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In budget plan, Leggett’s focus on roads, schools
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Jennifer Grizmala-Liu of New Jersey, with her adopted son Aidan, 4, was among the speakers at the Children’s Home Society adoption fair on Jan. 11 at Neelsville Presbyterian Church in Germantown. For more on the adoption fair, see Page A-2.
Montgomery County would pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the White Flint area to promote private growth and redevelopment around the Metro station under a ﬁscal year 2015 capital budget proposed by County Executive Isiah Leggett. Almost $340 million of public money will be dedicated to generating private investment of even more money in White Flint, according to a draft copy of the proposed budget provided to The Gazette. The six-year capital improvement plan features plans to construct a new road and bike lane on the area’s Main/ Market Street, reconﬁguring Executive Boulevard North and reconﬁguring the intersection of Old Georgetown Road, Executive Boulevard and Hoya Street. The project includes $170 million in county funding for road projects on Montrose Parkway East and Chapman Avenue Extended and relocating the White Flint Fire Station to promote redevelopment in the area. The Montrose Parkway East portion will build a new road to connect with the existing Montrose Parkway/ Rockville Pike interchange to Viers Mill Road. There are also plans to build a new parking garage for a conference center in the area to combine with future retail
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Frigid weather zapped county’s blood supply, Red Cross says BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
With the recent cold snap still fresh in mind, the Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign has been working to help the county’s homeless stay off the streets. The county’s campaign is part of a national movement of more than 200 communities that works to ﬁnd permanent homes for chronic and medically vulnerable homeless people. Since the initiative began in November, four street outreach programs have been
working to engage homeless individuals and learn more about them, according to a news release. People Encouraging People Homeless Outreach, Bethesda Cares, Interfaith Works Community Vision and the city of Gaithersburg have staff who spend time talking with people living outside, with the focus of learning about their needs and directing them to safe housing. A slight uptick in the number of homeless people seeking out one shelter in Silver Spring during the Jan. 7 arctic blast is a small sign of success, according to Susanne Sinclair-Smith, executive director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. The Home Builders Care Assessment Center for men, operated by the coalition at 600B E. Gude Drive, welcomed more people
than the shelter could hold. It has a capacity of 135 men, but 160 sought shelter there the night of Jan. 6, according to Sinclair-Smith. Twenty-ﬁve of the men were taken to East County Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring for shelter overnight, she said. “We certainly saw more men over this cold period,” she said. “But we do not turn anyone away. We encourage them to come.” Montgomery County police also has been periodically checking known homeless encampments, monitoring the welfare of those homeless individuals and encouraging them to go to shelters, the news release said. Looking to end homelessness, the County Council approved an appropriation Dec. 3
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ANDREW SCHOTZ STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett — one of the region’s highest-stature Democrats — is standing clear of his party’s gubernatorial primary, for now. In a race among Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park for this year’s Democratic nomination, Leggett said Friday that he hasn’t decided whom to support.
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Police are looking for vandals who left their names on a 146-year-old stonecutting mill in Seneca Creek State Park.
The primary will be held June 24. The general election will be Nov. 4. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is ﬁnishing his second term, the maximum allowed in Maryland. Asked during a meeting with Gazette reporters and editors if he had an allegiance in the race, Leggett said: “I have none at this point. I’ll tell you why. I hope and I anticipate that I may endorse at some point in the future, but I’m not sure. “I’m very close to Heather, very close to Doug, who I’ve worked with on a number of projects. They’re local Montgomery County residents. I know Anthony very well. I support a great deal of what he’s done. “We are fortunate to have several good candidates. I have not found a justiﬁcation as
to how to make a distinction between one or the other at this point in time. I talk to them a great deal and it’s my intent, and I hope to at some point, to make an endorsement, but at this point, not yet.” Brown was the ﬁrst to release a list of elected ofﬁcials in Maryland who back his campaign, including both U.S. senators and four U.S. representatives. Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., and several Montgomery County ofﬁcials at the state and local levels are on the list, too. Gansler’s endorsement list includes about half of Montgomery County’s delegation and county ofﬁcials such as State’s Attorney John
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PLAYING THROUGH INJURY Northwood punter/lineman suffers complications after a season of playing football with torn ACL.
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Montgomery and its allies try for school construction funds Prince George’s, Baltimore counties join in effort to pressure lawmakers
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
The three Maryland jurisdictions with the most population — Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties — are calling on state lawmakers for money to build and renovate schools. Montgomery’s priority this session is establishing a steady, predictable stream of state money to leverage borrowing for school construction. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Montgomery’s enrollment grows annually by about 2,000 students, the equivalent of one high school. In 2013, Montgomery County Public Schools enrolled 151,289 students, up from 148,779 students in 2012. “We are seeing unprecedented growth that we alone cannot resolve,” Leggett said. “We cannot wait.” To build one high school costs Montgomery more than $100 million, he said. Its overall need is as high as $600 million to $700 million in a six-year period, he said. Leggett will release his six-year capital improvements program Wednesday. House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Gov. Martin O’Malley’s ﬁscal 2015 capital budget, which also comes out Wednesday, includes $627 million for education. Exactly how much the “big three” counties seek from the state remains to be seen, but Leggett said Montgomery will put up money of its own to match. “We commit an awful lot already on construction dollars, and we’re willing to commit even more, but our com-
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Adoption fair draws prospective parents People from around the region took their ﬁrst step toward becoming families at an adoption fair Saturday in Germantown. Mike and Jocelyn McNamara of Silver Spring said they wanted to learn as much as they could about adopting before making the commitment. “It’s something I’ve always been interested in,” Jocelyn McNamara said. At the fair, more than 100 people attended workshops on international and domestic adoption, foster care and children’s medical issues. The fair was held at Neelsville Presbyterian Church in Germantown by the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Children’s Home Society, a nationwide network that provides counseling and other services to children and their families. The organizations have ofﬁces around the country, including one in Silver Spring. Susan Orban, an outreach specialist for Children’s Home Society, said the fair was its largest yet. “Seeing our community come together for the welfare of children, both here in the United States and abroad, is so encouraging,” she said. Jossiane Regan of Wheaton took her 2-year-old adopted Korean daughter to the fair and answered
questions about adoption from Korea. “I’ve known since middle school that I wanted to adopt,” Regan said. She and her husband also have an adopted son, 7, from Guatemala. The adoption process took a year for her son and three years for her daughter. Regan said she wanted to help prospective parents get information they need, especially because the paperwork may be intimidating. “We are such advocates of it,” she said. “I hope people do show up and follow through with the process.” Susan Dibs, a physician at Johns Hopkins Pediatric Specialty Clinic, discussed testing for illnesses such as tuberculosis and HIV. “Most kids do not have many of these problems at all, or any of them, but we need to think about them,” she said. Several adopted children at the fair were in need of “intervention,” Orban said, due to a debilitating or life-threatening condition and a lack of resources. A child with a cleft palate and a child missing an arm were among those who had been adopted and given medical care. Rona Han of Clarksburg has adopted two children from China, who are now 11 and 8. When she and her husband took their daughter home, the child had a rash that doctors couldn’t seem to diagnose. When Han did some research and talked to other
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Tiara Beach Barnwell, a social worker from the Children’s Home Society, speaks with couples during an adoption fair Saturday at Neelsville Presbyterian Church in Germantown. adoptive parents, she found out it was scabies, a skin disease Dibs warned of. Han said she would have liked to have known more about the issues associated with adoption, such as the ones Dibs discussed, before she adopted her children. “I wish I had something like this,” Han said. Children’s Home Society of Minnesota has state licenses to provide local adoption services in Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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has received the Lido Civic Club Matching Scholarship from the National Italian American Foundation. Evans attends Lycoming College in Pennsylvania and is studying criminal justice. Scholarship winners are selected based on academic merit and have an average grade point average of 3.95. In 2013, seven scholarship winners received a total of $50,000 from the Lido Civic Club and National Italian American Foundation. The Lido Civic Club, an ItalianAmerican group, helps recent immigrants assimilate to American business.
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CORRECTION A Jan. 8 story misidentified Eric Bernard, who is the executive director of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association. Marcine Goodloe is the association’s president. Also, the association, not the county, received grants to help bolster volunteer ﬁreﬁghter recruitment.
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LOCAL Vandals spray-paint historic Seneca stonecutting mill n
Grafﬁti found Jan. 4
SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
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Randy Bryan with Coca-Cola sets the mixture for the different types of soda in the upstairs bar of the new Largent’s Restaurant and Bar in the Kentlands.
Kentlands eatery could be ready next month Restaurant gets $10,000 city grant to add bathroom
BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Despite several delays during the remodeling process, restaurateur Matt Largent hopes to have his new Kentlands restaurant up and running on Feb. 1. The Germantown resident signed a 10year lease in March on the building at 654 Center Point Way in Gaithersburg. His plan has been to completely renovate the space and create a neighborhood eatery called Largent’s Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant was originally scheduled to open last August, but a couple of unexpected delays pushed back the opening. “Mainly the delays have just been trying to remodel,” he said. “There were a lot of things that were not up to current code. Now we’re just trying to get inspections completed.” While some residents believe the space is “cursed,” — the space has seen four tenants come and go in the past dozen years — Largent said he thinks the other establishments did not have the right business models for the Kentlands community. The restaurant will not be a sports bar, but it will welcome fans with plenty of televisions for big games, according to Largent. The ﬁrst ﬂoor will be more family oriented, and the main bar will be relocated to the second ﬂoor. Largent specifically chose the Kentlands location because its small community feeling reminded him of his upbringing in Damascus. He wants the restaurant to be geared toward both children and adults.
Police are looking for vandals who spray-painted their names on a 146-year-old stonecutting mill in Seneca Creek State Park. Garrett Peck, an author and resident of Arlington, Va., gives tours of Seneca Quarry every two weeks in the fall and winter. The quarry is located south of the town of Poolesville, on Tschiffely Mill Road. He discovered the green spray-painted hearts and letters on the stonecutting mill during a tour on Jan. 4. According to Peck, some of the stone from that area was the red sandstone used to build the Smithsonian Castle and numerous buildings in the Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. The mill itself is made of Seneca redstone. “I started researching the quarry more than two years ago — the stonecutting mill already had much of the grafﬁti that was on the building, especially that in red and white,” Peck said in an email. There are at least four separate names in green spray paint on the mill: Joshua, Kitty, A.C. and A.M.
“It struck me that this is a ‘double date,’” Peck said. The incident would have occurred between Dec. 21 and Jan. 4, Peck said, between his two most recent tours. “It’s really sad to see something so historic treated so poorly,” Peck said. Seneca Quarry is on the National Register of Historic Places. The quarry closed in 1901. The stonecutting mill, built in 1868, is part of Seneca Creek State Park. Montgomery County police spokeswoman Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti said police received a report on Jan. 6 for new grafﬁti at the stonecutting mill. Dave Powell, the manager for Seneca Creek State Park, said park staff and volunteers would likely clean up the spray paint on a work day, tentatively scheduled for April. The mill is located near park patrols’ regular route, but they might have had trouble getting through that area after the snow fell, he said, leaving the area unattended. Powell said he hopes that more volunteer work and general maintenance in that area will help dissuade vandals in the future. County police have not yet identiﬁed any suspects. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Ziolkowski of Entertainment Experts in Baltimore sets up a TouchTunes jukebox in the upstairs bar of the new Largent’s Restaurant and Bar. “The Kentlands is a very family oriented neighborhood and that’s where we want to be,” he said. “The atmosphere is going to be more of a neighborhood restaurant.” One previous problem with the eatery’s structure was a lack of sufﬁcient bathroom space. Largent said adding bathrooms was already part of his plan, but the city of Gaithersburg offered to help pay for them. “The city has long considered this design ﬂaw to be both an inconvenience for patrons as well as a detriment for the space’s marketability,” Economic Development Director Tom Lonergan said in March. Since then, Largent applied for one of
the city’s toolbox grants, which are designed to provide economic development incentives to businesses that exhibit growth potential, and provide stable, well-paying jobs. While the location of Largent’s eatery typically does not qualify for retail support, Lonergan said the city decided to award the $10,000 grant because of Largent’s substantial investment in the stucture and the space’s large size. A grand opening celebration will be planned once the restaurant ofﬁcially opens, Largent said. email@example.com
WILLIAM FRANK PATRICK EULER Died January 5th, 2014 after a brief illness in Washington, DC at age 61. Born in Washington, DC on March 17, 1952, he was raised in Bethesda, MD. A graduate of Walt Whitman High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and later settled in Dickerson, MD residing there for the last 38 years. He was a guitarist playing blues, folk and rock with such bands as The Blue Diamonds, Homespun, Crossbow, Boss Crow, Dead Man’s Hand, Boris and the Bush Pilots, Frye and Euler, and The Core. For the last 3 years he has played with The Vi-Kings. But he considered fatherhood his highest calling. He is survived by beloved grandsons Colin Patrick, Ryan Joseph, Leif Johannes Euler, sons Patrick Grahm Lodge Euler and Eric Joseph Stangeland Euler, daughter inlaw Lauren Michelle Euler, wife Phyllis Kay Euler, former wife Sharon Louise Ezell, brother John Lodge Euler and sisters Dianne Eva Pearson and Lois Ann Euler. Also loving partner for the last 3 years, Mary Jean Cochran. A memorial service will be held at Bethesda United Methodist Church at 8300 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD on Saturday, January 18th at 3pm. A celebration of his life will follow at 4:30pm at the Rock Creek Mansion, 5417 West Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD. 1905770
The Reverend Elizabeth Carpenter of Monrovia, Maryland, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014 at home. She was 73. Elizabeth was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. She was the valedictorian of Murphy High School in Mobile, Class of 1959. Elizabeth attended Duke University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1963. In 1991, she earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. She was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on July 22, 1992, and served several parishes in Massachusetts until she was called to be rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD in 1997. She was rector of St. Anne’s from 1997 until her retirement in 2011. While at St. Anne’s, she ministered to hundreds of families and oversaw the construction of the church’s new sanctuary. She was passionate about preaching the word of God, her family, her friends, and laughter. Reverend Carpenter is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Vicki Hudson of Elkridge, MD, two grandsons, and her sisters, Kathy Keevan of San Antonio, TX and Karen Beach of San Marcos, TX. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, and two brothers. There will be a memorial service at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at St. Anne’s Church in Damascus with the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington, officiating. The Molesworth-Williams Funeral Home in Damascus is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus. 1905771
Vandals spray-painted their names and hearts on the 146-year-old ruins of a stonecutting mill at the Seneca Quarry near Poolesville.
Obituary Elizabeth Freeman Setzer, 96, of
Golden, CO, died Friday, December 27, after a brief stay in hospice care. She was a resident at the Golden Pond Retirement Community.
Born in San Diego, Betty, as she was known to family and friends, spent her childhood in the California redwoods where her father operated the first camp in Richardson Grove. She graduated from Oakland High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley and a master’s from the University of Maryland. She was eager to serve her country during WWII, enlisting in the Navy as a WAVE. Betty achieved the rank of lieutenant and was stationed at Mare Island in Vallejo, CA, where she worked in the personnel office handling transportation and security. After the war, Betty moved with her family to Washington, DC, where she worked at the FHA as an assistant librarian. She met her husband of 41 years, Henry (Hank) W. Setzer, who was curator of mammals at the Smithsonian Institution. They raised three daughters on a small farm in Germantown, MD. Betty taught fourth grade at Germantown Elementary for 20 years. She was a long-standing member of the Dolly Madison Chapter of the DAR. Betty and Hank retired and divided their time between homes in Gainesville, FL, and Onancock, VA. After Hank’s death, Betty moved to Arlington, VA and then to Golden, CO to be near her youngest daughter. Betty was beloved and admired by all who knew her for her gracious and loving kindness. She took pleasure in the joys of nature, had a life-long interest in history and greeted every day as a wonderful new adventure. She took great pride in her Freeman family heritage; her grandfather, James M. Freeman, was a founder and mayor of Greeley, CO, as well as a Colorado state senator. First cousin Don Freeman was a noted artist and author and illustrator of children’s books including “Corduroy.” Betty was predeceased by her beloved twin brother, Edwin R. Freeman, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory her adored sister Dorothy Spencer of Stockton, CA and her three daughters; Suzanne Setzer of Sherborn, MA, Nancy Luria of Arlington, VA, and Lynn Filoreto of Golden, CO. She loved her nieces Roni Blackwood, Meg Body, Carol Koplin and nephew Bill Freeman and her four grandsons, Ian and Tommy Luria and Nick and Luke Filoreto. She considered Jane Comp, Daryl Costos, and Jennifer Boston her daughters and held a special place in her heart for Carl Filoreto, Terry Clifford, David Luria, and Jasper Filoreto. She was delighted to be a great-aunt to Brandon, Marshall and Harry. Betty’s family is grateful to the friends who were constant companions and sources of joy to Betty throughout her last months. Donations may be made to causes close to her heart--the Old Growth Forest Network at www.oldgrowthforest.net or P.O. Box 21, Easton, MD 21601. Donations can also be made to Save the Redwoods League at www.savetheredwoods.org. We invite you to share your memories of Betty in the Olinger Woods guest book at dignitymemorial.com. 1905772
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AROUND THE COUNTY Citizens group to take part in Pepco rate case Legislation would help similar groups to recoup fees, costs n
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County citizens group will again have a voice as state regulators consider raising Pepco’s rates. Maryland’s Public Service Commission has allowed Powerupmontco, an online citizens group tracking electric reliability issues, to participate as it considers Pepco’s latest request for a rate hike, Abbe Milstein said. Milstein founded Powerupmontco in the wake of a big 2012 storm that caused days of power outages. The group served as a way to share information about electric reliability and performance. On top of the $27.9 million rate hike that went into effect last July,
Pepco has asked the commission for more, this time an additional $43.3 million, which would add $4.80 to the average customer’s monthly bill. Pepco opposed Powerupmontco’s participation in the case. Maryland deﬁnes who can participate in rate cases and Pepco does not feel Powerupmontco qualiﬁes, company spokeswoman Myra Oppel said in an email. “Pepco welcomes the input of all of the interested stakeholders, and especially its customers,” she said. However, the rate case itself is a formal evidentiary proceeding subject to clear legal requirements for participation, and we feel that Powerupmontco does not satisfy those requirements.” The Maryland Ofﬁce of People’s Counsel questioned what exactly is Powerupmontco. People’s Counsel Paula Carmody said her ofﬁce did not oppose Powerupmontco intervening in the case, but wanted to understand the
organization and its membership. Maryland’s Public Service Commission follows a court-like process — complete with attorneys, witnesses and experts — for deciding rate cases. And it can be expensive. For example, Montgomery County has spent about $360,000 over the last four years ﬁghting rate increases, county spokesman Patrick Laceﬁeld said. While utilities can request a portion of expenses in the case be returned via rates, Milstein said participating citizen groups and nonproﬁts like Powerupmontco, which took part in Pepco’s last rate case, must shoulder all associated costs. Del. Alfred C. Carr Jr. has asked the General Assembly to ease that burden on citizens and allow greater citizen participation in utility regulation proceedings. Carr (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington has introduced a bill that uses California as a model and allows nonproﬁts and groups such as Pow-
erupmontco to recoup lawyer fees, expert fees and other expenses involved in participating. Carr said his bill would level the playing ﬁeld in proceedings and lead to greater scrutiny of utilities. “The goal in all of this is improvement of reliability,” Milstein said. Pepco started a ﬁve-year plan to improve reliability in 2010 after an investigation by the Maryland Public Service Commission into the utility’s reliability and quality found it operated with unacceptably low reliability for years. The PSC acknowledged the utility’s poor performance, ﬁning it $1 million for failure to properly maintain its system. Other legislation this session would funnel ﬁnes paid by utilities that fail to meet reliability standards into a dedicated account to then be used by the utilities to improve reliability. firstname.lastname@example.org
Starr creates plan to pay Rock Terrace School students Administrators have devised a plan to pay more than 100 work-study students at Rock Terrace School in Rockville.
