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Parents and students trudge through the snow to Bethesda Elementary School on Tuesday. Only a couple of wet inches fell and county schools opened as usual — unlike the ten times when snow has prompted closings this season.

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Montgomery County Public Schools is sticking with its snow day waiver request — for now. The Maryland State Board of Education decided Tuesday that school districts can ask that up to five days missed due to bad weather be waived, but Montgomery is still asking for only a four-day waiver, according to Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the county school system.

School officials are undecided as to whether they will ask the state to waive the additional day, Tofig said. County students have had 10 wintery days off this school year — six days more than the four days the district built into the calendar. The state requires districts to hold 180 instruction days. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr sent the four-day waiver request to State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery nearly two weeks before the state school board’s decision and a few days before the school system’s latest snow day on March 17. If the district were granted its current waiver request, it would

need to make up two instruction days. As of Tuesday, officials planned to add one day to the calendar if the district is granted a waiver, but they weren’t sure about the second day. The school system will either ask that it be waived or decide to make it up as well, Tofig said. “Hopefully we will hear from the state soon and will be able to set a final calendar for the rest of the school year,” Tofig said in an email. Lowery will make the call on each school system’s waiver request, although no deadline has been set for those decisions.

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This winter was one of the coldest and snowiest in Montgomery County in more than 30 years, and Robert J. Leffler has the stats to prove it. Leffler, 63, has been voluntarily running Montgomery County’s weather observation station in the backyard of his Damascus home since 1981. He said this

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The death of a Silver Spring man who collapsed in police custody and later died has sparked a debate over whether police officers should carry lifesaving devices to treat heart failure. “This should be a wakeup call to the county, that they should do something promptly,” said Mike Mage, chairman of the Montgomery County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Mage was talking about Kareem Ali, a 65-year-old mentally disabled Silver Spring man who died in 2010 after a scuffle with



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police. Police claimed he was “unresponsive” in a stairwell and were trying to move him outside, sparking the conflict. Police used a Taser stun device and pepper spray to subdue him. He cleared an initial medical check with Montgomery County Fire & Rescue personnel, who left the scene after that. But Ali then passed out in the back of a police van and had to be hospitalized. He was pronounced dead on Oct. 14 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. Ali’s official cause of death was schizophrenia-induced agitated delirium complicated by police restraint, an enlarged heart and obesity. The manner of death was ruled undetermined, said Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the state medical examiner’s office. On March 10, Montgomery

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Local beer connoisseur and home brewer Danny Glazier is giving beer a spicy twist with a habanero ginger pale ale he brewed with brother Justin Glazier and brother-in-law Dave Stump. The trio call themselves Brotherhood Brewing and their ale, Fire Drill, was named the best home-brew in Montgomery County in a competition held by local distributors this winter. If

A wrongful death lawsuit spurred by the death of Kareem Ali, a mentally disabled man who died after a scuffle with Montgomery County police, has resulted in a $450,000 settlement between the family and the county, according to a March 10 agreement filed in U.S. District Court. “Bottom line, both sides came to the conclusion that this was fair,” county attorney Marc Hansen said.




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winter was one of the toughest he has experienced. “This winter was consistently cold and extremely snowy,” Leffler said. “The snow total was the third highest I’ve ever recorded.” Leffler said of the past 10 winters, eight have accumulated a below-average snowfall. The record-setting winter of 2009-10 and the 1995-96 winter are the only ones since 1981 that trumped the most recent total, he said. Only December was warmer than the

they win at the regional level next week, Cuginis Restaurant and Bar of Poolesville, where Danny Glazier is manager, will get six kegs of the fiery brew, which they’ll tap at the bar to sell to customers. Scott Smith, division sales manager for the Craft Brew Alliance, organized the home-brew competition among the Washington and Maryland distributors with whom he works. Widmer Brothers Brewery of Portland, Ore., a member of the Craft Brew Alliance, is sponsoring the competition. When Carlee Delt, a representative with distributor Montgomery Eagle, asked Cuginis to participate, owner Barbara Stull turned to her in-house beer ex-

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The BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown is hostnig a joint student art exhibit, “Converging,” through Thursday. partment of Parks. The festival is a traditional celebration held on the 13th day of the Persian year, and will include Persian music, cultural activities and food. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Black Rock Hill Regional Park in Boyds. Parking passes cost $30 and can be purchased by calling the society at 703-442-8100. For questions, contact park police at 202-457-0072 before the event or 301-528-3469 on April 6.

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Clarksburg eyed for combined rec/aquatic center Ovid Hazen Wells park considered for regional recreation complex




The Clarksburg area is slated to become the location for the county’s first combined regional recreation and aquatic center, according to the county’s Department of Recreation. “It would serve the heart of Clarksburg but also reach out to communities north and west of Clarksburg,” said Jeff Bourne, division chief for the department’s facilities. One possible site for the complex could be inside the 290-acre Ovid Hazen Wells park off Skylark Road in Clarksburg, or it could also be built somewhere else in the area, he said. “This is very preliminary work,” said Bourne, who is coordinating his department’s search for a site with Montgomery Parks, the division of Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission that oversees parks. Montgomery Parks is currently accepting public input on ideas as part of updating the 1995 Ovid Hazen Wells park master plan. Planners expect to answer questions at the annual Kites Over Clarksburg family day at the park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Bourne said the idea of combining a rec center and swimming pools into one complex will lower operating expenses through the shared use of utilities, parking lots, fitness rooms and maintenance costs. “We can bring together all of that in one location,” he said. There is $64,000 in the county’s proposed fiscal 2015 Capital Improvement Plan for various site selection studies, including a recreational-aquatic center and library in Clarksburg, he said. There is also $647,000 in planning money in the budget for unspecified projects around the county, he said. So far there are no preliminary estimates

for construction and operating costs. “We’ve not done this process before for this kind of facility,” Bourne said. Lynn Fantle, planning chairwoman for the Clarksburg Civic Association, said a regional center would benefit fast-growing Clarksburg, which is woefully short of recreational facilities. The town center, Clarksburg Village and Arora Hills neighborhoods have homeowner association pools, but there are dozens of other neighborhoods that don’t, she said. Clarksburg residents can use the Germantown Indoor Swimming Facility in Boyds, but Fantle said the large facility is busy, with parents sometimes having to show up at 6:30 a.m. to book swim time for their children, she said. A regional center should give Clarksburg residents first dibs on recreational programs and classes or alternatively, Clarksburg should get its own would local rec center, which it currently doesn’t have, Fantle said. Whatever happens, officials should comply with the wishes of Ovid and Hallie Wells, who deeded the park to Montgomery Parks in 1981, Fantle said. “The land and improvements hereby conveyed shall be used as open space, for parkland, and/or for recreation in such manner as to evidence the conservation of soil, water, wood and wildlife, and to that end, shall be so maintained,” according to the deed.

Trending to regional Building a regional facility to serve Clarksburg is a response to the area’s growing population, which is now at 20,000 and expected to grow to 40,000 when current development plans are realized. The recreational center part of the complex would be similar in function to the 21 other rec centers in the county but the building would be larger according to a new center model, Bourne said. The Department of Recreation’s idea is to move away

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Most of Clarksburg may be new and growing, but it will soon hace a colorful, fun and entertaining reminder of earlier days. Coming to the Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park in the Arora Hills area is a merry-go-round built a century ago. It once operated at the National Mall near the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The relocation of the carousel from the Wheaton Regional Park is being considered along with the update of the Ovid Hazen Wells 1995 master plan now being done by Montgomery Parks, a division of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The Wells family required the purchase of the carousel and location in the park when they deeded their 1,900-acre farm to Montgomery Parks in 1981. Part of the update is deciding on a final location in the park for the carousel, which is 40 feet in diameter and features 36 animals and two chariots. “Clarksburg has continued to grow, and it can now support the carousel, which is why we’re trying to get it out there,” said Rachel Newhouse, planner coordinator with Montgomery Parks. The carousel and train ride in Wheaton Regional Park open for the season on April 12 in time for school spring break. Also part of the 1995 master plan update is finding a possible site to construct a regional community recreation/aquatics center in the park or Clarksburg area. Park officials, who are seeking public input on the carousel and master plan, will attend the free, sixth annual Kites over Clarksburg family fun day from 11 a.m. to from building more local community centers and instead build regional centers in four “nodes” — Silver Spring, White Flint, Shady Grove and Clarksburg — along the Interstate 270 and Md. 355 corridor. In the next 20 years, most of the county’s growth is expected to take place along the corridors, where residents are also presently underserved by recreational facilities, he said.




2 p.m. on Saturday at the park. “The Clarksburg Civic Association started it as a community-uniting event,” said co-organizer Kathie Hulley with the association. It is co-hosted by Montgomery Parks and the community nonprofit Clarksburg Foundation. Organizers invite residents to bring a picnic, roast marshmallows and fly kites. Kites are available for $1 to $10. There will be free kite-making materials. Visitors who bring canned food, used eyeglasses or hearing aids to donate to local charities will receive raffle tickets for prizes from local sponsors. Local clubs and associations will also provide information about their activities. “It’s a fabulous park for flying kites — there’s a small hill,” said Lynn Fantle, planning chairwoman of the Clarksburg Civic Association. When the carousel might be moved to Ovid Hazen Wells is not yet known, said Christine Brett, with the Enterprise division of Montgomery Parks. Designed to be disassembled, the carousel will likely be moved by truck during the off season (November to April), when the ride is closed. Two possible locations at Ovid Hazen Wells include a site near the former Wells house near the center of the park and the developed area at the southwest end of the park along Skylark Road, Brett said. Brett said the carousel will be replaced in Wheaton with another carousel. “It’s very popular,” she said about the carousel and train rides. Hulley said she’s glad the long-required move is now in motion. “The final location will be determined by many things, [such as] sewer access and roads,” Hulley said. Wells and wills Born in Tennessee, Ovid Hazen

“It’s the fastest-growing area of the county, and it’s also currently the lowest-served population because of the existing large population,” Bourne said. The regional centers would be about 8,000 square feet larger than existing rec centers, with a larger fitness room, social hall and community lounge. They would also feature multi-purpose rooms that could be adapted to serve seniors,

Wells moved to Washington in 1918 and worked in the White House police service. His wife, Hallie Wells, worked for the War Risk Insurance agency serving World War I vets. In the 1940s, the Wells bought 290 acres of farmland in Clarksburg west of Md. 27 and north of what is now Skylark Road. In 1981, Hallie Wells donated the land to Montgomery Parks. In exchange, Montgomery Parks was required to buy, for not more than $60,000, the Hershell-Spillman carousel that James Wells operated at the Mall and eventually move it to the park. The southwest edge of the park has already been developed with two soccer fields, two softball fields, a baseball field, three picnic shelters and a playground. There are also trails connecting the amenity areas and parking for 285 cars. Curving through the longtime farm in the south and east is the Little Seneca Stream Valley, and in the center of the site are more than 60 acres of farm fields, currently leased to a private grower. Besides a proposed recreation/ aquatic center, future development ideas include a recreation area in the center of the park that would feature a fishing pond, miniature golf, a picnic area and possibly the carousel near the former Wells house. Also envisioned is a community garden on the Red Wiggler Farm in the eastern section that is currently farmed. A trail system and a greenway link to Damascus Regional Park, the Little Bennett Regional Park and Black Hills Regional Park is under consideration, too. After meeting with Clarksburg residents and organizations, planners expect to present a draft recommendation to the county Planning Board in July, followed by a public hearing in September.

adult classes and after-school programs. “It’s like constructing multipurpose boxes,” Bourne said. Also included would be commercial kitchens to cook for senior and after-school programs. Locating in the I-270/Md. 355 corridor from Silver Spring to Clarksburg will also encourage access to the facilities via public transportation, which is

expected to expand in the corridor, Bourne said. Montgomery Parks planners expect to present recommendations to the county Planning Board in July, followed by a public hearing in September. For more information, visit and search for “ovid master plan update.”

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Council, advocates push for healthy school foods District officials cite student choices, other obstacles




Montgomery County Council members and local advocates want healthier foods in school cafeterias, but district officials say they’re already doing what they can. A recent push for multiple changes to school foods from parent advocacy group Real Food for Kids-Montgomery spurred the conversation Thursday during a joint meeting of the County Council’s education and health and human services committees. The discussion covered the full gamut of changes the organization is calling for: more scratch-cooked food, healthier a la carte and vending items, the removal of chemical additives, an upper-limit for sugar content, unlimited drinking water, and unlimited fruits and vegetables, among others. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr and other school officials attended

the meeting, along with Real Food for Kids-Montgomery co-founder Karen Devitt. The organization had gathered about 818 signatures as of Monday on an online petition for the changes. County Council President Craig Rice said during the meeting that he thinks the school system has worked to provide healthier foods. But he also compared current school menu items to those found in a food court. Rice said he thinks students will warm up to healthier options if the school system provides them. “If a chicken breast is all that’s available on that Tuesday, eventually kids are going to start to eat chicken breast, and they’re going to start to be fans of it,” he said. Marla Caplon, director of food and nutrition services for the school system, said the school system has developed food items containing healthy ingredients that students with picky palates will eat. Some examples are turkey hot dogs and white-meat, whole-grain breaded, baked chicken nuggets. “What’s important is that we provide food items to students that

they will eat,” she said. County Council Vice President George Leventhal said items like pizza, burgers and hot dogs should not be frequent menu items in school cafeterias — even with healthier ingredients — because of the message it sends to students. “If the school system, which is the institutional authority with which our kids must interact for all of their childhood, conveys that burgers and fries are a desirable and appropriate menu item, then the message that’s received by our kids is that it’s appropriate and it’s desireable to seek out burgers and fries,” Leventhal said. Starr pointed to media advertisements for burgers and fries, saying he thinks public schools are “asked to solve societal issues.” The school system is “pushing” students with different menu items, he said, but offers food familiar to them, as well. “A healthy burger and healthier fries are better than no food at all,” Starr said. “Kids who are hungry aren’t going to learn effectively.” The school system also must balance financial needs, he said. The system spends about $560,000 on

wheat buns; the same amount could pay for seven teachers, he said. Devitt said the organization’s members are “asking for a little more creativity” on healthy menu items. She highlighted two issues of importance to the organization: lowering sugar content and pulling chemical additives. Current items with high sugar content or additives can be replaced with healthier versions “without huge cost impacts,” she said. School officials emphasized that the school system meets federal and other food regulations, including those of the Food and Drug Administration and the American Heart Association. Lindsey Parsons, Real Food for Kids-Montgomery’s other cofounder, said before the meeting that the group plans to collect petition signatures for a couple of months, then present them to Starr and the school board in May. The group helped host a forum on healthful food in county schools in November. “We are not asking for anything that has not been done elsewhere without added costs,” Parsons said.

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InBrief County Council seeks planning board member The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants to fill the planning board position being vacated by Chairwoman Francoise Carrier (D). Carrier’s term ends June 14; the council is accepting applications until April 7. Members provide advice on land use and community planning, and serve as MarylandNational Capital Park and Planning commissioners. The new member may be named chairman, or a current member could become chairman. No more than three members may be of the same political party; members must be county residents and registered voters. Yearly compensation is $30,000; as chairwoman, Carrier earns $168,450. The council plans to set the chairman’s salary before choosing an applicant. The board meets Thursdays and often another day in the week. Typically, it spends two full days in scheduled and informal meetings per week. Applications, including a resume, should be addressed to Council President Craig Rice, County Council Office, Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. Applications also may be sent to The applications and resumes are made public. Interviews are conducted in public and may be televised. For more information, contact Linda Lauer at 240-777-7979 or

Recreation job fair is Friday in Rockville The Montgomery County Recreation Department will host a job fair for summer camp workers and year-round temporary staff from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville. The department typically hires more than 300 summer camp and temporary staff to fill positions that include camp counselors, pool aides and therapeutic recreation assistants. Representatives from aquatics, community centers, summer programs, teen programs and therapeutic recreation will be available to discuss the part-time, temporary jobs available and offer on-site prescreening interviews, according to a county news release. The free job fair, scheduled on a professional day holiday for public school students, is for youth 16 and older, college students and teachers. For more information, call 240-777-6810.

Let’s talk about bullying The Montgomery County Committee on Hate and Violence, the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and Montgomery College will host a community forum, “Bullying in Schools — A Community Symposium on Prevention and Intervention Strategies.” The forum will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave. For more information, call 240-777-8454 or email

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Maka Hutson of Bethesda holds her son, Alec, 7, as he sprays water onto a sensor that lights up an umbrella during the H20 Summit on Saturday sponsored by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in Silver Spring. The water fair featured live music, speakers, workshops and hands-on activities for families.

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A federal jury convicted a Germantown man of five counts related to a sex-trafficking case. Jean Claude Roy, 31, was found guilty March 19 of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; witness and evidence tampering; and three counts of interstate transportation for prostitution. ButthejuryacquittedRoyofthree

other counts of sex trafficking by force and two weapons offenses, according to records filed in federal court. “We respect the jury’s decision and we think the trial was fair,” said Michael Montemarano, Roy’s attorney. Montemarano said the acquittal reduced Roy’s possible sentence by at least 45 years. Roy still faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking; a maximum of 10 years in prison for each of three counts of interstate transportation for prostitution; and a maximum of 20 years in prison for witness and evidence tampering, the U.S. At-

torney’s office said in a news release. The verdict capped a two-week trial in U.S. District Court. Authorities said Roy and his female co-conspirator ran a cross-country prostitution ring. He bragged about beating a murder charge to scare the women he pimped out, prosecutors claimed in court records. The women’s services were advertised in online ads. A 25-page indictment outlines what the victims endured at the hands of Roy and co-conspirator Brittney “Kitty Amor” Creason, 19, of Decatur, Ill., including an incident in which a female victim was

forced to have sex with Roy while Creason held her down. Creason, who was arrested in Las Vegas in July 2013, pleaded guilty to using a facility in interstate commerce for an illegal activity. She is awaiting sentencing. The tampering charge against Roy stems from an incident that happened while he was jailed on related state charges in January 2013. Prosecutors allege that Roy asked a person on the outside to destroy evidence tied to the case. Sentencing for Roy is scheduled for July 16.

The Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, is offering a scholarship opportunity to all Montgomery County high school seniors. Scholarship applicants are judged on academic achievement, community service and financial need. Up to four scholarship awards are made annually and the maximum award is $1,500. Applications are due Saturday and are at Public schools’ college and career center also have applications. For information, email

Horse show seeks teens The Washington International Horse Show is accepting applications for its Junior Committee and Youth Ambassador programs, which offer teen representation of the show and help staff. Applications are due April 7; the show will be in October at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Applicants must be 14 to 18 years old and be knowledgeable about horses. About 20 students will be accepted to the Junior Committees, of which the youth ambassador is chairman. More information and applications are at youth-ambassador-junior-committee/.


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Beatrice Weiss of Derwood creates an origami crane during Saturday’s Japanese cultural fair at the Bauer Drive Community Center in Rockville. The Montgomery County Recreation Department and Sakura Educational Exchange USA co-hosted the fair. It featured students from Yokohama (Japan) Hayato High School, who demonstrated Japanese arts, games and customs.


Quicken Loans is the new title sponsor for June’s annual golf tournament benefitting the Tigers Woods Foundation at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, officials said Monday. But the question of where the former AT&T National tournament will be after this year is still swinging in the air. During a news conference on Monday, Woods said he hopes Congressional will be the host site under an alternate plan in 2016, 2018 and 2020. Members of the Bethesda club are voting through March 31 on whether to allow the event there in 2016, 2018 and 2020 and at an unspecified venue in 2015, 2017 and 2019. “We’re excited to host the event this year at Congressional,” Woods said, according to a transcript of the news conference supplied by his foundation. “What a storied golf course, a U.S. Open site. I’ve won there, so that helps.” Tournament officials and Woods are reviewing other courses for the Quicken Loans National, they said. Even if members approve the proposal, they still have to find a site for next year and alternate years. One other Montgomery County course Woods and others are looking at is TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, which was a regular stop on the PGA Tour for more than a decade and last hosted the Booz Allen Classic in 2006. Woods also mentioned Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., which has held the Presidents Cup several times, as another possibility. “There’s a lot of really nice

golf courses in the area,” Woods said. “We’d like to keep it in the D.C. community. This is where we started with this event. There’s all these options out there, and we’re looking at all options right now.” The tournament, which has been held at Congressional most years since 2007, is in the last year of its contract. Some members have complained that the tournament cuts too much into their use of the country club. Emily Taylor, a spokeswoman for Woods’ foundation, said that results of the Congressional members’ vote are not expected until early April.

AT&T taking a lesser role in sponsorship AT&T’s sponsorship was through 2014, but leaders of the telecommunications giant agreed to take a lesser role this year as founding sponsor, allowing Quicken Loans to take the lead immediately. Quicken Loans’ contract as the title sponsor for the event runs through 2017. The Detroitbased company is one of the country’s largest retail mortgage lenders. The company is title sponsor of NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Michigan and Phoenix this year, and chairman Dan Gilbert is also majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Last year, the company closed a record $80 billion worth of home loans, up from about $70 billion in 2012 and $30 billion in 2011. This year’s Congressional tournament is slated for June 23-29. Woods won the event in 2009 and 2012. Last year, Woods pulled out due to an injury, and former Wake Forest All-American Bill Haas won the tournament. Woods has been hampered by a back injury recently and said Monday it was “too soon”

There’s all these options out there, and we’re looking at all options right now.” Tiger Woods to say if he would be able to play in the Masters Tournament, one of four major pro golf events each year. That tournament is slated for April 10-13 in Augusta, Ga. “I’ve had a couple weeks off getting treatment, just working on trying to get ready for Augusta,” Woods said. “As of right now, it’s still too soon. As I said, it’s very frustrating.” The 2009 Congressional event saw its highest weeklong attendance of about 194,000 spectators, generating an estimated $29.1 million in direct and indirect spending in the county, according to a study commissioned by the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development. Last year, with Woods out, about 147,000 people attended, the second most for the event when it was held in Bethesda. The tournament attracted about 193,000 and 150,000 fans in 2010 and 2011, respectively, when it was at the Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia while Congressional prepared for and hosted the 2011 U.S. Open. Since 2007, the tournament has raised about $17 million for college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation and other charities. The foundation operates several Tiger Woods Learning Centers in the Washington, D.C., area.


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Rice: Minimum wage bill set tone for cooperative work



After the success late last year in coordinating passage of a minimum wage bill among Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and the District of Columbia, leaders from local jurisdictions will meet periodically to address regional issues. Montgomery County Council President Craig L. Rice (D-

Dist. 2) of Germantown hosted the heads of the Prince George’s, Howard and Arlington county councils and the Washington, D.C., council on March 19 in Rockville, in the first of what leaders hope is an ongoing series of meetings. The event was a great discussion that centered on issues such as economic development and transportation, Rice said Monday. The different jurisdictions in the Washington area need to start approaching transportation from a more regional approach, he said. After the recession, more

collaboration is needed than in the past, when counties were more likely to tackle big projects on their own, he said. While Montgomery is planning a bus rapid transit system and Howard is also looking at the possibility of a similar system or light-rail project, there hasn’t been any discussion about collaborating despite the fact that commuters don’t stop at the county line, Rice said. Rice said the group hopes to meet every few months, and the next meeting could include looking at how to address issues facing returning veterans, such as providing workforce develop-

ment training and robust mental health services. The four jurisdictions are members of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, a group of counties and municipalities that stretches from Frederick County to Charles County, Md. and Prince William County, Va. Rice said in a release that the March 19 meeting was a chance for leaders to meet in a less formal environment than the group’s official meetings. He pointed to the coordination in November between officials in the District, Montgomery and Prince George’s in passing

minimum wage increases in each jurisdiction as a model for similar efforts in the future. Each of the jurisdictions will raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016 in the District and 2017 in Montgomery and Prince George’s. Calvin Ball, chairman of the Howard County Council, said collaboration would help jurisdictions figure out how to make their proposals more effective when they’re seeking more state and federal money. The coalition can also address issues such as economic development and environmental sustainability, Ball said.

Ball said he’d also be interested in looking at how the region can leverage its economic development abilities to attract companies looking to relocate. There will be times when it makes sense for a certain business to be located in one county or another, and the areas can compete to draw those businesses, he said. But if they’re looking to attract a certain industry or business, one office could be located in Howard and another in Montgomery, or some other combination that benefits multiple jurisdictions, he said.

Pollard: Montgomery College needs $8 million more from county Funds would go to new bioscience center, faculty




Montgomery College’s president said the school needs county money to staff a new bioscience center and add full-time faculty that County Executive Isiah Leggett did not include in his proposed operating budget. President DeRionne P. Pollard said Leggett recommended about $11 million more than the county gave the college this fiscal year. The college, however,

hoped for about $19 million more, for a total budget of $244.4 million, she said. The college plans to direct the extra $11 million toward increasing employee compensation and benefits, Pollard said. The salary increase in fiscal 2015 would be the second bump for college employees after there were furloughs in fiscal 2010 and no increases in fiscal years 2011 to 2013, she said. The remaining $8 million would go toward 38 staff positions in the college’s new Bioscience Education Center, which is set to open this fall on its Germantown campus. It also

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would pay for 13 new full-time faculty positions in various subjects, current nursing staff at the college’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus and marketing. On March 17, Leggett proposed a $4.97 billion operating budget for fiscal 2015 that marks a growth of 3.4 percent from the fiscal 2014 budget. The proposed budget provides more money for schools, police and programs for youth and seniors, including about $1.5 billion for Montgomery County Public Schools. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr has said he hopes the County Council agrees to fund the roughly $15 million Leggett did not include for the district. Pollard is also asking the council to fill its budget gap,

saying Montgomery College’s work is essential and the college needs to accommodate students from the county school system. The college needs the extra $8 million in part to pay for lab coordinators, information technology specialists, facilities staff and other positions to staff its new bioscience center, she said. The college already budgeted a tuition increase of $3 per credit hour for local residents, $6 per credit hour for state residents, and $9 per credit hour for outof-state residents. Without extra funding, Pollard said the college will consider a larger increase. Pollard said the 13 new fulltime faculty members would help the college fill and add faculty positions in disciplines such as math and science following

losses during the recession. The college wants about 60 percent of its courses taught by full-time faculty and the rest by part-time faculty, she said. In several disciplines, she said, “we are not at that ratio.” The extra money also would cover nursing program staff that the college previously funded through a state grant that expired, Pollard said. The college also would partially channel funds toward expanded community outreach efforts in response to changing demographics, she said. Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 15) of Germantown said council members will see what they can do to help support the college’s mission as they analyze funding requests.

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“It’s definitely a priority of mine when it comes to work force and economic development and also a core tenet of mine when it comes to education,” he said. County Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said bioscience center staff sounds like the most pressing need because the county wants the building fully used. On a possible tuition increase to help cover costs, Andrews said the county has helped the college keep its tuition “reasonable.” “We want to make sure that tuition at the college doesn’t reach a point where it becomes a barrier for a significant number of people to go to Montgomery College,” he said.


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Darnestown shelter helps people with mental illness



Homeless veterans suffering from mental illnesses will have a warm place to rest in Darnestown and a supportive living environment to get back on their feet. On March 19, the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless unveiled its newest Safe Havens program, which is aimed at serving homeless veterans with persistent mental illness. “It’s a new initiative for us — serving homeless veterans — and we’re very honored to be playing that role in Montgomery County,” said Susie SinclairSmith, the coalition’s executive director. The Department of Veterans Affairs Capitol Health Care Network — which includes the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., veterans affairs medical centers — recently awarded a grant to the coalition for low-barrier Safe Haven emergency housing for 15 homeless veterans. The nonprofit has secured funding for the program for one year. Funding can be renewed for up to five years. Low-barrier housing means residents only need to meet limited criteria. The Darnestown Road shelter is the first one to open. It can serve seven male veterans at one time, with the average length of stay hovering around six months. Three bedrooms can house two residents each and the fourth bedroom is for a single occupant. Three men, all veterans of the Vietnam War, currently live at the shelter. In mid-March, two were brought in from an emergency shelter and one came in off the streets, SinclairSmith said. The Department of Veterans Affairs processes the men’s referrals. Staffed around the clock, the program provides services such as medication monitoring, case management and skills develop-



Leah Lyons (right), a case manager with the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, leads a tour of the new Safe Haven emergency housing for homeless veterans in Darnestown on March 19.


The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless is providing emergency shelter for homeless veterans in this house on Darnestown Road in Darnestown. ment. “We work with residents at their pace,” said Nili Soni, the Safe Havens program director. Keshav Rai, the house manager, oversees medication monitoring and keeps up with day-to-day chores in the house, like grocery shopping. “I’m pretty much looking after the safety, well-being and security of the house,” he said. Aside from a kitchen, dining room and bedrooms, the home also has a “resource room,”


which has information such as the house rules, transportation schedules and community events. A computer has been set up in the room to aid residents with job and property searches,

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among other tasks, said Leah Lyons, the program’s case manager. Lyons said she tries to meet weekly with each resident to go over their specific needs and give them access to assistance, including local treatment centers. “The main areas with people coming in here ... you’re looking at homelessness, you’re looking at mental illness, you’re looking at substance abuse,” she said. “So those are three areas that we see that we are really trying to target.” With all of the resources provided, Sinclair-Smith hopes the veterans will have time to heal and regain their independence. “Because we’ve seen so many people in our Safe Havens program move on to permanent supportive housing ... we want the same for these veterans,” she said.

Bail was denied for the man charged in the killing of Marc St. Aubin, the 23-yearold found dead in his own driveway near Aspen Hill earlier this month. Tavon Antonio Miles, 26, of the 19600 block of Framingham Drive in Gaithersburg was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and armed robbery on Saturday. Montgomery County District Court Judge Karla N. Smith upheld his no-bail status Monday at a bail review hearing. Miles is being held at Montgomery County Detention Center pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 18. Police allege that Miles was part of a group of robbers who went to St. Aubin’s house in the 15800 block of Laughlin Lane looking for cash and marijuana the night of March 3. Despite the apparent motive, there was no history of calls or complaints about illegal activity at the home, Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Rebecca Innocenti said. The robbery sparked a scuffle that resulted in St. Aubin’s death and left Miles with a gunshot wound. An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled St. Aubin’s death as a homicide. According to a police news release, St. Aubin had blunt force injuries and a stab wound. People in the home at the time of the shooting moved him to the driveway


Tavon Antonio Miles was charged with first-degree murder, firstdegree burglary and armed robbery.

so he could be taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, police said in their release, other witnesses began to remove items from the house, including guns, a safe and suspected marijuana. Detectives are working to identify suspects. Shots were fired during the scuffle with the robbers, but it’s unclear who was shooting, Innocenti said. Miles was wounded by a .380-caliber bullet and had to be taken to the hospital. Police said a bullet found in his clothes matched those found at the scene. Detectives determined that all of the bullets recovered from the scene were fired from the same gun, Innocenti said. St. Aubin had a gun of the same caliber registered through Maryland. There was an empty gun holster along the small of his back when police found him dead, police said in a news release. Detectives have not recovered the gun. “It’s still unclear whether it was used in this crime at all,” Innocenti said. No attorney was listed for Miles in court records accessed online.


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Sheldon Shapiro of Shapiro & Duncan is pictured on March 10 at the company’s Landover facility. vinced him to change his mind. “In the construction industry there are a tremendous amount of opportunities,” Sheldon said. “People can do whatever they want to be able to do. It’s one of the few industries where you can really do what you want to.” Jerry said his father David did not want to expand the business but decided to pass it on to his

sons and give them the chance to build upon his success. “He saw that we wanted to grow the business and he thought it would be a good idea for himself to step down and give us the business and let us grow,” Jerry said. “It was great foresight on him.” As president, Jerry oversees pre-construction, estimating for bidding projects and business development. As CEO, Sheldon oversees operations, financials and continued improvement. As Sheldon put it, one brother gets the work in the door while the other makes sure the work gets done. This dynamic improves the brothers’ relationship as business partners. “It’s nice to have a partner,” Sheldon said. “The trust level is great.” “I wish I had two more brothers so I could do even more. It’s been great,” Jerry said. “We feed off each other and depend on each other to do what we do.” The company grew during each economic downturn, the Shapiros said, except dur-


Jerry and Sheldon Shapiro are businessmen, brothers, and practical jokesters. They have been known to hide office entrances with drywall or shrink an office to the size of a closet with cinder blocks. But when it comes to their life’s work — producing highquality HVAC and plumbing systems and training skilled employees — there’s no joking around. The Shapiro brothers own and operate Shapiro & Duncan, a Rockville-based commercial mechanical contractor that provides heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing services to construction projects. Major projects include INOVA Fairfax Hospital, the new Gaithersburg High School and the Warriors Transition Unit at Walter Reed. Three generations of Shapiros have worked in plumbing and mechanical contracting. The Shapiros’ grandfather, Jake Shapiro, operated a Washing-

ton, D.C., plumbing business, J. Shapiro Plumbing & Heating. Their parents, David and Marcia Shapiro, started Shapiro & Duncan in 1976 as a nonunion mechanical contracting company. David Shapiro added the name “Duncan” simply to differentiate the business from his father’s, the brothers said. When the brothers took over the company 20 years ago, Shapiro & Duncan had only 20 employees and completed $4 million in business annually. Today, the company employs more than 350 people and completes about $100 million in business annually. Although the brothers said it was “in their genes” to do this kind of work, neither brother aspired to join the family business or pursue careers in the construction industry. “I started college in 1978, and at that time construction was struggling,” Jerry said. “My father did not encourage me to go into the business, but working for him every summer I showed an interest, and when it was time to graduate, this is what I wanted to do.” Sheldon said the last thing he wanted to do was work for the family business, but the creativity of the construction industry con-

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Gerald “Jerry” Shapiro is a small-business owner who was recognized as the Small Business Leader of the Year by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. ing the last recession. Although the recession forced Shapiro & Duncan to lay off employees, the Shapiros took advantage of this time to focus on improving the business. They gained expertise in 3-D modeling and continued to develop their pipe prefabrication systems, which are housed in a former Giant Food warehouse in Landover. The pipe prefabrication process has been essential to Shapiro & Duncan’s success, the brothers said. Before prefabrication, construction workers and plumbers would need to gather all of the supplies needed to build a pipe system and put it together piece by piece at the construction site. With prefabrication, a system of pipes is constructed off-site. The entire unit is delivered to a project site and then installed by connecting it to other pipe systems. Prefabricating pipes has helped Shapiro & Duncan win project bids and secure contracts, said Mark Drury, the vice president of business development for the company. “It was a big cultural

change,” Drury said. “There was a lot of fear that it would eliminate jobs but instead it allowed us to do more work and hire more people and work more effectively, efficiently and safely.” One of the most significant projects completed by Shapiro & Duncan in Montgomery County was the new Gaithersburg High School, which was less than 50 percent complete when they arrived. The brothers believe they have worked on projects at every school in Montgomery County. Jerry, who was named the Small Business Leader of the Year by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in November, said passing the business on to his children is a possible plan for the future, but not yet. “We don’t know if they’re going to want to do that or be ready to do that, but it’s going to keep me here to make sure I can give them that opportunity,” Jerry said. “It’s not a formal plan yet, but it’s a possible plan. It’s a 10-year process to see if it’s something they can do.”


