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Decades-old Gaithersburg communities along a possible Midcounty Highway extension may lose one of the characteristics that make their homes unique — their water source. County officials have presented several options for the construction of a Midcounty Highway extension, intended to relieve congestion on Md. 355, improve vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian access to employment centers, commercial districts and residential areas, and do so in an environmentally sensitive manner, according to the

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(From left) Homeowners Peggy and Denver Saunders and Charles Tilford, president of the Greater Goshen Civic Association, look over maps showing proposed changes to Wightman Road that would affect the Saunders’ well.

Silver Spring, Herbert Hoover Middle School in Potomac and Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville. A number of elementary schools will open Monday with new additions, including Bradley Hills, Westbrook and Wyngate in Bethesda, and Georgian Forest and Viers Mill in Silver Spring. Though Gaithersburg High still was in prep mode on Monday, it already showed signs of the activity it will hold starting next week. As varsity and junior varsity football players practiced on the new turf field and a group of band

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The entrance of the new Gaithersburg High School on Tuesday as teachers and students prepare for the start of the school year next week. BY




While Gaithersburg High School students are making their final preparations as the academic year draws closer, their school continued its own steps this week to get ready for them. The high school’s new building showed signs of a long-term project undergoing its final stage: “Wet Paint” signs cautioned passers-by Monday, minor construction work produced whirs and beeps, and tables and other furniture stood ready for arrangement. As she walked through the 422,000-square-

foot building on Monday, Christine HandyCollins, the high school’s principal, said everything will be ready before school starts Monday. “We’ll be ready to rock ’n’ roll,” she said. Gaithersburg High students will be among a group of county public school students passing through new doors this fall: Glenallan and Weller Road elementary schools in

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The Big Cheese surpasses goal of 10,000 sandwiches

It’s not every Friday night that you eat the record-breaking grilled cheese sandwich. But on Friday at precisely 9:50 p.m., one day before the wrap-up of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, Gina Consumano of Rockville ordered and ate the 10,000th grilled cheese sandwich made at The Big Cheese. That sandwich put the fair at the 10,000-sandwich goal BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE

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The 65th fair at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds.




Local business helps suburbanites get a taste of a fowl hobby.

Baseline concussion testing is officially part of all Montgomery County Public Schools sports programs.





Imagine retail stores where the carousel spins, cafés instead of piglet races and a 12-story apartment building where Old MacDonald’s Barn now stands. It could happen, thanks to last spring’s rezoning of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds. But the executive director of the fair, Martin Svrcek, says there are no plans to scrap the fair in favor of a neighborhood with

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The Humane Society of the United States and biotechnology company MedImmune are moving forward with largely undefined plans for their Gaithersburg locations. The City Council approved a rezoning plan for MedImmune. The council and planning commission will accept public comments on a sketch plan for the humane society. The humane society has not decided whether it will sell its property on Professional Drive or create a new headquarters there. “We think this is a five-year process, and this is Year One,” said Thomas Waite, the humane society’s chief financial officer, at a city hall meeting Monday evening. “If we don’t develop in Gaithersburg, we will most likely sell [the property] to a commercial developer.” According to city documents, the first of two development options would allow the organization to build up to 342,000 square feet of com-

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Alarming drug deaths In the new movie, “Elysium,” the world’s rich have escaped to an orbiting space station, and in leaving their terrestrial lives, the well-to-do have taken with them reliable health care. Actor Matt Damon, part of the teeming earthbound poor, suffers a fatal dose of radiation poisoning. His only chance of survival is to sneak aboard the manmade Utopia and climb inside what looks HEROIN like a high-tech tanning OVERDOSES bed. Inside the device, AND HEALTH, he’ll be rid of all disease. With all its space SOCIAL opera tropes, the movie POLICIES ends allegorically — a disquisition favoring universal health care. Painting a potential future, past our current ills, is one thing science fiction does well. But here in the present, there was nothing allegorical in the news last week that heroin overdoses have spiked, across Maryland and in Montgomery County. The county typically has ranked low in drug and alcohol deaths. For heroin overdoses, the county had recorded seven over the last three years. But last week, authorities revealed the county had tallied seven only since March. It’s a disturbing trend, and elements of last week’s announcement reveal it’s a more complicated issue than some realize. For some, rising heroin deaths might be indicative of Montgomery’s urbanization, that the gold-flecked avenues are beginning to resemble the hardscrabble streets of “The Wire.” For others, the heroin deaths could be a sign of the suburbanization of hard-core drugs. Either of those may play a role, and if so, it’s a problem that will fall, largely, on the shoulders of the Montgomery County Police Department. As Capt. Nancy Demme, director of the police department’s Special Investigations Division, said the issue has connections to the health care debate. At least part of the increase comes from efforts to make it harder to acquire high-powered prescription painkillers, she said. Pharmaceutical companies are stepping up efforts to prevent abuse of their products, which means addicts are turning to heroin. Efforts to limit access to opioid pain relievers, as they are called, should be applauded. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation is experiencing a “growing, deadly epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.” Seventy-five percent of prescription drug overdoses come from prescription painkillers, and the increase in deaths follows a 300 percent increase since 1999 in their sale. And the CDC says most of the time, if a prescription drug was involved in an overdose, it came from a prescription originally. The convenient fiction might hold they are often stolen from a pharmacy, but that isn’t true, the CDC says. Curiously, as the CDC reports of the painkiller epidemic, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that usage of cocaine and methamphetamine is declining. So one might assume it’s not that our appetite for drugs is increasing. Possibly, the issue is rooted in over-prescription. Our authorities aren’t waiting for a Hollywood hero to solve the problem. Narcotics and homicide detectives are taking a holistic approach, investigating each death, as well as the source of the heroin. And the efforts aren’t limited to Montgomery. The state and counties are coming up with overdose prevention plans, said Kathleen Rebbert-Franklin, acting director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, which is part of the state’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. More data will be collected — from treatment centers, emergency rooms and coroners — and reviewed by local commissions to find common threads. What else can be done? With luck and perseverance, the local commissions will find out. What data Montgomery knows now shows the ages of the county victims range from 19 to 45, and the deaths have occurred throughout the county, according to the police. The police statement leaves plenty of room for speculation, though it should dispel the notion that it’s a problem centering on a specific age group or area of the county. And it’s a problem that can’t be solved with a summer blockbuster, or two hours of escapism masking as a policy fable. Drug abuse is not a simple police issue. It’s a health care issue. Science fiction might provide a compass, but the journey, painful as it will be, is ours.

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LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR From a glance, everything is relatively clean. From a glance you would assume a campus, which students like me and students like your children go to, is safe. But it’s not. It’s haunted by a monstrous force known as pollution. Our school grounds, waterways, neighborhoods and parks are littered with bottles and cans. It’s

Support for a bottle bill hard to go on a nature walk without seeing rusted-over cans with vines trying to grow over them. While Maryland’s overall recycling rate remains about average, we as a state should be a champion in the recycling effort with our percentages. In their next session, if the Maryland General Assembly

passes a bottle bill, all this avoidable trash could be cleared. The bottle bill’s incentive recycling program would boost Maryland’s recycling rate and in turn make our communities cleaner. Who wouldn’t want to be able to have their children play in a park that’s used-beer can free? Right now, that idea in the

New Food and Drug Administration regulations could threaten local farms Each week at farm stands in the Maryland area, we try to explain a peculiar situation to our customers. On the one hand, they want to buy our fresh fruit and vegetables. However, I tell them, that in a few years, these will all be illegal to sell! Why? Because they have some degree of dirt and bacteria on them. The strawberries for instance, have some trace amount of straw and soil on them. As do the tomatoes, beans and cucumbers. We do rinse them before leaving the farm — but we won’t put them through a disinfectant bath nor pack them in antiseptic plastic containers and put “PLU” labels on them. That’s not what consumers want at a farm market — nor is it something we’ll ever be able to do. Regulations for a new food law — FSMA, the Food Safety Modernization Act — administered by the FDA are currently in the process of being finalized. Although the act originally had protections for family farmers like myself, we see those being ignored or phased out over time. Common sense and following the data of recent food safety scares lead us to a very strong conclusion: the further the food travels from the farm to the consumer, the more opportunities it has to become a food safety problem. The current cyclospora food poisoning problem in bagged salads is a good example. This is one reason why 20 million consumers come to farmers markets like ours and want fresh produce from our fields — preferably grown without pesticides, herbicides or GMO seeds. And sadly, protecting consumers from these

synthetic perils is not addressed by FSMA. Nor does the FDA address what is common sense to many scientists, doctors and parents: our bodies are dependent on the good germs and bacteria. If anything, rather than developing the antiseptic globalized industrial-style food system FSMA seeks, we should be searching for ways to increase the amount of good bacteria in our bodies. In fact, fecal implants to repopulate the gut with bacteria are not science fiction — the medical profession is now performing them every day. So, why is this bad science becoming the law of the land? First, it is partially due to corporate profit. Corporations depend on a global supply chain, and in doing so they are finding it increasingly difficult to deliver safe food. At the same time they are losing market share to the local food systems that customers are demanding — witness the sharp increase in farmers markets, community supported agriculture and restaurants offering “farm-to-fork” menus. To avoid legal liability, the corporations want to legitimize an industrial approach to sterilizing everything, without regard to the unnecessary and costly burden placed on local farmers. If your local farmer goes out of business trying to comply with the costs of hundreds of pages of new federal food safety regulations, that just leaves more customers without a local alternative. Second, there is the misguided advocacy of the consumer organizations, like Center for Science in the Public Interest. They mean well, but they think that throwing regulatory words and paperwork

burden at a problem will solve it. This approach is overly legalistic, and it ignores the realities of nature and the practical fact that over-regulating a sector that is not causing a problem — small farmers — cannot possibly lead to safer food. And, finally, there is this administration’s commitment to the biotech industry. It’s no accident that FDA’s deputy commissioner responsible for food safety, Michael R. Taylor, is a former Monsanto vice president. That partially explains why the “safe food” mandate does nothing to protect us from genetically engineered food, and the harsh chemicals that are necessarily paired with it. It will, however, put many of us farmers, who are committed to fresh, healthy and sustainably grown food, out of business. We can all see the future. It is those antiseptic, theoretically bacteria-free plastic containers that will soon become the only way we will be able to shop for all of our produce. And that should be an issue of public outrage.

Michael Tabor, Takoma Park Nick Maravell, Potomac Michael Tabor has been farming for 41 years and supplies Baltimore-area universities and colleges with GMO-free, sustainably grown produce. He is being honored this September for running his farm stand in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, D.C., for 40 years. Nick Maravell serves as a farmer representative on the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board and has farmed organically since 1979, raising grain, livestock and vegetables.

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future but that future lays in our state legislators’ hands. Urge representatives to clean up your community by voting for the bottle bill. My school years have been filled with playgrounds of recyclable trash; do you want your kids’ lives to be the same way?

Jordan Newmark, Olney

Master plan balances environment, development I served on the committee that helped write the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan and am upset by the groups coming in now trying to rewrite the plan and misrepresent its intent. The master plan was carefully crafted to balance the environment with community building. It placed 1,800 acres on the west side of Ten Mile Creek in the Agricultural Reserve and placed homes on the east side. The additional housing called for in Stage 4 of the master plan — in [an area meant for extra development to preserve other tracts] — is important to helping us attain the full master plan vision for Clarksburg. I never thought in 2013 I’d still be going to Milestone in Germantown to shop. The stores, restaurants, library, fire station and transit promised are not even under construction. So many promises to the people of Clarksburg haven’t been carried out. The same state and local laws that allowed the Intercounty Connector to be built in an environmentally sensitive way will protect the environment. Protecting the Ten Mile Creek watershed can be accomplished without destroying the promises made. Clarksburg is still waiting for things that most Montgomery County residents take for granted. To change course in Clarksburg now is not fair to the people who came here or want to come here.

Joann Snowden Woodson, Clarksburg

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Ganslerflap: A big deal? particularly with party officials saying Af“No, look, (Anthony Brown’s) a nice rican-Americans could account for close guy. ... (But) ask them ‘Name one thing to 40 percent of the vote in a contested that he’s done for anybody in the state of statewide Democratic primary.” Maryland.’ ... So, you’re saying compare No, Anthony Brown’s bumper stickhis record, which is a little thin, versus ers don’t say, “Vote for the Black Guy.” our record. ... I mean, right now his camHe doesn’t need to any more than Hillpaign slogan is, ‘Vote for me, I want to ary Clinton needs to say “vote for the first be the first African-American governor woman president.” of Maryland.’ Which is fine and, look, Instead, Brown’s pitch is that “our there’s no one bigger on diversity than I greatest challenge is to address the peram. sistent gaps and disparities “When it was time to that exist in our communipick the candidate for the ties and our economy.” The president of the United States Post’s Wagner helpfully adds when Barack Obama wanted that Brown means “racial and to run, I said, look, I’m not goother disparities.” ing to judge somebody by the And if you don’t get the color of his skin, I’m going to message, Brown adds, “We judge on the content of their continue to see pockets of character. ... And I thought poverty and hardship in the Barack Obama was the betsame communities that exter candidate so I chaired his isted back when Dr. King campaign.” That was gubernatoMY MARYLAND climbed the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.” rial candidate Doug Gansler BLAIR LEE And if you still don’t get speaking to a group of supthe message, Brown’s top porters on July 15 as he was secretly tape-recorded by someone who adviser, Jim Messina, says, “Just like fed the comments to Washington Post President Obama’s race, this is going to reporter John Wagner, the O’Malley ad- be an historic election for the people of Maryland.” Forget that while Gansler was ministration’s chief media cheerleader. Predictably, the Post and Wagner co-chairing Obama’s 2008 campaign in sensationalized the story on Tuesday’s Maryland, Brown (Obama’s law school page one with a headline “Gansler ac- classmate) supported Hillary. Nothing Gansler said was either uncused rival of relying on his race.” Accused? What Gansler indelicately true or racist. Not every comment about said privately (he thought) to support- race is automatically a racist comment. ers isn’t much different than what every So, the only things we learned from Ganslerflap is one, Gansler’s biggest liability is politician and pundit is saying. Just listen to some of Maryland’s his mouth and two, John Wagner and the Post are backing Brown. Gosh, judging by most astute political commentators: • Josh Kurtz. “It’s tough to be a the Post’s smear job, you’d think Gansler white male in Democratic politics these was a Republican! Ten months before the election and days. ... In the gubernatorial race, Anthony Brown’s handlers will package in the midst of vacation season, Brown his résumé (his military experience, his probably didn’t gain much from the Harvard education, his fluency in the is- episode. But if the Brown vs. Gansler sues). But Gansler, his chief rival for the tilt descends into an ugly mud wrestle, Democratic nomination, has to worry the big winner will be Heather Mizeur, most about one thing: The potential for a the bystander candidate quite willing to huge African American turnout as Brown hold both men’s jackets while they brawl. bids to become the state’s first black gov- That’s how Peter Franchot became comptroller in 2006 when William Donernor.” • Todd Eberly. “He [Brown] will un- ald Schaefer and Janet Owens dragged doubtedly lay an early claim to the sig- each other down. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder nificant African-American vote in the primary. African-Americans comprise says we’re cowards for avoiding race roughly a third of the Maryland popula- discussions. So let’s use this teachable tion and a quarter of the registered vot- moment for a heart-to-heart about ers. ... I believe that African-American Maryland’s racial politics. Race, already a major factor in Maryvoters would be quick to rally around his land politics, will dominate future Demcandidacy.” • Louis Peck. “He [Brown] could ben- ocratic primaries. Kathleen Kennedy efit from a field with multiple candidates, Townsend’s disastrous 2002 all-white


Demographics is destiny, especially in a state destined to become majority minorities. If you want a glimpse of the future, look at the battle to succeed ... state Sen. Rob Garagiola, who’s retiring next month. ticket loss determined, for all time henceforth, that such tickets must be racially balanced. That’s why O’Malley picked Brown in 2006. Harvard, Iraq and the legislature were nice window dressings, but O’Malley picked him because he was black. If he was white, with the same résumé, he’d still be in the legislature. Gansler will select a black running mate for the same reason. Demographics is destiny, especially in a state destined to become majority minorities. If you want a glimpse of the future, look at the battle to succeed Montgomery County state Sen. Rob Garagiola, who’s retiring next month. The Democratic Central Committee was all set to choose Delegate Brian Feldman until a major problem arose: Feldman is white. People of Color, a county group dedicated to replacing white Democrats with minorities, is contesting Feldman’s appointment strictly on skin color. They’re demanding that a non-white be appointed. Doctrinaire white liberals like Feldman and Gansler must be dismayed. They benevolently helped create today’s world of racial division, victimhood and recriminations, which is now boomeranging on them. And not only can’t they do anything about it, they can’t even talk about it. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at His email address is

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Lee and greed Why does Blair Lee favor more inefficient use of energy, greater dependence on fossil fuels and cars, more pollution and greater climate change? [“Maryland’s environmental austerity.”] Only on the last point does he explain why he favors making us all worse off; he believes as an article of faith that humans cannot be the cause or cure of climate change. Never mind that science shows there are no plausible natural causes of climate change that correlate with the extent and speed of the run up in global temperatures and acidification of oceans. Logically, if no correlation,

then no causation, which leaves only an unnatural cause for climate change: us. But that is mere evidence and logic. Brothers, one must have faith in the free market. As for the other points, Lee can only heap adjectives and accusations. The green lobby wants to cripple our industries, punish our cities and plunge us into debt because ... well, they are just mean. Ruthless exploitation therefore is good, since it is not green, which is bad because it opposes exploitation, which is good. With such logic, Lee argues for ruinous shortsighted greed.

