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The radiation levels emitted by cellphone towers on top of Poolesville’s water tower is well within acceptable levels, according to a town-commissioned study, but one resident isn’t satisfied with the results. The study by Radiofrequency Safety International Inc. of Kiowa, Kan., found that the amount of radio-frequency energy put out by the cell towers was well below the limits to which humans can be safely exposed. The Poolesville water tower holds antennas for AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint/ Nextel, which bring the town $167,000 a year in revenue from renting the space. According to the report, which the town commissioners requested in May, the highest reading recorded during the June 28 inspection was 0.2 percent of the level permitted by the Federal Communications Commission. The study cost the town $2,988, Town Manager Wade Yost wrote in an email Tuesday. The town is happy the emissions fall within the FCC standards, he said. Poolesville resident Thomas Orr, who lives

See RADIATION, Page A-9 In the search for a college athletic scholarship, parents have endless opportunities to spend money, including youth teams, camps run by college coaches, buying top equipment, and online recruiting sites that market athletes. The trend has led to children specializing in sports at earlier ages, which has led to more serious injuries, youth giving up free time to chase their athletic dreams, and in some cases burnout. Another trend is that many top athletes now are being forced to choose between their club and high school teams.

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Thomas S. Wootton High School tennis star Titas Bera went undefeated this spring, winning his third consecutive county singles championship and the state boys doubles title. Bera, a rising senior, hasn’t lost a singles match in three years of

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Game in Town.” In it, he estimated that parents spend $5 billion a year on youth sports. He says that’s a low guess; it doesn’t include gas and other expenses parents pay just getting their children to practice. Thurman’s daughter, Taylor, could run up a bill of $5,000 to $7,000 a year just on field hockey. Just one event on her Futures team cost about $2,800. Add in swimming and track, and that’s another $3,000 to $4,000. That’s just one child, who competes at Oberlin College in Ohio, but is not on scholarship. “Few athletes get full rides,” Thurman said.



Students who receive either partial or full athletic scholarships.


Children who drop out of youth sports by age 13. Reasons cited are adults, coaches and parents.



DOWN ON THE FARM Montgomery County continues tour tradition as farms welcome visitors, show off their products and offer special entertainment.



STEPPING HIS WAY TO THE TOP Bethesda man rises to among the best in the world at competitive stair climbing.


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andy Thurman had a rough idea how much she was spending on her daughters’ athletic pursuits — between $11,000 to $14,000. She knew that a field hockey stick went for $150 to $400 and that letting her children play on the Futures team — field hockey’s version of the Amateur Athletic Union — would cost nearly $3,000. While it was happening, though, “I didn’t realize I was spending all that money on it,” said Thurman, the Montgomery Blair High School field hockey coach. She chuckles now, thinking about the expenses of youth sports — the lucrative industry it has become. Baltimore author Mark Hyman wrote a book on the topic, titled “The Most Expensive

Process starts to name successor to Sen. Garagiola




State Sen. Rob Garagiola (D-Dist. 15) of Germantown won’t officially leave his Senate seat until Sept. 1, but the process of naming his replacement is beginning to heat up. The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee will meet on Sept. 10 to name a successor to Garagiola, and committee members already have begun interviewing potential candidates, Chairman Gabe Albornoz said. Albornoz said that while there are several unofficial candidates, only Del. Brian Feldman (D-Dist. 15) of Potomac has officially acknowledged interest in the post. Once the seat officially becomes vacant, the central committee will have 30 days to make a recommendation to the governor on who should fill the spot. Candidates have until Sept. 9 to submit a resume and letter of intent to be appointed for the Senate seat. Feldman has emerged as the front-runner, but his endorsement by the chairman and vice chairman of the District 15 Democratic Caucus in a June letter to the central committee has drawn some complaints that the seat was being handed to him without consideration of minority candidates.







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Landon’s Alex Leder drives in boys summer league basketball play. For more, go to clicked

CORRECTIONS A July 17 story about a discussion of solar panels in Poolesville incorrectly quoted two comments by resident George Motto. Motto suggested that the town buy, not build, a microturbine. Motto also suggested that the town clear trees to make room for solar panels. It was Town Manager Wade Yost who said that about two acres of trees would have to be removed.

SPORTS Check online for American Legion baseball playoff coverage.

A&E Get a free taste of Afro-Cuban music on Friday in Gaithersburg.

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A photo caption that ran in the July 17 edition of The Gazette about the Washington International Horse Show incorrectly identiďŹ ed the horse with Madeline Poss. It is Jest A Diva.


Kitten care, 7-8:30 p.m., A Cat Clinic, 14200 Clopper Road, Boyds. Veterinarian Dale Rubenstein discusses caring for kittens. Free. 301540-7770.



QuickBooks Training, 9:30 a.m., Maryland

Cello, guitar and electronics duo Janel and Anthony will perform in concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the United Therapeutics BioWall Plaza in Silver Spring. For more information, visit www or

Women’s Business Center, 95 Monroe St., Rockville. Learn how to use QuickBooks to pay bills and track the ďŹ nancial performance of a small business. $75. 301-315-8096. Storytime on the Lake: Beavers, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Black Hill Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. Come aboard the pontoon boat to hear a story and scout out the wonders of Little Seneca Lake. Ages 3-6. $5. Register at



Sun Prints, 10-11 a.m., Black Hill Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. Make works of art from materials found during a short hike. $10. Register at www.



Farm Animal Sanctuary open house, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Star Gazing

Farm, 16760 Whites Store Road, Boyds. Tour Star Gazing Farm, a nonproďŹ t animal sanctuary, to meet the animals up close and enjoy hands-on craft classes and animal demos. Free. 301-349-0802.

brary, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Find out how and why NASA scientists study natural disastes. Ages 8-14. Free, register online. 240-773-9444. Magical Midsummer Night’s Storytime, 6 p.m., The Academy of Fine Arts, 8451 Helgerman Court, Gaithersburg. Join professional storyteller Rita as she leads children through participatory stories that involve magic and fairies. Free. 301-947-9705. Flute and classical guitar concert, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. The Friedman-Wysong Duo will present a summer concert of ute and classical guitar music from Europe, South America and the U.S. $10 for general public, $8 for members, free for ages 12 and younger.

microenterprise organizations and government agencies. 301-315-8096. Shazam! Magic, 2:30-3:15 p.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St. Magician Peter Woods. Free; tickets required. 240-773-9444.

Lake Frank/Lake Needwood Sunrise Walk,

7 a.m.-noon, Caribou Coffee, 5562 Norbeck Road, Derwood. 10K and 6K walks around the lakes; pets allowed, but trail is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers. Free. 301-980-6982. Funding Options, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Maryland Women’s Business Center, 95 Monroe St., Rockville. Programs available through banks,


Montgomery Hospice Drop-in Discussion About Grief and Healing, 6:30-8 p.m., Mont-

gomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville. For anyone mourning the death of a loved one. Free, registration required. 301-921-4400.

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Buddhist master to lead ceremonies at Poolesville temple The Tibetan Buddhist master His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche will be in Poolesville on Aug. 4 to perform an “empowerment” ceremony at the Kunzang Palyul Chöling Buddhist Temple.


The Amitabha and Amitayus, the two empowerments being offered, are both related to health and longevity. They will begin at 10 a.m., said Claire Waggoner, who’s helping organize the event. A lunch will be held at 2 p.m. Rinpoche is the 12th throne holder of the Palyul lineage of the Buddhist Nyingma tradition, and oversees thousands of monks and nuns in temples and monasteries in India, Tibet and other areas. Born in 1970 in southern India, he was enthroned in 2000 at the main Palyul monastery in Tibet. Rinpoche will be leading a retreat in New York, and will come down to Maryland for the event, Waggoner said. Everyone is welcome to attend, she said. Palyul is one of the six major divisions of Nyingma, one of the four branches of Buddhism, according to information provided by Waggoner. The Amitabha empowerment represents the Buddha of limitless light, and is often prayed to when someone dies, to bring a good rebirth. Amitayus is the Buddha of longevity, to whom prayers are believed to bring about a long life. The suggested donation to attend the event is $40, but $25 for seniors and full-time students. It will be held in a tent on the lawn of the temple at 18400 River Road. For more information and to register, go to, call 301-7106259 or email

Cybersecurity camp is for middle-schoolers Montgomery College’s Germantown campus will offer a one-week summer camp, Monday through Aug. 2, for middle school students interested in the growing field of cybersecurity. The session provides hands-on activities focused on science, technology, engineering, math and cybersecurity. Students will be taught basic concepts of programming, forensics, cryptography and program management from a series of gaming, modeling and simulation activities that explore the interconnections of science, math, technology and computers, according to the school. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The campus is at 20200 Observation Drive. The cost is $250 for county residents. Registration at

Ex-Redskins to play in softball fundraiser The inaugural Redskins Alumni Association softball tournament will be held Sept. 7 at Morris Park in Gaithersburg. The coed double-elimination tournament will start at 8 a.m. and continue on two fields during the day, with the championship game set for 8 p.m. The park is at 421 Summit Hall Road. All players will receive a T-shirt. A DJ, food vendors and silent auctions will be featured, while attendees will have the opportunity to meet former Redskins players. Money raised at the event will be donated to Literacy for a Lifetime. Usborne Publishing will match 50 percent of the total earned at the tournament to donate books to underprivileged children in the Washington, D.C., area. Team registration forms for T-shirt orders are due Aug. 18. For more information, visit or contact event manager Lindsay King at

County teams up with Univision Montgomery County is teaming up with Noticias Washington, the area’s Univision television station. The county will have a weekly news segment called “Montgomery al Día,” or “Montgomery Today.” The segment will highlight programs, services and events related to the county’s departments. Lorna Virgilí, a Spanish language broadcast journalist and public information officer with the county, will lead the segment. It will be shown during Friday newscasts of Noticias Washington.