MCPS would use W-2 information, ﬂat fees
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
About seven months after parents raised concerns, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr has developed a plan that could pay more than 100 students who participated in Rock Terrace School’s work-study programs. The Rockville school serves developmentally disabled students, and a county grand jury is investigating the staff’s handling of workstudy payments. School ofﬁcials and an attorney presented the plan to the county school board Tuesday along with other information about the school’s work-study programs. The school board voted 6-1 to support the plan, though the board’s approval was not required, said Dana Toﬁg, a spokesman for the county school system. School board member Michael Durso voted against the plan. Student member Justin Kim was absent. Starr previously said the school system would wait for the conclusion of the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s investigation, but in a Jan. 14 letter to school board members, Starr said he thinks waiting for the investigation before acting would “delay resolution of this matter indeﬁnitely.” In early December, the school board requested a plan from Starr. Under his plan, the total payout by the school system will be about $30,000 to $35,000 to students who participated in the program as far back as 2006, said Larry Bowers, chief operating ofﬁcer for the school system. Bowers said Rock Terrace staff treated the money these students earned as school program funds — an interpretation school system ofﬁcials does not agree with. Similar work-study programs exist in the county’s high schools where the money earned goes to the students, Bowers said. “It is my intent, my hope, and my belief that this plan will go a long way in restoring the parents’/guardians’ faith in the school system’s ﬁ-
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nancial practices,” Starr said in the letter. School board President Phil Kauffman said Thursday he agreed with Starr that the school system shouldn’t wait, and that it’s not certain the school system would have access to the data. “I think we have enough information to proceed at this time,” Kauffman said. The school system will base payments on whether students worked inside or outside the school. Students who took part in the school’s Transition Services Unit work program — an off-campus program — will be paid an amount based on information generated through the school system’s payroll system. Looking at W-2 forms that were available from 2006 onward, the school system identiﬁed about 30 students who participated in the transition program from 2006 to 2012 who would receive payments. Of the 30 students, the school system found records of 19 who had bank accounts at the Education Systems Federal Credit Union. About 79 W-2 forms for these students — some of whom participated in a program multiple times — include payments ranging from about $11 to more than $600. For the last several years, students in the off-campus program have received $3.65 a day, according to Starr’s letter. The school system is unable to tell how much money was withdrawn from these students’ bank accounts, Bowers said. “Although some of these funds may have been withdrawn by the students and their families, I have decided to assume that all funds
Complete report at www.gazette.net The following is a summary of incidents in the Germantown area to which Montgomery County police responded recently. The words “arrested” and “charged” do not imply guilt. This information was provided by the county.
were withdrawn by staff and used for program purposes and that the students did not receive any of the monies,” Starr said in the letter. For students who took part in the school’s on-campus programs — for which ﬁnancial records are poor or incomplete — the school system will provide a ﬂat payment of $200 to each student, Bowers said. For a period between 2008 and 2010, on-campus participants’ earnings were grouped together rather than being deposited in individual bank accounts, according to Starr’s letter. The school’s recordkeeping also made it unclear who withdrew funds or how they were used. About 75 students who worked in these programs during that time frame would receive the ﬂat payments, Bowers said. In these on-campus programs — which focused on culinary arts, office skills and woodworking — students have received a variety of small payments over the years, sometimes based on the student’s grade and sometimes a ﬂat amount per class. During the school board’s Tuesday meeting, Durso asked whether it is possible the county’s investigation will generate findings that might cause the school system to “go back to the drawing board.” Attorney Judy Bresler said that the purpose of a grand jury investigation is to look for evidence of criminal conduct and not provide an accounting history. Durso said he thinks the plan is a good ﬁrst step for the school system “to try and rectify all of this” but said he questioned whether it would be better to wait for an external investigation. “I just think there are some cred-
Strong-arm robbery • On Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Mateny Road and Cinnamon Drive, Germantown. The subjects, who are known to the victim, assaulted the victim and took property. Commercial burglary • On Dec. 21 at 11:33 p.m. at Shell Gas Station, 12901 Wisteria Drive, Germantown. Forced entry, took property. • On Dec. 23 at 2:40 a.m. at Papa Johns Pizza, 11522 Middlebrook Road, Germantown. No forced entry, took property.
ibility issues here,” he said. The school system and the state’s attorney’s ofﬁce began investigating the Rockville school after parents raised allegations that staff misappropriated funds their children earned. In his letter, Starr said the school system consulted a tax attorney who determined the money paid to Rock Terrace students should not be considered taxable income or wages because the primary purpose of the students’ experience was to train. Chrisandra Richardson, associate superintendent for special education and student services, will put together a work group that will study the school system’s workstudy programs and recommend whether students should continue to receive payments, according to Starr’s letter. Starr said he anticipates he will be able to make a decision with the help of the group’s recommendations before the next school year starts. The school system has suspended payments to students in all high school work-study programs, and Bowers said those payments will not be reinstituted this school year. Lyda Astrove — a Rockvillebased lawyer and special-education advocate working with Rock Terrace parents — said she does not think the school used the earnings to help educate students because “they never saw the money.” Astrove questioned Starr’s change in position and repeated her call for an external audit. “An outside independent audit is the only way to know exactly who made what and how much was removed,” she said.
• Between 7 p.m. Dec. 26 and 8 a.m. Dec. 27 at Dirks Homes, 13216 Executive Park Terrace, Germantown. Forced entry, took property.
Residential burglary • 18300 block of Metz Drive, Germantown, between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Forced entry, took nothing. • 20000 block of Apperson Place, Germantown, at 3 p.m. Dec. 17. • 21200 block of Blunt Road, Germantown, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 19. No forced entry, took property.
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YMCA mentoring seeks volunteers YMCA Youth and Family Services has joined forces with Montgomery County to encourage residents to volunteer with one child one hour per week in a mentoring program. The initiative, called “One for One,” was announced Jan. 6 by Circuit Court Judge Richard Jordan, Agnes Leshner, director of county child welfare services, and Carson Henry, executive director of YMCA Youth and Family Services . According to a news release, the county suffers from a severe shortage of mentors and, for every child matched with a caring volunteer, there are several more waiting for the beneﬁts provided by the relationship. For more information, call 301-587-5700.
Humane Society offers ﬂexible adoption fees For the rest of January, people who adopt a pet through the Montgomery County Humane Society can pay whatever adoption fee they choose. The fees normally run from $10 for a bird to $175 for a dog, which includes shots and other treatments. Those who adopt a pet still must pay an annual registration with the county or municipality in which they live; those fees are $12 per neutered or spayed cat or dog, and $25 for unaltered pets. The humane society is at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, 14645 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville. Prospective adopters should have government-issued identiﬁcation and proof of address; for renters, the landlord’s approval to have a pet; and collars, leashes and cat carriers, which are available for purchase. Information: mchumane.org or 240-773-5960, option 4. The shelter is open for visits noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. weekends. It’s closed Wednesdays.
County honors King with service day Montgomery County will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by collecting donated food and items for the homeless at four sites. Nonperishable food donations will go to Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg. The donation and distribution of sleeping bags, blankets and socks for the homeless are being organized by the Tri-Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Also, Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center will coordinate indoor family-friendly service projects from 1 to 3 p.m. at the county conference center at 5701 Marinelli Road in North Bethesda. Projects will include tying paracord bracelets for military members, preparing bagged lunches for county shelters and creating ﬂeece blankets for Montgomery Hospice. Information and registration is at www. montgomeryserves.org. Food and other donations may be dropped off at the conference center and these other service day sites: Seneca Creek Community Church in Gaithersburg, from 9 to 11 a.m.; the Silver Spring Civic Building from 10 a.m. to noon, organized by the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and the International Cultural Center in Montgomery Village, from 3 to 5 p.m. A number of organizations are holding environmental cleanup projects this weekend. More information is at www.montgomeryserves.org and montgomeryparks.org/team/mlk_jr_day. shtm, or by contacting Henry Coppola at henry. firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-495-2476. • 12000 block of Amber Ridge Circle, Germantown, between Dec. 21 and 26. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 11100 block of Maryland Manor Court, Germantown, at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 23. Forced entry, took nothing.
Vehicle larceny • Four incidents in the Lake Churchill area of Germantown between Dec. 17 and 26. No forced entry, took property. Affected streets include Laurel Hill Way, Cloverdale Place, Timber Oak Lane and Park Lane Drive.
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At hearing, speakers say schools need more staff n
Testimonies call for counselors, ESOL teachers BY
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Speakers took to the podium Thursday night to tell the Montgomery County Board of Education about the need for counselors, services for non-English speaking students, technology, and support for Curriculum 2.0 implementation in the ﬁscal 2015 operating budget. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr released his recommended $2.28 billion operating budget in December, which includes new positions aimed at helping low-income, English for Speakers of Other Languages and special education students. Speakers testiﬁed about the urgent need for more staff in schools. Janette Gilman — president of the Montgomery County Council of ParentTeacher Associations — said the council endorsed the budget “in large measure” but was concerned about funds directed toward central ofﬁce positions. Gilman said the school board should consider whether the money would be put to better use in school-based positions. Ann Coletti, a Springbrook cluster coordinator, said schools in her area need expanded ESOL services. “Our ESOL teachers are overwhelmed and understaffed,” she said. Some schools, Coletti said, need more professional development for teachers to help them better implement Curriculum 2.0. Large class sizes are putting “incredible strains on teachers and students alike,” she said. One speaker — who identiﬁed herself as a counselor at Little Bennett Elemen-
tary in Clarksburg — said counselors at her school are facing “enormous demands” as rising enrollment has increased the number of students each counselor works with. “I counsel 985 students along with a part-time counselor,” she said. “Students in need of counseling are often waiting outside my ofﬁce or sent back to class.” School board member Michael Durso said it seems there are disparities from school to school when it comes to student-to-counselor ratios. Kevin David — area vice president for the Clarksburg, Northwest, Quince Orchard and Seneca Valley clusters — said the proposed budget does not meet all the needs of the schools in the clusters he represents, which include updated technology and more full-time staff development personnel. New positions in Starr’s budget include 178 elementary and secondary teachers, 75 positions working with special education students, and eight positions working with students who speak English as a second language. The budget also includes 15 focus teachers in high schools aimed at helping reduce English and math class sizes in some schools and new team leader positions in some elementary schools with high numbers of special education and ESOL students. Other new staff members in the budget include 5.5 elementary school counselors, four school psychologists and three pupil personnel workers. Dahlia Huh, a junior at Clarksburg High School and secretary of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association, said students want to see new technology and programs that were cut restored. Another speaker, who identiﬁed himself as the member of a Latino student
achievement group, said the school system needs to develop new ways to address Latino students’ needs and keep it up-to-date with “changing student populations and county communities.” “Persistent problems cannot be solved with outdated remedies,” he said. School board member Christopher S. Barclay said he agreed. “We do have to come up with new ways of doing business,” Barclay said. “As our population changes, we have to ﬁgure out ways to reach them.” Several parents asked for funding to continue an eight-period class schedule at Silver Spring International Middle School. The extra period allows more planning time for teachers and opportunities for students to take electives, they said. Celeste Raker Dillen said her son — a student at Silver Spring International — struggles with learning disabilities, undiagnosed attention deﬁcit hyperactivity disorder and anxiety that make school difﬁcult for him. In his music, art and band classes, however, he is able to “transcend his disability,” she said. Dillen said she was advocating for all students who struggle in core academic subjects. A representative from the Korean Parent Association of Montgomery County shared his concern with board members that the school system was eliminating services that translate parent materials into Korean. Larry Bowers, chief operating ofﬁcer for the school system, said the proposed change would mean the school system would no longer employ a full-time Korean translator but rather do the translation work on a contractual basis. The demand for Korean translation services has decreased in the school system, Bowers said.
Planning Board’s Carrier is seeking something new Floreen: Council will ‘see what happens’ in ﬁnding successor
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Saying it’s time for a new challenge, the chairwoman of Montgomery County’s Planning Board will not seek a second term when her appointment ends in June. Francoise Carrier said Monday there’s no overriding reason for her decision to leave the planning board. She just believed one term was enough, she said. While she called the job fascinating, Carrier said it was time to ﬁnd something new. Montgomery presents a lot of planning challenges, with a mix of rural, suburban and urban communities in a county that’s constantly changing, she said. The county will need good planning guidance as those changes continue, Carrier said. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park, chairwoman of the council’s Planning, Housing & Economic Development Committee, said Monday she thought Carrier had done a tremendous job chairing the Planning Board and helping guide it through several master plans and the ongoing rewrite of the county’s zoning ordinance. The rewrite has been an enormous job, complicated by the fact that the county switched planning
directors in the middle of the process, Floreen said. Floreen said everyone would have to “see what happens” in terms of ﬁnding a successor to Carrier. The chair of the ﬁve-member board is appointed by the County Council and serves four-year terms, spokeswoman Bridget Schwiesow said. The job will be posted, and people will be able to apply for the opening, she said. Carrier was appointed as chairwoman of the board by the County Council in 2010, succeeding two-term chairman Royce Hanson. Her term has included the approval of master plans in places such as Chevy Chase Lake, Takoma/Langley, Glenmont, Long Branch and the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Plan. During her term, the board also adopted a new Park and Planning Master Plan, approved park master plans and capital programs and supervised the renewed development of the Montgomery Parks Foundation to develop ﬁnancial support from county residents and businesses. Carrier graduated from Stanford Law School with a background in economics and land use law, and before joining the Planning Board worked as a director and hearing examiner for Montgomery County’s Ofﬁce of Zoning and Administrative Hearings. email@example.com
Police arrest man in connection with Gaithersburg stabbing at restaurant Attacked happened during early morning hours at Cancun Cantina n
BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
A 28-year-old man is behind bars after Gaithersburg Police
say he was part of a trio of men responsible for a stabbing at a local restaurant. Isidro Pineda Guardado, of no ﬁxed address, was arrested Dec. 28 in the 400 block of West Side Drive, according to Gaithersburg Police Ofc. Dan Lane. He was charged with attempted ﬁrst-degree murder, assault and reckless endangerment.
According to a news release, at 2:32 a.m. on Dec. 7, police were called to Cancun Cantina at 117 E. Diamond Ave. after receiving reports of a stabbing. Police say Pineda Guardado and two other men, Edwin J. Guerra and Edgardo Pineda, were involved in a verbal argument with two victims at the restaurant earlier in the evening,
but it was disrupted by other patrons. When the victims were in the parking lot later, the men approached the victims and stabbed them with an unknown sharp object, the release said. All three men ﬂed in a darkcolored Honda Civic with Texas license plates. Both victims were treated for
life-threatening injuries at area hospitals. Lane said the victims are recovering. Pineda Guardado is currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center, according to the release. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 24. Lawyer information for Pineda Guardado was not listed
in online court records. Police believe Guerra and Pineda ﬂed the state. They are wanted for attempted ﬁrst-degree murder and related charges. Police are asking anyone with information on the suspects’ whereabouts to contact the Gaithersburg Police Investigations Section at 301-258-6400.
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Family searches for answers after ﬁre leads to child’s death n
Martin Luther King Jr. Day closings
Community activists ask residents to give BY
Many Montgomery County operations will be shut down Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. County offices, libraries and liquor stores will be closed. County aquatics programs and facilities will be open, but all other classes and programs are canceled. Administrative ofﬁces, senior centers and community centers will be closed. Operating schedules for county parks are at montgomeryparks.org. Ride On buses will follow a special modified holiday schedule, available at rideonbus.com. Metrobus will follow a Saturday schedule with supplemental service; Metrorail follows its Saturday holiday schedule. The TRiPS commuter stores in Silver Spring and Friendship Heights will be closed. Trash and recycling pickups will be delayed one day during the week, with the last collection day Saturday. The transfer station will be closed. Parking in public garages and lots and at curbside meters is free. Schools and school administrative offices, along with state ofﬁces and courts, will be closed.
SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
One week after Lancelot Quarshie celebrated his fourth birthday, he was gone. Lancelot died in a two-alarm blaze in Montgomery Village on Jan. 8, leaving his family — and their community — in shock. The ﬁre displaced 40 residents and sent four people to the hospital. According to his aunt, Francesca Jones, Lancelot’s parents are not sure how the ﬁre started and are waiting for an ofﬁcial report from county investigators. Lancelot’s death has been hard for his father, Samuel Quarshie, to handle, she said. Samuel was asleep in the apartment with Lancelot when the ﬁre started, and he was unable to get his son out. “He is very devastated,” Jones said. “He is not in his full mind. I’m sure anyone in his position would feel the same way.” Jones remembers seeing smoke in the sky from her workplace on Interstate 270 before getting the news. Lancelot’s mother and Jones’ sister, Nana Sarpong, called her. “She was yelling and screaming,” she said. “I was in shock.” Lancelot’s parents have declined to talk to The Gazette. On Monday afternoon at a Safeway store in Gaithersburg, volunteers from Montgomery Village and Germantown handed
Montgomery County Councilman Craig Rice (left) and Greg Ten Eyck of Safeway wheel donations collected for the families affected by the recent Cider Mill Apartments ﬁre to a waiting van on Monday. shoppers wish lists. Nonproﬁt organizations and radio station staff set up booths to help raise awareness about the ﬁre and displaced residents’ needs. Judith Clark, executive director of Women Who Care Ministries, said that about $500 was collected in the ﬁrst hour of fundraising in front of the grocery store. “We’re getting a really good community response,” she said. She said her organization collected more than $2,000 in food donations, about $400 in gift cards and almost $2,000 in cash. Cash donations will help the people displaced by the ﬁre and with funeral expenses for Lancelot Quarshie. Women Who Care is reaching displaced residents, who are scattered among family, friends
and other locations, through their churches and community groups. Lancelot’s family is temporarily living in a Gaithersburg hotel, courtesy of the Red Cross. The volunteers’ wish list is topped with gift cards and monetary donations, followed by nonperishable food like rice, canned tuna, spaghetti and cereal. Several carts sitting in front of the store were ﬁlled with food donations. W. Gregory Wims, a Gaithersburg resident and president of the Victims Rights Foundation, said his organization is collecting clothing and blankets for the displaced families. On Sunday, neighbors and members of World Ministry Church International, the church the Quarshie family belongs to, collected donations for them.
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Women Who Care Ministries volunteer Lamonte Smith of Germantown loads a van on Monday with donations collected for the families affected by the recent Cider Mill Apartments ﬁre outside of the Goshen Oaks Safeway in Gaithersburg. Eunice Abasah attends church with the Quarshie family. She said she has known them for six years, before Lancelot was born. On New Year’s Eve, she said, Lancelot’s parents took him and his siblings to church. “And then on the 8th, he was gone,” Abasah said. The church’s pastor, Dwumah Frimpong, said the congregants wanted to bring the family encouragement and “share ... the word of God” as they made their way through a difﬁcult time. Frimpong said he broke the news of the ﬁre to the small congregation after a service that day. “Everybody is shocked,” he said.
