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University of Baltimore School of Law student Andrea Bento (left) and assistant state’s attorney George Simms (right) listen to a student during Truancy Court at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring.







ontgomery County students who repeatedly miss class are getting guidance from unlikely allies: local prosecutors and judges. In a program that spread to the county from Baltimore in 2010, Montgomery County prosecutors and a local judge meet with students facing a range of attendance issues, from persistent lateness to chronic absence. According to a report by Montgomery County’s Office of Legislative Oversight, “habitual truancy” is defined as missing 18 days in a semester or 36 days of school in a school year. About 984 county public school students were habitually truant in 2009, including about 627 in high school, the report


Montgomery County Public Schools’ habitual truancy rate has increased slightly in recent years as Maryland’s rate has decreased. “Habitual truancy” is defined as missing 18 days in a semester or 36 days of school in a school year, according to a report by Montgomery County’s Office of Legislative Oversight.

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In a tense, 11th-hour decision, the Montgomery County Planning Board voted to support a new highway that would extend Midcounty Highway to Ridge Road in Germantown. After months of deliberation, park tours and hundreds of public comments, the board’s deONLINE cision came down to a 15-minute debate among A detailed listing of the four members and Midcounty Highway Chairwoman Francoise Carrier. Board member options Amy Presley pushed the board to choose an alternative as the meeting ran past 10 p.m., and by a 3-2 vote, the board chose to support Alternative 9A, the master plan route. Alternative 9A is a new four-lane highway between the existing Midcounty Highway and Watkins Mill Road, then an extension north through Wayfarer Road and Germantown parkland, ending at the future intersection of Ridge Road and Snowden Farm Parkway just north of Brink Road. According to the county’s study, Alternative 9A would impact almost 50 acres of parkland, more than any other alternative. “Suitable replacement land would be provided to replace all parkland impacted,” the study states. At the meeting in Silver Spring on Thursday






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Residents listen attentively to a staff briefing and recommendations on the midcounty corridor study at the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting Thursday at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission regional offices in Silver Spring.

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Hall of Fame powerlifter and weightlifter Linda Jo Belsito of Clarksburg was honored by the Montgomery County Council on Nov. 19. Belsito and Jim Downs of Rockville also coach the Montgomery County Special Olympics powerlifting team. From left are Special Olympians Justin Turner, Lori Plaxen and Mathew McMeekin; Belsito; County Councilman Craig Rice, who represents Clarksburg; Downs; and Beth Beaston.



Damascus High captures county Division I cheerleading crown for second consecutive year.


When Jim Downs of Rockville started the county’s Special Olympics powerlifting team four years ago, he soon lost his assistant coach who had to move out of town. But she happened to know somebody familiar with powerlifting who would be willing to help — a



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woman nicknamed LJ from Clarksburg. LJ — Linda Jo Belsito — turned out to not only know powerlifting — she was a champion at it. The 56-year-old was inducted into the USA Powerlifting Women’s Hall of Fame in 2006. Powerlifting features three lifts: squat, benchpress and deadlift. The sport is different than Olympic weightlifting, which features the snatch and the clean and jerk. Belsito and Downs have more than doubled the size of the coun-

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ty’s Special Olympics powerlifting team from 7 to 15 members. Two of the members — Lori Plaxen, 24, of Olney and John Edwards, 34, of Derwood — will represent Maryland, along with two athletes from Howard County, at the national Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, N.J., next June. “She can’t wait! She talks about it every day,” said Lori’s mother, Joyce Plaxen, who credits Belsito


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Fast-food clown: Kids, stay active Ronald McDonald stopped by Woodfield Elementary School on Nov. 15, but it wasn’t to hand out Happy Meals from the fast-food chain — it was part of a new program promoting activity in children across the nation.


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As part of the elementary school’s annual Family Fun Night, the PTA decided to host the free 40-minute “Go Active with Ronald McDonald” show as a way to get the students moving. It’s a mission that may strike some as odd. “You don’t think of fast food and McDonald’s as healthy, but they’re trying to promote activity and playing games outside,” said Sandy McDarby, vice president of the Damascus school’s PTA. “He got them mesmerized about how active they can be without really knowing it.” The clown got the kids to jump rope, pass balls and play improvisational games to get them moving and have fun without making exercise seem like a chore. “Go Active” is part of a series of shows that get McDonald into the community and working with children to improve activity, involvement in the area and reading. Before the program, the families ate pizza and snacks; Butler’s Orchard of Germantown provided apples as a healthful option. While the kids took part in most of the activity, the parents enjoyed the premise of the event. “They really enjoyed it and thought it was good to have an activity or something that brings the kids together and showing how easy it was,” McDarby said. “All these kids now with their iEverything — they liked having a night

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Ronald McDonald visits students at Woodfield Elementary School on Nov. 15 for a lesson in staying active and healthy. like that, being active together with the family and learning ways to be healthy and have fun.”

Library features children’s activities Damascus Library has several

events coming up for children interested in story time and music or for teens looking for a feel-good doit-yourself project. Sixth- through 12th-graders can come by at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 to make paracord bracelets, which are survival pieces made from parachute cord. Participants can keep them, give them to friends or donate them to Operation Gratitude. Registration for this event is required. Younger children can drop by at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10 for “Little Hands and Big Hands Story Time” for a little sign language work.

EVENTS Thanksgiving Eve Concert, 7:30-9

p.m., Faithful and True Christian Center, 4040 Blackburn Lane, Burtonsville. Free.

FRIDAY, NOV. 29 Garden of Lights Winter Walkthrough Holiday Light Display and Railway Train Exhibit, 5:30-10 p.m.,

Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, lasts through Jan. 5. $25/car Friday-Sunday, $20/car Monday-Thursday. 301-962-1453. Black Friday Dance Party, 8 p.m., Dance Bethesda, 8227 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $10 for those wearing black, $18 otherwise. 301-951-3660.

SATURDAY, NOV. 30 Small Business Saturday, 10 a.m.,

Heyser Farms and Great Shoals Winery, 14526 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 301-384-7859 Outdoor Holiday Bazaar, 1-7 p.m.,

Scouts to sell Christmas trees Boy Scout Troop 945 of Damascus will hold its annual Christmas tree sale every weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday through Dec. 22, in the Plantations II com-


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Kathy MacMillan, who wrote “Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together,” will lead children and adults through finger plays, songs and hands-on games. The program is appropriate for newborns through 5-year-olds with their caregivers. Everyone is invited to sing and dance at 11 a.m. Dec. 18 with entertainer Mr. Jon, who will lead the audience in both traditional and original songs. The library is at 9701 Main St. Call 240-773-9444 for more information.

Kunzang Palyul Choling Buddhist Temple, 18400 River Road, Poolesville. Free admission. 301-710-6259. Future Fab Jr., 2-3:30 p.m., Rockville Maryland Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0020. A Family Event Music Drama, 7-9 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 9008 Rosemont Drive, Gaithersburg. A one-woman dramatic performance of “Little Stockey and the Miracle of Christmas.” Free. 301-9269722.

SUNDAY, DEC. 1 Holiday Gift Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022.

Peerless Rockville’s Holiday Open House, 1-4 p.m., Red Brick Courthouse,

29 Courthouse Square, Rockville. Free. 301-762-0096.

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munity in Gaithersburg. All proceeds from the sale of Douglas and Fraser trees go to the troop. The trees will be in the pool parking lot off Rolling Fork Way. Plantations II is off Route 124, with a turn east onto Rolling Fork Drive and a right onto Rolling Fork Way. Information: 301-4822194. If you have an interesting note or photo to share about the people or an event in the community, please send it to Staff Writer Kirsty Groff, The Damascus Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD20877, or email to kgroff@ Our fax number is 301670-7183. Photos should be 1 MB or larger. Deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday for consideration for the following week. All items are subject to space availability.

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p.m., MARC Communter Parking Lot, Germantown Road and Bowman Mill Drive, Germantown. Free admission. 301-972-2707.




Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-657-3115.

Tips, 1:15-2:30 p.m., Holiday Park Se-

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ing, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ingleside at King

Farm, 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville. 240-499-9019. Annual Holiday Mix and Mingle, 5-8 p.m., Huckleberry Fine Art, 12051 Nebel St., Rockville. Hosted by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County. Bring a holiday gift for a child in the Community Ministries of Rockville Holiday Giving Program. 301-807-3766.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 Montgomery Hospice Drop-in Discussion About Grief and Healing,

6:30-8 p.m., Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville. Free. 301-921-4400.

World AIDS Day Symposium: Getting to Zero, 6:30-9 p.m., Silver Spring

Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. Free. wad2013. Advent Jazz, 7 p.m., The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free music, $10 dinner. 301-384-4394. Festival of Light Ceremony, 7-8:30 p.m., 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda. Free. 301-652-4988.




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DEATHS Elizabeth B. Argent Elizabeth B. Argent, 89, formerly of Bethesda, died Nov. 20, 2013. Interment will take place in the spring. Covenant Funeral Service in Fredericksburg, Va., handled the arrangements.

Richard Wayne Heaton Richard Wayne Heaton, 46, of Augusta, W.Va., formerly of Olney, died Nov. 17, 2013, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. Giffin Funeral Home in Capon Bridge, W.Va., handled the arrangements.

Russell T. Kinsey Russell T. Kinsey, 66, of Silver Spring, died Nov. 15, 2013. A service took place at 10 a.m. Nov. 23 at Parklawn Memorial Park in Rockville.

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It’s a once-in-a-lifetime holiday: Thanksgivukkah Convergence of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah hasn’t happened since 1888 n



What do you get when you combine Thanksgiving and Hanukkah? Thanksgivukkah? Or maybe Thanks-a-latkes? This is the year to make the most of the convergence of the two holidays. It hasn’t happened since 1888 and it will not happen

again “in our lifetime,” said Rabbi Bentzy Stolik, director of Chabad of Olney. “It’s impossible to determine if it will ever happen again,” Stolik said. “Hanukkah follows the Jewish calendar, which is based on a lunar system, but the number of months changes every two or three years to catch up with the Gregorian calendar.” With the annual changing of Thanksgiving Day, which is celebrated the fourth Thursday of November, it’s easy to see that the turkey might not catch up with the lighting of the menorah candles again for a long, long time. “I’ve heard it will next happen in about 7,000 years,” said Ruth Lamberty, director of jconnect, a

service of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Hanukkah actually begins at sundown Wednesday, with the traditional celebration of the lighting of the first candle of the eightdayfestival,atraditionalmealand, for many, sharing of gifts. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple, desecrated by occupying invaders more than 2,100 years ago. “Uponrecapturingthetemple from the Syrian Greeks, the Jewish people found only one jar of pure oil, enough to burn only one day, but it lasted miraculously for eight days until new, pure olive oil was produced,” according to a press release from Chabad of Olney.

“In commemoration of this event, the Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah for eight days by lighting an eight-branched candelabra known as a menorah. The menorah is placed in highly visible place to publicize the miracle, with its message of hope and religious freedom, to all.” Thanksgiving — which, according to tradition, was first celebrated in 1621 in Plymouth, Mass. — celebrates the providence of the previous year and the bounty of the harvest. It did not become an official holiday until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday to be celebrated each November. In 1941, Congress officially declared the

fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. Both holidays are about food, family and friends, Lamerty said, and many families will combine traditions on Thursday. “I am making sweet potato latkes and pumpkin doughnuts,” she said. “The tradition behind them [as Hanukkah foods] is that they are both cooked in oil, something we use to commemorate the miracle of the oil in the temple.” She also plans to serve turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but will make a cranberry applesauce this year because applesauce is traditionally served with latkes, which are fried pancakes, usually made with white potatoes. “I’m trying to make it fun,” she

said. So are many others. Online, celebrants can purchase Thanksgivukkah T-shirts and aprons picturing both a turkey and a menorah, notecards featuring a turkey behind a dreidel — the traditional Hanukkah spinning top — and one mimicking Grant Wood’s classic painting, “American Gothic,” showing the farmer holding a menorah. There is even a menurkey, a turkey-shaped menorah. As many around the county toast the day with one tradition or another or a combination of the two, there is only one thing to be said: Gobbletov!

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Swarmin’ Hornets win Division I title for second straight year BY ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER

The Damascus High School cheerleading team won its second

Sue Miller, Tiffani Easterday and Erin Moser. Damascus was one of eight schools competing at the Division I level. Sherwood placed second and Quince Orchard, coached by Durkin’s twin sister, Laura, placed third.

consecutive Montgomery County Cheerleading Championship Saturday at Montgomery Blair High School. “Everyone kind of stepped up their game this year. They worked really hard to keep their title,” second-year coach Lindsay Durkin said. The team was led by four senior captains: Tori Welch, Kenni-

It may be the holiday season, but that also means it’s the shopping season when more cars and pedestrians share the county’s parking lots. On Thursday, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett launched a campaign to educate pedestrians and help curb the number of accidents between pedestrians and cars in shopping areas. At Dawson’s Market in Rockville, Leggett unveiled the educational campaign, including brochures, reusable grocery bags and pavement decals. The County Council has dedicated $50,000 to a pedestrian parking lot safety program this year, which is paying for the educational materials. This year’s campaign is building on Leggett’s original pedestrian safety initiative, which started in December 2007. “The original initiative looked at roadway collisions, and has focused on that,” county spokeswoman Esther Bowring said. “We realized that the increase from 2011 to 2013 in pedestrian collisions was actually an increase in those that oc-


County Executive Isiah Leggett promoted educational material for the county’s pedestrian safety initiative Thursday at Dawson’s Market in Rockville.

curred in parking lots.” According to a county press release, 423 pedestrian accidents between people and cars were reported in Montgomery County in 2012. About 30 percent of those, or 125 incidents, were in parking lots and garages. The county found that about 18 percent of parking lot crashes with pedestrians resulted in severe or incapacitating injuries. Bowring said the same percent of collisions on roadways, about 20 percent, resulted in severe or incapacitating injuries.

“As we’re trying to figure out and get a handle on what is going on, and why these things are happening, we felt it was important — especially with the holiday season coming up — that people are educated,” she said. Bowring said a county task force is working to find patterns in pedestrian crash data. A group with representatives from county departments and agencies are sharing information and considering ways to educate the public about the issue. The county is forming partnerships with developers to reach retailers throughout the county. They have formed relationships with Foulger-Pratt, JBG Rosenfeld Retail, Lakeforest mall owner Urban Retail Properties, Peterson Cos. and others. Dawson’s Market, which is part of Rockville Town Square and has garage parking, has educational materials from the county on display inside the store. Bus shelters and Ride On buses also have county brochures about pedestrian safety, including materials in Spanish. The campaign’s outdoor elements, like pavement decals, will be installed in county garages over the next few months, Bowring said.


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AROUND THE COUNTY World War II veteran Orman Rippeon dies at 94 Clarksburg man earned two Purple Hearts and Bronze Star n



The oldest member of the Damascus American Legion Post 171 in Damascus has died. Orman Zachariah Rippeon, 94, of Clarksburg died Nov. 20 at Frederick Memorial Hospital, according to Molesworth-Williams Funeral Home. He was a life member and past president of the Hyattstown Volunteer Fire Department and a life member of the Damascus American Legion Post 171. He was the oldest member of the post, said past post commander

George Bolling. “Ormie was one of our heroes,” said Bolling. “He was wounded twice at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and was a great member of our post. He will be greatly missed.” Rippeon served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II, in the 99th Infantry Division. He was severely wounded during the Battle of the Bulge, injuries that he would endure his entire adult life. He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service, according to the funeral home. Rippeon and his brother Dick Rippeon owned and operated Rippeon’s Service Center in Damascus for many years after the war. The family will receive friends

on Saturday at Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church Street in Damascus, from 10 a.m. until funeral services begin at noon. The Rev. David W. Hodsdon, pastor of Hyattstown United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to Hyattstown Fire Department, 25801 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871; Hyattstown United Methodist Church, 26121 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871; or Damascus American Legion Post 171, P.O. Box 171, Damascus, MD. 20872. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.

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Orman Z. Rippeon, the oldest member of the Damascus American Legion, shown here at the legion’s Veterans Day service, died Nov. 20.

A gala evening at the annual County Executive’s Ball “Party Arty,” the 28th annual Montgomery County Executive’s Ball to benefit the arts and humanities, was held Sunday at the Montgomery County Conference Center in North Bethesda. The event drew 950 people and more than 90 different sponsors, according to organizers. It raised more than $300,000 for arts and humanities education.

Heather Dlhopolsky, chairwoman of the Montgomery County Night Time Economy Task Force, will discuss the group’s findings at the Montgomery County Civic Federation meeting from 7:45 to 10 p.m. Monday at the County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. After her presentation, there will be a question-and-answer period and updates on other key local issues. All county residents and representatives of civic organizations are welcome. Free parking is available in the adjacent county garage. For more information, visit

Santa coming to Montgomery Village The Montgomery Village Foundation invites the community to celebrate the holiday season by having breakfast with Santa Claus on Dec. 14. From 9:30 to 11 a.m., guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a continental breakfast, create crafts and visit with Santa. Children will leave with their crafts and a photo with Santa. The event will be at North Creek Community Center at 20125 Arrowhead Road, Montgomery Village. Reservations are required due to limited space. The cost is $10 per child for village residents, $15 per child for nonresidents and $5 per adult. The registration deadline is Dec. 12. For more information or to register, call 301-948-0110.


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

Armed robbery • On Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in the 23400 block of Tailors Shop Place, Clarksburg. The subjects threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. • On Nov. 12 at 8:15 p.m. at Moneyworth Way and Murphy Grove Terrace, Clarksburg. The subjects threatened the victim with a weapon and took property.


Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard (left) of Clarksburg shares a laugh with Susan Madden of Silver Spring at “Party Arty.”

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) addresses the audience.

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About a month ago, three 20-something entrepreneurs launched a website that some users say helps them learn information about health insurance plans more easily than the federal government’s site that an army of workers has developed for years. Co-founders of the privately run site,, include Potomac native Michael Wasser. The Seattle resident majored in computer science and economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. “We aren’t trying to compete with the federal government’s site,” said Wasser, 26. “We have different goals in that we are mainly providing information and don’t sign up people. You can’t really compare the two.” The site essentially takes government information on health plans and makes it easier for people to access, he said. The company


Potomac native Michael Wasser is co-founder of the privately run site

doesn’t just rely on government sources but collects other information such as details on co-payments and deductibles, as well as provides information on insurers for users to contact directly. Since launching, the site has seen traffic rise dramatically, with about 2 million page views in the

past three weeks, he said. Wasser and co-founders George Kalogeropoulos, 28, and Ning Liang, 27, have already been featured on CBS News, Fox Business News and other media outlets. Yale University graduates Kalogeropoulos and Liang live in the San Francisco area, where the fledgling business is based. “I can work fine remotely from Seattle,” said Wasser, who met his partners through a friend about nine months ago. A New Hampshire woman, who praised the site as “much easier” to use than the government one, said on the CBS newscast that she “was not surprised” three guys in their 20s could devise an easier site to access than the federal government. The trio recently met with Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, to discuss their website and how they can help people learn more about the plans. This month, U.S. Sen. Angus King Jr., an independent from Maine, urged residents to use HealthSherpa as a temporary alternative for those experiencing difficulties with the federal site. More than 30 states do not have

their own sites and exchange markets, and residents there must use the federal site. The rest, including Maryland, have their own sites. “HealthSherpa offers a userfriendly platform to quickly browse through available health insurance plan options, including monthly premium costs, coverage plans and possible premium subsidies,” King said in a statement. “I recommend that Mainers who are having trouble with use HealthSherpa as a temporary alternative until the federal website functions properly.” The Maryland site,, also has had its share of technical difficulties. In its first month of operation in October, about 1,300 people signed up for private health plans, below the pace of some states with fewer residents such as Vermont and Connecticut. But the pace has picked up in November. Almost 1,000 people in Maryland enrolled for private plans from Nov. 3 through Nov. 16. Officials have a goal of signing up 150,000 by March 31.

Residential burglary • 24800 block of Woodfield Road, Damascus, on Nov. 1. No further information provided. • 12900 block of Churchill Ridge Circle, Germantown, between 5 and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 5. No forced entry, took property. • 10800 block of Sir Barton Circle, Damascus, on Nov. 6. Forced entry, took property. • 13200 block of Orsay Street, Clarksburg, between 6:40 a.m. and 9 p.m. Nov. 7. Took property from an unlocked garage. • 19500 block of Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown, at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 7. The subject is known to the victim. • 13200 block of Country Ridge Drive, Germantown, between Nov. 8 and 10. No forced entry, took property. • 20200 block of Halethorpe Lane, Germantown, on Nov. 12. Forced entry, took property. Theft • On Nov. 11 at 2:30 a.m. at a construction site at 17203 Riffle Ford Road, Germantown. No further information provided.