Help the Hungry food drive this weekend Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County’s primary

food bank, will hold its July Help the Hungry food drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at all 27 Giant Food stores in Montgomery County. Volunteers will be in front of the supermarkets to accept donations of nonperishable foods. Items on the Manna Healthy Food Wish List include canned tuna and salmon packed in water, canned or dried beans, brown rice and oatmeal. The complete list will be available at the stores. “The current need for donations of canned products is critical during these summer months,” Jenna Umbriac, director of nutrition programs for Manna, wrote in an email. “While we are able to provide our clients with an abundance of fresh produce this season, we are very low on staple nonperishable items.”

TV show looks for Montgomery participants Producers of the DIY Network show “I Want That” are looking for

homeowners in Montgomery County to be on the program. The show features homeowners demonstrating smart appliances, gadgets, tools and other products in their homes. Participants will get to keep the products they demonstrate. The show’s casting team is looking for “enthusiastic, clear-spoken homeowners,” particularly those with flexible schedules during the week, according to a news release from the show. Homes within a 30-minute drive of downtown Washington will be particularly considered. Some basic knowledge of home improvement is required, although the show is not a renovation or homemakeover program. Applications for the show can be found at new-diy-series-casting-in-washingtondc/index.html.

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Save 10 Mile Creek rally in Silver Spring The Save 10 Mile Creek Coalition hold a rally from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday in Royce Hanson Park next to the Montgomery County Planning Board offices at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Spring Street in downtown Silver Spring. That’s the day that planning department staff will present their draft and request a public hearing date for their plan on 10 Mile Creek. The coalition says none of the plans under consideration adequately protect the Clarksburg creek. For more information, visit

New system for reporting animal emergencies Individuals in Montgomery County should now call the Police Emergency Communications Center at 911 or Montgomery County 311 to report animal emergencies and complaints. According to county officials, individuals should call 911 to report animal-related emergencies such as animal attacks in progress; an animal locked in a hot car; animal cruelty in progress; or an animal creating a traffic hazard. They may call the police nonemergency number, 301-279-8000, to report animal-related complaints such as a sick or injured animal or one that appears abandoned; an animal neglect situation; an animal in a trap issued by Montgomery County; an animal in distress due to severe weather conditions, such as those without shelter or water; an animal threatening the well-being of a community member, but not in progress; an animal bite or attack, again, not in progress; or an animal nuisance such as a barking dog or caretakers not cleaning up after a pet. The MC311 Information Center will handle reports of dead deer along roadways. Call 311 or 240-777-0311 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Other times, use the center’s website, People can continue to call 240773-5960 to reach the Montgomery


Will Loftus, 5, of Poolesville and other children watch as Maryland Science Center staff give demonstrations of the various states of matter Thursday at the Poolesville Library. Here, boiling water and liquid nitrogen are combined to create condensation. County Animal Shelter to inquire about pet adoptions, the low-cost spay and neuter program or pet licensing, or to report a lost pet or other animal shelter matters. They also can continue to call 240773-5925 to reach the police Animal Services Division to speak with an animal services officer, to follow up on a previously reported animal-related complaint, to inquire about the Animal Matters Hearing Board or to inquire about rabies vaccination clinics.

Group seeks women for candidate training Emerge Maryland, a group dedicated to helping Democratic women run for public office, will begin accepting applications for its course beginning in October and running through April. “Basically, we train women to be candidates,” said Diane Fink, the organization’s executive director. The online application process, open through Sept. 7, can be found on the group’s website at Twenty women will be accepted. The training will provide more than 70 hours of training in areas such as fundraising, campaign management, networking and other skills needed to run a political campaign.

The nonprofit also operates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Virginia and Wisconsin.

DEATHS Maxwell Croft Howard Maxwell Croft Howard, 91, formerly of Rockville, died July 17, 2013, at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. A service will take place at 10 a.m. July 27 at Pumphrey’s Funeral Home in Rockville, followed by interment at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Charles Gordon Hollister Charles “Chuck” Gordon Hollister, 82, formerly of Gaithersburg and recently of Schuyler, Neb., died July 18, 2013, in David City, Neb. Funeral services took place at 11 a.m. July 22 at the Svoboda Funeral Home South Chapel in Wahoo, Neb., followed by burial at the Cedar Grove Extension Cemetery in New Bern, N.C.

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Engineering, with a side of spaghetti n

Area students learn, design, build in Johns Hopkins program BY


The bridges had to be strong and stable — and made of spaghetti. Charged with this unusual engineering task, a group of about 40 high school students worked intently Thursday with the uncooked yellow strands to build a roughly half-meter structure they had designed to support more weight than their competitors’. The project was one of many opportunities the students, mostly from the Washington, D.C., area, had over the past several weeks to immerse themselves in engineering during Johns Hopkins University’s Engineering Innovation summer program at its Rockville campus. By the time July 26 marks the end of the four-week class — based on an introductory engineering course for Johns Hopkins freshman — the students will have covered a variety of engineering fields from electrical to mechanical to chemical in both lectures and hands-on activities. “What the kids enjoy are the hands-on projects and applying what they’re hearing in their lectures to practical problems,” said Karen Borgsmiller, the program’s director. The young engineering students in Rockville are among about 320 students who took part in the program around the country this summer. To be eligible for the program, the high school students were required to have taken Algebra 2 and trigonometry as well as a class in either chemistry, biology or physics. Borgsmiller said one goal of the course is to help students learn more about engineering before choosing it as a major. “It’s an opportunity for them to learn a little bit more about the field before they check that box,” Borgsmiller said. For those already sure they want to pursue engineering, she said, the program can help them examine the different areas of the field.


Kevin Li, 16, of Clarksville (left) and Jackie Aybar, 16, of Rockville work together July 18 to glue pasta into rods for a spaghetti bridge project at the Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation summer program in Rockville.

The program — which also includes a research paper and several lab reports — pushes the students to solve difficult problems rather than memorize information, Borgsmiller said. Alana Wertheimer — a 17-year-old rising senior at Georgetown Day School — said the program has served as an introduction to different areas of engineering and helped confirm her interest. “This course so far has helped me decide that I really do want to major in engineering,” said Wertheimer of Potomac. Wertheimer said she and her fellow students analyzed spaghetti’s material prop-

erties, including how far it could bend and stretch. “It’s just the same as testing iron or some other metal — what are the limits that it can stretch to and move in a bridge,” she said. In another project, the students developed a circuit board that could be used to communicate with a robot and cause it to move toward a light placed in front of one of three sensors. Ben Sannicolas, a student at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, said he enjoyed learning about electrical engineering, a subject area he said was new territory for him. “When I go to college, I’m trying to decide whether I want to do something like computer science, whether I want to do some kind of engineering, whether I want to do something maybe in finance,” Sannicolas said. “I thought if I took this it would give me a better idea of engineering.” Fred Katiraie — a long-time program instructor and a math professor at Montgomery College — said he thinks it’s important for students to get involved and interested in engineering early to help them take courses such as math and physics more seriously. The goal of Johns Hopkins’ program, he said, is to expose the high school students to a field he thinks needs more members. “I sincerely hope to spark an interest and have them exposed to different branches,” he said. About 80 percent of students who participated in the program went on to major in math, science or engineering in college, Borgsmiller said, adding the majority of those students choose engineering. Katiraie said he had seen the students grow friendships as well as their engineering knowledge. Wertheimer said she enjoyed making friends with people from different schools and backgrounds united by at least one shared interest. “We all have the common denominator of engineering,” she said.

