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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Parents warned at drug abuse forum Principal: ‘It’s a parental issue’




Addressing her fellow Wootton High School parents, Rachel Boxman said Thursday evening in the school’s auditorium that drug abuse among teenagers is prevalent in the Wootton community and beyond — and demands their attention. “Please do not think it does not apply to you,” said Boxman, a volunteer with The Partnership at, a nonprofit organization, who once worked on pharmaceutical studies. “I’m telling you, it could be your kid. Great kids make bad choices.” The forum was the last of four mandatory parent meetings the school scheduled specifically to

Traffic and property values among concerns near golf center BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER

Montgomery Village residents say there is too much development planned for the former golf club in their neighborhood. The owner of the property, Monument Realty, held its second workshop with about 100 Montgomery Village residents on Thursday evening, asking them to contribute ideas and convey their concerns about the development slated to replace an 18-hole golf course with 600 homes. Throughout the night, many listeners expressed concerns about

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discuss drug abuse. While the majority of parents did not attend, Wootton Principal Michael Doran said about 500 parents total attended the four meetings, which he called “a good percentage” of parents who he felt would help spread the information. Judi Casey, vice president of the school’s PTSA, said the group’s desire to hold the meeting stemmed from concern about drug abuse at both the local and national levels. “We didn’t want to lose a kid for lack of trying and educating parents, so we decided to do this,” Casey said. The meetings wrapped up a few weeks before an Oct. 7 Montgomery County Public Schools forum on alcohol and drug abuse. It will be for parents and other county residents at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.

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cramped neighborhoods and increased traffic. Sue Fierston bought her townhome in Fairway Islands 20 years ago after falling in love with the open view in the back, and is now upset to learn that the new construction could take away her favorite part of the property. “I was shocked by the density of the homes and I was saddened that the view from my house would be gone,” she said. Neighbors on Fierston’s street, Duffer Way, even created an online community group to encourage unity among residents and ensure that “Monument Realty respects the input of our citizens.” Montgomery Village resident Patricia Cuff said the increase in traffic due to more residential units

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Friends and family of John Roger Johnson attend a graveside service for him Tuesday at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring. Johnson was one of two Montgomery County residents killed in the Sept. 16 Navy Yard shootings in Washington, D.C.

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Those who knew him say John Roger Johnson, or “J.J.,” loved fishing, his family, and sweeping his friends into bone-crushing bearhugs. Friends and family gathered at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg to mourn Johnson, the patriarch of a brood of four daughters, 10 grandchildren and four stepchildren. The Derwood resident was one of two Montgomery County residents who died in the Navy Yard massacre on

Sept. 16. Authorities say gunman Aaron Alexis, a troubled Navy Reservist, entered the Washington, D.C., facility and began firing with a shotgun he bought from a store in Lorton, Va. On Tuesday, hundreds of funeralgoers gathered at a church off Rockville Pike to remember a generous, optimistic man who looked for the best in everybody. “He was the kindest, happiest man,” Bob Coyne, a longtime friend and fellow churchgoer, said after the service. Like many there, he recalled Johnson’s paternal nature and how he became accustomed to Johnson’s strong bearhugs. “Finally, I just said, you’re not going to be around [J.J.] without getting an anaconda-like squeeze ... and I grew to

love it,” he said. Johnson towered well above 6 feet and, in the many photos that have circulated of him since his death, had a radiant smile. The family did not allow reporters to attend the funeral, but a video showing the homily during the service was later posted online. In his homily, Good Shepherd’s pastor, David A. Sonnenberg Jr., spoke of Johnson’s faith in God and in the world around him. “He saw goodness in other people ... when someone can acknowledge that, maybe people can live up to that.” Johnson’s son-in-law Tony Zagami and his grandson Dino eulogized John-

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Standing in front of the Montgomery County Council Office Building in Rockville, Northwest High School senior Anhar Karim said he is one of many students in the county who have faced a hard decision related to two Muslim holidays. Karim said that when a holiday conflicts with school, he can either celebrate and miss class or go to school and miss the celebration. “We are forcing our students into an


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unreasonable decision,” said Karim, who is president of the Montgomery County Muslim Student Association. Karim and other speakers urged Montgomery County Public Schools to close when classes fall on Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr during a Monday press conference held by the Maryland chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations and the Equality for Eid Coalition. Eid al-Adha celebrates sacrifice to God and falls on Oct. 15 this year. Eid alFitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and was Aug. 8. The dates of the holidays change because of the Islam lunar calendar. The coalition, which is sponsored by the council, formed about a year ago

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to pursue a long-standing goal for the school closures. The speakers also called for school system students and staff to skip school on Oct. 15 and celebrate Eid al-Adha instead. Zainab Chaudry — vice president of the council’s Maryland chapter and a cochair of the coalition — said the initiative is not asking for special rights. “We’re only asking for equal rights,” she said. Montgomery County Councilman George Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park, another speaker at the press conference, said Muslim students and their

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Zainab Chaudry, vice president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Maryland chapter and co-chairwoman of Equality for Eid, speaks at a news conference Monday outside the Montgomery County Council Office Building in Rockville.


GAZETTE HEALTH Special Women’s Issue What would you do if you found out you had the ‘breast cancer gene’? One woman tells her story. Plus: why women lose their hair; the latest on the risks and benefits of aspirin; the value of vitamin D





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Bats and Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise, 6-7:30 p.m., Black Hill

Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. A naturalist will point out beaver lodges, feeding sites and hopefully beavers. $6. Register at

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 English as a Second Language book discussion, 1-2 p.m., Quince

Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg. “The Time Keeper� by Mitch Albom. 240-777-0200.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 Meadow Insects, 1:30-3 p.m., Black Hill Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. Explore the meadow and look for bugs. $6. Register at Animal Encounter, 6 p.m., Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg. Have an up-close and personal encounter with some of the living wild animals that call the park home. $2. Meaningful Movies Olney: Detropia, 7:30-10 p.m., BufďŹ ngton/


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Community document shredding, 8:30 a.m.-noon,

Montgomery Village Foundation OfďŹ ce, 10120 Apple Ridge Road, Montgomery Village. Residents are invited to bring up to three bags or boxes of personal documents for secure shredding by Cornerstone Records Management. Free. Duck Splash Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Washingtonian

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REMAX Building Community Room, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. A look at Detroit through the American narrative. Free. 301-570-0923.


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For 40 years, Johnson has been Gaithersburg’s ‘go-to’ guy When Robert Johnson started work as a temporary maintenance worker with Gaithersburg in 1973, he never imagined that on Sept. 10, 2013, he would be celebrating 40 years of work with the city and have the longest tenure of any employee there.


“I originally wanted to be a police officer,” said Johnson, known as Bobby to his coworkers. “But at the time, they had strict height requirements and I wasn’t tall enough.” The Layhill native is now supervisor of the mowing and bulk pickup crews in the city’s Public Works Department and oversees projects that include mowing, bulk pickup, leaf collection and traffic control. Before joining the city, he served in the Navy from 1969 to 1973. City staff commemorated the anniversary by serving cake and ice cream. The 62-year-old also will receive a $2,000 longevity award from the city. Johnson cited friendly coworkers and important projects as the reasons he has stayed in his position for so long. “I enjoy the people I work with and most of what I do,” he said. “You never know what you’re going to get each day.” In 1999, Johnson was named Employee of the Year by the city. He also was recognized as Employee of the Quarter twice and a member of the Team of the Year three times. Looking toward retirement, Johnson set a target date of January, but he might stay longer. His biggest motivation for leaving is his desire to spend more time with family, especially his 2-year-old grandson. “My grandson is so much fun,” he said. “When he starts school, I want to be the one driving him there and picking him up.”

Hospice Caring hosts fundraiser Hospice Caring will feature new gardens and a theatrical performance at a fundraiser from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Celebration of Hospice Caring Gardens will mark the opening of the Children’s Garden and Rose Garden. The Gardens Catalogue will be launched to give attendees the opportunity to sponsor items such as butterfly houses and sculptures and donate to the upkeep of the grounds. Actress Mary Ann Jung will portray Queen Elizabeth I in her own performance about

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the monarch’s life. The show will give the audience a look at Renaissance food, clothing, pastimes, manners and dancing. Afternoon tea provided by Tranquil Traditions and light refreshments will follow the play. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Jeannette Mendonca at 301-869-0113 or visiting Sponsorships also are available on the website. The event will be at Hospice Caring’s Cottage, 518 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg.

Fitness studio opens in the Kentlands Since opening its doors Sept. 10, a new Bar Method fitness studio has been offering an approach to getting fit that’s gaining popularity. The Kentlands establishment specializes in the Bar Method exercise program, which incorporates dance conditioning and interval training to achieve a body-sculpting workout. The studio is at 189 Kentlands Blvd., Suite 201, Kentlands Market Square in Gaithersburg. There is another location in Bethesda. For more information, call 301-926-6900 or visit

CiCi’s Pizza fundraiser benefits Special Olympics CiCi’s Pizza in Gaithersburg donated $1,580 to the local chapter of Special Olympics Maryland on Sept. 17 after holding a monthlong fundraising campaign in August. Six CiCi’s locations throughout the state participated in several fundraising activities, including offering guests the opportunity to purchase and personalize Special Olympics logos, which were then displayed in the restaurants. Participating locations also hosted Dough Raiser events, teaming up with local law enforcement to challenge guests to Cover the Cruiser with the logos. Every dollar raised through the sale of the $1 logos went directly to the nonprofit.

Jewish council offers computer classes The Jewish Council for the Aging offers computer classes designed to introduce, refresh or advance users’ computer skills. Classes are held throughout the year in Rockville, Gaithersburg and Northern Virginia. Fees range from $15 to $80 for one- to six-week sessions. Free assisted practice times also are available. For more information, visit or call 240-395-0916.

Chamber to hold transportation conference The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce

will hold a transportation conference Oct. 24. The event will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Universities at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville. Discussion topics include the Corridor Cities Transitway, Watkins Mill interchange, Midcounty Highway and proposed countywide rapid transit system. Those attending are asked to register at

Street reconstruction to start Monday The Gaithersburg Department of Public Works will conduct street reconstruction on Professional Drive and Bank Street starting Monday. The project will include removal and replacement of existing curbs, gutters, sidewalks and pavement. Work will take place on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and should last about two months, weather permitting. Status updates will be posted on the city’s website, Contact Upton Reed at 301-258-6370 for more information.

“I enjoy the people I work with and most of what I do,” says Robert Johnson, who recently marked 40 years of employment with the city of Gaithersburg. “You never know what you’re going to get each day.” Here he stands in the public works yard with snow removal equipment being readied for the upcoming Snow Road-eo. Johnson recalls riding on the back of snow removal trucks and manually throwing salt on roads when he first started working with the city.

City council to hold meeting for Pheasant Run The Gaithersburg City Council will hold a neighborhood meeting for the residents of the Pheasant Run community Tuesday. The Council in the Communities meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and will be in the Youth Center at Robertson Park, 801 Rabbitt Road. For more information, call Linda Kobylski in the city’s planning and code administration department at 301-258-6330, email her at or visit

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in Gaithersburg, completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare skills. By completing basic military training, they both earned four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

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MedImmune marks 25 years with celebration

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Children, parents and teachers at the Jefferson Montessori School in Gaithersburg walk with a giant dove to the playground as part of their Peace Day celebration Friday. Students at Jefferson Montessori School in Gaithersburg spent the month of September with a peace education curriculum that included arts and crafts, stories and discussions. They celebrated Peace Day with a Peace Walk on Friday. “This year, the entire Jefferson community including our toddlers,

preschoolers, kindergartners, faculty, staff and parents participated in our annual ‘Moving Voices Peace Walk,’” head of school Najma Shah wrote in an email. “[We] met at the imagination garden and ‘Paloma,’ the Jefferson Peace Dove, led the group on the peace walk. ... Upon reaching the Sports Court we gathered around our Peace Pole

and offered words of peace in English, Spanish, Hindi, Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic and French. We concluded by lighting a candle for peace.” The International Day of Peace, known as Peace Day, was established by the United Nations in 1981. It is observed around the world on Sept. 21. — PEGGY MCEWAN

Parents seek answers on mold at Rolling Terrace n Aging, broken HVAC system played part in outbreak BY


When students and staff returned to Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park after the Labor Day weekend, they were met with classrooms sporting growth more suited to a science experiment petri dish. On Sept. 3 and 4, mold was found in more than 30 rooms — “the majority of the building,” Principal Jennifer Connors said. Weeks later, Rolling Terrace parents say they are frustrated by a lack of communication from the school and concerned that some students have shown allergy and asthma symptoms. School officials attribute the mold outbreak to a combination of factors, including the humid summer and an old, malfunctioning heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that’s more than 25 years old. Mold has been cleaned from classrooms and other areas. After testing the building’s air quality, school system staff are monitoring the building’s temperature and humidity. Renovations have been moved up in the county’s capital budget, said James Song, director of the school system’s Department of Facilities Management. Some parents, however, said they think the school has not provided enough information and want the school to survey families to see how many students are experiencing symptoms. Rolling Terrace parent Bridgette Kaiser said her fourth-grade son’s allergies have gone “out of control” since he returned to school after the Labor Day weekend.


Fifth-grade Spanish Immersion teacher Mauricio Salinas teaches a science class Monday at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park. He has mild asthma, she said, and this was the first time his normal treatment couldn’t get it under control so she took him to an urgent care center. Kaiser said she doesn’t know if her son reacted to the mold or the cleaning the agents the school used. Some teachers found a few spots of mold they returned from summer vacation on Aug. 21 and 22, but the spots did not seem to be a cause for a concern, Connors said. The school was cold with a lot of moisture that made the floors damp, Connors said, so staff used dehumidifiers, opened doors and raised the thermostats. Then they returned from the Labor Day weekend. “It was pretty intense,” she said. The day after Labor Day, after the kids left, a school system mold remediation team cleaned the building until around 3 a.m., she said. The next day a few more classrooms had mold, she said, bringing the total to about 30 affected class-

rooms. The staff lounge, two offices and the art room were also affected. The school sent a letter home in both English and Spanish to families on Sept. 6, Connors said, and a meeting was held for parents and school staff to discuss the issue on Sept. 16. Days after the meeting, PTA president Mindy Kassaraba — whose son has recently experienced flare ups of eczema — said parents still don’t know what kind of mold was found and what cleaning products were used. She also felt the school system was responding too slowly. Connors said the school started drafting its letter on Sept. 4 and she wasn’t sure it could have sent the letter to parents any sooner than it did. “Upon reflection, we certainly could have tried to get it out sooner,” she said. Song said the school will see several steps of work to replace old equipment. While they have already been repaired, a few HVAC controls that had malfunctioned will be replaced

within a month, Song said. More comprehensive renovation will take place within a year, Song said. The school is scheduled to see new boilers and chillers in several years. Given the number of buildings in the school system, Song said, mold growth is not unusual and similar cases have occurred in the past. However, the school’s problems with its HVAC system point to a larger issue, he said, as the school system is also dealing with “an extensive amount of backlog” when it comes to replacing outdated HVAC equipment, he said. Much of the school system’s focus has been directed toward adding classrooms to accommodate its growing enrollment, Tofig said. “Now we are reaching the point where the infrastructure needs are crying out for attention,” said state Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring.

Montgomery County’s largest biotechnology company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week, actually hatched from a meeting in the Big Apple. In the late 1980s, Wayne T. Hockmeyer was an executive with Praxis Biologics in Rochester, N.Y., with an inkling to branch out on his own. He had spent two decades in the Army, including as chairman of the Department of Immunology at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C., from 1980 to 1986. A 1987 meeting with the late venture capitalist Wally Steinberg in New York City led to the development of the largest biotech in Montgomery Hockmeyer County, helping the county to grow into one of the nation’s foremost biotech regions. Steinberg agreed to give Hockmeyer $3.5 million, which he used to form Molecular Vaccines Inc. in 1988 and renamed the company MedImmune in 1990. Growing from a handful of research scientists, MedImmune now has some 2,500 employees worldwide, with about 2,000 at headquarters in Gaithersburg. The company is hosting Hockmeyer, who stepped down as CEO in 2000 and as board chairman in 2007, on Thursday at its headquarters and making donations to organizations chosen by employees to mark the company’s 25th year. Annual revenues at MedImmune grew from $13 million in 1992 to $1.3 billion by 2006. The company was sold for $15.6 billion in 2007 to British drug giant AstraZeneca and became its global biologics research and development arm. The Gaithersburg area’s highquality scientific talent and worldclass biotechnology resources continue to be “tremendous assets” to MedImmune, helping the company compete as a global leader in biologics, said Bahija Jallal, executive vice president of MedImmune. Biologics are medicinal products created by biological processes, rather than being chemically made, used to treat diseases. MedImmune’s products include Synagis, which prevents respiratory

disease in infants, and the nasalspray vaccine FluMist. The company has more than 120 biologics currently in research and development, with about 30 in clinical trials. MedImmune projects account for almost 50 percent of AstraZeneca’s pipeline. On Monday, a committee with the European Medicines Agency issued a positive opinion on AstraZeneca’s Fluenz Tetra, a four-strain flu vaccine that is broader than the conventional three-strain version. The EuJallal ropean Commission, which has the authority to approve medicines for the European Union, will now review the four-strain vaccine. MedImmune markets Fluenz Tetra in the U.S. under the trade name FluMist Quadrivalent, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in early 2012.

GenVec lawsuit dismissed In other bioscience industry news, a federal lawsuit filed in Greenbelt last year accusing Gaithersburg biotech GenVec of misleading investors over a pancreatic cancer drug was dismissed Friday by U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow. The class-action suit was filed by Brower Piven, a law firm with offices in New York and Stevenson, Md. A Brower Piven representative could not be reached for comment. The “facts simply do not support that defendants’ alleged misrepresentations or omissions are actionable” under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Chasanow wrote. Douglas J. Swirsky, CEO of GenVec, said in a statement that he was pleased with the dismissal. “There are no winners when an experimental therapeutic fails in clinical trials, especially for a challenging and underserved indication such as pancreatic cancer,” he said. Leaders of GenVec are working to continue the company, rather than dissolve, as its board voted to do in May. Former CEO Cynthia Collins was replaced by Swirsky, while three board members resigned. GenVec, which works on developing gene therapy treatments and was founded in 1992, reported a net loss of $14.1 million in 2012, almost twice as much as in 2011.

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Gaithersburg voters won’t have any choices to make when they cast their ballots for the city council elections Nov. 5. All petitions and applications to become candidates were required to be filed by last Friday, and because no new applicants have entered the race, the mayor and council members will run unopposed. The city’s Board of Supervisors of Elections is scheduled to meet Wednesday evening to certify the candidates’ petitions and review their campaign finance reports, according to city elections clerk Lauren Klingler. There are no write-in candidates allowed in Gaith-

ersburg city municipal elections. The terms of Mayor Sidney Katz, Council Vice President Mike Sesma and Councilman Henry Marraffaend this year, and all have decided to seek another four-year term. Katz held a council seat from 1978 to 1998, when he was first elected mayor. He is headed to his fifth mayoral term from 2014 to 2018. Sesma has served on Gaithersburg’s council since 2005. Marraffa has held a council seat since 1995. The three candidates have already attended mandatory training sessions presented by city staff. The sessions cover the city’s election laws, ethics requirements, campaign guidelines and electronic filing. Elections will be held Nov. 5. and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. City Hall will also be open for early voting on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Nov. 2 from noon to 5 p.m.


