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Aaron Rosenzweig, his wife Jen-Lien Fang and their children Akiva Rosenzweig, 8, and Rachel Rosenzweig, 10, use the Quattrocycle to go from school to their home on May 22.


IF YOU GO n When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday n Where: Olde Towne, at the intersection of Summit and Diamond avenues





Aaron Rosenzweig and his wife, Jen-Lien Fang, pick up their two children from school at the end of the day. But unlike other parents, they don’t drive or walk to get there. They pedal. The Gaithersburg family travels around the city on a Quattrocycle, a

four-wheel bike that can accommodate up to seven people. Four riders can pedal each in their own adjustable seat and with a gear shift. The cycle also has electric assist. “I used to ride my bike to work and the children wanted to ride bikes with me, too, but there’s not a lot of places I feel comfortable riding with them,” said Rosenzweig, pointing to his concerns

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Gaithersburg residents will pour into the streets of Olde Towne on Sunday when the city hosts the 32nd annual Celebrate! Gaithersburg festival. Bluegrass music, barbecue food and other activities will take over near the intersection of Summit and Diamond avenues from noon to 5 p.m., where nearly 20,000 people are expected to gather, according to Lauren Neal, a recreation program coordinator for the city.

Gaithersburg family hits the pavement in Quattrocycle BY JENN

Thousands of attendees expected at Celebrate! Gaithersburg

that children can accidentally veer into road traffic while riding and often can’t keep up with the pace of adult cyclists. After much Internet research, Rosenzweig discovered a company in the Netherlands called Quattrocycle. Knowing that buying in bulk would help defray shipping costs,

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“For me, it celebrates our community and hopefully brings people out from different cultures and different backgrounds to come and meet each other and have fun at City Hall,” she said.

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Cougars let out final roar Quince Orchard High School boys celebrate their graduation on May 28. Back row: Ben Brown, Tobin Pagley, Colin Jones, Sam Shin, Andrew Fink and Bradley Walker. Front row: Johnny Jung, Sam Gurowitz and Nate Myers.


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Homeowners, businesses may get tax credit for reducing asphalt City officials looking to incentivize green practices n


Gaithersburg homeowners could pay less taxes if they do things like swapping asphalt for another impervious surface.

The city is considering a new policy that would encourage property owners to invest in a stormwater management system by giving them a break on the fee they pay toward that program. Assistant City Manager Dennis Enslinger and two representatives of AMEC Environment & Infrastructure of Johnson City, Tenn., presented information about a potential credit policy for property owners to the City





Watkins Mill assistant track coach dies from apparent heart attack.

Colons helped lead their respective Gaithersburg High teams.


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Council at its May 27 meeting. Since the start of the year, city staff and officials have discussed making several changes to the stormwater management program, which is being based upon anticipated state permit requirements that the municipality will need for its storm drain system. A new billing model for the stormwater fee will be implemented, and the idea behind it is to bill private owners

based on every 500 square feet of impervious surface on their property, rather than the city’s current “Equivalent Residential Unit” model, which is assessed on all single-family and townhome residences on a flat cost basis. Detached single-family homes now pay $92.60 per year and townhomes are charged $30.56 annually, regardless of the amount of impervi-

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ous surface on the property. The estimated yearly charge under the proposed program for a 2,500-square-foot single-family home — the median size of homes in the area — is between $77 and $83. Under the proposed policy, residential homeowners could receive a 50 percent reduction of that fee if they

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Local grillers smoke their competitors at Salisbury barbecue challenge

where barbecue cooks compete for cash and prizes.

Willy Bityeki has an insatiable appetite for grilling. He does it all year long, even in the rain and snow. “My walls smell like hickory wood,” his wife Chanelle Bityeki said chuckling. Years of trial and error on the grill paid off for the Gaithersburg couple, though, when they and close friend Candice Dixon, also of Gaithersburg, took home first place in the chicken category of the fifth annual Backyard BBQ Amateur Competition, which took place in early May at the Pork in the Park festival in Salisbury, Md. The team, named Willz Grillz, placed seventh in the pork ribs category and second overall. Willy Bityeki said he smoked the meats for about four to five hours, using a combination of cherry and hickory wood for the ribs, and cherry and peach wood for the chicken. The first time competitors said they were surprised by their win since many of the other teams were challenge veterans. “We were the essence of amateurs,” Dixon said. Preparing for the competition was a lengthy process, according to Willy Bityeki. “There was so much practice going into it,” he said. “We started out about a month before the competition trying out different types of rubs and different types of sauces.” Willy Bityeki said he has no formal culinary education, but that he has gradually cultivated his passion for grilling by learning from elder family members and fellow competitors. Willz Grillz plans to compete in more upcoming challenges, and hopes to one day participate in BBQ Pitmasters, a reality television show on Destination America

•Jarell Broxton of Gaithersburg graduated May 17 from Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. He earned an associate’s degree in business studies. •Maranda Evon Cochran of Derwood graduated May 3 from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Ala. She received a master of science degree.

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Pet Valu store to open in Gaithersburg Furry friends will have a new place for pampering when Pet Valu opens in Gaithersburg on Saturday. Pet owners are invited to bring their animals along for refreshments, raffle prizes and savings at a grand opening celebration which will begin at 9 a.m. The first 100 customers to make a purchase will receive a complimentary gift bag. In addition to pet products and food, the store also has self-washing stations designed for owners to bathe their pets and leave the mess behind. Aprons, shampoo, towels and professional grade dryers are provided for use. The store is in the Firstfield Shopping Center at 517 Quince Orchard Road. All pets are welcome, but they must be leashed. For more information, call 301-947-0495 or visit

Arts Barn seeks resident artist The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg is now accepting applications for its Artist-in-Resident program. The center has one 330-squarefoot studio and one 48-square-foot studio for lease. The spaces have natural light and can be accessed at any time of the day. Both studios have a sink and cabinet area. Scale drawings of the spaces are available

Khadijah Asamu and Eman Abdur Rahman at the Springbrook High School graduation on Monday. For Springbrook and other graduation photos, go to CHANELLE BITYEKI

The Willz Grillz team from Gaithersburg stands with their trophies after winning first place in the chicken category of the fifth annual Backyard BBQ Amateur Competition, which took place in early May at the Pork in the Park festival in Salisbury. From left to right in the back row are Chanelle Bityeki, Willy Bityeki and Candice Dixon. In the front row are the Bityeki’s daughters, Chancelle and Stephanie. for review at Annual rental fees are $9 per square foot for city residents and $10 per square foot for nonresidents. Artists are encouraged to consider joint applications for space to help defray expenses and meet the minimum requirement of 40 hours per month of operation. Leases are for a one-year term and are renewable without reapplication for a second and third year if mutually agreed upon. Online applications must be completed by 11:30 p.m. June 12. Required supplemental materials are due by the end of the business day on June 16. Artists will be selected by a jury panel and must be qualified and available for a moderate amount of community teaching and instruction for which they may be compensated. For more information, contact Shellie Williams at 301-258-6394 or

EVENTS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 County Council District 3 Candidates Forum, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Aspen

Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville. Free. 301-871-1113.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Germantown Community Flea Mar-

ket, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Germantown MARC

Parking Lot, Route 118 and Bowman Mill Drive, Germantown. Free admission. 301-972-2707. Rummage Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., North Bethesda United Methodist Church, 10100 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Free. Colleen’s BA 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, 9-10:30 a.m., Grace Epis-

copal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $25. colleensba5k@ Imagination Bethesda, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Auburn and Norfolk avenues,

Bethesda. Free. Author Visit by Judy Kelly, 4-5 p.m., Novel Places, 23341 Frederick Road, Clarksburg. 301-972-3060. Rockville Multicultural Day, 4-7 p.m., Twinbrook Community and Rec Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville. Free. 240-314-8620. Resident Artists Open House, 5 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Free. 301774-0022. Suites for the Sweet, 7:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville. Free. www. DC Salsa Showcase, 8 p.m.-midnight, Glen Echo National Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $15. 703599-3300.

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Grant Avenue Market, 10 a.m.-3

p.m., Grant and Carroll avenues, Takoma Park. www.grantavenuemarket.



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Muslim foundation celebrates successful food drive The Montgomery County Muslim Foundation held a community cookout May 18 to celebrate the success of its annual food drive and thank volunteers. This spring, the nonprofit partnered with 10 Giant food stores throughout the county to collect more than 9,650 pounds of dry and canned food, which was then donated to Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg. Volunteers were recognized and thanked individually at the event, which took place at Black Hill Regional Park, 20930 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. For more information or to get involved, email Amjad Humayun at

Hall, Figge Theater, Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free-will donations accepted.

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MONDAY, JUNE 9 Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group, 6-7 p.m., Brightview Fallsgrove

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Discover Strathmore: Sounds of Brazil, noon-5 p.m., The Music Cen-

ter at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Free. 301-5815145. Moshav, Live at Har Shalom, 12:303:30 p.m., Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. $15. 301299-7087, ext. 241. Symphony of the Potomac, 3 p.m., Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $15-$20, $5 for anyone younger than 18, as well as students and faculty at Montgomery College. 301-984-6390. Music for a Spring Afternoon by

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Watkins Mill says goodbye to assistant track coach Long-time Wolverines’ assistant track and field coach James Vollmer passed away n



James Vollmer, the longtime assistant track and field coach at Watkins Mill High School, passed away on May 26 from an apparent heart attack.

He was a coach and mentor that loved to see kids do well, according to first-year Watkins Mill coach Termaine Belote. Belote, an assistant at Watkins Mill for seven years prior to being promoted this spring, said that Vollmer made “tremendous impact” on the program for many years. Belote estimated that Vollmer’s tenure with the school was about 20 years. “He had a wealth of knowledge,” Belote said. “[Vollmer was a] funny

guy [with a] great attitude no matter what was going on in his life.” Vollmer mainly coached the distance runners, but Belote said that all of the kids and coaches loved him. Graduating senior Melanie Dakwa got to spend time with Vollmer as a runner on the 3,200-meter relay team, which placed second at states. “He was really there for everyone,” Dakwa said. “He [gave] us words of wisdom. ... “The day before [the state cham-

pionship meet] a few of our girls were just having trouble with the order for the [3,200 relay] ... and I just remember him telling us it doesn’t matter what place we put you guys in, you guys are going to run well regardless. “He was just really there for all of us, and never doubted us. He could just see the talent in everyone and he just really pushed us to work really hard.”

Graduation speakers surprise, advise 2014 seniors LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER

Rockville High School’s class of 2014 did not expect its commencement speaker would bring celebrities into the mix at the students’ May 27 graduation ceremony. To the graduates’ surprise, Lee Leipsner — a Rockville High alumnus and executive vice president of promotion for Columbia Records — presented a video in which musicians including Pharrell Williams, John Legend and two members of One Direction offered their congratulations specifically to Rockville High’s graduates. The students screamed when Williams appeared at the start of the video and their enthusiasm only grew, especially as the artists mentioned the school by name, said Rockville High Principal Billie-Jean Bensen. “It just kept getting bigger and bigger,” she said. Rockville High’s graduation ceremony is one among many in Montgomery County Public Schools’ round of 2014 graduations — which started May 23 and go through June 12 — featuring prominent speakers to help send off the graduates. The speakers so far have offered their personal stories and advice to members of the county school system’s graduating class consisting of more then 11,000 students. “People don’t achieve by luck,” Leipsner said in his speech. “They achieve by passion, dedication, pride, transparency, failure, respect, fun and especially hard work.” At Walter Johnson High School’s ceremony on Friday, Dr. Francis Collins — director of the National Institutes of Health — encouraged the students to investigate the scientific world as well as consider God and life’s profound questions “with a long-


Dr. Francis Collins (right), director of the National Institutes of Health, gives the commencement address during the Walter Johnson High School graduation ceremony at D.A.R. Constitution Hall.


Violeta Tivar (right) of Rockville adjusts the cap of her daughter, graduate Altagracia Parra Tovar, 18, prior to the Walter Johnson High School commencement at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on Friday. ing heart and a restless mind and a listening soul.” He concluded his address singing a parody of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” opening with the line “I came, I rode the bus, defaced my books, ignored directions,” and ending with “Oh WJ, today’s your day, go do it your way.” Walter Johnson Principal Jennifer Baker described Collins as “an integral part of this community” who serves as the leader of the agency in which Bethesda-area adults work and students intern. Per the usual process at Walter Johnson, students selected Collins as their commencement speaker. “They were pretty excited about [Collins],” Baker said the day before the school’s ceremony. “They thought he might be too busy to speak at graduation.” Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke to the graduates of Bethesda-Chevy Chase

High School on May 29 and called them to “be part of the solution.” He shared a story from when he was mayor of Baltimore and observed firefighters involved in a search to find a boy who had disappeared underwater. Sometimes the greatest thing the students will be able to do, he said, is to plunge into a dark situation to do good. “Be present, authentic and brave for you possess an awesome power,” O’Malley told the senior class. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is scheduled to give the commencement address at Montgomery Blair High School’s ceremony on June 10. Blair Principal Renay Johnson said Perez — a parent at Blair — recently met with a group of students in anticipation of his speech to talk about their senior class, their time at Blair and what they planned to do in the future.

Perez wanted to hear from the students about their best high school experiences, Johnson said. “They talked about learning with others, learning with students from all cultures and feeling like you can be included in an group,” she said. Other county seniors selected speakers they know more closely. James Koutsos, principal at Clarksburg High School, said that students have chosen a teacher as their commencement speaker each year he’s been at the school. “I think in this instance the class of 2014 by and large connected most with Ms. [Yaseman] Mirmozaffari when she taught them in their 11th grade year,” he said. Mirmozaffari, who will speak at the school’s June 6 ceremony, holds high expectations for her students and offers her support to help them reach those expectations, Koutsos said. Speakers in the past, he said, have delivered their speeches with the main goal of being relevant to the students and speaking about things they understand and know well. “And I know Yaseman will do the same,” he said.

Absentee ballots for the June 24 primary election are available through the county’s Board of Elections. Applications, available online at, may be mailed, faxed at 240-777-8560 or emailed to absentee@ To get an application for another person, call 240777-8550. The receipt deadline is 8 p.m. June 17 by mail or in person, or 11:59 p.m. by fax or email. More information is at 777vote. org and, or by calling 240-777-8683.

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Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system will offer its $2 Youth Cruiser SmarTrip card for riders 5 to 18 years old at all 21 county libraries and at 21 schools, with more locations in the offing. The card has two options. Riders can have unlimited rides for $11 a month or $18 for the summer, through Aug. 31. The program runs weekdays from 2 to 7 p.m.; starting July 1, it runs until 8 p.m. The program started Sunday and ends Aug. 31. Proof of age and county residence is required to buy a card, and riders or their parents must buy it in person. The cards also are available at the TRiPS Commuter stores at 8413 Ramsey Ave., Silver Spring, and 17 Wisconsin Circle, Friendship Heights; the Montgomery County Division of Treasury, 255 Rockville Pike, L-15, Rockville; some CVS and Giant Food stores; and the Gaithersburg and Wheaton Zodiac stores. More information is at

Montgomery County board vacancies Montgomery County is seeking applicants for the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and the Board of Social Services. Board members are eligible for reimbursement for costs on travel and dependent care to attend meetings, but are not allowed to serve more than one group at a time. The deadline to apply is June 13. All applicants are encouraged to send a brief cover letter and resume to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe St., second floor, Rockville, or by email to Vacancy announcements for board, committees, and commissions can be found at www.montgomerycountymd. gov.









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Summer recreation classes offered

An Americana-style carousel began making its rounds Saturday at the Rio Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg. A grand opening celebration was held at 11 a.m., drawing thousands of people to the waterfront area. The event featured a strolling Dixieland band, giveaways, face painting and more. The cost for each ride on the carousel is $3 per person. The Peterson Cos. of Fairfax, Va., one of the developers of the 760,000-square-foot shopping center, owns the 36-foot classic carousel. Gaithersburg-based Adventist HealthCare was a presenting sponsor of the ride.

Stay fit throughout the summer by registering for recreation classes with the city of Gaithersburg. Zumba, Bootcamp, Belly Dance, Yoga, water aerobics and more are being offered. There will also be a variety of other programming, including art classes, sports programs for kids and theater productions. To read about the programs or register, visit


Balcombe named chamber executive of the year Marilyn Balcombe, president of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, was named 2014 Chamber Executive of the Year by the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. She has worked with the chamber of commerce for nine years. According to the chamber, members and revenue have grown under her leadership.

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month


Reme Elbtadini, 5, of Gaithersburg, rides the Rio Washingtonian Carousel on Saturday. Above, right: Cora Beaber, 2, of Gaithersburg, rides the Rio Washingtonian Carousel on Saturday. At right: Mina Cathlin, 7, and Noah Catlin, 6, of Gaithersburg, ride the Rio Washingtonian Carousel on Saturday.

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Early last year, the pastors of Covenant Life Church — a congregation of several thousand in the middle of Montgomery County — faced a crisis. Detectives had just charged a former member with molesting four teenage boys more than two decades earlier and indicated that, back then, some church leaders looked the other way. The pastors decided to take a strong stand. “Covenant Life Church had no knowledge of such abuse until many years after the abuse when an adult who had been victimized as a child came forward,” they wrote on the church’s blog in February 2013, decrying the trauma that sexual abuse can inflict. “We continue to invite your prayers for all those involved in these matters.” Now, the church has been forced to confront statements made in court that three of the teen victims or their families had come to church leaders for help in the early 1990s and that the church officials did not call police. The testimony came during a May trial of Nathaniel Morales, who was convicted of the long-ago abuse and is scheduled to be sentenced at an Aug. 14 hearing that likely will draw more attention to the abuse and how pastors handled it. Also pending is a civil lawsuit filed by former members who accuse past leaders of covering up sexual abuse. The claims have been dismissed largely because of statute of limitations reasons, but the lawyers have appealed and want to bring the claims back into play. “We find ourselves, church, at one of the most difficult moments that we faced together,” Lead Pastor

Joshua Harris said May 18, adding that he would step down if necessary. “I want Jesus to be exalted,” he said as applause rose from the crowd over his halting voice. “That’s what I want.” Among those listening to Harris’s sermon was a 43-year-old man, sitting next to his wife and youngest child, who has attended Covenant Life most his life. He was 12 when Morales, who helped lead teenage Bible studies and often joined sleepovers with the boys, began abusing him. “The details revealed at the trial have stirred many understandable questions about when pastors were informed about this situation and how they responded,” Harris was saying. “In particular, we released a statement last February that said we weren’t informed of the abuse until many years later. And based on what we understood when we wrote that, we believed that that statement was accurate, and right now, we’re still getting conflicting information.” The victim later recalled in an interview that he approached Harris after the service. He said he told the pastor that if he was to blame for not being forthcoming about what the church knew, he should take responsibility. The Washington Post does not identify victims of sexual abuse. But the man also knew that Harris had arrived at the church in 1997, years after the abuse and years after Morales had left the church. Harris may not have known what happened back then. And if so, the victim told him, he should stay. “Don’t bow to that pressure,” he told Harris. On Sunday, church leaders again addressed the controversy. A man speaking on behalf of two church groups said each had weighed whether Harris and other ministers should be placed on

leaves of absence — and decided such action was not warranted. On the advice of lawyers, though, the speaker said he could not share details of the group’s discussions — a sentiment that echoed past caution from the pulpit. The 43-year-old victim was also at the church Sunday. He said he knows four families that have left the congregation recently. He wants to stay. But he also wants to hear church leaders reveal everything the church knew many years ago — and to do so now, regardless of the legal matters. “Everything should be laid on the table,” he said.