A. Hewitt Rose, Bethesda

Climate change sources

It would be good for Blair Lee and readers of The Gazette to become informed about the challenges of climate change to civilization in the 21st century. An authoritative and free source may be found in America’s Climate Choices issued in 2010 by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Also available is the Draft National Climate Assessment prepared in 2013 by an expert, volunteer advisory committee involving 240 authors diverse in background, expertise, geography and sector of employment. Much additional information is available from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the leading international body for

WRITE TO US The Gazette welcomes letters on subjects of local interest. Please limit them to 200 words. All articles are subject to editing. No anonymous letters are printed. Letters are printed as space permits and are limited to one per person per month. Include

the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts. For an authoritative and amusing response to those promoting doubts about the significance and human influences of climate change, see www.skepticalscience. com.

Richard N. Wright, Montgomery Village Editor’s note: More links to the writer’s citations are provided online.

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Actor/comedian Sinbad will star in a one-day-only stand-up event as “Make Me Wanna Holla” plays in movie theaters across the country. Locally, the show will play in Germantown, Bowie, Alexandria and Fairfax, Va.






A high-school quartet gets a chance to live its dream in the musical “Forever Plaid” running from Aug. 24 to Sept. 15 at the Olney Theatre. From left are Brandon Duncan as Smudge, David Landstrom as Sparky, Austin Colby as Frankie and Chris Rudy as Jinx.

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Whether fans remember him as coach Walter Oakes from “The Cosby Show” spin-off “A Different World,” his role as Andre Krimm beside Scott Bakula in the movie “Necessary Roughness,” or dozens of stand-up specials, Sinbad has been a part of most people’s lives since the 1980s. The comedian is hitting new territory now, bringing his show “Make Me Wanna Holla” to movie theaters across the country for one night only. Fathom Events will screen the special locally at 8 p.m. Aug. 22. The film will feature Sinbad’s classic style of comedy and showcase his love of funk music. SINBAD: MAKE Sinbad spoke with A&E to talk about the show, his love of music and ME WANNA how basketball changed his life. A&E: First off, what can you tell



me about “Make Me Wanna Holla?” Sinbad: Man, that’s a big question! It’s funny and we shot some really good film. Why don’t you break it down and tell me what you wanna know.


n When: 8 p.m. Thursday n Where: Germantown 14, 20000 Century Blvd., Germantown; Bowie Crossing 14, 15200 Major Lansdale Blvd., Bowie

A&E: Along with the music, is it a little about your life or is it stuff that you’ve noticed over the past few years? What’s the big theme for it? n Tickets: $15 Sinbad: It’s a mix of everything. n More information: Just like with all comedians, it’s a mix of life, it’s a mix of stuff you’ve seen and stuff you’re tired of seeing. Some of it’s about Detroit — my home’s in Michigan. I’m from Benton Harbor. It’s about things happening in Detroit. My show is just a mixture of everything — my life, what’s going on around me, what I’ve observed and what I see. Some of it’s just me talking crazy. A&E: Talking a little about the music, you’ve incorpo-

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Teenage quartet comes back from the dead to perform in Olney



The four guys were kind of nerdy in high school, but they were friends and really liked singing together as the Plaids. Their dream was to perform in public like their idols, four-part harmony groups like the Mills Brothers, the Ames Brothers and the Four Aces. The Plaids were driving to their first gig when, tragically, they ran into a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964. The girls were fine but the guys didn’t make it. Up to the stratosphere they went and there they’ve stayed until Saturday, when they de-

FOREVER PLAID n When: Aug. 24 to Sept. 15 (call for show times) n Where: Historic Stage, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney n Tickets: $25-$35 n For information: 301-924-3400,

scend through a hole in the ozone layer to the historic stage at Olney Theatre Center for one last chance to realize their dream. “The universe has allowed them 90 minutes to do the show,” said director and choreographer Bobby Smith about Olney’s production of the off-Broadway hit musical “Forever Plaid.” The show is about how the four singers overcome their insecurities, and together somehow manage to put on the concert they’ve always envisioned. “It’s their chance to get over what held them back when they were younger,” Smith said.

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Starting Saturday, The Folklore Society of Greater Washington will celebrate the end of summer with a series of concerts deemed the Celtic “triple threat.” The series gets underway Saturday night at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Silver Spring with The Big Reel No. 1, a performance from The New Century American Irish-Arts Company. Sept. 20 will feature the Ocean Celtic Quartet in Falls Church, Va., and Ireland’s own South Roscommon Singers will cap off the series with a performance at Glen Echo on Sept. 22. “We’re thrilled to offer these three concerts,” said Marty Summerour, program chair for The Folklore Society. The Folklore Society of Greater Washington

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The New Century American Irish-Arts Company executive director Peter Brice.


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“Row of Macarons” by Jennifer Barlow will be on view as part of “Cuisine Art,” Aug. 26 to Sept. 28 at the Friendship Heights Visitor Center in Chevy Chase.


TASTE IT The other ‘Side’


Baltimore artist Martin Weishaar works with cardboard and other materials to evoke a mining operation in Appalachia in his exhibit on view through Sept. 8 at VisArts in Rockville.

Marty Weishaar’s “Which Side Are You On?” continues to Sept. 8 at the Common Ground Gallery at VisArts in Rockville. By cobbling together mountains out of humble materials and surrounding them with paintings, drawings, photographs and stitchings, Weishaar’s works explore the complicated economic, social and ecological challenges surrounding resource extraction in the Appalachian Mountains. Also on view to Sept. 8 are recent paintings by Josette Gestin in the Concourse Classroom; “Transverse,” a mixed-media installation by Ching Ching Cheng at the Gibbs Street Gallery and a Neena Birch retrospective in the Common Ground Gallery. Exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.

“Cuisine Art,” a special juried exhibit composed of paintings, photographs and sculptures related to food and held in conjunction with the annual Taste of Friendship Heights, will be on view from Aug. 26 to Sept. 28 at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Juror is noted artist Millie Shott, art curator and instructor at the center. For more information, visit

Knight falls A quest comes to a close this weekend, when Red Knight Production’s “Medieval Story Land” ends its run at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. Written by Scott Courlander and directed by Jason RED KNIGHT PRODUCTIONS Schlafstein, the 2012 “Medieval Story Land,” a parody Capital Fringe Fest of the swords and sorcery genre, selection is currently closes this weekend at the being remounted in Montgomery County, Gaithersburg Arts Barn. featuring an all new cast embroiled in swords, sorcery and sketch comedy. For more information, including tickets and showtimes, visit Visit


“Pele’s Garden at Kilauea” by Michele Rubin is one of many works on view as part of a Glass Artist Show at Glen Echo Park.

From the fire “Glass, Glorious Glass,” featuring the work of 21 art glass center and resident and studio artists, is currently on view at the Popcorn Gallery, Glen Echo Park. An opening reception is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. The exhibit closes Sept. 15. The Art Glass Center at Glen Echo is a school, resource center and gallery for kilnformed glass, devoted to teaching and promoting the medium and to encouraging artists to explore its many facets. For more information, visit


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The parent trap: Dark comedy opens this week at Round House Director, actor collaborate for first time after years of friendship



THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE n When: Aug. 21 to Sept. 15 (see website for specific dates and times)


n Where: Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda


Longtime friends and first-time artistic partners, director Jeremy Skidmore and actor Kimberly Gilbert will collaborate on the Round House Theatre production of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” opening today. “Even though you’re living in a community of actors you know really well, sometimes the perfect time to work together takes a long time to manifest,” Skidmore said. “In this case, it took a really long time.” Skidmore and Gilbert have been friends for 13 years but “Beauty Queen,” a 1996 dark comedy by Irish playwright Martin McDonaugh, will be their first production together. “I’ve wanted to work with him forever,” Gilbert said. Though she was eager to collaborate with an old friend, Gilbert said “Beauty Queen” was entirely unfamiliar. “I had never read it and never saw it,” Gilbert said. “But I was familiar with the playwright ... And then when I got the script, it was insane and brilliant and I loved it.” “Beauty Queen” opened in Galway, Ireland, in 1996. After its monthlong run on Broadway in 1998, the play earned six Tony Award nominations, winning four — Best Leading Actress in a Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play and Best Play Direction. The show tells the story of Maureen, a spinster in her 40s, still living with her mother, Mag, a selfish and miserable

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Actors Todd Scofield and Kimberly Gilbert in a scene from the Round House Theatre production of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” woman, in their home in the Irish village of Leenane, Connemara. When Maureen is faced with one last chance at love and an escape from her pathetic life, Mag does her best to sabotage the opportunity. The Round House actors have been working with dialect coach Leigh Wilson Smiley to master the Irish accent. “[The play] can be heartbreaking one second and then laugh-out-loud funny in the next,” said Gilbert, who

plays Maureen. “And those are the best kinds of plays in my opinion.” It’s McDonaugh’s writing that Gilbert said drew her into the “Beauty Queen” script. “I knew that Martin writes really grassroots human beings in not-sogreat circumstances that find poetry in spite of their surroundings,” Gilbert said. “And I find that so beautiful.” Unlike Gilbert, this is not Skidmore’s first time working on a McDonaugh

piece. In 2008, he directed the playwright’s “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” for Signature Theatre. Though he had read “Beauty Queen,” Skidmore said he’d never seen a production of the show. “I remember how funny I thought it was and then ultimately at the end how much it took me by surprise,” Skidmore said. “The more films you watch and plays you see and scripts you read, it becomes more and more difficult to be caught by surprise, and I think that’s

something McDonaugh’s really good at.” Both Skidmore and Gilbert said McDonough’s portrayal of a small town is something that struck them. “I grew up in a series of small towns and I guess what I’ve noticed ... there’s always two ways in which to step out of the microcosm,” Skidmore said. “A person goes, ‘That’s it, I’m out of this town as soon as I graduate’ .. or they get married. The other is when an opportunity arises.” “There are so many small towns even in America where there is just nothing to do,” Gilbert added. “You know those kinds of people who are stuck but who are just not going to be braver than they think they can be ...” She may be able to relate to “Beauty Queen’s” depiction of a small town, but one thing Gilbert said she can’t connect with her character. And she’s OK with that. “Everyone has, on some molecular level, problems with their parents,” Gilbert said. “But it’s mountains to molehills on the difference between issues [Maureen] has with her mother and I have with mine ... I call my mother every day and tell her I love her as much as I can ... because, man, this character is starved for a positive role model.”


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days, 8:15 beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Aug. 23, Janine Smith with In Wildness; Aug. 30, Louie Cromartie with Honeysuckle Rose, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, Aug. 25, Delaura Padovan with a Graham DeZarn Joint, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, Aug. 21, Caller: Stephanie Smith; Aug. 28, Caller: Carol Marsh, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www. 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, TBA, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, Sept. 1, Waltz Du Jour, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Matt Ulery’s Loom/CD

Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, www.

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Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, 2013 Pacific Miss Asian American Beauty Pageant Final Competition, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6; Dariush, 9 p.m. Sept. 7, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore. org.

Sunday, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The Writer’s Center, Still Here Thinking of You: A Second Chance With Our Mothers, 2 p.m. Aug. 25, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301654-8664,

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, Randall Lear and Ellyn Weiss, to Oct. 6, vernissage on Sept. 21, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-9220162,

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Gallery B, TBA; gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Glenview Mansion, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Greater Washington, to Sept. 30, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www.rockvillemd. gov. Marin-Price Galleries, “Abstraction,” to Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622.

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release event, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 ($10); Denyse Pearson and Her Gentlemen of Distinction, featuring Derek Gasque, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 ($10); Linwood Taylor, 8 p.m. Aug. 23 ($15); Dana Fuchs, 8 p.m. Aug. 24 ($30); Big Band Caliente: Latin Side of the Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 ($10); Gotta Swing Dance Night with All Wheel Jive, 8 p.m. Aug. 28 (beginner lesson at 7:30 p.m., $10); Project Natale, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 ($10); King Soul, 8 p.m. Aug. 30 ($10); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31 ($35), 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-634-2222, www. The Fillmore Silver Spring, Reesa Renee’s Wonderland Cool Tour, 8 p.m. Aug. 23; Jagermeister Music Tour presents Molotov, 8 p.m. Aug. 26; One Koast Entertainment Presents: The Best of The Beltway Series, 6 p.m. Aug. 30; Kevin Hart’s Plastic Cup Boyz,

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Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” Aug. 21 to Sept. 15; 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, TBA; 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, Silver Spring Stage, One-Act Festival, to Aug. 25, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturday, 2 p.m.


Hollywood Ballroom, Aug. 23, Drop in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Aug. 24, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m., dancing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for workshop and dance; $15 for dance only after 10 p.m.); Aug. 25, free East Coast Swing lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Aug. 28, free International Tango Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Aug. 29, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www.

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Jim Carrey’s mea culpa a good first step for ‘Kick-Ass 2’ MICHAEL PHILLIPS




“Kick-Ass 2,” the sequel to the 2010 adaptation of Scottish comic book author Mark Millar’s “Kick-Ass,” comes in right on the bubble: It’s no better, no worse and essentially no different from the jocular, clodhopping brutality of the first one. Here in writer-director Jeff Wadlow’s crimson bauble, Chloe Grace Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson reprise their roles as Hit Girl and Kick-Ass, respectively — the homegrown, limb-lopping superheroes and high school classmates (he’s older, but she’s tougher) who spill more blood than a klutzy production assistant on a Tarantino shoot. Jim Carrey plays a supporting role in “Kick-Ass 2,” that of Colonel Stars and Stripes, a born-again Christian and former mobster who leads a pack of alleged good-guy and good-girl masked vigilantes cleaning up the streets. After filming the sequel but before its release Carrey disassociated himself, tweeting: “In all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.” He cited the most recent example of an American school massacre, Sandy Hook, as the tragedy that “caused a change in my heart.” Then came the counterarguments from Carrey’s “KickAss 2” collaborators, including Moretz. She presumably has a percentage of the sequel’s profits and sound business reasons to object. “It’s a movie and it’s fake,” she said, “and I’ve known that since I was a kid … if anything, these movies teach you what not to do.” Separately Millar, who executive-produced the sequel, chimed in with his fiscal

n 1 1/2 stars n R; 107 minutes n Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey n Directed by Jeff Wadlow


Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes.

gratitude: “For your main actor to publicly say, ‘This movie is too violent for me’ is like saying, ‘This porno has too much nudity.’” Moretz’s comment was the oddest, the one about how “Kick-Ass 2” instructs us in the costs of all that quippy, bloodthirsty street justice. Honestly, now. These movies do not teach anybody anything about avoiding the kick-assery. Worse, director Wadlow’s fight sequences satisfy none of my action-movie requirements for clarity and excitement. They don’t even satisfy my cheapest revenge impulses. The sequel sets up one round of heinousness after another, and the audience waits for the money shots. When the meanest girls in high school bully Mindy, aka Hit Girl (the

bullying here is constant and hammering), she pulls out her late father’s “sick stick,” which causes instantaneous and simultaneous projectile-vomiting and projectile-diarrhea, and that is meant to be really sick, as in cool. So is the scene of attempted rape, played for laughs and focusing on Christopher MintzPlasse’s self-made supervillain, who tries but fails to assault the vigilante (Lindy Booth) who calls herself “Night Bitch.” (Honestly, this movie is rank.) I can only imagine how this scene will play to the assault victims in the audience, especially when Booth’s character, hospitalized though apparently unviolated, says: “It’s my own fault.” I want to be believe Carrey’s 11th-hour apology. Clearly he read the script (his character’s dog bites off the genitals of his adversaries) and he may have done a quick body count in his head while reading. But it’s not the quantity of the carnage in a movie, it’s the quality, and as staged and filmed “Kick-Ass 2” is a cruddy mediocrity. Near the end Moretz’s character says she must leave New York City and hide out because “vigilantes don’t get a free pass.” It’s the best joke in the movie; in terms of its own hypocritical morality, “Kick-Ass 2” hands out free passes left and right.






