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Starr steps back on plan to let students sleep in

A celebration for Clarksburg High

Cites cost and mixed feedback as obstacles to original proposal




Montgomery County students won’t be changing their alarm clock settings after all. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr announced Tuesday that, following school system analysis and community feedback, he is stepping away from the recommendation he had made in October to change school start times. Starr said in a Tuesday school system release that implementing the proposed changes would be too expensive and that community feedback on the plan was “mixed.” He initially recommended that high schools start 50 mintues later, middle schools start 10 minutes earlier and elementary schools end their day 30 min-


Clarksburg High School graduates Francine Eyiram Grey-Theriot (right) embraces Manika Sachdeva as Cristina Maria Guillen looks on following their commencement Friday morning at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg.

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Clarksburg is celebrating the start of summer with a free block party Saturday. The family-focused event is scheduled from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Clarksburg Village Center on Sweetshrub Drive. The afternoon will include demonstrations from Kick’s Karate, tasting samples from Harris Teeter’s Rancher Grill truck,

n Where: Clarksburg Village Center, on Sweetshrub Drive

as well as samples and give-aways from Clarksburg Village Center merchants. Kid-friendly activities include face and hair painting, a kid’s fun run and a bouncy house. Music fans will have a chance to come out and

register for Bruno Mars concert tickets courtesy of Mix 107.3 radio station, who will also be on site pumping the center full of the latest tunes. The Clarksburg band, Toxic Box, will hold a free live concert from 4 to 5:30 p.m. “We have had tremendous support from the Clarksburg community since the center opened last November, and we wanted to host a free, family friendly event for our neighbors as a way of saying thank you. After the tough winter we all have endured, we thought what would be a better way to celebrate and say thank you to

the community for their continued support than a good old fashioned neighborhood block party. We hope families will come out and enjoy the day and the long awaited sunshine,” said Mary Linman, marketing representative for Clarksburg Village Center, in a press release about the event. For more information on the Clarksburg Village Center Summer Block Party visit pages/Clarksburg-VillageCent er/711316112229559?ref=hl.

utes later. The proposal centered around starting high schools at 8:15 a.m. instead of 7:25 a.m. to allow high school students to get more sleep. Starr said in October that there’s “a clear link” between sleep and students’ health and well-being. The proposed shifts at the middle school and elementary school level were made in part to ensure that the school system’s buses could continue to be used for multiple routes each morning and afternoon. Changing the bell times, however, would translate to significant added costs estimated to be at least $21.6 million per year, Starr said in a memo to county school board members. The school system faces other priorities that need to be funded, including hiring more school counselors and psychologists and expanding technology use, he said.

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Early-voting sites • Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg • Damascus Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Drive, Damascus

• Germantown Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown • Jane Lawton Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase • Marilyn J. Praisner Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville • Mid-County Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring • County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville • Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring • Wheaton Recreation Center, 11711 Georgia Ave., Wheaton

Jerry’s Subs and Pizza in Damascus awarded beer, wine license Restaurant is fifth since lifting of ban




The owners of the Jerry’s Subs and Pizza franchise in Damascus expect to begin serving beer and wine within the month, making Jerry’s the fifth restaurant in town to win such a license.

“We have no choice— for us to survive, we have to provide beer and wine,” said Puru Shrestha who operates the restaurant with his wife Saraswati Shrestha. The restaurant is located at 26400 Ridge Road (MD 27) in the center of Damascus. The county Board of License Commissioners awarded the Germantown couple, who took over the restaurant eight years ago, a beer and wine license




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on June 5, after a hearing in Rockville. “After the economy went down, everybody got hit,” said Puru Shrestha. But competition is even tougher among restaurants in the town of 15,000 people, because in November 2012, area residents voted to allow the sale of beer and wine served with food, lifting an 80-year ban on alcohol. In 2013, the Music Cafe, New York J&P Pizza and Ledo’s Pizza were granted licenses, and in April 2014,

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long-time restaurant Tom & Ray’s was also granted a license. “We couldn’t wait – all our competition had it, and we’re losing customers,” Puru Shrestha said. Jerry’s Subs and Pizza will begin serving beer and wine once all the paperwork is complete, Puru Schrestha said. There is no ceremony planned, and the restaurant hours will stay the same. “We wanted to try this out, because

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we think it will make a difference,” said Puru Shrestha. Jerry’s contributes a share of its sales during fundraisers for local schools and sports associations, and he said he hopes that residents will continue to spend their food dollars close to home. “Support local businesses,” he said.


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Legion awards prizes for patriotism essays The Damascus American Legion Auxiliary Unit 171 recently hosted a reception to recognize the nine student winners of the post’s recent Americanism Essay Contest, which is also held by other Legion posts around the country. Students in grades 3 through 8 were asked to participate between November and February by writing essays about the question: “How Can I Show My Pride in Being An American?” The annual contest is chaired by Unit 171’s MaryBeth Talamo. Judges Diane Kavanagh, Elaine DeStefano and Diane Burrelli of Damascus read more than 100 essays from students at Cedar Grove, Clearspring, William B. Gibbs Jr., Laytonsville and Woodfield elementary schools, and John T. Baker Middle School, Talamo wrote in an email. Students were judged according to whether they followed contest rules, the originality of their content and their grammar, she wrote. Most of this year’s winners, unless otherwise noted, attend Woodfield Elementary School, where students participate as part of their classwork. Winners for Grades 3 and 4 were: • 1st— Angie Hyatt • 2nd— Sofia Hasrat (Laytonsville Elementary) • 3rd— Lucas Farina •Honorable Mention— Grace Huffman

Winners for Grades 5 and 6 were: • 1st— Clare McDarby • 2nd— Emma Jenkins • 3rd— Abigail Stroup Winners for Grades 7 and 8 from John T. Baker Middle School were: • 1st— Uma Vishnabotla • 2nd— Theresa Dollar Cash cards were also awarded to the winners ranging in amounts from $15 to $125. Talamo said.


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Damascus American Legion Auxiliary Unit 171 recently hosted a reception to honor the nine winners of the Legion’s annual Americanism Essay Contest. From left are Sofia Hasrat, Grace Huffman, Angie Hyatt, Lucas Farina, Abigail Stroup, Emma Jenkin, Clare McDarby, Theresa Dollar and Uma Vishnabhotla. Planners with the county’s Department of Recreation also are looking at the 290-acre park — along with other sites in the Clarksburg area — as a possible location for a regional recreational and aquatics center that would include a senior center. Following the addition of public input from the meeting, Montgomery Parks will present the draft updating the park’s master plan to the county Planning Board for review. More information and an online comment tool can be found at

“It is so encouraging to hear these young people embracing the solid values of the founders of the United States of America,” wrote Kavanagh in an email. “Thank you parents and teachers for keeping our strong values alive and well for our future,” she wrote.

Public meeting Monday about Clarksburg park Montgomery Parks will present draft concept plans for the further development of the Ovid Hazen Wells Regional Park bordering Skylark Road at a public meeting on Monday, The meeting will be 7 to 9 p.m. at the Arora Hills Community Center at 23030 Birch Mead Road in Clarksburg. Ideas for the final location of the carousel to be moved from Wheaton will be included in the presentation, along with ideas for the central and eastern areas of the park bordering Md. 27.

Hearing on draft revised environmental rules Thursday The county Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday to accept public comment on draft revisions to the Guidelines for Environmental Management of Development in Montgomery County. Members of the County Coun-



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County cracks down on ‘rip-off’ artists

Betsy Freeman started a Facebook page for Damascus to help keep people connected.

Rockville woman among victims of unscrupulous home contractors





Jim Crutchfield thought he was doing everything right when he hired a roofer to work on his Cabin John home. The roofer provided references who gave good reports of his work when Crutchfield called them. The contractor said he had a license to do roofing jobs, but Crutchfield didn’t ask to see the license before the work began in December 2012. Crutchfield said the man made plenty of promises to finish the work but failed to do so, ultimately even removing part of the work that had been done and saying he didn’t have enough money to finish. Crutchfield said the experience that ultimately cost him about $8,000 was frustrating, but he learned a valuable lesson. Crutchfield’s lesson was the same that all homeowners should learn before letting anyone do work on or around their house, said Eric Friedman, director of Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection. “You really need to make sure they’ve got their license,” Friedman said. On Friday, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) announced a renewed effort by police and county departments to crack down on “rip-off artists” who target residents with fraudulent offers to do projects such as roof or driveway repair

Resident draws 1,700 ‘likes’ to Damascus Facebook page VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER

Living in a small, once-rural community of 15,000 doesn’t necessarily mean residents know what’s happening around town. Betsy Freeman, a Damascus resident for 30 years, is finding that out after starting a Damascus Facebook page almost a year ago that has since become a virtual town hall. “There’s no reason we can’t have something that connects everybody,” said Freeman, who has since pulled in almost 1,700 “likes” for her page. A native of Rome, N.Y., Freeman moved to Damascus after she got married and works as a software quality assurance manager. “I tapped my own ‘friends’ list and invited friends who lived in the area, and they started inviting their friends,” she said about the online social networking page’s growing popularity. People must become members of Facebook to see the page, which is a mix of local news, as well as business news and community notices that run the gamut from school plays to Scout troop outings to church events, Freeman said. “It’s almost like a town center, with people meeting online

today among current residents. Newcomers getting ready to move to Damascus have posted questions asking if anyone knows a good pediatrician or a good veterinarian, or if they know a welder or someone to repair a clock. “Someone once said, “You’re almost like the Angie’s List of Damascus,” she said. To support local businesses, Freeman has also introduced “cash mobs” to the page that encourage residents to patronize a particular store or restaurant during certain hours on a certain day. The practice has helped bring in more customers and also alerted residents to goods and services that they didn’t know existed in town, said Freeman. She doesn’t accept advertising for the page. One of the Facebook members also publicized the Damascus Historical Museum by organizing a scavenger hunt requiring that participants go the museum near the Damascus library for the list of objects to find. Administering the Facebook page takes time, but Freeman said she has no problem doing it. “I never feel it’s an obligation,” she said. “It’s always been a joy.”


Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett speaks at a news conference Friday at the Rockville home of Selma Nootenboom, who was the victim of a scam by an unlicensed tree cutter. Nootenboom and her nephew Eric Barr (right) listen to Leggett. or tree work or removal. “We will not tolerate the victimization of our residents, particularly our seniors,” Leggett said. Leggett appeared with representatives from the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, Montgomery’s Office of Consumer Protection, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and police from other jurisdictions. They spoke at the Rockville home of Selma Nootenboom, an elderly woman who was charged $2,000 for tree work despite agreeing to pay only $700. Nootenboom is legally blind and hard of hearing, her nephew Eric Barr said Friday. The man took one branch off, filled a small hole with cement and charged her $2,000, Barr said. The county was eventually

able to get the money back, he said. According to county police, a victim in Chevy Chase paid four contractors a total of $80,000 to perform the same job, while another resident in the southern part of the county paid $160,000 for three different roof jobs, plus trimming and cutting of various trees. An elderly county resident paid $240,000 for work at his home with few results, according to police. Unsolicited contractors, or “woodchucks,” often provide a low estimate for how much work will cost, said county police Lt. Michael Hartnett. The problem is not just one for Montgomery County, but for the Washington region, costing from $2 million to $3 million regionally each year, he said.

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and sharing event information,” she said. “It’s really blossomed.” There are also times when a controversial issue will surface, and people have no hesitation about posting opinions pro and con. One such debate focused on the area’s recent vote to lift the longstanding ban on alcohol in Damascus to allow the serving of beer and wine in restaurants. “I administer the site, and I do what I think is right,” Freeman said. “I check it during the day to see if there are any fights going on, but there have been very few times when I’ve had to delete anything.” Freeman also encourages members to post photos for sports events or the Damascus High graduation, and she posts some herself of things she spots around town as she does errands. She likes to keep the page interesting by coming up with ideas to engage people. Once she took pictures of street signs in Damascus and invited people who live on the street now and who lived on it in the past to comment. “The streets in a suburban community are the patchwork that pulls people together,” Freeman said. Freeman welcomes some reminiscing, but she doesn’t want the Damascus Facebook to become a memories-only page. She also wants it to reflect what’s happening in the town


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Panel probing credit cards to open sessions School board committee closed its first meeting LINDSAY A. POWERS



An ad hoc committee examining credit cards given to Montgomery school board members will hold open meetings going forward after one meeting behind closed doors. The committee — consisting of school board President Philip Kauffman, Vice President Patricia O’Neill and member Michael Durso — met for the first time in early May in a closed meeting. Kauffman formed the group in April after it was brought to light that school board member Christopher S. Barclay used his school system-issued credit card to make personal purchases totaling nearly $1,500 and later had to reimburse the school system for them. The committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday. Dana Tofig, a county school system spokesman, said in a Tuesday email that the meeting will be open and the committee members are scheduled to meet with the attorneys before the

meeting. Kauffman had said in an interview earlier on Tuesday that the meeting would be closed because it would involve committee members’ discussions with school system attorneys. The school board has come under fire for the decision to closing some of its meetings as its reviewed the issue. The committee’s first meeting was closed because the members were following normal procedures for the board’s adhoc committees, which typically focus on school board operations rather than school system policy, Kauffman said. In the past, he said, the committees have not been required to comply with the Maryland Open Meetings Act. The current ad hoc committee, Kauffman said, does not involve a quorum of board members and was formed by the board president rather than the full board. David Paulson, communications director for the state Attorney General’s Office, said he could not comment on the specific situation of the Montgomery board’s committee. Speaking generally, he said that — based

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onthestatelawandopinionfrom the state Open Meetings Compliance Board — it is OK for an ad-hoc committee or subcommittee to hold a closed meeting if the group does not constitute a quorum of the full body and was not formed by a rule, resolution or bylaw. The Montgomery school board consists of seven members plus a student member. A quorum is at least four members. Kauffman said public interest spurred the decision to open up the committee’s meetings. Danuta Wilson, a member of the Parents’ Coalition, filed a complaint dated May 31 with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office that raises “an apparent violation” by the county school board of the state Open Meetings Act. The complaint cites the committee’s closed meeting in early May. Paulson said the state Attorney General’s Office will reply to the complaint within about 30 days. The committee members will meet on Thursday with school system attorneys who have been going through expense records from the past several years, Kauffman said.