A predator Covenant Life grew out of the Jesus Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. By the late 1980s, about 1,100 Covenant Life members were meeting at Magruder High School in the county. Among the members was Morales, who sang onstage and helped with a teenage youth group. Testimony from his trial painted a picture of how he preyed on boys. The 43-year-old man, the first victim to testify, told jurors that he was about 11 years old when he met Morales. A year later, he testified, he awakened during a sleepover to find Morales fondling him. The abuse continued for several years, sometimes when other boys were nearby. “I assumed and hoped they were sleeping,” the man said. Years after the abuse had stopped, when the victim was in his early 20s, he told his pastor at Covenant Life what had happened. That minister, Grant Layman, also testified. Defense attorney Alan Drew pressed him on whether he reported the matter to the police: “You didn’t do it?” “No, sir,” Layman answered. At least two adults in the church, including a pastor, spoke to Morales

about the allegations after they surfaced, trying to counsel him, according to testimony. Layman said Morales soon left the church on his own. Another member of the church, who worked there, testified that he was made aware of the abuse in the early 1990s — because his son was one of the victims. The witness said he approached the church at the time and eventually spoke with Morales, telling him he forgave him.

Messages from the pulpit Sunday mornings at Covenant Life have all the energy and spirit of many evangelical, mega-church services. A band with drums and guitars leads songs, with congregants lifting their arms. Preachers dress informally — jeans, open collars, sweaters. At least four times in the past year, ministers have addressed the legal matters — either directly or indirectly — from the pulpit. At one point, Harris, the lead pastor, acknowledged that when he was a child — he grew up in Oregon — he had been a victim of sexual abuse. He knew the pain, confusion and isolation the crime can bring, and he had a message for anyone finding himself or herself in the same position. “What happened to you is not your fault,” he said. But many church members are yearning for a full explanation. As for the victims of Morales’s abuse, they said that after the abuse decades ago, they relied on advice from adults. “That was the way we were raised,” one testified. “You take these things to your pastors. So we took it to the pastors at Covenant Life Church, and we were told that it would be handled. It would be taken care of.”

Montgomery County will kick off Caribbean American Heritage Month with a celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place. This year’s theme is “Caribbean Americans United for Economic Empowerment — Supporting Job Creation and Small Business.” The keynote speaker will be DeVance Walker, acting chief of the Division of Business Empowerment in the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development. The evening will include a reception with Caribbean-themed music and food. The sixth annual Aspen Hill Caribbean American Heritage Celebration will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road. The celebration will feature live steel pan music, dancing, a children’s storyteller, crafts and other activities. The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Aspen Hill Chapter, in cooperation with the Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Washington Area Network. For more information, call 301-871-1113 or email For more information about Caribbean Heritage Month events, contact Daniel Koroma, African and Caribbean community liaison in the county’s Office of Community Partnerships, at 240-777-2584.

POLICE BLOTTER Complete report at 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.

Armed Robbery • On May 14 at 5 a.m. at Marriott Residence Inn, 9721 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. The subject threatened the victims with a weapon and took property. Aggravated Assault • On May 17 at 1:57 a.m. in front of Village Café, 19200 Montgomery Village Ave., Montgomery Village. The subjects assaulted the victim and were arrested. • On May 17at 3:28 a.m. in the 20100 block of Torrey Pond Place, Gaithersburg. The subject is known to the victim. • On May 17 at 4:18 p.m. in the 200 block of Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and was arrested. Residential Burglary • 200 block of Park Avenue, Gaithersburg, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 15. Forced entry, took property. • 200 block of Park Avenue, Gaithersburg, at 10:37 a.m. May 17. Vehicle Larceny • Eight incidents in Gaithersburg between May 12 and 20. Took credit cards, cellphones, cameras, jewelry, cash, tools, video games and a laptop. Affected streets include Key West Avenue, Mahogany Circle, Copley Place, Washingtonian Boulevard and Research Boulevard. • Three incidents in Gaithersburg between May 12 and 20. No forced entry, took property. Affected streets include Chevy Chase Street, Market Street and Kent Oaks Way. • Three incidents in Gaithersburg between May 12 and 20. No forced entry, took vehicle parts and a GPS unit. Affected streets include Garth and Greenside terraces. • Two incidents in the area on May 18 or 19. Took a laptop, wallets, IDs, credit and debit cards and computer accessories. Affected streets include Dew Wood Court, Derwood, and Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg.


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Guled Kassim didn’t initially plan to run for Montgomery County Council from District 3. He had set out to find a Democratic candidate he could support in the race for the seat now held by Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D), who is running for county ex-

ecutive. But during summer 2013, as he heard from several people urging him to run, he decided to do it himself. “It was a push sort of internal and external,” Kassim said. “But that wasn’t the original outlook.” Kassim, 38, of Derwood, is running in the June 24 Democratic primary against Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz, Gaithersburg Councilman Ryan Spiegel and Rockville Councilman Tom Moore to represent the district that includes Rockville and Gaithersburg. No Republican has filed

for the Nov. 4 general election. Early voting in the primary starts at 10 a.m. June 12 and ends at 8 p.m. June 19. Kassim said the county must focus on relieving traffic congestion, through a variety of approaches including mass transit and improving intersections. “It has to be better,” he said. The main transportation arteries in District 3, including Interstate 270 and Md. 355, can’t accommodate all the traffic they currently have, let alone the amount projected as the area grows in coming

years, he said. Updating transportation options and other infrastructure is part of Kassim’s focus on maintaining services for seniors. Montgomery’s growth will include young families, but it also will involve helping and sustaining a community of aging residents, he said. As a father of a teenage daughter and two young sons, Kassim also is emphasizing support for early childhood education. Teachers in Montgomery County Public Schools helped him and his siblings learn Eng-

lish when his family arrived from Somalia in 1985, when Kassim was 10, he said. His father had been a cabinet minister who ran afoul of the African nation’s military dictator, forcing the family to flee with “literally the clothes on our backs,” Kassim said. The family became U.S. citizens in 1993, and about two months later Kassim enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served on active duty until 1997, and in the Marine Corps Reserves until 2001. Kassim said he’s not worried about competing with three elected officials for the

County executive seeks third term BY RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER

After navigating Montgomery County through some of the leanest economic times in recent history, Isiah Leggett is looking for a chance to lead the county as the economy improves. As the county’s fiscal 2015 budget took shape, Leggett spoke often about the need to be cautious and not move too quickly back toward spending levels before the Great Recession that rocked the nation’s economy in 2007-09. He touts the achievements he says the county made during the difficult economic times that consumed much of his eight years in office, and says he wants another term to finish what he started. “I want to see those things through and completed,” he said. Leggett is seeking a third term as county executive in the June 24 Democratic primary against former County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Councilman Philip M. Andrews (Dist.


of the civil rights movement, Leggett balanced his ROTC responsibilities with boycotts, sitins and other protests against discrimination. He served in Vietnam as an Army captain, earning the Bronze Star, among other awards. As a student, he met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. twice — once at a black teachers conference in Louisiana and again at a summer retreat in North Carolina. Although both times there were many other people in the room, it seemed as though King were talking only to him, Leggett said. He later served as a White House fellow, getting the chance to attend Cabinet meetings, a surreal experience for a poor kid from Louisiana who was one of 13 children, he said. Now, Leggett would like to use all of those experiences and those he’s accumulated during the past eight years to help resolve many of the initiatives he began as executive. “I want to see those things through and completed,” he said.

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The Montgomery executive holds a unique place in the state, by virtue of the size of the county’s population — which is nearly 1 million, Maryland’s highest — and $5 billion budget, Leggett said. The county often leads the way on a wide variety of issues, he said, such as recycling, water quality, raising the minimum wage, campaign finance reform and a ban on indoor smoking. It’s a position Leggett is comfortable with. He’s president of the National Association of County Executives of America and the incoming president of the Maryland Association of Counties. Leggett previously was head of the state Democratic Party from 2002 through 2004, after serving on the Montgomery County Council from 1986 to 2002. Public service has long been part of his life. As a boy growing up in the Deep South under Jim Crow, he had a strong desire to be in the military because it was one of the few places where blacks were treated equally and with respect, he said. Growing up at the height

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nomination. There are many people in Montgomery who feel disconnected from the county because of a sense that only insiders can play the political game, he said. While knocking on thousands of doors and meeting with voters outside the Shady Grove and Rockville Metro stations, Kassim said, he tells them, “I’m not on the inside. I’m someone who’s going to listen to you thoroughly.”

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When the foreclosure crisis hit, Del. Aisha Braveboy went work to keep Marylanders in their homes. An attorney from Prince George’s County who focuses in real estate, corporate and civil litigation, Braveboy, 39, said when the call came for attorneys to aid families facing foreclosure, she stepped up to helped people save their homes. The foreclosure crisis remains a key issue for Braveboy as she fights for a new role as attorney general. While the Attorney General’s Office obtained a

settlement for victims of foreclosure, Braveboy said the problem isn’t completely solved. Braveboy O n c e a bank takes ownership of a foreclosed home, it often becomes the worst maintained in a neighborhood and will likely be sold below market, she said. As a result, home values fall in the entire community. “It’s an artificial devaluation of your home value,” she said. “So we have to hold banks accountable.” If elected, Braveboy said her first action would be to create a commission to investigate the treatment of lender-owned

properties and if there is discrimination involved. Braveboy is one of three Democrats running for attorney general in June. Sen. Brian E. Frosh (Dist. 16) and Del. Jon S. Cardin (Dist. 11) are also in the race. The winner in the June 24 primary will face Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker and Libertarian Leo Wayne Dymowski in the general election. In both her career as an attorney and as a delegate representing District 25, Braveboy of Mitchellville said justice is a core issue. Since 2011, she has sponsored a bill to raise the statewide minimum wage. It finally passed in April this year. She leads the consumer protection and commercial law subcommittee of the House Economic Matters Committee. She also serves as chairwoman of the Legisla-

tive Black Caucus —a position through which she helped residents of a predominately black Sandy Spring community end years of struggle and obtain addresses for their properties. So when she looked at how she could continue working for justice for the people of Maryland, she said running for attorney general seemed the natural progression. “I’ve done a lot of work that the Attorney General’s Office needs to do on a greater level,” she said. What sets Braveboy apart from her competition? “I take action,” she said. “What separates me is that I have actually worked and taken action on important bread-andbutter issues that impact all Marylanders.” Juvenile justice reform is a top priority for Braveboy. Re-

form as well as programs to keep kids out of the system and in school — like the community-based diversion program, Community Public Awareness Council, in Prince George’s County where Braveboy serves as pro-bono legal counsel — work to prevent kids from landing in the criminal justice system as adults. Closely linked to juvenile justice is equality in education, she said. “A better educated society, one in which all students are graduating and performing, is a safer society for all of us,” Braveboy said. Maryland struggles with a large gap of achievement between its minority and/or low income students and their peers, she said. “The question of whether we are adequately educating every

child has to be addressed and the Attorney General’s Office is really the entity that can deliver and bring fairness and equity to all children in the state,” she said. In higher education, Maryland faces lingering equality issues from the segregation-era polices that created a dual system of higher education, one for black colleges and universities and another for white schools, she said. A federal judge ruled last year that Maryland still duplicated, at its traditionally white schools, programs offered by its historically black institutions, violating the constitutional rights of students and hindered black colleges when it came to recruitment.

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A week after county investigators released a report detailing mismanagement at the beleaguered Silver Spring Transit Center, county executive candidate Douglas M. Duncan wants the man in charge of the project fired. “I am writing to urge you to hold the manager of this project accountable and relieve General Services Director David Dise of his duties, effective immediately,” Duncan wrote Thursday in a letter to County Executive Isiah Leggett. “The taxpayers of Montgomery County — and the commut-

ers of Silver Spring — deserve nothing less.” In a response to Duncan, Leggett said the county plans to hold accountable those responsible for the project’s flaws, delays and cost overrun. But Dise is not the man responsible, he said. “If I thought Mr. Dise was responsible for the flaws and the resulting delays in the Silver Spring Transit Center, he would be gone already,” Leggett wrote in his response Thursday. Those responsible for the transit center’s flaws are the private construction, design and specialty inspection companies, Leggett wrote. Duncan (D) is challenging Leggett (D) for county executive. Duncan served as executive for three terms until 2006 when he ran for governor. Voters elected Leggett in 2006.


David Dise, the director of Montgomery County’s Department of General Services, speaks at a Dennis Avenue Health Center groundbreaking ceremony in Silver Spring on Thursday. The Silver Spring Transit Center was originally scheduled to open in 2011, but con-

struction defects have led to delays and cost overruns. The $120 million project at Coles-

ville Road and Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring is now sore point for county politicians and residents alike. “Excuses have been made and fingers have been pointed, but we still have no clear plan to open this important transportation hub,” Duncan wrote. “It’s time for someone to be held accountable, and make sure that this construction fiasco be given the highest level of attention to safely complete and open the transit center.” Leggett has said the county will open the facility when it is safe. The county plans to begin initial work to on the structural problems on Tuesday, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said. Crews needed to wait for warmer weather to apply a concrete overlay designed to fix varying concrete thickness and cracking in the

structure. In a letter Thursday to Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown, County Chief Administrative Officer Timothy L. Firestine said the county aims to complete work on the project by the end of the year. “The county will fix these flaws, deliver to Metro a safe facility with a 50-year life span consistent with our Memorandum of Understanding, and hold these companies responsible for additional costs caused by the delays,” Leggett wrote. “You can play politics on this if you want. I am not going to let politics get in the way of safety, getting this Transit Center open for commuters or protecting the interests of County taxpayers, period.”

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MontgomeryCollegestudents will see slightly higher tuition costs in the fall. The college’s Board of Trustees approved for fiscal 2015 a $3 increasepercredithourforcounty residents, a $6 increase per credit hour for residents of other Maryland counties, and a $9 increase per credit hour for out-of-state residents. The increase is a “modest” one, said Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard, but the school recognizes the bump could affect some of its students who struggle financially. Pollard said the college knows its students are committed to their education. “We also know that a lot of our students live on the margin,” Pollard said. “We’re hopeful that this doesn’t deter anyone,” she said, adding the college offers supports to students in need. AftertheMontgomeryCounty Council’s final budget vote on May 22, the college is officially slated to get about $17.8 million

from the county for its fiscal 2015 operating budget totalling about $243.8 million. The county is channeling about 18 percent more to the college this fiscal year than it did last year. Thestateisprovidingabout$3 million more than it did last year. The college’s operating budget includes about $34.2 million in state money. Pollard said the college is increasing tuition because it wants students to help “share the burden” of the college’s financial needs. The college wants to demonstrate that it is looking at its own resources, she said. The school instituted similar tuition increases each fiscal year from 2010 through 2013. The largest in that time period was in fiscal 2011, when tuition jumped by $5, $10 and $15 for county, state and out-of-state students respectively. The college did not increase tuition rates this fiscal year. In one example of how the latest increase will affect students, a Montgomery County student taking 12 credits — the minimum number of credits to be considered a full-time student at the college — will pay about $1,380 in tuition costs per semester for the 2014-15 year compared to about $1,344 this year.

A student from another Maryland county taking 12 credits will pay about $2,820 per semester compared to about $2,748. A 12-credit student from outside Maryland will pay about $3,876 per semester compared to about $3,768. The added revenue from increased student tuition will not be significant and likely amount to about a couple million dollars, Pollard said. Student tuition accounts for about 34 percent of the college’s total operating budget, she said. Community college tuitions around the state have generally been on the rise for about the past five years, according to Bernard Sadusky, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges. From the 2009-10 school year to the 2013-14 school year, Maryland’s community colleges experienced an average 2.8-percent tuition increase, according to Sadusky. Most colleges have bumped up their tuition in gradual increments, he said. Recent tuition growth, he said, stems in part from colleges’ increasing employee compensation and benefits following several years without raises due to tough financial circumstances.

Montgomery College raised employee salaries in its fiscal 2015 budget after furloughs in fiscal 2010 and no changes in fiscal years 2011 to 2013. The economic downturn affected the state and local governments’ ability to fund community colleges, Sadusky said, but the state is moving toward a goal to

fund about one third of community college’s operating expenses. Local funding differs around the state, he said. Sadusky said Maryland community colleges serve the state’s “most-price sensitive population” and often try to provide aid to students struggling financially when tuition increases.

“When tuitions go up, it’s a fine line about, ‘Are we going to lose students?’” he said. Pollard said Montgomery College increased the amount of scholarship funds it will grant next academic year by about $166,000. The college provided about $2.5 million in scholarship money this year.

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Police are trying to find the man who they say assaulted a teenager as she jogged on a trail in the woods of Malcolm King Park May 27. According to Gaithersburg Police the man brandished a knife and attempted to pull a 17-year-old girl to the ground as she was jogging in the park. The girl fought back and was


able to get away. The man fled on food into the woods, police said. Police say the incident happened in the unit block of School Drive. The man is described as Hispanic, 5’5”, 150 pounds, about 15-19 years old. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater with khaki pants and a black backpack. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Gaithersburg Police Investigation Section at 301-258-6400. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call the Gaithersburg Police Tip Line at 301330-4471.