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carefully manicured Eden resembles the better parts of your tonier Southern California enclaves, without the conspicuous service industry underclass. On Elysium, everything from a broken wrist to cancer can be cured by a quick liedown in the home-installed “med bay.” On Elysium, the fearsome defense secretary, in cahoots with EPI (Evil Private Industry, personified by William Fichtner), is played by Jodie Foster. By design, her performance is only slightly less robotic than the Maschinenmensch robot woman, Maria, in Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,” a major influence on Blomkamp’s movie. After Max suffers the lifethreatening radiation blast in an industrial accident, he joins forces with an underground revolutionary (Wagner Moura) intent on kidnapping Elysium’s CEO. In exchange, Max receives his sole hope for survival: a free ride on an illegal flight to the promised land, where he can be cured in a near-instant. Start to finish, “Elysium” puts its main man through the mill. With only days to live, Max must fend off attacks from a psychotic mercenary recently let go from Elysium’s payroll. He’s played by Sharlto Copley, the feverish overactor who starred in “District 9.” Damon has an awfully good nose for material; even when “Elysium” grows allegorically simplistic or familiar, the script avoids pounding cliche, and

ELYSIUM n 3 stars n R; 109 minutes n Cast: Matt Damon, Jody Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga n Directed by Neil Bomkamp

Blomkamp and his design and effects teams give us a plausibly harsh idea of things to come. Some things are fun, such as the bubblelike opaque cocoons designed to keep 22nd-century bullets from doing any harm. Other things decidedly are not fun, such as the artful panoramic vistas revealing just how lousy a life we’ll be inheriting in the year 2154. As did Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men” (2006), “Elysium” relies on a protagonist who isn’t puffed up with bravado, the way a prototypical Tom Cruise hero tends to be in these kinds of stories. Damon has true regular-guy appeal, and while she hasn’t enough to play, Alice Braga (as his childhood sweetheart) matches up well with Damon’s man on the run. I like Blomkamp’s casting; we’re spending time with a multinational array of interesting faces and voices. The future according to “Elysium” may rest on the shoulders of a bankable, likable American movie star, but he’s fighting for something larger than himself.


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Alinea: A wine connoisseur’s dream is just a short flight away Inventive, exciting, imaginative, fascinating, thrilling, exceptional, delicious, amazing ... the list of superlatives used to describe dinner at Alinea is nearly as long as the drive from O’Hare to the restaurant’s location in Chicago’s Lincoln Park district. At Alinea, a refined, exquisitely prepared meal is transformed into performance art where the chef, staff and diner are each intimately involved in the entire experience. It is no easy feat to match wines with ingredients as varied as rabbit, cherry blossom, wasabi and smoke. The courses dance from light and airy (green apple taffy balloon) to multifaceted and profound, each designed to require the diners to interact with the preparations. This makes the wine pairings even more difficult since there are often multiple options within each course that provide different intensities


BY LOUIS MARMON and sequences of flavors. Not surprisingly, the talented team at Alinea made outstanding wine selections that both complemented and enhanced the evening’s multiple dishes. Alinea offers two levels of wine pairings. Considering the price of the evening and the reputation of the establishment, it was easy to opt for the less exclusive choice, confident that the wines would be both excellent and surprising. They opened with Jean Lalle-

ment et Fils “Verzanay” Brut Grand Cru Champagne. One of the smaller cham-

pagne producers, Lallement farms slightly less than 10 acres in Montagne de Reims, Champagne’s most northern

region. A blend of 80 percent Pinot and 20 percent Chardonnay, it had floral, fig and citrus aromas that extended into subtle stone fruit, melon, honey and herbaceous flavors. The long finish was complemented with clove, pepper and candied fruit. The next pairing wasn’t really a wine, but rather Sake which is produced by fermenting rice in a fashion similar to making beer. The Takasago Ginza Shizuku “Divine Droplets” Junmai Daiginjo-shu is created in igloos

located in the northern Japanese province of Hokkaido when the temperature falls below 14 degrees. It was silky, very fragrant beauty that began with cedar, mint and slightly salty aromas which flowed beautifully into delicate honeydew, jasmine, and mineral notes with an almost sweet, persistent finish.

German Rieslings are underappreciated in the U.S. The Dr. Thanisch “Berncasteler Doctor” Kabinett 2010 — so named because a 13th century Archbishop was miraculously cured with a sip of wine from this vineyard — is one of the country’s finest Rieslings. Elegant, refined and enticingly complex, it had pear, peach and smoky spice fragrances that led into concentrated and ideally balanced apple, melon, and pear flavors combined with hints of petrol, honey and minerals. It is an axiom that it is nearly impossible to pair any wine with artichokes. That is why the surprising Lopez de Heredia “Vina Gravonia” Blanco 2003 was such an inspired,

ideal choice. A Rioja white created from 50 year old vines, this 100 percent Viura had almond, honey and stone fruit aromas that joined layers of

oak, apple, earth, wax and pear flavors to provide a complex, medium-bodied and unique foil to the earthiness and flavors of the artichokes. Complementing the veal cheeks and a melange of “spring bounty” was the Ar. Pe. Pe. Grumello “Rocca de Piro” Valtellina 2006, a sophisticated Nebbiolo with a nose of candied cherry, roses and raspberries expanding into notes of dark berries, earth and leather. Chosen to pair with a diverse panoply of condiments to savor with five different duck preparations was the marvelous Chateau Musar 2004 that showed spicy dark cherry, raspberry, toffee and subtle gamey favors. The best of the dessert wine offerings was the delicious caramel, honey and lemon peel flavored Disznoko 5 Puttonyos Tokaji-Aszu 2005,

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is dedicated to bringing folk musicians and performances to venues in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. According to Summerour, the group supports more than 200 events a year. “I saw the New Century show almost a year ago at the Irish festival in Fairfax,” Summerour said. “ ... I just said, ‘I have to produce this show.’” Based in D.C., New Century offers programs in both performance and professional development in an effort to make Irish music accessible to the public. The performance branch of the company is broken into two ensembles: The New Century Ceili Band and The New Century American Irish-American Company. The latter is the group of 20 dancers and musicians who will perform at Saturday’s concert. Peter Brice of Annapolis founded New Century in 2011 along with choreographer and step-dancer Kate Bole. According to Brice, his ancestors immigrated to Annapolis from Ireland around 1698. Though he said he didn’t grow up with a strong Irish tradition, Brice, a button accordion player, said he “took up Irish music because [he] loved the sound.” Brice went on to graduate from the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory program and earn a bachelor’s degree in Irish Traditional Music and Dance from the University of Limerick. The New Century style of Irish music is largely informed by the legacy of accordionist and composer Billy McComiskey, fiddler and composer Brendan Mulvihill and Irish dance expert Peggy O’Neill. Though she is now deceased, O’Neill’s daughter Laureen and other instructors carry on her legacy through instruction at the O’Neill James School of Irish Dance. McComiskey, who taught Brice to play the accordion, and Mulvihill came to D.C. from their native New York in 1975. They played as The Irish Tradition, frequenting The Dubliner, an Irish pub on Capitol Hill. Their sound drew heavily on the accordion tradition that comes out of Galway. The sound developed by McComiskey and Mulvihill in the 1970s and the style of dance made popular by O’Neill in the 1960s has helped to define the Maryland tradition of Irish music and New Century’s style of music. “We have a native style of Irish traditional music that we’ve grown here,” Brice said. “With this rooted Maryland identity, [we’re] able to bring it home.” Beyond their accordion-fueled sound, which differentiates them from Irish traditional music in New York which is largely defined by the fiddle, another unique trait about the members of New Century is their heritage. “Not everyone is of Irish decent,” Brice said. And even those such as Brice who are of Irish decent are more likely to be several generations removed from the country. “In Washington and Maryland, this Irish tradition would be the province of native-born Americans as opposed to places like New York or Boston where it’s still often played by the first

Smith, who covered all four roles in the original play Off Broadway, said the show has beautiful music — arrangements by James Raitt of classics such as “Three Coins in a Fountain,” “Heart and Soul,” “Catch a Falling Star” and “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.” It is also very funny and also very touching, he said. “It’s not a jukebox musical — it’s very well crafted,” said Smith. “It has a script and things happen, the guys change.” The leader of the group is Frankie, played by Austin Colby, who studied theater at American University and lives in Silver Spring. “Of all the four, he’s probably the most confident but even he gets a little nervous,” said Colby about his character, who must deal with his asthma attacks and the insecurities of his fellow singers. “He cares about the guys, and he constantly wants to keep the show going,” Colby said. “It’s great music, and the characters are charming,” he said. “You’re rooting for them to come out of their shell.” Brandon Duncan, who plays Smudge, agrees with Colby about the music. In fact, all four actors said they have enjoyed singing together on and off stage. “I love all the super-tight harmonies,” said Duncan, who studied musical theater at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Some of the humor in the show is based on the singers trying to update the between-songs patter they wrote in 1964 for the audience they’re now in front of, he said. Humor also arises out of the quirks and maladies of the singers. “They’re all nerdy characters who don’t know what’s going on,” said Duncan. “But they never laugh at each other. They’re there to lift each other up.” Duncan said Smudge, for example, is definitely a worrier. “He’s like the Eeyore of the group, he doesn’t want to be there,” he said. “He’s a more introverted panicker [than the others], but by the end, his glasses fly off and he has a big solo.” Jinx, played by Chris Rudy, also gets a solo, “Cry,” made famous by Johnny Ray in the 1950s. “Jinx is the shy one of the group, but the others are very protective of him,” said Rudy, who studied theater at Towson University. A high tenor, Jinx is a lot more comfortable when he’s singing than when he’s talking to people, but the problem is that when he hits a high A, he gets a nosebleed. He’s also dealing with a bad case of stage fright. “He never remembers what moves he’s supposed to do or what the lyrics are,” Rudy said. Jinx is also experiencing a spell of sibling rivalry with his more outgoing step-brother Sparky, played by David Landstrom, who studied at American University in Washington, D.C. “Sparky is energetic, he’s the life of the party,” said Landstrom. “He loves the spotlight, and he’s always talking to the audience and mugging.” “It’s a fun role,” he said. “There’s a lot of energy you have to give off, it’s all very specific [to each character].” He said one of the challenges of the role is balancing the humor and the emotion in the musical, both of which he appreciates. “This isn’t a typical jukebox musical,” Landstrom said. “It’s really original, and it has more substance. It’s very touching. It gets me. It’s not just a collection of songs.”

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Continued from Page A-13 rated music into several of your shows. How important is funk and blues and jazz to you? Sinbad: For me, see, it was always music before comedy when I was coming up. I was in bands growing up and I was playing drums by the time I was in fifth grade. I had been playing music for 30 years as I became a comic right after I went to college to play basketball. It was always in me. I was a DJ and I was collecting music and listening to music. I would rather go see a live band than go to the clubs to hang out. For me, as I saw the music I love, the thing I love, start to leave … it’s not just about being old. You listen at these young folks’ music, they have live music growing up, but it was just that it was going away. It was dying. It just bothered me. So I do everything that I can to keep it alive. I always talk about it because I think when you take away a culture’s music, you lose that culture.

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New Century dancer Kate Kliner.

THE BIG REEL NO. 1 n When: 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: 805 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring n Tickets: $16 for nonmembers, $13 for FSGW members, $40 for family (two adults, two children), $10 for students n For information: n Upcoming concerts: The Ocean Quartet will perform Sept. 20 at Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, Va., and the South Roscommon Singers will perform Sept. 22 at Glen Echo Town Hall in Glen Echo.

generations,” Brice said. But it’s their distance from the Irish culture

A&E: You’ve spent your career working clean and avoiding R and NC-17 material. Was that a conscious decision by you or was that just came naturally because you grew up the son of a preacher? Sinbad: Well, just because you’re a son of a preacher doesn’t make you that way. Sometimes you’re more crazy. I always liked controversial stuff. I think sometimes you need to push the limit. When I first started out, I was dirty, but we were trying to be Richard Pryor, man. All of us was trying to be Richard. He had set that standard. I said, “Man, we all sound the same.” We were a cheap imitation. It’s like being a Gucci bag knockoff. We were like Gocci — we would never be Gucci. ... I just wanted to do something different. I flipped it — I didn’t change my routine, I just changed the words. I didn’t change one thing that I talked about. I realized, “Man, not only can I be funny, I actually can become more controversial and talk about more stuff because I’m not cussing because I can get your attention.”

that Brice said makes The New Century sound and look distinct. “What’s really important about the work that we’re doing is that we’ve broken the IrishAmerican mold,” he said. “Sometimes IrishAmericans have an inferiority complex about Irish traditional music ... that they couldn’t possibly have it right ... In this area, we weren’t raised in it so we’re approaching it as we want to understand it fully ...” With their combination of 1960s and 1970s influences along with their own creative spin, Summerour said New Century has managed to do something not all ensembles can. “They celebrate the tradition that came before them,” Summerour said. “Peter is able to reach into the past but bring forth the future.”

A&E: Here recently, you’ve done some voiceover work with “American Dad” and the justreleased Walt Disney movie “Planes” — is that something you can see yourself doing more of in the future? Sinbad: I did a lot of it back when I first came in. I did “Homeward Bound” where I played a horse. I’ve done quite a few voiceovers. For me, it’s fun. And it’s quick. I have fun in there. I know a lot of people don’t, but I have a ball. I found a way that works for me. When I came in to do “Planes,” my character was a one-afternoon taping and they liked what I did and I came back in about two more times and they expanded the character. A&E: Sports seem to be a big part of your life — you played basketball and you starred as a defensive lineman in “Necessary Roughness.” Are you still big into sports? Sinbad: There was a time in my life when I was coming up — I love basketball like a person needs water to live. I loved it. I think basketball got thing, forget what you are today and think about what you want to become. People would laugh at me, but I was already seeing this other guy in my mind and I applied that to everything I did.

Comedian Sinbad voices the character Roper in Disney’s “Planes.” me to where I need to be as a comedian. When I first started, I was a terrible athlete. I mean, I cried I was so bad. That’s why I love my father so much. He’s the one that said, “Look, we can change this if you work hard.” And I got mad because I didn’t have this natural ability. He said, “There’s this thing called persistence and not giving up.” I said, “That’s not a talent!” And I realized it is. He


told me, “If you don’t mind being the worst one in the room for a short period of time, you can become great.” I didn’t realize what lesson he had given me. No matter what I was going to do — I was going to play drums, I was going to play guitar — if you don’t mind suffering for that short period of time … I’m even laughing about it. There’s a quote he gave me: If you want to become some-

A&E: You’ve got the show coming out through Fathom in theaters across the country, but after that, what’s on the horizon? What’s next for Sinbad? Sinbad: I want to do some more TV and some more movies, but I want to do what I’ve been trying to do since I got here. I said let me do the stuff I’ve been writing. I want to direct. I want to produce other things. That’s what I’m excited about. As far as TV, I don’t know if I’ll do sitcom work again because once reality shows came in, you can’t make anything funnier than real cable now. Pawn boys and duck people, you can’t write that.

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Reesa Renee will celebrate the end of her “Wonderland Cool Tour” (and her birthday) with a concert Friday at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Special guest performers include Incwell, Backyard Band, Redline Graffiti, Bonnie Rash, Ronnell Brian and Visto and the HippieLifeKrew. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

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Youth Against Hunger, 3-5 p.m.,

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Surviving Hospitalization, 6-7:30 p.m., Arden Courts Memory Care Community of Potomac, 10718 Potomac Tennis Lane, Potomac. Part of the Survival Guide for the Hospital Dementia Education Series. Free. 301-493-7881.

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Children’s Nature Art and Adventure, 10:3011:30 a.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Explore the pond shores and create a picture. $6. Register at Adult Literacy Tutor Information Session, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Help adults learn to read, write or speak English. Free, registration required. 301-610-0030. End of Summer, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Black Hill Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the day outside. $6. Register at Wicked Jezabel concert, 6:30 p.m., Rockville Rooftop Live, 155 Gibbs St., sixth floor, Rockville. A party band delivering songs from the ’60s to today. $10. Owl Prowl, 8 p.m., Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg. Take a nighttime walk and call for some of the park’s wild owls. $2.


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SATURDAY, AUG. 24 Potomac River Heritage kayak trip, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Black Hill Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. For experienced kayakers. $65. Olde Towne Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., City Hall, parking lot, 31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Food, artists and crafters, local businesses and flea market items. Free admission. 301258-6350, ext. 162. Uncorked Wine and Music Festival, noon-6 p.m., Rockville Town Square, 36 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Wine, cooking demonstrations and music. $15 for wine tasting, free admission for concerts and cooking demoonstrations.





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A Girl Scout’s big dreams are turning cookie sales into opportunities for disadvantaged children in Nashville, Tenn. Emma Eck, now 14, sold almost 1,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies when she was a sixthgrader at Shady Grove Middle School in Redland in 2011. With the help of Gaithersburg car dealerships, which bought and gave away boxes of her cookies to customers, Emma had about $900 in seed money for her big project. The former Derwood girl and her family have since moved to Brentwood, Tenn., where Emma was inspired, according to her mother, Jennifer Eck. “When she went to the library here in Brentwood ... it was an amazing library,” Eck said, describing Brentwood as “the Hollywood of the South.” The library had decorated reading nooks for children to enjoy, with enough space for storytime gatherings and quiet areas. “Emma thought, ‘Why do they get to have the library, and not people who are needy?’” Jennifer said. With her $900, and generous contributions from her church, neighbors and local businesses, Emma helped build a Swiss Family Robinsonthemed reading space for kids at Fannie Battle Day Home, where more than 100 at-risk children receive daily care. “It’s a safe haven for them, because they’re in a rough patch of town,” Eck said. “Her thought was, these chlidren are very poor; they might not have the chance to travel. But they can travel with a book.” Emma has been in Girl Scout troops since first grade, Eck said, and routinely exceeded the goals she set for cookie sales. Her next project, to be completed by 12th grade as part of her Girl Scout program, has an international angle. “She would like to see better diplomacy between the United States and China,” Jennifer said. Although her project has not yet been approved by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Emma already is eager to get started: She plans to create a presentation that would show teachers in China what it’s like to be an American student. “She dreams and aspires to do her part to create diplomacy,” Eck said. According to Eck, Emma will need to raise money for a plane ticket and other expenses for a trip to China. “That’s a lot of Girl Scout cookies,” Eck said.