THANKSGIVING CLOSINGS Most Montgomery County and other government offices and programs will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Here’s a schedule: • County offices: Closed. • Libraries: Closed. • County liquor stores: Closed. • Recreation: All programs and facilities closed. • County parks: Closed. Operating schedules for Friday, including for Brookside Gardens, ice rinks, tennis centers, trains and carousels, are at • Ride On bus: Sunday schedule. • Metrobus: Sunday schedule. • Metrorail: Sunday schedule. •TRiPS commuter stores in Silver Spring and Friendship Heights: Closed • Trash and recycling: No collection. Thursday pickup will be Friday; Friday pickup on Saturday. • Transfer station: Closed. • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters: Free. • Public schools and offices: Closed. • State offices and courts: Closed. • U.S. Postal Service: Post offices closed; no mail delivery.


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The day after 25-year-old Michael Kirby Alvarado died on a sidewalk in Gaithersburg after being shot in the head, police arrested the Silver Spring man they say pulled the trigger. Police charged Jefferson Daniel Delgado, 20, with firstdegree murder Friday. On Monday, prosecutors asked at a court hearing that he be held without bail. Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Herdman said Delgado was a flight risk and said police had recovered a gun that they believed had been used in the slaying. John Lavigne, Delgado’s attorney, asked District Court Judge Barry A. Hamilton that a bail be set for Delgado, a contractor who he said lives in the area but had been working in Florida. Police have said he lived on Quebec Terrace, but online court records list an address for him at Dawson Avenue. Hamilton denied Lavigne’s request. Police have not shed light on what might have motivated Alvarado’s killing. Several members of Delgado’s family attended the hearing, but declined to speak to reporters. Alvarado’s slaying sent investigators combing the area around the Streamside Apartments complex on North Summit Avenue last week in search of suspects. Initially, police were looking for two men — one dressed in all black, and one dressed in a black


Michael Kirby Alvarado died Thursday in Gaithersburg.

and white striped shirt. The shooting and manhunt had four local schools in a “shelter in place” or lockdown status Thursday. According to Delgado’s charging documents, police identified and spoke with one of the men, who then identified Delgado as the shooter. Police arrested Delgado at around 8 p.m. Friday in Silver Spring when they stopped a car he was in. Delgado tried to flee during the stop, according to a statement police released detailing his arrest. Alvarado made his mark at Gaithersburg High School as a scholar athlete, earning a full scholarship to the College of William & Mary in 2006, according to his former high school football coach Kreg Kephart. “The news of this hit me like I was punched in the gut. Michael was one of the finest leaders we have ever had on this team,” Kephart said, recalling one speech Alvarado made before a game against Damascus High School. Kephart said

Alvarado asked to give the pregame talk and pulled out a fullpage speech he read to his team. “It was as good or better than anything I could have done,” Kephart said. Alvarado, who was co-captain of his high school team, was named to the county’s 2005 AllGazette football team and the Washington Post’s 2005 All Met team. At William & Mary, Alvarado played nickelback on the 2009 squad that made it to the national semifinals of the Football Championship Series, according to the college’s athletic department spokesman Pete Clawson. He played for the school from 2006 to 2009. “He had a good personality and from my perspective was always pretty easy to deal with,” Clawson said. Kevin Parrish, a Gaithersburg High math teacher and former basketball coach, remembered Alvarado as a player who had unlimited potential. “He was one of the most athletic kids we had. If he had wanted to play basketball in college he could have done that too,” Parrish said. “He was so full of life...this is just really sad.” Alvarado’s homicide sent four nearby schools into lockdown while investigators scoured the streets with K-9 teams and helicopters in search of two people who witnesses said they saw leaving the crime scene on foot Thursday afternoon. Capt. Jim Daly, a county police spokesman, said police get many calls to that area because it’s densely populated. A preliminary hearing for Delgado has been set for Dec. 20.

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Two candidates with experience on the fringes of presidential politics have joined the race for spots on the Montgomery County Council. Gaithersburg Democrat Neda Bolourian has filed to run for the District 2 seat currently held by Council Vice President Craig Rice, while Dickerson Democrat Beth Daly will run for one of the council’s four atlarge seats. Democratic Central Committee member Vivian Malloy of Olney will run as an at-large candidate, while Silver Spring community activist Evan Glass recently announced that he’ll run as a Democrat for the District 5 seat currently held by Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D). While both Bolourian and Daly are relative novices to running for office, both have gathered experience working on major political campaigns. Daly, 51, directed a team in charge of buying advertising for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and also worked on Clinton’s 1996 re-election, and worked as a staffer for former Ohio Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (D). Bolourian, 31, worked for PresidentBarackObama’s2008 and 2012 campaigns. She ran for the House of Delegates from District 15 in 2006, but withdrew shortly after filing because of an illness in her family. Bolourian, an attorney who works in Bethesda, said she has always been interested in public policy. “I adore politics, but mostly I’ve always been interested in public service,” she said. She said she was partly motivated to run by the income disparity in Montgomery County. While she was in law school at the University of the District of Columbia, she worked with low-income people at a variety of clinics. She sees lots of her friends in the county working multiple jobs and still barely getting by, she said. Bolourian was also motivated by the council’s decision to approve a pay increase for the council seated in 2014, which she said was troubling given the current economic situation in the county. A native of Damascus who attended Damascus High School, Bolourian would also like to focus on addressing mental health and substance abuse issues, the possibility of lowering income and property taxes, finding more funding for no-kill animal shelters. Rice said having an opponent wouldn’t really change the way he campaigns for 2014, which he said he plans to make more active in January or February. Daly, the director of political sales in Telemundo’s Washington, D.C., offices, plans to focus her campaign on issues such as affordable housing, responsible growth and traffic and transportation. She lived in downtown Bethesda before she was marriedandnowlivesinDickerson, and said she hopes to use that experience of having lived both upcounty and downcounty to bring a fresh perspective to the council. The current council hasn’t done a good enough job of balancing growth with the police, fire, education, roads and other public infrastructure necessary to support it, she said. Growth is an issue from Clarksburg to Chevy Chase, not an upcounty or downcounty issue, and the council would benefit from more perspective on upcounty issues, she said. The council’s at-large seats currently held by Democrats Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal and Hans Riemer.

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After waiting more than three years, local bookworms will have a new place to curl up with a book or hop on to a public computer when the freshly renovated Gaithersburg library opens its doors Jan. 4. A grand opening, complete with a ribbon-cutting, entertainment, special programs, refreshments and tours of the library, will be held on that day to welcome patrons back to the facility at the corner of Montgomery Village Avenue and Lost Knife Road. The opening marks the end of a $25.6 million major renovation project that expanded the 33,700-square-foot structure by adding 22,200 square feet on the main level along the front, back and sides and 7,900 square feet on a partial second floor. The library has been closed since May 2010, and construction on it began in December 2011. “I have had so much interest from schools calling. Everyone wants tours. Everyone wants to be a part of the opening,” said Kay Bowman, the Gaithersburg library’s branch manager. “I just look at our staff as really anxious and eager to welcome the community back.” More than 100,000 books, DVDs, magazines and other material will line the shelves throughout the new library, according to Bowman. The library’s blog, which has periodically published construction updates and announcements, wrote that about 9,941 feet of shelving was installed in the building. That equates to about 1.88 miles of shelving units. On the first floor, the library will have 40 public computers, a large quiet room for reading, two group study rooms and four tutoring rooms. The tutoring spaces require reservations in advance because of popular demand, Bowman said. A lab with 12 computers is on the floor, too, and will be used for teaching courses, such as creating resumes. “This community has so




Librarian Adrienne Miles gets books ready to be shelved at the new Gaithersburg library. many resources to help people get up on their feet, get jobs and become part of the community,” Bowman said. “I look at the library as that kind of partnering to help them do that.” A comprehensive children’s library space is also on the first floor and includes reading material, computers with educational games and programs and a children’s programming room, where events like storytime can be held. One room in the children’s section has been designated as the Language Discovery Center, a place where parents or caregivers can work with their young children to help them develop language skills. “One of the things that helps children develop language skills is storytelling,” said Jan Derry, head of children’s services at the Gaithersburg library. “The LDC has toys that stimulate the imagination, like puppets, dolls, toy trucks and puzzles.” “Laptop lanes,” or stretches of counter space where library members can hook up their own computers, and touchscreen monitors for catalogue searching will also be placed throughout the first floor. Upstairs, there is a community meeting room that can accommodate up to 300 people. The room, which has a soundproof divider that can be


Library assistant Lisa Holston prepares books in the new facility, which is expected to open in January. lowered to make two separate spaces, has a large projection screen and white boards. The Gilchrist Center, which offers free and low-cost English language classes, citizenship preparation and computer courses, also has an office on the second level. The entire building is certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Permeable pavement outside in the parking lot and a rooftop garden absorbs rainwater and reduces runoff. While the new building was under construction, the interim Gaithersburg library was stationed on the second floor of Lakeforest mall. It closed on

Oct. 31 to allow the transfer of all materials back to the new library and give the librarians and helpers time to catalogue and shelve the items. Starting in January, the library will be open regularly from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. “We look at the new library as really being a very vibrant place that will have a lot going on all the time, whether it’s children’s programming or a class on computer literacy,” Bowman said. “It should be a dynamic place for the community to come together.”

Fourteen wood stoves burned hot during the first Wood Stove Decathlon held recently on the National Mall, but virtually no smoke rose from their chimneys. A technology hundreds of years old, wood stoves are making a resurgence as a cheap and renewable source of heat. Modeled after the Department of Energy’s SolarDecathlon,inthewoodstove version, held from Nov. 15 to 19, 14 finalists from around the world showed off the most sophisticated technologies in modern stoves and competed in emissions, efficiency, affordability, market appeal and innovation. Woodstock Soapstone of New Hampshire won first place in the competition. The Alliance for Green Heat, of Takoma Park, hosted the decathlon, and has been working to promote wood stoves as a renewable option within reach for low- and middle-income families. “We’re trying to keep [wood stoves] a good option. We don’t want it to be left behind by solar and geothermal and other renewables that are really very good options, but only really good options for rich people,” said John Ackerly, founder of the Alliance for Green Heat. Ackerlyfoundedthenonprofit organization four years ago to promote wood stoves as a sustainable and economical heat source. The alliance aims to educate leaders, policymakers and the public on the potential of high-efficiency wood burning. Maryland has strong rebates and incentives for residents to install solar panels, for example. Ackerly would like to see similar treatment for wood stoves. An efficient stove hardly emits any smoke because smoke is just small particles of unburned wood, Ackerly explained. “It’s about extracting the heat from the wood and the smoke before the smoke goes up the chimney,” he said. Most stoves at the decathlon burned the wood and then the smoke in two separate chambers. The keys to burning wood cleanly are getting the right amount of oxygen in the stove to feed the fire, and making sure the wood is very dry, Ackerly said. Clean-burning but more affordable wood stoves cost about $1,000. Stoves in the competition

cost $2,000-$6,000. And Ackerly estimated that it might cost a family $400-$600 to buy wood to heat their home for the winter, depending on the size and insulation of the house. But, Ackerly said, in Montgomery County it’s easy to get wood for free like he does. Tree trimmers always have excess wood that they’d rather give away than take to the landfill, he said. And it’s sustainable, too. Trees are rarely cut down for firewood, at least in this part of the country, Ackerly said. For the decathlon, not a single tree was cut down, he said. The wood was donated by a man in Montgomery County who collects wood from tree trimmers and cuts it to sell. As oil and propane get more expensive, wood stoves are becoming a more popular option, Ackerly said. From 2000 to 2010, homes using wood stoves increased by 34 percent in Maryland, similar to the national trend, according to census data. Just 0.1 percent of Montgomery County residents used wood stoves in 2010, but the stoves tend to be more common in rural and lowerincome areas. Wood stoves have been the fastest-growing heat source since 2000, according to census data. Entrants in the decathlon included new and long-established companies’ prototypes, stoves currently on the market, and a group of University of Maryland students. The students’ stove could also charge your cell phone or power a lamp during an electricity outage. “They were thinking totally outside the box,” Ackerly said, “They had the cleanest stove in the whole competition and these kids had never heard of a woodburning stove a year ago.” Many stoves used computerized technologies to monitor temperature and oxygen levels and tell users when to reload firewood. And while most stoves were brought in by forklift, one stove arrived via taxi — it can picked up and carried around. The first place winner, Woodstock Soapstone, received $25,000, followed by Travis of Washington and Wittus of New York, which each won $5,000 as runners-up. Travis donated their winnings back to the Alliance for Green Heat. Ackerly hopes to host the decathlon every two years.



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Dueling pledges call for positive gubernatorial campaigning Professor: Without negativity, you don’t have a campaign




Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown have proposed dueling pledges to keep negativity out of their 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary. Gansler has asked the candidates to abjure outside spending, which often leads to attack ads. Brown has asked that they pledge simply to keep campaigns positive. Neither candidate has endorsed his opponent’s pledge. That’s because without negativity, there’s no way to establish one candidate as better than the other, said Richard Vatz, a professor of political rhetoric at Towson University. “Negativity, per se, is absurd to criticize,” Vatz said. “If you don’t have negativity, you don’t have a campaign.” In rejecting Gansler’s

pledge, Brown’s campaign cited a legal obstacle. Gansler’s pledge called for a mandatory charitable donation equal to half of the cost of any advertisement about a candidate if an outside organization paid for the ad. But candidates can only make a “straight-out” donation to a charity at the end of an election, if they close an account, said Jared DeMarinis, candidacy and campaign finance director for the Maryland Board of Elections. A donation to charity is allowed upon closing an account only if it directly benefits the candidacy, he said. Justin Schall, Brown’s campaign manager, said Gansler’s pledge missed the mark. When Brown countered with a “no negativity” pledge on Friday, Gansler rejected it. Gansler campaign spokesman Bob Wheelock said there already was a doable pledge on the table. Pledges aside, both Gansler and Brown’s campaign staff say their candidates want to keep things positive.

“I do not want to be misleading. We are going to have disagreements. If the attorney general were to cross the line, we will absolutely answer the charges. We are not going to get swiftboated.” Justin Schall, Brown campaign manager

Schall said Brown has consciously taken a positive approach. “I do not want to be misleading,” Schall said. “We are going to have disagreements. If the attorney general were to cross the line, we will absolutely answer the charges. We are not going to get swiftboated.” “Swift Boat” has become a shorthand term for an unfair political attack, based on the 2004 “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” campaign to discredit then-Democratic presidential

candidate John Kerry’s military service. Wheelock said Gansler also doesn’t want a negative campaign, which is why he asked his opponents to pledge to keep outside money out of the race. The third Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, has largely stood clear of the fray. In an emailed statement, her campaign manager, Joanna Belanger, wrote: “Heather is already running a positive cam-

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Nearly 100 people turned out Thursday at Richard Montgomery High School to review six potential plans for developing a bus rapid transit system in the Veirs Mill Road corridor between Wheaton and Rockville. The plans are part of a larger bus rapid transit program the county has been considering, which includes 10 such corridors. Transportation staff from the state and county sought public feedback on the first round of plans. The alternatives included options like building dedicated bus lanes, making lanes reversible during morning and evening peak hours, adding bike

lanes, and making upgrades to the current bus service. “The idea is people will get out of their cars and use transit,” said Jamaica Arnold, lead project manager with the State Highway Administration. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, and Maryland Transit Administration conducted the study, assessing the impacts of different options on residents, traffic congestion, pedestrians, and transit riders. The studies, analysis and hearings for the corridor will cost about $6 million. Construction and any acquisition of land has not yet been funded, Gary Erenrich, a project manager, said. He noted, “we have designed this project so that it’s eligible for federal funds,” which could cover up to 50 percent of the cost.

Erenrich said the next step would be for project managers to eliminate some of the options based on feedback received. They have already determined that Alternative 4 would likely be cut, he said. Alternative 4 would probably have the most impact on residents, and make the greatest changes to the road, widening Veirs Mills Road to build dedicated bus lanes. Ron Chiariello, who lives just off of Veirs Mill Road, said he was disappointed that project managers had already nearly ruled out Alternative 4. His daughter Kathryn Chiariello, of Chevy Chase, said this design is considered “the gold standard of bus rapid transit.” Washington Metro Area Transit Authority’s proposed Q9 express bus service would use the Veirs Mill route, along with new bus routes the county has been discussing as part of

the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan. It has not been determined yet which transit body would operate these bus lines, or how much rides would cost. An initial public meeting on the corridor plan was held in May 2012. Project managers aim to develop more detailed alternatives, conduct studies, and work with residents to receive more feedback over the next year. They hope to conclude the initial planning phase in summer 2015 before pursuing construction. To comment on this project, fill out a feedback form on the project website, or email Jamaica Arnold at jarnold2@sha.

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John Van Eck stood in the center of a circle of chairs, jotting down notes on a whiteboard from a revolving group of people who stopped by his station. The suggestions included traffic flow, parking, bus stops, real-time service alerts, updates on weather and information on usage for the Intercounty Connector. Van Eck works for the county’s Department of Transportation, but the notes he was taking came from a workshop Thursday night to generate ideas and feedback for the evolution of dataMontgomery, the county’s data portal that seeks to provide county businesses and residents with raw data they can

use to get information about various aspects of the county. People are always interested in transportation, Van Eck said. One suggestion was one the county already started to work on — real-time information on bus routes. The point of Thursday’s meeting was to get a feel for the type of data sets people want and what the county should be prioritizing, said Dan Hoffman, chief innovation officer for the county. The website currently lists about 90 sets of data, from county employee salaries to information on food inspections and the types of requests most commonly made for the county’s MC311 information service, but Hoffman said the county hopes to have about 400 sets of data up by next summer. In the coming weeks, they’re set to post data sets on such diverse issues as election results, fire and rescue incident calls, sewer overflows and alcoholic beverage license violations.


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Hoffman said employee salaries is one of the most popular searches. “It’s the curiosity data set,” he said. Having the information directly available online has saved the county’s Public Information Office time answering requests because they can just email a link, he said. But while they strive to provide all types of data, that’s not always possible. The county does not publish the names of police officers who work undercover, Hoffman said. Social services information can also be sensitive because of federal regulations, leaving the county to figure out how to provide useful information without compromising people’s privacy, he said.

Montgomery Village resident Carrie Smedira said she thought Thursday’s event was interesting because it gave her a say in what types of data she can access. While the amount of raw data on the site might make it difficult for some people to sort through, Montgomery has a lot of very analytical people who will enjoy looking through it, she said. Pete Tan of Silver Spring said he found out about Thursday’s event on Twitter earlier that day, then went to the website to check it out. Tan said he sees the data as having equal value for businesses and residents.

paign on the issues and her record. Over the last several weeks we’ve released a comprehensive early childhood plan, a tax cut for 90 percent of Marylanders, and a proposal to legalize and regulate marijuana in an effort to create new revenue and improve public safety. We are focused on ensuring Annapolis works for all Maryland families while our opponents have been engaged in an arms race of political infighting and insider jabs.” Asked to compare the campaign tones, Vatz said Brown and Gansler are already throwing negative punches. Mizeur, he said, is being strategically ignored. On Thursday, Gansler’s campaign released a video on YouTube attacking Brown for his lack of leadership in Maryland implementing the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare. Wheelock said the video was not an attack, but meant to contrast the candidates. Gansler and his position on the Affordable Care Act are not mentioned in the 1-minute, 20-second spot. His campaign

authority line appears at the end. Schall said it’s difficult to take the video clip seriously, considering Gansler and Brown both served on the Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council, for implementing the new healthcare law, but Gansler only attended two of the 17 meetings. Brown is the co-chairman. Wheelock said Gansler attended some meetings and sent a representative to others. Gansler’s role was legal adviser, while Brown’s job was to oversee the implementation, Wheelock said. Vatz said candidates win by convincing voters that they’re better for the job than their opponents, which requires being negative. Negativity can backfire, too.A candidate who makes too many negative remarks about an unknown opponent risks making that opponent’s name recognizable, Vatz said. For Mizeur, the fact that neither Brown nor Gansler has gone after her shows nobody thinks she has a chance, Vatz said.

Chamber honors Sanaria; company targets malaria BY


Researchers at a lab in Rockville are trying to put an end to malaria. The mosquito-borne disease killed about 660,000 people worldwide in 2010, according to the World Health Organization. Most of those who died were African children. Malaria is caused by a parasite that multiplies in the liver and infects red blood cells, causing fever, headache, vomiting and, if the disease is left untreated, disruptions in the blood supply to vital organs. Researchers at Sanaria Inc. are working on a vaccine that they hope could eventually eradicate the disease all together. “Our staff goes to work every day with a mission, with a dream, that they are developing a vaccine that will prevent those deaths,” said Dr. Stephen L. Hoffman, Sanaria’s chief executive and science officer. Hoffman spoke at the

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards Dinner Thursday, where Sanaria received the Verl Zanders Emerging Business of the Year Award. Sanaria and the National Institutes of Health has already conducted an early trial of the vaccine at NIH’s Clinical Center in Bethesda. Hoffman said the company plans to start more clinical trials within the next few months, and he hopes to have a licensed vaccine on the market and on its way to eliminating malaria within the next few years. In August 2007, Sanaria moved its corporate headquarters, including administrative, research, development and manufacturing operations, to the Alexandria Real Estate Life Sciences and Translational Research Center in the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center in Rockville. The facility includes a clinical manufacturing facility for producing Sanaria’s malaria parasite vaccine.