The congregation is made up of about 50 to 60 people, mostly Africans from several different countries. Most know each others’ families, he said. Lancelot’s parents asked Frimpong to lead a funeral service this coming Saturday before they bury their son. The Quarshie family has two other children, one of whom lives in Ghana, Frimpong said. The pastor said the community is welcome to attend the service. Lancelot Quarshie’s service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hosanna Methodist Church at 14 Brookes Ave. in Gaithersburg. He will be buried at All Souls Cemetary in Germantown.
All city ofﬁces, parks, and recreation and culture facilities are closed Monday. Police administrative ofﬁces will be open. Recycling pickups will follow normal schedules.
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Council committees talk about effects on Ten Mile Creek watershed Further review set for Friday; council vote expected in February n
BY VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
The debate over future development in Clarksburg and Boyds broadened Monday with questions from Montgomery County Council members about the effect of grading and earth compaction on the Ten Mile Creek watershed. Discussion has so far focused on how much to limit the extent of impervious or paved surfaces to minimize runoff, but a consultant for the Planning Board said grading uneven topography before building can also affect the delicate stream network. “There are seeps and springs which are feeders to base ﬂows [in Ten Mile Creek],” said Ted Brown, a water resource engineer for consultant Biohabitats, during a three-hour meeting before two Council committees. “They are impacted when there is large-scale grading,” he said. The Ten Mile Creek stream system drains south into the Little Seneca Lake reservoir, which is a backup supply to maintain water levels in the Potomac River during droughts. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park leads the county’s Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee and Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda heads the county’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee. The two committees planned to talk about watershed-related environmental issues on Monday, the reservoir on Friday and land use issues on Jan. 24. However, the presentation by planning staff and the consultants’
took up most of Monday’s session and left no time for more questions from the council, which will instead ask questions on Friday. The County Council is expected to vote in February on how much development to allow in the watershed, an area of nearly ﬁve square miles with 22 miles of stream straddling Interstate 270 in Clarksburg and Boyds. The area is currently 46 percent forest, 38 percent cropland and pasture, 10 percent other pervious surfaces, 4 percent impervious surfaces, 1 percent bare ground, and 1 percent water and wetlands, according to the “Existing Land Cover” table in the planners’ presentation. The big projects proposed for the watershed include Pulte Homes’ plan to build 1,000 housing units on 538 acres of forest and farmland west of I-270. Proposed for east of I-270 are the 100-acre Egan site (High Point Catering) with housing and the 100-acre Miles Coppola site (Peterson Companies) with a mixed-use Tanger Outlet Center. Grading, which falls within the limits of disturbance of a construction projects, affects more than impervious areas, because builders typically need to bulldoze the land make room for roads, utilities and buildings. Valdis Lazdins, the county’s chief planner for Area 1, said extensive grading would be needed for the Miles-Coppola site east of I-270. “It’s really rough terrain,” he said, noting an 80-foot difference between the ground level at I-270 and a high point on the property. Signiﬁcant grading would also be needed for construction of a Md. 355 bypass around the Clarksburg Historic District and for eventual construction of a transitway through the area, planners say. Berliner said after Monday’s ses-
sion that he believes the consultants have underestimated the potential degradation to the creek system, because their model did not factor in sediment and nutrients set free by stream erosion from increased runoff. Berlin also questioned the consultants’ reliance on stream data averages to predict the effect on Ten Mile Creek, which is biologically healthy and close to a naturally functioning stream. “It’s not an average stream,” he said. “A little change could mean bigger consequences.” Developers, however, continue to assert that current Environmental Site Design techniques will slow down water and erosion and ﬁlter runoff. “I know they will,” Lewis Birnbaum, president of Pulte’s mid-Atlantic division, said after the session. Pulte also points out that the study area sits atop a small part of the regional aquifer and is a small part of the drainage system that feeds into the Potomac River. County environmental officials have said the Pulte project will not damage the reservoir, he said. “It’s no threat to the drinking water,” said Birnbaum. Biohabitats’ Brown said that, based on a review of 140 articles, there is solid evidence that environmental techniques such as bio-retention facilities, green roofs, rain gardens and permeable pavement work better than previous methods on a small scale, in a subdivision of 35 or 40 acres. But he said there is not enough data yet to show how well they work on a watershed-wide scale. Brown also raised the question of who maintains the environmental site design facilities over time. “I think the jury’s still out ... about how well they’re constructed and maintained,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
County executive interested in Ten Mile Creek study ‘Some merit’ in studying potential effect of development on Clarksburg watershed n
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett might be interested in a study to look at the potential effect of development on a Clarksburg watershed. In a meeting with Gazette reporters and editors Friday, Leggett said he thinks there’s “some merit” in a county-funded study in Clarksburg’s Ten Mile Creek. Leggett said he’d like to evaluate some additional information from environmental agencies and the Washington Sewer and Sanitary Commission. He would have to see what a study would cost and how long it would take before deciding if he would support it, he said. Two council committees are scheduled to hold a work session to consider whether a proposed residential development in Boyds and a mixed-use fashion outlet mall in Clarksburg pose a threat to the Ten Mile Creek watershed, which drains into Little Seneca Lake. The lake is a backup water supply for parts of the county during droughts. The committees are also scheduled to meet on Jan. 17 and 24. A county study could have a signiﬁcant effect on the various development projects planned for the Clarksburg and Boyds areas. Leggett said a decision on whether
to halt projects until a study is completed would depend on how long the study will take. “There are some huge decisions that need to be made here, and decisions that you want to be sure you’ve got the right information on,” Leggett said. A representative from The Peterson Cos., the developer of the proposed outlet mall, did not respond to a request for comment on what impact halting the project until a study is complete might have on the company’s plans. On Jan. 9, Leggett sent a letter to the coordinator of the Save Ten Mile Creek Coalition saying the county will not develop more than 400 acres of land it owns in the Ten Mile Creek area, including a proposed addition to the county jail in Clarksburg. Not developing that land will reduce the amount of impervious surface and the amount of runoff into the watershed, Leggett said. “I am committed to protecting Ten Mile Creek and believe we can do that and still provide the appropriate infrastructure for the Clarksburg community, and for a successful town center,” he wrote. Caroline Taylor, executive director of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance, said Friday that the coalition was cautiously optimistic that Leggett and the County Council will do the right thing to protect the residents and drinking water in the region for decades. “We’re really hopeful that the county is going to take a long view on this,” she said. email@example.com
Montgomery County Public Schools facing tougher emergency drill rules BY
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
At least four times a year, each public school in Montgomery County has practiced an emergency drill to help prepare staff and students for the worst, from a tornado to an armed shooter. While Montgomery County Public Schools has operated under its own mandate for at least ten years, the school system will face a new state requirement next school year that calls for six drills each year, according to Bob Hellmuth, director of school safety and security for the school system. Following the revision of emergency plan guidelines for Maryland schools in April 2013, the Maryland State Board of Education amended state regulations later in the year in part to add a requirement that schools must conduct drills for evacuation, “shelter in place,” reverse evacuation, lockdown, severe weather and “drop, cover, and hold.” The state expanded the types of drills local school districts and schools must perform to help them prepare for “a broader range of emergencies,” according to a May 21, 2013, letter from state Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery to members of the Maryland school board. The change for Montgomery County next year, Hellmuth said, will have to do more with the number of drills rather than their content. “There’s not anything too new to us,” he said. County schools currently have the ability to pick from among three types of drills: shelter, lockdown and evacuation. These drills cover a variety of possible situations, including weather incidents, Hellmuth said. Hellmuth said he could not remember how the school system decided to require four drills rather than more or less, but added he thought the number has allowed for a good amount of drill practice in the school system and has not been “overbearing.” In a shelter drill, a school will practice locking the exterior doors and monitoring the entrances while teachers continue to teach classes. Lockdown drills involve securing a school’s interior doors, covering the windows and making classrooms
“Given the uncertainties in today’s world, you can never be prepared enough.” Scott Murphy, principal, Watkins Mill High School look unoccupied. To practice evacuating, students exit the building to meet at a designated place on the campus. For some drills, schools are handed a speciﬁc scenario they must react to, such as a bank robbery nearby involving a suspect last seen heading toward the school. Schools also must conduct ten ﬁre drills each year, a separate requirement, Hellmuth said. Some county principals said the extra two required emergency drills will be helpful. Scott Murphy, principal of Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, said he thinks four drills is an “appropriate” amount but that there’s always room for more practice. “Given the uncertainties in today’s world, you can never be prepared enough,” Murphy said. Following a drill, school staff will conduct a debrieﬁng to evaluate their performance, he said. “Drills are always a learning experience,” he said. Cheryl Clark, principal of Lois P. Rockwell Elementary in Damascus, said the school conducts multiple drills each year to prepare for emergencies, including weather-related incidents. Not long ago, Clark said, the school dealt with an actual tornado warning for the area. “I was glad that we had practiced,” she said. More practice, she said, will translate to students and staff being more apt to follow procedures. “Anytime that you do a drill for safety reasons, when you’re talking about large numbers of kids in a building and large numbers of staff, I think the practice for safety precautions is not a bad thing — it’s helpful,” she said. Clark added that the elementary school sees a new group of young students each year who could beneﬁt from the practice. Clark said she thinks the state-mandated drills won’t mark a signiﬁcant change for
county schools. “It sounds like it is not that different from what we’re doing,” she said. Jimmy Sweeney, principal at Rosemont Elementary School in Gaithersburg, said he thinks that six drills might be too much. “Four is plenty,” he said. “Six actually seems excessive to me.” Sweeney said he knows the intentions behind the state requirement are good, but thinks that students and staff know what to do under the current drill requirement. Eric Wilson, principal of Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring, said that he thinks two more drills will help students and staff with mental and emotional preparedness, translating to less anxiety should an actual incident occur. Wilson said each drill currently takes only about 15 to 20 minutes — with much of the time devoted to monitoring that the proper protocols are in place — but more drills will mean “a few more challenges.” “It is going to be a challenge to try and ﬁt them in and get them scheduled,” he said.
Susan Burkinshaw — health and safety committee cochairwoman of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations — said more drills will help students, especially younger ones, be
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more familiar with the procedures they should follow in an emergency. Some students might be absent when a school performs a drill, and another two drills each year could help prepare more
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Man convicted of trying to kill son over land spat ‘This is for you,’ father alleged to have said before ﬁring two shots
BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER
A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of attempted ﬁrst-degree murder for trying to kill his son over a land dispute in Silver Spring. On Thursday, a Montgomery County jury also found 80-yearold James Russell Lewis guilty of ﬁrst-degree assault, use of a ﬁrearm in the commission of a felony or crime of violence, and burglary. The most serious of the charges carries a penalty of up to life in prison. Lewis faces sentencing Feb. 11. According to prosecutors, Lewis, of Zion Church Road in Robertsdale, Penn., was consumed with anger when his mother gave four acres and a house on Ednor Road in Silver Spring to her grandson instead of to him. In 2012, the house and land were valued at $378,000, according to county land records. Lewis listened from his wheelchair in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Jan. 8 as his son, Russell “Rusty” Eugene
Lewis, 58, testiﬁed against him. Russell testiﬁed that his father had anticipated that the land would be passed on to him. When Russell told his father about receiving the land instead, his father was “lost for words,” he testiﬁed. In an argument several weeks later, James Lewis drove to Silver Spring to talk about the land with his son. At one point while the two talked in Russell’s driveway, James Lewis put a gun he had with him on his truck’s console. Russell Lewis said in court that his father told him “I needed to fear him, because I didn’t have a clue what he was capable of.” He dismissed the conversation as “idle threats,” he said, and traveled to St. Louis for his job as a union insulator. During that time, according to prosecutors, James Lewis repeatedly called Russell’s aunt, who lived in the house’s basement, trying to ﬁnd out if his son had returned home. On Sept. 20, 2011, James Lewis, who was 78 at the time, went to his son’s home shortly after learning he had returned from St. Louis, prosecutors said. He took careful steps to cover his tracks, including masking
the license plates of his pickup truck with red plastic and parking out of sight of the house at a nearby church, according to the prosecution. Then, he threaded his way through a wooded area and walked to the house, using a key to let himself in. According to witnesses at trial, he did not have permission to be in the house. James Lewis took off his shoes and tiptoed upstairs, then stood at the foot of the couch where his son was sleeping, and pointed a gun at him, prosecutors said. Russell Lewis woke up to hear his father say “this is for you,” before shooting at his head twice as he lay on the couch, he said. Russell survived the shooting because, as he was waking up, he ﬂung an arm across his face, intercepting a bullet headed straight for his forehead, prosecutors said. Russell said he wrestled his father to the ground, took the gun, left the house, and called police. Doctors removed the bullet lodged in his arm. The other had grazed his skull and hit a pillow on the bed. James Lewis pleaded guilty to attempted ﬁrst-degree murder in May 2012, but court records show the plea was vacated last March,
online court records show. James Lewis’s attorney, Ronald Gottlieb, argued that police did not perform crucial tests that might have helped his client and prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that James Lewis was the shooter. He said evidence that would have corroborated Russell Lewis’s testimony — like blood on the bed on which he had been sleeping — was never found. Prosecutors argued that James Lewis further implicated himself by telling contradictory stories about what happened. According to Koch, Lewis said he wanted to talk to his son about the land and he took the gun with him because he was afraid there would be a fight while they talked. Gottlieb said the difference in stories was explained by the fact that James Lewis was “pummelled” by his son in the incident and might not have remembered exactly what happened. When asked during the trial why he had a gun with him, James Lewis said he had $1,800 in his truck. He planned to talk to his son and tell him he was going to contest the deed’s transfer. email@example.com
Md. federal prosecutor collected $143M in ﬁscal 2013 $130 million came from settlement with genericdrug manufacturer
BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER
Maryland’s federal prosecutors recovered more than $143 million in civil and criminal collections in the last ﬁscal year, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Ofﬁce. The number is much higher than ﬁscal 2012, when the ofﬁce took in about $24.7 million in civil and criminal collections. Much of the money in last year’s collections came from
part of a $500 million settlement the Department of Justice made with a drug manufacturing company in May 2013. In that case, the U.S. subsidiary of India-based Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., a maker of generic drugs, pleaded guilty to making drugs that were adulterated, meaning they had not been manufactured, processed or packaged according to regulations. Ranbaxy USA — Ranbaxy’s U.S. subsidiary — agreed to pay a $130 million criminal ﬁne and forfeit another $20 million. It also agreed to pay an additional $350 million to the federal government and to the 50 states participating in the agreement. It was the largest false claims
case ever prosecuted in Maryland, Rod J. Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney in Maryland, said. Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Ofﬁce for Maryland, said in an interview that the company has paid $130 million so far. About $6 million of the more than $137 million collected in criminal actions was restitution for federal agencies and for victims. The other $131 million came from criminal ﬁnes and other criminal collections, according to data from the U.S. Attorney’s Ofﬁce for Maryland. U.S. prosecutors also collected nearly $6 million in civil actions. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Ofﬁce said the overall
total of ﬁnes and fees came from a variety of cases. The ofﬁce provided two examples involving Montgomery County. In April 2013, Gurpreet Singh Kohli of Potomac had to pay a $30,000 ﬁne and spend six months of home conﬁnement after pleading guilty to lying to investigators during his background investigation for a security clearance. In the last fiscal year, the state collected $10,000 from Gaithersburg resident Andrew Liang, who had to pay the ﬁne as part of his sentencing in 2011 after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. His sentence included a year in prison and ﬁve years of probation.
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MCPS teacher is arrested, charged with three counts of second-degree assault Man’s attorney calls charges ‘irresponsible’
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
A Briggs Chaney Middle School teacher was arrested on Jan. 8 and charged with three counts of second-degree assault involving other school employees, according to Montgomery County police. The assault charges stem from incidents of unwanted physical contact with three female coworkers at the Silver Spring school, police said. “We have three victims that have come forward,” said Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti, a spokeswoman for county police. Walter Stafon Bowman, 37, of the 4900 block of Veronica Court in Indian Head was also charged with one count of false imprisonment for allegedly holding one of the three school employees in a tight hug, Innocenti said. He was arrested around 6:20 a.m., she said. Kush Arora, Bowman’s attorney, said Bowman is “very, very frustrated” and surprised by the allegations. “Mr. Bowman told me that he considered these people friends and colleagues, and he held them in great esteem,” he said. Dana Toﬁg, a spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools, said Bowman has been placed on administrative leave pending further action. He also had been placed on administrative leave earlier this school year, Toﬁg said. Toﬁg said no additional information is available because that was a personnel matter. Bowman previously worked at Needwood Academy in Rockville for a few months in 2009 and A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring from August 2012 to June 2013, Toﬁg said. One female school employee reported that Bowman assaulted her twice between Aug. 26 and Aug. 29, according to police. In the ﬁrst incident, Bowman entered the employee’s office unannounced and put his hands on her shoulders. In the second incident, Bowman placed the employee in a bear hug until she was able to break free. Another female employee said she was standing in her classroom in September when Bowman approached her from behind, crouched on the ﬂoor and touched her ankle, according to police. The third employee said Bowman grabbed her from behind around the waist in September, police said. Police were speaking with school employees as part of
their investigation, Innocenti said. According to Bowman’s charging documents, police believed Bowman assaulted other people who are afraid to come forward. The three employees and the others who have not come forward “are in fear for their safety,” according to the charging documents. The employees who have come forward have felt the need for an escort to accompany them when they needed to talk to Bowman. “Having to work with (Bowman) on a daily basis, they are terrified that (Bowman) will further assault them,” the documents said. Arora called the charges irresponsible, saying he thinks county police are usually Bowman better at “making sure charges are brought when appropriate.” The county school system investigated Bowman earlier in the school year and did not ﬁnd him at fault, Arora said. “This is a matter that’s already been investigated and, in my opinion, already been put to rest,” he said. A Jan. 8 letter posted to the school’s website from Principal Tamitha Campbell alerted parents of Bowman’s arrest and placement on administrative leave. “While these are only allegations at this point, I know this news is very upsetting,” Campbell said in the letter. “We have high expectations of professionalism for our staff in how they deal with our students and one another.” The school also informed parents through Connect Ed, a notiﬁcation service. Detectives have been investigating Bowman since Jan. 6, when they received notice of reports that he had assaulted three female coworkers. Innocenti said someone other than a school staff person called police about Bowman. Bowman’s grandmother Jessie Guinyard — reached by The Gazette Jan. 8 at the home she lives in with Bowman — said she was unaware he had been arrested. “He always been a ﬁne person,” she said. “He has been no more than a great person.” Guinyard said she hadn’t seen her grandson since the morning of Jan. 8, when he left around 5 a.m. to go to the school. Detectives are asking anyone else who believes Bowman assaulted them to call 4th District investigators at 240773-5530.