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Campus congrats Julian Bell of Gaithersburg received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago in May. • Robert Chen, also of Gaithersburg, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore. Students on the list must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Students also must enroll in at least 14 credits during the semester, including at least 12 graded credits. Chen, who is studying neuroscience, plans to graduate from Johns Hopkins in May 2015. JENNIFER ECK

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Olde Towne has been moved back to June from September. The festival, featuring entertainment, food and awards, is now scheduled for June 8. City staff and elected officials decided to make the move after changes in event staffing and resources made it necessary to space out festivals that historically are held in the fall. The 22nd annual Oktoberfest in the Kentlands will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 13. The event’s footprint has expanded from the Kentlands Green and Kentlands Mansion to Main Street and Market Square.

Irish dance group offering classes Irish dance group Ring of Kerry is offering beginner and advanced classes starting Sept. 3. The beginners group meets at 7 p.m. and the advanced group meets at 8:05 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 10 at Ridgeview Middle School in Gaithersburg.

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Hospice Caring honors deceased with tribute Hospice Caring in Gaithersburg will host a tribute event

Sept. 7. The Garden of Memories tribute will honor and remember loved ones through reading names, poetry, music performances and dedications. The event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Hospice Caring cottage, 518 S. Frederick Ave. Hospice Caring is accepting names for a Book of Memories, illustrated and on display at the cottage to memorialize those honored during the tribute. The organization is charging $35 per name. Bricks and pavers inscribed to remember a loved one cost $100 and $250, respectively. To pay by credit card or for more information, contact Hospice Caring at 301-990-8903 or Checks should be made payable to Hospice Caring.

County humane society seeks board members The Montgomery County Humane Society is looking for experienced individuals to serve on its board of directors. The nonprofit wants people who will bring expertise and

enthusiasm to help steer the organization toward new growth. Experience in fundraising, capital campaigns, finance and governance is a plus, according to a news release. Two-year terms will begin January. The organization provides animal welfare services to the community, including privately funded programs such as foster care, placement in private rescues, adoption assistance, animal enrichment programs, medical coordination and veterinary care, volunteer coordination, humane learning and education for adults and children, public workshops, and community outreach. Those interested should submit a letter of interest and current resume by Sept. 20. Applicants must be members of the Montgomery County Humane Society in good standing at the time of application. To apply or for more information, contact Lisa Corbett at 14645 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville, MD 20850; email; or call 240-773-5973.

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Montgomery County Public Schools will kick off the 201314 school year with its annual Back-to-School Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville. The fair will feature information and resources for parents, children’s activities and entertainment. Gift certificates and prizes will be given out throughout the day and free refreshments will be provided. Highlights will include performances by student and community groups, appearances by local celebrities and health screenings. School staff members will be available to answer questions on programs and Curriculum 2.0, the curriculum that is being implemented in all elementary classrooms this year. Representatives will be present from community and county organizations, including the Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Montgomery County Council of PTAs. One change this year is that backpacks filled with school supplies will not be distributed at the fair. Instead, backpacks are being distributed to students in need at more than 40 schools. Limited parking will be available at Montgomery College across the street. Free shuttle buses will run throughout the day, starting at 10:30 a.m., between the fair and the following sites: • Gaithersburg: Shady Grove Middle School, Watkins Mill High School. • Germantown: Northwest High School, Seneca Valley High School. • Kensington: Albert Einstein High School. • Rockville: Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville High School. • Silver Spring: Montgomery Blair High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Paint Branch High School, Springbrook High School. • Wheaton High School. For more information, contact the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships at 301-279-3100 or visit

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Betsy Newman feeds wood sorrel to her four chickens Sunday morning in the backyard of her home in Gaithersburg. Newman rented the hens and a coop from RentACoop of Potomac.

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The obvious answer in the age-old chickenand-egg question is that the chicken came first. At least that’s how it works with RentACoop, a Potomac business for those who would like to peck lightly at chicken ownership. They can rent a coop and all the fixings: hens, bedding, organic food and water bottle, and even have access to a 24-hour chicken information hotline. The idea behind RentACoop was to let people try backyard chickens before they invest, said Diana Samata, 24, of Bethesda. She and Tyler Phillips, 26, of Potomac run the company and work the hotline for customers with questions or concerns. “Initially, it was a ‘try before you buy’ thing, but it’s become an educational thing,” Samata said. “A lot of kids in the city haven’t seen a chick before, so giving them this experience for four weeks is so fun.” Phillips said the business was his mother’s idea. “I was building coops and selling them on Craigslist,” Phillips said. “She suggested I rent them.” The idea hatched RentACoop. Phillips and Samata started the business in March 2012, working from Phillips’ parents’ home, where the parents run Squeals on Wheels, a miniature animal petting zoo and pony ride business. As of Aug. 14, Phillips and Samata had rented out 160 coops and sold about 60. Often, the chickens become family pets and renters become buyers. Laura Byer of Potomac said she has been a happy customer for about a year. “As pets, they are much more rewarding than I anticipated,” she said. “They are funny. We give them grapes to get them back in the cage, so when I come out, they come right to me to get the grapes.”

Betsy Newman holds two eggs she gathered Sunday morning from hens she is keeping in the backyard of her home in Gaithersburg. Byer said her daughter Lucy, 10, who has a friend with chickens, spearheaded the campaign to get the chickens in her family. Because Byer was skeptical, renting was the perfect solution. “We started by renting, then we purchased,” she said. “The experience exceeded our expectations. [Phillips] is phenomenal. He even tried to help us acclimate our dog to the chickens, but unfortunately that did not work, so the chickens can’t be out when the dog is.” Chickens should be allowed an hour or so of free range time every day, Samata said. Other than that, they are fine in their coop. Montgomery County allows residents to keep chickens in residential zones as long as the coops are 25 feet from the lot line and 100 feet from neighboring houses. The County Council is considering changes to the regulations as part of a comprehensive zoning rewrite that would reduce the distance from the lot line to five feet, allowing residents with smaller yards to keep chickens. Phillips became somewhat of a henhouse master designer before he came up with the chicken coop the company now provides. Designed to hold up to four hens, the coop is a completely covered split level. There’s a lower section where the chickens can peck the ground in their search for bugs and whatever

else they find to eat. A ramp goes up to a space for roosting and laying eggs, with a second space below it where the hens can be on the ground in a confined space. The bottom is all wire, so the hens always are enclosed. “The coop design was trial and error,” he said. “I got three designs online, built each one and took the best parts from each. I was looking for safety for kids and parents, comfortable for the chickens and predator proof.” At 6 feet long and just over 3 feet wide, the coops fit into the back of a minivan with the seats removed, for easy delivery and pickup. Coops have two wheels on the back so they can be easily moved to provide fresh pecking space for the hens. The coops rent, fully loaded, for $185 for the first four weeks, with a round-trip delivery fee of $1 per mile. Rent is $125 per four weeks after the initial period, not including food. A coop sells for $495. Although she has long dreamed of having backyard chickens, Betsy Newman of Gaithersburg rented from RentACoop this month to see if her dream was realistic. “This is a perfect opportunity to try it because the risks are minimal,” she said. “It’s affordable and you can have a trial period.” So far, she said, she and her husband are in the honeymoon phase of chicken ownership. Her husband was concerned that the hens would be smelly or noisy. “They are neither if you clean the coop weekly,” she said. “We’re happy; they’re happy.” Newman said the hens are fun to watch, but the enjoyment goes beyond that. “I believe chickens represent the sense of sustainability and connecting with the process of animals providing for us,” she said. “It’s about growing your self-confidence: Can I really do this? I know I can take care of indoor pets, but can I take care of them and give them a quality of life?” And the eggs, which come after the chickens, are delicious, Byer said.

The number of collisions in which pedestrians are struck by vehicles in parking lots is on the rise in Montgomery County, so much so that the county is spending $50,000 on a parking lot safety program this year. According to an analysis released Aug. 5 by AAA Mid-Atlantic, almost 30 percent of pedestrian accidents in the county in 2012 occurred in parking lots. That number is “a jump” from 16 percent in 2010, county spokeswoman Esther Bowring said. The 121 pedestrian collisions that took place in parking lots or garages in the county in 2012, out of a total of more than 400 collisions involving pedestrians, have worried county officials. Bowring said a county task force is working to find out why the number of incidents has increased. The Montgomery County Council has dedicated $50,000 to a pedestrian parking lot safety program this year, she said. An internal group SYLVIA CARIGNAN with representatives from county TACKLING YOUR TRAFFIC departments and agencies is sharCONCERNS. ing information and considering SEND YOUR QUESTIONS TO BUMPER@GAZETTE.NET. ways to educate the public about the issue, she said. Jeff Dunckel, pedestrian safety coordinator for the county’s transportation department, said distracted driving — and distracted walking by pedestrians who are talking or texting on their phones — could be factors. One of the more recent serious mishaps in a parking lot occurred when a North Potomac resident drove through the parking lot of a Sam’s Club store on North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, crashing through the store’s emergency exit doors. The car hit two pedestrians in the parking lot and one inside the store, according to county police. Officials are still investigating the July 23 incident. Montgomery County police spokeswoman Angela Cruz said no charges had been filed as of Aug. 16. Bowring said the county’s statistics on pedestrian collisions may be following a wider trend. “Nationally, there has been this recent trend upwards in pedestrian collisions,” she said. According to an Aug. 5 press release from the U.S. Department of Transportation, pedestrian fatalities increased about 8 percent from 2009 to 2011, with a total of 4,432 pedestrians killed after being struck by vehicles in 2011. Montgomery County police conducted pedestrian safety “stings” around the county this year, stopping hundreds of vehicles and issuing warnings and citations for drivers who didn’t yield to pedestrians or stop at marked stop sign lines. The enforcement of parking lot safety has presented challenges for local officials. According to a CountyStat presentation dated May 8, county police and the Department of Transportation “do not have jurisdiction to implement enforcement and engineering methods which they would normally use in county-owned roadways.” “They are restricted to education efforts and rely significantly on business owners and developers to address engineering and enforcement,” according to the presentation. Dunckel said the county’s targeted education and enforcement efforts at 10 high-incident intersections in the county have helped bring down the number of pedestrian collisions at those locations, but they are still working on a solution that could bring down the number of parking lot accidents. Riders and drivers of Montgomery County: Stuck in congestion on your morning commute? Seeing major delays on the Red Line? Send me a note at bumper@

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Gaithersburg’s economic development grants have spurred more than $2 million in private investment for the city over the past fiscal year, according to the city’s top business leader. Gaithersburg Economic Develop-


ment Director Tom Lonergan presented an annual report to the mayor and council at City Hall on Monday evening. The city distributed about $225,000 in Economic Development Opportunities Fund grants between July 2012 and July 2013, Lonergan said. The one-toone matching grants are designed to provide economic development incentives for eligible businesses that show potential for growth and provide stable employment. The 10 businesses that received

grants over the past fiscal year include biotechnology companies GeneDX and Lentigen, restaurants Yoyogi Sushi and Manhattan Pizza and food services provider Sodexo. Lentigen Vice President of Corporate Development James Meade said their $1,000 grant for job training was beneficial for the small business. “It was helpful to have the grant,” he said. “We could have paid for it, but it was an option that was available.” The businesses used the grants to help themselves or tenants recon-

struct, or “fit-up,” indoor space as needed; provide job training; comply with ADA standards; or demolish structures. The most popular grant was for tenant fit-up, which accounted for about $142,000 of the distributed grant funds. The city’s grants helped spur $2,016,271 in private investments made by those businesses, according to city documents. “This was a nice bang for the buck for the city, as well as the recipients,” Lonergan said.

The Economic Development Opportunities Fund was established in 2010. The city is seeking to make minor changes to the application requirements, including an extension of the build-out grant to encourage businesses to expand or relocate to a ground floor space on Main Street in the Kentlands. “We are continuing to look for ways where we can enhance the existing program,” Lonergan said.


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Montgomery County historically has ranked low in the number of deaths from alcohol and other drug overdoses, but a recent spike in heroinrelated deaths has officials alarmed. Seven overdose deaths have been tied to heroin use in Montgomery County since March, including six since the beginning of June, according to a news release Aug. 14 from the Montgomery County Police Department. The seven deaths equal the total in 2010-12 combined. The victims range in age from 19 to 45 and are spread throughout the county, according to the release. “To have seven in six weeks and seven in three years, that’s a big spike for us,” said Capt. Nancy Demme, director of the police department’s Special Investigations Division. Because of the increase, police have pooled their resources to try to create a “holistic” approach to solving the problem, she said. Narcotics and homicide detectives work closely to investigate the deaths, trying to determine where the heroin came from, as well as investigating the death itself. Demme pointed to increased efforts by the prescription drug industry to cut down on the abuse of their products, which they fear could drive more people toward heroin. When addicts run into problems getting prescriptions for legal drugs filled, they often turn to heroin because it’s more readily available, Demme said. But heroin varies widely in quality, rather than the controlled dosages of prescription pills, which can lead to a deadly mistake for some users. Overdoses don’t cover all of the deaths that come from heroin, said Raymond Crowel, chief of behavioral health and crisis services for Montgomery’s Department of Health and Human Services. Suicides or deaths in vehicle crashes while using heroin are related to heroin use, but are not part of the overdose statistics, he said. Last week’s announcement came less than a week after Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) met with officials from federal, state and local governments in Elkton to highlight the problem of deaths from drug overdoses in Cecil County and throughout Maryland. From 2007 to 2012, Cecil had the second-highest overdose death rate in the state, behind only Baltimore city, according to a release from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The death rate was calculated based on the number of overdose deaths per 100,000 residents, so jurisdicAdvertisement

tions could be compared fairly. Montgomery County has the lowest overdose death rate in the state during the same time period, according to the state report. As part of the state’s efforts to address the problem, both the state and individual counties have come up with overdose prevention plans, said Kathleen Rebbert-Franklin, acting director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, part of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Local jurisdictions will examine what data they haven’t mined, including that provided by treatment centers, emergency rooms, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and emergency medical services. “How do we want to use all these data sources?” RebbertFranklin said. The local response also will establish commissions to

review each overdose death to try to find common denominators to prevent future deaths, she said. Montgomery always has had a wide array of treatment options, ranging from preventive education to outpatient care, residential detox and aftercare that offers recovering addicts a chance to participate and engage with other people in recovery, Crowel said. He agreed that prescription drugs often are the first point of access to drugs because they’re more easily available. At some point, Crowel said, people often shift to heroin because it’s cheaper and users don’t have to go through doctors to get it. But the rise in heroin usage doesn’t mean prescription drugs aren’t still a major issue, Demme said. “That problem has not gone away,” she said.

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A former receptionist has been charged with conducting a four-year theft scheme while working in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say Joyce Saunders, 58, of Frederick diverted people seeking services from the sheriff’s office to her own business and charged them more for providing the same services, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Saunders is charged with conducting a theft scheme of more than $500. A criminal summons was issued Friday. Saunders was the receptionist who received requests from people who wanted the office to serve civil complaints and subpoenas, said Lt. Col. Bruce Sherman, assistant sheriff. Instead

of charging $40 for service of process by the sheriff’s office, however, Saunders would persuade people to instead hire her company to do the same thing for $80 to $100, the news release said. “They would ask her to arrange for service of process by the sheriff,” Sherman said. “She would then use some fictitious information to change their mind into hiring her to do the service of process at a higher fee.” The scheme went on from January 2009 to May, according to charges filed in Montgomery County District Court. Following a complaint, the sheriff’s office opened an internal investigation, Sherman said. James Shalleck, Saunders’ attorney, said she did nothing wrong. Shalleck said supervisors instructed Saunders to tell people asking for service of process that the sheriff’s office had a backlog and it would take three weeks to a month to serve the papers. If they couldn’t wait that long, Saunders would suggest a

private process server, Shalleck said. If they asked for the name of a private company, Saunders would give them the card for her business, Eagle Eye J Process Servers, he said. “If there was further discussion, it was not at the sheriff’s office,” Shalleck said. Saunders served the papers on her own time and charged clients a fee, like any other private process server, Shalleck said. If Saunders’ company had not provided the service, the client would have gone to another one, he said. “She’s terribly upset by this because she’s being accused of stealing money from the sheriff’s office, but these were services ... that could not be provided by the sheriff,” Shalleck said. A trial has been set for Oct. 7. A spokesman for the sheriff’s office was not immediately available to comment on whether there was a backlog Tuesday morning.


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Patrick Lacefield tells stories and sings songs about the Civil War to a small group Tuesday night at the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Lacefield is director of Montgomery County’s public information office when not performing as a living historian.