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Council hopeful says Emerge Maryland class gave her confidence to seek office BY


Although she’s been politically active for more than two decades, until this year, Beth Daly had never run for office. Daly, 51, of Dickerson, said she’s always been active in other people’s political campaigns, but had never even run for student body president or class treasurer. In June 2013, Daly was one of 21

graduates from the inaugural class of Emerge Maryland, a group dedicated to helping women seek and win public office. During the six-month training, members learned about areas such as fundraising, field work and using social media to help campaigns. Now Daly is putting the training to use running as an at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council. She said her experience in Emerge Maryland gave her the confidence to mount her race to seek one of the four at-large seats on the nine-member council. Daly listed her main issues as responsible growth, affordable housing, schools and libraries, environmental

issues and traffic and transportation. She’s especially bothered by the number of portable classrooms at the county’s schools, which she said is Skolnick emblematic of the current council’s habit of approving development without considering all the possible ramifications on resources such as schools and roads. Daly said she’s not anti-development, but believes the county needs to do a better job of looking at projects more critically and negotiating with developers to get concessions

to possibly lessen the impact on the county. Running for one of four at-large seats makes it easier for her to sell her positions to voters, because she doesn’t have to persuade them to vote against a specific incumbent as she would in a district race, she said. She said she thinks she’s qualified to represent the whole county as an atlarge candidate. A former staff member for former Ohio Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (D), she lived in Bethesda and Kensington for 10 years before moving to Dickerson, where she’s lived for 14 years. With the upcounty region growing fast, at least one of the at-large members should live in there, Daly said.

Current at-large council members George L. Leventhal (D), Marc Elrich (D) and Hans Riemer (D) live in Takoma Park, while Nancy Floreen (D) lives in Garrett Park. Daly said she’d also like to join Floreen and Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring as the only women on the council once Councilwoman Cherri Branson (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring leaves at the end of her term in December. Branson was appointed in January to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Councilwoman Valerie Ervin and agreed not to run in the 2014 election as part of her appointment.

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Shelly Skolnick realizes the odds are against him. As a Republican running for an at-large council seat in heavily-Democratic Montgomery County, Skolnick knows he’ll have to reach moderates and non-traditional Republican voters to get his message across. In Montgomery, registered

Democrats outnumber the more vote Republican. than 125,000 registered RepubliHe will also be standing at cans nearly three-to-one. Metro stations and busy interBut Skolnick said sections to present a lot of independents himself to voters and and political modertell them about his ates are registered as ideas. Democrats, so they Those include can vote in the party’s pushing for a repeal primary. of the state’s mainteRepublicans need nance of effort laws for to employ a “big tent” schools, which require Skolnick strategy to get officials counties to contribelected in Montgomery, he said. ute at least the same amount of Skolnick, 70, of Silver Spring, funding per student from year said he is trying to reach minori- to year. ties, union workers and other The law is a deterrent from groups who may not usually spending on schools because it

raises the bar each year for what has to be spent, he said. “I just think it’s a foolish law,” he said. Skolnick also would turn the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on roadways such as Interstate 270 into toll lanes. Tolls would depend on the time of day. He also proposes using public-private partnerships to create indoor waiting facilities for bus riders and encourage people to use public transportation. If the county is serious about getting people out of their cars and onto public transit, it need to make it attractive, he said.

He envisions a pilot program of travel centers with features such as take-out restaurants, coffee shops and wireless Internet access for passengers waiting to ride commuter buses. The centers also could be used to create hubs for the RideOn bus service at the Lakeforest and Montgomery malls and Glenmont and Shady Grove Metro stations. They could be expanded to shopping centers and other areas if they’re successful, he said. Skolnick finished third in a Republican primary for Maryland’s 8th District in Congress

in 2012. He is one of four Republicans running for four at-large council seats in the June 24 primary, along with Robert Dyer, Chris P. Fiotes Jr. and Adol T. Owen-Williams II. All four will advance to the Nov. 4 general election. The council’s four at-large seats are currently held by George L. Leventhal of Takoma Park, Marc Elrich of Takoma Park, Nancy Floreen of Garrett Park and Hans Riemer of Takoma Park, all of whom are running for re-election in a Democratic primary.

Montgomery gubernatorial candidates cancel on students in Rockville Forum only attended by GOP candidates



Students hosting a gubernatorial form at the Universities at Shady Grove got stood up Monday by all but one candidate for governor and one for lieutenant governor. Heather R. Mizeur (D), Douglas F. Gansler (D), David R. Craig (R) and Charles Lollar (R) were all scheduled to speak at the forum. But only Craig and Lollar’s

running mate, Ken Timmerman (R), showed. Mizeur and Gansler — the two Montgomery County residents in the race — both had last-minute scheduling conflicts that forced them to cancel on the students Monday morning, their campaign representatives said. “I wasn’t expecting lastminute cancellations. I was being too optimistic,” said Carlos Moya, president of the Political Science Student Organization at USG, which hosted the event. “But I know that politics can get in the way. I am hoping we can have another forum.” Moya said the organiza-

account for their record,” Timmerman said in his opening speech. When asked later, he said it would have been good to exchange points of view, to hear what other candidates had to say. At least with Craig and for Lollar, the students and community members who attended were informed of where those candidates and their running mates stand on issues, said Alfredo Ballon, past president of the Political Science Students Organization. “We understand,” he said of the cancellations. “We were sad to hear they could not make it,

but we are thankful that both County Executive Craig and lieutenant governor [candidate] Timmerman were here.” Students questioned Craig and Timmerman on a broad set of issues ranging from education, marijuana legalization and the minimum wage, to the state budget shortfall, taxes and transportation. As a Harford County executive, Craig said, he has lowered taxes, grew jobs and also maintained programs. “It can be done,” he said. Timmerman promised that if Lollar is elected, their administration would phase out the


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tion hosted the forum with the intent to have both parties represented. He said they invited all the candidates running for governor in 2014 to participate. He also said he would like to try again to host a forum where Democratic candidates for governor can attend. Lollar was unable to attend because he was out of town. Timmerman did not pass on the opportunity to criticize the Democrats who canceled on the students Monday morning. “I’m a bit disappointed some of our Democratic adversaries, opponents, colleagues did not show up this morning to




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Continued from Page A-1 pert — Danny Glazier. On Jan. 25, Brotherhood Brewing gathered on Cuginis patio with Smith and bar patrons, brewing the winning beer. To make Fire Drill, Danny said, they steeped the grains in near-boiling water, and over several hours added in hops and malt every 20 to 40 minutes. Finally you “pitch the yeast,” to begin the fermentation process, Danny said. Over the next month, the beer ferments and gets bottle conditioned, during which “basically it’s carbonating itself in the bottle,” he said. For flavor and heat, during the fermentation process “we just peeled the ginger, crushed it, then sliced up the habanero and put them in,” creating a piquant single-hop pale ale. Danny called it a mild pale ale, with a touch of bitterness and spice. “It’s not overly spicy. It kind of burns on the way down a little,” he said. Smith said, “It was tasty, a little bit of fiery bite to it. I think it would be great with some sushi.” For winning at the county

level, Widmer will throw a party at Cuginis this spring, and gave the bar a beer brewing kit. Now the habanero ginger pale ale is in New Hampshire, where judges at Red Hook Brewery, another brewery in the Craft Brew Alliance, will choose the best home-brew among Fire Drill, three other Maryland brews and one from Washington, D.C. The winner will be announced April 2 at the Hops N Tots Hoppy Hour at the Maritime Museum in Annapolis. If Fire Drill wins, Stull and Danny will go to New Hampshire to brew the beer at Red Hook for limited release sale at Cuginis. Turning the homespun batches into a business piques Danny’s interest, but is still a long way off if the group ever decided to do that, he said. For now he said he will continue to build Poolesville’s beer empire through Cuginis, and brewing in his backyard in Frederick. During the past five years, Danny has stocked an arsenal of morethan70craftbeersatCuginis, making it a local hot spot for beer. “I’m there at least two, maybe three times a week,” Ken Barger said. “It seems like weekly [the bar is] having an event with either a local brew-


Danny Glazier’s “Fire Drill,” a habanero ginger pale ale.

ery or a craft brew specialist.” The bar is hosting a pint night with Kona Brewing on April 18. Barger said these events have begun to draw crowds of craftbeer seekers from outside the small town. Often, “it’s standing room only,” he said. And patrons who try more than 50 different beers can say they’ve conquered the Cuginis 50 Notch Challenge, and show it off with a free T-shirt.



30-year normal, with January, February and March all considerably colder. Leffler said his interest in weather dates to his childhood. After studying it in college, he landed a job with the National Weather Service. Almost a decade later, he volunteered to run the weather station now in his backyard. Leffler is a Montgomery County resident of 58 years and has been reporting weather since the early 1970s. He said other than his wife, Dee, and the equipment used for observing the weather, there is not much help in dayto-day operations. “For a volunteer job, it’s quite a bit of work,” Leffler

County agreed to pay Ali’s family $450,000, a settlement to a $150 million lawsuit Ali’s father and sister filed in 2012. The ACLU was not involved with the case. “If the police officer had a defibrillator, Mr. Ali would have lived and there would have been no lawsuit,” Mage said. Montgomery County police Capt. Paul Starks said 40 to 50 Montgomery County squad cars have automated external defibrillators, or AEDs. The county plans to add more each year until every marked police car has one. “We think this is a worthwhile effort,” said Starks, a department spokesman. But state Del. Ana Sol Gutiérrez (D-Dist. 18) of Chevy Chase said the county is moving too slowly. Gutiérrez, a board member of the Montgomery County ACLU, prepared a bill that would require that any law enforcement vehicle on patrol in the county — regardless of where the agency is based — be

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A student is walked to Bethesda Elementary School during Tuesday’s snowfall.

said. “So I wouldn’t be doing it unless I enjoyed it.” Leffler’s weather observation station is part of the National Weather Service’s Cooperative Observer Program, and there are more than 8,000 similar volunteer-run stations across the country.

SEASON’S STATS 2013-14 snowfall totals by month in comparison to their 30-year averages (in inches). n December 2013: 9.4 30-year average: 6.4

2013-14 Temperature averages compared with 30-year averages (degrees in Fahrenheit). n December 2013: 37.2 30-year average: 35.3

n January 2014: 14.3 30-year average: 9.2 n February 2014: 28.3 30-year average: 10.8 n March 2014: 18.9 (as of 4 p.m. Tuesday) 30-year average: 4.0 n Total 2013-14: 71.0 inches 30-year average: 31.2 inches

n January 2014: 26.3 30-year average: 30.8


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n February 2014: 30.8 30-year average: 34.3

Greg Lattimer, an attorney representing the family members who filed the civil suit, said Wednesday the family was “relieved” at the outcome. “A trial would have meant sitting in the court room listening to how your family member died, which is extremely trau-

n March 2014: 35.9 30-year average: 42.2

Data are from Robert J. Leffler in Damascus.

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“It’s not overly spicy. It kind of burns on the way down a little,” says Danny Glazier of his Fire Drill habanero ginger pale ale. He is shown with Barbara Stull, owner of Cuginis Restaurant and Bar of Poolesville, where he’s a bartender. equipped with an AED. She said police would have three years to equip on-duty vehicles. “Time is of the essence,” Gutiérrez said during a hearing for the bill in February. “After 10 minutes, after cardiac arrest, whatever you do is not going to be able to save a life or prevent serious damage.” According to the National Institutes of Health, AEDs are portable devices that can send an electric shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm after sudden cardiac arrest, or heart failure. A built-in computer checks a victim’s heart rhythm through adhesive electrodes. The computer calculates whether defibrillation is needed and tells the rescuer whether to push the shock button to jump-start the heart. Citing a police report, Mage said police who arrested Ali in 2010 did not have an AED and it took Montgomery County Fire & Rescue personnel 10 minutes to arrive at the scene. Starks said personnel tried to use an AED on Ali when they arrived, but backed off after getting a “do not shock” reading. He was unable to corroborate how long

it took MCFRS to arrive. All MCFRS units are equipped with AEDs or a cardiac monitor defibrillator. Montgomery County police were among several agencies to oppose Gutiérrez’s bill. Law enforcement complained that the bill was an unfunded mandate and would cause logistical problems to implement and enforce, particularly for agencies that operate in more than one county. “One of the major issues that we are concerned with is that there’s no funding attached to this current legislation and really no incremental implementation plan,” Capt. Bob Bolesta said during the hearing. Bolesta directs Montgomery County police’s special operations division, which oversees distribution of AEDs. He said the department wants to equip police cars with defibrillators within three years. According to his testimony at the hearing, equipping the police department’s 926 vehicles with defibrillators would cost more than $2 million. Takoma Park Police Chief Alan M. Goldberg said equipping its 42 police cars with AEDs would cost $70,000 — a strain

on the city if they all had to be implemented at once. The ACLU argued that lessexpensive units would cut the cost in half, but local police leaders said they prefer buying the same units MCFRS uses. Last month, after Gaithersburg-based Rescue One Training for Life donated 100 AEDs to Laurel, city officials said the machines would be placed in all police cars, city facilities and some other city vehicles. Gutiérrez said her bill is unlikely to pass this session. She’s proposed similar legislation before, but it has failed. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett set aside $70,000 for 30 more police AEDs in his proposed fiscal year 2015 budget, which begins July 1, 2014. Gutiérrez said this was good news. “If it can be done without a bill, that’s fine with me,” she said. “I just think that it needs to be made a priority.” Ultimately, Mage said, taxpayers wind up paying for the county’s lack of AEDs through civil suits.

matic,” Lattimer said. On Oct. 10, 2010, a Montgomery County police patrol officer found Ali, 65, of the 11600 block of Lockwood Drive in Silver Spring, lying unresponsive in an apartment stairwell, The Gazette reported. The officer tried to move Ali from the stairwell after attempts to get his attention didn’t work but this spurred a struggle between Ali and the police. An-

other officer arrived, but police alleged that Ali continued to resist attempts to be moved outside. In an attempt to subdue Ali, police pepper sprayed him and used a handheld Taser device on him. The lawsuit claimed that Ali suffered broken ribs, contusions, abrasions and bruises from the encounter with police. Police told The Gazette in 2010 that Ali was examined by medical personal after he was hit by the Taser and pepper sprayed. They treated him and left, only to be called back moments later after Ali lost consciousness in the back of a police transport van. Ali was rushed to Holy Cross hospital, where he died days later, according to the court records. On Oct. 15, 2012, Ali’s sister Renee Coates and his father, Cicero Satterfield, filed a wrongful death suit against Montgomery County, seeking $145 million. The lawsuit claimed Ali’s rights were violated by police who re-

sponded to a mentally disabled man with brutality, according to federal court records. The lawsuit named the county and “several” unidentified 3rd District officers as defendants. Lattimer said the family suffered another blow after Ali’s death. Satterfield, a Takoma Park resident and a Tuskeegee Airmen, died June 6, 2013. Satterfield and Ali were close. “He was never the same after his son died,” Lattimer said. Cpt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County police spokesman, said the department reviewed the use of force in the case of Ali, but said he couldn’t attribute the specific incident to changes in police procedure. The county attorney defended police policies. “In our view, the policies in place with respect to the use of force are sound and based on nationally recognized standards,” Hansen said.

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The snowy winter took its toll on business at Laytonsville Golf Course, says General Manager Matt Jarvis. U.S. Open, has been available to its more than 400 members about 35 percent of the first twoand-a-half months.

Multimillion-dollar impact Maryland’s public and private golf courses have a direct impact on the economy of about $727 million annually, factoring in membership and green fees, maintenance, sales of clubs, shoes and other items, according to a 2011 study by research institute SRI International for the Maryland Golf Alliance. The total rises to $1.3 billion with indirect impacts such as tourism. “Golf brings visitors to the state, drives new construction and residential development, generates retail sales and creates demand for a myriad of goods and services,” the SRI report says. The National Golf Foundation recently reported that the sport’s recovery from the recession is precarious and affected by the weather. In 2013, the number of rounds played nationally dropped 4.9 percent from 2012. Good weather was a key reason for a 5.7 percent national jump in

rounds played in 2012 from 2011, the foundation reported. Montgomery County is in danger of losing Tiger Woods’ AT&T National, which has been at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda most years since 2007. The 2009 event saw its highest weeklong attendance, of about 194,000 spectators, and generated an estimated $29.1 million in direct and indirect spending in the county, according to a study commissioned by the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development. Members of the 90-yearold Congressional are voting through March 31 on a proposal that could stage the event at the Bethesda course in 2016, 2018 and 2020 and at an unspecified venue in 2015, 2017 and 2019. One other Montgomery County possibility is TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, which was a regular stop on the PGA tour for more than a decade and last hosted the Booz Allen Classic in 2006. Montgomery Country Club has done well hosting the PGA qualifiers, but likely could not handle the parking and logistical challenges of a major PGA tour-

nament, Woodruff said. The club has had good turnouts for dinners and other events so far this year, and fortunately has not suffered tree damage, Woodruff said. But the maintenance crew can’t do much when there are consistent snowfalls, he said. “We can hasten the snow’s departure somewhat by taking care of the greens,” Woodruff said. “But, overall, we pretty much have to let nature run its course.” Laytonsville Golf Course got in a U.S. Kids Golf Foundation tournament on Sunday before another snowstorm happened Monday. “The last couple of kids’ groups finished up while it was flurrying, but they did finish,” Jarvis said. “It was nice to see people out playing and having fun again. You can tell that people are itching to get back out.” The snow doesn’t hurt the condition of the course. In fact, the lack of traffic gives it a nice rest, Jarvis said. “But we’re ready for that rest to be over,” he said.