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State contract helps city’s police officers reload Ammunition cost totals $44,623 BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER

The Gaithersburg Police Department purchased ammunition through an existing Maryland state contract after the city council unanimously adopted a resolution Sept. 16 that authorized the sale. Police Chief Mark Sroka sought approval from the city to buy $44,623 worth of ammunition for the department, which was covered by funds in the city’s operating budget. This is the second straight year the city has used a state contract to buy ammunition from The Gun Shop in Vincentown, N.J. In July 2012, the police department bought $42,423 of ammunition, city documents show. City spokesman Dan Lane said the new ammunition will provide semiannual firearms training for officers and a newuser rifle school for 14 newcomers to the department.


purchasing under the Maryland state contract. This allowed the city to buy ammunition at a discounted price from a vendor the state already has determined to have the best price. “The state went out to bid several years ago for ammunition,” Rhodes said. “Because it agrees to purchase such a large quantity, it generally gets a better price. We might not get a price that low on our own.” The Gun Shop will supply ammunition to the department at a 25 percent discount off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. When a contract expired

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ANNAPOLIS — Those looking to buy a regulated firearm in Maryland after Oct. 1 will be required to shoot one first. Regulations approved Monday will require applicants for a handgun license to shoot one live round first, as part of mandated training. Specifically, the regulations require applicants for a Handgun Qualification

License have firearms safety training, “including a practice component in which the applicant safely fires at least one round of live ammunition.” Maryland’s new gun law requires background checks, fingerprinting and a licensing fee for everyone purchasing regulated firearms — a category that includes handguns but not shotguns or hunting rifles. The law also bans about 40 semiautomatic rifles deemed to be “assault weapons” and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. It also restricts gun ownership by certain people with a history of mental illness. The regulations were approved by the Joint Committee on Administra-

tive, Executive and Legislative Review. A panel that includes senators and delegates, AELR is tasked with determining if regulations written by the executive branch are consistent with a new law. The lion’s share of the new regulations went uncontested at a Monday’s meeting. However, about six lawmakers objected to a provision that required applicants to fire a weapon first. Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. (R-Dist. 36) of Chesapeake City said not everyone has easy access to a shooting range. After much debate during the 2013 General Assembly session, lawmakers deliberately struck the provision requiring applicants to shoot first, he said. Del. Kathleen M. Dumais (D-Dist.

15) of Rockville disagreed. Dumais said lawmakers changed the wording to specify that the training include an orientation component to demonstrate safe operation and handling of the weapon, as opposed to showing proficiency with the weapon, which was the original language. Proficiency is required for those seeking a permit to carry a handgun. When it comes to defining the orientation required by the law, Dumais said it is not a stretch for Maryland State Police to include firing a live round. Sean Thornton, senior training program coordinator with the National Rifle Association, testified that shooting one round does not demonstrate the

knowledge needed to safely operate a handgun. But Thornton also said trainers can get a clear picture of someone’s ability to safely shoot without them firing a live shot. Despite repeated testimony to remove the requirement, a nine-member majority of the committee present Monday passed it into regulation. Others who testified questioned the $50 application fee — the maximum allowed under the law — the state will collect and a requirement to provide a Social Security number on the application. Both will be part of the new regulations.

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It’s hard enough to pay one tax bill, but Mark Lipowsky was seeing double when he got two identical tax bills from the county this month. The North Potomac resident

says he got the two identical bills in the mail for his 2013 Personal Property Tax on Sept. 12. “I checked the year, the phone number ... to me it was identical,” he said, adding that he got a little upset after contacting the county’s general information hotline only to be told to ignore the additional bill. Turns out the double billing was just a computer glitch. The county sends an electronic file of the bills that need to be printed to Foremost Printing

Inc., a local printing company hired to do the county’s tax bill printing and mailing. Each printing machine holds between 2,400 to 4,800 pages, and when there is a need to add paper to each machine the company rolls back one or two bills from the file to make sure every resident receives the mailing, said Mike Coveyou, chief of the Division of Treasury in the Montgomery County Department of Finance. “It doesn’t happen a lot,” said Coveyou. “We only pay for

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John was the son of William J. Gruver and Betty Ball Gruver. He was born on August 19, 1951 In the Gaithersburg area. He attended local schools, graduating from Gaithersburg High School in 1969. He received an AA degree from Montgomery College. John went to work at the U S Postal Service, serving at various post offices in the Gaithersburg area. He later worked for Westat Research where he worked for 14 years, up until the time of his death He helped to promote a team spirit at the office, and was a devoted friend to his Westat colleagues. John was known for his kindness and gentleness of spirit. To friends and family alike, he was always willing to offer a helping hand. He was a source of support and strength to his mother until her recent passing. He met his physical challenges with a gallant and uncomplaining spIrit. He had lively sense of humor and was always ready to share a laugh. The great joy of John’s life was his son Joshua, and later, his two grandsons Finn and Toby. He enjoyed family events, whether the event involved playing with the children, canoeing camping, gourmet dining or simply hanging out chatting and joking. Along with his easy going nature and humor, he was personally highly disciplined. He adhered to a rigorous year round schedule of swimming for fitness and maintained an unwavering commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Survivors include his son Joshua Gruver, Ph.D., daughter in law Adrienne, and grandsons Finnian Bay and Tobias Leland, all of Muncie, Indiana. John is also mourned by his surviving siblings: MaryLee Gruver Phelps and her husband Harold of Accokeek, MD, Ann Gruver Barnard and her husband Geoffrey of St.Thomas, USVI, Bettina Gruver Smith and her husband Richard of Murrells Inlet, SC and Merrill Gruver and her husband Ted Greenwald of Redwood City CA, and brothers Andrew Gruver and his wife Beth of Glyndon, MD and Michael Gruver and his wife Mary Jane of Taberg, NY. Survivors also include 16 nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews who all adored their Uncle John, his honorary daughters Kerrianne Hinerman and Page Hinerman, his former wife Ann Fauntleroy Hinerman and special friend Toni Forcino. His passing was swift and uncompromising He will be greatly missed. A memorial service and celebration of John’s life will be held at Seneca Creek State Park, the Doe Pavilion, on Sunday, October 13, 2013 beginning at one pm. 1894849

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Residents who say “no” to a new smart electric meter could end up paying for it in Maryland. Pepco is one of four electric utilities in the state that could get permission from Maryland’s Public Service Commission to charge those who don’t accept a new smart meter. The charges are also being considered for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Delmarva Power and Light Co. and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc. In January, the PSC began considering how to provide electric customers a way to opt out of receiving a new smart meter, also known as advanced metering. It asked utilities to provide estimated costs for allowing customers to keep their old meters as well as how much they would need to recover from customers who don’t take a smart meter. On Sept. 10, PSC staff recommended the commission allow utilities to charge customers who keep their existing meters about $75 upfront as well as a monthly fee. They are also recommending the companies make sure actual costs match actual revenue, at least once. For Pepco customers, that monthly fee would tack $44.91 more onto their bill, more than 18 times the $2.41 the utility’s latest rate increase tacked onto the average customer’s bill. Pepco proposed an upfront fee of $100 to keep an existing meter with a monthly fee of $58. Maryland’s Office of People’s Counsel supports charging customers who choose to keep their meter. “... [C]ustomers who opt out should bear responsibility for the costs,” People’s Counsel Paula M. Carmody said in an emailed statement. “That way, those who take the smart meter don’t have to pay extra because others decide not to. This is what we recommended, and it’s what Staff is supporting.” But Harford County Del. Glen Glass thinks no one should have to pay to keep their current meter. Glass (R-Dist. 34A) of Aberdeen is behind a bill that would allow customers to opt out free of charge. Glass proposed a bill in the 2012 session to allow customers to say no and not pay, but it died in committee. He proposed it again in 2013 and gained 19 cosponsors, he said. Not killed outright by the chamber, the bill was sent to “summer study,” which is a way of discussing it after the session ends. While he considers that a win, Glass plans to introduce the legislation again in 2014. “In a perfect world, I would like a moratorium on all smart meters in the state of Maryland,” he said. Pepco said in an email statement that smart meters allow for virtually no manual meter reading. Because customers who opt not to have smart meters will still require manual reads, the increased cost of manual meter reading should not be paid for by the vast majority of customers who have embraced this technology. “That is a big fat lie,” Glass said of the manual readings. “You can read your own meter and send numbers back into the utility companies. We used to do that in the past.”

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More jobs, higher wages and student achievement topped Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler’s priorities as he hit the campaign trail Tuesday to be Maryland’s next governor. Addressing a crowd holding red “Gansler Democrat for Governor” signs in one hand and Good Humor ice cream bars in

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the other — while trying not to sink in the oddly sopping wet grass — Gansler, 50, promised to not accept things the way they are and detailed his vision to make Maryland proud. “I’m not your candidate if you want the status quo,” Gansler (D) told those gathered in Rockville’s Courthouse square. “My No. 1 priority as governor will be doing what needs to be done to create jobs and build an economy that delivers for the middle class.” If the General Assembly does not raise the minimum wage in 2014, Gansler promised it would be his first act as governor.

Calling the achievement gap the state’s “biggest moral stain,” he promised that ensuring minority students achieve as well as their classmates will be one of his most important causes. “We will take this on,” he said. “We will get this done.” Gansler chose the shadow of Montgomery County’s courthouses as his first campaign stop, saying it is where his career in public service began. “This is a symbol, in my view, of what I like to be all about, which is standing for justice, standing for fairness, standing up for the hardworking people of Maryland,” he

said. Touting his support of Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign and his role in creating the state’s Civil Rights department, hiring AsianAmerican prosecutors, adding African-American and Latino prosecutors and promoting women to senior leadership, Gansler promised to craft an administration that “from top to bottom, will unapologetically be diverse.” “I’m not worried about conventional wisdom. I’m not willing to accept the way things are and play it safe,” he said. “I want to lead, I want to work

with you and I want to make a difference.” Before others took up the fight, Gansler was battling for marriage equality, said state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, who helped introduce the attorney general. If elected, Gansler would be the first Montgomery County resident elected governor. But so would Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, who also is seeking the party’s nomination. In addition to Mizeur, Gansler faces Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) in the June 2014 Democratic primary.


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The salary for Montgomery County’s next County Council members could be 20 percent more than it is now, under a proposal presented to the council on Tuesday. The county executive’s pay could rise about 5 percent. Some of those increases are recommended by a committee that’s required to study local salaries every four years. But some of the additional money already is guaranteed, through costof-living increases for the council and executive already set to take effect in December, unrelated to the salary study. The study commission also recommended that raises in the county’s sheriff and state’s attorney salaries match a consumer price index. The report of the Committee to Advertisement

Study the Compensation of the County Executive, County Council, Sheriff and State’s Attorney is solicited by the council every four years. The current recommendations would apply to the new council that will be seated following the 2014 election. The changes wouldn’t go into effect until Dec. 1, 2014, and will not apply to the current council and executive, who are legally prohibited from giving themselves a raise. Under the proposal, the county executive’s salary would increase from $180,250 to $190,000 per year, while the council’s pay would rise from $104,022 per year to $125,000. Some of that bump would come through the guaranteed cost-of-living increases taking effect at the end of this year. Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring currently receives an additional 10 percent as council president, with a salary of $114,425. The proposal would keep that additional 10 percent for the next president.

The committee presented its findings to the council on Tuesday, Council members expressed their gratitude to the committee members, but took no action. A bill will be drawn up with the committee’s recommendations and a public hearing will be held before the issue goes to the council for a vote, Navarro said. The council can accept the recommendations, lower them or reject them. Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (DDist. 5) of Takoma Park said she hopes discussion of the bill won’t obscure the fact that public service is a high calling. Many people choose not to run for office because of concerns over whether they can make it work financially, meaning politics tends to draw people from wealthier backgrounds, she said. Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said one of the main challenges of public service is sustaining a young family on a public official’s salary.

Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said he would like to see a gradual increase rather than have it done in “too much of one fell swoop.” At a Sept. 18 community meeting between Rice and constituents in Damascus, Damascus resident Sue Payne said she didn’t think the council should get such a big increase when many people in the county are just getting by financially, coping with high county taxes and fees. The council already is scheduled to get more money, but hasn’t done enough to root out waste in county finances, Payne said. Council members and County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) are scheduled to receive a previously approved 2.28 percent cost-of-living increase on Dec. 2. Under the compensation committee’s recommendation, the executive and council’s salaries would increase each year by the same percentage as any increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers for the Wash-

ington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area for the 12 months leading up to each Sept. 1. The index won’t be calculated until the end of this month. The county’s sheriff currently receives $154,000 a year and will get a 2.1 percent cost-of-living increase on Dec. 2. The committee report suggests tying any raise in the sheriff’s salary to the consumer price index, too. The same recommendation on the index was made for the state’s attorney, whose $199,000 salary will get a cost-ofliving increase in January. Gino Renne, president of the county’s general employee union, the United Food and Commercial Worker said that as a labor leader, he supports the principle of workers receiving competitive pay hikes. The union’s current agreement with the county will pay eligible workers a 3.5 percent step increase, a 3 percent longevity increase and a 3.25 percent cost-of-living increase in each of the next two years.

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Power to the people

Eastern Shore Republicans, unintentionally, have made Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley look magnanimous. Dragged into a noisy squabble over a state Senate vacancy, O’Malley handled the situation with aplomb. O’Malley had to mediate, as it were, because Republicans in District 36 fought and fought, and couldn’t decide how to fill E.J. Pipkin’s seat, which he vacated last month. The Republican central committees of Kent and Caroline counties picked Del. Steven S. Hershey. Queen Anne’s and Cecil counties wanted Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. Under the state constitution, when a state delegate or senator vacates a seat, the central committee of the party of the departing legislator chooses a replacement (a Republican takes over for a Republican) within 30 days. The constitution says the “governor shall appoint” the pick sent to him, no later than 15 days after receiving it. But when party officials charged NEW with making a decision argue themAPPROACH selves into a deadlock, they abdicate TO FILLING and defer to the governor. LEGISLATIVE O’Malley appointed Hershey VACANCIES and explained: “Filling a Republican vacancy is a matter that should have been resolved (locally). ... Rather than resolving their differences [the committees] forwarded two names to my desk. In discharging my Constitutional duty of selecting just one of these candidates, I am guided not by which candidate I would prefer, but rather by which candidate has demonstrated the broadest electoral support in the district.” Did Smigiel’s ongoing brashness toward the governor play a factor? (Smigiel boasts on his blog: “You may recall that I have sued his administration three times over their actions in Annapolis.”) Perhaps. But why is a Democratic governor arbitrating a GOP feud? There’s wisdom in O’Malley’s words: The people of the district should have the ultimate say in who represents them. Dissent has paralyzed the process before, like in 2010, when Washington and Frederick counties made O’Malley pick between two candidates for a Republican delegate slot in District 3. Those who grumbled about how Montgomery County Democrats picked a replacement for Robert J. Garagiola’s Senate seat also wanted a more open process. If state lawmakers are to be the voices of their districts, they should be the clear and transparent choice of those constituents, through an election. This would require a constitutional amendment and might mean longer periods of vacancy, but it would be worth it. The current system is lousy.

Flag on the play Our communities face an intractable problem that seems to defy common sense. Hundreds of people blithely flout posted speed limits, stop signs and traffic lights. Hundreds of people haven’t learned how to cross the street. Together, they make a dangerous mix. Gaithersburg might embrace a proposal meant to increase safety by making pedestrians more visible: The city may ask pedestrians to carry flags as they cross South Summit Avenue where it intersects with Olde Town Avenue. The flags will be in containers on either side of a crosswalk, available for pedestrians to hold as they cross the street. The thought is the flags will draw drivers’ attention and reduce the number of times pedestrians get hit crossing the street. “I think it ultimately falls under something that can’t hurt,” said Ollie Mumpower, division chief for engineering services in the city’s public works department. It might not hurt, but it’s hard to say it will help. Our communities put up stop signs; drivers ignore them. Our communities put up speed limit signs; drivers ignore them, too. CRACKING Our communities develop DOWN ON cameras that record an automobile’s speed and provide an image SPEEDERS, JAYWALKERS to law enforcement, which efficiently can mail a $40 ticket to the car’s owner. The locations of the cameras are posted publicly, often announced on signs just ahead of the cameras’ locations. Drivers ignore them, too. In fact, drivers ignore them so often, the cameras have become a major source of revenue for our governments. Drivers could drive the speed limit to avoid the tickets. Instead, complaints rise to the rafters that the cameras are unfair. Maybe the complainers have a legal argument, but the fact remains, why don’t they just slow down? Pedestrians are guilty of ignorance, too. Our communities paint crosswalks in the street and add walk/don’t walk signs at the corner. Pedestrians ignore them. Drivers don’t slow down because they insist that the number one motor vehicle law is: “You can do what you want if you don’t get caught.” Pedestrians jaywalk because they cross streets insisting that they, too, can do what they want so long as they don’t get caught. But the sad thing is, jaywalking pedestrians are getting hit by motorists ignoring their speed, flags or no flags.

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A bumpy ambulance ride One day this past August, my wife felt unwell. She felt pressure in her chest, much anxiety and heavy breathing. I called the Kaiser Permanente advice nurse, who felt sufficiently concerned to advise me to call 911 as the symptoms could be associated with a heart attack. I called the emergency number and an ambulance, and fire engine arrived within a few minutes.

The staff acted very professionally, did the preliminary tests and then decided that she needed further evaluation and should be moved to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. At the hospital, she was examined by emergency medical staff on duty, who determined that she suffered no cardiovascular event. In this episode that ended well, there was only one problem, the ambulance ride. My

wife felt that the ambulance in which she was transported had no springs or shock absorbers, at least not fully functioning, as the trip was bumpy and uncomfortable. The emergency crew was getting thrown around inside the vehicle and my wife had to hold on to the seat. Since ambulances are designed to transport sick people, in some situations being jolted and thrown around

Closings urged on Muslim holidays Lindsay Powers’ article regarding the push by Saqib Ali for designating two Islamic holidays as school days off for Muslim children was of great interest [“Coalition wants Montgomery County schools to close on Muslim holidays,” Sept. 18]. I don’t know what the mechanism is to accommodate that request, but I remember the days when I and several other Eastern Orthodox Christian children were in Montgomery County schools and our parents were at a loss as to what to do in our case. Eastern Orthodoxy celebrates Easter by the Julian calendar and that greatest of

all weeks for us rarely coincides with the Roman Catholic and Protestant days. What my parents, and now I for my children, had done was to keep us out of classes on Good Friday and the kids would get charged with an unexcused absence. People of our faith were not great activists against the rulings of our elected officials like the Jews and the Muslims. But now as we have matured in those political endeavors perhaps it is time to undertake them. I am certain that there are those of other faiths like the Hindu and the Buddhist that may have their own demands.

Perhaps the answer may be to allot a certain number of days for each student that would be designated “absent for religious reasons” and that these would cover any and all legitimate faiths — including the Jewish and Christian. Along with this should be the elimination of the week of “spring holiday” that coincides with the Christian Holy Week. I believe that this would be a thoroughly equitable system to accomodate all of our religious beliefs and practices. The only people that might disagree would be the atheist families among our populace.

John P. Nasou, Sandy Spring

A Wegmans lament

On Sept. 15, two friends and I traveled from Rockville to the grand opening of Wegmans food market in Germantown. We were impressed by the store layout, the lighting, the assortment of fresh produce displayed, and the large variety of

grocery and nongrocery items available. I left Wegmans lamenting the fact that Rockville does not offer access to such a viable option for grocery shopping. Shortsightedness by city of Rockville officials has deprived

Rockville residents of nearby mainstream options for department stores, grocery stores and restaurants. I hope more Rockville residents will visit Wegmans to see what they are missing.

Lucinda Hall, Rockville

Ugly project in Sligo Park Hills I live in Sligo Park Hills. The county is in the middle of installing “rain gardens” and “bio-swales” in our neighborhood. The project is an unsightly mess. Each homeowner was asked beforehand if they wanted to participate in the project. I emphatically said no. Yet I now have a 6-foot-deep hole encroaching 6 feet onto my property. A phone call to the project manager Dan Sheridan elicited the response that the

project is in the county right of way and they can do what they want. Why bother with the ruse of asking permission if you are going to bulldoze your way over homeowner opposition? This project is ill conceived and ugly, and gives truth to the expression that the most dangerous words in the English language are “We’re from the Montgomery County government, and we’re here to help.”

Mark Romanoff, Silver Spring

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could be perilous. Recently, the financial situation of the county has improved and, more importantly, the county is now charging a fee from insurance companies for the use of the ambulances; it would be reasonable to expect that it could allocate adequate funds to replace or repair elderly ambulances.