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With less than two months until enrollment opens under sweeping federal health insurance changes, Montgomery County is preparing its education, outreach, eligibility and enrollment services for nearly 222,000 uninsured residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Montgomery was one of two public health departments among a total of six partners selected by the state to serve as a “connector entity” in implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” Each connector entity will provide enrollment assistance to the uninsured and to small employers in its

region. Six regions were identified across the state. Maryland’s regional approach ensures that the state’s uninsured and underserved communities are provided with in-person assistance as the new health insurance coverage options become available in October, according to a news release from the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Maryland will offer insurance through the Maryland Health Connection, the statebased health insurance marketplace, and Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will provide enrollment services and assistance to residents, county spokeswoman Mary Anderson said. “We will be working here in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to identify and then to enroll all the eligible people in our region into these health plans,” Anderson said. Anderson said the county will be hiring about 40 full- and

part-time employees to serve as “navigators” and assistants who will aid and enroll residents in a plan. Residents will have options for enrolling in a health plan, including online, over the phone and in person through the services provided by the county, she said. To provide the navigators and education, the county was granted $7.8 million from the state and federal government for a one-year period, Anderson said. To reach residents in all corners of its region, Montgomery has subcontracted with community-based organization partners including: Prince George’s County Health Department, Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, Benefits Data Trust, Casa of Maryland, Community Clinic, Family Services, Interfaith Works, Korean Community Services Center of Greater Washington, Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care and Primary Care Coalition of

Montgomery County. To help answer questions, Anderson said the county’s new exchange website will launch this week and that the county will host a series of forums on the Affordable Care Act. The forums will provide residents the opportunity to learn about the insurance coverage and potential assistance available through Maryland Health Connection, according to a county news release. The forum schedule: • Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m., East County Regional Center at 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring. • Thursday, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Upcounty Regional Center at 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown. • Sept. 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Mid-County Regional Center at 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton. • Sept. 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Center at 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.

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Federal sequestration budget cuts likely had “some impact” on jobs declining by about 9,200 statewide in July from June, Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie said on Monday. The figures released by the federal Labor Department on Monday included a 2,400 loss in MontgomeryandFrederickcounties, those counties’ first monthto-month job loss since January. The public sector showed a 3,100

job loss in July, as private employers increased their overall workforce by 700. Statewide, private jobs fell by almost 5,000 and government positions declined by 4,300. The county figures were unadjusted, while the statewide numbers were seasonally adjusted. The July loss was the largest decline for that month in Maryland since an almost 11,000-job loss in 1991, according to federal labor figures. Montgomery and Frederick saw a 2,500 loss in July 2012. “Federal contractors do have to monitor sequestration and adjust their budgets,” Howie said. Normal summer employment cuts at educational institutions such as the University of Maryland system also played

a part in the job reductions last month, he said. But in July 2012, the statewide decline was held to about 4,200, and in July 2011, the state gained some 8,600 jobs, according to federal figures. Local employers cutting their work force last month included Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. About 2,400 civilian employees at Walter Reed, which combined into the former National Naval Medical Center in 2011, have been taking 11 unpaid furlough days since early July. Sequestration has forced billions of dollars in across-the-board cuts at federal agencies that started in March. Those furloughs caused some reductions in the number of operating rooms and other services at the military hospital, which treats

wounded soldiers. But the furloughs are ending, and services are “back to normal operations,” according to Walter Reed’s website.

Employers diversifying client base Judy Stephenson, small business navigator for the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, said she has not heard of any local contractors that have trimmed their work force lately. “I’ve heard from small businesses that have been diversifying their client bases to attract more private clients so they are not as vulnerable to federal government slowdowns,” Stephenson said. Planet Technologies, a Ger-

mantown information technology business, is among those diversifying more to the private sector. The company added some 44 employees between May 2012 and last May, Stephenson said. GovernmentcontractorMVM of Ashburn, Va., recently warned Maryland’s labor department it may lay off 106 workers in Silver Spring and College Park by Sept. 30 because of a possible contract loss. MVM provides security services for National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s facilities there. Bethesda hotel giant Marriott International is seeing some substantial reductions in its government conference and event meetings at hotels. Governmentrelated group business is expected to decline to 2 percent of Marriott’s overall group business this year from 5 percent three years ago, Marriott CEO Arne So-

renson said in a recent conference call. Bethesda defense giant Lockheed Martin plans to increase international business substantially to make up for any potential budget reductions on domestic programs such as the F-35 fighter jet, CEO Marillyn A. Hewson said in a conference call.

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Maryland’s unemployment rate last month rose slightly to 7.1 percent from 7.0 percent in June. July’s rate is preliminary and could be adjusted. County jobless rates for July are due to be released Friday. July’s statewide job loss was only the second monthly decline of 2013. Since July 2012, Maryland jobs have risen by 39,000, including almost 10,000 in health care and 8,200 in professional, scientific and technical services.

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A wrestler puts another in a headlock during one of Big Time Wrestling’s matches on Aug. 13 at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg.

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A few hours before he faced his competitor, wrestler Carlito Colon shared his strategy for the upcoming match. “I’m gonna use my body, you know what I mean?” said Colon, who looks capable of turning most people into a human pancake. “I’m going to make sure it’s glistened, make sure to give the people what they want. When I go out there, I want to make sure my body’s glistening, I’m flexed, and just put on a good solid performance.” Colon’s bravado — tinged with tongue-in-cheek humor — was a glimpse of what was to come in the wrestling ring on

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tling made its debut at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg, bringing with it a combination of goofiness, drama and athletic stunts. Under a darkening sky that had released a downpour of rain earlier, a crowd gathered ringside as well as in the bleachers of the fairground’s grandstand to watch about six wrestling


matches. Around 700 audience members paid $10 for a seat, $35 for ringside. The wrestlers, including both men and women, took on simultaneously heroic and ridiculous personalities who battled each other with exaggerated punches, high-flying doublefooted kicks and body-crushing leaps from the ropes. Matt Hardy — a 13-year veteran of World Wrestling Entertainment — said the group’s aim was to offer family-friendly entertainment for fairgoers. “It’s like watching a movie,” Hardy said of the storytelling in the matches. “Obviously you know it’s not all-the-way, 100-percent genuine, but as long as you watch it and have fun, you leave entertained, that’s what I’m shooting for.” Before the show, Hardy met the fans among what he described as the “small, intimate audience” at the fair. Zach White, 15, of Boyds, — a self-described “big-time wrestling fan” — got the chance to meet Hardy before the show. “He’s been one of my favorite wrestlers my whole life,” said White, who wants to be a professional wrestler himself and asked Hardy how he got his start in the sport. Big Time Wrestling promoter Terry Allen said the show

provides the combination of sport and entertainment characteristic of pro wrestling, with an added bonus. “I think the difference with this and the WWE is the fans get to meet the wrestlers up close,” he said. Colon said he enjoyed meeting people on the tour stops, including “crazy people, adults, kids, screaming women — the whole rotisserie of fans.” In the stands, the crowd played along with the wrestlers’ antics — cheering, booing and taunting. Seated in the stands with a friend, A.J. Parada of Manassas, Va., said Hardy was his favorite wrestler and that he has followed his career since the mid1990s. “It was pretty cool,” Parada said of meeting Hardy for the third time. “The first time I met him at a bar.” Gus Casanova of Germantown, who used to wrestle in the House of Pain Wrestling Federation, said he was attending the fair solely to see the show. While he was surprised at what he considered a good turnout, Casanova said he thinks pro wrestling is entertaining for many different people. “It’s almost like a soap opera for the men,” Casanova said.

One fairgoer wore a white T-shirt that said “Marine Mom” and listed her three sons in the Marine Corps on an ID tag Thursday at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Maureen Nelson’s sons were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan at various times with the Marine Corps. She attended the fair’s 65th year on August 15 -- Military Day. This was the third year active duty military personnel in uniform or with a valid military ID were allowed to enter the fair for free -- 618 members of the military took advantage of the opportunity, according to fair officials. While Nelson, from Sterling, Va., did not enter the fair for free, her sons would have. They live in Leesburg, Va., South Riding, Va. and her youngest son, Benjamin Nelson, 26, lives at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Cherry Point, N.C. “I was visiting my mother and father in Bethesda and we knew we wanted to come to the fair,” Nelson said. “I thought it was a good day to go because they were honoring our troops and I like to support that as well. Several food and game stations offered special discounts for members of the military.


During the day, Patty Alexander’s Popcorn in Paradise booth offered a $1 off each purchase deal for members of the military. They sell original and caramel kettle corn. “We did the same thing last year,” said Patty Alexander, from Cumberland, the owner and operator of the popcorn store. “We try to match the days of the fair, such as seniors day.” Eric Benoit, from Tennessee, who operates a balloon popping game at the fair, tries to offer members of the military special deals on the game. “If I recognize their cut and mannerisms I’m happy to give them a special discount,” Benoit said. “If they get one prize, I give the second prize half price.” There were several announcements on the loudspeaker throughout the day, thanking military personnel and welcoming them to the fair. A fire truck had a raised American flag at the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service information booth, where fairgoers could pick up free plastic fire hats and informational pamphlets. “We’re always looking to hire veterans,” said Leslie Maxam, the recruiting section manager for the fire and rescue service. “We’ve realized returning military are a good fit for us. We have an environment they fit in well with.” “Our hierarchy and terminology is similar to the military,” said Capt. Brent Hopkins with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.


Maureen Nelson wore a “Marine Mom” T-shirt to the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair on August 15. The day’s theme was Military Day. She has three sons in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Last year more military members attended the fair after 5 p.m., when the deal for them to enter free ended. “People were upset and trying to rush to get here,” said Julie McDonald, who works at the ticket sales booths. “A lot of them had to work until then.” This year the hours for military personnel to enter the fair for free were extended to midnight. “From the feedback we’ve received, it made a huge difference,” said Martin Svrcek, the executive director of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.


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Continued from Page A-1 more than 1 million square feet of commercial and office space and 1,350 homes, as outlined in the rezoning documents. “The only new plans are the construction of the new Old MacDonald’s Barn,” Svrcek said. The Montgomery County Agricultural Center owns the 63 acres. “The fairground is not for sale.” In June 2012, Gaithersburg leaders approved an application from the Montgomery County Agricultural Center to rezone the fairground. The zoning had been light industrial and changed to a mixed-use development zone, which means that residential, commercial, office and public use spaces can be built, according to city documents. The fairground is in a sought-after area — bounded by Interstate 270, and Md. 117 and Md. 355, major county thoroughfares. The city’s MARC station is only a few blocks away. A new development could include new on-ramps to the surrounding highways, according to city documents. The motive behind rezoning was simply to increase the value of the land, Svrcek said, and does not reflect any plans to move. The land is estimated at $14.41 million, according to Maryland State Department of

FACTS OF THE FAIR The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair ended its 65th season by topping its all-time attendance record by 10 percent, logging 220,000 visitors. Some other fun fair facts, by the numbers: n 833 — pigs snorted and snored overnight at the fair n 809 — poultry put their best feather forward for the judges n 173 — quilts were up for a “patch” on the back by fair judges n 2,050 — baby hats made by volunteers for Shady Grove Hospital newborns n 104 — clothing entries judged n 12 — toilets took the plunge in a best-decorated contest n 986 — photography entries captured a moment in time

Assessments and Taxation records. But that number might not yet reflect the increased value due to the change in zoning, said Trudy Schwarz, Gaithersburg’s community planning director. “They may not have updated the zoning,” Schwarz said of the state’s assessment, which is updated every three years. “They may base it more on the current use than potential use.” Schwarz said there has been no movement since last spring to follow up on the re-

zoning. “We certainly haven’t received any applications,” she said. Based on the testimony during the hearings, she said, “plans are way in the future.” What was passed is called a “bubble plan,” Schwarz said. It allows for a wide range of development but no specific layout. Montgomery County Agricultural Center Inc. is a taxexempt, privately operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose stated mission is to “promote the continuance of agricultural activities by providing facilities for agriculture related organizations,” according to its tax return. According to its 2011 tax return, the most recent available, the fair had $2.9 million in revenue, up from $2.7 million the year before, and “there were no tax liabilities for unrelated business income for the year ended December 31, 2011.” The Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds was purchased in 1949 for $12,500 and for 64 years has provided entertainment and food for hundreds of thousands of fairgoers. This year, more than 200,000 people were expected to show up to ride the Vortex, race hermit crabs and eat funnel cake. They won’t have to worry that this will be the last year, Svrcek said. “Cotton candy is not leaving Gaithersburg anytime soon,” Svrcek said.


Continued from Page A-1 county’s 2010 study. Chuck Tilford, president of the Greater Goshen Civic Association, said the right of way needed for a highway along the Alternative 4 plan could mean about 20 homes on the route could lose their wells or be forced to relocate them. The Alternative 4 plan would widen the corridor that includes Brink, Wightman, Snouffer School and Muncaster Mill roads. The corridor would become a four- to six-lane highway with a sidewalk and bike lanes, at an anticipated cost of $251 million. A handful of local residents who opposed Alternative 4 expressed concern about the fate of their wells at a public hearing about Midcounty Highway’s alternatives, held Aug. 7. The majority of the affected homes are along Brink Road, which borders the Agricultural Reserve, Tilford said. In 2005, the county council adopted a policy that prohibits new extensions of public water and sewer service in the reserve. The policy prevented a Montgomery County-based church from building a new 3,000-seat location on the north side of Brink Road, inside the reserve. But, some Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission facilities have already reached the Alternative 4 route. A housing community for seniors, Meadows Ridge, is located at the in-

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 z tersection of Wightman and Prathertown roads. The 28 housing units on the ten lots there are connected to WSSC through an extension from Montgomery Village, Tilford said. According to Montgomery County Department of Transportation Planning Manager Aruna Miller, well or septic service may be “impacted” at an estimated 20 homes along the Alternative 4 route. If that route is selected, the county would try to avoid changes to those systems by adjusting the roadway location or grading, but relocating the well or septic system may be unavoidable. If the well or septic system cannot be relocated within property lines, the county will consider connecting the home to WSSC’s system. Peggy and Denver Saunders’ home sits on Wightman Road and across from Meadows Ridge at the entrance to Prathertown, a small community established by freed slaves in 1883. The Saunders have lived in their well water-supplied home for 48 years. Peggy was born and raised in Prathertown. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think a four-lane highway ... would be coming through here,” Peggy Saunders said. According to Saunders, if Alternative 4 were to be built, she and her husband could expect to see a retaining wall in front of their home. Their well, situated in front of their home, could also be affected. Tilford said the residents of

Goshen, whose homes bear a Gaithersburg mailing address, want the county to evaluate the well and septic issue before the Midcounty Highway extension route is chosen. The Saunders say they support Alternative 9A, the master plan highway, since it would move traffic from Clarksburg more efficiently. If 9A is chosen for construction, a new four-lane highway would be built between the existing Midcounty Highway and Watkins Mill Road. Alternative 9’s three ending options, extending from Watkins Mill Road to Brink Road, would enter the Agricultural Reserve, run along Ridge Road, or create a new highway along the master plan route. The anticipated cost would be between $255 and $274 million. Alternative 9’s route would not require additional rightof-way along Wightman, Brink or Ridge roads, and would not affect wells in the Goshen community. With the roads in their community at their current two-lane size, Denver said, “I see the traffic backed up from my house down to Brink Road.” Peggy said she opposes Alternative 4 because of the consequences it would have for their home. “It’s the well, it’s the traffic, it’s the retaining wall. It’s a lot,” she said. For more information about the options for Midcounty Highway, visit the county’s website at corridor.

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Continued from Page A-1 members practiced in an open commons area of the hallway, teachers trained in the new media center to learn about the high-tech Promethean whiteboards in their classrooms. Senior Kelsey Semou said she was impressed with the size of the school, a factor she thinks makes it “stand out” in the county. While she has seen the building when it still was under construction, she said actually entering the school brought out a “wow” from her. “Just coming in, it’s a different feeling,” she said. “‘Cause you’re actually in the building, it’s your school.” The school includes a new gym, a new cafeteria, a gutted and renovated auditorium and two courtyards, among a series of other new or improved features. At the school’s entrance, a visitor immediately walks upon a large gold and blue “G” paired with the head of the school’s Trojan mascot decorating the floor. “When you come into the building, you certainly know whose house it is,” Handy-Collins said. The old building will be torn down but for the auditorium and a 9-year-old wing once called “J hall” that now has an added third floor, Handy-Collins said. The school’s hallways all have college-based names — helpful in the large building — including College Park Drive, Towson Terrace, Salisbury Parkway, Frostburg Freeway and Johns Hopkins Highway.


Continued from Page A-1 mercial space for a corporate campus. The second option would allow 300,000 square feet of commercial use and up to 300 residential units. Either option will require removing the existing buildings, said Rob Robinson, Gaithersburg’s long-range planner. Development would only begin after construction has started on the Watkins Mill Interchange, according to city documents. The new interchange will link two unfinished portions of Watkins Mill Road over Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg, less than a mile northwest of the Md. 355-Montgomery Village Avenue intersection. At the new interchange, drivers would be able to enter and exit I-270 from Watkins Mill Road. Public comments will be accepted on the humane society’s plan until the end of September. The mayor and council will further discuss the plan on Oct. 21. MedImmune requested changes to the zoning of an 8-acre segment of its campus at Orchard Ridge Drive, now occupied by an office building and parking lots. The former industrial zone will now be allocated for mixed-use development. MedImmune representatives

Before students enter the school with classes on their mind, teachers and others were familiarizing themselves with the new layout and the elements that came with it. For social studies teacher and football coach Kreg Kephart — and Gaithersburg High graduate of 1973 — the move into the new school marks a period of change and adaptation. “It’s like going from a little one-room schoolhouse to a great big Taj Mahal that’s built next door or something,” Kephart said. Kephart said he will trade the portable classroom he taught in for 15 years for a classroom he described as “spacious” with “beautiful” desks. He said he thinks the stadium field will be “comparable to none.” While teams are practicing on the field now, home games won’t start until the 2014-2015 school year, when construction on the area around the field will be complete. “The inconveniences that we went through the last couple years I guess are worth it in the long run when you look to see what we have once we finally get in here,” Kephart said. The $95.8 million school site still has a year left of its four-year construction process, Handy-Collins said. Richard Bosnic — who began teaching at Gaithersburg in the late 1980s and described himself as “an old dog learning new tricks” — said the school environment when he started and the environment now is “night and day.” For Bosnic, preparing for this upcoming school year has meant learning how to use the

said they are seeking “flexibility” for their Gaithersburg site, though construction is not currently planned. Gaithersburg’s council and planning department approved an amendment to the squarefootage limitations on MedImmune’s site in March, allowing expansion of its office space.