He said he’s “not sure where that review will lead us.” Kauffman said the committee members’ discussion during the early May meeting included the processes and guidelines associated with the cards. The minutes of that first meeting will be posted, he said. After its review, the ad hoc committee will make recommendations to the full board. Kauffman said he anticipates recommendations related to the school board’s handbook, how the credit card expenses are processed and the requirements for expense approvals. “There were issues that have come up where we’ve determined that we needed clarification of our expense guidelines,” he said. Its discussion also will cover whether board members should have the cards at all, he said. Kauffman said he does not know how many meetings the committee will hold before it makes a recommendation and moves the issue to the full board. The committee will conduct “as many as it will take to get the job done,” he said.


Nomi and Fred Glaser of Potomac show off the college ring he gave Nomi a half-century ago — and which came back into their lives last month.

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Fred Glaser of Potomac was sure he would never see his college ring again. After all, he lost it in 1965, 49 years ago — before serving in Vietnam, before getting married, before raising two children, before becoming a grandfather. But in early May, he got a message from his alma mater, New York University, informing him that someone was trying to contact him about a lost class ring, one with his name inscribed inside. The story, Glaser said, started on a pleasant summer day when he and his girlfriend, Nomi, went for a drive along the Bronx River Parkway in New York. “We pulled off on a grassy knoll,” he said. “It was a nice day.” They were serious sweethearts: In the parlance of the 1960s, they were “going steady,” dating only each other. As a symbol of their commitment, Glaser gave her his school ring and she wore it on a chain around her neck. Before they left, they noticed the ring was missing, Glaser said. They looked and looked in the grass where they had been, but could not find the ring. “I felt really bad about it,” he said. “But it was nowhere to be found.” Soon, he said, the ring was forgotten and life went on. “I must have eventually for-


A Potomac teacher faces charges of secretly videotaping a foreign exchange student staying in his home by sliding an iPad under the bathroom door. Darrien L. Tucker, 39, of the 10800 block of Deborah Drive in Potomac, is a physical education teacher at the McLean School of Maryland in Potomac, according to Montgomery County police. He was also a volunteer assistant coach for the football team at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda but decided before his arrest not to return next year because of “another opportunity,” said Dana Tofig, a spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools. Tucker was arrested June 3, charged with five counts of visual surveillance with prurient intent. Five times from May 27 to May 31, Tucker slid an iPad under the bathroom door while the 18-year-old female foreign exchange student was inside, according to police. The student first noticed the iPad when she was in the bathroom showering. The student used her phone to tape the iPad being slid under the door. She also placed a video camera in the hallway to tape Tucker in the act, police said.

Konrad Oles, 10, of Olney, asks Christina Hernandez, 15, of Damascus, about the goats in the 4-H tent at the Sandy Spring Museum’s 33rd annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday. BILL RYAN/ THE GAZETTE

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Board of Education member Christopher S. Barclay (D), who is running for a Montgomery County Council seat, has lost endorsements from two unions representing county teachers and education employees. The Montgomery County Education Association, which represents about 12,000 teachers and other educators, announced Wednesday that members of the union’s Representative Assembly voted to withdraw a recommendation for Barclay in the Council’s District 5 race. “We believe Chris can have a good future in public service in the county,” union president

Doug Prouty said in a Wednesday statement. “But in light of the recent news and financial disclosures, we cannot recommend him in this race at this time.” The union has not endorsed another candidate for the District 5 seat. Barclay has recently come under fire for using a school system-issued credit card to make multiple personal purchases totalling nearly $1,500, charges he was required to reimburse. SEIU Local 500 — which represents bus drivers, maintenance workers and other school system service employees — withdrew its support Wednesday. The union said it now backs Del. Tom Hucker (D) for the open seat, according to the union’s website. Union president Merle Cuttitta said in a statement Wednesday that Hucker is “a steadfast supporter of our schools, our

children and our community.” “He is an experienced leader on progressive issues and he has a track record of getting things done,” Cuttitta said in the statement. “We have no reservations about endorsing him for the Montgomery County Council.” SEIU initially backed Barclay in the race, saying he was someone who “earned our support over the course of many years and will be a strong voice for schools and education — from cradle to college! — on the County Council.” Tom Israel, executive director of the county teachers union, said in March that Barclay has stood up as an advocate for county schools in difficult budget times despite facing “abuse” for his decisions. In his June 4 statement, Prouty said the teachers union members “look forward to con-

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tinuing to work with Chris as a member of the Board of Education.” Among Barclay’s backers, County Council President Craig L. Rice said he stands behind Barclay. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he believes that people should make amends for their bad decisions. But unless some Barclay’s actions were found to be criminal, “it’s not going to change my support,” he said. “I think Chris is a dedicated person who certainly had a strong voice on the school board and [made] sure every single child was ready to receive a quality education,” Rice said. “Those qualities that led me to support him, those kinds of things haven’t changed.”



given [Nomi] for losing it, because two years later, immediately upon returning from a duty in Vietnam, we got married,” he wrote in an email. The Glasers moved to Montgomery County 40 years ago and have lived in Potomac for 37 years. The ring, however, stayed in New York, buried in the grass until 1973, when Tony Zorabedian, who made a hobby of searching for hidden treasures with his metal detector found it. Zorabedian“madeanattempt to locate me,” Glaser said. “There was no Internet and [NYU’s College of Science and Engineering] no longer existed so he tossed the ring into a box where he put items he had unearthed over the years.” There it stayed, with Zorabedian’s other trinkets, until his death seven years ago, Glaser said. “His wife found the ring and made an attempt to find me again.” This time, with the help of the Internet, some younger relatives and the fact that Glaser’s alma mater had morphed into the current NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and therefore was tied into the alumni office, Ann Zorabedian connected with Glaser through her nephew Carey Zorabedian. Within three days of that first phone call, after 49 years, Glaser said he had his ring back. He’s happy to have it, although it doesn’t really fit well anymore, he said. And he is not going to give it back to his wife. It turns out that over the years she has lost “a lot of other jewelry,” Glaser said.

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

Aggravated assault • On May 21 at 2:20 p.m. in the 25400 block of Woodfield Road, Gaithersburg. The subject is known to the victim. Commercial burglary • On May 23 at 4 a.m. at the office of JG Group, 20410 Observation Drive, Germantown. Forced entry, took nothing. Residential burglary • 13000 block of Well House Court, Germantown, between 2:30 and 3:15 a.m. May 21. Unknown entry, took nothing. • 13000 block of Well House Court, Germantown, between 2:30 and 3:15 a.m. May 21. No forced entry, took property. • 19300 block of Golden Meadow

Drive, Germantown, between 11:45 p.m. May 22 and 6:45 a.m. May 23. Forced entry, took nothing. • 10000 block of Shelldrake Circle, Damascus, between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 23. No forced entry, took property. • 20200 block of Shipley Terrace, Germantown, between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 23. No forced entry, took property. • 21100 block of Tulip Poplar Way, Germantown, at 3 p.m. May 23. The subject is known to the victim. • 20100 block of Timber Oak Lane, Germantown, between 9 p.m. May 24 and 6 a.m. May 25. Forced entry, took property. • 26000 block of Brigadier Place, Damascus, at 11:30 p.m. May 25. Forced entry, took property.

Vehicle larceny • Three incidents in Germantown between May 19 and 27. Took an iPod, a GPS unit, a car radio and an air compressor. Affected streets include Staleybridge Road, Twinflower Circle and Brundidge Terrace.

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general election. Duncan said it’s gratifying to see how many people are familiar with his time in office and what he accomplished during that time. Among his higher-profile achievements, he lists Montgomery’s establishment as a global biotechnology center, the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring and construction of the AFI Silver Theatre and the construction of the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. But one of the accomplishments he’s proudest of was his ability to push through Montgomery government’s tendency to study and debate problems rather than act to solve them, with “paralysis by analysis” a recurring phrase at Duncan’s appearances at campaign events and candidate forums. It’s one of the areas in which he’s been most critical of Leggett, particularly on projects such as the Silver Spring Transit Center, the long-delayed transportation hub that has been the subject of construction flaws and cost overruns. The full rebirth of Silver Spring has been stalled by the transit center delays, and Leggett and the County Council have no credibility remaining on the project, he said. The county needs a handson executive to make economic development, transportation and streamlining the county’s permitting process priorities in

the next term, Duncan said. Despite his longtime presence in Montgomery politics, Duncan said he’s running as a challenger to the county’s current leadership. Leggett and Andrews have both been in office for a long time, Duncan said. Before serving two fouryear terms as county executive, Leggett was on the County Council from 1986 until 2002. Andrews has been on the council since 1998. “They are the status quo,” Duncan said. Duncan left the executive’s office in 2006 to challenge then-Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley in Maryland’s Democratic primary, before dropping out of the race to deal with depression. Depression is a horrible illness, but his illness made him more patient and understanding, Duncan said. His experience also opened his eyes to the needs of Montgomery’s special needs community, and what the county is doing to provide better access to mental health treatment. It’s also allowed him to serve as a model for some people by showing them that you can get better, he said, and he ends many of his appearances with a plea for others to get help for themselves or someone they know who is suffering from depression. He spends much of the rest of these events trying to persuade voters to make a change in the county’s leadership and give his leadership another try. “I’m running for county executive because the status quo isn’t good enough,” he said.

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county, other people told him their children can’t afford to come back to MontAndrews gomery, and working families are being stretched thin, Andrews said. If he’s elected, Andrews said he would try to increase the county’s effectiveness in Annapolis and get back a higher percentage of the taxes that Montgomery residents and businesses pay to the state. “We can’t afford to not be more involved in Annapolis,” Andrews said. He also strongly supports increasing library hours, infrastructure repair and the number of school resource officers, police officers who are stationed in the county’s schools. Andrews would also like to increase the staff of the county Inspector General’s office, whose current staff he said isn’t big enough to sufficiently monitor the county’s government. As a member of the County Council for 16 years, Andrews has been a consistent critic of the labor contracts the county signs with unions representing its workers. He criticized Leggett and Duncan for labor decisions made when each was executive, and said that as executive, he would work to keep the contracts more reasonable. Andrews also does not take campaign contributions from unions and other interest groups.




On tables in the back room of Philip M. Andrews’ Rockville campaign headquarters are thousands and thousands of letters, about 30,000 in all. They are each written by campaign volunteers to their friends, family and neighbors asking them to support Andrews in his run for county executive. The attempt to contact Montgomery County voters is an outgrowth of Andrews’ campaign, which has been partially based on personal contact with residents. Since January 2013, Andrews said he has knocked on about 20,000 doors around the county, talking with thousands of Montgomery residents about their concerns for the county. Andrews said he was very aware that he was on the voter’s time when he came to their home, that he might be interrupting dinner or some other part of the daily routine. But his experience has been overwhelmingly positive. “Almost everybody’s polite,” he said. Andrews will try to use the recognition his visits have generated in the June 24 Democratic primary against current County Executive Isiah Leggett and former executive Douglas M. Duncan. The primary winner will face Republican James Shalleck in the Nov. 4 general election. Early voting in the primary starts Thursday. Andrews said the most common concern he heard while talking to voters was that it’s too expensive to live in Montgomery County. Many retirees told him they’re thinking of leaving the

Andrews’ parents grew up during the Great Depression, and taught him the value of being careful with money. “Fiscal responsibility and progressive values go hand-inhand,” he said. Andrews grew up in Kensington, graduating from Einstein High School in 1977. Recruited to Bucknell University to play tennis, Andrews moved to Philadelphia after graduation to work for the League of Conservation Voters. He moved back to Maryland in 1988 and spent six years as the executive director of Common Cause Maryland. After a failed bid for the council in 1994, he worked as the county’s Americorps director until running again in 1998, when he was elected. Andrews said he’s accomplished much of what he set out to do on the council. He led the effort on a bill to ban smoking in restaurants in the county, as well as one to require county contractors to pay employees a living wage. The council is currently considering a bill by Andrews to allow public financing of future county executive and council candidates’ campaigns. His time on the council has given him good understanding of how the county’s government works, he said. It’s a trait he acknowledges that he shares with his two primary opponents, and hopes voters will compare their respective times in office. “We all have experience, we all have records that people can examine,” Andrews said.