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Check every ID Having read the article “Not taking chances on 21” [Sept. 18], it is disheartening to see that on average, there is only a 75 percent compliance by businesses over the past five years checking for underage teens seeking alcohol purchases. Having recently traveled to Tennessee I was surprised to find my identification was checked 100 percent of the time when I purchased alcoholic beverages; surprised because I am 57 years of age. After inquiring about the checks with one of the waitresses, I was told it is state law in Tennessee to check the identification of every purchaser. They like and support the law because it left no possibility of error or discrimination (embarrassment of misinterpreting a person’s age on appearance). This does not mean some underage purchasers trickle through because of false identifications, but she expressed the importance of training that helps to recognize a false identification. Perhaps it is time the state of Maryland adopted such a law? I suspect compliance by businesses in thwarting underage access to alcoholic beverages would jump dramatically. It would be easy to scan a restaurant or bar and see that identifications are checked before service. With a law such as this, Maryland can toughen penalties for violations as there will be no more excuses for not checking a patron’s identification.

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Perry pitches Texas to Maryland businesses

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Startup Maryland bus rolls through county and state Entrepreneurs compete for money to launch businesses




Zack Kline is no stranger to pitching his business ideas. He started the Bethesda Green incubator business A.I.R. Lawn Care in 2011, aided by $5,000 in winnings from a Salisbury University business plan competition. Last year, he was among the 168 entrepreneurs who pitched their business ideas in a statewide video competition organized by Startup Maryland, the state offshoot of the Startup America Partnership. And last week, Kline was among seven entrepreneurs pitching on the bus that parked in Bethesda in the midst of a 19-day swing across the state in the second “Pitch Across Maryland” campaign run by the entrepreneurial group. Two businesses that enter the video pitch contest will be picked to be entered automatically in the 2014 InvestMaryland Challenge, which will award $400,000 in grants. Entries are uploaded to YouTube and voted upon by the public for fan favorites, while an investors panel will select eight finalists to formally make pitches at a statewide conference in November. From those eight, a winner and runner-up to enter the InvestMaryland competition will be picked. Companies with less than $1 million in annual revenue and fewer than 25 employees can apply themselves for the challenge through Dec. 6. “The pitch went extremely well,” said Kline, whose company uses electric-powered lawn care equipment that is charged with solar panels.


The business has about doubled in sales each year and received support from people who value the environmentally friendly approach, he said. Loans and lines of credits from banks continue to be a challenge for startups. “They want to see years of financials and bank statements — which can be tough for startups to have — before they will loan money,” Kline said. Startup Maryland’s bus started rolling Sept. 9 in Ocean City and has recorded an average of seven pitches per stop, said Julie Lenzer Kirk, director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and cochairwoman of Startup Maryland. The tour was at Land Sea Air Manufacturing in Westminster on Monday and at Westview Corporate Center in Frederick on Tuesday. It will return to Montgomery County Thursday afternoon at CoFoundersLab in Rockville. The campaign ends Friday in Baltimore. Last year, CoFoundersLab won first place in the video pitch competition. The confluence of resources available to startups in Maryland through federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health, defense centers like Fort Meade and world-class academic institutions such as Johns Hopkins University almost lend local startups an “unfair advantage,” said Michael Binko, president and CEO of kloudtrack, a high-tech company with offices in Rockville and Annapolis, and cochairman of Startup Maryland. At each stop, entrepreneurs are given information about such resources and provided coaching from mentors before making their pitches.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry might have succeeded in his trip to Maryland to lure businesses to his home state, but so far, the only businesses that might move aren’t from Maryland. One is based in Virginia, and the other is in Colorado. Perry, a Republican who ran for president in 2012, met with about 50 business and government representatives Sept. 18 at Morton’s in Bethesda in a well-publicized effort to encourage Maryland businesses to leave the state, and its taxes, and head to Texas. “Texas is the fastest growing state in jobs,” Perry said before a substantial group of broadcast and print reporters outside Morton’s, following his closed-door meeting inside. “Our two states are going in opposite directions.” Perry said it was “premature” to announce that any Maryland businesses are moving to Texas. However, Janice Grenadier, founder of My Pillow Pack of Alexandria, Va. — which provides a handy, stylish way to carry pillows like a backpack — said she has tried for three years to obtain funding and support in the Washington, D.C., area without luck. “I’ve already received more support from these Texas officials here today than I have the past three years,” she said. Joe Wagner, sales manager for Aurora, Colo., alternative energy business Zeus Power Systems, said he and others want to start a solar panel firm in Maryland, but the process “hasn’t been easy.” “We are looking into moving,” said Wagner, who attended the Bethesda meeting.


Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) speaks to the media outside the Bethesda Hyatt hotel after a lunch meeting with Maryland business representatives at Morton’s, a restaurant inside the hotel. “I’m impressed with Colorado, but it’s even getting tougher to run a business there,” he said. “There are always more taxes and red tape.” Other business executives said they would keep their enterprises in Maryland. Perry and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is eyeing a 2016 White House run, have dueled in the past week or so over Maryland’s tax climate and other matters. Perry is running ads on local radio and television stations trying to lure Maryland businesses to Texas. Perry said Sept. 18 that he had “no idea” what he would do in 2016. The governors debated Sept. 18 on CNN’s “Crossfire” program. Perry also toured the Beretta USA gun factory in Accokeek; the company has considered moving from the state. O’Malley disputed Perry’s job-growth claim during the debate and in printed mate-

rial. He said Maryland’s economy is better designed to help raise middle-income workers than Texas, which ranks high in poverty and low in residents with health insurance. O’Malley also said Maryland has fared well in studies such as one by the Anderson Economic Group that showed Maryland businesses had the seventh-lowest local and state tax burden in 2011 — a look at taxes such as corporate income, sales and property — while Texas ranked 17th. Michael Binko, president and CEO of kloudtrack, a high-tech company with offices in Rockville and Annapolis, said taxes should not be the defining issue for where a business is based. “The quality of schools and the work force, as well as venture funding programs, are two other important considerations,” said Binko, co-chair of entrepreneurial advocacy group Startup Maryland. He and others lis-

tened to Perry’s remarks outside Morton’s. While Texas has lured a few businesses from Maryland, aided by a substantial incentive program, Maryland has attracted a good number of out-of-state companies, said Julie Lenzer Kirk, director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and cochairwoman of Startup Maryland. “Both states have a lot to offer businesses,” said Kirk, who grew Applied Creative Technologies to multi-millions in revenues before selling the software assets to a business partner. Diana Waterman, Maryland’s Republican Party chairwoman, who also attended the Bethesda meeting, said Perry shined some important light on tax issues in the state. “We’d prefer that businesses stay here and help us elect more Republicans to office,” she said.


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Continued from Page A-1 son, who would have turned 74 in October and who was about to celebrate the birth of his 11th grandchild, according to The Washington Post. Zagami, who had brain surgery in August, told The Gazette after the service that he stood by as his son Dino read the eulogy he had written. He provided a copy to The Gazette. The eulogy related a story about Zagami asking Johnson permission to marry his daughter, Erin. “A big smile came to his face, and he said — and I quote — ‘I am happiest when Erin and you are happy ...’” Zagami wrote. Johnson’s ability to focus on the positive was a constant refrain among his friends. He lost his first wife, Helen, in 1996 to Lou Gehrig’s disease, before remarrying in 2005 to Judy Greene. “He has always been happy. ... During the most sorrowful times during his life, he managed to find the silver lining, and that is what he chose to dwell upon,” Zagami wrote.

In earlier interviews with The Gazette, other family members spoke of Johnson’s love of fishing. Johnson often cast his line at Nags Head in North Carolina, where he and his family had a summer home. Later in life, he took his grandchildren with him, trips which several grandchildren referred to in notes published in Johnson’s funeral program. “I will ALWAYS remember him for FISHING!” one grandchild wrote in the program for the service. The tragic incidents surrounding Johnson’s death also were at the forefront during the service. “Last Monday was a painful reminder to us all that far too many people in this world are unraveling, turning to violence,” Sonnenberg said during his homily. “Far too many are crying out for care all around us, and they need people reaching out to them. And we need public leaders who muster up the courage to make difficult votes to curb gun violence. And we pray they will do that in days to come. ... No family should have to deal with what this family has been dealing with for the past week.”

Seventeen motorcycle units escorted Johnson’s casket and family members to the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, where Johnson’s body was finally laid to rest under a cloudless autumn sky. Timothy Anderson, a mourner, called Johnson’s death “senseless,” before speaking of Johnson’s capacity for kindness. “He’s the kind of individual who would have put his arms around that guy,” Anderson said about Johnson would have treated the shooter and anyone else he met. Vishnu “Kisan” Pandit, 61, of North Potomac, the other Montgomery County resident killed in last week’s shooting, was laid to rest in a private ceremony last week. Pandit was born in Mumbai, India, in 1951 and moved to the U.S. when he was in his 20s. He moved to Maryland after studying at the University of Michigan, and raised two sons with his wife, Anjali Pandit. A private service for Pandit was held Thursday according to The Washington Post.

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Continued from Page A-1 families focused on academic achievement face a conflict their Christian and Jewish counterparts do not when it comes to holiday observance. Leventhal said he would face the same conflict if county public schools did not close on some Jewish holidays. “If school was in session on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, it would be a conflict,” said Leventhal, who later added his son will stay home on Oct. 15 in support of the initiative. Samira Hussein, co-chairwoman of the coalition, said she wants to see the school system “respect the tradition and culture of every member of the community.” “We’re tired of watching our kids forced to choose between their faith and education,” said Hussein, whose children went through the county school system and who has worked on the issue for decades. Montgomery County Board of Education member Philip Kauffman (At-large) of Olney said in a recent interview that the school system can only close schools when it has evidence of student or staff absences high


Continued from Page A-1 is a big worry. “I think it’s ludicrous to

think that there won’t be enormous traffic problems,” she said. Keith Silliman, a member of the Frenchtown community in Montgomery Village, said school



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Jewish teachers and students on the holidays. Since then, Bowers said, case law has arisen that lets districts close schools only for secular purposes. The school system recognizes both Muslim holidays by declaring them nontesting days and giving Muslim students excused absences. Samantha Kamal — a sophomore at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg and president of the school’s Muslim Student Association — said she stays home from school on TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE the Eids and that most of her friends who celebrate the holiSamira M. Hussein, a family service days choose the same. worker with Montgomery County Public Missing school results in “a Schools, speaks at Monday’s news conference outside the Montgomery County ton of makeup work the next day,” said Kamal, who attended Council Office Building in Rockville. the conference with two friends. Najwa Kareem of Gaithersenough to impact instruction. burg said that when she was a The school system will monistudent in the county school systor absences this year, he said, tem, her parents let her and her though past studies in recent siblings decide whether to go to years have not indicated a “dis- school on the holidays or not. cernible trend.” Kareem said it was hard for Schools close on Christian her to miss class but that she felt holidays such as Christmas and guilty when she didn’t stay home Good Friday under state law. with her family. Chief Operating Officer Larry “I felt this feeling of unrest Bowers said the school system because this is my holiday,” she added Jewish holidays such as said. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur based on low attendance from overcrowding and decreased property values because of the loss of views were among his chief complaints. Despite widespread citizen concerns, Montgomery Village Foundation President Bob Hydorn said it is important to accept the reality that the project is inevitably going to proceed. “Sure, I love my golf course view,” he said. “But, I guess I’m a realist, and I understand they [Monument Realty] bought this property to develop it and they are going to.” Ultimately, Hydorn said the project is still in early stages and that community members have to give both companies an opportunity to revisit the plans with the new feedback. “This is the first any one of us have seen any of the plans,” he said. “I saw some areas where maybe it was too crowded, maybe too much. But, let’s see what they come back with.” Monument is currently keeping the Montgomery Village Golf Club 18-hole course open. Torti Gallas and Partners Inc., the developer, and Monument unveiled a set of potential plans for the property that included a mix of multi-family homes, duplexes, mid-sized single-family homes and townhomes. Each unit, with the exception of the multi-family homes, would also own two parking spaces. The developer will need to work around certain restricted

sections of the site, like Pepco’s rights of way, floodplains and steep hills, which subtract from the amount of viable space. The plan included adding meadows and edible landscaping — in the form of nut trees, berry bushes or other plants — to spaces where they are unable to build. During the presentation, attendees were broken up into three groups and spent time at three stations, listening to different plans for the layout of homes, streets and open space. Monument bought the failing golf course for $5 million in March, though the estimated value of the site was about $1.6 million according to state records. Former owner Jack Doser, a professional golfer, ran the golf club for 34 years. He declared the multi-million dollar business unprofitable at Montgomery Village Foundation meetings in 2011. Russell Hines, president of Monument Realty, said he believed the presentation went well overall, with residents offering a lot of feedback. “We had a large turnout and there is a lot of interest and participation,” he said. “We have to go back to the drawing board and address issues we missed.” Torti Gallas plans on coming back to residents at the end of October or beginning of November to present a more detailed proposal.


Fines for hosting such parties and providing alcohol to minors can be thousands of dollars, he said. Doran told parents that, while schools can help address the issue, parents must accept responsibility. “It’s a parental issue more than it’s a school issue,” he said. Doran urged parents to be active in stopping substance abuse by not hosting parties and calling police when they catch wind of a party. “That’s the issue: Stop the parties,” he said. “I can’t do that.” One mom said during the meeting that her son, a Wootton senior, went through a period when he refused to drink, but his friends alienated him. “The reality is there’s parties and they want to go and be with their friends, and I don’t know what you do,” she said, her voice full of emotion. Carol Noboa, the parent of a ninth-grader and a 12th-grader at the school, said after the meeting that she agreed with Doran. “The best response to this problem is what you can do at home,” Noboa said. “It’s not the school’s problem, basically. It’s more a family issue.” Noboa said she recognizes that “no kid is far away from this problem.” She planned to read information packets handed out at the forum to figure out the best approach to talk with one of her daughters about the issue. The school is set to host an Oct. 16 parent workshop called “How to identify substance abuse and what to do next.” Doran said the school is also considering another forum for both students and parents.

Continued from Page A-1 Wootton’s forum included a presentation from Boxman, who covered topics such as new and commonly used drugs. She urged parents to talk to their kids and other parents. “We need to talk to each other, we need to share our experiences and keep a dialogue going,” Boxman said. Boxman warned the parents that there is no “typical drug user” after sharing the stories of her two nephews who died from overdoses. “What you might consider typical teen behavior ... is actually very, very dangerous,” she said. Parents also must recognize the underlying issues of drug use, Boxman said. Teenagers are looking to fit in with a crowd, lose their inhibitions and escape problems, among other reasons, she said. Montgomery County Police Officer Jeremy Smalley told parents to check their children’s room, computer and cellphone for signs of drug use. “You may think you’re invading their privacy,” Smalley said. “You’re not. You’re being a good parent.” Smalley also addressed underage drinking parties, which he said police are called to “every single weekend.” “This is a major problem in the county,” he said. “We’re not just picking you out.” In the last year or so, he said, “a lot” of parties have been hosted by parents who thought they were doing a good thing by letting their kids and kids’ friends drink in a supposedly safe environment.


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Born and raised in Baltimore, Warren Wolf was introduced to music at a very young age. “It really came through my father, Warren Wolf Sr.,” Wolf said. “He is a

retired Baltimore City public school teacher, but he played music on the weekends. Just like any child, I would say, when they see their parents doing something that looks fun, I saw my dad playing vibes and various percussion instruments. So I started copying him.” For Wolf, copying his father playing the vibraphone lead to lessons, albums and performances, such as the one



n When: 7:30 p.m. Friday n Where: The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda n Tickets: $30 n For information: 301-581-5100;

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Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show makes its way to Strathmore on Friday. PHOTOS FROM SANDY HACKETT’S RAT PACK




andy Hackett has built a sort of show business empire bringing the music, charisma and comedy of Las Vegas’ most enduring showmen back to the stage. And still, it is p particularly uncanny when he says “Hello” in his father’s voice. “I might slip into Buddy at any time,” he said of the iconic inflection belonging to the late comedian and star of screens large and small. “We’re rehearsing.” The production in prep — “My Buddy,” a

one-man show starring Sandy Hackett as his father, and directed by Sandy’s wife and producing partner, Lisa Dawn Miller — will open with previews in Los Angeles at the end of the month, prior to the launch of its official run in Ohio in late October. The homage, Hackett said, was born backstage, as he and his crew from “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack” — which comes to Strathmore on Friday — would gather to exchange stories of old Hollywood. “I’d say, ‘Here’s another story about my

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Warren Wolf will be playing the Mansion at Strathmore on Friday. He says, “With this record, ‘Wolfgang,’ I wanted to showcase the beauty of the vibes and how classical music can be mixed with jazz. ….”


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The BlackRock Center for the Arts is an “undiscovered jewel” that some people may not yet know about, said Executive Director Krista Bradley, who has plenty of ideas about how to change that. “Upcounty is definitely growing by leaps and bounds …. but BlackRock is not necessarily seen as a social and cultural destination,” she said. “We want to encourage people to do more of that.” The center is located in a complex of restaurants, stores and a library in the Germantown Town Center. “Arts play a role in bringing people together,” said Bradley.

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dad, [and] here’s another one,’” Hackett mused. The time, he said, was right. The Rat Pack revue, in fact, now in its fifth year and about to embark on its 2013-14 national off-Broadway tour, owes its heart and soul to dear old dad. “Buddy was a part of that group,” said Miller about those sultans of self-assured swagger, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. “He performed

Comedian Sandy Hackett is son of comedy legend Buddy Hackett.

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Germantown center offers diverse, expanded program


The rock-pop group from New Jersey Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools kicks off the 2013-14 season on Saturday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS


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Documentary film director Ben Kalina has always loved going to the beach, but he doesn’t think beach areas are good places to build, especially now, with seas rising because of climate change. Kalina’s feature-length documentary “Shored Up” takes a close look at the issue. “It’s about what kinds of things can [happen] when we settle in places that aren’t very hospitable to developers,” he said. “Shored Up” is the first of five documentaries, plus

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Author Ismet Prcic and his book “Shards.”


Words and ‘Shards’ Ismet Prcic, winner of The Writer’s Center’s McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize, will read from his highly acclaimed debut novel “Shards” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. Born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Prcic immigrated to America in 1996. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Bat City Review, Faultline, Prague Literary Review and other online journals, and he was the recipient of a 2010 NEA Award for fiction. The reading is free. For more information, visit


“Cascade in Canada,” acrylic on canvas by Jacques Bodelle.

Jacques of all trades October at the MAA Gallery will showcase the works of featured artist Jacques Bodelle. The exhibit opens Tuesday at the gallery in the Westfield Wheaton Mall, and continues to Nov. 3. An opening reception is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Oct. 6. Bodelle, who works in styles ranging from abstract and figurative to still life, and media spanning watercolors to oil, trained as an engineer and geologist in France, lending an occasional architectural aesthetic to his work. For more information, visit

A community in full color “Made in Takoma Park” continues to Nov. 3 at the Galleries at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple


John Guernsey’s “Naïve World.”


