BUS OF THE FUTURE? Rapid transit vehicle makes debut at fair. A-5
NEWS: Growlers hops back onto Gaithersburg restaurant scene. A-4
SPORTS: Quince Orchard grad happy to come home to play NFL exhibition game. B-1
GAITHERSBURG | MONTGOMERY VILLAGE DA I LY U P DAT E S AT G A Z E T T E . N E T
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City piles Montgomery sets standard in sports facilities on changes to snow plan NON-LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
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PRINCE J. GRIMES
Development of new neighborhoods in Gaithersburg will add to removal demand n
The 25 public high schools in Montgomery County with varsity sports teams governed by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association are tied with Baltimore City for the most MPSSAA-sanctioned programs in one school system. Next is neighboring Prince George’s C o u n t y , Each school gets with 22 high schools that participate in Montgomery in varsityfor athletics. level sports. B u t Each school gets even with m o r e schools, and a bigger in Prince George’s for athletics. selection of varsity sports provided to its students, Montgomery has managed to build and maintain better athletic facilities than Prince George’s. While there are exceptions on both sides, and even some similarities, sports facilities appear better overall for Montgomery County students. The
BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
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Gaithersburg High School football players practice on July 31 at John Harvill Stadium in Gaithersburg. The stadium debuts this fall.
The solution seems quite simple: If there is not enough space for something, create more. That, of course, is a lot easier said than done when referring to actual land. As Montgomery County high school athletic programs continue to ﬂourish ﬁnding space on campus for all of them to hold daily practices has become an obstacle for athletic directors. Though this is not a completely new issue it has not become any less challenging, county athletic directors agreed. Bethesda-Chevy Chase is home to the county’s smallest campus by far, built on 16 acres of land, according to the Montgomery County Public Schools website — Springbrook’s is the next
INSIDE n Public use of school facilities, A-8 n Schools spend big to update equipment, A-9 n County maintains some facilities, A-9 n Private clubs pay some of the bill to get artiﬁcial turf ﬁelds, A-9
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Cap acit y Fiel d (T u Con rf or G ras ces s) Res sions troo Ligh ms ts
The Gazette analyzed athletic facilities at the 47 public high schools in its coverage areas of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
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Many sports, other than football, must travel to train
Comparing the ﬁve largest and smallest in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
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County schools contend with limited practice space
Fair truck sells gourmet mac and cheese Gaithersburg business serves up fresh, made-to-order pasta dishes n
Forget boxed macaroni and cheese. Use your noodle and taste the real stuff at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg.
INDEX Automotive Calendar Classiﬁed Entertainment Obituaries Opinion Sports
CapMac, a Gaithersburg-based food truck specializing in gourmet macaroni and cheese, is selling its gooey pasta dishes as a vendor at this year’s fair, which began last Friday and runs through this Saturday. Josh Warner of Silver Spring took over ownership of the food truck last November after previous owner Brian Arnoff, who is also Warner’s friend, decided to close down the business. CapMac was ﬁrst opened in November 2010.
After graduating from the culinary program at The Art Institute of Washington and working in restaurants for many years, Warner said he had started planning to open his own food truck when he heard about the closing of CapMac. Thinking that it “made a lot more sense to buy something already established,” Warner bought the business. “That quality, that experience
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Safety ofﬁcials in Gaithersburg, Germantown recognized BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Fifty-seven upcounty police ofﬁcers, ﬁreﬁghters and paramedics were honored Friday morning at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s 19th annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast. The safety ofﬁcials honored hailed from the Montgomery County Police Department’s 5th and 6th districts, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, the Gaithersburg Police Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Fire Department. They were recognized in the following four categories: Medal of Valor, Citation for Bravery, Distinguished Service Citation and
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Margie Warner, of Gaithersburg sells an order at the CapMac food truck, which specializes in gourmet macaroni and cheese, at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg on Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT B-11 A-2 B-8 B-4 A-11 A-13 B-1
Gaithersburg ofﬁcials are looking at ways to improve the city’s snow removal efforts as they prepare for an increase in activity due to the development of new neighborhoods and communities. “The creation of neighborhoods such as Crown Farm and Parklands will add large networks of complex streets to our network of roads that we have to deal with,” Michael Johnson, the director of the city’s Department of Public Works said at Monday night’s City Council meeting. “This will have an impact of increasing our overall response time to snow removal.” Johnson said his department’s current goal for winter storms is to have the ﬁnal pass of all city streets done within eight hours after the snow has stopped falling. In order to continue to meet that goal in the future, city staff identiﬁed several changes and improvements to snow removal
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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13 MVFitness Fest, 6-8 p.m., North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road, Montgomery Village. Free. www. montgomeryvillage.com.
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Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association Meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., Stedwick Commu-
nity Center, 10401 Stedwick Road, Montgomery Village. A forum for collaborating on activities like educational programs, promotional opportunities and outreach. gaithersburgﬁneartsassoc@gmail.com. Wheaton Wildlife Wanderings, 7-8 p.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Walk through the forest, meadow and along the stream or pond looking for animals. Ages 5-12. $5. Register at www.parkpass.org. The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, 7-8:30 p.m.,
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FRIDAY, AUG. 15 Fishing with Lil’ Ones, 9-10:30 a.m.,
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SUNDAY, AUG. 17 Carl Henn Millennium Trail Ride, 10 a.m., Lincoln Park Community Center,
Cypress Trio, 1-2 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Performing two-steps and waltzes with a variety of instruments and in the Cajun-French language. Free. 240-773-9490.
MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville. A 11-mile loop around the city. Hosted by the Rockville Bike Advisory Committee. Free. email@example.com. Fall Open House, noon-3 p.m., Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Free sample classes and information about upcoming productions. Free. contact@mbtdance. org. Family Nature Time, 1:30-3 p.m., Black Hill Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. Nature activities for families to participate in together. Free. 301-5283492.
TUESDAY, AUG. 19 Back in Time at the Harper 1870s Homestead, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Brookside
Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Learn to grind oats, wash clothes by hand, shell corn, make butter, play some old time games and more. Ages 4-12. $6. Register at www.parkpass.org. “Rabbit, Run” Adult Book Discussion, 11 a.m., Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Check out a copy of the book, or reserve a copy several days before the discussion, with your library card. Free. 240-777-0678. Bats and Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise, 7-8:30 p.m., Black Hill Visitor Cen-
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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 Tyke Hikes: Our Finned Friends, 10:3011:15 a.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Take a nature mini-hike and make a craft to take home. Ages 2-3. $5. Register at www.parkpass.org. Lunch and Discover, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ingleside at King Farm Retirement Community, 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville. Learn about the continuing care concept. Free, RSVP requested. 240-499-9019.
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Campus congrats Wendy Jill Eisenberg of Gaithersburg and Arwa Elbeshbishi of Montgomery Village recently graduated from the University of Rochester. Eisenberg earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz and contemporary music from the university’s Eastman School of
Music. She is the daughter of Jan Fine and Lawrence Eisenberg, and a graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac. Elbeshbishi earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She is the daughter of Enas Y. Elhanaﬁ and Tarek Elbeshbeshy, and is a graduate of Poolesville High School.
POLICE BLOTTER 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.
Aggravated Assault • On July 24 at 9:29 p.m. in the 9400 block of Fern Hollow Way, Montgomery Village. The subjects are known to the victims. Burglary • On July 26 at 4:50 a.m. at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Montgomery Village. No forced entry, took property. Residential Burglary • 900 block of Beacon Square Court, Gaithersburg, between 10
a.m. and 6 p.m. July 21. Unsuccessful attempt. • 9300 block of Jarrett Court, Montgomery Village, at 12:55 a.m. July 23. Forced entry, took property. The subject is known to the victim. • Unit block of Travis Court, Gaithersburg, at 1:30 a.m. July 24. No forced entry, took property.
Vehicle Larceny • Four incidents in Gaithersburg between July 20 and 29. Took a purse, an iPad, a scanner, cash and a charger. Affected areas include the 500 block of East Diamond Avenue, 19000 block of Woodﬁeld Road, Honeylocust Circle and Calabar Drive. • Two incidents in Gaithersburg on July 21 or 22. No signs of force, took cash, credit cards and a GPs unit. Affected streets include Grosbeak and Barn Swallow terraces.
InBrief City pets compete in photo contest Voting is now underway for Gaithersburg’s “Citizen Pet of the Year” photo contest. Eight entries were received and have since been posted to the city’s Facebook page, facebook.com/gaithersburgmd. gov, for voting. The deadline to vote is 5 p.m. Aug. 22.
The photo with the most number of “likes” will be named the city’s “Citizen Pet of the Year,” and will receive a $75 PetSmart gift card. Second and third place winners will receive a $50 and $25 PetSmart gift card, respectively. Last year, the contest had ﬁve entries. A dog named Oliver took home the ﬁrst prize with more than 100 votes. — JENN DAVIS
DEATHS June Carlita Brown Beale June Carlita Brown Beale, 47, of Gaithersburg died July 26, 2014. J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Alexander Diatsintos Alexander Diatsintos, 69, of Clarksburg died Aug. 3, 2014. Memorial contributions may be made to local Greek-American
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Doris Lorraine Westberg Doris Lorraine Westberg, 91, of Bethesda died July 18, 2014. Her body was donated to the George Washington University Body Donor Program and her remains will be buried in Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens in Rockville.
Broken main water line has been ﬁxed BY JENN
The Upper County Outdoor Pool, which belongs to the Montgomery County Department of Recreation, is back open after having been tempo-
rarily closed for emergency repairs following the discovery of a broken main water line. All of the necessary repairs were completed and the pool, at 8211 Emory Grove Road in Gaithersburg, reopened at noon on Saturday, according to the Department of Recreation’s website. The facility includes an eight-lane, 25-meter main pool
with two one-meter diving boards, a shallow water leisure pool with a water slide, a tot pool, snack bar, bath house and lawn areas. Residents can also visit the county’s six other outdoor pools, which will be open through Sept. 1. They are: Bethesda Outdoor Pool, 6300 Little Falls Parkway; Germantown Outdoor Pool, 18905
Kingsview Drive; Long Branch Outdoor Pool, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring; Martin Luther King, Jr. Outdoor Pool, 1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring; Western County Outdoor Pool, 20151 Fisher Ave., Poolesville, and Wheaton/ Glenmont Outdoor Pool, 12621 Dalewood Drive, Wheaton. email@example.com
Uganda mission is labor of love for two women Rockville, Gaithersburg mothers start nonproﬁt to build school n
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
Rukundo: In Rukiga, the native tongue of the Kiga people of Uganda, rukundo means love. For Rukundo International, an organization started by two Montgomery County women to make a difference in the lives of Ugandan children, love is at the heart of what they do. “God doesn’t always call the qualiﬁed; he qualiﬁes those he’s called,” Amanda Jones said as she sat at the glass-top kitchen table in her Rockville home just off Connecticut Avenue. A single mother of three and former early childhood educator, Jones said she often feels unqualiﬁed to do the work she and fellow single mom Andrea Sedlock of Gaithersburg began when they co-founded Rukundo in January. “I never, honestly, saw myself starting a nonproﬁt, but I just felt like this place ignited a passion for me just to love,” Jones said. “Sometimes I wish God hadn’t put this burden on my heart to start this school, but he did. It’s an area I never imagined myself working in but I can’t imagine myself not being here now.” Volunteer-run, Rukundo International, which has applied for nonprofit tax status, has a mission to “create a healthy educational environment that ministers to the development of the child in totality: intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.” It’s a mission it aims to achieve by building a primary school
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Andrea Sedlock (left) of Gaithersburg and Amanda Jones of Rockville have launched an organization whose goal is to build a school in Uganda. It’s collecting shoes as a fundraiser. for orphans, and other underprivileged and at-risk children and their families in the remote Ugandan region of Kabale. For the last ﬁve years, Jones and Sedlock have worked in the Kabale region, building relationships with residents and learning the culture. While working with another organization in Uganda, Jones said, she and Sedlock noticed the schools were in bad condition, classrooms were overcrowded, few children progressed beyond primary school and the so-called “free” government education often came with fees attached. Those who could not pay the fees were often turned away. “They were set up to fail,” Jones said. Months of prayer and research led to the decision to form Rukundo International, Sedlock said. “I just fell in love with the people and saw such a great need that I just felt like I had to do something about this,” said Sedlock, who, by day, works as a biologist at the National Insti-
tutes of Health. Jones and Sedlock decided the best way to truly help the students in Kabale was to open a school of their own. “I always say, ‘I’m not going to change Uganda, I’m not going to change Kabale, but I will make a difference to this child at this school.’ And they’ll make a difference to somebody else. And they’ll make a difference,” Jones said. Aiming to obtain a 5-acre parcel by the end of 2014, the women said Rukundo International is raising money to build the school in phases starting in 2015, adding one classroom at a time until there are enough classes through primary level seven. Rukundo also sponsors ﬁve scholars to attend secondary school. Rukundo has been operating only a few months, but already it is gaining momentum. Its first event in March raised about $10,000, Jones said. Rukundo also has partnered with the Reel Water Film Festival in Silver Spring to install three rainwater collection
tanks in the Kabale region. The ﬁlm festival is a volunteer-run nonproﬁt that, according to its website, uses ﬁlm to start the conversation about local and global water issues, and donates at least half of its funds to international water projects and community education. And between now and Sept. 30, Rukundo is holding a shoe drive, taking shoes in any condition. Rukundo has partnered with Funds2Orgs, which will provide it with $1,000 for every 2,500 pairs of shoes collected. Those interested in donating can ﬁnd a list of drop sites on the group’s website, rukundointernational.org. What started as just two people with an idea to make a difference has become an allvolunteer organization of about 15, including a five-member board. Because Rukundo operates out of the founders’ homes, it can put all donations toward its mission, Sedlock said. “When you have seen how far $10 can go, you can’t justify paying rent when we can meet out of our houses,” Jones explained. While running a nonproﬁt, holding another job and raising children is demanding and, at times, overwhelming, Sedlock said being a single mom only fuels her passion for the work of Rukundo. “It’s hard, but I think having a child is what makes me all the more want to help these children who don’t have the same opportunities, the same material things my child has access to every single day,” Sedlock said. Jones said Rukundo also is looking for monthly donors, interns and people to host beneﬁt dinners. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Growlers hops back onto Gaithersburg restaurant scene A burst pipe in January forced the restaurant to close temporarily
BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Craft beer is ﬂowing out of the tap and pub eats are ﬂying out of the kitchen once again at a popular Gaithersburg microbrewery. Growlers Brew Pub in Olde Towne reopened its doors to patrons Aug. 4. after temporarily closing down in January when a pipe burst and poured thousands of gallons of water into the East Diamond Avenue restaurant. “We had a lot of extensive water damage,” General Manager Chuck Blessing Jr. said in February. “Most of the damage is structural.” Blessing initially hoped the brew pub would be back in operation by the beginning of April, but a growing list of projects and repairs delayed the opening. Now calling the closure a “blessing in disguise,” Blessing said it created the opportunity to undertake larger, more complicated projects. “The winter was miserable but it afforded us the time to make repairs and renovations to the building that we would never have been able to do without closing the building,” Blessing said Monday. Changes include an open concept main level, new ﬂooring on the upper level and the deck,
“The winter was miserable but it afforded us the time to make repairs and renovations to the building that we would never have been able to do without closing the building” Chuck Blessing, general manager
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Growlers Brew Pub in Olde Towne Gaithersburg has reopened after being closed for almost 8 months due to water damage from burst pipes. a freshly painted interior and the renovation of both kitchens. Fixes were also made to many of
the bulkheads. All said and done, Blessing said the construction work cost
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ALL DAY Medical Care Clinic in Gaithersburg is partnering with local nonprofit Cheers, M.D. to host a back-toschool fair on Saturday. The fair, which is free and open to the public, will provide school supplies and health care
information to children and their families. Refreshments, face painting and rafﬂes will also be provided. Medical personnel, including physicians, will be on hand to answer any questions and provide tours of the clinic.