Obituary William Edwin Dorsey (Eddy) 70, of Monrovia, MD passed away after a long courage battle with a lung disease on November 13, 2013 at Georgetown University Hospital. He was a loving husband and best friend to his wife Nancy L Dorsey for 47 years. Born February 5, 1943 in Damascus MD. to William B. Dorsey and Elizabeth W. Dorsey. Eddy grew up on the family farm in Boyds MD and graduated from Gaithersburg High School class of 1963. He was active in 4H tractor pulling and showing dairy cattle at Montgomery County Fair. He worked for Sire Power of Frederick for 5 years in 1968 he left the farm and when to work at Hawkins Floor Company where he worked for 40 years. After retirement he worked part time for King Floor of Damascus Md for 3 years. In 1972 he built one of the first Hot Rod Tractors on the east coast called The Road Runner. He enjoyed going to tractor pulls and being with his friends in the Heart of Maryland Tractor Club. His pride and joy was his 55 Chevy that he took to car shows or just out for a Sunday drive with his wife.

Obituary Frances J. Hayes Frances J. Hayes passed on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Virginia. A logtime resident of Gaithersburg, Maryland and loving wife of the late James A. Hayes, Jr.; mother of Diana Jenkins and fiance Billy Church, Jr., Front Royal, Virginia, Gary W. Hayes and wife April of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, and the late Timothy J. and Larry Hayes, sister of Donald and Marshall Monroe, also survived by three grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends were received at PUMPHREY’S COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Services were held at Grace United Methodist Church, 119 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Maryland 20877 on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Interment Forest Oak Cemetery, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060. Please view and sign family guestbook at 1913030

At Christmas time you could find Eddy out in the shop building something from rubber band cars to bull dozers and scooters for the boys to ride or beautiful shelves and doll cabinets and even a Chalet for his girl. He also enjoyed making bird houses to giving to family and friends . He was a kind and loving person who was willing to help out family and friends. He was a loving husband and father to his wife and to his two daughters Deborah A Rosensteel (Michael) and Robin L Bugos ( Robert). A beloved Pappy to his grandchildren Joshua A Rosensteel, Justin M Rosensteel, William Zachary Bugos and fiancee Jenni Jacobson, Shannon E Bugos and adopted granddaughter Sarah Sam. He was a devoted brother to Larry Dorsey, McKendree Dorsey, Mary Virginia Madden, Jean Purkey, Jo Ann Bice and sister-in-law Joann Dorsey. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert Dorsey, brother-in-law James Madden, sister-in-law Joann M Dorsey, and a great-nephew Bradley Bowman. He also leaves behind two aunts - Ruth Waters of Frederick and Helen Gagliemo of Arlington, Va. also leaves behind one uncle - Roger Burdette and numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends. He leaves behind two special friends Leroy King and Butch Cline. We would like to thank all the Nurses and Staff in units C41 and C42 at Georgetown University Hospital for their loving care they showed Eddy. We would also like to thank Dr. Marc Margolis and Dr. Anne O’Donnell of Georgetown University Hospital for all their efforts in treating him for the lung infection he had for the past three years. Eddy fought a hard battle this year but he just could not win the battle this time. We would also like to thank The Cancer Treatment Centers in Frederick and Mt Airy and especially Dr. Kanan Hudhud for giving Eddy his infusions treatments for the last nine months. Eddy’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service was be held on. Wednesday November 20, at Urbana Fire Hall, 3602 Urbana Pike Frederick, MD 21704. lnurnment followed at Mt Olivet Cemetery, 515 S. Market St Frederick, MD 21701 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medstar Georgetown University Hospital % The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, 3800 Reservoir Rd, Washington, D.C. 20007, in the name of William E. Dorsey, or to a charity of one’s choosing. Molesworth-William’s Funeral Home, Damascus, MD is overseeing the arrangements. Online Condolences may be shared with the family at




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Gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur earned some political buzz last week when she announced that if she becomes governor in next November’s elections, she’ll try to legalize marijuana in Maryland. She proposes that the state regulate it and tax it, much like the state regulates and taxes alcohol. She estimated a pot tax would boost state coffers by some $157.5 million, an oddly exact figure. Meanwhile, state Sen. Jamie Raskin said he’ll introduce legislation in the 2014 session — 11 months before the election — to do the same thing. Colorado and Washington state have done it. Maryland, which affirmed same-sex marriage by referendum, would seem to be a good candidate to sign on. Neither Mizeur nor Raskin provide many details of what happens when someone performs an act legalized by the state, but still criminalized by the federal government. Though the Obama administration may have little appetite for a cannabis prosecution, who knows how long that will last. Even so, both Mizeur and Raskin deserve credit for bringing the issue forward and starting a dialogue of where the state should be heading. Even right-leaning, law-and-order Marylanders can question the value of keeping the status quo. Prohibition of alcohol didn’t work; there’s little evidence that pot prohibition is working either. By the same token, even right-leaning, libertarian-minded voters should ponder how legalization will affect vulnerable populations, particularly young people. Of the two proposals, one can safely expect Raskin’s legislation won’t go very far. As liberal as the state is, it’s made paltry advances on medical marijuana. To think the General Assembly and Gov. Martin O’Malley will overturn prohibition is a pipe dream. Mizeur at least has a gubernatorial campaign to present her proposal. She can bypass the General Assembly, where members will be worried about re-election, and directly address Democrats who will pick the party’s next nominee. With the economy and health care likely to be pressing issues, it’s unlikely that marijuana policy will take center stage, but the discussion gives the candidates and the public a chance to ponder and shape future policy.

One world, thankful

Jan. 1 is the traditional time when we declare how we can improve our ways. But Thanksgiving, as a feast of plenty, is a better time to take stock. On Twitter, some people jokingly tag their minor complaints with “#FirstWorldProblems” — Starbucks is a mile away, there’s no WiFi on a camping trip, the toilet seat is cold. “I now have 4 phones,” someone posted on Monday. For many people around the world, though, the bottom level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is frequently out of reach — clean water, sufficient food, reliable shelter., a website devoted to information about water and its availability, says 780 million people lack access to clean water — more than 2½ times the population of the United States. “An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day,” the site says. And more people have a mobile phone than a toilet, the site tells us. First World Problems, indeed. In one of the wealthiest counties in Earth’s richest nation, we shouldn’t forget that our potholes on the road to daily happiness are relatively insignificant. The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines had climbed past 5,200. People in the U.S. and abroad are struggling with natural and human-induced disasters and warfare. Thousands of American service members have died since this country went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in other operations around the globe. We summarize these grim and distressing figures only to remind ourselves to keep our collective perspective on what matters as we count our blessings this holiday season. For too many, Thanksgiving is a starting pistol for a season of determined power shopping. We saw this sentiment captured in an Associated Press photo of a man standing in line at an Illinois appliance store. The man was resting his head dreamily, eyes closed, on the prize in his embrace — a new video game system. It’s easy to get caught up in the shopping frenzy while looking for a blockbuster gift. But please keep the plight of all walks of humanity in mind as we approach this holiday season. We have it pretty good, and for that, each day, we should be grateful.

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There’s no place like home for health care Over the past few years, the United States health care system has gone through a groundbreaking shift to create a more efficient, cost-effective and health-focused system of care for all Americans. Yet it’s failing to help an integral part of the system that can assist in reducing costs and provide vital care that our parents and grandparents will benefit from as they age. While most people associate hospitals and physicians with health care, each year millions of Americans receive health services in their homes that can include skilled nursing, physical therapy, social work and nursing aide care to assist with their daily activities of living. Studies have shown that home care is the most cost-effective setting for patients in need of continued health care after their hospital discharge. Home care can dramatically reduce burdensome costs for patients suffering from illnesses such as heart failure, joint replacements and strokes as well as prevent hospital readmissions. Avalere Health, a Washington consulting group, reported that chronically ill patients who received home care services experienced fewer hospital readmissions than patients who received other post-acute services. Furthermore, these fewer readmissions resulted

in an estimated $670 million in Medicare cost savings over a three-year period. Despite the essential nature of home care in the changing world of health care, not-forprofit organizations, like Adventist Home Care Services, have borne the brunt of federal budget cuts for the past several years. Even though Medicare payments to home care are only a small portion of Medicare’s total expenditures, the home care industry has taken on a significant and disproportionate amount of the Medicare reductions over the past several years. These cuts put 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries receiving home-care services at risk of losing their access to this care because there will be fewer providers who can afford to continue to care for these patients. Home care agencies like Adventist Home Care Services, which has provided services to the Washington Metropolitan region for more than 40 years, would still provide care to patients, but be paid less than the cost of care for most of them. Without home care, some of these patients may end up back in the hospital or in other health-care facilities such as nursing homes. Ultimately, any immediate savings may end up costing our health-care system more down

the road as home-care patients are forced to seek medical care elsewhere. Our parents and grandparents are the ones who will suffer from these decisions in Washington. According to the latest census, seniors make up the largest population in the United States. As the 77 million baby-boomers continue to age, our health care system must find efficient and cost-effective ways to meet their needs. While the Affordable Care Act will improve services for many Americans, home-care leaders expect our political leaders to find ways to better utilize home-care services and ensure their long-term viability. If we can accomplish this, I believe we can create a win-win situation for patients and our health care system. As health care shifts to a system that is designed to incentivize day-to-day wellness and reduce hospital readmissions, the home-care industry is primed to be the leader in caring for patients in the most cost-effective setting and comfortable setting: home.

Keith Ballenger The writer is vice president of Adventist Home Care Services in Silver Spring and a board member with the Maryland National Capital Homecare Association.

Pool’s rules defy logic

Over the past year, my young son has become an avid swimmer. In fact it has become his primary sporting pursuit. When our local pool closed for the winter, we began looking for a nearby facility where he could swim after school. We contacted Montgomery County’s Shriver Aquatic Center in Rockville where he had many lessons in the past. They informed us that children were not allowed to use the open lanes at the lap pool until after 7:30 p.m. on weekdays. After school, the lap pool is for the exclusive use of adults until 7:30 pm. This created an obvious dilemma for us because it made it impossible for our son to swim and get home at a reasonable hour to go to sleep on school days. Only after 7:30 would Shriver allow both children and adults to use the lap pool. This seemed counter to what I have encountered at various other facilities. Children are usually accommodated earlier, particularly on school nights. Calls to the manager at Shriver were not returned. A call to Robin Riley, Division Chief of Recreation, went unanswered for over a week. Her eventual response was a message saying they do not allow kids

during the week because there is no demand. She then went on to add that changing the rules to allow kids earlier at the pool might result in all the lanes being taken up by kids who want to swim. This response confuses the issue of whether there is too much demand or not enough. Two subsequent calls to Ms. Riley back in October were never returned. Messages sent to the Recreation Department through social media resulted in dismissive responses that I was wasting my time and there would never be a change in policy. We were told the Montgomery County programs and facilities were world class and that there was no room for improvement. I was also specifically warned not to go to the media with this issue. It became clear that the primary reason for not changing the policy was likely the (minimal) effort involved. Though this slight adjustment in policy would not cost Montgomery County any money, those in charge of the aquatic center have made it clear they are not interested in any modifications — no matter what the reason. We are simply asking that kids be allowed some access to

the open lanes during the week at a reasonable hour. The adults who wish to use the lanes would still be able to use them. Having an adult hour is fine as well. It just doesn’t seem fair to ban kids who really want to swim from these public pools Monday through Friday. Finding no understanding or compassion at our county facility or with the county representatives, we were forced to seek out the Rockville City Pool. At the Rockville pool, the lap lanes are open to all irrespective of age. This raised the question of how the Rockville City Pool was able to work out their schedule to be so inclusive while the self-proclaimed world class Montgomery County facilities could only manage if they barred certain residents. Public policy should always lead and not follow. Rules that have been around “too long to change” are never fully addressing the needs of the community. When we tell kids they don’t matter, we need to be ready for them to say the same when we are older and no longer the decision makers.

So Gus Bauman, former head of Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission and land-use expert, has suddenly woken up to the fact that neither the commission nor the County Council have required the developers of downtown Silver Spring to set aside any green space for the thousands of new residents? Where were you, Gus, when this was going on? And does anyone think a dog park replacing one of the few facilities for the mentally ill (Adrienne House), as the current Commission is considering, is the “green space” Silver Spring needs? The planners and politicians who have let Silver Spring develop with no set-aside for parks or the schools that these new residents are going to need are many dollars short and many years late. Who is now going to fix this disaster?

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Edith Holleman, Silver Spring

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Facing a growing number of young children, Montgomery County needs to look beyond government funding to expand high-quality early childhood care and education, according to a member of a county group studying the issue. Montgomery County Public Schools officials have recently emphasized the system’s rapidly growing enrollment, especially in elementary schools — a large group of children who need services before they start kindergarten. Janine Bacquie — director of Montgomery County Public Schools’ Division of Early Childhood Programs and Services and co-chair of the Montgomery County Early Childhood Advisory Council — said the county needs additional, sustainable funds immedi-


Continued from Page A-1 evening, the county’s planning staff recommended a new alternative that would combine a rapid transit bus system with Alternatives 2 and 5. They also suggested eliminating Alternative 4 Modified from further consideration and creating a parkland mitigation plan for each alternative. According to planning board documents, staff also suggested eliminating Alternative 4 Modified back in 1992. The board members rejected the staff recommendation. Eleven options were initially presented for the county-funded project, but that number has been narrowed to six: Alternatives 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 and 9. Alternative 9 has been presented with three different end routes that would each connect to Ridge Road at its future intersection with Snowden Farm Parkway. The county study recommended Alternative 9, which follows the master plan for the area. More than 200 county residents, from Chevy Chase to Clarksburg, told the Planning Board via email to reject the concept of extending Midcounty Highway. A petition supporting Alternative 9A had 648 supporters as of Thursday. Residents and elected officials have

ately to not only ensure there is enough space in public and private child care and education programs but that the programs are also high quality. “The numbers and the needs are significantly increasing,” Bacquie said. “We need to scale up significantly.” Superintendent Joshua P. Starr recently said that since 2007, the county school system has grown by 14,000 students; another 11,000 are expected over the next six years. The school system is “seeing enormous elementary enrollment growth across the district,” he said. Though the county’s population has grown, state funding has remained stagnant, she said. The county budgeted about $3 million for its early childhood services program in fiscal 2014, said Mary Anderson, a spokeswoman for the county health and human services department. The advisory council is looking at expressed a myriad of different opinions on the county’s Midcounty Highway study, with no clear majority for any single route. More than a dozen members of the Transportation Alternatives of the Midcounty Highway Extended Coalition, led by Coalition for Smarter Growth spokeswoman Kelly Blynn, carried signs at the county meeting Thursday with a red circle and slash across “M-83,” also known as the master plan route. Two members of the Greater Goshen Civic Association came to the meeting with signs to support M-83. Presley suggested that county buy the homes directly in the route of the master plan road. The county study states that no residences will be displaced by the Alternative 9A, but 125 properties are partially in the right-ofway needed for the new road. Planning Board member Casey Anderson, who ended up on the losing side of the vote, said the board should not support an alignment until a transit alternative to the county’s suggested highways was studied. “I believe that we can better serve Clarksburg and the county’s transportation needs,” he said. Carrier, who voted against the majority of the board, also expressed concern about the master plan route.


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how the county can continue developing its care and education services for children from the time they are born to the time they enter school. The council members include representatives from the county school system, the county health and human services department, the Maryland State Department of Education and area organizations related to child care, among others. The county’s early learning efforts haven’t had any “large funders” in the past aside from state and county government, she said. Bacquie said the county needs to explore options such as businesses, philanthropic sources and social impact bonds. Bacquie said funding needs to increase in part to keep up with the county’s efforts to train providers and help them improve their quality and gain accreditation. Funds are also needed to fuel more direct services to children and fam“The great tragedy of this [master plan] road is the likelihood that even if it gets built, it will be great for about six months,” she said. “And then it will fill up with cars — people will change their driving patterns.” Presley, Vice Chairwoman Marye Wells-Harley and board member Norman Dreyfuss voted to recommend the master plan route. City of Gaithersburg officials weighed in on the county project in a July letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment and Army Corps of Engineers. In the letter, Gaithersburg Long-Range Planner Rob Robinson took issue with the study’s claims that the master plan route would improve congestion and decrease commute time. “While the quality of life may improve for Clarksburg and Germantown — at what cost to Gaithersburg?” he wrote. The city tentatively supports Alternative 2, but Robinson said that building this alternative alone would not significantly decrease congestion or improve mobility in the city. The Planning Board’s recommendation will be sent to the County Council for consideration. A council hearing date has not yet been determined.

ilies, including homevisiting services, increasing programs accessible to children with disabilities and expanding access to low-income families that don’t currently meet the guidelines necessary to enter public prekindergarten. It’s important that children have access to early childhood programs that can help prepare them socially, academically, physically and otherwise for school and beyond, she said. In the 2012-13 school year, about 80 percent of Montgomery County children entering kindergarten were “fully school-ready,” according to data from the Maryland Model for School Readiness assessment. While this marks a significant improvement from county data about a decade earlier, Bacquie said the remaining 20 percent “represents a lot of students.” Montgomery received about $145,000 from the state’s Race to the

Top Early Learning Challenge Grant program, the focus of a Nov. 7 meeting with members of the County Council and county school board and state education officials. Some county council members raised concerns that the county did not receive more grant money. The state education officials said, however, that the grant funds were designated to help counties develop their early learning infrastructure, much of which Montgomery already has. Elizabeth Kelley — director of the office of child care in the state education department’s division of early childhood development — said there are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to future funding for the county’s early learning systems after the grant program ends. “That’s why it’s so critically important for the local councils to identify where funds can come from,” Kelley said.


Continued from Page A-1 and Downs for instilling a love of the sport in her daughter. “The coaches make her feel special,” she said. “They make each athlete feel like a winner as they master their goals each day.” A captain and registered nurse with the U.S. Public Health Service, Belsito was recognized by the Montgomery County Council on Nov. 19 for her decades of accomplishments. Also a record-breaking Masters weightlifter, the council also recognized her most recent victory, the 2013 Grand Slam in Olympic Masters weightlifting, winning all four major worldwide competitions in her weight class, which is 75 kilos. “It’s been a great ride, with opportunities to meet people and travel … and it’s an honor to pay it forward,” said Belsito. Both Belsito and Downs, who works for the CIA, volunteer their time to train the members of the Special Olympics team. A powerlifter himself, he used to coach children’s teams in Wheaton and Olney, then took a breather for five years. When he came back, he

coached Special Olympics softball in the spring and cross country in the fall. He happened to be at the Special Olympics state games at Mount St. Mary’s College when he spotted a powerlifter. “Why doesn’t Montgomery County have a team?” he asked himself. He started the group and Belsito soon joined. “Her passion for coaching is higher than for competing,” said Downs, who along with Belsito develops specific plans for each athlete, help them set goals and monitor their progress. “They have a tailored goal for each child to work on,” said Rhonda Turner of Silver Spring, whose son Justin Turner, 23, is on the team. “This is the only sport where he never complains about going,” she joked. So is Mathew McMeekin of Bethesda. “It’s awesome,” said Mathew, adding that it’s hard work but that he’s also made “some good friends” along the way. “He loves it,” said his mother, Bebe McMeekin.


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Continued from Page A-1 middle schools: Neelsville and Roberto Clemente in Germantown; and Francis Scott Key, A. Mario Loiederman and Argyle, all in Silver Spring. It is expected to start in a sixth next spring. Plans for a seventh school are also in the works. County prosecutors and a district court judge serve as program “judges” — adults talk with students about the root of their problem and how to fix it. Students meet weekly at their school with a group of adults that includes the program judge, as well as school staff and a mentor. Schools invite students; families decide whether a child participates. Students who show improvement in grades and attendance “graduate” from the program. Those who don’t graduate try again in the next 10-week session. After hearing about a program started by the University of Baltimore called Truancy Court, Montgomery State’s Attorney John McCarthy asked about implementing it in Montgomery County. “I thought if we could take a bite out of truancy, we would reduce youth-related crime,” he said. Authorities say they don’t have exact numbers on how the program has helped lower juvenile crime rates, but according to a 2009 report created for the U.S. Department of Justice, truants are as much as 12 times more likely to report having committed a serious assault, as much as 21 times more likely to report having committed a serious property crime, and as much as seven times more likely to report having been arrested. Unlike in Baltimore, where many truancy court judges are actual judges, in Montgomery County, prosecutors fill many “judge” roles. George Simms — the head of the Montgomery County state’s attorney’s office’s Juvenile Division — is the judge at Loiederman. “Traditionally, prosecutors only did one type of thing — waited for a crime to be committed, and then prosecuted the person accused of committing it,” Simms said. “Our job is really public safety. If we can do things to help protect the community, I think that is part of our job.” In each of the 10 weekly sessions, students meet with a mentor and in the “court,” where the judge and others provide encouragement and review progress. They go over attendance, grades, performance and behavior.

