money: tax relief, infrastructure maintenance, expanded library hours and increased school resource officers. These are all tangible services, showing Andrews would be a wise steward of the taxes we pay. The plan includes holding Montgomery County Public Schools to the state’s mandatory minimum levels. Politicians have won support by showering schools with excess cash, but Maryland law insists that shower must continue year after year. An extra million this year is an extra million for every year on out. Until the law is changed, we need leaders willing to wisely monitor the education budget. Andrews also would expand the inspector general’s office. With a $5 billion budget, the county needs more than four people to ferret out waste. He’s not afraid to take on controversial topics, either. He fought for a county smoking ban and resisted as restaurants insisted they’d go out of business because of it. Now, smoke-filled rooms almost seem to be from a bygone age. Andrews was often the lone voice opposing the Intercounty Connector. Now that it’s built, he’s part of a small but vocal group calling for lower tolls on the highway. He also remained skeptical that Montgomery needed an ambulance fee. We shared his skepticism then, and we still do. The smart money in this race might lean toward Leggett, the incumbent, or Duncan, who still enjoys broad name recognition. As much as we appreciate Leggett’s fiscal management over the worst of the past eight years, he must take responsibility for the debacle over the Silver Spring Transit Center. Yes, there will be many people who should shoulder the blame, including whole companies, but ultimately it was a project the Leggett administration should have watched more closely. For that, we cannot endorse the incumbent. Second, we admire what Duncan accomplished during his 12 years in office; it was a fantastic example of what government with vision can achieve. But he was also known for offering excessive salaries to county workers. (And when times have been flush, Leggett has done the same thing.) For that reason, we fear runaway government spending and cannot endorse Duncan. We believe Andrews offers what Montgomery needs, and he earns The Gazette’s endorsement in the Democratic primary.

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Realtors out to make profit. In the campaign, I advocated a moratorium on building in our town, to enable the Town Council to take a look at the town’s building code, and revise it to provide further protections for our neighborhood character, the tree canopy, green space, and neighbor privacy. I also set forth a proposal to hold our Town Manager, who is the public face of the town on a dayto-day basis, and essentially the CEO of the town, more accountable to the residents through the electoral process. Neither of these campaign issues was covered by The Gazette. I was not elected to the Town Council, but I intend to continue my activism within the town. And I thank those town residents who voted for me in the election.

Deborah A. Vollmer, Chevy Chase

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What’s an ordinary day like for you? You get up, have a cup of coffee, head into the office for eight hours, go home and do something unproductive for a few hours before heading to bed? What if there was more to it than that? What if within your ordinary day, one small thing happens that sets off a chain of events that will impact not only your life, but people around you? That’s the premise behind the aptly-named musical “Ordinary Days,” opening Wednesday at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda. “It’s a chamber musical of sorts,” said director Matthew Gardiner. “It’s about four people who live in New York City on what, seemingly, is … a series of ordinary days. It ends up being completely extraordinary.” The show, written by Adam Gwon, features Claire and Jason, a couple in their mid-30s looking for different things, along with Deb, a cynical grad student, and Warren, a struggling artist who finds Deb’s thesis notes in the street. The show premiered off-Broadway in 2009 and has since been performed in several venues around the world, according to Gardiner. Although it’s not unheard of to have a musical with four or fewer people – “The Last Five Years,” for example, has a cast of two – it is rather uncommon. Gardiner said it wasn’t weird for him to direct a musical with such a small cast, but it was different. “This piece is about creating the relationship between the four actors,” Gardiner said. “Your mind is focused on different things than it would be if you were directing a musical that’s much larger.” A few years ago, Gwon was commissioned to write a musical for Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va., called “The Boy Detective Fails.” Gardiner, who played co-starred in the show,

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Pictured (left to right): Janine DiVita, Erin Weaver, and Samuel Edgerly star in Round House Theatre’s production of “Ordinary Days.” At top: Pictured (left to right): Samuel Edgerly, Janine DiVita, Will Gartshore, and Erin Weaver.

worked extensively with Gwon. “During that time, he was talking a lot about ‘Ordinary Days,’ which he was developing for Roundabout [Theatre Company in New York],” Gardiner said. “With just him talking about it and hearing from people who saw it in New York, it was just something that was really intriguing to me and it seems like a good fit for Round House.”

There are times, especially when directing a musical, when exchanges between actors, directors and others can become heated. Things happen, stuff breaks – it’s par for the course for most shows. Gardiner said they have been fortunate in that things have gone rather smoothly. “It’s been a wonderful experience,” Gardiner said. “There’s been a lot of laughter in the room. I think the challenge for us has been continually discovering new things about the piece over our rehearsal process because it is only an hour and 15 minute-long show and we’ve been in rehearsal for two weeks. The challenge is just … making sure it’s fresh in the room. “With an hour and 15 minute-long show, you reach a point where you’re just ready for the theater.” Gardiner said he’ll be taking away one important theme from the show and he hopes audiences will as well. “The show has a very simple message to it,” Gardiner said. “And, to me, the message I take away from it is happiness is now. Happiness is not some point later down the road and happiness is not the past. Happiness is the moment that you’re in.” wfranklin@gazette.net

An almost 6-year-old North Bethesda shih tzu is dealing with disappointment. Despite being described as “the best dog ever” by her owner, Piper was left out of his book about dogs. Author Tom Cohen, 43, attributed his decision not to include his first-ever canine companion in “Dogs with Old Man Faces: Portraits of Crotchety Canines” to her femininity. “She ended up looking like an old lady instead of an old man” in her photographs, he said. Cohen The idea for the 6-by-6 inch, 144-page hardcover volume of black-andwhite photographs accompanied by humorous captions came to Cohen while he was living in New York City. “I started noticing all these old-faced dogs on the street. They had so much personality and such interesting faces, and I thought ‘I wonder why no one’s ever done a book about dogs that look just like old men,” he recalled. His empathy for aging dogs provided additional motivation. “There are so many older, senior dogs that need homes, that have just as much love to give as puppies, and I’m hoping that this book will inspire people to adopt senior dogs, to think about older dogs when they go to the shelter or rescue facility, as opposed to just looking at younger dogs,” Cohen said. “Older dogs need love too! “ Cohen proceeded to take pictures of dogs in Manhattan, even using his iPhone “if I’d see the perfect dog outside a coffee shop or on the street.” Cohen and his wife Amanda, along with their pets Piper and Po the cat, opted to “take a break from New York City” in 2012. While acknowledging

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The 10th annual Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried exhibit hosted by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, has announced eight finalists. Almost 300 artists from throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., submitted entries to the competition, which was created to honor the work of regional painters. The finalists are Si Jae Byun of ViURBAN PARTNERSHIP enna, Va.; Ryan Carr Johnson of The work of eight finalists for the BethesdaBETHESDA Painting Awards, Gaithersburg, Md.; Kyle Hack- including Ali Miller (pictured), will be on display from June 4-28 at Gallery B. ett, Ali Miller and Bill Schmidt of Baltimore, Md.; Philip Hinge of Richmond, Va.; Dan Perkins of Washington, D.C. and Kendra Wadsworth of Manakin Sabot, Va. Their work will be on view at Gallery B from June 4-28, with top prize winners being announced at 7 p.m. Wednesday during a private event. The Best in Show winner will be awarded $10,000, with $2,000 and $1,000 prizes for second and third place, respectively. An opening reception is scheduled to follow from 6-9 p.m. June 13, in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Entries were juried by Carrie Patterson, associate professor of art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland; Paul Ryan, professor of art in the Department of Art and Art History at Mary Baldwin College and Judy Southerland, artist and adjunct faculty at the Corcoran College of Art & Design. For more information, visit bethesda.org.