Judge orders North Bethesda man to serve 16 years in prison Defense contends longtime family stress was partly behind crime spree n


In the months before he went on a spree of armed robberies in January 2012 in Montgomery County, Ramon Gunn seemed to have it all. A recent graduate from Barry University, Gunn, now 27, had landed a job at MedImmune in Gaithersburg earning $70,000 a year. An Eagle Scout, he also had earned a master’s in accounting, bought a new Mercedes and moved into an upscale apartment building in North Bethesda. His girlfriend, who aspired to become a doctor in the Navy, had moved from Michigan to Bethesda to study medicine at the Uniformed Service University of Medicine. Then, Gunn bought a replica handgun and cased restaurants and salons, returning days later to rob them. The crimes confused family members and law officials. “By your actions, you’ve thrown your life away, and I’m not really sure why,” Judge Marielsa A. Bernard of the Montgomery County Circuit Court told Gunn on Thursday, ordering him to serve 16 years in prison and suspending the additional 95 years of the 111-year sentence she imposed. Gunn has been indicted on similar charges in Delaware, officials said.

Police caught Gunn robbing the Night Dreams store in Rockville on Feb. 20, 2012. It was one of a half-dozen crimes he told police he had committed, according to court records, which show that the spree began with a robbery at a Subway restaurant in Germantown. Gunn also robbed employees of hair salons and fast-food restaurants in Rockville and Gaithersburg. At one salon, he sexually assaulted a female employee, according to court reGunn cords. “This was the product of great thought and great planning over and over again,” Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney John Lalos told Bernard. In total, police pegged him to seven armed robberies in Montgomery County. He allegedly committed two others in Delaware while on a business trip there, lawyers said in court, adding that the lack of apparent motive made the situation all the more “bizarre.” Gunn’s lawyer and his family members attributed Gunn’s crime binge to longtime emotional stress that had been building around his relationship with his father, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other factors. “Mr. Gunn needs to own this,” Lalos said, asking for a 70-

year sentence, with 40 years suspended, so Gunn would serve 30 years in prison. Laura Kelsey Rhodes, Gunn’s attorney, had asked for 18 months in jail, on top of the 18 months he has already spent in jail, as well as probation and GPS monitoring. She argued that he had no prior criminal history and would be more likely to be rehabilitated in the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation jail than in a state prison — where he would serve a longer sentence — and with continued therapy. In sentencing Gunn to 16 years in prison, Bernard chose a middle ground, saying, “I can’t consider an 18-month sentence.” Although Gunn had accepted responsibility for his actions, “this is not something where you can just snap your fingers and this is going to be done and over,” Bernard said. Gunn pleaded guilty to seven counts of armed robbery and one count of fourth-degree sex offense in December 2012. Rhodes attributed Gunn’s actions to a “psychotic break” and argued that Gunn had been under “huge pressure” in 2011. “We know now he needs treament,” she said, calling his actions “further evidence he wasn’t on notice for how ill he was.” Gunn’s victims, meanwhile, said they carried the memories and mental scars of his robberies. “I feel like he’s taken something from me,” one victim said. Said another: “I live my life in fear, to be honest.”

Gunn said the time he has spent in jail “opened his eyes.” “There isn’t a day or night where I don’t think about all the suffering I caused you,” he said, apologizing to his victims and family. Gunn’s crimes caught his friends and family by surprise. Family members said in court that Gunn seemed unaware of the ramifications of his actions when he was arrested. “It still doesn’t make sense to me,” said Richard Duncan, Gunn’s uncle. “That’s not the Ramon I knew growing up.” Lindsey Kiss, a Navy ensign studying to be a physician, said she met Gunn while the two were in school in Florida. He encouraged her to move home to Michigan to prepare for her exams to apply for medical school, she said. But they quarreled when he learned that she wanted to join the military. After Gunn was arrested, she visited him in the hospital. “I was playing football and got tackled,” she said he told her. Later, he admitted he had been arrested for armed robbery. The two are still a couple, she said in court. “I love him. I think that he’s a really good person who made a really bad mistake. ... I believe in him.” Gunn’s father visited him earlier last week, Gunn said. He hadn’t been expecting the visit, but his father told him, “No matter what happens, we love you.” “He’s never said anything like that before,” Gunn said, weeping.

County farms to be open for annual tour Fruit, cider, wine will be on display, for sale




Touring farms this weekend in Montgomery County can include more than picking up some local produce. Visitors to the Heyser Farm in Silver Spring can also kick back in the farm’s orchard and enjoy a bottle of wine amid the trees. The farm, which specializes in peaches this time of year and apples in the fall, now has a winery license and tasting room, said farm manager Mike Heyser. The farm off New Hampshire Avenue works with Matt Cimino, a winemaker with Great Shoals Winery in Somerset County, to produce a number of products including hard ciders and sparkling wines. Farm tour visitors will be able to taste the wines or purchase them by the glass, bottle or case. Thirteen farms and animal facilities across Montgomery County will welcome visitors, show off their products and offer special entertainment at the 24th annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors to the farms can see how a variety of fruits and vegetables grow and how eggs, cheese and meats are produced during the tour. Farm-produced products are also for sale. In addition to several working farms, the tour will include farm-related venues such as Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, a 400-acre animal refuge that rescues abused and abandoned farm animals, and the King Farm Dairy Mooseum in Germantown. The purpose of the Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, which started in 1989, is to promote awareness among county residents of the scope of farming in their own backyard, said Jeremy Criss, agricultural services manager for the county. Criss said there are 561 farms in Montgomery County, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 2007 census, 217 produce food you can eat at the table, he said. The rest are commodity farms — those that raise wheat, soy-

beans, field corn or hay. The USDA census is published every five years, Criss said and the 2012 report will not be available until later this year. A farm is defined “as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the year,” according to the USDA. Agriculture contributes in excess of $243 million annually to the economy of Montgomery County and employs about 10,000 people, Criss said. In the state, it is big business — the biggest. “The No. 1 industry in the state of Maryland is agriculture. It is the No. 1 business in terms of both people employed and land mass use,” Criss said. “Maryland agriculture is a $8.25 billion annual business.” Though there are so many farms in Montgomery County, Criss said, only about a dozen can handle the more than 5,000 people expected to participate in the Farm Tour and Harvest Sale this weekend. “Over the years the program evolved to include those farms with a farm market [almost exclusively],” he said. Traditional farms were not set up for so many visitors in terms of parking and allowing people to roam through their fields and barns. “Not every farmer can deal with hundreds and hundreds of people coming,” he said. Ben Allnutt of Homestead Farm in Poolesville said Farm Tour Weekend does not make a difference in his bottom line, because many of his regular customers visit different farms that weekend, ones are not regularly open. Still, he said, it’s a good day. “And you can guarantee it will be the hottest day of the year,” he said. The Farm Tour and Harvest Sale will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Seven of the sites participating in the weekend tour are open both Saturday and Sunday, and six are open Saturday only. Specific information is available at


Homestead Farm employee Bridgid Sullivan assists customers on Sunday afternoon in Poolesville.


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Investigation: Rock Terrace School program ‘poorly managed’ n

Probe finds ‘no attempts’ to defraud students; principal to retire BY


An initial investigation by Montgomery County Public Schools found the work-study program at Rock Terrace School was “poorly managed” and “money was inappropriately used,” according to a Thursday letter from Christopher S. Garran, associate superintendent of county high schools, to the school’s parents. However, there does not appear to have been fraudulent activity by school staff, the letter says. The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office is continuing to investigate the allegations with assistance from the school system. Thursday’s letter said the school’s principal, Dianne G. Thornton, who had been on administrative leave, announced her retirement effective Aug. 1. The Rockville school serves developmentally disabled students.

“To date, the investigation has found that there appears to have been no attempt to intentionally defraud students and their families of funds provided to students as part of their educational program,” the letter said. The letter was posted on the school’s website late last week and a recorded phone call went out to parents and staff directing them to the letter, said Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the school system. Parents claimed weeks ago that the school’s administration had misappropriated the funds. Tofig said he could not comment on whether Thornton’s retirement was related to the investigation, saying it was a personnel matter. Reached by phone on Monday, Thornton said she was not interested in commenting. Tofig said the investigation involved interviews with several parents and the school’s staff. Student bank account records at the school were found “incomplete” and the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office will request account records from the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union using subpoenas, the letter said.