‘Outside people’ Steve Neff, director of pupil personnel services for the county school system, said the school system has seen in-

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When the system tries and still can’t get kids to stop missing school, their parents could face criminal charges. Prosecutors estimate that in the last year, they brought charges against 25 to 30 parents, including a recent case in which a mother was sentenced to a week in jail. Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said charges are only filed in the “most egregious cases” of parents repeatedly refusing to follow the law. Truancy Court — a voluntary program in which students discuss attendance problems with a panel of school creases in truancy. Circumstances outside school are a factor, Neff said. “I think part of it,” he said, “is having to do with some of the challenges that families are facing” — housing, transportation, food and finances. Habitual truancy rates have fluctuated over recent years, according to county school system data, but there has been a general increase. From 2008-09 to 2012-13, the school system’s habitual truancy rate rose from 0.72 percent to 1.08 percent. Habitual truants, however, are only a fraction of the students with absentee problems. For truants, Neff said, having someone outside of the school express an interest can make a huge difference. Sometimes, solving basic problems does the trick. A child can’t wake up on time: there’s an alarm clock for that. Other times, it’s trickier. Steve Chaikin, an assistant state’s attorney and the judge at Clemente Middle in Germantown, said he had a case in which a girl “knew this was her last chance” after getting into a fight. He talked to the child with her father, the school social worker and other members of the school’s truancy court. Seven weeks later, she has had nearly perfect attendance and is passing three classes, Chaikin said. “My favorite point is when we’re no longer talking about attendance issues, but talking about academic issues — that’s when we know it’s working,” he said.

Created in 2005 The Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts at the University of Baltimore School of Law created the Truancy Court Program in 2005, accord-

officials — is one resource county authorities use to encourage students to stay in school. Another is the Truancy Review Board, which asks parents to appear before representatives from the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, police department, the Housing Opportunities Commission, and other agencies. According to a report by Montgomery County’s Office of Legislative Oversight on truancy in Montgomery Public Schools, “habitual truancy” is defined as students missing 18 days in a semester or 36 days of school in a school year. The board makes the request after individual schools have contacted parents and made other efforts to get students in school, Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Curt Zeager said. Steve Neff, the director of pupil personnel services for Montgomery

County Public Schools, decides who to call before the board. The board lets parents share their stories and receive help from local agencies, including medical services or transportation to making sure the students can go to school, Zeager said. The process usually takes a year or two. After that, in rare circumstances in which problems persist, county prosecutors might charge parents criminally. Aurea Cosme-Torres, whose current address is listed in Hyattsville, is the mother of a girl who attends school in Montgomery County. Cosme-Torres recently spent a week in jail and must serve a year of supervised probation, after her daughter missed 48 percent of the 2012-13 school year at Piney Branch Elementary in Silver Spring, Zeager said. In that case, court records show, the school contacted the mother at least 27 times to send her daughter to school and had her appear before a truancy


Evelyn Joray (left), Montgomery County Public Schools pupil personnel worker, and Nilda Colgrove, parent community coordinator with the school district, discuss student issues after Truancy Court at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring. ing to Barbara Babb, the center’s director. In Maryland, she said, parents can be prosecuted criminally if their children do not attend school. One Montgomery County mother recently spent a week in jail and must serve a year of supervised probation, after her daughter missed 48 percent of the 2012-13 school year at Piney Branch Elementary in Silver Spring, Assistant State’s Attorney Curt Zeager said. The program expanded to Anne Arundel County in 2009 and to Montgomery and Baltimore counties in 2010. Then, funding dried up. The program no longer exists in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, according to Andrea Bento, a University of Baltimore School of Law student who helps administer Montgomery County’s program. The Montgomery County Council allocated $52,000 for the program in fiscal 2013 and $78,000 in fiscal 2014 to continue and expand the program.

Truancy Court administrators say they target students in middle school because truancy rates often jump in sixth and ninth grades. According to an Oct. 22 memorandum to the County Council’s education and public safety committees, data from Neelsville and Francis Scott Key showed an overall program graduation rate of 57 percent and a reduction in participants’ unexcused absences by about 60 percent in the fall of 2012. The same memorandum said that about 63 percent of participants graduated from the program and reduced their unexcused absences by about 69 percent in the spring of 2013 when Neelsville, Francis Scott Key and Loiederman participated.

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review board three times. Cosme-Torres is appealing her case in December. Bethan Haaga, who defended Cosme-Torres in District Court, declined to comment about the case, citing her client’s privacy. Phone calls to numbers listed to Cosme-Torres and her family members in court records were not answered. “It’s very rare someone goes to jail. That’s not our goal,” Zeager said. A parent can spend up to 30 days in jail for not sending a child to school. That was increased recently from 10 days, he said. Zeager said that might seem extreme, but that’s only when parents won’t take responsibility. “My point to defense attorneys who say this is outrageous is: We’ve been dealing with this for a year,” he said. “It’s repeated irresponsibility.”


gone to truancy program meetings each Friday. “It’s awkward, but I go with it,” she said. “They, like, tell me my grades, how I’ve been. They tell me about compliments that my teachers say.” Before the program, Lizbeth didn’t usually focus on her grades, but now she works to improve them. Lizbeth said she writes about missing classwork in a journal she received through the program — one of a variety of prizes the students can get. Students receive small incentives if they show improvement, according to program administrators. Argyle principal Robert Dodd said his school joined because he thought it would provide “another layer of support” for students and parents. The 15 students in the program had five or more unexcused absences or had “excessive tardiness” last year, he said. A recent report from the school shows that 10 of the 15 students have missed no more than two days of classes this year. A seventh-grader who was absent 23.5 days last year has only been absent twice and has a first marking period GPA of 3.12, nearly a full point higher than the student’s GPA for the fourth marking period last year. Tiffany Awkard, assistant principal at Clemente, said the seventh- and eighth-grade students in the school’s first-ever session this fall were absent about 15 to 25 times last school year. Awkard said that for many Clemente students in the program, truancy stems from aca-

demic issues. Some students don’t want to go to class because they’re not performing well. Awkard said the school already had seen an improvement in students’ attendance and attitude. At Neelsville, Principal Vicky Lake-Parcan said about a dozen out of 30 potential students from all three grades are participating. Some Neelsville students have said they don’t attend school because they don’t feel well. Others have anxiety issues or are responsible for getting themselves up and ready for school, she said. “If they’re not feeling successful or feeling like this isn’t where they want to be, it’s really easy for them to just stay in bed and not come to school,” she said. Lake-Parcan said the program addresses absenteeism and truancy before a student goes to the county Truancy Review Board, a multi-agency group that can refer parents of truant children to the state’s attorney’s office.

‘Unlimited potential’ On Nov. 20, during the last day of their program session, Clemente students met with Chaikin and others for final thoughts on their progress. Most participating students graduated from Clemente’s program on Nov. 20. Two will continue in the next program session starting in January. The students who graduated reduced their number of unexcused absences by at least 65 percent. “You all now have the tools to be successful, to be on time, to do well,” Chaikin told them. “You all have one thing in common: unlimited potential.”


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In college, actor and director Michael Dove used to get nervous before going on stage. So nervous in fact, that he’d become physically ill. “I would get really sick before every show, particularly a show that I had the lead in,” Dove said. “I would throw up every single night before the show.”

Plenty of actors get nervous before going on stage to face an audience full of strangers, but Dove’s stage was the Children’s Playshop at James Madison University and his audience was a room full of children. So why the nerves? “When you do a show like, let’s say ‘Agnes Under the Big Top,’” a play Dove directed at Round House Theatre earlier this year, ”if someone doesn’t like the show, you’re never going to know that. They’re not going to get bored and start standing up and down in their chairs. I was always nervous about performing

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Danny Pushkin and Diedra LaWan Starnes star in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” at Adventure Theatre-MTC.

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Paolo Montalban as The King and Eileen Ward as Anna in Olney Theatre Center’s production of “The King and I.”

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Whirling around a dance floor in a skirt that weighs 40 pounds is only part of actress Eileen Ward’s job playing Anna in the Olney Theatre Center’s production of “The King and I.” “It has a hoop the size of a truck,” laughed Ward. “When I go backstage, people have to get out of the way, or I’ll be walking right over them.” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, complete with elaborate costumes and beautiful music, runs to Dec. 29 at the theater. “They’re really pulling out all the stops — the show requires it!” said Mark Waldrop, who is directing “The King and I” for the first time. A stage veteran, Waldrop has directed four other shows for Olney

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Classic musical abounds with roles for children “The King and I,” running to Dec. 29 at the Olney Theatre Center, is a Broadway classic that uses a large cast of young children and teenagers. Henry Niepoetter, 12, of College Park, and Ian Berlin, 13, of Chevy Chase, share the role of Anna’s son, Louis.


n When: To Dec. 29 (see website for showtimes)

“It’s the biggest role I’ve had so far — it’s my first big acting part,” said Niepoetter, who also has performed with the Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo. Niepoetter credits “an amazing father” who

n Where: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney n Tickets: $32.50-$65 n For information: 301-924-3400,

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Paolo Montalban as The King in Olney Theatre Center’s production of “The King and I.”



Wrought-iron menorah used for new USPS Hanukkah stamp BY


Most people wouldn’t really stop to think about spending 46 cents. For that matter, most folks probably aren’t too concerned about something that costs 46 cents. Ethel Kessler, though, put a lot of time and effort into

something that only costs 46 cents, but will last forever. Bethesda resident Kessler, who is the stamp art director for the United States Postal Service, worked with Alexandria, Va., photographer George Brown to create the new Hanukkah stamp just in time for the holiday season. So far in her career, Kessler has designed more than 300 stamps for the USPS. This is her third Hanukkah stamp. With more than 25 years of experience designing for clients such as the Clinton/Gore White House, the Smithsonian and more, Kessler said she had no idea

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Kurt Boehm as Lyle and David Landstrom as Joshua in the musical “Lyle the Crocodile” at Imagination Stage to Jan. 10.

Rockin’ reptile “Lyle the Crocodile” dances onto stage and into audiences’ imaginations to Jan. 10 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. When the Primm family discovers a crocodile living in the bathtub of their New York City apartment, its an adjustment to say the least. But it’s nothing compared to their nasty neighbor, Mr. Grumps, who has it out for the reptile. Can Lyle save the day and earn his place as a beloved friend and neighbor? For tickets and show times, visit


“Bottle Tops,” oil on canvas by Marian MacKerer.


Contemporary still life painter Marian MacKerer will be the featured artist for December at the Montgomery Art Association Gallery at Westfield Wheaton Mall. An opening reception is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 8. MacKerer has been working in oil for six years. She strives for capturing three-dimensional qualities on a flat canvas, emphasizing light and shadows to capture a realistic still life, and uses a bold palette, staging her compositions with everyday objects. Utilizing both large and small formats, MacKerer tells a story through her compositions to connect the viewer to familiar memories. For more information, visit

The suite life


The Nutcracker defends Clara-Marie against the Mouse King and his minions in The Puppet Co.’s presentation of “The Nutcracker.”

“The Nutcracker” returns to the Puppet Co. Playhouse from Nov. 29 to Dec. 29 at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo. Show times vary. The company’s rendition of the classic tale was commissioned by the Arlington Symphony to perform with its live orchestra in 1988. The following year it opened at the Puppet Co. Playhouse in what turned out to be an annual tradition for 25 years. For more information, including tickets and show times, visit


Kimberly Gilbert as Lisa, Naomi Jacobson as Rita and John Lescault as Ben in the Round House Theatre production of “The Lyons.”

‘Lyons’ den Nicky Silver’s “The Lyons” continues to Dec. 22 at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda. Directed by John Vreeke,

the area premiere follows indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons as she faces a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can’t figure out how to redesign her living room. For more information, including tickets and show times, visit





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Depending on the gig, the Sultans of String can range from a duo to a 60-member ensemble. “A lot of times, Kevin [Laliberté] and I will jump in the Civic and do a duo tour,” said band leader and violinist Chris McKhool. “Sometimes we’ll be out as a trio and then, for really big shows, we go out as a quartet. Once in a while we’ll perform with a symphony orchestra and add 60 players to the mix.” When the Sultans of String perform at the Mansion at Strathmore on Dec. 5, they’ll be a quartet — McKhool on vocals and violin, Laliberté on guitar, Drew Briston on bass and Chendy Leon on percussion. The Strathmore show is the second stop on the ensemble’s mini-tour promoting their fourth album, “Symphony!” released in September. Other stops include New York City, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. This is only the second visit to the Washington, D.C., area for the Toronto-based Sultans. The band just started touring the U.S. a few years ago, and has recently gained recognition stateside after playing several Folk Alliance Conferences. The Sultans of String have already developed a following in their native Canada for their style of musical fusion featuring a blend of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, Celtic sounds and French Gypsy Jazz. The son of a pianist, McKhool grew up listening to classical music. His mother, who also taught piano out of the family’s home, wanted McKhool and his two older siblings to play a musi-


The Sultans of String (from left): Kevin Laliberté, Eddie Paton (who plays Nylon guitar on “Symphony!”), Drew Briston, Chendy Leon and Chris McKhool.

SULTANS OF STRING n When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 n Where: The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda n Tickets: $20 n For information: 301-5815100,,

cal instrument. “My older brother and sister were already playing the piano so [my mom] thought it would be good for [me] to play the violin,” McKhool said. By high school, McKhool had started listening to Joni

Mitchell and Neil Young and had even begun teaching himself folk songs on the guitar. When he moved to Toronto, McKhool said he started listening to violinists like Hugh Marsh who were pushing the boundaries on the violin. “Hugh Marsh ... he was the first violinist I heard playing alternative violin styles,” McKhool said. “It almost sounded more like a horn player, or a sax player than a violinist.” The Sultans of String formed six years ago, though their unofficial introduction was practically a mistake. “I met Kevin and Drew about 10 years ago but in a different context,” McKhool said. “Kind of a jazz group context. I was leading

a jazz quartet ... and I heard Kevin warming up on his guitar, playing Rumba and Flamenco.” McKhool was immediately intrigued. “The first time hearing it was pretty exciting,” he said. “It was my first time really hearing a Rumba rhythm kind of up close and personal. I had heard it on the radio.” Soon, McKhool, Laliberté and Briston were playing together at a small venue in Toronto. “Not that many people were listening to us, so we had a lot of freedom,” McKhool said. “We spent most of the time making music up on the spot; spontaneous composition. And some of these songs that we made up on

the spot have become some of our greatest songs.” The Sultans of String have recorded four albums, the latest a “roots classical crossover” featuring a hand-picked symphony orchestra. “[It’s] a 55-piece pick-up symphony orchestra,” McKhool said. “We cherry-picked our favorite players.” According to McKhool, the Sultans of String, who have been hailed “Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity,” are always interested in trying new sounds. Living in Toronto it’s very easy to hear so many different styles and influences from around the world, McKhool said. “We really like to tell stories through our

music about the people we meet and the places we travel to ... [There’s] a lot of experimentation involved. We really enjoy doing a lot of listening.” In addition to a childhood filled with classical music, McKhool said he was also raised on “Canadian values” including tolerance and acceptance. The upbringing has helped shaped his approach to music. “I think it’s really about listening ... instead of trying to change a situation ...” he said. “The best thing we can do as musicians is give a voice to all kinds of music and musicians we think are underrepresented or underrecorded.”

8-14, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www. Silver Spring Stage, “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 13-22, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www. The Writer’s Center, TBA, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-6548664,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www. Glenview Mansion, Washington Watercolor Association, to Dec. 3, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. Marin-Price Galleries, William Woodward, Nov. 30 to Dec. 24, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301718-0622. VisArts, Michael Sellmeyer: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, That Mostly Go Together, Dec. 11 to Jan. 12, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13, Common Ground Gallery; Lauren Boilini: Rabid Habits, Dec. 11 to Jan. 12, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13, Gibbs Street Gallery,155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200,


Hollywood Ballroom,Nov. 27, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 28, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6); Nov. 29, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Dec. 1, Fox Trot lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Dec. 4, Social Ballroom Dance from 8–11 p.m. ($10); Dec. 5, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Nov. 29, Nils Fredland calls to Elixir; Dec. 6, Adina Gordon calls to Maivish; Dec. 13, Warren Doyle with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Dec. 20, Sargon de Jesus calls to Morrison Brothers; Dec. 27, Bob Isaacs with Perpetual e-Motion, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. Contra & Square, Dec. 1, Contra Elixir with Nils Fredland calling; Dec. 8, Adina Gordon calls with Maivish; Dec. 15, Susan Taylor with Sligo Creek Stompers; Dec. 22, Janine Smith calls with Morrison Brothers Band; Dec. 29, Anna Rain with Perpetual eMotion, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students,

English Country, Nov. 27,

Caller: Bob Farrall; Dec. 4, Caller: Melissa Running; Dec. 11, Caller: Liz Donaldson; Dec. 18, Caller: Anna Rain, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw. org.

Now and Then Dance Studio, Saturday ballroom dances,

second and fourth Saturdays, beginner group lesson at 8 p.m., open dancing at 9 p.m., $10 cash at door (all men admitted at half price throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Swing, Dec. 14, Daryl Davis, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, Dec. 1, Elixir; Dec. 15, Sugar Beat; Dec. 29, Terpsichore, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, I & I Riddim, 7:30 p.m. Nov.

27; King Soul, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; The Rat Pack: Together Again, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-3304500, www.bethesdabluesjazz. com.

BlackRock Center for the Arts, Angelina Ballerina, 1 p.m.

and 3 p.m., Nov. 30; Metropolitan

Klezmer, 5 p.m. Dec. 1; A Charlie Brown Christmas with The Eric Byrd Trio, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, Fillmore Silver Spring, K. Michelle w/ Sevyn Streeter, 8 p.m. Nov. 27; Giving Thanks, 11 a.m. Nov. 28; The Smokers Club Tour Featuring Joey Bada$$, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; MiMOSA, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring. com, Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, April Verch, 7:30

p.m. Dec. 4, Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, www.imtfolk. org.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Robin Bullock, Ken

Kolodner & Elke Baker, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; Michael McDonald — This Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits, 8 p.m. Nov. 30; Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars Big Band with the Strathmore Children’s Chorus, 4 p.m. Dec. 1; Afternoon/ Specialty Teas, 1 p.m. Dec. 2-4; AIR Mentor: Dr. James Ross with Piotr Pakhomkin, guitar & Nistha Raj, violin, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4; Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4; Sultans of String, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; Crystal Gayle and Lee Greenwood, 8 p.m. Dec. 5; The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show, 8 p.m.

Dec. 6, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100,

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” to Dec. 30, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Do or Die Mysteries, TBA, 6:30 p.m. buffet, 7:30 p.m. show, $47.50 buffet and show, Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 443-422-3810, www. Imagination Stage, “Lyle the Crocodile,” to Jan. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. Olney Theatre Center, “The King and I,” to Dec. 29, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, The Puppet Co., “The Nutcracker,” Nov. 29 to Dec. 29; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Lyons,” to Dec. 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Meena’s Dream,” Jan.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, John James Anderson and Mei Mei Chang, to Dec. 28, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www.

The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, TBA, hours are 10 a.m. to

4:30 p.m. Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. 301-897-1518. Gallery B, “ZigZag,” to Nov. 30, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday,

Washington Printmakers Gallery, “A Life with Line,” Lila Oliver

Asher, to Dec. 1, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www.

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Seasonal treats, music and more in store



It’s that time of year again. It’s getting a little colder outside and the holiday season is upon us. Many will be spending time with their families around a table filled with turkey and stuffing this Thanksgiving. Others, who are less fortunate, will be looking to stay warm and for a warm meal. In Silver Spring, the Fillmore looks to do its part to help those in need. The venue will open its

doors at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving to provide seasonal treats, music and care packages for those in the community in need. General manager Stephanie Steele said this is the second year the venue has hosted this event. “This year, we’ve changed up the format of the event based on feedback we received from our guests last year,” Steele said. “This year, we’re going to be featuring a live jazz band, we’re going to be having a dessert service and warm, seasonal drinks like apple cider and hot cocoa. We’re going to have several care package stations set up around the venue.”

The stations, according to Steele, allow people to assemble their own care packages by choosing what products they need. “That’s really the ‘giving’ part of giving thanks,” Steele said. “We’re very thankful to be a part of the Silver Spring community and we’re excited to be able to open our doors and invite in an audience that doesn’t always have access to a place like ours and to send them away with things that will keep them warm and will satisfy some of their needs for the days following.” The Fillmore has enough volunteers to help during the day, and while the venue has received a lot of support in the

way of food and clothing donations from the community, Steele said they will continue to accept all donations. What isn’t used or given away will be donated to Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring. “The community response has been overwhelming both years,” Steele said. “… We’ve been receiving tons of donations from local businesses and residents over the last few weeks. Now that we’re getting closer and closer to the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re just receiving a wonderful response in donations every day leading up to it.” The Fillmore will accept donations from noon until 6 p.m.


GIVING THANKS n When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8565 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Admission: Free n For information: 301-960-9999;

Monday through Friday leading up to Thanksgiving. Donations can also be dropped off while the venue is open for a show. Cash donations are also ac-



Affable underachiever David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn, right) seeks advice from his friend and attorney, Brett (Chris Pratt), when he discovers that his anonymous donations to a fertility clinic twenty years earlier resulted in 533 children in DreamWorks Pictures’ “Delivery Man.”