The Highwood Theatre will present “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, and a small-cast production of “Damn Yankees” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Performed, designed and created by home-schooled, musical theater students, shows will be held at 914 Silver Spring Ave.,

Silver Spring. Based in Silver Spring and harboring the belief that “anyone can do theatre,” The Highwood Theatre is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promotion of the performing arts via communityproduced theater. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students. For more information, visit thehighwoodtheatre.org.

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Jacqueline Chenault (center) stars as Scheherezade in Silver Spring Stage’s production of “Arabian Nights.”

“The Arabian Nights” continues to June 7 at the Silver Spring Stage, spinning a magical new take on Scheherazade’s life-sparing tales. Playwright Mary Zimmerman penned the adaptation, based on “The Book of the Thousand Nights One Night.” Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1. For more information, visit ssstage.org.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, May 28, “step of the evening” Viennese Waltz mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16); May 29, June 5, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); May 30, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); May 31, Oracle Band from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ($15); June 1, free Cha Cha lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); June 4, “step of the evening” Argentine Tango mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-3261181, 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 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, June 1, Susan Taylor with Raise the Roof, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. fsgw.org. English Country, May 28, Caller: Anna Rain, 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, June 15, Maivish, 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, Peter & Will Anderson Trio,

featuring Alex Wintz, 7:30 p.m. May 28, Band Burrage, 7:30 p.m. May 29; A Taste of Divas DC with Special Guest Secret Society, 8 p.m. May 30; The Tom Principato Band with Horns, 8 p.m. May 31; Sunday Brunch with Women of Triumph,

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 1; The Flamingos, 7:30 p.m. June 1; Pablo Cruise, 8 p.m. June 3; Zoe, 7:30 p.m. June 4, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, The Crawdaddies – Free Summer Concert, 8 p.m. June 28, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Ballyhoo! with Kill Lincoln, Knolly Moles and Wise Eyes, 8 p.m. May 30; Danity Kane - No Filter Tour, with GoGo Morrow, 8 p.m. May 31; Tree House School of Music, 1:30 p.m. June 1; Micro Wrestling Federation, 7:30 p.m. June 3; Fifth Harmony with Before You Exit and Jackson Harris, 8 p.m. June 4, , 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. www.fillmoresilverspring. com. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. May 28; AIR: Elijah Jamal Balbed, jazz saxophone, 7:30 p.m. May 28; BSO: A Midsummer Night’s Dream - A Concert, 8 p.m. May 29; Jazz Samba Project - Quiet Nights: Ron Kearns Quartet with special guest Michael Thomas, 7:30 p.m. May 30; Jazz Vocal Intensive: Using Improvisation to Create Song-

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Interpretation, 10 a.m. May 31; call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore.org.

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Pinkalicious,” June 20 to Aug. 31, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www. adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Imagination Stage, “The BFG,” June 25 to Aug. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. imaginationstage.org. Montgomery College, Film Series: “The 400 Blows,” 7 p.m. June 2, 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,” 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, 301634-5380, 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,” 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,” to June 7, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www. ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Janice Gary and Marion Winik, 2 p.m. June 1, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www. writer.org.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “Contemplating the Sweetness of Grass

and Startling Brevity of Life,” to June 18, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www. adahrosegallery.com Gallery B, “72 Grams Per Pixel,” to May 24; gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www.bethesda.org. Glenview Mansion, Pierre Ruffieux sculpture, “Trolls”, June 1-20; Ray Jubela, Photography, June 1-20, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www.rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, Donny Finley, to June 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Xiaosheng Bi, Liz Lescault and Alison Sigethy: “Fathom Full Five: Going Deeper,” to June 1, Gibbs Street Gallery; TARNISH: Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), to June 1, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www.visartsatrockville.org. Washington Printmakers Gallery, “A Wonder Filled Life,”

Neena Birch, May 28 to June 29, opening reception from 1-4 p.m. June 7, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www.washingtonprintmakers.com.


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Christopher Mannino is the man behind the words — and scythe — for “School of Deaths.”

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WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER

About two and a half years ago, while he was finishing up his graduate degree overseas at Oxford, Christopher Mannino traveled almost four hours southwest to Cornwall. It wasn’t until after visiting Tintagel Castle, the supposed birthplace of King Arthur, that the Montgomery County native realized there was only one bus in and out of town every day. It was getting dark and the tourist offices had closed. Mannino walked to a local pub and was able to sleep in the room above the pub that night. Except he didn’t sleep. With games being played and loud, drunken men singing and yelling until the wee hours, Mannino couldn’t get any rest. He was exhausted. He decided to leave just before daybreak. He was going to climb out onto one of the rock peninsulas. The formation went about a mile into the ocean, but there are no paths, no handrails and, at that time, no people. “I got this sense of, ‘What would it be like to be utterly alone?’” Mannino said. Mannino, who teaches drama at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, channeled that raw emotion into his first book, the young adult fantasy “School of Deaths.” The novel follows the story of 13-year-old Suzie from Damascus, Md., who is taken from her family and friends so she can learn to become a grim reaper – or, in this case, a Death. Suzie is the first female death in more than a million years. As one might imagine, the all-male school isn’t too fond of her being there. “Originally, the protagonist was a boy,” Mannino said. “As I started working more on the book, I realized I wanted to make him even more alone, so I ended up switching it … as I was working on it, I kept thinking ‘Well, Death is always personified as man. Why is that? What happens if ALL the Deaths are men, and all of a sudden, there’s a girl?’” Mannino said it took him about a year to write the story, another year to find a publisher and a half a year polishing and editing the book. It was during the year of finding a publisher that Mannino realized publishing was a shrinking business. Mannino ended up working with MuseItUp Publishing, which he said has 120 authors in its stable. “Ever since Borders went under and as e-books take over – obviously mine is released now on e-book and I hope to get it to print eventually – it’s a very different industry,” Mannino said. “… Less and less books are being picked up by major publishers and more and more books are being selfpublished. It was hard for me. I tried to find an agent. I tried to find a major publisher.” Although the “students” in his book wield scythes

WANT TO GO? n There will be a booklaunching party on Friday, June 13, at the Gaithersburg Monster MiniGolf Course. The party is open to all, from 6-8 p.m., and will feature games, signings, and activities.

and study about the history of Deaths, Mannino’s actual drama students are excited their teacher is a published writer. His students actually helped him film a book trailer. “That’s one of the benefits of being a theater teacher,” Mannino laughed. Mannino is currently hard at work on the sequel to “School of Deaths” called “Sword of Deaths.” Until then, “School of Deaths” is available on Amazon, the iTunes Store and just about anywhere you can find e-books. On the basic level, Mannino said he hopes he can inspire students young and old to read. “It makes me sad when I see I have nephews and younger relatives and … their idea of reading is reading the synopsis of a new movie coming out or reading the review of a video game they want to play,” Mannino said. “From the teacher’s point of view, with Common Core coming in … the way Common Core is designed, I truly believe it’s going to make a lot of people hate to read. … One effect it will have is taking away reading for pleasure.” On a much grander scale, Mannino hopes people who read the book realize that anyone can be a hero and anyone can overcome adversity. “We’re in a society where, even though we seem to be getting more and more tolerant of a lot of things, there’s still a lot of discrimination,” Mannino said. “Bullying is still very prevalent. I see it in some form or another at least every other week. This is one of those ‘The kids are going to stand up to the bullies and win,’ stories.”