Accounts were created at the credit union to hold money students earned through work-study experiences. The school system also sent a second letter to the family of every student known to have a credit union account or who was in the payroll system, Tofig said in an email, adding that families of students from prior years were included. “MCPS sent letters home to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act so that we could share information that would allow the State’s Attorney’s office to subpoena records from the credit union and provide other information to assist in the State’s Attorney’s investigation,” he said in the email. The second letter said the school system’s investigation, which is continuing, “has not found criminal wrongdoing.” “Nevertheless, MCPS and the State’s Attorney’s Office believe that a thorough investigation requires complete bank records on the credit union accounts that were opened by students, with staff assistance, as part of their transition to work educational experience,” it said. The school system’s initial investigation found that some money Rock Terrace students had earned through

Citizen committee considering pay levels for the next council, executive Current elected leaders already scheduled for salary increase this year




Montgomery County Council and Executive Isiah Leggett will get a raise this fiscal year, along with county employees, but the next council and executive could be paid even more. Every four years, a sevenmember compensation committee convenes to evaluate the salaries of the council, the executive, the county sheriff and the state’s attorney and to recommend how much those who will hold office after the next election should make. The citizen committee’s recommendation — if approved by the council — would not change pay for current county leaders, as that is prohibited by state law. But it will establish salaries for those elected in the November 2014 general election. Regardless of what the committee decides for the future, the current crop of elected officials is slated for a pay raise this fiscal year, which started July 1, according to a council news release. Currently, members of the all-Democratic council earn $104,022 annually. The council presidents receives an additional salary, for a total of $114,425. Leggett (D) earns $180,250. Sheriff Darren Popkin (D) earns $154,000 and John McCarthy (D), the state’s attorney, makes $199,000, according to a county news release and county salary data. For council members,

Leggett and McCarthy, their pay will go up at different points this fiscal year by whichever is lower, the average regional Consumer Price Index for a 12-month period, or 3.25 percent — which is the same amount the county approved as a cost of living increase for members of its general employees union, United Food and Commercial Workers/ Municipal and County Government Employee’s Organization local 1994. At most, council members’ salaries could increase approximately $3,381. Leggett’s salary could go up as much as approximately $5,858 and McCarthy’s as much as about $6,468. Popkin also will get a salary bump this year. His pay will increase 2.1 percent — the amount approved for members of the police union, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 — or the index, whichever is lower. Popkin’s salary could increase as much as $3,234. The compensation committee is scheduled to issue its recommendations no later than mid-September. Residents have until Aug. 9 to comment on what their elected leaders will make next term. Residents can e-mail comments to or mail comments to Jean Arthur’s attention at Compensation Committee, Montgomery County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., 5th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850. Every member of Montgomery’s current elected leadership either plans to run for re-election or is considering a different county office. Popkin and McCarthy have filed to run again for

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the program had been put toward school activities. Other work experience programs in the system’s high schools generally treat the money as the students’, according to the first letter, which was posted on the school website. Some parents also were not told the students were being paid or about the bank accounts, the letter says. The school’s work program will continue during the upcoming school year, as will other high schools’ programs, but the stipends will be put on hold “until the district is able to clarify whether these stipends should be treated as earned income.” Garran said in the letter that a community meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school will give parents the chance to hear about the investigation from school system staff and ask questions. Tofig said it is likely that Larry Bowers, the school system’s chief operating officer, Garran and members of the system’s special education department would be at the meeting. He said he did not know if Thornton would attend. Lyda Astrove, a Rockville lawyer and special-education advocate working with Rock Terrace parents, said she

was pleased to hear about the community meeting. “I think that is an excellent first step toward bringing this all to a resolution,” she said. Astrove said she thinks that questions remain, including those about how much the students made, where exactly the money went and if the students will see the money. “This isn’t a happy thing for all these families that this happened but this is the first step on the road to making it right,” she said. Tamara Clark, whose son recently graduated and earned money while a student there, said she was bothered by the school system’s decision to suspend the stipends for all students in the work-study programs. “They [the students] have an opportunity to get paid for work, and now they’re punishing everybody,” Clark said. Clark called the letter posted to the website “wimpy” and said she still has a lot of questions. “I want to know where the money went,” she said. “And I want to know why us parents weren’t told.”

Mizeur launches gubernatorial campaign Takoma Park delegate stresses importance of service n



Del. Heather Mizeur kicked off her campaign for governor with a series of events across the state emphasizing the importance of service. The events included a meeting Friday with supporters in Glenarden for which people were asked to bring supplies for a Capitol Heights shelter for women and children, restoring a playground in Silver Spring on Saturday, cleaning up marshlands in Cambridge on Sunday and reading with campers at a summer program in Baltimore

on Monday. At the Silver Spring event, about 30 volunteers braved intense heat to help repaint areas for hopscotch, foursquare and other games at Galway Elementary School, Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park said. Mizeur, 40, joins a Democratic primary field that includes Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who has chosen Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as his running mate. Attorney General Douglas Gansler has said he’ll run, but doesn’t plan to start campaigning formally until the fall. Harford County Executive David Craig and Anne Arundel Del. Ronald George (Dist. 37B) are seeking the Republican nomination. Craig recently picked Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (Dist.

37B) of Newcomb as his running mate. Mizeur said she’s emphasizing service in her campaign because community service offers people a chance to talk and work with people they otherwise might not. One of her focuses in office would be to create a statewide service corps, along with rethinking how Maryland creates jobs and approaches the criminal justice system. “I think it’s time to fundamentally change the way we do business, how we govern this state,” Mizeur said. She added that the comment wasn’t intended as a criticism of the administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).


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Man behind string of thefts, assault, robberies pleads guilty Police tracked him by GPS ankle bracelet he wore as a condition of a prior sentence



The man behind a series of robberies, thefts from autos, and assaults in Germantown pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Thursday. Elwood Antoneo Martin, 29, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to eight counts, including robbery, assault, and assorted theft and rogue and vagabond charges. He will spend up to 14 years in prison, according to his plea deal. Elwood pleaded guilty to one crime which took place April 1 in which he walked next to a woman as she was getting into her car, then opened her passen-

“He will have time to think about the pain and suffering he has caused his victims.” Ramon Korionoff, spokesman, State’s Attorney’s office ger side door, said “excuse me, ma’am,” and took her purse, wallet, money, and phone, according to court records. Martin also pleaded guilty to another robbery, which took place 10 days later, where he grabbed a woman from behind while she was getting mail from her mailbox. In the struggle, the woman was thrown to the ground, striking her head so hard she wasn’t able to remember all the details of the assault, court records show.

Martin stole a purse, wallet, MP3 player, and cellphone. After she reported the incident, Fire and Rescue personnel took her to a clinic, where a doctor had to stitch up a long cut running up to her scalp, and the inside of her cheek, which had been bruised in the assault, according to the records. When Martin was arrested, a judge set bail at $1 million. Martin also pleaded guilty to two robberies which took place in January. In one of those, while robbing a woman, Martin pulled a diamond ring off of her finger. In an event which took place later that month, he told a woman, “Give me the money or I’ll slash your throat.” Police were ultimately able to connect Martin to the crimes because he was being tracked with a GPS ankle bracelet which put him at the scenes of the separate crimes, Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Chaikin said in court,

adding that police also found recovered purses at spots mapped by the GPS device. He had been wearing the GPS device as a condition of probation from a previous crime which he had been sentenced for, according to court officials. And police recovered some of thestolenitemsfromplaceswhere Martin was staying or from people who said they had purchased the items from a man matching his description, according to court records and prosecutors. Martin is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 26. “To assault women as they get their mail, drive their cars or walk down the streets of their neighborhoods and rob them not only of their possessions but also rob them of their peace of mind is anathema to our civil society in Montgomery County. Mr. Martin violated the social contract and must now pay the price. Serving at least 10 years behind bars ... he will have time to think about the pain and suffering he has caused his victims,” said Ramon Korionoff, spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office. Adam Harris, Martin’s public defender, declined to comment on the case.

Woman swipes cards, racks up fraudulent charges, police say Thief stole cards out of backpack of woman in wheelchair n


The credit card thefts took place in the most innocuous of locations. In one case, cards were taken from the purse of a 51-year-old woman picking up her food order at a Panera in Aspen Hill. In the other case, cards were stolen from a backpack slung over the back of a 48-yearold woman’s wheelchair at the Westfield Montgomery Mall. In both cases, the thief charged thousands of dollars to the cards. On July 17, police released photos and video of the woman they believe is behind the two crimes. She is a woman of medium build, wearing a teal shirt in one picture, and a dark sleeveless dress and sunglasses in another. Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying her. “The suspect was just waiting for an opportunity,” Montgomery County Police Officer Rebecca Innocenti said. In both crimes, the thief racked

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From left, Chic to Chic Consignment Boutique president Ellen Didion, clothing consultant Jordan Ruth and security guard Quentin Smith in the Gaithersburg shop. Ruth has worked at Chic to Chic for five years and Smith has been there about two months.