The fair is scheduled from 9-10 a.m. at ALL DAY Medical Care Clinic, 8945 North Westland Drive. For more information, visit myurgentcarenow. com or mycheers.org. — GAZETTE STAFF
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Leggett: ‘We have to go to this system’ BY
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
The blue-and-white vehicle parked at the entrance to the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair might look like your average city bus, but it’s way more than that. It’s a rapid transit vehicle on its way to Denver and it’s what transit advocates hope is a glimpse at the future of transportation in the county. “Oh, my goodness, these buses. They’re not, if you will, your father’s bus. They’re not your average bus,” County Councilman Roger Berliner (DDist. 1) of Bethesda said Monday. “This is going to be a way for people to get around that they say, ‘Thank you. I don’t want to drive.’” Outﬁtted with 57 vibrantly colored seats, a lower deck and multiple boarding points, the two-car vehicle that’s parked outside the fair this week is designed to move more people
more quickly than a conventional bus. Provided by Communities for Transit, a Silver Spring nonproﬁt that supports rapid transit as a response to the county’s trafﬁc woes, the display aims to make the proposed system tangible for fairgoers. “We want people to see this because I think it reﬂects what the future is about,” County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Monday when he stopped by the display. “It is not just a hope that we will join the other communities across the country, 20 or so, [that have rapid transit systems]. We will, in fact, join them.” “We cannot, we cannot — I’m emphasizing this — we cannot provide the prosperity, the movement, to ensure our future so long as we’re in single vehicles in Montgomery County,” Leggett continued. “We have to go to this system.” Lawmakers promised an ambitious timeline for rolling out rapid transit. Berliner, chairman of the Transportation Infrastructure Energy and Environment Com-
“We cannot provide the prosperity, the movement, to ensure our future so long as we’re in single vehicles in Montgomery County.” Isiah Leggett mittee, committed to have at least portions of the system operating in the next four years. “In the next four years, we are going to make this happen,” he said. “This cannot just be a plan. This just can’t be pretty pictures.” However, Tom Street, the county’s assistant chief administrative officer, said it could take a few years just to complete conceptual design studies underway for a few of the 10 planned corridors. The county approved a planned network of 10 rapid transit corridors — in addition to the 15-mile Corridor Cities Transitway — as part of the
Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan. Studies are underway for the Corridor Cities Transitway, Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road, as well as Md. 355 and U.S. 29. Councilman Marc B. Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park, hailed as the “father” of rapid transit in the county, proposed the idea eight years ago. “We need another way to move people,” he said. Planned growth and development cannot happen under the transportation status quo, as “it is physically impossible,” he said. “This gives us our best shot at building a system, not just a line, but a system that moves
people from where they live to where they work and does it in an economically efﬁcient and responsible way,” Elrich said. Exactly how much the system will cost and how much of the cost will be borne by the county remain to be seen, Street said. “Until those conceptual design studies are done that identify the likely treatments, we will not have a cost estimate for the whole system,” Street said. Future development in areas such as White Oak hinge on expanding transit, said Councilwoman Cherri Branson (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring. “I cannot tell you how important a bus rapid transit system would be for Route 29,” she said. And even though Branson will not be on the council to see rapid transit become a reality, she said she will be “rootin’ from the sidelines.” For areas such as Gaithersburg, served only by Ride On bus and the MARC commuter train, the two-car vehicle sitting just outside the fair gates is as close as the city has gotten to a transit system, Mayor Sid-
ney Katz remarked. Katz (D) is running for the County Council from District 3. While the vehicle on display at the fair is a diesel bus with fairly basic amenities, Bill Grifﬁths, county Fleet Management Services division chief, said the county is leaning toward compressed natural gas vehicles and considering features such as on-board screens that display real-time GPS and arrival times, Wi-Fi and even outlets to charge mobile devices. However, transit advocates argue that changes to the roads the vehicles will travel — such as off-board fare collection stations, level boarding and dedicated lanes — are more important than features on the bus. “Bus rapid transit isn’t just a special kind of vehicle,” said David Hauck of Communities for Transit. “What’s important is what system is the bus running in. If you have a dedicated lane, if a trip takes you 20 minutes at noon, it takes you 20 minutes in rush hour.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Fashion designers work their ﬁngers at Montgomery County Fair Teams compete in Project G Street, a one-day sewing contest n
place for a little black dress with a removable sheer overskirt inspired by a Martina McBride song. Shelly Geasler of Frederick County, who was on the team with her daughters, Bailey and
Shadee Perry modeled a blue mermaid-style evening gown with an embellished bodice and coordinating scarf as she walked the runway Saturday evening. An aisle between cakes and quilts entered in competition at the Montgomery County fairgrounds may not have been the most conventional spot for a fashion show, but onlookers lining the runway didn’t seem to mind. That morning, the blue dress was just fabric. Faith Patino, Shadee Perry and Kenya Perry, all from the Gaithersburg area, started sewing at 9 a.m. to ﬁnish their creation in time for the runway show at 6 p.m. The trio was one of five teams competing in Project G Street at this year’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Groups got a country music CD, fabric and nine hours to sew a complete outﬁt inspired by country music and the fair’s theme this year, “Country in the Air.” For Christine and Emily Evans, who were on a team with their mother, Kathy Evans, a break-up song by Sarah Evans was the inspiration for combining a blue shimmery tunic and white capris. “Our outﬁt is supposed to be for a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man,” Emily said with a laugh. Christine said the team wanted to sew something with strong contrasts between the top and the bottom to project conﬁdence. Her team was also the only group that made pants, rather than a skirt, for its outﬁt, but it was still meant to look grown-up and professional. “It’s the opposite of cutesy,” Christine said. The Evans family has participated in the contest in all three years it has been held, and Kathy said her daughters had progressed from her teaching them about patterns to them running the show. “It’s been three years of growth in sewing,” she said. When the results came in, Team Pin It to Win It took ﬁrst
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Jamie Roe, said this was their ﬁrst year in the Project G Street contest, but the girls had participated in 4-H in the past. “Usually they do 4-H projects and I can’t help them,” she said.
In addition to the dress, the group made a coordinating necklace and hair accessory, which the judges said they liked. “We were done early, but we kept working,” Jamie said.
For their first-place win, the team took home a $300 gift certiﬁcate to G Street Fabrics, which provided fabric for the contest. The runners-up also received gift certificates. The
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Girls just wanna have fundamental engineering skills n
Magruder High students start program to boost female interest in ﬁeld BY LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Valerie Lehmann and Joyce Chung said they have seen something important missing from the engineering program at their Rockville high school: girls. Male students significantly outnumber female students, they say, and the two rising sophomores at Col. Zadok Magruder High School have constructed
a solution they hope will help bridge the gap. Starting this fall, Valerie and Joyce will lead as co-presidents an after-school program for girls at Magruder called Young Women in Engineering. The teens — both students in Magruder’s Academy of Engineering — said they hope to draw in about 10 female students this fall for the program, which Valerie said will include “a lot of hands-on activities.” Valerie said a strength of their program is that they will mentor the participants as fellow girls of a similar age. A Magruder teacher will help advise their work and the teens also
hope to invite real-world engineers to lend their expertise. Joyce said they will “try to get [girls] interested and let everyone know that engineering is possible for girls and it’s actually really fun.” Another goal is to show how engineering can be used to help others, she said. This past school year, Valerie and Joyce said, they were the only freshman girls in a handful of female students in their principles of engineering class that had 25 to 30 students. Several of those girls don’t plan to continue in the engineering program, Valerie said. Valerie said it’s “unfortunate”
Joyce Chung (left), 15, and Valerie Lehmann, 14, with two of the projects built last year in their engineering class at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville. DAN GROSS/ THE GAZETTE
there aren’t more girls in her school’s program because she thinks her female peers are missing out on an interesting subject involving math, creativity and design. She said she also thinks girls bring a different perspective to the ﬁeld. “I feel like a lot of females are daunted or afraid of getting into engineering,” she said. She thinks some girls might feel like they have to prove themselves if they are in a class that is mostly guys, she said, or they might be intimidated by the math involved. To recruit program participants, Joyce said, they are putting up ﬂiers and posters around their school and emailing the area middle schools that feed into Magruder. When school starts, they also plan to visit classrooms to get the word out, she said. Amy Gensemer — supervisor of science, technology and engineering for Montgomery County Public Schools — said there is a
disproportionate number of girls across the district’s nine high school engineering programs. In the 2012-13 school year, she said, about 40.4 percent of the students in those Project Lead The Way programs were girls. A county-level advisory board that includes industry and higher-education members will continue to meet this school year to discuss how to get students interested in engineering and keep them in the programs — a goal that will involve increasing female enrollment, Gensemer said. Gensemer said she thinks there are “a whole number of factors” that contribute to girls not participating in engineering classes. In part, engineering can be taught in a way that attracts boys more than girls when civil, electrical and manufacturing components are emphasized more than environmental and biomedical elements, she said. John Hamman, Montgomery College’s dean of math and statis-
tics, oversees the college’s Sonya Kovalevsky Program that encourages middle school girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and math. Hamman said the program is working to locally address an issue that also appears on a national level. He cited a recent University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee survey that found that women make up about 20 percent of the country’s college engineering graduates and 11 percent of practicing engineers. Many math and science classrooms are designed with a “competitive approach,” he said, which he thinks appeals more to boys than girls. He said he’s glad to see more collaborative work taking place in the county school system and at the college. “I think there is some cultural stigma that still exists about what girls and women do and what occupations they’re doing,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Finger-pointing abounds in party registration problems State, county ofﬁcials blame each other as voters are switched n
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
When neighbors Robert Debernardis and Carl Mauri walked into their precinct to vote in the June 24 Democratic primary, the two Potomac men got unsettling news: Neither was registered to vote as a Democrat. For the past 42 years, Debernardis said, he has been a registered Democrat, and has never missed voting in a presidential or gubernatorial election. And for at least the last six years Mauri has been with the party, saying he changed his afﬁliation to Democrat to vote for Barack Obama in 2008. Yet somehow both men were registered as unafﬁliated voters when they reached the polls in June. As many as a few hundred of Montgomery County’s 675,000 registered voters are believed to have fallen victim to altered voter registrations, a problem local ofﬁcials say is a computer glitch at the Motor Vehicle Administration and what state ofﬁcials say is a local failure to properly process the applications. Both Debernardis and Mauri have traced the change in their voter registrations to separate visits to the Motor Vehicle Administration’s Walnut Hill center in Gaithersburg. In January, Debernardis visited the facility to renew his driver’s license. On Jan. 22 at midnight, his party affiliation was changed to “other,” according to an electronic voter regis-
As many as a few hundred of Montgomery County’s 675,000 registered voters are believed to have fallen victim to altered voter registrations, a problem local ofﬁcials say is a computer glitch
Jurgensen has experienced the issues ﬁrst-hand. She said that when she went to renew her license, she was asked if she wanted to register to vote, and while she said “no,” a new voter registration was nonetheless generated. As for what happened to Debernardis and Mauri, the Motor Vehicle Administration claims no knowledge of the situation. Agency spokesman Buel C. Young said no such problem has been reported to the agency, nor have complaints been ﬁled that the forms being submitted to the State Board of Elections are in error. Young said each clerk at the Motor Vehicle Administration is supposed to ask drivers renewing or replacing a license if
tration form ﬁled with the Board of Elections. In March, Mauri said he made a similar visit to the Walnut Hill facility to replace a lost license. On March 25 at midnight, his registration also was changed to “other.” Margaret Jurgensen, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, said her board is investigating the issue. When the county board identiﬁes problems, it notiﬁes state ofﬁcials, who work with the motor vehicles agency, she said. “Different issues have arisen in the past and the state board works with [the agency] to correct those issues.” Her board has known about other problems with registrations at the motor vehicle agency for about the past two years, Jurgensen said.
Mauri said he almost laughed. “It’s ridiculous,” he said. Questioning how a similar error could happen to the county’s highest election official and not be fixed, Debernardis concluded that the registrations are “a problem nobody seems to be caring about.” Prior to the June 24 election, the county elections board surveyed voters to detect potentially erroneous voter registration changes. Jurgensen estimated a “couple hundred” voters have been affected. Provisional ballots cast by such voters — including Debernardis and Mauri — were counted in the primary. email@example.com
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they want to update their voter registration. Specifically, a computer will prompt clerks to ask if a driver wishes “to update your party afﬁliation.” To continue through the computer system, either a “yes” or a “no” button must be pushed, he said. But no such question was asked of Mauri or Debernardis when they visited the Walnut Hill center, both men said. Mary Wagner, director of voter registration with the State Board of Elections, said the problem lies not with the Motor Vehicle Administration, but rather with the Montgomery County Board of Elections. The county board is “not processing the applications correctly,” Wagner alleged. Jurgensen said the county
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High school athletic facilities available to rent n
Organizations must receive approval from county BY
KENT ZAKOUR STAFF WRITER
For more than 10 years, Col. Zadok Magruder High School girls volleyball coach Scott Zanni and former Sherwood coach Bonnie Gilchrist have run a summer volleyball camp in conjunction with the Olney Boys and Girls Club, a non-proﬁt youth sports organization. With a variety of age-group and talent-level offerings, the annual multisession event has expanded and in turn, so has the need to acquire gymnasium space. “We’ve been at a lot of different places over the years like Sherwood
[High], Farquhar [Middle], Rosa Parks [Middle], Watkins Mill [High] and Walter Johnson [High],” Zanni said. “We’ve always had to rent them.” The camp, like every other community organization wishing to use space at one of the county’s public high schools, must submit an application, receive approval and rent from the Community Use of Public Facilities’ Interagency Coordinating Board. Sports and non-athletic facilities — inside and out — are secured by an hourly fee that varies based upon the renting location and type and age-group of the organization (the school system, non-proﬁts and youth groups receive priority), according Ginny Gong, the executive director of CUPF. Historical users, such as the volleyball camp, also receive priority.