Lawmakers proposing limits to police spying Drones, automatic license plate readers would be regulated n
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
Two state senators — one very liberal and the other very conservative — have joined efforts in the Maryland General Assembly to protect citizens’ privacy from police unnecessarily using technology like drones to conduct searches. Sens. Jamie B. Raskin and Christopher B. Shank, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, will introduce four bills to regulate police use of drones, automatic license plate readers, email surveillance and location tracking so as to not infringe on privacy rights. “It’s getting Orwellian out there,” Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park told reporters Tuesday morning. Shank (R-Dist. 2) of Hagerstown called the situation a “slippery slope.” “I am not content to sit here and allow this current diminution of our privacy rights to get to a point that one
day my children or grandchildren are going to wake up and government is constantly spying on them,” he said. Maryland last amended its privacy laws in 1988, he said. Yet technology has vastly outpaced the law. Raskin said the package of privacy bills aims to create a balance between law and technology. Speciﬁcally,absentanemergency, the bills would require search warrants before looking at citizens’ emails and online data as well as before tracking someone via a cellphone. It would impose limits and regulations on aerial surveillance by drones and prevent police from keeping, for longer than 90 days without cause, the license plate and location data collected by the automatic scanners. In the House, the bills are cosponsored by Dels. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, Alfred C. Carr Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, Michael D. Smigiel Sr. (R-Dist. 36) of Chesapeake City and Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-Dist. 41) of Baltimore. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dr. Michael Kerr, medical director of Department of the Emergency Department Services at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, prepares to test patient Ricardo Eugenio, 42, of Aspen Hill, for the ﬂu.
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Even those vaccinated might not evade this year’s strain BY
TERRI HOGAN STAFF WRITER
If you haven’t gotten a ﬂu shot, it’s not too late to help protect yourself from a particularly harsh strain of the ﬂu. Tuesday morning, Ricardo Eugenio, 42, of Aspen Hill, arrived in the emergency department at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney. The otherwise healthy man was suffering from body aches and fever. He said multiple members of his household recently had the ﬂu. Eugenio said he started feeling sick on Sunday. By Tuesday, he was pretty miserable. Dr. Michael Kerr, the medical director of the Department of Emergency Department Services at MedStar Montgomery, was conﬁdent his patient had the ﬂu, even before the the nasal swab tested positive. Kerr said the hospital is just start-
ing to feel the effects of ﬂu season. “The ﬂu has started to hit the country, and has been most prevalent in the western and southwestern states,” he said. “It is progressing across the country and is now hitting the East Coast.” Kerr said over the past two to three weeks, many people have arrived in the emergency department with ﬂu symptoms and tested positive for Inﬂuenza A and B, the most common types. “It’s a particularly bad strain,” he said. “A lot of people are getting sick even though they have been vaccinated, but those who have been vaccinated tend to have less severity. I still highly recommend getting a ﬂu shot.” At MedStar Montgomery, doctors are seeing 10 to 20 patients a day with ﬂu-like symptoms. “We’ve seen worse in previous years, but the season is just starting,” Kerr said. Flu symptoms include body aches, fever, fatigue, and lack of appetite. Other symptoms, such as sinus congestion and sore throat, are
not associated with ﬂu, and are usually due to a common cold or upper respiratory infection. The ﬂu is caused by a virus, so antibiotics don’t work. Kerr said usually healthy people can be treated for the ﬂu by resting, drinking lots of ﬂuids, and taking Motrin or Tylenol. Most can be treated by their physicians, but he recommends that people who are very young or very old, have other health problems, are unable to keep ﬂuids down, are unable to control fever, or are having trouble breathing seek treatment at the hospital. Some antiviral medications can be given, but Kerr said that to be effective, they need to be started almost immediately after the onset of symptoms. Usually, by the time he sees the patients, it is too late. To prevent ﬂu, Kerr recommends getting a ﬂu shot, washing hands and hoping for the best. “And if you do get the ﬂu, don’t go to work,” he said. email@example.com
With little more than six months until the June 24 primary, the three Democratic candidates for Montgomery County executive will be highly visible around the county, knocking on doors, attending events and meeting with supporters. Often, each candidate — Executive Isiah Leggett, former Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg — will have a campaign manager by his side, responsible for coordinating his appearances and helping him stay on time and on-message. Leggett campaign manager Scott Goldberg said a manager’s biggest job is to “make the trains run on time. Duncan’s campaign manager, Kurt Staiger, said the manager is the one who “keeps all the balls in the air.” Andrews’ manager, Chandler Bellanca, described a manager’s responsibilities as “making sure the day-to-day [oversight] happens.” It requires a head for logistics and an ability to balance short- and longterm goals, as well as overseeing the campaign’s message, staff, volunteers, fundraising and outreach, among other assignments. “Campaigns are essentially about lists,” Goldberg said. The job also requires stamina, with work weeks that often stretch up to 80 hours or more. “There’s just a ton of time that you have to commit [to the job],” Staiger said. The long hours mean managers tend to be younger. Bellanca and Staiger are both 27. Goldberg is 31. The candidates they’re working for are much older — Andrews, 54, Duncan, 58, and Leggett, 68. The age range the managers are in is usually when you have worked on several campaigns and acquired the amount of experience to manage a campaign on your own, Bellanca said. It’s also the age when people tend to have fewer attachments, such as spouses or children, and can afford to spend that much time on the job, Staiger said.
Bellanca worked for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, then on several campaigns in New York and elsewhere before being hired by Andrews, who said he expects to formally announce Bellanca’s hiring next week. He also worked as a volunteer coordinator in former state Sen. Robert J. Garagiola’s unsuccessful campaign in the 2012 Democratic primary for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Staiger was on the other side of that race, working as deputy campaign manager for the eventual victor, Congressman John Delaney (D). Goldberg has also run for ofﬁce himself — for the House of Delegates from District 16 in 2010. Being able to see a campaign as both a staffer and a candidate has given him “invaluable” perspective that you can’t truly have unless you’ve had your name on a ballot, he said. Each county executive candidate knew what he was looking for in a campaign manager. Leggett said he wanted someone local who understood Montgomery County, but also could identify with young people and understood technology, particularly the techniques needed to run a modern campaign. A campaign manager now has to have a grasp of the latest tools for campaigning, including technology, websites, email and fundraising databases, Goldberg said. Andrews said he wanted someone with extensive experience working with volunteers, which Bellanca had with the Garagiola campaign, as well as someone who understands how to coordinate aspects of a campaign, deliver a message and mobilize voters. Duncan was a Delaney supporter, which is how he got to know Staiger. He said he was impressed by that campaign’s use of technology, including social media and tools for “microtargeting” potential supporters, and decided to bring Staiger on board for his own run. The campaign manager’s job is a crucial one, Duncan said. “The candidate cannot manage their own campaign, and those that try are not successful,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Montgomery leaders not planning to apply BY
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
The retirement of Maryland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kathleen T. Snyder in June leaves a big hole to ﬁll in the state business community, leaders of Montgomery County chambers say. “She is a very inclusive and collaborative leader who possesses tremendous insight and patience in working with businesses and elected leaders from all over the state,” said Gigi Godwin, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. “I especially enjoyed working with her on transportation funding.” Snyder, 62, who has been president and CEO of the state chamber since 1999, announced last week she will retire June 30, well after the General Assem-
bly’s session is slated to end. It’s good that she’s waiting until after the session, as she is so well versed in business issues before the legislature, said Marilyn Balcombe, president and CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. “At the state level, it’s important to have your ﬁnger on the pulse of those legislative issues critical to businesses, large and small, throughout the entire state,” said Balcombe, an ex-ofﬁcio board member of the state chamber as president of the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. It’s also important for the state chamber leader to build coalitions with other chambers in the state, she said. “Kathy is an expert on both of those counts,” Balcombe said. “We are very lucky to have her, and I will deﬁnitely miss her.” Snyder is well respected by business leaders not only throughout the state of Maryland but throughout the nation,
Continued from Page A-1 his six-year capital improvements program Wednesday. House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Gov. Martin O’Malley’s ﬁscal 2015 capital budget, which also comes out Wednesday, includes $627 million for education. Exactly how much the “big three” counties seek from the state remains to be seen, but Leggett said Montgomery will put up money of its own to match. “We commit an awful lot already on construction dollars, and we’re willing to com-
Continued from Page A-1 the other at this point in time. I talk to them a great deal and it’s my intent, and I hope to at some point, to make an endorsement, but at this point, not yet.” Brown was the ﬁrst to release a list of elected ofﬁcials in Maryland who back his campaign, including both U.S. senators and four U.S. representatives.
Continued from Page A-1 that gives $649,325 to the county’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs to provide permanent housing with supportive services for 15 homeless people classiﬁed as medically vulnerable. Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said the campaign’s efforts are a step in the right direction. “This county has done many things over the years to help address our homeless population,” he said. “The 100,000 Homes
said Ginanne Italiano, president and CEO of the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce. “I believe that Kathy Snyder is the perfect example of the type of leader needed for that position,” said Italiano, an ex-ofﬁcio board member of the Maryland chamber from July 2012 to June 2013 as president of the state chamber executives group. The search committee for a new chamber CEO will be led by board Vice Chair Sheela Murthy, an Owings Mill attorney. Thomas Graham, the board chairman and vice president of people strategy and human resources at Pepco Holdings, also is expected to be involved in the search for a new leader, said William Burns, a chamber spokesman. Godwin said she did not plan to apply for the open statewide position. Balcombe said she thought about it for a “ﬂeeting moment,” but did not plan to apply “at this point.”
mit even more, but our commitment can only be leveraged so far and to leverage that you need ongoing, sustainable support,” he said. Not responding to a growing need for more school construction dollars could threaten county growth. Leggett said Montgomery could face moratoriums on development in areas where schools have reached maximum capacity. With the state staring at about a $500 million deﬁcit that O’Malley (D) says he plans to close without raising taxes, ﬁnding additional dollars to commit in perpetuity will be a challenge, Sen. Roger Manno said. “It’s a tight budget,” he said. “But it’s my
Italiano said all seasoned chamber execs “should consider their next steps,” but she had the “perfect job” already. A key project of Snyder’s has been the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition, a partnership that works on private-sector job creation that she said in a statement was “perhaps the highlight” of what she had accomplished. The coalition had created “new energy and interest within the business community to focus on our opportunities,” she said. The next state chamber leader needs to be able to run with that project, Italiano said. “It would be nice to see Kathy’s successor be someone who has the experience of successfully managing a chamber of commerce or nonproﬁt, but most important, be able to understand the needs of their membership and the business community as a whole and to adjust to changes when needed,” she said.
hope that we can ﬁnd a solution that works for us.” For the rest of the session, Manno (DDist. 19) of Silver Spring — who sits on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee — said securing this funding will be his No. 1 priority. If the big three counties broker a deal like Baltimore city secured for school construction last session, Manno said it will be the largest ongoing capital construction project in the history of the state. Together the state, Baltimore city and its school system will contribute $60 million annually for rehabilitating schools. Leggett said while Montgomery, Prince
Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., and several Montgomery County ofﬁcials at the state and local levels are on the list, too. Gansler’s endorsement list includes about half of Montgomery County’s delegation and county ofﬁcials such as State’s Attorney John J. McCarthy and Sheriff Darren M. Popkin. Mizeur’s support includes current and past Takoma Park
leaders. So far, Leggett said, he sees nothing major that separates the three candidates from each other. “For all the things that you look at, there’s no major distinction in terms of qualiﬁcation,” he said. “There’s no major distinction in terms of issues or political philosophy. They’re all fairly well similar in that regard. So, there’s nothing that I see that would be a show-stopper. ...
“They all support basically the same kinds of ideas that I think that move the state forward. There’s no major distinction. The only distinction would be, you know, maybe, leadership style or temperament.” Asked when he expects to make up his mind for an endorsement, Leggett joked, “Maybe around June the 25th.” Leggett has no plans to take any stances in state House or Senate primaries, either. But he
Campaign targets a special segment of this population — a population that has been difﬁcult to reach. Through this program, and the steps that are being put in place, we now have a better chance of letting them tell us their needs and then directly working to ﬁnd housing for these most vulnerable people.” County ofﬁcials encourage anyone in need of emergency shelter to call the crisis center at 240-777-4000. “Street cards,” provided by the county, list resources available for those experiencing homeless in the area. With some of the harshest weather this season now gone, the American Red Cross is ask-
ing all eligible blood and platelet donors to give blood to replenish the supply that went unﬁlled during cold weather spurts this month. The Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region, which serves Maryland, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and York and Adams counties in Pennsylvania, was forced to cancel 10 blood drives since Jan. 2 because of the inclement weather. The cancellations resulted in about 258 fewer blood and platelet donations. Platelet donors, and blood donors with the most in-demand blood types — O positive and negative, A negative and B
negative — are needed to donate to help offset the shortfall. “It’s the blood product already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits,” said Linda Voss, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. Following Jan. 7’s big chill, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission saw a spike in water main breaks. Spokeswoman Lyn Riggins reported a total of 64 water main breaks in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties that needed ﬁxing as of Thursday. email@example.com
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Continued from Page A-1 space and areas for affordable housing. The White Flint plans are part of a $4.4 billion capital improvement plan Leggett is scheduled to share with the council on Wednesday. The capital improvement plan finances construction projects such as schools, roads and infrastructure. Funding for schools is a major part of Leggett’s proposed plan, as Montgomery County Public Schools attempts to deal with dramatic increases in enrollment. The county’s public schools increased by 14,599 students between 2000 and 2012, and nearly half of the schools are projected to have too many students to accommodate by the 2018-19 school year. The county is working with its delegation to the General Assembly to get about $20 million more from the state to combine with $40 million from the county for school construction. That would allow the county to generate between $600 million and $700 million in money for school expansion and construction. “I’m optimistic, but cautiously optimistic,” Leggett said Friday about the possibility of additional state funds. “I think we have a strong case to make.” Leggett joined Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to announce they’ll work together on legislation for additional funding for school modernization and construction. Leggett’s capital improvement program recommends $1.117 billion for the county’s public schools, a 13.1 percent increase from the approved Fiscal Year 2013-18 CIP. Those expenditures are being balanced by a 14 percent decrease in funding for county government projects, totalling $308.3 million. If the proposal is fully funded, MCPS’s school construction request could fund new additions to 18 elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools, according to the draft proposal. Those projects would create 455 new classrooms by ﬁscal 2020. Among other education projects, the proposal includes a $37 million increase for heating, air conditioning and ventilation work. The capital proposal also includes $348.1 million in funding for Montgomery College, with $89.6 million expected to come from state funding. The plan would include completing a renovation to a science building and construction of a parking garage on the
Rockville campus in 2015; opening the Germantown campus’s Bioscience Education Center in ﬁscal 2015; and the beginning of design in ﬁscal 2018 for the Takoma Park campus’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Math and Science Center, with construction scheduled to begin in ﬁscal 2020. Leggett’s plan would provide funding for transportation projects, including several in the upcounty region. One project would extend Observation Drive between Germantown and Clarksburg to relieve trafﬁc congestion, while a public-private partnership would connect an intersection of Brink Road and Little Seneca and Snowden Farm parkways to support development and improve trafﬁc ﬂow. Another project would widen lanes and add sidewalks, bike paths and center medians to Goshen Road South from Girard Street to Warﬁeld Road near Montgomery Village. Leggett’s plan proposes $51.9 million to replace ﬁre apparatus that couldn’t be replaced during the recession. Over the six-year course of the plan, the money would be expected to replace nine aerial units, 64 ambulances, 21 engines, four all-wheel-drive pumper trucks, four rescue squads and two tankers. The capital improvement plan would change how the county renovates libraries. The county is in a transitional period with its libraries, re-evaluating how they’re built and used, Leggett said. Technology is changing how libraries operate, and the county will look at how the buildings are used, he said. Leggett’s proposal includes money for the Silver Spring Library, which is scheduled to open this year, as well as a combination of a library and recreation center in Wheaton. In the future, rather than closing down and renovating them, the county will likely perform “refreshments” that will provide electrical and furniture upgrades to more quickly provide upgraded facilities, Leggett said. The new method is expected to allow the county to update and renovate 17 libraries over the six-year course of the capital plan rather than two libraries under the old method. Leggett’s proposal also provides $363 million in investments in stormwater management by shifting the focus of the county’s programs from hard concrete structures to methods such as rain gardens, bioretention ﬁelds and other environmentally friendly techniques. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cheesecake Factory open at Montgomery mall
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Diners can add The Cheesecake Factory to the list of places to eat at the Montgomery mall in Bethesda. The restaurant chain opened its newest location at the mall Dec. 19. It replaces the company’s former location at the White Flint Mall in North Bethesda. The Montgomery mall location is 10,680 square feet and can accommodate 320 diners, according to a release from the company. The eatery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
A key part of a refocusing program for Montgomery County’s innovation centers is taking shape, as ofﬁcials plan to move tenants out of the county’s oldest center for early-stage businesses by this summer. The county plans to work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the state of Maryland to renovate the William Hanna Center for Innovation at Shady Grove — which dates to 1999 as Montgomery’s ﬁrst business “incubator” — as the home of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. “Somewhere in the country will be the hub for civil cybersecurity,” said Steven A. Silverman, director of the county’s Department of Economic Development. “And we think it should be in Montgomery County.” NIST, a Gaithersburg-based federal agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce, is in the process of obtaining a contractor to operate the facility as a federally funded research and development center. The public-private entity formally started almost two years ago to bring together experts from industry, government and academia to work on cybersecurity needs. The agency plans to award a contract to operate the center proposed for five years with a value up to $400 million, according to a NIST news release. NIST also is working with private hightech companies such as Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, which are providing software and other resources to the center’s work.
National 4-H Council has ﬁrst female CEO
Maya Eid, a clinical lab scientist for NeoDiagnostix, analyzes cervical epithelial cells at the William E. Hanna Center for Innovation at Shady Grove in Rockville. “It’s an opportunity to leverage millions of dollars in federal money that is going into cybersecurity and bring cybersecurity companies to the county,” Silverman said. “We want to get these private partners to open ofﬁces here.” That will result in some pain to the 34 companies in the innovation center, some of which have been in the Rockville-Shady Grove area for several years. Most of those are in the life sciences. There is space at the Germantown innovation center and in the private sector, Silverman said. Johns Hopkins University also has businesses with space within the Rockville campus. “We intend to work with each one individually to ﬁnd a good solution for them,” Silverman said. Once the companies are moved, the renovation process
should take a few months, he said, though he was not sure about the timeline. In October, Silverman and others spoke before a County Council committee about a plan to reorganize the ﬁve innovation centers to better focus them and provide more intensive services that can make tenants grow faster. One proposal calls for focusing the 23,000-squarefoot downtown Rockville one on data analytics, while the 32,000-square-foot Germantown center, the newest one that opened in 2008 with 45 ofﬁces and 11 wet labs, would retain its life sciences focus. The 20,000-square-foot Silver Spring center, which formed in 2004 and is in the only building owned outright by the county, would become an accelerator, which provides more intensive
programs, including access to funding, in a ﬁxed, reduced time frame. The 12,000-square-foot Wheaton facility, the smallest one, which opened in 2006, would close once its lease is up in 2016. That plan is on hold while the county moves forward with the program for the Shady Grove center, Silverman said. The five centers now have an annual budget of about $4.5 million, with about $2.5 million recovered in rent, licensing fees and other income. The idea is to move away from the county doing real estate management to get more investment and partnership management, Silverman said. The incubator program has graduated more than 100 companies into private space since forming in 1999. email@example.com
The National 4-H Council of Chevy Chase is now led by its ﬁrst female CEO and president: Jennifer Sirangelo, who started Jan. 1. Previously, Sirangelo, who joined the nonproﬁt in 2006, was its executive vice president and chief operating ofﬁcer. She succeeds Donald T. Floyd Jr., who retired as CEO in December after 22 years with the council, including 13 as CEO. “Every day, I meet or learn about young people who are tackling issues that matter most and are engaged in 4-H programs focused on science, healthy living, food security and citizenship,” Sirangelo said in a news release. “My pledge is to work to bring the 4-H story to new partners, so that we can work together to grow 4-H and invest in young people — our world’s greatest resource.” In her seven years with the council, Sirangelo more than tripled its annual fundraising and led the development of its new strategic plan, according to the release. Before joining the council, Sirangelo was Northeast regional vice president for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and also worked for William Jewell College and the National Kidney Foundation.