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A subsidiary of Silver Spring biotech United Therapeutics Corp. is teaming with a company founded by genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter to develop pig lungs that are genetically altered to be compatible with humans. Officials say this could address the need for transplant organs for people with endstage lung disease. Lung Biotechnology, the UTC subsidiary, which also is based in Silver Spring, entered a multiyear deal with La Jolla, Calif.-based Synthetic Genomics to develop the humanized pig

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genome more than a decade ago, called the partnership “one of the most exciting and important programs ever undertaken in modern medical science.” Synthetic will redo the pig genome and provide Lung Biotechnology with altered cells that scientists will implant into pig eggs to make embryos that are born with humanized lungs. The process will take years to deliver the cells and test the humanized pig organs in clinical trials. As part of the agreement, Lung Biotechnology is investing $50 million in Synthetic Genomics, which also will receive royalties and milestone incentives from the development and commercialization of the organs.

organs. About 400,000 people in the United States die each year from lung disease, including cancer, and only 2,000 people are saved with a lung transplant, company officials said. The collaboration is “huge for accelerating our efforts to cure end-stage lung disease,” Martine Rothblatt, CEO of UTC, said in a statement. “Our combined expertise should enable us to develop an unlimited supply of transplantable organs, potentially helping millions of patients who die from end-stage organ disease.” Venter, CEO of the California company, who is best known for his role in mapping the human

“Sweet T” organizers (from left) Laura Falcione, and sister Anna, both 15 of Gaithersburg, Alex Winn, 16 of Damascus, and Abigail Vigil, 16 of Gaithersburg lead the 5k benefit walk for the Teressa French Scholarship Fund at Convenant Life Church on Sunday afternoon in Gaithersburg. The girls were good friends with Teressa, a Convenant Life student, who died in January 2014 from injuries as the result of being struck by an automobile near the church. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE





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Continued from Page A-1 Rosenzweig thought of a unique way to reach out to other U.S. families who might want to join in on the purchase. “We built a website when we realized how much it cost to bring just one abroad,” Rosenzweig said. Chat ‘n Bike was created soon after, and is used to spread the word about various family cycles, including the Quattrocycle. In the summer of 2012, Rosenzweig spent seven days in the Netherlands learning how to construct and repair the Quattrocycle. He ended up purchasing 12 Quattrocycles that summer, five of which had already been prepurchased from him by families in the U.S. and Canada. He sold another one since returning. The remaining five Quattrocycles are currently sitting in storage waiting to be bought. Whenever an interested buyer comes along, Rosenzweig and his family assemble it together and ship it to the new owner. Basic Quattrocycle models begin at around $5,000, Rosenzweig said, but financing one can


Continued from Page A-1 install pervious pavement on their property. The city would expand its rainscapes program to provide rebates to homeowners who install rainwater collection systems and conservation landscapes, but credits would not be offered, Enslinger said. Enslinger has suggested

Kitchen, Grand Ole’ Ditch, Ola Fresca and The Metropolitan Ballet will also perform. A barbecue showdown presented by Battley Harley-Davidson, will feature local barbecue trucks, vendors and restaurants. Slow-cooked meats will be available for purchase from Copper Canyon Grill, Better than Carolina BBQ, Big Fat Daddy’s, Cur-

equate to a monthly payment of about $150. Aside from taking it to school, the Rosenzweig family uses their Quattrocycle to travel locally, including going to the grocery store. They transport it in a trailer for festivals and events at more distant locations, like Baltimore and Washington, D.C. On average, they use it about three times per week. The ride can best be described as being on a “mobile roller coaster,” Rosenzweig said. “You go up a hill really slow and then when you go down the hill you go at warp speed,” he said. This July, the family and their Quattrocycle will be participating in The Greatest Bicycle Tour of the Historic C&O Canal, which is a ride that will benefit the San Mar Children’s Home & Foster Care in Boonsboro, Md. The family has already donated $500, but they are hoping to raise a total of $2,500. “We’re trying to raise money for that, and we’re looking for sponsors,” Rosenzweig said. Those interested in donatoffering homeowners a tax credit for practices to increase awareness about the stormwater program, encourage good stormwater practices among property owners and provide an incentive to them to maintain and/or retrofit existing stormwater management facilities. “[The credits] are a way to recognize that certain activities can ultimately reduce the cost of public stormwater services,”

ley’s Q and others. A special feature this year will be a live butterfly house, where festival goers can walk through an enclosed space filled with colorful butterflies. The Peony Festival, now in its second year, will be incorporated into the festival this year and take place at the Gaithersburg Community Museum, 9 S.

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Summit Ave. Expert gardeners will be on hand to offer gardening tips and answer questions. Spring bulbs and peony roots will also be for sale. In front of the Community Museum, there will be a variety of old-time demonstrations. “People will be demonstrating blacksmithing, felting, doing silhouettes and things like that

all day,” Neal said. A business expo, with local merchants, crafters and artists, will be held. More than 30 businesses have already signed up to appear, Neal said. Children’s activities, like inflatables, crafts, sports games, and an obstacle course, will be spread throughout the festival. Free shuttle service is

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Aaron Rosenzweig, his wife, Jen-Lien Fang, in the back, and their children Rachel Rosenzweig, 10, and Akiva Rosenzweig, 8, in front, use their Quattrocycle to go from Dufief Elementary School to their home on May 22. ing to the family’s cause can do so by visting One of the few downfalls of using the Quattrocycle as a form of transportation is that the travel time is longer, Fang said, but learning to plan ahead helps make it a nonissue. Conversely, one of the best benefits is that riders can enjoy nature and the surrounding environ-

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according to May 7 memo from AMEC that was sent to Enslinger. Homeowner associations would be eligible for up to a 50 percent fee reduction for existing improvements to stormwater facilities that were made under the 2009 edition of the 2000 Maryland Stormwater Design Manual, Enslinger said. A credit of up to 20 percent would be given for existing improvements made under the original

2000 Maryland Stormwater Design Manual. Additionally, homeowner associations could receive credits for future projects and improvements. Credit options would also be available for commercial, multi-family and industrial properties, and nonprofit entities. The City Council was generally in favor of the policy, but several members expressed

Aaron Rosenzweig talks about his Quattrocycle. the need for more information about the stormwater fee system to be relayed to property owners. In terms of cost, Mayor Sidney Katz said he thought it was necessary to give property owners fee estimates so that they can be prepared for possible increases. “I think we need to have some sort of estimate for people,” he said. Councilman Mike Sesma

said that it was also important to explain to property owners how the fee is assessed. “I think what’s important is people need to understand how the fee is derived and how it’s calculated,” he said. Enslinger and AMEC representatives are set to come before the mayor and council to introduce a draft ordinance for the program on July 7.

HAROLD PAINTER, CPA REPUBLICAN FOR CONGRESS ] Do you believe that the national debt is one of the major issues facing our country? ] Are you concerned about the long run solvency of Social Security? ] Does the Tax Code seem to favor everyone except the middle class? ] Has America’s role as the world’s policeman been a raw deal for our country? ] Are the rich getting richer, while you’re standing still? ] Does it seem that the Republican Party in Maryland is hurting itself by moving too far to the right? If you answered “yes” to most of the above, you think a lot like me. Help me bring the Sixth Congressional District back to the Republican Party, and the Republican Party back to the middle of the road. Please consider me for your vote for Congress in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.




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Man accused of assaulting Montgomery judge found in Miami Miami Police say convicted felon rented an apartment there n




A man who police say assaulted a Montgomery County circuit judge in Darnestown, then crashed her car on May 19, was taken into custody in Miami May 28 where he awaits extradition to Maryland.

Miami Police took Rickley Joshua Senning, 24, into custody about 10 p.m. May Senning 27, according to Major Delrish Moss, who is in charge of public information and community information for the Miami Police Department. According to Montgomery County Police,

Senning is still in Florida as of Tuesday. Montgomery County Police say Senning forced Circuit Judge Audrey Creighton, 53, into her BMW, assaulted her and later crashed her car along Darnestown Road. Moss said his department got a tip that Senning, a convicted felon, was living in Miami’s upper east side. “He was renting an apartment here,” Moss said. “Someone here noticed him and knew of the information and con-

tacted us.” Moss said Senning was picked up without a struggle in his neighborhood. Senning was at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda after the car accident May 19, which injured two people in another car and himself, according to The Washington Post. At some point, Senning left the hospital, but officials weren’t sure of the details. Police had been looking for him since the incident. According to The Washington Post, on May 20, the

day after the incident, Creighton sought a protective order against Senning, whom she said had lived in her home for three weeks in May and three months last year. Senning has convictions for assault, burglary, auto theft and a firearms violation. In 2008, he was sentenced to five years for punching a handcuffed inmate at the Montgomery County jail and assaulting two corrections officers, according to the Post’s report. That same year, Creighton represented Senning in a

separate case when she was a county public defender. Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Angela Cruz confirmed that “the subject was arrested,” but provided no additional details. Creighton is taking more than two weeks of personal leave from the bench, according to Judge John W. Debelius III, the chief administrative judge in Montgomery.

Historic Takoma will commemorate D-Day’s 70th anniversary BY


Ernie Pyle wrote his last story in 1945. The American journalist and war correspondent was killed by Japanese troops that year on a Pacific island. Pyle recounted the conditions and details of Americans fighting in World War II. Today, Steven LaRocque — a director, playwright, and performer who served in the Navy for 29 years — becomes the

Obituary Christopher Lee Thompson of Monrovia, MD passed away on Tuesday, May 27th at his home with his wife of 24 years, Erica, and two daughters, Jessica and Chasie. He was 51 years old, born on July 22, 1962 in Bethesda, MD. Chris’ greatest joy was raising his family and spending time with them. There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate his life on Saturday, May 31st at 11am at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 27015 Ridge Road, Damascus, MD 20872. His family will miss him more than they can express. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Patty Pollatos Fund in memory of Chris Thompson at w w w. p p f i n c . o rg / recipients-page/christhompson. Condolences may be shared with the family at http:// chris-thompson.

correspondent in a one-hour performance that showcases excerpts of wartime front-page columns Pyle wrote. The show, called “Byline: Ernie Pyle. Reports from the Front in World War II by Ernie Pyle,” will take place on Friday at the Historic Takoma building on at 7328 Carroll Ave. There is a suggested donation of $5 per ticket. It will commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of a fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany troops on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the invasion. By the end of the day on June 6, the Allies gained control of Normandy. Nine thousand Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but more

than 100,000 soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Adolf Hitler, according to the U.S. Army website. LaRocque lives in Bethesda and has been acting since his college years. He wrote his first script in 1976. He wrote, produced and researched “Byline: Ernie Pyle,” his one-man show. Pyle, he said, is one of those people “you just know about in the military.” “I was fascinated by the stories and the simple way that he describes everything, and I thought, ‘This would be good as a performance piece,’” LaRocque said. Even though the journalist never wrote a book, his writings were compiled in books such as “Ernie Pyle in England,” published in 1941, and “Brave Men,” published in 1944. LaRocque owns copies of

Pyle’s work that he bought at a Rockville bookstore. He believes the play is a “very elegant” way to honor those who fought in World War II and show that their sacrifices were not forgotten. “I’ve been acting for 40 years and I have done all kinds of plays. ... [But] in a lot of cases, the show brings things back to them [the war veterans],” LaRocque said. A foot locker, a folding chair, a typewriter and 16 sound cues, such as sirens from heavy artillery and car noises, sets the scene for World War II. LaRocque said in the show, he is dressed in a World War II Navy uniform that reporters would have worn while covering the war. He uses a replica of Pyle’s Corona typewriter. He borrowed the typewriter from a woman



Harold Warren Hale, 88, recently of Orlando, Florida, died on May 24, at the Windsor Place in Orlando. He was the son of James Frederick Hale and Nonie Estelle Haney Hale of Troy, VA. He is survived by his two sons, Steven of Orlando and Ronald of Linthicum, Maryland, brother William of Lynchburg, VA, sister Evelyn Goodson of Troy, VA, and three grandchildren. Mr. Hale retired to Lecanto, FL in 1998 after living for 35 years in Damascus, MD and working for decades at Fisher Lumber of Rockville, MD. Mr. Hale spent 3 years in Orlando and took care of his late wife Joyce, of 65 years, who passed in 2012. A funeral will be in Rochelle, VA at a future date.

Dorothy Rowe Boyle, 58, of Concord, MA and East Orleans, MA passed away on May 27, 2014 in the company of her husband and their three sons, 21 months after being diagnosed with glioblastoma. Dorothy, known to close friends as Dottie, was a graduate of Gaithersburg High School (MD) and the University of Maryland, College Park where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. In high school, she was a twotime state champion in track and field and then earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland. Dorothy found great joy in raising her three boys, dedicating most of her time to providing guidance and support. In addition, Dorothy had a long and gratifying career as a program coordinator in various departments at Harvard Medical School including the Department of Anatomy and the Division on Aging. Later she worked at Harvard University Health Services, and most recently in the Child and Adolescent Fellowship Training Program at Cambridge Health Alliance. Dorothy had a mind that was inquisitive and always questioning. She loved to learn, she loved to know. She adored being outside and all things related to nature. She drew tremendous joy and pleasure from her gardens of beautiful plants and vegetables which she tended to as lovingly as she did to her family. Active in many outdoor activities, Dorothy enjoyed spending time on Cape Cod and running, biking, and swimming, most frequently at Nauset Beach. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 29 years, Kevin Boyle of Concord; their children, Joseph K. of Boston, and Patrick R. and Bartholomew T. of Concord; her parents Richard J. and Jean T. Rowe of Gaithersburg, MD; her sisters Mary C. Rowe and her husband, Richard Laird, of Ashland, Va and Hannah R. Christopher and her husband, Eric, of Kennett Sq., PA, and her brothers MG Richard J. Rowe, Jr. (USA Ret.) and his wife, Dale, of Alexandria, VA, William C. Rowe of Venice, FL, Timothy M. Rowe and his wife, Faye, of Damascus, MD, Bartholomew Rowe of Clarksburg, MD, Lucien M. Rowe of Chapel Hill, NC, and LTC Edward V. Rowe (USA Ret.) and his wife, Shamaya, of Lansing, KS. She is predeceased by her brother James B. Rowe. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 PM on Monday, June 2 at Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord, MA. Funeral will be held Tuesday June 3rd from the Dee Funeral Home at 9 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Parish, Monument Square, Concord, MA at 10 am. Burial to follow in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Orleans Conservation Trust, 51 Main Street, Orleans, MA 02653 or to donate online visit To share a remembrance or send a condolence please visit



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who is a colonel in the Army Reserve. “So, I’ve been very careful [with it],” he said. His favorite scene is when soldiers are eating from a stolen can of pineapple before going into battle at the invasion of Sicily. “They sat and talked about their fears [and] the anticipation. ... It was very eloquent. ... Some were mature. ... Others were almost children,” LaRocque said. LaRocque will perform in November at Leisure World in Silver Spring, the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson, and St. Paul’s Center

MARY E. (MAYME) MALINOWSKI died peacefully May 20, 2014, at the age of 90. She was born in Buffalo NY, but was a long time resident of Montgomery County MD. Survived by her husband, Joseph P. Malinowski, her daughter, Mary Ann Thompson (William) formerly of Germantown MD, and her son, John A. Malinowski (Judy Unruh) of Clarksburg MD; by daughter-in-laws, Frances of Columbia MD, Jane of Rockville MD and Linda Malinowski of Annapolis MD; grandchildren, Jessica Stoneham (Michael) of Tucson AZ, Andrew Malinowski (Christina) of Gaithersburg MD, Cheryl Hampton (Nicholas) of Harpers Ferry WV, Michael Casey Bennett (Leslie) of Derwood, MD, Katrina Knudsen (Kenneth) of Columbia MD, Christopher Malinowski of Arlington VA, Shannon Malinowski of Gaithersburg MD, Nicole and Madison Malinowski of Annapolis MD; great-grandchildren, Nicolas and Emma Felix of Tucson AZ, Alexsander and Christian Malinowski of Gaithersburg MD, Olivia Bennett of Derwood MD and Julia Knudsen of Columbia MD. Her sons, Thomas J., Richard R., and Paul F. Malinowski predeceased her. Services to be held 11:00 a.m., June 4, 2014, St. John Neumann’s Catholic Church, 9000 Warfield Road, Gaithersburg, MD 1909908


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of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. After the last presentations, he will move on to something else. The November presentations will be the last chance to see the show. “I write all the time and I submit scripts. ... There is one that I am working on right now,” he added.


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In this age of serial entrepreneurs, it’s getting harder to find many who stick it out through thick and thin. Sylvia Williams is one who has. Fifty years ago, Williams and her husband, Lou, opened Colonial Opticians on St. Elmo Avenue in downtown Bethesda. He has since died, but Williams is going strong — as is the business. Despite many ups and downs, the half-century in business has “been fun,” said Williams, who still oversees the company’s books. As Williams tells it, back in 1964 her husband a partner were set on opening an optician business. They found a storefront in Bethesda and were given three months of free rent. But the partner pulled out and the Williams family had to decide whether to proceed. Lou was determined to start the business. The first day, the store sold an eyeglass case for a dollar. Later that day, Lou received a $2 parking ticket. “We were already in the hole after the first day,” Sylvia said with a laugh. After that minor setback, the business grew. It now has four other stores, with two in Gaithersburg, including one in Kentlands, plus others in Rockville and Potomac Village. And the business stayed in the family, with the third generation now playing an active role. Ryan Allnutt, Williams’ grandson and a manager of the Bethesda store, said the best part of his job is getting to continue his grandfather’s legacy. “I feel like [working here] is


Optician Ryan Allnutt uses a vertonmeter to check lens perscriptions, at the Colonial Opticians store in Bethesda, on Tuesday. a good way to keep my grandfather’s dream alive,” Allnutt said. “He came into this business 50 years ago and he wanted to make something of his name. I feel like it’s an honor to keep it going as long as we can. That’s the drive I have, to see Colonial as a whole thrive.” Allnutt said he was young when his grandfather died, but customers still come in who remember him. “We get a lot of customers that he helped get them through tough times,” he said. His grandfather specialized in low-vision problems. “To take someone who can’t see, and give them hope and help them navigate through vision loss — it’s kind of inspiring in a way,” Allnutt said. It wasn’t always easy, Williams said. There was the arson in the Bethesda store in 1976. “It was a disaster,” she said. The business had little in-

surance on the store. The bathroom was destroyed and the toilet melted, she said. By this time, the family had already opened the Rockville store, so inventory and equipment were shifted there until the Bethesda store was restored. Allnutt’s mother, Debby Allnutt, said customer service is the key to success. “We’ve built our reputation on quality and service, and that’s why we have third-generation customers,” she said. Her son agreed. When people come through the door, they are not numbers, trays or jobs: They are part of our family, he said. Despite new vision technologies, the personal, hands-on touch is still the best, all three said. “All of our measurements are done by hand, and there could be errors in the electronic measurements,” Ryan Allnutt said. “You’re going to have less

chance of error by the way we do it. Generally speaking, we have to keep pushing through tough times to keep this business growing more.” Today, Williams’ three children work in the stores, with a daughter-in-law working at the Kentlands location. “It’s great to work with [family],” Ryan Allnutt said. “I think we have a deeper connection than a company that’s not family oriented.”