“The schools are just one big piece of managing community use in public space and government buildings,” Gong said. “... We have over 6,000 user groups that represent sports, home-owner associations, the scouts, religious activities and a whole variety of school activities. “And through policy established by ICB ... there is a pecking order. The schools always get ﬁrst crack.” Montgomery County Public Schools sanctioned events, such as athletic contests and tournaments, do not have to rent space; they only are required to pay for building service workers and/or security staff at a rate of $29.50/hour and $32.50/hour, respectively, according to the CUPF’s website. “We have a partnership with ICB,” Gaithersburg High School Athletic Director Jason Woodward said. “We all let
ICB know when our athletic events are so they know what days are available to the community organizations.” For a non-proﬁt organization and/ or a county resident wanting to rent one of Montgomery County Public Schools’ synthetic turf ﬁelds at Richard Montgomery, Walter Johnson or Thomas S. Wootton high schools, the rate would be $125/hour (with light use it goes up to $160/hour), according to the CUPF website. A commercial for-proﬁt entity and non-county resident could pay $200/hour ($235/hour with lights). At a Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning-managed ﬁeld, such as Montgomery Blair High School and Fairland Regional Park, the rates per hour are between $100-185. For natural grass locations, the hourly cost is spread between $50-210, provided the
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Keep off the grass
The court at Damascus was installed in 1950 and the one at Wootton was installed in 1970. Most hardwood basketball courts in the United States are made from dense maple with a smaller number made from a maple-oak hybrid. According to athleticbusiness.com, a leading trade publication, to maintain a ﬂoor properly schools should: • Dust mop the ﬂoor daily.
• Clean the ﬂoor regularly with a solution recommended by the ﬁnish manufacturer. • Screen and recoat the ﬂoor at least once a year.
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Continued from Page A-1 biggest reason for this is because Montgomery puts more money into its athletics. Montgomery County Public Schools allocated $7.8 million to its athletics which represented about .35 percent of its $2.23 billion operating budget the last ﬁscal year. Prince George’s County Public Schools allocated nearly $4.4 million to athletics, which is only .26 percent of the county’s $1.687 billion budget from last year. While Prince George’s has struggled to squeeze funds into basic maintenance needs, Montgomery has been able to stay on top of potential issues. Take gym ﬂoors for example. Between Prince George’s and Montgomery County high schools, Damascus High School has the oldest basketball court. It hasn’t been replaced since the school was built in 1950. But Butch Marshall, the boys basketball coach at Damascus, said that the court is ﬁne and doesn’t pose any problems. “They [county maintenance] maintain it really well,” Marshall said. “The ﬂoor itself is old and everything else like that, but like I said they re-do the surface twice a year so that really helps.” He said they put a new sealcoat on the ﬂoor in the summer, then once again in the winter. In addition, the bleachers are electric, and slide in and out without a problem. “It’s pretty nice considering its age,” Marshall said. In contrast, the second oldest gym ﬂoor between the two counties is in Beltsville, at High Point High School. It was laid in 1953, and their boys basketball coach Rodney Lewis said its been a constant problem every year that he has been there. Prince George’s maintenance puts a new coat down once a year during the summer. And the coat is worn off by the time basketball season comes around in the winter, causing his players to slip. They also have heating and lighting issues in the gym. MCPS allocated an average of $65,000 to each high school’s
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The court at Damascus High School’s gymnasium is the oldest in either Montgomery or Prince George’s counties, being installed in 1950.
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The average age for a hardwood basketball court at a Montgomery County public high school is 13 years old. In Prince George’s County, that number is 21. Two schools in Montgomery County have courts that are much older than the average, Damascus and Thomas S. Wootton, according to information provided by athletic directors and the school system.
• Sand down, reseal, paint and reﬁnish the ﬂoor every 10 to 15 years.
individual school grants permission prior CUPF review. Renting a gymnasium ranges from $10/hour to $72/hour depending on the time, day and type of organization. A full list of fees and rental rates can be found on the CUPF website at www. montgomerycountymd.gov/cupf. “If someone like [the Damascus Sports Association] wanted to play games at Damascus High School they would have to ask the [athletic director] if it was OK and then work with ICB,” said MCPS Director of System-Wide Athletics Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, who added that community members are free to walk or run around high school tracks when other events are not scheduled.
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athletics department last year, with the exact amount depending on how big a school is and average gate receipts over a three-year period. School’s that generate more money, receive a smaller allocation. On average, MCPS schools spent about $155,000 on things such as maintenance, equipment, ofﬁcials, uniforms, transportation, security and other miscellaneous items. “The additional income that schools generate to cover the gap between the athletic allocation they receive and actual expenses come from a combination of sources, including gate receipts [which schools retain], fundraisers, booster clubs, playoffs and various supplements,” said Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, the MCPS director of systemwide athletics. While Montgomery gives schools more ﬁnancial freedom to spend, PGCPS maintains the majority of spending power, allocating just $17,000 to each of its high schools’ athletics departments. That money goes toward smaller, indoor maintenance needs and miscellaneous expenses. The central ofﬁce is in charge of paying for major maintenance issues, transportation, uniforms and ofﬁcials.
One of the athletic facility projects each county is currently facing is the installation of artiﬁcial turf ﬁelds at high schools. Once again, money is the difference in why Montgomery’s is moving faster than Prince George’s in installation. Currently, there are six schools with artificial turf in Montgomery, with a seventh planned to be installed by next spring at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. MCPS has used a combination of booster clubs and private-organizations to help pay for the almost $1 million up-front cost of these ﬁelds, in exchange for preferred use. Oxon Hill High School begins play this season on the ﬁrst artiﬁcial turf ﬁeld at a Prince George’s County public high school. The county plans to add turf to two other high schools by next summer: Gwynn Park in Brandywine and Henry A. Wise in Upper Marlboro. Prince George’s needed state money for the projects and is seeking alternative sources of funding for future turf ﬁelds. They also plan on adding stadium lights to each new ﬁeld with turf. Prince George’s currently has just three schools with stadium lights. All 25 schools
in Montgomery have stadium lights. “A backlog of capital improvement projects due to inadequate funding has affected the county’s ability to devote funds to stadium lights,” said Max Pugh, the PGCPS acting communications ofﬁcer. But every athletic facility discrepancy doesn’t come down to money, at least not directly. The average year of when the combined 47 schools between the two counties were built or re-built is 1981. Seventeen Prince George’s schools were built before that year. Only four Montgomery high school’s fall into that category: Damascus, Poolesville, Seneca Valley, and Thomas S. Wootton. The relative modernness of Montgomery’s high schools could play a factor in why 21 of 25 have a dedicated wrestling and trainer’s room, while 21 of 22 Prince George’s schools go without at least one, and in some cases both. And every Montgomery high school has a second gym while 12 Prince George’s schools do not. Marshall, said the second gym makes things easier when trying to accommodate a junior varsity and varsity team for both the girls and boys basketball programs. Two of the three schools that don’t have training and wrestling rooms in Montgomery happen to be the third and fourth oldest schools in the county: Poolesville High School, which was renovated in 1976, and Seneca Valley High School, which was built in 1974 in Germantown. Seneca Valley joins 16 Prince George’s schools as the only Montgomery school that doesn’t have restrooms at its football stadium. According to David Lever, executive director of the Maryland State Board of Public Works Interagency Committee on School Construction, the age of the school could play a factor in why some facilities don’t have certain athletic amenities. “[To have some athletic facilities] certainly isn’t a requirement. It’s just one of those things most schools have.” firstname.lastname@example.org
One reason space is so limited is the need to stay off grass stadium fields on non-game days to keep them playable. B-CC Athletic Director Jim Tapley said between games and practices a grass stadium ﬁeld would be completely torn up within a few short weeks. Athletic directors agreed the easiest solution would be the installation of turf ﬁelds, which could endure the wear and tear of practices and games without damage to the playing surface. There are currently six schools with turf stadium fields. The synthetic grass surface would also help alleviate some of the scheduling conﬂicts that occur when inclement weather hits as the turf surface is much less affected.
Football in the outﬁeld At many schools, football is the only team to practice on campus during the fall season because transporting the equipment sleds and everything required to run football practice — pads and helmets, among other things — would be difﬁcult, Rockville athletic director Mike Hayes said. However, most football teams’ “practice ﬁelds” are actually just the outﬁeld of the softball or baseball diamonds. “It certainly impacts the play of our outﬁeld, balls take the Damascus bounce, it’s a very tough field to field on,” said Steve Kachadorian, who stepped down following the spring season as Damascus’ softball coach. “There are a ton of divots. They’re essentially working on a 50-yard ﬁeld so we’re not talking about a lot of room to spread the damage out, it’s going to be concentrated.” In the fall many ﬁeld hockey teams play and practice on the outﬁelds of baseball ﬁelds.
On the road again In addition to costing programs money that could be used elsewhere — athletic di-
“Coaches and athletes have to bring water with them, and ice, and the ﬁrst aid supplies.” Joe Doody, Damascus High School athletic director rectors must acquire permits for satellite locations — offsite practices present a myriad of other challenges, including transportation, accessibility to restroom facilities and safety protocol. Getting to and from practice comes down to studentathletes with driver’s licenses and parents’ daily commitment to transporting athletes. Even if funds were available, school buses are unavailable while making their afterschool rounds and that’s when most practices take place, Tapley said. While some satellite practice locations are within walking distance, athletic directors said they still worry about athletes crossing major thoroughfares. And athletic directors agreed they would like to limit the time spent in cars with student drivers, anyway. B-CC girls soccer seniors Denali Minnick and Rachel Cady agreed practicing on campus would be much more convenient and would provide a better playing surface but said the team has turned carpooling into a prosperous team bonding experience. The county requires every team to have an automated external defibrillator onsite, Damascus High School Athletic Director Joe Doody said, which means coaches must make sure to bring portable AEDs everywhere they go. “We use a ﬁeld at the elementary school but that doesn’t mean kids will be able to get into the building to use the restroom or get water at a vending machine,” Doody said. “Coaches and athletes have to bring water with them, and ice, and the ﬁrst aid supplies. We have portable AEDs so those teams offsite have to remember to take those with them to every practice.” email@example.com
Springbrook High School practices on one of the smallest campuses in the county. Some teams have to practice at different sites.
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Winning attitude starts with winning look, some say n
Booster clubs help some schools upgrade their equipment faster BY
ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER
Look good. Feel good. Play good. It’s an adage that has Montgomery County high schools dipping into their athletic budgets so their football players can shine under the Friday night lights. County schools averaged about $8,725 in football equipment expenditures last year, according to Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, the school system’s director of systemwide athletics. Football uniforms, renewed at most county teams on three- to four-year cycles, can account for a signiﬁcant portion of that. At Kensington’s Albert Einstein High School, the school paid $6,000 for 100 new home and road uniforms, said ﬁrstyear coach Neal Owens. “To me it represents a lot. A new look, a new attitude, hopefully a turnaround season,” said senior Damien Monroe, who wore used uniforms the past three seasons. “We kind of like the brand-new type of look and it deﬁnitely makes you feel bet-
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Albert Einstein High School football players Leeland Rowe (right) and Spencer Fye try on new uniforms July 28 at the Kensington school. ter.” Einstein’s sizable purchase isn’t just the cost of looking good. It’s the cost of playing well, too. According to Stephany Coakley, director at Maximum Mental Training Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based psy-
chology consulting ﬁrm, there is research suggesting that new attire can have a positive impact on performance. “In order to perform at a high level, you have to be conﬁdent and have self-esteem. And the way you look will facilitate
or debilitate your level of conﬁdence,” Coakley said. Coaches and players echoed Coakley’s sentiments. “When they feel that they look good and they got the new uniforms and everything’s all bright and shiny, they’re go-
ing to come out with a swagger,” said Greg Kellner, coach of Bethesda’s Walter Johnson High School. “… That is something that the kids, they all talk about it.” County high schools averaged about $155,000 in total athletic expenditures during the 2013-14 academic year and all of them were provided sufﬁcient, certiﬁed football safety equipment, according to Beattie. But there were discrepancies between the teams: average football expenditures ranged from $13,000 to $31,000 (average $21,000 for all county high schools), and booster club income ranged from $0 to $61,500 ($22,300 average), he said. “Some may be at a position where they can update things more frequently than others, but competitive disadvantages? I say absolutely not,” Beattie said. The Albert Einstein High School Sports Booster Club’s annual expenditures are about $25,000 — most going to uniforms, according to club president Mike Etherton. He said that if a team has a certain need, regardless of the sport, the booster club works with the school to purchase the equipment.
At John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, where the booster club is inactive, football coach Carlos Smith said the team has difficulty meeting some equipment demands. “We can get A, B, C and D but you might not get E, F,” Smith said. Springbrook High School faces similar challenges, said football coach Adam Bahr. The Springbrook Athletic Booster Club, which in past years has paid for new lights and video equipment, has a goal of raising about $10,000 for the upcoming year, said club co-president Rachel Spangenberg. “Fundraising in our community is extremely difficult, and the budget, to my understanding, doesn’t even come close to covering all the costs to all the teams,” said Bahr, a third-year coach at the Silver Spring school. Springbrook received 150 new football uniforms after winning a contest run by professional football player Pierre Garçon, but if not for the free uniforms, Bahr said, “We would be in tough shape.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Private funding helps build better facilities Several state grants also available to help fund projects
BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER
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Montgomery County Park and Planning maintains the baseball and softball ﬁelds at James H. Blake High School in Silver Spring, site of this American Legion game between Cissel Saxon Post 41 (Lawrence Johnson) and Wheaton Post 76 (Zeke Green) on July 1. Most public high schools, however, must maintain their athletic ﬁelds themselves.