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‘We just can’t afford it’ BY


Ellen Didion would like to provide health insurance for her 20 employees. But the more the president of Chic to Chic, a high-end consignment boutique with stores in Gaithersburg and Frederick, and So Tres Chic & Tan in Gaithersburg, looks into the matter, the more difficult and expensive it becomes. “Health care costs are so prohibitive, especially to small businesses that are struggling to stay in business,” Didion said. “It would be nice to be able to afford health insurance and would help me stay competitive in attracting and keeping good employees. But we just can’t afford it.” In early July, President Barack Obama agreed to a change in the Affordable Care Act that would delay until 2015 the employer mandate portion of the law, which will force employers with more than 50 employees to pay a penalty if they don’t provide employees with health insurance. But individuals still have to obtain health insurance by January or pay a penalty, which analysts say could cause businesses that don’t offer insurance to lose good workers to those that do. Republicans and some business groups have been quick to criticize Obama for not delaying the individual mandate a year as well. The House of Representatives this week passed legislation that would delay the individual mandate by a year, but the bill faces opposition in the Senate and by the Obama administration. “If the president’s going to give relief to businesses, he ought to give relief from these harsh mandates to families and individuals, too,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement. Delaying implementation of the individual mandate could allow Congress time to make more permanent changes to the law that are needed, said Susan Eckerly, senior vice president of public policy for the National Federation of Independent Business, which represents small businesses. The employer mandate is discouraging businesses from creating more jobs and should be repealed permanently, Eckerly said. A tax on insurers that will be passed to small businesses also needs to be repealed, she said. “Small employers need permanent remedies to the most harmful provisions in the law, which are already impacting their businesses and their employees,” Eckerly said. “Only permanent relief will encourage business owners to hire additional personnel.” If the individual mandate is not delayed, individuals without health insurance will face paying the higher amount of either $95 or 1 percent of their annual taxable income next year. The penalty will rise to $325 or 2 percent of income in 2015 and $695 or 2.5 percent of annual income in 2016. For the employer mandate in 2015, businesses with more than 50 employees that don’t offer health insurance face a penalty of $2,000 per employee, minus the first 30 workers. For example, a non-providing company with 50 employees would pay $40,000.

date could make it harder to hire people who need insurance and aren’t covered by their families, she said. She has run the boutiques for more than 16 years. “I love this business and want to continue. I provide a service to the community by recycling items,” Didion said. “But this situation creates a lot of uncertainty.” It is unfortunate that there are insurance mandates, but that could be for the better, as having more people with insurance would help stabilize the system and potentially reduce what people with insurance pay to cover emergency-room visits that those without health insurance make, said Clark Kendall, founder and president of Rockville-based Kendall Capital Management. Kendall also co-chairs the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Committee. The chamber has organized several meetings lately on the law, including a presentation in June by Julie Verratti, an adviser with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Some clients of Kendall’s financial advisory firm are near the 50-employee mark. Because of the mandate, Kendall said many of them are weighing their choices very carefully. “They are looking into whether they want to go over that threshold or not,” he said. Among small businesses that will be affected by the employer mandate, one-half of respondents to a recent online survey by Harris Interactive said they will either cut hours to re-

Could make it harder to hire While the employer mandate will not impact Didion’s business, the individual man-

duce full-time employees or replace full-time employees with part-timers to avoid the mandate. Some 24 percent said they will reduce hiring to stay under 50 employees. Kendall provides his four employees with health insurance. “Overall, we try to compensate for people working hard, working smart,” he said. Jerry Therrien, president of Therrien Waddell Construction Group in Gaithersburg, provides health insurance for his 26 employees as well, but some of them opt out of it. “Some choose to use their spouse’s plan,” he said. Therrien doesn’t believe employees are applying for jobs simply for the benefits. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, a marketplace being organized by the state to allow individuals and small businesses to purchase insurance in Maryland, is expected to open by October. The health insurance law remains the top concern for small businesses, according to the Harris survey, which was done this month for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Some 71 percent of smallbusiness respondents said the health care law makes it harder to hire, and only 30 percent said they were prepared for the law. Some 25 percent admitted they didn’t know the exact requirements. Katie Pohlman contributed to this report.





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Dear — and clean — Abby Mercedes Booker of Forestville and Christian Rivera of Germantown, along with other Dogtopia employees, volunteer their time Sunday as they bathe dogs, including Abby, a Pomeranian, for donations to Veterans Moving Forward and America’s VetDogs. The fundraiser was held at the dogcare store’s North Bethesda location. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE


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Whether on private land or along county streets, for nearly every tree that residents remove, Montgomery County will now require three trees planted in its place. In his work “The Lorax,” Dr. Seuss created a character who spoke for the trees and on Tuesday, Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring said Montgomery County Council was speaking for its canopy and the trees that line county roads by passing two bills regulating the removal of trees. Both

bills go into effect in March 2014. The bills seek to protect the trees with permits and fees imposed on residents and builders who remove them. With the first bill passed, the council took steps to preserve trees along county roads. Known as bill 41-12, Roadside Trees, the bill requires anyone wanting to trim, remove or otherwise work on a tree in the county’s right of way obtain a county permit first and pay to replace nearly every tree removed with three more. It took 19 drafts and multiple last-minute amendments, but the council passed the bill, 7-2. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen and Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park opposed the bill. State law already regulates roadside trees by requiring those who cut one down get a permit from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. However, in 2009, state lawmakers gave counties leeway to impose stricter regulations, if they saw fit. Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park called the roadside tree bill unnecessary legislation. Under the new law, the county will require an additional, local permit for roadside tree work, which will cost residents and builders about $135. And for nearly every tree removed, three new trees must be planted. Only trees that pose a danger would be exempt from the permit fee and the requirement to replace it, as would existing stumps or stumps left behind by county or utility work. Pepco and other utility companies would not be subject to the new law. It costs Montgomery $250 to plant a shade tree, and $150 to plant an ornamental, or smaller, tree, according to county staff. The roadside tree bill would require replacing a removed tree with one tree on site and paying into a special fund to plant two others. The county will use the money in the fund to plant trees in areas where it has very few

trees, like its urban districts. But if a new tree cannot be planted where the old one was removed, the permit holder must pay into the fund for that tree. While the first bill regulates roadside trees, and supplements existing state law, the second bill, known as bill 3512, Tree Canopy Conservation, goes where the county has not ventured before, said Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda. The bill passed unanimously. “We are making a very significant advance in terms of protecting our tree canopy in our county,” he said of the canopy bill. “We are doing something that we have not ever done before, which is saying the trees on private property have community value that must be reflected and we are going to fight retain canopy throughout our county.” County forest conservation law protects the canopy on lots larger than 40,000 square feet, but the Tree Canopy Conservation law protects it on smaller lots. The intent was to offset the effects of infill development where often trees are removed to make way for new or larger buildings. Like the roadside tree bill, the tree canopy bill would require residents and builders to plant three shade trees for every one they remove. But unlike the roadside bill, which would only apply to county right of way, the canopy bill would affect private property. Under the new law, residents can choose between planting new shade trees or paying a fee to the county. The county would use that fee to plant new trees in areas that have few trees. The fees range from $750 for small areas to as much as $3,750 for areas between 20,001 and 40,000 square feet and would apply to anyone who is required to obtain a permit to control sediment.

New animal adoption center set to open Nov. 1 Old, new shelters will overlap a few weeks, Manger says




The new $20 million Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood is slated to open on Nov. 1, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said at a County Council Public Safety Committee hearing Thursday. The county has contracted with the Montgomery County Humane Society to continue operating the current animal shelter on Rothgeb Drive until March 1, five months after the new shelter opens. Two shelters — old and new — will be open simultaneously during the transition months. TheMontgomeryCountyHumane Society has run the county shelter since the 1960s, providing animal services such as adoption, neutering and licensing on a $1.6 million annual budget. What role the nonprofit will play in the new shelter has not yet been decided, Manger said, but it will help with the move to the new facility. “There’s going to have to be some overlap during the transition,” Manger told Chairman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) and Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At large), both committee members. “We will likely be operating both shelters for some period of time. I don’t think it’s going to be months, by any means, but it could be a couple of weeks or more.” Councilman Roger Beliner (D-Dist. 1), a committee member, was not at the meeting. One of the major changes at the new shelter will be the position of agency director. It no longer will be filled on a rotating basis by a sworn police captain. Instead, it will be a non-sworn permanent position in the police department. The county is running a background check on “our best candidate,” Manger said, and if

all goes well, there will be a new director within two weeks. The new, larger shelter will cost more money to run, but Manger and others in the police department said there were ways to recoup that money besides depending on taxpayers. One example would be to aggressively apply for more grant money. Another way to raise revenue would be to revamp the county’s licensing program. All dogs and cats, 4 months and older, that live in Montgomery County must be licensed. There are about 400,000 pets in the county, according to the police. For pets under 1 year, there’s no fee. After that, spayed or neutered pets cost $12 a year and unaltered pets cost $25 a year. The compliance rate hovers at around 7 percent, said Bruce Meier, a county management and budget specialist, who called that number “woeful.” Other comparable jurisdictions are in the 25 to 30 percent range, he said. The county has been taking in about $400,000 annually in licensing fees for the past few years, Montgomery County Police Capt. Michael Wahl said. “There really has been basically no real outreach done in that area over the past years,” Wahl said. One way to make licensing easier would be to put the whole process online, which is happening across the country. Elrich discussed getting veterinarians involved in licensing animals, suggesting paying them for every pet license they help secure. The new shelter will mean starting from scratch in many ways, Manger said. To help do that, he hired consultant Renee Harris of the San Diego Humane Society to help integrate “best practices” into the new facility. Harris produced a report that Manger called a “great blueprint.” He said the county will continue to get feedback from her over the coming months.