Liss joins Foot and Ankle Specialists Dr. Andrew L. Liss recently joined the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, with administrative ofﬁces in Kensington. Liss graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He has been practicing in Maryland for more than 25 years. He was chief of podiatry at Howard County General Hospital and director of the Montgomery County Podiatric Residency Program. He also was president of the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association for two years and continues to serve on its executive board.
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SCHOOL LIFE VOICES IN EDUCATION
Joanie Prather n Age: 62 n Job title: Paraeducator, Maryvale Elementary School, Rockville n Hometown: Germantown n Education: Graduated from Gaithersburg High School n Family: Daughter, Crystal n Hobby: Cooking, watching mysteries on TV n Favorite vacation spot: Would love to go to Hawaii n Lesson to live by: It will be better tomorrow.
Joanie Prather is a paraeducator at Maryvale Elementary School, Rockville. She was interviewed at the school Jan. 9. Your assistant principal, Greg Mullenholz, wrote about you and said you have been at Maryvale for 40 years. That is a long time. Why have you stayed so long?
I love this school. I will retire from Maryvale, the teachers are caring, they are great. The people and the children [keep me here]. The children are willing to try, they come here in good spirits. All the people are friendly and nice. How did you get started?
I started as a sub at the old Maryvale, then Mr. Risk, I don’t know his ﬁrst name he was always Mr. Risk to me, asked me if I’d like to come back and I’ve been here ever since. Tell me about the changes at Maryvale in the last 40 years.
We used to be in another building, but they tore that down and moved us here. This used to be a middle school, that’s why you see the lockers in the halls. French Immersion came 18 or 19 years ago. They said it was a temporary thing but they’re still here. The front door was always unlocked and parents could just come in. Not now. And
we used to have a crank copier machine, a mimeograph that got blue ink all over your hands, and there were typewriters. Have you learned French?
Oui. I don’t go into those classes, only on Tuesdays when we have [Individual Educational Plan meetings] and I need to cover a class. Mostly I go to the English classes where I know what they are doing. They do everything in French except specials: art, [physical education] and music and when they come to lunch. What is your favorite thing about the job?
I like to go into the classrooms or if they need a sub in P.E. I like working with the younger ones, kindergarten, ﬁrst and second grades. I like them all but I like the little ones. I’ve done everything here. One day they called for a sub in the cafeteria and no one came. My friend, another paraeducator, and I did lunch, luckily it was pizza day. We got it in the oven and we got through lunch and cleaned up the cafeteria. It was fun. That was the ﬁrst time I ever did that and I didn’t do it again. It was a good experience — something different. Do you have a favorite memory?
One day we were reading a story about
pioneers and I said, “I like rabbit.” To eat. These were fourth-graders and since we had been a middle school, we were still set up with a kitchen for home [economics], so I bought a rabbit and brought it in a cooked it with the children. They liked it. Another time, with second-graders, we were reading a story about potatoes and I asked them if they liked mashed potatoes and baked potatoes and many had never had a baked potato. So we cooked them and they liked them, too. Mr. Mullenholz also said you are a “pillar in the community,” can you tell me about that?
I know a lot of the children’s parents, I had some of them here and now their children are here. People stay in the community and a lot of their grandparents raise them. I know who rides which bus, who walks and who carpools. I can say, “where’s your brother.” A lot of parents will tell their children, go ask Ms. Prather then tell me what she says. “Voices in Education” is a twice-monthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured, email Peggy McEwan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Northwest High seniors share research projects
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Robert Allsopp, a senior in the Ulysses Signature Program at Northwest High School in Germantown, discusses his senior research project with English teacher Dorothy Ellis on Jan. 7. Allsopp studied Alzheimer’s disease, examining its symptoms, causes and cures. tions — Kaplan would like to become a physician’s assistant — but others choose something they were just curious about. Sarah Lee, who often visits family in South Korea, wondered why cosmetic surgery was such big business there. “It’s so normal, so common in Korea,” she said. “It’s not seen as a negative. It’s like getting braces.” Through her research, “I came to the conclusion that the idea of beauty in the United States is that you are more than just your face, but in Korea it’s just about your face,” she said. Rachel Kim studied computer hacking for her exhibit, “Cybersecurity: The Real Deal.” Amdiel Clement took a cue from his own life to study “Academic Stress: Stressed to the Test” and Robert Allsopp created an exhibit on Alzheimer’s disease. He said the brain has always interested him. “In elementary school I did a research study on the lobes of the brain,” he said. Another group of Ulysses program studies will be pre-
sented at Northwest High on April 30 and May 1.
15 science students among nation’s tops Fifteen Montgomery County Public Schools students — out of 20 statewide — have been selected as semiﬁnalists in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search, a nationwide high school science competition. The students and their high schools: • Montgomery Blair in Silver Spring: Alexander N. Bour-
zutschky, Ishaun S. Datta, Neil S. Davey, Daniela I. Ganelin, Yi-Zhi He, Aanchal Johri, Jessica Shi, Hueyjong Shih and Gabriella R. Studt. • Winston Churchill in Potomac: Daniel D. Liu and Jessica G. Yau. • Richard Montgomery in Rockville: Emily Z. Ma and Suzanne L. Xu. • Poolesville: Vinay K. Sriram. • Walt Whitman in Bethesda: Lisa Deng.
Hispanic group honors Poolesville students Poolesville High School
seniors Andre Guzman of Gaithersburg and Carolina Zarate of Germantown were awarded scholarships for engineering and math talent at the Washington, D.C., regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards ceremony. As the gold medalist in the engineering and mathematics category, sponsored by ExxonMobil, Guzman won a $3,000 scholarship to help him pursue a degree in computer science and electrical engineering. Zarate, a silver award winner, received a $2,000 scholarship to pursue a degree in computer science.
Zoe Kaplan did not know there was a black market for attention deﬁcit hyperactivity disorder stimulants until someone asked about buying some of hers at school one day. Since then she has researched the problem and said she is surprised at how much kids know about the use of the medications and how little parents and school administrators know about their misuse. Kaplan, who was diagnosed with ADHD in elementary school, studied the underground distribution of ADHD stimulants for her senior research project as part of the Ulysses Signature Program at Northwest High School in Germantown. She, along with 28 other seniors in the program, presented her research to classmates, faculty, family and friends Jan. 7 at the school. The seniors in the Ulysses program are required to share their research twice: once as a lecture before a class and, the second time, as an exhibit to share in at the school’s Ulysses Fair offered in the winter and spring each year. Students entering the school must apply to be a part of the Ulysses program, said Suzanne Borenzweig, the program coordinator. About 125 students from each grade participate, she said. Kaplan’s exhibit including a video of the television show “CSI” that dealt with the problem of students purchasing and using the prescription drugs. ADHD causes concentration issues, she said, and people who don’t usually need the medication like it to help them focus for tests, especially SATs. Many of the students did their research on topics connected to their future occupa-
The competition is administered by the Society for Science & the Public, a nonproﬁt dedicated to public engagement in scientiﬁc research and education. There were 300 semiﬁnalists nationwide, who were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,800 entries. “I continue to be impressed by the high level of creativity, innovation, and commitment our students display in this rigorous competition,” county school Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in a news release. The county students’ research projects covered a range of scientiﬁc topics, including cancer treatments, stem cell development and vaccinations. A list of all the semiﬁnalists and their projects is at www.societyforscience.org. Each of the semiﬁnalists will receive $1,000. Also, each school will receive $1,000 for each of its semiﬁnalists, which is to be used to further excellence in science, math and engineering education. Forty ﬁnalists will be chosen Jan. 22 and will compete March 6-12 in Washington, D.C., for the top prize of $100,000.
The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards program offers educational grants to Hispanic high school seniors chosen by regional selection committees based on their academic achievement, leadership, community service, category focus and an essay about the important role their heritage played in their success.
Open house at St. Patrick’s St. Patrick’s Catholic School
in Rockville will hold open houses for grades kindergarten through 8 on Jan. 23 and 28 and for its prekindergarten class Jan. 31. Both will be from 9 to 11 a.m. St. Patrick’s, at 4101 Norbeck Road, is an accredited Catholic school and is part of the Archdiocese of Washington. The school emphasizes excellence in academics, demonstrating faith through service and developing students skills to their fullest potential, according to a news release. For more information, call 301-929-9672, email ofﬁce@ stpatrickadw.org, or visit www. stpatrickadw.org.
35 county teachers achieve certiﬁcation Thirty-ﬁve Montgomery County Public Schools educators achieved certiﬁcation by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2013. This brings the number of board-certiﬁed teachers in the school district to 672. The district surpasses all other districts in Maryland and ranks eighth among school districts nationwide in the number of new certiﬁed educators. The voluntary certiﬁcation program involves a performance-based assessment that typically takes more
than a year to complete. It is designed to measure what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The process requires teachers to demonstrate how their activities, both inside and outside the classroom, strengthen student performance and contribute to student achievement. Educators earn certiﬁcation after completing a series of assessments that include teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and analyses of their classroom teaching and student learning. Candidates also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge and their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students. Certiﬁed full-time, non-administrative Montgomery educators receive a $2,000 annual bonus. The state also provides a stipend to certiﬁed teachers who meet certain qualiﬁcations, pending annual funding.
Gaithersburg High offers summer job fair Students at Gaithersburg High School who are thinking
ahead to summer can explore job opportunities at the Summer Job Fair at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria at 314 S. Frederick Ave. The fair is sponsored by the school and the Parent Teacher Student Association. Among the job providers who will be answering questions and taking applications at the fair will be Asbury Methodist Home in Gaithersburg; the Rockville Parks and Recreation Department; Gaithersburg’s aquatics, parks and recreation, miniature golf and water park facilities; and the Montgomery Village Foundation aquatics and parks and recreation departments. Information: email@example.com.
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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 A Mothers and Daughters Night out: “Let’s Talk about HPV,” from
Kosian Bruce and Dorothy Mills Kosian celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Jan. 11, 2014. They were wed on Jan. 11, 1954, at their minister’s home when Bruce was on leave from the Army. Bruce was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War and Dorothy was a secretary in Rockville. They spent 47 years in the Derwood area until the their home was taken by eminent domain for the building of the ICC. They now reside in Gaithersburg. They have three children, Mark Kosian, Karen Kosian and Kathy Ruddle. They have four grandchildren, Keith Kosian, Heather Kosian, Stacey Ruddle Guedes and Wesley Ruddle, and one great-granddaughter, Stella Guedes. They have enjoyed their neighbors and friends all these years.
6-7:30 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The best way to ﬁght cervical cancer is to learn what can be done to prevent it. During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, MedStar Montgomery is bringing together a group of experts who will help both mothers and daughters understand the importance of being proactive about cervical cancer screenings and vaccines. Learn about the human papillomavirus and Gardasil, the vaccine that has been proven effective in preventing HPV. www.medstarhealth.org.
SATURDAY, JAN. 18 Girls on the Run: First Aid, 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 at Suburban Hospital (Lambert Building), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Receive instruction on ﬁrst aid and learn the treatment of bleeding, burns, broken bones and more. This course is for GOTR coaches only. Class workbook can be purchased the day of the class for $14. Checks and cash accepted. $20. www.suburbanhospital.org.
SUNDAY, JAN. 19 Childbirth Express at MedStar Montgomery, from 1-5 p.m. at
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. This condensed version will prepare couples for their labor and birth experience. Class is presented in lecture/video format. To enhance what you learn, hands-on instruction available by taking the Lamaze Techniques class. Hospital tour included. $75. www. medstarhealth.org.
TUESDAY, JAN. 21 Safe Sitter, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
Suburban Hospital (Lambert Building), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Comprehensive training course teaches 11- to 13-year-olds the essentials of babysitting. Course includes tactics in handling emergencies basic ﬁrst aid and child-care skills. Registration required. If you are interested in becoming a Safe Sitter instructor, please call 301896-2999 for more information. $95. www.suburbanhospital.org. Breastfeeding Basics at MedStar Montgomery, 7-9:30 p.m. at
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 1801 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Course is designed to offer advice and support for breastfeeding mothers. A lactation specialist will discuss topics on the healthrelated beneﬁts of breastfeeding, practical techniques, and breastfeeding at work. $30. www.medstarhealth.org.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 Healthy Choices, 7-8 p.m. at Suburban Hospital (Lambert Building), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Ten-week structured program to help you learn a nondiet lifestyle approach to weight management. A Suburban Hospital registered dietitian will help you get started on the best way to achieve a healthy body through nutrition, exercise and behavioral skills. $145. www.suburbanhospital.org.
SATURDAY, JAN. 25 CPR and AED at MedStar Montgomery, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at Montgomery Medical Center, 1801 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The Heartsaver class teaches basic CPR, rescue breathing, and relief of choking for adults, infants and children and Automated External Deﬁbrillator use. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver AED card from the American Heart Association.
Class is for the lay community and is not adequate for individuals who have or will have patient-care responsibilities. This class is not designed for health care providers. If you are a health care provider, please register under BLS and CPR for Healthcare Professionals. $80. www.medstarhealth.org.
UPCOMING Qigong, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 27 at Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Focus on maintaining good health and preventing chronic ailments through the cultivation of life energy. Unlike Tai Chi, Qigong uses minimal movement, concentrates on proper alignment and meditation. Exercises can be practiced from a standing or sitting position. $70. www.suburbanhospital.org. Senior Shape: Stability Ball, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays to March 27 at the Gaithersburg Senior Center (Bohrer Park), 506 Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Taught by a certiﬁed instructor, program will tone and deﬁne core muscles and help build better balance. Dress comfortably. Bring an exercise ball, hand-held weights or speak with the instructor to determine the right kind of ball to use. $15. (Also 9-9:45 a.m. Mondays, to March 31 at the Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, $30; 11-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at the Margaret Schweinhaut Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, $30), www.suburbanhospital.org. Senior Shape: Advanced Weight Training, from 10-10:45
a.m. Fridays to March 28, at Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. Taught by a certiﬁed instructor, this exercise program, participants perform a variety of weight-training exercises at a faster pace to increase muscu-
lar strength and endurance while getting the heart rate up. Form is emphasized to insure maximal results while keeping the joints safe. Dress comfortably. Bring a mat. $30. www.suburbanhospital.org. Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors, from 7-8:15 p.m. Mondays
to March 31, at Sibley Medical Building Conference Room 2, 5215 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, D.C. Weekly meditative gentle and restorative yoga using mindful movement, balance and breathing techniques to help women with a history of cancer to reduce anxiety, improve quality of life and regain sense of self. $10 per class, $30 per month, scholarships available. Walk-ins welcome with cash/ check if space permits. 202-2432320. www.suburbanhospital.org.
Meditation and Mindfulness: Tools for Alleviating Stress Post Cancer Diagnosis, from 7-8 p.m.
Thursdays to March 27 at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3 (next to cafeteria), 5255 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, D.C. Join facilitator Ashley Nunn and others with a history of cancer to learn about and practice a relaxation technique that uses focus on breathing. This practice has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness; improving sleep; and boosting immune system. No prior experience required. Walk-ins welcome. Register at Sibley.org or call 202-243-2320. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org. Mommy & Me Club, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, to Jan. 29, at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Program offers education and support for new mothers and their babies. Discuss with a registered nurse the practical changes that occur after a new baby arrives. Topics include breastfeeding/feeding issues, infant development, how to calm a fussy baby and get more sleep to name a few. $60. www.medstarhealth.org.
RELIGION CALENDAR ONGOING
Rowe, Sankar Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Rowe of Damascus announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Wyatt Rowe, to Mr. Scott Edward Sankar, son of Dr. and Mrs. S. G. Sankar of Burlington, N.C. The bride-to-be graduated from Damascus High School in 2003, from Salisbury University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Worcester, Mass., in 2010. Ms. Rowe is a pharmacist, employed with CVS Pharmacy, and resides in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The prospective groom graduated from Walter Williams High School in Burlington, N.C., in 2004 and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2008 from North Carolina State University. Mr. Sankar is the general manager of Ristorante Lidi on Daniel Island, S.C. A November 2014 wedding and reception is being planned at The Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C.
PLACING AN ANNOUNCEMENT
Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. www.damascusumc.org. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, www.elcbethesda.org. Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www.libertygrovechurch.org. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergar-
ten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the ﬁrst and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. Ministry serves moms who have children from birth to kindergarten, encouraging moms during whatever stage of mothering they are in and provide support and fellowship with other moms in the same season of life. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown, has returned to its Fall worship schedule, with services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday School for all ages at 9:40 a.m. www.Neelsville.org. Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. kemptownumc.org. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services
every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit www.TrinityELCA.org. Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301-421-9166 or visit www.libertygrovechurch.org. “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every ﬁrst and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit www.kncf.org. Geneva Presbyterian Church, potluck lunches at 11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. There is no fee to attend. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. Call 301-4244346.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
From the thumbs of babes
If you thought the weather was awful last week, you should have read the cesspool of angry comments leveled at Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr on Twitter. Starr has made himself accessible on the social media site, sharing school-related news and the occasional personal thought. In return, parents, students and anyone else with electronic access can write back. On Jan. 6, amid a spell of severe cold weather, Montgomery and other school systems had to decide whether to cancel school the next day. Schools were closed in Fairfax County, Va., and opened two hours late in Prince George’s County. MontgomANYONE WHO ery County and Washington, D.C., were in the minority in CARES ABOUT CIVILITY SHOULD sticking to a normal school schedule. WORRY ABOUT reaction, predictably, THESE TIRADES VIA wasThe overwhelmingly — well, TWITTER annoyed or mad doesn’t capture it. Many people launched Twitter-length tirades that were as bitter as the outside air. Some attacked Starr’s judgment and competency. One insisted that he resign. Some of the harsher comments included raunchy insults. Then, there were the threats, such as: Starr should be hunted down and tied to a tree. Another said: Starr’s personal biography, which lists him having three children, might need be changed to having two kids if he doesn’t watch out. Get it? A few lonely voices chimed in to call for the vicious attacks to end. At least one apologized to Starr for the barrage. The wording of the tweets and the Twitter user proﬁle photos point toward students being behind much of the vitriol, but there is no way to know without further investigation. When a similar wave of anger was directed toward Starr in December, he responded with an open letter. Referring to messages from students at the time, he wrote, “Some of these ‘tweets’ were clever, funny, and respectful, pleading for me to cancel school so they could sleep in or have more time to do their homework. Many of these tweets, however, were offensive and disturbing. Some were threatening to me and others. A few referenced my family. There was rampant use of racial epithets and curse words.” This should be a giant “whoa!” to any parent who cares about decency and civility. Just what have our kids learned? The school system superintendent, in a modern-world gesture toward access and connectedness, has invited comments from anyone, at any time. Maybe this is simply too much freedom for teens with unregulated access to electronic communication and no shame. Imagine the same exchange happening face to face: A teen addressing an adult — let alone the top school system ofﬁcial — by his ﬁrst name, or a slang nickname, or a racial slur, and so on, down the scale of formality and respect. Some of the exchanges could rise to the level of criminal behavior — hinting about killing someone’s child? — yet Starr, magnanimously, hasn’t involved police, according to Gboyinde Onijala, a spokeswoman for the district. In his letter, Starr cited his legal responsibility to report the most violent-tinged messages to administrators and security staff. One media report quoted Starr saying principals “doled out consequences” to some students who sent the tweets, but Onijala told The Gazette that the central ofﬁce left that discretion to the principals and doesn’t know if any of them took disciplinary action. Starr’s reference to “cyberbullying” in his public letter was misinterpreted by tweeters who ordered him to toughen up. Actually, the superintendent’s letter clearly and astutely raised the societal factors behind what is happening in these Twitter attacks. He wants to address how young people use social media and how it can go so wrong. Bullying, electronically and in person, is a primitive, destructive assault on a person’s pysche and well-being. It germinates in school systems, where youths sometimes crave adulation and acceptance, even at another person’s expense. Starr wrote that “the adolescent brain isn’t equipped to think long term and doesn’t calculate risk/reward ratios in the same way that adults do.” Parents need to do more than hand children a smartphone and send them on their way. Electronic devices, as these two episodes of online nastiness show, can amplify or replace inperson bullying, putting educators in a bind on how to police inappropriate behavior that doesn’t physically take place on school grounds. Onijala said the school system offers parents plenty of ideas and advice for talking to their children about the proper way to act online and ofﬂine. Now, the district might do more, through a work group examining “cybercivility.” Onijala said there are no speciﬁc plans or timetables yet for the group, which will include students. We commend Starr for thinking productively rather than punitively. May the effort toward detoxifying our daily discourse continue.