County maintains some schools’ facilities n Park and Planning shares some of the ﬁelds at Blake High School BY
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At most Montgomery County public high schools, coaches and athletic directors put in a lot of individual time and effort to keep athletic ﬁelds not only playable, but in excellent condition. Take for instance Germantown’s Seneca Valley High School, an athletics program that has enjoyed a lot of success, winning more state football championships than any other school in Maryland. According to Athletic Director Jesse Irvin, he and the coaches mow the grass and line the ﬁelds themselves. The football ﬁeld at Seneca Valley consists of Bermuda grass, which is supplied by a private outside landscaping company, the Brickman Group. But once the sod is put down, it is up to Irvin and his coaches to maintain the ﬁeld. “We’re not a school with a contract,” Irvin said. “The county doesn’t maintain our ﬁelds.” Despite the hard work and time commitment, Irvin believes having control over his own ﬁelds helps the school in the long run. “It gives us an advantage,” he said. “I believe we have one of the nicest grass ﬁelds in the county, and our kids love playing on it.” Although the county does not help maintain Seneca Valley’s ﬁelds, the Montgomery County Public School system does
“The ﬁelds are maintained throughout our offseason so that when we return to use on March 1, they are theoretically in playing condition already.” Jared Fribush, Blake athletic director provide some ﬁnancial aid. “High schools, for the most part, provide for the maintenance for their athletic ﬁelds,” Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, Montgomery County’s director of systemwide athletics, said in an email to The Gazette. “...The school system periodically foots the bill for resurfacing a high school stadium ﬁeld, doing about one school per year. The school system also takes care of resurfacing tracks and tennis courts.” So, while ﬁeld maintenance is usually one of the top priorities for an athletics program, the schools must come up with their own ways to fund it completely. Some schools, most notably Silver Spring’s James H. Blake High School, have a unique relationship with Montgomery County Parks and Planning. Blake allows for Parks and Planning to permit the baseball and softball ﬁelds to be used for non-school athletic events in return for the maintenance of the baseball and softball ﬁelds, the practice softball ﬁeld and lower practice ﬁeld, used by the soccer and lacrosse teams. The lights at both the softball and baseball ﬁeld are also maintained by Parks and Planning. “I do not have to budget for the main-
tenance of our game ﬁelds for baseball and softball,” Blake Athletic Director Jared Fribush said in an email to The Gazette. “...The ﬁelds are also maintained throughout our offseason, so that when we return to use on March 1, they are theoretically in playing condition already.” Fribush does believe the school loses some control over its ﬁelds. There are a number of permitted users, especially on the weekends, and the coaching staff must repair the ﬁeld from that use. The biggest advantage that comes with the partnership is the lights on ﬁelds that usually don’t have them at public high schools, Fribush said. It allows the school to schedule a number of night games, allowing parents better opportunities to watch their children play. It also gives coaches the ability to hold practices later in the afternoon. Blake still must budget between $30,000 and $45,000 per year to pay for ﬁeld maintenance, as the county does not maintain the Bermuda grass stadium or ﬁeld hockey ﬁelds. All in all, Fribush acknowledged that it is a positive relationship for both the school and Parks and Planning and that Blake’s ﬁelds are in excellent condition.
With the school year set to begin this month and many of the fall sports being contested outdoors, high school athletes at Montgomery County Public Schools will, perhaps, be able to participate at facilities superior to those in neighboring Prince George’s County. In some instances, private funding paved the way for those differences. While a handful of MCPS high schools have transitioned from natural grass fields to artificial turf courtesy of the taxpayers, several schools have received upgrades that were largely privately-funded. Thomas S. Wootton High School has a turf ﬁeld that cost $1.3 million, of which $900,000 was paid for by the Bethesda Soccer Club. Wootton parents raised another $200,000 and the taxpayers paid the remaining $200,000, according to Bethesda Soccer Club president Greg Dillon. “It was amazing what the parent booster club could do,” Wootton soccer coach Keith Yanity said. “They probably campaigned for a year to raise the money. They did everything from holding fundraisers to literally going door-to-door. It’s certainly not something that every school or community can do.” During the past three years, the Montgomery County Board of Education oversaw more than 100 projects that were privately funded, nearly 20 percent of which cost $10,000 or more. Damascus High School replaced its scoreboard at a cost of $110,000 and Winston Churchill got a new one for $80,000, with both schools generating the revenue through private donations and parent-teacher association fun-
draising efforts, according to the Montgomery County Board of Education President Phil Kauffman. “Damascus parents and alumni have always been very passionate about their athletic programs, especially football,” Damascus High School Athletic Director Joe Doody said. “It probably wasn’t easy for them to raise the money, but they all had a goal in mind. You probably see that a lot more often at private schools where an alum just shows up one day and writes the school a check for a new ﬁeld or new gym.” Several other of the county’s public high schools also received private funds for athletic venue improvements over the last four years. While none of them compare to the $1.3 million turf ﬁeld at Wootton, a handful of schools received roughly $200,000 in private funds to install or replace equipment for athletic events, according to Kauffman, after the board approved a total budget of $2.28 million for the upcoming ﬁscal year. The Northwest High School PTA paid $40,000 for the school’s electronic scoreboard upgrade. Clarksburg’s booster club raised $30,000 to build new dugouts for the baseball and softball teams. Poolesville’s booster club ponied up $25,000 for a press box and storage shed. Seneca Valley purchased a new scoreboard for $22,000 thanks to its independent activity fund. Montgomery Blair’s booster club raised $17,500 to replace its stadium scoreboard. All Maryland public schools can apply for grants through the Maryland State Department of Education. Each year over 50 companies and an equal number of family foundations/ memorial funds provide grants and other sources of funding, according to the department’s website. email@example.com
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Rob Osborne of Germantown (right), who played high school football at Damascus and Clarksburg, works out with former Washington Redskins player Jonathan Combs on July 29 at Thomas S. Wootton High School.
Here’s a partial schedule of events for the remainder of this year’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Many events are recurring throughout the fair but aren’t listed daily here. A complete schedule is at mcagfair.com. Fair gates are open 10 a.m. to midnight, with the carnival open noon to midnight.
8 p.m.: Dairy Supreme Champion Show, Cattle Show Pavilion (Bldg. #16)
ence, upper grounds noon-5 p.m.: Monster Truck rides, Grandstand 3, 6:30 p.m.: Agricadabra, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 3, 6 p.m.: Puppetone Rockers, KidZone 3:30 p.m.: Hermit crab races, sponsored Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 7:30 p.m.: Monster Truck Madness, Grandstand
THURSDAY, AUG. 14
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13 Free admission for children 11 and younger. Carnival Megapass one-day ride wristbands are $15 for all ages. Wristbands must be purchased from noon to 5 p.m. on-site to ride until midnight. All day, every day: Old MacDonald’s Barn & Mooo-ternity Ward (Barn #10) 10:15 a.m.-1 p.m.: 4-H Junior Promotion and Gymkhana Show (games on horseback), Horse Arena 11 a.m.: Raptors Birds of Prey Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 1, 4, 8 p.m.: A Grizzly Experi-
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Military Day: Free admission for active military in uniform or with a valid military ID. 11 a.m.: Raptors Birds of Prey Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park noon-5 p.m.: Monster Truck rides, Grandstand 1, 4, 8 p.m.: A Grizzly Experience, upper grounds 2:30, 4:30, 8 p.m.: Extreme Illusions Magic Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 7 p.m.: Special contest — refrigerator pickles, Home Arts (Bldg. #6) 7:30 p.m.: Monster Truck Madness, Grandstand
FRIDAY, AUG. 15 11 a.m.: Raptors Birds of Prey Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Celtic Cross, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 1, 4, 8 p.m.: A Grizzly Experience, upper grounds 5, 6:30, 8 p.m.: Fame NASCAR Racing, near Cheese Booth (Building #7) 7:30 p.m.: Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union Demolition Derby Night of Destruction, Grandstand
SATURDAY, AUG. 16 10 a.m.: Lawn and garden tractor pull, Grandstand 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m.: Agricadabra, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park noon: Texas Longhorn Show, Cattle Show Pavilion (Bldg. #16) 12:30, 2, 5:30, 7:30 p.m.: Pig Races, Racing Park 2 p.m.: Special Contest — homemade cheese, Home Arts (Bldg. #6) 5 p.m.: 4-H Fashion Show and awards, Heritage (Garden Room)
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Ed Edmundson (in sunglasses) and Robin Ficker (right), both Republican legislative candidates in District 15, chat with the Pulkstenis family Saturday at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg.
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A meeting place for candidates, voters
BY LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Alongside the cows, llamas and grizzly bears, this year’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair is also hosting donkeys and elephants — or Democrats and Republicans, that is. Continuing a long-standing practice, some candidates with an eye on the November election are heading to the county fair this week to meet voters face-to-face forsomeold-fashionedpolitickin’. Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan was among those who mingled with fairgoers Saturday — his latest stop in a statewide tour of fairs. Hogan, who also took time with his family to enjoy the attractions, said the fair offered an opportunity to meet with “all kinds of folks” in person and in a setting different from a political event. “It’s really a nice place to meet folks,” he said. Politicians and candidates at the fair aren’t allowed to wander the grounds if they’re promoting their campaigns. Rather, they stick to the area around a tent staffed by their party. Martin Svrcek, the fair’s executive director, said the county’s
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Democratic and GOP parties are the only ones that requested permission to have a tent this year. “I think it’s a great opportunity for folks to go face to face with one of their elected representatives, because it’s not always easy to do that,” Svrcek said. Both parties planned to have a presence at each day of the fair, which runs through Saturday, with a variety of politicians and candidates from the state, county and local levels. Saturday afternoon, the Democratic and Republican tents had different atmospheres. The Montgomery County Republican Central Committee’s tent was more abuzz with candidates and volunteers. Nearby, the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee’s tent was moving more slowly with a few volunteers. Both tents were well stocked with campaign materials, signs and other handouts. Martha Schaerr, the Republican tent’s organizer, said she has heard in the past that some fair attendees were glad to get the chance to talk to fellow Republicans. “Many people feel like they’re the only Republican in the county and that’s not true,” said Schaerr, who also is running for delegate in District 19. The Democratic committee expects “every statewide ofﬁcial to come through,” said Kevin Walling, the committee’s chairman, including Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who is running for governor, and state Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Dist. 16), a candidate in the attorney general race. “It’s a real opportunity to meet with real Marylanders in an event that’s both fun and engaging and bringing together a lot of people from around the county and around the state and region,” Walling said. Democrat David Moon, running for delegate in District 20, said he came to the fair to meet voters, as well as enjoy the rides and other activities.
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The Gaithersburg fair is far from the district he is running to represent, which covers Silver Spring and Takoma Park, he said. “I actually just like to hear what people are thinking about,” he said. Moon said the fair is also a good time to talk to people about registering to vote and whether they are paying attention to other upcoming races. Sheila E. Hixson, an incumbent in the same District 20 delegate race, said Saturday afternoon that she had talked “a little bit” with fairgoers so far and planned to stay longer. Hixson, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, said some people brought up education issues. The Democratic candidates at the fair are probably promoting the party “more than ourselves,” she said. Robin Ficker, who is running for state senator in District 15, could be found Saturday at the Republican committee’s tent with his son Flynn Ficker, a delegate candidate in the same district. The elder Ficker said the fair allows him to meet upcounty residents from his district and younger families. “This is a pleasant interlude, meeting a lot of folks that are interested in the farm life,” said Ficker, who said the fair marked one campaigning stop for him Saturday. Michael Benedict of Brookeville left the Republican committee’s tent with a bumper sticker and another handout after a conversation with a candidate. Talking to candidates is a good way to assess them, he said. “It’s a great opportunity,” he said. Knowing the Republican tent will be at the fair each year, “I always stop to say hello” and meet the current or potential politicians in person, he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meritorious Service Citation. More than 200 people attended the event, which was
held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. “We are honored to have
these heroes in our community. The very least we can do is to thank them for their ser-
vice,” said Marilyn Balcombe, president of the GaithersburgGermantown Chamber of
also be served “balls out” with homemade chicken meatballs or “sloppy” by incorporating the brisket sauce. Seasonal pasta dishes and salads round out the list of options. The dishes, which are entree portions, range in price from $8$12, Warner said. For the fair, Warner is preparing to sell a pepperoni pizza macaroni and cheese meal. “It’s more of a ‘when in Rome’ kind of thing,” he said. “I can’t really do a funnel cake mac
and cheese.” All of the truck’s eats are made fresh each day and from scratch, Warner said. He also tries to buy local foods when possible. The truck is also one of the few, according to Warner, that cooks to order, taking into account customers’ preferences. Although the business is headquartered in the county, the truck primarily serves customers in Washington, D.C., earning its name as CapMac, the Capital of Macaroni. It participates in the
district’s food truck lottery system for rotating parking spots, Warner said. The truck regularly makes stops at areas like Farragut Square, Franklin Square and George Washington University. “We really bounce around,” Warner said. Warner said he often uses Twitter and Facebook to keep his guests informed on the truck’s location, menu and opening times. He also uses Instagram to post pictures of new dishes. Montgomery County might
soon have the opportunity to order tasty creations from the truck more regularly, as Warner said he is considering expanding into the area. “I’d say there’s a strong possibility that Montgomery County might be seeing us occasionally in the future,” he said. One of the aspects Warner enjoys most about his job is having the opportunity to converse with the customers and be apart of their dining experience. Working in restaurant kitchens often
hinders chefs abilities to interact with their diners, he said. “Being able to cook for the guests and hear them place their order, have eye contact with them, make conversation while I’m cooking for them and actually hand them their meal... it’s unbelievable,” he said. For more information about CapMac, including their catering services, visit capmacdc.com.
according to Mark Scaﬁde, the public works operations division chief. Equipment needs include one additional salt brine storage tank to pretreat more roadways before a storm, as well an automated salt brine processing machine to replace the existing manual one, Johnson said. Another trackless unit — a chute attachment that hinges on the center of the plow to direct snow to the backside of the curb — has also been requested. The city currently has two, Scaﬁde said. Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka talked about designating enforcement areas and times on the city’s snow emergency routes during an emergency instead of relying on the current complaint-driven process. This would allow the city to be more proactive in making sure that all cars parked along those routes are quickly moved to assist in the snow removal operation, he said. There are 27 snow emergency routes in the city presently, however city staff have reviewed them and decided that seven can be eliminated as they
do not pose a signiﬁcant issue for plows, Johnson said. The presentation was well received by the City Council and Mayor Sidney Katz commended the past efforts of the snow removal crews. “I always tell people that there’s one of the ways you can tell you’re in the city of Gaithersburg and that’s if your streets are clear when it snows,” Katz said. “It’s the truth. Our city employees do a fabulous job.” Councilwoman Cathy Drzyzgula said she was concerned that some residents might have a difficult time shoveling their sidewalks in the required time following a snow event. Residents and business owners in the city are required to remove snow and ice from the public sidewalks abutting their property within 12 hours of the
snowfall’s end. With plows operating for eight of those 12 hours and potentially pushing snow onto sidewalks, Drzyzgula wondered if the time requirement would be sufﬁcient for people to clear those areas. “That only leaves four hours,” she said. “I certainly want to encourage people to keep their walks as clear as possible but it does seem that one window is a little close to the other.” Councilman Mike Sesma added that a snowfall could end late at night, meaning that much of that 12-hour time period would occur overnight. “I think we have to take that into consideration that we don’t expect people to be out late at night shoveling the snow to comply with the 12-hour rule,” he said. To solve the problem, Sesma
suggested that it be outlined in the snow removal policy that if the snow stops after dark, that the 12-hour clock to clear
the sidewalk begins at dawn or some other morning hour.