Optician Tina Dupree makes adjustments to a costumers’ glasses,at the Colonial Opticians store in Bethesda, on Tuesday.


Assign Code: ADOPT BUDGET 2014-15 NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF A CITY OF GAITHERSBURG ORDINANCE Pursuant to provisions Section 41 and Section 11 of the City of Gaithersburg City Charter, notice is hereby given that the Mayor and Council of Gaithersburg adopted Ordinance No. O-7-14, on June 2, 2014, effective July 1, 2014, entitled: ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE CITY BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2014, THROUGH JUNE 30, 2015, AND LEVYING AN AD VALOREM TAX ON ALL ASSESSABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND With a levy on all of the assessable real property within the City an ad valorem tax at the rate of Twenty-six and Two/Tenths Cents ($.262) on each One Hundred Dollars ($100) of assessed value of said property, and there is hereby levied an ad valorem tax on the tangible personal property subject to taxation by the City, except for exempt manufacturing equipment, manufacturing inventory and commercial inventory of corporate and unincorporated businesses, at the rate of Fifty-Three Cents ($.53) on each One Hundred Dollars ($100) of assessed value of such tangible personal property. 1933815

The ordinance adopts the imposition of a full year, one-half year, three-quarter year and one-quarter year tax levies authorized pursuant to Title 10, Sections 10-102, 10-103, 10-104 and 10-105, Tax Property Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended, and authorizes and empowers Montgomery County, Maryland, to collect and remit the same to the City of Gaithersburg, consistent with the imposition and collection of such levies on real property by Montgomery County. This Ordinance was adopted on June 2, 2014, and will become effective July 1, 2014, the date on which the 2015 fiscal year budget begins. The adopted budget is as follows: ANTICIPATED REVENUE Local Taxes Licenses & Permits Intergovernmental Revenue Service Charges Fines & Forfeitures Miscellaneous Revenues ANTICIPATED REVENUE Reappropriation TOTAL ANTICIPATED REVENUE

$26,392,500 3,626,200 13,709,630 5,991,450 2,477,500 1,821,200


General Government Public Safety Public Works Recreation Community Services and Development Miscellaneous OPERATING TOTAL TOTAL OPEB Trust Fund CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS TOTAL PROPOSED EXPENDITURES

$54,018,480 5,298,022 $59,316,502

$13,616,981 11,795,279 9,505,484 7,761,364 2,622,868 4,314,526 $49,616,502 910,000 8,790,000 $59,316,502

The adopted budget will be available online on July 1, 2014, and may be viewed at


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Montgomery school board members stop using official credit cards Committee examining cards amid questions over usage




Montgomery County Board of Education members have agreed to stop using their school system credit cards while a committee examines the board’s policy on when members can use them. A Monday statement from school board President Philip Kauffman and Vice President Patricia O’Neill said an ad-hoc committee was formed in April to review “the board’s processes and guidelines regarding reimbursable expenses.” “Recent public interest in the usage of credit cards by board members has emphasized the necessity to review our processes and procedures to ensure that these cards are being used in an appropriate manner,” the statement said. ABC 7 reported May 21 that school board member Christopher S. Barclay used his school system credit card to make personal purchases 14 times and later had to pay the school system back for them. The report also said that on multiple occasions Barclay did not turn in itemized receipts or identify who he was dining with when

he used his school system credit card, which violates the system’s policy. As part of its study, the committee will examine board members’ expenses made over the last two years. The committee formed in April following information requests made to the school system related to the cards, said Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the county school system. “The Board was aware that there were MPIA [Maryland Public Information Act] requests for board member expenses and they felt it was a good opportunity to review policies and practices that had not been reviewed since 2008,” Tofig said in an email. School board member Rebecca Smondrowski said in a text message that she fully supports the formation of the committee and is looking forward to seeing its recommendations. “As a new Board member [I] know that added clarity will be very helpful,” she said. The committee’s members include Kauffman, O’Neill and school board member Michael Durso, who serves as chair of the board’s fiscal management committee. Board members receive school system credit cards to cover business-related expenses, the statement said.

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As a mother, wife, school counselor, friend, coach and much more to those who knew her, Denise Schaefer was a kind, athletic and gregarious spirit who touched those around her. Schaefer, 38, passed away unexpectedly May 10 from a blood infection but left a strong impression with those she left behind, from her husband Geoff to her friends to her coworkers. Geoff Schaefer — an English teacher and swim and volleyball coach at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda — said he met Schaefer at a wedding and joked it was “infatuation at first sight” with the gorgeous woman he considered out of his league. He and his wife were together for 11 years. “I don’t know why she stuck with me,” he said. “I’m so fortunate.” Gabe Ossi, a longtime family friend of the Schaefers, said that in her work as a teacher and school counselor, Schaefer “touched a ton of lives.” Ossi said that a group of students who graduated in 2002 from Magruder High School — where Denise Schaefer first taught math and then counseled — reached out after Schaefer’s death to ask what they could do to

Denise Schaefer, with her husband Geoff and their daughters. help. Being a counselor was Schaefer’s “true calling,” Geoff said. She thought that grades were an obstacle to connecting with students, he said, and she wanted to help students follow their dreams and discover who they were. “She always felt like she could help the kids in other ways,” Geoff said. Leroy Evans, principal at Magruder High School, said

Schaefer was “an excellent counselor” who knew and engaged her students well. Evans said he saw Schaefer — who also worked at Springbrook and Wootton high schools but returned to Magruder a few years ago — mature and take on more responsibilities to help make a difference at the school. “You could just see her grow and become more involved in many respects,” he said. Evans said the school has formed a scholarship in her name that was already awarded this year. As a mom, Schaefer is remembered for doting on her daughters and trying to pass along her love of sports. Ossi described Schaefer as “a great mother” who would go for a run through the neighborhood with them in a stroller and take them to swim events that Geoff would be coaching. Mary Jensen, a close friend of Schaefer and her family, recalled how on a recent snow day, Schaefer provided all the necessary supplies so their kids could decorate cookies. “She always had her kids completely decked out for holidays,” she said, remembering specifically their Fourth of July outfits. Geoff said that he and Schaefer, both extroverts, would work together to coordinate a lively social schedule and maintain good relationships with those around them. “She just loved to make sure the girls were involved with life,” he said. Schaefer was also well known for her love of running. Ossi said that one of the things that comes to mind for him about Schaefer is how she returned to running after having her two girls and trained to run half and full marathons.




“I think it was just the accomplishment about setting a goal and then feeling that accomplishment when she completed her goal,” Ossi said. Geoff said Schaefer’s bucket list included running the Marine Corps Marathon — a feat she accomplished in October. Only a couple weeks before she died, she ran a half marathon. Jensen said her friendship with Schaefer started when the Schaefer family moved into the Olney house directly behind hers and encompassed a wide range of shared interests and activities, including going to the gym several times a week. The two women also had young kids close in age, were both involved in a group of moms that played the dice game Bunco, spent snow days together and “hung out every single weekend.” “Sports of all kinds actually were her thing,” Jensen said. Schaefer coached softball at Magruder High and also served as a T-ball commissioner for the Olney Boys and Girls Club. The effect that Schaefer and her family had on their community is evident in a Facebook page set up in Schaefer’s honor and a fundraising website where about 960 people have donated nearly $115,000 to the family. Geoff said that after Schaefer died, he thought he had lost what they had built together. The community, however, reached out to help support him and his two daughters. “I’m in awe of the community’s support,” he said. “They rose up and said to us, ‘We’re not going to let you fail.’”

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TUESDAY, JUNE 10 11th Annual Men’s Health Symposium: Treating the Whole Man, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. More than 50 percent of men die prematurely in this country due to preventable but chronic medical conditions. Research has

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Blood drive, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Each blood donation can help save up to three lives. Join Suburban Hospital for the next American Red Cross Blood Drive

Tara Lynn Ramsey and Andrew Rosenblum will be married on June 8, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. Timothy Greathouse will officiate at the College Club of Cleveland. The bride-to-be, 25, is a freelance violinist and violin teacher based in Cleveland. She graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University and holds a master’s degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is the daughter of Gerald and Vivian Ramsey of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her father is a band director in the Cedar Falls Community School District, and her mother is a teacher with the Iowa Braille School. The prospective groom, 28, will be employed by the Cleveland Institute of Music as a collaborative pianist beginning in the fall. He graduated with a BFA in piano performance from the California Institute of the Arts and holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano and harpsichord performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is the son of Bruce and Lori Laitman Rosenblum of Potomac. His father is a managing director at The Carlyle Group, and his mother is a composer.


HEALTH CALENDAR Safe Sitter, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Suburban Hospital Lambert Building, Second Floor, 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. A comprehensive training course designed to teach 11- to 13-year-olds babysitting essentials. Course includes tactics in handling emergencies basic first aid and child-care skills. Registration required. If you are interested in becoming a Safe Sitter instructor, call 301-896-2999. $95. www.suburbanhospital. org.

Ramsey, Rosenblum

E. Arthur and Debra Laser-Robinson of Rockville announce the engagement of their son, Alexander Laser, to Erin Feeley, daughter of Richard and Susan Feeley of Harmony, Rhode Island. The prospective groom graduated from Rockville High School in 2005. He received a bachelor’s degree in English, summa cum laude, from George Washington University in 2009 and a master’s degree in secondary education from George Washington in 2010. He works as an English teacher at Eastern High School in Washington, D.C. The bride-to-be graduated from Ponaganset High Schoolin Glocester, Rhode Island, in 2005. She received a bachelor’s degree in applied science and technology, cum laude, from George Washington University in 2009. She is currently earning an MBA from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She works as a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. The wedding will take place in the summer of 2014 at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ludy and Tony Cabañas of Silver Spring announce the engagement of their daughter, Zarah Cabañas, to Matthew Werden, son of Todd Werden of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, and Sandy Weinberg of Danbury, Connecticut. The bride-to-be, a product of Rock Creek Forest Elementary School, Center for the Highly Gifted at Kensington-Parkwood, Eastern Middle School and Blair Humanities and Communication Arts Program, graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a bachelor’s degree in film and television production. She is a freelance video designer and director based in New York. The prospective groom attended Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music production and engineering. Currently, he is associate recorded sound designer and chief engineer at Blue Man Group in New York. The wedding is planned in August 2014 in Big Indian, New York.

demonstrated that urological conditions such as erectile dysfunction and low testosterone can be an important overall health marker. Dr. Kevin Billups, urologist and Director of the Integrative Men’s Health Program at the Johns Hopkins Brady Urological Institute, will address the link that sexual health concerns can have on larger health risks including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Women welcome to attend. Light refreshments. Registration required. Free.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Tools for Maximizing Quality of Life: A Free Retreat for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer or Ovarian Cancer and their Caregivers, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National 4-H Youth Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Featured speaker, Colette Magnant, M.D., will begin our afternoon with an inspirational discussion about survivorship. Lunch will be served and participants will attend two workshops designed to improve the quality of life of patients and caregivers. For more information and to register, please contact Pam Goetz at pgoetz4@jhmi. edu or 202-243-2320. Free.

ONGOING Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink Road, Gaithersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on first Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 301-924-8640; Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with

Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301365-5733, Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georiga Ave., Wheaton, offers an informal Sunday morning worship service at 9 a.m., followed by a traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. Child care is available from 9 a.m. to noon. Hospitality time is at 9:45 a.m. in the Garden Entrance. El Buen Samaritano offers a Spanish service at Noon. Communion is Celebrated the first Sunday of the month. For more information, call 301-9498383. Visit www.HughesUMC. org. Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult




Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-2531768. Visit www.kemptownumc. org. Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-4219166. For a schedule of events, visit www.libertygrovechurch. org. Moms In Prayer Group, times and locations vary, email for information, occurs every first and third Friday through June 6. Free. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. For more information call 301662-1819. Email

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Gansler, Hogan for governor

Today, The Gazette continues its endorsements for contested races in the June 24 party primaries.

Democratic primary Gov. Martin O’Malley has left Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown with a legacy that could be the foundation of any campaign in True Blue Maryland: death penalty repeal, same-sex marriage, minimum wage increase. Unfortunately, the O’Malley legacy also includes the increase or creation of so many taxes that even the state’s left-leaning have to take notice. The perception of Maryland has become that it isn’t a place where businesses can grow and add jobs; instead, it seems to be a place where the state government will pass and increase taxes with impunity. The administration will argue that the perception discounts a number of positives about doing business in the Free State. We agree that Maryland is a great place to live and work, but when an outsider sees increases in income, corporate, gas, “flush” and sales taxes as well as the creation of the “rain tax” and the “millionaire’s tax,” the perception has a lot to support it. Brown says he wants to create a comprehensive tax commission to look at Maryland levies. Yet, in our interview with him, he refused to share his opinion on any of the tax increases that occurred during O’Malley’s tenure. The perception is Brown doesn’t think the state needs to make major tax cuts anytime soon. This election was Brown’s to lose. With the taxes — and the fiasco surrounding the state’s health care website that he was tasked with overseeing — we believe he has. Of the other candidates, Del. Heather Mizeur told us she doesn’t want to change any of the state’s taxes, save an income tax increase on the remaining millionaires to provide some modest tax relief to individuals at the other end of the income spectrum. She’s also quick to legalize marijuana, despite Maryland’s opportunity to wait and learn from other states already testing the waters. Attorney General Douglas Gansler calls for a cut in the corporate income tax. He would phase it in, which would protect the revenue that supports important programs while giving businesses an incentive to take advantage of tax savings to grow. He’s also the only Democrat looking critically at state spending, listing $1.5 billion in potential savings. We think Gansler will be a better manager of public funds, and therefore earns The Gazette’s endorsement. Gansler has always been known to speak his mind, and his tongue has gotten him into trouble from time to time. So what? It’s refreshing to have a politician whose speeches haven’t been predigested by a focus group. He also took some heat for pictures of him stopping by a teenage party where underage drinking was suspected. We can debate the parenting decisions of the candidates, but it’s more important to focus on the best decisions being made for the state when selecting a governor. Gansler represents a better choice for Maryland Democrats.

Republican primary The Republican Party is offering four candidates — Harford County Executive David Craig, Del. Ronald George, Change Maryland founder Larry Hogan and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar — who are all hammering the same theme of cutting taxes. They barely mention social issues — abortion, gun control, gay rights — that seem locked up in the state. It’s a good strategy. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the last Republican to lead the state, was pro-choice and favored gun control. Those kinds of Republicans are few and far between, even in Maryland, so it makes sense the candidates are doing their best not to mention social issues. Of the four, we think three stand out particularly. Lollar shows great enthusiasm and an ability to fire up supporters. Hogan has built a strong organization that can challenge the Democrats in November. And Craig has years of service as a teacher and in elected positions at the city, county and state levels. In his tax plan, Craig calls for the elimination of personal income taxes entirely. It’s bold, but we don’t think it’s possible. Hogan, on the other hand, wants to find spending cuts and reduce taxes gradually. We think that approach is more reasonable. For that reason, we favor Hogan and give him The Gazette endorsement. Hogan was part of the inner workings of state government, as Ehrlich’s appointments secretary. From that vantage, he has experience on how to run a state government. Maryland voters can hope he learned a few lessons on how not to run a state government, too. As a Republican governor with a Democratic legislature, Ehrlich spent so much time picking political fights with the opposition that he never got around to governing the state. During his four years in office, Ehrlich vetoed a number of bills, and the General Assembly overturned many of his vetoes. We can hope that a Republican in charge doesn’t have to be conciliatory with Democrats, but at least be congenial enough to find common ground to move the state forward.

For attorney general

Like the Montgomery County executive’s race, Democrats have three choices for their attorney general nominee. And like the county executive’s race, each candidate offers a portfolio of accomplishments that could merit a voter’s support. Baltimore County Del. Jon Cardin has faced a wide range of issues as a lawyer and a legislator. Prince George’s County Del. Aisha Braveboy has built a solid reputation of serving communities, not just in her home county but in other areas of the state, as well. But state Sen. Brian Frosh is our choice for nomination. After having served two terms in the House of Delegates and completing his fifth term in the Maryland Senate, Frosh has extensive experience at lawmaking. He has been the chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee for 11 years. As he said in our interview with him, most of the laws he’ll be enforcing, he has written. And that experience means he knows how to be an advocate within the General Assembly. Frosh has focused on the environment for much of his career, and he said he’d pursue environmental crime as attorney general. He said too many polluters have gotten warnings. Their last warning, he said, will be when he takes office, promising consistent, swift and tougher consequences. We think Frosh would make a great choice for Democrats.