The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher
LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Term limits might not solve the problem
Ofﬁcials for Montgomery Child Care Association Inc. say that over the winter holidays, one of their buses was vandalized with foam from a ﬁre extinguisher.
Shocked, disgusted at vandalism Montgomery Child Care Association Inc. has provided child care and early education to the families of Montgomery County for over 40 years. MCCA takes an active role in supporting the communities that we serve and is dedicated to providing high quality and affordable child care. This December, on the Sunday before New Year’s, we discovered that a school bus at one of our programs located in the Beverly Farms neighborhood in Potomac had been vandalized. The vandals entered the bus, used the ﬁre extinguisher to spray foam all over the interior of the bus, and then defecated on the driver’s seat. A scooter abandoned nearby suggested that neighborhood youth may
have been involved in this senseless act. We reported the incident to the Montgomery County Police, who attempted to recover ﬁngerprints from the scene. We cleaned and sanitized the bus at great expense and bought a new ﬁre extinguisher. The young children in our program missed two days of ﬁeld trips while the bus was out of commission and the children had a hard time understanding why. After our initial shock and disgust passed, we were left to wonder what would motivate young people to engage in this type of behavior — anger, contempt, or possibly worse, a complete lack of empathy for the impact of their actions on others? We also wondered
whether the parents of these young vandals have any idea at all that their children are capable of such vile behavior against a longtime neighborhood nonproﬁt that provides an essential service to their community. As the new year begins, and our children return to school, let us resolve as parents, caregivers and educators to model self-control and compassion, and to develop responsible citizens with strong social and emotional foundations. We teach these values to our youngest children; we should expect more of our youth.
Michelle Martineau Green The writer is the executive director of the Montgomery Child Care Association Inc. in Rockville.
Support for Kleine for District 5 I am writing in strong support of Andrew Kleine for the “caretaker” seat on the Montgomery County Council. I served with Andrew on the Central Committee and he served as the president of our Citizens Association. Andrew would bring a skill set to the council that would be of incalculable help in these tight budget times. His experience in public ﬁnance and management would give our county help way beyond the pay scale of the position. We are privileged to be offered his assistance on a temporary basis and should take full advantage of that offer by allowing him to serve us.
Beth Siniawsky, Silver Spring
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Paul and JoAnn Schimke raise very valid concerns regarding last November’s “No Selection Election” [“Term limits needed in Gaithersburg,” letters, Jan 8]. However, it is unclear that their proposed remedy, term limits for the mayor and council members, would be in the city’s long-term best interest. The fact that no one stepped forward to challenge the three incumbents may reﬂect a public consensus that the city is wellmanaged. It may also reﬂect the fact that currently there are no burning issues that serve to polarize the electorate. These factors could change. Both the mayor and one council member have announced plans to seek higher ofﬁce. Vacancies in city government will occur through attrition. A few years hence, many neighborhoods will be convulsed for years by construction of the Corridor Cities Transitway. Issues will arise that will test Gaithersburg’s governance and encourage electoral challenges. For the moment, however, one is reminded of Joni Mitchell’s memorable lyrics: “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” No need to force the issue.
Bill Fallon, Gaithersburg
E-ZPass puts limits on ICC While part of the problem with the use of the ICC (Md. 200) maybe the high cost of the tolls, the real problem may be the fact that one has to have E-ZPass. If one doesn’t have an E-ZPass, then there is a $3 surcharge adding to the toll cost ($6 roundtrip extra regardless of the toll). Maryland charges $18 a year to have their E-ZPass, plus keeping at least $25 in the account. The commuter with limited funds or the infrequent user may not want to pay that much for so little.
Dr. Alan S. Kaplan, Rockville
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The re-election session
It’s election year. Every aspect decision that pit bulls are “inherof the 2014 Maryland General As- ently dangerous.” Common law sembly session, which convened says owners and landlords aren’t Wednesday, hinges on that all- liable unless an animal has shown important fact. The chief aim (the prior viciousness (the “one bite” sole aim?) of every state lawmaker rule). The court’s decision creis to either get re-elected or to get ates liability chaos. Also, pit bulls elected to the next-highest ofﬁce. are not a distinct breed. And how Only the lame ducks aren’t laser- about crossbreeds? A legislafocused on career entive correction is in the hancement. works. Adding to the Another court deanxiety is this year’s cision, that criminal early primary elecdefendants must have tion date, June 24, counsel (public defendjust 10 weeks after ers) at bail hearings bethe session adjourns. fore a commissioner, Whose idea was it could cost the state to put an election more than $30 million so close to income a year. Legislative leadtax-filing day? Iners have decided to kick MY MARYLAND that can down the road cumbents worry that there’s not enough until next year. BLAIR LEE time for voters to forStatehouse incumgive or forget. bents also must apply And the $300 million budget cosmetic surgery to a couple of surplus that incumbents built state scandals that are embarrassinto last year’s budget so there’d ing their gubernatorial favorite, be plenty of election-year loot Anthony Brown. to spread around is gone. InFirst, there’s the Black Guerstead, this year’s state spend- rilla Family federal bust at the ing, as usual, exceeds projected state-run Baltimore city jail, revenues, a $500 million deﬁcit where corrupt guards were helpdowner. ing an inmate gang run the joint, But Gov. O’Malley and the including conjugal visits with the Dems have a solution — put it female guards. After O’Malley on the credit card. Just borrow an pronounced the scandal “a posiadditional $75 million annually tive development,” a legislative for the next ﬁve years and let the task force decided who’s to blame next governor worry about Mary- ... the building! That’s right, the land’s skyrocketing debt service, solution is a new $533 million jail. the largest increase of all budget Seriously. categories, climbing from $233 The task force also recommillion in 2015 to $557 million in mended new disciplinary rules 2019. Call it Detroit ﬁnancing. for the guards, but if you believe Another solution to the lack state lawmakers are going to of state money is to spend some- stand up to the public employee body else’s money. That’s why unions in an election year, I’ve state lawmakers are falling over got some Lehman Brothers themselves to raise the state’s stock I’d like to sell you. Heck, $7.25-per-hour minimum wage. O’Malley and the Dems enacted The state won’t have to pay the the 2010 “Corrections Officers new increases; employers will. Bill of Rights,” which, as the feds Incumbents have taken a lot of observed, results in “no effective heat for passing the infamous “rain punishment” for corrupt guards. tax,” one of the dumbest laws ever So, instead of placing blame, we’ll enacted. But after all the posturing build a new jail. is over, the powerful environmenSpeaking of placing blame, tal lobby will prevent its repeal. At who takes the fall for Maryland’s most, it might be delayed until after $150 million Obamacare website the election, but, more likely, it will ﬁasco? Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown be softened for nonproﬁts and reli- was in charge but, when the webgious properties. site crashed in October, the party Some unﬁnished business in- line was, “We’re focused on ﬁxing cludes resolving a mindless court it, we’ll place blame later.” Well,
“later” is here. But you’re about to see one of the greatest magic acts in state history. Somehow, the blame will fall on the bureaucrats, on the contractors or on anyone else except Brown, who’s been endorsed by the legislature’s leadership, by O’Malley and by most Democratic incumbents. Finally, here’s my nominee for this session’s wild card sleeper issue, legalizing marijuana, which could get legs for these reasons: One, most incumbents are Dems whose re-election depends on winning their Dem primary in their Dem districts, where pot is popular. A 2012 Gonzales poll on medical marijuana showed 63 percent of Maryland’s likely voters in favor, but 70 percent of Dems. Two, for blacks and liberals it’s a civil rights issue; legalization would end so-called racial bias in pot convictions. Three, Senate President Mike Miller is in favor because he wants the pot tax revenue, the same reason why he backed slots and casinos. Four, Del. Heather Mizeur’s only chance for winning the governor’s race is her legalizing pot pledge, so she’ll be pot’s Joan of Arc in this year’s session. Five, House Speaker Mike Busch and O’Malley are opposed but Busch is famous for caving in (i.e., slots and casinos), and O’Malley’s veto might act as a perverse incentive for lawmakers who want to vote for legalization without it actually happening. Likewise, lame-duck lawmakers, immune from re-election pressure, may cast surprising votes. To make it more palatable, recreational pot may be recast as decriminalization or as unrestricted medical marijuana (like California). But, whatever they call it, 2014 may be the year when the Free State becomes the Weed State.
LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
We don’t need hunts to manage deer Every public park near our home in Montgomery County displays yellow signs warning the public of its impending closure during January and February 2014, when “trained sharpshooters” will roam the forests from dusk to dawn in a futile attempt to cull the deer population. Research has shown that in areas where such “management” occurs, the deer population actually increases. It makes sense — surviving deer have less competition over scarce food sources and nature ﬁghts back with an increase in multiple births the following season. There are much better and more humane ways to keep the deer population under control such as fencing, birth control, and using trained dogs to herd the deer. Rapid City, S.D., has been killing deer since 1996 with unclear effect and at a cost of over $350,000. In Lewis Morris Park, N.J., an annual deer cull since 1996 produced the following effect: 63.2 deer per square mile in 1996, 65 deer per square mile in 2009. After 17 years of deer culling, the city of Stevens Point, Wis., concluded that the deer population’s rate has remained unchanged. Is it possible that these “management” practices actually are causing a larger problem and giving hunters an excuse to invade our parks? Deer have a relevant role in our ecosystem only we have not adequately explored this angle. A recent article in the Journal of Wildlife Management states that high deer populations enrich the soil with their droppings creating hospitable environment useful for its forest creatures. Deer grazing on tree saplings have also shown to enhance the moisture of the soil.
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There is no scientiﬁc evidence to support that deer are preventing our forests from regenerating. In New York near Binghamton University researchers clearly showed why deer culling not only had no positive effects but also long-term negative affects on our ecosystem. They found that the presence of deer is actually helpful to other animal species, and that programs to reduce their populations may be detrimental to a region’s biodiversity. “Culling deer may cascade into affecting plants, salamanders and other creatures in ways we can’t even imagine,” said Ohio State University researcher Katherine Greenwald. “Ofﬁcials need to know more about the forest ecosystem before making decisions about wildlife management.” Another study showed that some forest understory-dwelling birds beneﬁt from deer grazing, and that the presence of deer decreased populations of rodents that preyed on ground birds’ nests. Culling practices have also shown little if no impact on the tick population. Deer are much less likely than other hosts (such as mice) to transmit a bacterial infection to feeding ticks. Deer then actually may play an important role in reducing the incidence of Lyme disease. We neglect to take into account our role in destroying the deer’s habitat and their predators. The least we can do is leave the parks as our sanctuary and theirs — for our families and future generations. Let’s ﬁnd cheaper and better ways of creating safe sanctuaries for all of us — people and deer alike.
Avi Goldscheider, Potomac
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NOTICE OF JOINT PUBLIC HEARING The Mayor and Council and the Planning Commission of the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland, will conduct a joint public hearing on Schematic Development Plan SDP-3878-2013, filed by Washingtonian North Associates, LLC, on MONDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2014 AT 7:30 P.M. or as soon thereafter as this matter can be heard in the Council Chambers at 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland. The applicant requests approval of Schematic Development Plan SDP-3878-2013. The property is located at the 10000 block of Washingtonian Boulevard, northwest of Sam Eig Highway in the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland. The plan proposes a 240,000-square foot office building, 128,200-square foot Health Club and 366 Multifamily Dwelling Units on approximately 26.94 acres of land located in the MXD (Mixed Use Development) Zone. Further information may be obtained from the Planning and Code Administration Department at City Hall, 31 South Summit Avenue, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit the City’s website at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/City Projects. Trudy Schwarz, Community Planning Director Planning and Code Administration
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DAMASCUS HANDS GAITHERSBURG ITS FIRST LOSS IN BOYS’ BASKETBALL, B-3
SPORTS GAITHERSBURG | MONTGOMERY VILLAGE
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Poolesville ﬁnds wins in losses
HOW THEY RANK BOYS The 10 best boys’ basketball teams in Montgomery County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:
Montrose Christian 7-5 52
Montgomery Blair 9-2 26
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Others receiving votes:
Springbrook at Clarksburg, 5:15 p.m. Friday: Four versatile
scorers — Springbrook’s Robinson twins, Clarksburg’s Josh Hardy and Xavier Sewell — square off.
Name, school A. Trier, Montrose Christian J. Friedman, Sandy Spring W. English, McLean I. Kallon, Wheaton M. Adkison, St. Andrew’s N. Segura, The Heights J. Bradshaw, Einstein I. Grigsby, The Heights K. Williams, Kennedy T. Stottlemyer, Poolesville
PPG 26.9 26.2 23.3 21.4 20.8 20.2 19.0 18.9 18.3 18.1
GIRLS The 10 best girls’ basketball teams in Montgomery County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:
John F. Kennedy
Montgomery Blair 9-2 14
Thomas S. Wootton 7-4 5
Others receiving votes:
James H. Blake, 2.
Wootton at Gaithersburg, 7 p.m. Friday: The Patriots (7-4, 4-0)
take a ﬁve-game winning streak into Gaithersburg (6-4, 3-1).
Name, school K. Prange, Damascus B. Beckwith, Quince Orchard S. Addison, Wootton D. Harris, Paint Branch W. Carmack, Poolesville J. Karim-Duvall, Churchill K. Meredith, Northwest K. Colston, Paint Branch D. Lerner, Jewish Day D. Walker, Watkins Mill
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Northwood High School’s Christian Reyes (front) played last fall with a torn ACL and suffered compartment syndrome following surgery.
ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER
It started with pop. In September’s season-opener, Northwood High School football player Christian Reyes sacked Poolesville’s quarterback and took a cleat to his right knee. The second-team All-Gazette kicker and talented defensive lineman said he heard “a huge pop” in his right leg and suspected the injury was serious, but carried on throughout the fall. Despite the injured knee, Reyes, who is right-footed, averaged 40.6 yards
Northwood kicker suffers setback following routine ACL surgery
There are many factors that have been at play during the Poolesville High School boys’ basketball team’s 8-2 start. The Falcons are headed by The Gazette’s 2013 Coach of the Year, Kenny Kramek, have one of the “highest IQs,” according to the coach, on a basketball court, and boast four players averaging double-digit points. Most of all, however, it was the losing. This off-season wasn’t necessarily a rebuilding project for Poolesville, more a puzzle. Kramek had the pieces — different pieces — and he just needed to ﬁgure out where and how they ﬁt. While he shifted them around, there came some predictable drawbacks. With longtime point guard Kirby Carmack and leading scorer Colin Turner lost to graduation, Kramek had to step back and make the necessary adjustments and ﬁgure out where his returning core of now-seniors ﬁt into the mix. So he moved Andy Baker, a swingman and shooting guard his entire life, to Carmack’s old spot at the point. Trevor Stottlemyer, a longtime center, took it upon himself to pick up the slack in the scoring department where Turner’s void was left, so he moved to the wing where his athleticism has ﬁnally been given the chance to shine. Craig Morton blossomed into a lockdown defender while Anthony Papagjika softened his touch from
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per punt and was perfect as a ﬁeld goal kicker. The junior converted all 13 extra point attempts, both of his ﬁeld goals and had two punts for more than 60 yards, according to Northwood coach Dennis Harris. “I always felt a tingle and a little spasm attack every time I punted, but I’ve been to so many punting camps that I developed the instinct,” Reyes said. Reyes was also a force on the defensive line, recording 39 tackles, four sacks and nine tackles for loss. “It didn’t appear to slow him down
at all,” senior teammate Lucas Kane said. “I honestly forgot that his knee was even bothering him.” After Northwood’s 2-8 season ended, Reyes had the knee checked out and was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a strained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). He had surgery on Dec. 23, but that’s when the worst of it came. Complications followed the ACL surgery and Reyes, 16, was diagnosed with compartment syndrome: a poten
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Poolesville High School’s Trevor Stottlemyer takes the rebound away from Northwood’s Jauvenel Leveille on Friday.
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PPG 19.7 18.7 18.4 17.6 17.4 17.4 17.0 16.9 16.8 16.7
ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER
Some basketball players struggle using their off hands, but not Damascus High School’s Lauren Green. The senior shooting guard turned hers into an useful option. Making plays with her left and right, Green is having her best high school season and has developed into one of Montgomery County’s top scoring threats. She is averaging 15.5 points
per game, using her versatile skill-set to help the Swarmin’ Hornets off to an 11-2 start. “Because she uses both hands so well, she can get to the basket and score at any angle,” Damascus coach Steve Pisarski said. Green said she has been working to improve her left hand since she started playing basketball about 10 years ago. “When I was younger, my dad (Bob Green) really pushed to work my off-hand as well as my strong hand. ... Every drill that we did, we did it on the right side and the left side,” Green said.
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Damascus High School’s Lauren Green has taken on an increased role this winter.
Continued from Page B-1 outside. All of the changes and players moving into unfamiliar positions have proven a successful endeavor for Kramek now, but in the heat of summer league gyms, there was a bit of a learning curve. There was losing, and the Falcons are better for it. “The adjustment that I was harping on was that we were getting better and better every game [over summer],” Kramek said. “We were better in June than we were in May, better in July than we were in June. The kids were getting frustrated because we’re used to winning, we’re not used to getting beat up but we were getting better and that’s what I told them because wins and losses don’t matter that much in summer, it’s when we get into the
Continued from Page B-1 A decade later, that’s paying off. Green makes left-handed shots — ranging up to 10-feet — with regularity, Pisarski said.