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Continued from Page A-1 efforts. Among several policy changes, better educating the public on the city’s snow-clearing efforts would allow for a more effective removal operation, Johnson said. “We want to stress the fact that we push snow, and that we don’t remove it,” Johnson said. Communicating with the public, such as directing them to the city’s web page for snow plowing information and notifying them of designated snow emergency routes, is key to successfully managing all city streets, Johnson said. He added that strengthening the partnership with homeowners associations to communicate the city’s efforts would also be beneﬁcial. To keep up with the development spike, city staff is anticipating the creation of a new plowing area in the city. There are currently seven plowing areas, and this eighth district would likely include communities such as The Parklands at Watkins Mill Town Center,
Obituary William Howell Graf, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Bill, as he was known to friends and family, was born in Elmsford, New York November 2, 1928 to Maximillian Joseph and Eva Viola Graf. He is survived by his sister Babara Pratt, his brother Max J. Graf, III, his brother and sisterin-law Charles and Audrey Graf, his four children, Jennie Broadwell, Bill Graf, Jr., Kim DiBiasio and Mary Logan, their respective spouses Ed Broadwell, Kate Graf, Mark DiBiasio, and Tom Logan, as well as his 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He spent his life building and improving homes in the area where he lived, and devoted years of his time in support of the Boyds Presbyterian Church as a member and trustee and in this way touched many, many people of the community. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at Boyds Presbyterian Church, Saturday, August 23, 2014, 19901 White Ground Road, Boyds, Maryland, with a graveside service to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in his name to the Boyds Presbyterian Church. 1933482
In addition to being a devoted wife/pastor’s wife (she and Wilmer were married for 71 years), mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Dorothy was a gracious hostess to many guests and enjoyed cooking and baking. She was always thinking about what food to prepare for the next meal. She taught Sunday School and Bible School for many years. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, collecting lady bugs, Depression glass and recipes/cookbooks. She enjoyed eating out, especially for breakfast. Knotting comforters for a relief organization, Mennonite Central Committee, was another pastime. Since knotting 548 with Wilmer, she, Linda and her daytime caregiver completed 159 ½ additional comforters. She enjoyed traveling/camping especially in their motor home. She loved to sing and knew an incredible number of hymns by memory as well as Bible verses and poems. After working 18+ years for Montgomery County Board of Education in several school cafeterias, she retired in 1981. The memories of her quick sense of humor and the beautiful way she prayed will always be with us. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 13 from 1 to 3 pm at Chambersburg Mennonite Church, 1800 Philadelphia Ave, Chambersburg, PA 17201. A Memorial Service will follow at 3:30 pm, also at Chambersburg Mennonite Church. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be sent to a charity of your choice. Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com
After Harriette graduated in 1955, she moved up to northern Virginia to teach at Hollin Hills School in Fairfax County. In the summer of 1957, a friend arranged a blind date for her with a young lawyer named Charlie Hobbs. It went well; 3 weeks later they were engaged, and six months later married. They moved to Chevy Chase, Maryland, in 1965 and have lived a happily married life there ever since. Harriette was more than a “home maker”. She was a “family maker.” Almost every night she prepared a gourmet, home-cooked meal as a family event. Besides gourmet cooking and her children, her passions were the Chevy Chase Garden Club, the Chevy Chase Historical Society, and planning family trips. She also sang in church choirs, first at Chevy Chase Baptist and later Fourth Presbyterian. 57 years after that blind date, Harriette could boast of four successful daughters and their husbands, and 12 grandchildren, ranging from 6 months to 17 years old. The funeral took place at the Fourth Presbyterian Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Lisner Home, 5425 Western Ave., Washington D.C. 20015. 1933480
Harriette H. Hobbs was born on January 3, 1934 in Franklin, Virginia. She graduated Salutatorian of her class at Franklin High School, and then attended William & Mary College, where she earned a BA in Psychology. During her time there, she was elected President of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and appeared as a model in Mademoiselle Magazine.
Obituary Dorothy Elizabeth Lehman Hunsecker, 93, of Walkersville, MD, was born January 11, 1921 in Chambersburg, PA and died Friday, August 8, 2014 at her home. She is survived by her daughters: Phyllis, wife of Kenneth Strite, North Lima, OH; Linda, with whom she resided; Carol Ann, wife of James Herr, Lancaster, PA; by 5 grandchildren: Karla (Strite), wife of Gareth Baer, North Lima, Ohio; Kevin Strite, husband of Michelle, Goshen, IN; Jonathan Herr, husband of Jackelyn, Lancaster, PA; Benjamin Herr, Lancaster, PA, and Christyn Herr, Lancaster, PA; 7 greatgrandchildren: Lauren, Landon, and Logan Baer; Aidan and Ethan Strite; Louisa and Idelette Herr; her brother, Harold Lehman, husband of Janet, Chambersburg, PA, and her sister, Jean Lehman, Chambersburg, PA and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer A. Hunsecker, on March 30, 2013 and her parents, Samuel and Rhoda Lehman and her sister, Erma Burkholder.
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RELIGION CALENDAR 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; agapeamec.org.
Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,
Betts, Williams Christine Sheridan Betts of Silver Spring and Ocean City and Kirk Howard Betts of Bethesda announce the engagement of their daughter, Abigail Sheridan Betts, to Jeffrey David Williams. Abigail is the Director of Development at the HoltonArms School in Bethesda. She is a 1998 alumna of the HoltonArms School and received her BA in Norwegian Language and Nordic Studies from St. Olaf College in Northﬁeld, Minn., in
2002. Jeffrey Williams hails from Texas, where he graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 1994. He received his BA and MA in Political Science from the University of North Texas and his PhD from the University of Arizona. He is an International Trade Specialist with the Department of Commerce. They will be married in Ocean City surrounded by their closest family and friends. The couple will reside in Rockville.
Liverman, Gillette Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Liverman Jr. of Gaithersburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Samantha Liverman, to John Matthew Gillette, son of John and Dorothy Gillette of Jacksonville, Fla. The bride-to-be earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University and her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She most recently
was employed by Fairfax County Public Schools as a third grade teacher. The prospective groom graduated from the University of Florida and is currently a captain in the United States Army. The wedding will be held at the The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Sept. 13, 2014. The couple will reside in Germany.
HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13 Zumba Gold, 1 p.m. to 1:45
p.m., Aug. 13 through Sept. 17, Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Intended for the active senior, Zumba Gold is a fun, safe, and effective Latin and international inspired ﬁtness program that is easy to follow and can be done seated or standing. Dress comfortably. $60. For more information, visit suburbanhospital.org.
Helping Yourself and Others Survive after the Loss of a Loved One, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Friendship
Heights Community Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Learning about the process of grief can help us understand our thoughts, emotions and experiences during this difﬁcult time. Brought to you by Montgomery Hospice, this workshop provides an opportunity to discuss ways of coping for ourselves and strategies to help a grieving friend. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and to learn from each
other. Free. For more information, visit suburbanhospital.org.
THURSDAY, AUG. 14 Girls on the Run: Heartsaver CPR Refresher Class, 4 p.m. to 6
p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Suburban Hospital Lambert Bldg (Second Floor), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. This class is designed for Girls on the Run coaches whose CPR credentials have recently expired. The class will not include AED training. For GOTR coaches only. Participants must contact Suburban-On-Call at 301-896-3939 to register for the class. Latest CPR expiration date required. $20. For more information, visit suburbanhospital.org.
SATURDAY, AUG. 16 Girls on the Run: First Aid, 8 a.m. to noon, Suburban Hospital Lambert Bldg (Second Floor), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Receive instruction on ﬁrst aid and learn the treatment of bleeding, burns, broken bones and more.
This course is for GOTR coaches only. PLEASE NOTE: If you require the class workbook, it can be purchased the day of the class for $14. Checks and cash accepted. $20. For more information, visit suburbanhospital.org. AARP Smart Driver Course, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Suburban Hospital CR4 (Second Floor), 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Learn defensive driving techniques, new trafﬁc laws and the rules of the road. Appropriate for drivers age 50 and older. The fee, due at the class, is $15 for members, $20 for non-members; checks are to be made out to AARP. Bring driver’s license and a ballpoint pen. To register for this event, call 301-896-3939. DO NOT PAY FOR THIS CLASS WITH A CREDIT CARD. YOU MUST BRING A CHECK MADE PAYABLE TO AARP TO THE CLASS.
SUNDAY, AUG. 17 Childbirth Express at Medstar Montgomery, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
MedStar Montgomery Medical
Center, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. This condensed version will prepare couples for their labor and birth experience. Class is presented in lecture/video format. To enhance what you learn, hands-on instruction available by taking the Lamaze Techniques class. Hospital tour included. $75. For more information, visit medstarhealth. org or call 301-774-8881.
MONDAY, AUG. 18 Prostate Cancer Support Group, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,
Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. This ongoing, monthly support group is open to all prostate cancer patients, their families and friends and provides an opportunity to gain new knowledge and share common concerns. Guest speakers alternate with informal discussions among participants. Drop-ins welcome; for information call Susan Jacobstein at 301896-6837.
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. damascusumc.org. 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. 301-365-5733, elcbethesda.org. 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 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 301253-1768. Visitkemptownumc. org.
Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Colum-
bia 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 libertygrovechurch.org. “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 in-
formation call 301-662-1819. Email email@example.com.
Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,
Germantown, offers summer service at 10 a.m. on Sundays throughout the summer. “Parenting from the Proverbs: A Summer Discussion Group for Parents,” will run all summer Sundays at 9 a.m. with classes available for children as well. Babysitting provided. Enroll your child in our Vacation Bible School program Aug. 4-9. The theme is Weird Animals. For sign-up and other information, neelsville.org or call 301-9723916. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. Call 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit TrinityELCA.org.
Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays
at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301421-9166 or visit libertygrovechurch.org. “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every ﬁrst and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit kncf. org. Geneva Presbyterian Church, potluck lunches at
11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. There is no fee to attend. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. Call 301-4244346.
The Rev. Kenneth S. Jones, who served as pastor of Faith Church from 1967 to 1977 will celebrate his 95th birthday as the pulpit guest, preaching at 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship services on Sunday, Aug. 17. His sermon topic will be “Where Have All The Ministers Gone?” There will be a birthday reception following the 10 a.m. service. Faith United Methodist Church is located at 6810 Montrose Road, Rockville. 301881-1881.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Survey gives us serious information to think about As parents prepare to send children off to school this month, they can’t help but worry. Will they study hard and learn? Will they ﬁt in socially? And, the increasingly unsettling anxiety, will they be safe at school? Now, Montgomery County parents can glean greater insight into what happens when students leave their homes for the day. This year, for the ﬁrst time, a Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey has statistics speciﬁc to Montgomery. The survey, which Maryland does every two years as part of a federal initiative, covers a universe of risks, dangers and emotions — what youths do and how they feel about these actions and their learning environment. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland’s secretary of health and mental hygiene, wrote that the ﬁndings “will help state and local agencies, educators, businesses, students, parents and other key stakeholders develop and reﬁne initiatives targeted at improving the health and well-being of Maryland youth.” If you’re unprepared, the Montgomery results read like a heavy storm that won’t relent. Among high school students: • 8.3 percent said they never or rarely wear a seat belt while a passenger in a motor vehicle. • 19.2 percent rode one or more times in the past 30 days with someone who drank alcohol • 7.1 percent of students who drove in the last 30 days did so after drinking alcohol • 31.3 percent of students who drove in the last 30 days sent a text or email while doing so (that increases to 55.7 percent for those who were 18 or older) • 10.9 percent carried a weapon in the last 30 days and 3.9 percent did so on school property • 5.8 percent didn’t go to school in the last 30 days because they felt unsafe at school or on the way to or from school • 8.1 percent were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the last 12 months • 9.3 percent were physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to (that increases to 14.5 percent for females who were 18 or older). These are stark, sobering ﬁgures — especially the last category, which appears to describe rape. There has been widespread attention lately on the prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses. This report reminds us that it’s a serious problem even before children go off to live on their own. The report on statewide high school results said there are good and bad trends. The good includes more time on healthy physical activity and fewer students who have ever drank alcohol. The bad includes more use of smokeless tobacco and more use of needles to inject illegal drugs. These surveys are voluntary and anonymous to elicit more candid replies — although there’s no guarantee that all of the answers were truthful. Still, they give us a strong foundation for insight into what happens in young people’s lives. Montgomery’s middle-school data was equally revealing: • 51.1 percent of students who rode a bike never or rarely wear a helmet (including 73 percent for boys at least 14 years old) • 24.5 percent have carried a weapon • 44.4 percent have been bullied on school property and 18.2 percent have been electronically bullied • 17 percent have thought seriously about killing themselves • 9.3 percent had not had breakfast in the past seven days • 23.8 percent felt sad and hopeless for at least two weeks in a row and stopped participating in their usual activities. We also saw some encouraging results. Only 5.9 percent of middle-schoolers did not wear a seat belt in a motor vehicle and just 3.4 percent reported smoking a whole cigarette before age 11. Both of these ﬁgures might have been higher in earlier eras, before society got wiser and more aggressive about personal health and safety. County ofﬁcials plan to dig into the results this fall to see what they can improve. We encourage everyone to read through these surveys. The state and local results can be found at http://tinyurl.com/obj98gj. For parents, information like this is further proof that it can be a confusing, challenging world out there, often out of our control. We do our best at home and hope our children are smart enough when they leave us to make the best decisions for themselves.
LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Story misrepresented Twinbrook projects In response to The Gazette’s Aug. 6 article “Twinbrook projects rile some neighbors,” The JBG Companies ﬁrst would like to emphasize that we are proud of the work we have done in Twinbrook, not only in our developments, but in our work to bring a renewed spirit to the community. Our latest mixed-use projects — The Alaire, The Terano and Galvan at Twinbrook — bring new restaurants and retail, along with transit-oriented residences that are transforming the area. That said, I would like to correct a number of inaccuracies in the story. JBG was not asked to respond to the allegation that we “reneged” on a deal to build condos. We have not. The land occupied by The Alaire and The Terano is owned by WMATA and is under lease to JBG. Such a ground lease
precludes owner-occupied condominiums and JBG never represented otherwise. Both communities are part of Twinbrook Station, our 2.2 million-square-foot development around the Twinbrook Metro. Plans call for signiﬁcantly more residential units and a condo component is expected in the future. Galvan was long-planned as a rental community. There was also reference to an absence of park space. In fact, JBG has built a oneacre public park at 5601 Fishers Lane. A second park, a village green space nearer the Metro station, is in the works and will be used to host community events. It should be noted that all JBG’s development in Twinbrook was approved through a lengthy process by the city of Rockville years ago. JBG initiated a community dialogue in 2000 and community
input was incorporated. Plans for The Terano were approved in April 2005 and have since undergone at least four amendments by city planning staff. Galvan was similarly approved via public process in 2012. As a founding member of the Twinbrook Partnership, a private neighborhood and business alliance that promotes Twinbrook, JBG is an involved member of the community. We are honored to provide support for environmental programs, biking initiatives and charitable efforts, as well as the Twinbrook Community Center, Twinbrook Elementary School and the Twinbrook Farmers Market. It’s a shame that The Gazette story included more sensationalism than fact.
Rod Lawrence The writer is a partner for The JBG Companies
Without regulation, fair competition is impossible Much has been said about how companies like Uber and Lyft are giving the taxi industry a jolt of innovation and competition. However, their blatant disregard for the laws and regulations governing their service is not true competition — it’s anticompetitive and creates an unlevel playing ﬁeld that hurts consumers and licensed taxi drivers. Barwood is well-known for its cutting edge technology innovations, which provide our customers greater access to safe and affordable transportation service. Customers can order a cab with a phone call, text message, email, through our website and even from our mobile app. Yes, that’s right — we have a mobile app, too, but we’re still regulated as a taxi company. Uber falsely claims that regulation stiﬂes innovation. But Barwood���s technology innovations have taken place under stringent state and local regulations governing the for-hire transportation industry. Our vehicles must be inspected multiple times
each year. The government decides who is best qualiﬁed to drive taxis safely, based on a series of criteria. The fares we charge passengers are regulated and we’re required to carry appropriate levels of commercial liability insurance to protect passengers. These are just some of the rules Uber refuses to follow. We welcome the competition from Uber. But fair competition is impossible when companies like Uber don’t play by the rules. Just like Barwood, Uber transports passengers for a fee. They are a taxi service. Look at this way: Two boxers enter the ring for a match, but one has his hands tied behind his back and the other can do whatever he wants, even hitting below the belt. This is exactly the situation with Uber. They have entered the taxi industry with little regard for the existing regulations licensed companies must follow. They break the law every day. For-hire transportation regulations
protect customers and ensure that our drivers, taxicabs, and roads are safe. I applaud the Maryland Public Service Commission’s recent ruling that Uber is indeed a “common carrier.” While this is a step in the right direction, we still have to wait and see how, if at all, the state and local jurisdictions will actually regulate Uber. In the meantime, Barwood has joined other Maryland taxi companies in a lawsuit against Uber to ensure fair competition and protect the safety of our customers and the livelihoods of our drivers. If Uber and other companies want to operate in this industry, they should have to comply with the same insurance, inspection, and licensing regulations required by the local jurisdictions. Anything less is unfair and unacceptable.
Lee Barnes The writer is the president of Barwood Taxi in Kensington
Turnout percentage doesn’t reﬂect voter rolls Regarding your July 30 editorial “Electoral review wins our vote,” I agree that more must be done to increase voter turnout. However, the ofﬁcial Board of Elections percentage of 16.2 percent participation is misleading. The number of registered voters in Montgomery County is much higher than the actual eligible number. The voting lists have not been
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purged in many years. For example, my two adult daughters have not lived or voted in the county for many years, and yet they continue to be listed as eligible, even though one lives in England and the other in Florida. I was under the mistaken assumption that if you didn’t vote in two or three of the last elections, your name was removed from the lists. That is not
true! A name may be removed from the eligible list if a sample ballot is returned to the Board of Elections with such information. Or if someone registers to vote in another jurisdiction/ state, that entity is supposed to notify Montgomery County. Or if someone dies, the Social Security Administration is supposed to notify the state, and then the state is supposed to notify the local
jurisdiction. Do any of these steps actually happen? How are these processes audited? The Montgomery County Board of Elections takes the position that they would prefer to err on the side of keeping ineligible names on the voting list than disenfranchise possible voters. That is not an unreasonable position. But are they taking steps to mini-
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mize this probable discrepancy? And when they report voter participation, shouldn’t they try to explain that it is a probable mischacterization? Most of my friends and neighbors take voting very seriously. I believe that most eligible Montgomery County voters try to participate.
Jim Marrinan, Rockville
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Quince Orchard High School graduate Travis Hawkins is trying to earn a spot on the New England Patriots’ roster this month.
Playing to make the cut
Quince Orchard alumnus says he’s living out his NFL dream BY
PRINCE J. GRIMES STAFF WRITER
Anyone who watched the Washington Redskins 23-6 exhibition game victory against the New England Patriots on Thursday may have heard a familiar name being called by the in-house commentator: Travis Hawkins. Hawkins was a member of the visiting Patriots, but he felt right at home at FedEx Field, not too far away from Gaithersburg’s Quince Orchard High School, where he played football from 2005-09. He was a member of Quince Orchard’s 2007 undefeated state championship team. Last week, he got the unlikely opportunity to play his ﬁrst National Football League game in his home state and he said he enjoyed every bit of it. “It was great. It was great to be home. Playing in front of my family and friends
and just playing against a team I grew up watching [and] liking,” Hawkins said following a practice on Sunday evening, back at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. For the entire week leading up to the Redskins game, the Patriots were taking part in joint practices and scrimmages with Washington in Richmond, Va., at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. The two teams had grown familiar with one another over the week, but Hawkins said he still had a few nerves creep in moments before the game. “Just because, going into my ﬁrst NFL game — I’ve been to a Redskins game before, but I never been on the ﬁeld. Just being on the ﬁeld, and just looking up in the stadium, like, my dreams ﬁnally came true. It was amazing,” Hawkins said. He was signed by the Patriots in May as an undrafted free agent out of the Uni-
versity of Delaware, one day after the NFL Draft concluded. Hawkins played cornerback for Delaware, a position he was highly recruited at out of Quince Orchard, where he also saw time at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Hawkins originally committed to the University of Maryland, College Park, but transferred to Delaware two years later once a new coaching regime took over at Maryland. Hawkins went one to graduate as one of the top cornerbacks and kick returners in the Colonial Athletic Association. He was also the ﬁrst person in his family to earn a college degree. Hawkins said that while he was at Delaware, his only focus was to win a championship. And while he never won a CAA title,
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Rule changes emphasizing player safety have altered practices BY
KENT ZAKOUR STAFF WRITER
As thousands of high school studentathletes begin fall practice Wednesday throughout Maryland, they should consider themselves lucky. The 2012 law that required school systems to adopt heat acclimatization guidelines for preseason activities has, for all intents and purposes, eliminated traditional two-a-day practices. Aside from my jealousy factor, the rule changes to limit contact and time spent in the heat, and evolving attitudes and knowledge about concussions and overall athlete safety have altered sports at all levels. Starting this year, Montgomery County Public Schools — for the ﬁrst time — will have an
athletic trainer at all 25 high schools. When I was playing high school football 11 years ago, one of my friends complained of mild headaches during an August practice. We wondered why because he wasn’t KENT ZAKOUR a starter and we never ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR saw him get hit hard in practice. So, we, as teammates and a few coaches, gave him a hard time about being “soft” and told “him to suck it up.” We ﬁgured he was just tired or a little dehydrated. It was the culture — even at the high school level — of the game then. But his headaches persisted and he eventually went to the doctor, where was diagnosed with a concussion and was required to sit out of
Elliott Davis was the first freshman player at North Carolina State University to get an interception on the ﬁrst day of the 2014 preseason camp last month. It was a good omen for the cornerback and Quince Orchard High School graduate because up until a few months ago, he wasn’t even sure what position he wanted to play on the collegiate level. Davis played cornerback, safety and wide receiver for the Gaithersburg school and experienced success at each spot. He was primarily a BRIAN REINHARDT/NORTH CAROLINA STATE wide receiver as a high Quince Orchard High School graduate school junior, and it Elliott Davis is trying to earn a startwasn’t until last year ing position at North Carolina State that he played as a this month. full-time cornerback. So when it came time to make a decision on which college he wanted to go to, the decision of which position he could maximize his potential at played a major factor, he said. N.C. State, Clemson University and the University of Maryland, College Park offered him scholarships to play cornerback. Old Dominion University, Wake Forest University, Toledo University and Rutgers University gave
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practice for a few weeks. He seemed ﬁne, however, and even he felt like he should be back out on the ﬁeld. My how times have changed. Now, with all of the emphasis on concussions — whether brought about for actual player safety reasons or solely ﬁnancially motivated by the National Football League — we probably wouldn’t have pressured our friend. I’m sure, with an athletic trainer on campus, he would’ve been properly diagnosed much earlier. Times have changed in the newspaper industry as well. At The Gazette, as you may have seen, we are striving to be more hyper-local than ever. So in our ﬁve county editions (Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville and Silver Spring) expect to see a focus on area-speciﬁc stories. In addition to our weekly Wednesday
With Wednesday’s ﬁrst day of practice for fall sports across Montgomery County Public Schools comes the return of a prevalent issue that has swept the sporting world more intensely in recent years: Concussions. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way a person’s brain functions, according to the Mayo Clinic. And although most concussions are a result of a hit to the head — which is why people associate them most with contact sports like football — they are actually caused by the brain hitting the skull and can be sustained by a mere jolt to the head or upper body. As more studies reveal — and former professional athletes speak out about — the possible long-term effects of the traumatic brain injuries, there has been a strong push to promote concussion prevention. But the truth is, there’s no way to avoid concussions completely. The best way to deal with surfacing data and the fear that’s accompanied it, is education, coaches agreed. A study published in the American Journal of Sports
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Continued from Page B-1 Medicine revealed the number of concussions among high school athletes doubled from 2005-12 but some researchers attribute that increase to more awareness.
Doctors can’t know what they can’t see A major danger to a concussed individual is second impact syndrome, which occurs when a successive concussion is sustained before symptoms to the original have subsided. And the problem with trying to prevent this potentially fatal occurrence is there’s no foolproof test to conﬁrm when an athlete is ready to return to the playing ﬁeld or court. “If you break your ankle, you X-ray it and you X-ray it until it’s not broken anymore,” Walt Whitman High School football coach Jim Kuhn said. “There’s no test to see if your brain has a concussion.” In 2013 MCPS began funding mandatory baseline concussion testing — these assess an athlete’s balance and brain function — for all student-athletes in an effort to reduce the risk of athletes returning to competition too quickly. Another way for the county to support student-athletes’ safety is through equipment, Richard Montgomery football coach Josh Klotz said. Technology is constantly changing and new and more effective equipment is always surfacing. Thanks to the support of its boosters Richard Montgomery football received more than $5,000 in new helmets this fall. It’s possible headgear might become a requirement on the soccer ﬁeld at some point as well, coaches said.
Heads up Last year the National Federation of State High School Association partnered with USA Football to endorse the organization’s Heads Up Football program, which is geared toward promoting tackling mechanics that aim to reduce helmet contact. While the push is a high profile one, Klotz said these techniques have been taught by Montgomery County coaches for ﬁve to seven years under a different moniker. And it’s not just because they’re safer, they’re actually better, he said.
Klotz said it’s also reached the youth organizations which is extremely important. The key to maintaining the proper technique — not leading with the head, more shoulder to body contact — is repetition, coaches agreed. If bad habits are there, they can be broken, Kuhn said. Kuhn and Klotz agreed that the majority of their athletes are ﬁrst-time football players when they enter ninth grade so they start with a clean slate but even with experienced players they stressed the importance of taking the time to break down the tackle and work on strengthening the individual aspects that go into creating one single hit. Coaches in all sports have been encouraged to work with athletes on upper body, shoulder and neck strength to minimize neck movement during collisions and tackles.
Continued from Page B-1 him offers at wide receiver. Prior to last year, he nearly committed to playing receiver at Rutgers, he said So the interception eased his nerves. And if there was any doubt about whether he made the right decision, that was eliminated as well. “That was just a great way to start. A great way to get comfortable,” Davis said about the interception. “Honestly, I’m coming into things a little bit nervous because I’m human. And that’s the most exciting thing I’ve done in my life up to this point. I’m playing the sport that I love at the highest level in the [Atlantic Coastal Conference]. I’m playing against better compe-
tition. So to start off with an interception on the ﬁrst day, that was almost relieving. And ever since then, things have continued to get better.” Davis said his decision to play cornerback was influenced by his defensive coordinator at Quince Orchard, John Kelley. He said Kelley, who is now the Cougars head coach, gave him the confidence to succeed at that position. “He believed in me,” Davis said, reﬂecting on the beginning of his senior year when he was unsure about if he was good enough to play cornerback. “He literally means the world to me because he basically instilled the belief in myself, for me, that I can play corner. Not only for QO, but now I’m playing corner in the ACC, so I really don’t think I would be here without him.”