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Douglas M. Duncan has a long history in Montgomery County politics. The fifth of 13 children, Duncan, 58, grew up accompanying his mother as she got involved in Rockville politics and county Democratic politics. His mother always told him that religious service was the highest calling, followed by political service, he said. He worked on Charlie Gilchrist’s campaign for county executive in 1978, and four years later earned a spot on the Rockville City Council on a platform of getting more affordable housing in the city. He became mayor in 1987, and immediately found that people looked at him differently. They wanted to know what he had accomplished and what he planned to do, and held him ultimately responsible for getting things done, he said. Being an official in Rockville allowed him to give back to a community that had such an impact on him and his family, he said. And his time in office had an added benefit. “It was perfect training to be county executive,” he said. Duncan turned that training into three terms in the executive’s office, serving from 1994 until 2006. Now he’s trying to reclaim the executive’s office against current Executive Isiah Leggett and challenger Councilman Philip M. Andrews (Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg in the June 24 Democratic primary.


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As Thomas R. Falcinelli Jr. sees it, the biggest problem in the Montgomery County sheriff’s office is staffing. “Numbers, working bodies, that’s your first priority,” said Falcinelli, who’s challenging incumbent and fellow Democrat Darren Popkin in this year’s sheriff’s race. In the June 24 primary, voters will decide who to advance to the general election in November, when there will be no Republican challenger. Falcinelli, 54, of Silver Spring, has a 29-year career in law enforcement. He’s a Montgomery County police sergeant and an attorney. Outside of policing, he is the director of officials for the Indoor Football League and is a former

referee for the National Football League. Falcinelli accused the current leadership of creating Falcinelli top-heavy staffing at managerial levels while leaving other aspects of the department understaffed. The effect, he said, is a sheriff’s department that’s spread too thin, causing some of the sheriff department’s responsibilities — such as the latenight transport of inmates — to be shifted to Montgomery County police. If elected sheriff, Falcinelli said, he would refocus the department’s priorities back on its core duties — serving orders, transporting inmates and protecting thecourt.Officerswouldbepulled from temporary assignments that didn’t involve the department’s core functions until staffing numbers improved, he said.

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Falcinelli said he would preserve the sheriff department’s commitment to help staff the Family Justice Center, a one-stop program that works with a range of agencies to help victims of domestic violence find shelter and other resources to protect themselves and their children from abusive partners. But Falcinelli said that even the Family Justice Center has had bloated staffing from the sheriff’s department, a situation he described as “overkill.” “That’s an important, worthwhile effort,” Falcinelli said of the Family Justice Center. “But there has to be balance.” Falcinelli unsuccessful ran for sheriff in 2010, the year Popkin was elected. He said he hadn’t considered running during this election until he was approached by deputies who said they wanted change. Falcinelli said he wants to “provide these guys an option.”



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While Mary Hamilton Moe was growing up in suburban Philadelphia, her father would teach her to drive at the local cemetery, whereshecouldn’t“hurtanyone,” she said. But teenage Moe wasn’t interested in driving at all, she said. She wanted to fly. Life, however, always got in the way, said the 91-year-old great-grandmother of two. “Well, there were two children to raise and all sorts of things like that,” said Moe, a Washington, D.C., resident. After years of waiting, she finally saw her dream come true June 4 at the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg. Her flight was emotional, said Carole Drake, Moe’s daughter who lives in Potomac. “My daughter even said, ‘look at grandmom go!’— just seeing her behind there,” Drake said. “Kind of fearless.” Moe co-piloted a plane for the first time, thanks to the help of Wish of a Lifetime, a Coloradobased organization that grants the wishes of deserving senior citizens, and the sponsorship of TAD Relocation, a Gaithersburg business that helps senior citizens downsize and transition into new homes across the country. “We partnered with Wish of a Lifetime to find seniors and honor them for their wonderful lives,” said Susie Danick, founder of TAD Relocation. “We just wanted to find a way to honor them and provide the funds to help them with a wish that they haven’t been able to do.” Moe’s interest in flight developed at age 10 after the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped. “I thought that was the most interesting thing in the world, and that got me into Lindbergh’s history,” she said. “And my sister, I remember, that Christmas gave me the book, ‘We,’ written by Charles Lindbergh, about his flight across the Atlantic. So that just fascinated me.” The 1930s were still some of the early years in aviation history. The first flight school had only opened two decades prior, and commercial airports only began surfacing in the 1920s. The first prototype of what would become known as a modern-day commercial jetliner wasn’t invented until 1952. But when aviator Amelia Earhart made the news— first for being the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic and later for her disappearance in the Pacific— Moe discovered her penchant for travel. “We lived in England for a while,” Drake said. “And ever since then, she would go a couple times a year across the Atlantic, and she would always count the number of times she had been.” But Moe didn’t think she would ever get to fly. She kept busy, juggling her work in advertising and raising her family, Drake said, and soon the dream got put on the backburner. It all changed when, in her early 30s, Moe was diagnosed with breast cancer. “At that time, I wished I would be a flying grandmother and that my children would be grown up and I would take off someday,” said Moe, who beat the cancer at 34. “So [today’s flight] is fulfilling that wish.” But before the booked limousine could pick up Moe at her home at the Knollwood Military Retirement Community in Washington on June 4, months of preparation had to take place. Moe had initially heard about Wish of a Lifetime through Knollwood and brought up the idea to Drake, who helped submit the application. The concept of the wish fulfillment program is simple. All eligible senior citizens can apply for the chance to have their wish granted,andrecipientsarechosen based on the purpose of their wish and whether they have a compelling story, according to Wish of a Lifetime’s website. Meanwhile, around the same time, Danick and her husband, Joel, were inspired to give back to the community. They liked Wish of a Lifetime’s mission because the foundation honors seniors, who are TAD Relocation’s core business, Danick said. “There aren’t a lot of organi-

zations that focus on seniors from that aspect,” said Joel Danick, who joined the company 10 years ago. “There are a lot of senior support agencies … but nothing that really focused on fulfilling [wishes].” They fundraised $5,000 through community efforts and sent the donation under one main condition: It would serve a senior citizen in the Washington Metropolitan area. Since then, the company has raised another $5,000, and the next recipient from the area will be announced in July, Susie Danick said. After receiving the donation, Wish of a Lifetime paired TAD Relocation with Moe and announced the surprise at a Knollwood anniversary celebration just after Christmas this past year. “She was really, really shocked,” Drake said. A few months later, Moe’s dream was ready to take off. The sleek black limousine picked up Moe at 10:30 a.m. June 4 and brought Moe, her daughter, granddaughter, two great-granddaughters and three friends to the airpark. There she met Batelle Rachmian, general manager at the flight school and Moe’s instructor for the day. In the classroom, they reviewed the area, what to expect while in the air and taking off, plane controls and the flight plan, Rachmian said. Moesaidshejustfelt“acouple of thumps” in her heart before the flight and was eager to get aboard. They took off in a single-


engine Cessna 172 and went 15 miles north and returned within the hour. Rachmian said that although Moe is the oldest student she’s ever taught, Moe performed better than other beginners on their first lesson. “She really knew what was going on. If it’s other airplanes talking, she knew that there was someone telling us they’re coming, and she knew when she was doing something wrong, she could figure it out,” said Rachmian, who has been an instructor for eight years. “And there was one time that I held the [control] yoke, and she noticed. She could potentially do solo.” The Federal Aviation Administration mandates a minimum of 40 hours of practice, including five solo, for a private pilot’s license, according to the administration’s website. But the average is closer to 70, based on how often they fly, Rachmian said. Moe has about four more hours paid for by the wish. For now, Moe is just enjoying theexperience—sheevenjokingly brought along a Neiman Marcus shopping bag for a barf bag— after plans derailed last month when she caught pneumonia, and she wasn’t sure if Wednesday work in her favor either. “I thought today, ‘Oh, it’s going to be rainy and stormy, or it’s going to be hot and sultry,’” Moe said. “But it’s a beautiful day, and I couldn’t wish for more.”


Seeks to better inform, involve parents



Larry Edmonds took his first step into a parent-teacher association when the principal at his daughter’s elementary school asked him and another man to help lead the dad-less group. “I heard all the nightmare stories about PTAs,” he said, but he accepted the offer. Since that first PTA vice president role, Edmonds has continued his involvement all the way to the county level. He has served in the past as the vice president of legislation for the Montgomery County Council of ParentTeacher Associations and as a member of its delegates assembly that helps link the countywide council and local PTA groups. He currently serves as the county PTA’s legislative committee chair and the area vice president of the Northeast Consortium. Edmonds is now looking to make the move from PTA leader to Board of Education member. The Silver Spring resident is seeking the board’s District 5 seat currently held by Michael Durso, who is running for a second term. Edmonds — a commercial development director for a pest control company — said he is running for the school board seat because he thinks he can provide some needed change. In addition to his PTA roles,

Edmonds was also one of the original members of the school system’s Parent Edmonds Advisory Council. One of his priorities should he be elected, Edmonds said, involves better informing parents about the opportunities available to help their children succeed, whether the goal is college or a vocation. Students need to hear more at home about the value of their education and informed parents can help pass that lesson along, he said. Edmonds said he sees areas of the county where parents could be engaged more and encouraged to participate more in schools, especially parents of African American and Hispanic students. “We’re not getting into those zones and saying, ‘Look, this is what’s important,’” he said. The school board should also be more “open,” Edmonds said. He said he has heard from parents who say the board has made decisions in the past that parents had not been aware were on the table. A solution, Edmonds said, is for the school system to ramp up efforts to reach out to parents and the county organizations in which they are members. “Parents give you pretty

good insight” on how things can be best accomplished, he said. “They’re in the trenches every day.” Edmonds said he thinks the school board did not handle the latest capital improvements program budget well. School officials waited too long to talk to members of the Maryland General Assembly about the funds they needed for theschoolsystem’sovercrowded, aging buildings, he said. The county should have also asked for money by itself, rather than partnering with Prince George’s and Baltimore counties, he said. Edmonds said he thinks the school system should have diverted more money in the past to capacity-building construction projects rather than to portables. “Our long-range planning was way out of whack,” he said. Edmonds also said he wants the school system to add healthier food options in school cafeterias. Schools need to help students become better informed about the nutritional value of what they’re eating and make good decisions for their meals, he said. Edmonds gave the current school board a B minus for its work. The board members needs to “speak up more,” he said, and come up with more ideas for change. Now, he said, he sees board members more often consider changes that others propose.


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Dolma Johanison runs a hand over the top of her buzzed speckled grey hair, laughs, and says it’s getting a little long. As a Buddhist nun she’s expected to keep it short. A relic of her Tennessee upbringing, Johanison’s southern twang may have picked up a few paces between Nashville and the Pentagon, where she held her last position in the Army as a major, but it lingers in most of her vowels. In college, Johanison started


Continued from Page A-1 The costs associated with the change include those related to transportation and staffing, according to a June report reviewing community input on and the estimated financial impacts of Starr’s proposal. Starr said in a Tuesday interview that he was not surprised by the mixed feedback on his proposal because it matched informal conversations he has had over the last 18 months or

her career as a part-time police officer in Tennessee; now at 48 she’s an acupuncturist and Buddhist nun. Johanison joined the Army National Guard after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, ready for something beyond Tennessee. She had long eschewed the expectations of her as a young woman in the south, her younger brother Jason Tomlinson explained. “She was always ahead of the bell curve,” he said. Johanison described herself at the time: “I was like a shape with pointy edges.” She worked on Black Hawk helicopters, and traveled to Central America on a peace keeping mission. She recalled one visit to a poor village, where she was ac-

companying a doctor. She gave away the team’s lunches to the kids—“skin across skeletons”— to the chagrin of the pilot. As the helicopter blades warmed up for them to leave, swinging low around the cabin, a woman approached Johanison, trying to hand her baby to her. When Johanison wouldn’t take the baby, the woman slipped a folded note into Johanison’s breast pocket. In Spanish it explained that the woman wanted Johanison to take her child for it to have a chance at a better life. Over 20 years later, Johanison cried. “I was really not ok for a long time after that,” she said. Back in the U.S., Johanison moved on to become a military police officer and then a criminal analyst. The analysis work

came as a relief. “I was never comfortable actually carrying a weapon,” Johanison said. In 1999 Johanison was standing in her driveway in Arizona when the Army National Guard chief of staff called her from Washington, D.C., to offer her a position at the Pentagon. “When she came up in the Army, I’m sure there were other women, but she was definitely a trailblazer,” said Tomlinson. She moved to Northern Virginia to start the job. At the same time she started reading more about Buddhism. Johanison had tried every religion she could find, toting her two adopted children to Protestant services and traditional Native American ceremonies. “Since I was 10 years old I had

a thirst for spirituality that just could not be quenched,” she said. Then she came across Kunzang Palyul Choling Temple in Poolesville. “The first time I walked in the door, I knew I was home is the only way I know how to explain it. I saw pictures of my teachers on the wall and I just burst into tears,” she said. She moved to Poolesville afterjoiningthetemple,whereshe nowrunsanacupuncturepractice at her home. A few days a week she works out of another office in Ellicott City. In 2008 Johanison took over 200 vows to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun. The practice centers around ending suffering and disengaging from the earthly world. Instead of charity, Buddhists focus on affecting the en-

ergy of the world. “On the outside it may look like we sit around and we chant and we do prayers and we meditate.” But, she explained, “the process of that is a technology that changes the energy of the world, the energetic dynamic of the world and possible outcomes.” As Johanison got deeper into her practice, her work at the Pentagon doing criminal investigation began to feel more emotionally taxing. She also sensed an impending deployment to Afghanistan, and as a Buddhist she did not want to be involved in war. So she retired and enrolled at the University of Maryland’s Tai Sophia Institute, now called the Center for Integrative Medicine, for four years of studying acupuncture.