Sunday afternoon is a great time to size up a restaurant. Most places consider themselves over the hump of the weekend and put their “B” team in rotation to muddle through until Monday. It is also a time when families are gunning for an easy meal out. So how psyched were we when we descended on Silver Spring’s hot new Urban Butcher Restaurant on a recent Sunday evening and were personally greeted by the chef, and with our choice of seats in the dining room. In a word: thrilled. Chef said, “ordinarily, I wouldn’t have a chance to stop and visit with you at the table because we are so busy. But Sunday is good for getting out and chatting it up.” Urban Butcher turns the tables from brunch to dinner at 5 p.m. on Sunday, so we caught the chef and his kitchen in transition, when the menu was at its broadest. We are a family of cooks, and while we love to sift through table menus, there is no better experience than when chef interviews his guests, and offers to make the menu himself based on that conversation. Our menu began with an array of house made cures, salami, terrines, and pates from the meat cellar that were both strange and wonderful. Sliced paper thin at the order, Coppa is succulent cured pork from the back of the neck, translucent and fabulously marbled. Lardo is literally pure pork fat cured with rosemary and salt, and when it is served paper thin one perceives maximum flavor on the taste buds without the sensation that you are literally chewing fat. Petite slices of a pate made with cheddar cheese, dense and chewy salami, chorizo and pepperoni, all complimented by the subtle yet funky Asher blue veined cheese and tiny pots of mustard and cornichon pickles as well as thick slabs of grilled crusty bread may sound like a lot, but it was so modest in portion that it only made us hungrier for entrees and sides. A crock of clams were steamed until just opened, and expertly tossed with butter and fresh herbs. Andouille sausage is not so much smoked in

house as over the house, since the smoker is on the roof, and it is delicious paired with purple cabbage dressed with vinegar and spice. The rarely ordered yet deeply meaty hanger steak was grilled to pink perfection and served with crisp and salty pommes frites hot out of the fryer. In an otherwise carnivorous landscape, vegetable sides are not only vegetarian friendly, they stand alone as worthy dishes. Brussels sprouts are roasted to perfection, even without bacon, curried chick peas are authentically seasoned and a pleasure to eat. Roasted broccoli rabe is well seasoned and dressed. Our meal only left us with a yen to buy cured and fresh meats from the butcher’s counter. Bacon, dry aged pork chops, lardo, cheese ... 0h my! Chef arrested us as we shopped with our eyes, saying “Hey, we will be here for a while, don’t buy so much stuff at once!” And when we said we might freeze some stuff for later, Chef put his foot down, “Ill cryovac things for you, but don’t freeze my stuff!” The Meat Cellar is a stunning visual, a glassed-off library of hams, salami, and primal cuts in various stages of cure. Urban Butcher promotes and serves heritage breeds of pork, produced locally. The dining space is casual, the lounge and bar inviting, and the sound of voice and music tolerable. Whole pig butcher demos and related festivities are in the works for warmer weather.

The dining experience at Silver Spring hotspot Urban Butcher begins with an array of house made cures, salami, terrines, and pates from the meat cellar that are both strange and wonderful. BRIAN PATTERSON

URBAN BUTCHER n 8226 Georgia Avenue n Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 n 301-585-5800 n http://www.urbanbutcher. com/ n First Plates, Sides, Assorted Cures, Salmi, Terrines, Pates and cheeses: $5-$16

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About midway into the latest X-Men flick, Bryan Singer’s generous, delightfully convoluted “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” there is a prison break so exuberant and uncharacteristic of superhero movies that you sit up a bit in your seat. You feel the audience around you snapping to. Not because Singer’s return to the 14-year-old film franchise feels undernourished (it doesn’t). Or what comes before seems perfunctory (it’s not). But because the sequence — Wolverine, the Pentagon and “Sanford & Son” — is so eccentric you’re reminded that a little charm has been in the contract between audiences and superheroes all along: Oh, right, it’s supposed to be fun. For more than 50 years, the Marvel Universe’s innovation, grounding its characters with relatable, everyday problems, has been its calling card. But in 2014 that back and forth between metaphorical angst and CGI spectacle, played out several times a year in 3-D and heralded with ongoing marketing maelstroms, lapses into an insistent, schematic ho-hum-ity. The superhero genre, like the Western before it, is in serious danger of becoming too familiar. Peter Parker has love troubles (but first another throwdown in Times Square), Iron Man is full of hubris (but the suit is cool), Hulk prefers to smash (but Hulk depressed). I enjoy many of these films, but like soap operas without end, over-determinism settles in and air gets sucked out. That prison break, though. It features Jim Croce. Also a coffee tasting. And duct tape, steely Michael Fassbender, aviator goggles, some slapstick and the fastest, most cheerfully annoying man alive, Quicksilver (an excellent Evan Peters, from TV’s “American Horror Story”). As much as a pricey, box-officesavvy international franchise can indulge in fun anymore, it does here. And the audience, perhaps more obligated to than elated over superhero movies lately, brightens. Because Singer’s own innovation, while not straying so far from Marvel’s playbook, is subtle: Stay light without being frivolous, remain emotionally committed without lapsing into imaginary gravitas. In a genre in which cities are flattened and worlds destroyed with offhanded frequency, “Days of Future Past” — despite, yes, flattening our world — walks a rare line between casual and urgent. Since the outcome for the bad guys is not promising, and the audience instinctively understands this, Singer looks for curlicues, gags, expressions, always keeping the drama between the X-Men themselves. Which is wise. There is so much plot in “Days of Future Past” that slavish reverence for the material (or the grander Marvel game plan) would verge on the morbid; the film is adapted from a beloved, deeply confusing early 1980s X-Men storyline by Chris Clare-

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Continued from Page A-11 the city is “a vibrant, creative and exciting place,” the couple felt the need for “trees and birds and open space,” which they found in North Bethesda. Resuming work on the book there, Cohen hired a photographer who accompanied him to D.C.-area dog parks “to look for just the right faces.” The number of qualified canines surprised him. “Once I started working on the book, I started seeing ideal dog faces everywhere,” he said, and the result was “an embarrassment of riches.” Much to Piper’s chagrin, no doubt, a shaggy dog named Dakota is the cover canine. “Dakota has the cutest face of all the dogs. We wanted to

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Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) wields his powers in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Below: Hugh Jackman as Logan.