Kelley said he always knew that cornerback was where Davis would end up, even before Davis knew. “Now in football, everybody’s looking for that longer guy at corner. A guy that’s sixfeet and taller. Long arms,” Kelley said, referring to Davis’ 6-foot-1, 174-pound frame. “And the fact that Elliott, he’s a state champion in the triple jump, and just the way that he moves athletically with his hips. He has really ﬂuid hips. ... It’s not a lot of guys that can be as tall as he is and still have good hips.” Davis said his biggest adjustment will be relying on his technique more than he had to in the past. In high school, his athleticism allowed him to play at half speed sometimes and still make plays, he said. “You just got to be more
The prospect of injury can be unnerving but playing timidly might actually increase the chances of enduring one, Clarksburg High girls’ soccer coach Christina Mann said. With all the recent attention paid to head injuries, soccer has come under recent scrutiny given that forcefully making contact with one’s head on the ball is actually a major component of the game. Some organizations have banned the act of heading the ball at the younger levels, which Clarksburg High girls’ soccer coach said is understandable. But rather than avoiding a part of the game that’s both instinctive and unlikely to go away, Mann said it’s important to make sure it’s done right — players can practice with smaller or lighter soccer balls. “Taking heading out of soccer could take away some players’ best quality,” said Washington Spirit midfielder Tori Huster. “Look at Abby Wambach. How many goals has she scored with her head? One thing that’s really important is to teach kids how to actually head the ball. There’s a technique to it and a place on the head that if you hit it there nine times out of 10 you will feel ﬁne. There’s so much knowledge of concussions coming out, it’s also important to have knowledge of the right technique.” email@example.com
Continued from Page B-1 he did make an impression big enough to make an NFL team’s 90-man preseason roster — something he said never crossed his mind while he was playing. Now with the Patriots, Hawkins is playing a new position, safety, and hoping to stay on the roster, which has to be cut down to 53 players by August 30. Teams also have to cut their roster down to 75 players on August 26, following the third weekend of preseason games. “I feel like I did some good things. I felt like I did some bad things,” said Hawkins, who ﬁnished with four tackles and a 20-yard kickoff return against Washington. “I got to get better. Coach told me I did some good things as far
Continued from Page B-1 print editions this fall, Jennifer Beekman (@jen_beekman; girls soccer, cross country), Ted Black (@tblackspts; girls volleyball, golf, tennis) Eric Goldwein (@ericgazette; boys soccer, field hockey) and
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Quince Orchard High School graduate Travis Hawkins is trying to earn a spot on the New England Patriots’ roster this month. as tackling and stuff like that. ... I’m my biggest critiquer, so I know what I got to do. I got
to work harder and just give my best day-in and day-out to give me my best chance to
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programs. Cross country, field hockey, golf and tennis are scheduled for Aug. 20 with boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball set for Aug. 27. Finally, our football preview section, complete with individual team capsules, will run on Sept. 3. firstname.lastname@example.org
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make the roster.” He said he’s received the most advice from veteran safety Devin McCourty, who has been a starter for the Patriots since 2010. “Absolutely [it’s fun]. Every day, I just got to come out and have fun,” Hawkins said. “When I’m having fun, that’s when I feel like I’m playing at my best. Whenever I’m thinking too much and just worrying about the little things, that’s when I start making mistakes. So the biggest thing is to have fun and just stay in your playbook and know what you’re doing at all times.” The Patriots next preseason game is scheduled for Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles. email@example.com
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focused on your technique and rely less on your natural ability,” Davis said. Kelley agreed, and said that Davis has a really high ceiling. With limited practices to this point in camp, Davis is still unsure how much he’ll actually play this fall. He said that in a scrimmage on Sunday, the defensive backs rotated to play an even amount of reps. “I’m pretty happy with the decision that I made, honestly,” Davis said. “Coming here, they have a history of big [defensive backs]. They have a history of really good DBs. They have a history of DBs going to the NFL. So I think it’s a good ﬁt for me, and so far its only proved to be true.”
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Spirit get one more chance to make playoffs Seattle rallies to deny Washington; victory this week clinches ﬁrst berth n
BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER
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Springbrook High School graduate and former NFL player Shawn Springs (left) chats with Asher Smith (right), 13 of Potomac, Dermot O’Kelly (center), 13 of Bethesda, and Owen Hopkins, 14 of Bethesda, during Saturday’s ﬁrst annual Save Youth Football combine at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda.
Non-proﬁt organization aims to save youth football New business holds ‘Charity Football Combine’ in Bethesda n
BY ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER
Solomon Taylor said football helped him overcome personal struggles while growing up in Potomac, so when he saw the sport’s youth participation falling — which he attributed to costs and safety concerns — he decided to take action by saving the sport that helped save him. Taylor, 31, launched Save Youth Football (SYF) in June 2013, andtheBethesda-basednonproﬁt helditsﬁrstmajorevent—aCharity Football Combine — Saturday at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. More than 250 people were in attendance, including 120 youth football players who participated free of charge, Taylor said. “There’s a lot of kids out there that don’t have that opportunity to play the game, and we’re losing kids to other sports, so that’s why it’s ‘Save Youth Football,’” said Taylor, a Winston Churchill alumnus. According to the SYF website, Taylor was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder at a young age but was able to graduate high school with football’s help, and has stayed involved with the sport since then, coaching at the youth level and running a youth sports video production company. “This is the ultimate team sport,” said Taylor, owner of
Prominent Productions. “It teaches life lessons so it’s important that kids get an opportunity to play this.” But Taylor said he has seen youth football participation fall in recent years, locally and nationally. According to ESPN, Pop Warner, a prominent youth football program, had its participation drop 9.5 percent from 2010 to 2012. The decline comes as concerns about player safety and head injuries are on the rise. Robert Cantu, a neurosurgeon and concussion expert at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, recommended children under 14 not play tackle football because of the unknown long-term impact of concussions and repetitive head trauma. Taylor said the drop has more to do with rising costs ($300-plus per player) than player safety. Mark Steinwandel, of Darnestown, whose eighth-grade son played in the Rockville Football League, said that parents are concerned about player safety, but that youth tackle football can help curb risk of injuries at higher age-levels. “This is unscientiﬁc but when the kids are little and they’re all about the same size, nobody is running 1,000 miles per hour,” Steinwandel said. “If they can learn the techniques and what to do and how to protect themselves, to me, that’s really helpful.” The Charity Football Combine featured several activities for athletes, including a 40-yard dash,
a ﬁeld-goal kicking station and an agility shuttle. Players were given scorecards to record their times and measurements. “This is something they watch on TV: the NFL combine,” Taylor said. “… All these kids want to run a 40-yard dash and they want to do it with a laser timer and they get excited about it … They get to seewhattheirhardworkintheoffseason has done.” The event included an equipment drive for children from underserved communities. It also featured Retired NFL All-Pro Shawn Springs, an alumnus of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring (Class of 1993), and former Washington Redskins player Marcus Washington. “Football, like any sport, adds a lot of value to anyone’s life. You learn a little bit about team work, you learn discipline, you learn about hard work. And I think there’s some important life lessons,” Springs said. “… Anything I can do to keep the sport relevant ... if there’s kids that want to play and can’t afford to play, that shouldn’t be the case.” Isaiah Nolasco, 11, of Rockville, said that his favorite part of the event was “that I get to practice and try to get better at things, and help other people.” Lamont Hagans, 12, of New Carrollton participated in several drills, including the ﬁeld-goal station and the 40-yard dash. “[I’m here] so I can train more and be active … It’s pretty cool,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
KEEPING IT BRIEF Germantown swimmer sets world record Germantown-based swimmer Frederik Hviid, 40, set a masters world record en route to winning the 200-meter backstroke in the Men’s 40-44 age group at the 15th FINA World Masters Championships held July 27 through Sunday in Montreal. Hviid ﬁnished in a time of 2 minutes, 11.56 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of the rest of the ﬁeld. Hviid, who is a two-time Olympic distance freestyler and individual medley swimmer from Spain, opened the competition with a ﬁrst-place ﬁnish in the 800-meter freestyle. His time of 8:47.75 was nearly 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Stewart Carroll. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Hviid won the consolation ﬁnal of the 400-meter individual medley. He also competed in the 2000 Sydney event.
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
P. Branch cheerleaders recognized for skills The Paint Branch High School varsity cheerleading team won several awards at a four-day event held last week in Ocean City. The Burtonsville school won Best Chant, Best Game Day, Best Xtreme Routine, Best AllAround Award and Leadership
Award, according to coach Zina Saunders. “[Paint Branch] Cheer worked hard every day. They were always the ﬁrst team to arrive in the morning, the team that practiced during lunch and after the evening session every day. The hard work paid off,” Saunders wrote in an email to The Gazette.
— ERIC GOLDWEIN
Rockville represented in international lacrosse tournament Four graduates from Rockville’s Thomas S. Wootton High School participated in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship, held July 10-19 in Colorado. Matt Greenblatt (Class of 2010) Jason Senter (2009) and Mark Jutkowitz (2008) played for Israel, while Sam Futrovsky (2007) played for Slovakia. Bullis School (Potomac) graduates Matt Opsahl (2012) and Mitch Goldberg (2013) also played for Isreal. Longtime Montgomery County coach Edward Kostolansky led Slovakia’s national team. Potomac’s Winston Churchill featured senior Daniel DiBono III (Spain) senior Louis Dubick (Israel), Bertan Unal (2007, Turkey) and Brett Rolf (assistant coach, Costa Rica).
— ERIC GOLDWEIN
B-CC assistant football coach passes away Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School assistant football coach Jeffrey Van Grack passed away on Saturday from a ﬁght with bladder cancer. B-CC coach Josh Singer expressed his condolences on Twitter: “Real sad to say we have lost a member of our football family. We will miss you Coach Jeff Van Grack! #JVGSTRONG.” Van Grack graduated from B-CC and has worked as a lawyer in Bethesda for decades. From 2000-11, when he started coaching at B-CC, he assisted with the athletics at Northwest High School in Germantown.
— PRINCE J. GRIMES
Potomac boy wins national tennis title Benjamin Kittay, 10 of Potomac teamed with Faris Khan, 12 of Texas to win the doubles title at the U.S. Tennis Association Boys 12s National Championships held last week in Arkansas. Despite being on the youngest end of the age-group spectrum Kittay, who is ranked No. 21 nationally in the USTA Boys 12s, also reached the semiﬁnals of the singles competition. There he lost in two close sets to eventual champion Aditya Gupta.
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
The Washington Spirit women’s professional soccer team was mere minutes away from clinching its ﬁrst National Women’s Soccer League postseason appearance Saturday night in Seattle. A win against the topranked Reign would’ve ensured Washington a top-four, regularseason ﬁnish and the Spirit led, 1-0, in the 89th minute of Saturday’s contest. Then, in a quick turn of events, Seattle’s Jessica Fishlock threaded a pass right through Washington’s backline to the feet of Scottish midﬁelder Kim Little. The league’s leading scorer handled a sliding challenge from Spirit goalkeeper Chantel Jones — Washington’s starting goalie Ashlyn Harris was sidelined with concussion-like symptoms — with seeming ease and buried the equalizer for her 16th goal of the year. Each team took a point away from the 1-1 draw and every point is important for the Spirit at this juncture of the season. “We scored a good goal ﬁrst and then we defended and we were disciplined, I think we deserved to win,” Washington coach Mark Parsons said. “But it’s hard to stop a squad full of players that Seattle has. ... Apart from that last opportunity, I didn’t see them scoring. I think we all could’ve done better on that last opportunity, we could’ve slowed the game down. But we’ve got to learn from that, it’s a great time to learn from that.” Washington (10-8-5), which has come a long way since its last-place ﬁnish a year ago, currently sits in third place in the league standings with 35 points. Portland Thorns FC (33 points) and Chicago Red Stars (31) are not far behind. The Spirit are still in position to clinch a playoff berth but they will need to win their season ﬁnale next Saturday against the Sky Blue FC in a game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds.
Washington Spirit players Diana Matheson (left) and Crystal Dunn hope to lead the organization to its ﬁrst playoff berth. Washington’s last outing against the New York/New Jersey-based team did not go well — Sky Blue won 4-2 — but Spirit coach Mark Parsons praised his team’s ability to get a job done when most necessary. “We keep saying, we’re our best when we have to do something, when we have to win,” Parsons said. “It will be no different against a hot, on-form Sky Blue. Our motivation is really high and we’ve been strong at home recently. Even if we won [Saturday night] going home and winning against the Sky Blue would’ve been just as high a priority and focus.” Seattle is a team ripe with starpower, Parsons said. From notoriously stingy Hope Solo in goal to experienced U.S. Women’s National Team defender Stephanie Cox, from midﬁelders Little and Welsh international Fishlock to the offensive third with Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi and American stars Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux, Seattle is strong in every area of the ﬁeld. But the Reign, which has outscored its opponents 50-19 in 2014, has also seemed to bring out some of Washington’s best, Parsons said, as the Spirit have hung with and even controlled play against Seattle at times this seaosn. With the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in upcoming playoffs shored up, Seattle had very little riding on Saturday’s contest, except for pride and an undefeated streak at home. Little
andKawasumi,therefore,started the game on the bench — Seattle had also just played three days earlier — and Washington took advantage. The Spirit pressured Seattle’s backline and midﬁeld and didn’t allow the Reign the space they’re used to playing with. Though Seattle had a couple looks at a goal in the ﬁrst half, it was Washington that struck ﬁrst in the 29th minute when Canadian National Team midﬁelder Diana Matheson ﬁnished a pass from Australian international Lisa De Vanna inside the far post. Kawasumi came off the bench in the 46th minute and Little in the 68th and their entries changed the complexion of the game. Seattle outshot Washington, 11-4, Saturday, though only 4-2 in shots on goal. Parsons said he was pleased with the way the Spirit held its shape defensively and remained disciplined under the pressure to maintain their advantage. It took nearly perfect play to ruin Washington’s chances of clinching a playoff berth. It was Little’s first goal against the Spirit. “In our previous two games I think we’ve done a good job with Kim Little, she hadn’t had too many opportunities against us,” Parsons said. “But you take a fresh Kim Little when we’re on a road trip on the West Coast, dealing with jet lag [we just got in the day before] and she is tough to deal with.” email@example.com
Arts & Entertainment Ten years of tributes www.gazette.net | Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 | Page B-4
Anniversary concert features new, local musicians BY
BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER
Bluejacket Brewery brings sophistication to brews
Nineteen shows, 500 songs, 350 performers and 30,000 tickets have marked the path from a 2004 Nils Lofgren tribute show to the 10th anniversary of BandHouse Gigs, taking place at the Music Center at Strathmore on Saturday. The team behind BandHouse Gigs creates tribute concerts twice annually celebrating songwriters and performers whose work they admire — along with much of the local music community. Ten years later, they show no signs of letting the music die anytime soon. It all began with the Washington Area Music Timeline Concert Series, a round of shows highlighting the work of local musicians that occurred at Strathmore. The ﬁnal outdoor concert was to focus on Bruce Springsteen’s guitar player Lofgren, who had performed in several bands in the greater metropolitan area. Ronnie Newmyer, one of BandHouse Gigs’ executive producers, was asked to organize the show due to his history playing with Lofgren. Along with Chuck Sullivan, Newmyer put together the concert, which brought in a crowd of 5,000. Following the concert’s success they were asked to produce more tributes, and the rest was history.