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In the first 2½ months this year, Laytonsville Golf Course was open for business about 25 percent of the time. Last year, during a much milder winter, the par-71 course was open about 85 percent of the time in the first 11 weeks. “The snow has absolutely affected the golf course, from a rounds and revenue standpoint,” said General Manager Matt Jarvis. Last year, about 42,000 rounds of golf were played at the Laytonsville course; this year, it likely will be in the 35,000 to 39,000 range, he said. The story is similar at the eight other public golf courses operated under the Montgomery County Revenue Authority, a public corporation that oversees the courses, Montgomery County Airpark and other amenities. In fiscal 2012, the nine county-run golf courses — which range from Falls Road in Potomac to Little Bennett in Clarksburg — had revenue of about $16.0 million, according to MCRA figures. That was up from $14.8 million in 2011 and $15.1 million in 2010. The snow impact story also is a common theme at the array of private courses in the county and statewide. “This has been a very uncharacteristic winter for the mid-Atlantic region,” said Tim Woodruff, general manager for the private Montgomery Country Club off Md. 108, north of Olney. “Generally, we miss a few days in the winter months, since the snow melts after a storm. This winter, as soon as it melts, we get hit again.” The par-72 course, which has hosted PGA qualifying tournaments for the Kemper Open and

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The Maryland House of Delegates on March 17 approved a measure that business advocates say would make state regulations easier to deal with. Under the bill, regulations would be released quarterly, rather than letting agencies release changes on a daily basis. The Senate passed its own version earlier in March. The bills are being reviewed by legislative committees. The House Health and Government Operations Committee scheduled a hearing on the issue for Wednesday. Having regulations released on a more predictable schedule, four times a year, will help greatly, rather an overload of new and altered regulations on a daily basis, said Katie Maloney, a lobbyist for the Maryland State Builders Association. “It’s important that businesses have the opportunity to have not only notice of new regulations, but have some sort of transition,” Maloney said. Dealing with regulations is among the three top concerns of members of the National Federation of Independent Business, said Jessica Cooper, director of the organization’s Maryland operations. “It’s a big concern for small business,” Cooper said. “This bill will help make Maryland more small-business friendly.” Del. Sam Arora (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring, who filed the House version with Del. Nicholaus R. Kipke (R-Dist. 31) of Pasadena, said it was essentially the same as one the House and Senate passed last year. Those bills were not voted on in opposite chambers before the 2013 legislative session ended, so they failed. “Having a lot of regulations is not necessarily a bad thing; it means we care about how our laws are administered,” Arora said during a recent hearing. The bill is “just adding a measure of predictability.” The bill would allow for regulations to be released more often in certain cases, such as those considered to be emergency situations and required by federal law. The Senate version was filed by Sen. Ronald N. Young (D-Dist. 3) of Frederick. State agencies made 2,391 non-emergency regulatory changes in 2013, about 22 percent more than in 2012, according to the Maryland Register.


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EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Wootton High singers and dancers in ‘Hairspray’


Yi-Cheng Chen, an architect with Grimm and Parker in Calverton, looks on as high school students work on an elementary school site design during a break-out session at the Young Professionals Conference on Thursday at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville.

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Students stood around an elementary school site plan, moving cutouts of classrooms, the cafeteria, the gym, playing fields and other elements of a school, working to fit everything on the site in a well-ordered pattern. They were high school students interested in architecture and design, learning firsthand some of the things architects and engineers have to consider when designing a school. Site planning was just one of the opportunities Montgomery County public school students, mostly high school juniors, had while participating in workplace scenarios at the 13th annual Young Professionals Conference on

Thursday at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. One of the conference sponsors, the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education, “is all about connecting students and the outside world,” said Nikki Malcolm, program manager for the group. “These students are on a chosen career pathway and we bring them businesses from the community.” The conference was also sponsored by Montgomery County Public Schools, the Universities at Shady Grove and Montgomery College. Participants also spent time learning from businesses that included law, teaching, finance, information technology, biosciences, broadcast media and hospitality, all career pathways programs offered in county high schools. It was an opportunity for the students to ask questions of professionals in a field they might pursue, learn about the education required and the

variety of experiences each profession offers. Hanna Berhane, a junior at Wheaton High School, said she is studying both aerospace engineering and digital engineering this year. She isn’t sure about her future career but found the presentation by architects from Grimm and Parker Architects in Calverton, interesting. “It was really interactive,” she said. “I liked that they gave us a challenge to work on.” The event was organized like a real business conference, Malcolm said, with a keynote speaker, break-out sessions and a networking lunch. Thomas Perry, general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center in Washington, D.C., was the keynote speaker, encouraging the students to make the most of their time and giving a few words of advice while sharing his own story. “It’s important for you all to understand you have

to work hard,” he said. “The person who will have the most success is the person who makes the most of the 86,400 seconds in the day.” He also told the students that they would only be as good as the people they spent their time with and encouraged them to find older people to learn from. “If you’re 16 years old, you cannot learn everything about life from another 16-year-old,” he said. “If you want to learn about life, find someone ten years older than you who is doing what you want to do and hang out with them.” Fredy Calderon, a senior at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, said he was impressed by Perry’s talk and thought it was a great way to start the conference. He wants to pursue a career in law. Lawyers get incomplete information and have to fill in the blanks, he said, “I find it interesting,” he said, “That’s what I like to do.”

Wootton High School students will perform the Broadway musical “Hairspray” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; at 2 p.m. Sunday; at 7:30 p.m. April 4 and 5; and at 2 p.m. April 6. The school is at 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville. More than 150 students, including actors, musicians and crew, along with a team of teachers and community members, are involved in presenting “Hairspray,” set in Baltimore in the 1960s. “It’s one of the rare shows that has a tremendous amount of featured roles and the music is just so good,” said director Jessica Speck. “You cannot get away from how great this music is. It’s so catchy.” Tickets, at $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved seating, can be purchased at schooltix. org/wootton. For more information, call 301-279-8550.

Nursery school director celebrates 25 years Karen Gerton lives in a time warp of sorts. As director of B’nai Israel Congregation’s Schilit Nursery School for the last 25 years, she says that though she gets older, the kids do not. She always works with preschoolers ages 15 months through 5 years. “The kids are the same. They come in with smiles and are happy and love to be here,” Gerton said. B’nai Israel honored Gerton with a March 8 celebration attended by more than 350 people that included entertainment by comedian Kevin Meaney. “It was an overwhelming experience,” Gerton said of the celebration. “ My whole life converged.” Gerton said the biggest surprise of the evening was the people who came representing families from her 25 years at the school. She started at the Rockville nursery school in 1989, teaching

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3-year-olds three days a week. After seven years, the director retired and she applied for the job because she said it was something she wanted to do eventually and she didn’t know when the opportunity would come up again. When she took over, there were 55 children in the program, all in half-day classes. Now there are 120 students in programs ranging from parentchild classes to pre-K classes for 4- and 5-year-olds. The school, Gerton said, is a place of community for the students and their parents. “It’s a community where [parents] meet people and establish friendships,” she said. “A common theme is they met friends and stayed friends. It warms my heart when people say that.” After 25 years, Gerton said she has no plans to retire. The celebration in her honor is an example of why she stays. “It was wonderful,” she said, “It touched my heart. That’s why I don’t leave. As much as I love being here, they love me too.”

Registration underway for pre-K, Head Start Registration has begun for Montgomery County Public Schools prekindergarten and Head Start classes for the 2014-15 school year. The programs are for incomeeligible children who will be 4 by Sept. 1. They provide services such as preschool education, health and social services, and parent engagement for lowincome families, including those whose children have disabilities. Limited Head Start openings also are available at Montgomery College’s Rockville campus for parents receiving Working Parents Assistance or Purchase of Care child care subsidies. These classes are open to children who turn 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. Walk-in applications are accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Rocking Horse Road Center, 4910 Macon Road, Room 141, Rockville. Parents also can register their children at other community locations.


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

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1,638 320 19.5 11 338 1995 25.2 26.2 2006 26.7 24.7

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Principal James Koutsos said the school’s 11 portable classrooms have created a larger building footprint. “We have a bit more base to kind of monitor and supervise,” he said. Overall, Koutsos said, the school has adjusted well to the extra students. Hallways and stairwells can accommodate students, he said, and the added enrollment has not affected extracurricular groups, some of which have used off-campus sites to meet prior to the student population growth. With more students, Koutsos said, there’s “more diversity, more variety, more opportunity.” An addition to the school is slated for completion by August 2015, he said. DATA FOR 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS


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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Pre-Operative Spine Class, from 2-3 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Spine patients – lower, mid-back and neck (cervical) – learn about pre-operative preparation and post-operative care prior to surgery. Registration required. Free.


Kohlenburg The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of William and Kathryn Kohlenburg extend warm congratulations and love in celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Married on April 6, 1944, at Grace Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, they have resided in their Gaithersburg home for 68 years and look forward to many more.

Korzeniowska, Nason Mansoor and Aileen Nason of Olney announce the engagement of their son, Seth Nason, to Ewa Korzeniowska, daughter of Grazyna and Wieslaw Korzeniowski of Poland. The prospective groom graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 2001 and in 2005 graduated from The United States Military Academy. Captain Nason is a POW/MIA Rccovery Team Leader at Joint Base, Pearl Harbor/Hickam in Hawaii. The bride-to be graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is currently at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Nurse Anesthetist program. A May 2014 wedding in Hawaii is planned.

Eyes Wide Open, from 1-2 p.m. at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville. Learn about eye diseases and problems that can occur in the senior population. Dr. Neal Adams will describe the signs and symptoms of common vision conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome and refraction problems that become more evident as we age. Free.

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 Safe Sitter, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Jane E. Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase. 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.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 The Power of Food for Your Health, from 1:30-3 p.m. at

Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Dr. Eva Hausner and Dr. Mary DuPont will discuss the power of whole food nutrition and healthy lifestyle to prevent disease and to stay healthy. There will be a doctors’ Q&A panel included at the end of the health seminar. Free registration at:

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 Body Balance Yoga - Beginner at MedStar Montgomery,

10:30-11:30 a.m. Sundays, from March 30 to May 4 at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Phillip Drive, Olney. Yoga is an ancient and systematic approach to good health and well-being that helps to reduce stress, improve concentration and develop strength, flexibility and balance. $60. For more information, visit www.

MONDAY, MARCH 31 Basic First Aid and CPR, from 6-10 p.m., March 31 to April 1, at Suburban Hospital, Lambert Building (Second Floor), 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Receive instruction for Adult CPR, treatment of bleeding, burns, broken bones and more. For lay people who require CPR credential documentation. $85.

RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Golds-

boro Road, Bethesda, will present a special Lenten Sermon Series to April 13 (Palm Sunday) based on Adam Hamilton’s book, “24 Hours That Changed the World.” Based on the author’s travels in the Holy Land and other sources, the book helps readers experience the final day of Jesus’ life and understand it’s significance. Sunday service starts at 10 a.m. www.

Littman, Brown Ellen-Sue and Neal Brown announce the wedding of their son, Mark Jared Brown of North Laurel, to Heidi Allison Littman on Oct. 13, 2013, at the Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, Calif. Heidi is the daughter of Wendy and Joel Littman of Sunnyvale, Calif., and the granddaughter of Gladys and Jacob Angel of Elk Grove, Calif., and Muriel Littman of Menlo Park, Calif. The bride is a 2000 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and received a master’s degree in musical performance from the University of Maryland. She is a musician in the Washington area. The groom graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a master’s degree in information systems from Johns Hopkins University. He is a manager with Infosnap in Bethesda. After a honeymoon in Thailand, they reside in Laurel.

The Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover, 8801 Ardwick

Oakley, Mueller Michaela Oakley and Michael Mueller were married on Sept. 21, 2013, at Stone Manor in Middletown. The bride is the daughter of Patty and Terry Oakley of Montgomery Village. The groom is the son of Fred Mueller of Tampa, Fla., and Robin Harrington of Gaithersburg. The ceremony and reception were celebrated with close friends and family followed by a honeymoon in Saint Lucia. The couple currently resides in Gaithersburg.

Ardmore Road, Landover, will present the full stage play, “It Is Finished,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18. Admission is free.

ONGOING Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink

Road, Gaithersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on first Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through




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Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,

Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley 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.

Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church

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Someone else’s money

In County Executive Isiah Leggett’s $4.97 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2015, he offers Montgomery County Public Schools $1.5 billion in county money. By Maryland law, a county must pay its school system at least the same amount, per pupil, year to year — the so-called maintenance of effort law. The Leggett budget proposal ends up with $26 million more than state funding minimums. That means, if the budget passes, the county has a new floor for school funding. It’s not just an increase for current taxpayers, but an increase that future taxpayers have to carry as well. The school system will argue that it needs that $26 million. In fact, the Montgomery County Board of Education says it needs $15 million on top of that. But lay aside the question of need, and instead focus directly on the question of policy. Crafted 30 years ago, maintenance of effort prevents the state’s 24 jurisdictions from collecting state education aid, then reshuffling those dollars so the money ends up paying for

some other program. But all those years ago, recessions never came with capital R’s. Though the economy always has had stretches of anemic growth, no one could foresee a bust in housing, which fuels the majority of local government revenue. So, as a matter of running a government, maintenance of effort takes education out of the discussion when leaders need to weigh priorities. Granted, no one can dream of a time when educating our children won’t be a major priority. Then again, no one could foresee a time when owning a home wasn’t a good investment. On this side of the Great Recession, maybe Montgomery County should be more gun-shy in how it commits its public money. Sure, Montgomery has a highly ranked school system. Its teachers are first rate, and the test scores are better than most. But Leggett’s budget — presented during an election year — isn’t just spending the money of this year’s taxpayers. He’s spending future generations’ money.

The ‘House’ shouldn’t always win

First came the hissy fit, then the schmooze. “House of Cards,” the addictively popular Netflix series about rough-andtumble politics, is playing bad lobbyist, good lobbyist in Annapolis these days. The end game is tax breaks, aka free money. After threatening to abandon Maryland if its financial demands weren’t met, the series tried a softer touch, sending its star, Kevin Spacey, to rub elbows with politicos in Annapolis on Friday. “House of Cards” isn’t the only show or movie produced in Maryland in recent years, but it has become the pouting face of the state’s film tax credit fund. For fiscal years 2012 through 2014, the state could award up to $7.5 million in film tax credits each year. “House of Cards” was one of the beneficiaries. A state Department of Business and Economic Development report says that to retain “House of Cards” and “Veep,” another series, the legislature in 2013 boosted the tax credit fund to $32.5 million for three years. Not surprisingly, those credits were gobbled up. For its first season in 2012, “House of Cards” received a tax credit of $11.7 million, but reportedly had an economic impact of more than $138 million, spending at more than 1,800 Maryland businesses, not to mention local technicians and actors it hired (temporarily). For season 2, “House of

Cards” was approved for another $15 million. For season 3 in 2015, the production qualified for $15 million, but was approved for $4 million, according to DBED. That’s where it gets ugly. Early this year, a film production executive wrote to state leaders demanding more tax-break money. Otherwise, the company will “break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state,” the letter says. Last week, Spacey charmed a packed room of legislators, relatives and staffers at a private reception at an Annapolis bar. Pass a bill with a higher tax credit, he gently urged them. posted a photo album of giddy pols posing for photos with Spacey. This is not how economic development should be — awed legislators who control the purse strings, straining for their brush with a star. It looks and feels unseemly. We’re leery of the potential for puffed-up economic numbers and wonder why there’s so much fawning over jobs that are here for short bursts, then go away. Who is asking: Could this tax-credit money be used just as well, or better, some other way? Most of all, we’re turned off by strong-arm politics. Glitz or not, this is just another business grabbing what it can. Don’t give in; let the “Cards” fall where they may.

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Deer problem shows we take care of trees too well Recently, letters to the editor have appeared in The Gazette about the loss of deer habitat and blame urban development. Good habitat includes the following — clean air, clean water, the right soils for the right vegetation for food, shelter and protection from predators. In reality, we need a diversity of growth in our forests because different animals utilize different forest environments. Let us focus on one important factor about our urban deer habitat. The trees in our federal, state and local parks, state and national forests, the wooded common areas of urban developments and flood plains have not been cut for years. The tall trees block the sun from reaching the forest floor and the weeds and invasive species of vegetation thwart this as well since they choke out new plants. By preventing fires that eliminate these weeds and leaf and tree debris that have accumulated on the ground we have actually neglected the forest habitat because these fires are necessary to improve the soil and

enable seeds to sprout and grow into new trees to replace the aging forest. Forestry experts recommend that 10 percent of a forest needs to be in transition each year thereby creating a diversity of forest heights. The sad fact about our mature forest canopy is that we have protected the trees in our parks and urban forests so well that they do not provide the right food for deer and other animals at the level they can reach nor is the food they need readily available in the quantities they require to survive and be healthy. When food supplies are limited, deer are forced to leave the wooded areas for cropland or go to housing developments and neighborhoods with hedge level food for them to eat in order to live. However, this movement puts them in danger of vehicular interaction. Deer cannot feed on tall trees — they must have large quantities of saplings and younger softer limbs and twigs to munch on. It is essential to have this type of food available nearby their bedding areas in

the wintertime when snow may restrict traveling. They need dense stands of low timber for protection from wind and other weather. Oak trees yield food and cover but as they age, oak trees produce fewer acorns which deer and many other animals utilize as a primary food source in preparation for winter. Also, since some oak tree species produce acorns every other year, and if they are the only oak trees in that area, there is limited amounts of food to eat during alternate years which again forces deer to leave their wooded areas for food. We need to look carefully at our woodland habitat. Science-based management of our forests is essential. “Protecting” the trees by prohibiting any action by man to is actually detrimental and shortsighted. Yes, urban growth is going to happen and needs to be closely monitored but habitat improvement and careful management in all our forests is required in order for animals to have a great place to live.

