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Tenants, businesses, watchdogs, parents and more, records study shows BY

ANDREW SCHOTZ STAFF WRITER

Last year, the public asked local government bodies for copies of employees’ salaries, property inspection reports and information about a mysterious 1990 homicide. Motorists who received tickets from cameras pointed at their vehicles were an active subgroup, requesting information to help them fight their tickets. Watchdogs sought copies of expense reports showing how school system officials were spending

taxpayers’ money. Much of it was public and available through a simple request, under Maryland’s sunshine laws. Sometimes, the records were considered private and the request was denied. Maryland’s Public Information Act guides the release of public records. Local residents, law firms, out-of-state businesses and journalists filed hundreds of PIA requests last year with government bodies in Montgomery County. This year, The Gazette asked Montgomery County, Montgomery County Public Schools and 19 municipalities within the county for copies of all of the PIA requests they received in 2013. The newspaper asked for a copy of each request, the government’s reply and, when feasible, the information that

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Montgomery County men’s competitive softball league teammates practice Sunday afternoon at Kelley Park, a city park in Gaithersburg. Ryan Wozniak of Montgomery Village pitches to C.J. Franceski of Olney as their teammates await the fly balls.

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It’s an annual rite of spring when baseball players take to the diamond for spring training. Well, Mother Nature apparently is not a fan of spring sports. Spring may start Thursday, but due to the harsh, wet winter that’s been hanging on through March, the county’s athletic fields, including local

parks, elementary and middle schools, are closed to teams that ordinarily would be starting their spring play now. Those fields have beckoned to players, as warmer weather crept into the county Friday and Saturday. But those same inviting fields found themselves blanketed by up to 10 more inches of snow Monday morning. The restriction will be reassessed daily but is in place to prevent surface damage, according to the county. The decision affects all the county’s

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Kelvin Choi and Silvia Choi, 3, of Gaithersburg watch Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Gaithersburg. For more photos from the annual celebration, see Page A-11.

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Residents in Gaithersburg’s Deer Park community have grown increasingly concerned that their once quiet neighborhood across the street from Gaithersburg High School has become a crowded and often noisy parking lot for students.

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Tulip Drive homeowner Margaret Bielecki said the student parking near her home first became an issue in mid-2011, and has continued to cause a variety of problems ever since. “It’s continuing to get out of control all the time,” she said. The parking predicament likely stems from the modernization and restoration project taking place at the school at 314 S. Frederick Ave. While the modernization phase is over, the restoration part has not yet been completed. The new Gaithersburg High building is

finished and opened to students in August 2013, but parking lots and athletic facilities are still under construction as the remnants of the old school are being removed, according to Dana Tofig, spokesman for the school system. The project started in spring 2011. Finding street parking for residents in the neighborhood has become tricky, Bielecki said, because the students’ cars steadily line the road. For some who live on the street, it has become difficult to pull

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Girl gives gift of education to Ugandan students For her ninth birthday, Olivia Cox of Derwood asked her family

and friends for one “gift”: a monetary donation that would be used to buy school supplies for students at a Ugandan elementary school. Based on her mother’s “onethird rule,” Cox saved one-third of her birthdays earnings, spent the second third on a gift for herself and donated the last third to the less fortunate. Ten notebooks and two pens were delivered during the second week in February to first- and second-graders at Uganda’s Bugomora Primary School as a result of Olivia’s efforts. “I was pretty excited,” she said. “I really wanted to get involved and help them get an education.” Since donating the first batch of supplies, Olivia has continued to gather more by collecting pencils and erasers. She said she will soon send them over, too. Olivia, a third-grader at Brookewood School in Kensington, is following in the philanthropic footsteps of her mother, Anita Mpambara-Cox, who founded the Mpambara Cox Foundation. That

foundation provides basic needs and supplies to African children through partnerships between primary schools in Africa and the U.S. Mpambara-Cox said she started the foundation, in part, because she wanted her children to grow up with an appreciation for everything in their life. “I thought that the best way to do that would be to link them in an authentic way to children who have very little, and in that way, would make them perhaps evaluate what they had and also learn that you don’t have to give a lot to make a difference,” she said. “You can give a little and a little can go a long way.” The next task Olivia wants to conquer is to buy the Ugandan students school desks. Currently, the students sit on a bench in the classroom and must kneel on the floor when they need to use the bench as a writing surface. “I’ve had this dream for a long time now,” Olivia said, adding that she plans to ask her own school for help and hold a lemonade stand when the weather warms up to raise funds. For more information or to get involved, visit mcoxfoundation.org or email info@mcoxfoundation.org.

In the service Air Force Airman Avery R. Frink has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland. Frink completed an intensive,

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For her birthday, Olivia Cox, 9, of Derwood is donating these pencils and erasers — plus other school supplies she is collecting — to students in Uganda through her mother’s Mpambara Cox Foundation. eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. By completing basic training, Frink earned four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Frink, a 2012 graduate of Mount Airy Christian Academy, is the son of Geoff and Connie Frink of Gaithersburg.

Street reconstruction scheduled this month Gaithersburg’s Department of

Public Works will conduct street reconstruction on a portion of Quince Orchard Boulevard from Diamond Drive extending about 600 feet east beginning the week of March 31. The work will include removal and replacement of existing curb, gutter, sidewalk and pavement. Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and is expected to last about two months, weather permitting. Residents can check the city’s website, gaithersburgmd.gov, for status updates. For more information, contact Upton Reed at 301-258-6370 or publicworks@ gaithersburgmd.gov.

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CORRECTIONS The 2014 All-Gazette section in the March 12 edition had the wrong heading. The honors were for boys’ swimming and diving. A March 12 article about Adderli Jose Cruz-Rosario’s plea agreement on child sexabuse charges misspelled the name of Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl A. McCally. A March 12 article on personalized learning in county schools gave an incorrect title for Samantha B. Cohen. Cohen is a coordinator in the office of Kimberly A. Statham, deputy superintendent of teaching, learning and programs for Montgomery County Public Schools.

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LOCAL Police taking heat for I-270 shutdown strategy Gaithersburg

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Guns drawn, police paced between stopped cars on southbound Interstate 270, a signal to trapped motorists that this was no ordinary morning traffic jam. Minutes before, a Rockville bank was robbed. A GPS indicator in the bag the teller handed the robbers let police know they were headed south on I-270 and were near Tuckerman Lane. For police, the next decision seemed like an obvious one: Shut the interstate down, and catch the suspects. So on March 11, Maryland State Police’s Rockville barrack made the call to shut down I-270 just south of Montrose Road to just north of the Interstate 495 split. Police said the decision paid off. Three people were arrested. Weapons and nearly $13,000 in cash were recovered. And most importantly, police said, no one got hurt. But some people question whether the shutdown was worth trapping motorists with a group of suspected robbers with guns. A letter to the Montgomery County Council called the strategy “Hollywoodstyle” policing. Other complaints reached council members through social media. Still, County Council President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he supported the decision. “Instead of going into a police chase,” Rice said, “shut the highway down, protect the citizens.” Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks, a department spokesman, said that, tactically, the element of surprise in apprehending the suspects reduces the risk of public harm. “We need to do something now before it goes further, while we still have some control, while we have them not expecting to be stopped,” Starks said. “It prevented more crime from occurring and it prevented anyone, including the suspects, from being injured.” State police spokesman Greg Shipley also defended the strategy. Police could have let the suspects continue driving, but there could have been a loss of life in the interim. “It’s a very fine line they walk out there, but we’re really proud of what our troopers do and our law enforcement officers do every day,” Shipley said. Several police agencies were involved in the manhunt. Under Maryland law, any of them could have shut down the highway, Shipley said. Rockville City Police responded to the bank robbery at a Wells Fargo branch in King Farm. County police detectives are investigating the incident. Armed and wearing masks, two men went into the bank at around 10 a.m. One of them ordered bank tellers to fill a bag with

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Police on the morning of March 11 stopped all traffic on I-270 near Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda and arrested three men suspected of robbing a Rockville bank that morning.

THREE CHARGED IN BANK ROBBERY Police charged three men with the Wells Fargo bank robbery: n The driver, Earl M. Kenney, 55, of Capitol Heights. n Front seat passenger Michael A. Heard, 40, of Washington, D.C. n Co-defendant Ricko Ford, the 20-year-old backseat passenger.

Kenney and Heard are both charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a violent felony. Bail for each man has been set at $1 million. Ford was charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was held on a “no-bail” status pending the results of a competency test. All three could face 40 years behind bars, according to Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office. — TIFFANY ARNOLD money while the other ordered everyone else to lie down on the floor, according to arrest records filed in Montgomery County District Court. Another man acted as a “lookout” from the backseat of the getaway vehicle, a Kia Sorento that was left running, according to police. The robbers made off with $12,898 in cash. A GPS device in the bag helped police track the men’s whereabouts, Montgomery County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin said. Before long, a Prince George’s County police helicopter crew spotted the getaway vehicle on I-270. Two squad cars — one from Maryland State Police, another from Montgomery County police — slowed and eventually stopped highway traffic. Officers walked north on I-270 south between vehicles searching for the suspects, court records said. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office supplied K9 patrols in case the suspects decided to jump the jersey wall to try to escape. Popkin said he could understand why

people may have been unnerved at the tactic. “If I put myself in the shoes of the people next to the [getaway] car, I could see being scared and concerned. All we do in law enforcement is a balance of strategy and concerns,” he said. Popkin was on I-270 at Falls Road on his way to a meeting when the interstate got shut down. He said State’s Attorney John McCarthy was headed to the same meeting in a car behind him. The helicopter spotted the Sorento between dump trucks. Police found a loaded revolver with wood-handle grips hidden in a binocular case, a bag of money and black gloves, according to court records. Cash was also found tossed aside into one of the dump trucks, a Montgomery County police news release said. A subsequent search turned up another weapon, cash and the clothes worn during the robbery, Starks said. Three men inside the Kia were arrested, and by about 11 a.m., traffic resumed on the interstate. tarnold@gazette.net

The aging Casey Community Center in Gaithersburg could receive a much-needed face-lift if a funding request is fulfilled by the state. Hoping to secure $130,000 in aid, the city of Gaithersburg submitted a state bond bill for the design, construction and renovation of the city-owned facility at 810 S. Frederick Ave. At a March 8 hearing before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and House Appropriations Committee, Katie Gleeson, the center’s executive director, gave testimony on the history of the building and how various renovation projects would help the center better serve the community. One of the major projects is the renovation of the kitchen so that it can be brought into compliance with current code and safety standards, and become a productive space for community programming. “Additionally, a functional kitchen will allow staff to provide nutritional cooking classes for youths and families in support of Let’s Move!, the national initiative to combat child obesity,” Gleeson testified. To address previous complaints from renters, money would be spent on converting the floor in the primary rental room to a dance-ready floor, improving the sound insulation between the first and second floors, and installing a separate heating and cooling system unit on the second floor, according to Gleeson’s testimony. A former apartment unit would also be converted to a conference room, Gleeson said, to provide space for staff

meetings, parent meetings for the preschool program, and rental transactions. “The proposed improvements and alterations will lend to compliance, expand programming capacity, increase the site’s rental appeal, and provide a more professional environment for patrons and visitors,” Gleeson testified. Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville, one of the bill’s sponsors, said she thought the center is deserving of state assistance. “It is such a popular place and so conveniently located,” she said. “I really put that in because I felt like when I heard they needed some renovations, I thought it would be a great place to have them.” Built in 1938, the Casey Barn was acquired by the city of Gaithersburg in 1971 from Eugene B. Casey, a Maryland philanthropist and federal government policy adviser. Six years later, the barn was converted into the Casey Community Center. Today, the center acts as a city hub for nearly 215 recreational classes each year and accommodates 1,825 hours of instruction annually, according to Gleeson’s testimony. The facility serves 90,000 people annually. The cost for acquisition, design, construction and equipment for all of the projects is estimated to be just over $260,000, according to bond bill documents. The city of Gaithersburg’s Capital Improvements Program is expected to fund half of the total cost. Should the center receive full funding from the state and city, the design phase would begin July 2014 and construction would start July 2015, lasting about 15 months, documents show. Members of both committees will make a decision on whether to recommend funding for the project during the next few weeks as they finalize the capital budget. jedavis@gazette.net

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Plans for a new self-storage facility in Gaithersburg could solidify if the city rezones land near Quince Orchard Plaza. Gaithersburg’s City Council and Planning Commission are considering changing the zone classification for 3.13 acres at 14 Firstfield Road, part of a larger 4.6-acre site. A joint public hearing was held Monday evening to discuss the matter. Currently, the 3.13-acre portion is part of a general commercial zone, while the rest of the property is labeled as an urban employment zone, according to city documents. Siena Corp. of Columbia, the applicant and contract purchaser of the property, has requested that the city rezone the parcel, making it an urban employment zone instead of general commercial.

Yum Yu Cheng, an attorney with Bethesdabased Linowes and Blocher, who was representing Siena Corp., said the change would permit warehousing use, which is not allowed under commercial zoning. Warehouse use is in line with the applicant’s interest in placing a self-storage building on the property, she said. The idea would be to construct a 150,112-square-foot ezStorage facility. It would include 1,100 self-storage units, an office space and a residential unit for the resident manager, according to city documents. Councilman Mike Sesma questioned if the warehouse use would be compatible with the land use of the surrounding areas. Cheng cited high demand for warehouse use as the reason it would work well in the area, which is surrounded by a variety of land uses. “...This is a use that’s in demand and it’s in close proximity to office uses, as well as residential uses,” Cheng said. “In terms of its use, it’s something that’s needed and demanded by the market....” Gaithersburg resident Richard Arkin was the

only community member to comment during the hearing. He also wondered if the proposed zone would be a good fit. “In my view, recent development and future development that can be anticipated with the construction and operation of the [Corridor Cities Transitway] would be more compatible with the existing zone than the proposed zone,” he said. The parcel in question was annexed into the city in 1967 with commercial office park zoning. Shortly after, it was rezoned to urban employment. In 1996, the parcel was reclassified as a commercial zone. A site plan was approved in 2004 for an office/research facility, but the building was never constructed and the land has remained vacant. If the rezoning is granted, the property will go through the site-plan process, Cheng said. The mayor and council will accept additional public comments until 5 p.m. on April 17. jedavis@gazette.net

InBrief Gaithersburg collecting school supplies The city of Gaithersburg’s Educational Enrichment Committee, in conjunction with its Division of Community Services, is kicking off a school supply collection drive. Items specifically identified by local educators this year include the following: • Two-, 3- and 4-inch binders. • Pencils and highlighters. • Stickers. • Glue sticks. • Scissors. • Crayons, erasers. • Colored pencils and markers. • Achievement stickers. • White lined paper and poster board. • Index cards. Donations can be brought to the community services office in the Wells/Robertson House at 1 Wells Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The drive begins Thursday and ends April 15. For more information, contact Shanthi Srinivasachar at 301-258-6395, ext. 3, or ssrinivasachar@gaithersburgmd.gov.

Gaithersburg wins two parks and recreation awards

Purim party

Gaithersburg has won two awards from the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Showcase. Kentlands Mansion was named winner in the Facility Brochure category and the Gaithersburg Book Festival took first place in the Special Event Publication category. Winners will be recognized April 10 at the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association annual conference in Ocean City.

Book festival reveals children’s lineup

Ari Lesser, a rap artist from Ohio, entertains during the evening’s Purim celebration. Above: Shira Albagli of Germantown, in traditional holiday garb, chats with another synagogue member during Purim festivities Sunday evening at Chabad of Upper Montgomery County in Gaithersburg. Purim is a joyous holiday when Jews celebrate the Biblical story of Esther.

POLICE BLOTTER

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

Right: Synagogue member Marc Schack of Germantown taps his hands to the beat of Ari Lesser during the Purim festivities. PHOTOS BY TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE

Officer injured breaking up fight n Officer and juvenile fell through a glass door BY KRISTA BRICK STAFF WRITER

A Gaithersburg police officer is recovering at home after he fell through a glass door while breaking up a fight between two juveniles. The officer was called to the 400 block Christopher Avenue at about 10:22 p.m. Saturday for a dispute call, according to Gaithersburg police spokesman Officer Dan Lane. Lane said as the officer talked with one of the boys, the second one charged toward the other. Lane said the officer stepped between them and he and the boy fell through a glass panel door of the Village Overlook condominium complex. Both the officer and the juvenile were cut by the shattered glass and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. “The officer had cuts on his back and arms,” Lane said. Police are still investigating the incident and no charges have been filed. Lane did not release the name of the officer nor the juveniles involved.

When the Gaithersburg Book Festival comes to town May 17, children of all ages will be able to participate in activities and workshops created just for them. More than a dozen award-winning and best-selling authors and illustrators of children’s books will be at the festival. Imagination Station will allow books to come alive through storytelling, juggling, drama and dance. Children and families can enjoy having a story read to them in the StoryTime Tent. Older children will have the opportunity to learn about writing through various workshops. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at City Hall, 31 S. Summit Ave. A complete list of children’s and young adult authors, plus up-to-date details about all the activities and workshops in the Children’s Village, is at gaithersburgbookfestival.org.

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A Gaithersburg couple and two of their children were arrested Thursday on charges of assault, and possessing drugs and guns, according to Gaithersburg Police Officer Dan Lane. The charges stemmed from fighting among a group of children in January, spurring Dana Johnson, 57, and his 17-year-old son to threaten the youths with a gun because they thought the youths were targeting another family member, according to Lane. That threat prompted police to search the Johnson family’s home in the 200 block of Perrywinkle Lane on Thursday, when police recovered a gun and also found marijuana and prescription pills in “plain view,” Lane said. According to court records accessed online, Dana Johnson was charged with

assault and contributing to certain conditions of a child in connection to the alleged threats made in January. He was also charged with four counts of allowing minors access to firearms and four counts of reckless endangerment, online court records show. Lane said he was released from Montgomery County Detention Center on $10,000 bail. The 17-year-old, whose name was not released, was charged with assault. The teen has since been released to the custody of his parents, Lane said. The boy’s older brother, Zachary Johnson, 25, was charged with possessing marijuana, possessing a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and for having drug paraphernalia. He was released on $5,000 bail, Lane said. Their mother, Regina Johnson, 55, received a criminal citation for drug possession, according to Lane. No attorneys were listed in any of the cases, according to an online case search. tarnold@gazette.net

Armed Robbery • On Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in the unit block of Metropolitan Court, Gaithersburg. The victim stated that at an unknown subject approached him from behind, brandished a box cutter and removed property. • On Feb. 26 at 9:33 p.m. in the 20000 block of Hob Hill Way, Gaithersburg. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. • On Feb. 28 at 11:47 p.m. in the 100 block of North Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and unsuccessfully attempted to obtain property. Auto Theft • On Feb. 25 between 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the 18700 block of North Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg. • On Feb. 26 between 9:30 and 10:40 p.m. at Azul Billiards and Sports Bar, 18749 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Sexual Assault • On Feb. 27 between 10 and 11 a.m. in the 9400 block of Merust Lane, Gaithersburg. The subject is known to the victim. • On March 3 at 8 p.m. in the 19400 block of Brassie Place, Gaithersburg. The subject is known to the victim. Strong-Arm Robbery • On Feb. 28 at 10:06 p.m. in the 18400 block of Lost Knife Circle, Montgomery Village. Unknown subjects assaulted the victim and took property. Commercial Burglary • On Feb. 26 at 1:54 p.m. at the Community Clubhouse, 7693 Laytonia Drive, Gaithersburg. Forced entry, took property. • Between 2 p.m. March 1 and noon March 2 at East Diamond Self Storage, 501 E. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg. Forced entry, took property. • On March 2 at 7:34 p.m. at Eurowerks, 7558 Rickenbacker Drive, Gaithersburg. Forced entry, took nothing. Residential Burglary • 400 block of Girard Street, Gaithersburg, between 7:30 and 7:55 a.m. Feb. 28. Forced entry, took nothing.