Ave., Takoma Park. Featuring works by artists Karen Abromaitis, Lindsay Abromaitis-Smith, Sheila Blake and John Guernsey, the exhibit celebrates the creative spirit of the Takoma Park community. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

Last call for Trawick Prize The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards exhibit closes this weekend at Gallery B in Bethesda,

offering artlovers one last chance to enjoy the juried works of selected artists Lauren Adams (Baltimore), Selin Balci (Annapolis), Travis Childers (Fairfax, Va.), Adam Hager (Washington, FROM GALLERY B D.C.), Mariah Gary Kachadourian’s untitled installation, site-specific Anne Johnson for this particular exhibit, is a scaled xerographic (Washington, printout of the artist’s drawings derived from a D.C.), Gary patchwork of his photos. Kachadourian (Baltimore), Kate Kretz (Colesville) and Caitlin Teal Price (Washington, D.C.). The Trawick Prize is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. through Saturday. For more information, visit


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Color and cosmos: Artist brings his vibrant vision to region’s galleries Max captured psychedelic ’60s n



Pop artist Peter Max, known internationally for his vivid rainbow of colors and cosmic imagery, experienced more than his 15 minutes of fame in the late 1960s. On Sept. 5, 1969, Max made the cover of Life magazine for having tapped into the spirit of the decade’s counterculture with its psychedelic drugs, music and art. Now in his 70s, he is still going strong, a testament to his ability to adapt to changing times without losing his enthusiasm and passion for painting or his unique style. “I draw and paint every day of my life,” said Max. “I have a humongous studio, two floors, 10,000 square feet each, near Lincoln Center.” The Manhattan studio also employs 40 assistants who help manage his collection of work spanning more than four decades, from the counterculture of the 1960s, the environmental movement and the Reagan years, through the turn of the century and up to the present with paintings of President Barack Obama and Taylor Swift. “I’ve created all this work in reserve for shows,” said Max, who attends more than 100 gallery exhibits a year, where fans


and collectors can meet him and also buy his original work. On Saturday, Max will be at the Wentworth Gallery in the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda and later at the Wentworth Gallery in Tysons Galleria in McLean, Va. On display at each location will be 160 of his original paintings, which range in price from about $2,000 up to $90,000. The public is welcome and encouraged to RSVP to the gallery so that organizers can better plan the reception with Max, said Maneta Siegel with the Wentworth Gallery in Bethesda. Longtime collectors or new enthusiasts who think they might want to buy a painting are encouraged to visit the gallery before Saturday so they can take their time and complete the paperwork if they decide to purchase, she said. There is also a 20 percent discount for people who buy early. Buyers also have their photo taken with Max, a procedure which helps ensure the authenticity of the paintings and protects against forgeries. “There are fakes out there,” Siegel said. Born Peter Max Finkelstein in Berlin in 1937, Max left Germany with his family a year later to escape the Nazis. The family lived in Shanghai, Tibet, Israel and Paris before arriving in Brooklyn in 1953 when Max was 16. A fashion designer in Berlin, his mother supplied him with plenty of art materials when he


Among painter Peter Max’s works is “Cosmic Runner,” reflecting his interest in astronomy and the cosmos.

was growing up, according to Max’s biography on his website. He also had an abiding fascination with the starry heavens. “I was going to become an astronomer, but I always loved to draw, so I went to art school,” said Max, who studied traditional painting at the Art Students League, Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts in New York. Through a friend in advertising, he also became interested in graphic and commercial design, joining a studio in 1962 that be-

gan producing work for advertising agencies. Emerging around the same time was Andy Warhol, who had also worked in advertising and was starting to produce paintings about American consumerism and celebrity. As the counterculture gained steam, tapping into psychedelic drugs and Eastern philosophies, Max began applying his trademark colors and love of astronomy to the zeitgeist of the time. Four-color web presses were also coming into use, which enabled Max to sell millions of posters to college students and hippies, spreading his imagery — including his famous “Love” and “Cosmic Runner” posters — everywhere. “It was about cosmology, space and color blends,” said Max, who catapulted to fame. He said he was thrilled one day to run into astronomer Carl Sagan in an elevator — Max was a fan of Sagan’s and vice versa. He also became friends with Warhol and John Lennon and painted portraits of Muhammad Ali and Jimi Hendrix.

“Psychedelic was a hip word — it meant enlightenment,” he said about the era. “They were images I loved and people loved it — it was of the times,” he said. Times always change, but Max continued to paint, adapting his themes but keeping his style. In the years since, he has designed postage stamps, commemorated sports events — including the 1995 New York City Marathon, the 1995 season Super Bowl and the 2006 Winter Olympics — and has painted portraits of five presidents and the Statue of Liberty. In 2000, Max designed a mix of colors that enveloped the outside of a Boeing 777 for Continental Airlines. He also designed images of the New York skyline and the head of the Statue of Liberty that graces the hull of the new Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship launched this spring. Recently he has also painted a cherry blossom series, views of Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge, and interpretations of the

PETER MAX n When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday n Where: Wentworth Gallery, Westfield Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda n Tickets: Free n For information/RSVP: Maneta Siegel, 301-3653270;; html n For information on the Tysons show: Ann Dorman, 703-833-0111

works of Van Gogh and Matisse, while also continuing to support environmental causes and human and animal rights. “I’m still extremely popular,” said Max, who is pleased — and also thankful — for the success he has had in his life. “I’m one unbelievably grateful person,” he said.



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Laughing at Orpheus with Bel Cantanti Company presents Offenbach operetta




Composer Jacques Offenbach loved to make fun of French nobles and officials in the mid-1800s, and his insight into pretense, pomposity and hypocrisy still ring true today in hilarious ways. That’s why the laughs keep coming in the Bel Cantanti Opera Company’s production of Offenbach’s 1858 operetta, “Orpheus in the Underworld” (“Orphée aux Enfers”). “It takes a very satirical view on morality,” said Katarina Souvorova, a Russian-born vocal coach at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., who founded Bel Cantanti in 2003. “The music is terrific,” she said about the training it offers to aspiring opera singers and Offenbach’s rousing “galop” at the end that later become associated with the exuberant cancan at the Moulin Rouge. “Orpheus in the Underworld” will run Friday and Sunday at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville and on Oct. 6 at the Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring. The dialogue is spoken in English, and the lyrics are sung

ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD n When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Sunday n Where: Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville n Tickets: $38 for adults; $35 for seniors; $15 for students; $30 each, groups of 10 or more. n For information: 240-2307372, tickets@belcantanti. com n Note: There will also be a performance at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring

in French with English subtitles projected on a screen. “It’s important for students to get the experience, and important to open the doors for them,” said Souvorova, who first presented “Orpheus in the Underworld” in June at Catholic University. She said she is looking for venues in Montgomery County to present future summer season productions, which are a chance for students to perform and also work with professionals.

“I wanted a comedy, and it’s a very good ensemble opera — there are smaller roles for gods and goddesses,” said Souvorova. She and director Guillaume Tournaire adapted Offenbach’s two-act version of his four-act operetta and added back in some arias to give the performers more chances to sing. “Euridice hits a high E — it’s the role every soprano dreams about,” she said. First presented by Offenbach in 1858 and now rarely performed, it is considered the first European operetta, and it predates the Gilbert and Sullivan shows that debuted decades later in London.

Based on myth Offenbach’s operetta is based on Christoph von Gluck’s serious 1762 opera “Orfeo ed Euridice,” which tells the story of Orpheus, a beguiling musician, who descends into hell to retrieve his wife Euridice but loses her after disobeying an order not to look back at her. Offenbach set his comedic version to the mid-1800s and instead took “a very satirical view on morality,” Souvorova said. Orpheus and Euridice are supposed to love each other, but she hates his violin playing and instead loves a shepherd who is really Pluto, while Orpheus is in hot pursuit of a nymph. A character named Public Opinion steps in from time to time to remind Orpheus about social propriety, which of course falls on deaf ears. “You can do anything as long as you don’t get talked about,” Tournaire said. Meanwhile the gods — including Diana, Mercury, Venus and Mars — behave no better than he mortals, carousing and philandering as if there were no tomorrow. “They’re bored with nectar and ambrosia ... they’re all so bored with the perfect life,” said





Jupiter (Michael Celentano) kneels to ask forgiveness of his wife Juno (Jenna Babyak) who is stretched atop Pluto (Aurelio Dominguez) in the Bel Cantanti Opera Company’s production of “Orpheus in the Underworld.” The 1858 comic opera by Jacques Offenbach is being performed on Friday and Sunday at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville and on Oct. 6 at the Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring. Souvorova, which is why they follow Jupiter to the underworld to find Euridice, who captures his fancy. “Jupiter is supposed to be the boss, the king, but actually he’s a very vain person,” said Souvorova. “Nobody’s perfect, and there are no good or bad characters,” she said.

Challenges abound Tournaire, who grew up in New Orleans bilingual, translated the French libretto into English, striving to capture the humor rooted in Offenbach’s French. The operetta is also full of nuance and allusion, he said. Hidden, for example, in a section about the revolt of the gods to take off for the underworld, there are hints of “La Marseillaise.” “Offenbach was like Mozart — if someone told him not to do

something, he’d do it,” laughed Tournaire. The music is a challenge, and so is the acting and the need for comic timing, he said. “I’m glad it’s comedic, because it give you a chance to work on the acting part,” said Jenna Babyak, a master’s student in voice at Catholic University, who sings the part of Jupiter’s wife, Juno. “It’s very rapid French,” she said about her first French opera. “And the range of voices is pretty large — it’s a challenge to move that voice.” Babyak is also choreographing the dance numbers, working the Charleston and the Lindy Hop into the revelries of the gods. “The music is very lighthearted and fun,” she said. “It’s supposed to be a party.” And a party it is, ending on a happy note that includes the famous can-can tune.

Jupiter (Michael Celentano) and Euridice (Catherine Wethington) perform the “fly duet” from “Orpheus in the Underworld.” “Gilbert and Sullivan were cheerful and witty, but they still had that Victorian reserve,” said Tournaire. “Offenbach doesn’t hold back — you jump and go out and dance!”


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A writer’s life: McLaughlin’s latest draws parallels from childhood Chevy Chase author publishes eighth novel





The defining perspective in octogenarian Ann L. McLaughlin’s fiction often comes from a youngster. “A child’s voice has a kind of clarity,” the Chevy Chase author said. “The innocence and vulnerability help me tell the story.” McLaughlin’s eighth novel, “Amy & George,” was published this month by John Daniel and Company, a small press in California. Nine-year-old Amy and her father George alternate as narrators. As has been the case in most of McLaughlin’s work, the story had an autobiographical impetus. Amy, she said, is based on her recollection of her childhood self, although, “Amy is much nicer and brighter than I was.” The novel also reflects McLaughlin’s fascination with father-daughter


Continued from Page A-13 a comedy, being presented through April by the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown as part of its new independent film series, On Screen/In Person. The series is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. The series starts with “Shored Up” on Sunday, Sept. 29, and includes a Q&A session with Kalina. A Vermont native, Kalina studied filmmaking at Vassar College and earned a Master of Fine Arts in film at Temple University.

ON SCREEN/IN PERSON n Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown n Tickets: $8 (includes film and panel discussion with filmmaker) n When: September 2013 through April 2014 n Sunday: “Shored Up.” A look at coastal development and its environmental costs. n Oct. 18: “Furever.” A look at the dimensions of grief experienced by people who lose their pets, an in some cases try to preserve them after death. n Nov. 15: “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington.” The story of a political rookie, VietnameseAmerican Joseph Cao of New Orleans, who won a seat in Congress.

relationships. “I, too, had an absent father, even more so than George,” she said. George’s career echoes her dad’s, from serving as dean of Harvard Law School to becoming involved with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Fiction allowed the author to modify her history. “I made this a gentler [fatherdaughter] relationship,” McLaughlin said, explaining McLaughlin that such rapport “might have helped me, and I think it’s what my father would have wanted.” No such negative issues existed for McLaughlin’s late husband and their daughter, who “worked and wrote together.” Similarly, McLaughlin’s younger sister, with whom she continues to be close, “had it slightly easier [with our father]. She wasn’t expecting as much.” McLaughlin also used a child’s voice

in her third book, “Sunset at Rosalie,” and her fourth, “The House on Q Street.” Writing has long been the core of McLaughlin’s life. After reading Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” at age 10, she announced to her family that she would be a writer. “Writing was respected and encouraged in my family,” she recalled. Perpetuating her mother’s habit, McLaughlin has kept a journal since her teenage years. “It’s depressing,” she noted about rereading old entries. “The same problems keep coming up.” For some 25 years, McLaughlin has offered eight-week novel writing workshops at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda. This year, she is retooling the class, which will begin in late October, calling it “Transcending the Memoir.” “I’ll ask them to bring in some personal letters, see if we can get something started,” she said. A founding member of the 37-yearold nonprofit, McLaughlin also sits on its board. “Despite lots of changes, the center is thriving, offering 45 courses a semes-

Interested in environmental issues since he was 10 years old, he was a producer of “A Sea Change,” a 2010 documentary about the acidification of the ocean. “Shored Up” was shot in the community of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, a barrier island off the coast of New Jersey, that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Locations also include the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which are also barrier islands. Communities sometimes try to replenish beaches by dredging sand from the sea bottom to fortify the eroding beach, Kalina said, but that can lead to unintended consequences. The practice can create sharp dropoffs in the sea bottom and also cause waves to break on shore instead of in

the water, changing the natural ecology of the beach, he said. Also a major issue is the public cost of replacing damaged buildings close to the ocean. “Developers go into this with their eyes wide open,” said Kalina. “It’s about who’s taking the risk for private investment properties,” he said. Each of the five other screenings will also include a visit by the filmmaker and a panel discussion about the issues raised in the film. “It’s an opportunity to engage the community, not just have people leave afterward,” said Lynne Kingsley, director of marketing and communications for the BlackRock Center.

n Feb. 16: “The Exquisite Corpse Project.” The dynamics of artistic collaboration are explored when five writers create a film by each writing 15 pages of script based on the previous writer’s last five pages. n March 21: “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.” Interviews with actress Lynda Carter, activist Gloria Steinem and others offer their own take on the male-dominated superhero genre. n April 10: “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.” A history of the AIDs Coalition to Unleash Power, which focused mainstream attention on the AIDs crisis. n For information: 301-5282260, www.blackrockcenter. org/events/category/ performances/film.


Continued from Page A-13 BlackRock kicks off the 2013-14 season on Saturday with a visit by the New Jersey pop-rock group Southside Johnny & the Poor Fools. The band is one of 39 performing groups that not only represent an increase in number over last year, but also an increase in the range of genres and cultural backgrounds, offering visitors many different choices. “National research shows that people don’t like to be pigeon-holed,” said Bradley. “We’re proud of the diversity of the music of different types of arts and cultures, given the diversity of the area we’re serving,” she said. There will also be more opportunities for audience members “to get up close and personal with the artists,” she said. More than a dozen groups will meet with audiences for free workshops, master classes and talks. “We’re trying to get a rich experience beyond just the performance,” she said. The first songwriters workshop is with Red Molly, an Americana/folk trio, which


Continued from Page A-13 Wolf will have on Friday at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Wolf, who started his training when he was 3 years old, said he was able to pick up on things from his father very quickly. “I had my first professional gig [when I was] 5,” Wolf said. “After that, that’s when all the training started kicking in — 90 minutes per day in my father’s house, Monday through Friday and on Saturday mornings I would take lessons at the Peabody Conservatory in


Filmmakers Ben Kalina and Jen Schneider shoot footage for director Kalina’s “Shored Up,” a film about the environmental effects of shorefront development. The movie’s screening on Sept. 29 kicks off a series of six independent films being shown through April at the BlackRock Center for the Performing Arts in Germantown.

will meet with audience members before its performance on Oct. 4. The workshop is free but reservations are required. Also in the works are special events, such as a Scotch tasting (for an additional fee) to accompany the Oct. 25 performance by Scottish singer Julie Fowlis. Fowlis sang several songs in the Disney/Pixar animated movie “Brave” about a Highland princess. She will also host a workshop before her second performance on Oct. 26. Post-performance talks are also scheduled for well-known local swing and jazz vocalist Catharine Russell, as well as singer, songwriter and saxophonist Grace Kelly. “We wanted to bring a lot of debut artists who haven’t been to BlackRock before,” Bradley said. Kelly was a semi-finalist at the Thelonius Monk International jazz Vocalists Competition at the Kennedy Center. “She’s a prodigy,” Bradley said. “We’re looking for artists who are young or changing the form … who are probably pushing the boundaries a little bit,” she said. Scheduled for Feb. 1 is Chelsea Green and the Green Project. Classically trained, Green plays jazz, R&B, funk,

rock and soul, plus original tunes, on an acoustic violin. “She breathes new life into classical music as well as popular music,” Bradley said. Also on the schedule is an Americana group, The Stray Birds, performing on May 2. “They have fabulous tight harmonies and beautiful voices,” Bradley said. Meanwhile, tickets remain affordable, ranging from $14 to $45. “It’s really great to have music at a reasonable price,” said Bradley. New this year is a maximum ticket price of $14 for any event for anyone who is 17 and younger. “We’re trying to break down barriers to attendance,” she said. Finishing the season on May 11 are “The Hit Men,” whose members sang with the likes of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells, Jim Croce and Carly Simon. “They’re a fun group, it’s a fun way to end the season,” said Bradley. For a full calendar of performances, including ticket prices, photos and videos of the performers, visit

Baltimore.” Wolf admits that some people tend to flock to the saxophone or the trumpet when it comes to playing blues and jazz. Wolf’s father, a vibraphonist, thought it would be better for his son to pick a different instrument. “Once he knew that I was good, he said, ‘OK, what instrument can I put my son on that will take him somewhere else? Something that’s different?’” Wolf said. “We landed on the vibes. At the same time, I studied the drums and piano, which I still play to this day. I still play drum gigs and piano gigs. The vibraphone is the one that took hold of me.” Although Wolf can play several in-

struments, he wishes he could play the upright bass a little better. “I wish I could play that thing really well,” Wolf said. “I wish I could play it like my quote-unquote boss Christian McBride. The upright bass is very hard to play. It’s very demanding and it’s one of those instruments that you just have to continuously practice all the time.” Wolf just released his second record, “Wolfgang,” on the Mack Avenue label. The first album, according to Wolf, was simply to let people know he was there. “The first album, was simply called ‘Warren Wolf,’” said Wolf. “The statement that I wanted to make with that

ter,” she said proudly. “And I feel I’m getting better as a teacher.” “Writing is a way of thinking,” she said, noting that she tries to transmit the kind of commitment it takes to be a writer to her students. McLaughlin writes six days a week, 9 a.m. to noon — preceded by meditation and a swim. Thoroughly researching the historical context is mandatory. For “Amy & George,” her sources included C.L. Sulzberger’s “World War II,” and Marc McCutcheon’s “Everyday Life From Prohibition Through World War II.” And, she cautions her charges, the process can be lengthy. It took 3 1/2 years to write “Amy & George,” which she said is “about average” for her. Making predictions about her new students amuses McLaughlin. “It’s a fascinating mystery each time, figuring out who is going to work at it, and who will be gone in two weeks,” she said. For much of her career, McLaughlin has belonged to a writer’s group; the latest incarnation has four female members, all published, who get to-


Continued from Page A-13 with them and hung out with them.” Rat Pack tributes are a dime a dozen, but what makes Hackett’s show a particular penny from heaven, said Miller, is that he knew them — each of them — personally. “Sandy has a history with these guys. Joey Bishop was Uncle Joey to him,” she said about the funny man and longtime Hackett family friend. “... Who better to convey that [chemistry] to an audience than someone who grew up with them?” To a preteen Hackett, the lauded Kings of Cool ripping it up on the Las Vegas strip were more akin to pals over to the house for poker night, not the indelible “Ocean’s 11” symbols practically synonymous with the game. “When you’re a child, you don’t know they’re anything special,” he said. “They’re just your dad’s friends. It’s only as you get older you realize, ‘Oh, my friends’ dads aren’t doing this stuff.’” “I have a 7-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son,” Hackett continued. “And right now they’re just becoming cognizant of what their mother and I do.” Miller, too, is the daughter of industry royalty. Her father, famed Motown songwriter Ron Miller, is perhaps best known for penning a number of hits for Stevie Wonder, including “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday,” “Someday at Christmas,” and “For Once In My Life,” the latter, not incidentally, having been covered by crooners from Old Blue Eyes to Tony Bennett. For the show, a sampling of approximately 390 previously unreleased songs by the elder Miller, recently discovered, join American Songbook and nightclub staples such as “Drink to Me Only,” “Come Fly With Me,” and “What Kind of Fool Am I” in a narrative finding the pallies placed back into contemporary rotation by the main announcer, God (a voiceover by Buddy Hackett, who recorded the role prior to his passing in 2003). The production, Miller said, attempts to recreate the seemingly effortless, boozy charm conjured in the halls of the Sands Hotel and Casino all those years ago; that lightning in a bottle of bourbon, or gin or bubbly that corkscrewed throughout a dining room filled with clinking glasses, glamour and laughter as Frank crooned, Dean swooned and Sammy showed up show business with a winning smile. Miller even gets in on the act, portraying a version of actress and one-time paramour of the Chairman of the Board, Ava Gardner, in “Frank’s One Love.” “A lot of tribute shows want to do a caricature of what [the era] was, and they bring out Marilyn Monroe,” Miller said. “But there was only one woman who truly captured his heart and was a huge part of his life, and that was Ava Gardner.” “It was really fire and ice,” Hackett said of the tumultuous relationship and subsequent marriage. “But in my opinion, it was the one true love of his life.” Also taking a more central role in Hackett’s love letter is his portrayal of friend and mentor Joey Bishop. record was to basically show the world that I could play … to show everybody that Warren Wolf was the next star on the vibes. “With this record, ‘Wolfgang,’ I wanted to showcase the beauty of the vibes and how classical music can be mixed with jazz. … We all know that when you listen to classical music, you hear these beautiful melodies, so I wanted to show a mix of the two and show how classical and jazz can coexist and, at the same time, showcase beautiful melodies.” Music is Wolf’s passion. After spending so much time learning different instruments over the course of his life, Wolf said he never really thought of

gether for serious talk about their work for two hours every month. She meets less regularly to work with a group of women who want to write about their experiences of coming to America. McLaughlin is in the early stages of a yet-untitled book set during the Korean War. Her protagonist is a painter, a “young woman uncertain about what to do with her life, with the war as metaphor,” but the cast of characters includes an “important” 10-year-old — “Pippa, a funny little girl who lives in the upstairs apartment. She loves to draw and joins the young woman while she paints.” The sparkle in McLaughlin’s eye as she talks about Pippa suggests that a young girl once again may have stolen her creator’s heart and defined her tale. McLaughlin will celebrate publication of “Amy & George” at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, 301-654-8664. Mary Kay Zuravleff also will join McLaughlin at The Writer’s Center event, reading from her novel “Man Alive!”