City OKs neighborhood investment grants The city has approved applications from 18 Gaithersburg communities for the Frederick J. Felton Neighborhood Matching

Promethean boards, which were only introduced into some classrooms in the old building and represent one of several technologies he sees changing how kids learn and how he teaches them. As the school community moves into the new building and becomes more deeply involved with the new technology, Bosnic said he doesn’t know how it will pan out but that it sounds exciting. “My guess is everything’s going to change dramatically,” he said. Chris Taylor was found Monday where he will be teaching his media productions class with the help of a studio space strictly for filming, updated equipment and several editing suites to make “Blue & Gold TV” come to life. “Our old studio, it was about the same size, but we also had all the computers in there so students were editing while other people were trying to film and it was very chaotic at times,” Taylor said. Among the athletes walking the halls on Monday, Damian Harkun, 16, said he was struck by the amount of space in the school and that he liked the building’s design. Though he had been at the school for football practice for several days, much of the campus still was new to him. “I haven’t even seen the whole building yet,” he said. “I’ve only been to certain parts.” Though the building marks a significant change for the school, Semou said she thinks the school community will remain much the same. “We’re still going to have that Trojan pride we always had,” she said.

Grant Program. Homeowners’ and condominium owners’ associations were encouraged to apply for city funds that would go toward improving the appearance or safety of their neighborhoods. About $70,000 will be awarded through the program this year. The projects range from community signage to lighting replacements, landscaping and a new dog run. Grant allocations were between $600 and $5,000 per community.


Continued from Page A-1 set by The Big Cheese’s operator, Ed Hogan. In all, 11,772 gooey, toasted sandwiches were sold this year. For Consumano, 25, the $3.50 sandwich lived up to its hype. “Grilled cheese is just the allAmerican food. I wouldn’t say I am a connoisseur but when I ate it I thought it was good,” she said, adding that this was her first trip to the Montgomery fair. “It made for an interesting Friday night.” She and her friend Ryan Hickox of Arlington, Va. hadn’t planned on grilled cheese Friday night but headed to the Big Cheese after hearing about the impending goal-breaking grill. “We were finishing our evening and heard the announcement about them having the grilled cheese record, we de-

cided we really wanted some knowing it was going to be soon,” she said. Moments later she was getting her picture taken with the sandwich and winning a T-shirt for her lucky spot in line. The five customers behind her in line also got a consolation prize— either a free funnel cake or ice cream from Timmon’s Concessions. Hogan said he had a good feeling about his chances of meeting his goal this year and the weather helped him do that. “Without the weather we might not have made it. I thought the record would fall on Saturday but the crowd on Friday was hungry and eager,” he said. This year’s fair crowd of 220,000 bested last year’s crowed by 10 percent, according to Marty Svrcek, executive director for the fair. In fact, The Big Cheese ran out of the Wisconsin sharp


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cheddar that makes their sandwich so good. Hogan said the fair used up all six of the 500-pound wheels. Customers for the final fair day could order some of the other cheese concoctions offered like the Maryland white cheddar from Chappel’s Creamery in Easton or goat cheese. “We will probably increase the amount of the sharp cheddar by 50 percent next year,” Hogan said. Next year The Big Cheese stand will turn 61. While Hogan isn’t sure about a goal for next year’s stand, he said it may have more to do with a pretzel and nacho cheese combo than the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. In the meantime, Hogan said he’ll continue to eat a grilled cheese sandwich once a week, as he prepares for next year’s fair challenge.

Obituary Joanne Tana Kinney “Jenny”


9715 Medical Center Drive, Suite 105 Rockville, Maryland 20850


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On Friday, August 16, 2013, formerly of Beltsville, MD, Beloved wife of the late Leslie J. Kinney; loving mother of Daniel L. Kinney, Christine (Richard) Bradford, Richard F. Kinney, Michael Kinney, Mary E. Cannon, and Dr. Joanne L. Kinney; sister of Vincent Tana, and Marietta Doran; grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 13. Preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Tana, and Frank Tana, and by three sisters, Concetta Cowen, Anne Harrigan, and Pauline Rogers. Relatives and friends may call at BORGWARDT FUNERAL HOME, 4400 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Rd, Burtonsville, MD on Wednesday, August 21 at 11 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2219 York Rd., Suite 302 Timonium, MD 21093. 1894312


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Stronger Diggs tacklesleadership role for Terps Good Counsel graduate chosen to lead Maryland football team as a sophomore





Northwest High School athletes take the Montgomery County Public Schools’ baseline concussion test on Aug. 14.

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University of Maryland, College Park football coach Randy Edsall can tell everyone how highly he thinks of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School graduate Stefon Diggs — and, don’t worry, he will — but Edsall would rather let outsiders draw their own conclusions. Edsall even challenged reporters to evaluate Diggs for themselves before Maryland opened fall practice. IF YOU GO “He’s gotten stronger,” Edsall said. “You can see it. n Good Counsel Just look at his arms when he vs. Gilman comes in today.” n When: 8:30 p.m. Diggs complied, wearing Friday a short-sleeve shirt and casually massaging his biceps n Where: Towson while answering questions. University’s Johnny But whether Diggs is Unitas Stadium physically stronger isn’t the n Tickets: $10 only proving ground for the star receiver this season. He’s n TV: ESPNews also attempting to prove he’s become a stronger leader. Last spring, Edsall named Diggs, a sophomore, to a 10-player leadership council comprised mostly of upperclassmen. “He’s a great kid,” Edsall said. “I love being around him. I love how he works. I love his competitiveness. And I love that he likes to accept the challenge. I think, for him, being a leader is another thing that he could look at, say, ‘Hey, this is a challenge, and I’m going to

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in concussion testing

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ired, moody, irritable, short attention span. Sounds like the typical teenager, right? Maybe, but these are also common concussion symptoms that can easily be mistaken for adolescent angst. Last week, thousands of Montgomery County Public Schools high school studentathletes underwent mandatory baseline concussion testing for the first time, a major step forward in providing awareness and education and ensuring the safety of the county’s athletes, said Dr. Michael R. Yochelson, the vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer for the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. In June, the Montgomery County Board of Education approved MCPS Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s proposal to provide baseline concussion testing at high schools


Northwest High School athletes take the Montgomery County Public Schools’ baseline concussion test on Aug. 14.

countywide. MCPS entered into contracts with MedStar, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, ATI Physical Therapy and Metro Orthopedics and Sports Therapy to administer the testing. Yochelson said MedStar will also provide each of its six assigned schools — Walt Whitman, Walter Johnson, Northwood, Sherwood, James H. Blake and Col. Zadok Magruder — with an athletic trainer and a physician. While many of her peers seemed indifferent to the testing — athletes were supposed to go before Aug. 14 tryouts — Thomas S. Wootton High School sophomore Emma Weinberg is a major proponent for it. A concussion knocked the junior varsity soccer player out of the sport for eight months last year. Weinberg and her mother Julie aren’t convinced the hiatus, which the teen said began to affect her emotional well-being, needed to be that long. But doctors had no baseline to work from. A concussion is a force to the brain that causes a change in neurologic function, Yochelson said. Most concussed individuals recover within three weeks, but some can experience prolonged symptoms that include headaches, dizziness, inability to concen-



Our Lady of Good Counsel High School graduate and University of Maryland, College Park sophomore Stefon Diggs (right) eludes a tackler after catching a pass during practice.

Montrose Christian hires basketball coach Mustangs select former pro player to lead its nationally-known program


Wootton a favorite to repeat as state champs Patriots return all four members of state championship team n



Allison Wong laughed when recalling last year’s fall pep rally at Thomas S. Wootton High School. She recounted the story, how everyone in the gym rah-rahhed for the football team and the state champion soccer team, how even the cheerleaders got a whoop or two. And then, when the golf team was introduced, Wong remembered her friends looking over at her, incredulous, asking: “We have a golf team?” Yes, and not just any golf team. It’s a 3A/4A champion squad, the first to topple Urbana in four years, finishing just seven strokes shy of Walt Whitman’s


in the state hiding in plain sight. It got so bad that, at one point, Shah, who shot a team-best 73-

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See MONTROSE, Page B-2

n Schedule n Today: Golf, field hockey, cross country. n Next week: Football. n Sept. 4: Boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, girls tennis.


Wootton High School golfers Allison Wong, Delaney Shah and Graysen Bright, practice Saturday at Needwood Golf Course. The rest of the starters — junior Justin Feldman, sophomore Delaney Shah, junior Graysen Bright — took note of their anonymity as well, the best golf team


Stu Vetter may have taken his 321 wins, his 2011 National High School Invitational title, his resume boasting more than 40 Division I college athletes and three that played in the National Basketball Association when he resigned in June, but don’t expect the Mustangs to take a step back. About two months after Vetter resigned, saying he wanted to visit his former pupils, the Mustangs hired Bryan Bartley from Hebron Christian Academy (Dacula, Ga.). “The hiring of coach Bartley shows our continued commitment to both academic and athletic excellence as a Christian school,” Montrose Christian Athletic Director Bill Vernon said in a news release. In addition to his duties as the basketball coach, Bartley will also serve as an assistant principal and director of advancement. Bartley played three years of college ball for Upsala and a professional season in Portugal from 1989-1990. He’s been on the marketing side of the sport with the Atlanta Hawks and the coaching side at the high school level for Landmark Christian (Ga.). He was also an assistant at Auburn for three years and a recruiting director for one. Most recently, Bartley was the athletic director for the past two years at Hebron. Now, he’s secured one of the country’s most prestigious names in high school hoops.


record of 596. Oh, and it featured three girls, an amount that none of the dozen or so coaches and officials asked last October could remember starting in a state championship, let alone to win while doing so. “Even with winning states, no one really knew who the golf team was,” said Wong, whose 146 twoday total was second on the team in the state championship. “Our school was all excited about the soccer team winning.”


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FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AVAILABLE FOR The National Institutes of Health Animal Center Master Plan Dickerson, Maryland. Pursuant to Section 102 (2) (C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1968, and in accordance with 40 CFR 1506.9, The National Institutes of Health has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the National Institutes of Health Animal Center Master Plan Dickerson, Maryland. The FEIS will be listed in the EPA Federal Register notice beginning August 16, 2013. A copy can also be found online at The waiting period for this FEIS will be offered for thirty (30) days and will end on September 16, 2013. Comments can be sent to Valerie Nottingham, Division of Environmental Protection, National Institutes of Health, Bldg13 Rm 2S11 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 or emailed to 8-21-13

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Four adjacent burial sites available at Parklawn Memorial Cemetery in Rockville, MD, beautifully wooded, landscaped, maintained Cemetery. Three sites can accommodate two burials per site (added Cemetery cost for second burial). $2500 per site or $7500 for all four sites, a fraction of Cemetery cost. Sites are located in Garden of the Way, Block 3, Lot 271, prime location in oldest part of the Cemetery. Contact: Jack Fenlon (704)726-3425




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CARE XPERT ACADEMY 13321 New Hampshire Ave, Suite 205 MORNING & EVENING CLASSES Silver Spring, MD 20904 Call: 301-384-6011

Grady Management, a leader in the property management arena, has the following positions open in the Gaithersburg area: G r o u n d s : PT position is avail. busy apt. community. This position will assist in maintaining the grounds, outdoor facilities, interior common areas, and will assist heavily in snow removal.

Central Station Monitor Datawatch Systems, Inc., a Bethesda based national access control company has immediate openings for FT monitors during the day shift (6:00am-2:00pm or 7:00am- 3:00pm). Need detailoriented individuals with strong customer service, call center, or data-entry experience. Candidates must have excellent verbal communication skills. Metro accessible. Exc pay and benefits. Visit us at Email; DCJS#11-2294. EOE/M/F/D/V Education

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Bethesda childcare center near Metro seeks loving and dynamic SENIOR STAFF teacher for our Infant Classroom. Call 301-654-9253 or email

Loader Operator Modern Foundations (Woodbine, MD) is currently seeking an individual for our excavation division. Qualified applicant will possess 6+ years of residential equipment operator experience with a track loader, skid steer loader, or backhoe. If interested, call 410-795-8877.

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Residential Treatment Center for severely emotionally disturbed children & adolescents. Seeking team oriented, focused individuals to help us meet our mission of quality care. Superior benefits, supportive atmosphere. Must be available for day and evening and some weekend shifts. Minimum of 60 college credits w/ 6 in psychology required. Entry level salary approx $31,000. Send resume to : John L. Gildner RICA - HR, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD 20850; Fax: 301.251-6815; or email to: EEO

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Become a Professional Chauffeur - We train! If you have a good driving record, know your way around and enjoy making people happy then we want to talk to you. Please join us Tuesday, August 27th, anytime between 11 am - 5 pm for our open house. 401K, benefits package, and bonuses provided! All applicants must be of the age of 25. RMA WORLDWIDE CHAUFFEURED TRANSPORTATION 11565 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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Looking for FT Maint. Tech for residential apt. community in Rockville, MD. Must have min. 3 years exp. in residential maintenance. Knowledge of plumbing, electrical, carpentry, HVAC exp and certification required. Must be available to take emergency calls on wknds. Health benefits available. Please fax resume with salary requirements to 301-424-1288. EOE

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



Sundance Vacations, a national travel co, in Washington DC is looking for enthusiastic team members. Earn $1000+ wkly. Health benefits, 401(k), paid vac and discount travel. No experience necesary. Will train. Evening and weekend hours. Call for an appt today: 1-877-808-1158

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Chimney Co. looking for exp’d. gas fireplace technician. Must be able to sell, repair, work as well.

Entry level to Experienced. Training Provided. High School Diploma, good math and communication skills required. No Experience necessary. Please email M/F/D/V EOE & E Verify




Land Development/ Construction Quality Control

3 301-388-2626 01-388-2626 • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. EOE

NEW Bakery-Café Opening HIRING ALL POSITIONS Panera Bread, your neighborhood bakery-café, is currently seeking ALL POSITIONS for our new Seneca Meadows location (in same shopping center as Wegman’s). We are looking for cashiers, sandwich/salad makers, prep associates, dishwashers and dining room crew as well as catering coordinators. Ideal candidates will be articulate and experienced in dealing with the public in a customer service capacity, bring lots of enthusiastic energy, and capable of multi-tasking. We have flexible full and part-time positions available for shifts ranging from early mornings and mid-days to evenings and weekends. We offer a competitive hourly wage and other employee benefits. To apply, please go to: for an application, search Hourly Associate Candidates and specify location 203777 Seneca Meadows. Qualified candidates will be contacted directly by the hiring manager. EOE GC3130

Volunteer Activities Coordinator

BA Degree in Social Science, Journalism or PR from an accredited college + 2 yrs experience directing & coordinating volunteer activities. Public relations, communication skills experience helpful; computer savvy a must. Position supports nationally recognized program for children & adolescents. Generous paid leave & MD State benes. Starting Salary $28 - $32,000 annually depending on experience. Send resume & cover letter to: JLG-RICA, HR, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD 20850 or Fax to 301-2516815 or email to EOE

Teachers & Child Care Staff Locations in Montgomery Co.

Teachers: Nursery, PS/PK and Infant/Toddlers. BS ECE or EE required. Child Care Teacher & Aides: Infant- School Age. Health, Vacation, Training, Retirement, Pd Holidays, Free Parking, FT/PT Send resume to: Fax 301 424-9477


Multiple locations in Montgomery County. Seeking dynamic and energetic person. Must have experience and be x-ray certified. Competitive pay and benefits. Please Call 301-977-3780 or email resume to


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


Work From Home

National Children’s Center Making calls Weekdays 9-4 No selling! Sal + bonus + benes.

Call 301-333-1900

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Thomas S. Wootton High School junior golfer Graysen Bright practices Saturday at Needwood Golf Course.

at the state tournament, was asked by four different people if she founded the team that year. “It’s kind of ridiculous, I think,” said Bright, who finished the tournament with a 163. “You hear about football, basketball, soccer, but golf? You hear ‘We have a golf team?’” So if winning a state championship with a team complete with what’s thought to be the most girls in the history of the tournament doesn’t get the Patriots any love at pep rallies, then what does? “The record,” Bright immediately suggested. “That’s our goal. And I talk to Allison all the time and we’re saying ‘We’re going to break that record.’” Coach Paul Williams and Feldman were more hesitant to speak of records and the like just yet. The ball, as any golfer knows, “can bounce the wrong way sometimes,” Williams said. But no

amount of modesty could keep the duo from speculating, if not just for a second. “I think with this group of kids, we’ll be able to contend again,” Williams said. “They’re all shooting under par rounds right now.” Feldman has been going particularly low, firing a 29 at the University of Maryland golf course, site of the state championship, in a qualifier for the Middle Atlantic Professional Golfers Association Capital Cup qualifier, which he would go on to help Team Maryland top Virginia. Shah, Wong, and Bright have also been consistently at or around par. An even-par state championship score would be 568, well under Whitman’s mark of 596. “It’s always good to have a little pressure,” Feldman said. “It makes you concentrate that much more. I think it’ll be good, it’ll help us. We definitely have the potential to break that record. There’s no reason we couldn’t.”