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season that it matters.” The Falcons took their lumps throughout the various summer leagues. Baker’s turnovers steadily reduced, Stottlemyer grew more comfortable with the uptick in shots and attacking from the outside, and soon enough, Poolesville was regaining its form; not that it didn’t come without a good deal of frustration. Losing, no matter how inconsequential a summer league game may be, didn’t sit all that well for the Falcons, who were coming off one of the better seasons in recent school memory. “The ﬁrst half of summer was definitely pretty rough,” Baker said. “Not everybody was on the same page but by the second half we were gelling. That’s the main point of summer and nobody wants to lose but we knew it was going to get us ready.” “Deﬁnitely,” agreed Stottle-
myer, who is averaging a teambest 16.7 points per game and is yet to be held to single digits. “We had a little bit of a learning curve with Andy taking over the point. Once we got into a nice rhythm, we’ve been good. We’ve all been playing together so long so we knew it was only a matter of time before we started clicking.” There are some instances where the “gelling” and the “clicking” is still not quite right. For example, a 69-65 loss to a previously winless Walter Johnson team that saw the Falcons jump out to a 15-2 lead, according to Baker, and lose the rest of the game 63-54. Aside from an 85-67 out-of-division loss to Gaithersburg that’s the lone blemish on Poolesville’s season. “We weren’t making shots and they were making everything,” Stottlemyer said. “It was just one of those nights.” Perhaps those nights are
in the past for the Falcons, left mostly in the summer league gyms. The changes are taking root, stemming into success similar to 2012-2013. Baker is more of a scorer than Carmack, the quintessential point guard. Stottlemyer gets his points at the rim whereas Turner’s were a blend of 3-pointers, slippery drives and pull-ups. Jon Bateky is a new presence inside. Morton and Papagjika have embraced their defensive specialist roles. It’s working — just differently than last year. To hear the players tell it, the best days are only ahead. “I still think that Trevor is the only one playing at the level he should be every game,” Baker said. “Me, Anthony and Craig all have our nights but it’s not as consistent as it should be. We’re only going to get better as the season progresses.”
Green, 5-foot-8, is scoring from all over the court, Pisarski said. “She’s got a great basketball mind, she’s got that basketball mentality,” Pisarski said. “She thinks the game very well.” Green’s right-handed shot
is pretty good, too. She leads the Swarmin’ Hornets in 3-pointers (20) and is nearly perfect at the free-throw line (52-61). “Overall, it’s my best year so far,” Green said. The sharp shooting isn’t just improving Green’s statistics; it’s
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Continued from Page B-1 tially life-threatening condition occurring when excessive pressure builds up in an enclosed body space. The condition can sometimes result in paralysis. Reyes said he had “a huge blood clot” in his calf and his swollen leg was “about as big as a basketball and as hard as a rock.” On Christmas, the kicker underwent surgery at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He remained there for more than two weeks, undergoing several procedures on his leg. Reyes said he was transferred to Georgetown Hospital on Monday. “It was really tough for me,” Reyes said. “And it’s still tough for me right now to accept the fact that I’m really hurt and I can’t do anything about it.” The timing could not have been worse for Reyes, who is trying to earn a football scholarship. “I just don’t want my parents to pay a dime for college,” he said. But he remains optimistic that he can return and said he feels fortunate that the symptoms weren’t worse. He estimated that he would be 70 percent healthy next season, adding that it could take two years to fully recover. There are risks; Reyes said that playing football could increase the chance of symptoms returning in the future. “That’s definitely a tough situation and like I told him, it’s about him being healthy,” Harris said. “Don’t worry about trying to rush back and play football. You have your entire life to live and you don’t want do something to jeopardize that.” Reyes said he was unsure when he would be released from the hospital and would return to school in a wheelchair on Jan. 27 at the earliest. “I still believe that after every surgery, I’m going to come back stronger. I know that for sure,” Reyes said. email@example.com
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Damascus hands Gaithersburg ﬁrst loss Swarmin’ Hornets pick up signature victory by shocking Trojans
History wasn’t doing the Damascus High School boys’ basketball team any favors when it visited undefeated Gaithersburg Friday night. The Swarmin’ Hornets were always competitive, having ﬁve of their eight losses decided by 11 points or less, including a two-point loss to Central Valley, a six-point loss to Clarksburg, another two-point heartbreaker to Watkins Mill and another sixpoint loss to Bethesda-Chevy Chase. The problem? Free
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BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER throw shooting. Combined between the losses to the Coyotes, Wolverines and Barons, Damascus went 39-for-71 from the line, a ghastly 55 percent. So forgive coach Butch Marshall if he wasn’t brimming with confidence when the Trojans began fouling to stop the clock on Friday night. But then something strange happened: the Hornets made 8-of-9 in the ﬁnal four minutes to seal a 61-56 upset of the thenNo. 3 Trojans, ruining Gaithersburg’s shot at perfection. Stephon Jacob went 4-for-5 in scoring 21 points, Matthew Torrence 4-for-4, and Joseph Daniels 2-for-2. “It should give us a lot more conﬁdence, especially when we step up to the line,” Marshall said. “It gave our guys the conﬁdence that you can go into any environment and win. We’ve had that a couple times where we have the opportunities and miss the free throws. It was a big plus because when we have a lead and they’re fouling, when you knock those down it makes a big, big difference.” Marshall made sure to note that Gaithersburg was without leading scorer Anthony Tarke (17.8 ppg), who rolled his ankle in a 52-48 win over Quince Orchard two nights before, and
Betsy Knox (right) of Walt Whitman High School looks to shoot against Maggie McClain of host Montgomery Blair on Friday.
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Gaithersburg High School’s Aaron King (front) was not at full strength due to injury when the Trojans were upset by Damascus on Friday. that point guard Aaron King also wasn’t fully healthy, having hurt his back and operating at what Gaithersburg coach Tom Sheahin estimated to be “75 percent.” “We were banged up but Damascus had a great game plan, awesome game plan, and they spread us out,” Sheahin said. “It just seemed like they got every loose ball, even balls that were tipped out of bounds seemed to go their way.” Any bounces from the rim weren’t helping, either. The Trojans made just one ﬁeld goal in a 3-point second quarter to head into the half down 23-18 and played from behind for the remainder of the game. Sheahin, while disappointed by the loss, wasn’t crushed by it. It was an out-ofconference game still early in the season with two of his best playmakers either out or nagged by an injury. Tarke had warmed up, testing out the ankle, before the coach ultimately decided to sit him.
“We start out with 10 of our first 13 games on the road,” Sheahin said. “If you would have told me we’d be 10-1 at this point in the season, I’d be very happy. Very rarely in sports does somebody go undefeated, it’s a hard thing to do.” The Trojans responded by attending a voluntary team practice the next morning at 8:30 — an hour and a half before the scheduled start time of 10 a.m. “The big thing was we handled it really well,” Sheahin said. “They handled it very well.” Unfortunately for Damascus, any momentum from the win will essentially stop there. The Hornets have an 11-day layoff for exams before getting a rematch with the Wolverines. “I wish we could play tonight, tomorrow night, last night,” Marshall joked. “Everything kind of aligned for us.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgetown Prep sweeps key meet Little Hoyas dominate rivals DeMatha, Gonzaga n
The Georgetown Prep swimming and diving team defeated three-time defending Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving champion and historical rival DeMatha in a tri-meet held Saturday in Bethesda. The Little Hoyas, who are undefeated to start the 2013-14
PREP NOTEBOOK BY GAZETTE STAFF season and poised to have a successful championship season, prevailed 101-85 over Gonzaga and 130-50 over DeMatha. Prep won 10 of 12 events Saturday and ﬁnished two in the top three of six races. The Little Hoyas’ tremendous junior class accounted for ﬁve of eight individual events. Grant Goddard and Carsten Vissering won two events apiece. Both have broken Prep pool records early this winter, Goddard in the 200-yard freestyle and Vissering in the 200yard individual medley. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN
Richard Montgomery’s Song to swim at Columbia There are no athletic scholarships offered in Ivy League sports but after giving his verbal commitment to swim at Columbia University, Richard Montgomery senior Gregory Song recently signed a document that for all intents and purposes acted as his national letter of intent to swim for the Lions in 2014-15. A top 10 indi-
vidual scorer at last year’s Metros, Song has been integral in the Rockets’ recent success. A third-place ﬁnisher at last winter’s state championship meet, Richard Montgomery is making quite the campaign for itself as a major postseason contender this championship season. With Saturday’s win over defending state runner-up Montgomery Blair, the Rockets remain the only undefeated boys’ team in the county’s top division with Saturday’s contest against a .500 Winston Churchill team closing out its division schedule. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN
Tilton continues to impress on QO’s mat Quince Orchard heavyweight wrestler Connor Tilton maintained his impressive start to the season by scoring a big win against Urbana’s Nick Keller in the championship match of the Hub Cup Tournament at North Hagerstown High School. A tournament that always features a stacked field of competition, Tilton added this win to his Mad Mats title from December and appears on track to potentially better his third-place ﬁnish in the state tournament from a season ago. — NICK CAMMAROTA
Clarksburg performs well at Montgomery Invite The Coyotes had a strong showing at Saturday’s Montgomery Invitational indoor track meet with Claudia Ababio, Alexus Pyles and Carlos Vanzego all placing at the event. Ababio, a senior shot putter, tookﬁrstplace(42feet,4.5inches). Pyles, a sophomore, placed sec-
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Carlos Vanzego of Clarksburg competes in the triple jump ﬁnals Saturday during the Montgomery County Invitational.
ond in the high jump (5-4) and third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.43 seconds). Vanzego, who started jumping last spring, recorded a personal best in the triple jump (45-09) and ﬁnished second. “He’s really, really progressed a lot. It’s exciting,” Clarksburg coach Scott Mathias said. Montgomery County had several second-place ﬁnishers, including John F. Kennedy’s Devon Hairston (55 hurdles), Col. Zadok Magruder’s Bethany White (55), Thomas S. Wootton’s Urgy Eado (800), Poolesville’s Chase Weaverling (3,200), Walt Whitman’s Clare Severe (mile) and Richard Montgomery’s boys 3,200 relay team. — ERIC GOLDWEIN
Whitman takes control of 4A South Division Good Counsel has won three of past four games n
The Walt Whitman High School girls’ basketball team doesn’t have one top scorer; it has about ﬁve. Sophomore Marie Hatch is leading the team with just 10.1 points per game, but the Vikings (10-2, 5-0) have several players capable of taking over on any given night. Lately, freshman guard Abby Meyers has carried the offense. She tallied a personal best 15 points in Friday’s 65-38 victory over Montgomery Blair and a team-high 12 points in a win over Richard Montgomery. “She ﬁts right in, like you wouldn’t even know that she’s a freshman,” senior Avery Witt said. “She goes out on the court and plays so well. I love it.” Whitman has won nine
GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN straight and is in ﬁrst place in the Montgomery 4A South Division after ending Blair’s (9-2, 4-1) eight-game winning streak. The Vikings’ last loss came Dec. 14 against private school Bishop McNamara. Winston Churchill (6-6, 3-2) has won three straight and sits in third place in the division after defeating Walter Johnson, Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Richard Montgomery. The Bulldogs are undefeated since their Jan. 4 overtime loss to Blair.
Good Counsel gains steam Our Lady of Good Counsel rebounded from a tough
loss to Bishop McNamara with a 65-50 victory over St. Mary’s Ryken (5-8) last week followed by a 62-57 win over Georgetown Visitation (10-2), and has now won three of its last four games. Senior Stacey Koutris stepped up in the last two wins, scoring a combined 35 points. Junior Nicole Enabosi is averaging a teamhigh 11.1 points and has hit double-ﬁgures in all but three games. The Falcons (8-5, 3-2) are competing for a top spot in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Paul VI Catholic (11-3, 6-0) and Elizabeth Seton (12-3, 6-1) rank ﬁrst and second in the WCAC, respectively. email@example.com
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Patience a virtue Churchill swimmer not deﬁned by struggles for Whitman Overcoming injuries
Two years of shoulder issues did not prevent Tiberino from being one of Bulldogs’ most reliable scorers n
Vikings thrive on long possessions and smart shot selection n
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Churchill swim team’s Alicia Tiberino warms up before her team’s meet against Walter Johnson at Montgomery College in Takoma Park on Saturday afternoon. a championship team have also been integral to the program, Roddy said. Those qualities, along with Tiberino’s sheer racing abilities, make her vital in the lead-off position in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. The Bulldogs won the 400-yard freestyle relay at last year’s Metros in an automatic All-American time of 2 minutes, 28.01 seconds and ﬁnished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay to a Katie Ledeckyled Stone Ridge squad. “[Tiberino] understands the dynamics of a team and that it’s more than just the top stars or herself,” Roddy said. “Everyone makes a difference. She is a mental swimmer, she gets herself amped and ready to compete and she steps up no matter who is in the lane next to her.” It’s hard to derail Tiberino, these past two years have shown that — she said she is stronger for what she’s been through. With her shoulder feeling 100 percent for the ﬁrst time in a long time, Tiberino is poised for a strong championship season. “Basically I swam through [the injury], I didn’t want to start back at the bottom [if I took time off],” Tiberino said. “I’ve been through terrible pain, I don’t take it for granted when I feel amazing.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Churchill swim team’s Alicia Tiberino swims the 100 meter freestyle at a meet against Walter Johnson at Montgomery College in Takoma Park on Saturday afternoon.
Bolted tightly a few feet above the basketball hoops at Walt Whitman High School are square, black Daktronics shot clocks. As for nearly every boys’ game, it remains blank, just a barely noticeable decoration above the hoop. And that portends some very good things for this year’s Vikings. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has not yet adopted a shot clock for boys’ basketball. Teams can drag out possessions for as long as they please, which has resulted in some textbook, fundamental and unselﬁsh basketball for the 9-3 Vikings. During a critical 4A South Division matchup with Richard Montgomery on Jan. 8, the ninthranked Vikings drove and dished, swung the ball around the perimeter and, ﬁnally, when all that movement begat an open jumper or layup, the opponents defense thoroughly scrambled, the ball went up. Forty-nine percent of the time, the shot went in, and the result was a 49-24 victory over the then-No. 10 Rockets. “We did a really good job staying patient, getting the shots we wanted,” Vikings coach Chris Lun said. “That’s one of the things we stressed. We can’t let teams force us into doing what they want to do and [Jan. 8] we did a good job doing what we wanted to do. We were pretty patient tonight. We didn’t have many turnovers, didn’t force many bad shots.” There is a drill that Whitman runs in practice called the “Kansas drill.” It’s a game to 50. Each pass in the offense is worth one, a made basket is two, so quick shots are more severely punished than a real game situation where points only come when the ball goes through the hoop. The daily repetition of Kansas drills has produced an uber-efﬁcient offense that hovers around 50 percent shooting while blowing teams out by an average of 19.8 through their ﬁrst nine wins. “We’ve been really practicing on offense being patient,” said Riley Shaver, who scored a gamehigh 17 points against Richard Montgomery. “By doing that, we took them out of their rhythm and it took them out of their game. We just took the right shots.” There are two oft-cited clichés in sports: “defense wins championships,” and the ﬂip side to that, “the best defense is a good offense.” Lun has found a way to combine the two, with a small
If there is one thing swimmers do well, it’s push themselves to extraordinary heights. Therefore, as one of the Washington, D.C. area’s fastest sprinters, it goes completely against Winston Churchill High School senior Alicia Tiberino’s nature to hold back. It was the inherent internal drive of a swimmer that kept her competitive during two years of shoulder issues that started in 2011, but her body’s limitations that prevented her from going all out the way every ﬁber in her being wanted to. “I’m a sprinter, I have to move my arms fast but it hurt,” Tiberino said. “I was always thinking, ‘Don’t push too hard, don’t push too hard,’ and everyone was passing me. It was terrible.” No one could have blamed Tiberino for walking away from the sport; she said her parents even asked her on occasion why she put herself through so much pain. It was for the hope of swimming best times again, for helping Churchill compete for another Metros title, and for milestones like signing her letter of intent in the fall to compete at the Division I level next year at Saint Francis (Pa.) University. Tiberino waited out the storm and these days is pain-free for the ﬁrst time in a long time, she said, which can only mean good things for the undefeated Bulldogs as they look to reclaim the Metros title from defending champion Thomas S. Wootton. “I knew I didn’t want to quit,” Tiberino said. “I love how I feel in the water when you’re just going fast. That’s not something I wanted to let go of. ... At the beginning of this year it didn’t hurt anymore and I felt like a new person.” Tiberino is used to defying odds. At 5-foot-4 on a good day, she is typically smaller than most of her competitors and often reminded of the challenges that presents. But she refused to be deﬁned by the recent shoulder injury, she said. Tiberino kept the pain and frustration to herself and went about her business, scoring points for Churchill and embracing her role as an important team leader and role model for younger athletes. Brendan Roddy said he had no idea how much pain Tiberino was in, and how would he? It was not reﬂected in her results. As a freshman, she helped Churchill win its second Metros title in three years with 35 points, second only to then junior Natalya Ares, who is currently in her sophomore season at Division I University of Richmond. As a sophomore, Tiberino racked up 36 points off two top 6 individual results and last winter, ﬁnished ﬁfth in the 100yard freestyle. Though Tiberino might not be Churchill’s highest scorer, her consistency is invaluable, Roddy said. Every single point matters at a championship meet — Churchill won the 2012 title by two points and ﬁnished second by six points in 2013 — and she has been among the Bulldogs’ top contributors since her freshman year. Her ability to understand how meets work and the team effort that goes into creating
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Walt Whitman High School’s Riley Shaver is a part of the boys’ basketball team’s success.
tweak: the best defense can be a patient offense, which leads to wins. Lun has been coaching the Vikings for a decade now. He has seenwhathappenstohighschoolers when an opposing team runs through their offensive sets for a minute, 90 seconds, two minutes: they want the ball back so they can score. Defense isn’t glamorous, and being on that side of the ball is exhausting, arduous work. As the Vikings wore down the Rockets through pass after pass, layup after layup, Richard Montgomery became more prone to hoisting up quick, forced shots that rarely found the net (the Rockets shot just 9-of-44 from the ﬁeld) when they had the ball in their hands. “That’s the goal,” Lun said. “We stress that because if teams make us work, we come down and we want to go get that quick shot because we’re tired of playing defense and then we’re playing defense again. We’re not stall ball but we’re being patient.” Sophomore shooting guard Kyle Depollar, a transfer from The Heights and the team’s leading scorer, recalled a time when the Vikings were a little more liable to take unadvisable shots. The ﬁrst such occasion, the season-opener against Georgetown Prep, wasn’t entirely their fault because there was a shot clock that maxed their possessions at 35 seconds. The second, a 52-47 loss to Rockville, still stings a bit. The Vikings held an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter before taking the bait and running with the Rams, diving headlong into a fast-paced game that ultimately led to their demise. “We deﬁnitely learned from that,” Depollar said. “We learned that when we have a lead, we need to be a lot more patient and just win the game.” Nine wins succeeded that pair of opening losses, three by 30-point margins and another three by at least 15. During that run, only three teams broke into the 50s, and none scored more than 52. email@example.com
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Members of the visiting Dayton Contemporary dance company will perform in “Emergence,” a program featuring original
works by CityDance resident choreographer Robert Priore, on Saturday and Sunday at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore in North Bethesda. GEEKWITHALENSPHOTOGRAPHY
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A CityDance choreographer premieres piece for renowned Ohio troupe n
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After graduating from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, choreographer Robert Priore spent a year dancing with Ohio’s renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in Ohio. Now it’s the company’s time to journey east and visit him for the ﬁrst time in North Bethesda, where he is resident choreographer for the CityDance Conservatory at Strathmore.