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AROUND THE COUNTY Silver Spring’s Bardack joins race for District 19 Candidate wants to bring business, education, housing policy experience to Annapolis n

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SARAH SCULLY STAFF WRITER

Paul Bardack says that what his competition aspires to address as state delegates, he already has done, making him the best choice to represent District 19 in the State House. Bardack’s public and private sector experience ranges from a top position in the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, a housing policy adviser, founding an online learning site, and working on policy to bring businesses and jobs to low-income neighborhoods. A 30-year resident of Montgomery County — mostly Silver Spring, where he now lives — Bardack, a Democrat, said he decided to run because “the tenor of conversations I was hearing started to change.” He said he heard

stories of friends and neighbors losing their jobs and turning to food stamps, and increasing housing costs. Bardack wanted to step in and apply policies he has implemented in the past. “The pain in my community is real, it’s widespread and I just couldn’t step aside anymore,” he said. As deputy housing and urban development assistant secretary for HUD, he worked on creating two programs — Homeownership and Opportunity for People Everywhere, and HOME Investment Partnerships — to assist lowincome residents secure affordable housing. He would like to implement rent stabilization for certain groups, notably seniors, and state housing subsidies for low-income residents. To mitigate these needs and stimulate the economy, Bardack wants to bring in policy similar to that which he worked on under former U.S Rep. Robert Garcia, representing the South Bronx in New York. Bardack helped write legislation to create “urban enter-

prise zones,” which lowered corporate taxes while bringing job training and other social services to low-income neighborhoods. He also supports raising the minimum wage, aiming for $11.50 per hour. And Bardack wants to make this wage hike bearable for employers who are “struggling to make their way out of a recession. ... We need to equally consider the shop owner,” he said. Tax breaks for businesses can make up for the burden of higher labor costs, he said, “so that the cost of this [minimum wage increase] is revenue-neutral for our business community.” Bardack also served as urban policy adviser to the governor of New Jersey. There, “We created the first urban small business entrepreneurship incubator,” he said. The program supported teens from low-income areas in starting businesses. According to Bardack, follow-up studies showed that whether or not the companies succeeded, children who participated had lower rates of drug use, incarceration and pregnancies,

and were more likely to stay in school. The program helped them see an economic incentive in staying healthy and finishing high school, he said. Using his background in building online learning sites — MyJewishLearning.com, and websites for Booz Allen Hamilton — Bardack would like to take Maryland’s job training programs online, making them more accessible to those whose working hours can’t accommodate in-person classes. He also worked as director of George Mason University’s Center for Online Workforce Development, is chair emeritus of the United States Distance Learning Association, and has advised the U.S. Congress, federal executive branch and foreign governments on related policy. Finally, Bardack wants to improve life for seniors and has an idea for an adopt-a-grandparent program. Volunteers could help seniors get to doctor appointments and the grocery store. So far Bardack raised about $13,000. District 19 includes parts of Silver Spring, up to Rockville and north.

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District 19 delegate candidate Paul Bardack of Silver Spring wants to take his experience in business, online learning and job training, and affordable housing policy to Annapolis.

Bardack faces incumbent Dels. Bonnie Cullison (D) and Benjamin Kramer (D), and challengers Marice Morales (D) and Charlotte Crutchfield (D) in the June 24 primary. Del. Sam Arora (D), the third District 19 representative, is not seeking re-election. sscully@gazette.net

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Former Del. Cheryl Kagan says she brings community experience to the race for the District 17 Senate seat.

Former Del. Cheryl Kagan says she brings not just legislative experience, but community experience to her race for the District 17 Senate seat. Kagan, of Rockville, said her knowledge of the issues she cares about isn’t just hypothetical. She said she has worked for a variety of nonprofit and progressive causes, most recently as the director of community engagement for BBYO, a Jewish teen leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy organization. “I have been working on

these issues for decades,” she said. “... Through my work with nonprofit organizations, I have a deeper understanding that I can bring to Annapolis.” Kagan said she can build the kind of relationships in Annapolis that Montgomery County needs to make progress on its priorities. “In politics, it’s not just about grandstanding or sending out press releases; it’s about every day building the trust and understanding other people’s priorities and then working with them so that they understand yours,” said Kagan, a Democrat. Montgomery County needs its fair share of funding from the General Assembly, Kagan said, because the county’s changing demographics have led to higher education costs.

“Too many legislators from around the state still think of Montgomery County as all rich, all white, all educated, without any needs, without any problems, and in recent decades, we have become more economically diverse, more ethnically diverse and more linguistically diverse,” she said. Montgomery needs support from the state for school construction funds, Kagan said. The area also needs more transportation funding to improve traffic problems, which are an impediment to economic development and the quality of life, she said. Kagan represented District 17, which includes Gaithersburg and Rockville, in the House from 1995 to 2003. She ran for Senate and narrowly lost to incumbent

Sen. Jennie M. Forehand, who is not seeking re-election this year. Kagan is trying again in 2014 and has picked up Forehand’s endorsement. Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons is also seeking the Democratic nomination. Republican Steve Zellers, who ini-

tially filed to run for the House, is also running for the District 17 Senate seat. The primary election is set for June 24. The general election is Nov. 4. waibel@gazette.net

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Shaun D. King, the man charged in the gruesome killing of a 7-Eleven clerk in Gaithersburg, was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder, the Montgomery County state’s attorney’s office announced. The case will proceed in Montgomery County Circuit Court. King, 36, was arrested Jan. 23 outside the 7-Eleven convenience store at 9051 Snouffer School Road. Police found him standing outside the store with blood on his clothes. King took off running after he was handcuffed, police alleged in arrest records filed in Montgomery County District Court. Meanwhile, store clerk Abdul Ghaffar, 63, of Gaithersburg lay dying in a pool of blood near the coffee bar. Surveillance footage shows King am-

bushing the clerk from behind, then standing over his body for several minutes after stabbing Ghaffar in the neck, face and wrists, police alleged. Another clerk in the store pushed a panic button and then called 911. Ghaffar later died at the hospital, leaving behind a wife and seven children. Medical tests determined he was stabbed more than 70 times, Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Hill said during a bail hearing in January. The men did not know each other. Prosecutors said King suffers from schizophrenia. A judge granted a request that King — who was on suicide watch at the time of his bail hearing — be evaluated to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. The findings of the psychological evaluation were unknown as of noon Monday. An attorney was not listed for King in court records accessed online. A scheduling hearing was set for Friday in Circuit Court. tarnold@gazette.net

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TIFFANY ARNOLD STAFF WRITER

Two Germantown women who called themselves “Demon Assassins” will face murder charges after a botched exorcism in January left two toddlers dead. A grand jury on Thursday indicted Zakieya Avery, 28, and her roommate Monifa Sanford, 21, on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office spokesman Ramon Korionoff said in an email. The state’s attorney’s office declined to comment further on the case. Attorneys for Sanford and Avery could not be reached for comment Thursday. On Jan. 17, police responding to a 911 call found Avery’s children, Norell Harris, 1, and Zyana Harris, 2, stabbed to death in the master bedroom of her Germantown townhouse. Avery’s two other children suffered serious stab wounds but survived. One of them

described to police seeing his younger brother being killed. The Gazette is withholding the names of the surviving children because they are minors. The women said they belonged to a group called the “Demon Assassins.” Avery was the commander and Sanford was the sergeant. They claimed they had performed exorcisms in the past. There were two other members of the group, but Avery police said they weren’t involved in the slayings. Avery and Sanford told police they were trying to “free” the children of a demon, which “jumped” from child to child and turned their eyes black, the women Sanford claimed. They told police they resorted to stabbing after other methods failed to expel the malignant spirit. Sanford suffered minor stab

wounds in the ordeal. Days after their arrest in late January, a judge granted Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy’s request that the women immediately undergo psychiatric testing at a maximum security hospital to determine whether they were competent to stand trial. McCarthy said the request was based on the things the women were saying to investigators, police observations and Avery’s psychological history, which included an involuntary evaluation. Under Maryland law, incompetency to stand trial means a person is unable to understand the nature of the court proceeding and is unable to assist in his or her defense. A psychologist or licensed psychologist makes the assessment. Proceedings stop until the defendant is found competent, according to Maryland code. It was unclear Thursday whether the women were deemed competent to stand trial. Competency to stand trial is not the same thing as a plea of insanity. The issue of whether the women were criminally responsible — Maryland’s version of the insanity plea — could still be raised.

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TERRI HOGAN STAFF WRITER

The flow of calls and emails to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and elected officials has slowed over the past week, but questions remain about abnormally high water bills for customers throughout the county. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda is the chairman of the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee. He said his office has received “dozens and dozens” of complaints from residents. “Many residents report that the bill they received is nearly double, or in some cases, eight to ten times the

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amount of their typical bill,” Berliner wrote in his newsletter. “They are clearly angry and frustrated and I don’t blame them.” On March 11, Berliner sent a letter to the general manager of WSSC, asking to examine the causes for the high water bills. WSSC officials have said that difficulty reading meters, because of the snow, has led to a longer billing cycle. They also have said that usage could be up due to school and business closings, which meant more people at home, likely increasing water consumption. On Tuesday, Berliner said he is not satisfied with WSSC’s explanation to customers. “We are at an impasse,” he said. “I believe something else is wrong, and the agency feels its bills are correct. I hope the county’s Office of Consumer

Affairs gets involved, on behalf of the ratepayers.” “I have a hard time believing that people getting bills eight times the normal amount is a function of the snow, staying home more, or a leak,” he added. “I’ve had people tell me that they had a plumber out, and found no leak.” Berliner said he has heard from former WSSC employees telling him he was “right on the mark” — something else is going on in regard to billing. “Human error does happen, even with utilities,” he said. When asked if there was a timetable for expecting a response from WSSC to his letter, Berliner replied, “This is not a long-term study. These are people on fixed incomes whose bills have gone from $200 to $800, and in situations like this, you need to attend to people’s needs in the moment.”

On March 13, WSSC announced it was taking additional steps to address customer billing concerns. “In response to a longer billing cycle and higher than usual bills for some customers, WSSC is making immediate operational changes including increased meter readings and payment options for customers,” WSSC spokeswoman Lyn Riggins said in a news release. The release stated that WSSC is reading meters seven days a week, including evenings; extending the bill payment deadline for customers who make the request and demonstrate a need; and providing billing arrangements for those with bills higher than normal. WSSC Public Affairs Manager Jerry Irvine said the utility is still getting calls about high bills, but the volume dropped off this week.

“That could be due to the media coverage or a bill insert that we started sending out last week,” he said. “I think that is helpful to a lot of folks.” Irvine said there is nothing inherently flawed with the billing system, and its business as usual at WSSC, other than the issue of being behind on the meter readings. He said WSSC expects to be caught up in reading meters by early April. The next billing cycle will be shorter, resulting in lower bills, he said. WSSC is encouraging customers to look at their billing cycle and the number of days being billed. Extremely high consumption could be the result of a leak. WSSC recommends checking toilets for leaks twice a year. Directions for a dye test are at www.wsscwater.com/ home/jsp/content/leakinfo.faces. thogan@gazette.net


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Leggett unveils $4.97 billion budget proposal With cell tower applications n

on rise, parks policy updated

Starr still hoping for more funding for county schools

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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett presents his fiscal 2015 operating budget Monday at the Executive Office Building in Rockville. His proposal is up 3.4 percent from the current county budget. for obligations related to retiree health benefits. Leggett said Monday having a healthy reserve fund was especially important because of a pending court case that concerns whether counties must be required to provide a credit for county income taxes on out-of-state taxes paid to other states on certain types of corporate income. The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that failure to provide a credit is unconstitutional, and the U.S. Supreme Court could take up the case. Leggett said if the court doesn’t rule in its favor, the county could be liable for as much as $150 million in retroactive penalties, payments and other costs, as well as face about $25 million a year in lost revenue going forward. Monday’s event also served as a skirmish in the ongoing battle for the Democratic primary for county executive between Leggett, former county executive Douglas M. Duncan and Councilman Philip M. Andrews (DDist. 3) of Gaithersburg.

At several points during his presentation, Leggett compared elements of the budget during his nearly eight years in office to Duncan’s tenure from 1994 until 2006, although he never mentioned Duncan by name. Andrews criticized Leggett’s decision for going above maintenance of effort is school funding, saying the move would require the county to pay that much more in coming years and place a burden on county officials and taxpayers. He also criticized the amount provided for employee raises, saying he believed the raises should come in a smaller amount. Andrews said the county should use the money that would be saved by those measures to reduce the county’s energy tax and further reduce the property tax rate by 1 percent, increase money for repairs of potholes and other infrastructure and expand library hours. Leggett often said publicly as the budget was being developed that he wouldn’t move

too quickly to restore funding to county programs as Montgomery emerged from the economic downturn. He said he tried to plan for a budget that would at least come close to matching existing funding for programs, with increases in certain areas. Although some areas will see larger increases than others, no parts of the budget experienced significant cuts, he said. While the budget may not satisfy everyone’s desires to see funding returned to programs, Leggett said Monday he believes the county was beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel after several lean budget years. “That light is bright, although it’s not as bright as people might hope it to be,” he said. rmarshall@gazette.net

After not receiving any requests for several years, Montgomery County Department of Parks received 15 applications from cellular phone companies to place new towers in county parks during 2013, leading officials to restructure the application process. On Thursday, the Montgomery County Planning Board unanimously approved a policy with updated procedures for telecommunications on park property. Michelle Grace, acting park property manager at the county’s Department of Parks, told the board the measure was needed to streamline and clarify the process for both staff and applicants, especially with application activity on the rise. “I think it will help both parks and planning staff to understand what’s going on when these carriers knock at the front door,” Grace said at the meeting. According to a Feb. 27 memo from Grace and Facilities Management Division Chief James Poore to the planning board, the department had received 15 requests from cell carriers to install towers since April 2013. “We have been told by the carriers that demand for connectivity to high speed and additional capacity for the delivery of advanced 4G wireless services to county residents is increasing,” Grace said in an email to The Gazette. In the absence of an updated policy, park staff has been following procedures that were approved back in 1997. “This will clarify the procedures when a carrier contacts Parks to site telecommunica-

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tions facilities on park property,” Grace said in the email. Under the new measure, leases for telecommunications facilities on park property are not executed until the applicant obtains all necessary approvals and permits. The policy includes a flow chart that more clearly outlines the application process for all involved. One of the new elements in the policy is that applicants are now required to pay a $1,500 non-refundable application fee. Once the tower is constructed, the tenant must pay a rental fee based on the location and age of the structure. “The fee is new and will aid in recovering administrative and operational costs to appropriately evaluate applications from private carriers,” Grace said in the email. Three wireless carriers — Verizon, AT&T and Sprint — currently maintain several lease agreements for cell tower and antenna facilities on three park property sites in Silver Spring. Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road; Blair Local Park, 51 University Blvd. E.; and National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Road, each have one cell tower on site. Three of the wireless carriers share space on two of the three towers. Planning board members reacted positively to the changes. “This is a vast improvement,” Planning Board Vice Chairwoman Marye Wells-Harley said. “I think it’s a lot easier to understand what the process is.” Planning Board Chairwoman Francoise Carrier said she agreed with Wells-Harley’s comment. After the board’s vote of approval, Carrier ended the discussion with one last note. “Alright, be careful where you put those towers,” she said.

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LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County’s teacher’s union is recommending county school board member Christopher S. Barclay and Gaithersburg City Councilman Ryan Spiegel for the Montgomery County Council seats they seek in June’s Democratic primary. In the same March 12 announcement, the Montgomery County Education Association also announced its county school board recommendations, including those for incumbents Patricia O’Neill (Dist. 3) of Bethesda, Judith Docca (Dist. 1) of Montgomery Village and Michael Durso (Dist. 5) of Silver Spring. The union also recommends former county PTA leader Shebra Evans, one of seven nonincumbent candidates running for school board positions. Evans is pursuing an open at-large seat and therefore not challenging a sitting board member running for reelection. Tom Israel, the union’s executive director, said the union’s recommendation for the school board incumbents seeking re-election indicates it thinks the current board has done a good job

advocating for schools in tough economic times and worked well with the system’s employee organizations. Israel said Barclay has stood up as an advocate for county schools in difficult budget times despite facing “abuse” for his decisions. “When somebody casts hard votes to do the right thing and gets attacked for them, it’s important that we be there for them next time Spiegel around,” Israel said. Barclay, currently the school board’s District 4 representative, said he thinks the union’s membership understands the importance of his education adBarclay vocacy as well as his ability to develop budgets, work with the County Council and the county executive, and deliver positive outcomes from difficult negotiations. “It’s obviously a vote of confidence that this is a campaign that will be a winning campaign,” he said. Barclay said he’s proud to have

Obituary Dmuchowski, Aleen Dorothy (Edwards) age 77 beloved wife of Francis passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Wilson Health Care Center, Gaithersburg, MD. Born in Glen Ridge, NJ, the daughter of Edward I. and Dorothy (Kugel) Edwards, she lived in Montclair, NJ and Little Falls, NJ coming to Germantown, MD 32 years ago. A Registered Nurse, she graduated from East Orange General Hospital School of Nursing in 1957 and went on to receive her BS in Health Care Administration from Columbia Union College. Aleen continued her nursing career and was the Manager and Director of Nursing in institutions in both New Jersey and Maryland. In 2005, she retired as the Nurse Manager of the Alzheimer’s Dementia Unit at Wilson Health Care Center, Gaithersburg MD. Along with her husband, she is survived by sons John Dmuchowski (wife Dorothy) of Sparta, NJ, Michael Dmuchowski (wife Michelle) of Frederick, MD, a daughter Kathleen Dmuchowski Mendell of Germantown, MD, grandchildren Jennifer, Megan, Benjamin, Kamryn, Matthew, Jacob and Samuel, three sisters, Suzanne Meyers, Pamela McGlashan (husband James), Jennifer Blauvelt (husband Christopher) and nieces and nephews. The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, donations in Aleen’s Memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation (ALZFDN.org) web site. Please sign the guest book at DeVolFuneralHome.com. A Memorial Service will be held at Mother Seton Parish, 19951 Father Hurley Blvd, Germantown MD, on March 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM. 1910793

Obituary Shawn Christopher Dancik On Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:15 am, Shawn Christopher Dancik of Germantown MD. Beloved wife Chantée M. Dancik; loving father of Kira Lynn Dancik (Age 10), Hailey Noel Dancik (Age 6) and Marcus Scott Dancik (Age 4); loving son of Dennis and Diane Dancik; brother of Brian M. Dancik (Rebecca B. Dancik); brother in law Donald L. McClellan; sister in law of Kimberly R. Frankenfield; grandson of Joan M. Broerman and the late Kenneth O. Broerman and the late Paul J. and Ann C. Dancik. Also survived by 1 niece, numerous nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, 11701 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11 am. Interment St. Rose of Lima Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Shawn’s name to Leukemia/Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org) or by mail Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Donor services, P O Box 4072, Pittsfield MA 01202. 1910796

the union’s endorsement and that — in what he expects to be “an intense campaign” — he is looking to get many more, including those from his “colleagues on the council.” “I think it’s important to get the support of the folks that I’ve been working with for seven years,” he said. Barclay is running for the County Council’s District 5 seat. Councilwoman Cherri Branson (D) was appointed to the seat and is not seeking election. Spiegel is running for the County Council’s District 3 seat, currently held by Philip M. Andrews (D). Andrews is running for county executive. Israel said he heard that union members were impressed with Spiegel’s past efforts in Gaithersburg to promote communities that are welcoming to immigrants. “Folks really put a lot of value in somebody who got involved in politics because he wanted to promote that kind of tolerance and welcoming environment,” he said. Spiegel said he is “honored” by the union’s recommendation and that he has made education “a top priority” before and during his time on the city council. Spiegel said his work on Gaithersburg’s education committee included efforts to address overcrowding and schools’ ability to attract and retain high-quality teachers.

“When somebody casts hard votes to do the right thing and gets attacked for them, it’s important that we be there for them next time around.” Tom Israel, union’s executive director Spiegel said he has studied school system issues, including its teacher evaluation system and how development in the area affects the student population and the system’s resources. “I’d like to think I’m not one of those elected officials who just understands how it would be on a surface level,” he said. “I really try to delve into the details and understand how it all works and what it all means.” Evans of Silver Spring — former vice president of educational issues for the Montgomery County Council

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Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., residents could soon be able to apply for liquor licenses in Montgomery County. Maryland’s House of Delegates passed a bill Saturday that broadens who can apply for a liquor license in the county. Del. Tom Hucker, who drafted the bill, said current law restricts licensees to those who have lived in the county for at least two years, meaning a restaurateur who resides just outside the county lines could not open a restaurant in Montgomery and serve alcohol. Hucker (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring said the restriction dates to 1933, when the U.S. repealed Prohibition.