Mark Gochnour, Germantown

Maryland needs to ban fracking Maryland must ban hydraulic fracking and the exporting of liquefied gas, standing as a profile in courage, not intimidated by a rush to export LNG to combat Russia’s recent threats to stop supplying gas to Ukraine and Europe. Several nations including France and Bulgaria have banned fracking which injects carcinogens and toxins into

the ground at high pressures. Fracking has been shown to contaminate nearby drinking and ground water. The emissions from gas production, transport, liquefaction, and shipping overseas would also make climate change worse, while not reducing the cost of gas here at home. Fracking supporters argue that it creates jobs. Maryland

should invest in green jobs that would stay here in America and build our renewable energy resources such solar and wind power. Maryland’s temporary moratorium on fracking will expire soon without immediate action, even as the State of Maryland has not finished its study on the environmental and health hazards of fracking.

Justin W. Chappell, Silver Spring The author is a Maryland House of Delegates candidate in the Democratic primary for District 20.

Don’t combine city, presidential elections Regarding March 19 article “Future of city election cycle is still uncertain,” the Rockville City Council may ignore city voters in approving the combining of presidential and city election cycles. On the city’s November 2014 ballot there was a question about such a change and it was defeated by a huge majority of over 10 percent! For the past 60 years, Rockville has prided itself for conducting our own elec-

tions without outside interference and with a focus on city issues. If combined, city elections would come last on a long ballot including not only presidential and congresssional candidates but Montgomery County and school board candidates with their many referendum questions. And the election process is mostly controlled by Montgomery County. The rationale for combining the cy-

Plowing snow is a boondoggle On March 3, my wife and I, both elderly and in marginal health, shoveled out our drive and the street fronting our house, in roughly half an hour. Most of our neighbors did likewise and, by midmorning, the street was fully passable. Between 8 and 9 that evening, two snowplows came down our street, scraping up basically nothing. I have observed this pattern numerous times both this year and in previous years, after light snowfalls. The overpaid individuals who drive these plows apparently recognize a boondoggle when they see one, readily taking advantage

of the county’s panic attacks whenever there’s more than two clouds in the sky. As a taxpayer, I’m offended by the use of county funds to support these activities, when they could much more effectively be used for other purposes, such as the schools. I propose that snow plowing is unnecessary on most residential streets, for snowfalls under a foot. Special provisions could be made for the minority of residents too old or incapacitated to shovel themselves out.

Charles Shore, Gaithersburg

cles is to increase the number of potential voters. Most jurisdictions including Montgomery County have increased voter participation by having an early voting option and Rockville should do likewise. The will of Rockville voters should be respected and the proposal to combine the two cycles rejected.

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Even speed camera supporter says they’re mostly about revenue I am in agreement with Alan Freeman [“Speed cameras improve safety,” letters, March 12] when he wrote, “The one factor that has never been considered in connection with any location is the potential for a particular location to generate revenue.” I, like nearly all Montgomery County drivers, support the SafeSpeed program. And I agree with Alan Freeman that the program has reduced

speeding and is a highly efficient way to enforce our traffic laws. I got one speed camera ticket ever and it was near Shady Grove and Rockville Pike. I do disagree with Mr. Freeman that cameras are about safety and not revenue. In my opinion, with cameras popping up all over the county, I feel this program is 33 percent to 50 percent about safety and 50 percent to 67 percent about revenue.

Rice, Leventhal deserve thanks for their efforts on school food initiative In response to the article “All the broccoli you can eat, kids” [March 12], we would like to thank County Council President Craig Rice and Vice President George Leventhal for their support of Real Food for Kids – Montgomery (RFKM) and its recommendations to Montgomery County Public Schools for improving the school food environment. This past Friday, March 14, RFKM launched a communitywide petition asking that its recommendations be taken into consideration by Superintendent Starr and the Board of Education. We are gathering support for the petition and will deliver it in 60 days. While MCPS follows USDA and Maryland state guidelines with regard to school food, we believe MCPS can do better. In its 18-month existence, RFKM has garnered the support of 1200-plus parents, community members and health professionals in advocating for fresher, healthier, more nutrient-rich foods in MCPS. We also support the elimination of highly-processed, chemically-laden offerings in both the school cafeterias and vending machines. Another area of concern to parents is the high level of

sugar in food products offered by MCPS to its 151,000 students. With one exception, all juice products sold in MCPS equal or exceed calorie and sugar levels in an equivalent-sized soda. In our preliminary analysis of over 200 MCPS food products, RFKM identified 39 with added sugars and 49 with dangerous chemical additives. While some schools have salad bars, we would like to see the number increase to include all schools, where feasible. With the current awareness of the benefits of a healthy diet and the purchasing power of such a large school system, we believe acceptable alternatives can replace unhealthy products without a financial burden. We look forward to seeing positive changes in the coming years, and we believe our community will support MCPS and Montgomery County in this endeavor. More information about RFKM and its petition can be found on our website, www. realfoodforkidsmontgomery. org.

Karen Devitt, Silver Spring, and Lindsey Parsons, Takoma Park The writers are co-founders of Real Food For Kids — Montgomery.

If this SafeSpeed program was truly only about safety in front of schools and playgrounds, can Mr. Freeman explain why these speed cameras are on 24/7? I find it very frustrating to drive by the nearby high school on a Sunday afternoon where the speed limit is 25 mph and people are driving a ridiculous 19 mph when there are no school activities. I hope the purpose of this program

is not to intimidate people into driving too slow. Many drivers probably do not know that you can drive up to 11 miles over the speed limit before the camera flashes. I can understand the frustration of “out of town” drivers because I have never seen so many speed cameras anywhere but in Montgomery County, Maryland and Washington, D.C. There should be a realistic discus-

sion on safe speed limits because obviously I-270 or I-495 would have fewer accidents if they installed speed cameras and lowered the speed limit to 35 mph. While I support our police force and SafeSpeed, to use a term by Mr. Freeman, it is “pure poppycock” if he thinks this SafeSpeed program is only about safety.

Rec Center debate dates back I would like to illuminate the issue of designating the Wheaton Recreation Center from a different point of view as someone who has lived in the community for over 20 years and has followed its trajectory for 17 years. In 1997 the Recreation Strategic Facility Plan 1997-2010 called for replacing the existing facility with a larger full service center to serve the Wheaton/ Kemp Mill communities. As part of this process our community proposed ideas to renovate the present building. The county did nothing. By 2002 the Rec Center was in dire need of repair. The county proposed demolishing the building and moving the Wheaton Rescue Squad there. Again, we would have welcomed a renovated and expanded building. But again, nothing was done. Over the last 17 years we have heard nothing from the Maryland Historical Trust (who lobbied to give the building historic designation) or the county planning board (who sided with the trust). Over the years we would have welcomed their help to upgrade the building. Again, nothing. And, over these years plans for the Wheaton Library (which sits adjacent to the Rec Center) and the Rec Center came and went (to see a full timeline of this project go to savewhea-

1920374 This delay is a travesty for our neighborhoods. Children today are using a building that is falling apart. Two years ago the county approved the budget for the new joint facility without any opposition. The Maryland Historic Trust nor any other organization or individual ever brought up the future historic value of the Wheaton Rec Center. Now the county has designed plans to integrate the library and Rec Center properties in a well-planned project that will both upgrade the facilities to be of good use to the community and be on par with other sites throughout the county. The vast majority of people have voiced their approval of these plans and resistance to any further delays. Seventeen years is enough of a delay. George French and Marcie Stickle say it’s important to save older buildings as part of our heritage. I don’t disagree with that sentiment. However, if they and the Historic Trust felt that way, where have they been all these years? The only award this “awardwinning” building received was for good use of cheap materials. And, we can see now just how that has worked out. The building is falling apart and it will now take $7-$8 million to fix. That’s money the county


doesn’t have. It will also cut the contiguous open space on the properties making it impossible, as stated by the county’s Recreation Department, to conduct outside activities as they do in other county recreation centers. The Recreation Department has stated it will not move young children to Wheaton Regional Park for those activities. It will simply not conduct any after-school outdoor activities nor summer camps in our community. The community wants a recreation center on par with those in other parts of the county. Despite French’s and Stickle’s belief that “we can have it all” — both keep the present Rec Center and upgrade the facilities — in meetings we have had with county agencies we have learned we cannot have it all. The size of the properties limits usage. There won’t be enough contiguous outdoor space to conduct the types of activities the Recreation Department does elsewhere. The cost is now too high, both monetarily and for the residents of the community. Where was the Historic Trust when we needed them? Their interest is too little and way too late.

Jeff Gates, Wheaton

Neil Keller, Rockville

Library parking Has anyone else noticed the parking lot at the new Gaithersburg library? There are NO parking spots reserved for expectant mothers, NO parking spots reserved for parents with small children, NO parking spots reserved for the elderly, three parking spots reserved for handicapped and 10 parking spots reserved right out front for ... fuel efficient vehicles. Whose idea was this?

Rob Greving, Montgomery Village


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Rockville High School’s Kathleen McTighe (right) keeps her eye on the ball on Friday against Richard Montgomery’s Haley McClelland.


Rockville lacrosse on the verge



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First-year coach Ashley Barber-Strunk has taken over one of the most successful softball programs in recent history this spring. BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER


here is a long list of reasons that back up the notion firstyear Sherwood High School softball coach Ashley BarberStrunk has stepped into the most enviable coaching position in Montgomery County. The 2002 Richard Montgomery graduate — after all — inherited a two-time defending Class 4A state championship program on a 42-game winning streak that returns six starters, including the county’s best pitcher in Towson University recruit Meggie Dejter. It is, however, just as easy prove that the

member of Lock Haven University’s 2006 NCAA Division II national championship team’s undertaking marks the start of a journey few would dare embark on. Barber-Strunk has to fill the shoes of a wellrespected 17-year coach who took the Sherwood program to new heights, putting her in prime position to feel the brunt of any slip in the Warriors’ dominance. While Sherwood’s former junior varsity coach admitted that concept isn’t lost on her, any remnants of anxiety are overshadowed by the excitement that surrounds the opportunity to put her spin on a program ripe with athletes just as passionate about, and dedicated to, softball as she is. “[Former coach] Pat [Flanagan] was here for so long, at this point it’s about establishing my lines,”


Barber-Strunk said. “I was worried at first that [the team] might be like, ‘Why aren’t we doing things this way,’ or ‘Why aren’t we doing things that way.’ I feel like I’m doing things the right way.” She is, according to Dejter. Given Sherwood’s recent results it’s hard to imagine the Warriors’ need to change much, but Barber-Strunk made it perfectly clear on the first day of practice this spring that she would not settle for a team set on cruise control, that there’s no room in the Sandy Spring program for complacency, Dejter said. Barber-Strunk’s approach — she said she implements many of the drills and conditioning she did in college — is different than the traditional style Sherwood is used

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Even after it opened the season with a lopsided 19-0 home victory over Watkins Mill on Saturday afternoon, Clarksburg High School baseball coach Matthew Derrick and three of his key players still viewed the remainder of the season with cautious optimism. Clarksburg (1-0) won only one


game two seasons ago when its top seniors were only sophomores. Last season the squad improved to 6-11. Now, with most of his starters returning, including senior ace Zach Thompson, catcher Michael Kavounis and opening day pitcher Nick Infanti, Derrick probably had every right to view the 2014 season with a good deal of optimism. “We still have to take it one game at a time,” Derrick said. “We have a lot of tough teams in our league, especially in our division. We’ll see how we fare against Gaithersburg,

See OPTIMISM, Page B-2

Kathleen McTighe wasn’t much of a lacrosse player when she tried out for the Rockville High School girls’ team in the spring of 2012. But two years later, the multi-sport athlete has transformed from an inexperienced junior varsity freshman into a standout midfielder, rising through the ranks to become a reliable starter on the up-and-coming Rams. One of 13 juniors on an upperclassmen-heavy roster of 18, McTighe is a product of a newly-established Rams Lacrosse Foundation. A threesport varsity athlete — named Rockville girls’ basketball’s top defensive player this past season — McTighe moved up to varsity early last season and contributed immediately, particularly on the


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Nick Infanti pitches for Clarksburg High School on Saturday against Watkins Mill.

Jennifer Hoffmann was pleased to still be in basketball mode in late February and early March since her Seneca Valley High School girls’ basketball team was amid its best postseason performance in recent history — the Screaming Eagles lost to eventual Class 3A state finalist Damascus in the 3A West Region semifinals — when a sequence of events made it clear that would-be fourth-year Clarksburg softball



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University of Chicago freshman earns AllAmerica honors BY


For most of Charlie Banaszak’s tenure at BethesdaChevy Chase High School, wrestling in college was an afterthought. He opted to focus on his grades and getting into the best school possible. But by the time he developed into a Maryland state champion last year, the 19-year-old grappler made the sport a significant part of the application process. It was likely the correct decision. On March 15, the 2013 B-CC graduate and current

University of Chicago freshman placed fourth in the 141-pound weight class, earning All-America honors, at the NCAA Division III wrestling national championships. “I really started to enjoy wrestling,” said Banaszak, a 2013 All-Gazette first team selection who finished his high school tenure 142-30 with a 4A/3A state and 4A/3A West Region championship and two county titles. “... Chicago ended up being the perfect fit for me academically and wrestling.” Banaszak, who led the Maroon with a 29-12 record this winter, steadily improved throughout his first collegiate season and that notion can clearly be seen in his results. Banaszak wrestled Elmhurst College’s Matt Quigley three times during the season and


Bethesda Chevy Chase High School graduate Charlie Banaszak earned AllAmerican honors by placing fourth at the NCAA Division III national wrestling tournament as a freshman at the University of Chicago. in each successive bout, Banaszak’s performance become more dominant. On Nov. 9, he

won 8-7. On Nov. 23, he won 4-0 and on Jan. 18, he won by a 14-1 major decision.

He went on to finish third at the NCAA Midwest Regional to make the national tournament as an unseeded qualifier where he upset several ranked wrestlers before eventually losing, 8-6, to Brandon Jones (New York University) in the third-place match. “I started out and my goal was just to make the starting lineup,” said Banaszak, an economics major. “That happened and then my next goal was to win the next match. ... I reassessed and made it a long term goal to qualify for nationals.” Banaszak, whose strength is riding an opponent, said his biggest improvements in college have come from the neutral position and his mental confidence. He plans to take a few months off from training before resuming wrestling

activities at the end of the semester. Over the summer, Banaszak expects to attend a few camps and said he has been invited to work out with the American University team. “He’s probably one of the most mentally positive athletes I’ve ever coached,” said Chicago coach Leo Kocher, who added he was sold on Banaszak’s talent when he saw him place eighth at 138 pounds and earn National High School Coaches Association Junior All-American honors during a high school tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. “... Sometimes freshmen fade at the end of the season, but Charlie got stronger.”

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Gymnastics is a pretty particular sport with a specific skill set, not necessarily the most inviting for high school-aged newcomers, Walt Whitman High School gymnastics coach Sarah Jimenez said. That’s why it was such a treat when current senior captain Sarah Dar walked in to the first day of practice three years ago. Dar represents a group of student-athletes — the non-


Continued from Page B-1 to, but Dejter said the change has helped to keep the Warriors on their toes. They might actually need to be on guard defensively more so this season than in recent years. Despite returning the majority of its high-scoring lineup, Sherwood did lose two of its most powerful hitters. While the Warriors are still more than capable of producing runs, the scor-


Continued from Page B-1 defensive end, Rockville coach Caitlin Ulmer said. “Her speed is a huge asset for us and she’s actually one of our more defensive-minded midfielders,” Ulmer said. “... She’s got a little bit of that basketball shuffle.” Rockville’s progression, like McTighe’s, hasn’t happened


Continued from Page B-1 Quince Orchard, Northwest and some of the other teams that have handled us the last two years. It was a good way to start the season. We got a win and I was able to get everyone into the game.” Thompson is expected to retain his status as the ace of the Coyotes’ pitching staff this


Continued from Page B-1 coach Danielle Murray was not going to be able to give the defending Class 4A West Region finalist Coyotes her undivided attention. Or much attention at all. “Danielle just had a baby and she was supposed to come back and then her husband ended up breaking his arm,” Hoffmann said. “It got to the point where [Murray] was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do this.’” That final decision was made about a week before the start of softball season and Hoffmann, who had been heading up Clarksburg’s junior varsity program since the school opened in 2006, could easily

club gymnasts that act as a supporting cast to the more experienced competitors — that might be the biggest differentiating factor in this year’s results. There are only eight varsity programs in Montgomery County and that number fluctuates from year to year — there needs to be at least six teams to avoid being cut as a varsity program. One of the main challenges, aside from the cost of equipment, which Jimenez said can be around $20,000, is attracting enough athletes. In dual meets, teams are allowed to enter seven athletes per event, that number drops to six at the season-ending county championship. The top 5 finishers count in each event score. “You really need at least 15

to 20 kids to be interested to have a program,” Jimenez said. “Gymnastics is an intimidating sport, a lot of girls feel like if they haven’t done it before as a kid that they won’t be successful.” The county’s high school gymnastics scene, which is judged at a Level 8 difficulty standard, is largely comprised of former competitive gymnasts — coaches agreed it’s a good platform for athletes who no longer train 30 hours a week to use their skill sets — mixed in with a select few current highlevel gymnasts and some less experienced athletes to help fill in the depth charts. For the first time in a long time, the two-time defending county champion and win-

Early signs point to 2013 runner-up Walter Johnson and Whitman, which finished third at counties a year ago, to compete for the top spot this spring. The Wildcats did lose two high scorers, including Grace Leslau, who was the all-around runnerup, but coach Ursula Bright said she is pleased with the variety of experience among her gymnasts. The Wildcats feature a good blend of experience — nine of 19 athletes on the roster

It’d be hard to imagine B-CC falling completely out of contention but the Barons did graduate most of their big scorers, including last year’s allaround county champion, Julia Konner. But this spring does mark the start of a new era with

ing differential might not be as much as it has been, Dejter said. Sherwood did win its 43rd consecutive game with Saturday’s 12-0 season-opening victory against Thomas S. Wootton. “I think [the changes are] good because we don’t want to get too comfortable and overconfident with what we have, it’s good to get a new view point,” Dejter said. “[Barber-Strunk] did just play in college a couple years ago and won a national championship so she has so much she’s able to teach us. It’s

good because she does kind of knock us down a level. She really does push us. She’s been where we are and even better.” A catcher turned outfielder, Barber-Strunk brought in her cousin, former Our Lady of Good Counsel ace pitcher Kim Bartlett, who primarily played third base at Methodist University, as an assistant coach. Between the two, they provide expertise in all areas of the diamond. Student-athletes can be defiant in the face of change, but Barber-Strunk’s credibility and

experience makes it difficult for the Warriors not to trust in everything she does, Dejter said. Perhaps even more important, the right-handed hurler added, is the open channel of coach-athlete communication Barber-Strunk encourages. Her youth also helps her relatability, Dejter said. “If you’re skeptical all you have to do is talk to her and she explains it fully,” Dejter said. “She doesn’t try to hide anything, she knows exactly what she’s talking about. She explains everything and how it’s going to

help us, I think it’s really good to have that openness.” Barber-Strunk said her love for softball grew with the unity of her college team and that is a very important aspect of the game she aims to convey at Sherwood. The team has already come together in support of her efforts early, she and Dejter agreed. It’s no secret that all eyes are on Barber-Strunk and the substantially sized shoes she has to fill. But the Warriors have rallied around someone who has already earned their respect.