SANDY HACKETT’S RAT PACK n When: 8 p.m. Friday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $20-$50 n For information: 301-581-5100,

Bishop, who appeared in several films with the trinity, and was the last surviving member of the order, historically took more of a behindthe-scenes role during the group’s onstage antics, penning jokes and considered by some a mascot. Here, he’s an ad-libbing engine for a two-act locomotive that does not pause for a breath, said Hackett. Upon arriving in town, Hackett scours the local newspapers for headlines to incorporate into the evening’s proceedings, in an effort to avoid pat “How did all of these people get in my room?” routines. “Like Joey Bishop, he allows for whatever is happening to become a part of the show — to be in the moment,” said Miller. “He’s the thread that holds the show together.” “A lot of people forget just what he did,” said Hackett. “If you look at those other shows, none of those shows have a Joey. No one seemed to understand what he did. But I understand what he did. Because I grew up with him.” Indeed, it was Bishop who planted the idea for the show with a single phone call. “The story is that one day Joey called Sandy up and said that HBO was doing a movie about The Rat Pack and he thought Sandy would be perfect to play him,” Miller recalled. “Sandy said, ‘Great, who do I call?’ And Joey said, ‘I dunno. Nobody called me.’” While Bishop’s influence on the 1998 HBO project was nil (the role ultimately went to Bobby Slayton), the fact that one of Hackett’s idols had hand-picked him sparked a concept, and then a creation, that continues this weekend in North Bethesda. But — Miller and Hackett are both quick to stress — it is not a tribute show, a term that, to them, calls to mind pale, impersonal imitation. “The focus [of our show] is on the essence, the camaraderie and the cohesiveness of what they did,” Hackett said. “... We’re trying to give you the savoir-faire and the charisma of these performers. You can’t be those guys. Those guys were those guys.” Asked if he’s gleaned anything new about Bishop and his father while stepping into their shoes, Hackett pauses. “They were just people,” he said. “With extraordinary talent.” “People think the Rat Pack era lasted a few years,” he continued. “It didn’t. It lasted 30 days. They were shooting a film called ‘Ocean’s 11’ on the Las Vegas strip, and Frank said, ‘We’ll shoot the film during the day and perform at the hotel at night and this is going to be fun.’” “And that’s what it was.” trying anything other than music — except maybe space exploration. “I was a normal kid,” Wolf said. “I went to school and I went outside to play with my friends and things like that. I didn’t really have too much of an interest in, say, [trying] something else. I will say I wanted to be a fireman and an astronaut. Those are the two things I did want to be. I mean, there was nothing that I really wanted to try, like being on the baseball team or the football team. I wouldn’t have minded. I mean, it sounds fun now that I think about it, but I didn’t really think about that stuff too much then.”


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At the college level, it might hold him back, but several teams have indicated a willingness to overlook Amankwah-Ayeh’s less-than-ideal measurables. Towson University, University of Delaware, James Madison University, Princeton University, Brown University and Harvard University have shown interest, though none have made an offer. “If I play hard, I’ll get a scholarship — I don’t really think about that,” Amankwah-Ayeh said. “It’s not something I really try to beat myself up about. Just play hard, it will come to me one day.”

Springbrook High School defensive end Alex Evans always knew he was athletic. From the time he began playing football at 6-years old, to now, in his senior year as a two-sport student-athlete (he also plays basketball). However, it wasn’t until this past summer when he realized the possibility of being a Division-I talent. After a 70-tackle and doubledigit sack season in 2012, the 6-foot7, 230-pound Evans attended the University of Maryland, College Park‘s instructional football camp in June. He caught the attention of multiple college coaches. He quickly received offers from East Carolina University and Old Dominion. He also received some interest from Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest. “All the college coaches that have come through have been in love with his frame,” Springbrook coach Adam Bahr said. “I think they are committed to coaching him up.” On Aug. 12, Evans committed to play for the Pirates of East Carolina under coach Ruffin McNeill in Conference USA. Evans was recruited by ECU defensive line coach Marc Yellock. When Evans went to visit the school in June, he said he was instantly treated like family. “They welcomed me; treated me like I was their son,” Evans said. “I like the coaches, the coaching staff and the defensive coordinator [Rick Smith].” Evans was intrigued by how excited the coaches were to have him on the team and told him he

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Nana Yaw Amankwah-Ayeh (bottom) forces a fumble by tackling Walt Whitman’s Evan Smith on Saturday.

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School football coach Josh Singer was talking to college coaches during the offseason about senior running back/linebacker Nana Amankwah-Ayeh’s game film. “Everybody likes what they see,” Singer said. “And then they look at his numbers.” The college coaches couldn’t believe Amankwah-

Ayeh is so short (5-foot-11), so small (205 pounds) and so slow (4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash last spring, according Amankwah-Ayeh), because he plays much bigger on the field. “He just has a natural vision for where the football is going to go, whether it’s in his hands or he’s on defense,” Singer said. “And he can sometimes take routes that other guys wouldn’t be able to take, because he just sees it so quickly.” At the high school level, Amankwah-Ayeh’s size is no issue. He led Bethesda-Chevy Chase in tackles last season, and he’s leading the team in rushing this year.

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Lizzi Walsh had to start somewhere, and in volleyball it began with all-natural and raw power. As a tall and lanky eighth grader when she first picked up volleyball at Scott Zanni’s camp, she could smash a ball hard enough to grab the attention of her future coach. A few months later, she received a rare promotion as a freshman on the Col. Zadok Magruder High School girls’ volleyball team and by the middle of the season, she had earned herself a starting spot. “That was all I could really


do,” said Walsh, now a senior who recently committed to Lafayette College. “I was a power hitter.” Walsh has not ceded any of that vaunted power when she gets a swing in, but each year she has added a new element to her game. In the following season, she developed the ability to throw a change-up at opponents. Her newfound versatility inspired Zanni to move her over to the outside rather than confining her to the middle, creating more opportunities for the setters to find Walsh. Over time, her passing and defense improved both in her ability to get down for digs and frustrate opposing hitters with blocks. “It’s not an accident that

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Sherwood High School running back Elijah Spottswood carries the ball against Gaithersburg during a Sept. 7 football game.

Elijah Spottswood and a few Sherwood High School football teammates were messing around in the gym during a July workout, taking running starts and jumping to touch the rim with one hand. Sherwood coach Chris Grier nervously watched, hoping Spottswood wouldn’t aggravate a knee injury that had sidelined him from April until that very day.

Finally, the first-year coach’s instincts took over, and he wanted to see what his healthy star player could do. “Take one step and grab it with two hands,” Grier told Spottswood. Spottswood had never done that before, but he took one step back, went forward and reached the rim with both hands. “He was so amped to be full tilt and be able to do whatever he wanted without any restrictions that he was bouncing off the walls,” Grier said. Spottswood is again bouncing off the walls, wishing he could make a bigger impact for



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Continued from Page B-1 excel in their program. “They told me I can play, and I could be a future player there, and a good player at ECU,” Evans said. Coach Bahr said he noticed that Alex has been much more determined since the end of last year. “He’s definitely been a lot more committed,” Bahr said. “He really worked hard in the weight room this offseason, and he has been working with the speed guy.” Bahr noted that toward the end of last season, Evans began to play lower on the line, which is not always an easy thing to do with someone as tall as he is. “That is a key for him because he is so big and rangy,” Bahr said. “He makes progress every week.” Bahr, who is also Evans’ English teacher, believes Evans is primed to benefit from college


Col. Zadok Magruder High School girls’ volleyball player Lizzi Walsh passes the ball against Springbrook last week.


Continued from Page B-1 she’s getting better,” Zanni said. “This kid works hard. The average kid says she loves the game, but [Walsh] takes it to a whole new level of love for the game. She sort of added something new to her game each year so she’s kind of an all-around player.” What’s more alarming than the sheer power and versatility Walsh brings to the court is the rate that she assembled her skill set. From a competitive standpoint, she hadn’t played volleyball prior to attending Zanni’s camp at the end of middle school. Yet by her freshman year, the coach had already deemed her varsityworthy.


Continued from Page B-1 Sherwood (2-1). When he lines up at running back, opponents stack the box. At cornerback, teams throws to the other side of the field. As a returner, kickers and punters angle the ball away from him. “It’s really annoying, actually,” Spottswood said. “The reason it’s frustrating is because

“In the last 10 years I’d say I’ve had less than a handful of freshmen make the varsity team,” Zanni said. “They just generally don’t make it. You either got a lot of potential or you’ve played a lot of volleyball. It’s either one or the other. I saw a tall and athletic kid who has one of the strongest arms I’ve ever seen. She just destroys it when we get it to her.” So it began with the power for Zanni, too. And, make no mistake, it is her power that mainly gives teams fits. Over her first three seasons and eight matches into this one, Walsh has recorded 425 kills, fourth all-time for the school and just 100 shy from the Magruder record. This year, she is tops on the team by a long shot with 52 kills in just 106 swings, good for almost a 50 percent clip, and is

I need film, so I can play football at the next level.” Spottswood has received plenty of interest — Appalachian State University, Stony Brook University, Towson University, Wake Forest University, Temple University, University of Toledo, Old Dominion University, James Madison University, Boise State University, University of Kansas and Tusculum College — but no team has offered a scholarship. He at least takes solace that


Continued from Page B-1 Amankwah-Ayeh admits he didn’t play particularly hard as a freshman. His effort improved as a sophomore, but he realized moderate gains weren’t enough.

third on Magruder with eight aces. “She hurt us a lot over the years,” Sherwood coach Brian McCarty said. “I know that we’ve come out on top but just to watch her develop from kind of a timid player into someone who demands the ball and someone her teammates always look for, it has been fun. “Whenever she gets some swings early on it was, ‘Whoa, that girl is going to be good.’” When she’s not at the net, there’s a fair chance you can find her on the floor. Despite standing 6-feet, Walsh isn’t one to shy away from hitting the court in the name of saving a ball. “She’s six-foot tall and she’s on the floor as much as anyone,” Zanni said. “It’s rare to see someone so tall be such



a good defensive player. If you can find a kid who can attack the ball and play defense like that, that’s something. That’s what we’re looking for in an outside hitter.” Walsh admits to being a little reluctant when Zanni first asked her to move from her spot in the middle over to the outside, where the best hitters will typically be slotted, but she soon realized that’s also the best showcase for that power she loves to break out. “I have the option to do more,” she said. “You get the chance to kind of take over more because you get a lot more swings.” And more swings for Walsh generally translates into more wins for Magruder.

his presence has helped Sherwood, even if he’s not directly responsible. With more balls coming his way, cornerback Alec Perez already has four interceptions this season. Running in relief of Spottswood at times, freshman running back Travis Levy has impressed Grier. “I love to see my teammates do well,” Spottswood said. “It also shows me that my opponents in the county respect me as an athlete, and they know what I can do.”

“I told myself, ‘You need to step your game up if you want to take football where you want to take it and not just let your dreams float away,’” Amankwah-Ayeh said. He dedicated himself to lifting weights and studying film in a bid to become a legitimate college prospect, and he became a starter as a junior.

coaching because he is a great competitor. “He is a good citizen,” Bahr said. “He gets good grades and I don’t think you would find anybody who would say anything negative about him.” Although Evans is rather reserved and is not a vocal leader, Bahr considers him a leader by example for the rest of the Blue Devils. “He’s very quiet so he leads with his play,” Bahr said. “He is not a real rah, rah guy.” Evans said one of his goals for this fall is to make the Maryland Crab Bowl, which is a postseason all-star game between Baltimore and D.C. area high school players. In order to prepare for the level of competition that Evans will face in the Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision, he plans to continue his dedication to keeping his body in shape in the weight room and will play again for the Blue Devils’ basketball team this winter.


Springbrook High School’s Alex Evans attempts to tackle a Sherwood player on Friday.

Against Springbrook last week, Spottswood intercepted a pass, delivered a stiff arm and made a couple spin moves during a long return. He needed a breather, and Levy took the next handoff for a touchdown. When Levy returned to the sideline, Grier told him to thank Spottswood for setting up the score. “Elijah was certainly smiling to see that,” Grier said. Earlier in the game, Spott-

swood ate a couple granola bars on the sideline during a timeout. He suffers from Type-1 diabetes, and though he usually manages the disease by carefully monitoring his pregame eating, this was a rare instance of it affecting him during play. Usually, postgame cramps are the only footballrelated symptom. Now,the5-foot-10,190-pound speedster says everything, including his knee and diabetes, is back under control. So, his coach is

Now, Singer called Amankwah-Ayeh the team’s “heart and soul” and credited him with “creating a lot of positive energy.” But Amankwah-Ayeh says he takes losses especially hard. He isolates himself from his family — which dubbed him Nana, a common nickname for Ghanese children, so long ago that it

has essentially replaced his first name of Yaw — and broods in his room. Unfortunately for AmankwahAyeh, Bethesda-Chevy Chase has lost the past two weeks, falling to Walt Whitman and Thomas S. Wootton. Amankwah-Ayeh will have an opportunity to help Bethesda-Chevy Chase right the ship Friday at Seneca

devising ways to get him the ball more — for good reason. “He’s a kid that deserves his touches,” Grier said. “He works really hard, works hard in the offseason. So, he’s definitely going to continue to carry the load for us. “He’s a great athlete. He’s good at whatever he does. Put a basketball in his hands, he’s good at basketball. I’m pretty sure he can do whatever he wants.”

Valley, and he said he’ll do it with the mindset that impressed those college coaches. “The next time I go out there to play football could be my last play ever,” Amankwah-Ayeh said. “So, I just want treat it like it’s my last.”



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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HOW THEY RANK The 10 best football teams in Montgomery County this week as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff.



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Quince Orchard Cougars Good Counsel Falcons Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Northwest Jaguars Gaithersburg Trojans Bullis Bulldogs Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles Wootton Patriots Paint Branch Panthers Walt Whitman Vikings

Record Points

3-0 60 3-2 54 2-1 47 3-0 43 3-0 33 2-1 30 2-1 25 3-0 20 3-0 12 2-1 5

Also receiving votes: Sherwood 1 point.

LEADERS Top rushers

Carries Dage Davis, Geo. Prep 59 Charles Lyles, Poolesville 65 Chris Dawson, G. Counsel 65 Khalil Wilson, Einstein 27 Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel 74 Liam Duffy, R. Mont. 55 Zac Morton, Whitman 63 Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard 47 Devonte Williams, Bullis 55 Solomon Vault, G’burg 39

Top passers

Cmp-Att. Sam Ellis, Wootton 66-101 Chuck Reese, Rockville 87-142 Mike Murtaugh, Q. Orch. 35-55 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 33-59 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 23-38 Gaston Cooper, P. Branch 39-80 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 29-62 Evan Smith, Whitman 31-52 C. Hennessey, N’wood 41-77 S. Morningstear, Pooles. 29-46

Top receivers Jibri Woods, Wootton Joey Cornwell, Rockville Trevon Diggs, Wootton Anthony Albert, Rockville Louison Biama, Rockville Keon Paye, G. Counsel Darrell Blue, Blair William Tearney, G’burg Elliott Davis, Q. Orchard Javonn Curry, P. Branch

Catches 23 27 21 20 12 5 13 5 7 13

Yards 519 476 412 409 403 372 344 332 332 315

Avg. TDs 8.8 7 7.3 4 6.3 6 15.1 5 5.4 2 6.8 2 5.5 3 7.1 4 6.0 4 8.1 7

Yards 989 944 539 464 449 444 440 387 364 338 Yards 330 302 294 253 207 205 189 182 158 157

Int. TDs 2 9 4 10 1 7 2 6 1 0 3 3 5 5 3 2 2 2 4 2

Avg. TDs 14.3 2 11.2 3 14.0 5 12.7 3 17.3 1 41.0 3 14.5 2 36.4 0 22.3 2 12.1 2

Unbeatens collide on Saturday n

Northwest, Gaithersburg enter 3-0, outcome may determine postseason seeds

With Solomon Vault, arguably the state’s top running back, out for at least the rest of the game with an injury, Gaithersburg High School football coach Kreg Kephart addressed his team at halftime of Friday’s game against Clarksburg.


Gaithersburg High School quarterback Nick DeCarlo looks for a receiver against Watkins Mill in the Sept. 16 football game.


ter his X-rays were negative and Gaithersburg would not change its gameplan if Vault can’t play. The coach praised backup running backs Xaviyer Mosley and Mark Spencer, saying they would start on many area teams. Northwest is slightly more established. Its 20-13 win over Seneca Valley Friday is the only win over a currently ranked team this season by either team. In the process, Northwest learned more about its young quarterback.

“Everybody says this is a one-man team,” Kephart said. “This will be your chance to show that we’re more than just the Solomon Vault Trojans.” A 24-7 win reinforces the point, but the challenge gets tougher this week. No. 5 Gaithersburg plays No. 4 Northwest at 2 p.m. Saturday at Richard Montgomery High School in a matchup of 3-0 teams. Gaithersburg and Northwest haven’t both made the playoffs since 2006, each foiling the other’s plans at different times since. With both teams again firmly in the playoff mix this season, Saturday’s game will be crucial to postseason possibilities. Kephart said Vault is day-to-day af-

Super sophomore On Friday, Northwest coach Mike Neubeiser and his team had a great op-

Parity reigns supreme in Montgomery County boys’ soccer

For the past two seasons, the same frustrating occurrence has befallen Richard Montgomery High School’s girls’ soccer team when it matters most. In the playoffs, the Rockets have bowed out against a team they beat earlier in the regular season.

SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA In 2012, Monica Tarzy’s club defeated Winston Churchill before losing to them, 3-0, in the first round of Class 4A West Region tournament. In 2011, the same thing happened, only that time it was a 3-1 loss against Clarksburg. This year, the Rockets are again off to a superb start — 4-0 in their first four matches — and Tarzy is hopeful her 2013 group will be the one to buck the trend. “I went to RM as a student and it seems like every year we usually get the worst draw when it comes to playoffs,” Tarzy said. “Usually the draw we get, we beat the team in the season but can’t when it really matters. It’s partly because I think the girls in the past have started to get drained and lose energy and focus. I think this year could be different.” Inspiring that sort of hope is a talented pair of captains. Tarzy was complimentary when speaking about both four-year varsity midfielder Jackie Page and three-year varsity midfielder Kayla Sukri. Tarzy said their leadership — everything from motivating their teammates, to organizing team events via Facebook and Twitter, to simply

Travis Mewhirter contributed.