Obituary Michael G Williams Preceded in death by his father, Gordon, Michael is survived by his wife of 31 years, Martha; his mother, Mildred; his daughters Melissa, Theresa (Braden), and Heather; and by his granddaughters, Lauren and Samantha. He was the oldest of four children: Susie (Jon) Barney, Patti (Scott) Osgood, and Karen Pagano. He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews: Jonathan (Cat), Christine, Megan, Norrie, and Jessie, as well as numerous other family members and friends. Born in Lake Placid, New York, on August 12, 1948, he attended Lake Placid High School (Class of 1965) and Canton and Potsdam Universities, earning a B.A. in Computer Science in 1970. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1976, during which he was stationed in Scotland, and then continued to serve in the Navy Reserves until 1984, at which time he was honorably discharged. Following his time in the military, he resided in Derwood, Maryland, and was employed at BAE Systems until his retirement in 2012. Mike loved new adventures, whether it was traveling to places like Guam or Spain, visiting family and friends for graduations, weddings and other celebrations of life, or hiking to the top of a mountain. He could often be found telling family and friends all about his adventures in life. When he wasn t telling stories, he enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing, solving crossword puzzles, stargazing, pinochle, amateur radio, reading, the great outdoors, and much more. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on December 5, he lost his battle and left us on January 13, 2014, at the age of 65. He was buried with full military honors at Parklawn Memorial Park. Donations to help further the fight against pancreatic cancer can be made by giving to the Michael Williams Memorial Fund (part of the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer). 1910790

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Kathy (Hartley) Fahey Mason, 54, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 10, 2014. Kathy was a loving mother to her sons, Brent and Chad Fahey, and devoted wife to John Mason. Kathy was a caring, giving sister and friend who touched many lives with her generous heart. Born February 26, 1960, in Gaithersburg, MD, Kathy was a 1978 graduate of Seneca Valley High School, in Germantown, MD. In 1992, she relocated to Florida. She spent most of her life working in retail management for several businesses, including Marriott, Woodward & Lothrop, Home Depot, La-Z-Boy furniture, and Hobby Lobby. Most recently, she opened her own furniture business in Brooksville, FL, which brought her great joy. During Kathy’s struggle with cancer she always managed to stay positive and inspire those around her. While her time on earth was too short, her life is celebrated and cherished by many. In addition to her husband and sons, Kathy is survived by mother: Sue Hartley; sisters: Robin Hartley, Sharon Niemann, Dora Leonard, and Milo Hartley; brother: Tom Hartley, III; granddaughter: Ella, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Tom Hartley, Jr. Online condolences may be shared with the family at http:// www.merrittfuneral.com/obits/obituary.php?id=457299 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) Network Foundation (http://www.theibcnetwork.org/donate); the Elise Echols Memorial Fund (http://healingstrong.com/elise-echols-memorialfund), which provides support to cancer patients seeking information and support with non-toxic therapies; or K-LOVE (Christian Radio) (http://www.klove.com/).

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The law, he said, was likely cobbled together quickly to clamp down on alcohol sales. “Now 80 years later, it is not working the way intended,” he said. While the two-year residency requirement for liquor licenses is state law, Hucker said other jurisdictions in Maryland have changed the requirement as it applies to them. As passed, Hucker’s bill allows residents of Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., to apply for a liquor license in Montgomery County. It does not guarantee anyone a license. As originally written, Hucker’s bill would have exempted Montgomery entirely from a residency restriction on its liquor licenses, effectively allowing anyone to apply. But that was too broad for lawmakers to support, said Del. Charles E. Barkley, chairman of the Alcohol and Beverages sub-

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of Parent-Teacher Associations — said the endorsement “makes me feel great to know the teachers understand my mission.” Israel said Evans would bring “a unique combination” of experience to the board. “She has a real appreciation for what the needs are in our high-needs schools but combined with actual experience working as an advocate for all schools and all kids,” he said. O’Neill, currently the school board’s vice president, said she is “very proud” to have the union’s support and that she brings experience and an understanding of past issues that have reappeared in the school system. “Being a board member is about a 30,000-foot view of schools and school issues,” she said. The school district “is a huge system and you have to have that big view.” Doccasaid that, as a retired teacher and principal, the union’s support for her campaign is “very important” to her. Commenting on the union’s release that cited her focus on equity, Docca said that at “almost every board meeting I have something to say about equity” in the school system regarding black and Hispanic students.

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Maryland lost jobs in January from December, halting five consecutive months of gains, according to federal figures released Monday. About 5,000 positions of the 9,800 in job losses this January were in retail. Despite the job losses, the state’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.1 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted 5.8 percent in January, suggesting that more Maryland residents could be finding work in neighboring states or Washington, D.C. Many economists expect this year to be a stronger year for hiring since Congress reached a budget deal. The unemployment rate in Montgomery County declined to an unadjusted 4.1 percent in December from 4.9 percent a year earlier, according to a state labor department report. Montgomery’s jobless level was the lowest for December since it was 3.9 percent in 2008. January figures were not available. Frederick County’s rate also hit its lowest December mark since 2008 at 4.8 percent, down from 5.5 percent a year earlier. Montgomery and Frederick counties gained some 14,000 jobs last year, the most since almost 15,000 in 2000, according to federal labor department figures. kshay@gazette.net

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It took 26 years for Rafael Angevine to be diagnosed as autistic. Despite a childhood of angry outbursts and social issues at school, Angevine never knew why he acted that way. Now Angevine, 29, of Germantown and his family is learning how to help him face adulthood with autism, a problem shared by an estimated 1.2 million adults and about 800,000 children who are on the autism spectrum in the United States, according the advocacy group Autism Speaks. JaLynn Prince and her husband, Gregory Prince, of Potomac, also concerned about adults with autism, started Madison House Autism Foundation in 2008 to help address those challenges. “Many people think that when people reach [age] 21 they outgrow autism,” JaLynn Prince said, “That’s not true.” Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders — autism spectrum disorders — caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum — a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis, according to

the Autism Speaks website www.autismspeaks.org. “Often people [with autism] are confined to home with nothing meaningful to do during the day, with no social outlet,” JaLynn Prince said. She is hoping to change that. Madison House Foundation is named for the Prince’s autistic son Madison, now 24. Madison Prince will never be able to live alone. He is, she said, their motivation for getting involved with the issues of adults with autism and starting the foundation. “We started thinking we wanted to find housing for him, a location where he would be happy, have freedom and where he would be well cared for,” she said. But that search led the Princes to realize they were not the only parents with concerns about their autistic adult children, that the community had great needs that were not being addressed. “Parents are always asking, ‘What is going to happen to my adult child with autism when I’m gone,’” JaLynn Prince said. Though housing is a great need, Madison House Autism Foundation is not about providing those autistic adults with a place to live, she said, it is more of a think tank. The foundation works to change policy concerning services available to adults with autism as well as provided support for employment and inclusion in community. “We are working to guide national policy so it is friendly [toward adults with autism],” she said. “We want to reduce barriers and increase under-

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JaLynn Prince of Potomac, cofounder of Madison House Autism Foundation, accepts a photograph by Rafael Angevine of Germantown for the “Through Our Eyes” Art Show, which will be held April 1-30 at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. Madison House, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of the challenges of adults with autism, is sponsoring the exhibit. standing.” In following its mission, Madison House Autism Foundation is hosting an art show April 1-30 in collaboration with the Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, featuring the works of autistic adults. More than 20 local artists have contributed to the exhibit, “Through Our Eyes,” including Angevine, who is a photographer with three pieces in the show. “Photographs for me help me to

relax my eyes from the overstimulation of the sunlight and the cloudiness,” Angevine said in his artist statement. “It also allows me to try different types of angles that I just wouldn’t do if I had a straight mind.” An opening reception honoring the artists of “Through Our eyes” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 3 at the University at Shady Grove Priddy Library, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville. pmcewan@gazette.net

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They may have grown up in a predigital age, but senior residents at Riderwood Erickson Living Community in Silver Spring are taking full advantage of their computer labs, proving that it is never too late to learn how to use social media. The community’s computer club started in 2005 with no more than 10 members. Today, according to 78-year-old Helen Helm, the current leader of the Riderwood Computer Club, the group has more than 300 members. “I will get phones calls [from new residents] saying, ‘I moved in last week; how do I use the computer lab ...’ Everyone moving in, they want to keep in touch with their families,” Helm said. To help, the club has organized a social media startup session this spring, an open class where residents can learn how to sign up for websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype. Helm said she knew somebody who was trying to be part of her first great-grandson’s birth. The resident did know what do, as the birth was going to be in Australia. “Finally I said, ‘Why don’t you just come over here, and I’ll bring my laptop down to the

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Helen Helm, 78, and Trudy Downs, 74, discuss passwords in the computer room of the Riderwood Community at Lakeside Commons in Silver Spring on Tuesday. lobby where we have Wi-Fi, and we’ll Skype,’” Helm said, adding that the resident invited other relatives and they got to see the moment the newborn came into the world. According to research from the Pew Research Center, in 2010 social networking use among people 50 and older has nearly doubled from 2009. Half of online adults 50 to 64 and one in four wired seniors now count themselves among the Facebook-ing and LinkedIn masses. The computer lab posts its schedule on the classroom board. Residents can choose from working with graphics to making their own newsletters. Trudy Downs, 74, is known among club members as the “iPerson.” “I am the iPerson. I have an iPhone, an iPad ... I tutor how

to use the iPad once a week,” Downs said. Most of the people who have a tablet are not really computer users. They want to learn how to send an email, surf the Web, play games and download apps, Downs said. They don’t know about using the tools for productivity such as the calendar and contacts, she said. “I tried to emphasize how important it is to use your contacts because you can do your emailing ... Once you get it; it is wonderful,” Downs said. Some people joined the iPad course after the holidays either because they bought a new tablet or got a used one from a family member who decided to buy the latest technology. “They want to know about Facebook ... The other thing that

some of them are using is Skype ...The ones that have kids in some distance, that has been a wonderful tool to them,” Downs said. Downs also takes advantage of Skype keep in touch with her sister who lives in Little Rock, Ark. “She has cancer right now. So it is wonderful to be able to see her because she sounds OK but you look at her and you might see that she doesn’t ... I like the fact that I can see her,” she said. Tom Carcaterra, 91, has three laptops at home. He doesn’t visit the lab as often as some other members do, but uses the website to post some of his writings and keep in touch with his grandchildren. “I am posting things that I write, like letters to the editor, things that are very important. In fact, I have to revise my profile to admit everyone who wants to be my friend; I will accept,” Carcaterra said. But not everyone uses only social media to keep in touch with family members. John Wachtman, 86, a Riderwood resident since 2002, said the Internet gives him the chance to read newspapers from different parts of the world. He reads a British newspaper and an Egyptian English language newspaper. “It is interesting. There’s a Hong Kong newspaper in English ...You get a different perspective of things,” Wachtman said. abarros@gazette.net

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As the Netflix political thriller “House of Cards” threatens to pack up its sets to another state, the Maryland Senate preliminarily approved legislation on Friday that would more than double the amount of tax credits allowed to investors in film and television production in fiscal 2015. The Senate is expected to consider final passage of the bill, which raises the credit pot to $18.5 million from $7.5 million, this week. Then it would go to a House committee, which is still considering legislation that would only increase the credits to $11 million. “House of Cards,” the series starring Kevin Spacey that has filmed its first two seasons in Maryland, is looking at moving the third season’s filming to another state if it doesn’t get more credits, an executive with the show’s production company wrote in a recent letter to state officials. Producers had planned to start filming the third season this spring but pushed that back to June “to ensure there has been a positive outcome of the legislation,” wrote Charlie Goldstein, senior vice president for television production with Media Rights Capital of Beverly Hills, Calif. “In the meantime, I wanted you to be aware that we are required to look at other states in which to film on the off chance that the legislation does not pass, or does not cover the amount of tax credits for which we would qualify,” Goldstein wrote. “In the event sufficient incentives do not become available, we will have to break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state.” Investors in “House of Cards” have received, or are

expected to obtain, $30.9 million in tax credits between fiscal 2012 and 2016, according to a state legislative analysis. That leads some to question why the production company is threatening to move if it doesn’t get more credits. “This just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” Del. Eric G. Luedtke (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville said in a recent committee hearing on the legislation. “Is this a permanent state in which every year we will be asked to spend more for the film industry?” In a hearing last week before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, senators had fewer such comments as they approved the higher credit amount. Film and television production carried an estimated economic impact of $197.2 million in fiscal 2013, up from $123.5 million in fiscal 2012, according to figures from the Maryland Film Office. Other states offer more in incentives, officials say. Ten years ago, there were some five states offering tax credits or rebates for film and TV production, and now there are more than 40 such states, said Lawrence F. Twele, CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority. “We find ourselves in an increasingly competitive market,” he said. A construction coordinator working on “House of Cards” told the committee he is reviewing whether it makes sense to move to Pittsburgh, Chicago and Toronto to work on the third season if the production moves to one of those cities. For fiscal 2014, lawmakers increased the total allocation for film tax credits to $25 million. “Veep,” an HBO television comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus also shot in Maryland, is set to receive $22.8 million in credits through fiscal 2016, according to the state analysis. kshay@gazette.net

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McKenna Kelly of Gaithersburg, Emily Rainone of Washington, D.C., (left) and Jackie Gilbert of Alexandria, Va. (right) skate in the 14th annual Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday as members of Free State Roller Derby’s Black-Eyed Suzies in Rockville.

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Students from Gaithersburg High park before school Tuesday along Tulip Drive in Gaithersburg. Neighbors say the parking causes problems. this time,” Roman wrote in a Oct. 14, 2011, letter to the Deer Park neighborhood. “Staff will continue to monitor impacted areas to ensure vehicles are parked legally.” In a Tuesday email to The Gazette, Roman wrote that students are allowed to park on any public city street or in the city parking garage at 112 Olde Towne Ave. Students who park on Tulip Drive on a daily basis said they do so because there is nowhere else for them to park close to the school. “This is like the only area that we have available to park,” said senior Yasmine Reed. Some other nearby neighborhoods and residential streets have

permitted parking only, making them off limits to students, she said. Aaron Taylor, also a senior, said if he and his classmates park in other lots near the school, such as the one at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension at 205 S. Summit Ave., they run the risk of receiving a ticket or having their vehicle towed. Gaithersburg High School Principal Christine Handy-Collins said she is aware that some residents are not pleased about the extra cars in their neighborhood, but that students have a right to park on city streets. “Students are parking on city streets, which they are allowed to do,” Handy-Collins said. “We have been in touch with the city of Gaithersburg

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and the streets are open to the public.” A makeshift parking lot, comprising 65 spaces at the Bohrer Park Activity Center, has been created for staff members while the construction continues, but there is currently no student parking on the school’s property, Handy-Collins said. The high school serves 2,079 students, according to the school system’s website. However, it is unclear how many students drive to school in a private vehicle. In light of the complaints, HandyCollins said she and her staff have been encouraging students to exhibit good behavior and make smart decisions, such as not blocking driveways, when parking on the residential streets. “We have made announcements and tried to reiterate to our students to be good citizens,” she said. With the restoration phase expected to wrap up by August, HandyCollins said she doesn’t think parking will be an issue after this school year. “We don’t anticipate that this will be as much of a problem next year,” she said. “Certainly the new school is an asset to the community and we just have to be patient because next year we plan to have on-site parking for our students and staff.” A student parking permit to park in school lots costs $37.50 per semester in accordance with Montgomery County Public Schools policy. jedavis@gazette.net

A Damascus father was indicted Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the death of his 3-year-old adopted son. A grand jury determined there’s enough evidence to move forward with charges against Brian P. O’Callaghan, 36, whose son Hyunsu died Fed. 3 at Children’s National Medical Center. The state medical examiner’s office ruled the boy’s death a homicide by multiple blunt impact injuries. Court records provide different accounts of what led to the death of Hyunsu, the little boy the O’Callaghan family adopted from Korea. O’Callaghan told detectives that he was caring for Hyunsu and his biological son on Jan. 31, according to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court. According to O’Callaghan’s account, Hyunsu slipped and fell backward in the tub, hitting his shoulder. He said the boy needed help showering because Hyunsu did not like the water hitting him. The boy got upset and began crying during the shower, resulting in the slip and fall. O’Callaghan said he consoled his son and put him to bed without incident, according to the charging documents. The next day, O’Callaghan and the boys went to breakfast and then went the Germantown Swim Center and Hyunsu took a nap when they got home. O’Callaghan told police that he checked on the boy and found him unresponsive, with mucus on his nose and bodily fluids staining the bedding. He was also vomiting. O’Callaghan drove the boy to a Germantown emergency room. Hyunsu was eventually transferred to Children’s National Medical Center, where he died. Doctors told police that O’Callaghan wasn’t able to provide an explanation for what caused the severe injuries they found. Medical tests determined the boy had bleeding in the brain and hemorrhaging in his eyes, findings doctors said support the boy had been recently beaten, according to charging documents. An autopsy found a skull fracture and bleeding on the front and back of the brain, with multiple impacts to the head. The autopsy found “multiple contusions consistent with impact trauma,” according to police. O’Callaghan was arrested on Feb. 16 and is being held without bail. The indictment isn’t a finding of guilt, but is instead a formal charge. O’Callaghan’s attorney was not immediately available for comment Thursday. First-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office said in an email.


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Continued from Page A-1 fields. As of Monday, all fields were still closed. There are 248 athletic fields in Montgomery Parks and 210 elementary and middle school sites with fields, according to Melissa Chotiner, media relations manager for Montgomery Parks. Most of these local park fields were given permits to begin practices for the spring season for sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. “Most fields are too wet to accept play without doing damage to them, which may cause further delays to them being open long term. Some are in worse condition than others due to specific site conditions, soil types, and their ability to drain or percolate the vast quantity of water currently trapped in the soil,” Chotiner said in an email to The Gazette Friday. Parks staff members will visit fields individually to make an assessment of their playability related to how much moisture is still trapped in the upper layers of soil and whether significant damage was done during this time by unpermitted and unauthorized use of the fields. Permit holders will have their permit revoked and lose privileges and be assessed fees if caught violating the rules on the permit. Individuals and groups who have not permitted the fields and are caught using fields when they are closed will be cited a violation fee. Park civil citations are $50 for a first offense, and $100 for subsequent violations. However, if there are damages done to the field,

Montgomery Parks will charge an additional fee to repair the field. Brent Connor, ballfield coordinator for the parks department, said there are several types of damage that will occur when fields are played on when they are saturated, including grass being shorn off and ripped free of the soil. This leads to bare spots, especially in the goal mouths of soccer and lacrosse fields, where play is most intense. The other damage, which isn’t so visible, is soil compaction. Turf does not grow well in compacted soil; however, many weeds do, Conner said. Also, compacted soil does not drain well and leads to standing water on fields. Dick Clark, president of the Rockville Baseball Association, said he has 50 Little League teams waiting to start playing ball. “It’s soaked out there but there is nothing we can do,” he said. To check the status of local fields, contact the MarylandNational Park and Planning Commission/Community Use of Public Facilities inclement weather line at 301-765-8787 or register for Montgomery Parks alert notifications at montgomeryparks.org/media/alerts.shtm to determine if fields are open for play. Updates regarding field status will also be available at MontgomeryParks.org. But while the county’s playing fields are closed, Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park and Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park have welcomed boaters and fishermen to another season on the lakes.

YES, IT WAS COLD AND SNOWY After a relatively balmy December, winter came down hard on the region this year, with below-normal temperatures and about a foot of snow more than normal. Data are from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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PIA PEOPLE: WALLY DEBORD

The Gazette talked to several people in Montgomery County who made Maryland Public Information Act requests in 2013 about their experiences. For other Q&A profiles, go to www.gazette.net. Name: Wally DeBord Hometown: Splits time between Gaithersburg and Ocean City

and conditions of Angel Jones’ separation from employment as city manager.

Occupation: Retired (former public works operations director for city of Gaithersburg)

Did you get what you wanted? How was your experience?: (The city denied

How many Maryland Public Information Act requests have you ever made (to any government body)? Estimate if needed: Only one.