All hands on deck for area brewery
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Danny Schwartz, David Sless, Ronnie Newmyer and Chuck Sullivan are working hard during the ﬁnal days of preparation for BandHouse Gigs’ 10th anniversary musical retrospective concert Aug. 16. “Strathmore was hugely inﬂuential and encouraged us to broaden our base so we didn’t come back with the same faces in all of our shows,” Newmyer said. “We’re hugely excited for the opportunity to come back and celebrate this 10 year journey that wouldn’t have happened if not for the opportunity they afforded us in the ﬁrst place.” Newmyer and Sullivan produce the tribute concerts alongside David Sless, David Schwartz and Greg Hardin — and a handful of volunteers.
From the time a concert wraps up, the BandHouse Gigs team begins to plan for the next show and begin sorting through local performers to invite to participate. BandHouse Gigs have highlighted music from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, as well as eras and events such as Woodstock and the British Invasion. By including the hits as well as deep album cuts familiar to and beloved by few, Newmyer and crew celebrate each artist’s full
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BANDHOUSE GIGS 10TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE TRIBUTE CONCERT n When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $15-$29 n More information: bandhousegigs.com
Bluejacket Brewery is one of the newest additions to the DC brewing scene, located in the revitalized section of Southeast Washington, very close to Nationals Stadium. The brewery is part of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group which includes the beer-centric ChurchKey/ Birch and Barley and Rustico. Bluejacket opened in October 2013 in one of Washington’s oldest extant industrial buildings which started life in 1919 as the Boilermakers Shops of the Navy Yard. Bluejacket is a Navy term for an enlisted man and pays homage to the building and neighborhood’s origins. The insides of the empty building were completely crafted to ﬁt the plans for Bluejacket. Bluejacket’s main ﬂoor is the brewery’s restaurant and bar, called The Arsenal. The Arsenal has 20 draft lines, each serving a different unfiltered beer at the correct serving temperature through a sophisticated control system. Bluejacket uses eight different glassware shapes to ensure beers are served with the appropriate glass for the style. There also are ﬁve cask conditioned ales served via hand pumps. The upper two ﬂoors contain the brewery itself. The
15-barrel brewing system has 18 small fermenters which provide ﬂexibility for aging beers for various lengths of time as needed. There also is a souring room where tart/sour beers are aged and developed in a wide variety of wood casks. Lastly, Bluejacket installed one of the few coolships extant in the country. Plans are to begin using the coolship to create some sour ales starting in the fall. In less than a year of operation, Bluejacket has made more than 70 different beers. Most beers follow traditional styles modiﬁed by creativity and experimentation. Until recently, all the beers have been consumed onsite in The Arsenal. Bluejacket has started bottling 10 of their beers and plans to sell kegs to local restaurants and bars. While there is a continuing rotation of beers, the three most popular and regularly available are Forbidden Planet, a dryhopped Kölsch, Lost Weekend IPA made with Citra hops, and Mexican Radio, a spiced sweet stout. Normally there are at least 2-3 funky or sour ales on draft. Forbidden Planet (4.2 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) is a hoppy Kölsch made with a profusion of Galaxy hops. It has a tropical fruit nose with notes of mango, orange and cantaloupe with some ﬂoral character. Quite smooth, Forbidden Planet has a light sweet mango front which continues in the middle. A slight citrus-y orange is added in the ﬁnish with all going into the aftertaste with the citrus ﬂavors
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IN THE ARTS For a free listing, please submit complete information to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpg format should be submitted when available. DANCES West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. Drop in lessons 7:30 to 9 p.m. ($15), Aug. 15; Ballroom Bash 6:30
to 8:30 p.m., practice and lesson 8:30 p.m. to midnight dance ($20), Aug. 16; Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m., free Rumba lesson at 7 p.m. ($16), Aug. 17; Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. ($16), Aug. 20; Tea Dance 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. ($6), Aug. 21, 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-3261181, hollywoodballroomdc.com. Scottish Country Dancing, 8 to 10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240-505-0339. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-
days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9 to 11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, capitalblues.org. Contra, Aug. 15, Anna Rain calls to Gaslight Tinkers with Peter Siegel on mandolin, guitar, banjo, Garrett Sawyer on bass, Zoe Darrow on ﬁddle and Dave Noonan on drums, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $10, fridaynightdance.org. English Country, Aug. 13, Stephanie Smith caller, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), fsgw.org. Swing and Lindy, Show Stoppers for Leaders and Followers, three sessions, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 4-18, $60, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, ﬂyingfeet.org.
Waltz, Aug. 17, Terpsichore with Elke Baker (ﬁddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass), waltztimedances.org.
MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Daryl Jr. Cline and the Re-
cliners, Aug. 15; The Last Southern Gentlemen Tour feat. Ellis Marsalis and Delfeayo Marsalis, Aug. 16, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Deanna Bogart, 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Wild Child, Aug. 14; Boyz II Men, Aug. 15; blessthefall & Chiodos w/ Capture the Crown and I Killed the Prom Queen, Aug. 16, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. ﬁllmoresilverspring.com. Strathmore, UkeFest 2014, 7 p.m., Aug. 13; Best of Strathmore Tribute Shows with Bandhouse Gigs, 8 p.m., Aug. 16, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, strathmore.org.
ON STAGE Adventure Theatre-MTC, “Pinkalicious,” to Aug. 31, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, adventuretheatremtc.org. Imagination Stage, “Stuart Little,” Sept. 19 through Oct. 26, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, imaginationstage.org. Olney Theatre Center, “Colossal,” Sept. 3-28, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “Little Red & the Pigs,” to Aug. 31; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Play-
house, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Fool for Love,” Sept. 3-27, call for show times, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors. 240-644-1100, roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 244-644-1100, roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, One Act Festival, Aug. 7-24, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Mariposa Poets, 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 17; Let’s Talk about Sex: How to use Eroticism Effectively in Prose, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Aug. 21; 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, writer.org.
VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “Carte Blanche: Seth, Hannah and Schuyler,” to Aug. 17, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, adahrosegallery.com Glenview Mansion, The Friday Group, to Aug. 29, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, John Aquilino, Aug. 30 to Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-7180622, marin-price.com. VisArts, Gibbs Street Gallery; RIPPLE: Cloth, Community and Connectivity, to Aug. 17, Rockville, 301-315-8200, visartsatrockville. org. Washington Printmakers Gallery, 17th annual National Small
Works Exhibition, through Aug. 31, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second ﬂoor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, washingtonprintmakers. com.
The Arsenal is the main ﬂoor and restaurant/bar for Bluejacket Brewery in Washington, D.C.
Continued from Page B-4 lingering. Ratings: 8/8 Pyro (5.9 percent ABV) is a sour Saison which begins with a complex aroma that is fruity, tangy and has a mild smokiness. The noticeable tangy fruit front is followed by a blast of lemon and orange with a touch of apri-
Continued from Page B-4 history with audience members and participating musicians alike. “Musicians do get paid for the shows, but they’re not doing this for the money,” Newmyer said. “It’s because they love the experience of working with their peers, and they’re usually happy to be a part of a tribute for a songwriter they also love. We’ve never encountered musicians coming into it for the wrong purpose.” In order to keep the shows fresh and celebrate new, local talent, Newmyer said close to 30 percent of the performers in each concert have never participated in a BandHouse Gigs event before. Through connections to the music industry as well as the word of mouth resulting from previous shows, the producers bring on local talent new to the scene alongside Washington music veterans. The team closely looks at each performer’s style to determine the best song with which to pair them. However, this
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cot, all lasting into the slightly tart ﬁnish and aftertaste. Ratings: 8.5/9. Lost Weekend IPA (6.7 percent ABV) has a grapefruit and bitter hop bouquet from its Citra hops. The robust grapefruit and other citrus ﬂavors in the front continue throughout, joined by a black pepper spiciness in the ﬁnish and aftertaste. Ratings: 7.5/7.
Mexican Radio (6.5 percent ABV), a spiced sweet stout, has aromas of sweetness, milk stout, roast and chocolate, almost like a New York Egg Cream soda. The strong chocolate front with hints of milk and roast segues into the middle where the roast increases a shade. While the ﬁnish is the same, the aftertaste adds a muted bitter hop with nuances of chili. Ratings: 8.5/9.
doesn’t mean band members were kept together on certain performances. Rather, Newmyer emphasized the beneﬁts that come from splitting musicians up, keeping the tribute shows from becoming a themed Battle of the Bands. “Everyone was focused on the task at hand, and it created a situation where people were supporting each other rather than worrying about playing better than so-and-so,” he said. “It became an event full of the history and camaraderie and spirit the Washington music community has been building for the past 35 or 40 years.” The shows have changed locations over the years, from starting outside of Strathmore to moving indoors and expanding to The Barns at Wolf Trap and The Fillmore Silver Spring. Through the venue changes and increased visibility in the community, BandHouse Gigs have maintained their all-volunteer, not-for-proﬁt background. Each show has around 50 individual performers, and a team of approximately a dozen volunteers — some without music or stage backgrounds — keep the pro-
ductions running smoothly. “The staging — where there are different people taking the stage every second song — is quite complex,” Newmyer said. “And we’re proud we’ve been able to put together sharp, professional shows with people who don’t necessarily do this for a living.” The quality shows — the tribute concerts regularly sell out, proving the importance and lasting mark of the highlighted songwriters and performers to the music community present in the area. While each show may provide fresh jitters, BandHouse Gigs never fails to connect the participants — onstage as well as in the audience and behind the scenes — with the music they hold dear. “Even though we’ve done this 19 times, every single time there’s a bit of panic, like maybe none of this is going to work,” he said. “I feel a tremendous satisfaction, it feels like something we were meant to do that we didn’t know we were, in bringing people together like this.” email@example.com
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All in the family The Marsalis family has been making music for years. While Branford and Wynton may be a little better known, it doesn’t mean they’re better musically. Although, each in the family might argue over who’s the best. Ellis Marsalis Jr., the patriarch of the Marsalis family, and his son Delfeayo, will be performing together
as part of their “The Last Southern Gentlemen” tour at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Saturday. Ellis Jr., is a pianist, while Delfeayo plays the trombone. The show is a highlight for any jazz fan. Tickets for the show are $30. For more information, visit bethesdabluesjazz.com.
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Popular R&B group Boyz II Men will be making a stop at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday.
On bended knee
In 1991, a quartet of friends from Philadelphia released an album with a fresh, new sound. The world instantly became hooked and made Boyz II Men quite famous. Although the quartet is now down to a trio, the smooth R&B sounds are still the same, and you can enjoy them yourself when Boyz II Men comes to the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday. Tickets for the show are $39.50. “Cooleyhighharmony,” featured the hits
“It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” “Motownphilly,” and “Uhh Ahh,” making the album a smash — going nine times platinum in the U.S. alone. Since then, the group has gone on to release 11 more albums, including a Christmas CD. Their most recent album, “Collide,” is set to be released on Sept. 30. For more information, visit ﬁllmoresilverspring.com or call 301-960-9999.
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Ellis Marsalis Jr., the patriarch of the famed musical Marsalis family, and son Delfeayo, will perform at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Super Club on Saturday.
It’s just like candy
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Jackie Hoysted’s “Pick n’ Mix” is currently on display at VisArts in Rockville.
Artwork that’s good enough to eat? No, this isn’t a scene from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, it’s the latest exhibit at VisArts in Rockville. “Jackie Hoysted: The Candy Store” is on display now through Aug. 17 at the Gibbs Street Gallery in Rockville. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Hoysted, a native of Dublin, Ireland, has used scented paints to make her paintings look and smell good enough to eat. Her works play with idea of “eye candy” — a personal contemplation on desire and craving. For more information, visit visartsatrockville.org or call 301-315-8200.
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Fran Abrams “Purple Squared,” is on display at the “It’s Abstract!” exhibit at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.
In the abstract
Fran Abram’s “Purple Squared” is just one of the many pieces of art on display right now at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. “It’s Abstract!,” an exhibit that features works by 12 different local artists, focuses on abstract paintings, photographs, sculptures, mixed media works and digital prints. The exhibit is open now through Sept. 5, in the Main Gallery at BlackRock. Of the 12 artists, ﬁve are local to Montgomery County: Abrams from Rockville; Laurie Breen of Silver Spring; Felisa Federman of Potomac; and Gordana Gerskovic and Ronald Komara, both of Gaithersburg. All of the artists’ works have been shown not only in the region, but in studios outside of the DMV as well. For more information, visit blackrockcenter.org or call 301-528-2260.
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For 3E Company, Bethesda, MD. Requires BS Comp Sci, Eng’g or related + 2 yrs exp as Systems Analyst, Database Analyst or Software Engineer for SAP EHS systems. Please apply online at http://3ecompany.com, job ID 20140729-3904-SH
Nonprofit in Gaithersburg, PT 20 hrs/wk. Good written skills, 2 yrs of office exp. and reliable transportation a must. Property Mngmt exp & Spanish/English a plus. $12//hr, Please email: cover letter/resume & 3 work ref to: f h c c @ f l o w e r h i l l . o r g . PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS
Event planning company in Potomac, MD. Microsoft Office experience required. Part-time 4-5 days a week (flexibility) and some weekend event work. Looking for a detail oriented person with customer service skills and excel. grammar. Email resume to EventPlannerAssistant@gmail.com
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In Rockville. Duties include performing experiments testing materials and routine Min qualifications included AAS degree in technical field,PC proficiency, 5 yrs professional experience. More info visit gazette.net/careers Email resume: email@example.com
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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
PT Dental Assistant
Located in Bethesda. CDA or EFDA, MD X-Ray Cert reqd. Top pay for experience. 2 days/wk (Tues/Thur), clinic hrs 8:30am to 5:30pm. Near Metro, paid parking. Please call Shannon at 301-839-0055 for paid working interview.
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