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Maryland agency amassed 85 million license plate scans last year BY


A Maryland agency collected more than 85 million pictures of license plates last year, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union. The pictures were taken by devices called automatic license plate readers, which scan and record tag numbers on passing vehicles quicker than an officer can. The ACLU released the report


Continued from Page A-1 across the street from the water tower on Wootton Avenue, said he’s been asking the town for years to study the health effects of the towers. Orr said he became more concerned when his son was diagnosed with testicular cancer about four years ago, at the age of 25. The family’s cat also had to be put down in May with a tumor that Orr said was the size of his fist. Orr said he doesn’t put a lot of stock in the study’s findings. “I’m not surprised,” he said. “They paid the [company].”


Continued from Page A-1 An informal collection of representatives from various minority groups are planning a meeting — likely next week, although no firm date has been set — to discuss whether anyone is interested in challenging Feldman for the Senate seat, said Tufail Ahmad, a longtime activist in District 15 politics. Ahmad said his issue was not with Feldman — who he called a good friend and qualified candidate whose career Ahmad has always supported — but a need for more discussion before the endorsement of Feldman. Feldman pointed out that he’s been endorsed by many other officials and groups, particularly Garagiola and other District 15 delegates — Kathleen M. Dumais (D) of Rockville and Aruna Miller (D) of Darnestown. People who thought their


July 17 after submitting information requests last year to almost 600 law enforcement agencies in 38 states, including Maryland. About 300 agencies provided information for the report. Readers scan license plates on passing vehicles to check them against a “hot list” for things such as missing persons and reports of stolen vehicles. In some places, police store license plate images for possible use in future investigations, but some organiza-

tions, including the ACLU, have voiced concern that officials could misuse the data to track people’s movements. In addition to using data locally, about three-fourths of law enforcement agencies in the state also share data with the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, according to the ACLU report. The center collected more than 85 million such records in 2012. Montgomery County Police have 22 plate readers. Cpl. Kevin Marston said the

A representative from RSI said there was no one at the company who could comment Tuesday. The potential health risks posed by radio-frequency energy and electromagnetic fields still are being studied. According to the National Institutes of Health, some studies have found a faint link between exposure to electromagnetic fields and childhood leukemia, but other studies have found no link between such exposure and other childhood cancers. Among adults, “[electromagnetic fields] may reduce heart rate and interfere with brain electrical activity during sleep. This may or may not affect your health,” according to the institutes’ website.

According to the website for the American Cancer Society, “Some people have expressed concern that living, working or going to school near a cell phone tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health problems. At this time, there is very little evidence to support this idea.” The level of radio-frequency energy from cellular towers is relatively low compared to gamma rays, X-rays and ultraviolet rays, all of which have been proven to increase the risk of cancer, according to the society’s website. The website says the level of exposure to radiation from living near a cell tower is usually many times lower than the amount of exposure from using a cellphone.

voices weren’t heard at the beginning of the process have had a chance to weigh in and can still express their opinions until the September deadline, he said. While viversity is a legitimate issue, the seat needs to be filled by a strong candidate who can defend it in the 2014 election, Feldman said. Albornoz said the appointment process will be open to anyone interested, and the committee will do its “full due diligence” in evaluating every candidate. The district has been blessed with great elected officials, as well as many qualified residents interested in holding office, said Jeff Williams, chairman of the District 15 Democratic Caucus. Many people have expressed interest in running for a seat, but there is no open seat until the central committee announces its nominee to replace Garagiola, Williams said.

The appointment to succeed Garagiola will be the first step in the process, Williams said, with someone appointed to fill Feldman’s seat if he gets the Senate spot. Whoever is appointed to fill Garagiola’s seat will have to run for re-election in the 2014 election. Albornoz said the central committee is focused on looking for the best possible candidate to fill Garagiola’s seat, and hasn’t given any real thought to the 2014 race. Williams said he hopes District 15 will have a “spirited” primary for the Democratic spot on the 2014 ballot, with a lively but friendly debate of the issues. Williams said the caucus hopes to play a significant role in helping District 15 voters meet the various candidates and become familiar with their positions.

department takes the same precautions to protect records as with other data. “[We] only use it for criminal justice purposes,” Marston said. MontgomeryCountypoliceadopteda policyinJanuarythatcallsforauditingdata files“onaregularbasis”andpurginginformation that can’t be used for law enforcement purposes. The department currently erases all data after a year, Marston said. Rockville changed its license reader

However, radio-frequency levels from towers can lead to other medical problems, such as sleep disorders, headaches, nausea and a ringing sensation in the ears, said Ray Pealer, a Vermont-based public health advocate who runs the website Pealer said he’s

spoken with Orr’s family about the Poolesville situation. The only federally mandated regulations for radio-frequency energy are the guidelines set up by the FCC, which are based on how much radiation is needed to cause an increase in body temperature, he said.

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policy in April to limit how long police can access data from the devices. Under the new policy, Rockville police delete such data after 30 days. Gaithersburg’s policy, established in 2009, says license data “not of further legitimate investigative value will be routinely purged” on a schedule determined by the police chief. Takoma Park deletes its data after 30 days and does not share it with the state. But Pealer said biological effects can be found at levels significantly less than the FCC guidelines. Yost said there have been no discussions on whether any other testing would be done.


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Duncan Hawvermale wrestled from ages 5 to 15. He spent his first two years at James H. Blake High School on the Bengals’ squad, competing in the 103and 112-pound weight classes. Whenhisjuniorseasonrolledaround, he chose not to go out for the team. The sheer repetition of day-after-day practices got boring, he said. A lifelong snowboarder, he was barred from hitting the slopes while his team was on the mat. “I just didn’t want to put the work in anymore. I got tired of it,” Hawvermale said. “I guess I just didn’t love it as much as I used to.” Hawvermale is among the athletes who, in their latter years of high school or at the beginning of college, discontinued sports they’ve played their whole lives. With children focusing on a single sport at younger ages, players such as Hawvermale can burn out easier as they move through the ranks. “I think that there is a ton of pressure out there,” Sherwood High School softball coach Ashley Barber-Strunk wrote in an email. “School (specific classes to take, grades and scores), family pushing them to be the best, and burnout would be among the top reasons students do not go on after college. These kids are playing year-round when they are younger and do it more vigorously as they get older. I think others don’t see a future beyond college and would rather just not have to worry about something they have been doing year-round since they are young.” Barber-Strunk said, in her experience, maybe one of six softball players will actually pursue softball after high school, either intercollegiately or through intramurals. The emphasis on competition at an early age, she said, turns players off from participating as they get older. “The emphasis on being the best certainly plays a role,” she said. “I think athletes need to relax more and not stress so much.” Sherwood rising senior Kasey Rosen played varsity softball her freshman and sophomore years before dropping the sport just before her junior season. She said she played softball for nearly a decade, and after coming off knee surgery a month before the season began, opted to sit the spring out. “I’d been playing for so long and I kind of just needed a break,” she said. “Some of my friends felt the same way. Some people can keep going and enjoy the sport like when they start, but some people just lose the love of the game.” After missing spending time with


Continued from Page A-1 high school competition. The Patriots’ 2013 county title was their fourth straight. But those remarkable accomplishments don’t guarantee a college scholarship, and rarely garner attention from most NCAA Division I college coaches. Recruitment and scouting by college coaches is done almost entirely outside of high school competition, said Montgomery County high school coaches in a wide range of sports. “A lot of the really good Division III schools are interested in him — Hopkins, Tufts, Amherst. But like, Yale, [my daughter] is going there and I knew his academics were identical to hers. So, I emailed the tennis coach and he was super nice. But he emailed back and said, ‘Yes, [Bera] has the academic piece, but I only look at the top 40 to 50 players [in the country],’” fifthyear Wootton boys tennis coach Nia Cresham said. Bera, the 2013 Gazette Player of the Year, might have been a lot closer to that high level had he not foregone the spring USTA tournament circuit each of the past three years to play for Wootton and work on his academics. He almost certainly would be better than his current position of No. 814 (of 2,101) in the U.S. Tennis Association’s Boys 18s national rankings. It’s not a decision Bera regrets at all, he said. High school tennis is important to him; he said his college search is more catered to balancing academics with athletics. But that’s not an attitude —