Vaughn’s lovability pushed to the limit in ‘Delivery Man’ MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE

It’s too much to call the misty-eyed sentimental comedy “Delivery Man” Vince Vaughn’s very own “Patch Adams,” but the film does require Vaughn’s character to smile through tears, over and over, in an attempt to yank your own heartstrings straight out of your heart. The movie’s goal is a simple one: to leave moviegoers all over the world without functioning hearts, just like that poor schnook in “Indiana Jones and


DELIVERY MAN n 2 stars n PG-13; 103 minutes n Cast: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders n Directed by Ken Scott

the Temple of Doom.” This is a doggedly faithful English-language remake of the 2011 French-Canadian picture “Starbuck.” In many cases the comic beats and gags, such as the protagonist ineffectively

pretending not to understand English at a key juncture in the story, are repeated millisecond for millisecond. The original’s co-writer-director, Ken Scott, has reworked the story just enough to accommodate Vaughn and a Brooklyn, N.Y., setting. Premise: Meat truck delivery driver David Wozniak is a congenital meathead and screw-up, going nowhere in his life, lovably. Complication: He learns that as a young man, his rampant sperm donations (all for a noble cause, revealed late in the picture) led to 500plus women being impregnated. More than a hundred of David’s offspring are suing the errant sperm bank to learn David’s identity. “Delivery Man” follows David in his path from man-child immaturity to bona fide dad material, as he anonymously gets to know one of his adult offspring, then another and another. Each episode in the picture is designed to make us see the saint in this salt-of-the-earth guy’s


Books among seasonal gift ideas for wine-lovers Did you know that 90 percent of the wine sold annually in the U.S. retails for less than $12? Jeff Siegel certainly does. He has been a tireless proponent of well-made, valuepriced wines for many years and his most recent book, “The Wine Curmudgeon’s Guide to Cheap Wine,” provides a road map to finding and appreciating wine’s inexpensive gems.


cepted, according to Steele. Steele said more than a 100 people came by the venue last year and more are expected this year. “It would be great if we could double that number … this year,” Steele said. “… We’re going to have a big screen and our projector running and showing the holiday parade and any other good thing that’ll be on for folks to watch. It’s truly an opportunity for these guests to come in and sit down and relax in a really welcoming atmosphere and make it something special for them.”

guy. He saves one daughter from drug addiction. He helps a son realize his dream of an acting career. Another son works as a historical re-enactor. David’s single-father friend, a lawyer played by the endearing Chris Pratt, strives to keep David’s identity a secret, but something in the big lug’s heart tells him otherwise. Otherwise there’d be no massive group hug at the climax. The film isn’t terrible; Vaughn, Pratt and, as David’s frustrated girlfriend, Cobie Smulders know what they’re doing in terms of finessing the material for laughs as well as the h-word. But it’s all sort of unseemly. Vaughn’s character has no defining traits other than a mysterious, heal-all lovability (plus heart). You never hear anything about the mothers who gave birth to these hundreds of kids; it’s all about David. The rhythm of the picture feels predetermined by the original, and you can tell, even if you haven’t seen “Starbuck.”

Jeff eschews the use of scores and other techniques utilized by the “Winestream Media” that he believes confuses and intimidates wine consumers. He makes it clear that “cheap” does not necessarily mean “bad” and that the most important aspect of a wine is whether it is enjoyable. The book explores why all wines have gotten better (including the less expensive ones), how a wine is priced, what a wine label reveals, the questions to ask in a wine store, where in the world the best values are currently being produced and how to find good, low-cost wines. Just because he has focused on “cheap wine” (he says it’s what he can afford) doesn’t mean that Jeff doesn’t “get” wine. On the contrary, I have been with Jeff in a cellar filled with wine industry folks and he was the only one in the room that was able to correctly identify and reproduce a difficult varietal blending. His knowledge and experience is exceptional and his writing style is clear and unpretentious. Jeff’s blog (winecurmudgeon. com) has long been a popular source of wit and wisdom for those who would prefer not to spend a lot to enjoy a good glass or two of wine. As a result many of us were happy to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign to get this book published (even though I do quibble with his critique of the use of various flavor descriptions — full


disclosure — Jeff has been a friend for years and he is really not that cranky). “The Wine Curmudgeon’s Guide to Cheap Wine” is as much an important resource about the wine industry as it is a valuable companion to those looking for excellent wine values. Eric Asimov has been justifiably described as perhaps “the best wine writer in the world” and his musings in the New York Times are a must read for anyone who enjoys the fruit of the vine. His autobiographical “How to Love Wine: A Manifesto and Memoir” is another example of his delightful prose and insightful understanding of the nature of wine. How can you argue with his premise that wine “is for drinking, not for tasting”? And yet consumers seem both enthralled and addicted to reviews, which he points out may be contradictory. He encourages us to explore wine without preconceptions, to make it an important component of our meals and to essentially become our own experts by figuring out what about a particular wine give us pleasure. Asimov’s adventures along the way from blind tasting beers to wine writing stardom are a fascinating illustration of how an interest can become a passion and eventually one’s life work. Few subjects are more fraught with dread than pairing food and wine. Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page’s award winning “What to Drink with What You Eat” is a comprehensive guide to matching nearly every type of meal with an appropriate beverage. While much of this information can be found online, this is a wonderfully illustrated volume, impeccably organized and filled with astute and entertaining vignettes from numerous food and wine authorities including Daniel Boulud, Joseph Bastianich, Traci Des Jardins, and Frontera Grill’s Jill Gubesch, and Alinea’s Joe Catterson.


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Mice follies

Angelina and friends put on a show to celebrate the season








Young mouseling Angelina Ballerina and her friends want to do something nice for their community Mouseland over the holidays, and one of them comes up with an idea: “Let’s put on a show!” Each of them possessing unique talents, they start working on song and dance routines for everything from ballet and modern dance to tap, step and hip-hop. But then the costumes don’t arrive, and they have to also work together to overcome other obstacles in order to save the show. “It’s not about the gifts you receive but the gifts you give,” said Stephen Sunderlin about the show, “Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical.” Sunderlin is co-founder and artistic director of the Vital Theatre Company in New York City, which presents the show in its Manhattan theater and also produces touring versions. The BlackRock Center for the Arts in

n When: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday n Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown n Tickets: $14 n For information: 301-5282260,,

Germantown will host two performances on Saturday. The holiday musical is based on the “Angelina Ballerina” book series by American writer Katharine Holabird and English illustrator Helen Craig, which debuted in 1983. It tells the story of Angelina, a determined little mouse who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. “She lives to dance and perform,” said Sunderlin. “It’s based on [Holabird’s] daughter, who would come down to breakfast


Amanda Leigh Lupacchino as Alice, Nicholas Kuhn as Az, Maria Malanga as Polly, Hillary Ekwall as Angelina, Baba Tavares as Marco and Danelle Rivera as Gracie in a scene from “Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical.” with a tutu on,” said Sunderlin.“She loved dressing up.” Vital Theatre’s stage adaptation of the series “was such a big hit, we decided to create a holiday version of the story,” he said. Book and lyrics for the holiday show are by Susan DiLallo, and the music is by Ben Morss. Now in its second year, the nondenominational show features a tree,



Continued from Page A-11 helps him learn his lines. He also gets to sing “I Whistle a Happy Tune” with Eileen Ward, who portrays Anna. “Everybody loves Rodgers and Hammerstein,” he said. “[The King and I”] is a classic show. It’s timeless and entertaining.” Berlin, who performed in “James and the Giant Peach” at Imagination Stage last year, said Louis is “a little kid who wants to

animals on stage,” laughed Sunderlin. “They come to the shows and they know the characters. They have personal relationships with them.” But Sunderlin said the performances are also something that adults would enjoy. “It’s like a mini-musical that happens to appeal to children,” he said.


Continued from Page A-11 — “Cinderella,” “Annie,” “The Sound of Music” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” When he heard the theater was going to do “The King and I,” he jumped at the chance to participate. “It’s been a real discovery,” said Waldrop, who skipped watching movie adaptations and dug right into the script. He said the story is rich with the romantic tension between Anna and the king and also with serious themes about the clash of cultures and slavery. And it has beautiful music, he said, with songs like “Shall We Dance?,” “Hello, Young Lovers” and “Getting to Know You.” The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 1951, is based on a 1944 book by Margaret Landon called “Anna and the King of Siam.” The book was a romanticized account of the life of Anna Harriet Leonowens Edwards, who grew up in an Army family in India. She married and had two children, and after her husband died, she needed to find work to support them. In 1862, she journeyed to Siam, which today is Thailand, to teach English and Western culture to the wives and children of King Mongkut (Paolo Montalban), who was trying to modernize his country. “He has a very inquisitive mind, and he’s always trying to learn new things and move forward in his thinking,” Waldrop said. In the musical, Anna arrives with her son, Louis (Ian Berlin and Henry Niepoetter in a shared role). Nervous about what lies ahead, she and Louis sing, “I Whistle a Happy Tune.” Anna meets the king and is welcomed by the wives and the children, who include Crown Prince Chulalongkorn (played by Josiah Segui). A strong-minded modern woman, Anna soon squares off with the equally strong-minded king over a promise he made that she would have her own house.

a dreidel and cookies, but it does not revolve around any specific tradition. It also taps into the popularity of the book series, which goes back 30 years. “It’s such a well-loved brand — parents are bringing their kids,” said Sunderlin. There are, however, no parents or adult characters in the show, which is geared for children 4 and older. “Kids like to see themselves and

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Eileen Ward as Anna and the cast of “The King and I.”


She continues to insist on the house, which annoys the king — but also intrigues him. “What is it exactly that happens between Anna and the king? We wanted to explore that relationship more [than it has been in some other productions],” said Ward. The king is puzzled by Anna’s customs and ways of thinking, but he is open to learning from her, as long as he can do so without losing face before his subjects. “It’s been delightful to see how funny both characters are,” said Waldrop about their developing relationship. But then events take over when the King of Burma presents the king with a slave girl named Tuptim (YoonJeong Seong), who is supposed to be the king’s next bride. But she is in love with Lun Tha (Eymard Cabling), the young scholar who brought her to the Bangkok court. Also soon to arrive at the court are English dignitaries whom the king thinks are planning to take control of his country. Believing they perceive him as a “barbarian,” he accepts Anna’s idea to entertain them with a Western style ball and a play written by Tuptim based on “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” The evening is a resounding success, and the king and Anna decide to dance. “They discover that there’s a mutual attraction,” said Waldrop. “They’re very high, almost

euphoric.” But such moments can suddenly shift to moments of loss and sorrow. “Hammerstein seesaws between emotions without missing a beat,” said Waldrop. “He does it smoothly and logically, in a way that’s not confusing.” When faced with a challenge to his authority, the king believes it is his duty to punish Tuptim by whipping her and making an example of her disobedience to his subjects. “He’s pushed to a place where he feels he has to prove and fulfill his role as king,” Waldrop said. But Anna objects, causing a rupture in their relationship, which by now has evolved into one of mutual respect and unspoken love for each other. “It puts the relationship at a breaking point,” Waldrop said. “It’s an incredibly dramatic moment.” “There are a lot of laughs, but there is also conflict and heartbreak,” he said about the show. Waldrop said “The King and I” is “a great introduction to classic Broadway musical theater.” “I think it’s a great family show, and an old-school musical that really plays and really moves [people],” he said. “It really holds up. There are some deep themes, and it has a tremendous amount of heart.”

have fun.” “He wants to spend time with his mom, he likes to be with his friends and he goes to school,” he said. For Berlin, the best part of the musical is the Siamese dancing in the play about “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” “It’s spectacular, the masks, the whole ballet,” he said. “That is [for me] the ultimate scene in ‘The King and I.’” Josiah Segui, 15, who lives in Gaithersburg, plays the king’s son, Crown Prince Chulalongkorn.

A homeschooled student, Segui said he’s studied acting with Cathy Mays through the Montgomery Christian Institute, and that she has prepared him well for his first professional acting job. He said he and the other actors worked with a dialogue coach to develop their Siamese accents. “I also get to do a lot of singing in the scenes with the kids,” said Segui. “They’re hilarious, they steal the show. The audience will definitely melt.” — VIRGINIA TERHUNE


Continued from Page A-11 stamps would be in her future when she first started. “There’s no way anyone could have known that,” Kessler laughed. “It’s been a really exciting adventure, because you have to be cognizant of American history and have a passion for the creative side.” Brown is relatively new to the stamp-creating world. The Hanukkah stamp is his third overall, along with the Vintage Seed Packets and Global Forever: Evergreen Wreath stamps, which were all released this year. For his part, Brown said he’s completely blown away

thinking that his work will be seen and used by millions. “I’ve never had anything where this many people will see anything that I’ve ever done,” Brown said. “… I was at the first day of issue ceremony yesterday up in New York … and a guy comes up to me and says ‘You realize, of course, that now whenever you pass on from this world, this is going to be mentioned.’ No, I hadn’t thought about that. But yeah, it’s going to be out there and it’s going to be some notoriety to me in that it’s going to be there essentially forever.” The Hanukkah stamp features a photo of a wrought-iron, hand-forged menorah, created by Vermont blacksmith Steven Bronstein. By using an-

in front of children because you know immediately if it’s not working.” Hopefully Dove can avoid the nerves — or at least getting sick — this season when he directs “The Twelve Days of Christmas” at Adventure Theatre MTC. The show runs to Dec. 30. Based on the popular holiday tune, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was adapted and written by award-winning playwright Renee Calarco. After Adventure Theatre MTC producing artistic director Michael Bobbitt approached her with the idea, Calarco said she got to work on an outline about six months ago. This is not the first time Bobbitt has tackled offbeat source material. The company commissioned playwright Kevin Ludwig in 2011 to adapt “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and in the spring, Adventure Theatre MTC produced “Three Little Birds,” adapted from Bob Marley’s song book. “The interesting part of it was once you started looking to the lyrics of the song, there’s not a big story there,” Calarco said. “So the challenge for me was how do you take this song that doesn’t really have a story and make it into a story?” Despite a cast of colorful characters including ladies and lords and swans, Calarco said she knew she would have to focus on a central character who would “go on a journey.” “So I thought ... you know, the one constant character throughout the song is the partridge,” Calarco said. “You know, everybody keeps coming back to the partridge.” “Renee Calarco is a genius,” said Deidra LaWan Starnes, who plays Shirley, the last in a long line of partridges responsible for pulling together the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” “Just the fact that she was able to come up with a play with a plot line from a song was amazing to me.” “She’s following in the footsteps of her mother and her grandmother and her great-grandmother,” Calarco said of Shirley. “It’s kind of passing down this legacy from thousands of years to this one little partridge who’s turn it finally is to do it.” The only problem is, Shirley’s not thrilled about the

cient techniques, Bronstein used 20 feet of iron to create the menorah. “There’s a real process that goes on with all stamps and the stamp design,” Kessler said. “… The committee — when I say committee I mean the finished stamp advisory committee — has a procedure like, ‘OK, you’ve got the assignment, but bring us ideas about the direction you want to take. Let us approve that and then we’ll tell you to go ahead and with that direction.” Kessler said everything doesn’t always work perfectly when it comes to getting a stamp approved. Kessler and Brown photographed several menorahs for the stamp. Some designs featured the use of two and even three menorahs in one shot.


Diedra LaWan Starnes as Shirley in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” at Adventure Theatre-MTC. task. “She doesn’t like the song,” Starnes said. “She thinks it’s old and boring.” Like Dove, Calarco, who has written only one other play for children’s theater, an adaptation of “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake” for Adventure Theatre MTC in 2011, noted that creating a play for young children brings with it a dose of brutal honesty. “I find it really lovely and it’s a great thing for writers to write for children and especially to see how the play plays in front of children because kids do not have filters,” Calarco said. “If they’re not engaged in the play, you know it. If they’re bored, you know it immediately.” Starnes said the cast has even taken turns yelling things out at each other during rehearsal to prepare them for what their young audience members might have to say in the midst of a performance. Though Dove admits “in some ways [he] feels more pressure on this project than anything [he’s] done before,” the director said he’s also excited by the prospect of directing something outside of his typical repertoire.

“I started looking for menorahs that I thought would be interesting and a little different than what we had done before,” Kessler said. “I sort of went shopping. … I ended up with three different menorahs that I thought we could either shoot them individually, or as pairs, one sort of in focus in the front, one out of focus in the back, or shoot all three together. … One of the menorahs I saw was this hand-forged menorah by the guy in Vermont, which I thought was great. First of all, it ties together the idea of American craft, as well as the menorah being black and forged. You always have to think about stamp size — what’s this going to look like stamp size? Here’s a case where the cropping of the black menorah kind of

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS n When: To Dec. 30 (see website for specific show times) n Where: Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo n Tickets: $19 n For information: 301-6342270,

“Directors are always talking about how we get a little stuck sometimes. We get pigeonholed and people think we can only do one thing,” Dove said. “And since most of the work I’ve done in the area has been for Forum Theatre, I think people only think of me as a pretty serious, drama, political theatertype director. But when I was an actor, by far the place I was most comfortable was comedy. It’s always fun to try and get back to that as a director because it’s a place I’m very comfortable in but don’t get to work in.”

creates a great holder, if you will, for the lit candles.” According to Brown, the process is a collaborative one. He and Kessler worked hand-in-hand on the overall design of the stamp. When it came down to the right menorah, Brown really liked the wrought-iron look. “Because it was forged, you had all the markings and stuff, the tool-work that was on it,” Brown said. “So, photographically it was much more interesting to light that one and bring out some of the textures of the forged markings. It was nice and simple, straightforward with a bold design. That was the one everyone sort of liked.”


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Director gives ‘Hunger Games’ franchise and heroine a solid score BY




“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a lot like its own celebrity heroine, Katniss Everdeen, who begins this second “Hunger Games” movie fulfilling a public relations tour as penance for her killer — literally, killer — popularity. She is adored by millions; the books are too. The three Suzanne Collins novels, to be spread across four films, are being adapted with both eyes on fidelity to the source material. All “Catching Fire” had to do was to show up, look good and not screw up to succeed. Consider “Catching Fire” an example of successful franchise installment delivery, on time and in sturdy condition. Some interesting shifts in tone and texture this time out. The film looks nothing like the first, Gary Ross-directed “Hunger Games,” which I slightly prefer to the solid, well-paced No. 2. “Catching Fire” features director Francis Lawrence behind the camera, and already he has signed for the next two. Ross favored hand-held shakycam stylistics in his depiction of futuristic totalitarian America, a police-state mess known as Panem. Lawrence, by contrast, shoots “Catching Fire” with a steadier gaze and a sleeker touch, offering a little bit of everything and not too much of any one thing. For newbies: The games of the title are battles to the death between cunning, resourcefully murderous representatives of Panem’s beaten-down districts. Through her wiles, her bow-and-arrow skills and her bangin’ fashion sense Katniss triumphed, mournfully, in the first movie, surviving to the end and cleverly engineering a lifesaving maneuver for her friend and fellow district competitor, the baker’s son, Peeta. “Catching Fire” opens in the script by Simon Beaufoy


n 3 stars n PG-13; 146 minutes n Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci n Directed by Francis Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Liam Hemsworth stars as Gale Hawthorne. and Michael deBruyn with Katniss and Peeta, pretending to be sweethearts for a rabid TV audience, embarking on their 12-day victory tour, culminating in a big show at the Capitol. President Snow connives to crush this fearsomely famous woman, whose ability to foment revolution among the oppressed masses is nothing

to dismiss. The movie is part treatise on the hardships of unwanted notoriety, part blood sport revisited, the games this time played by an all-star cadre of past winners. Ways to die? Oh so many. This time there’s creeping, human-made poisonous fog, which gives its victims a miserable case of acne, as if there

weren’t already enough points of identification for teens. There are electrocutions, stabbings and other classics. Shooting in Hawaii, which gives this sequel a distinct “Lost” look, director Lawrence traffic-manages with considerable effectiveness. The simian attack, for example, which is plenty scary, recalls Lawrence’s work with the com-


puter-generated beasties in his remake of “I Am Legend,” the one starring Will Smith. Like that picture, “Catching Fire” has the bonus of a genuinely charismatic performer at its center. Jennifer Lawrence, now an Oscar winner thanks to “Silver Linings Playbook,” emotes like crazy throughout “Catching Fire,” but you never catch her acting. It feels real, and Lawrence sees to it that we rarely experience the dramatic set-ups in terms of cheap revenge or conventional movie blood lust. Josh Hutcherson returns as Peeta; his romantic rival for Katniss’ preoccupied affections (she’s got a lot going on, after all) is once again played by Liam Hemsworth. Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz buzz around engagingly as Katniss’ entourage. You keep waiting for better zingers, which never arrive, but “The Hunger Games” isn’t about wit; it’s about blunt lessons in hypocrisy and class warfare, about to be waged but good. Newcomers to the franchise,

all welcome, include Philip Seymour Hoffman, as the game designer with the ambiguous motives, and Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer as a Muttand-Jeff pair of unlikely competitors, more about brains than brawn. The violence in “Catching Fire” can get pretty rough, but the reason these first two movies work relates to our ability to take the carnage seriously. Lawrence’s Katniss doesn’t Bruce-Willis her way through the events of the rather thinly spread story. Each time she witnesses a killing, state-sanctioned or otherwise, it hurts. It means something. We’re not talking about highly dimensional or evocative mythmaking here; the films are more about hitting the marks and setting up the next part. But they work. Postscript A: I find the rampant fashion merchandising tie-ins with “Catching Fire” pretty strange, given the outre, drag-queeny excess of costume designer Trish Summerville’s clothes. At times the results verge on “Priscilla: Queen of the Hunger Games.” But for many the costumes are part of the dystopian, blood-stained fun. Postscript B: Stanley Tucci reprises, drolly, his role of the oily reality-TV host from the first picture. If his teeth get any whiter we’re going to need special glasses to watch the third one.