so with students, parents and teachers about the possibility of different bell times. The school system used several avenues to determine public opinion, including community forums, surveys, discussion groups and emails. “We got extensive community feedback that is not conclusive at all,” Starr said. The surveys got input from about 15,307 parents, 45,691 students and 14,943 staff members. About 78 percent of parent survey respondents supported Starr’s proposal, according to

the June report. When asked how the proposal would affect them and their children, about 62 percent of parents said the changes would have a positive effect on students’ energy levels and about 60 percent said they would have a positive effect on students’ readiness to learn, the report said. High school students and teachers were split nearly exactly down the middle about the proposal. About 86 percent of high school students who responded to the survey said the shift would

mean they would get more sleep, the report said. About 52 percent said it would be harder to participate in after-school activities. At the elementary-school level, survey results showed that about 65 percent of students and about 70 percent of staff disagreed with the proposal. About 700 people overall attended the four community forums, held at Paint Branch, Richard Montgomery, Seneca Valley and Montgomery Blair high schools. Some forum participants shared concerns about potential

effects, including that the later high school start time would mean less time for after-school activities and that the longer elementary school day would prove too much for the young students. Others supported the change, saying high school students would grab more shut-eye. Starr said he is interested in what a future state study of school start times will reveal and whether the state might decide to provide resources to local systems seeking later bell times. The county school system might still return to the issue “in

a different way,” Starr said. “I think the door is not totally closed,” he said. The school board is scheduled to discuss the issue June 17. Mandi Mader — a member of the school system’s original Bell Times Work Group, a psychotherapist and a parent advocate for later start times — said she doesn’t think Starr was creative enough in trying to develop a plan. Mader said the later high school start time would have helped the sleepdeprived teenagers she comes across in her work.



Mildred Mandel (Millie) Sirotkin, beloved wife of Paul Sirotkin, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2014 at the age of 96 years in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Millie is survived by her husband, Paul, and two of their three children, Karl Marvin Sirotkin of Germantown, Maryland and Deborah Sirotkin Butler, of Arlington Massachusetts. Her other daughter, Joan Beth Sirotkin Austin predeceased her in 2013. She is also survived by her four grandchildren Samuel Butler, Sarah Butler Nabbit, Daniel Sirotkin and Leela Sirotkin. Millie was also predeceased by her brother Emmanuel (Manny) Mandel, who volunteered to fight against fascism and General Franco in Spain in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Manny was killed in 1936 in the Battle of Sur Los Banos, as part of a valiant rear guard action. Millie and Paul were married in 1936 in Detroit, Michigan where they spent the early years of their marriage. They were married in 1936 and lived together 78 love-filled years. While Paul founded a dental tech firm, Millie enrolled in Wayne State University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in education. Millie taught in the Detroit Schools for many years. She was so well loved that the students she taught in elementary school often returned to visit her during their junior high school and high school years. She was devoted to her beloved husband Paul, as well as a talented cook, needlewoman and seamstress. Millie was warm and welcoming to all, often opening her home to friends and family alike and sharing her wonderful cooking with them. After her retirement, she and Paul to live full time in the Pleasant Lake Community, in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. Millie was a docent at Cranbrook Nature Center. There she received local notoriety for her work piecing together fossil turtles, as well as teaching and demonstrating to the classes that visited Cranbrook Nature Center. Memorial arrangements are TBA. It is anticipated there will be a memorial service in Michigan at a future date. To receive future notice, contact her daughter Deborah by email at, or at her office 781-641-9939 to be contacted when plans are finalized. To make a donation in Millie’s name to the Alzheimers Foundation, donations may be made online:

Christopher Lee Thompson of Monrovia, MD passed away on Tuesday, May 27th at his home with his wife of 24 years, Erica, and two daughters, Jessica and Chasie. He was 51 years old, born on July 22, 1962 in Bethesda, MD. Chris’ greatest joy was raising his family and spending time with them. He is survived by his parents, Charlie and Libbi Thompson, his 3 brothers, Mike, Brian, Steve, and his best friend Pat Hannon, as well as many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. His family will miss him more than they can express. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Patty Pollatos Fund in Memory of Chris Thompson at Condolences may be shared with the family at http:// 1908941


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The son of a foreign service officer, Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. spent much of his childhood abroad, growing up in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India and Turkey. Living abroad developed in Van Hollen an interest in foreign affairs and national security, issues that he said would eventually lead him to run for Congress in 2002. During his six terms in the House of Representatives, Van Hollen (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington has played a key role in legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, the Farm Bill — which established a grant program to help farmers reduce agricultural runoff into the Chesapeake Bay — and the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act. As ranking Democratic member of the Budget Committee, he was deeply involved in ending the government

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In connection with creating jobs, he also supports the current push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and index the wage to inflation. He said he also supports ongoing negotiations with Iran to avoid it developing nuclear weapons and U.S. involvement in trying to bring a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. Van Hollen is also an advocate for campaign finance reform. He has proposed The Disclose Act, a bill that would prevent secret donations. No limits would be placed on how much could be contributed but contributors would be required to disclose who they are and how much they are spending, he said. “I just think the public has a right to know who’s bank-rolling these political campaigns,” he said. Van Hollen is also working on efforts to require universal background checks for gun purchases and to bring troops back from Afghanistan. Congressional gridlock is a sore point with voters. While Van Hollen said he sympathizes, he also said voters can use election day to get Congress moving again. “The way you move forward on big issues is to make sure the Speaker of the House allows democracy to work its will,” he said. From the inside, he and his colleagues are looking for areas of common ground, he said. Van Hollen is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where he earned his bachelor of arts in philosophy, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government where he earned his Masters of Public Policy and Georgetown University School of Law where he earned his law degree. He lives in Kensington with is wife Katherine and their three children.

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Poolesville’s solar future Poolesville took a forward-thinking step recently by installing a solar array to provide the power necessary for its wastewater treatment plant. “We’re big enough and small enough to take on a project like this and bring it to fruition,” town commissioners president Jim Brown said. The project cost about $2.7 million, and Standard Solar of Rockville built it. Footing the bill was an energy company, UGI Corp. of King of Prussia, Pa., which then gets payments on the energy as well as renewable energy credits from the state. By powering the treatment plant with solar energy, the town has prevented nearly 600,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere since the array went online in February, the town says. The project also helps to show other communities what is possible. At a news conference announcing the completion of the project last week, former Poolesville commissioners president Eddie Kuhlman said he had wanted solar power to serve all of Poolesville’s public utility needs, but state laws limited how much power the town could produce, reserving large projects for utility companies. State Sen. Brian Feldman said he wanted to look at what prohibitions to solar power the state could remove. The General Assembly should scale back those restrictions, if for no other reason than Montgomery municipalities are ready to take significant steps forward in solar energy.

Expanding the vote in Rockville A group of teenagers is hoping Rockville allows 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in the city’s 2015 elections. Members of the Maryland Youth Legislative Councils have met with Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and several council members seeking the change. The Rockville students are collecting signatures and spreading the word via social media. Their efforts follow Takoma Park’s decision in May 2013 to lower the voting age in city elections. Although it’s only one election, it’s hard to say that expanding the franchise was anything other than successful. According to the election report from Takoma Park’s election last November, 44 percent of the registered 16- and 17-year-olds voted compared with 10.7 percent of all voters. Many 18-year-olds have left home before they get a chance to vote in their first election. By granting 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote, they can start the habit of voting at a young age, or as we said before Takoma Park made its decision, it can be a “learner’s permit for democracy.” We hope Rockville follows suit.

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construction funds. We can’t Stop! Don’t throw away keep up with our exploding enthat political flier you just got rollments, 2,000 new students in the mail. Instead, carefully read it because it tells you what a year. When this year’s march the candidates think of you. Or, on Annapolis for more school more precisely, what the candiconstruction money ended in dates think you want to hear. utter failure, County Executive Political platforms and Ike Leggett raided $41 million promises have a single purfrom other county projects pose, getting your vote. So, while further delaying more here’s what most Montgomery school construction projects. MY MARYLAND We’re burning the candle at candidates are promising this election: both ends. BLAIR LEE They’re for: jobs, universal Montgomery’s politicians pre-K, raising the minimum wage (again), have known for years that the county’s “betrenewable energy, smaller class sizes, mass ter to be a donor” credo is fiscally unsustransit, taxing businesses and the rich, tainable, but they hoped the voters would closing the “achievement gap”, the Bay, never catch on. Yet, the school construction abortion, LGBT rights, diversity, seniors crisis is only the tip of the iceberg: MoCo’s and labor unions. statehouse delegation has capitulated on They’re against: climate change, inso many financial fronts (shifting the state’s come inequality, fracking, traffic congesteacher pension costs to the counties, tion, tax cuts, growth, estate tax reform, “equalizing” billions in classroom aid, cutbusiness and telling you how they’re going ting local highway, police and community to pay for all their promises. college funds) that the county’s long-term But a handful of MoCo candidates financial viability is in danger. sense a new, emerging voter concern: These long-term time bombs together getting short-changed in Annapolis. Norwith a stagnant federal spending economy, mally, MoCo’s fat, happy, disinterested ongoing tax-base flight and the governvoters don’t care how much tax revenue mental needs of MoCo’s new immigrant is exported to the rest of the state. So what population are a perfect storm. if MoCo gets $882 per capita in state aid American politics is the last free while Baltimore gets $2,033 and Prince market, anyone who correctly senses the George’s gets $1,341? We’re rich, we can public pulse and offers a new direction can afford to help other jurisdictions and, if win. Right now the way to win in Montthe state won’t help us, we’ll just pay for gomery is to appease the labor unions, the it ourselves. Or, as MoCo senator Rich environmentalists, the minority groups Madaleno puts it, “It’s better to be a donor and the gay lobby. In its recent statehouse than a recipient”. endorsements, the Washington Post But, now, all those decades of neglect mumbled that MoCo’s delegation “doesn’t are beginning to haunt Montgomery. The always exercise clout commensurate with wake-up call is school construction where its weight” and, then, endorsed all the inMoCo, with 17 percent of the state’s stucumbents except two. dents, gets 11 percent of the state school So change must come from outside,

not from within the establishment. Enter a breed of fiscally responsible, socially liberal Democratic challengers like Rick Kessler, who’s running for the House of Delegates in the Kensington, Wheaton, Garrett Park, Silver Spring district. He’s as liberal as they come: pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-Dream Act, Save the Bay, tax corporations and so on. Plus, Kessler spent 20 years working for Capital Hill liberal lawmakers and his wife is the former director of the League of Conservation Voters. But Kessler is blowing the whistle on the delegation he hopes to join. “Rick Kessler is tired of Annapolis treating Montgomery County like an ATM, we can do better,” his ads say. He would have voted against the 2012 state pension shift and the income tax hike that came, 40 percent, from MoCo. And he’ll vote against any future budgets that penalize MoCo. Another whistleblower is County Executive candidate Phil Andrews, a fellow good-governent, social liberal courageous enough to take on the public employee unions and MoCo’s dysfunctional statehouse delegation. The political establishment is closing ranks against agitators like Kessler and Andrews because the incumbents don’t want to be accountable for the county’s looming fiscal crisis. It’s their futures, not the county’s that most concerns them. So, once again, the county’s fate is in the hands of its voters. Are they paying attention? Do they understand that nothing is going to change until the establishment starts losing elections? Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His past columns are available at His email address is


Speaking of voting ... early voting starts Thursday. Judging solely by the sheer tonnage of candidates, voters are facing a hefty election, and early voting offers citizens a chance to cast ballots at their convenience. The Early Voting Centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until June 19. Primary election day is June 24. According to the county, any registered voter may cast a ballot at any one of these sites on the same voting equipment used on Election Day. The early voting centers are: • Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg • Damascus Community Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Drive, Damascus • Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville • Germantown Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown • Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase • Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville • Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring • Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring • Wheaton Community Recreation Center, 11711 Georgia Ave., Wheaton

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Supporting Evan Glass I am writing in support of Evan Glass in the June 24 Democratic Primary for District 5 Councilmember. Evan is a no-nonsense, responsive community activist who has been working hard on our behalf for years and has made a difference in our community. Evan is progressive and understands

the need to support small businesses and bring jobs to District 5. Evan understands the need for the 11 high-poverty high schools identified in the County Council OLO Report (many of which are in District 5) to have the financial and human resources they need to help close the achievement gap.