Ken Sain

Nick Cammarota

Travis Mewhirter

Jennifer Beekman

Kent Zakour

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44-12 92-24

43-13 90-26

39-17 88-28

44-12 88-28

43-13 86-30

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Annap. AC Avalon Wheaton Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damscus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Rockville Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville R. Mont. Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Wheaton Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Springbrook Churchill Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Rockville Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Rockville Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Chavez Rockville Northwest



n 1. Landon

n 1. Good Counsel

n 2. Good Counsel

n 2. Holy Cross

n 3. Walter Johnson

n 3. Bethesda-Chevy Chase

n 4. Northwest

n 4. Walt Whitman

n 5. Thomas S. Wootton

n 5. Winston Churchill

Boys’ soccer This was already pretty much a foregone conclusion before the year began, but boys’ soccer in Montgomery County is going to be wild. As the results pour in day after day, it consistently becomes apparent that nearly every team is capable of beating every other. It makes for a fantastic league for fans and many sleepless nights for

Whitman Wootton* Walter Johnson* B-Chevy Chase Churchill Kennedy

All Div.

2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-3

1-0 2-1 1-1 1-2 1-2 0-0


52 106 22 39 36 18

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Blair Blake Springbrook*

All Div.

3-0 2-1 2-1 1-2 0-3

2-0 2-0 0-1 0-1 0-2

42 14 93 63 72 75


105 56 75 20 42

25 69 33 84 50

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Northwest Gaithersburg Quince Orchard R. Montgomery Magruder Clarksburg*

All Div.

3-0 3-0 3-0 1-2 0-3 1-2

2-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-2


115 26 84 14 84 13 82 90 38 114 38 56

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Watkins Mill Einstein Rockville Wheaton Northwood

All Div.

2-1 2-1 2-1 1-1 1-2 1-2 0-3


2-0 2-0 1-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-1

98 37 82 35 71 48 70 84 83 127 40 110 20 114

Montgomery 2A Independent Team




Den Feldman

Montgomery County record All games

inspiring hard work every day at training — has made a world of difference. “They’re really friendly and close with everyone on the team,” Tarzy said of her captains. “They’ve made it so that everyone feels like one unit as opposed to separate groups. Everyone is friends because of them. They’re the first ones out to practice, they hurry them along to get started and they always come mentally prepared.” Among the other early standout performers on the roster, junior Rowan Glass is picking up right where she left off last season and has five goals in four matches — games during which RM has outscored its opponents, 14-4. “We had the girls working hard on their own over the summer, which has made a huge difference in the attitude,” Tarzy said. “It’s really been a team effort so far this year.”








63 48

Good Counsel 3-2 130 59 Bullis 2-1 55 62 Avalon 1-3 62 85 Georgetown Prep 1-3 76 133 Landon 0-2 14 38 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores

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

Bethesda-Chevy Chase at Seneca Valley Einstein at Northwood Watkins Mill at Damascus Whitman at Wootton Poolesville at Walter Johnson Sherwood at Richard Montgomery Magruder at Quince Orchard Blair at Springbrook Churchill at Paint Branch Clarksburg at Blake Good Counsel at DeMatha John Carroll at Bullis Kennedy at Woodrow Wilson (D.C.) Landon at Annapolis Area Christian Chavez vs. Avalon Rockville vs. Wheaton Northwest vs. Gaithersburg

Montgomery 4A South Division

Private schools


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portunity. With 8 minutes, 53 seconds remaining and possession of the ball with the game tied, the Jagaurs had a chance to end a losing streak to Seneca Valley that dated back to 2006. There was not a single student in the school who had seen the King’s Trophy glimmering from their own trophy case. With dual-threat quarterback Josh Gills in the fold, Neubeiser elected to hand the offense to sophomore quarterback Mark Pierce, entrusting him with the most important drive of Northwest’s season to date. Well, Pierce would get the job done. Over the next 15 plays, he threw eight passes, completed seven for 74 yards and drove his team the length of the field. He then completed the game-winning, 21yard touchdown pass to E.J. Lee. “It’s the biggest game of my life,” said Pierce, who finished 13-for-23 with 144 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and did not take a sack. “Our O-line did awesome. They allowed me to scramble, allowed people to get open, and that’s what happened with the big plays. We allowed receivers to get open and it was just a wonderful drive.”


coaches. Through the season’s opening two weeks, only three clubs remain undefeated as of Sunday night: Gaithersburg, Northwest and Walter Johnson. Matches have (surprise) been tight, particularly in the 4A South Division where none of the six teams have scored or allowed more than 10 goals. First-year Sherwood coach Michael Kogok, whose team is 2-2-0 yet at the bottom of the 4A North standings, has witnessed the parity first-hand. “All the matches except for our [4-1] win against Seneca Valley have been tight contests,” Kogok said. “I’m encouraged. And I think the boys are starting to realize that we can play with anyone, but we can also lose to anyone.” Three of the Warriors’ four matches thus far have been 1-0 results, with Sherwood losing to Northwest and Bethesda-Chevy Chase by that score. Kogok said he’s been particularly impressed with the early play of juniors Ethan Carey and Sheriff Secka. “We’re not a team of superstars,” Kogok said. “It’s more a bunch of boys where I can go seven or eight deep and not worry about the pace changing. It’s a great group.”

St. Paul’s 28, Landon 14 Watkins Mill 42, Wheaton 0 Einstein 48, Rockville 35 Quince Orchard 7, Damascus 6 R. Montgomery 31, W. Johnson 16 Wootton 41, Churchill 0 Northwest 20, Seneca Valley 13 Blake 20, Magruder 14 Gaithersburg 24, Clarksburg 7 Sherwood 22, Springbrook 15 Paint Branch 43, Kennedy 12 McDonogh 41, Geo. Prep 10 S. Hagerstown 36, Poolesville 13 Bullis 21, Spalding 14 Gonzaga 30, Good Counsel 20 Whitman 24, B.-Chevy Chase 0 Blair 28, Northwood 6 John Carroll 13, Avalon 8

BEST BET Good Counsel vs. DeMatha, 7 p.m. Friday at PG Sports & Learning in Landover. The last time the Falcons (3-2) lost three games in a season was 2005. The last time GC lost to rival DeMatha (4-1) was 2009. DeMatha is favored to end both streaks this week because of many three-year starters.


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remains the team to beat

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Sarah Kenneweg admitted to having a little skepticism at first. So did Rosie Barry and Emily Agate. Sure, their Poolesville High School girls’ volleyball team was returning six seniors from a traditionally successful program while the rest of the county was suffering from heavy graduation losses, but there was still something amiss. Maybe it was early-season jitters or the uncertainty of how a few new faces would jell with the rest of the squad, but a trip to Deep Creek Lake, where coach Fran DuVall’s sister-in-law has a house, two weekends ago assuaged all fear. They hung out by the lake, individually speaking about their goals and where they wanted the team to be by the season’s end. That’s when Kenneweg said she realized that everybody had already bought in, even freshman Caroline Leng, who had been on the team for just a few weeks. “Not everyone played club in the spring so not a lot of people thought we’d be where we needed to be to contend for a state championship,” said Agate, who posted 19 kills in a threeday stretch during sweeps against Gaithersburg (11) and Quince Orchard (eight). “We’ve been working hard at bonding together and since some of us have been together so long we work so well together.” Even DuVall, who admits to being “generally one of those coaches who’s not overly-pleased with where we are,” said that she has been impressed with the leadership on her team. Each one of her six seniors has been on varsity since at least their sophomore year, several since their freshman campaigns as well. “When you have seniors who can articulate what we want, it makes it easier for the rest of the team to play to your strengths,” she said. “It’s particularly nice with this group because when they were sophomores and juniors they had to be leaders. They didn’t have a choice.” Now that the core of the team is comprised of seniors rather than under-experienced juniors and sophomores being asked to step up, DuVall said there is no lack of leadership or role models. It starts with Kenneweg, a four-year varsity libero with a verbal commitment to play for Seton Hall University. She’s the glue holding together an eclectic mix of six seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. “She’s stronger, she’s quicker,

Volleyball n 1. Academy of the Holy Cross

Academy of the Holy Cross, until someone proves otherwise, is the field hockey team to beat in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. That’s generally what comes after a team wins five straight conference championships.

n 2. Sherwood n 3. Damascus n 4. Poolesville n 5. Thomas S. Wootton



n 1. Walter Johnson



Poolesville High School’s Rosie Barry (back) hits the ball against Rockville on Thursday.


Poolesville High School’s Sarah Kenneweg digs the ball against Rockville on Thursday.

she’s the best player in my gym, hands down,” DuVall said. “She knows the game and her skills and the way you can use her skills. She has so much range that she can use her skills on every inch of the court.” Gaithersburg coach Michele Staymates echoed that sentiment following her Trojans’ 3-0 loss to the Falcons, saying that “Poolesville is going to get better and better as the season goes on. What makes their team a great team is their libero and their setter.” With Kenneweg patrolling the

back, ensuring clean passes to the setters, it has made things easier for Barry and Agate to get their hits. And, so far at least, when Barry or Agate get their swings in, there hasn’t been much stopping them. “I love hitting,” Barry said. “And Emily is definitely one of the most improved players on our team. It’s great. We can run a lot of different sets that other teams don’t even know about.” Whatever sets they have been running, they seem to have been quite effective. As Agate has expanded her arsenal at the net, enabling the Falcons to open things up a bit more, she has also become something of a mentor for Leng, who stands 5-foot-11 and recorded eight kills in the win over Quince Orchard. “I’ve worked on transitioning a lot, moving around the net a lot more,” Agate said. “So I’ve been helping Caroline with that. I’m definitely more confident in the game setting than I was before, less nervous.” And, as a whole, the team is less nervous about the direction this season is headed. “We’re trying to be the loudest team in the gym,” Agate said. “I want other teams to remember how hard we worked, that we didn’t let a ball drop to the floor. I want teams to remember us.”

This fall, seven games into the season, a potential challenger has not emerged and the Tartans appear as strong as ever, giving up no goals yet in conference games, Since beginning WCAC play on Sept. 9 with a home game against St. Mary’s Ryken, Holy Cross has rattled off consecutive shutout wins, the most recent being a 3-0 victory over rival and fellow powerhouse Our Lady of Good Counsel. Goalie Kathleen Mauck has been untouchable, allowing the Tartans to outscore Ryken and Good Counsel by a combined 7-0 score prior to Monday’s tilt with Bishop Ireton, and senior defender Kristyn Gaines has done her part to ensure Mauck’s workload is fairly limited. “That’s the best I’ve ever seen [Gaines] play,” first-year coach Lindsey Weller said after the Tartans spoiled Good Counsel’s spirit week. “She took a little while to warm up but she’s completely out of her shell, she’s controlling the defense. It’s awesome. Our goalie had an unbelievable game. That’s the best I’ve ever seen her play so yeah, it was the best I’ve seen them play as a unit.”

Volleyball Mary Malinauskas said that her Thomas S. Wootton volleyball team is playing “much better than I anticipated” at the onset of the season. How well she expected them to play isn’t entirely clear, but it took three matches for anybody to even take a set from the Patriots, which Northwest finally did on Thursday. “We got a lot of kids stepping up all over the place,” she said on Sunday afternoon, three days after topping the Jags 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-11. “The game with Northwest was great fun. It was one of those things where they got the determina-





n 2. Winston Churchill n 3. Thomas S. Wootton n 4. Walt Whitman n 5. Quince Orchard

Field hockey n 1. Thomas S. Wootton n 2. Walter Johnson n 3. Sherwood n 4. Winston Churchill n 5. Academy of the Holy Cross

tion that they weren’t going to lose.” Apparently Damascus had that same determination on Friday when the Swarmin’ Hornets visited Jessica Tynes and Gaithersburg. As Northwest did to Wootton, the Trojans became the first team to pick up a set on No. 3 Damascus, but the hitting combination of Annika Schwartz (15 kills, 16 digs) and Madison Wyatt (16 kills) overwhelmed the hosts as Damascus won with a 15-4 final set victory to stretch their record to 4-0.

Golf Another week, another undefeated run for Walter Johnson, which continues to establish itself as the front-runner in the state’s strongest county. Though the Wildcats failed to break 200 for the first time this season, they still boast an average more than four strokes lower than both Thomas S. Wootton and Walt Whitman. After somewhat of a rough start for the defending state champion Patriots, Wootton seems to be on the right track again or heading somewhere in that direction. Delaney Shah posted a season-best 33 and now leads the county with a 35.25 average, nearly a full stroke better than Whitman’s Graham Hutchinson. 1906764

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After contemplating transferring, Gongbay finds niche with Lobos BY



Thomas S. Wooton High School’s Jibri Woods runs with the ball during the first half against Winston Churchill on Friday.

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Jibri Woods is hungry. And even better, so are the rest of his Thomas S. Wootton High School football teammates. After years of losing — the two previous varsity seasons with a combined record of 6-14 — the excitement of an undefeated start this fall is apparent with the 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior slot back. The Patriots reached the 2-1 mark (they forfeited a seasonopening on-field victory to Walter Johnson) on Friday with a resounding 41-0 win over rival Winston Churchill in a game that saw the visitors slowly display their athletic dominance over the host Bulldogs. Woods, along with sophomore standout wide receiver/defensive back Trevon Diggs and junior quarterback Sam Ellis, gobbled up huge chunks of yards throughout the evening. And even with all of those points and the impressive offensive statistics, the Pats aren’t even close to being satisfied with their dominance. “[Eating] is our motto,” said Woods after Friday’s game. “We are very hungry this year and we all feed off of each other. Like with Sam, I feel like Sam is one of the smartest quarterbacks that I’ve ever seen. He always has our best interests at heart. He wants us to eat as well as him, because he knows that if he’s eating, we’re eating. If he’s getting yards, we’re getting yards, and it’s all about winning at the end of the day.” Woods helped to punish the Churchill defense with a gamehigh nine receptions for 141 yards and a 51-yard catch and run that

saw him execute a nimble side step move before nearly being wrestled to the ground, only to spin out of the tackle and sprint into the end zone. He has quickly adjusted to his new position, after spending his sophomore year on defense and his junior year in the backfield. “Jibri [has] moved around,” Wootton coach Tyree Spinner said. “He was a DB when I got here and then he was a running back last year, but we see him being recruited more as a slot receiver. He’s fast and he has great hands. He has natural instincts to play receiver, so being in the slot gives him an advantage. You can’t press the slot. And with him in the slot, it frees up Trevon and our other receivers like [Max] Etoke and Kwame [Frimpong] for one-on-one coverage on the other side.” While his eagerness to excel is evident, Woods does not mind sharing the wealth with his talented teammates. “Teams usually key on one person, and they only have one person to key on, but when you have two, its like you’ve got to pick your poison. And so if they are going to cover [Trevon] then I’m going to eat. If they double cover me, he’s going to eat. And that’s how it is, that’s how we approach it each week.” Woods and his teammates from past seasons are taking the on-field lessons from those campaigns and using them as fuel to drive them to a winning season in 2013. “I always knew this was going to come,” Woods said. “It’s my senior year, and I knew I was going to take this team by the reins and just lead them. I’ve seen how we’ve fallen in the past and how we’ve failed in the past. I just didn’t want that to happen this year. So I am trying my best to keep this team going.”

Crusoe Gongbay was destined to be famous. His mother, Miata, a native of Liberia, named him after Daniel Defoe’s 18th century novel “Robinson Crusoe.” During high school Gongbay was nearly unstoppable on the football field. The 2011 Rockville High School graduate rushed for more than 5,000 yards and 71 touchdowns in three varsity seasons with the Rams and led the traditionally weak program to the playoffs in two of his seasons (2009-10). Rockville made the playoffs just twice in the 40 years prior. But a combination of factors, including a relatively late arrival to the recruiting scene, playing for an unheralded program and having poor grades led to few collegiate scholarship offers. Eventually, Gongbay committed to the University of New Mexico under then-coach Mike Locksley. As a freshman during the 2011 season, Gongbay was productive in Albuquerque, playing in all 12 games and finishing with a team-high 500 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 108 attempts. But a coaching change during the first month of the season forced Gongbay to consider transferring following the season. “I was very happy with his first year out there,” said current Col. Zadok Magruder and former Rockville coach Kevin Bernot. Gongbay also played for Mark Maradei as a Ram. “Then he sort of took a back seat, back of the depth chart. He’s worked hard to get back and he’s proving himself to [the Lobos’ new staff].” So he left the program during the 2012 offseason and missed spring practice while contemplating his future and thinking about transferring closer to home (Locksley is now the University of Maryland, College Park’s offensive coordinator). But 13 months ago on Aug. 20, 2012, Gongbay rejoined New Mexico’s program and played in a reserve role (159 yards on just 22 carries).

WOOTTON FORFEITS TO WJ The Thomas S. Wootton High School football team forfeited its season-opening 41-0 win over Walter Johnson. Wootton Athletic Director Christopher Thompson said the team used a player who was ineligible due to improper residency during the Sept. 7 game. “It was more of a case of trying to help a kid out and get him to a different place, and he just happened to be a good football player,” Thompson said. William “Duke” Beattie, the county’s director of system-wide athletics, confirmed the forfeit. Beattie said no other Wootton games are being investigated. — Dan Feldman


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Rockville High School graduate and current New Mexico University junior running back Crusoe Gongbay is expected to contribute as a reserve and on special teams this fall. “I just talked to my mom and a few other coaches,” said Gongbay, who credits Buddy Crutchfield, his youth league coach in the Rockville Football League, for advising him. “When I decided to come back, I had missed camp and spring ball so it was hard to catch up [on the new offensive system] and get in the rotation [with the new coaching staff].” As a junior this fall, Gongbay is a backup again for the Lobos (1-2), but has seen his playing time increase over the first three games of the season. He’s the team’s third leading rusher (16 carries, 142 yards, 1 touchdown), including 95 yards during a Sept. 14 loss at Pittsburgh. “It was really rough and I got a little discouraged, but I stayed positive and pa-

tient,” said Gongbay, who is majoring in exercise science in hopes of becoming a physical education teacher and a college or high school coach. “… [I believed] I’d get my shot, get my time.” Gongbay’s current and former coaches echo that sentiment. “I like how he’s just been totally unselfish,” second-year New Mexico coach Bob Davie told KRQE during an interview last year. “… He’s gained our trust. He’s gained our respect.” Added Bernot: “I never had any doubt he could compete at that [Division I college level]. Anyone who saw him in high school knew he was that talented.”


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Landon School’s soccer team is off to a 5-0-0 start as of Monday, having outscored opponents 15-4 and ending nationally-ranked DeMatha Catholic High School’s 64-match regular-season winning streak in a hold-on-for-dear-life 1-0 thriller. But, said Bears coach Bill Reed, the all-boys school has seen this before. Specifically last year, when Landon began the season 6-0-0 before entering a three-match winless skid and ultimately falling to St. Albans School in the Interstate Athletic Conference championship game (0-0 after regulation and overtime, 4-1 in penalty kicks). “Of course the season last year is always in the back of our minds after coming up short,” said se-




Landon School soccer coach Bill Reed (left) gives instructions to player Romarre Marshall as Marshall prepares to enter the game as a substitute against host Episcopal on Thursday in Alexandria, Va. nior striker Zach Fingerhut. “All of the guys put in a lot of hard work with improving their game over the summer and I think that’s

shown in everyone’s performance this season. We want to continue pushing and get as many wins as we can.”


Landon School’s Zach Fingerhut (right) takes a shot at the goal as Tim DeCamp of host Episcopal defends Thursday. Contributing to the rough patch after such a strong start last yearwereaseriesofuntimelyinjuries, namely to Matt Underhill and Fingerhut. Underhill and Marshall Peters, captains last season, have both graduated but Fingerhut is back and playing well. The powerful forward, who has given a verbal commitment to play soccer for Wake Forest next season, has scored seven goals in five matches despite being a well-marked man. “I definitely am noticing a lot more attention,” Fingerhut said. “Everyone in the league already knows who I am even before I step on the field.” Despite losing four starters from a 2012 club that reached the IAC final, the Bears are once again senior heavy as Reed’s team has 14 seniors. In addition to Fingerhut, four-year varsity player and captain Will Olson, seniors Nicolas Sensenbrenner and Matthew Perlmutter and junior Haluk Pence have all played key roles in Landon’s success. Success that has developed into a belief that the Bears can beat anyone; especially after they downed DeMatha.