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Readers go postal I usually ena powerful joy reading what subcommittee my friend Blair Lee chairman and writes, even if I frewould have quently disagree been Speaker with much of it. But if you’d only his May 5 column abandoned (“Missing Persons your pro life Report”) was over beliefs (that’s the top. what I admire Blair attacks most). MY MARYLAND Lt. Gov. Anthony You went Brown for attending to night law BLAIR LEE his stepson’s confirschool, quit the mation at St. Mary’s legislature and Catholic Church instead of became one of Maryland’s participating in a debate most influential and consponsored by several Demo- nected insiders, confidant cratic clubs. of governors and a brilliant C’mon Blair! The lieu- trial attorney. tenant governor is raising And, like a brilliant this young man whose fa- attorney, you slyly recast ther, Tony Walker, a Prince Brown’s debate brush-off George’s County police offi- into a stepfather’s higher cer, died in the line of duty. calling to church and family. The young man lives with I almost wept until I realthe lieutenant governor (his ized that wasn’t the issue stepfather) and his mother, at all. Brown agreed to this Karmen Walker Brown, the debate months beforehand, lieutenant governor’s wife. lots of folks (including me) So the lieutenant gov- worked hard in preparation, ernor should have skipped more than 100 people drove his stepson’s confirmation through a monsoon to attend to attend a Democratic fo- and Brown, at the last minrum? Really? Let’s get some ute, blew it off blaming his perspective here: stepfather staff for a schedule mix-up. and stepson will look back Sorry, Timmy, I don’t years from now and say they buy it. Brown’s campaign is are glad they put family and a big-time operation which Church first. leads in the polls, money, Tim Maloney, Silver ads and endorsements, Spring handily sabotaged Gansler and is the only governor’s Tim campaign whose volunI’m not accustomed to teers have telephoned me hearing from people of your and knocked on my door. stature. Most of my critics are Also, Brown’s sophisticated loopy liberals long on rhetocomputer modeling ties toric and short on logic. You, gether vast amounts of data however, I’ve respected since to micro-target specialized voter groups. Matching this 1978 when, just out of coldigitally targeted data with lege, you were elected to the YouTube’s user lists allows House of Delegates, became

Brown to email customized messages to computerselected voter groups. Heck, Brown even has his own make-up artist traveling with him. And you want me to believe Brown’s campaign is so dysfunctional that it didn’t notice Brown’s schedule conflict until the day before? Impossible. Instead, Brown’s noshow fits a pattern of blowoffs including last week’s WBFF TV debate, “Brown skipped the event with a lame explanation about this encounter (debate) exceeding the three debates campaigns had agreed on”, editorialized the Baltimore Sun. Too bad, because in the May 7 TV debate he attended Brown did just fine. If Anthony Brown figures he’s so far ahead that the election is over and all he has to do is lay low until Election Day, I understand. But, Timmy, let’s call it what it is, a political ploy, not a noble act of conscience. Blair Mr. Lee I have been a mediumincome employee of local government for 25 years, now retired on a very modest pension. I always drove used or inexpensive cars and took few expensive trips. My husband and I paid off our house and saved money so we could retire. We also spent within our means and never carried credit card debt. As a result our net taxable wealth including our home, is over $1 million. We are not the 1 percent ultra wealthy. We always paid tons of taxes and we had no loopholes to

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Heidi You screwed up. Instead of living a frugal, modest life you should have copied our progressive governments — spend recklessly, borrow to the hilt, spend some more and, then, let your kids deal with the mess. Instead you selfishly acquired wealth by working hard and saving. Don’t you understand that wealth and the people who earn it are evil? Haven’t you heard of “income inequality” and “Occupy Wall Street.” Why should your kids inherit your savings when the government has so many needs for it? Come on, Heidi, get with the program. Blair Blair I saw my first Mizeur bumper sticker today. It is rather undistinguished and the print is so small one would have to be close to read it. Jim Genthner Jim Was it on a Prius? Blair

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School system needs inspector general The County Council has passed the FY 2015 budget giving the school system all that they asked for — $2.3 billion. So in effect the county taxpayers, once more, wrote a blank check to the school system over which not much oversight exists. One might expect the school system itself to exercise some modicum of responsibility. That apparently is not the case. It appears that a current member of the school board, a member of MCPS’ Fiscal Management Committee has used his MCPS-issued credit card to buy meals, rent cars, and stay

at hotels — 14 times — over the course of two years. The credit card has not been revoked. And who brought this to light? The Parents Coalition of Montgomery County, not MCPS auditors. The Taxpayers League asked the school system, several months ago, that they appoint an Inspector General to provide independent oversight on matters of waste, fraud and abuse. Our suggestion was summarily dismissed with the response that there were internal auditors in MCPS with sufficient oversight responsibility.

Apparently not. Admittedly, the school board member’s abuse of the credit card is small potatoes in a $2.3 billion budget. However, it points to vulnerabilities in the system. State auditors reported in 2009 that MCPS governance was inadequate because the board had no control over internal audit for studies or analysis, no fraud or abuse hot line, no whistle blower protections. It’s time for MCPS — like the County Government — to have an independent Inspector General. A budget of

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take advantage of. It absolutely galls me to hear quotes from (primarily Dems) about tax breaks for the “millionaires.” In the DC-area your home can easily exceed $500 or $750K. In summary, we have definitely been planning to move out of Maryland, but if the exemption increase goes into law we may stay longer unlike most of my retired counterparts. Heidi Sussman

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over $2 billion and the future of our kids requires no less. Also, an independent review of MCPS plans to close the achievement gap is warranted. This review would answer five questions that MCPS has so far dodged: Can the gap be closed? How? What are the performance measures? What will it cost? When will it happen? Is that asking too much?

Joan Fidler, Bethesda The writer is the president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League.

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Simmons’ ‘House of Cards’ strategy Del. Luiz Simmons claims in his District 17 State Senate campaign that there is a telephone smear campaign against him. For months Simmons has waged an expensive campaign involving multiple phone calls to voters, and most of all, a “House of Cards Strategy,” sending an almost weekly barrage of mailers. But his actions as a public official not a volley of words are what count. There are legitimate voter concerns about his actions, specifically his record of failing to protect women, referenced in a Jan. 10 Washington Post editorial. The Post stated Simmons, “led

the effort to kill the bill [that would have made it easier for women to get a protective order] four years ago.” Over the last four years his actions left hundreds of women and children more vulnerable as they struggled to get protective orders, until he conveniently changed his position this year. Instead of responding to these concerns Simmons cries foul, claiming he is being smeared. Sadly, that reaction brings to mind President Harry Truman’s famous quote “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”

Arthur Katz, Rockville

The principal and the cell tower The proposal to put a cell tower at Thomas S. Wootton High School is evidence of a systemic problem within Montgomery County Public Schools. Why is a principal of a high school in Montgomery County spending even a nanosecond on a project to raise revenue? Why isn’t 100 percent of a principal’s time spent on educating his/her students? The taxpayers of Montgomery County devote over 50 percent of the county budget to MCPS, and we do

not want any time spent by teachers and principals on anything but educating our children. Not one MCPS employee who directly affects the success of instruction in a classroom, such as a principal, should have anything to do with raising revenue. It is time to have an independent audit of the MCPS budget, programs and job responsibilities to ensure that MCPS employees are only working on efforts that directly affect the classroom.

Jennifer Smith Salaj, Potomac

Time is the solution Prohibition came to the United States a century ago as an experiment to control mass behavior. The nation had been inundated with excessive drunkenness and families were suffering from husbands and fathers unable to control their access to alcohol. Under the influence of the Anti-Saloon League, a powerful lobby, the Congress passed and the states ratified the 18th Amendment to the Constitution that barred all production, distribution and sale of alcoholic products except for medicinal purposes. The Anti-Saloon League threatened congressmen and state representatives with loss of their seats if they did not buckle down to the wishes of the League; many did lose their seats by voting against prohibition. Enactment of the amendment caused a virtual disappearance of beer, whiskey, wine and any other liquids that might induce giddiness and drunkenness. Did it solve the problem? Certainly not for those who wanted to take advantage of the law and provide the liquors to a public willing to pay for continued access to their favorite beverages. While there were no “official” saloons, there were plenty of available non-medical alcohol products in an underground alcohol society. Organized crime prevailed regardless of Federal attempts to enforce the amendment’s provisions. Finally, the public had enough and the 18th Amendment was repealed by the 21st

Amendment. Fast forward to the 21st Century and the proliferation of firearms in America. There is another lobby as strong or stronger than the Anti-Saloon League: the National Rifle Association. The NRA controls Congress with the same strategy that the AntiSaloon League employed. Many congressmen and state legislators have lost their seats by only mentioning that the blood violence of gun proliferation needed to be harnessed. More and more state legislatures are passing laws that allow citizens to carry guns in public places like bars, restaurants, business establishments and even schools and churches — the legislation passed might well have been written by the NRA. The rhetoric from the NRA is that crime will diminish as long as good men with guns can take care of bad men with guns. What about the average citizen who chooses not to arm himself? Can he be a victim of gun violence? He is the victim and when the violence becomes unbearable to the America public, laws will be passed (in accordance with the 2nd Amendment) or the Constitution amended to restrict the ownership of deadly weapons. Just as prohibition became unpopular when the public experienced the consequences, the American public some day will demand that the proliferation of firearms be controlled. It will take time.

Robert Abrams, Silver Spring

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Support for Tom Hucker on County Council

As a former member of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, I believe that for my family and my neighbors in Silver Spring, Takoma Park and East County, Tom Hucker is the best candidate to represent us on the County Council. His work as a lawmaker and advocate demonstrate that he is the effective, progressive champion we need in Rockville. Tom has done great work in the General Assembly to improve our community, advance our progressive values, and move an agenda beneficial to all Marylanders. As a state lawmaker for nearly eight years and an active member of the Economic Matters Committee, Tom has had real responsibility for a state budget of $27 billion and all of the vital programs that entails. I think it’s important that our next councilmember have practical experience making change, and Tom has played

a key role in raising the minimum wage, making government accountable, improving education, and making our environment healthier for us and our kids. Tom’s successful leadership of Progressive Maryland demonstrates the dedication and abilities that will make him an incredible member of the Montgomery County Council focused on our community. We are lucky to have a number of talented people running for office in our area, many of whom would bring a variety of experiences to the job. In the election for Montgomery County Council in District 5, though, Tom Hucker stands out as having the real, practical experience and a record of accomplishment that demonstrate how he will be an effective champion to ensure that Montgomery County continues to progress.

Korey Hartwich, Silver Spring

Hypocrisy at Memorial Day Parade I attended the Rockville Memorial Day parade today and, as I have for the past 25 years, found it to be a wonderful example of small town civic pride and community spirit. However, the parade has a major flaw. I understand a policy that only incumbents may be official parade participants. These people have been elected and should be celebrated for their service. However, most of the incumbents in today’s parade are running for office, either for re-election or for different positions than the one they currently hold. It is totally ludicrous to have a policy that allows them in the parade to campaign for the office to which they aspire while restricting competing candidates from officially participating in the parade. Today, the only incumbent with integrity on this issue was Phil Andrews. While Councilmember Andrews is running for a different office than the one

he currently occupies, he represented himself in the parade only as a member of the Council, a position to which he has already been elected. Most of the other incumbents marched in the parade as candidates including Mizeur, Gansler and Brown for Governor (a position which none of them currently occupies) and several County Council members running for the seats they currently occupy, plus the current County Executive campaigning for a third term. It’s hard enough to challenge an incumbent — the City of Rockville’s parade policy exacerbates the difficulty and skews the democratic process. It is time for city officials to create a rule that either allows all candidates to campaign or none, getting rid of the current double standard.

Lisa W. Rother, Silver Spring

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Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedules subject to change. BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Bullis vs. Henry A. Wise, 12:40 p.m. at DeMatha IAC champions take on the defending Class 4A state champs in summer game.

7-ON-7 FOOTBALL: Wootton vs. Whitman, 4 p.m. Thursday at Seneca Valley 7-ON-7 FOOTBALL: Bullis vs. Seneca Valley, 2 p.m. Monday at Seneca Valley

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Gaithersburg High School girls’ soccer’s four-year starting goalkeeper Michaela Colon tried T-ball when she was 5, but it did not go well. “I hit the ball and then I ran around the bases the wrong way,” Colon said. “I was that girl.” Her twin brother, Evan, a third baseman for the 2014 state semifinalist Gaithersburg baseball team, tried soccer at the same age but seemed to have more fun ripping grass and flowers up from the field. The siblings, who don’t actually look much alike at all, said they share

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Gaithersburg High School twins Evan and Michaela Colon graduate this week after successful high school tenures in baseball and girls’ soccer.

Col. Zadok Magruder High School boys’ basketball coach Dan Harwood is around his players year-round, not just as their varsity coach, but as their physical education teacher, and in some cases, their summer camp boss. That’s why he decided long ago that after school lets out and summer league begins, the last thing his athletes needed was another couple months of being yelled at by their coach. Like many Montgomery County boys’ basketball coaches — about 30 to 50 percent, coaches estimated — Harwood steps aside during summer league, leaving

the sideline responsibilities to his longtime assistant, Tony Giles. “If I’m there, I’m usually going to pressure [the players] to do everything,” said Harwood, entering his 25th season. “I think it’s more relaxing to the players that I’m not breathing down their necks.” In Giles, who has coached summer league for a decade, the Colonels have an experienced assistant who is familiar with the players and the system. “My job is to give them a different voice and a different perspective,” Giles said. “... My whole focus is from a mental aspect, I’m trying to actually get them to see the game as they’re playing.” Senior Joe Hugley, who led the Colonels in scoring (16.5 points per game), said he is not impacted by the sideline change since the Colonels’ coaches have similar

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Sherwood High School graduate Anthony Papio has helped the University of Maryland, College Park baseball team to its first NCAA tournament in 43 years.

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The University of Maryland, College Park baseball program ended a 43-year drought by sweeping the Columbia bracket last weekend and advancing to its first Super Regional, where the Terps are scheduled to play at Virginia this weekend. Maryland (36-21) earned the initial postseason berth by virtue of improbable victories at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. They beat Virginia and Florida State before consecutive losses to North Carolina and Georgia Tech. In many respects, the highs and lows of the ACC tournament were reflective of the Terrapins’ season. Maryland had a seven-game win streak early in the season and another fivegame win streak in March that included a three-game sweep of


North Carolina State, which was ranked 11th in the nation at the time. That prompted a great deal of optimism. But April was not overly kind to the Terps. They lost two of three games to conference foes Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. After taking two of three games from Georgia Tech, the Terps got swept at Boston College and returned home to lose to James Madison. “We had a couple of ups and downs this season,” said Maryland freshman Tayler Stiles, a Bowie native and Bishop McNamara graduate who went 3-2 with one save and a 4.26 earned run average in 38 innings for the Terps this spring. “But we ended the season on a good note. Now we’ve been able to end a 43-year drought and get to the NCAA tournament. I’m excited to get down there and pitch for Maryland and maybe be part of a new tradition.” Stiles is one of several local products on the team. Sophomore outfielder Anthony Papio

graduated from Sherwood and was a member of the Warriors’ 2010 Class 4A state championship team. Chase Brewis and Ryan Selmer both attended Riverdale Baptist, Bradley Keith and Zach Morris played for DeMatha Catholic and Patrick Hisle attended Walt Whitman, “It’s been fun being part of the team this season,” said Papio, who hit .271 with eight doubles and two home runs and drove in 26 runs. “We went through some highs and lows, but once the ACC tournament started, we all knew what we were capable of doing. Beating Virginia and Florida State on back-to-back days definitely gives us confidence that we can play with anyone.” Maryland coach John Szefc seemed content about the Terps’ chance to compete in the NCAA tournament for the first time since he was a child. Part of his enjoyment of this group stems from the blend of veterans and younger players and the quality

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Former Northwest and Wootton high schools sprinter Olivia Ekpone qualified for the NCAA track and field championships in the 100 and 200 this past weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Olivia Ekponé was a seemingly unbeatable sprinter at Thomas S. Wootton and Northwest high schools before graduating in 2011. She won about 20 combined indoor and outdoor state championships in a number of different sprints and relays — the first five of which came at Wootton. Now, Ekponé is doing much of the same at Texas A&M. At the NCAA West Region preliminary meet last weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., she placed first in the 200 meters and third in the 100 to qualify for the national championships. She will also be a part of the Aggies’ 400 and 1,600 relay teams.The national championship meet is scheduled for June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore. This won’t be the Southeastern Conference Runner of the Year’s

first time going to nationals but she said she’s more psyched than ever. “It’s really exciting. I think this year it means more because I’m ranked higher up,” Ekponé said. “And, I finally feel like my training has actually started to help me get through the track meets and what not. I’m really, really looking forward to this national championship.” The record-breaking senior said that she dreamed of moments like these when she was a high school student in Montgomery County. “[My coaches] at Northwest, they knew my ultimate dream was to run in the Olympics,” Ekponé said. “So it’s just these little baby steps that I have to take to get their first. And then after SECs, running that [22.23 seconds in the 200] really just boosted my confidence and it made me realize the potential I have of actually competing at the next level.” Ekponé ran that time of 22.23 at the SEC championships in midMay, breaking school and meet

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Continued from Page B-1 a special twin bond. They might have chosen to pursue different paths when it came to athletics more than a decade ago and both are scheduled to graduate high school together Friday after impactful tenures with their respective Gaithersburg programs before embarking on collegiate careers in the fall. Michaela, who Gaithersburg coach Greg Kenel said was voted by her teammates as the Trojans’ Most Valuable Player in the fall due to her ability to keep the team in every game with her in-


Continued from Page B-1 philosophies, but that he benefits from hearing from the staff’s different members. “It doesn’t really bother me because I know I’m with a lot of great people,” said Hugley, who works for Harwood at Coach Harwood’s Basketball Camp. Sherwood girls’ coach Chris Campbell, heading into his second season, has a similar philosophy on summer league; he is having one of his former Amateur Athletic Union players, Carolyn Weis, lead the Warriors summer team. “These kids spend enough time hearing my voice that it’s sometimes good to have a change in perspective,” Campbell said.

credible range and fearlessness defending the net, is a California University of Pennsylvania recruit. Evan, a four-year varsity member who was among Gaithersburg’s top hitters this spring with a .339 batting average and 21 runs scored, is set to follow in his father’s footsteps at Frostburg. “I think he would’ve been proud of me wherever I played but I think especially that I’m going there,” said Evan, who briefly considered joining Michaela in Pennsylvania. Though the Colons will attend different schools for the first time next year, the schools

are only about an hour apart, Michaela said, and both said they intend to continue to support one another and attend each other’s games — though perhaps not as often as when they lived in the same state. While siblings, especially twins, often seem to play the same or similar sports, the Colons agreed their individual passions served them better. Competitive with each other just for fun and bragging rights — like trying to be the first to win a state championship, Evan said — they never had to deal with being compared to one another. Rather, Michaela said, they could just push each other

Albert Einstein boys’ coach Rich Porac has his assistant Justin Taylor lead the summer team, citing similar reasons. In the past he sat in the stands during games but this summer he said he’d be on the bench keeping statistics. Porac, formerly an assistant under Harwood, said surrendering summer league responsibilities can be a successful strategy, as long as the coaches are on the same page. “It’s taking that time to build that trust. That’s the biggest thing,” Porac said. “As long as the coach feels he can trust whoever it is to coach that team, I don’t think there’s any issue with it.” Rockville boys’ coach Steve Watson has coached his summer league team in previous years, but said he is taking a “blended approach” this sum-

mer, with assistant Ben Goldberg taking over. “I think we’re at the point where I can take a step back and do more evaluating on how things are going,” Watson said. Though Watson said he is looking forward to the break from the year-round grind, he hasn’t ruled out a return to the sidelines in the upcoming summer season. “I’m a control freak, I admit that. I can’t promise it’s going to be all summer,” Watson said.