Salley Shannon, Derwood

Tom Moore was the only District 3 County Council candidate to testify in support of Councilman Phil Andrews’ innovative bill on public campaign financing. “Keeping corrupting money out of politics is why I led the fight on the Rockville City Council to ensure that elected officials follow the highest standards when disclosing financial interests,” he said. In his conclusion, Moore told the

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Vanilla Andrews Your endorsement of Phil Andrews for County Executive [“Andrews for county executive,” May 28] does not serve the citizens of Montgomery County. Mr. Andrews has had 16 years on the Council to reach out to any of our active and growing communities — Chinese, Indian, Hispanic, Ethiopian, African — who together now constitute a majority in our county. Yet he’s been missing in action, staying just in his comfort zone. A leader who’s only at ease with plain vanilla, when we have an all-spice county? Bite your tongue!

Evan is a man of integrity and a doer who will work collaboratively to solve identified problems not just give lip service. It will not be politics as usual with him. He has earned our votes and this opportunity to serve the people of District 5.

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council, “This bill will allow those with deep roots but shallow pockets to compete effectively. ... This bill will allow those with the best ideas, and not the best Rolodexes, to guide Montgomery County into the future.” Such practical idealism is one reason I support Tom Moore in this important election for County Council.

Ellen Ryan, Rockville

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Looking for a way to beat the heat? Summer blockbusters “Maleficent” and “Edge of Tomorrow” are in theaters now.

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Puppets get personal when Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty’s uproarious, adults only “Avenue Q” opens tonight at the Olney Theatre Center. Featuring Tony Award-winning tunes such as “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” and “The Internet Is For Porn,” the felt and funny-business phenomenon became one of the longest-running Broadway shows by satirizing the best of children’s television. Directed by Jason Loewith, with music direction by Christopher Youstra, “Avenue Q” continues to July 6 and is recommended for audiences 16 and older, with parental advisement due to language and themes. For show times and information, visit


Rachel Zampelli as Lucy the Slut and Stephen Gregory Smith as Trekkie Monster in Olney Theatre Center’s “Avenue Q.”

Springtime for ‘The Producers’ Show at Arts Barn takes its cues from movie BY WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER

For more than 60 years, professional funnyman Mel Brooks has provided the world with wit, wisdom and a look into the future. He’s also provided jokes about flatulence, racism, and hedonism. Nothing has ever really been off limits for the talented movie-

maker, who has directed films such as “Blazing Saddles,” “History of the World, Part 1,” and “Young Frankenstein.” “The Producers,” Brooks’ little film about two guys who try to swindle money from investors by producing a huge Broadway bomb, turned out to be a major musical hit on Broadway starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Sandy Spring Theatre Group will present the area premiere of “The Producers” starting Friday at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg.

Director Kristofer Kauff said his homage to Brooks focuses more on his movie and less on the Broadway production. “When I think of ‘The Producers,’ the Broadway version that I saw, I don’t want to direct that version,” Kauff said. “… When I go back to the 1968 Mel Brooks movie, that’s something I’m interested in. I’m interested in characters and the comedy and relationships and why ‘The Producers’ is funny, not just a big spectacle of it.” Kauff said molding the show

around the movie version lends itself well to the small space they’re working in at the Arts Barn. “You really can’t do those big musical numbers without the audience feeling overwhelmed,” Kauff said. “… I think the audience is really going to feel that intimacy with the characters that they wouldn’t feel in the original Broadway version.” Matt Kopp has double his workload for this show. He

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Event celebrating its 10th year


Once again, the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District has sponsored the Bethesda Painting Awards competition and exhibit of finalists at the Gallery B. The event, now in its 10th year, features four cash prizes totaling $14,000 donated by Carol Trawick, a community activist and supporter of the arts in the

region for more than 25 years. Mrs. Trawick’s generosity supports contemporary visual artists, but her inclination toward painting led her to establish this competition in addition to the Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards that is also an annual event with similar prize monies. From a submission pool of nearly 300, the jurors selected Kyle Hackett for first place, a prize of $10,000. At 24 years old, Hackett is the youngest winner of the top prize. The artist is represented in the exhibit with a large (80” x 47”)

oil on panel, “Approbation Portrait,” that realistically portrays him in a suit looking down at the viewer with something of a sneer. The figure is painted in grayscale, like a black and white photograph, with only the wooden floor painted in color. This eliminates the artist’s skin color, if not his features as an African-American. There’s a deep irony here, which informs the work with a narrative about racial and personal identities. In his short presentation, Hackett mentioned

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All about Eve

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Writer’s life focuses on literature BY



Summertime and the livin’ is easy for many a school system professional. Not so for veteran Prince George’s County Public Schools media specialist Eve Ottenberg. Instead of lazing around the pool and regrouping, the 61-year-old Silver Spring resident chooses to devote many of her vacation hours to writing fiction. “Two months is a good chunk of time to get started on a novel,” she said. “I maintain as regular a schedule as I can, getting to work early


Silver Spring Author Eve Ottenberg.

in the morning and going till evening.” The method seems to work well for Ottenberg, who

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Rockville man pens ‘The Last Personal Letter’ Book recounts Montgomery County childhood, friendship n


Anthony Anastasi, 78, of Rockville honored his friend in the best way any author ever could; by writing a book for him. “The Last Personal Letter: Pranks for the Memories” was released in April and is Anastasi’s first book. It stands as a tribute to his good friend John Stoneburner, who passed away and is dedicated to Stoneburner’s family and uncle, featuring many pictures of the boys growing up. “Well my friend who died of diabetes, probably about 10 years ago, asked me to write

something about our lives and I didn’t,” Anastasi said. “Then I finally got around to it.” Though it took him a while to start the book, Anastasi looks at it with a “better late than never” mentality hoping that it would have made his friend happy. Anastasi and Stoneburner knew each other since they were children growing up in Silver Spring. “We grew up together, right across the street from each other. We played sports together, we went on double dates together, I blame him for my first marriage,” he said with a laugh. The author explained that one day Stoneburner had a date, but he had a bit too much to drink that day so he called Anastasi up and asked

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Kyle Hackett’s “Unmanned” shows the artist’s technical precision and surrealist feeling. His work often explores themes of identity and self-worth. KYLE HACKETT


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Blues, brother Harmonica master Curtis Salgado will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, sharing songs from his Alligator debut, “Soul Shot.” Salgado was awarded the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, as well as being named the Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year for the second consecutive year during the 2013 Blues Music Awards. “Soul Shot” was awarded Soul Blues Album of the Year. Salgado has toured as a vocalist for Santana and The Robert Cray Band. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit

Dorothy sings to her friends of her home in Kansas in The Puppet Co.’s “The Wizard of Oz.”

Singer-songwriter Curtis Salgado will perform on Wednesday, June 18 at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club.


Off to see ‘The Wizard’

Follow the yellow brick road to Glen Echo Park this Friday, where talented puppeteers will bring L. Frank Baum’s immortal classic “The Wizard of Oz” to life at The Puppet Co. playhouse. Featuring additional original dialogue not seen in the film, with a slightly scaled-back and less frightening version of the Wicked Witch, the 45-minute production is tailor-made for children in grades PreK through 6. Show times are 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit

Meeting Matsuev Acclaimed pianist Denis Matsuev will perform works by Haydn, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Matsuev, who was a featured performer during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, was originally scheduled to perform a recital at Strathmore in January, but had STRATHMORE to cancel due to illness. He Acclaimed pianist Denis Matsuev will perform Tuesday at the Music returns to North America Center at Strathmore. following a successful tour as a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra in the fall of 2013, as well as being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in April 2014. For information, visit


‘Garden’ variety “The Life of the Garden,” mixed media works by Lisa Rosinni Johnson, is now on view to July 27 at the Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring. Johnson, who received her first camera at the age of 12, uses photography to LISA JOHNSON explore questions Lisa Johnson’s “Aquatic Wonderland,” from her current exhibit, “The Life of the such as “What is a Garden” at the Sandy Spring Museum. garden?” “What, and even who thrives there?” Also a painter, many of her works resemble watercolors, as the artist utilizes various forms of media in her non-traditional creations. Many of her pieces feature fairies, portrayed by members of the Washington Ballet, as well as local dancers from the Sandy Spring-based Studio of Ballet Arts. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit sandyspringmuseum. org.





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Continued from Page A-11 has published a dozen books — 11 novels and a short story collection — since 2004, when her first “Glum and Mighty Pagans,” a comic novel about real estate in Manhattan, came out. Ottenberg does not restrict herself to a single genre. Four of her books are comedies; three are political, two, murder-dramas, and two, science fictionfantasy. “The most natural and enjoyable to write were the comedies. I was laughing out loud as I wrote them,” she said. “But now I’m embroiled in this scifi fantasy series, ‘The Human Struggle,’ which owes a lot to, of all people, [John] Milton.” Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” she noted, “was part of the inspiration for this series as were the novels of Philip K. Dick. Go figure.” “Realm of Shadows” (2013, 696 pages), the first in “The Human Struggle” series, is about the struggle to survive a war of the worlds, and “Zone of Illu-


Continued from Page A-11 that he had a group of photographs which he wanted to recycle, and found that crumpled up they made interesting and arresting compositions. One of the resulting paintings, “Unmanned” is much smaller scale (20” x 16”) but is perhaps even more compelling. Precisely rendered, with a strongly surrealist feeling, the folded and wrinkled paper reveals a face, probably that of the artist, peering out from its dark center. The crumpled photo lays on a set of keys and an envelope, again apparently exploring themes of identity and self-worth. As an already successful emerging artist, who has won other prizes since recently completing his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hackett definitely looks like someone to watch. Nevertheless, to my mind Dan Perkins, another young finalist, is at least as strong a painter, but did not win any of the prizes. A recent graduate of the MFA program at American University, Perkins’ large oil on canvas “X Marks the Spot” (90” x 92”) is a luminous composition with a complex iconography. A fantasy landscape, replete with rays recalling the aurora borealis, opens under a tent-like structure that glistens in perspective. The pictorial space in this work, and its scale lure the viewer into what seems at once like a meditation on the Romantic theme of the sublime in nature, or a surrealist dreamscape. Perkins was represented in the show with two other very


Continued from Page A-11 portrays Carmen Ghia — an assistant to the director — on stage while playing the role of an actual producer off stage. This is the first time both Kopp and Kauff have worked with the Sandy Spring Theatre Group. “I’ve produced a number of shows in the past with other theater companies,” Kopp said. “When I get involved in anything, whether it’s theatrical or otherwise, I like to get involved as much as I possibly can.” Although it’s been difficult at time getting everything just right for “The Producers” at the Arts Barn, Kopp said working with everyone associated with the show and Sandy Spring Theatre Group has been a great experience.


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small works that did not have the same punch as the large one, but they do show that the artist is fascinated by the juxtaposition of architectonic forms and landscape, as well as the natural with the improbable. Second place was won by Philip Hinge, another young painter whose crudely painted expressionist canvases with disco and pinball iconography have been featured in three issues of the “New American Paintings” publication, and is already represented by an important gallery in Washington, D.C. Ryan Carr Johnson took third place with works that exist in an equivocal status between painting and sculpture. Carr deconstructed an apparently large number of paintings he deemed unsuccessful, and re-used the wood of the stretchers to create the series he calls “Vector-ViceVersa.” Looking something like corrugated cardboard, the wood is glued together to form vshaped reliefs to which the artist applies up to 300 layers of latex paint, sanding each one before applying the next. The result is a mottled but smooth surface that looks something like faux marble in different colors. In his presentation, the artist referred to them as “the blue one, the purple one, the green one,” etc., suggesting, quite rightly, that their repetitive minimalist objecthood is the only thing of interest about them despite their layered surfaces. Johnson’s is certainly an unusual technique, and the works are provocative in this setting because of their challenge to the definition of a “painting” — something that might be seen to have been an-

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worked at The Village Voice in various capacities: deadline proofreader, copy editor, book

reviewer, criminal justice reporter. She wrote features about local politics and covered the

Housing Court, which led to a regular column titled “Hard Times,” about the politics of housing in New York City. Subsequently, Ottenberg wrote book reviews for The New York Times and Vanity Fair, and served as an editor at The Soho News, Standard & Poor’s and The New Jersey Law Journal. When she and her family — her journalist husband and two of their three children — moved to Maryland in 1990, she worked on the copy desk at Congressional Quarterly. Ottenberg’s credentials as a journalist gave her credibility as a fiction writer. “Since I never took creative writing courses, I didn’t have a support system, or people to encourage me. It wasn’t until I was a known journalist that people began responding to my fiction,” she said. Working as a media specialist and writing fiction in “a very serious way” have complemented each other. She writes in the summer, and edits and rewrites through the school year. In the rare spare time, she

studies languages — excelling in Spanish, Russian and French, and dipping into four others. Ottenberg chose to self-publish her books because breaking into commercial publishing was so difficult. “PublishAmerica, now America Star Books,” she said, “is a step or two up from selfpublishing. True, they use printon-demand technology and they do not put any money into advertising or promotion, but … they do not charge authors to publish them.” Ottenberg wouldn’t divulge what she is working on now. “Somehow that saps the creativity,” she explained. But for the future, she hopes her books will “gain some modest recognition. Ideally they’d do so well that I could retire on them, but I’m not holding my breath for that. There are so many of us novelists out there!” Eve Ottenberg’s books are available on and


“Vector-Vice-Versa Pu1” is a three-dimensional painted relief by Ryan Carr Johnson, third place winner. The “Pu1” in the title refers to the color purple that dominates this piece in the series.