Rising Sherwood senior Kasey Rosen played softball for nearly a decade before giving the sport up in high school. “I’d been playing for so long, I just needed a break,” she said. friends and family — her older brother Andrew was poised to leave for college — Rosensaidshedecidedshe’dhadenough. “I kind of found a way to get used to it and work my schedule around sports,” she said. “But it just got a little too much. I missed doing stuff with my friends and family. My friends had all this free time and I always wondered what that would be like.” Both Hawvermale and Rosen said they each miss their respective sports. Hawvermale said wrestling always reminded him of friendly roughhousing with his older brother as a child. Rosen said her father gets nostalgic aboutthegametheysharedasshegrewup.

high school over outside participation — that everyone shares. Historically, athletics have been an important part of the American high school culture. Competing well and winning state championships might be the ultimategoal,butstudent-athletes should enjoy and learn from the journey to achieving such feats, Montgomery County high school coaches agreed. Recent studies indicate that participation in sports can help student-athletes in many facets of life, including academically and socially. But in this economy, finding ways to get into college and decrease the growing costs of a continuing education has developed into a competitive sport of its own. As the fight for athletic scholarships reaches new heights, participation in high school sports could become more of a burden than an outlet for Montgomery County’s top athletes. Three of the county’s best boys tennis players — University of Richmond recruit Alex Hahn (Wootton) and Walt Whitman rising seniors Aries Wong and Sean Ngo, the two-time state boys doubles champions — did not compete during the 2012-13 high school season. Several top boys soccer players in the fall skipped playing on their high school team. The reason was a new rule that prohibits U.S. Soccer Academy players from playing high school ball. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the nation’s top youth club teams to provide the country’s most promising players with an environment designed to produce future national team players. The majority of exposure to

“I kind of wish I was out there again,” she said. “I miss the atmosphere.” But Rosen moved on to play volleyball for the Warriors, where she was part of back-to-back-to-back state championships. She said she doesn’t know if she wants to play varsity volleyball in college, but is convinced she wants to at least play club or recreationally. “It’s so addicting,” she said. Hawvermale’s old wrestling skills certainly came in handy recently — at about 5 a.m. on June 30 in Jackson, N.J. Hawvermale, 22, was a bit groggy walking back to his car. In bare feet and basketball shorts, he was set to drive

four hours from a friend’s graduation party back to College Park. He needed to be there in time to work the 9 a.m. shift at Bill’s Backyard Barbeque. That’s when Hawvermale noticed the trunk of his Chevy Malibu was open and a stranger was rifling through his belongings. A second person was sitting in his front seat toying with his GPS. “The first thing I see is the trunk wide open mysteriously,” Hawvermale said. “The first guy said he was sorry and ran away. The second guy tried to put down my possessions and asked if I could just let him go.” Hawvermale said that wasn’t going to happen. When the perpetrator tried


Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Titas Bera, The Gazette’s Player of the Year in boys tennis, decided against playing on the U.S. Tennis Association’s tournament circuit so he could play for the Patriots. college recruitment comes from playing high-level travel soccer, or lacrosse, or volleyball, and so on. It comes from competing in college showcase tournaments, high school coaches agreed. Athletes in individual sports such as tennis and golf must support themselves in a year-round ranking system by competing in as many tournaments as possible. Bera has a jam-packed summer tournament schedule to make up for lost time. He’s currently ranked No. 43 in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section and hopes to finish the

summer inside the top 20. “[Club] is where 99 percent of college recruiting goes on” second-year James H. Blake High boys soccer coach David Edlow said. “Sherwood lost its goalie [to the Academy system]. That was huge. Bethesda-Chevy Chase lost a bunch, Whitman. Northwood, Clarksburg. I think you’re seeing the quality drop. It’s not going to disappear — there’s plenty of people who want to play. But the top goalkeepers and goal scorers are gone.” Time is the biggest obstacle, coaches agree.

to run, Hawvermale’s 10 years of wrestling experience kicked in. As the second intruder tried to flee, Hawvermale used a wrestling move called “leg riding” — when standing above an opponent, a wrestler twists his leg between his foe’s calf and thigh to bring him down. This freed Hawvermale’s hands, so he could calmly reach into his pocket and call police. He restrained the intruder in that hold until authorities arrived. Hawvermale got to work on time. “Your moves in wrestling stay with you,” he said.

A rule in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association handbook states that students may participate in the same sport outside of the school during that sport’s season — some states forbid even that — but those outside commitments cannot conflict with high school practice and competition. For the most part, high school practice — a mix of elite-level individuals and “normal” high school players — is not preparing these aspiring scholarship athletes to play at the level in which they are competing, high school coaches agreed. Therefore, they are doubling, sometimes tripling, up on training sessions. For example, the county’s top swimmers tend to practice nine times a week, before and after school on certain days. They must fit in their school work in between. “It’s so tough to juggle everything. It creates a lot of pressure. It’s very difficult for these kids to be competitive and play for high school. I think there needs to be a little more flexibility. I think there can be a happy medium,” Cresham said. Some sports are affected more than others. Longtime Winston Churchill girls soccer coach Haroot Hakopian said club and high school teams have found a way to coexist in the girls soccer world, with club teams giving way to high school training in the fall season. Wootton girls basketball coach Maggie Dyer said Amateur Athletic Union teams are almost non-existent during the winter months. High school sports, of course, still have the same allure. Stone Ridge School of the

Sacred Heart rising junior swimmer Katie Ledecky won an Olympic gold medal in the summer of 2012 but was adamant about her desire to remain a part of the Gators squad in 2012-13. The distance freestyler’s smile seemed just as bright in February — when she set two national high school records en route to winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events at this winter’s Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships — as when she shocked the world by winning the 800-meter freestyle in London. After the Metros, Ledecky spoke of the important role that high school swimming — the opportunity to represent her school — still plays in her life amid her international success and rapidly growing fame. “I’m committed to my high school team — no doubt I wanted to swim high school. It’s a great chance to be with my Stone Ridge teammates and my friends from high school,” Ledecky said at the time. Friends. Teammates. Representing your school. Currently, those three main factors still seem to outweigh the juggling act many elite high school athletes are enduring, for the most part, high school coaches agreed. But many said they fear that might not always be the case. “It’s a hard decision to make. But it’s always a different feeling competing with a team. It’s a lot more fun — you’re with your friends,” Bera said.


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Normal 7-year-old boys should not be doubled over in excruciating back pain. Knee discomfort should not prevent an 8-year-old girl from frolicking, carefree, with her friends. In the past five to seven years, however, sports-related ailments such as these are becoming more common, Montgomery County-based physical therapist Stacy King said. King has worked with many county athletes, including Walt Whitman High School rising junior basketball player Annabelle Leahy, who recently underwent her second knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in as many years. Leahy had her first surgery when she was 12. “I have been practicing since 1999 and within the niche I have, I treat a lot of athletes. Certainly, the average age is coming down. Looking at the median, it’s certainly getting younger. It’s sad to see a kid who is 8 or 7 coming in with such pain. I’m like, ‘This kid is so young. Why is he here?’” King said. The specialization of athletes in one particular sport at increasingly younger ages has opened youth to many injury problems, said William Levine, the director of the Columbia University Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Department of Orthopaedic surrgery for 16 years. In 2007, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine initiated the Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention (STOP) campaign because of the rapid increase in sports-related injuries in children. Levine is chairman of the advisory board. Sixteen years ago, Levine said, he rarely saw athletes under the age of 14 with shoulder and elbow injuries, or


Physical therapist Stacy King helped Walt Whitman High School rising junior basketball player Annabelle Leahy recover from two knee operations she has had in the past two years. tears to the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. ACL injuries have become more common, though, and no longer stand out, he said. “The beauty of playing multiple sports is it allows body parts to recover while others are being strengthened or stressed. [Early specialization] is a major change. “Usually, I’ll say, ‘Who’s your favorite baseball player?’ They’ll say Derek Jeter. I’ll say, ‘What do you think Derek Jeter is doing during the offseason?’ One thing he doesn’t do is he doesn’t play baseball. He doesn’t throw; he doesn’t bat. He lets his body recover from a 162-game season. Then, usually the light bulb goes off,” Levine said. More than 5 million athletes under the age of 18 are suffering sports-related injuries each year and approximately half of these cases are due to overuse, according to the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention. About 3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year, according to the STOP website. Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals. In baseball and softball alone, the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries in young athletes has increased fivefold. The quest for scholarships, as a way to afford college, helps explain the trend. Youth sports has become a huge moneymaking industry, longtime Winston Churchill High School girls soccer coach Haroot Hakopian said. As more young athletes compete for scholarship money, there’s pressure to maintain an edge. Each sport has become year-round

rather than seasonal. Even in professional sports, Hakopian said, athletes cannot train all year and expect their bodies to hold up. Continually training for specific skills then creates an imbalance, especially in the bodies of younger athletes who are still growing and maturing. Athletes who intend to pursue a sport in college eed to specialize at some point. But high school age is an appropriate time, Hakopian said. “There is a lot of stress in this area,” King said. “Parents feel like [their kids] have to pick a sport at a younger age and it’s perpetuating a problem. When I was a kid, we did all sports. We didn’t specialize until we were closer to high school and it allows our body to use muscles in different ways. “Instead of pushing, you also do pulling activities. If you’re a soccer player and you’re a right-side defender, you’re do-

Online services change the recruiting game Web consultants guide student-athletes through scholarship process





On national letter of intent signing day, cameras flash and prized senior high school athletes slide on sleek, brand new caps with college logos in front of television crews. They have chosen where they will play sports in college. Young men and women are getting a taste super-stardom months before they receive their high school diploma. Now, there are online recruiting consultants to help colleges find those star players. “The angle I tend to look at it from is the athletes with the requisite skills should have a chance to play in college,” CEO Vishwas Prabhakara said. BeRecruited is the largest website in the burgeoning online recruiting industry, with 1.5 million athlete subscribers and more than 25,000 college coaches logging on to search for players in the last year. Any athlete can create a free profile on BeRecruited and post highlight videos, statistics, grades and standardized test scores. The goal is to let coaches see at a glance whether an athlete will fit into their school or system. Athletes can upgrade to a deluxe profile package that provides a monthly report of views that a profile generated. The cost is either $19.99 a month or a one-time $99 fee. College coaches aren’t charged to use the service.