“I think in the beginning she was a lot more nervous than now and especially the returning players, we definitely stepped in and were like, ‘OK, whatever you need from us, we’re here, we’re your team and we want to support you fully,’” Dejter said. “It really made this a team thing. She’s got such a passion for the game which everyone can see and it puts it on us, we want to impress her and we want to make her feel good about what she’s doing.”

overnight. The team went 8-4 against a lighter 2A/1A schedule in 2011, Ulmer’s first year coaching, but upgraded to a more challenging 3A/2A schedule and subsequently dropped to 3-10 in 2012, according to LaxPower. com. Rockville doubled its win total to improve to 6-7 last season, and with another year of experience, things are looking up, McTighe said. “I think that we can get more wins than we did last year and

that we can be one of the top teams in our division,” McTighe said. “... A lot of us already know how each other play so we can pick things up more easily ... there’s a lot more chemistry just because we’ve played together so long.” Senior Hope Basile, who led Rockville with 42 goals last season, said that more underclassmen have expressed interest in recent seasons, helping contribute to the improvement. Partici-

pation has increased with the varsity and junior varsity teams filling up each of the last four seasons, Ulmer said. “We’ve really been building up the program and getting more and more people interested in playing lacrosse in general,” Basile said. Anna Damone, a 2011 Rockville alumna, said there was a culture shift when Ulmer took over in 2011. “Ithinksenioryearwejusthad

a lot more enthusiasm and more of a team family atmosphere,” Damone said. “... She brought us all together and made us compete. I think that’s something that really wasn’t done before.” While Basile has been playing lacrosse since about fourth grade and starting on varsity since she was a freshman, many of her teammates, such as McTighe, lack that experience. Their growth, along with the continued development of the

underclassmen on the junior varsity team, could be essential in establishing a winning culture at Rockville. “They’ve really been able to get a hang of all the foundations of lacrosse,” said Basile, who has recorded 63 goals in her first three seasons. “They’ve been able to really play well and learn the game and have been able to succeed in the sport.”

spring, but Saturday afternoon he played first base and batted third in the order. Infanti, the squad’s No. 2 pitcher, shut out the Wolverines on two hits and struck out five in five innings. Kavounis caught and batted fifth. “When you have a good defense behind you, you just go out and throw strikes,” said Infanti, who threw strikes on 43 of 61 pitches on Saturday. “You always like the defensive help and

the run support. I think we’re going into this season with a lot of confidence. For me, the best game for us will be against Gaithersburg. They’re always among the best teams in our league and in the state. When we play them, we’ll know where we are.” Kavounis had another team in mind — Northwest. Two years removed from a squad that won only one game and often suffered setbacks via the 10-

run mercy rule, Kavounis was quick to downplay the Coyotes potential rise to prominence. “A couple of years ago, we were on the other side in games [like Saturday],” Kavounis said. “It’s tough to walk out onto the field when you’re down 10-0 after one inning. I think last year we gained our confidence and that carried over into this spring. We know we can compete in this league. But for me, when we face Northwest, a team with a lot of

guys that I know, that’s when we’ll know how good we are.” Thompson will likely get the ball from Derrick when the Coyotes face Northwest, Gaithersburg and Quince Orchard this spring, For Thompson, who plans to attend Alderson-Broaddus this fall, the game against Quince Orchard is the one he is looking forward to the most. “We play a lot of good teams again,” Thompson said. “I think

we get all of the top teams except we don’t play Sherwood. But that game against Quince Orchard is going to tell us what we have. I think our goals are to win the region and get to states. Two years ago we lost almost every game, but last year we came together and then over the summer we stayed close together knowing this was the last chance for us seniors to get to states.”

have declined the offer to take over the program for a year. But that would have left Clarksburg in a lurch. Before last season, the Coyotes haven’t appeared in a region final since it was a Class 3A program in 2010. Despite the hectic schedule that was sure to ensue — and it was exacerbated by the inconsistent practice times thanks to a long patch of inclement weather — Hoffmann said she could not turn her back on the forward progress this relatively new Clarksburg program has made in establishing itself in the county’s upper echelon. Former varsity softball coach and the school’s football coach Larry Hurd also stepped in last-minute to coach junior varsity. “Stability is important, I didn’t want to just plop varsity

in someone’s lap, so I decided to take it over for this year,” Hoffmann said. “We have a strong softball program here and one thing I did not want was for things to change so much where all of a sudden it does start to affect the players.” The players, junior left fielder Tia Mitchell and senior center fielder Laurie Kostecka agreed, were happy to see a familiar face on the first day of tryouts March 1. In the name of building a true program, Murray and Hoffman often ran joint practices, Kostecka said, so the Coyotes avoided the transitional period that inevitably accompanies any new coaching situation and remain in good position to build on last year’s breakout performance. “I think bringing in someone new [to coach] would’ve thrown

us off for a while, this doesn’t feel like much of a change,” said Kostecka, a University of Tampa recruit. “I think Coach Hoffmann is amazing for doing this, it really is a sign of how much she cares about our program. ... “Last year really set us up for this season because everyone is so determined. Last year we finally made it to the final and almost won and we plan on winning this year.” The Coyotes certainly have the means necessary. While they did graduate ace pitcher Jennifer Taffe, who struck out 154 batters, her younger sister, sophomore Emily, and classmate Ashleigh Bisset, who hit a two-run home run in last year’s region final loss to Northwest, are more than capable of holding their own in the pitcher’s circle, Hoffmann said. The rest

of Clarksburg’s defense remains in tact, likely even stronger. The arrival of freshman shortstop Allie Janowiak, who Hoffman said possesses the type of softball instincts that can’t be taught, enabled former two-year shortstop Mitchell, a University of Virginia recruit, to move back to her natural position in the outfield. The ground she and Kostecka will be able to cover should provide perhaps one of the county’s best final lines of defense. The two also lead an offense that had no trouble scoring runs a year ago — Mitchell batted .593 with 22 runs batted in and 34 runs scored and Kosctecka (.500) sent 30 runs across the plate while scoring 25 of her own. Communication, Mitchell said, should also be a team strength now that most of the

team has played together for at least one or two years and it helps that all four captains — Mitchell, Kostecka, catcher Rachel Brenowitz and right fielder Joanne Cardera — are in some of the most communicative positions. Players’ ability to talk on the field is vital to teams’ success, especially under the stress of postseason play, Hoffmann said. “I think we can definitely at least attain what we did last year and even go further than that,” she said. “Especially now that there’s not some new person screaming from the sidelines telling them what to do. ... I still communicate with Danielle, it’s not like she just dropped off the face of the earth, she is still involved.”

ner five of the last six years, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, might not enter the season as a favorite, though coaches agreed the Barons should never be overlooked.


are seniors — and youth. Whitman’s solid base was strengthened by the arrival of some talented freshmen, Jimenez said. It’s important to have at six solid competitors in every event and though not every Viking excels in each event — bars, floor, beam, vault — the team does boast the numbers and variety to produce effective lineups.


many new faces, including firstyear coach Dotti Garlington, who replaced former 13-year leader Dana Creager.

Darkhorses Only 6.6 points separated the fourth- through sixth-place teams at last year’s county championships, which were Montgomery Blair, Sherwood and Springbrook, respectively. James H. Blake was only six points out of sixth place. While it will likely be difficult for any of these programs to break into the top two this spring, the rest of the slots look to be up for grabs.


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Player of the Year




Landon School senior Jack Barton is The Gazette’s Player of the Year in ice hockey.

First Team

Jack Barton

Austin Schoenfeld

Sean O’Brien

Cole Taylor

Kyle Hooper

Jack Olson

Not only the best defenseman in IAC, but also showed offensive skills.

Stellar two-way player was key cog in Patriots’ title run.

Senior netminder was solid all season for the IAC champs.

Hard working player led Little Hoyas in scoring.

Led Stags in goals (20), assists (18) and points (38).

Solid two-way player has both size and speed.

Landon Senior Defender

Wootton Senior Defender

Coach of the Year Dave Evans Wootton

In his 20th season at the helm he led the Patriots to a perfect league mark, a 16-1 record overall and the team’s third Maryland Student Hockey League Championship.

Landon Senior Goalie

Geo. Prep Senior Forward

Second Team

Jordy Bretner, Wootton, senior, defense Ross Allen, Churchill, junior, forward Kevin Mackey, DeMatha, senior, goalie Ryan Holman, Georgetown Prep, senior, forward Brandon Hall, Wootton, senior, forward Lizar Zamurovic, Georgetown Prep, junior, defense

DeMatha Senior Forward

Geo. Prep Junior Forward

Honorable Mention

Luke Klecker, Wootton, junior, defense Junmo Kim, Churchill, senior, forward Jones Lindner, Landon, junior, forward John Mulera, Georgetown Prep, junior, defense Adam Kaplan, Wootton, junior, defense Colton Rupp, Landon, junior, forward

Landon reloads, Prep looks to defend Golf preview: Hoyas won 2013 IAC title, but Bears have a top freshman class




It took Morgan Egloff roughly half a second to correct himself. “This year we have four freshmen,” the Landon School golfer said before pausing. “Well, four really good freshmen.” Possibly, even, the best quartet of rookies in Landon history. Coach Jack Duquette takes his team on an annual trip to Alabama — where they are scheduled to be through Saturday — to play 36 holes a day for four days. It’s not uncommon for him to bring along a few promising seventh or eighth graders who can step back to the varsity tees and not get soundly defeated by the older, more experienced players. What is uncommon, however, is, on this very same trip a year ago, then-eighth grader Jeff Samit carding a 6-under 66, Evan Katz a 4-under 68, Cole Gibson a 2-under 70 and John Kalavritinos an even-par 72. Even more startling, these scores came on a famed Robert Trent Jones-designed course called The Senator, a popular venue on the LPGA Tour. “There’s a lot of good players out there,” said Landon senior Brent Bubes, an All-IAC selection as a junior. “But, yeah, they all played really, really well. I defi-

Brent Bubes

Nick Rolle

nitely remember that day.” That day portends a promising season for the Bears, who were mired by depth issues last year, when Georgetown Prep won the conference title. Landon lacked a consistent five and six golfers in its lineup — teams start six and keep five scores — in 2013; with the addition of the four freshmen, the only depth issue is narrowing the starting lineup to six. “This year could be one of our best years,” Duquette said. “We have some veterans who are really strong but we have a nucleus of four freshmen who are very good ... we have a very good stable of golfers.” Of course, so does their rival, Georgetown Prep. The defending IAC champions return all six of their starters from last year, including four-year starter Brendan Peel. Also coming back for the title defense are seniors Jon Carr, Nick Rolle and Carter Connelly, and sophomores Mike Jones and Davis Lamb. “I’ve had six people leave on me,” Georgetown Prep coach Robert Barry said. “But I’ve never had a situation where it was all

six coming back. These guys, very clearly — they’re the starters. I’ve never really had too much experience with this kind of lineup.” Barry recognized that his IAC and Metros champion team will be the one with the target on its back, and that all schools will be itching to knock off the Little Hoyas. “Those six guys, I tell them, ‘We’re only as good a team as our four, five, and six guys play,’” the coach said. “Last year, when we won Metros, we had five guys shoot in the 70s. When we won the IAC, we had five guys in the 70s. In this format, it’s not the one horse you need, it’s the depth.” Both Landon and Georgetown Prep have plenty of that, so much so that both have voiced bittersweet complaints over that very blessing. Duquette could have a different starting combination every match. Barry said his biggest issue is who to pair with whom, finding the right balance of which players complement each others’ games the best. Regardless, these petty “problems,” have set up a top-heavy IAC. “[Landon] always has a good team,” Barry said. “But they’ve picked up a few kids and of course they have the war horses back so they’re going to be a team to reckon with and I think that that’s the great thing about this rivalry in that we’re going to go head-tohead and the winner is going to come out the IAC champs.”

KEEPING IT BRIEF Bethesda resident reaches milestone

RM volleyball sweeps Watkins Mill

Bethesda resident Garrett Brahms finished his junior wrestling season at st. John’s Catholic High School, with a 43-12 mark and has won more than 100 matches his career. Brahms, who competes at 132 pounds, finished second in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championships, losing to Good Counsel’s Kevin Budock in the finals.

The Richard Montgomery High School boys’ volleyball team opened the season with a 25-4, 25-19, 25-8 sweep over Watkins Mill on Friday. The Rockets returned five starters from last year’s squad that reached the county championship match. — TED BLACK

There is no such thing as an offseason for baseball connoisseur Jeff Rabberman as the coach of the Gaithersburg Giants. “It’s absolutely a 12-month, 365-day job,” said Rabberman, who guided the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League franchise to a successful inaugural season last summer. He is also the coach at Gaithersburg High School during the spring. “There’s not a day that goes by I’m not doing something for the Giants.” In 2013, the Giants entered the CRCBL, a hyper-competitive amateur summer wooden bat league founded in 2005 comprised of 12 franchises in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. And through the years, as the league has expanded, the time commitment has not only increased on the field, but off the field as well for all of the league’s representatives, including Montgomery County’s four teams (Gaithersburg, Silver Spring-Takoma Park Thunderbolts, Bethesda Big Train and Rockville Express). Rabberman and representatives from Silver Spring and the Big Train all agreed that running their organization extends to much more than just the annual schedule of games from late May to early August. They all compared it to running a college program or minor league affiliate, complete with annual winter league meetings. Planning a budget, interviewing potential interns, improving stadium and field amenities, lining up host families, hiring play-by-play and public address announcers and increasing community involvement are just a few of the tasks at hand for each franchise. “For [Big Train President and General Manager] Adam Dantus now and me back in the day, it never stopped,” said Bethesda co-founder Bruce Adams, who has admittedly become less involved in the organization’s day-to-day operations over the past couple of years. “As soon as the sum-


Flagler College student-athlete Jake Taylor is expected to return to play for the Silver Spring-Takoma Park Thunderbolts this summer. mer youth camps and season are over, we are working on our annual fundraising, ordering uniforms and equipment and setting up offseason events for fans. Now, especially with the Web and social media, it’s a completely non-stop process.” But recruiting college players and developing relationships is the most important key to success. Teams said they have their roster set for the most part by the late fall or early winter. “Recruiting players for the next summer’s team is a huge part,” said Thunderbolts Vice President Joe Gerbasi, whose organization is entering its 15th year of operation. “It takes a lot of dedicated work and research to find, target and develop relationships with college programs and players. “We are always looking to increase the number of Division I players on our roster, but at the same time, we are always looking for Division II, III and junior college players flying under the radar. We want to have a big league dream with a small-town charm.”

Added Adams: “Sal Colangelo, our manager, he literally goes from championship series game to vacation and dials recruits on the phone. There can’t be any gap in downtime because if you aren’t recruiting early and often, you won’t get the best players.” Rabberman, who traveled to the University of Texas last month to visit three of his summer players, said he is amazed at how far-reaching the CRCBL has become. In fact, he said he received a random email from a potential play-by-play radio guy from Washington state. “A couple of parents have asked me, ‘Do you want to coach in college?’ and I just laughed because I don’t coach at a university, but it is like we — I’m sure the other teams will agree — all do. It is as much work and we keep getting more and more involved and rewarded. I have the Trojans and the Giants. I get the college kids during the summer and high school kids in the spring.”




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A ‘Hunger Games’-like franchise falls well short of that standard.