Dan Perkins’ “X Marks the Spot” lures the viewer with its Romantic imagery. Perkins attempts to reinterpret the sublime in nature with surrealist and symbolist additions. swered some time ago with the appearance of shaped canvasses in the early 1960s. The Young Artist award, for an emerging artist under 30, was given to Ali Miller, the winner of the top “Best-in-Show” prize in this competition in 2012. Miller is also a narrative painter, with a complex sense of iconogra-

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“Everyone works very, very hard,” Kopp said. “We work as a team to try to solve some problems, like putting a big show like ‘The Producers’ on a smaller stage … which, creatively, is a lot of fun to do. I love the concept of taking a giant show and trying to scale it down.” Kauff said he hopes audiences take away a better appreciation for Brooks and his works. “Just the appreciation and brilliance of what was written there,” Kauff said. “His ability to not be [politically correct]. The

ability to laugh at things that seem rough… anything that Mel Brooks has touched, nothing is PC. And that’s how I live my life. You can make fun of anything.” For Kopp, any opportunity to attract a younger audience is great. Teenagers and college students who are used to going to see shows such as “Bye, Bye Birdie,” and “Oklahoma,” with their parents might walk away from “The Producers” realizing how much fun it is to do musical theater. “[I hope they see] it’s fun, it’s

The title is a reference to letter writing, but also to Anastasi’s proclivity to pulling pranks on anyone and everyone while attending the all-boys Gonzaga College High School and eventually the University of Maryland. Anastasi majored in English at the University of Maryland and went on to become a sports writer covering boxing and everything in between. When the paper he wrote for went out of business he went to work for the government writing speeches and press releases among other things. Although he said he’s not

sure whether or not he’ll write anymore books he did entertain the idea of a sequel entitled “P.S.” “I remember I would write to my friend John and I loved that,” Anastasi said. “The title of the book is ‘The Last Personal Letter,’ because everything is emails now there are no personal letters. You used to have letters written by famous authors, we don’t have that anymore, you get junk mail and you get emails.” “The Last Personal Letter: Pranks for the Memories” is available on

phy that often seems to border on the surreal. She is also represented with one very big (6’ x 8’) panel and two very small accompanying works. Also a graduate of MICA, Miller’s technique is a fascinating combination of smooth representative areas and bold active brushwork that results in

a dizzying, hallucinatory effect in the large work (“To Help You See”), but achieves a darker, dreamlike feeling in the more abstract and much smaller “It Can’t All Fit” — a work that recalls the surrealist landscapes of Giorgio di Chirico and Salvador Dalí. Si Jae Byun is another finalist who deserves mention although she did not win a prize. A native of Korea, Byun earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her works are a combination of extremely delicate ink drawings and acrylic colors on cut silk. The flowing graphic of these

edgy, it’s humorous, and that we on stage and everyone associated with Sandy Spring Theatre Group and the Arts Barn is having a good time,” Kopp said. “My hope for this show is to try to get more people involved. Community theater is a wonderful thing. It’s the most time-consuming extracurricular activity you can have, but it’s by far the most rewarding. “It’s like a never-ending softball league.”

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him to take his place. Like any good friend, he did and ended up marrying the girl sometime later. The book tells this and many other stories about Anastasi’s time growing up in Maryland. He explained that he had wanted to write the book because he and John had so many “fun experiences together.” “I would write a little bit and then I would remember something else and go back and add a little more,” Anastasi said.

sion” (2014, 569 pages), the second, is about the effort to avert the collapse of an alternate reality. Ottenberg’s influences reflect her education; her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in general studies in the humanities, with a focus on philosophy and literature, from the University of Chicago. As a media specialist, with a second master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland, she introduces young children to literature. During her Philadelphia childhood, Ottenberg’s affinity for writing stories and Charles Dickens were evident early. Both her parents, a musician and a psychoanalyst, she said, “were always very intellectually curious, and this had a big effect on me.” When she started writing “in earnest” during high school, her attempt at a modernist novel was a “fiasco.” In college, she wrote short stories and more realistic fiction, and favored reading European writers. Post-college, Ottenberg

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paintings, with long looping strokes of the pen, combine with the colors to suggest plant forms or even landscapes that allude to the traditions of Asian art while remaining abstract compositions. Bethesda Painting Awards, to June 28, Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 13. For more information, call 301-2156660.

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Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedules subject to change. BIG 33 FOOTBALL: Maryland at Pennsylvania, 7:06 p.m. Saturday Northwest’s Rasheed Gillis is among the all-stars traveling to Hershey, Pa.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Gaithersburg vs. Whitman, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday BASEBALL: Gaithersburg Post 295 vs. Mount Airy, 6 p.m. Thursday


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Doing more with less

Auditioning the quarterbacks Damascus QBs look impressive in game in passing league game



It didn’t matter which quarterback was under center during Damascus High School football’s 7-on-7 passing league game against Gaithersburg Wednesday; passes, short and long, were crisp and on target, and the offense was in sync. Though the Swarmin’ Hornets have yet to name a starting quarterback, each of their three candidates — senior Derek Gibson, junior Julian Kinard, and senior Deegar Fuller — made quick work of the Trojans defense Wednesday in Germantown. “We’re still trying to get acquainted with this season’s team,” said Damascus coach Eric Wallich, whose team went 9-2 last season.


Poolesville High School quarterback Steven Morningstar throws Thursday during 7-on-7 practice at the school.

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For Poolesville High School football coach Will Gant, the past three-and-a-half years have been a learning experience. While the results on the field have been mostly positive — the Falcons have made the playoffs two out of his three seasons at the helm after several years of losing — he has had to alter his coaching philosophy and adjust to the landscape at Montgomery County’s smallest public high school. Poolesville, the county’s only Class 2A school with an enrollment of 1,202 students for the 2013-14 academic year, according to the Montgomery County Public Schools’ website, has a different set of obstacles it must overcome to field a football program than many of the area’s much larger schools. Aside from a smaller pool of student-athletes to pull from, much of Poolesville’s student population

comes from outside of the school’s natural district; many are enrolled in special programs, including the magnet program, Global Ecology House or Humanities House. “This is a unique place,” Gant said. “When I was [an assistant] at Clarksburg we had 1,5002,000 kids and 125-130 kids would try out for football and we were actually making cuts. We’re not doing that here. Instead, we are policing every hallway asking kids to come out and play.” Gant inherited a Poolesville team that went 2-8 in the 2010 season. In his first year, the Falcons went 4-6 and he began to mold the program in his vision. The Falcons have since posted consecutive 7-4 playoff seasons with a limited roster — the roster size was in the upper 30s in 2011 and has declined slightly every year since — and time commitments. Fortunately for the Falcons, which don’t feature a


“The kids played well today. Obviously, it’s still just passing league, [Gaithersburg] is missing guys, but I’m happy with the way the team played today.” Gibson and Kinard are the two leading candidates to replace threeyear starter Chase Williams, Wallich said. The two completed nearly all of their passes, connecting with receivers on quick dropbacks and also converting their deep throws. “It’s good competition. It gets us better. Just got to fight for your job,” Gibson said. Most of Damascus’ key offensive contributors, minus Williams, are returning next season. That includes senior Jalen Christian, a South Carolina recruit and first-team All-Gazette defensive back, as well as junior Jake Funk, who ran for 735 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

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Activists hope all schools will follow to reduce concussion risks BY


Last month, The Shipley School in Pennsylvania instituted a “no heading” policy that prohibits middle school players (sixth through eighth grade) from heading full-size balls during practices and discourages them from heading in games. Though Shipley’s stance is a unique one, the Bryn Mawr private school may soon be followed by other schools and youth teams across the country, according to Chris Nowinski, a concussion activist and co-director of Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. “It’s a very simple way to dramatically decrease the risk of concussions


Damascus High School’s Annika Leiby gets up for a header during the first half of the girls’ state soccer semifinals against River Hill at CCBC-Essex last year.

for young athletes when their brains are most vulnerable,” said Nowinski, who helped Shipley develop its new policy. Research has shown that youth soccer players — girls, more than boys

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As a senior, Northwest High School’s Samer Manna was a key component of a defense that helped the Jaguars win the 2013 Class 4A football state championship. But as good as he was at linebacker, that’s not what made him stand out during tryouts for the 57th Big 33 Football Classic. Instead, it was his versatility — specifically, his long snapping — that set him apart from the other recent high


school graduates and earned him a spot on Team Maryland, he said. “Honestly, I was really surprised because nothing has really happened like this,” said Manna, a second team All-Gazette linebacker. A Wesley College recruit, Manna is one of nine Montgomery County athletes in the all-star game between Maryland and Pennsylvania, scheduled for 7:06 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium in Pennsylvania. “I’ve talked to a lot of the alumni [who] actually played in that game. They’re telling me to go up there and take it all in because it’s a once in a lifetime chance,” said Manna, who will be joined by Northwest teammates Josh

Gills (Duquesne) and Rasheed Gillis (Shepherd). Maryland returned to the Big 33 Football Classic last June after a 21-year hiatus, giving up the first 28 points and losing 58-27. Pennsylvania holds a 7-2 advantage in the series, but Maryland players said they are expecting a different result this time. “We got a lot of talent, we got a lot more packages than we had last year,” said Seneca Valley defensive end Daniel Appouh, an Old Dominion recruit. “We’ll have a head start and it should be a closer game.” Other Montgomery County athletes

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Northwest High School’s Rasheed Gillis (left), Caleb Gills (back) and Samer Manna (right) tackle Gaithersburg’s Max Anderson during a Sept. 28, 2013 game in Rockville. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE


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Continued from Page B-1 “I think it makes things easier because you have a great group of guys that are surrounding us, helping us out, so we don’t always have to throw it to one guy,” said Kinard, a junior varsity quarterback last season. “It’s an all-around good team.” Wallich, heading into his seventh season, said he wouldn’t rule out a quarterback by committee, which he utilized in 2012. “It’s tough on the kids, it’s tough on the families, it’s tough,” Wallich said. “But you know, if there’s two qualified kids, it’s hard not to give them both some time.” But it’s more likely that he solves the quarterback dilemma by naming one starter, and playing the backups elsewhere on the field. Gibson started at safety last season while Kinard and Fuller have the athleticism to play receiver or defensive back, Wallich said. “A lot of these kids can play multiple positions too, they’ll all be on the field somewhere,” Wallich said. Williams threw for 15 touchdowns and ran for five while throwing only one interception last season, helping Damascus average 34 points per game. Christian said he doesn’t anticipate a drop-off with the new quarterback, regardless of who becomes the starter. “[Gibson] has always been a leader. He’s competitive. He has an arm, one of the stron-


Continued from Page B-1 lot of depth and have several players playing on both sides of the ball and special teams, they have been relatively injury free in recent seasons. “No one is allowed to get hurt,” Gant said with a laugh and grin, perhaps only half-jokingly. The Winston Churchill graduate had previously been an assistant at Clarksburg, Paul VI, Churchill, Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg and Poolesville


Jalen Christian (left) of Damascus High School looks to run after catching a pass during a scrimmage against Gaithersburg Wednesday at Seneca Valley High School. gest on the team. He’s not going to fold in key situations,” Christian said. “… [Kinard] definitely has

the potential and he’s got talent. He’s going to have to step it up big — it’s not JV football anymore. I’m definitely look-

ing forward to seeing how he progresses from here on out.”

prior to taking over the Falcons program. He played one season collegiately at Shepherd University. During his tenure, Gant has had to work with other coaches and juggle other sports’ schedules during the football offseason to plan workouts and 7-on-7 practices. Often times, there are only five to 10 football players lifting after school due to other obligations. “As a pure football coach, I’d prefer to have the kids year round,” Gant said. “… But the

bigger picture is that we need the guys playing two or three sports for our teams to be successful. “For us, we want out players to be accountable during the offseason. Whether that’s in the weight room after school or playing another sport; most are playing lacrosse, track, volleyball, basketball or wrestling. And that’s a good thing because they get a changeup from me. There’s a different coach checking grades, checking attendance, coaching them.”