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Continued from Page A-1 was provided to fulfill those requests. The study was done in conjunction with Sunshine Week, a national effort by news organizations and open-government advocates to spotlight laws that keep government’s workings transparent. Sunshine Week is held in mid-March every year, coinciding with the March 16 birthday of James Madison, who is known as “the father of the Constitution.” The commemoration started with Sunshine Sunday in 2002 in Florida. Under the then-American Society of Newspaper Editors, it expanded to Sunshine Week and went national in 2005. The Gazette’s project this year was both a study of local governments’ proficiency in responding to PIA requests and a look at the types of information that people, groups and companies seek. It illustrated who uses Maryland’s open records law. Among the largest sample size — 92 PIA requests made to Montgomery County Public Schools — individual people living in the county (sometimes representing a watchdog group) made about 40 percent the requests. Journalists had about 20 percent of the requests. In Rockville — which received 73 PIA requests in 2013 — the same 40 percent ratio for individuals held up. The media percentage dropped to about 8. Requests to the school system ranged from AP test scores to discussions about head injuries among football players. There was an inquiry about a possible investigation of the conduct of a basketball coach (it was unfounded). A parent wanted a recap of “an event” that happened one afternoon in 2004 at an elementary school. More than one-fourth

the request, citing a law that does not allow “personnel records” to be released.) “[They do a] good job of responding to requests, but they also do a good job of hiding when they want to hide when it comes to personnel matters. ... [I’m] not happy that they can, every time there’s a

of the requests to Rockville came from people living in the city, who wanted pictures that supported a violation for peeling paint, descriptions of easements on South Adams Street and construction documents for the South Stonestreet pedestrian bridge. The city of Gaithersburg had 21 PIA requests. Almost all came from people and businesses outside the city boundaries. A New York proprietor wanted copies of competitive bids for the city’s silk screen printing. A student in Michigan wanted to know about the slaying of a man named “Tracey” nearly 25 years ago. Smaller government bodies needed little effort to respond to The Gazette’s inquiry: Twelve reported that they didn’t get any PIA requests in 2013. Seventeen of the 21 government bodies replied to The Gazette and provided available information, if there was any, within the 30-day limit set by Maryland law. Rockville was a few days late, but provided information in the most convenient form — PDF attachments, a method also used by smaller local governments. The school system gave The Gazette about 1,400 pages of letters and records, most of them double sided-pages. It also included 13 DVDs with additional information. These were provided at no charge. Montgomery County, the largest government body in the PIA study, was the most delinquent. The Gazette sent its request to the county on Jan. 31. County spokesman Patrick Lacefield replied on Feb. 4 that he’d start working on the request. On March 14, during a visit to The Gazette’s newsroom — 42 days after the initial request — Lacefield promised to share what the county had on Monday of this week. As of deadline, it hadn’t arrived. aschotz@gazette.net

Under Maryland’s Public Information Act, government bodies have 30 days to respond to requests for public records and to provide whatever information they can. They have additional time to explain a denial and how the requester can appeal it. The Gazette asked Montgomery County, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and 19 local municipalities for copies of all PIA requests they received in 2013 and their responses. This chart shows when The Gazette submitted each request, when the government made its final response, and the result — how many PIA requests the government received in 2013. GOVERNMENT

REQUEST SUBMITTED

GOVERNMENT’S FINAL RESPONSE

RESULT

Poolesville

1/30

1/30

0

Rockville

1/30

3/6

73

Brookeville

1/30*

1/31

0

Laytonsville

1/30

2/19

0

Gaithersburg

1/30

3/6

21

MCPS

1/31

2/27

92

Glen Echo

1/31*

2/24

0

Kensington

1/31

2/3

1

Chevy Chase Village

1/31*

2/28

1

Town of Chevy Chase 1/31

2/3

2

Montgomery County

1/31**

Takoma Park

2/21***

Somerset

2/3*

2/21

0

Garrett Park

2/3*

2/21

1

Barnesville

2/3****

3/3

0

Village of Chevy Chase, Section 3

2/3

2/3

0

Village of Chevy Chase, Section 5

2/3

2/3

0

Martin’s Additions

2/3

2/3

0

Village of North Chevy Chase

2/3

2/3

0

Washington Grove

2/3

2/3

0

Chevy Chase View

2/3

2/3

0

*Gazette resubmitted request on 2/21 after getting no acknowledgement ** Did not provide final response by press time ***Gazette had wrong contact information for request on 2/3; resubmitted on 2/21, starting new 30-day response period

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personnel issue, go into executive session and not have to reveal anything.” City Attorney N. Lynn Board, who responded to his request, “is a sharp cookie. She knows what she’s doing. She’ll go by the letter of the law.”

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BUSINESS Minority businesses make good headway Montgomery has majority of state’s top five companies under Hispanic, black ownership n

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Scaredy cats — and dogs, lizards, et al. — have a new place to go for health care in Damascus. Paws & Claws Animal Hospital opened March 8 at 9811 Main St., Suite 103. The hospital, owned by veterinarian Melissa Birken, offers both wellness and emergency care for pets of all types. The hospital website is pcahospital.com and its phone number is 301-391-6777.

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In an industrial section of East Rockville, near scrap metal yards and auto repair shops, employees of Mayorga Coffee roast fine, specialty-grade coffee beans. The beans are organic and without genetically modified organisms, mostly coming from small, family-owned farms in Central and South America. The company has found a good market, with sales growing about 10 percent in 2012, to $20.7 million. Mayorga has grown from the ninth-largest Hispanic business in Maryland in 2011 to third last year, and was the lone one among the top five last year to grow in revenues, according to the magazine Hispanic Business. In a statement, Martin Mayorga, the Guatemalan-born president and founder who grew up in Nicaragua, credited his business’ growth to the hard work of farmers and staff and the acceptance of customers. “Our customers ... realize that quality and sustainability can coexist with value,” he said. Minority companies have made more headway in Maryland than most states. From 2002 to 2007, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses in Maryland jumped 68 percent, higher than the 44 percent national average gain, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. Maryland also had the thirdhighest concentration of blackowned businesses among states in 2007, as 19 percent of companies were black-owned. RLJ Lodging Trust of Bethesda, part of Robert L. Johnson’s business holdings, is the largest black-owned company in Maryland. The business

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Daniel Sandoval checks the color of the beans as he roasts a batch of coffee in the Mayorga roasting plant on Southlawn Lane in Rockville on Thursday. saw revenue rise 13 percent in 2012, to about $850 million, and another 14 percent in 2013, to $970 million. Acquisitions were a key part of RLJ’s growth, CEO Thomas J. Baltimore Jr. said. Last year, the company acquired more than $200 million of assets in highgrowth markets such as Houston and Atlanta and expanded into Hawaii, San Francisco and Portland. “We are cautiously optimistic by the steady economic improvement,” Baltimore said. Montgomery County is the state’s hotbed for minority companies. Four of the five largest Hispanic businesses in Maryland and three of the five biggest black-owned businesses in the state have headquarters in Montgomery.

Candidates court minority businesses RLJ Lodging Trust and Mayorga Coffee are among a growing contingent of businesses that politicians are trying to

reach with various proposals to help boost minority firms in this election year. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), one of several candidates for governor, recently released an eight-point plan that he said will increase the number of minority-owned businesses that win state contracts. He would make it easier for businesses to get certified to compete for those contracts, create new programs that encourage private companies to hire minority owned firms and form a volunteer mentorship program between established companies and smaller businesses. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), also running for governor, proposes to let minority companies get a waiver when they compete for state prime contracts and not have to meet subcontractor minority participation goals since they are already minority owned. He also wants to do more to further divide state contracts into smaller portions to allow for greater participation. Harford County Executive

David R. Craig, a Republican governor candidate, wants to eliminate or reduce taxes that impede business growth, such as the rain tax, sales taxes and personal state income tax. The proposals sound good in theory, said Cary Hithon, black owner of ComForcare Senior Services of Lanham, which he opened last year. Reducing red tape and startup costs for businesses would be a big help, he said. “The startup costs for a new business are hefty,” Hithon said. “For instance, when I opened last year, I had to hire an accountant and pay taxes, even though I did not have revenue yet.” Then there are issues like dealing with the federal health care act and potential minimum wage increase, he noted. “Growing a business can be both a blessing and a curse,” Hithon said. “You want to grow enough to add employees, but that comes with more complications.” kshay@gazette.net

Gaithersburg’s Bugaboo Creek Steak House, which closed in February, is being replaced by a new steakhouse and bar. BC Steak and Silver Birch Bar, which is set to open Sunday, features an upscale ski lodge atmosphere at 15710 Shady Grove Road. The lounge atmosphere of the Silver Birch Bar is in a separate space within the restaurant and is open for extended hours. It features shuffleboard tables and darts. BC Steak is owned and operated by Capitol BC Restaurants, which acquired several Bugaboo Creek locations from CB Holding in a bankruptcy sale in 2011, according to a company news release. The restaurant and bar open daily at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 p.m. Sunday. The bar is open an hour later each night. Reservations are encouraged for parties of nine or more. For more information, visit bcsteak.com or call 301-548-9200.

Leadership Maryland leaders William B. Grant, chairman and CEO of First United Bank & Trust, was elected chairman of Leadership Maryland. New directors include Ilaya Hopkins, vice president of public affairs for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

MedImmune names new vice president Anand Subramony has joined MedImmune as vice president for drug delivery and device development within biopharmaceutical development. He works out of the Gaithersburg facility. He joins MedImmune from the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Mass., where he headed the novel delivery technologies and therapeutics group. He has also held scientific leadership positions at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in Bridgewater, N.J., and Johnson & Johnson/Alza Corp. in Mountain View, Calif.

New Signal Financial VP Signal Financial Federal Credit Union of Kensington hired Meddy Soeparta as vice president of commercial lending and development. He previously was a senior business banker at Capital One Bank in Bethesda.


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SCHOOL LIFE

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK

A cross-cultural celebration

Sport stacking takes school by storm

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Every Thursday after school, about 40 students meet in the gym at Stone Mill Elementary School in North Potomac to practice sport stacking. Sport stacking? Simply put, it’s the creation of pyramids by stacking plastic cups in prescribed sequences using three, six or 10 cups — and doing it as fast as possible. And yes, it really is a sport, says Carol Winckler, a physical education teacher at Stone Mill. “It has a lot of benefits like [improving] eye had coordination and bilateral movement,” Winckler said. Winckler was first introduced to sport stacking at a physical education convention about 10 years ago. “It was so fun at the convention that I asked our principal, Kimberly Williams, to buy the equipment,” she said Equipment includes sets of a dozen plastic cups and a mat for stacking. The mat has an attached timer so players knows their score right away. Stone Mill students enjoyed competing against their own times and others’ so much that they started the afternoon Sport Stacking Club. It gives them more time improve their skills and see how others are doing. First-grader Kaia Sanders, 7, said she joined the club because she thought it looked “really, really cool.” She has her own set of stacking cups, as do many of the club members; hers are pink, her favorite color. The club gave her a good place to practice. “I only do it at school or in my room,” she said. “I have a little brother and he will mess up my cups.” Two former Stone Mill students, Michael Mashima and Kareef Ullah, now sixth-graders at Cabin John Middle School in Potomac, set the world record in doubles

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Families arrived with baskets and bowls of food, display boards and props, many dressed in clothes from their country of origin. They came to share their cultural heritage at International Night on Friday at Lois P. Rockwell Elementary School in Damascus. Twenty-three countries were represented with displays created by students and their families. “The school community has changed a lot,” Principal Cheryl Clark said of her 16 years at the school. “The community is much more diverse and [International Night] becomes more interesting.” Among the additions to this year’s heritage celebration at Rockwell was a project to help provide water to people in Tanzania. Students Rebuild, a nonprofit that encourages school children to become involved in creative ways of solving global issues, is offering a challenge through May 16 for students worldwide to make paper beads and send them to the organization. For every 20 beads created, the Bezos Family Foundation and cosponsors charity: water and Global Nomads Group will provide water for one person in Tanzania, Shannon Fleischer, Rockwell PTA vice president, said. Jeffrey Bezos, owner of Post Community Media, parent company of The Gazette, is a member of the board of the Bezos Family Foundation. The bead-making table was busy with students rolling triangular strips of paper around a thin stick, gluing the ends together and slipping them off the stick. As each bead was finished it went into a plastic container, ready to be added to those collected from students worldwide. “A very good estimate” of the number of beads created by Rockwell students would be about 5,000, Fleischer wrote in an email to The Gazette on Tuesday. That includes those made by students at home and at school during indoor recess before International Night, she wrote. Beads were selected for the

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Rashid Bhatti and his son Adam, 6, perform a Bhangra dance for International Night on Friday at Lois P. Rockwell Elementary School in Damascus. water project because they are a part of life in Africa according to the Students Rebuild website www.studentsrebuild.org. “Beads are often used for ceremonies, given and exchanged at significant life events such as birth, puberty, marriage and death,” the website stated. “For thousands of years, African beads have been used as adornment, communication and currency.” While students rolled beads and learned about the need for water in Tanzania, others visited with their schoolmates, learning about the different cultures represented. Ethan King, 11, a fifth-grader, and his sister, Alyra, 8, a secondgrader, shared their Vietnamese culture. Their mother is Vietnamese, their father, American. Ethan said the most interesting things about Vietnam to him are its food and clothing. His favorite food: beef soup. Adam Bhatti, 6, a first-grader,

talked about Pakistan while his father gave out samples of tandoori chicken. The two also performed a dance during the beginning of the night’s events when students presented music and dance performances. The Bhattis combined traditional Pakistani dance with Michael Jackson-style choreography. Trans-cultural dance was also represented by two students performing a Bollywood dance, though the girls doing Irish step-dance stuck with tradition. Throughout the evening, Pa’ Gozar con Laura Sosa played Latin American and Caribbean salsa and merengue music, adding to the International flair of the night and giving everyone who wanted the chance to learn a little salsa dance. “This is everything good about our community,” PTA president Erricka Evans said as she looked about the room.

sport stacking Feb. 15 at the Delaware State Sport Stacking Championships. They completed the stacking cycle in 7.198 seconds. The boys return to Stone Mill on Thursdays and help with the club.

Students present ‘Brigadoon,’ ‘Annie Jr.’ Albert Einstein High School students will present the musical “Brigadoon” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12 or $8 for children. The school is at 11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington. Einstein performers also will take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer as part of the American High School Theatre Festival. • Robert Frost Middle School will present the musical “Annie Jr.” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets on Thursday and Friday are sold at the door and cost $8. Tickets for Saturday’s performance cost $15 and include reserved seating, dessert and drinks. They may be ordered at montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/robertfrostms/. The school is at 9201 Scott Drive, Rockville.

Takoma Park student top speller Nikita Singh, an eighth-grader at Takoma Park Middle School, won the

Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for Montgomery County held March 8 at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda. The runner-up was Samantha Wu, a third-grader at Farmland Elementary School in Rockville. Nikita clinched the championship by correctly spelling “portentous.” She will represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 25-31 in Washington.

Kareef Ullah (left), 12, and Michael Mashima, 11, sixth-graders at Cabin John Middle School, demonstrate their doubles cup stacking skills during a recent stacking club meeting at Stone Mill Elementary School in North Potomac. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE

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OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS Rocky Hill Middle School

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n Each week, The Gazette will feature a county school by the numbers, giving a glimpse at how local schools are dealing with overcrowded conditions.

Number of students:

1,091

Current student capacity:

Number of students over capacity:

Percent over capacity:

Number of school’s portable classrooms:

995 96 9.6 9 2004 23.9 24.5 None

Total MCPS middle school portable classrooms:

(Kindergarten through fifth grade)

School’s average class size:

MCPS average class size:

Grades 6 to 8

MCPS average middle school student/ instructional staff ratio:

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Cynthia Eldridge, acting principal of Rocky Hill Middle School, did not respond to requests for comment on overcrowding at the school.

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It was an average patrol day for Montgomery County Police Officer Dale Anonsen until late in the afternoon when he, along with Officer Brendan Hopkins — both from the Third District — responded to a suicide attempt call March 7, 2013. “We got to the house thinking we are probably going to do first aid and try to contain everything,” Anonsen said. But what officers found was a woman in the master bathroom holding a loaded gun to her head threatening to kill herself. “A lot of times you are just driving around maybe taking a burglary report... then you get this and you know you have to go from zero to 100 real quick,” Anonsen said. Officers started to negotiate with the woman, talking to her within inches of the gun she was holding. Anonsen explained they asked her to put the gun down, and said to her “it can’t be that bad that you want to take your life. ... Let’s talk about this. Let’s try to figure something else out.” Additional patrol officers brought ballistic shields to the officers in the house. Steven Browne of the Special Operations Division, entered the house to help during negotiations. After six hours an officer offered her a cup of water and as the resident put the gun down, Browne grabbed both of her wrists and pointed the gun away, ending the stand-off and saving her life. On Friday, Anonsen and Hopkins received the Bronze Medal of Valor while Browne was presented with the Silver Medal of Valor from the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce at the 40th Montgomery County Public Safety Awards for their bravery in negotiating with the victim and avoiding a fatal end. “I am very honored. ... My teammates played a much bigger role. ... It is not just me,” Browne said. The awards ceremony was held at the Montgomery County Conference Center in North Bethesda. It has been an annual tradition with the awardees not knowing what level of award they will receive until the day of the ceremony, according to Linda Ekizian, the chamber’s vice president. At the ceremony, the chamber also honored local businesses for their contributions to the community. It is the region’s largest event to recognize the valor of local public safety officials. A committee of civilian and sworn department heads meet to determine

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Firefighter Rescuer I Victoria Moore receives an Honorable Mention award from Montgomery County Fire Chief Steve Lohr (left) at the 40th annual Public Safety Awards program Friday in North Bethesda for entering a burning apartment in Silver Spring at great personal risk to rescue an elderly woman in August.

Officer Derrick Williams (right) recieves a Bronze Medal from Maryland National-Capital Park Police Chief Antonio DeVaul (left) at the awards program for rescuing three people from a burning car at a gas station in Beltsville in August.

(From left) Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, Police Officer III Brendan Hopkins, Police Officer III Steven Browne and Police Officer III Dale Anonsen at the awards program. Hopkins and Anonsen recieved a Bronze Medal and Browne received a Silver Medal for preventing a woman with a gun from committing suicide in March 2013. the merit of each act, according to chamber officials. Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said one of the reasons he loves the annual event is that the community has a chance to express their appreciation for the work that men and women from public safety do every day. “It is one thing to get an award from the fire department or police department for something that you do, but these awards come from the community in appreciation for the heroic acts that these men and women are doing day in and day out,” said Manger. Three other Montgomery County police officers were also recognized at the event. Police Officers Brian Nesbitt and Bassel Ifield received the Silver Medal of Valor for stopping

a woman from killing herself at a multilane highway on University Boulevard in Silver Spring. The woman tapped on Nesbitt’s driver’s side window while holding a knife. Both officers were able to take the woman into custody to undergo mental evaluation. Police Officer William Morrison received the Bronze Medal of Valor stopping bank robbers at an M&T Bank in Damascus. Morrison was off duty, waiting for his transaction to be finished, when he noticed an individual wearing hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap and a piece of cloth covering the lower part of his face during a warm day in June. Morrison called the Emergency Communications Center that a robbery was in progress after observing the teller’s reaction and was able to help catch two

suspects. Also honored at the event: Maryland-National Capital Park Police Officer Derrick Williams with the Bronze Medal of Valor for rescuing a citizen trapped in a vehicle that had lost control on Cherry Hill Road in Beltsville. The car’s engine had caught on fire, but Williams had two extinguishers in the trunk of his cruiser, and while assisted by a citizen he was able to free the driver, who was taken to a nearby hospital. Firefighter Rescuer Victoria Moore was presented with the Honorable Mention of Valor for rescuing an elderly woman from an apartment that had caught on fire on Norbeck Road in Silver Spring. Moore entered the smoky unit, crawled to the kitchen without personal protective clothing and was able to

Robert Van Dyke (right), a correctional specialist with the Montgomery County Department of Corrections, receives the Community Service Award for his work with the Alternative Community Service Program from Arthur M. Wallenstein, department director. take the woman from the building. Four community awards also were presented. • Marcine D. Goodloe was presented with the Chief Leslie B. Thompson Community Service Award for her commitment to the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. Goodloe has been a community leader for more than 40 years. • Police Officer III George Boyce was presented with the Chief Bernard D. Crook Jr. Community Service Award for his 33 years of community volunteer-

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ing to the people in Damascus. • Acting Sgt. Keith Gentry of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police received the Chief Donald A. Deering Community Service Award for his volunteer work to honor American veterans. • Robert Van Dyke, a correction specialist with the county Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, was presented with a Community Service Award for his humanitarian work in the rural areas of Guatemala. abarros@gazette.net


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Sifting through the curiosity of others is interesting and illuminating. Public-records requests are a window into landlordtenant disputes, motorists frustrated by electronic speed-camera tickets, parents wondering why their children weren’t accepted into a school magnet program. Out-of-state companies ask about a property’s zoning, the history of violations at residences, and lists — many lists — of things like purchase orders, outstanding checks and award bids for projects. Reams of requests make for good reading for the civic minded and the nosy. More importantly, they’re great for government transparency. Every time a person, group or business asks for public information, it’s a step toward keeping government transparent and accessible. Did the firm that won the contract have a better bid than ours? Do we need to lower our cost estinext time (meanCELEBRATE OPEN mates ing the government will GOVERNMENT spend less)? DURING What did the code SUNSHINE WEEK inspector find in our neighborhood? Who is on the committee making curriculum decisions? And one of our favorites: How are the school board and the superintendent spending money on their expense accounts or through district credit cards? It’s not hard to imagine how prudent office holders will (or should) be with the public purse when they know someone is watching. We salute those who pursue little pieces of truth about their government. They’re motivated enough to ask questions, engaged in their communities and skeptical enough to want written proof. As part of our look this year at the workings of local public records, we’re also meeting some of the questioners. We’re publishing short Q&As with a sample of people who made local requests in 2013 under the Maryland Public Information Act. It’s a project we put together to celebrate Sunshine Week, an annual reminder of the importance of opengovernment laws, and why the public should value and use them. We spoke with Lang Lin of Potomac, who wanted to know how the county chose students for a compact math program, in which children finish three years’ worth of math instruction in two years. “I’m new to all this stuff,” Lin said. “This was my first time.” We heard from Thomas Hearn of Bethesda, who is watching how the school system handles student athletes’ concussions. He said his son had one while playing football at Walt Whitman High School. Louis Wilen of Olney is another multiple filer, in more than one jurisdiction. It was Wilen who, on behalf of the Parents Coalition of Montgomery County, got copies of Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s expenses and receipts. We asked each of our PIA people if they had any advice for others on the process. The tips were good: Be specific. Mention the Maryland Public Information Act. Recontact the government body if you don’t hear anything. Hearn and Wilen went further and made a recommendation we wholly support: Governments should post information of public interest whenever possible. Montgomery County is doing that on a variety of topics, and has been trying to do more, but much of it is raw data sets, rather than answers to questions. Our governments need to think more broadly, in the minds of the people they serve. Why not post Starr’s expense records online, knowing that one person wanted it and others probably would, too? And post the school board’s spending reports? And so on down the line? Set a policy of anticipating and reacting to public interest. Build a database of records requests and responses. Nothing says information should only be given individually; consider how to distribute it widely. Otherwise, we saw mostly positive results from government bodies as they fielded our sunshine project requests. Even though the law lets government bodies charge a “reasonable fee” for copies and get reimbursed for staff time, Montgomery County Public Schools provided about 1,400 pages (mostly two-sided) and 13 DVDs of information at no charge. Rockville gave us about 175 pages of correspondence in a manner that matches today’s technology — PDFs in an email. That’s a model of efficiency and service that every government should follow. Kudos to Garrett Park and the Town of Chevy Chase and others for doing the same. Officials should remember that records, like the governments that create and file them, belong to the public, along with most of the information they contain. If they forget, remind them.