still in the county’s top tier this past fall, Gaithersburg’s 11-2-1, region semifinal run in 2012 was its best campaign in 15 years. Despite her 5-foot-2 stature, Michaela has the uncanny ability to get herself into a position to block nearly anything coming in on the ground, Kenel said. “There’s always a competition between us, especially with sports,” Michaela said. “I’ll be like, ‘I did this better.’ And [Evan] will be like, ‘Whatever, I can throw a ball harder than you.’ And then I’ll say, ‘It doesn’t even matter because I kick the ball.’”

your things,” Ekponé said. “As a student-athlete, in Division I, you can’t put your books to the side and think that you’re going to go far with track. I really realize that school is very important, and I want my degree so bad, so I’m going to do everything I can to get there. It also involves a lot of sacrifices like, the social life is different because I can’t go out all the time like I want to. Because I’m a student-athlete, I also have to protect my body. And since I want to do good, and I want to perform, you got to make those kind of sacrifices too.” She said that she’s close to accomplishing her dream of

running in the Olympics, but needs to be more consistent. With that said, she has already proven herself to be one of the fastest women in the nation. “It’s really crazy because it still hasn’t hit me yet,” Ekponé said. “I’m still kind of like, ‘Did I really just run that fast?’ I feel like I’m still out on cloud nine right now. But I’m still trying to focus and keep pushing because I can’t just stop here. I have a whole other level to go to, and if I decide to run at the USA Trials, then I also have to focus on that too.”


of local products. “I like the fact that a lot of the younger players have really been part of our success and we’ve been able to get a lot of the local players to stay here in Maryland,” Szefc said. “When I first started scouting a lot of the guys from across Maryland, I was surprised at the talent level. It was a lot higher than I had expected. We’ve got a really good class of 14 recruits coming in here next year.”

records in the process. In addition, she set the world-leading time in 2014 with the mark, and it also happened to be the fastest collegiate time ever into a headwind. At the same meet, she set a personal best in the 100 with a time of 11.11 seconds, which was good enough for third on A&M’s all-time list. To reach the level of success that Ekponé has enjoyed to this point requires a lot of time and dedication since the level of competition is a lot

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better than high school, she said. One thing she misses about high school is how the entire team practiced together. For instance, she said that the sprinters may not practice with the distance runners in college. Still, she says that the sport remains fun, and that’s very important. “At Texas A&M, it reminds me of my summer track team, for the Maryland Titans,” Ekponé said. “And that’s what I was kind of looking forward to being with that kind of group when I went to college. So, the fact that I still have that feeling that I had in high school, it just makes it more enjoyable

now. Because, all these girls here have the same motives. They all want to go far, so we kind of work together and we train together to make sure that we can accomplish those dreams.” Ekponé said that being in Texas has been bittersweet. Bitter, obviously, because she’s so far away from home, but sweet because of the warm weather is conducive to good running, and because it makes it that much more enjoyable to come home. She has also learned a few things while being away. “I learned that you have to stay focus and be on top of

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Col. Zadok Magruder High School’s Joe Hugley is expected to be one of the county’s best players this winter.


in their sports and they were always supportive and I think they pushed each other in a positive way.” The two have also been able to lean on each other when struggling with the time commitment necessary to be a highlevel athlete and the sacrifices — like time with friends — that go along with year-round training and traveling to tournaments, Michaela said. This year’s Class 4A West Region title was the second for Gaithersburg in Evan’s four years — first since 2011 — after a 13-year drought. Michaela was integral in the Trojans’ resurgence on the soccer field. While


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to be the best in their respective sports. And that is exactly what they do, said Kenel, who has known the siblings since they were 8. “I feel like if I played softball, since everyone knows my brother, they’d expect me to be good and if I wasn’t, they’d be like, ‘[Evan], your sister sucks,’” Michaela said. “And if he played soccer and wasn’t good, they’d do the same thing to him.” Added Kenel, who also has a twin sister: “It’s a completely different and special relationship [with a twin]. I know how important it is to have a twin. “[The Colons] were both trying to attain that high level



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Sherwood Senior Midfield


Erin Bauman

Mary Claire Byrne

Kristyn Gaines

Haley Giraldi

Cole Abid

Jack Bolen

Jake Christensen

Fairfield recruit anchored one of the nation’s best defensive units

Carried the Tigers offense, scoring 103 goals and adding 32 assists

Lockdown defender led Tartans in ground balls, caused turnovers

Helped Falcons win 14 games and reach WCAC finals

Anchored defense that surrendered only 4.7 goals per game

Cornell recruit had 23 goals, 10 assists and was team MVP

Had 53 goals, 24 assists and was county’s third-leading point scorer

Good Counsel Senior Defense

Emily Kenul


Holy Child Senior Attack

Holy Cross Senior Defense

Good Counsel Senior Attack

Wootton Junior Defense

Landon Senior Midfield

Q. Orchard Junior Attack

Johns Hopkins recruit tallied 69 goals and 38 assists to lead the Warriors to the state semifinals. Finished her high school tenure with 233 goals and 134 assists.

Walt Whitman Second year Bitonti and her sister Lindsay Bitonti turned a sub-.500 team into one of the county’s best, guiding the Vikings to the state semifinals in their second season.

Umbar Kassa

Olivia Lee

Caitlin McMahon

Michael Crooks

Charlie Horning, Jr.

Jack Olson

Will Railey

Made 175 saves and stopped 66 percent of shots

Two-way star shut down top scorers and added 25 goals of her own

Bulldogs captain had 66 goals, 16 assists and 118 draw controls

Groundball machine (115) and top-10 county goal-scorer

Clutch scorer led the Little Hoyas in goals (44) and assists (38)

Scored 31 goals and dominated faceoffs for IAC champs

Leader of IAC’s best defense that kept foes under 10 goals

Q. Orchard Senior Goalie

Delaney Muldoon

Holy Cross Junior Midfield Led Tartans in draw controls and helped team win eight of its last 11

Holton-Arms Junior Defense

Maddie Parker

Bullis Senior Midfield

Alexis Rieu

Whitman Junior Midfield

Good Counsel Sophomore Midfield

Vikings captain helped lead team to state semifinals

Duke recruit was one of top midfielders in competitive WCAC

Allie Rock

Stone Ridge Senior Attack A leading scorer for one of the area’s top ranked teams

Sherwood Senior Midfielder

Geo. Prep Senior Attack

Alex Robinson Bullis Senior Defense

Georgetown recruit anchored Bulldogs’ backline

Geo. Prep Senior Midfield

Myles Romm

Wootton Junior Midfield Scored 47 goals for Patriots, including four in state semis

Second Team and Honorable Mentions are online at

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For the second year in a row John F. Kennedy High School graduate and current University of Maryland, College Park junior Thea LaFond has qualified for the NCAA track and field national championship meet. LaFond qualified in both the high jump and triple jump at last weekend’s NCAA East Region preliminary meet in Jacksonville, Fla. Her high jump mark of 5 feet, 11.25 inches tied for first and she placed eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 43-1.75. Nationals are scheduled for June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore. “It can never really become dull,” said the All-American jumper. “It’s exciting every year. It was fun. I’m happy to do it with my team.” Qualifying for nationals is becoming somewhat of a tradition for LaFond, who also qualified for indoor nationals the past two seasons,whereshefinishedsecondin the high jump each time. During her time at Kennedy, she was a repeat state champion in the high jump, among several other events. She said that the experience of qualifying for nationals reminds her of the days when she was a high-school athlete, competing in regional meets to qualify for states. “It’s amazing to see how far I’ve come since then,” LaFond said. “It’s funny because you think you’re good at one point, but you never think you can get this far or reach these new amazing heights. And it’s just a tribute to how well my foundation was in Montgomery County to be able to become a better athlete now.” Part of that foundation was built on tears, as she learned a hard lesson one day in high school for not taking practice seriously enough — a lesson that she said taught her discipline. “I think my coach [Kevin Monroe at Kennedy] noticed it, well I know he noticed it because he walked up to me and he told me to go home,” LaFond said. “... I was in shock. And he [said], ‘You don’t want to be [here], you’re

Winston Churchill Junior Attack Led Montgomery County in goals (76) and assists (46) and carried the Bulldogs to the region championship


Katie Bitonti

Louis Dubick


John F. Kennedy High School graduate Thea LaFond is now one of the best jumpers in the country at the University of Maryland, College Park. not serious and you don’t want to work. ... it’s never a time you come to practice or step on the track not ready to work.’ ... He sent me home and I walked home. I was in shock and I remember a couple of tears falling. I think it hit around my senior year that if I wanted to do this, I had to focus and there has to be discipline and there has to be dedication. And I had to be willing to hurt, both physically and emotionally, to get better.” That was a life lesson that has helped LaFond get to where she is now, and while the game remains unchanged, the stage that she plays on is definitely a grander one. Competing for a major Division I university means better competition, but LaFond said that Montgomery County produces a lot of that talent. “Competition is a lot tougher, but the thing about going to a big track and field program ... is that you definitely see other people grow with you,” LaFond said. “I know for sure I’m not the only one from [Montgomery County] producing and going very far in NCAAs. ... We have a lot of great athletes.” LaFond is one of those great athletes and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s indoor field per-

former of the year is leaving her name in the record book at College Park. She owns the school’s best outdoor and second-best indoor triple jump distances and its fifth-best high-jump distance, indoor and outdoor. She also has several ACC championships, including in the pentathlon, where she set the second-best score in school history, something she said she’s very proud of. One thing she hasn’t done though that she’s lookingforwardtoistakingadvantage of the rare opportunity to win a title in a second conference with University of Maryland shifting to the Big Ten next year. And for anyone who remembers LaFond as a state champion hurdler at Kennedy, she said that she hasn’t completely abandoned the hurdles and predicts that she’ll be running them more often during her final year. “I have a feeling that hurdles will be coming back into the picture for my senior year. So hint, hint, look out for that. God-willing, of course, it’s coming. It’s definitely still there. I’m still with the girls, I still help out our hurdlers. So, that’s definitely a big part of me.”

Geo. Prep Senior Goalie

Greyson Torain

DeMatha Senior Midfield WCAC Player of the Year tallied 29 goals and 16 assists


Colin Thomson

Thomas S. Wootton Patriots dominated county competition, winning their first 17 games and reaching the state semifinals. Finished with an 11-plus goal average victory margin


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State champs hungry for more Defending football champions use passing league to prepare for title defense n



The weather is getting warmer, kids are getting ready for the last day of school and the start of football is on the horizon. The Seneca Valley High School passing league began on May 25, and like many other teams, defending Class 4A state champion Northwest is getting ready for a new season of football. These games don’t exactly reflect a real football game since they are a lot shorter and a lot less physical with tackling being a non-factor, but there are a few things to be gained Northwest coach Mike Neubeiser said. “There’s little things you look for,” Neubeiser said following a scrimmage May 28 against Quince Orchard. “You want your receivers to catch the ball away from their body and work on fundamentals. Run good, crisp routes and get to the right area. So you can take away a little bit. I mean it’s still not football but it’s close.” Neubeiser also wants to see a few things from second-year starting junior quarterback Mark Pierce.

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Sherwood High School’s Bailey Doan is expected to be a key contributer for the Damascus American Legion Post 171 baseball team this summer

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Northwest High School’s Aaron Beidleman is expected to be a key contributer this fall. “As a junior, hopefully his readswillbecomealittlequicker,” Neubeiser said. “His [throws] will be just a little crispier. He’s worked on his mechanics a lot in the offseason, so his arm looks really good. He’s able to throw the deep ball I think, a little more precisely than he did in the past.” Neubeiser added that he has a lot of returning players, including running back EJ Lee. The Jaguars will, however, be going into this upcoming season without two of their most productive offensive weapons from a season ago in Josh Gills and Matt Watson. Neubeiser and Pierce said they believe that this year’s team will have the guys ready to step into those roles. Neubeiser mentioned receivers Jamar Wilson, Troy Lefeged, Brandon Williams and Aaron-

David Beidelman as potential impact players. “We’re really confident,” Pierce said. “We have a lot of juniors — I mean it was hard for them to play last year and get on the field because of the talent we had, but I feel like we’re just as good as last year coming into the season. And I think they’ll step up and fill those roles that we’re missing.” Pierce said he gained some confidence from last season’s opportunity, but now it is a new season. “We try to forget about [the championship] now. That’s behind us,” Pierce said. “It was last year. So, we’re focused on this season and we’re focused on trying to get back to the [championship].” It’s thoughts like that, shared amongst Pierce and his team-


mates, that makes Neubeiser’s job of keeping the team from getting overconfident easier. “I really haven’t had to say much,” Neubeiser said. “They are hungry. They have been working really hard in the weight room and they just want to compete. They like to compete everyday. We don’t talk about championships, we just talk about competing everyday. And they just go out and play football. They just want to go out and play — they go out in the backyard and play football. They just play all the time. They love it and they live for it. So luckily for us as coaches, we haven’t had to say too much to them. We just kind of focus on fundamentals and hope to get better each day.”

With American Legion baseball play set to get into full swing this week, several local players and coaches are looking to ride the momentum of the spring high school season into the hot summer days. Bolstered by his team’s recent run to the Class 4A state championship game, Sherwood High School sophomore Bailey Doan is eagerly looking forward to the summer with Damascus Post 171. Doan, who has missed his team’s first three games with a minor elbow injury, said he is eager to get back on the field. “We had such an amazing run,” Doan said of his season at Sherwood, which will also be the home site for the Damascus Legion squad. “It was so exciting because I don’t think too many people other than ourselves thought we could get there. ... “I’m looking forward to this summer. I’ll play shortstop and third base and work on some things this year and then get ready for some showcase tournaments next year.” Gaithersburg Post 295 coach Pete White has a bevy of

returning players on his roster, including Scott Ardoin, a 2013 Northwest graduate who spent the past spring at Salisbury University, Colin Thatcher, who played this spring at St. Mary’s College, and recent Georgetown Prep graduate Quentin Bubb, who is headed to Lafayette University this fall. The Post 295 roster also includes Northwest players Joseph Brauch, Thomas Brauch and Brian Roark. “I think we’re going to have a solid team,” White said. “Scott is an excellent player and he was part of the Northwest state championship team a few years ago. Colin is an outstanding fielder and should play third base for us and Quentin is a great player and a great kid. He’s one of those guys that works hard and can play anywhere. He’s also a real smart kid and we’re lucky to have him.” Gaithersburg Post 295 should play its home games this summer at Seneca Valley High School. Sandy Spring Post 68, the 2012 state champions, expects to play its home games at Col. Zadok Magruder. Wheaton and Laurel will both split time hosting games at Olney Manor. Cissel Saxon is scheduled to play its home games at James H. Blake.




‘Ted’ director trades vulgar teddy bears for the wild, wild West to rustle up some laughs.

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All that jazz n

19th annual event celebrates women in classic American genre BY


‘Judas,’ justice and Forum Theatre n

Biblical figure stands trial at Round House Theatre Silver Spring



n When: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, to June 14; 8 p.m. June 9

Forum Theatre is celebrating their 10th season with a return performance of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” at the Round House Theatre Silver Spring, now until June 14. Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 2005 play tells the story of what would happen if Judas Iscariot went on trial for betraying Jesus. With saints, famous witnesses and the Devil himself, the court tries to decide Judas’ fate without the testimony of the man himself. “It’s an enormous play,” said director John Vreeke. “It is an allegory of the bible story of Judas Iscariot.” Vreeke explained that when Forum was deciding how to celebrate its tenth year as a com-

n Where: Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $20-$25 n For information: 1-800-838-3006;

pany, “Judas Iscariot” immediately came to mind. Forum Theatre had two sold out runs of the play in 2008, which Vreeke directed. “[It’s] arguably their most iconic show in

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Takoma Park hopes to share what “Jazzy Women” have to offer through this year’s jazz festival. The 19th Annual Takoma Park JazzFest, taking place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, will highlight both local and national female jazz musicians in an effort to showcase historicallyoverlooked talent. While festival planning used to begin in September, these days preparation on the festival tends to start barely a week after the previous event ends. Bruce Krohmer, who was one of four original JazzFest board members 19 years ago and is the only one still working on the festival, has produced the annual event for a decade. He now works with a group of volunteers and fellow board members to secure talent, programming and vendors. “We’re trying to get better and more expensive acts, and so we’re starting work earlier for that,” he said. “Between finding acts and planning the fundraisers, it’s almost a yearround job.” Previous years have focused on specific musical aspects of jazz, including trumpets and big band. After Krohmer found the instrument themes were beginning to get “silly,” he and the board began planning festival programming around more inclusive themes. This year’s “Jazzy Women” theme highlights

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Regional Jewish music event features artists with local roots


19TH ANNUAL TAKOMA PARK JAZZFEST n When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday n Where: Carroll Avenue in Old Town Takoma Park n Tickets: Free n For information:

Washington Jewish Music Festival spotlights local talent n

Forum Theatre’s “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” continues to June 14 at the Round House Theatre Silver Spring.


Trumpeter, vocalist and composer Bria Skonberg will headline the 2014 Takoma Park JazzFest, this year celebrating “Jazzy Women.”



The 15th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival is already taking place in our county’s backyard, but two performers’ ties to the area make this year’s event hit a little closer to home. Doni Zasloff Thomas of the Mama Doni Band and Dan Saks of DeLeon both attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, an experience that influenced both of their musical paths that brought them to the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center’s music festival in Washington, D.C., which began on the first and runs through June 14. Mama Doni will perform at the 2nd Annual WJMF in the Park geared toward families on Sunday, while Saks will share Sephardic songs and stories on Saturday. Matisyahu is headlining this year’s show with an acoustic performance showcasing his reggae, rock and hip-hop stylings. Complemented by performances including country singer and humorist Kinky Friedman and Israeli violinist Asi Matathias, this year’s musicians fall

within a wide range of genres. “I’m always aiming to show the diversity of Jewish music, that runs through all of my festivals,” said WJMF Director Lili Kalish Gersch, who has worked on the annual festival since 2008. “Any good festival has a really great mix of headliners as well as up and coming names. We’re doing groundbreaking work that we really believe in.” The festival combines wellknown national acts with local artists, and some that fall in between. Mama Doni, made up of Thomas

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Rockville native Doni Zasloff “Mama Doni” Thomas will perform with the Mama Doni Band on June 8 at the 2nd Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival in the Park.