“Days of Future Past”... walks a rare line between casual and urgent. Since the outcome for the bad guys is not promising, and the audience instinctively understands this, Singer looks for curlicues, gags, expressions, always keeping the drama between the X-Men themselves. mont. Indeed, when the lights came up in the theater and the credits rolled, the person beside me leaned over: “I didn’t know the Fantastic Four were going to be in this.” This person was serious. I assured her that the Fantastic Four were not in the XMen. But I sympathized: There have been so many X-Men, spread over seven movies now, so many alliances and machinations, a moviegoer should receive flashcards at the door. There are approximately 5,621 X-Men in this film: There is the guy with black eyeballs, the guy who shoots tattoos, the guy with a toad tongue, the woman who can rip the fabric of the universe. There’s a character named Warpath whose power is staring off meaningfully into misty canyons; a character who is his own toboggan; a character who transforms into a campfire and another who generates fire balls. There’s a lot of redundancy in the X-Men locker room. And those are just the secondary characters. You can almost understand why Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage, with a B-movie flair for villainy) is so eager to thin the herd. Problem is, when the film opens, he’s thinned the herd a lot: It’s the future, and mutantkind (and mankind) are endangered be-

cause Trask created killer robots to seek out the mutant gene that allows fireballing and such. The war got away from everyone. Trask is nominally the bad guy but mostly the plot motivation. After an opening salvo of quasiHolocaust imagery — a nod to Singer’s first X-Men film, which established Ian McKellen’s antivillain Magneto as an Auschwitz survivor — the remaining X-Men retreat into a temple at the top of a mountain in China. There, a patient Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and ornery Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) — and Halle Berry’s Storm, and Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde, and several others (seriously, no flash cards?) — decide (stay with me now) to send Wolverine back to 1973 and the origin point of their extinction. Can they change history? And if so, dear God, the ramifications … The Captain might never meet Tennille. As for that plan: Kitty, whose powers include an ability to send a consciousness back in time, must place her hands on the side of Wolverine’s head and work her magic. She does this seemingly for days — hands on a hard body, indeed. Once safely, metaphysically, in 1973, Wolverine, in his younger self, has to find the younger Professor X (James McAvoy) and younger Mag-

neto (Fassbender) and convince them to work together to locate well-meaning, blue-skinned shape-shifter Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). If she succeeds in assassinating Trask, the U.S. government and Richard Nixon, not about to be pushed around by some hippie freaks, will weaponize her cells and initiate Trask’s plan to hunt, capture and destroy the X-Men. Whew. A lot of plot. The film brings together the cast of the original X-Men films and the upstarts of the clever 2011 reboot “X-Men: First Class” — effectively teaming up several generations of X-Men (and ensuring that someone seated behind you will be asking, “Wait, OK, who is that again?”). And yet Singer keeps what matters clear and snappy enough. And what matters here, aside from a handful of impressive (albeit warily inevitable) special-effects smack-downs,

are merely four actors: McAvoy, Fassbender and Lawrence, with Jackman serving more or less as the connector between casts and time periods. The core of the movie is a triangle of strong wills, and the fragile alliance between Magneto and Professor X plays out with poignancy, particularly between their older selves, who wonder why they spent those years bickering. Fassbender seems to retreat a bit too coldly into Magneto (the playful warmth of McKellen barely registers), and Lawrence, a cog in a gigantic pastiche, struggles to work up her usual spunk and urgency. Strutting through an airport in a floppy suede hat and Joni Mitchell garb, she’s relegated to Instagram J-Law. The film belongs to McAvoy. Aside from the funny use of Wolverine’s leather bomber, a lava lamp and a water bed, Singer doesn’t have as much fun with the ’70s setting as, say, Lawrence

put a dog on the cover that made people say ‘aw’ rather than one of the more crotchety-looking dogs,” Cohen said. “Sure, the more crotchety dogs are cute, but Dakota’s face just seemed right for the cover. What’s better than a dog with a snow-covered snout?” Cohen, whose family moved from Connecticut to McLean, Va., when he was 18 months old, grew up with two cats. “We were an animal-loving family, and we all loved dogs, but I don’t think my parents wanted the work it took to have dogs…,” he said. “If I knew then what I know now, I would have insisted we adopt a dog.” Animal causes, not only for dogs, have been a constant for Cohen. He has volunteered for the Non Human Rights

Project, a group that seeks to secure legal personhood for chimps and other intelligent species, and spent a few days helping socialize animals at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. And he joined the crusade to ban carriage horses in New York City, because, he said, “The busy streets of Manhattan are no place for horses.” Creativity and comedy, Cohen said, have long been his bent. Within two years of his 1992 graduation from the University of Michigan with a degree in English and psychology, he was writing and performing comedy in New York City. Comedy Central and MTV hired him to write, perform and produce comedy for television; he proceeded to produce and write series and specials for Nickelodeon, the

History Channel and NBC. His 2,000-plus hours of television producing, programming and writing credentials included Discovery Channel’s sevenyear series “Cash Cab,” for which he won three Daytime Emmy Awards and MTV’s Ace Award-winning series “Idiot Savants,” as well as work for VH1, Spike and ABC Family. Now, Cohen is working on television series for National Geographic Wild and the Game Show Network, and pitching a few others. He also is in the “very beginning stages” of a second book about dogs. “The future,” he promised, “will involve much more creativity.” Hot dog! “Dogs with Old Man Faces” (Running Press, 2013) is available from amazon.com and barnesand noble.com.

Gus is just one of the “crotchety canines” featured in “Dogs with Old Man Faces.”

did in “American Hustle.” That “Days of Future Past” barely acknowledges here the civil rights subtext of early X-Men comics is an especially lost opportunity. But McAvoy, who plays Professor X as a ’60s washout in the first half, charts a convincing, archetypal ’60s-’70s path. He goes from early idealism to burnout and disillusionment, then back again. He lives isolated in a castle, taking a special drug to numb the pain of being able to listen in on the thoughts of the entire world. When he shoots up (tying off his arm in a soft ’70s light), the drug allows him to regain the use of his legs. But the drug also dulls his powers, including his ability to read thoughts, to sympathize. It’s a remarkable invention, a superhero whose directive is empathy first, butt-kicking second. The needle and the damage done, indeed.

TOM COHEN


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One for all

Wootton comes up short of team championship, but Eado and Banks finish on top

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Chesapeake High School’s John Drexel is tagged out at third base by Gaithersburg’s Evan Colon during a May 20 4A state semifinal game in College Park.

Uncharacteristic play dooms Gaithersburg Several errors cost Trojans in 6-0 4A state semifinal loss to Chesapeake

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In the moments after his team had been shut out 6-0 by Chesapeake High School in the 4A state semifinals at the University of Maryland’s Shipley Field, Gaithersburg senior Nick DeCarlo was so emotionally spent that he didn’t want to remove his sunglasses. And despite the outcome of his final high school game, Gaithersburg (20-3) had earned a spot in the May 20 contest by riding DeCarlo’s talented right pitching arm, particularly in the 4A West Region final when he

was able to shake off four first-inning runs and hold visiting Walt Whitman scoreless the rest of the way, as the Trojans rallied for a 5-4 victory. When DeCarlo, a Mount St. Mary’s recruit who finished the season hitting .306, led off the bottom of the first inning against Chesapeake, it proved to be the only time the Trojans would start an inning with a hit. Gaithersburg managed only one other hit against Chris Ruszin, a one-out single by Peter Galvin in the second inning. Not only did Gaithersburg fail to score, the Trojans proved to be uncharacteristically generous on defense, committing five errors of their seven errors in the sixth inning. Chesapeake scored four unearned runs in the sixth and two more unearned runs in the seventh against a usually reliable Gaithersburg de-

fense (.949 fielding percentage). “I think we committed more errors today than we had all season coming into this game,” said DeCarlo, who was 9-0 on the mound with 57 strikeouts and a 1.19 earnedrun average in 53 innings of work this spring. “It was a rough way to finish. I know we probably could have been OK down one run. But when you look up [at the scoreboard] and you’re down five or six runs in the seventh, you know it’s going to be tough to come back.” Gaithersburg sophomore lefthanded pitcher Anthony Felitti, who has verbally committed to the University of Virginia, shut out the Cougars through five innings in the semifinals. But several errors in the sixth changed the direction of the