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To fight kidney disease, prevent it

Now that March is here, spring cleaning may be on your mind. You scour your home, tidy up dirty spaces and prepare for the new season. And little do most people know, your body does this too — every single day. Your kidneys are your very own washing machines, cleaning your blood and removing toxins, waste and excess water from your body. But unfortunately, they’re susceptible to breaking down. Kidney disease leads to more deaths in the United States than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. So in the spirit of National Kidney Month, I encourage you to take some time to learn if you or your loved ones are at risk. Healthy kidneys are essential to maintaining overall health. But nine out of 10 people with stage 3 chronic kidney disease do not even know they have it. How do you know if you’re vulnerable? Diabetes and high blood pressure dra-

matically increase one’s risk for the disease. With rates of both on the rise, Maryland residents are more at risk today than ever. The elderly and those with a family history of the disease should also be on the lookout. Because most symptoms don’t appear until nearly all kidney function is lost, highrisk groups should contact their doctors about a kidney screening. Today, this involves little more than a urine or blood test. Screenings are inexpensive and should be conducted annually. Symptoms don’t always present, but frequent urination, fatigue, loss of appetite, swelling in the hands and feet or areas of darkened skin can signal kidney disease. Anyone experiencing these warning signs should contact his or her doctor immediately. Untreated, kidney disease can turn into end stage renal disease, requiring dialysis or

Dr. Steven Burka The writer is the medical director of U.S. Renal Care in Bethesda.

Wheaton Youth Center just needs repairs

Minimum wage hike carries pain Charles and Anne Marie Martinez of Silver Spring [“All who work deserve a living wage,” letter, March 12] make a passionate if uninformed plea for a “living wage,” arguing that, “It simply makes no sense to not pay a living wage to all who work.” They do not designate an appropriate living wage, but the president and Maryland legislators have deemed a $10.10 per hour minimum wage in 2017 to be just right. And Montgomery County, the focus of their plea, is scheduled to rise to $11.50 that year. First, it is a good idea to examine who earns the minimum wage, then we can speculate about the consequences of a living wage increase. According to the nonpartisan and highly regarded Pew Research Center, there are “3.55 million hourly workers at or below the federal minimum. That group represents 4.7 percent of the nation’s 75.3 million hourly-paid workers and 2.8 percent of all workers.” Further, Pew’s research concludes that minimum wage earners are, “Disproportionately young: 50.6 percent are ages 16 to 24; 24 percent are teenagers (ages 16 to 19); mostly (78 percent) white, fully half are white women; and largely parttime workers (64 percent of

a transplant. In dialysis sessions, a machine filters blood just like a kidney, but usually requires three sessions each week lasting four hours per treatment. If you’ve already been diagnosed with kidney disease, healthy lifestyle choices can contain the damage. Eat low-fat, lowcholesterol meals, avoid sodium and potassium, exercise, forgo smoking and maintain a healthy blood pressure. Twenty-six million Americans are currently living with kidney disease, but the best way to fight the disease is to prevent its onset in the first place. So as you and your family and friends gear up for spring cleaning, take a little extra time for a maintenance check of your body’s washing machines.

the total).” The Congressional Budget Office recently projected that 500,000, and perhaps as many as 1,000,000 minimum wage earners, or 15 to 30 percent of all who earn the minimum wage, will lose their jobs as a result of Mr. Obama’s proposal. Simply, it will disproportionately deprive the very people it is aimed a helping, out of their subsistence. The young are the very earners entering the workforce, often in need of training, who will lose their chance to learn basic responsibilities, showing up on time, completing their assigned duties and relying on themselves, not their government for their needs. While they correctly note that “Montgomery County is a wealthy county,” it is not an island. Jobs can, and do, move to other areas, adjacent counties and even nearby states. A very competitive Virginia lurks, ready to poach. The most effective tool to increase wages at all levels is a vibrant, growing economy in need of workers who develop skills and make themselves valuable to employers who buy their time. Throwing so many into unemployment to benefit others seems reckless at best.

Royal S. Dellinger, Olney

We are responding to a Gazette article and photo of Feb. 27 titled, “Residents fear loss of green space if county declares Wheaton rec center historic.” It is interesting to note that most, if not all, of the people holding green flags and lobbying for more green space on the site, live within a few blocks of Wheaton Regional Park, a 536-acre oasis of forests, fields, trails and a dozen public recreational amenities such as Brookside Gardens and Nature Center. We also desire more green space on site, but every Department of General Services concept plan that shows the youth center obliterated also shows all of the specimen and significant trees, thriving on the interior of the property, removed. The presence of the youth center protects the surrounding trees that were retained when it was built, and those planted in 1963 and grew up with the building. Field space for the proposed Recreation Department’s new afterschool and summer programs can be maximized by choosing the three-story concept “C” instead of the sprawling “preferred alternative A.” Unfortunately The Gazette completely misunderstood the “Open Space Alternatives” chart from the planning department. Many speakers failed to grasp they are receiving a new recreation center, and retaining the youth center will not preclude, impede or delay the $58 million

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library/rec center/Gilchrist complex. The youth center continues to be heavily used and fully functioning today, but those that don’t like this building, for whatever reason, never have to set foot in it again; just enjoy the new facility and allow others to enjoy this unique treasure. A straw vote on Feb. 27 by the joint council committees against designation thwarted the planning staff’s efforts actively preparing rebuttals to misconceptions in the hearing, and answers to council members’ specific questions. ... This joint meeting was not supposed to be a historic designation worksession. That the youth center is historic is a slam dunk. The HPC, HPC staff, Planning Board, Maryland Historical Trust, professors, and council members all agree it meets multiple criteria for designation. ... It is inconceivable that the 11th richest county in the entire country (2012) would demolish one of its pre-eminent awardwinning historic buildings, when nothing threatens the structure except lack of will to repair it for adaptive reuse. ... Wheaton is underserved when it comes to historic properties, having only two. The Wheaton Youth Center would become the third jewel to enhance Wheaton’s heritage and that of our entire county.

George French and Marcie Stickle, Takoma Park and Silver Spring

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Blair, I agree with the premise in your article. I wish reporters would devote space to the (Lt. Gov. Anthony) Brown-supervised disastrous roll out of Maryland’s Health Care Connection and the new structural deficit brought to you by the overspending of the O’Malley/Brown administration. [“Little Anthony and the Imperial Guard,” Business Gazette, Feb. 21] John Breitenberg John Here’s a riddle: What’s the difference between the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and the mysterious disappearance of the Maryland legislature’s investigation into the disastrous $260 million Maryland Health Care exchange? Answer: They might find Flight 370. As for Maryland’s chronic overspending; when state MY MARYLAND revenue projections BLAIR LEE fell $238 million two weeks ago, the legislature raided the public employees pension fund to make up the difference saying, “We had no other choice.” That’s like a crack addict saying he “had no other choice” but to smoke another rock. The last time I checked, the Maryland constitution gives the legislature the authority to decrease the governor’s budget but it’s been so long since they cut spending they probably forgot they can. Blair Sir, “Incapable of behaving and learning”? [“Spare the rod, spoil the school,” Business Gazette, Feb 28]. Seriously? So you’ve ruled out any hope for them. Would you like to send the 4-year-olds straight to prison? That’s the Neanderthal view. Schools cannot control how they receive students, but they can control how they treat students, including troubled ones. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, and what I’ve seen of positive behavior reinforcement and constructive discipline (rather than knee-jerk suspensions) in county schools really works. Todd Reitzel Todd, You and I fundamentally disagree on the purpose of our public schools. I believe they’re supposed to educate and socialize students who can be educated and socialized. Unfortunately, due to the breakdown of the family unit, our schools include many children who are out of control and cannot be educated and socialized by standard teachers in standard classrooms.

... When state revenue projections fell $238 million two weeks ago, the legislature raided the public employees pension fund to make up the difference saying, “We had no other choice.” That’s like a crack addict saying he “had no other choice” but to smoke another rock. You believe our schools have a duty to rehabilitate these feral youths within the school setting regardless of the disruption they cause. While you’re busy “catching flies with honey,” order and education suffer. These kids should be helped by specially trained persons in separate facilities because our schools are not equipped to provide the child-rearing these kids didn’t get at home. Blair Mr. Lee, I am a new teacher in Baltimore County this year and I am having a terrible time with discipline. In my most underperforming class, I feel like I am teaching pre-schoolers instead of high school students. Indeed, on bad days I am teaching nothing at all — I’m simply an unarmed, untrained jailer for 45 excruciating minutes. Our weakest students have learned, seemingly long ago, that it is easier to make a ruckus than to sit down and shut up. Every student passes. No one is ever suspended for more than 10 days. Most school administrators simply want to climb the only career ladder open to them. So long as an administrator can prove that he/she tried to intervene with an inexpensive, ineffective community conference, there is nothing to delay his/her ascension to the top. I have not been physically injured, yet, but it’s only a matter of luck. Every day I go to school mentally prepared for physical injury. It’s a very dirty, sad business being a jailer, I miss being a teacher. Jessica Whitlock-Schettine, Baltimore Jessica, Thank you for describing far more eloquently than I ever could what teachers are facing in today’s classrooms. Blair Editor, Blair Lee’s tirade criticizing the shift away from zero-tolerance policies, “Spare the rod,

spoil the school,” hypes violent youth offenses in schools without providing solutions. In fact, Maryland aims to “prepare all students to be college and career ready” that’s why it’s so critical that schools create a positive climate to engage all students and teach those who demonstrate inappropriate behavior better conflict management skills. If students are suspended the likelihood of dropping out increases exponentially ... 42.5 percent of dropouts entered the juvenile justice system. There is little data that suspensions teach students to better manage their conflict next time. Punishment may be necessary, yet it remains critical to restore the offender to the school community. Barbara Sugarman Grochal, director, University of Maryland Center for Dispute Resolution Dear Ms. Grochal, While you’re busy living in Fantasyland over at the university, poor Jessica Whitlock-Schettine is fending for her life in a Real World classroom. In your cockeyed view, school suspensions cause drop-outs which lead to juvenile crime. No, these feral youths end up in prison for the same reasons they were suspended, not because they were suspended. The Baltimore city school system recently adopted your “restorative justice” approach to discipline including the “daily rap” where teachers “build open communications with students so they can talk and resolve” and “morning meetings” where “students sit in a circle and do activities together to help build caring.” You know, all the stuff they should have learned at home. According to the Baltimore schools code of conduct (2013-2014), here are the student infractions for which out-of-school suspensions cannot be given: cheating, habitual truancy, under influence of alcohol, disrupting class, failing to follow instructions, profane language, shoving, pushing, gambling, refusal to obey school policies, indecent exposure and sexual activity (pre-K to five). And here are the infractions for which “restorative justice” must be attempted before issuing a suspension: two or more intentional attacks on students, serious disruption (turning over tables, throwing objects), using drugs, fighting, extortion, attacks on personnel, sexual activity, and possessing/selling explosives. How on earth can anyone run a classroom under those conditions? Your kind of fuzzy thinking is destroying public confidence and ruining our school system. Blair 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 www.gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is blairleeiv@gmail.com.

TOWN OF POOLESVILLE BOARD OF APPEALS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING RECONSIDERATION OF SPECIAL EXCEPTION 001-14 Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on March 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM, Poolesville Town Hall, 19721 Beall Street, Poolesville, Maryland for the purpose of receiving testimony regarding the request to reconsider the decision made by the Board of Zoning Appeals in regarding to the grant of a Special Exception with conditions relating to the outside display and storage of items. The request for reconsideration was submitted by J.P. Property Investments, LLC for Poolesville Plaza Shopping Center located at 19610 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, Maryland. Copies of this application are available at Town Hall. 1890821

NOTICE OF JOINT PUBLIC HEARING The Mayor and Council and Planning Commission of the City of Gaithersburg will conduct a joint public hearing on CTAM-4269-2014, filed by Lauren Pruss, Planning Division Chief, on MONDAY April 7, 2014 AT 7:30 P.M. or as soon thereafter as this matter can be heard in the Council Chambers at 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland. The application requests an amendment to Chapter 24 (City Zoning Ordinance), Article I, Entitled, “In General,” § 24-1, Entitled, “Definitions,” Article IV, Entitled, “Supplementary Zone Regulations,” § 24-163, Entitled, “Accessory Structures and Garages,” so as to Provide New Standards for Donation Drop Boxes. Further information may be obtained from the Planning and Code Administration Department at City Hall, 31 South Summit Avenue, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit the City’s website at www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Lauren Pruss, Planning Division Chief Planning and Code Administration

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The ‘elephant’ and the occupation In discussing the House Appropriations Committee’s consideration of the bill [“Opponents say bill restricting how state colleges, universities spend public money is unconstitutional,” March 6], The Gazette refers to “the elephant in the room” as the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. Actually, for many of us who testified against the bill, the “elephant” was how the 46-year Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories has imposed egregious violations of human rights on the Palestinian people with U.S. military support. Boycott as an instrument to address oppression was used against Apartheid South Africa and in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The American Friends Service Committee — a Quaker organization and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize — has endorsed its use with respect to the occupation. If Israel would free Palestinians from occupation there would be no need for boycotts.

John Salzberg, Sandy Spring

No to Cove Point Maryland’s Public Service Commission is considering a proposal by Dominion Power to put a huge generator at Cove Point in Calvert County. Yes, it will create some jobs ... there. At the same time, it will increase gas prices across the state by about 5 percent and cause environmental degradation to our precious Chesapeake Bay. Marylanders should be screaming “no” to the Cove Point project. It’s a bad idea.

Joyce Siegel, Rockville

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The revival of the Northwest High School boys’ track and field program didn’t begin on a track or a field, or any other manner of athletic facility, the same as it didn’t involve any specific athletic equipment. It began in gym classes, in art classes and with a verbal agreement between two coaches: football coach Mike Neubeiser and track coach Robert Youngblood. With that type of guerilla recruiting, in just the span of one year, the Jaguars evolved from a team who scored 10 points at the 2012 outdoor state championship to the team who won it by 16.5 in 2013. The revival of Paint Branch’s boys’ track program began a little more conventionally, with the addition of a ramped up distanceprogramtodiversifytheirpointsoutsideofsprintsand

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For Walter Johnson High School boys’ lacrosse senior Harris Cope, it used to be “face off, get off.” Win the draw, then leave the field at the next timeout to make room for an offensive-minded midfielder.

But now, thanks to a new rule change, teams will have a much harder time substituting their specialists, even in dead-ball situations. Effective this season, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Boys’ Lacrosse Rules Committee has eliminated the sideline horn that gave coaches a 20-second substitution timeout. The new rule — implemented by the NCAA last season — will not only speed up the game, but it will force midfielders to play

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on both sides of the ball, coaches say. “You can’t rely on specialized players anymore. You have to be an all-around player,” said Cope, who expects to get much more playing time with the offense this season. The Interstate Athletic Conference stopped using the horn last season, which sped up games and gave additional responsibilities to the midfielders, said Georgetown

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2014 BOYS’ LACROSSE

Georgetown Prep: Townsend Brown, Will Railey

Poolesville: Charles Lyles, Connor Pike

Montgomery Blair: Nate Goodin, Didi Li

Our Lady of Good Counsel: Patrick Poulos, Austin Smith

Quince Orchard: Jake Christensen, Taylor Segreti

James H. Blake: Frankie Hedgepeth, Matt Majower

Walter Johnson: Jordan Cooper, Andy Weissman

Rockville: Will Smith, Ben Vayer

Bullis: Ben Catt, Alex Robinson

R. Mont: Osebo Akhigbe, Tony Andalla

Winston Churchill: Louis Dubick, Matt Moshyedi

Landon: Sean O’Brien, Hunter Sells

Springbrook: Tatah Ndeh, Victor Weiser

Albert Einstein: Alex Johnson, Matt Kaiser

Northwood: Lewis Andrews, Kevin Moreno

Watkins Mill: Matt Thompson, Dean

Gaithersburg: Owen Scott, Matthew Valencia

Paint Branch: Daniel Bishop, Emilio Monzon

Walt Whitman: Colin Hains, Alex Hosker

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Just 19 days into the 2014 softball season and two days before Montgomery County Public School teams even open regular season play, coaches have already been put to the test. The worst March weather in recent history, many coaches agreed, has prevented most teams from getting on their fields more than two or three times this preseason — two-time defending champion Sherwood has yet

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Sherwood High School pitcher Meggie Dejter is one of the top returning players in the area.

With the Montgomery County high school baseball season set to begin Friday and Saturday, many teams will enter the spring with a genuine ace pitcher. Gaithersburg coach Jeff Rabberman is in the envious position of having one of the preseason favorites to capture the 4A West Region and state titles primarily because he has two stars, infielder Evan Colon and pitcher Nick DeCarlo, who were selected to the 2014 preseason all-state team by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches. “I know we’re going to have a good season, but I can’t remember heading into a season when so many teams had a pitcher that could beat you on any given day,” Rabberman said.