Other academic obligations have also played a factor during and out of football season. Gant said several of his student-athletes opt to lift during lunch or take a weight training class. “I took a couple years to break the mold, but I’ve prided myself and enjoyed figuring out ways to make everything work since I tell the kids, ‘If you want to get better, you got to lift and condition in the offseason,’” Gant said. “The first year, I laid out a schedule and before you knew it, I had 20 kids in line saying I can’t be here because of another sport or academics. It was frustrating but you learn to work and adapt with them. “With the magnet program having an extra period, some kids don’t get out of class until

[3:05 p.m.] and their bus leaves at [4 p.m.] leaving them only 45 minutes to lift.” Rising senior safety/wide receiver Kevin Rakow, a Germantown resident in the Global Ecology program, says preparation and attention to detail is key. “It’s hard at times, but we make do. It’s what we are used to and just part of playing at Poolesville,” he said. “Coach [Gant] really focuses on our strategies and game plan. Even though we can’t do a lot of full contact during the season for practice, we do a lot of things at full speed and we emphasize our technique being perfect.” While Gant has adapted, he is quick to credit all of his players for the on-field success.

Additionally, the Falcons have made a point to get involved in the community with various fundraisers, community service and self-promotion — they recently distributed a 2014 schedule poster throughout the Poolesville neighborhood. “We’ve really tried to promote the program, promote the kids,” Gant said. “I know how great this community can and has been. Obviously us winning has created an uptick in interest.” Added Poolesville native and rising senior lineman Brandon Bush: “It’s a small school, but it doesn’t matter; you can still win.”

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linemen are big, our defense is looking nice. I think we have a good shot,” Joppy said. Gaithersburg coach Kreg Kephart, a Montgomery County Committee chair for Team Maryland, said the Big 33 Classic isn’t as prestigious as other all-star games, such as the Under Armour All-American Game, the Maryland Crab Bowl and the Chesapeake Bowl. This year, though, he said there is growing interest among local players and coaches. “I see it as a chance for Maryland High School football to show everybody else on the

region the quality of the football we have,” Kephart said. The athletes traveled to Hershey Sunday and are staying with host families for the remainder of the week. The event also includes a service element, where participants are paired with special needs children as part of the Buddy program. “I just want to get in the game and help the team win,” Manna said. “I’ve heard we haven’t won in a while. I just want to contribute to the win.”

system’s director of systemwide athletics. MCPS has taken other steps in preventing and managing concussions; for instance, for the first time last summer, student-athletes were required to undergo baseline concussion testing. “I have confidence that the rules that we follow are the safest available,” Beattie wrote in an email to The Gazette. “And when enough evidence supports that there is a ‘safer’ way of doing something, then the aforementioned bodies institute change, and in turn we do as well.” Shipley worked with various medical experts, including Robert Cantu, a neurosurgeon and concussion expert at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, while developing its policy. Though headers are banned in practice, the middle school athletes will be able to use lighter balls to work on their header technique. Shipley Athletic Director Mark Duncan said the school intends to equip its athletes with a training tool that monitors head impact called Triax. “[The “no heading” policy] was based on research and evidence, and the feedback came from the experts,” Duncan said. “… We’re going to be keeping track of this stuff. We’re trying

to stay ahead of the technology, and what’s going on for the safety of the kids.” Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Westland Middle School coach Rob Kurtz said that headers are a very minor part of the girls’ game, particularly for teams like his that play a technical game. “[We spend] .2 percent of our practices on headers,” Kurtz said. “The reality in girls’ soccer is, most girls don’t head the ball.” Regarding the “no heading” policy, he said, “As everything is, you got to take things in stride and try to make sure it makes sense.” Our Lady of Good Counsel girls’ coach Jim Bruno, a longtime director of the Montgomery Soccer Academy, said that headers have always been excluded from his U12 girls’ camp curriculum, adding that today there’s more awareness regarding brain injuries than there was a decade ago. “This doesn’t surprise me,” Bruno said. “The amount of concussions is [increasing] even at a younger age. I can see things being changed in the future.”

Continued from Page B-1 include Gaithersburg running back Solomon Vault (Northwestern), Gaithersburg defensive end Avery Taylor (Merrimack), Damascus linebacker Stephon Jacob (Richmond), Paint Branch wide receiver Javonn Curry (James Madison) and Quince Orchard running back Kevin Joppy (Shepherd). “We have a lot of speed in the backfield and with our wide receivers, our defensive


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— are at high risk of concussions and brain injury, in large part because of header collisions. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which followed 351 female soccer players (ages 11 to 14), about 30 percent of soccer concussions come from header attempts. The “no heading” policy would not only reduces collisions, but it would also lessen exposure to sub-concussive impacts caused by heading the ball; research has linked repetitive head trauma with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease of the brain. “It’s a fine line to know what’s appropriate and what’s not,” Nowinski said. “But in this case, specifically for soccer and the header issue, there’s a lot of folks starting to think about getting rid of it altogether.” Montgomery County Public Schools adopts standards from the National Federation of High Schools and the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, neither of which recommend a “no heading” policy, according to William “Duke” Beattie, the school


Derek Gibson of Damascus looks to pass during a scrimmage against Gaithersburg at Seneca Valley High School in Gaithersburg on June 4, 2014.


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Girls’ First Team Singles


Miranda Deng

Wootton Freshman

Kamilla w

Lilly Lynham

Ines Vias

Steady ground game led to region title, reached county and state finals.

Finished 13-1 to help lead the Panthers to the ISL championship.

Her only loss was first match coming off monthlong injury.

Holton-Arms Junior

Walt Whitman Senior

Powerful southpaw won county No. 1 and state singles titles; led Patriots to county title.


Lee Ingham

Good Counsel

Bullis Junior

Falcons moved from seventh to third in WCAC, only second time they finished that high in a decade.

Boys’ First Team Singles


Aries Wong

Walt Whitman Senior

Titas Bera

Kasey Countee

Dennis Wang

Adam Atwell

Reached county, region and state final matches.

East Carolina University recruit completed undefeated season.

Undefeated regular season included win over Wong.

Led Bears to sole possession of IAC title for first time in more than a decade.

Wootton Senior

Naval Academy recruit swept championship season with county, region and state titles.

Girls’ First Team Doubles

Kelly Chen

Wootton Junior

Katharine Kim Wootton Junior

No. 1 doubles county champion lost just one set all year.

Stephanie Grodecki

Good Counsel Junior

Megan Keller

Good Counsel Freshman

Won No. 1 doubles gold at WCAC tournament as third seed.


Bullis Senior

Poolesville Junior


Boys’ First Team Doubles

Karsyn Lawler

Holton-Arms Junior

Elise Lovett

Holton-Arms Sophomore

Only lost once in team’s ISL title run.

Tyler Jacobson

Walt Whitman Junior

Nathaniel Sherman

Walt Whitman Senior

Claimed No. 1 doubles county title and was undefeated.

Joseph Deng

Wootton Junior

Jason Liao

Wootton Senior

Second only to Whitman’s No. 1 doubles in county.

Joey Gumataotao

Walt Whitman Senior

Simon Amat

Walt Whitman Senior

No. 2 doubles county win was important for team title.

Second Team is online at

KEEPING IT BRIEF Northwest grad earns Team USA spot Northwest High School graduate Bianca Dalal was recently selected to USA Rugby’s sevens team. The recent Penn State University graduate flew out to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. on Sunday to train with the team for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. She began playing rugby midway through her freshman year at Penn State and went on to be a key member of the three-time defending national championship program. “It is a dream come true,” Dalal said.


County boys’ lacrosse players recognized The Montgomery County Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (MCLCA) announced its AllCounty first and second teams last month, featuring 30 players representing 11 Montgomery County public schools.

The following athletes were selected for the first team. Louis Dubick, Winston Churchill; Austin Schoenfeld, Thomas S. Wootton; Jake Christensen, Quince Orchard; Jordan Cooper, Walter Johnson; Matt Moshyedi, Churchill; Myles Romm, Wootton; Michael Crooks, Sherwood; Max Vanegas, Walter Johnson; Tatah Ndeh, Springbrook; Ben Vayer, Rockville; Cole Abid, Wootton; Joey Salisbury, Damascus; Chase Keller, Walter Johnson; Sam Hartzoge, Sherwood; Patrick Cornelius, Wootton. For the second team and AllDivision teams, visit


Two county baseball players drafted Olney native, St. John’s College High School graduate and current University of Virginia junior pitcher Nick Howard was selected in the second round of the Major League Baseball amatuer draft and 45th overall by the Chicago Cubs. Howard, who was 2-1 this season with a 2.15 earned run average

and 11-5 in his career with a 2.92 era, is currently competing in the NCAA Super Regional Tournament against the University of Maryland. His father, Dale Howard, played baseball for Canisius College. Rockville native Garrett Pearson, a recent St. John’s graduate and rising freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University, was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the 34th round and 1,021st overall. Pearson, who is playing this summer for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in the Cal Ripken Collegiate baseball league, was an All-WCAC honorable mention selection in 2014. He was 7-2 with 99 strikeouts and a 2.43 ERA in 72 innings for the Cadets during his career.


Silver Spring native plays soccer in France After a tremendous freshman season with the Harvard University women’s soccer team during which 2013 Our Lady of Good Counsel High School graduate and Silver Spring native Midge

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Participating in summer golf tournaments is an excellent way for Montgomery County golfers to keep their skills sharp while away from school. Whether boy or girl, member of a country club or not, there’s something for everyone. While coaches don’t force players to participate, most do encourage it and even track their students’ progress over the summer. “I don’t mandate my kids do any tournaments over the summer, that’s really up to them,” said Paul Williams, coach of twotime defending state champion Thomas S. Wootton. “But the kids that are serious about the game, and they want to get better and want to get more competitive, those are the ones that are playing in tournaments.” Obviously, participating in summer golf renders players more prepared once the high school season comes back around in the fall, but Winston Churchill rising junior Luke Schaap said there’s more to it than just preparation. “It’s important to get noticed for colleges,” Schaap said, adding that he participates in 15 to 20 tournaments over the summer break. “I like the Williamson Cup,” played in Quebec, Canada. Wootton golfer Justin Feldman agreed that summer golf is


Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Justin Feldman and Winston Churchill’s both plan to play golf this summer. This photo was takent at the University of Maryland, College Park on Oct. 30, 2013. important for an athlete’s college prospects. The rising senior just recently committed to playing golf at the University of Maryland, College Park, once he graduates. “Tour tournaments are really important for us kids because it’s a way to get looks from colleges, as well as work on your game [and compete] at a lot of higherlevel events, compared to the school season,” Feldman said. “From a competitive standpoint, it’s a lot more competitive than the fall season. Summer tournaments also, you got the private school kids and public school kids playing in the same events so the fields are bigger, more competitive and it’s just a lot better.” For Feldman, summer golf

has become so important that the dual-athlete who led the 4A South Division in basketball scoring last season, had to drop his first love andremovehimselffromsummer league basketball to focus on golf. “I’m not going to play summer league this year. I just told my basketball coach that I’m just going to focus on golf. It’s a big summer for me.” Feldman said. “During the basketball season I put down my club, so summer [is] my golf season and winter’s basketball season.” A lot of golf organizations, including the Maryland State Golf Association, began amateur tournaments in May, so some of the golfers have already played in a few events as the summer approaches.

Purce became the first rookie to be named Ivy League Player of the Year in league history — she was also named Rookie of the Year — the Falcons’ all-time leading scorer with career 101 goals headed to France last week with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team. Purce, who led Harvard and the Ivy League with 11 goals, was one of six forwards named to coach Michelle French’s 20-person squad that will play two international matches in preparation for the 2014 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled for Aug. 5-24 in Canada. The team was scheduled to play in Plabennec Tuesday and in Plougastel Wednesday but results were unavailable for this edition of The Gazette. Team USA will have one more training camp on American soil before the final 21-person team

heads north of the border for the elite competition, according the U.S. Soccer website.


Walter Johnson golf coach retiring Richard Payne is resigning as the Walter Johnson High School golf coach after seven years. Payne had back surgery last fall and said that because of it, he won’t be able to give the time and devotion necessary. “There’s never a real good time to make a break,” Payne said. “With the players that you have, your seniors and sophomores and all, that you’d like to go through their whole high school career with, but you have to finally decide that you need to make the break.” Walter Johnson Athletic Direc-

tor Sue Amos said that Payne was excellent with the kids and that the school is sorry to see him go. She also said that they are actively seeking a replacement and that anyone interested in the position should contact her.


Four Gaithersburg player selected All-District Gaithersburg High School senior pitcher Nick DeCarlo, junior catcher Trey Martinez, sophomore pitcher Anthony Felitti and second baseman Nick Pantos were all recently selected to the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches 2014 All-State District 2 Baseball Team. DeCarlo was the All-Gazette Montgomery County player of the year in 2013 as a junior for the Trojans.