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Damascus High School, which is expected to be a state wrestling title favorite, is led by Mikey Macklin (top), one of the top returning wrestlers in the state this winter.

Back to the top: Damascus wrestling looks unbeatable, again Swarmin’ Hornets’ top core of juniors has team poised for high expectations




Damascus High School’s wrestling program had one of the more successful seasons in its proud history last year. The Swarmin’ Hornets won a Montgomery County title, a 4A/3A West Region title and also captured regional and state dual meet championships. The only trophy they didn’t take home was at the Maryland state tournament at Cole Field House. So what’s the first thing coach John Furgeson did at his team’s opening practice of the 2013-14 campaign? He ripped all those records off the wall and threw them in the trash. “This is a whole new year and we told them you’ve got to go out and get it,” Furgeson said. “The kids are in a good state of mind right now and they’re letting things go, letting the chips fall where they may. But it’s obviously a goal of ours to get the five championships that we’re after.” Such has become the norm at Damascus, which speaks remarkable volumes to how Furgeson has continued the legacy left by former coach Dave Hopkins. From the youth program all the way through to the varsity team’s top competitors, wres


Paint Branch, Northwest meet again in football Jaguars won first game in OT; this time it’s for berth in state title game




In October, a talented Northwest High School football team marched into Burtonsville on a rainy Friday evening and spoiled Paint Branch’s undefeated season with a 31-28 overtime victory. If the Panthers (11-1) play like that again — committing turnovers and missing assignments — when they host the much-improved Jaguars (10-2) 7 p.m. Friday in the Class 4A state semifinals, they’ll be in for trouble, Paint Branch coach Michael Nesmith said. “They were too good at that time and they’re even better now,” Nesmith said. “... If you make the mistakes that we made that game, it’ll cost you.” While both teams come into the state semifinals riding hot


Col. Zadok Magruder High School graduate Alex Lee is playing professional soccer after recovering from getting hit by a car.


Magruder graduate’s path to professional soccer has included many detours






eaders had never really been a cause of concern for Alex Lee. He had played soccer forever; they were a common, everyday part of the game. Yet 20 minutes into a 2010 spring game against Akron his sophomore year, the University of Maryland, College

Park right back couldn’t help but feel a twinge of anxiety. This would be the first time Lee headed a ball after surgeons opened up his skull and drained a potentially life-threatening, 10-centimeter blood clot in his brain. Roughly six months earlier, on Oct. 10, 2009, he had been out in Washington, D.C. with some of his old teammates who were playing with the D.C. United at the time. He said his memory checks out around 9:28 p.m., but he was told that, around 9:30, he mindlessly crossed the street directly in front of a car, which hit him head on. Just a few blocks from George Washington University hospital, it took just 11 minutes for Lee to be carted through its

Northwest (10-2) at Paint Branch (11-1) n When: 7 p.m. Friday n Where: Paint Branch High School, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville


n Tickets: $5 n Stakes: The winner advances to the Class 4A state championship game to meet the winner of Saturday’s Meade (10-2) at Suitland (12-0) game.

See FOOTBALL, Page B-2

doors. When he awoke in the hospital bed, his thoughts went to soccer, first wondering how his coach at Maryland, Sasho Cirovski, would react, and then to his legs. “I kept feeling my legs,” he said. They weren’t paralyzed or, somewhat miraculously, even damaged much at all. A little more than two years after the accident, those legs got him drafted in the first round of the supplemental Major League Soccer draft by FC Dallas. He lasted just a year with Dallas after a hernia sidelined him, but he has since signed a two-year contract with the Richmond Kickers.

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County girls’ soccer players picked for All-American game


streaks, it’s the Jaguars (10-2) that are the talk of Montgomery County football. Led by sophomore quarterback Mark Pierce, Northwest has won four straight games against high-quality op


B-CC, Good Counsel stars among 44 named to an event in North Carolina BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER


Eliza Doll (left) of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School looks to shoot the ball near the goal against Walt Whitman.

The 2013 high school girls’ soccer season has come to a close, but four-year starting Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School midfielder/forward Eliza Doll and four-year Our Lady of Good Counsel goalkeeper Me-

gan “Stu” Hinz will get one more chance to represent their respective programs on the pitch, and on a national level. Colgate University recruit Doll and Hinz, a University of Michigan recruit, were among the top 44 players throughout the nation selected to compete in the First High School AllAmerican game scheduled for Dec. 7 in Cary, N.C. Good Counsel leading scorer, Imani Dorsey, who is committed to play soccer

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Northwest High School quarterback Mark Pierce drops back to pass against Quince Orchard on Friday.


Continued from Page B-1 on scholarship at Duke University in 2014-15, was also selected — Falcons coach Jim Bruno said she is the thirdranked high school player in the country — but is unable to attend. “It means a lot [to be selected],” Hinz said. “When I heard about it I was really happy, I put a lot of work in this year. To be recognized like this and partake in something like this means a lot. I’m really excited, this is definitely an experience I will be able to draw back on.” The All-American game coincides with the biggest weekend in NCAA women’s soccer as the College Cup is


Continued from Page B-1 Though they may not be MLS, Lee, a 2008 graduate from Col. Zadok Magruder High School, is still “living a dream.”

Championship pedigree As a senior at Magruder, Lee led the Colonels to a 19-0 record and a 4A state championship. He set the school record for goals in a season (21, in just 16 games), which subsequently resulted in his becoming the Colonels’ all-time leading scorer (52 goals) and an All-America nod. In less than a year, as a Terp,


Continued from Page B-1 tling is a passion at Damascus that’s seemingly unmatched anywhere else in the county, possibly the state. “This is what you hope you would build up,” Furgeson said. “The feeder program keeps bringing in kids who are willing and able to put forth effort and put a great team together. They’ve been together for so many years, so they all know each other and like each other.”


ponents, including two victories over Quince Orchard (10-2). The Jaguars defeated the Cougars 2820 in the Class 4A West Region championship game on Friday to advance. “Our kids realize that Northwest is a much improved team,” Nesmith said. Pierce threw two touchdowns and two interceptions in the region final, completing 13-of-23 passes for 133 yards. He is averaging three touchdown passes during Northwest’s four-game winning streak. Northwest senior Joshua Gills and Pierce shared quarterbacking responsibilities when it played Paint Branch in the regular season, with Gills taking most of the snaps under center. “[Pierce’s] confidence seems to have gone up several notches,” Nesmith said. “He no longer looks like a sophomore quarterback when he’s back there.” Northwest receiver Matt Watson has developed into Pierce’s top target in the playoffs. The senior has five touchdowns in the postseason. “He came out of nowhere.

also being played Dec. 6 and 8 in Cary. The participants will attend the semifinal games on Dec. 6, an opportunity both Doll and Hinz said they are looking forward to as well. Hinz might get the chance to watch her future teammates, Michigan played its secondround game on Friday but the game ended too late to be included in this edition of The Gazette. Doll and Hinz agreed playing against the nation’s top high school soccer players in an all-star format is sure to provide a high level of competition. Both have attended NCAA tournament games in the past, they said, but not in the past couple of years as they close in on their own freshman seasons of college ball, something that has only

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FEARLESS FORECASTS The Gazette sports staff picks the winners. Here are this week’s selections:

Ken Sain

Nick Cammarota

Jennifer Beekman

Dan Feldman

Travis Mewhirter

Kent Zakour

Montgomery record All games

153-30 303-59

151-32 301-61

152-31 300-62

151-32 300-62

147-36 297-65

143-40 285-77

Northwest at P.Branch Meade at Suitland Surratts. at Fort Hill

Northwest Suitland Fort Hill

Northwest Suitland Fort Hill

Northwest Suitland Fort Hill

Paint Branch Suitland Surrattsville

Northwest Suitland Fort Hill

Northwest Suitland Fort Hill

Nobody knew who he was,” Pierce said. “Everybody’s asking me, ‘Who’s Matt Watson, who’s Matt Watson?’ Just get the ball in his hands and he’ll make a play.” Paint Branch has won six straight games, most recently a 51-48 victory over Perry Hall (102) in the Class 4A North Region finals. The Panthers fell behind 26-6 before putting up 31 secondhalf points to escape with the win. Senior quarterback Gaston Cooper threw for more than 300 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead Paint Branch’s comeback. Nesmith said his team cannot afford another slow start against

recently become so tangible, Hinz said. Someday, both said they hope to play in the College Cup. “[A few years ago] I went to a Final Four game,” Doll said. “I still look at those girls and think, ‘Wow, they’re incredible.’ But I remember a few years ago I was like, ‘This is a dream.’ I was so excited that one day I would be playing college soccer and it’s crazy it’ll be next year.” The All-American participants were chosen by a selection committee that included high school coaches and National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America members and were selected based on high school achievements only, according to a news release. The players were divided into East and West

Northwest. “We have to play a great game in order to beat these guys,” Nesmith said. The Panthers are coming off a 3-7 season, one which Nesmith called an “aberration.” “We had a talented team last year a team that we felt could have been a playoff team had it not been for a lack of chemistry,” Nesmith said. This season there is more of a team effort, Cooper said. “We’re bonded together. Last year we didn’t really have too much of a team bond, but this year we’re even more close,” Cooper said.

coast teams. Hinz and Doll, who have known each other for years through club soccer and the Olympic Development Program, agreed the opportunity to represent the East Coast and Washington Metropolitan area in particular is an additional honor and adds fun twist on the all-star game. “I think [the All-American game] is a cool idea and I like the idea of playing against the West team because it’s totally different competition,” Doll said. “I’m excited, I think it’s going to be really competitive. You always hear about California girls being such incredible soccer players, I’m excited to represent the East Coast.” Players are scheduled to arrive Thursday and should have no more than

Lee played 13 games at forward in what eventually resulted in a national championship. NCAA title in hand, the entire back line turned pro, three going to the MLS, one to the United Soccer Leagues, and Cirovski needed some new defenders. “At our level, you have to have players in the back who have an understanding of a forward’s mentality,” he said. To his chagrin at the time, Lee was that archetypal, offensive-minded defender whom Cirovski sought. “At first I was pretty disappointed,” he said. “But eventually, when I was playing back line, I was loving it.” In time, Lee established

himself as a starter. But then came the car accident just 11 games into his sophomore season, and so began the long road of recovery. “He was always a great healer with muscle injuries,” Cirovski said. “But you never know with the head. We all thought his career was over.” Lee was back to school in less than a month, jogging in two months, and running full speed in four. That fall he returned as Cirovski’s full-time starter at center back and led the Terps to a school-record 15 shutouts in his junior season. But at the end of his collegiate career it was back to rehab after a pulled quadriceps sidelined

him for the final eight games of his senior season as well as any professional combines he had a chance to participate. Despite the missed time, Dallas drafted him with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 supplemental draft. Lee was going pro.

As crazy as it might sound, this year’s team could potentially be better than the group that won four out of five possible titles last season. And that’s a scary proposition for local coaches. “Damascus is clearly the cream of the crop,” said BethesdaChevy Chase coach Nick Arnone. “I’d be shocked if they don’t win the state title for the next few years. Just seeing the team that they have coming back and the youth they have coming in, it’s going to be tough for any team in the state to compete with them.” The Swarmin’ Hornets are

led by a juniors in Owen Brooks, Ari Capacardo, Johnny Fischer, Mikey Macklin, Cory Obendorfer and Michael Wilkerson. Macklin won a 4A/3A state title at 106 pounds last season, while Wilkerson took home a region title and Brooks lost in the region final. They’ll also likely be able to absorb the blow of losing four key seniors from last year’s team (Caleb Baisden, Andrew Nickell, Michael Scafate and George Vinson) with relative ease, which says something about the talented underclassmen stepping in. “Those guys are setting the

The Northwest-Paint Branch winner will face either Suitland (12-0) or Meade (10-2) in the state championship game scheduled for Dec. 6 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Paint Branch has not won a state championship since 1975. Northwest, established in 1998, won its first and only state title (3A) in 2004 when it defeated Lackey 14-9. “If we beat QO we can beat anybody,” Pierce said. “We’re hot right now. We need to keep going, we need to keep going.” Travis Mewhirter contributed.

two days to practice with their teams, but Doll and Hinz agreed the magnitude of the event will still bring out the best in these highly competitive athletes. Doll also said she is familiar with many of the girls on the East team through club soccer. One of them, Carissima Cutrona (Williamsville, N.Y.), will be her teammate next year at Colgate. There are only so many ways high school girls’ soccer players can be recognized, Bruno said, and being one of 44 players selected from the entire country to play in an All-American game is quite remarkable. “It’s really a prestigious honor,” Bruno said. “It’s a great thing for them.”

His quad recovered, Lee was back into what he says was close to the best shape of his life. Then, with the Dallas coaches telling him he was scheduled to make his first start, Lee began to feel pain. In October, after two to three months of rehabbing the enigmatic injury, a doctor concluded Lee had a hernia. He

would need season-ending surgery. As Lee went through yet another rehab, management changed hands in Dallas, and his option wasn’t picked up. “I knew it was coming,” Lee said. “He hadn’t seen me play. He didn’t know anything about me.” But he was sure other pro clubs would come calling. Only one, Tampa, did, but the tryout was fruitless. “I was real close to retiring,” he said. His agent informed him of a last-ditch tryout for a USL club, the Richmond Kickers. It took just one weekend for coach Leigh Cowlishaw to extend Lee a

contract. “To be honest, right away we knew he was going to be the right fit for us,” he said. “The boy has an engine, always wanting to join the attack, which was exactly what we wanted.” Lee appeared in 20 games, was fifth on the team in minutes (1,664), and stood out enough that its big brother affiliate, the D.C. United, invited him and two others on a trip to Indonesia next week. “I think he has all the attributes to play in the MLS,” Cowlishaw said. “I think it’s just if someone is willing to take a chance on him.”

tone already in the room,” he said of his juniors. “No nonsense, no complaining. For the most part, these guys wrestle year round and are doing everything they can to be successful. With that in mind, they’re just kids and they just want to have fun. It’s really special and cool to see them do that.” Of course, perspectives can vary when it comes to the county’s opponents sizing up the Hornets. Everything from great respect to a deep desire to beat them. But Northwest coach Joe Vukovich, whose teams are tra-

ditionally very strong, said it’s important to have a squad like Damascus set the standard for excellence in the area. “We can really benefit by having a state championshipcaliber team like them in our region because everyone’s got to rise to that level,” he said. “It’s all about who’s going to step up to their level and challenge them.” Whether any team will be able to do so remains to be seen, but Furgeson did his grapplers no favors by setting an extremely difficult schedule that includes a trip to Glenelg, a visit

from DeMatha Catholic and a tournaments that feature Oakdale and River Hill. He wants to make sure no venue, including the eight mats and bright lights of the state tournament, is too big for his group. “We’re not going to creep up on anybody,” Furgeson said. “We’re not one of the younger teams anymore. There’s pretty much a bull’s-eye on our chest. But the kids are going about it with a great energy and they’re having fun too.”

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Player of the Year

Rhamat Alhassan Senior Holy Cross Middle


Winston Churchill High School’s Hunter Sutton (right) is one of the top returning wrestlers in the state.

Bound for Florida next year, the Player of the Year hit for 296 kills in leading the Tartans to a WCAC title

Wrestling preview: Should be a competitive season


Academy of the Holy Cross senior Rhamat Alhassan is The Gazette’s Player of the Year in girls’ volleyball for 2013 after leading the Tartans to their conference championship.

Good Counsel, Churchill, Sherwood should lead a wide-open field in race for second place



First Team


Heading into Montgomery County’s 2013-14 wrestling season, there’s Damascus High School and then there’s everybody else. That’s becoming as much a fact of life as it is a testament to the program that Swarmin’ Hornets coach John Furgeson, entering his sixth season, and his staff have built. But, as always, anything can happen in a county where so many teams feature strong wrestling talent and — particularly in the race to see who might be able to top might Damascus — it’s anyone’s guess as to which squads will stand out by year’s end. “We’re looking forward to the challenges,” said Furgeson, who returns a crop of six talented juniors to a team that won four of five possible trophies last postseason. “The guys are working hard, having fun and trying to get back to where we ended last year.” A number of teams could have a shot at knocking off the Swarmin’ Hornets, with Winston Churchill, Sherwood and Walt Whitman near the top of that list. For the Bulldogs, the season is loaded with promise provided their wrestlers can stay healthy. Tim Lowe’s team is expected to return one of the better wrestlers in the state, let alone the county, in Hunter Sutton. Had Sutton not gotten hurt midway through last season, he might be in position to win a fourth state championship this year. As it is, he’ll have a great shot at winning three as he joins Adama Keita as two premiere middleweight returners. Sherwood also should be a team to look out for. Coach Pete Siarkas returns a senior-laden squad that’s very balanced in the lower and middle weights. Senior Chris Minor, who last year earned his 100th victory, joins Andrew Frumkin, Cal Wilson, Matt Roberts and senior transfer Robby Happy as the nucleus of a very strong team. “This is going to be one of


Sherwood High School’s Chris Minor (bottom) is one of the top returning wrestlers in the state. my better teams that I’ve had in the last four years,” Siarkas said. “I’m just anxious to get the season started and to see where we are.” For Whitman, the depth stretches beyond returning 4A/3A West Region champions in Mitch Fenton and Jack Calder. While those two undoubtedly are expected to turn in memorable campaigns, coach Derek Manon has plenty to be excited about. At Northwest and BethesdaChevy Chase, both teams lost a lot of talent to graduation but are likely to reload quickly. Nick Davis is the Jaguars’ only returning state tournament qualifier while state champion Luis Beteta’s younger brother Mauro Beteta and Dell Ngonga are also expected to be leaders. “This year’s going to be interesting,” Northwest coach Joe Vukovich said. “In any given year you have some teams that surprise you, and some perennial powerhouses. This year, you’ll have a big group of teams that fall under Damascus and attempts to chase them.” For the Barons, the graduation of state champion Charlie Banaszak, as well as Sean Cohen and Jesse McNeill, hurts but Jack Banaszak, Brendan Cowie and Justin Elwell return to lead last year’s regional duals runner-up. “I think this might be one of the more athletic groups we’ve ever had to start with,” said B-CC coach Nick Arnone. Thomas S. Wootton, Col. Zadok Magruder, Paint Branch and Walter Johnson all could

factor into the mix as well depending on how things play out. Montgomery Blair (Steven Banvard), Springbrook (Rob Whittles) and Quince Orchard (Rob Wolf) all have new coaches this season but could still turn in strong performances. Especially the Cougars, who are led by Connor Tilton and Kyle Bollinger. In the private school ranks, even though the three-time AllGazette Player of the Year Kyle Snyder is no longer wrestling in the county, that doesn’t mean Our Lady of Good Counsel won’t be good again. Snyder left Good Counsel in the summer and moved to Colorado to pursue his dream of wrestling in the Olympics, but coach Skylar Saar returns six members of last year’s All-Gazette team to a group that won a state title. Jemal Averette, Kevin Budock, Paul Hutton, Matt Kelly, Nick Miller and Adam Whitesell all are back. Throw Donovan McAfee and Kyle’s younger brother, Kevin Snyder, into the mix and it’s easy to see why Saar is optimistic. “It’s going to be interesting to see how the kids respond [to winning a state title],” Saar said. “They’ve done great in practice so far. No problems there as far as their effort. But the schedule’s going to be very tough.” Meanwhile, Georgetown Prep should again be strong as the Hoyas return First-Team AllGazette wrestlers Colin Kowalski and Michael Sprague.

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Therewereneonpurplelights, smoke and loud music. And on Nov. 19, Montgomery College introduced its new mascot, the Raptor, in front of students, faculty, staff and community members inside the school’s main gymnasium in Rockville. “This was a long time coming for two years,” College-wide Director of Athletics Derek Carter said. “Everybody’s known — the teams were playing under the name — we were changing to a


Montgomery College’s new mascot, the Raptor, was introduced Nov. 19.