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In what would be their final game together, the five senior starters on the Damascus High School girls’ basketball team gathered at the head table of Towson University’s media room emotionally and physically drained after the Swarmin’ Hornets lost, 40-37, to Milford Mill Academy in the Class 3A state championship game. Damascus (23-4) was making its first state title game appearance in school history and through much of the contest the Swarmin’ Hornets were on the cusp of victory. In many respects, Damascus delivered a winning effort. Its five senior starters, Jenna Kaufman, Libby Bowles, Lauren Green, Anna Warfield and Kelli Prange combined for all but two of the Swarmin’ Hornets points

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while collectively playing 150 of a possible 160 minutes. Prange, a George Washington University recruit, led all scorers with 20 points and added 17 rebounds. “One thing about this team was they played hard the whole game,” Damascus coach Steve Pisarski said. “They gave it everything they had. We didn’t score as many points as I would have liked. But if you would have told me we would hold them to 40 points, I would have been happy with that. The only trouble was we didn’t score 41. But these girls sitting here beside me were super. They have me everything they had.” “I was so proud to be part of this team,” Prange said. “I knew this was going to be my last game with these girls and I really wanted to go out with a state championship. We came so close. There were so many shots that just missed. Every time it looked like we were going to take the lead, a shot would just fall short.” Green connected on 4 of 17 shots from the floor and

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Some called it David vs. Goliath. Others called that notion ludicrous. It was, after all, the Class 4A high school boys’ basketball game state championship game. How could there be a David in a title game of the most competitive class in Maryland? The scoreboard, which read 70-43 in Henry A. Wise’s favor over Walt Whitman, suggested maybe Saturday’s clichédmatchupmanypredicted wasn’t so far off. It was the largest margin of victory in 4A state championship history. And so, in the end, even in March, where the basketball world is often turned upside down and sideways, David isn’t supposed to stick with Goliath, and Whitman never did. “This whole season has just been a special season,” Wise coach Rob Garner said. “And we give a lot of respect to Whitman, but we were determined, man. We were determined to come here tonight and play well. That was important to us as a program. We always talk about not just winning but ‘How do we want to win?’” Saturday, the Pumas won handily and thoroughly. It began with a Devin Moore layup, which was followed by another Moore layup, and then two Moore free throws. Micah Till buried a long jumper to make it 8-0 before Whitman coach Chris Lun called for a timeout, which yielded three points from senior Adam Lowet on the ensuing possession. But five points was as close as the Vikings would come for the remainder of the game and, by extension, the season. There was no amount of defenses — “I think we tried everything,” Lun said — no offensive wrinkles that even Lun, who had authored this Whitman team’s improbable run, could devise. There was just nothing that could stop Wise on this March Saturday, and Lun would readily admit as much. “Oh they are very, very, very, very good,” the coach said. “Our gameplan was kind oftoforcethemtobeatusfrom the outside and I think they shot 60 percent in the first half but it felt like 95. Athletic, fast, quick, well-coached — certainly the best basketball team we’ve seen. They absolutely deserved to win the championship tonight.” With 4 minutes and 40 seconds left to play in the second quarter, Wise had two players, Moore and Trevor Brown, in double-figure points. Whitman as a team had yet to reach double-figure points. By halftime, the Pumas had made 17-of-29 shots and had at least four players make a field goal in each quarter; Whitman wouldn’t make more than three field goals in any quarter until the fourth, the game already well in hand. With 3:55 left in the fourth quarter, Garner had the luxury of pulling Micah Till, the engine of this state championship team. The Pumas were up 66-35, well out of range of even a miracle comeback. Moments later, all five starters and any key reserves took seats on the bench. The time to get state championship level of experience for Kyle Hill and Nate Hampton, for Michael Speight and D’Andre Simelton, had come. The first state championship in school history hadn’t even been officially locked up, and yet it was time to start thinking about next year. “Once you go to the Comcast Center ...,” Garner said, “It’s very addicting to go and come back and continue to have that experience. We have great kids in our program, we have a great junior varsity feeder, and as long as we continuetostayfocused,hopefully one day we’ll be able to come back.” tmewhirter@gazette.net


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Volleyball: Patriots return the 2013 Player of the Year BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER

Hunter Sutton

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Won county, region and state championships and was 47-0

Wrestler of the year: Winston Churchill High School’s Hunter Sutton (top).

Won region title and finished second at states

Mikey Macklin

Eric Hong

Bailey Thomas

Kevin Budock

Michael Sprague

Mitchell Zio

County, region and state champion; went 44-0

Won IAC, states and National Preps, was 42-6

Won WCAC was second at states; went 35-6

Won WCAC; second at National Preps

Won IAC, states and National Preps, was 41-7

Took third at states, and was 43-1

Churchill Senior 152

Damascus Junior 113

Northwest Junior 106 FILE PHOTO

Geo. Prep Freshman 120

Good Counsel Freshman 126

Good Counsel Sophomore 132

Geo. Prep Senior 138

Paint Branch Senior 145

Adama Keita

Jeff Moreno

Nick Miller

Kevin Snyder

Thomas Fitzpatrick

Connor Tilton

Won region title and finished fourth at states

County and region champion went 33-6

Won WCAC title, took second at states

Won WCAC, took second at states

Won region title and placed fourth at states

Won region title and finished second at states

Churchill Senior 160

Northwest Senior 170

Coach of the year Skylar Saar

Good Counsel In 10th season, guided the Falcons to WCAC championship, second-place at the Maryland Independent Schools Tournament and fourth place at National Preps.

Good Counsel Junior 182

Good Counsel Sophomore 195

R. Montgomery Senior 220

Quince Orchard Senior 285

Second team 106 - Scott Obendorfer, Damascus 113 - Adam Whitesell, Good Counsel 120 - Nick Davis, Northwest 126 - Michael Wilkerson, Damascus 132 - Colin Kowalski, Georgetown Prep 138 - Matt Kelly, Good Counsel 145 - Paul Hutton, Good Counsel

152 - Garrett Neff, Good Counsel 160 - Johnny Fischer, Damascus 170 - Donovan McAfee, Good Counsel 182 - Max Anderson, Gaithersburg 195 - Robby Happy, Sherwood 220 - Patrick Stewart, Georgetown Prep 285 - Dan Herman, The Heights

Honorable mention Quy Tran, Springbrook; Nolan Smith, Paint Branch; Dale Tiongson, Good Counsel; Andrew Barnes, Magruder; Mitch Fenton, Walt Whitman; Kyle Bollinger, Quince Orchard; Owen Brooks, Damascus; Colin McLaughlin, Damascus; Jarett Witzal, Landon; Logan Brooks, Damascus; Ari Cacopardo, Damascus; Paul Trintafilou, Georgetown Prep; Jules Desroches, Landon; Matthew Johnston, Landon.

KEEPING IT BRIEF QO promotes defensive coordinator to head football coach Quince Orchard High School promoted defensive coordinator John Kelley to take over as coach of the varsity football team, the school announced last week. Kelley, 33, has worked on the Cougars coaching staff for the past five seasons under Dave Mencarini, who resigned last month to coach at Urbana in Frederick County. The Cougars compiled a 107-18 record under Mencarini, winning a Class 4A state title in 2007. “Quince Orchard has already established itself as one of the elite programs in the state and the D.C. area,” Kelley said. “Our goal as a coaching staff is to keep things going in the right direction. We’re going to work hard, put kids in the right spots and try to keep the success going.” Kelley, an Urbana resident, graduated from Seneca Valley and played football at Towson University before taking on an assistant coaching job at Wesley College in Delaware. He then worked as a graduate assistant for the University of Maryland and a defensive line coach at North Carolina Central. He came to Quince Orchard in 2009 as a social studies teacher and helped the Cougars reach the state finals in 2011 and 2012. “Keeping the stability with the program was huge,” Quince Orchard Athletic Director George Awkard said. Kelley will remain defensive coordinator but has hired three

new assistants and promoted TJ Changuris, to offensive coordinator. The hires include Aaron Moxley (special teams and insider linebackers), Darnell Evans (secondary) and Quince Orchard alumnus Brooks Brenkus (wide receivers). — ERIC GOLDWEIN

Ex-Wootton football coach now at Avalon Tyree Spinner has been hired to coach football at Avalon School six weeks after being dismissed by Thomas S. Wootton, Avalon announced last week. He takes over a Black Knights team that went 5-5 last fall and won the Capital Area Football Conference Championship from 2011-13. The former Patriots coach replaces Tad Shields, who remains the school’s chief financial officer after a three-year coaching stint. “I chose The Avalon School because we — both, myself and the administration — had the same vision and we both believed in each other’s dream. I’d rather start a tradition, than join one.” Spinner wrote in an email to The Gazette. Spinner, 31, compiled a 9-11 record in his two-year Patriots coaching tenure before he and his assistants were dismissed in late January for personnel reasons, according to Wootton Athletic Director Christopher Thompson. Avalon Headmaster Kevin Davern said Spinner’s dismissal was related to a procedural mistake. “It wasn’t enough to dissuade us from being interested

in a coach who has a reputation for really caring about his players,” Davern said. Spinner will bring in some of his Wootton assistants and would not indicate whether he would be joined by any Wootton athletes. “I know building a program does not happen overnight, but I have the same expectation that every coach has ... to win every game we play,” Spinner wrote. “But mainly, build a well respected, admired, and successful program.” — ERIC GOLDWEIN

Former Wootton football coach returns Thomas S. Wootton High School has hired former football coach Eddie Tolliver to replace Tyree Spinner, who was dismissed in January after two years leading the team. Tolliver, 41, was the Patriots coach from 2010-11, compiling a 6-14 record before stepping down due to health reasons. “The biggest goal is getting the program stabilized,” said Tolliver, who works at the school as a security assistant. “… Getting all the kids on board and striving towards having a great season.” Athletic Director Christopher Thompson declined further comment on the school’s decision to dismiss Spinner and the previous coaching staff, citing it as a personnel matter. Spinner was hired to coach Avalon School’s football team on Wednesday. — ERIC GOLDWEIN

When the Montgomery County boys’ volleyball season gets underway on Friday with a full slate of scheduled games, there is the overall impression from the county’s coaches that the sport is getting more talented and matches are becoming more intense. Thomas S. Wootton High School is the defending champion and the Patriots return three starters, including Paul Malinauskas, the 2013 All-Gazette Player of the Year. But despite having to make ample cuts after having 40 potential players at tryouts, seventh-year coach John Hantranft is heading into the 2014 season with a sense of cautious optimism. “We’ll have three senior starters, including Paul, and we have some talented players, but we’re raw,” said Hantranft, who kept 16 players and five team managers. “Last year we had an excellent team, but that was last year. This year there are probably eight teams that could win the league. It has just gotten that much more competitive.” Each of the county’s 25 teams will play an 11-game schedule, but only the top 16 teams will make the playoffs. In a sense, preventing all 25 teams from having a guaranteed berth in the postseason has also made the matches more competitive. Most of the coaches agreed that teams with a 6-5 record or worse would have a minimal chance to make the playoffs. In some cases, even 7-4 might not be good enough to garner a spot. “The league has definitely gotten a lot more competitive,” Clarksburg coach Dawn Dickinson said. “I think the guys really take it seriously. If they don’t they usually end up playing coed. It used to be that you could count on maybe a handful of teams to be good, but now it seems like eight or nine teams are solid. I know our goal is to get past the second round this year.” Richard Montgomery second-year coach Gretchen Barber-Strunk guided the Rockets to the league finals in her rookie season last year only to get upended by Wootton. But Richard

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Thomas S. Wootton High School senior Paul Malinauskas practices on Friday. Montgomery has five starters back and several reserves who could potentially start. BarberStrunk did not necessarily notice an increase at tryouts, but she admitted it was not easy to trim the squad down to 12. “Last year was a lot of fun,” Barber-Strunk said. “We had a good run to make the championship match and I know the guys really want another chance to get back there. But they know it won’t be easy. We faced a lot of good teams last year and I think most of the top teams have a number of returning starters. The matches were definitely intense. The boys take it seriously and a lot of them play for clubs.” Winston Churchill secondyear coach Erika Eastham, who was 7-4 in her rookie season with the Bulldogs last spring, is also aware that a number of her players and their opponents play for local club volleyball

teams. Eastham, a Churchill graduate who played volleyball for the school, returns junior outside hitter Charles Yang and senior libero Alex Fang. “I really didn’t know what to expect last year,” Eastham said. “But I have to admit I was pleased by what I saw. I thought the league was pretty competitive. I thought we would go 9-2 and we ended up 7-4. I’m hoping this year that we can get to 9-2 and make a run in the playoffs. It won’t be easy, though, because there are probably 8-10 good teams in this league.” The co-ed season will also get underway on Friday. Damascus opens as the favorite to claim the title this spring. Wootton. Sherwood and Col. Zadok Magruder are also expected to contend. tblack@gazette.net


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SHERWOOD

Continued from Page B-1 Damascus, harder than those with more experienced lineups such as Sherwood, defending state semifinalist Northwest, Blair and Clarksburg. Coldornot,snowyornot,the season will get underway sooner than later and a condensed schedule — playoffs start the second week of May — means there’s no real time to “ease in” to the season for teams looking to claim home field advantage during the postseason.

Favorites Actually it’s one favorite. Sherwood enters this season on a 42-game win streak that includes back-to-back Class 4A state titles. Not only do the Warriors return six starters from last year’s state championship team but among them is four-year starting pitcher Meggie Dejter and her catcher for the last three, Rae Harrison. Adding to Sherwood’s strength up the middle is junior shortstop Nicole Stockinger, who batted .645 with 45 runs batted in and led the Washington, D.C. area with 12 home runs a year ago. Sherwood, in general, has been putting up monstrous offensive numbers the past few years while keeping their opponents’ scoring to a minimum. As many teams have learned, that is quite a difficult combination to contend with. The only possible question mark, for anyone desperately reaching for something, is how the Warriors will respond to firstyear coach Ashley Barber-Strunk after the retirement of former 17-

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Continued from Page B-1 Prep coach Kevin Giblin. “The two way middie is back and alive,” he said. Giblin, whose powerhouse team has 19 Division I recruits, said the rule change will prepare high school athletes to play in college. “It’s what they’re going to do at the next level,” Giblin said. “... Playing with the horn doesn’t prepare you for the next level.” Not only will the games run faster, but they’ll run smoother, Walter Johnson coach Alan Pohoryles said. Some games in previous years would stretch over two hours and finish after 9 p.m., thanks in part to the sub-

year coach Pat Flanagan. “Sherwood is Sherwood,” Hoelman said. “I think everyone is curious to see what Sherwood is going to be like without Pat, she is a legend, but I don’t think anyone expects too much of a falloff and that’s because of how good Meggie is. No one is going to take Sherwood for granted.”

Contenders James H. Blake has the misfortune of being paired with Sherwood in the Class 4A North Region, but the Bengals have established themselves as one of the county’s top programs in recent years. A region semifinalist in 2013, Blake returns starters in all but one position, albeit an important one: pitcher. Nevertheless this is a team that should not be taken lightly. As always, the 4A West Region is ripe with legitimate contenders. Last year it was Northwest that broke through to the state tournament for the first time. With six returning starters, including one of the county’s top pitchers in sophomore Bridgette Barbour, the Jaguars remain a team to beat in the region. But 2011 winner Blair and last year’s finalist Clarksburg might have other ideas. The Blazers boast an experienced lineup of their own and have been able to mix in some stronger hitting more recently with their traditional small-ball tactics. The Coyotes lost one of the county’s top pitchers but are propelled by some pretty fantastic playmakers and have had no trouble scoring runs in recent years. Our Lady of Good Counsel looks to be in as good a posistitution timeouts. “I like the pace of the game when we sub on the fly,” said Pohoryles, whose team went 11-5 last season. While Cope is preparing for his extended role by getting into shape and working on his stick skills, offensive-minded midfielders such as Quince Orchard’s Taylor Segreti are trying to improve on the other end. “[The] basics of quality team defense is what I’ve really been focusing on,” Segreti said. The former attackman wasn’t a liability last season when opposing teams had possession, but said he was frequently removed from the game and replaced with stronger defensive players. “I was never the best de-

Darkhorses It’s hard to think of Damascus residing anywhere other than the county’s upper echelon but the Swarmin’ Hornets return only two starters this spring and neither of them are pitchers. That’s a tough hit for a team that’s been propelled recently by the county’s deepest and most versatile pitching rotation. Teams would be foolish to overlook this traditional powerhouse, though. Rockville graduated only two starters from a 12-5 teamthatwontheprogram’sfirst Montgomery 3A/2A Division title since 2002. With Kate Lipman back in the pitcher’s circle, the Rams look to continue their resurgence in 2014. “This is my 10th year and I don’t remember a spring like this ever,” Northwest coach Kevin Corpuz said. “You’ve got to be creative sometimes to accommodate your team. ... There are only four teams at the end of the year that are happy. We want to be one of those four teams.” jbeekman@gazette.net fenseman but I always enjoyed playing D. It’s a very fun part of the game,” he said. “... I had plenty of opportunities to play defense, but I would have liked some more.” Other rule changes include the lengthening of the substitution area from 10 to 20 yards wide. Additionally, body-checks on players in defenseless positions (blind side, head down, head turned away) will be illegal. Segreti said he and several of his Quince Orchard teammates have played without substitution horns in club games and that the rule change will make for a faster, more enjoyable experience. “It’s really going to change the way midfield is played,” Segreti said.

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Continued from Page B-1 field events. And, just as Northwest did, within the window of a year, Paint Branch went from the team that scored 11 points in the 2013 indoor state championships to the one who, says Quince Orchard coach Seann Pelkey, was actually the favorite to win the whole thing this past indoor season, though the Panthers lost to Northwest by two. With the emergence of these two programs, Montgomery County has all but monopolized the boys’ 4A team scoring — and that doesn’t even get into the individuals dotted across the county. “Those Paint Branch guys had something special going on this season,” Pelkey said. “When they stepped onto the track it was all business, it was like the New England Patriots, and it was fun to watch.” The area in general, he elaborated, “is never going to have a shortage in athletes. We’ve just got so many kids in so many events.” Which is exactly why, during his free periods, Youngblood will rarely be found hanging out in his office. He’ll be snooping around

ACES

Continued from Page B-1 “I know we have Evan and Nick, but if you look at teams like Sherwood, Quince Orchard, Northwest, [Bethesda-Chevy Chase] and [Winston] Churchill and of course, Poolesville in 2A, each of those teams has a pitcher that can basically shut you down.” Underscoring the depth of the county is Churchill, which overcame a 6-10 regular season to earn a berth in the 4A state title game last year at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Churchill returns seven of its starters. “On any given day, any team can beat you,” said Churchill fifthyear coach Scott Blackwood, a 2002 Quince Orchard graduate. “Our best pitcher, Eric Brodkowtiz, is as good as anyone out there. Obviously, Gaithersburg has Nick DeCarlo and Sherwood has Matt Chanin and Poolseville has Robbie Metz. It’s a tough league across the board. You just can’t show up at the park and think you’re going to leave with a win.”

gym classes looking for runners. He’ll be popping in art class looking for, well, anything. That’s where he found Courtney Haberman, who had never thrown a discus in her life yet finished ninth in the state in last year’s outdoor meet, just months into her throwing career. “I saw the length of her arms and the size of her hands, and I said ‘Come out here, let me show you something real quick,’” Youngblood said. And then he taught her the basics to a discus spin, handed her a slip of paper for her parents to sign, and he had found an athlete. In art class. “Kids will say, ‘You’re always recruiting!’” he said. “And I said, ‘No, I’m just finding something else for you guys to do with your life.’ That’s just always been my method.” Beginning with last year’s outdoorteam,Youngbloodpartnered up with Neubeiser to combine forces. Neubeiser would loan his football players to Youngblood, essentially adding 40 athletes to the track roster, and the track coach would send them back in the fall much improved, as far as physical abilities go, across the board. The result: an outdoor state track and field title, a football state

title and an indoor state track and field title. Paint Branch has football players, too, but coach Dessalyn Dillard attributes the program’s quick ascent to the development of the distance program and the athletes “buying in.” “We always knew the potential of our team it was just a matter of all the pieces coming together at the same time,” she said. “Basically we kind of adopt a family atmosphereandthekidsreallyenjoy spending time witheachother. To get the kids to produce on the track, they have to buy in to what you’re saying and that’s what’s been working so well for us.” And then, of course, there are the girls, who have all but seized control of the individual events and took four of the top five 4A team finishes. Col. Zadok Magruder’sBethanyWhiteisfresh off a 55-meter state title, James H. Blake’s Martha Sam a 300 crown, Clare Severe of Walt Whitman the 800 bragging rights, Walter Johnson’s Kiernan Keller the 1,600, Clarksburg’s Alexus Pyles the short hurdles, and Paint Branch and Whitman every single relay. “States,” Youngblood said, “is going to be fun.”

Bethesda Chevy-Chase fifthyear coach John Schmidt guided the Barons to a 16-4 mark last spring and has several returning starters, including all-state first team selection Joe Feldman (C), pitchers Chris Krawezyk and Connor Byrne, senior Matt Bacon (OF) and Andrew Brilliant (1B). Feldman is heading to Amherst College this fall. “We’re probably in the toughest league in the state,” said Schmidt. “When you look over the rosters you see 8-10 teams have an ace. If you draw that pitcher on thatday,you’relookingatwinning 2-1 or 3-2. But it makes the teams that much stronger. When you get to the region playoffs, you want to be ready for anyone and if you can get to states you have to be ready to face the best.” Clarksburg fourth-year coach Matthew Derrick will also have a formidable battery in senior pitcher Zach Thompson and junior catcher Peter Limber. Clarksburg, which opened as a 2A school in 2006, has gradually become more competitive. Last year, the Coyotes finished the season 6-10

after a 1-17 mark in 2012. In a classification where Gaithersburg, Quince Orchard and Sherwood and the perennial powers and Northwest is emerging, Clarksburg is gaining respectability. “If you look at the teams we face and the players and the coaches, the Montgomery County 4Aleagueisamongthetoughestin thestate,”Derricksaid.“Youknow you’regoingtohaveGaithersburg, Quince Orchard and Sherwood in the running for the region and state title and then you look at Poolesville and how far they’ve come. ... The quality of the play day in and day out is excellent and the coaches at those schools are first rate.” Poolesville, the county’s smallest school, is among the contenders for the 2A state title this season for second-year coach Steve Orsini and Metz, a preseason all-state selection who is expected to attend George Washington University this fall. Metz will have some pitching duties this spring for Poolesville, but he will primarilyplayshortstopincollege.