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One of the things that makes track and field unique from other team sports is that there’s an individual accomplishment at stake at every single meet, whether your team wins or loses. In football, basketball and even baseball, at the end of a game, you’re either a winner or a loser. In track and field, a team may fall short of a championship, but an individual can still be the champion of his or her individual event. That was the case on Saturday for two seniors of Thomas S. Wootton High School at the state championship meet at Morgan State University. Wootton didn’t exactly have a day to be ashamed of as it finished second to an excellent Bowie team. Urgy Eado and Alan Banks will end their tenure in high school as champions. Eado finally won the 800 meters after placing sixth at last year’s championships and third at the indoor finals earlier this year. This season he swept the event, w winning at the county meet and the 4A West Region meet. Wootton has a tradition of strong 800 runners and Eado said he was happy to be able to keep that tradition alive. “It feels amazing,” Eado said. “It feels really good because our school has a good history of the [3,200 re-

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Sherwood High School’s Bryse Thornwell is expected to be one of the top returning players for the Warriors.

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The Montgomery County boys’ basketball landscape will have a different look this summer, thanks to a new league launched by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. The St. Andrew’s League will include 16 teams with many, like St. Andrew’s, that played in the Montgomery County Summer League in previous summers. Lions boys’ coach Kevin Jones, who helped launch the league, said he

hopes it will help the players gain additional exposure to college coaches. The league is in the process of adding a website that includes schedules, standings, rosters and statistics, Jones said. “We just thought it would be a good opportunity to run a league the way that we wanted,” Jones said. Walt Whitman, the Class 4A state finalists, is one of the 12 Montgomery County public school teams participating in the league, hosted at the Potomac private school. “[We wanted] to do something different,” Vikings coach Chris Lun said. “... For us, its’ right in Potomac. It’s close for a lot of our kids.” Other participants include Clarksburg, Winston Churchill, Albert Ein

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lay] which is the 800 for individuals, so I’m really happy to win that. Just keep the history going. Hopefully someone will step it up next year.” Not only did he win the 800, he set a personal record of 1 minute, 54.88 seconds in the process — and he did it on legs that were tired from running a third-place finish in the 1,600 earlier in the day and running the 3,200 relay on the previous day. “[In the 3,200 relay], we did pretty good and that gave me a huge confidence,” Eado said. “This morning, I [set a personal record] in the 1,600 (4:17.31). I was feeling exhausted, but I had a confidence.” Banks earned his championship in the 300 hurdles. Like Eado, he came up short at last year’s championship with a fifth-place finish. And also like Eado, he won the

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Starting fresh with unknown talent BY

St. Andrew’s launches its summer league

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Thomas S. Wootton’s Urgy Eado, (right) won the 800 meters state title Saturday.

In his more than 30 years of coaching, Gaithersburg High School football coach Kreg Kephart has never been in a situation quite like this; not a single skill position starter — quarterback, running back, wide receiver — is returning next season. So with nearly the entire seniorladen offense expected to graduate, the search for the replacements is already underway, and it will continue during one of the county’s annual summer football passing leagues, scheduled to begin Sunday at Seneca Valley. The 7-on-7 non-contact competition gives teams like Gaithersburg a head start in evaluating their players before the upcoming season. “It’s time to assess talent, to assess guys that are rising seniors that were backups last year, time to assess kids coming off of junior varsity,” Kephart said. “... Try and teach them our offense.” The Trojans went 8-3 last season, losing to eventual Class 4A state champion Northwest in the playoffs. Kephart said he expects rising junior Lee Ervin to make an impact at re-

ceiver after playing on junior varsity last season. The replacement for senior quarterback Nick DeCarlo, an All-Gazette honorable mention, has yet to be determined, but part of the offensive line is expected to return, he said. “We got to find a quarterback, a running back and four wide receivers,” Kephart said. “... We got some guys in mind, we just obviously have to see where they are, what they know and how they perform.” Seneca Valley coach Fred Kim, whose team went 7-3 last season, said that summer league gives athletes the opportunity to run plays during live competition. These reps will be especially important for players like rising sophomore Zack Robinson, who is expected to replace outgoing senior Calvin Reighard under center. “There’s some competition where he’s simulating our offense in a passing situation,” Kim said. “The more repetitions he gets, the better he gets.” First-year Col. Zadok Magruder coach Ray Fowle said he is more concerned about developing players than winning during the summer league games. Fowle, an assistant last season, takes over a 1-9 team that has made the postseason once (2007) since reaching the 1989 state finals. “It’s a blank slate, we’re starting

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Gaithersburg High School senior Nick DeCarlo was one of the best baseball players in the state this spring.

Continued from Page B-1 game. “We probably should have gotten out of the [sixth] inning only down 1-0,” Gaithersburg coach Jeff Rabberman said. “We just had way too many mistakes. It was a tough way for my seniors to go out. They meant a lot to me and to this

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Continued from Page B-1 county and regional meets this season, to go on and set a personal record of 38.57 at the state meet. “I just knew that the last stretch is where I really [had to] push it,” Banks said. “It feels great. I was working for this and I’m glad I finally got it. ... I’ll be running at [Bowdoin College], as far as track. This is a good prep for college track.” Coach Kellie Redmond said she was happy to see her

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St. Andrew’s rising senior guard Marcus Adkison is expected to be one of the top players in the county. ing to do in this offseason,” Conley said. Sherwood coach Chris Campbell, who led his team to a 10-13 season in his first season, said summer league is the best time for the players to work on their weaknesses. “[Summer is] when you work on adding to your skill set,” Campbell said. “During the season you play to your strength.” Walter Johnson girls’ coach Lindsey Zegowitz said the county summer league is

All-Division and for the senior all-star game. Third baseman Evan Colon, who batted .350 with two doubles and two triples, was named first team AllDivision and selected to the senior all-star game and Battle of the Counties. Catcher Trey Martinez was named first team All-Division and to the MSABC All-District 2 team.

until August when we start in pads will we know who’s taking what spot.” Magruder is part of the Montgomery Blair League, which includes Blair, James H.

Blake, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Walter Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Northwood, Paint Branch, Rockville and Sherwood.