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The Dayton troupe will perform a piece it commissioned from Priore as part of “Emergence,” a program entirely choreographed by Priore, running Saturday and Sunday at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore. “It’s my ﬁrst stab at creating a night all by myself,” said Priore. “It’s all my vocabulary and my vision.” Priore said he’s been working on the program since August and initially thought of dancing in it himself, but decided instead to step back and focus on the big picture. “I had wanted to dance, but I thought if I wanted to really convey [what I want to convey], I had better take myself out,” he said. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1968 by dancer and future MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient Jeraldyne Blunden, who died in 1999. The company is presently run by her daughter (Debbie Blunden-Diggs), Priore said. Priore danced with DCDC’s second company for a year and also choreo-
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A rock-solid education n
Young musicians ready to rock this weekend BY
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According to Laura Bollettino, executive director at the School of Rock of Silver Spring, the philosophy behind the unconventional music school is “if you tell [children] they can do something, then they think they can and they do it.” “You tell them, get on-stage at The Fillmore and they say, ‘Yeah, why wouldn’t I get on stage at The Fillmore?’” Bollettino said. “Any adult would be paralyzed with fear.” Students from the School of
Rock in Silver Spring will prove Bollettino right on Sunday when they take the stage at the venue. The afternoon concert will showcase musicians from the school’s School of Rock 101 program, Performance Program, Adult Program, Silver Spring School of Rock House Band and special guest performers, Philadelphia-based Swift Technique. There will be a second show at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26. School of Rock was founded in 1998 by Paul Green. There are currently more than 15,000 students enrolled in 125 schools across seven countries.
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SCHOOL OF ROCK n When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $15 n For information: 301-9609999, ﬁllmoresilver spring.com
Crystina Martinez, 15, sings during a School of Rock performance in downtown Silver Spring. LAURA BOLLETTINO
EMERGENCE n When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 n Where: CityDance Studio Theater, Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda
graphed two pieces for the troupe, which encouraged him to keep at it. In “Emergence” there are four new works and six others that have been performed before, said Piore, who is presenting the show with a mix of Dayton dancers and current and former students of the Conservatory.
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Resident artists’ work in the spotlight
The Capitol Arts Network continues to spotlight “Its Own” to Jan. 25 with its inaugural resident artists’ exhibition. Pictured: “Tiger wading” by Susan Shalowitz.
The Capitol Arts Network will continue to spotlight “Its Own,” to Jan. 25 as part of an inaugural resident artists’ exhibition at the gallery in Rockville’s Twinbrook district. The January show is designed to be the ﬁrst in a series of periodic exhibits highlighting the work of its more than 50 resident artists. Thirty-seven painters, sculptors, photographers and additional artisans already working in Capitol Arts Network studios are slated to take part, as well as newcomers who will become residents of the organization’s new 16-studio annex in January. For more information, visit www.capitolartsnetwork.com.
Crank it up!
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Appalachian singers Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle have revived the traditional art of “crankies,” and incorporated it into their show which combines ﬁddle and banjo music, ballads, harmony singing, storytelling and ﬂatfoot dancing.
Audiences are invited to discover “Crankies” during an Appalachian music workshop and concert hosted by Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt on Saturday. The workshop is scheduled for 4-6 p.m., with the concert to follow at 8 p.m. at Seeker’s Church, 276 Carroll Street, NW, Washington, DC., across the street from the Takoma Station on Metro’s Red Line. Long before the advent of YouTube, “crankies” created the effect of an animate tapestry via hand-cranked illustrations on a roll of fabric. Roberts-Gevalt and LapRelle incorporate the lost art into their concert, combining ﬁddle and banjo music, ballads, harmonizing, storytelling and ﬂatfoot dancing. Tickets to either the workshop or the concert are $15 for members, or $20 for general admission. Combination tickets are $25 for members, $30 for general admission. Visit www.fsgw.org.
Gabriela Martinez to perform at Strathmore Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez will perform Bach’s “Concerto No. 1” with the National Philharmonic, under the direction of associate conductor Victoria Gau, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Also on the program are Mozart’s “Divertimento K. 136 in D Major” and Schubert’s “Mass No. 2 in G Major.” One of Bach’s most popular concertos, “Piano Concerto No. 1” was one of the ﬁrst composed for the keyboard. Martinez — orchestral soloist, chamber musician, recitalist — has performed in venues ranging from the Tokyo International Music Festival to Carnegie Hall. A free pre-concert lecture will be offered at 6:45 p.m. in the Concert Hall. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org.
Pianist Gabriela Martinez will perform Bach’s “Concerto No. 1” on Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore.
Jazz ramblers GURUJEET KHALSA
The Dixieland Express will return to Damascus’ Music Cafe from 8-10 p.m. Saturday. Founded in 1999, the Express has long
Photoworks will exhibit “So Much Depends,” images from award-winning photographer Gurujeet Khalsa, to Feb. 17 at the Glen Echo gallery.
“So Much Depends,” images from award-winning photographer Gurujeet Khalsa, continues to Feb. 17 at the Photoworks Gallery at Glen Echo Park. Featuring photographs from locations as diverse as Belize and the Paciﬁc Northwest, Khalsa captures an inner landscape that transcends place. Exhibit hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday, or by appointment. For more information, visit www.glenechophotoworks.org.
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(From left) Trumpet player Bob Vernier, trombonist John Stewart, drummer Joel Albert, tuba player Ken Carlson, banjo player Jules Levine and clarinetist Kirt Vener are the Dixieland Express.
delivered traditional New Orleans-style Dixieland jazz to fans throughout the Washington, D.C., area, performing at events such as the Kensington Summer Concert Series and alongside contemporaries the Potomac River Jazz Club. The Music Cafe is located at 26528 Ridge Road, Damascus. For more information, visit www. the-music-cafe.com.
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Diverse performers gather for MLK celebration BY
CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
On Monday, the Montgomery County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee invites 2,000 area residents to honor the Civil Rights icon with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Tribute and Celebration. The 90-minute concert marks the 20th anniversary of the event and will be held at the Music Center at Strathmore. The afternoon will feature a diverse group of performers and will award honorees who serve their community. ABC 7 News anchor Leon Harris will serve as master of ceremonies. The event will feature local talent, including Washington, D.C., saxophonist Brian Lenair. Lenair, who performed at the tribute two years ago, is one of 11 acts scheduled for the celebration. “We held a talent search back in October,” said Rachel Reed, program chair for the event. Reed added that the panel of three judges was in search of performers who they felt were in line with the tribute celebration’s theme: “celebrate, serve, remember.” “[We wanted] ﬁnalists that we felt ... had something that related to Martin Luther King’s purpose about serving and giving and about being together.” The afternoon’s lineup alone is a realization of King’s dream. “It does a great job of honoring him because there are so many different races, so many different creeds coming together,” said Lenair. “It’s very diverse. It has all different types of singing groups.” Lenair, who released his smooth jazz CD, “Eye of the
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., BIRTHDAY AND TRIBUTE CELEBRATION
Saxophonist Brian Lenair is just one of the performers who will appear at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Tribute Celebration on Monday.
n When: 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 n Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: Sold out, but a standby line begins at 2 p.m. outside the Music Center n For information: strathmore.org
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Storm,” two years ago, said he will most likely play some original music, a gospel song and a rendition of the Beatles’ “Come Together.” Other performances include a song from a group of hearing and deaf students at Cashell Elementary School who will sing and sign a song dedicated to King. Students from the Wash-
ington Dunhuang Guzheng Academy will perform on the guzheng, a traditional Chinese
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‘Almost’ there Small town life, love come alive in ‘Almost, Maine’
WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
Never underestimate the importance of living in a small town. Sure, the excitement from the everyday hustle and bustle isn’t quite as big, but that only leaves more time for people to interact, tell stories and fall in love. Such is the case in John Cariani’s play, “Almost, Maine,” which is being performed by the Upcounty Theatre at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The play features nine vignettes all taking place in the enchanted little town of Almost, Maine. Each little story explores love — both gained and lost. Denise Smith, who plays Rhonda, said she originally had never heard of the play, but quickly fell in love with both the script and her character. “[Rhonda’s] best friend in the whole world is Dave and they’ve been really good friends for a long, long time,” Smith said. “Rhonda’s kind of a tomboy and I really felt when I read the script for the ﬁrst time that you’re supposed to believe that maybe she’s a lesbian. But she loves Dave. … You ﬁnd out she’s never kissed a guy, she doesn’t know how and she just likes guy things.” Director Matti Jane Dickenson had the idea to do “Almost, Maine,” and brought the suggestion to the Upcounty Theatre board. Dickenson, according to Smith, came prepared by offering the board different ways to do the show spending varying amounts of money. “The president, Jeff Smith, was pretty intrigued,” Smith said. “… Matti presented it so well. She had schematics and
n When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18 n Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown n Tickets: $8-$15 n For information: 301-5282260; upcountytheatre.org
everything planned out. … Matti is absolutely wonderful and young and fresh with a lot of experience from college and some post-grad work.” “Almost, Maine,” is the second show Dickenson has directed. Her ﬁrst was a threewoman production with no set pieces and the actors remaining on stage throughout. Needless to say, with a cast of 15 and a full crew, “Almost, Maine,” is a bit different. “I think it’s such a perfect show for this company and the space and time that we have,” Dickenson said. “We just ﬁnished the holidays. We’re getting ready to go into Valentine’s Day and it’s a perfect time for it. We have this perfectly ﬁne frigid air that helps set the mood!” Smith said she has really enjoyed working with the cast and playing Rhonda might have opened her eyes a little. “Playing Rhonda has helped me personally explore parts of me that I think needed some exploring and maybe nurturing,” Smith said. “Rhonda’s a [tough girl] and [I’m] exploring that part of [me] and I kind of want to see that just a little more.” For Dickenson, she hopes the audiences walks away knowing unexpected things can sometimes happen and they can be good. “You have to not take things too seriously,” Dickenson said. “You have to have fun with love.” email@example.com
Thomas Gower as Chad and Jacob Lucas as Randy rehearse a scene for “Almost, Maine.”
Continued from Page B-5 The Conservatory grads, now in college, will perform a piece about “what happens after a person [dies] and what happens with the people still there,” said Priore. Also scheduled is a solo about the feeling of freedom after a long struggle, and a duet about love. “It’s about finding a love who will be there no matter what, and how that can happen unexpectedly,” he said. The longest work in “Emergence” is a five-section piece called “Os Padroes,” a Portuguese word for patterns. It was inspired by the work of Dayton artist Willis “Bing” Davis, whom Priore got to know while performing in Ohio. “It came out of a collabora-
BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Guitarist Jason Trawick (second from left) of Arlington, Va., founded The 9 Songwriters Series in 2008. The group of performers sing solo and also collaborate for concerts, with lineups that change for each show.
tion between myself and Bing,” Priore said. Looking at one of Davis’ paintings called “Ancestral Spirit Dance,” he began to hear the music of Brazil and the Caribbean in his head and choreographed the piece with that in mind. The dance is set to music by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain, and the Belgian/African vocal ensemble Zap Mama. “There are four dancers from Dayton, four alumni and three current students in it,” he said. Priore said he is very glad to be hosting a ﬁrst-time visit by the Dayton dancers to CityDance. “It’s like a dream come true to have both [companies] working together,” he said. “It’s awesome.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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CityDance will present “Emergence,” a program featuring original work by its resident choreographer Robert Priore, on Saturday and Sunday at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore in North Bethesda.
Keeping time with The 9
Singers collaborate, go solo, at BlackRock on Saturday n
VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
Nine different performers for the price of one. That’s what you get with a ticket to The 9 Songwriters Series concert at the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday in Germantown. “As singer-songwriters, we’re always struggling to get out of that bar atmosphere and get into larger venues,” said Justin Trawick of Arlington, Va., who ﬁrst developed the idea in 2008. “It’s tough, if you don’t have the drawing power alone,” he said. “But with a combination in a collective, you have the inﬂuence to pack the room.” Performing Saturday will be guitarist Trawick, Margot MacDonald, Ryan Walker,
Andy Zipf, Amanda Lee, Bradley Rhodes, Victoria Vox, Justin Jones and Don Kim. “We’re all very professional in our own right,” said Trawick about the range of music offered to audiences — everything from folk and Americana to pop, R&B and jazz. The nature of the show depends on the lineup, which varies with every concert. “It’s always original, and it’s fun,” he said. Each performer sings several songs, with the sequence of singers randomly determined by picking names out of a hat. “When they’re on stage, they can do whatever they want,” Trawick said. Performers may also ask other singers to lend backup on instruments or vocals. “It’s very relaxed,” said Cathy Fink, of the Cathy & Marcy duo, which has performed twice with the series. “There’s a good vibe from
[the performers] and the audience,” she said. There’s also a spontaneous feeling about the Songwriters shows, because the performers don’t have much time to rehearse with one another. “It’s sort of spur of the moment, and we ﬂy by the seat of our pants,” Trawick said. The concerts offer the performers a sometimes rare chance to work with other musicians, he said. Focusing just on developing your own career can be “a lonely business,” Trawick said. “You can get very independent,” he said. “You enjoy the collaboration with other artists.” Trawick has duplicated his local success by tapping into his growing network of singersongwriters to present The 9 concerts up and down the East Coast and in California. “I’ve got them in my iPhone, and they’re organized
THE 9 SONGWRITERS SERIES n When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 n Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown n Tickets: $22 n For information: 240-9121058, blackrockcenter.org, wearethe9.com
by city,” he said. By performing in the series, musicians help themselves by gaining broader exposure in a larger venue while helping others to also develop their careers.” “It’s good for me, and good for a lot of people in the area,” he said. email@example.com
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Musicians sing Monday at beneﬁt for Garber family of Bethesda BY
VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
Local musicians are turning out in force to assist one of their own at a fundraising concert on Monday at the Mansion at Strathmore. Presented by The 9 Songwriters Series, the concert is for guitarist Ted Garber of Bethesda, a singer/songwriter of blues, rock and Americana, whose wife, Rebecca, is recovering from cancer surgery. She is also undergoing chemotherapy after recently giving birth prematurely to their daughter, Sydney. “I think in music communities when a fellow co-worker gets sick, people do their beneﬁts,” said co-organizer Justin Trawick of Arlington, Va. “It’s the way we know how to help.” Founder of The 9 Songwriters Series, guitarist Trawick is organizing the event with banjoist Cathy Fink of the Grammywinning Cathy & Marcy [Marxer] duo from Kensington. Joining them will be Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Tom Paxton and blues rocker Patty Reese, along with
GARBER FAMILY BENEFIT n When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 n Where: Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda n Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door n For information: strathmore.org, Giveforward.com (type in Garber)
Songwriter regulars Jason Ager and Tiffany Thompson, who are performing at Strathmore for the ﬁrst time. Also part of the lineup are Christylez Bacon and Maureen Andary, former artists in residence at Strathmore, and Grammywinner Jon Carroll, one of their mentors during their residencies. Carroll and Fink were also mentors to Garber, an artist in residence during the 2011-2012 season. Fink said she has performed twice for the Songwriter series, which changes its lineup for every show. During concerts, musicians each perform solo and also back each other up. “It’s like a very fun whirlwind,” said Fink. “You have an extremely short period of time to present your song and collaborate with other singers and writers.”
PHOTO BY STEPHANIE POTTER
Local musicians associated with The 9 Songwriter Series are donating their time on Monday at the Mansion at Strathmore for a concert to beneﬁt guitarist Ted Garber (pictured), whose wife, Rebecca, is battling cancer.
Strathmore, the performers and the sound engineer are donating their space, time and efforts for the Garber concert, she said. There will also be a silent auction with items such as tickets to Strathmore events, music-related gear, a guitar track donated by a well-known musician and possibly some donated studio time, said Fink. Proceeds will help cover the costs of hospital and outpatient treatments, medical support and general living expenses that include long hotel stays near Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “[Ted] is cutting back on his shows so he can be present with [his wife and daughter],” Fink said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from Page B-5 Bollettino and her husband Jeff opened two School of Rock locations in Virginia: one in Vienna in July 2006 and one in Ashburn in July 2007. The two took over the Silver Spring location in September 2007. “My husband and I were both involved in corporate America and as our kids were getting older, we realized we were missing out on a lot,” Bollettino said. “This was a unique concept … we really saw it made [students] really good, really fast.” School of Rock is a performance-based music school with an emphasis on fun. “We always joke around and say, ‘Don’t tell the kids we’re a serious music school,” Bollettino said. But School of Rock means business. Students are ﬁrst enrolled in School of Rock 101, teaching basic skills through 45-minute private lessons and 90-minute group sessions. Students then move on to the Performance Program, which consists of 45-minute private lessons and a ﬁnal show. The students rehearse for three hours, once a week in preparation for the end-of-season show at the end of the 12-13 week session. Teachers at the school come from a range of backgrounds. “We use a combination of teachers,” Bollettino said. “ … [some] are gigging musicians, some have degrees, some have just a lot of experience.” But the headmaster is studio manager Forrest Hainline IV. “I like to think of myself as the principal of School of Rock,” Hainline said. “I promote a culture that is fun and safe and comfortable and inspiring for students.” A Montgomery County native and a graduate of the Landon School in Bethesda, Hainline has been with School of Rock of Silver Spring for one and a half years.
Gabby Chuke, 12 and a student at the School of Rock, performs in downtown Silver Spring. “I really never thought of teaching,” said Hainline, who graduated from Augustana College in Illinois. “Even two years into it I never thought I was qualiﬁed, but people kept asking me to come back.” On top of teaching private lessons, Hainline also leads students in the Performance Program and has prepared all of the students performing in Saturday’s concert. “We give them song assignments …” Hainline said. “Students come in once a week for three hours and start chipping away.” According to Hainline, Saturday’s concert, which is divided into two parts, “What’s His Name Is?!” and “Who’s That Grrrl?!” is a celebration of songs about guys and girls. The lineup includes Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia,” “Hey Jude,” by the Beatles and “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” by the Ramones. Though School of Rock’s emphasis is
obviously on the music, both Bollettino and Hainline said the program helps its students develop skills applicable to other areas of their lives as well. “Part of being an artist and being a gigging musician is you have to do promotion,” Bollettino said. “Selling tickets, making posters.” School of Rock students have vowed to sell 400 tickets on their own for Saturday’s performance. Bollettino added that School of Rock also builds self-assurance in its students. “One of the things I’ve seen over and over again, by getting on stage and pushing through your fears, you gain conﬁdence,” Bollettino said. “The feeling of accomplishment and ‘I did it’ and ‘I learned this hard piece of music,’ that can translate to any obstacle they’ll face in the future.” email@example.com
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2012 Passat S................#VPR0016, Gray, 37,800 miles................$16,995 2013 Jetta SE................#V693295A, Red, 3,179 miles..................$18,995 2013 Jetta SE................#VPR0012, Silver, 3,693 miles..................$18,999 2013 Jetta SE................#VPR0011, Silver, 4,491 miles..................$18,999 2011 CC..........................#VP0022, Black, 30,272 miles..................$18,999 2011 Honda CRV...........#V003776A, Gray, 37,086 miles...............$19,995 2011 Tiguan S................#VPR0017,White, 32,529 miles...............$20,995 2012 CC..........................#V502916A, Silver, 35,715 miles..............$21,995
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