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Everymay occurrence

Seasons’ turn

Celebrating a decade of dance, The Four Seasons Dance Group will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. Tickets, cash only, are $15. The Four Seasons’ repertoire features more than 30 complex, choreographed numbers spanning dance styles from Broadway to Samba to Tango and beyond, all created and crafted by director Elena Indrokova Jones. The Seasons will be joined by student dancers from The Berrend Dance Centre, as well as dancers of The Olney Ballet and the Xuejuan Dance Ensemble. For more information, visit



Strathmore Artist in Residence Amadou Kouyate.

Introducing Amadou Kouyate West African Manding Diali percussionist Amadou Kouyate will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight and June 18 at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The artist in residence’s performances coincide with the release of his first self-titled EP, showcasing the artist’s blending of blues, soul and jazz with his family legacy. Kouyate performs on an ancestral instrument known as the kora, a 21-string lute/harp dating back almost 800 years. Kouyate personally crafted the instrument, enhancing its potential via a synthesizer and utilizing it to perform contemporary music. For more information, visit

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The Everymay STRATHMORE Chamber enViolinist Tamaki Kawakubo. semble, founded by Washington, D.C.’s, S&R Foundation, will travel off-site for the first time on Thursday, journeying from its historic home at Georgetown’s Everymay Estate to perform in concert at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and will include performances of Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence,” as well as Camille Saint-Saëns’ musical suite “Carnival of the Animals.” Assembled by violinist and S&R Washington Award Grand Prize Winner Tamaki Kawakubo, the ensemble boasts the talents of solo caliber artists from five continents. The performance is part of the Everymay Chamber Music Festival. For more information, visit

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The Montgomery Art Association will present “Creative Expressions 2014,” a member show and sale, to June 28 at the Friendship Gallery, Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Judge Christine Lashley is a full-time artist and popular instructor at the Yellow Barn Studio. Lashley studied in Paris at the Parsons Art Institute and the Sorbonne, and at Washington University in St. Louis. Her contemporary impressionist and plein-air paintings have been shown internationally, and her work has been featured in American Artist Magazine and The Washington Post. An opening reception is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. Normal gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit Visit

The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Road, Rockville. Conducted by musical director Nigel Horne, the 60-member orchestra draws its repertoire from more than 30 years of video game soundtracks, including “Mario Galaxy,” the “Final Fantasy” saga and “The Legend of Zelda,” among many others. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to help offset costs. For more information, visit Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra percussionist Marissa Troiano plays timpani at rehearsal on May 29. PHOTO JASON TROIANO


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, June 4, “step of the evening” Argentine Tango mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16); June 5, 12, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); June 6, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); June 7, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m. dance from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for both; $15 for dance only); June 8, free East Coast Swing lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); June 11, “step of the evening” Samba mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8,

Contra, June 6, Tony Parkes calls to Love Mongrels, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. Contra & Square, June 8, Nils Fredland with Elixir, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, July 4, Caller: Dan Gillespie; July 11, Caller: Tom Spilsbury, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Swing, July 12, Boilermaker Jazz Band, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $15, Waltz, June 15, Maivish, lesson from 2:45-3:30 p.m., dancing to live music from 3:30-6 p.m., $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Zoe, 7:30 p.m. June 4; Next

Best Thing Presents: Satisfaction, 8 p.m. June 5; Diane Schuur, 8 p.m. June 6; Albare, 7:30 p.m. June 8; Bad Influence with Mary Shaver, a Silver Spring Blues Festival Event, 7:30 p.m. June 9; Billy Thompson Band with Ron Holloway, Silver Spring Blues Festival Event, 7:30 p.m. June 11, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-


BlackRock Center for the Arts,

The Crawdaddies – Free Summer Concert, 8 p.m. June 28, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260,

Church of the Little Flower Concert Series, The Juilliard

Reunion Concert, 4 p.m. June 8, Church of the Little Flower Parish, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda. Free admission. Free will donations accepted. 301-3204538, Fillmore Silver Spring, Fifth Harmony with Before You Exit and Jackson Harris, 8 p.m. June 4; An Evening with Failure, 8 p.m. June 5; Chicago VS DC Laff Off featuring Damon Williams and Tony Woods, 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. June 6; The Bloody Beetroots Live with Jayceeoh, 8 p.m. June 7; Future The Honest Tour with Rico Love, Que and Bando Jonez, 8 p.m. June 8; Meshuggah - 25 Years of Musical Deviance with Between the Buried and Me, 8 p.m. June 17, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Strathmore, Romero Lubambo, Duduka da Fonseca and Friends: Brazilian/Jazz Connection, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. June 5; Evermay Chamber, 8 p.m. June 5; Romero Lubambo, Duduka da Fonseca

and Friends: Brazilian/Jazz Connection; Sergio Mendes & Eliane Elias, 8 p.m. June 6; The Jazz Samba Project - Jazz Samba Legacy Symposium, 10 a.m. June 7; BSO: Beethoven’s Ninth, 8 p.m. June 7; Discover Strathmore — Sounds of Brazil, noon, June 8; Specialty Tea: Israeli Tea, 1 p.m. June 10; Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. June 11, 14; Historic Home Tour, 11 a.m. June 13; John Prine, 8 p.m. June 13; BSO: Casablanca - Movie and Music, 8 p.m. June 14, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore. org.

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Pinkalicious,” June 20 to Aug. 31, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Imagination Stage, “The BFG,” June 25 to Aug. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. Olney Theatre Center, August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson,” extended to June 8, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring

Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www. The Puppet Co., “Pinocchio,” to June 8; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Ordinary Days,” to June 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” to June 14, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, Silver Spring Stage, “The Arabian Knights,” to June 7, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www. The Writer’s Center, 24-hour Play Workshop, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 7, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “Contem-

plating the Sweetness of Grass and Startling Brevity of Life,” to June 18, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, Glenview Mansion, Pierre Ruffieux sculpture, “Trolls”, to June 20; Ray Jubela, Photography, to June 20, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. Marin-Price Galleries, Donny Finley, to June 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Light Switch Dance Theatre: Negotiated Space, June 7-22, Gibbs Street Gallery; RIPPLE: Cloth, Community and Connectivity, June 13 to Aug. 17, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. June 20; Bobbi Shulman: Pipe Dreams in Black and White, June 13 to July 13, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. June 20, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, Washington Printmakers Gallery, “A Wonder Filled Life,” Neena

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

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Laura Baron will bring her unique blend of jazz, folk and blues to the audience at the Iota Club and Café in Arlington on Tuesday. “I started out doing children’s music and performing all over the area and then I moved to jazz and kept developing myself as a writer,” Baron said. On stage, Baron plays guitar and is often accompanied by two to three other musicians on upright bass, guitar and percussion. All of the musicians that play with her are artists based in the Washington, D.C. area. “I’m a little more jazzy than your average singer songwriter,” said Baron, who lives in Bethesda. “I think what sets me apart is I might do swing, blues, more heartfelt folky music.” Baron said that the audience can expect a range of music that includes contemporary folk, swinging jazz and world influenced music. Though she has a percussion instrument accompanying her, she said that her sound isn’t very drum driven. “It’s a light intimate sound rather than a big band kind of thing,” she said. “My favorite place to play is smaller venues.”

Baron enjoys smaller venues because her favorite part of playing live is connecting with the audience and, after a few songs, seeing them relax and enjoy the music. She also enjoys seeing them find different emotions in her music. “I like making people laugh, too. I’m not a comedian, but a few of my songs are funny,” Baron said. “I like running the gamut of emotions; I like seeing people being moved, but also laughing and letting loose a little bit.” Baron’s most recent album, “Heart of the Great Unknown (Song for Rucchi),” merges contemporary folk and jazz with a hint of world music using exotic instruments such as the sitar and tabla. Baron explained that this came from the “element of connection” that she has with India since she adopted her daughter there. “We adopted a little girl from India and on my record, the title track, I wrote for her before I knew who she was as I was waiting to adopt her,” Baron said. “It was a very powerful journey.” Baron also formed a partnership with Kidsave, a Washington, D.C.-based charity that Baron said helps older orphan children find adopting families. Not only does Baron help spread awareness, she often uses proceeds from her shows to assist Kidsave’s mission at orphanages and foster homes around the world.

Bethesda’s Laura Baron will celebrate the release of her latest CD with a concert at the IOTA club in Arlington on Tuesday. LAURA BARON

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Summer months call for refreshing Lambics BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER Lambics probably are the world’s oldest beer style still made on a regular commercial basis. Dating back some 500 years, they are particularly pleasant during these warm summer months. Predominantly brewed in Belgium this sour wheat style is infrequently brewed in the United States but is among the most

interesting and complex beers. Lambics provide us with a link to the origins of beer making which once demanded the use of wild air-borne yeasts. Belgium’s Senne Valley breweries use a process similar to those that were used before brewers learned how to tame the wild and wooly yeasts and control the process. Many Belgian breweries still produce spontaneous fermentation in shallow open brewing vessels called coolships. Some American breweries also make Lambics using spontane-

ous fermentation from local yeasts, but these yeasts are obviously quite different from the Belgian variety as are the beers made from them. Beers now can be inoculated with yeasts obtained from special laboratories. Lambics are one type of sour ale whose category includes Flemish Brown Ale, Berliner Weisse and Gose. Many American sour ales derive their sourness from yeasts and bacteria remaining in aged oak barrels. Lambics must contain at least 30 percent unmalted wheat, with barley malt providing the necessary enzymes for the conversion of starch into sugar. They also use intentionally aged hops because brewers found that the tartness of fresh hops does not suit the style’s spicy, fruity character and hops are only needed for their preservative, anti-bacterial qualities. Lambics generally are aged much longer than regular ales, often from six to 18 months and sometimes up to six years. Young Lambics often are noticeably sour and/or

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Lindemans’ Cuvée Reneé. lactic but aging brings these flavors more into balance with the malt, wheat and barnyard flavors. Lambics generally are light and more like a champagne than a traditional ale or lager. The Gueuze style of Lambics, sometimes called the “champagne of the beer world,” was developed to modify the intense sour/tart flavors by blending young Lambics with mature beers. To further lessen the sour/ tart character, fruits often are added to make Kriek (cherry), Framboise (raspberry), Peche (peach) and other fruit Lambics. Lambics can vary tre-

mendously in taste from sour to sweet, with sugar or sweet fruit sometimes added to make them more palatable to a wider audience. Almost all of the Lambics in local stores are from Belgium and are of the sweet, fruity varieties. You don’t guzzle traditional Lambics! Cuvee René (5.5 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) is a traditional Geuze style Lambic produced at the Brewery Lindemans in Vlezenbeek, Belgium. Geuze is usually a blend of new Lambic (about one-third) and aged Lambic (about two-thirds). Cuvee René has a prototypical Lam-

bic nose of goat, leather and slight citric. The light lemon and medium tart front stays through the middle. In the finish it is joined by a touch of pepper and a hint of mixed herbs with the medium tartness. The quite dry aftertaste displays pepper and lemon as the tartness fades. Ratings: 8.5/8. St. Louis Peche (3.5 percent ABV) is brewed by the Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck in Ingelmunster, Belgium. This refreshing Peche has a sweet peach nose almost like a fruit soda or peach cider. The moderate sweet apple front is joined by a mild peach tartness in the middle which partly balances the sweetness. These flavors continue in the finish with the tartness now barely evident. A sugary peach juice coming to the front in the aftertaste. Ratings: 5.5/6. Faro (4.5 percent ABV) is made by Brewery Lindemans. Faro style Lambics generally are made with the addition of caramelized candi sugar and can have pepper, orange peel and coriander. Lindemans Faro has an orange peel and coriander nose leading into a soft orange and medium sugary sweet front. Subdued pepper notes are added in the middle tempering the sweetness. The pepper grows slightly in the finish, with a note of lemon tartness added in the aftertaste. Ratings: 7.5/7. Framboise (4.0 percent ABV) is made by Brewery Lindemans. As with all the Lindemans fruit Lambics it has a base of one year old Lambic with fruit juice blended in after fermentation. Framboise has a potent raspberry nose, almost like raspberry on raspberry. The medium sweet raspberry front continues through the middle and into the finish where it is joined by a trace of tartness. The tartness increases in the aftertaste almost balancing the sweetness. This delicious brew is spectacular with a dark chocolate dessert. Ratings: 8.5/8.


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Counting the ‘Ways:’ Western funny, but resorts to old tricks MacFarlane’s latest an uneven mix of smart humor, easy laughs, random violence n



There are “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” and apparently just as many ways to edit a motion picture, as evidenced by multi-hyphenate Seth MacFarlane’s latest big screen endeavor, a self-aware Western — spoof? satire? sexuallyexplicit gross-out slapstick romp? — that wants to have it all, and somehow ends up with just enough to make it recommendable. It made me laugh, hard and more often than not, but I’m still calling it out to some small degree. I’m not a fan of “Family Guy” — not even the expertly crafted “Blue Harvest” episode and its sequels for this “Star Wars” nut — but I’ve long held the belief that MacFarlane may well be the smartest guy in any room if he would just quit pandering to everyone therein. Obviously, the Emmy Award-winner’s instincts have served him well, so what do I know? And his latest foray beyond fart jokes, the critically and commercially adored revival of “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey,” has cemented his status as a television producing powerhouse. But he perplexes me, this one. For every choreographed dance step into the sun, the Oscar-hosting crooner — whose 2011 release “Music is Better Than Words” celebrated the satiny sounds of the American Songbook — seems doggedly determined to race back to the well for that one extra scatological gag. You can feel MacFarlane striving for something more glorious, though, and less in the gutter in “A Million Days to Die in the West,” which fosters a touching meet-cute


Continued from Page B-5 and primary collaborator and co-writer Eric Lindberg, has received national acclaim for their children’s albums, including the 2013 Parents Choice Award for their “Emunah” album. Thomas, however, grew up in Rockville, and the community — including her time at Charles E. Smith — significantly impacted her music and outlook. “Those were the formative years where I was trying to figure out who I am,” Thomas said. “I held onto Jewish music, culture and even prayer to get through growing up and becoming a woman. I want desperately for my kids to have that because it got me through all of the tough times and makes me appreciate the


Continued from Page B-5 their ten year history,” Vreeke said. Forum asked Vreeke to direct again this time around. Especially fond of the play’s “brilliant language,” he was all for it. “I love what the play says about the human condition, about how we imprison ourselves in hell, if hell exists, and we betray ourselves and make ourselves guilty when we need


Continued from Page B-5 the work of female jazz musicians, who in the past did not always get the recognition they deserved. “There were women musicians but they were never covered in the news, or maybe one or two out of the thousands that were really great jazz musicians,” he said. “We like to feature different segments of


Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” At right: Liam Neeson as notorious outlaw Clinch Leatherwood in “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” and blossoming romance at its center, as well as a sincere threat in Liam Neeson’s villain with an insincere name, Clinch Leatherwood. But then Sarah Silverman’s hookerwith-a-heart-of-gold shows up to tally her above-the-barroom exploits, occasionally with viscous visual aids dating back to “There’s Something About Mary,” and the tone takes a nosedive. The violence, too, is played unevenly — brutish when it’s for the sake of a laugh, and brutish when it’s for the sake of plain old brutality. So this is the movie, for better or for worse; a campfire brew of “Blazing Saddles” and “The Wild Bunch,” by way of Stewie Griffin. But, man, if it isn’t funny. The title, of course, provides the impetus, as MacFarlane’s sheepish sheepherder Albert spends the opening acts denouncing the Old West to his only friends — Silverman and her oblivious beau Edward

(Giovanni Ribisi) — for its cruel and merciless demeanor. Many of these grim depictions grant the film its widest grins, like the mayor of Old Stump, Ariz., lying dead in the street. “That is our mayor,” says Albert. “He is dead. He has been lying there for three days, and no one has done a thing; not moved him, not looked into his death, not even replaced him with a temporary appointee. For the last three days, the highest-ranking official in our town, has been a dead guy!” Funny enough, but when the politician is promptly dragged away by a pair of coyotes, providing de facto punctuation for Albert’s argument, the movie truly shines. The core of the film arrives when Albert’s girlfriend Louise (a pouting Amanda Seyfried) leaves him for a smarmy moustachery impresario, played to the hilt of his handlebar by Neil Patrick Harris. Albert is left rudderless, until

the arrival of Anna (a glowing Charlize Theron), a mysterious beauty with a penchant for sixshooters, who unbeknownst to him was despatched to lay low by her estranged husband, Leatherwood, the region’s most notorious outlaw. Anna helps Albert to kindle a fire in his belly for life in a world where everything — even the county fair — wants you dead, while he shows her a glimpse of greener pastures. And then a well-endowed sheep urinates on someone’s face. It’s a toss-up, this comedy. I’m far from a prude. Last year’s Seth Rogen vs. the Apocalypse exercise in asininity “This is the End” did dirty and did it proud. Still, I think I’d much prefer MacFarlane’s observational quips any day of the week. As Albert and Edward view a group of children caught up in the period pasttime of stick hooping, they become embroiled in the dangers facing the day’s youth.

good time now.” Prince George’s county native Saks has been in the business for years, acting as frontman for Sephardic rock group DeLeon and performing with the LeeVees and children’s band the Macaroons. His experience at Charles E. Smith helped develop his musical background; his class was the first to have a real music program in the school, he said, and due to illness the music teacher had Saks cover for him, teaching the younger grades. “It was a great opportunity,” he said, “something that can really only happen in a small school like that.” While the yearly event has provided an outlet for Jewish musicians of all genres and backgrounds to perform for fifteen years, its child-friendly counterpart WJMF in the Park

is on its second year. By setting aside a day specifically for younger audience members and their families, the Washington DCJCC hopes to unite the community as well as spread the word about their youth-centered programming throughout the year. Genre-spanning music is found in abundance at the WJMF, including jazz, reggae, classical, Klezmer and country. One trend that seems to resonate with attendees every year, Gersch said, is cultural fusion, citing last year’s popular Klezmer/Bhangra performance Frank London’s Klezmer All-Stars and Deep Singh. “I do think people are very interested in exploring how Jewish music can authentically fuse with other ethnically-specific genres,” Gersch said. In addition to the mu-

sic festival, the Washington DCJCC puts on Jewish film and literary festivals. Events of this kind — and on this scale — are important for the community as well as those taking part and sharing their talents. “There’s only a handful of Jewish music festivals with the budget to put on something of this size,” said Saks, who helped start a Jewish music festival in New Mexico. “For bands like mine that make left-of-center music — it’s pretty niche — our outlets are limited, so a festival like WJMF open to that is pretty valuable to us.” “Not only is it profound and such a memory maker for kids, but it helps people connect to their culture,” Thomas added. “People get to celebrate who they are in a bigger way.”

to forgive ourselves,” Vreeke said. Usually when Vreeke directs he goes into a show looking to discover what it’s about, but because he’s worked on the “Judas Iscariot” production before, he actually “reinvestigated” it. He said that while Forum decided to keep a lot of what they had the first time around, he hopes they made it a little better, finding deeper meanings and humor. “This play sets out to prove that maybe he wasn’t all that bad, maybe he had good

reasons to do what he did,” Vreeke said. Although Vreeke is not a member of Forum, himself, he has been working with them and seeing their plays for years. Although Forum Theatre does not hire professional actors for their shows, Vreeke does not see that as a disadvantage. “We put together a sort of cream of the crop of non equity actors and I don’t think we would do any better even if we did have the resources to hire actors,” Vreeke said.