“They were clearly better than us,” Reed said of the Stags, ranked No. 1 nationally at the time by the NationalSoccerCoaches’Association of America. “They had more of the ball, they moved it quicker and they had athleticism and technique everywhere. We did just enough to be difficult to break down.” The teams went scoreless though 75 minutes before DeMatha was called for a handball in the box in the 77th minute. Fingerhut stepped to the spot and calmly converted the game-winner to clinch the victory. “Obviously that game didn’t have any consequences within the IAC, but to play a team and beat a team like that gives us a lot of confidence and a lot of fuel,” Olson said. “If we can play with them and beat them, I think we can play with and beat any team.” One of the key factors in Landon’s big win was a player who wasn’t starting at the beginning of theyear.BackupgoalkeeperHarry Laird started the first game of his high school tenure after Landon’s regular goalie, Walt Spak, was

sidelined with a head injury. Spak has since returned, but Laird’s efforts are not forgotten. “As that game got older, [DeMatha] got more frustrated and they were pouring balls into the area. Harry was outstanding,” Reed said of the 6-foot-3 Laird. “He’s brave and a little crazy, which is what you want from a goalie.” Landon’s also received unexpected contributions from left back Aaron Zaimi, who has stepped in for the injured Zachary Cooper, and Bucknell lacrosse commit Sean O’Brien, who has had success on the left wing. The Bears, winners of 18 IAC titles, continue their conference schedule Tuesday against Bullis. Then they’ve got Georgetown Prep on Friday, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes and St. Albans. “It’s been my experience that no one is ever bad in the league,” Reed said. “Their records might show they only have a few wins, but there are no easy wins in the league. Ever.”


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Clarksburg thrives in second half, beats B-CC Boys’ soccer: Frias shines as Coyotes come to life in 3-0 victory against Barons n



In the 46th minute of a scoreless match, first-year Clarksburg High School boys’ soccer coach Michael Edwards yelled toward the field. Particularly, in the direction of senior midfielder Alejandro Perez-Albela Frias. “Take this game over,” Edwards said. “You can do it.” It was a serious vote of confidence when you consider that Frias was playing his first match in nearly two years Monday against Bethesda-Chevy Chase. The senior missed Clarksburg’s opening three matches of the season with back spasms and previously was sidelined for six months — including his entire junior season — with back issues. Still, Edwards proved correct in his assertion that Frias could take over. One minute after the central midfielder heard the motivational pick-me-up, visiting Clarksburg opened the scoring against the Barons thanks in large part to Frias’ inspired run that resulted in an own goal. Frias wasn’t done there as he added a goal of his own in the 76th minute of Clarksburg’s convincing 3-0 victory against Bethesda-Chevy Chase. “I feel very well integrated,” Frias said. “I feel like I’m connected well with my teammates and we’re getting to know each other better. As we keep on playing more games, we’re going to be a better team as the year goes on.” On the play leading up to the match’s first goal, Frias — as he already had done twice before — darted down the wing, dribbling by a host of Barons defenders. This time, he found himself nearing the end line and delivered a strong cross toward the goal mouth. B-CC (2-2-0) defender Pascal Iraola attempted to clear the ball high over the crossbar, but accidentally chipped it into his own net to give the Coyotes (2-1-1) the 1-0 lead. From there, Clarksburg was dominant. In the 56th minute, the Coyotes scored their second goal off a set piece. Senior midfielder


Clarksburg High School’s Andrew Batin competes with Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Alex Van Hollen for the ball during Monday’s boys’ soccer game in Bethesda. Andrew Batin made a strong near-post run and headed Matthew Adedeji’s long throw from the far sideline past Barons goalkeeper Sam Clayton. Clayton appeared to get a piece of the ball, but it still went in. For the 6-foot-3 Batin, his second goal of the season was part of an emotional night. “I think this game was probably the most enjoyable win of my high school career,” he said. “To come out here with a lot of hype as underdogs against B-CC was big. We marked them on the schedule.” Edwards was highly complementary of the work Batin did in the middle to win 50-50 balls and steady the game. “He wins so many balls in the middle that it’s good to see him get recognition for the goal because all the hard work he does there doesn’t show up in the stats,” Edwards said. Added Frias: “It’s amazing. I’m not the best in the air, so it’s the best of both worlds having a 6-foot-3 player who can jump and

I’m good on the ground. We kind of balance each other out.” The Barons had the run of play in the first half which is partly why the second half was so surprising. Midfielder Tyler Martin nearly connected on a left-footed strike from 25 yards in the seventh minute and three minutes later Alex Van Hollen attempted a shot from distance that Coyotes goalkeeper Jake Schlenoff barely managed to tip over the crossbar. Still, B-CC’sinabilitytoconvertonanumberof firsthalf opportunities ultimately set the Barons back a step in Montgomery County’s 4A ranks. “I think that once that ball went in the back of the net it was almost like we lost a little bit of composure and we stopped playing our game,” said Barons coach Guillermo Melendez. “Now we were worried about not losing. We got tighter and we didn’t possess the ball nearly as much.”




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Education’s race to the top is easier with INDYCAR program n

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Sixth-grade science students from Montgomery Village Middle School have to design a better car bumper as a class project this fall and got a head start on their project with the help of the INDYCAR Future of Fast STEM Education Program. INDYCAR, which sponsored the Baltimore Grand Prix from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, invited teachers to apply for the new educational program which connects the science of racing with classroom learning. After hearing of the program from her husband, who is a INDYCAR fan, MVMS science teacher Kathryn Spivey signed up right away, hoping to win a spot for her students. Hers was the only Montgomery County school among the eight Maryland schools invited to Baltimore for the program. The INDYCAR Future of Fast curriculum includes five stations which the students rotate through, each referred to as a “pod.” The Car Pod offers an introduction to the force of wind. With cars racing at over 200 mph, they use a specially designed wing to prevent lift. Students measured the performance of the wind in a wind tunnel. The Engine Pod brought the idea of horsepower alive to the students

as they discovered how much horsepower they could produce as a team and compared it to that produced by an Indy Car engine. The Safety Pod covered the construction of barriers such as those used for driver and viewer safety during INDYCAR races. The Tire Pod helped students understand the dynamics of grip and the Fuel Pod demonstrated the production of gas for energy. “Montgomery County curriculum [includes] making a safer bumper to make a real world connection [with science],” Spivey said. “Also horsepower and force is part of the first unit and how gas is created, we do in the fourth unit.” The students did not actually watch the race, but were able to get close to the race cars and see the race’s staging area near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Jhanaijia Daughtrey, 10, was among the 50 students who made the trip to Baltimore on Aug. 29 for the science program. “The most valuable thing I would say was all of it,” Jhanaijia said. “The hands-on experience gives me a chance to see what it [will be] like when I go to college and study engineering.” Elijah Hyson, 12, said one of his favorite activities was testing to see which soda, a hot one or a cold, would create gas fastest when yeast interacted with the sugar in the soda. It was an example of producing fuel using fermentation similar to the process of making denatured ethanol fuel which is mixed with


Sixth-grade science students from Montgomery Village Middle School with an INDYCAR race car in Baltimore on Aug. 29. The students learned the importance of applying what they learn at the INDYCAR Future of Fast STEM Education Program held in conjunction with the Grand Prix of Baltimore. gasoline to power the real race cars. To see the results students placed rubber gloves over the top of the cans and watched them fill with oxygen. “The cold one was slow, the hot one was faster, but the cold one got biggest,” he said. It was part of a lesson on producing fuel using fermentation. Tattiana Ledon, 11, said her group participated in a contest to see who

could make the best and safest race barrier, an important element in INDYCAR races since the races take place on city streets. “We made it out of Styrofoam, straws, paper and glue, then tested it,” she said. “[Ours]stayed in place but ripped a little.” The INDYCAR Future of Fast STEM Education Program began last year and had stops planned for five cities in addi-

tion to Baltimore for 2013. “Our sport is deeply rooted in science and engineering so it’s important for us to create opportunities for students to see the connection between what they study and real-world situations,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR, in a statement. “This is another way for us to reach youngsters to help ignite their interest in math and science, and it’s a way for us to become more involved in the communities where we compete.” The real race for Spivey was to get buses and permission slips organized for 50 sixth-graders within the first three days of school. But, she said she was glad she did it. “It was an experience I don’t think [the students] will ever have and, as a teacher, I think part of my job is to give them experiences they won’t have and to make connections to what they are doing in the classroom,” she said. Elijah said it was a good trip for him, and remembered one more thing he especially liked about the day. “My favorite station was about tires,” he said. “A race car, when it is rainy, will slip and crash so they have to change their tires.” That was an example of mechanical grip, according to the program’s curriculum, a practical application of a scientific principal Elijah and his classmates will be learning this year.

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Washington Episcopal’s new athletic field a ‘game changer’ Students at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda played

catch, kicked soccer balls, turned cartwheels, played duck duck goose and just ran around as they celebrated the school’s new athletic field at a ribboncutting ceremony Sept. 6. George Washington, one of the presidential mascots of the Washington Nationals, also was on hand for the celebration, which included a performance by the Suburban Legend band and a barbecue picnic. The school community views the new field as a “game changer,” said Kirk Duncan, head of school, in a statement. “It heightens our sense of purpose and gives us yet another resource to serve our students.” The field, with a dragon design in its center — a dragon is the school’s mascot — has stadium seating for 80, picnic tables and a brick walkway consisting of more than 200 bricks engraved with personal messages from the school community. “Our new field has opened up a new era for [the school’s] athletics,” said Bill Isola, athletics director. “It will allow our teams and all the students more time to practice, play and gain more experience.” Washington Episcopal School is an independent, coeducational day school for students from age 3 to eighth grade.


The Montgomery County Department of Parks will hold its annual environmental educators open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. More than 30 science and environmental education providers will on hand to showcase their field trip, outreach and classroom resources, primarily in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum area for pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Among those exhibiting this year are NASA, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Casey Tree Foundation, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Marion Koshland Science Museum. The open house is a great opportunity for educators to learn about a number of educational resources in one place, said Leslie McDermott, a spokeswoman at Brookside Gardens. The event is free for teachers and light refreshments will be provided. To register, call 301-258-4034.

Barnesville students earn awards over summer Several students at the newly renamed Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences won competitions this summer,


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Students at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, along with Washington Nationals mascot George Washington, cheer as school Chairman Britt Snider (center) and Head of School Kirk Duncan prepare to cut the ribbon for the school’s new athletic field on Sept. 6. receiving recognition for their talents and abilities: Seventh-grader Alexis Zukiwski of Clarksburg was crowned Miss Eastern States Preteen at the Miss Eastern States Pageant of America and fifth-grader Hailee Tull of Boyds won Miss Eastern States Jr.-Preteen. Samantha Hoover, a seventh-grader from Poolesville, won a first-place ribbon at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg for the Peeps diorama she created through Barnesville’s annual Peeps Project during the 2012-13 school year. She also received the Teenager Grand Champion Educational and Recreational Hobbies and Champion Rosette Miniatures awards.

William Edwards, a seventhgrader from Clarksburg, won two second-place ribbons for his original oil paintings at the county fair and Grace Carter, a sixth-grader from Germantown, won three first-place ribbons and one third-place ribbon in the Children’s Photography competition. She won first place in the Architecture, Wildlife and Vehicles categories, and third place in the Pets/Farm Animals category.

St. Raphael students honor grandparents St. Raphael School’s annual celebration of grandparents will be held Friday at the Rockville Catholic school.

Almost 200 seniors from Montgomery County high schools were among about 16,000 nationwide semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The students will compete for more than $35 million in scholarships, according to an announcement from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

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Digging up the past n History fans invited to help in scientific sandbox for adults at Zeigler Log House BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Aspiring archaeologists can experience a day at a real excavation site, uncovering historic artifacts and a lot of dirt, here in Montgomery County. “You don’t have to be crazy to do this. We’ll teach you,” Vivian Eicke, an archaeological technician with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, said with a laugh. The commission has excavated the site around the Zeigler Log House in Little Bennett Park near Clarksburg since early 2009. It has gotten help from local volunteers, a children’s summer camp and a partnership with Montgomery College. Heather Bouslog, the director of the archaeology program for the commission, said anyone is welcome to come out for the day and learn about excavation. Volunteers work in what looks like a scientific sandbox for adults. They dig, photograph, map, sift and catalog the dirt and rocks to find artifacts and help piece together the past. “It’s not just about finding the goodies. It’s really about finding out who lived here,” Bouslog said. She said many people dig and pull things out of the ground, but don’t look at where it’s found or what’s around it. “Context is the key to figuring out the whole story,” Bouslog said. Bouslog and her colleagues are trying to figure out how the Zeigler family lived so many years ago and are especially hoping to find clues about the slaves who lived there with them. What is known about the home is it was built in the early 19th century. The rear section of the house was erected as a log structure, most likely by David Zeigler. According to the Friends of Little Bennett Park, Zeigler married his wife, Eleanor Hyatt, in 1835 and they raised 10 children in the house. The 1850 census listed Zeigler as an innkeeper. In the mid-19th century, the Greek revival/Italianate front section of the house was added, according to the park’s advocacy group. The property also has a frame bank barn and a concrete-block dairy barn. The home, listed on the Master Plan for Historic Preservation in Montgomery County, has two parts: the visible exterior of the house, built in 1854, and the log house that lies within, built in 1823. Scientists used dendrochronology to study the tree rings to find out how old the logs were and where they were taken from. “Kind of like a wooden fingerprint,” Mike Robinson of Rockville, one of the regular volunteers, said. Robinson said he enjoys working on the site because he likes science, the outdoors and history. Pete Peltier, a volunteer from Gaithersburg, said he comes to the site to “play with people his own age,” but


Heather Bouslog of Gaithersburg, director of the archaeological program, shows baby shoes, a medicine bottle and a spoon that were found at the Zeigler Log House near Clarksburg. also is genuinely interested in history and “unusual stuff.” “If the walls could talk, or this tree could talk, the things they could tell you would be fascinating,” Peltier said. Over the years, crews have dug up spurs, glass bottles and the original foundation of the stone fireplace underneath the newer brick one. Within the walls of the house, they found children’s shoes and a medicine bottle apparently put there due to an old superstition, Eicke said. All artifacts are sent to the Needwood Mansion in Deerwood or an archaeology lab at Montgomery College in Rockville to be studied, identified and cataloged. Robinson compares their work to the crime scene investigations everyone loves to watch on TV, explaining that they all use the same techniques. “It’s like looking at a crime scene that’s almost 200 years old,” Robinson said.

Archaeological volunteer Mike Robinson of Rockville writes down the soil type he found while excavating at the Zeigler Log House.

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GERM: Male only 2 BRs $400 each + utils ROCKVILLE: Furn. in TH NS/ND. Near RM for rent, $500. 1 bus & shops. Sec Dep mo deposit, shr utils. Close to White Flint Req. 240-476-6224 Metro. 301-881-8474 GERM: Room for rent in SFH, Private SILVER SPRING: Ent & BA; NS/NP. 1BD in nice TH. Off $650/mo utils incld. Rt 29 near public transp. NP/NS. $600 301-370-0295 incl util. 301-793-4665

cious 2 BR, renovated, updated appl, in unit W/D, prvt prk, $1250 incl utils 240-315-3831 2Br, 1Ba, patio, fpl, fully renov nr bus/shops, $1250/mo + util 240-508-3497


3Br, 1.5Ba, deck, renov nr bus/shops, $1390/mo + util Call: 240-508-3497


3Br, + den, 2 Ba, renovated, Sec 8 welcome, $1800/mo inc util Call: 410-800-5005

G E R M : $1300

Lrg 2BR/1.5BA top flr, W/D, loft, by 270, shops. HOC OK 301792-2245.

GERM: Lux 2BR, 2.5 BA Split lvl w/FP, hwd flrs, balc, w/d, nr Bus $1375. Avail Immed. Call 240-350-5392

TAKOMA PRK: Unfurn 1Br 1Ba Apt. MONT VILLAGE: 1 W/D $1200/mo or best BR/BA by new Library $1200/mo Oct offer, nr Metro, off 1st Pam 301-916street Prkng Please 2929 Call 301-559-3006

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

GAITH: Male. 1 BR

in TH. $500. NP, NS, near Bus, shops. Call 240-418-9237 or 240912-5284

ROCKVILLE: Furn 1Br in SFH, shrd Ba, kit, good for college student, female, $600 inc util 240-426-1938

GAITH:M BRs $430+ 440+475+555+ Maid Ns/Np, nr 270/370/Bus shops, quiet, conv.Sec Dep 301-983-3210

GERM: Wlk out pvt entr Bsmt. $700 uti ncl + 1 mon Sec Dep. No Smoking/No Pets 301-540-1967

SILVER SPRING: 1 Br, shared kit & Ba, nr bus stop, shopping, NS, NP Avl Oct 1st 240-277-8633 after 4p





GERM: 1BR in basement with private bath N/S, N/P. $600 incl utils. Nr Shops & Schls. 240-778-7724




Priv Ba, walk-in clst. Fios/Wifi. $650 utils incl. 301-674-9300

1BD, 1BA apt/in-law suite. Separate entrance. $850 incl. util. NP/NS. 240-274-6437

bsmt w/pvt ent. FBA. Kit. Furn/None. $800+ util. N/S, N/P. 1 mo. S/D. 240-603-5280

1Br w/priv Ba, W/D, shrd kit, quiet neighborhood, nr bus, $625 + util 301-438-3357 Rm for rent $600 incld utils; 2BR 2BA Condo for Rent $1650 inclds utils, 240-460-2582


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MANOR MANOR O OAKS AKS Community Yard Sale


Rain Or Shine -Lots Of Great Stuff!

Sat., Sept. 28, 2013 8am-1pm

Corner Of Georgia Ave./Owens Rd & Old Baltimore Rd/Owens Rd GP2148

Streets: Owens Rd, Sutcliff Ter, Astrid Ct, Abbey Manor Dr/Crl, Starkey Ter/Dr, Silver Hammer Way, Saint George Way/Ct, St. Albert Ter/Dr, Epstein Ct, Quarrymen Ter, Birthday Ct

Yard Sale


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Sale Galyn Manor Brunswick Off Point of Rocks Rd, near Brunswick HS 9/28 8a-1p


Huge Estate Sale! Sat Sept 28th, 8-5, furn & hh items new/slighly used 4123 Peppertree Lane, Aspen Hill area



Sat 9/28 9a-4p. HH items snow blower, weed wackers, trimmer lawn mower & more 306 Frederick Ave

ADELPHI: 2 Jewish

Cemetary Plots, Mt Lebanon, Total $3000 for both, Call: 410-224-2559 (after 11am please)

14707 Winter Dr. (off SILVER SPRING Piping Rock Rd). Fri Sat 9/28 8a-3p & Sun 9/27 & Sat 9/28; 9/29 8a-1p HH items, 7:30A-4:30P. Ladies clothes, & more!! 925 clothes/shoes/bags, Loxford Terr. 20901. tools, furn, collectibles, blding materials, com- W O O D C R E S T plete household items. C O M M U N I -


Big Yard Sale. Construction & body tools, furn, antiques, jewelry. Have almost everything and all for sale. Sat 9/28 & Sun 9/29; 8am-2pm. 26816 Dix Street, Damascus




Clarksburg Sat, Sept 28; 8a - noon; Woodcrest Manor Way and Bennett Chase Drive

C a n e Corso (Italian Mastiff) puppies available now: 2 males and 3 females born 7/5/2013. Colors: Black & white and black brindle. . . $600 (all ICCF registered). Dewclaws and tail docks done, and first exams/shots/deworming. Mom and dad, b o t h ICCF registered, are also on premises. Our dogs are raised & live in our home as p a r t of family. $600. 240274-3130.

HAVANESE PUPPIES Home raised, AKC, best health guarantee Call: 262-993-0460

PetConnect Rescue


Retired Installer selling will be holding an Power Stretcher, Iron, adoption event at Electric Tacker, Kicker, Roller & more 301- Muddy Paws Farm Sun. Sept 29th 236-5995

Dark Brown Large Leather Storage Ottoman Practically new 48x32x14.5 Retails for $430 Price:$170.