Raptor, but the mascot was a mystery. It’s another chapter for us.” The revealing was just part of Montgomery College’s rebranding of its athletic department. In the spring of 2012, the Division III junior college combined all of its sports — from the Rockville (formally Knights), Germantown (Gryphons) and Takoma Park

(Falcons)campuses—intoa“One College, One Team” concept. This was in part of a larger mission by the college to become one institution rather than three distinct campuses. Additionally, the NationalJuniorCollegeAthleticAssociation made a rule change stating that a student-athlete attending a multi-campus school could play for another campus, with the condition that no other campuses had the same sport. A contest was held to determine the new colors (purple, black, silver and white) and the bird of prey mascot. “Like they said, a raptor is an aggressive thing and that’s what you want your teams to represent,” sophomore student and Gaithersburg resident Jeff Murray said.

Sarah Kenneweg

Carly Marella

Lizzi Walsh

Kaitlyn Hillard

Annika Schwartz

Megan Conger

Senior Poolesville Libero

Senior Damascus Setter

Senior Magruder Outside Hitter

Senior Churchill Outside Hitter

Senior Damascus Outside Hitter

Sophomore Good Counsel Outside Hitter

The backbone a Falcons team that reached the state title game; finished with 284 digs

Surrounded by hitters, the versatile setter finished with 554 of the team’s 620 assists

One of the most powerful hitters, the Lafayette recruit finished with 216 kills

The Bulldogs’ go-to hitter, Hillard led them to their first top playoff seed in 27 years

The top hitter on a team full of them, Schwartz led Hornets to their first ever state title

Established herself as the team’s best hitter, averages nearly 13 kills per match

Coach of the Year Becky Ronquillo Damascus Swept La Plata to win the 3A state title, the first in Damascus’ history

Second Team

Honorable Mention

Carlise Cardoza, senior, H. Cross; Allyson Convers, junior, Pooles.; Sarah Chang, junior, Churchill; Brigid Morris, senior, W. Johnson; Madison Wyatt, senior, Damascus; Rosie Barry, senior, Poolesville; Makayla Roy, senior, Sherwood

Emily Agate, Pooles., middle; Jenna Brown, Northwest, libero; Alex Gerber, Clarksburg, libero; Ellie Goodwin, Holy Cross, outside hitter; Caroline Leng, Pooles., middle; Lauren Martin, Wootton, outside hitter; Megan McTigue, Holy Cross, middle; Emily Meyer, Wootton, libero; Alex Nelligan, Damascus, outside hitter; Ariella Rodriguez, Sherwood, setter; Elaina Schaefer, Whitman, setter; Kerra-Lei Tirado, Sherwood, middle; Kira Hahn-Ventrell, B-CC, outside hitter; Jessica Wang, Wootton, outside hitter


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Georgetown Prep swimmers primed for big season Little Hoyas have the talent to return to the top of Metros


n Montgomery Blair: Michael Thomas, Brian Tsau n Churchill: Harrison Gu, Kevin Gu

Two swimmers tied Conger for the most individual points scored at last year’s Metros and both of them are Prep juniors: Grant Goddard and Carsten Vissering. Classmates Brandon Goldstein and Adrian Lin weren’t too far down the list. The four knocked off Prep’s pool record in the 400-yard freestyle, formerly held by rival Loyola Blakefield, in the Little Hoyas season opener to set the tone for 2013. If four swimmers could alone win championships, though, Prep might never have fallen. It was the Hoyas’s lack of depth that has hurt it in recent years but that appears to be back, making this year’s squad quite a formidable opponent. “Last year we were close and we didn’t lose any points and we gained a few so we’ll see if that [makes the difference],” Prep coach Matt Mon-

n Clarksburg: Jacob Halem, Matthew Chuang n Albert Einstein: Rory Lewis, Jr., Duncan Johnson n Gaithersburg: Patrick Hedquist n Georgetown Prep: Carsten Vissering, Adrian Lin n Kennedy: Nick Wesley, Connor Ruppert n Magruder: Vedo Evantanto, Hunter Reed n Northwest: Robert Allsopp, Peter Bajorek n Poolesville: Xavier Laracuente, Alex Lin n Our Lady of Good Counsel: Brady Welch n Quince Orchard: Alvin Wang, Andrew Mann n Richard Montgomery: Gregory Song, Juan Barrera n Seneca Valley: Austin Von Heeringen, Reilly O’Connor n Walter Johnson: Jean-Marc Nugent, Jacob Zucker n Walt Whitman: John Janezich, Mike Sullivan n Wootton: Andrew Gibson, Emmanuel Katsigiannakis FILE PHOTO

Georgetown Prep’s Carsten Vissering is one of the top returning swimmers in the entire state. gelli said. “Last year I thought we’d be close but yes, this was the year I thought by the [Class of 2015’s] junior year we’d really be ready to take on anybody.” The Thomas S. Wootton girls completed their ascent to the top of area swimming last winter and though the Patriots did lose some scoring, they have plenty swimmers to fill in those holes. It’s hard to see Wootton falling off the top so soon, but if anyone is going to knock the Patriots down, it will be rival Winston Churchill. The Bulldogs didn’t lose any scoring and boast the county’s strongest diving contingent — those points don’t count at the seasonending state championship, though. Richard Montgomery’s boys could surface as the best team out of the public ranks this winter. The Rockets and Montgomery Blair, which finished second at last year’s state championship but lost some top scoring, should vie for the top two spots.

Contenders Poolesville’s boys won their second straight 3A/2A/1A state title last winter and with the meet’s top two

Other teams to watch Independent School League foes Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and Holton-Arms likely don’t have the numbers to truly compete for a Metros title but that doesn’t mean these two teams aren’t two of the most exciting to watch or capable of causing a stir at various championships. Propelled by current junior

Caroline McTaggart, Holton won its first-ever Washington Metropolitan Prep Schools Swimming and Diving Championship last winter. And it’s pretty hard to forget the national record-setting performances Stone Ridge junior, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and multiple world record holder Katie Ledecky put forth in leading the Gators to a fourth-place finish at Metros, its best in recent history. Sherwood’s girls’ lost some major scoring but sophomore Morgan Hill will help the Warriors stay afloat. It’s been a while since Albert Einstein drew much attention but the Titans now boast several race contenders. Good Counsel should not be discounted, but lost tremendous talent on both sides and with new coaches this winter, could be going through a bit of a transitional period. Not to take away from some returning stars who will certainly shine on the championship stage. “I’m really interested to see how it plays out in the county,” Walter Johnson coach Jamie Grimes said. “I think it’s going to be very interesting.”

n Montgomery Blair: Amy Zhou n Winston Churchill: Hannah Lindsey, Elaina Gu n Clarksburg: Carly Alvarado, Rachel Ziegler n Albert Einstein: Gail Anderson, Kate Fulton n Gaithersburg: Sophie Robinson, Jacqueline Landry n Holton-Arms: Caroline McTaggart, Isabelle Jubin n Kennedy: Emma Bearman n Col. Zadok Magruder: Katie Sweeney, Ellie Matusek n Northwest: Zoe Kaplan, Jaycee Yeagher n Our Lady of Good Counsel: Makenzie Miller n Poolesville: Dorit Song n Richard Montgomery: Sophie El-Masry, Audrey Richter n Seneca Valley: Birgitt O’Connor, Bryn Blanchard n Sherwood: Morgan Hill, Molly Anderson n Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart: Katie Ledecky, Laura Garcia n Walter Johnson: Natsumi Horikawa, Sophia Kuvan n Walt Whitman: Lisa Deng, Sarah Kannon n Thomas S. Wootton: Kristina Li, Jessica Chen


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scorers back — Xavier Laracuente and Alex Lin — along with a slew of other returning scorers, they are on pace to go for a third. Long overshadowed by the boys’ side, Walter Johnson’s girls are the strongest they’ve been in a while. They might be just short of Wootton and Churchill’s level but might be able to push both. Richard Montgomery’s girls are inching their way back to the top and with a solid group of younger swimmers, the Rockets should push for top five at Metros and perhaps higher at states. Wootton’s boys lost a big-time scorer with the graduation of breaststroker Austin Dickey but the Patriots should not be counted out, nor should Churchill’s boys.




Boys n Bethesda-Chevy Chase: Jack Crow


For the seven years during which the Georgetown Prep swimming and diving team reigned as Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving champions from 2004-10, it was hard to imagine a time when the Little Hoyas would be vulnerable. But even the best programs are not immune to the cyclical nature of high school sports, and in 2011, Washington Catholic Athletic Conference power Gonzaga began its three-year reign; Georgetown Prep hit a low of fourth place. This year, the Eagles will be feeling the brunt of harsh graduation losses and Prep, which finished second by just 20.5 points a year ago, has been gradually building itself back up around a core of extremely talented current juniors. With star power and more depth this winter, the Little Hoyas will look to regain the coveted spot atop the Metros rankings and for the first time in several years, they have the means to be the favorite. That being said, the winter is shaping up to be perhaps the most unpredictable high school swim season recently, especially among Montgomery County Public Schools programs. A lot of teams lost depth from last year, and the graduation of Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Jack Conger, who seemed to break a record every time he entered the pool, has opened a lot of doors.


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The Kentlands Clubhouse in Gaithersburg received state recognition Thursday for its newly installed geothermal heating and cooling system. Doug Hinrichs, a solar energy planner at the Maryland Energy Administration, visited the community center Thursday to see the system and applaud the Kentlands Citizens Assembly and two local companies that specialize in geothermal systems on completion of the project. Construction of the system, which began this past summer and ended in September, cost about $250,000. However, the project won a $120,000 grant from the state energy administration’s Game Changer Program, which promotes innovative clean energy projects. A geothermal heat pump was put in, using two standing column wells that were drilled 900 feet into the ground, said Mike Heavener, president of GeoSolar Energy. Systems with standing column wells are most commonly used in areas that have near-surface bedrock, like the Kentlands. With this setup, water is drawn from the bottom of the deep rock well, passed through a heat pump, and returned to the top of the well. While the water is traveling downward it exchanges heat with the surrounding bedrock. “It’s the exact model system that we want in Maryland,” Hinrichs said, referring to the “standing column wells” design, which typically requires 30 percent less drilling and therefore delivers a more efficient heat transfer. “We want to replicate the success of this project.” The grant program requires energy monitoring by the installing contractor and a final report after one year of system operation.

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Neil Harris (left), chairman of the Kentlands Citizens Assembly, talks Thursday with Michael Heavener, president of GeoSolar Energy in Gaithersburg, about the geothermal system used to heat and cool the Kentlands Clubhouse. The pair are in a utility room on the lowest level, where well water is piped in and out. In April, the Kentlands Citizen Assembly Board of Trustees voted to replace the clubhouse’s conventional heating and cooling system with a sustainable alternative after one of the old system’s three units died. “We wanted to take the lead on doing this from a green point of view,” said Tim Clarke, president of the Kentlands Citizen Assembly. “It is energy efficient, and it is a more progressive way of doing this kind of heating and air conditioning.” Harvey W. Hottel, Inc., a Gaithersburgbased plumbing contractor, and GeoSolar Energy submitted the grant application and installed the new system. GeoSolar Energy also is rooted in Gaithersburg and is the distributor of Bosch, the equipment

used for the job. “These jobs are fun,” said Richard Hottel, chief executive officer of Harvey W. Hottel, Inc. “It’s not something that some engineer drew up and we just estimated the cost and put it in. It’s something we’ve created for this site.” Clarke said it is estimated that the new unit will give the clubhouse about a 40 percent electric utility reduction annually. In the two months the system has been running, the clubhouse already has seen between a 20 and 25 percent decrease in its yearly electric bill, according to Clarke. “It’s already paying for itself,” he said.



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Activity Rocket enters second stage of business Bethesda-based Activity Rocket, an online search engine allowing parents to find classes, sports and other activities for their children in a one-stop shopping approach, launched an upgraded platform in October. Their new website enables parents to complete one application for each child and save it to use again. Parents can also place their selections in a shopping cart and, after making tentative selections, have Activity Rocket see if times and dates work together. They can then lock in their selections and pay for them, all at one place. Searches can be made by activity type, price, location or day. “For a parent of three children who all want to do different activities there is one registration form that lives on the website and they can book all their classes,” Linda Friedlander said. Friedlander and Ilene Miller started Activity Rocket in September 2011 with 80 Montgomery County businesses and about 300 parents, they said. Since then they have expanded to other communities in the D.C. region and now have almost 500 businesses listed on the site, over 3,000 members and 7,000 monthly visits, Miller said. The website is free for parents. Members pay the list price of the class as if registering directly with the business. Businesses, which could list for no charge during the first stage of the launch, are now asked to become subscribers with a number of information packages available. Activity Rocket is currently offering $20 gift cards to parents who sign up for activities as a token of appreciation for test-driving the new website and one-stop shopping cart. The website is

Rockville chamber elects new leaders The Rockville Chamber of Commerce recently elected officers and board members for 2013-14. Larry Finkelberg of Amerihome Lending is chairman; John Britton of the Close Up Foundation is vice chairman; Doug White of Glass Jacobson is treasurer; Nancy Regelin of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker is corporate secretary; and Michael Gottlieb of the Gottlieb Law Firm is immediate past president.

Building a new bear Build-A-Bear Workshop moved to a new location in Bethesda’s Montgomery mall last month with ways to make stuffed animals come alive. The store’s technology provides a more interactive experience for customers, according to a news release. Customers can personalize the bear-making process and have a different experience each time they visit. More information is at and a virtual tour of the store is at


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They ran around like a pack of hyenas, trying to steal prey from a lion, but their laughter gave them away every time. Finally the lion suggested they take a break and decide how to work together to fool him. Students at Glen Haven Elementary School in Silver Spring played Scavenger Scheme, Thursday, the last day of a six-week after-school program to encourage students to connect with their environment and learn to play together outdoors instead of inside in front of a computer screen. The program, “Unplug and Play,” funded by a grant from the Montgomery County Council, is for thirdthrough fifth-grade students and run by the Audubon Naturalist Society at

four Title I elementary schools: Glen Haven in Silver Spring, Rolling Terrace in Takoma Park, Captain James E. Daly in Germantown, and Gaithersburg. Each group has 15 to 20 students. The goal of the program is to give students a combination of science education and outdoor physical activity, said Karen Vernon, director of youth eduction for the society. “We’re working to widen the community of people who treasure the natural world, especially young people who are our next generation of environmental stewards,” said James Robey, the Audubon Society’s environmental education program manager and the lion in Scavenger Scheme. “The students are helping the environment by learning about it and they are making healthy lifestyle choices by being physically active.” Students in the program meet for one hour each week and start with a healthy after-school snack provided by Montgomery County Public Schools.

Robey said he starts each class with a lesson about animals, trees, plants or birds before taking the students outside for a game to reinforce what they learned. Sometimes he brings in a live guest, such as Boris the Tortoise, a Russian tortoise, or Eddy Spaghetti, a corn snake. He puts out a display of animal pelts and skulls for the children to examine. “It’s nice for the kids to have this hands-on experience,” said Jessica Lynch, Glen Haven second-grade teacher and program coordinator. Fifth-grader Kimberly Garcia said she expected to be bored by the program when it first started. “By the second [week] I knew I was supposed to be here,” she said. “It’s hard for me to choose what’s my favorite [part], I think it’s when we went outside and started playing and meeting everyone.” Each of the schools’ programs is finishing the first six-week session, but will meet again for winter and spring programs.


Third-grader Ezekiel Ruiz (left) and fifth-grader Christian Ferrell examine Boris the Tortoise during the “Unplug and Play” program at Glen Haven Elementary School in Silver Spring.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Students connect with nature ‘Beyond the Walls’ It was like traveling over the river and through the woods as students from the Franklin Schools in Rockville on Thursday hiked outside their fenced play areas into the surrounding community for a nature lesson, dubbed “Beyond the Walls.” The children, 3 to 5 years old, each carried a small basket, following Amy Beam, the Montessori school’s outdoor education specialist, in search of nature’s treasures. “It’s like when you went trick-or-treating for Halloween,” Beam told the students. “If you find something special, put it in your basket and we will bring everything back and spread it on the picnic tables for the birds and squirrels, the daddy longlegs, any creature. It will be for their Thanksgiving.” Most of the students filled their baskets with brown pine needles at the first stop on the hourlong hike, which took them down a hill near a storm pond, along a woods path and into the open space behind neighboring townhouses. Suddenly Beam and her young followers stopped. Beam listened and pointed into the trees at a hawk, one the group had heard earlier. “Look at that,” she said. “It’s as big as a chicken.” The students go on these explorations two or three times a month, sometimes with Beam, who works with all the Franklin classes, and sometimes led by their classroom teachers. They knew, as they got to the open space, where to stop and wait. They also knew, on the teacher’s signal, to run as fast as they liked to the distant tree line. “Listen,” Beam said. “As soon as they start running, they start laughing.” She was right: The runners ran and laughed until they got


Kunkin, who was captain, Jake Gearon, Michael Josell and Sam Zabronsky; and sophomore Ravi Serota. They are coached by Eduardo Polon, a Spanish teacher

and global languages department head. The team provides camaraderie while celebrating academic achievement, Polon said in a statement. “Best of all, it’s fun,” he wrote.

Montgomery Blair teams to debate at competition PEGGY MCEWAN/THE GAZETTE

Students from the Franklin Schools in Rockville play on a pine needle-strewn hill during their nature walk Thursday. The Montessori school offers a “Beyond the Walls” program to encourage outdoor play. to their destination. “They are very comfortable in nature,” said Terri Shaffer, the group’s teacher. “It helps them concentrate and when they come in they are much more peaceful.” Beam said she started the program after growing alarmed that more and more children were not going outdoors. She attended programs at both the Vermont Wilderness School and the Wilderness Awareness School in Washington state. “I was searching for a program I could adapt here,” she said. “It’s about connecting with nature and the community and inside themselves.”

Gaithersburg High to host financial aid seminar Gaithersburg High School

will present a seminar on college financial aid at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s Performing Arts Center, 314 S. Frederick Ave. Guest speaker Chad Spencer, associate dean of admission and financial aid at Davidson College in North Carolina, will discuss financial

aid for students applying to colleges and vocational schools. Topics will include the following: What is financial aid? What is financial need and how is it determined? What are the categories, types and sources of aid? How does the application process work? Spencer also will discuss merit-based aid and loan options, and share tips for negotiating the process. All students and parents are welcome. For more information, contact Geri Sliffman at 301-284-4616 or

Sandy Spring students dip into Quiz Bowl After two years of in-house practice, the Sandy Spring Friends School’s Quiz Bowl Travel Team competed in a championship tournament Oct. 27 hosted by James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, winning fourth place. The competition included 48 teams from public and private high schools. Team members included senior Ben Yumkas; juniors Emil

Two teams from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring are among the 64 teams in the Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum. The international debate competition gives high school students the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on public policy issues and compete for a $10,000 grand prize and trip to New York City in April to participate in the competition finals. “All of the advancing schools are worthy of special recognition, because they have distinguished themselves in one of the most competitive debate competitions in the world,” William A. Brewer III, chairman of the Bickel & Brewer Foundation and a founder of the NYU forum, said in a news release. “As the elimination rounds get underway, these outstanding students will have the opportunity to put their research, writing and advocacy skills to the test against competitors around the globe.” This year, 266 teams, representing schools in 37 states and 28 countries, submitted qualifying round essays affirming or negating the topic: “Resolved: As a last resort, unilateral military force is justified to minimize nuclear weapons proliferation.” The essays were reviewed

by a committee, which determined the round of 64 based on the quality of each 2,800-word essay. The top 64 teams represent schools from 26 states and 14 countries. Advancing teams participate in a singleelimination, written debate tournament via email with judges reviewing the essays in the order they are presented until eight schools remain. The “Elite 8” will participate in a live debate during the finals. “Blair is only one of three high schools in the world to have two teams in the round of 64,” debate team coach Stefanie Weldon wrote in an email to The Gazette. “Blair A is a repeat team that also made the round of 64 last year.” Members of the Montgomery Blair A team are Aanchal Johri, Callie Deng and Alan

Du. Rishabh Mahajani, Kevin Zhang and Agam Mittal make up

Montgomery Blair B team.

Mayorga Coffee establishes scholarship Martin Mayorga, an alumnus of Montgomery College and co-founder of Mayorga Coffee in Rockville, has established the Mayorga Latino Leadership Scholarship at Montgomery College with a gift of $25,000 over five years to the Montgomery College Foundation. The donation will support need-based scholarships for Latino students who are business majors at Montgomery College. It will cover annual tuition for one student per year for at least five years. More than 3,400 Latino students attend Montgomery College. “Martin Mayorga’s generosity to the Montgomery College Foundation is inspiring,” college President DeRionne Pollard said in a statement. “I know first-hand the struggles associated with struggling to pay for a quality education,” Mayorga said in

the statement. “My wife and I started this company 16 years ago to support all members of our supply chain, and our community is a critical member of that supply chain. I’m very proud to be able to be a part of developing future business leaders in our local community.” Mayorga Coffee imports and roasts coffee, and has with retail locations at regional airports, plus National Harbor in Oxon Hill and the Westfield Wheaton mall.

Scholarships available for study abroad Sixty-five full scholarships are available for U.S. students to study abroad for the 2014-15 academic year with the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad program. Sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program brings almost 900 high school students from about 40 countries with significant Muslim populations to the U.S. to study each year. As program scholars, U.S. American high schoolers serve as “youth ambassadors” in their overseas host countries. Students live with host families and study in countries that may include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia and Turkey. The meritbased scholarship covers domestic and international travel; tuition and related academic preparation; accommodations with a host family; educational and cultural activities in the host country; orientations; applicable visa fees; three basic meals per day; and medical coverage. Eligibility criteria are detailed in the application available at The application deadline is Jan. 9.