Gaithersburg and Seneca Valley participate in the Upper Montgomery County League, which also includes Bullis, Clarksburg, Damascus, Richard Montgomery, Northwest, Paint

Branch, Quince Orchard, Watkins Mill, Walt Whitman and Thomas S. Wootton. “Our guys are kind of tired of banging the weights around and running around the track,”

Kim said. “It’s going to be good to get some competition out there. The spirit of competition is always a great thing.”

team’s hardwork pay off. “They’ve worked really hard this season and we had lofty goals,” Redmond said. “It’s just great to see it all come together, I’m really proud of them.” In contrast to Wootton’s relative experience, the girls of Col. Zadok Magruder tied with Henry A. Wise to become costate champions with just one senior, Bethany White, and a collection of freshmen and sophomores. White has competed at state championships each year

since being in high school and even won the indoor 55 earlier this year, so it’s safe to assume that she impacted the underclassmen on her team. Freshman Stephanie Davis won the 100 and 200 races, with White placing sixth in each. And the two teamed up to win the 800 relay with freshman Ayanna Lynn and sophomore Shelby Trout, and the 400 relay with Lynn and sophomore Keila Robertson. Although White will be graduating, Magruder coach Lubin Hernandez Palomino

knows that the team’s youth leaves it in good shape. “We knew that she was leaving, so we had to bring in kids to fill that gap,” Palomino said. “We have huge potential at Magruder. Believe me, huge potential. They don’t know it yet, but they are very, very good at running. It’ll be a matter of sharpening their skills, and getting healthy and strong and not be another Bethany, but a good competitor, and a good, strong leader.” Other notable state champios include Chase

Weaverling (Poolesville, 2A 3,200), Michael Scott (John F. Kennedy, 4A long jump), Ozioma Edokobi (Richard Montgomery, 4A discus), Kara Huie (Wootton, 4A triple jump), Devonte Johnson (Paint Branch, 4A shot put), Autin Castleberry (Northwest, 4A high jump), Katriane Kirsch, Melanie Cirillo, Emily Murphy, and Kiernan Keller (Walter Johnson, 4A 3,200 relay), Stephen Alexander, Emmanuel Porquin, Matt Agboola and Adam Jung (Richard Montgomery, 4A 3,200 relay), Nora McUmber (Bethesda-Chevy

Chase, 4A 1,600, 3,200), Matthew Adedeji (Clarksburg, 4A triple jump), Claudia Ababio (Clarksburg, 4A shot put), Kendra Meredith (Northwest, 4A long jump), Alexus Pyles (Clarksburg, 4A 100 hurdles), Diego Zarate (Northwest, 4A 1,600), Martha Sam (James H. Blake 4A 400), Laila Ismail (B-CC, 4A 300 hurdles), Clare Severe (Walt Whitman, 4A 800), Kaela Jones, Sarah Moore, Martha Sam and Elizabeth Adesanya (Blake, 1,600 relay). Full results can be found at www.mpssaa.org.

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valuable for offseason training because it gives athletes the opportunity to compete with one another in live game situations. “For me, I just want the girls to be playing together,” said Zegowitz, whose team graduated five seniors. “We don’t worry about too many plays or that sort of thing. I just like that they’re together over the summer, that they’re playing basketball.”

program.” In the days leading up to the state semifinals, DeCarlo was named to the Montgomery County All-Division first team, the division’s most outstanding pitcher, the MSABC All-District 2 team, the senior all-star game and the Battle of the Counties. Classmate Jake Thomas, who was 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 18 2/3 innings, was also chosen first-team

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stein, Gaithersburg, The Heights, Landon, Col. Zadok Magruder, River Hill (Howard), Rockville, Richard Montgomery, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Watkins Mill and Thomas S. Wootton. The Lions return three starters, including rising senior Marcus Adkison, from last season’s 18-7 team. “It’s going to allow an opportunity for some young guys to get some minutes at the varsity level,” Jones said. While participation declined in the boys’ county league, about 50 public and private schools are participating in the girls’ league, according to Brad Roos, a senior sports specialist with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. “The real thing is for the kids to play additional games against the best competition they can play against, and quite honestly to keep them busy, to keep them involved,” Roos said. “I think it’s really important.” Montgomery Blair girls’ coach Erin Conley said that the league helps younger players gain in-game experience. That could be particularly helpful for the Blazers, who went 15-8 last season with five seniors and four in the starting lineup. “For us particularly, we have definitely a lot of rebuild-


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VOLLEYBALL

GOLF

GOLFER OF THE YEAR

FIRST TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brendan Peel

Georgetown Prep Senior Little Hoyas star won or tied for second in 12 of 13 events this season, including a victory IAC s. The consistent golfer’s scores ranged from 35-37 for nine-hole matches and 70-74 for 18-hole tournaments. He also tied for second at Metros to help Prep repeat as champions.

Paul Malinauskas

Thomas S. Wootton Senior, outside hitter Repeat Player of the Year led Patriots to their second straight county title over Clarksburg. He displayed a powerful left-handed swing and equally impressive jump serve.

Noel Camello

Wheaton Sophomore, libero Defensive specialist with tricky serves was key to division title.

Vedo Evantanto

Magruder Junior, setter Second-year captain led team in assists (341) and aces (33).

Jon Nguyen

Clarksburg Senior, setter Instrumental in leading Coyotes to an appearance in county title match.

COACH OF THE YEAR

FIRST TEAM

COACH OF THE YEAR

Bob Barry

Georgetown Prep Veteran helmsman guided a deep and talented Little Hoyas squad to the IAC regular-season title, a second place finish at the IAC tournament and a second consecutive Metros championship.

Second Team and Honorable Mentions can be found online at www.Gazette.net

John Hartranft

Thomas S. Wootton Guided the Patriots to their second straight county championship and undefeated season despite graduating five starters from the 2013 title team.

Felix Tolentino

Ceril Venegas

Kevin Yates

Provided Rams offense with strong attack swings and a stellar jump serve.

Proved to be valuable to the Rockets on both sides of the net this spring.

Two-year starter led team in kills and was leader on and off the court.

R. Montgomery Senior, MH

Rockville Senior, OH

Sherwood Senior, OH

Second Team and Honorable Mentions are online at Gazette.net

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For the first time in school history, the Avalon School baseball team won both the Maryland State Private School B tournament and the Old Line Conference title in the same season. Less than two weeks after it defeated NoVa to win the Old Line Conference title game at Kelley Park in Gaithersburg, Avalon defeated longtime league rival The Heights, 5-3, in the private school tournament’s championship game at the same venue. The Black Knights prevailed with a combination of seasoned veterans and talented underclassmen who are scheduled to return for two more seasons. “All season long our two senior captains, Billy Lennox and

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Thunderbolts hope to clean up past mistakes in Ripken League Silver Spring, along with Bethesda, Gaithersburg and Rockville, set to begin CRCBL season

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Late-game errors, two-out walks, bloopers and balls in the dirt — these were the types of plays that cost the Silver SpringTakoma Park Thunderbolts games last summer and led to a 13-31 season. “The type of plays a lot of inexperienced guys make,” Thunderbolts second-year manager Doug Remer said. “... We missed out on a lot of opportunities.” With the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League set to begin next week, Remer is hoping that an extra year of experience can help the Thunderbolts cut down on those mistakes and improve on last season’s record. The team returns five players and is building around that core, Remer said. “We competed last year. We lost a lot of games in the last two innings,” he said. “... A lot of the new players I feel are going to complement those five we have.” One of the returning players is Jake Taylor, an Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

graduate (Class of 2010) and rising senior at Flagler College. “We just need to focus on it a little bit more and come out prepared,” said Taylor, who had three home runs and a team-high 16 RBIs last summer. Remer said that baserunning will be one of the Thunderbolts’ strengths. Catcher Robert Lucido Jr. stole a teamhigh 15 bases last season and is expected to be an impact player again, Remer said. “We have a lot of guys coming out that put the ball in play, and [we have] team speed, and pitchers that can throw strikes,” he said. The Thunderbolts join the Bethesda Big Train, the Rockville Express and the Gaithersburg Giants as the four Montgomery County teams competing in the competitive college wood bat league, founded in 2005. “The best thing in summer ball is just getting to play, seeing pitchers from all over the country, seeing how they pitch to you. It’s a good experience,” Taylor said. Bethesda consistently finishes at the top of the CRCBL standings; the Big Train went 30-14 last season before falling to the Baltimore Redbirds in the championship game for the second straight year, and won three consecutive titles from 2009 to 2011. “Our goal is to get better,

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First baseman Jake Taylor is set to return to the Silver Spring-Takoma Park T-Bolts this summer.

enjoy the experience, relax in a structured environment,” said 16th-year manager Sal Colangelo. “... We’re going to have a lot of blue-collar guys that come in and play hard.” Gaithersburg went 26-18 last summer in its first season in the CRCBL under manager Jeff Rabberman. The Express went 25-19 before falling to Bethesda in the postseason. Rick Price, Rockville’s third-year manager, said the team has multiple players that are coming straight out of high school, including University of Maryland recruit Jamal Wade (St. Paul’s). “I expect the league to continue getting stronger,” Price said. “We just have to get better to continue to compete.” egoldwein@gazette.net

G. Hutchinson

Delaney Shah

All-IAC selection for third straight year averaged 36 strokes per nine.