CNA Certified

Mon-Sun, Flex. Hrs. Refs. Upon Request Hard working, Honest Efficient & Dedicated. Call 202-817-9603


Gaithersburg live-in caregiver for senior female in exchange for rent 301-527-0930

12pm-2pm Come meet some adorable dogs looking for great homes! 26330 Mullinix Mill Rd., Mt. Airy, MD


Enter your pet for a chance to win a luxury lodging package from Pet Dominion! Help us to test an investigational immunotherapy tablet for dust mite allergy. Participants may be eligible for this study if they are 12 years of age or older and have been taking allergy medications for dust mite allergy symptoms during the past year. Medical history and other criteria will be reviewed at the first study visit, including a skin prick allergy test and blood test. The study lasts up to 2 years and requires 9 clinic visits. All study-related office visits, medical examinations, and investigational immunotherapy treatment will be provided at no cost to qualified participants.

The winning photos will be published in our All About Pets special section on October 30, 2013. *No purchase necessary. See official rules for details.

For more information contact us at 301-948-4066

Passeport lost RL1172259. A Ephrem. phone 240-899-4000

We are looking for laborers/painters that worked for Dico Construction in the Baltimore/ DC area between 1973 and 1974. Please call 888-900-7034

Daycare Directory September 4, 2013

Children’s Center of Damascus Olive Branch Daycare Nancy’s Daycare Bright Ways Family Daycare Debbie’s Daycare Elena’s Family Daycare ANA’s House Daycare Miriam’s Loving Care Holly Bear Daycare Blue Angel Family Home Daycare Cheerful Family Daycare Kids Garden Daycare


$225/cord $150 per 1/2 cord µ Includes Delivery µ Stacking Extra Charge Ask for Jose 301-417-0753 301-370-7008

FIREWOOD FOR S A L E : Best Offer!

You Pickup. Olney Area. 443-799-5952

Lic. #:31453 Lic. #:160926 Lic. #:25883 Lic. #:138821 Lic. #:15127060 Lic. #:15-133761 Lic. #:15127553 Lic. #:155622 Lic. #:15123142 Lic. #:161004 Lic. #:159828 Lic. #:139378

25 yrs exp, exc & local ref, reasonable rates, US citizen & spks English well! Please call 240-440-2657

home for Seniors in Potomac,MD. Will Train. 240-506-7719

N E E D E D :

Nanny/Housekeeper in Bethesda. Cook, Clean and Drive M-F 9-5pm 301-983-3278.

Family Allergy & Asthma Care Dr. Jacqueline Eghrari-Sabet Dr. Gina Dapul-Hidalgo


LIVE-IN CARE GIVER Needed for group

Visit CONTESTS and enter by October 4th


High ING School?College Gene r a l Biology , General P h y s i o l o g y , Neurophysiology . ttps://

301-253-6864 240-277-6842 301-972-6694 301-515-8171 301-540-6818 301-972-1955 301-972-2148 240-246-0789 301-869-1317 301-250-6755 240-912-7464 240-601-9134


for daycare. Friendly and fun personality Spk fluent English/Spa nish. 301-762-2042


Live-in only, Potomac, for cooking & cleaning. Indian food prf’d. Call: 240 498 0318


household & children, references are required 240-242-5135

f u r n i t u r e for sale,Rockville.Tel 240-404-0355 / 301987-7441

Live-in/wkends & FT Tue-Thur. CPR Cert. 202-446-5849 oceanp

We’re looking for the cutest, funniest or best dressed pet!

OFFICE MOVING SALE: Lots of office


Sat Sept 28th 8am-Noon (Raindate Sept 29th) Directions: take 270 Quince Orchard 124 S Left on Great Seneca, 119 S Right on Lakelands Dr. Sponsored by: Peak Settlements



Maintenance Supplies; You haul $450

GAITH/KENTLANDS, upscale tag sale, Sat 9/28, 9-2, antiques, home accessories, furn, 102 Little Quarry Rd. No Early birds

Moving/everything you can imagine Sale! Sat Sept 28th, 8-4pm and GERMANTOWN: Sun Sept 29th, 8-2pm. Moving Sale. Furn, 17820 Caddy Dr. motorcycle, lawn furn, tools and much more! DERWOOD Multi Sat, Sept 28th; 8-2pm. Family Estate & Yard 17305 Haverstraw Ct., Sale. Sunday, Sept Germantown. 29th 9am-4pm Offering collectibles, toys, furniture, clothing & NORTH POTOMAC: many more items of Wonder View Way interest. New Bedford Multi-Family Yard Dr, Derwood MD, off Sale, Sat. Sept. 28, 8 Avery Rd, cross street a.m. to 1 p.m. HouseMuncaster Mill Rd hold items, home and holiday decor, clothes, M u l t i toys, much more GAITHER: Family, Sat Sept 28th, 9-3, wall art, toys, housewares, stereo OLNEY GARAGE equip, books, clothes, SALE! Sat. Sept. 28, 621 Still Creek Lane 8am-1pm. 4210 Morningwood Drive, POTOMAC: 9/28 9- Items for sale include: 12 Multi-Family at Po- Jewelry , gently used tomac Presby Church Coach handbags, 10301 River Rd power tools books, Rain/Shine many puzzles, games, toys, great finds! Incld furn. dvds, and lots more!

yrs experience, exc ref, own trans, light cleaning, PT/FT, livein/out 240-671-4898


toria Falls Active Adult Community, 13701 Belle Chasse Blvd (off Contee Rd), Laurel, MD. Sat. 9/28. 8:30a12:30p. CASH & CARRY, antiques, furn, equip, HH items, art, jewelry, holiday items, clothes, toys, etc. Questions? 410813-0090


FURN. Moving Sale Upscale Items! Entire content of house must go. 301-977-4123




19521 Woodfield Rd (Rte 124) Gaithersburg, MD 20879 Furniture-Collectables-Trees & Shrubs




MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM M M WOODSIDE WOODSIDE M M HOA HOA Adventurous Loving Musical M TH M Sat., Sept. 28 , 2013 9 am-1pm Financially Secure Family M M Rain Date: Sat., Oct. 5 TH From Georgia Ave. (Rt. 97) and Medical Park Dr., Brightleaf M awaits 1st baby. Expenses Paid. M Ct., Castlehedge Ter., Dennis Ave., Dutch Ship Ct., Flowering M Karin M M M Tree Ter., Green Holly Ter. M M M 1-800-243-1658 M M M MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM S Silver ilver Spring Spring

Sunday, Sept 29th,10:00 AM At Hunts Place


Loving Home to Provide a Lifetime of Joy & Opportunity for Your Baby. No Age or Racial Concerns. Paid Expenses. 1-866-440-4220


EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 8AM-4PM Montgomery County Fairgrounds 16 Chestnut St. Gaithersburg, MD Great Bargains & Low Prices Vendors Wanted FREE Admission & FREE Parking 301-649-1915 *


cal to Germtwn/Gaith area, must have car 240-899-1707

Legal. Educated. Drive Cook. PT: mornings Mon-Th, Sat. 2 yrs + exp. 301-887-3212



Buy It, Sell It, Find It


Potomac family needs PT nanny, 3-6pm Mon-Thurs Call: 202-713-7834

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Infants-Up Pre-K program, computer Lab, Bi-lingual Potty Train. Lic# 15-133761 Germantown 301-972-1955

FILIPINA DAYCARE Opening For Infants & Toddlers in Montgomery Village Area


Recruiting is now Simple! Get Connected

240-643-7715 Lic. # 15-54712

Careers 301-670-2500 Concrete Pump Operator, Dump Truck Drivers, Loader Operator Modern Foundations (Woodbine, MD) is looking for: Experienced concrete pump operator, Dump Truck Drivers, Residential Construction Loader Operator. Qualified applicants call 410-795-8877.

District Court Clerk I/II District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County Rockville and Silver Spring The District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County is seeking to fill two District Court Clerk I/II positions. Responsibilities involve specialized clerical work involving court proceedings. Data entry. Filing. Sorting mail. Cashiering. Greeting and assisting the public, law enforcement and attorneys with case information. For more information visit our website EOE

System Programmer Datawatch Systems, Inc., a Bethesda based national access control company has immediate openings for system programmers in a 24/7/365 department. Experience working in access control, a call center environment, IT Help Desk, or customer service support is preferred. Qualified candidate must demonstrate excellent customer service skills, be technically inclined to work with alarm system programming and monitoring software, be able to troubleshoot issues and work in a fast paced, team-oriented environment. Metro accessible. Exc pay and benefits. Email DCJS#112294. EOE/M/F/D/V

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Careers 301-670-2500


Sales Person

Min. 5 yrs commercial exp. Job in Silver Spring, MD. Bilingual a plus. $22.00/hr. A Drug-free workplace EOE, E-Verify

Experience in a pharmacy setting. Experience in fitting compression stockings a plus. Must be mature, outgoing, self starting. Hours 8:30-5:30; Mon-Fri. Convenient location near Friendship Heights Metro. Email resume with salary requirements to




Interior Decorators Entry Level to Experienced New design center opening Will train. Resumes to or call 301-933-7900





Liberty Lock & Security in Rockville, seeking qualified technicians. Experience required. Confidentiality assured.

Rockville Residential Cleaning Company is looking for 1 Full Time house maid, M-F 8 am-5 pm. Must have excellent cleaning experience, speak some English, Drivers License & legal to work in U.S. Pay $10.00 p/hr. 301-706-5550

Fax Resume to 301-424-3080, email

Foster Parents


Gaithersburg Location

*Telephone Reps earn up to $10/hr in base salary & bonuses! Only 2 immediate DAY positions available. Interesting projects. ONLY call if you speak PERFECT English, sound GREAT, have 5 + yrs B2B experience. 301-926-3194

Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

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

Call 301-355-7205

AUTO TECHNICIAN Wanted for busy Silver Spring Shop. 40 years in business. Experienced Brakes, Alignment, ASE Certified Preferred. Please call Henry at 301-704-9988


Monday-Thursday in friendly, fast-paced periodontal office. Must be x-ray certified. Gaithersburg MD, immediate contact: opening. Please


Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now

Janitor (FT) Must work flexible hours and every other weekend. Prior experience in laundry preferred but not required. Apply at 1235 Potomac Valley Road Rockville MD 20850 or fax to (301) 762-3216. EOE

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

Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now

Insurance CSR

Rockville insurance agency needs personal lines underwriter/CSR to manage dept. Must be Md. licensed and have experience. Career opportunity with salary and benefits. Email resume to:

Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524 CTO SCHEV



For busy pediatric practice in Montgomery County. Pediatric experience preferred. Fax resume to 301.933.5087 or Email Attn: Geri


With at least 1 year experience with in home healthcare, providing care to children and adults who have a trach and on ventilator support. Immediate openings available for night and day shifts in Poolesville, Rockville and Gaithersburg areas. Please Contact

Anchor Healthcare Services at 703-955-2143. Serving MD & VA

Tax Preparers

Experienced tax preparers needed for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. No experience? Online tax classes forming now. Earn extra money in tax time. Flexible hours, competitive pay. Call 301-620-1828 or e-mail


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

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Bell Ringers

Duties include:

complete service efficiently & correctly, diagnose problems, orders parts, and complete repairs within performance standards. Req: Must lift up to 50 lbs., have a valid Drivers license, and work some OT & possible weekends. Must supply own tools. If interested please send resume to or fax resume to : 866-723-5250

Dump Truck Drivers

Must have at least 3 yrs of exp w/ the ability to drive standard trucks, have & maintain a clean driving record, & clean criminal background. Must have a D.O.T card & have the flexibility to work nights/weekends if needed. Multi-lingual (English/Spanish) a plus. To apply, please go to

The Salvation Army is now hiring Bell Ringers in Montgomery County for this Christmas Season. $8.25 per hour. Apply in person on Oct 2nd, 4th, 8th and 10th from 10am - 2pm at 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, MD 20874


Registered Nurse Radiation Therapy Full time Days M-F

RMA is actively recruiting a FT RN for our Rad Oncology cntr located in Rockville/ Germantown. FT RN min 3 years nursing exp. OCN preferred; Send resumes to e-mail


We are looking for AMAZING sales people!!! The Gazette, a Post Newsweek Media company, is looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated people to take our sales territories to the next level. If you value autonomy, but can work well in a team that values integrity, respect and growth, this may be the job for you. The mission of the Advertising Sales Consultant is to develop new business while servicing and increasing existing business. Position involves cold calls, interviewing potential clients, developing and presenting marketing plans, closing sales and developing strong customer relationships. Candidates should possess persistence, energy, enthusiasm and strong planning and organizational skills. We offer a competitive compensation, commission and incentives, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. To become part of this high-quality, high-growth organization, send resume and salary/earnings requirement to EOE


Min. 1 yr exp. in commercial work. Job in Silver Spring, MD. Bilingual a plus. $12 to $14/hr. based on exp. Drug-free workplace. EOE & E-Verify 301-662-7584

Editorial Staff Supervisor/Reporter



Hiring Incentives (HII) is a premier employment tax benefits consultant located in Gaithersburg, MD. We have entry-level openings due to growth. The ideal candidates will possess the following skills: ∂ Inbound and outbound call center experience ∂ Data entry experience a must

Comprint Military Publications has an immediate opening for a full-time, Editorial Staff Supervisor/Reporter in its Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Virginia office. News writing background, InDesign knowledge, & digital camera familiarity, and experience supervising an editorial team a must. Familiarity with military a plus. Email resume, writing samples and salary requirements to: We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE

∂ Able to multi-tasks and operate multiple computer programs

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

∂ Able to work within deadlines with minimal supervision

Please submit the resume to:


TRAINING IN JUST 4 WEEKS Now Enrolling for We offer Medication Technician October 7th in just 4 days. Call for details. Classes GAITHERSBURG CAMPUS MORNING STAR ACADEMY 101 Lakeforest Blvd, Suite 402 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Call: 301-977-7393

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



Funeral Home Assistants (PT)

Flexible day & night hrs to assist w/ Funeral Services and with removals. Must be 21 with a valid driver’s lic. and have clean driving record. Knowledge of the Montgomery County and Frederick & Mount Airy area. Call Mr. Kendall at Molesworth-Williams Funeral Home M - F 9-4pm at 301-253-2138 for more info.

Seasonal Help November 10th - December 24th. Working with Santa and children at Montgomery Mall. Call Pat Baker 1-800-969-2440 Ext. 227


Work From Home

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

Call 301-333-1900


3-18 hrs per week; $8-$18/hr. Some knowledge of gymnastics is required. Gaithersburg. Email:

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2005 Passat Wagon GLX.........#2487502, Beige, 98,503 mi..............$9,995 2010 Jetta Sedan........................#V13814A, Silver, 26,866 mi............$12,996 2010 Jetta Limited.....................#357018A, Gray, 38,757 mi.............$13,491 2010 Jetta SE................................#145607A, Blue, 40,314 mi.............$13,991 2012 Jetta SE................................#PR6088, Gray, 37,166 mi...............$14,991 2012 Jetta SE PZEV....................#PR6089, White, 37,756 mi.............$14,991 2008 EOS..........................................#FR7165, Black, 64,777 mi..............$15,492 2012 Beetle Coupe.....................#V13795A, 10,890 mi......................$17,892

2010 Tiguan S................................#P6060, White, 31,538 mi...............$18,492 2010 Routan...................................#P7637, Blue, 30,086 mi.................$18,992 2011 CC.............................................#FR7163, Black, 38,071 mi..............$19,491 2012 Passat SE.............................#099010A, Maroon, 22,244 mi........$21,491 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6025, White, 3,677 mi...............$21,694 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6024, Silver, 3,912 mi................$21,994 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6026, Gray, 4,501 mi.................$21,994 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI. .#100859A, Gray, 60,262 mi.............$21,999

All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 09/30/13.

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#372396A, 6 Speed, 6 Speed Auto, Silver, 28k mi.


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$14,985 2010 Toyota Venza............. $19,985 $19,985 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $14,985 #372388A, 6 SpeedAuto, Magnetic Gray #374561A, 6 SpeedAuto, Magnetic Gray, 44K MIles $14,985 2013 Toyota Camry SE......... $20,985 $20,985 2006 BMW X3 3.0i............. $14,985 #364334A, 4WD,Auto, Silver Gray #E0255, 6 SpeedAuto, 19k miles, Barcelona Red $14,900 2013 Toyota Prius C Three.... $20,985 $20,985 2009 Honda Civic Si........... $14,900 #372316A, 6 Speed Manual, Silver #372383A, 8.4K Miles, CVT Transmission $15,985 2012 Honda Accord EX-L...... $21,985 $21,985 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $15,985 #P8756, 6 SpeedAuto, 22.6k miles, 4 Door #351116A, 5 SpeedAuto, Coupe, Crystal Black, 22.4 Miles




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2002 HONDA CIVIC SI: 3 dr, 5spd, AC, MD Inspec, Pwr W, like new, 63K mile $7000 301-340-3984


AWD, 5spd, AC, power windows, MD Inspec, $4999 301340-3984



#347509A, Auto, Cruise, Auto Headlights, CD

2008 Ford Taurus X SEL WGN



#367151C, 3rd Row Seat, CD, Cruise, Sync, Back Up Sensing


2013 NISSAN ALTIMA $23,345 2.5 S MSRP: $19,495 -$1,000 -$500 -$500

#349587A, All Wheel Drive, Auto, Bluetooth



2012 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S #E0239, 1 Owner, Moonroof, Bluetooth

6 Spd, AC, PW, PL, CD..........$8,950

2006 Buick LaCrosse CX



2010 Infiniti EX35 AWD

#N0243, 1-Owner, All-Wheel Drive, Back up camera, Moonroof





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#P8714, 38K Miles, 1 Owner, Leather, Nav, Sunroof



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

Prices include all all rebates andand incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. Prices Prices include rebates incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. exclude tags,tax, freight $780, trucks and $200and processing charge. *Lease areonly calculated with Prices tax, exclude tags,(cars freight (cars $810,$725-$995), trucks $845-$995), $200 processing charge.payments Prices valid on listed tax, tags, freight, $200 processing charge firstforpayment signing,09/30/2013. and are valid with tier one approval through VINS. See and dealer details. due Offeratexpires NMAC. Prices valid only on listed VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 10/22/2012.

58k, V6, PW, PL, PS, Sunroof....$10,525


6 Spd, AC, PW, PL, CD.........$11,750

With Bluetooth #22213 2 At This Price: VINS: 647367, 642954

$31,445 $26,995 -$1,000 -$1,000

2005 Chevy Impala

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#349545A, 13K Miles, 4x4, 3rd Row Seat

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

4x4 #25013 2 At This Price: VINS: 688245, 689141

2007 Nissan Sentra

Leather, Sunroof..................$10,495

2012 Nissan Pathfinder







$23,170 $19,995 -$1,000 -$500



2009 TOYOTA 4 CAMRY LE: door sedan, 72k, 1 owner, MD insp, very good condition $10,975.00 firm Call: 301-865-5249

#P8711A, 3rd Row Seat, Back Up Camera,

AC, PW, PL, PS......................$4,995

2012 Nissan Juke S AWD

2004 Pontiac Bonneville GXP

2013 NISSAN ROGUE S AWD MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

Service on Saturday’s Open 8am-12pm

V6, PW, PL, PS, CD...............$8,950

#12113 2 At This Price: VINS: 764199, 902839

With Bluetooth #13113 2 At This Price: VINS: 914194, 292204

sunrf & leather, 67K mi, MD Insp, 1 owner $4999 301-340-3984

2011 Chrysler Town & Country

$18,510 $15,995 -$1,000

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



2003 Ford Windstar

$16,205 $13,995


#11514 2 At This Price: VINS: 353416, 366690


FORD TAURUS: 2002 143kmi, green 1 own, all power, all lthr, AC, sun roof $3k 301-305-4580

2007 Mitsubishi Outlander LS



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2009 Pontiac Vibe

AWD, PW, PL, CD...............$12,950

2009 Nissan 370Z Touring Coupe #P8713, 1-Owner, Leather, Navigation, Manual Trans



2011 BMW 328i #E0215, 24K Miles, 1 Owner, Nav, Sunroof



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2007 Pontiac Torrent

AWD,57k,NewTires,PW,PL,CD. $13,450

2012 Nissan Altima

29K, PW, PL, CD.................$16,925

2013 Chevy Cruze

16K, 4 CYL, PW, PL, CD......$17,550

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

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