The company often will host open forum discussions following shows, allowing audience members to join in on the discussion of the play. Anyone who wants to can stick around, gather in a circle and discuss, often discovering how the play looks from someone else’s perspective.

Forum Theatre’s “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” continues to June 14 at the Round House Theatre Silver Spring.

the population to try to include people and not leave anyone out.” The weekend of the festival kicks off at 7:15 p.m. at the AFI Theatre in Silver Spring with a screening of “The Girls in the Band,” a documentary about the journey of women in jazz from the 1930s at the start of the genre through today. The celebration of girl power in jazz continues through festival day across two stages, with headliner Bria Skonberg of British

Columbia returning to JazzFest with the Bria Skonberg Quintet to showcase her trumpet and vocal skills. The award-winning musician will also conduct a workshop with her percussionist Colleen Clark, who conducts Percussion Ensemble at Ithaca College. Also headlining is Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes, at 16-piece big band jazz orchestra based in the Washington, D.C., area. In addition, JazzFest will welcome back harpist April

Stace as well as highlight firsttime performer Mary “M-LAW” Hicks, a solo trumpeter who uses looped trumpet and percussion tracks to accompany herself. In addition to the femalefilled line-up, the festival will showcase local vendors offering food, crafts and information on local businesses. “The other goal, aside from promoting jazz, is always to bring new people into Takoma Park and see what a swell place

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST n 2 1/2 stars n Rated R; 116 minutes n Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman n Directed by Seth MacFarlane

“They lose the power to innovate because they’ve been staring at the stick hoop all day,” he deadpans. There are probably more than a million ways to work

sheep genitalia into a broad comedy, but there’s only one way to land that joke.

15TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL n When: To June 14, various times; WJMF in the Park lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday n Where: WJMF in the Park occurs at Francis Field, 25th Street between M and M streets NW; other events occur at various locations n Tickets: $100 for full festival passes, individual events vary WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Dan Saks will perform ancient Sephardic folk songs on Sunday during this year’s Washington Jewish Music Festival.

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it is,” he said. “We have three music festivals in a town of 18,000 people, that’s pretty amazing right there. We have so much culture, and I’m really proud to be a part of that, to keep things rolling and get people interested in it.” One thing that kept attendees interested was last year’s family- and children-focused line-up. The performances featured children playing jazz, making a classic American genre accessible to younger

audience members. Events like JazzFest can foster an interest in jazz in young musicians, who could one day go on to become a member of the line-up. “We’re trying to get younger generations interested because this is really America’s original music form,” Krohmer said. “America’s history is all there in jazz, it’s just a beautiful art form.”

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Mature Male, Furn BRs. Util incl. Near 61 & 98 Bus Line. Maria 301-916-8158

G E R M : TH, 1 Lg


G A I T H E R :

1 Br, $995 + elec Available immed. 301-717-7425 - Joe

Female only. 1 BD w/priv BA. $675 incl utils. Near publ transp. 240-723-0502

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bath shr kitchen $650 util catv incl N/S, nr Mall, Metro, Bus Avail now! 301-963-4050

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1.5ba nr shops & bus N/P $1350 utils incl, + S/D 301-592-7430 or 301-622-6676

Ground lvl,, 2Ba, 1 Ba, LR & DR, kit , W/D, $1385 inc util Pls Call: 301-972-5129 or 301-370-4153

1BR w/shared bath, $450 util incl + $250 sec dep. Call John 301-916-8073

room w/pvt BA $600/mo, inc util & int. Nr Walmart & 270/355 CALL: 240-744-2421





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MONT VILL: 1 Br, 1 Ba, shrd kit, very quiet neighborhood $600 per mo. incl util Pls Call: 240-423-0633 OLNEY:

1 Rm in bsmt in SFH share kitchen $500 utils included, NS/NP Avail Now. 301-257-5712

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1 blk frm Metro, main flr, 3Br, 1Ba, den, W/D, $1800/ mo util inc Call: 301-404-7653


GAITHERSBURG Outdoor Flea Market June 7th & 8th Sat & Sun 8-4pm

Montgomery County Fairgrounds 16 Chestnut St. Gaithersburg, MD Vendors Wanted 301-649-1915

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BD w/BA. 1 2 room suite. Prof. pref. NS/NP. $800-$1000 WANTED TO PURincl. util. 301-861-9981 CHASE Antiques & Fine Art, 1 item Or EnSILVER SPRING: tire Estate Or CollecGold, Silver, Room $475, Shrd Util, tion, Kit & Ba. W/D, Cable Coins, Jewelry, Toys, Please Call: 301-404- Oriental Glass, China, Lamps, Books, Tex2681 tiles, Paintings, Prints WHEATON: 1Br in SFH almost anything old $650 incl util ,W/D Evergreen Auctions Smoker Ok, CATV, 973-818-1100. Email Wifi Nr Bus, Avail evergreenauction@hot Now. 301-503-1753

Sunday, June 8th,10:00 AM At Hunts Place

19521 Woodfield Road Gaithersburg, MD 20879 Estates - Storage - Furniture - Jewelry

301-948-3937 - Open 9:00 AM #5205 Look on

ESTATE/MOVING SA LE : Fri 6/6, Sat 6/7, Sun 6/8; 10am5pm. 9318 Taverney Terr., Gaithersburg, MD 20879


quality items. Saturday, June 7 from 8am - noon. RAIN or SHINE, NO EARLY BIRDS PLEASE! Town of Somerset. 4800 Falstone Ave., Chevy Chase, Maryland


"The Largest in Gaithersburg" Saturday, June 7th, 8am-1pm Come To Saybrooke Community at Mid-County Highway and Saybrooke Oaks Blvd. Maps Will Be Provided. THIS IS The Largest Community Yard Sale in the area with Over 40 Homes Participating!! Saturday June 7th, 8am to 1pm. Everything FOR SALE.


For Potomac Chase and Mills Farm

Sat, June 7, 9 - 1pm. 2014

Sponsored By: Pamela Egnew of Long & Foster FIND LIST OF PARTICIPANTS AT 1st Starting Point Address Located at 12658 Lloydminister Drive, North Potomac, Md FOLLOW SIGNS ALONG JONES LANE & DARNESTOWN RD DIRECTIONS: INTERSECTION OF RT 28/Darnestown Rd and Jones Lane Note: YARDSALES AT POTOMAC CHASE,MILLS FARM, & POTOMAC GROVE



Please be advised that on May 28th 2014 we inadvertently published in our Mont County papers an advertisement for the FLOWER VALLEY COMM YARD SALE in Rockville MD to be held on June 8th. This was an INCORRECT date. THE SALE WAS HELD ON MAY 31st.


Sat.6/07 8am-12noon, 13112 Brandon Way Rd. Furn, miscellaneous items, 2000 Mercury Villager Estate 540-972-0471 or 301648-2578


Multi Family. Saturday, June 7, 9AM to 3PM. 24605 Woodfield School Rd, Gaithers-burg, MD 20882. Furniture, Toys Tool, Truck cap and truck tool boxes / DVD’s / Video and audio equipment and much more. Many items in like new condition. Free hot dog and soda with all purchases over $10. Delivery of furniture available. Plenty of off street parking.


Garage Sale Sat 06/07, 8a-2p 13219 Dutrow Dr. HH items, furniture, kids 0-12yrs, adult clothes & more!

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Saturday, June 7, 8am-2pm, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD. Furniture, clothes & shoes for adults and children, appliances, bikes, golf clubs, artwork, collectibles and more. No early shoppers allowed. Location is first driveway south of 495 at the intersection of Pooks Hill Road and 355.


6/7 & Sun 6/8, 113pm. 20257 Shipley Terr. #302 Germantown used furniture, HH. Cash only!

DAMASCUS/GAIT HER Sat 06/07, 9:30-

2:30, rain date Sun 06/08, AT: 25012 Silvercrest Drive

Potomac Grove HOA COMMUNITY YARD SALE Quince Orchard Rd South of QO High School 6/7, 9a-1p Rain Date 6/8

P O T O M A C :Huge Moving Sale. Saturday 6/7, 9-2pm. 7911 & 7928 Lakenheath Way. Furniture, hh items, clothes, antiques, dishes & More!


Attention Maryland Residents:




Join the Spring Meadows Community in Bowie for their community yard sale Saturday, June 7,2014 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm! Ride through the neighborhood for some of the best yard sale deals around. Shoes, clothing, furniture and more! Take 50 to 197 towards North Bowie. Make a left on Old Annapolis Road, our community is on the left. See you there!



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Careers 301-670-2500 Assistant Controller

Assist CFO to oversee acct. Prep financial statements. Prepare mgt, exec & board mtg reports. Email resume to:, Attn. Christopher Shand. More information vist www.gazette/jobs. Foster Parents

Immediate opening for bookkeeper, part time, flexible hours for independent worker with QuickBooks experience. Duties include reconciliation of daily deposits, accounts payable, payroll knowledge, bank reconciliation and monthly reporting. Please send resume and references to

Comprint Military Publications seeks a graphic designer to produce the Pentagram, the weekly newspaper of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia, which will be the main work base. Three years of experience is preferred, and familiarity with newspaper layout is a plus. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills and demonstrate a high level of customer service. Must work efficiently in a deadline-driven environment, both independently and as part of a team, taking direction and feedback from multiple sources. An advanced sense of typography, the ability to create compelling info-graphics and color correct images, as well as a thorough knowledge of print production are required. Must be highly proficient in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. This person will also be responsible for posting daily to the web.

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Please Call 301-924-2811, option 3 Apply in person to: Brook Grove Retirement Village

Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-888-818-7802



Busy Rockville Doctor’s office. Must be a team player, dedicated, & career oriented. Serious applicants only. Willing to train. Excellent salary & benefits. Fax resume: 301424-8337

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Residential Production Foreman

Fast growing, fast paced residential construction company in Maryland looking for a foreman to oversee 20-30 small to medium job sites. We cover all of MD, N. Va, Northern WVA and Northern DC. Compensation/salary/transportation all negotiable depending on skill level and knowledge of construction. 3-5 yrs experience. Email response to:

Senior Engineering Tech The City of Frederick is currently seeking: Sr Engineering Tech (POS-48-14) $21.0873 per hour. Minimum of 5 years’ experience in CAD, land development design and plan review. For additional information visit our website @ Physical & drug test required for all positions. E.O.E.

Silver Spring

Work with the BEST! Must R.S.V.P.

For the Town of Berwyn Heights; Code Enforcement Program; Assoc. Degree in architecture & 2 yrs supervisory exp. preferred; proficiency in MS Office Suite a must. APPLY ONLINE AT:

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∂ Chef or Experienced Cook - Some weekends, experience with & knowledge of production systems essential, food safety certified & computer preferred. ∂ Line Server/Food Prep Helper - Part time ∂ Utility/Dishwasher - Part time


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



Position Location: Pentagram Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall 204 Lee Avenue Building 59, Room 116 Fort Myer, VA 22211-1199 EOE

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


Brooke Grove Retirement Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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If interested, please email resume, 3 writing samples that have not been edited and salary requirements to: .

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to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email

We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement.


• Full Time Sous Chef for our Independent Living Community (Monday through Friday 11:30am to 7pm) • Life Enrichment (Activities) Associates, various hours and days • Cook positions, various hours and days

Before and After Elementary School . Our Directors are each responsible for the planning and carrying out of Homework Time, Science, Reading, Writing, Games, Sports, Arts and Crafts and much more. They are also responsible for supervising counselors, paperwork, decorating, keeping track of finances associated with a before and after school program. Reqirements: 4 yr Degree in Education, Child Development or a related field. MUST be a positive role model for kids!! To apply please go to:

Comprint Military Publications has an immediate opening for a full-time reporter/photojournalist in its Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall, Virginia office. News writing background, interviewing individuals for stories, and AP Style knowledge, & digital camera familiarity important. College degree in journalism preferred. Familiarity with military a plus.

Comprint Military Publications offers excellent benefits, including medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. Salary commensurate with experience.

We Are Hiring For:

Child Care Director


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

Registered Nurse (R.N.)

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

Wood Flooring

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

In-Store Lead Generator Generate Leads at Home Depot FT $10/hr + bonuses and benefits. Candidates must have:

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




Needs to hold at minimum MD journeymans license. Great pay and benefits. E-mail resume to Fax resume to 301-947-8110 or call our office at 301-947-8140

Fax: 301-947-8110 or Off: 301-947-8140

Let Gazette Careers help you find that next position in your LOCAL area.

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

Research Associate in Static Analysis Tool Assessment Gaithersburg, MD

For details go to Interested candidates must send a letter of application, a CV and contact information for at least three references to Review of completed applications will commence June 10, 2014.



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



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

Skilled Trade

Rough-in Plumber Must be dependable & profecient w/RI, GW & fixtures. Drug Test req’d, Co trk & Lg tools provided for right plumber. Fax: 240-745-0476 or email: $12-18/hr dep on exp.

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Careers 301-670-2500

Front Desk Position

For Crossings in Silver Spring, MD, busy front desk, answering phones, scheduling clients, processing payments, filing, etc. PT w/limited benefits; not entry-level. Email cover letter/resume: PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS Must be experienced, knowledge of wellness services, strong customer-service, computer literate, and the ability to multi-task.

Certified Dental Assistant

In Bethesda MD, PT, Req: Maryland Dental Radiation Technologist, Qualified in General Duties, and Infection Control, 5+yrs exp., must be able to multi-task, be detail-oriented, and extremely organized, highly motivated and able to work independently as well as with a team. Candidates must reflect a polished professional appearance, have a positive friendly attitude and personality with excellent technical and customer service skills. Please visit our website for further info: at OR to apply please visit



Evening Counselor

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


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

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#4002727, Automatic, Power Windows/ Power Locks, Keyless Entry

MSRP $27,285


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11 Toyota Corolla L #470658A, $$ 38K Miles, Automatic

#2806407, 2.0 Turbo, Power Windows/ Locks, Power Top



13 Toyota Corolla #E0340, $$ Certified

MSRP $26,150



34k Miles

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12 Scion XD $$

02 Toyota Sequoia SR5 $$ #477504D,

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13 Scion FR-S Coupe #451034A, $ Auto, 1-Owner, $


#455021A, Automatic, 28K Miles

#470588A, 24k Miles, 1-Owner


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18K Miles



2014 PASSAT SE TDI 13 Hyundai Sonata LTD #470517A, 20K $ $ Miles, 1-Owner

#9094730, Power Windows, Power Locks, Sunroof





09 Infiniti G37 Sport Coupe #464221A, 50K Miles



2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid...... $22,990 $22,990 #432094A, CVT Transmission, 1 Owner, 13K Miles

2013 Toyota Corolla.............. $17,990 $17,990 #E0339, 32K Miles, Automatic

$23,990 2011 Nissan Murano........... $23,990 #477422A, 55K Miles, CVT Transmission

$18,990 $18,990

2013 Toyota Tacoma........... $26,990 $26,990 #R1784, 4WD, Xtra Cab,Automatic Transmission, 10K Miles

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class. #451019A, 70K Miles, 1-Owner

2011 Toyota RAV4................ $20,990 $20,990 #464078A, 25K Miles,Automatic

2013 Beetle MT/CPO.....#V063133A, Black, 7,112 Miles...........$16,991 2013 Beetle CPO.......#V000536A, Black, 10,333 Miles.............$17,491 2011 Jetta Sedan SEL....#V530248A, Black, 38,543 Miles........$17,491 2012 Jeep Liberty 4WD.....#V6113A, White, 26,187 Miles.........$18,494 2013 Passat SE.........#V532044A, Blue, 26,414 Miles..............$19,991 2011 Jetta TDI.............#VP0059, Black, 41,750 Miles................$19,991 2012 Jetta TDI MT......#V273915A, Red, 40,603 Miles...............$19,991 2013 Passat SE...........#VPR0060, White, 6,093 Miles...............$21,911 2012 Honda CR-V EX-L.....#V274812A, Silver, 34,278 Miles.......$25,991

2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited... $20,990 $20,990 #470517A, 20K Miles

$24,990 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in..... $24,990 #478000A, 18K Miles, CVT Automatic Transmission 2012 Toyota Avalon............ $27,990 $27,990 #464105A,Automatic, 23K Miles, 1 Owner 2013 Honda Odyssey EXL..... $29,990 $29,990 #460117A,Auto, 19K Miles, 1 Owner



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3371 Fort Meade Road, Laurel

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2011 Toyota Camry SE........... $18,990 $18,990 #464078A, 40K Miles

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13 Toyota Sienna L #460097A, $ Certified, 11K Miles, $

2010 Toyota Tacoma............. $14,990 $14,990 #467142A, 4X2, 49K Miles, Automatic

MSRP $27,730

OURISMAN VW WORLD AUTO CERTIFIED PRE OWNED 2004 Saturn ION CPE......#V239376B, Silver, 107,624 Miles.......$5,992 2005 Golf TDI.............#V284611A, Silver, 165,405 Miles...........$7,991 2008 Chevrolet Impala....#V082193A, White, 84,495 Miles...$10,993 2008 New Beetle Conv....#V657372A, Harvest Beige, 62,985 Miles....$11,991 2008 Ford Mustang Conv...#V088075A, Black, 82,755 Miles...$14,992 2013 Golf HB...#V003382A, Blue Graphite, 21,312 Miles....$15,591 2011 Chevrolet Equinox.....#V411396B, 68,086 Miles...........$15,991 2013 Passat CPO. ....#VPR0053, Maroon, 46,478 Miles...........$16,491 2010 CC Sedan........#V043167A, Island Gray, 65,572 Miles..........$16,491 2012 Beetle CPE........#V230683A, Black, 19,974 Miles..............$16,491


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