Rookie was public school’s regularseason scoring champ (35.5).

First person in county history to win co-ed and girls’ districts.

Landon Junior

Walt Whitman Freshman

Wootton Sophomore

Avalon baseball tops The Heights for private school state title BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER

First baseman Jake Taylor is set to return to the Silver Spring-Takoma Park T-Bolts this summer.

Morgan Egloff

Tommy Sanchez, have both set out their goals of going out with two titles this year,” said Avalon coach Patrick Duffy. “I think the younger kids on the team realized how much it meant to them and they didn’t want to let them down. The championship game was a great game, but it always is when we play The Heights.” Lennox and Sanchez, who verbally committed to Towson University over the weekend, were both Old Line Conference first-team selections. Lennox was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. Sophomore Pearce Howard also was named to the first team. Howard and fellow sophomore Paul Jackson should be two of the Black Knights’ key players the next two seasons. Jackson, who won four games for Avalon this spring, could develop into the ace of the staff. The Heights sent left-handed pitcher Guy DeSanctis to the mound to start the championship game, but Cavaliers’ coach

Jon Fritts replaced him with senior ace Brady Hall early on. Avalon scored two runs in the first. After The Heights tied the game in the top of the third, the Black Knights responded with three runs against Hall in the home half of the frame. While the B tournament went on as scheduled, the A tournament was cancelled due to a lack of participation. Initially, organizers expected six teams for the tournament, but three teams withdrew. “It was disappointing that we couldn’t get to play,” said Riverdale Baptist coach Terry Terrill, whose team would have been the top seed in the six-team tournament. “I think a lot of my guys wanted to play against Good Counsel and DeMatha. We’re not in a league, so those games are always really exciting and they allow us to measure how good we are each season.” tblack@gazette.net


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BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

While every team supposedly has its weaknesses, it likely won’t be hard to convince anyone in Maryland that the Sherwood High School softball team might not actually have one. Unless anyone wants to count the fact that arguably the state’s best pitcher, Towson University recruit Meggie Dejter, isn’t a home run type hitter — she’s an incredibly versatile bunter. “[Her role] is to bunt and get on base and that is exactly what she does,” Sherwood coach Ashley Barber-Strunk said. So, again, no apparent weakness. And while it’s hard to convince a team that’s achieved Sherwood’s level of success in recent years to continue to work hard and find things to fix, it was ultimately the Warriors’ unwillingness to get complacent this spring that was the cornerstone to continuing their historic run, Barber-Strunk said. With Saturday’s 12-1, sixinning win over seven-time state champion Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County in the 4A state final at the University of Maryland, College Park, Sherwood (20-0) became the first team to win three consecutive 4A titles since Calvert County’s Northern in 1996. Perhaps even more impressive has been its perfect record — 62 straight wins since May 2011 — in that time. Seriously, who doesn’t have at least one bad outing? “I always tell them we should never be 100 percent satisfied,” Barber-Strunk said. “Just because you’re winning, good teams still need to keep practicing and going back to the basics. You still have to do all the little things.” Barber-

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Sherwood High School defeated Chesapeake Saturday in College Park to win its third straight 4A softball state title. Strunk was also quick to credit former 17-year coach Pat Flanagan for putting Sherwood in a position to go unbeaten en route to three consecutive state championships. The Warriors’ first-year coach found herself with big shoes to fill when she took over the program this spring and many wondered how Sherwood would respond to having a new coach for the first time in nearly two decades. While it’s been a journey with its ups and downs, just like any season, Barber-Strunk said Flanagan’s unwavering support behind the scenes has been invaluable as she’s begun to make this program her own. While Dejter’s dominance in the pitcher’s circle has certainly been at the center of the Warriors’ success — 146 strikeouts and a 1.18 earned-run average through regionals — a variety of factors have combined to create Sherwood’s perfect storm of a team, including the nearperfect defense behind Dejter and a batting order than generated offense from top to bottom. Four players — Ni-

cole Stockinger (.712 batting average), Julie Swarr (.492), MaryBeth Bidwick (.500) and Kelly Bouma (.490) — entered the state tournament batting .490 or better. Sherwood outscored its opponents 191-5 during the regular season. The few times it faced any pressure, like in a tight 2-0 win over state semifinalist Montgomery Blair, it responded. “There’s something inside [of these girls] that fires them up when they have competition,” Barber-Strunk said. “When competition comes our way these girls do what they have to do to come out on top.” The Warriors will certainly have some questions to answer early in 2015 with the graduation of Dejter and her catcher of three years, Rae Harrison, along with Bidwick and outfielder Addie Armbruster from the starting roster. But the Warriors have a host of young and talented players who likely would’ve been starters anywhere else this year, waiting to fill those holes. Plus the heart of its lineup will stay in tact.

Sherwood has a history of good pitching and BarberStrunk said there are more than five potential hurlers looking to vie for starting time next season, including current sophomore Jamie Schmier, who struck out 15 batters and gave up just two hits in nine innings of work this spring. Both Armbruster and Bidwick agreed Sherwood should be just fine in 2015. Just as Barber-Strunk won’t allow her team to settle, she also won’t let herself get pinned into to any specific style of play that has garnered team success in the past, she said. Each new season brings different personnel with varying strengths and it’s about finding the right patterns, she added. One thing is certain: The Warriors have no intention of slowing down. “Next year we’re looking for a four-peat,” said Bouma, who hit an over-the-fence home run Saturday. “We have great hitters, I think we have the players to do it.” jbeekman@gazette.net