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tion to challenge the top of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference as it’s been in four years. With Germantown native and former Bishop O’Connell hurler Tori Finucane off making her mark as a freshman at the University of Missouri, Falcons coach Paula Obal said the league seems to have leveled out a bit and Good Counsel boasts a veteran lineup anchored by Longwood University recruit Krista Kelly at shortstop and a much improved pitching contingent led by Alexis Randall.

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Isabelle Carbonell’s “When She Dances with Me” will be shown at the second annual Bethesda Film Festival starting Friday at Imagination Stage.

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The “young adult” label is little more than a marketing tool for book publishers, contends Carolyn Bock, whose second novel under this rubric was released in February. “Other than young adult books featuring teens as main characters – all the rest is marketing for the book industry,” she said. The 51-year-old writer finds that the best of these books are as serious and complex as literary fiction for adults. It’s not all tales of “vampires, werewolves and dystopian societies.” “Today’s young adult novels are the coming of age or bildungsroman stories of our time,” she observed. “In another age, Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye’ or Voltaire’s ‘Candide’ would most likely have been labeled Young Adult literature.” That said, the Bock for-teens segment of the book business is booming, and has been for the past decade or so, and females are the primary buyers. “I think it’s pretty much a given in the publishing industry these days that women buy and read more fiction, and in turn, girls read more young adult fiction,” Bock said. Still, she added, “LIE,” her first novel (2011), garnered “an incredibly strong cadre of young male readers,” which she attributes to a “tightly woven … high stakes” story, with “plotting and characters [that] grabbed the attention of boys as well as girls.” In Bock’s fiction, contemporary issues are at the forefront, and happy

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Mark Burchick’s “The Bottom Line, which focuses on his firefighter brother, will be screened at the second annual Bethesda Film Festival starting Friday at Imagination Stage.

BETHESDA FILM FESTIVAL n When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday n Where: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda n Tickets: $10, For information: bethesda.org

Last year, the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District, adding to an already full slate of arts-related happenings — the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Play in a Day, Dance Bethesda, to name a few — launched the Bethesda Film Festival to showcase short, locally produced documentaries. The second annual Bethesda Film Festival will continue the popular event from last year by having two nights of screenings at Imagination Stage. Five documentaries, ranging in topics from the lives of high school dropouts, to a blind painter, to a Lebanese couple who loves to tango, are on tap for the weekend. Mark Burchick’s documentary, “The Bottom Line,” focuses in on his older brother Josh, a Howard Countyy firefighter who’s about to become a father for the first time. Burchick, a senior at Towson University, originally put the film together as part of his thesis. “‘The Bottom Line’ focuses on Josh as he’s working to figure out what his life is going to be like now that he

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PAIR OF CARYL CHURCHILL PLAYS PAY HOMAGE TO WOMEN AND THEIR HISTORY

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From women who have made sacrifices to achieve social standing to those with no hope of moving up, Lumina Studio Theatre’s upcoming production of “Fen” and “Top Girls” provides a timely look at the range of women’s experiences throughout history. The 2014 Lumina Ensemble, made up of actors ages 15-18, will perform the first act of “Top Girls,” featuring a surreal dinner party attended by women of stature both historical and fictional, followed by “Fen,” which focuses on the lives of lowly farm workers in the Fens of East Anglia. Though the lives of the characters in the two Caryl Churchill plays may seem disparate at first, executive and artistic director David Minton feels they go hand in

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n When: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon on Sunday n Where: Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $15, $8 for students younger than 18 and retirees

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Actors rehearse for “Fen” and “Top Girls,” opening Friday at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring. From left are Olivia Solomon, Aaron Posner, Kiva Brick and Natalie Behrends.

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Human nature The 22nd annual Environmental Film Festival returns to the Washington, D.C., area this weekend, with screenings at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center scheduled from March 22-30. The films screening at AFI are among

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“Blood Glacier,” an Austrian eco-horror film with connections to climate change, will screen as part of the Environmental Film Festival, which continues to March 30.

200 to be shown at 65 venues throughout the region, including seven D.C. premieres and five classic archival silent films. Featuring the theme of “Our Cities: Our Planet,” the festival aims to explore the challenges of the world’s urban environments as they strive to meet environmental and economic needs. Tickets range in price from $12 to $20. For more information, visit afi.com/ silver. For a complete schedule, visit dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

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“Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” will screen at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, exploring topics about how popular representations of powerful female characters often reflect society’s anxieties about strong women.

You’re a wonder, Wonder Woman “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” will screen at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, the

documentary chronicles the history and legacy of comic book icon Wonder Woman, illustrating how similar representations in pop culture can often reflect cultural anxieties about gender. Also featured in the film are interviews with television’s Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, as well as Lindsay Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”) and real life feminist icon Gloria Steinem. A discussion with the director will follow the screening. Tickets are $8. For more information, visit blackrockcenter.org.

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Strathmore Artist in Residence Brad Kolodner will bring his oldtime banjo skills to the Mansion at Strathmore for a workshop at 7:30 p.m. tonight and a performance at 7:30 p.m. March 26. The Baltimore-based Kolodner will perform material from his latest album, “Skipping Rocks,” during the concert, pushing his chosen genre in new directions. For more information, visit strathmore.org.

Jim Ritter’s All-Star Band will perform in concert on Sunday at the Knights of Columbus in Silver Spring.

Ritter’s all-stars The Potomac River Jazz Club will present Jim Ritter’s All-Star Band in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Knights of Columbus, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. Jim Ritter’s all-star band is Rhoades

Whitehill on trombone, Anders Eliasson on percussion, Ben Redwine on clarinet, Rick Rowe on banjo, Tom Holtz on tuba and bandleader Jim Ritter on cornet. Tickets are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door and $20 for members. For more information, visit prjc.org.


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Mad, mad Madigan: Comic brings award-winning humor to Birchmere Popular comedian at home on stage, not on screen

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Comedian Kathleen Madigan has appeared on pretty much every late night TV show — from Leno to Letterman, Ferguson to O’Brien. Just don’t look for her to have her own show anytime soon. Not because there haven’t been offers, but because she is simply not interested. “I just know how much work is involved and I know the odds of it ever really getting on television, much less being good, are so slim to none I don’t want it badly enough,” Madigan said. “I say that out loud and people don’t believe that. I’m like, ‘I don’t know what else I can do to make you believe that I didn’t get into this to be an actor.’” Madigan, the award-winning stand-up comic, will bring

her show to the Birchmere in Alexandria for three nights, beginning Friday. In September, Madigan released her third hour-long special, “Madigan Again,” which premiered exclusively on Netflix before being available for purchase on CD, DVD and digital download. iTunes named the special one of the best comedy albums of the year. Although it’s nice to hear the kudos, Madigan said she just keeps moving forward. “You just keep going because they could say it was the worst one,” Madigan said. “Then what are you going to do? You can’t really take it that seriously. It’s nice when people say that, but you can’t start putting all kinds of credence in that.” Madigan said she knows comics that are quick to say they don’t listen or pay any attention to reviews. “Yeah, you do,” Madigan said. “Like, if I read one comment out of 50 that said I sucked, then I’m going to say that person just doesn’t like me. That’s fine.

KATHLEEN MADIGAN n When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sunday (Saturday show is sold out) n Where: The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. n Tickets: $59.50 n For information: 703-5497500, birchmere.com

Not everyone is going to like you. But if it’s 49 out of 50 who said I was horrible, you’ve gotta pay attention to that.” The popular comedian, who grew up in a suburb of St. Louis, has been performing her stand-up shows for 25 years. Madigan said there’s nothing really special to what she’s done over the years, just that she’s kept going. “People say, ‘Oh, what put you over the top?’ There is no one thing; you just keep doing it,” Madigan said. “Everything is get up, get up, and keep do-

ing it.” Madigan is quick to point out that she gave herself little outs over the years. For example, she would tell herself if she didn’t make a certain amount of money within the year, she would look for something else. “At some point, you’ve got to go, ‘Wait a minute. Is this the right thing or should I start thinking about doing something else?’” Madigan said. “So far, every year it just keeps getting better and better. So I see no reason to quit. I don’t even know what I’d do now. I don’t even have a resume!” Luckily for Madigan, she doesn’t have to polish off that hypothetical resume. Her shows are selling out across the country and, according to her, venues are asking her to add extra performances to accommodate the demand. Touring is just fine for Madigan. She spends about 300 days a year touring. When she does have free time, she spends it with her family in Missouri. In the meantime, Madigan is being

NATALIE BRASINGTON

Comedian Kathleen Madigan brings her award-winning humor to the Birchmere in Alexandria this weekend. courted by television producers left and right. Her mind, however, is pretty much made up. “Not that I would compare myself to him, but Willie Nelson is just always going to be on the road,” Madigan said. “He’s never getting off the bus. That’s what

he does. You do what you do. I think when stand ups started getting sitcoms, all these other people who wanted a sitcom got into stand up. … They use it as a door to a different world.”

7:30 p.m. March 19; Estrella Morente, flamenco singer, 8 p.m. March 19; Meklit, 7:30 p.m. March 20; Pat Metheny Unity Group with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams & Giulio Carmassi, 8 p.m. March 21; Stone Kawala, Juneau Sky & Paul Pfau,

9 p.m. March 21; Italian Specialty Tea, 1 p.m. March 22; BSO: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, 8 p.m. March 22; MYCO: Dancing Through Life, 3 p.m. March 23; Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. March

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IN THE ARTS DANCES Carpe Diem Contra Dance, April 10, Nor’Easter from New England, Will Mentor, caller, 7-7:30 p.m. contradance workshops, 7:30-10 p.m. Contras & Squares, second Thursdays, Great Hall, Silver Spring Civics Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, $10 for general admission, $8 for members, $5 for students and those without income, www.carpediemarts.org.

Candlelight Waltzes Dance Club, April 6, Tea Dance, Ballroom

and Latin music by 2Hot2Handle, semi-formal, couples only, $25 per person (students $15, reservations by April 4), 4-7 p.m., Columbia Country Club, 7900 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, 202-362-7851. Hollywood Ballroom, March 20, 27, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); March 21, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); March 22, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m., dance from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for workshop and dance, $15 for dance only); March 23, free Hustle lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8 p.m. ($16); March 26, “step of the evening” Cha-cha at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m., 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www. hollywoodballroomdc.com Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339.

9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, March 21, Tom Caldwell and Myra Hirschberg with Tunescape, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, March 23, Tom and Myra with Tunescape; March 30, Nils Fredland and Figment, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www.fsgw.org. English Country, March 19, Melissa Runnin; March 26, Bob Farrall, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw.org. Swing, March, TBD, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, www.flyingfeet.org. Waltz, March 30, Figments, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, James Bazen Project, 8 p.m.

March 20; Southern Soul Tribute, 8 p.m. March 21; Bobby Caldwell, “Perfectly Frank,” 8 p.m. March 22; Kyle Eastwood, 7:30 p.m. March 23; Linda Oh “Initial Here” Quartet, 7:30 p.m. March 26; Nick Moss, 7:30 p.m. March 27; Arlen Roth & The Cordobas featuring Lexie Roth, 8 p.m. March 28; Roberto Pomili Tango Concert, 8:30 p.m. March 29; Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, 7:30 p.m. March 30, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-3304500, www.bethesdabluesjazz. com.

BlackRock Center for the Arts,Wonder Women! The Untold

Story of American Superheroines, 7:30 p.m. March 21; Suzy Bogguss, 8 p.m. March 22; Ballet Hispanico masterclass, 11:30 a.m. March 29; Ballet Hispanico, 8 p.m. March 29,

3 p.m. March 30; Tiempo Libre, 8 p.m. April 5, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301528-2260, www.blackrockcenter. org. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, The National String Symphonia, 8 p.m. March 22, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, www.rockvillemd. gov. Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Sean Tyrrell,

7:30 p.m. April 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, AIR Education Workshop with Brad Kolodner: Old-Time in the Modern World,

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Everything about the way the movie version of “Veronica Mars” came to pass is more intriguing than the movie itself. Canceled in 2007 by the CW network after three seasons, creator Rob Thomas’ wisedup danger magnet of a teenage sleuth, portrayed by Kristen Bell, left the show’s ardent core audience hungry for more. Then God created Kickstarter, and nearly 100,000 fans contributed $5.7 million to the campaign, bringing Ms. Mars, her detective pop and various skeezes and climb-

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ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Jungle

Book,” April 4 to May 25, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen

ers residing in the fictional, corrupt beach town of Neptune, Fla., to the big screen. Warners said fine, let’s do it. The resulting crowdfunded feature is the first major studio release to open in theaters and online simultaneously. The film, which is adequate, cares not about the newbies. Although “Veronica Mars” does its duty in identifying the major characters on the fly, as they make their entrances and get out of the way, this one’s strictly for the fan base. The film’s air of take-it-orleave-it has its charms, but the murder mystery itself isn’t one of them. Series creator Thomas directs the film, which he cowrote with series producer Diane Ruggiero. Now in Manhattan and about to become a

highly compensated and therefore soulless attorney (Jamie Lee Curtis has a too-brief scene as a legal bigwig), Veronica has settled into a placid relationship with Piz (Chris Lowell), from the series. Then, trouble back in Neptune! Veronica’s former classmate Bonnie DeVille (Andrea Estella), a self-destructive pop star dating Veronica’s ex-boyfriend, is electrocuted in a bathtub. Prime suspects include the boyfriend, Logan, played by series fave Jason Dohring, so low-key he threatens to drift off to some other movie when nobody’s looking. Logan contacts Veronica for legal advice. She returns to Florida, and the movie is off and running, or, rather, off and gliding, painlessly, dropping the occasional

Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Arts Barn, KAT 2nd Stage presents “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh for Kids,” to March 23. 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, 301258-6394, www.gaithersburgmd. gov/artsbarn. Imagination Stage, “Cinderella: The Remix:” April 9 to May 25, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www.imaginationstage. org. Olney Theatre Center, “I and You,” to March 23, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www. olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “Sleeping Beauty,” to March 23; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www.thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Two Trains Running,”

April 2-27, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Snow Angel,” April 4-12, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, “Other Desert Cities,” April 4-27, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www. ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Anton Piatigorsky and Indran Amirthanayagam, 2 p.m. March 23, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-6548664, www.writer.org.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “The Deepest Feeling Always Shows Itself in Silence,” to March 23, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-9220162, www.adahrosegallery.com

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witty one-liner about tantric sex or James Franco, the latter making a cameo. As the heroine’s genial dad, Enrico Colantoni remains a chief asset, and his father/daughter rapport with Bell is well-established. On the other hand … the leads are so comfortable in their grooves, the movie proceeds at a scarily low pulse rate, even when people end up in intensive care

Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls in “Veronica Mars.” and more bodies are found. If there are to be more of these movies — Thomas has Veronica Mars novels planned and ready to go — it wouldn’t hurt to pay more attention to the mystery inside the story. That would be a service to everybody, in-

cluding the pre-sold fan base. Most of the clues in “Veronica Mars” pertain either to Internet sex tapes or the various surveillance uses of the latest tablets. Anybody who works in tech support will probably enjoy the film a tad more than I did.

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Performers such as Julia Nixon and Jon Carroll will perform as part of “A Southern Soul Tribute: The Music of Muscle Shoals & Stax/Volt,” a tribute to music legends Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, The Staples Singers, Carla Thomas and more on Friday at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club. Gallery B, “Ideal Form,” to March 29, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sat-

urday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www.bethesda.org. Glenview Mansion, National Capital Art Glass Guild, March 30 to April 25, opening reception from 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 30, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, “The Way of the Horse,” to April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-

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You call it Märzen, I call it Oktoberfest The märzen (März is March in German) style beer is often called Oktoberfest. This is a questionable identity although there are arguments on both sides of the discussion.

BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER Historically, the two styles have similar lineage and are closely related to Vienna Lager. The Great American Beer Festival style guidelines use separate but similar descriptions for the two while the Beer Judge Certification Program guidelines have a single description. One of the classic German lager styles, märzen beers have a malty emphasis that is often described as soft, complex and elegant. The originals of the style were first brewed each year in March. Prior to refrigeration, this was the last month that one could brew before warm weather arrived with attendant wild airborne yeasts which spoiled the beer. Märzens were lagered (German for stored) in cool cellars or caves and then drawn during

the summertime until the supply was exhausted — usually in the fall at the time of the various autumn harvest festivals. The earliest known märzenbier reference is from Vienna in 1732, but it was a different, darker beer than what is commonly called märzen today. The contemporary version is credited to Munich brewers Gabriel Sedlmayr II of the Spaten Brewery, based on an adaptation of the Vienna style developed by Anton Dreher around 1840, shortly after lager yeast was first isolated. The first regular Vienna-style batch was made in March 1872 and lagered until September. It was thus identified as a märzenbier and was ready in time for the Oktoberfest celebration which begins each year in mid-September. The GABF guidelines describe German-style märzens as being pale to reddish brown in color; having a bready or biscuity, low hop aroma; medium low to medium sweet malt dominating over the hop bitterness and lightly toasty rather than strongly caramel malt flavors, with a moderate hop bitterness. The German-style Oktoberfest is lighter in color, being straw to

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Continued from Page B-5 has a family to worry about and how that’s going to affect the decisions he makes in his career,” Burchick said. Some firefighters are private when it comes to their lives outside of the firehouse. Even Burchick had trouble in the beginning getting his brother to open up and talk on camera. “He was hesitant because he wasn’t sure what I was going to cover,” Burchick said. “In the first interview I did with him, it was mainly focusing more on the job. I could tell there was reticence there to talk about the family subjects. He had a professional barrier up, as if he was talking with someone who didn’t have the family attachment that I do. That kind of surprised me.” The idea for Isabelle Carbonell’s “When She Dances With Me” came naturally. Carbonell was living in Qatar for two years, teaching and doing freelancing work. When she had free time, she traveled around the area — Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Bahrain. A tango dancer for the past decade, Carbonell traveled to Lebanon for an Argentine tango festival. “I had gone two years in a row,” said Carbonell, who lives in North Bethesda. “I met this couple my first year there. They are really inspiring and a really magical couple. On the second year that I came back, I decided I wanted to do a story about them.” Carbonell told the story about how passionate the Lebanese cou-

golden, with a similarly low hop aroma, low sweet maltiness and a low hop bitterness. Both have similar alcohol by volume levels of 5.1 percent to about 6 percent. American versions of the style have a slightly greater hop bitterness than European versions. The beers actually served at the Munich Oktoberfest tents have varied over the centuries. Starting as a darker dunkelstyle, these evolved to become high alcohol bock beers of about 8 percent ABV, before falling back to the currently served golden, sweet malt versions that are about 6 percent ABV or less. Marzen (5.6 percent ABV) is brewed at the various brewpubs of Gordon Biersch year round. The Rockville version has a medium malt, light caramel and toast bouquet. The soft sweet caramel malt front increases in the middle while adding a hint of toast. Both the caramel malt and toastiness grow a bit in the finish where slight noble hops join. These all continue into the aftertaste and refreshingly linger. Ratings: 8.5/8. Mad Bishop Oktoberfest

(5.8 percent ABV) is brewed by DuClaw Brewing in Baltimore. Mad Bishop’s nose of medium caramel and malt with a touch

ple was for each other, which they showed through the dance. “What’s more fascinating about them is that it’s the Middle East,” Carbonell said. “Tango is accepted, but it’s definitely not of their culture. So it was a fascinating melting pot of different cultural traditions.” For Burchick, the student documentarian, events such as the Bethesda Film Festival gives him and others like him an opportunity to share his work with others and to gain valuable feedback. “I know that none of the work I do is going to get into Sundance [Film Festival],” Burchick said. “I can aspire to those sorts of things … I’ve noticed this trend of smaller … film festivals popping up. The Bethesda Film Festival has a documentary film focus, and that’s incredibly exciting to me. … This is the first, big festival I’ve shown work at, and I feel incredibly fortunate that in my first opportunity to apply for one, I’m in.” Carbonell said film festivals are a “strange world,” that are glamorized with people thinking they’re something they’re not. The Bethesda Film Festival, however, is very important, according to Carbonell. “It’s an event that brings people together to celebrate, to watch, to react, to discuss a piece of art, which happens to be in the form of a film,” Carbonell said. “The more local this conversation can happen, I think it’s more fruitful because if you go out to Berlin, that could be really amazing and interesting, but change happens and I think the most effective kind of change happens on a local level.” wfranklin@gazette.net

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Mark Burchick’s “The Bottom Line,” which focuses on his firefighter brother, will be screened at the second annual Bethesda Film Festival starting Friday at Imagination Stage.