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It’s BRAND NEW at Amber Commons 7 McCausland Place, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 “If you are looking for the distinctive, the uncommon, the out of the ordinary then welcome home to Amber Commons where we have the perfect blend of tradition: brick, mature landscaping, and gracious space combined with the best of brand new: GE clean steel appliances, energy efficiency and more!”

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kBalcony Patio

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or pricing and ad deadlines.

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

kFamily Room kFull Size W/D in every unit kSwimming Pool G560388


Low Taxes! Gated Community,amazing amenities, equestrian facility, Olympic Pool. New Homes mid $40’s. Brochures available 1-866-629-0770 or


Homewood Pkwy $2475/mo 3br, 2ba Granite, SS, full basement, lg yard pets OK 912-655-0342 lv msg Available now


1600+ sq foot patio home 2BR + Den with large 2 car garage and attic, New carpet/ paint, remodeled kitchen. Buyer brokers welcome. $365,000 Call: 301-977-0635


$57,900. Breathtaking 50 mile rolling mountain views. Near river & town. Add cabin package for $40,000 & place it on your parcel, your way! Perc ok, ready to use or build. Low down financing. Call now 800-8881262

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email

DAMASCUS: 3BR $1500/ 2BR $1250 +util NS/NP, W/D New Carpet, Paint, Deck & Patio, 301-250-8385 Lux 3lvl EU/TH, Gar 2MBR, 2.5BA, LR DR, FR, FP,EIK, Deck $1800. 301-792-9538


End unit TH condo 2BR, 2BA, open flr plan, updated, convenient location $1650 + utils 301-908-0883


TH, 3Br, 2.5Ba, h/w flrs, updated kit, Ba & paint $1600 + util Pls Call: 301-956-4775


ALL UTILITIES Incld. FREE Wifi/Cable/Fitness Ctr. Perfect for Relocation & Special Projects. Rates start at $1375/mo. Must see today. Call 240343-5150. BURTONSVILLE: 3 Lvl TH, 3Br, 2.5Ba, fin bsmt, $1775/mo + sec dep, HOC Ok. Cls to trans. 240-405-2334 or 301-668-9427

3BR, 1.5 TH. W/D, fenced yard, patio, fully carpeted. $1400. Melvin Tucker 240997-9836

TH, 4BR, 3.5BA w/fin bsmt. $2200/month HOC OK. Call 301916-9045

1 Bedrooms ALL Inclusive

GRAND OPENING LAND SALE! Beau- GAITH/AMBERFLD tifully wooded lot near golf course. Only $59,000. Adjacent lot sold for $339,900! Close to ski resort & spectacular mountain lake. ALL NEW INVENTORY - Must see! Excellent financing. Call now 877888-7581x177


GAITH: EU TH, 4BR 2.5 BA fenced yard, wood deck, garage. Convenient location. $2,250. 301-675-8507 G A I T H : HOC


SFH 4 BR/3 BA Updated,Light-Filled, Quiet St. near Park. $2550 301-538 -4638



3Br, 2.5Ba TH, fin bsmt, nr bus/shops, NP/NS $1750 HOC Call: 240-643-0932



3Br, 2.5Ba TH, fin bsmt, nr bus/shops, NP/NS $1800 HOC Call: 240-643-0932

POTOMAC: lrg 3 br, GAITHERSBURG: 2.5 ba, SFH, finished TH for rent 3 beds, basement, living rm, 3.5 baths, hardwood dining rm, den w/fp, floors, full basement, deck, carport, com- wash and dryer in unit, pletely remodeled, parking. Showing by clse to 270, $2800/ appt. 301.980.7105 mnth, One wk free. 240-372-8050 LAKESIDE APTS ROCKVILLE:

Half Month Free 3Br, 1Ba, new kitchen Large 1 or 2 BR Apts & bathroom, A/C Short/long term leases $1690 Please call Utilities Included 301-335-2289


SFH 5Br, 2Ba, walk/out bsmt, nr Ride On #48 & schools, $2500 + util 240-472-0607



2Br, 2Ba, English Tudor, rent through Sept 2014, near beltway & metro/bus, $2100/month Please Call: 301-493-5301



TH 3BD 2.5 BATH PARKING CALL 301526-7385 OR 240354-4722

Ok SS: 3br/2ba rambler. Renov 4br+den 2fb OLNEY/DERWD: cac/wd/dw,fin rec rm, 2hb, new paint & car- Landscaper/Mechanic’ hrwd flrs,, fncd yrd pet, Nr PublicTransp s home w/ garage, $2200 +utils, wlk to $2150 240-535-2366 barn, & field storage Metro. Move now and 202-262-6652 free November rent. 202-210-5530 GAITH/MV: Freshly End unit. OLNEY: painted EU TWH 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath , cen- 3BD, 2.5BA. New car- S S : 4 bed/ 2 full tral heat/AC , all appliances, wood floors as- pet, paint & fixtures. bath, Hardwood floor, signed parking fenced FP. Gorgeous, must Fireplace, short term patio call Nick 301- see! NS/NP. $1800. lease $1950 call 412-4522 301-343-9711 3014425444

GERMAN: HOC Welcome 3 lvl TH, 3br, 2.5ba nr 270/shops $1699/mo avail now Call: 301-906-0870


3BR 1.5BA, W/D fncd bkyd, Pets Ok. $1450 + utils, avail immed Call: 301-407-0763



Fin Bsmnt, two car garage, deck, hot tub, FP $2500 near metro & shops 301-330-1177

Great Prices

301-830-0046 N.POTOMAC ROCKVILLE: 1 BR


1 Br + den 14th floor . $1245 uti inc + SD & Move In Fees, Front Desk. Ref req. 240-418-5693

GAITH: 1 RM w/priv


GAITH: 2 Rooms in TH: both shr Ba $600 each plus shared utliities Please call: 240-305-6331

meade 2BR 2BA W/D, balc, pool, cath ceiling & sky light. Nr Metro NS/NP $1600/mo incl water. 301-938-5263

GAITH: 2bd,2ba renovated,patio, near costco,bus,mall,I270 $1300/mo + utils CALL(301)678-9182 GAITHER:

3 Bedroom + den, 2 Bathroom, renovated, Sec 8 welcome, Pls Call: 410-800-5005

Apt. $1250 incl util, CATV, Free Parking Avail now. NS/NP CALL: 301-424-9205 GAITHERBURG Lg 2Br/2Ba +Den in Villa SIL SPG/BEL PRE: Ridge, new Kit nr Remodled, new paint, metro $1750 utilc incl Call: 240-994-9993 carpet, appls. Big 4br 2fb wlkout garden apt. Pool, Tennis, Play- GERM :2Br/2FBa,Grt ground, parking & utils View,frnt Shoppers.Np incl. HOC Ok, close to Balcony,Cathedral Ceil bus. Move in now. w/d, Pool/tennis $1445 $2300 or HOC Vouch- + utils. 240-350-8644 er Amt. 240-793-7802 SS/GLENMONT :



Adjacent to Sandy Spring Museum, 2story house for lease. 3 BR, LR, DR, kitchen, 2.5 bath. Possible uses include residence, antique shop, landscape contracting, daycare or animal boarding. Call 301774-0022. Separate artist studio for rent at museum. 580 sf.

LRG 5 BD/2.5 BA EU TWH WLK TO SHOPS & METRO, W/D HOC OK 240-383-1000

ba avail chic apt b/w Rio & Kentlands, close to 270 $875 all inclusive 2403881476


SFH unfurn. $650 utils incl. Male NS/NP, 1 mile frm I-270. Avail Immed 240-372-1168


Lrg Br ($475) & Smll Br ($350) both + util shared bathroom/kit NS/NP 240-271-6776


Lrg bsmt room w/priv BA & Entr. Close to shops, bus & metro. $700 incl utils & int. N/P, N/S. Se habla espanol. Email David davidvaliente01@


Lrg Rm in SFH, Pool, full privlgs, Vegetarian, NS. $600 + 1/4 elec Call: 301-482-1425


TH Bsmt Apt pvt entr $750/mo util incl.Near Shops/Metro 240-3887552 or 240-370-0272

ASPEN HILL: 2br Apt w/LR, Kit & Ba. in pvt Home $1,100 incl utils & basic cable NS call 301-942-4345

GAITH: Large Furn

DAMASCUS: Bsmt 2br, 1ba, pvt entr, cable, int, util inc. $700+ sec dep. Np/Ns 301-253-1370

GAITH: Male. 2 BR

BR SUITE in SFH. Prvt BA. NP/NS. $950 + SD incl utils & cable Call 301-922-7030 in TH. $450 & $500. NP, NS, near Bus, shops. Call 240-4189237 or 240-912-5284

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

M/F only updated Mbr w/ba $660 + util Avail 12/08 NS 3016747928

G E R M A N : 1 BR in

uppr lvl of Sfh $600 uti/Inet inc. ns/np nr Walmart 301-7062722 301-978-1542


lrg Br in bsmt, shrd Ba, nr bus, all util + TV/Cable inc, female, $630 NS/NP Call: 240-401-3522

MV: 1 room shared ba, $500 utils incl free int/cable, near Bus & Shops.NP/NS 301768-72 82 OLNEY: 1 Rm in bsmt in SFH share kitchen $500 utils included, NS/NP Avail Now. 301-257-5712


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



SEEKING ROOMMATE to share large 4 Br SFH in Silver Spring with senior citizen Please Call:


SS: NEW 1BR Apt 1st

floor private ENT, KIT, BA, PARKING. $1200 quiet and Sunny! call 301-879-2868

DEEP CREEK LAKE water front, across frm WISP Resort,3br/3ba Th,deck,dock,fp,Jacz wd, cbl. 301-916-3077

To Advertise Realtors & Agents

Call 301.670.2641

Rentals & For Sale by Owner

Call 301.670.7100

or email Rooms avail in SFH, nr Metro/Shops, rent incl utilties 202-7041768 or 301-942-2161

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pre lit, 3 sections, realistic, very full, comes with storage bag $200 call 3017742639


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Holiday Bazaar!





Rockville Senior Center Sat, Dec 7, 2013, 9am-2pm

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In accordance with Title V, Subtitle II of the Maryland Corporation and Association Code, Notice is hereby given that a subsequent annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:30 pm at the Mill Creek Towne ES, 17700 Park Mill Dr. Rockville, MD. Those present will constitute a quorum and the majority of those AIRLINES ARE present will have the authority to decide on HIRING- Train for hands on Aviation any and all proposed action.

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ELENA’S FAMILY Daycare: Lic# 15-133761 Call 301-972-1955 zip code 20876


cializing in senior care. Good references. Offering house cleaning, cooking and help with errands. Call Gloria 240-535-2755

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email


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You can care for one or more children while staying in your own home. Sell It, Find It Buy It,


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LOOKING FOR HSKPR/ NANNY: LIVE-IN POSI- Tue thru Sat, Live-in TION: as a care aid. Must Spk English &



for info. 301-528-4616


Reliable, Insured & Monitored Care in a home setting for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers in Montgomery County



$175 a Cord Split & Delivered 240-315-1871


Retired Installer selling Martin, Fender, Power Stretcher, Iron, Grestch, Epiphone, Electric Tacker, KickGuild, Mosrite, er, Roller & more 301Rickenbacker, Prairie 236-5995 State, D’Angelico, Stromberg, and Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. DIRECTV - Over 140 1920’s thru 1980’s. channels only $29.99 TOP CASH PAID! 1a month. Call Now! 800-401-0440. Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, ***OLD ROLEX & Free upgrade to Genie PATEK PHILIPPE & 2013 NFL Sunday WATCHES ticket free!! Start SavWANTED!** Daytoing today! 1-800-279na, Sub Mariner, etc. 3018 TOP CASH PAID! 1800-401-0440


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Careers 301-670-2500 Administrative


Law firm seeks bilingual receptionist (Spanish/English) with strong communication skills to answer phones, and greet clients; salary is negotiable. Requirements: Bilingual (Spanish/English); experience w/ Microsoft Word. Fax resume: 301-681-7780

Billing Supervisor

Candidate must have strong analytical skills, be a dependable team player. Must work well unsupervised, be dependable and have excellent work ethics. Will supervise 5 billers and will report directly to the Practice Administrator. Send resume and three references to . Must pass background check. For details go to


CAREGIVER Needed for Bethany Living in Gaithersburg, MD. Experience with senior care. 5 days a week. Call 301-651-3225 or email Construction

Maryland State Inspectors $1,000.00 SIGN ON BONUS

A progressive family owned and operated, high volume, state-of-the-art dealership is seeking Maryland State Inspectors. If you’re an experienced technician and possess the desire to make a great atmosphere even better, you could be the perfect fit. Responsibilities: • Routine inspections • System diagnostics • Full automotive troubleshooting and testing • Building upon your knowledge of industry-standard tools and equipment Requirements: • Previous experience as an automotive technician (ASE certification preferred) • Solid mechanical skills • Excellent Customer service skills • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record

Please send resumes to



$22.00/hr. Min. 5 yrs commercial exp. Job in Ashburn, VA. Bilingual a plus. Drug-free workplace EOE, E-Verify




For Bank equipment. Clean driving record to drive large truck a must. DOT physical and random drug testing - NO DRUGS or heavy alcohol use. Background check for clearance - NO CRIMINAL RECORD or bankruptcy. Reliable and honest, strong work ethic and skilled construction exp. To apply please go to


Min. 1 yr exp. in commercial masonry. Job in Ashburn, VA. Bilingual a plus. $12 to $14/hr. based on exp. Drug-free workplace. EOE & E-Verify 301-662-7584 Education

FT Experienced PreSchool Teacher

Wanted for Accredited Gaithersburg Daycare. CDA and/or MSDE Credential holder a plus Please call (301)216-1444 on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 11:00am ask for Jane

Facilities Maintenance Technician North Bethesda

Must Have Minimum Five Years Experience with Condominium Maintenance, Facility Maintenance, Plumbing, Electrical, Painting, Drywall. Tools Required. On Call Required. Good Customer Communication Skills. Great Salary & Health Care/Benefits Package. Fax Resume to 301 984 1943

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

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Foster Parents


Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!


Gaithersburg Law Firm seeks individual for a Clerk/Paralegal position. Legal experience preferred. Fax Resume to 240 406 1445 or send via email:

û Free training begins soon û Generous monthly tax-free stipend û 24/7 support

Call 301-355-7205

Full-Time Nurses


Busy Rockville Doctor’s office. Must be a team player, dedicated, & career oriented. Serious applicants only. Willing to train. Excellent salary & Fax resume: 301benefits. 424-8337

Real Estate

Skilled Nursing Facility seeking experienced Registered Nurses for FT 3-11 shifts. Apply in person and take the PreEmployment Exam at 1235 Potomac Valley Road Rockville MD 20850 EOE.

Silver Spring

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

Must R.S.V.P.

Call Bill Hennessy


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




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


Sr Member Tech Staff (Bethesda)

Analyze biz reqmts & sys solutions. Design, program, test, document using PeopleSoft, ORCL db, SQL, PL/SQL, ERPs, UNIX.. Tech support. Min. Req.: Master’s degree/foreign equiv in CSci., MIS, CIS, Tech. Mgmt., Info. Tech. or Engg field and at least 6 months of work exper. Full Time, Mon -Fri. Resumes to VB, Dir App Dev, Host Int’l, Inc., 6905 Rockledge Dr, Bethesda MD 20817. AA/EOE M/F/D/V. No Calls.

Advertising Sales Representative


Sidwell Friends, a coeducational Quaker day school, seeks a Manager for its Tenleytown campus coffee shop/retail store. A complete commercial coffee shop serving a variety of drinks and fresh baked goods adjoins a retail store offering clothing, school supplies and snacks. For job details go to Apply at

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Equipment Operator I

Maryland Environmental Service is hiring an Equipment Operator I for the Montgomery County Material Recovery Facility located in Derwood. Qualifications include a high school diploma or GED, plus one year of experience operating loaders and forklifts. MES offers excellent benefits including health, dental, paid time off, 401(k), and tuition reimbursement. Send applications Attn: 400692 to: MES, 259 Najoles Road, Millersville, MD 21108, or email:, or fax: 410-729-8235.



IMMEDIATE Position Avialable for NATE and/or Journeyman HVAC service technicians. MUST have 2 yrs exp. Great hourly pay, commission, weekly bonus & insurance. Drug free, customer oriented, and motivated. Only qualified applicants apply. 301-670-1944 - Gaithersburg


Sales - Outside

James A. Wheat and Sons has immediate opportunities for Salesman/Estimator who is extremely knowledgeable in the HVAC & Plumbing industry. Commission, Bonus & Allowances. Target areas are Montg Co. & DC. Experience required. Resumes can be sent to or call 301-670-1444

Comprint Military Publications publishes 9 newspapers each week and the only website dedicated to the military in the DC region is looking for energetic, organized, computer savvy sales representative to sell advertising into military newspapers and online. Job requires previous infield and telephone sales experience. Must be customer service oriented and consultative seller. Candidates must be able to create ads for customers and work well under weekly deadlines and pressures of meeting sales goals. Prefer candidates with experience. Territory open in Northern VA. Headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD. If interested and qualified, please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to We offer a competitive compensation, commission and incentives, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE.

Investment Officer (Master’s degree or equiv in Econ, Int’l Bus or equiv & 6 mos exp or other suitable qualifications) - Bethesda, MD. Job entails working with and requires experience including: Financial quantitative and qualitative analysis; modeling and analyzing economic and statistical data; Excel; Structuring debt and equity investments; Investment structuring, including legal issues and documentation; Researching & preparing financial and economic analyses of international economic trends in emerging markets and developing countries; Analyzing credit data to determine degree of risk in extending credit or making investments in emerging markets & Conducting portfolio review assessments with risk rating. Microvest Capital Management, LLC. Fax resumes to 240-3801028, Attn: Ref Code AS-14228.

ACCOUNTANT Rockville CPA firm seeks CPA with 8 years recent public accounting exp to work part-time. E-mail resume to

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07 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS #364333A, $ 5 Speed Manual, 1 $ Owner, 44k Miles


05 Ford F-150 STX $$

#367214A, 4 Speed Auto, 4WD, Bright Red


12 Honda Civic LX $$

#351138A, 5 Speed Auto, 33.7 Miles, 4-Door


10 Toyota Prius III $$

#P8805, 4 Door, CVT Transmission, 45k miles


09 Scion XD $$

#353054A, 4 Speed Auto, 4-Door, Barcelona Red


09 Volkswagen CC #R1702A, $ 6 Speed Auto, $ Sport Model


13 Toyota Corolla LE #470075A, $ 4 Speed Auto, $

5.1k Miles, 1 Owner


12 Toyota Camry LE $$

#R1722, 6 Speed Auto, 11.9k Miles, Red Metallic


2012 Nissan Versa S

11 Nissan Sentra 2 $$

#460034A, CVT Trans, 38.5k Miles, 4-Door


#E0263, 32K Miles, 4 Speed Auto, 4 Door Coupe



#325025A, 6 Speed Auto, Black, Mid Size Wagon, 53K Miles




2013 Infinity G37



#E0216,BackupCamera, 23KMiles,BlackObsidian, SedanTouring



2013 Volvo C30

#332293A, Premier Plus, 2k Miles



2010 Volvo XC60 3.2L


2012 Mazda Mazda 3 Speed 3

2009 Nissan Xterra X

2013 Honda Civic XLE




2009 Volvo XC90


2011 Volvo XC60 T6


2012 Volvo XC60

2008 Cadillac STS

2013 Volkswagen Passat SE

#N0271, 6 Speed Auto, 7.9K Miles, Black..............................................

2012 Hyundai Sonata LTD

#N0276, 6 Speed Auto, 22.5K Miles, 1-Owner, Gray Metallic.................




#326082A, Navigation, 3K Mile...............................................................

2013 Volvo C30

#N0270, RWD W/1SB, 6 Speed Auto, Black Raven................................




#327223B, Touring, Navigation, M/T, 24K Miles, 1-Owner......................

#P8842, 68k Miles...................................................................................

2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $14,800 $14,800 2013 Toyota Camry LE.......... $19,800 $19,800 #P8785, 6 SpeedAuto, 36.2k Miles, Blue Ribbon Metallic #R1747, 6 Speed Auto, 11.9k Miles, 4 Door



#P8750, AWD, Electric Silver, Metallic, Certified

#E0277, 42K Mile.....................................................................................

#N110008, 5-Speed Auto, Supra Black, 4WD Sport Utility.....................

2007 Honda CR-V EX-L........ $14,800 $14,800 2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5..... $19,800 $19,800 #472069A, 5 SpeedAuto, Beige Metallic, 1 Owner #378078A, 6 SpeedAuto, 4WD, Sport, Timberland Mica Graphite


#332293A, 5 Speed Auto, 2.6K Miles, Ice White, 1-Owner.....................


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