The Poolesville High School baseball team trailed 4-1 in the fourth inning with its usually reliable pitcher, Thayer Seely, struggling to make his way through the Parkside lineup. It was a situation that the Falcons and their lights-out pitching staff had avoided for most of their nearly perfect season, but with their backs against the wall in the school’s first ever Class 2A state semifinal May 20 in Silver Spring, Seely and his teammates weren’t fazed. With a man on third and no outs, Seely met briefly with fellow senior Hunter Pearre, then retired the next three batters to escape the inning unscathed and pave the way for a comeback. And though the Falcons didn’t complete it — they lost 5-4 in the ninth inning of the extra-inning affair — they proved once again why they belonged with Maryland’s best. “I was just saying, refuse to lose,” said Pearre, who hit the game-tying RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. “We got eight seniors; some of these guys will never pick up a baseball bat again. That’s just the sad truth of it. They just needed to grind it out ... They wanted it. We came up short. Hats off to Parkside.” Seely, a Towson University recruit, held Parkside scoreless after getting out of the fourthinning jam, finishing with three earned runs and eight strikeouts. The senior was a key part of a pitching staff that surrendered 1.82 runs per game for the Falcons (19-1), who defeated Middletown 4-0

to win the West Region. “The kids never gave up. They fought, they fought, they fought,” Poolesville coach Steve Orsini said. Parkside went ahead 3-0 in the third inning, scoring two of their runs off of Jack Goertzen’s two-out, two RBI single off the ninth pitch of the at bat. “That’s all it takes, one inning. We’ve won a lot of games in one inning. It was a great game to be able to come back the way we did,” Poolesville coach Steve Orsini said. The Falcons scored twice in the sixth inning on a twoout rally, which began with Pearre getting hit by a pitch with the bases empty. “Any way you can get on,” Pearre said. “We had to start chipping away, you weren’t going to get them all back at once. I guess that was good to get it going.” Poolesville was down to its last out in the seventh inning when senior Robbie Metz hit single to left field and eventually scored off of Pearre’s game-tying single. But it wasn’t enough. Goertzen hit the gamewinning RBI single in the top of the ninth and the Falcons came up empty in the bottom half of the inning. Orsini said this was the season that the Falcons had won a postseason game and their region. “We had a lot of firsts,” Orsini said. “... And that’s what gets things going. You have to crack the ice to get in there.” Pearre, a Barton College recruit, said the postseason experience could help the Falcons next spring. “My advice is to the younger guys is to just expect to win,” Pearre said. “They’ve all been here now … there’s no excuses, there’s no reason why this baseball program shouldn’t be one of the top in the county.” egoldwein@gazette.net

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It’s a wonder why softball catchers are so often overlooked as they do, after all, touch the ball on every single play. Though they’re hidden behind a mask and tons of protective gear, catchers are quite prominent figures in everything they do to keep a team organized, a pitcher’s mind at ease. But even 14th-year Montgomery Blair High School softball coach Louie Hoelman said he’s guilty of taking his catcher, junior Maria Cruz, for granted at times. But only because she’s so good. “She does everything she is supposed to do and I never have to worry about her behind the plate, which is a big thing for a coach,” Hoelman said. “You forget sometimes that she has to catch every pitch no matter where it is, high, outside, if it bounces. No one ran on us this year, the way she warms up. The first thing a coach will ask is, ‘What’s their catcher like?’ No one wanted to run against Blair because [Cruz] has such a strong arm and quick release. That’s another thing you take for granted, that you don’t get run on.” There’s no denying what senior pitcher Annie Pietanza did for Blair this spring. After separating herself in the second half of 2013 as the Blazers’ best pitching option — the Salisbury University recruit will likely play first base or third base in college — Pietanza worked hard in the offseason, Hoelman said, to establish herself as the type of shutdown pitcher a high school team really needs to be successful. Pietanza, who was also backed by one of the county’s stingiest defenses, finished with a 1.40 earned-run average and held opposing batters to a

.164 success rate. But Cruz’s return to the lineup after missing 2013 with a broken ankle also provided an extra boost; Hoelman said her absence behind the plate impacted the Blazers last spring. While Blair certainly remained a top tier team, it fell a bit short of its expectations in the Class 4A West Region semifinals. Cruz’s return this season — she called every single pitch — gave the Blazers an additional sense of stability, Hoelman said. “She’s like the quarterback out there,” Hoelman said. “She calls out the plays and lets people know where to throw the ball, whether it should be cut. And she does it in a really good way. She’s kind of soft-spoken but people really respect what she says behind the plate.” Though the Blazers were unable to overcome an early deficit in a 5-2 loss to seventime state champion Chesapeake High of Anne Arundel County in the state semifinals May 19, Blair’s (19-3) second state tournament appearance in four years is indicative of the program’s growth and consistency the past 10-plus years. The Blazers have not dropped below .500 since a 7-10 campaign in Hoelman’s first year back in 2001. They actually haven’t been even close to that mark the past decade. Blair has won at least 12 games every year since 2004 and 15 or more since 2010. The continued success has helped the team evolve from a group of athletes Hoelman molded into softball players each spring to a more true, softball-minded squad as upand-coming players know they must come in at a certain level to break into the varsity lineup. While there are still signs of the small-ball only Blair teams of the past — speedy Andrea Brown (.423 batting average, 24 runs scored) surfaced as one of the county’s most effective slap/drag bunters — the Blazers’ batting order (.374) was more dynamic than ever. At the

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Montgomery Blair High School senior pitcher Annie Pietanza was one of the reasons for the Blazers’ success this spring.

heart of it were three seniors — Pietanza (.450), shortstop Michelle McGhee (.407) and outfielder Briana Villa (.443). The Blazers have some big shoes to fill but the benefit of establishing itself as a top program, Blair has players ready to step in. Hoelman said he is excited about the prospect of a sister pitcher-catcher duo next spring as Maria’s younger sister, Karylena, is in line to take over pitching duties. The younger Cruz went 2-0 this season with a 2.21 ERA. “I’m excited about Karylena,” Hoelman said. “It’ll be nice to have sister pitcher and catcher. She has a certain calmness about her, she pitched about 20 innings for us and did a real good job. ... Annie really stepped up big time in the circle this year and helped us a whole lot, the whole team just kind of knew that she wasn’t going to give up too many runs and that made the whole season easier for us. The way Maria and Annie worked together to figure out batters, the way Maria handled the team and Annie this year, it was just an excellent year.” jbeekman@gazette.net


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Mobile Application Developers Westat in Rockville, MD is seeking full time Mobile Application Developers (multiple positions) to work in a collaborative environment in which knowledge is shared within and between teams. Develop mobile applications to support self-administered data collection activities from study respondents using mobile web applications, as well as interviewer led data collection activities using native mobile apps. Applications to be developed are for Apple iOS and/or Android mobile devices. Work on other projects as assigned. A bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field followed by two (2) years of experience developing mobile platform applications for Apple iOS and/or Android devices. Experience should include requisite mobile App development skills such as native device development experience, App store deployment experience, HTML5 and CSS experience. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a background screening based on the specific position which will include, at a minimum, criminal records history. To apply, go to www.westat.com/jobs and enter the Job ID 7952BR in the space provided. EOE www.westat.com Skilled Trade

Plumbing Service Dispatcher

Coordinate service calls, invoices, job materials, etc. Quickbooks exp pref. Must be reliable! $13-15/hr M-F 8:00am-4:30pm

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Wood Flooring

Floor helper needed in Gaithersburg area to assist Floor Mechanic.Own vehicle needed. Contact Weyer’s Floor Service, Inc. at 301-912-2700.

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City of Gaithersburg has an immediate opening for a PT Evening Counselor at the Wells/Robertson House; Monday through Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 12 midnight. Must have some experience in substance abuse/chemical dependency counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation, have a valid Maryland driver’s license, and be able to drive a 15-passenger van. Supervised Counselor-Alcohol and Drugs (CSC-AD) certification preferred. $13.50 to $15.75 per hour DOQ/DOE. Apply online by June 10, 2014, and view current job opportunities at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/government/jobopportunities or call 301.258.6327 for more information. EOE/M/F

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To apply fax resume to: 301-838-9022 Attn: Linda

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Work From Home

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Automotive

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$

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14,980

$

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15,980

$

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$

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14,998

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