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Continued from Page B-5 endings are possible – even when the real occurrences that informed her stories are horrific. “LIE” was based on a hate crime, the 2008 murder of Marcelo Lucero by a group of teens on Long Island. She didn’t intend it to be a young adult novel, but her agent thought it best to sell it that way. To “extend” the teen characters, Bock added 10,000 words to the original manuscript, and “made it the story of the girlfriend and best friend of the mastermind of the beatings.” Bock said she wrote “Before My Eyes,” her second novel, “much more consciously” for

the teen market. Its three young adult protagonists offer perspectives of a shooting at a political rally, inspired by the 2011 Gabby Giffords event. “It’s a real-life, gritty, pretty complex novel,” she said, noting that ironically, her editor considered marketing it as an adult book. Bock is a newcomer to Montgomery County. In August, she relocated from her native New York — Bronx-born, New Rochelle-bred, Syracuse University- and City College of New York-educated, Long Island adulthood, Manhattanemployed — to Potomac last summer for her husband’s job. But she has taken the changes in stride and made it her own — not unlike what she did at age 40

of sweet apple augurs a sweet malt front with a restrained caramel. The malt increases in the middle where it nicely blends with a slight roast, all of which continue into the finish and aftertaste. A muted bitter hop is evident in the late aftertaste balancing the lingering light caramel. Ratings: 7/7. Oktoberfest

Oktober Fest-Märzen is brewed by the Ayinger Brewery in Aying, Germany. BREWS BROTHERS

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(Ur=original, 5.9 percent ABV) is made by the Spaten Brewery in Munich, Germany. It has a convivial caramel and floral nose that presages the moderate sweet front. The middle presents a medium sweet malt with notes of toastiness and caramel that last into the finish and aftertaste where a splash of bitter hops and a tempered dryness are evident. Ratings: 8.5/8. Oktober Fest-Märzen (5.8 percent ABV) is brewed in Aying, Germany by the Ayinger Brewery. Ayinger’s Märzen has a subdued caramel, moderate malt aroma. The mild sweet front quickly segues into a medium toasty, sweet malt middle with a nuance of biscuit, all lasting into the finish. The toastiness grows in the aftertaste joined by a faint dryness. Ratings: 7.5/8.5.

Actors (left to right) Aaron Posner, Sam Dembling and Zoe DeGrazia rehearse for “Fen,” opening Friday at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring. PHOTO BY JULIE REINER

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Continued from Page B-5 hand, and therefore go well together in a somewhat unprecedented move for the studio. “I think this is a little rare for us, as far as doing [multiple plays by] an outside, world-renowned playwright,” said Minton, who occasionally writes four or five short, surreal plays to perform in one night for the ensemble. “But I wanted it to be that way, I wanted to look at women from two different perspectives. It makes for an interesting rehearsal period, we have to constantly keep our eye on the big picture of putting the two together.” The workers in “Fen,” with no means of elevating their status, instead attempt to make their misery fade away in different ways and feel something else to varying degrees of success. The characters experiment with love affairs, secret gatherings and addiction as a way to get a break from reality. “It takes an interesting narrative of these people who are farmers and essentially serfs, tied to the land because they’ll never make enough money to go anywhere else,” said Aaron Posner, 18, who plays the role of Frank. “It’s a serious time in these characters’ lives, it can get kind of heavy at times. I hope the audience gets catharsis by the end of this play — and I do think the ending provides a very good feeling of it.” Though there are a couple of male roles in the production, the emphasis is on the lives of the women in both plays.

in switching careers. After leading the marketing and public relations departments at Bravo and IFC (Independent Film Channel), Bock opted to follow her dream. “I always really wanted to write,” she said. And, “as soon as I left corporate America, I started writing.” Instead of an immediate venture into literary fiction, as she had planned, Bock said, “I ended up writing my sister’s story.” “Confessions of a Carb Queen,” co-authored with Susan Blech, tells the story of Blech’s 250-pound non-surgical weight loss. Sony TV bought the film rights. Bock’s next project was a teleplay that her former employer, IFC, bought from her. Sadly, she said, it “went into de-

“Top Girls” is dominated by successful women through time, and it is these women who attend a dreamy dinner party for main character Marlene, who is celebrating her job promotion. Some attendees are works of fiction, such as Patient Griselda of several medieval works of literature, and others are real women from history, such as world traveler and author Isabella Bird. All of them, however, worked for their elevated status. “The curious nature of the play tends to intrigue a lot of people,” said Minton. “The fact that these women are coming in from different time periods and settings, and having dinner and talking is pretty fascinating to watch.” Minton chose the plays back in September based on the number of women in this year’s Lumina Ensemble. It was coincidence, then, that the two plays were ready in time for National Women’s History Month. For women accustomed to a limited number of female roles in theatre and other forms of media, the abundance of strong, complex females in the two pieces can be a breath of fresh air. “I wasn’t familiar before with Caryl Churchill’s work, but I liked that we were doing a female playwright and that they were both women-centric plays, that’s pretty rare in theater,” said Clare Lefebure, 18, who plays Nell and Margaret in “Fen” and Isabella Bird in “Top Girls.” “None of them are stock characters or tropes, they’re all nuanced and complex with a lot of detail and it’s just so nice to have pieces that center around their experiences in-

velopment hell.” In search of “structure and focus,” Bock decided to pursue an MFA in Fiction at City College of New York. It took some five or six years, part time; during that period, she also taught CCNY freshman English Composition as well as public relations and corporate communications. Her first novel, “LIE,” began in a novel writing workshop at CCNY. Published as a trade paperback, it received four starred trade reviews (Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Review) and is in its fourth edition. Most important, it earned Bock entrée into a contract with St. Martin’s for the second novel, which is in hardcover.

stead of having them as accessories in male-centric plots.” The juxtaposition of the imaginative, dreamy plot of “Top Girls” and the stark realities of “Fen” serves as a challenge to the young actors and actresses, one the ensemble members have relished. “A lot of what we do at Lumina is Shakespeare, because that’s our main thing,” said Posner. “Since [‘Fen’] is a more modern play, it requires much more modern, realistic acting.” “For those in ‘Top Girls,’ the actors need to be able to conjure up or channel that character in a convincing way,” added Minton. “This is serious work, and although Churchill is playful in the way she writes and there’s definitely humor, it’s the kind of work that any professional actor would jump at the chance to do.” Although the two plays contrast sharply in terms of style and the background of the characters, the strength of the women throughout the entire production should resonate with the audience. “Churchill has just such a beautifully humanist perspective on the characters she creates, and I hope the audience gets some of the richness out of the plays,” said Minton. “I hope they look at the challenges that these women had through different time periods, and the compromise they had to make as well, whether they fought the system or sometimes became a part of it.”

Bock, who writes daily as she would work any job, said it takes from nine to 12 months for her to produce a book. “After I get the kids off to school, around 9:15, I write until I’m starving, around 1,” she said. Evenings, “I review and revise for another hour or two.” In conjunction with her concern about gun violence, which is central to “Before My Eyes,” Bock has become active with Moms Demand Action for Sensible Gun Laws. “Not long after I moved here, I was lobbying at the Senate,” she said proudly. “I knew there was a reason I came to D.C.!” In her effort to become ensconced in her new community, Bock has been busy. She has taken two classes at the Writer’s

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Center in Bethesda; discovered the joys of the Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Politics & Prose bookstore; joined a second book club, and signed up as a volunteer tutor for the Literacy Council of Montgomery County. Bock is now toward the end of her first draft of her next book, which she describes as a “very literary novel in stories” — for adults. She expects to be done before summer vacation. In the if-you-want-somethingdone-ask-a-busy-person-to-doit mode, she is likely to achieve that goal — and more. “Before My Eyes” (St. Martin’s Press) is available at amazon.com.


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We are looking for a specialist who has a documented history of driving new business. Post Community Media provides local news and information to communities in the Maryland and Virginia. We are seeking a skilled sales professional to assist small businesses in marketing their products and services. This is an outside sales position. You will develop and understanding of print, online and mobile advertising. Previous sales experience needed, enthusiasm, great work ethic and a strong desire to succeed. We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. If you believe this is the right position for your skills, talent and abilities, please forward your resume to DHayes@Gazette.net. EOE

DIRECT SUPPORT

Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) is a Montgomery County, MD community-based non-profit organization, dedicated to serving children and adults living with autism. The position will provide Direct Support to Children and Adults in Montgomery County homes as a Residential Counselor, supporting students who are receiving educational services at our Community School of MD as a Teaching Assistant, or assistants for adults in our supported employment program as a Job Coach. We provide paid training. If interested, please visit: http://www.csaac.org/careers.htm for our employment application or send your resume to careers@csaac.org.

Legal Office Assistant

Rockville. Skills required: self-starter, organized, detail-oriented, multi-tasking, strong communication skills essential. Duties include: Answer telephone, general correspondence, filing, maintain client base, record-keeping, prepare pleading indexes. Please call (301)251-6600

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

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301-388-2626 301-388-2626 EOE

PURCHASING/DATA ENTRY Fast paced Gaithersburg Interior Design firm has an opportunity for a detail oriented individual able to multi task and provide a high level of customer service. Responsibilities include data entry, order tracking, working with Designers and many other organizational tasks. Please send resume along with salary requirements to resumes@buildersdesign.com

ASSISTANT MANAGER

For gym. Sales experience required. Salary depends on experience. If interested please email your resume to: tykf@verizon.net

OPERATOR IV The City of Frederick is currently seeking: FT Operator IV Wastewater Treatment Plant (POS-35-14) $16.7412 $21.0873 per hour. depending upon experience. Wastewater treatment experience preferred. MD Class 5A Wastewater Treatment Operator’s license preferred. For additional information visit our website @ www.cityoffrederick.com. Physical & drug test required for all positions. E.O.E.

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Montgomery Hospice-Cook Casey House, our 14 bed inpatient facility, has a part time opening for an experienced cook to prepare meals for our patient’s and visitors. The schedule is every other weekend, 6:00am-2:30pm. Must be a certified food manager and have previous experience cooking in an institutional setting. Healthcare experience preferred. Please call Michelle Bentzel at 301-637-1877, stop by for an application, or visit our website at www.montgomeryhospice.org 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100 Rockville, MD 20850 EOE

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2006 Lexus IS 250

2012 Jetta SE...............#VPR6113, Silver, 34,537 miles.................$12,594 2010 Jetta LTD...........#VP0037, White, 56,195 miles................$12,991 2011 Toyota Corolla....#VP0020, Black, 30,992 miles................$13,494 2012 Mazda 6..........#VPR0023, Black, 44,340 miles...............$13,494 2010 Toyota Prius...#V658032A, Gray, 65,455 miles..............$15,491 2007 BMW Z-4.......#V006539B, White, 69,522 miles.............$15,993 2012 Nissan Juke..#V257168A, White, 57,565 miles.............$17,992 2011 CC.....................#VP0032, White, 36,116 miles................$18,493 2013 Jetta SE...........#VPR0027, White, 6,101 miles...............$19,492

2013 Jetta SE............#VPR0030, Silver, 4,340 miles................$19,592 2013 Passat S...........#VPR0026, Black, 6,891 miles................$20,492 2011 CC.....................#VP0035, White, 38,225 miles................$20,992 2014 Passat Wolfsburg. .#VPR0041, White, 2,878 miles................$21,991 2014 Passat Wolfsburg...#VPR0040, Grey, 5,227 miles.................$21,991 2014 Passat Wolfsburg...#VPR0039, Silver, 5,447 miles.................$21,991 2014 Passat .............#V002004A, Black, 4,287 miles...............$23,991 2014 Passat SE........#VPR0036, White, 5,965 miles...............$24,391 2012 Nissan Maxima. .#V073708A, Gray, 47,457 miles..............$24,991

All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 03/31/14. #426047A, 78kMiles

9,980

$

2007 Volvo S60

2007 VW Passat

#426006A, AWD With Navigation, 176k Miles

10,980

$

2013 Chevrolet Cruze

Ourisman VW of Laurel 3371 Fort Meade Road, Laurel

1.855.881.9197 • www.ourismanvw.com Online Chat Available...24 Hour Website • Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm • Sat 9 am-8 pm

10,980

#N0294, 89k Miles w/Navigation

$

2011 Ford Escape

14,980

#422005A, 67K Miles

$

#426010A, 58k Miles

16,980

$

#E0296, 34K Miles

15,480

#422037C, 71k Miles

2009 Volvo XC-90

#P8834, w/Navigation, 106k Miles

2008 Mazda Miata MX5 Grand Touring

#325094A, 21k Miles

12,980

$

$

2010 Volvo S40

#42603A, 50k Miles

18,980

$

13,480

$

2010 Lincoln Town Car

16,980

$

2008 Ford Expedition L

#327213B, With Navigation, 87k Miles

21,980

$

1999 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4.............................$8,480 2013 Mazda3......................................................................$13,480

#N0295A, 118k Miles

#E0306, 34k Miles

#429027A, 83k Miles

#N0323, 28k Miles

#G0002, 47k Miles

#P8876, 39k Miles

#426010A, 58k

#P8827, Navigation, 32k Miles

2001 Volvo XC70..........................................................$9,480 2012 VW Beetle..............................................................$13,980 2006 Ford Fusion SE............................................$9,980 2011 Lexus ES350.....................................................$23,980

2007 Volvo S60................................................................$11,980 2011 Volvo XC-90..................................................$30,980

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11,200

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13 Kia Rio LX $$

14,400

#453017A, Auto, 2K Miles, 1-Owner

11 Toyota Camry LE $$

16,500

14FordFocusSE $$

#472144A, Auto, 4k Miles, 1-Owner

16,700

16,490

6,980

$

#422051B, 121K Miles

13 Toyota Tacoma $$

#460098A, 4 Speed Auto, Reg Cab, 1-Owner, 5k miles

17,900

9,980

#426047A, 78kMiles

$

2007 Jeep Wrangler X

08 Mercedes-Benz C Class

18,700

#457003B, 7 Speed $ $ Auto, 3.0L Luxury

12 Hyundai Genesis Coupe #464070A, 2.0T, $ 5 Speed, 13K Miles, $ 1-Owner

18,900

19,995

$$

#372014A, 6 Speed Auto, 8K Miles, 1-Owner

13 Toyota RAV4 LE $$

#364547A, 6 Speed Auto, 8K Miles, 1-Owner, Sport Utility

22,700

18,990

$$

12ToyotaSiennaLEMiniVan #472179A, 6 Speed $ Auto, 1-Owner, $ 28K Miles

22,500

2012 Nissan Sentra 2.......... $15,499 $15,499 #P8858A, CVT Trans, 13k Miles, Bright Silver 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS. . $17,900 $17,900 #363442A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, Sport Utility, Blue Metallic 2012 Toyota RAV4............. $18,700 $18,700

2012 Toyota Camry LE......... $20,900 $20,900

2011 Toyota Sienna Mini Van $18,700 $18,700 #460082A, 6 SpeedAuto, 43k Miles, 1-Owner, Cypress Pearl 2011 Nissan Juke S............ $18,985 $18,985 #450094A, 1-Owner, 36K Miles, CVTTrans, Black Station Wagon

$24,500 2011 BMW 328i................. $24,500 #472196A, 7 SpeedAuto, Black, 56K Miles

#364340A, Sport Utility, 4 Speed, 20K miles, 1-Owner, Pryrite Mica

2011 Toyota Tacoma........... $18,900 $18,900 #467046A, Ext. Cab, 5 Sp Manual, 32k Miles, 1-Owner

12,980

#3258118A, 111k Miles

$

#N0336, 6 SpeedAuto, 26K miles, 1-Owner, Magnetic Grey Metallic

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. $21,900 $21,900 #363225A, 6 SpeedAuto, 5k Miles, Sport Utility, Rally Red

2011 Toyota Camry SE......... $21,900 $21,900 #460001A, 6 SpeedAuto, Black, 56K miles 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE. . $25,995 $25,995 #432094A, 13K Miles, CVT Trans, Cosmic Gray Mica, 1-Owner

2013 Nissan Quest SV......... $26,700 $26,700 #363238A, CVT Trans, 1-Owner, 11K Miles, White Pearl

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16,980

#325094A, 21k Miles

$

#422048B, 96k Miles

2007 VW Passat

2006 Lexus IS 250

10,980

#426006A, AWD With Navigation, 176k Miles

$

2009 Volvo XC-90

10,980

$

#N0294, 89k Miles w/Navigation

11,480

$

2010 Lincoln Town Car

$

15,480

#P8834, w/Navigation, 106k Miles

$

#327213B, With Navigation, 87k Miles

$

2008 Ford Expedition L

21,980

#422037C, 71k Miles

16,980

$

2009 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Crew Cab

#327217C, 63k Miles

23,980

$

1999 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4.............................$8,480 2011 Lexus ES350.....................................................$23,980 #N0295A, 118k Miles

#P8876, 39k Miles

#G0002, 47k Miles

#P8828, Entertainment System, 47k Miles

#426010A, 58k

#P8827, Navigation, 32k Miles

#422055A, 90k Miles

#422036A, 37k Miles

2006 Ford Fusion SE............................................$9,980 2010 Volvo XC-90.........................................................$23,980 2007 Volvo S60................................................................$11,980 2011 Volvo XC-90..................................................$30,980 2011 Volvo XC-60.........................................................$19,980 2012 Volvo XC-60 R-Design Platinum..........$32,980

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08 Lincoln MKX #377445B, 6 Speed Auto, 8K Miles, White

2008 Mazda Miata MX5 Grand Touring

13 Ford Escape S

2007 Honda Accord EX-L

12 Scion TC $$

#R1735A, 6 Speed Auto, 1-Owner, 25K Miles

2003VolvoS60

#P8918, 6 Speed Auto, 33k Miles, Silver Metallic

2005 Ford Escape Limited

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2002 Honda Accord EX #P8922A, Automatic, Very Clean Car

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6,977

$

2005 Toyota Matrix XR

8,977

$

#441031A, 5 Speed Manual, 1-Owner

2014 NISSAN VERSA S +CVT MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

$

#11124 2 At This Price: VINS: 856614, 854353

2014 NISSAN VERSA NOTE

MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

13,995

$

11,995

$

2014 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S

17,495

$

2011 Nissan Versa 1.8 S

#P8912, Automatic, 1-Owner

12,977

$

15,977

$

#374548A, Auto, Sunroof, Heated/ Ventilated Seats

$14,995 -$500 -$500

2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class #470267D, 3.0L Sport, RWD, 1-Owner, Auto

16,977

$

13,995 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL

$23,940 $19,495 -$1,000 -$1,000

#442023A, Automatic, Leather, Sunroof, 1-Owner

16,977

$

2010 Volkswagen New Beetle #442018A, Auto, Convertible, Final Edition

16,977

$

With Bluetooth, Rearview Monitor #13114 2 At This Price: VINS: 190413,190601

2013MSRP: NISSAN ROGUE S$22,795 AWD Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

#22213 2 At This Price: VINS: 151130, 151398 G559762

2010 Cadillac DTS w/1SC

2013 NISSAN SENTRA SV MSRP: $18,360

MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

12,977

$

#446147B, 4WD, Automatic

#11614 2 At This Price: VINS:410790, 413202

#12113 2 At This Price: VINS: 788738, 797494

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2003 Toyota 4 Runner SR5

$17,515 $14,995 -$500 -$500

Sale Price: Nissan Rebate NMAC Bonus Cash:

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$14,770 $12,995 -$500 -$500

$

2012 Volvo C30 Premier Plus

$18,995 -$500 -$500

#326023A, 6 Speed Manual, Sunroof, 1-Owner

17,995

DARCARS NISSAN of of ROCKVILLE ROCKVILLE 15911 Drive • • Rockville, Rockville, MD MD (at (at Rt. Rt. 355 355 across across from fromKing KingFarm) Farm) 15911 Indianola Indianola Drive www.DARCARSNISSAN.com 888.824.9166 •• www.DARCARSNISSAN.com

Prices include all rebates and incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. Prices Pricestax, include rebates incentives. NMAC Bonusand Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit.with exclude tags, all freight (carsand $780, trucks $725-$995), $200 processing charge. *Lease payments are calculated Prices exclude tax,$200 tags,processing freight (cars $810,and trucks $200 processing charge. valid only onthrough listed tax, tags, freight, charge first$845-$995), payment dueand at signing, and are valid withPrices tier one approval VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 03/24/2014. NMAC. Prices valid only on listed VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 10/22/2012.

17,977

$

2006 Nissan 350Z Touring #432035A, 6 Speed Manual, Leather, 22,288 Miles

18,977

$

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21,690

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159/ MO**

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PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. 2014 COROLLA LE ECO & PRIUS PLIG-IN LEASES ARE FOR 24 MONTHS WITH $995 DOWN. EXPIRES 03/31/2014.


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