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“Bring It On: The Musical,” is set to jump out at audiences on Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore.


ring It On,” a film starring Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku and Gabrielle Union, hit box office gold in 2000. It shouldn’t have been a surprise then when the studio decided to pump out four direct-to-video sequels — “Bring It On Again,” “Bring it On: All or Nothing,” “Bring It On: In It to Win It,” and “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish.” Although the sequels didn’t garner the fame, recognition or money of the original film, the Broadway version of “Bring It On” lived up

to the hype. The National Tour of “Bring It On: The Musical” is set to somersault into the Music Center at Strathmore for two shows on Saturday . According to Zuri Washington, who plays Danielle in the show, fans expecting to see a musical based on the first movie will be a little surprised. “It’s actually based more on the third ‘Bring It On,’ movie, which most people may not have seen,” Washington said. “It has a very similar plot in terms of kind of an urban, ethnic team

versus a waspy, Beverly Hills kind of 90210 team.” The story starts off with Campbell Davis, who is totally excited about being the cheer captain her senior year. She gets the job, only to find out that, because of redistricting, she has to go to another school — and the school doesn’t even have a cheer squad! Campbell talks Danielle into helping her create a group of cheerleaders so they can

Award-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross will be playing new hits and old standards when he performs at the Birchmere on Sunday. COURTESY CHRISTOPHER CROSS

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BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL n When: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $39-$81 n For information: 301-5815100;

Cross winds n

“Sailing” songwriter has history in Bethesda BY


Back in the 1980s, you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing a song by Christopher Cross. The award-winning singer/songwriter is responsible for such tunes as “Think of Laura,” “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” “Ride Like the Wind,” and “Never Be The Same.” Cross made Grammy history in 1981, winning Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Arrangement for “Sailing.” To date, no one has ever won all of those awards in the same year except Cross. Add to that an Academy Award for Best Song for “Arthur’s Theme,” from the Dudley Moore film, “Arthur,” and Cross was a force to be reckoned with in the early ’80s. The singer/songwriter will be making a stop at the

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CHRISTOPHER CROSS n When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday n Where: The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. n Tickets: $39.50 n For information: 703-549-7500;


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

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

and Latin music by 2Hot2Handle, semi-formal, couples only, 4-7 p.m., Columbia Country Club, 7900 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, $25 per person, $15 for students, reservations by April 4, call Peter at 202-362-7851. Hollywood Ballroom, March 26, “step of the evening” Cha-cha at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m.; March 27, April 3, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); March 28, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); March 30, free Samba lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); April 2, “step of the evening” Night Club Two Step at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m., 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, PHOTO BY JAAP BUITENDIJK

(From left) Shailene Woodley and Theo James star in “Divergent.”

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In Veronica Roth’s young adult trilogy of best-selling futuristic hellholes, being a “divergent” means you avoid easy categorization and defy the crushing dictates of your overseers. The movie version of “Divergent” is no divergent. It goes along to get along. It’s tame, formulaic and strictly by the book in every sense. Certainly you can do worse in this genre. The recent screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” was a lot worse. But you can do better, courtesy of “The Hunger Games,” to which “Divergent” bears a more-than-passing resemblance. The time is a century plus change from now, after a devastating world war. The place: a desiccated and user-hostile Chicago, where there are no music festivals or charming storefront theaters of any kind. The city sits beside a dried-up Lake Michigan. The crumbling


Continued from Page B-4 Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandra, Va., on Sunday. For Cross, the event in Alexandria is a bit of a homecoming. Cross’ father served as a pediatrician at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, where he was a physician for President Dwight Eisenhower’s grandchildren. “We were pretty fortunate because we had one of the few houses actually on the base,” Cross said. “We had a big ol’ house with cherry trees and everything. I think the two houses

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skyscrapers are dotted with wind turbines. The government divides the populace into five factions based on an individual’s primary virtue. Either you’re a Dauntless, an Abnegation, an Erudite, an Amity or a Candor. If you’re a Divergent, you’re none or all of these, and therefore an enemy of the state. If you’re “Divergent,” the movie, you’re a blandly well-crafted adaptation of a YA success story, lacking a sense of personal identity or visual magic. Director Neil Burger made the diverting “Limitless” and “The Illusionist,” among other films. In “Limitless” he asserted his ability to propel a story; in “The Illusionist” he fashioned a convincing period picture on a low budget. He was a pretty good bet for the “Divergent” trilogy, the first installment adapted from Roth’s book by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. But the project cannot shake its aura of overfamiliarity. As in “The Hunger Games,” we have a hardy, underestimated young heroine, this one called Beatrice “Tris” Prior, played by Shailene Woodley. We have another one of those nasty public competitions or “choosing ceremonies,” determining the on base were ours and the commanding general’s. Everyone else kind of lived off base.” Cross said the family moved to Bethesda after spending time in Japan, where his dad was stationed. The family ended up living in the area for five years, according to Cross. “It was a wonderful time in my life, I was just young. … The town was much more open then. We used to run around free on our bikes. … It was a fun place to be in that time of life.” Cross gets his love of music naturally. His father played bass in college and also spent time playing for acclaimed bandleader Lawrence Welk. “I think music was kind of a release for him,” Cross said. “I just saw the joy in his face and the happiness that it brought him and I related music to that. I wanted to be a part of whatever that was. I was in fifth or sixth grade and I asked for some drums.” Later on, after listening to

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compete at Nationals. Zaniness — and heartfelt friendship — ensues. Eean Cochran is one of the production’s swing actors — meaning on any given night, he could be playing different characters based on what’s required. If an actor needs a night off, Cochran can fill in, along with the other swing actors. “It’s kind of fun, but it’s a little stressful as well,” Cochran

DIVERGENT n 2 stars n PG-13; 143 minutes n Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Tony Goldwyn n Directed by Neil Burger

characters’ futures, in this instance their lifelong faction. Tris must undergo terrifying drug-induced tests of will, as her subconscious dream state brings to life all her worst fears (rabid dogs, unsuccessful franchise launches) in realistic detail. Keeping a sharp, cold eye on her progress is the totalitarian matriarch played by Kate Winslet, whose talent so far outstrips her material, her scenes become mini training videos in how to enliven the most conventional material imaginable. Her character exists so that Woodley’s character can assert her self-empowerment. “All of my life I’ve lived by your rules,” Tris hisses at one point, echoing the inner thoughts of adolescents the world over. “Not anymore.” There are revelations regarding what’s up with the choosing ceremony, who’s in-

volved with the simmering revolution, and how the male lead, played by Theo James, will look without a shirt. In a recent interview Woodley told MTV News: “We didn’t want it to feel like, oh, attractive male lead taking his shirt off in a young adult franchise.” Yes, well. Good try. All the same, James is the best thing in “Divergent.” Imagine the pain and suffering this film might’ve inflicted with Taylor Lautner of “Twilight” in the male-lust-object role, and you especially appreciate James’ wry, offhanded charisma. At one point Tris zip-lines down from atop the John Hancock Center. This scene is fun. Berger manages one lovely and surprising image: that of a hallucinating Tris floating in a reclining medical exam chair in an open field. The generic bulk of “Divergent” hits its marks and moves on. Woodley — excellent in “The Descendants” and “The Spectacular Now,” where she played the bitchiest and the nicest young women on the planet, respectively — has the stuff it takes to anchor one of these dystopian jobbies. Here’s hoping the second movie, scheduled to be released a year from now, rebels against the establishment in more ways than one.

Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, March 28, Nils Fredland and Figment, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. Contra & Square, March 30, Nils Fredland and Figment; April 6, Mary Wesley and Sassafras Stomp, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, March 26, Bob Farrall; April 2, Liz Donaldson, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Swing, April 12, Radio King Orchestra, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $15, Waltz, March 30, Figments, 2:453:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Linda Oh “Initial Here” Quar-

tet, 7:30 p.m. March 26; Nick Moss, 7:30 p.m. March 27; Arlen Roth & The Cordobas featuring Lexie Roth, 8 p.m. March 28; Roberto Pomili Tango Concert, 8:30 p.m. March 29; Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, 7:30 p.m. March 30, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Ballet Hispanico masterclass, 11:30 a.m. March 29; Ballet Hispanico, 8 p.m. March 29, 3 p.m. March 30; Tiempo Libre, 8 p.m. April 5, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-


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7:30 p.m. April 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. March 26; AIR: Brad Kolodner, banjo, 7:30 p.m. March 26; BSO: Stayin’ Alive — One Night of the Beegees, 8 p.m. March 27; History of Jazz Part I: When Africa Met Europe On the Plantation, 11 a.m. March 28; Lily Tomlin, 8 p.m. March 28; Nils Frahm with Douglas Dare, 9 p.m. March 28; “Bring It On: The Musical,” 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 29; Peter Minkler, viola & Jeremy Gill, piano, 3 p.m. March 30; Parker Quartet, 7:30 p.m. March 31, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Jungle Book,” April 4 to May 25, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Arts Barn, “Great American Trailer Park Musical,” April 4-20, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg., Imagination Stage, “Cinderella: The Remix:” April 9 to May 25, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Olney Theatre Center, “I and You,” extended to March 30; “Once On This Island,” April 9 to May 4, call for prices, times, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-9243400, The Puppet Co., “Hansel and Gretel,” March 27 to April 27; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Two Trains Running,” April 2-27, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Snow Angel,” April 4-12, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-6441100, Silver Spring Stage, “Other Desert Cities,” April 4-27, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, The Writer’s Center, Christopher Bakken and Derrick Weston Brown, 2 p.m. April 6, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664,

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his father’s album collection, Cross went to the record store and asked if they had anything that sounded like his dad’s music, only for a younger crowd. “They gave me ‘Time in Outer Space,’ by Dave Brubeck,” Cross said. “That was my first exposure to having my own album and music and I loved it. … I switched to guitar at 16 because I wanted to write down songs. It was always a singular passion. … It’s always been my solace through failed marriages or whatever I had going in life.” Cross’ debut album, aptly called “Christopher Cross,” came out in 1979 and has gone platinum five times over, according to the RIAA. That record had four top-20 singles, including “Sailing,” which hit No. 1 and “Ride Like the Wind,” which topped out at No. 2. Although Cross said he knew his songs were quality work, he was a little surprised at how quickly success came to him. “I aspired to great artists like

Joni Mitchell and people like that, so I was trying to emulate what they were doing as far as the craft goes,” Cross said. “I was just hoping to get the album out and then after the third album have a single to hit the radio. I never really imagined having that early success. “I think disco and punk had sort of run their course. People were sort of ready to hear pop again and I was just in the right place at the right time.” Cross has released 13 studio albums, including two Christmas records. Last year, he released “A Night in Paris,” a live album recorded and filmed entirely in one night at the Theatre Le Trianon in Paris. “It’s lovely to play at Le Trianon in Paris,” Cross said. “It’s such an historic venue. The show sold out and it was a pretty special evening. We only got to tape one night, which is hard because, with live records, you usually want to record multiple nights and choose performances

and things like that. But the band played incredibly well and I think it came out really, really well.” Cross hasn’t had quite the success he enjoyed early on in his career, but he still sells out shows around the world. As an artist, Cross said he’s never frustrated with fans when they say they love his older work as opposed to something new. What’s frustrating, he said, is the lack of exposure the songs are getting. “It’s very difficult and it’s not the fans’ fault, it’s just the problem with terrestrial radio,” Cross said. “A lot of times, the more artistic work kind of slips through the cracks. So as the songs got more sophisticated and the lyrics got more sophisticated, it just wasn’t what radio was embracing. Britney Spears came in and I just didn’t fit the mold anymore.” Cross is one to keep himself busy. Shortly after his show at Birchmere, Cross will be hopping a plane for some tour dates in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. He

also just finished recording a new album, “Secret Ladder,” which he hopes will be out around June 15. Since his divorce in 2007, Cross said he’s been writing constantly. “We just have a lot of material,” Cross said. “Just finished ‘Secret Ladder,’ and I’m very, very happy with it. … It’s just a very strong record.” For fans who come out to see Cross perform, he hopes they enjoy the music and find a better understanding of his work. “The songs usually have a little bit deeper meaning and in some cases personal meaning,” Cross said. “Some of these songs are slightly autobiographical. I hope somehow in the concert they get to know me a little bit and … leave feeling like they know me a little better. “It’s the story of my life. It’s just a book I keep adding pages to.”

said. “... Some of the swings get to watch the show ... so you can find things you can do different than the person you’re covering. It’s a lot of fun once you get on stage.” Most of the actors in the show participated in a cheerleading “camp” before the run of the show to get their bearings and to learn some of the proper techniques. “The cheer camp was kind of another audition process,” Cochran said. “We just worked on small cheer stunts. I guess just going back to the basics for

people who had never cheered before. … Then we moved on to the more advanced stunts to see who could do [tosses].” Washington, whose character utilizes more of a dance style, did not participate in the camp, but still spent the majority of her time working on choreography. “I’m not being tossed, nor am I tossing people in the air,” Washington said. “We had a very short period of rehearsal time for this show. So it was really hard to get everyone to do everything. …

It was, like, three weeks to learn everything — choreography, music, stunts and cheerleading. It was really overwhelming to do all of that in a short period of time.” Washington and Cochran agree the hard work has paid off. Packed houses are getting to see the amount of time and energy put into this show and are entertained at the same time. They both, however, hope audiences take a little something with them when they go. “I think people will take away a sense of pride in being

who they are no matter who or what people perceive them as,” Washington said. “I think it definitely has a message of friendship and relationships,” Cochran added. “When people watch the show, they get amused by the cheerleading and the fun dances and stuff, but I think it’s very important to understand the relationships [Campbell] is building and finds and the people she surrounds herself with.”

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nanny, great w/babies & kids, Either in your home or mine. CPR and first aid cert. Refs. Call Ris 301-445-6630

National Children’s Study Baby participants needed for National Children’s Study -- Receive $25 and board book for baby! The National Children’s Study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking young volunteers to participate in a small study to learn more about children’s behavior and development. Results from the study will help us develop a brief measure of infant and child development to be used with large, nationally representative samples. Participating children will need to be either 5-7 months old or 11-13 months old. The interview will take place at Westat, Inc. in Rockville MD and will last 30-45 minutes. The child can sit with their caregiver the entire time. Caregivers will receive $25 in reimbursement and children will receive a story board book for volunteering.

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For further information or to sign up for participation, please email or call 240-314-5830. We look forward to hearing from you!


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NANNY/HSKPR: FT, Potomac, Must have car & good driving record. Please Call Eves 202-340-3336

LOOKING FOR A JOB: as a CNA, caregiver, live-in only, exc ref, 31 yrs exp Call: 410-501-0794

LICENSE Residental Assisted Living has openings for a male resident located in College Park. Starting at $1200 & up. Call Thelma (301)275-3330


Clean, nurse skills, excel performance, live in/out, small salary call 703-597-5399

MY HOUSE CLEANER Is looking for PT work

Great Refs, Exp, Legal, Own transp. Speaks English


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Careers 301-670-2500 FOREMEN to lead

Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706


TRAINING IN JUST 4 WEEKS Now Enrolling for April 2nd and April 9th Classes.



Foster Parents

MORNING STAR ACADEMY 101 Lakeforest Blvd, Suite 402 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Call: 301-977-7393

Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!


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

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


Become an entry level DENTAL ASSISTANT in just 11 weeks • Dental Terminology & Charting • X-Ray Certification Eligibility • Clinical Skills • Sterilization of Equipment & OSHA Guidelines • Adult CPR • Job Interviewing Techniques • Expanded Function Courses Available




Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

19512-A Amaranth Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

Wednesdays & Thursdays 6:00pm - 10:00pm GC3209 Call Today! 877-777-8719

utility field crews. Outdoor physical work, many positions, paid training, $20/hr. plus weekly performance bonuses after promotion, living allowance when traveling, company truck and benefits. Must have strong leadership skills, good driving history, and be able to travel in NE States. Email resume to Recruiter4@osmose. com or apply online at www.OsmoseUtilities. com EOE M/F/D/V

Call 301-355-7205


District Court Clerk


District Court for Montgomery County Rockville

The District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County is seeking to fill multiple District Court Clerk I/II positions. Responsibilities involve specialized clerical work involving court proceedings. Data entry. Filing. Sorting mail. Greet and assist the public, law enforcement and attorneys with case information. For full details and instructions on how to apply, visit the court’s website EOE to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email

Advertising Sales

Comprint Military Publications publishes 8 newspapers each week and the only website dedicated to the military in the DC region is looking for energetic, organized, computer savvy sales representatives to sell advertising into military newspapers and online. Job requires previous infield and telephone sales experience; prefer military veteran or military spouse with BA degrees. Must be customer service oriented and consultative seller. Candidates must be able to create ads for customers and work well under weekly deadlines and pressures of meeting sales goals. Great for prior military or spouses with experience. Sales territory located in Northern VA, headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD; telecommuting allowed 3 days per week (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays).


Exp. Estimator for busy bodyshop in Frederick CCC One, bi-lingual a plus! Exc. pay & Benefits!

Call: 301-606-1209



Competitive compensation & cash paid daily for drivers. Potomac (301)330-0000 Burtonsville (301)421-01112 Damascus (301)253-8880 Rockville (301)315-8383


Hiring experienced ROLL-OFF DRIVERS. Competitive hourly pay; excellent work environ. CDL and good driving record a MUST, min 2yr roll-off exp, Pls call 240-508 5513 or 240-5085563 if interested. 8340-F Beechcraft Ave, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879

CDL Driver & Sales Associate Benefits - Medial & Dental, paid time off 401(K), Disability, Hiring for 601 E Gude Drive, Rockville, MD. Contact

VETERANS NEEDED Use your GI Benefits NOW for training in Healthcare. JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE Offered.