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Continued from Page B-1 trate, memory loss and sensitivity to light and sound, he added. Repetitive brain injuries can lead to severe depression, dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Baseline tests are used to assess an athlete’s balance and brain function, which includes learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention or concen-


Continued from Page B-1 “The only thing that I know is that Stu does a very good job,” Bartley said. “As far as I’m concerned, I want to continue the success that Montrose had. My top priority is to make sure the kids are prepared for the next level. I want to put things in place that allows them to adjust to the next level.”

trate, and quickness of thought process and problem solving. If a suspected concussion occurs, preseason results can then be compared to a similar exam. If there is a significant decline from the baseline, the athlete is likely concussed, Yochelson said. ImPACT (the software MCPS is using) testing is not a sideline examination, but should be administered once a student-athlete appears to be recovered or if there is question of ongoing con-

In his nearly decade and a half stint with the Mustangs, Vetter built a nearly incomparable system for preparing his athletes to make the transition from high school to college. Bartley, given his three years coaching and recruiting in the SEC, understands full well the challenges of not just prepping high schoolers for the college level, but the most effective means of getting his athletes recruited as well.

cussion symptoms, he added. If test results are abnormal, the test can be given once a week, but it is not recommended that it be done more often than that. Initial concussion diagnoses would likely be determined through the Standardized Concussion Assessment Tool at the time of the incident. Walt Whitman football coach Jim Kuhn said a major benefit of baseline concussion testing is that it takes coaches’





Bryan Bartley is the new boys’ basketball coach at Montrose Christian in Rockville. “There are still kids who want to come here, to Montrose,” he said. “To me, it’s a smaller scale of a college. It’s going to be pretty much the same thing I was doing at Auburn.” Bartley has his work cut out for him in replacing graduates Ishmail Wainright, now with Baylor, and Mark Williams, now with Temple, as well as transfers Therence Mayimba and Justin Robinson. But Montrose is still Montrose, and that name will perpetually carry

instinct out of the equation and leaves athletes’ safety in the hands of medical professionals. Yochelson said MedStar’s focus is to make sure athletes are provided appropriate management even beyond sports. It is also important, he said, for coaches and parents to be in tune to subtle changes in their charges and children. “When someone is concussed, they might need accommodations in the classroom.

a lot of weight in wooing talented high school players. “I think No. 1 is to get quality kids that focus on the mission of this being a Christian school,” he said. “Get the kids, bring in a quality coaching staff, finalize the schedule and I think that’s one, two, three. ... The windshield for the future is huge.”

They might not have a headache or dizziness, but they may have a little bit of cognitive slowing,” said Yochelson, who admitted no test is foolproof. After four months of isolation — Weinberg slept 14 to 16 hours a day, had no short-term memory and had extreme sensitivity to light and sound — she returned to school last January. Eager to get back to soccer, doctors decided to give her a baseline concussion test and approximated


meet the challenge. I’m going to exceed the expectations that people have for me.’ I think that’s the kind of kid he is.” Diggs said he deferred to leaders such as Blake Countess (Michigan), Zach Dancel (Maryland). Vincent Croce (Virginia) and Louis Young (Georgia Tech) at Good Counsel. Diggs doesn’t even remember how captains worked his senior year. But this summer, the Germantown resident said he benefited from having a leadership role thrust upon him. “You’re going to be more cautious on what you do and what you say and how you carry yourself,” Diggs said. “You want to make better decisions. You don’t want to make bad decisions, because people watching you want to do the right thing.” Once leading begins to come naturally to Diggs, he can focus on the field where he excels, setting an ACC freshman total-yardage record last season. “He’s a lot smarter than people think,” wide receivers coach Lee Hull said. “He’s very knowledgeable of the game. He does things to set people up, sort of little subtle things. I think most fans just see the big runs and stuff, but they don’t see how he sets them up to get the big runs, the big plays.” “He’s special. He’s got some special skills that you can’t teach.” On the other hand, Diggs is working on the skills he can learn. He admits, in hindsight, he didn’t weight train as much as he should have in high school. “When I saw a lot of people lifting weights, I saw a lot of people getting hurt,” Diggs said. “So I was a little scared of that, so I really just stuck to the track.” Of course, as evidenced by the arms he showed off recently, Diggs put his all into fixing that, just as he’s put his all into becoming a better leader. “You never worry about him in terms of his effort and everything that he’s going to do on the field,” Edsall said. “Now, I think with him becoming more of a leader, putting more responsibility on his plate, for him to do things for his teammates — I think those are things that are going to take him even further.”

1894747 what her scores might be given her status as a straight-A student. “[Emma] started feeling better but she would still test poorly,” Julie Weinberg said. “She was scoring in the bottom half and they just kept waiting for her scores to bounce back. But some people just don’t score well. You need to have a concrete tool in front of you that you can compare.”


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Montgomery County field hockey appears to be on the cusp of stepping into uncharted territories, or at least some not seen since the early 1990s. Any semblance of certainty has been thrown out the window. The days of “B-CC and everybody else” seem to be a bygone, a relic of the near two-decade-long Amy Wood reign. Now, as proven by last season’s playoff race in which Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School was upset by Thomas S. Wootton, which was then upset by Walter Johnson, while Poolesville made a run at the 2A state title and Sherwood was unexpectedly eliminated after an undefeated regular season, the theme leans more toward complete and total ambiguity at the top. “I don’t know what it is,” Poolesville coach Regina Grubb said. “It’s just a different time and era. There’s more competition. It’s changed a lot.” During Wood’s tenure at B-CC, from 1993-2011, the Barons accumulated 10 state championships in 16 tournament appearances, 277 wins to just 44 losses, and, at one point, nine consecutive Maryland titles. In short, B-CC was invariably the hunted, the team every coach starred on the schedule at the outset. These days, however, “you can’t just focus on one team or a few games,” Walter Johnson coach Erika Murray said. “Just about anybody can beat anybody. ... I think the playing field is starting to level out a little bit.” Contenders sprouted up all over the county last season, from Winston Churchill to Wootton, Walter Johnson to Sherwood, while the amount of competitive teams multiplied in droves (27 percent of last year’s reg-

ular-season games were decided by one goal or less while 10 went into overtime). The top was crowded, the fringe loaded with teams capable of upsetting anybody (e.g. 8-6 Walt Whitman beat undefeated Sherwood in the second round of playoffs). As for why the sudden parity in the system, Murray couldn’t pinpoint it exactly. She floated a theory that maybe more players are competing on the club level and the talent baseline has been slowly ascending. “I think the level of play around the county has increased tremendously and the schools that didn’t used to compete that well are becoming competitive,” Sherwood coach Amy Morse said. “It’s not just the typical schools that are great anymore. I think it’s a great thing, too. I think it really is motivating for the players to compete every game. It’s not just a few teams and everybody else, I think we’re starting to see some really great competition. It’s a wonderful cycle.” More than a dozen coaches responded to an informal Gazette poll asking which teams, private and public, they would consider the top five teams in the county. Given last year’s topsy-turvy nature, the results were expectedly scattered, with Walter Johnson, Wootton and Poolesville garnering the majority of the nods. Five years ago it would seem almost unthinkable to consider the notion that B-CC would be voted out of the top three. “Across the board,” Murray said, “this is the most talent I’ve ever seen in the county.” There was just one thing around the county that every coach spoken to agreed upon: Walter Johnson’s Anna Rowthorn-Apel. The top team may be uncertain. The top player is not. “She’s just a fun player to watch,” Grubb said.

KEEPING IT BRIEF Bethesda resident places fourth in canoe

Holton-Arms athlete wins national title

Bethesda resident Fabien Lefevre came just shy of winning his second medal on International Canoe Federation Slalom World Cup circuit with Saturday’s fourthplace finish in the C-1 (individual canoe) final of World Cup No. 4 in Slovenia. He finished a penalty-free round one-fifth of a second away from bronze.

Holton-Arms High School jumper Lisa Anne-Barrow leapt 18 feet, 9 inches at the Junior Olympic Track and Field National Championships, hosted by North Carolina A&T the week of July 22, good enough for national title recognition. Thomas S. Wootton’s Gwen Shaw helped lead the 400 relay team (45.24 seconds) to a championship as well.



n Montgomery Blair Blazers: Alexandra Fascione-Hutchins, Temi Ibirogba n James H. Blake Bengals: Nicole Lertora, Victoria Wolsh n Bullis Bulldogs: Sarah Holliday n Winston Churchill Bulldogs: Annie Moshyedi, Clare Nolan n Clarksburg Coyotes: Alexis Wong, Ashley Wong n Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets: Michelle Thomas, Anna Warfield n Good Counsel Falcons: Caroline Campbell n Holton-Arms Panthers: Tess Iannarone, Marisa Postal n Walter Johnson Wildcats: Anna Rowthorn-Apel, Hannah Teicher n Col. Zadok Magruder Colonels: Conni Dykes, Megan McGrew n Paint Branch Panthers: Molly Fers, Erin King n Poolesville Falcons: Madison Lamanna, Anna Murgia n Quince Orchard Cougars: Rachel Feidelman, Dani Tapiero n Richard Montgomery Rockets: Alex Bejean, Nicole Burchett n Rockville Rams: Elizabeth Barrett, Tara Whitney n Sherwood Warriors: Emily Kenul, Gabrielle Yore n Springbrook Blue Devils: Cassidy O’Hearn

Anna Rowthorn-Apel of Walter Johnson at field hockey practice on Monday.

The Gazette sports staff picks the winners for this week’s games involving Montgomery and Prince George’s football teams. Here are this week’s selections:

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Silver Oak at Pallotti Good Counsel vs. Gilman Riverdale Baptist at KIPP DeMatha at Phoebus (Va.)

Talented area teams reload for upcoming season NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER


Members of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School cross country team practice Monday at the fields on Meadowbrook Lane in Chevy Chase. nior Nora McUmber, Young only lost one senior from his top seven runners last season and spoke highly of several incoming freshman. One new addition outside of the new class is Helen Webster, who decided to forgo her senior year playing field hockey to run cross country. Young said Webster, along with Angelina Peterson and Amanda and Mara Cohen, will be counted on as seniors to help lead the group. A strong crop of runners return across the county, including six of The Gazette’s seven first team selections: Beakes, McUmber, Claire Beautz (Poolesville, junior), Sophie El-Masry (Richard Montgomery, sophomore), Taylor Kozam (Our Lady of Good Counsel, junior) and Lucy Srour (Winston Churchill, junior). On the boys’ side, the Wildcats will look to make it five titles in six years as Martin begins his 16th year of coaching. Despite graduating Nathaniel Rees, seniors Daniel Kosogof, Mathew Morris and Michael Spak return after all finishing in the top 25 at the county championships last season. “We’ve got a good little set of traditions on the boys’ side that works really well,” Martin said.


n Thomas S. Wootton: Alex Yokley



In high school sports, there are usually three types of championship teams. There’s the underdog school that rises out of relative mediocrity to win it all, then regresses a bit in the ensuing years. There’s the team that’s a culmination of the work put in by a particularly talented junior or senior class and wins a title or two. And then there’s the perennial powerhouse, the team that seems to reload year after year regardless of the circumstances. In Montgomery County’s cross country scene, Walter Johnson and Bethesda-Chevy Chase are the latter. Entering the 2013 season, B-CC coach Chad Young and Walter Johnson coach Thomas Martin once again appear to have their runners poised for success in what should be another competitive year of cross country in the county. Young’s girls’ squad enters the yearaimingtowinitsthirdstraight Class 4A state title after sweeping the county, regional and state meets last year while Martin’s boys’ team finished one win shy of capturing a fifth-straight 4A state championship after winning counties and regionals. “I think our girls’ team does a great job of taking it one practice at a time. Everybody’s happy to see each other again,” Young said. “They’re pretty in the moment and we have some really good leadership.” Led by junior Caroline Beakes, who won a state title on the Hereford course in 19 minutes, 17.4 seconds last season, and Gazette Player of the Year ju-

n Academy of the Holy Cross Tartans: Sandra Durbin, Kate Taylor n Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons: Helen Webster

B-CC, WJ run in front of pack BY


“Seniors are tasked with the responsibility of transmitting how much fun and how important it is to be a dedicated runner. It gets in their heads, they get excited and they want to be part of it. It’s the seniors from the year before that make that happen. They instill that importance.” At Poolesville, senior Chase Weaverling likely will be the athlete everyone’s trying to catch this year as he won a 2A West Region title last year and beat Will Bertrand, in the Montgomery County championship. At B-CC on the boys’ side, senior Peter Horton is recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery while Young said senior Alex Riishojgaard looks very solid in the early going. Meanwhile, the following schools and their top returners all could pose a significant threat to WJ: Walt Whitman (Evan Woods), Northwest (Diego Zarate), Quince Orchard (Ryan McCann) and Richard Montgomery (Stephen Alexander). “Like many teams, we have a bunch of kids who hope to be that special kid that makes a huge leap from the year before,” Martin said. “We’ve been fortunate in the past that we’ve had a lot of kids who step up.”

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Like many football linemen, Gaithersburg High School’s Anthony Combs throws shot put and discus for the track team. But, unlike most linemen, Combs also runs the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. His top times last spring, according to, were 12.94 in the 100 and 25.34 in the 200. “It’s a point of pride for me to go out there and show them I can keep up with everyone else, with the DBs and receivers,” Combs said. Gaithersburg football coach Kreg Kephart, whose

assistant, Adrian McDaniel, coaches the track team, said Combs has developed a running rivalry with fellow lineman Tinashe Gwashavanhu. “Whoever loses, they’ve got an excuse,” Kephart said. “‘I stumbled coming out of the blocks,’ or ‘He jumped out too fast.’ Don’t either one of them ever want to admit defeat.” So, who is faster? “Me,” Combs said. What would Gwashavanhu say? “I think he would agree that I’m faster,” Combs said. “Anthony is definitely faster now,” Kephart said. That’s not the only argument Kephart must resolve regarding Combs. Kephart rated Combs as the team’s best offensive lineman and one of its top two defensive linemen, but Kephart said he and his defensive coordinator have been fighting about who gets Combs


Gaithersburg High School lineman Anthony Combs lines up on Saturday for a play duriing team practice. this season. The player has a simple solution. “I think I’ll be starting both

ways,” Combs said. That would be quite the impressive physical feat by Combs, who’s only 5-foot-11

and 215 pounds. Just as he tries to prove he’s not too big for the track, he strives to prove he’s not too small for the line. “That kind of drives my whole play,” Combs said. “I have a chip on my shoulder that I’m kind of an undersized lineman. I can still keep up with everyone else and try to dominate.” How does Combs compensate? “He’s intelligent,” Kephart said. “He learns his assignments. He doesn’t make mental mistakes. He blocks where he’s supposed to block. He goes where he’s supposed to go. No. 2, he’s athletic. And he’s tough. He’s tough, and he’s strong. All those things all work together on his behalf.” Combs’ stature has limited options to play at the next level. He said he’s in the process of applying to University

of Maryland, College Park, Towson University, University of Pittsburgh and James Madison University for purely academic reasons. Still, he hopes a smaller football program will consider him and at least provide another option. “After the season is over, if he has a good year and we have a good year, it wouldn’t surprise me if some [Division II] schools come around and take a look at him,” Kephart said. “He’d be a hell of a D3 football player. For now, Combs is beginning to accept that his football career might end after this season. “The fact that, just the possibility that, I might not play football ever again just makes me want to give it all this year and really make the most out of the season,” Combs said.

Churchill moves on after losing its running back BY


Winston Churchill High School football coach Joe Allen hasn’t had much time to process the loss of Malik Harris as the season quickly approaches. Allen said he got an anonymous phone call a couple weeks ago that said the senior running back had enrolled at Friendship Collegiate Academy. But Allen wasted no time answering questions about the shakeup, repeatedly responding before the query ended. How will Churchill adjust after planning on Harris being a significant part of the tea—? “Of course, you’re planning on it,” Allen said. “But at the same time, Blake Dove has


Winston Churchill High School football coach Joe Allen confirmed that last year’s starting running back, Malik Harris, has left the Potomac school. worked his butt off. He’s taken every rep in the offseason. The kid’s work ethic is second to

out that much,” Dove said. “So, when it comes down to the season, it’s full speed for me. I’m not going to be tired.” Dove won’t be the only way Churchill replaces Harris, who didn’t return a message seeking comment. Friendship Collegiate also didn’t respond to an email requesting confirmation of Harris’ transfer. Sophomore running back Andrew Zuckerman moves up from junior varsity, as does junior running back/slot receiver Marquette Lewis. And Allen believes Churchill’s can also compensate with another player in the offensive backfield. Sophomore quarterback Sean Strittmatter transferred after starting for Our Lady of Good Counsel High School’s junior varsity team last season. He’ll be competing with sophomore Colin Smyth, who was Churchill’s backup junior varsity quarterback last season before growing a few inches,


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gaining 20 pounds and earning rave reviews for his offseason work ethic. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a kid improve as much from their freshman year to their sophomore year, especially given the fact that he didn’t play much as a freshman,” Allen said. Put it all together, and Allen is more than satisfied. “We have multiple threats,” Allen said. “We’re not a team that was going to go in with relying solely on Malik Harris. We feel like we’ve good players that can contribute. “Of course, we’ll miss Malik. But his parents did what they felt was in his best interest, and I have to respect that. At this point, we’ve moved on as a team, and our team is very confident with the kids we have.” 1890471

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none.” So, more carries now for Do—?