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Nation takes notice of Bullis quarterback RM grad rewrites Hood record book Rising junior a four-star recruit with 20-plus scholarship offers



In two years Fourcade has broken two program records




A year ago Dwayne Haskins Jr. was preparing to become the starting quarterback for the Bullis School football team. But the circumstances between then and now are significantly different. Last summer, Haskins was just getting to know his teammates and a new playbook after moving into the area from New Jersey. Now, prepared to enter his junior year at the Potomac private school, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound four-star recruit ( is one of the most sought after Class of 2016 college prospects in the county. “He can make every throw; there’s a reason he has the scholarship offers he does, but he works so hard,” Bullis coach Pat Cilento said. “Fundamentally, he is off the charts. Dwayne has a great head on his shoulders and when you put that together with his skillset ... you get a pretty good football player.” Haskins was the Bulldogs starter from day one last fall and was solid, helping Bullis to the Interstate Athletic Conference title with a 9-1 record. He threw for 1,130 yards and 14 touchdowns with just three interceptions (two came in the season-opening loss to St. John’s College High). With that performance — and sending out game film — he began to emerge as a potential recruit for power conference programs. But it wasn’t until a standout showing at the Elite 11 Eastern Regional camp in April that the verbal scholarship offers poured in. “He’s a totally different guy,” rising senior defensive end/tight end and Penn State recruit Jonathan Holland said. “That comes with time. Last year, he was a 15-year old sophomore starting on varsity at quarterback, which is arguably the toughest position on field. ... After that St. John’s game, I think he realized we were behind him and he knew this was his team.” With more than 20 scholarship offers — at least one from each of the five Division I power conferences (Pac-12, ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big XII) — Haskins, whose notable offers come from defending national champion Florida State, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State, should have his choice of where he wants to play college football. “I had an idea that [high-level recruitment] would happen, but didn’t realize it would all be so quickly,” Haskins said. “I’m so grateful and my hard work has paid off. Having said that, I can’t get complacent. I got to keep grinding and prove that I am worth the attention. Playing college football has been my dream since I was 8.” Haskins, who grew up watching Rutgers in New Jersey, is also an admittedly avid Ohio State fan. On April 28, Haskins tweeted that he “received my 8th offer from my dream school



Bullis School rising junior quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. looks for a receiver Friday against Thomas S. Wootton. #ohiostate #buckeyes,” but he said he still wants to let the recruiting process play out. “He’s our leader and has handled the whole recruiting process very maturely,” Holland said. “Going to camps I think really helped his confidence. You always knew he was talented so it was just a matter of time before he blew up.” Haskins, who said he’s focused on improving his deep ball accuracy, athleticism and mobility in the pocket during the offseason, shouldn’t have any shortage of talent surrounding him this fall with three legitimate Division I recruits lining up on Bullis’ offensive side of the ball. Rising junior wide receiver and McKinley Tech transfer Patrick Johnson, Holland, and highly touted senior

running back Devonte Williams are all expected to make key contributions. During Friday’s Upper Montgomery County Passing League at Seneca Valley High School, Haskins arm strength was on display in a loss to Northwest and win against Thomas S. Wootton. He rolled out on several attempts and threw the ball deep down the sideline. “I’ve taken more of a leadership role,” Haskins said. “I’m kind of on a pedestal now with the attention I am getting so I have to be more accountable and a leader for our team, making sure everyone is doing the right things on and off the field.”

It took 2012 Richard Montgomery High School graduate Ashley Fourcade precisely 17 games — less than half of her freshman season — to break into the Hood College softball team’s record books last spring. “She had hits in the first 17 games she played and broke [the hitting streak record] right there,” coach Terry Burdette said. “It was pretty impressive.” Fourcade, whose hitting streak lasted for 19 games and broke the previous record of 16 held by Sara Wastler (from 2006) and Karen Dudley (2003), finished the 2013 season in the top 10 of single-season records in six offensive categories — hits (fourth), doubles (second), home runs (seventh), runs batted in (fourth), slugging percentage (seventh) and hitting streak — and was named the Commonwealth Conference’s Rookie of the Year and to the all-conference honorable mention list. Admittedly anxious about living up to that status in her sophomore season this spring, Fourcade had no trouble continuing on her historical path during a 2014 campaign for which she again earned all-conference honorable mention. Her teamhigh seven home runs moved her into first place on the program’s career list — with 11 total she surpassed Melanie Muscar, who tallied 10 between 2003-04. In just two seasons Fourcade has already broken into the program’s top 10 in career hits with 81 and is fifth with 63 runs batted in. “I never thought I would ever get [Rookie of the Year], I didn’t even know they had that,” Fourcade said. “It was amazing getting that but this year I just wanted to keep up my name and make sure I keep being the best I can be. I just wanted to keep my name up there.” Fourcade’s success earned her a spot on the Maryland All-

Stars team that is scheduled to play the USA Softball Women’s National Team in an exhibition game July 29 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf in conjunction with the Amateur Softball Association of America 10U, 12U and 14U Class “B” Eastern Nationals. Also on the roster is former Poolesville pitcher Patti Maloney (Fordham University); Germantown native Tori Finucane was invited to play but is recovering from a right thumb injury that kept the Southeastern Conference’s Rookie of the Year out of the NCAA tournament. “Just the experience of playing against [Team USA], I never thought I’d ever get the chance to meet them, let alone play against them,” Fourcade said. “Playing with other top-notch players from Maryland is another big excitement of mine.” Burdette, who was asked to be part of the Maryland All-Stars coaching staff, said while softball isn’t currently in the Olympics, there is a good chance it could be reinstated in 2020. Keeping the national team, which still competes in elite level championships like the World Cup, visible, is important. Fourcade said she is hopeful exhibition games like the one she is on tap for later this summer will prove there is still an interest in fastpitch softball and that it is an exciting game to watch. “When I was little I told my parents I wanted to play for the Olympic softball team and they were like, ‘Softball isn’t in the Olympics anymore,’” Fourcade said. “I was devastated.” Fourcade still has two years to pepper the Hood College record books and while doing that is an individual goal of hers — Fourcade said her love for breaking records has become a family joke — Burdette praised the multifaceted player’s team-first approach to everything. Like the fact that she would prefer to play third base but spends most of her time behind the plate because that’s where the Blazers need her. “Unfortunately I have only one Ashley and she catches for us because she’s an outstanding catcher and it’s an important position,” Burdette said.

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“melting pot” form a cohesive group. In fact, last week’s exhibition games for the Giants and subsequent season opener against

the cross-county rival Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, gave Rabberman and his players ample opportunity to begin the blending process. Granted, the Giants’ 3-0 win over the T-Bolts was a more enjoyable lesson than their 15-1 setback against the Bethesda Big Train in a preseason scrimmage, but both are part of the process. “I really enjoy having all of these college kids come together and play together from all over the country,” Rabberman said. “It gives everyone a good sense of what people are like from different parts of the country. They all come here with the same goal in mind — they want to keep playing and keep getting better. It’s enjoyable for me and for the host families and for the local players.” The Giants’ roster consists of players from six different states, with most of them (16) being Maryland residents. This summer the Giants also have six players from Texas, three from New York, two from Connecticut, one from New Jersey and one from California. Not all of them were on hand for the opener since several players are still competing for their college teams in Super Regional tournaments, but the bonding has already begun. “I like having the chance to play with guys from across the country,” said Brady Acker, a recent Atholton High graduate who is heading to George Mason University this fall. “It gives you a chance to see how the game is played in other parts of the country. It seems like a great group of guys. We’re all here to learn and to compete and get better.” The Giants’ opening day starter and winner, Jesse Frawley, a rising senior at Central Connecticut State and longtime Connecticut resident, said he is


Connor Macalla (front) and teammate Brady Acker of the Gaithersburg Giants take practice swings as they wait to bat in their June 4 game against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League at Kelley Park in Gaithersburg. eager for the chance to spend another summer with the team and its myriad of players from across the land. “It not only gives you a chance to play with a lot of really good players, but it gives you a chance to learn about players from other states,” Frawley said. “It’s fun learning about how players do things differently in other states. But it’s always a good way to spend the summer. You meet a lot of guys that have the same goals as you do.” Likewise, the T-Bolts’ opening day roster consists of players from 10 different states and Rabberman said he appreciates

what their second-year coach, Doug Remer, is learning about the players on his squad. “We really don’t get to go out and actually recruit guys, we get them assigned by college coaches,” Rabberman said. “But they wouldn’t keep sending them to us if they didn’t enjoy the experience. It’s always fun molding the team into one group. You coach your high school kids for four years and then you get a bunch of college guys together from all over the country. It’s a great learning experience, for me and for them.”

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Comprint Military Publications seeks a graphic designer to produce the Pentagram, the weekly newspaper of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia, which will be the main work base. Three years of experience is preferred, and familiarity with newspaper layout is a plus. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills and demonstrate a high level of customer service. Must work efficiently in a deadline-driven environment, both independently and as part of a team, taking direction and feedback from multiple sources. An advanced sense of typography, the ability to create compelling info-graphics and color correct images, as well as a thorough knowledge of print production are required. Must be highly proficient in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. This person will also be responsible for posting daily to the web. Comprint Military Publications offers excellent benefits, including medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resume, three recent design samples and salary requirements to: EOE. Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-888-818-7802 CTO SCHEV

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MEDICAL ASSISTANT Needed for busy doctors office in Rockvllie. Excellent Fax salary and benefits. resume to 301-424-8337

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For Hughes Network Systems in Germantown, MD. Qualified candidate would work on a team of three, responsible for the facility’s HVAC systems at our corporate offices. (headquarters as well as two other facilities in Gaithersburg) Perform trade work such as maintenance, repair, installation of equip., troubleshoot problems and fix & repair accordingly. Please apply at, refer to requisition # 4995BR.

Landscape Foreman

Property Management Company seeks an experienced bilingual, English/Spanish; individual for a full time year round position that requires 23 years of experience in the field and 1 year of management or supervisory experience. Responsibilities include working with and supervising a crew of 5, routine maintenance for 8 apartment complexes in MD and VA, maintaining equipment and coordinating purchases of all materials needed to complete jobs on schedule and within budget. Applicant must have knowledge of plant, flower and tree installation, have a clean driving record, and be highly organized and flexible. Benefits include a vehicle, life insurance, health insurance, and a 401-K plan. Please contact Anne at 301-509-8656 for more information.


P e r m a n e n t P/T (16 hrs/wk) position in Germantown office for an energetic & hardworking person. Excellent communication, telephone, and computer skills desired. Pay commensurate upon experience. Please email resume to:


Nine attorney AV Rated Rockville law firm seeks detail-oriented, responsible person with a willingness to learn for this entry level position. Health, vacation, sick leave & matching 401(k). Email resume to:

Comprint Printing, a division of Post Community Media, LLC, has immediate openings for Press Technicians in our Laurel plant. Stateof-the-art technology, Mitsubishi printing press. We will train individuals with mechanical aptitude and strong work ethic for a career in the printing technology industry. Individuals must be computer literate, team player, good verbal and written skills, printing experience preferred but not required. This position is a labor position which requires repetitive stacking of newspapers and very hands on work on the printing press. After training period individuals would be assigned to one of our 3 shifts: 6 am-2 pm, 2 pm - 10 pm, 10 pm - 6 am. We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. Upward mobility potential for this exciting career opportunity. Please email, fax or mail resume to: Comprint Printing 13501 Virginia Manor Rd Laurel, MD 20707 ATTN: Press Tech Fax: (301) 670-7138 EOE


Comprint Military Publications has an immediate opening for a full-time reporter/photojournalist in its Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall, Virginia office. News writing background, interviewing individuals for stories, and AP Style knowledge, & digital camera familiarity important. College degree in journalism preferred. Familiarity with military a plus. We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. If interested, please email resume, 3 writing samples that have not been edited and salary requirements to: . Position Location: Pentagram Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall 204 Lee Avenue Building 59, Room 116 Fort Myer, VA 22211-1199 EOE


In-Store Lead Generator

Full-Time - Day/Evening Rotating Shift - 2:30-11 p.m., with some weekends; part of multi-disciplinary team working w/ emotionally disturbed adolescents. Nurses work closely with other members of a treatment team (counselors, psychiatrists, therapists and educators.) Psychiatric experience w/adolescents required. Current active MD nursing license required. Generous Paid leave & other excellent MD State benefits. Salary negotiable pursuant to experience from $55,000 + shift differential. Send resume w/cover memo to: John L. Gildner RICA, Human Resources, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD 20850 - Fax: 301-251-6815 (through June 25th) Or e-mail to EEO

Generate Leads at Home Depot FT $10/hr + bonuses and benefits. Candidates must have:

Excellent verbal & written communication skills, Time Management Skills; Ability to work weekends; Organization Skills; Professional Appearance; Great Work Ethics; Charismatic Personality. Qualified Applicants should email/fax resume to (include position you are applying for)

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Outstanding opportunity to help military couples build their families. Join a prominent government contractor serving military families in Bethesda, Maryland. Experience or strong interest in women’s health required/work includes both admin and clinical duties. Candidates must be able to pass government required security clearance and exhibit proof of U.S citizenship. Weekend rotation req. Excellent benefits & competitive salary package! New grads welcome to apply. Email resume & salary reqs: or fax to 301/400-1800. Real Estate

Busy Pediatric office in Rockville seeks reliable PT medical receptionist/billing assistant. Strong computer and customer service skills required. Medical billing knowledge preferred. Email resume to:

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


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

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