Call Now 1-888-3958261

Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524 CTO SCHEV

Steve Kelly (301)762-5800.


Responsibilities include fine grading for lawn installation (using Bobcat or Grading Tractor), installing and laying sod, driving of dump truck (non CDL) You will lead a 3-4 man crew, Experience preferred.


Large Gaithersburg HVAC Service Co. is looking for a fulltime dispatcher. Dispatch experience, great customer service along w/great phone skills. Hourly wage with great benefits. Email resume to


NOW HIRING CNAS Call Rafiq at: 301-922-0615 19120 Muncaster Rd, Derwood, MD 20855

Get Connected

Needed for busy doctors office in Rockvllie. Excellent salary and benefits. Experience a plus! Fax resume to 301-424-8337



is now Simple!


Gaithersburg 301-869-6243 Silver Spring 301-587-5594

Please email or fax resume to: or fax to 301-670-7138. EOE

Irwin Stone Hiring

CMA needed with cardiology experience for our Rockville/Germantown area. Must have strong skills. Fax or Email resume to 301-947-2811 or

Merry Maids

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. This is a great career opportunity for the right individual.

Looking for 1 Full Time, Mon-Fri. 8 am-5 pm. 30-40 hrs per week ($330-$440 p/wk) House Maid to join our Company for House Cleaning only. Must Have: Drivers License, excellent cleaning experience, and speak some English & be legal to work in U.S. Leave message 301-706-5550.

Medical Assistant Recruiting


Opening for a qualified console operator on a state of the art Mitsubishi Diamond Star double wide press. Applicants must be able to work any shift and overtime often throughout the year. Must know how to set and register color as well as align pages. Knowledge of digital operating systems is a recommended but not required.


Johnson Hydro Seeding Corp., established for over 40 years in Rockville. To apply call 301-340-0805 or

Earn $350-$500/wk. M-F or Tues-Sat. No nights. Must have own car & valid. Drivers lic. Se Habla Espanol.

Console Operator

Residential Treatment Center for severely emotionally disturbed children & adolescents. Seeking team oriented, focused individual to help us meet our mission of quality care. State of MD benefits, supportive atmosphere. Must be available full-time for day/evening and some weekend shifts. Educational Requirements: completion of 60 hours college credits w/at least 18 mental health credit hrs with 6 in psych. Entry level salary approx $32 K. Send resume to : JLG- RICA, Personnel, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD 20850; Fax: 301.251-6815; or e-mail to: EEO

Responsible for assisting in the laying and installation of sod, straw hand spreading and raking for small rock removal.



Residential Counselor



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

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Nurse Liaison

Do you love to work in the field & build relationships with referral sources? You will conduct intakes, assessments & market to referral sources like Hospitals. MD RN license req. Marketing exp. a big plus! Great compensation & benefits! Email

Receptionist/Admin Assist

Local company in Gaithersburg is looking for an office administrative assistant to help with day to day tasks. Seeking self motivated, well organized, reliable individual for F/T position 9am-5pm M-F. Duties include: Answering phones, A/P entry, typing proposals, giving purchase orders, filing, data entry. Must be able to Multi task. $10$15/hr plus benefits If you meet the above requirements and are interested in applying for the position please Email your resume to

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Thursday, April 3, 2014, 9:00-2:00pm


Career Expo 2014 will provide employers with an opportunity to take a first look at local qualified applicants. Our mini seminars will command an audience of highly skilled professionals. Reserve your space today, log on to or call 301-670-7100.




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Real Estate

Silver Spring

Work with the BEST!

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

Must R.S.V.P.


Call Bill Hennessy

3 301-388-2626 01-388-2626 • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. EOE

Office Manager

Experienced office manager for Bethesda physicians office. Must have references. Salary is based on experience. Send resume by email to or fax 301-530-2606

On Call Supervisor

Great job for students, retirees and stay at home moms. Work from home! Answer and handle phone calls from 5pm to 9am two evenings twice a month for staffing agency or one weekend a month. Must have Internet access, and a car. Fax resume to 301.588.9065 or email to

Warehouse Manager Experience required. Wholesale distribution in Rockville. Evening Shift 2 pm to close. M-F w/benefits. Please e-mail resume to


Optical Company in Silver Spring needs an experienced person for our fast finishing dept,. Knowledge of a lensometer and/or edger a plus! Only dependable people need apply. Hours of operation Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. We are accepting applications Mon-Fri 10am-4pm at 2401 Linden Lane, Silver Spring MD 20910 301-585-9060

Teachers & Substitutes

Child Care Teachers and substitutes needed for Infants-School age Fulltime & parttime, EOE,

Send Resumes or fax 301-424-9477

Recruiting is now Simple! Get Connected

Roll Prep Operator

Comprint Printing, a division of Post Community Media, LLC, is seeking a dynamic individual for a roll prep operator (tender) for a Mitsubishi Diamondstar double wide press. Applicant must be able to operate a forklift with paper clamp attachment. Some computer and mechanical knowledge preferred. Must be able to work any shift and overtime when required.

Burtonsville, MD location is looking for friendly & energetic associates to join our team!

On-Site Career Fair will be held Tuesday, April 8 from 2pm -6pm Roy Rogers is Hiring Full Time & Part Time Positions & Assistant Restaurant Managers at our Burtonsville, MD location! Join our hospitality team of friendly guest service associates: • College Tuition Reimbursement • Flexible Scheduling • Discounted Meals • Driver’s Education Reimbursement • Opportunities for advancement and much, much more!!

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. This is a great career opportunity for the right individual. Please email or fax resume to: or fax to 301-670-7138. EOE

Please Apply in Person 15662 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866 We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


S huttle D rivers Shuttle Drivers



TCS is looking for Shuttle Bus Drivers at Dulles Airport. Class B CDL with passenger and air brake endorsements, current DOT physical card and 3 years of passenger driving experience required. Must pass pre-employment drug screen and possess clean driving record. Salary $13.75/hour • Full-Time positions • 24 Hour Operation Must be able to work all shifts

Contact Sehon Ross from 10AM to 3PM at



With ISP/OSP experience for N.VA/MD area. Good pay and benefits!

Fax resume to: 301-599-5890

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

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Roy Rogers Burtonsville, MD location is looking for friendly & energetic associates to join our team! On-site Career Fair will be held Tuesday, April 8 from 2pm-6pm. Roy Rogers is hiring full time and part time positions Kenwood Country Club & assistant restaurant managers at our Burtonsville, Bethesda MD location! P/T Evenings Join our hospitality team of friendly guest service asContact Chef Martin sociates 301 320 3000 x 1270 We have great benefits to offer: *College tuition reimbursement Part-Time *Flexible scheduling Local *Discount meals companies, *Driver’s education reimbursement National Children’s Center Local *Opportunities for advancement and much, much Making calls. For more info please more! candidates call Weekdays between 9a-4p Please apply in Person 15662 Old Columbia Pike Get Connected No selling! Sal + bonus + benes. Burtonsville MD 20866. We are an Equal OpportuniCall 301-333-1900 ty Employer.

Experienced Sauté Chef

Work From Home




Montgomery County Department of Transportation seeks individuals for full-time and part-time substitute Bus Operators as part of the County-operated transit system (Ride On). Employees’ starting salary will be $17.83 per hour plus any overtime earned. Work schedules vary depending upon work assignment, and are based on seniority. Interested applicants need to be able to read and write, have three years of driving experience, at least one year of direct customer service, 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, and no more then 1 point on their driving record (equivalency will be applied to non Maryland residents). Experience driving a transit bus is a plus. Resumes must be submitted online by April 12, 2014. To view entire job announcement and apply online, visit IRC13886. EOE M/F/H Job Assistance Fair Information: If you require assistance in the application process, please bring an electronic version of your resume and join us on Friday, April 4, 2014 – 2pm-5pm or Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 9am to 2pm at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, Maryland, lobby level auditorium. GC3187

DIRECT CARE ASSISTANTS FT/PT- Overnight Shift ~ working with emotionally disturbed adolescents in residential setting. Shift schedule 10:45 p.m. 7:15 a.m. High school graduate w/experience preferred and current CNA Certification from MD Board of Nursing required to apply. MD State Benefits include paid leave, subsidized health and life insurance, free parking. Salary $14 p/hr. plus shift differential. Apply in person between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m March 26 - April 4, 2014, M - F at JLG-RICA, Admin. Reception, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD at intersection of Broschart and Blackwell Roads - enter on Blackwell. EEO

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TIFFIN ALLEGRO DONATE AUTOS, BUS 2002: N o n TRUCKS, RV’S. smoker. Well kept LUTHERAN MISup with up to date SION SOCIETY. maintenance. 40ft. Your donation helps Diesel engine. local families with Must sell fast! Ask- food, clothing, shelter. ing $38,000. Call Tax deductible. 443-355-4226 MVA licensed.

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1997 TOYOTA 4 RUNNER limited 1 owner, loaded $$$$$ PAID! Running leather & sunroom, or Not, All Makes! MD inspected Free Towing! We’re $4499 Local! 7 Days/Week. Call 1-800-959-8518


Any Make, Model or Year. We Pay MORE! Running or Not. Sell Your Car or Truck TODAY. Free Towing! Instant Offer: 1-888-545-8647

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100k 2yr warranty & 1yr main pack left, grg kpt, fully loaded, well maint, non smoker, $24k 240- 800-4847



27K loaded, sunroom, auto, heated seats, md inspected $11999

2008 INFINITI G35 XS SPORT: Excellent Condition. 4 Door Sedan. Black on Black. 92,000 mi. Fully Loaded w/AWD, Premium Package, & NAV. $14,250 or Best Offer. Ser. Inq. only. 301-252-1839




2014 JETTA S

2014 GOLF 4 DOOR

2014 BEETLE 2.5L

#7380482, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

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OR 0% for 60 MONTHS







#7229632, Automatic Power Windows, Power Locks, Sunroof

#9009850, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Sunroof

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MSRP $28,350

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2002 Volvo V70


2007 Honda Accord EX-L

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo...#V0033A, Green, 110,020 miles..........$8,991 2010 New Beetle CPE. #V606150B, Gray, 50,127 miles................$11,991 2012 Jetta SE...............#VPR6113, Silver, 34,537 miles.................$12,594 2010 Toyota Prius...#V658032A, Gray, 65,455 miles..............$15,492 2007 BMW Z-4.......#V006539B, White, 69,522 miles.............$15,993 2010 Passat 2.0 Tech.#V024161A, Moca Brown, 32,227 miles...............$16,975 2012 Nissan Juke..#V257168A, White, 57,565 miles.............$17,992 2013 Jetta SE...........#VPR0027, White, 6,101 miles...............$17,823 2013 Jetta SE............#VPR0030, Silver, 4,340 miles................$17,893

2013 New Beetle..........#VPR0038, Silver, 4,549 miles..................$18,492 2013 Passat S...........#VPR0026, Black, 6,891 miles................$18,923 2014 Passat Wolfsburg. .#VPR0041, White, 2,878 miles................$19,752 2014 Passat Wolfsburg...#VPR0040, Grey, 5,227 miles.................$19,792 2014 Passat Wolfsburg...#VPR0039, Silver, 5,447 miles.................$19,992 2011 CC.....................#VP0035, White, 38,225 miles................$19,993 2014 Passat SE........#VPR0036, White, 5,965 miles...............$21,791 2012 Nissan Maxima. .#V073708A, Gray, 47,457 miles..............$23,991

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



#E0259A, 137k Miles


#422048B, 96k Miles



2007 VW Passat

2006 Lexus IS 250

Ourisman VW of Laurel 3371 Fort Meade Road, Laurel

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


#426047A, 78kMiles


2007 Jeep Wrangler X


#3258118A, 111k Miles


2008 Mazda Miata MX5 Grand Touring


#325094A, 21k Miles



#426006A, AWD With Navigation, 176k Miles


2009 Volvo XC-90


#P8834, w/Navigation, 106k Miles


#327213B, With Navigation, 87k Miles


2008 Ford Expedition L


#N0294, 89k Miles w/Navigation



2010 Lincoln Town Car

#422037C, 71k Miles



2009 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Crew Cab

#327217C, 63k Miles



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

#P8876, 39k Miles

#G0002, 47k Miles

#P8828, Entertainment System, 47k Miles

#426010A, 58k

#P8827, Navigation, 32k Miles

#422055A, 90k Miles

#422036A, 37k Miles

2006 Ford Fusion SE............................................$9,980 2010 Volvo XC-90.........................................................$23,980

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

2011 Volvo XC-60.........................................................$19,980 2012 Volvo XC-60 R-Design Platinum..........$32,980



15401 Frederick Rd, Rockville, MD

1.888.824.9165 DARCARS G559754

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#422051B, 121K Miles

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11 Nissan Versa 1.8S $$

#464060A, 6 Speed Manual, 30k Miles, Black, 1-Owner


13 Kia Rio LX $$


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

2006 Lexus IS 250

13 Toyota Corolla LE #R1781, 4 Speed $ Auto, 1-Owner, $


12K Miles



#422051B, 121K Miles

12 Scion TC $$


14FordFocusSE $$

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




13 Toyota Camry LE $$

#R1753, 1-Owner, 12K Miles, 6 Speed Auto


2007 Volvo S60



#N0294, 89k Miles w/Navigation


#426010A, 58k Miles

13 Toyota Camry SE $$


2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer #372287B, Sport Utility, 5 Speed, Black

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


$12,795 $12,795

$14,900 2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $14,900 #E0322, Classic Silver, 1-Owner, 33K Miles $15,499 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.......... $15,499 #P8858A, CVT Trans, 13k Miles, Bright Silver 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $16,990 $16,990 #472230A, 1-Owner. 26K Miles, 6 Speed,Aloe Green $17,495 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS. . $17,495 #363442A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, Sport Utility, Blue Metallic 2011 Ford Ranger XL.......... $17,900 $17,900 #467057B, 1-Owner, 30K Miles, Ext Cab, Oxford White


#E0296, 34K Miles


#422037C, 71k Miles



2010 Lincoln Town Car

13 Ford Escape S



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


#422005A, 67K Miles


12 Chrysler 300 LTD #469042A, $ 8 Speed Auto, 42K $ Miles, Grey


2011 Toyota Tacoma........... $17,900 $17,900 #467046A, Ext. Cab, 5 Sp Manual, 32k Miles, 1-Owner 2011 Nissan Juke S............ $18,985 $18,985 #450094A, 1-Owner, 36K Miles, CVTTrans, Black Station Wagon

$19,900 2010 Nissan XTerra SE........ $19,900 #464098A, 5 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, Silver Metallic, Sport Utility 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. $21,900 $21,900 #363225A, 6 SpeedAuto, 5k Miles, Sport Utility, Rally Red

2012 Toyota Sienna LE........ $22,500 $22,500 #472179A, 1-Owner, 28K Miles, 6 SpeedAuto, Cypress Pearl 2013 Nissan Quest SV......... $25,990 $25,990 #363238A, CVT Trans, 1-Owner, 11K Miles, White Pearl




2013 Chevrolet Cruze



2009 Volvo XC-90

#P8834, w/Navigation, 106k Miles

2008 Mazda Miata MX5 Grand Touring

#R1796, 1-Owner, 12K Miles, 6 Speed Auto

#426047A, 78kMiles

11 Toyota RAV4 $$

#P8948, 1-Owner, Sport Utility, 33K Miles

2011 Ford Escape 12 Hyundai Genesis Coupe #464070A, 2.0T, $ 5 Speed, 13K Miles, $



#426006A, AWD With Navigation, 176k Miles

2007 VW Passat

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

2003 Volvo S60

15625 Frederick Rd (Rte 355) • Rockville, MD | OPEN SUNDAY



2010 Volvo S40

#42603A, 50k Miles





2008 Ford Expedition L

#327213B, With Navigation, 87k Miles



1999 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4.............................$8,480 2012 VW Beetle..............................................................$13,980

#N0295A, 118k Miles

#N0323, 28k Miles

#429027A, 83k Miles

#P8884, 40k Miles

#G0002, 47k Miles

#98885, 9k Miles

#E0306, 34k Miles

#P8827, Navigation, 32k Miles

2001 Volvo XC70..........................................................$9,480 2012 Volvo S60................................................................$23,480

2006 Ford Fusion SE............................................$9,980 2013 Volvo S6............................................................$29,980 2013 Mazda3......................................................................$13,480 2011 Volvo XC-90..................................................$30,980



15401 Frederick Rd, Rockville, MD


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#325094A, 21k Miles



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2002 Honda Accord EX



#P8922A, Automatic, Very Clean Car

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2005 Toyota Matrix XR



#441031A, 5 Speed Manual, 1-Owner

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


#11124 2 At This Price: VINS: 854353, 854676


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







2014 Nissan Versa Note SV #R1825, Auto, 1Owner, 3.9K miles





#P8904, CVT Trans, Leather, Sunroof, 1-Owner

$15,495 -$500 -$500

2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class



#470267D, 3.0L Sport, RWD, 1-Owner, Auto

14,495 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle

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

#442018A, Auto, Convertible, Final Edition



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



With Bluetooth, Rearview Monitor #13114 2 At This Price: VINS: 190413, 194909

2014MSRP: NISSAN FRONTIER KC$21,255 4X2 S Sale Price:

#31014 With Automatic Transmission 2 At This Price: VINS: 717170, 716650

2012 Volvo C30 Premier Plus




2010 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL


2014 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S $



#446147B, 4WD, Automatic

#11614 2 At This Price: VINS:410790, 415357

#12213 2 At This Price: VINS: 766057, 767134

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

2003 Toyota 4 Runner SR5

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

Sale Price: Nissan Rebate NMAC Bonus Cash:

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

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