“No question about it.” Harris ran for 900 yards and eight touchdowns on 144 carries last season (6.3 yards per carry), and Dove ran for 265 yards and three touchdowns on 65 carries (4.1 yards per carry). Dove proved his ability to handle the rigors of every-down play, starting at linebacker as a freshman for Seneca Valley High School in 2011. “He’s the type of guy that wants it,” Allen said. “When you get a young man that actually wants to accept that role, that’s half the battle.” Dove said he initially didn’t believe Harris’ texts relaying his plan to transfer to Friendship Collegiate. But once Dove got past that surprise, he said he realized he needed to work even harder on his conditioning. At a recent practice, a couple of teammates even told Dove he looked fatigued. “We haven’t really worked




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Dig In Baseball wins USSSA World Series Team featured on ESPN3, takes home Elite World Series crown n



A few years ago, a collection of eighth and ninth graders playing travel baseball could have only dreamed of having one of their games broadcasted by ESPN. More likely would have been a scenario where a few parents shot some grainy, between-the-fence footage to commemorate the momentous occasion. But when Dig In Baseball’s 13-andunder team won the United States Specialty Sports Association’s Elite World Series at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla., in early August, it created a memory — ESPN3 broadcasted the game live online — that will last a lifetime. Dig In’s 13U team, wrapping up its first full year in existence, went 8-0 among a 32-team field at the USSSA national tournament and in the process, beat Gulf Coast Elite, 13-6, after trailing 4-0 in the championship and finished the year ranked 10th nationally by and 12th by “I think they got that Big League experience, kind of like their Sunday Night Baseball moment with a former Major Leaguer [Mike LaValliere] calling the game [along with Kevin Corke] with play-by-play, on field-interviews and everything like that,” said Dig In coach and


Dig In Baseball’s under-13 team won a USSSA national championship in Orlando, Fla. co-founder Will Frazier. Frazier played baseball at the University of Maryland, College Park and scouts for the Kansas City Royals, and it’s that kind of expertise throughout the organization the he feels sets Dig In apart. Throughout the year, his club played in tournaments beginning in March and running through the World Series. “We try to expose our kids to the

toughest competition,” Frazier said. “We went to Myrtle Beach, Rocky Mount, Virginia and Florida. We wound up playing 60-70 games and practiced twice a week at Watkins Mill High School, trying to expose our kids to the best competition we could find.” Some of the players who led the team to a title included left-handed pitcher Ethan Forbes, who led the team in home

runs and steals, third baseman Gabe Levine, who led the team in RBI and is entering ninth grade at St. John’s College High School this fall, and A.J. Javitt, who played outfield and pitched. In the semifinals, Dig In rolled over another national powerhouse in Sports55 Elite, 7-0. Dig In features a blend of players from mostly Montgomery County, but also Frederick and Howard Counties.

While Maryland isn’t frequently thought of as one of the better baseball states in the country, especially when compared to Florida, California and many Southern states, Frazier feels his club proved something in Orlando. “I tried to get the kids to buy into playing for yourself, your family, your organization and your state,” Frazier said. “Speaking in general terms, I think we definitely flew under the radar with the southern teams taking northern team for granted a little bit. “But at the end of the day, after winning those eight games, we definitely earned a lot of respect.” Dig In receives help and support from a number of parents, including from utility infielder Reagan Mills’ father, Shawn, who said that Dig In was a team in the truest sense. “Everybody brought something to the table and when you put it all together, we were able to bring a really good, solid team together,” Mills said. Frazier said the lasting image that will stick with him from the championship game will be when J.P. Walsh squeezed the final out in left field, which set off a wild celebration underneath the picturesque Florida summer sky. “I’ve been super excited,” Frazier said when talking about the progress of Dig In Baseball in two short years. “It’s been a lot of hard work. I think the biggest thing is to continue to push and continue the amount of time and preparation that goes into it.”

Clarksburg boys’ soccer begins new era with second coach Edwards learned from his mentor and Coyotes former coach Spoales




Michael Edwards first met Jeremy Spoales when he was a seventh grader at Banneker Middle School. Spoales was Edwards’ teacher at the Burtonsville school and the pair remained together all the way through 12th grade, when Edwards graduated from Paint Branch in 2006. Spoales was also Edwards’ soccer coach during that time period. Seven years after graduat-

ing high school and a year after serving as Spoales’ junior varsity boys’ soccer coach at Clarksburg High School, Edwards is taking over for his longtime mentor. Edwards is the second boys’ soccer coach in Clarksburg history as Spoales had been the coach for all seven years since the program’s inception, winning a 3A state title in 2009. Spoales said he’s stepping down to spend more time with his three young boys at home, who are of the age where they’re beginning to play soccer. He will, however, still serve as a club coach with the Potomac Soccer Association. “It was very hard because the group coming back is a phenomenal group of kids,” Spoales said of his decision to step down. “It seemed like the right thing.

My wife and I talked extensively about it. Having three boys at the age that they’re starting to play, it’s time to raise my own boys into men.” Which leaves the Coyotes in the hands of Edwards, who steps into his first varsity coaching job with a veteran roster at his disposal. “The nice thing is that him having coached me for so many years, it’s still the same kind of concept of building the program, having a tight-knit family atmosphere,” Edwards said. “There’s a lot of things I’ve learned from him and it’s cool that I got a year to develop under him and coach JV. I got to know a lot of the boys last year whether they were on JV or just by being around, so it made it a

lot smoother transition because they knew who I was.” Said Spoales of Edwards: “As long as I’ve been in the county, he’s been there with me.” A relatively inexperienced Clarksburg side finished last season with a 3-9-1 record, with wins against Watkins Mill, Damascus and Col. Zadok Magruder. This year, Edwards, 25, said the schedule is easier than it was in 2012 and he plans to adjust his formation based on

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the week’s given opponent. “It helps also being a new coaching and I have a ton of seniors who I can look at and say, ‘Let’s get this going,’” said Edwards, who played at Hood College. “They could be very scary good this year. We have a strong offense and a lot of senior leadership on defense.” Edwards said he believes in having his team practice as hard as possible so that the games become easier to manage than

a particularly intense practice. The Coyotes open the 2013 regular season on Sept. 10 at home against Watkins Mill. “It’s kind of cool that I’m taking over for my mentor and coach growing up,” Edwards said. “We talked about doing it for more years, but we got one year to work together as coaches. It’s cool to be able to take over the program.”

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Good Counsel girls’ soccer team just reloads Dorsey sisters could be one of county’s most dangerous scoring tandems n


It’s easy to focus on what the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School girls’ soccer team will be missing this fall: Harvard University recruit and the program’s all-time leading scorer, Midge Purce (101 goals). But in no way will the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion three of the past four years be short on talent in 2013. In fact, the Falcons look to be even more dynamic.

“You just end up playing a different game,” longtime Good Counsel coach Jim Bruno said. “Midge was such a demander of the ball and people gave it to her. It just means we will play a little different style, I think we’ll spread the ball a little bit more.” At the heart of what looks to remain a quite productive offense are two sisters, senior four-year starter and U.S. U-18 National Team forward Imani Dorsey and sophomore Nia. The two were only able to share the field for six games in 2012 before a severe concussion sidelined the elder sister, a Duke University recruit. But it became abundantly clear that their playing styles complement each other, Bruno said. “It’s awesome, they’re definitely connected on the field,”

senior goalkeeper Megan “Stu” Hinz said. “It’s so apparent, we were at tryouts playing smallsided games and those two are just making passes around and everyone is just like, ‘Ah, the sisters are assisting each other!’” Purce’s scoring capabilities garnered much attention the past four years, as they should have. But when she scored a county-high 30 goals in 2011, Imani Dorsey still managed 22 of her own. While it will be nice for the Falcons to know they have a strong scoring option in Imani, Bruno said, putting numbers on the board won’t be her only role. The elder Dorsey is a playmaker in the midfield with impeccable field vision and a knack for finding teammates in open space. Nia’s strength

is finding and making runs to those seams in opponents’ defenses. “Imani has all the tools in the chest. I’ve been here 26 years and she is the most complete player I’ve seen,” Bruno said. “Nia is what I call a slasher type. She makes these great angle runs. You see this situation where Imani knows exactly what Nia is going to do and Nia sees her sister get the ball and makes these runs that are really just timed to match right up with her.” With Imani sidelined for the majority of 2012 and Purce out for several games due to U-17 National Team duties, Nia Dorsey stepped into a more prominent role even as a freshman. She tallied eight goals and assists last fall and Bruno said it is already obvious early that

she is no longer worried about overstepping her bounds playing alongside older players. Imani will have several players to dish the ball out to in addition to her sister. Last year’s second-leading scorer, senior midfielder Courtney Parr (nine goals, three assists) and sophomore forward Nicole Bautista are among them. If anything, Good Counsel’s backline has more questions to answer after losing two major cogs in Jordyn Brock and Caroline Kimble. Returners Maddie Pack and Karli Cirovski will have to step into more vocal roles as communication is integral to a team’s defense, Hinz said. The traditional stingy Falcons defense has nothing to worry about with Hinz in net, though, Bruno said.

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It’s one thing when a school is particularly pleased with its hiring of a new field hockey coach. It’s another thing entirely when the biggest rival of said school — in this case, the hiring was done by Academy of the Holy Cross — is genuinely thrilled for the program as well. “That’s awesome!” exclaimed Our Lady of Good Counsel High School field hockey coach Theda Bagdon upon hearing that former Walt Whitman coach Lindsey Weller had been called in to replace longtime Tartans’ coach Jenna Ries. “That’s a huge score for them.” Ries built the program into

something of a dynasty, claiming the last five Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles, four of which by toppling Good Counsel in the championship game. The Falcons were just five minutes from ending the streak last October, but a late rally from the Kate Taylor-led Tartans added one more Holy Cross engraving to the monstrous WCAC trophy. “Yeah, I think there is some pressure for sure,” Weller said of filling in for Ries. “I think it would be naïve to think there isn’t. At Whitman, I was kind of building something, so this is a different challenge for me. It was still a really tough decision for me because you build relationships with the kids and the parents, but I think this was the right decision for me.” As with any coaching change, especially at a powerhouse such as Holy Cross, there are bound to be some bumps along the way.

But if there’s one person who can make a smooth transition from a Ries-headed program to a slightly different style, it’s a person who formerly played under Ries as both a lacrosse and field hockey player, which Weller did as a high schooler at Quince Orchard. “We have a lot of similarities in how we coach and I think I’m going to bring my own strengths to the table,” she said. “I take pride in how I coach. I would describe myself as an intense coach, motivated, caring and definitely field hockey-oriented.” As a coach with the Jackals club team over the summer — which Ries also coaches for — Weller has already begun the process of developing chemistry with nearly half her team and is familiar with their styles of play, and how they respond to certain critiques and criticisms. One of those athletes happens to be

Taylor, a first team All-Gazette selection as a freshman last year who scored the overtime gamewinner against Good Counsel in the WCAC championship. “She’s a pleasure to coach and I’m really excited,” Weller said. Weller’s mission is not just to top the Falcons, either. There is a budding St. Mary’s Ryken team, a competitive Elizabeth Seton squad and an increasingly difficult WCAC schedule to navigate. But, as Bagdon said, “it’s Holy Cross. Their girls are just extremely athletic. They’re going to be an extremely strong team and they’re extremely talented so I think they’re going to be just as strong of a team as always. Even though Jenna’s not there, they’re still going to be Holy Cross.”


Last year marked the first time Imani and Nia Dorsey shared the field as teammates, though the time was shortlived. The two said they are looking forward to more time on the pitch together in what could be their last opportunity to play competitive soccer together. “I was so proud of [Nia last year], but I wasn’t surprised [by her success] at all,” Imani Dorsey said. “She’s a fantastic, strong player and wonderful, poised person. She had it in her all along. It’s great to be able to play together because we haven’t been able to before. We can read off each other just because we’re sisters, we know how the other one plays.”

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HEALTH CALENDAR THURSDAY, AUG. 22 Learn to Understand Your Anger, from 7-9 p.m. at

Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Understand your anger style, its triggers and the impact on your health. Discover healthy and practical techniques for managing your anger in everyday situations. Not appropriate for court referrals. $20.


Weedon Guy, Pearce John and Kimberly Guy and Frederick and Deborah Pearce announce the marriage of their children, Jennifer Guy and Jacob Pearce, on July 20, 2013, at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt. The bride attended Seneca Valley High School and graduated with a degree in elementary education from Towson University. She is now teaching elementary school in Montgomery County. The groom attended Washington Christian Academy and graduated from Liberty University with a major in psychology and a minor in criminal justice. He is now a manager at a local establishment. The couple honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico, and they are now residing in Montgomery County.

Gentle Yoga for Seniors, from 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays, Aug. 23 to Sept. 27, at Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Tone muscles, improve balance and increase circulation with gentle yoga for seniors. Taught by an instructor from the Mindfulness Center, gentle yoga offers several health benefits while relaxing the mind and body. Dress comfortably. Please bring yoga mat and blanket. $70. Lamaze Techniques, from 7-9:30 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Program will explore ways women

Perry and Linda Weedon recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a family gathering crab feast and shrimp boil in New Market. They were married at Ascension Lutheran Church in Landover Hills on July 6, 1963. They have three sons, Todd and wife Gina; Brett and wife Lynn; and Brooke and wife Sabrina; eight grandchildren and one more on the way. The children and Linda’s mother, Helon, who is 93, also surprised the couple with a cruise gift certificate. The Weedons have lived in Rockville for 45 years.

can find comfort during labor and birth. Learn about breathing patterns, position changes, relaxation techniques, and massage. Both mother-to-be and partner will learn strategies that will enhance the progress of labor. Required: 75-centimeter exercise ball, two pillows and a floor mat. All classes taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. (Note: Complements any childbirth class. You must have completed your childbirth class prior to this class.) $60; Registration required. 301-7748881.

SATURDAY, AUG. 24 Home Alone, from 9 a.m. to noon at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Class helps prepare 8- to 11-year-olds to spend brief periods of time alone. The Home Alone class will provide skills to help them be safe when there is no adult supervision including answering the door, telephone, calling 911, making a pizza bagel in microwave, and other helpful tools. $35; Registration required. 301-774-8881. www.

RELIGION CALENDAR ONGOING Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,

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


Guzauskas, Carothers Elizabeth Guzauskas and Jonathan Carothers announce their intention to marry. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Guzauskas of Gaithersburg. The prospective groom is the son of Mrs. Mary Ricketts and the late Mr. Orville Carothers, formerly of Gaithersburg. The couple are graduates of Montgomery County Public Schools. Johnathan Carothers is employed by Specialized Engineering of Frederick. The couple currently resides in Mount Airy. They plan to marry in August 2014.


Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old

George Dorsey and Doris Ward Unglesbee of Gaithersburg celebrated their 60th anniversary May 19, 2013, surrounded by friends and family at Neelsville Presbyterian Church in Germantown. The Unglesbees were married May 16, 1953, by the Rev. Albert W. Lentz at Neelsville’s historic white chapel, which they revisited for the occasion. The celebration included a favorite hymn, “In the Garden,” by Neelsville’s sanctuary choir; prayers of thanks by the church’s senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Pete Della Santina, and associate pastor for discipleship, the Rev. Andy Nagel; and family recollections. A reception followed in the newly remodeled Sabbath Building. George Unglesbee was born and raised in Germantown, and Doris Ward Unglesbee was born and raised in Comus. They met on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad while commuting to their jobs in Washington, D.C., and Rockville, respectively, thanks to a conductor who introduced them. Doris joined Neelsville in 1953. George joined NPC in April 1939, making him Neelsville’s longest-standing member. Their children — Steve of Annapolis; Sally Long of Hyattstown; and Sandy Hutto of Clarksburg — were raised in and married at the church. The Unglesbees have six grandsons, Jonathan, Jeffrey and Matthew Unglesbee; Timothy Long; and Kyle and Wesley Hutto; and two granddaughters, Leah Hutto and Allison Long, ages 18 to 28.

Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Childcare is provided. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email

Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service

Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301-421-9166 or visit “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit

The Gazette prints engagement and wedding announcements, with color photographs, at no charge, as a community service. Copy should be limited to 150 words and submitted in paragraph form. Announcements are subject to editing for space. Please include contact information, including a daytime telephone number. Photos should be professional quality. If emailing photos, file size should be a minimum of 500 KB. Wedding announcements should be submitted no later than 12 months after the wedding. Send to: The Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, or email Montgomery County celebrations are inserted into all Montgomery County editions.


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at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with Children’s Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and adult’s Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-8817275. For a schedule of events, visit


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