Continued from Page A-1 For all of the money they spend on the finest coaches, world-class teams, and stateof-the-art equipment, there is a slim chance it will be returned in the form of an athletic scholarship. According to recent NCAA statistics, only 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded scholarships to compete in college. Even then, the average scholarship is only $11,000. Most parents easily can spend more than that on youth sports by the time their children reach college. “Huge. It’s huge,” Bullis boys basketball coach Bruce Kelley

“You have your, your — those kids don’t need recruiting services,” BeRecruited spokesman Vince Wladika said. “Those are the .001 percent of kids who are going to get recruited by the Alabamas or Notre Dames. “That means there are 99.999 percent who want to progress in their sport, but need another bump. These services are for the 99.999 percent, not for the super blue-chippers.” University of Tulsa women’s rowing coach Kevin Harris said that for well over half of the athletes on his team, Tulsa recruiters used BeRecruited to reach them. “It’s really important for us to use these services because getting people to pay attention to a rowing school in Oklahoma is tough,” Harris said. “Truthfully, everybody uses it, I just don’t know if they use it as much as we do.” Salisbury University softball coach Margie Knight said she fears too many student-athletes are using recruiting websites to do the work for them. Marketing is a two-way street, she said, and just as athletes like the personal touches coaches put on recruiting tips, coaches like it, too. “A student-athlete still has to be the one to market themselves,” Knight said. “If I’m just getting blasts from BeRecruited, I delete them. It’s not the student-athlete who’s interested; it’s the corporation.” The approach each service takes to corner a market-share is as different as coaching philosophies. BeRecruited focuses on the selfmotivated athlete, Prabhakara and Wladika said. The service has no direct communication with coaches or recruiters. Players fill in their profiles

said about the cost parents must pay to finance their children’s athletic endeavors. Kelley’s son plays basketball. “People talk about the parents being more involved than ever. ... The parents are taking kids to practice constantly. They’re paying for extra camps and teams. The parents are involved right from the beginning with transportation and paying for these camps and teams. ... I can’t quantify [the cost]. That is a big part of the deal.” Some parents might see this as an investment, a security deposit that will be returned in the form of a Division I scholarship. The major colleges compete in Division I. Division II schools, such as Bowie State University, offer fewer athletic scholarships

without the oversight of their high school coach. “It’s the kids’ job to be proactive to keep their profile up to date, so their profile looks good for coaches,” Wladika said. Popular video editing software Hudl also has a recruiting element, though its placed squarely in the hands of high school coaches. As coaches use the program to analyze game film and share it with their teams, players can cut footage into personal recruiting videos and post it on their individual profile page. “From the core, we want to help coaches win and that’s one of the tools we give them,” Hudl recruiting spokesman Kyle Bradburn said. Hudl does not charge athletes for the service. Instead, teams purchase the program and grant access to each of their athletes. Players can go online to view film and create highlights, or they can use Hudl’s mobile app. On the iPhone version, Bradburn said, double-tapping the screen on a selected portion of a video clip automatically creates a highlight. When coaches think their players are ready to release recruiting material, they alone can send out a recruiting package to colleges that includes highlights, statistics, and academic and contact information. “It’s amazing how quickly they can send these packages to a coach,” Bradburn said. “They can have a big game Friday night. And Saturday morning, a college coach can watch the highlights.” Hudl and BeRecruited offer Webonly support. Jay Jackson, the driving force behind Step Your Game Up, a consulting

than the Division I schools (That varies by sport). Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships. The idea of parents paying large sums in the name of preparing a Division I-caliber athlete saddens Thurman, who raised three children to play collegiate athletics. “You got to have two different things,” Col. Zadok Magruder boys basketball coach Dan Harwood said. “One is unbelievable, God-given athletic ability. Two, if you don’t have that unbelievable talent, you got to have an unbelievable work ethic.” That doesn’t stop some parents from spending money on the most renowned coaches and top-notch equipment.

firm in Northern Virginia, said the recruiting journey necessitates a handson service. “A lot of times, kids end up going through a website, but not a real faceto-face person and I want to be there for them,” he said. “I try to tell kids what to improve on or tell kids they’re not a Division I player. I’ll be honest.” He was a basketball coach for 13 years and spent another 10 as the assistant admissions director at the Flint Hill School in Oakton, Va. Instead of widely offering Step Your Game Up, Jackson said, he takes about 15 athletes per recruiting cycle. There’s a one-time charge of $500, which includes a personalized Web page, highlight video production and Jackson’s services as an evaluator, mentor and guide through the intense process. “Recruiting is a cutthroat business,” he said. “People’s feelings get hurt, especially kids and parents.” Jackson said the personal relationship he has with clients let him pinpoint the best college programs for each player. As an evaluator, he sometimes reaches out to coaches — or vice versa — to put an athlete on their radar. “A family the other week was uncomfortable with the direction they were going and they asked me to call up another program and see how things developed,” Jackson said. “We had a great conversation and the kid is going to go there.” Knight had one piece of advice for student-athletes: “Do your work yourself. Use the services as another tool to get you where you want to go, not as the main tool.”

ing the same types of movements, which develops motor patterns and you grow and get stronger on one side, in one direction. Imbalance leads to more issues,” King said. Another factor in the injury epidemic is underreporting, Levine said. The pressure to be the best, to not show vulnerability, to not “waste” parents’ money, prevents many young athletes from admitting they are in pain, Hakopian said. That pattern continues into high school. Coaches must be in tune with their athletes, Hakopian added. It is typically obvious when an athlete is compensating for pain. Seeking medical attention is imperative, Levine said. While there are some extreme cases where surgery is necessary, the majority of the children he sees can be treated without an operation. Most of these injuries are preventable and can be avoided by taking proper precautions. STOP is geared toward guiding parents, coaches and athletes on how to safely participate in athletics. It provides information on age-appropriate training regimens. A more realistic view of college athletics also might help. “I don’t think people realize how limited those scholarships are,” Hakopian said. “I’m getting you ready to play soccer in college if you want to play soccer in college. There is a vast difference between playing soccer in college vs. getting money for soccer in college. I think a lot of people are getting into it for the wrong reasons. “Straight from the mouth of all [my] players who have ever gone on to play college soccer, it makes the transition to college much easier. You’re going into this world of the unknown and no matter how much you think you know, soccer provides a sort of security blanket. That’s what I tell people. If you’re passionate about the sport and you love playing it, those are the reasons why you should play.”


Cost of buying youth sports equipment adds up quickly

FIELD HOCKEY n Sticks: $50 to $350 n Goggles: $40 to $80 n Gloves: $15 to $30 n Balls: $6 to $10 n Shin guards: $20 to $50 n Bags: $30 to $80 n Total: $161 to $600 for field players n Goalie sticks: $50 to $110 n Goalie protection: $500 to $565 (includes mask, body guard, leg guards, foam hand protectors, girdle, throat protector)

n Goalie total: $550 to $675

ICE HOCKEY n Helmets: $50 to $250 n Gloves: $35 to $190 n Shoulder pads: $40 to $170 n Hockey pants: $50 to $170 n Shin guards: $30 to $150 n Cup and supporter: $30 to $80 n Neck guard: $13 to $20 n Mouth guards: $10 to $30 n Total: $258 to $1,060 n Basketball: $18 to $70 n Baseball: $5 to $15 individually n Football: $20 to $100 n Tennis racquet: $40 to $200 n Golf clubs: $200 to $500

For some, money is the equalizer. Parents paying for equipment, camps, coaches, teams, ice time or green fees, and travel expenses might struggle to make ends meet. Some think the best way to win a scholarship is to attend a college coach’s camp, and have the coach see and work with the child. “It’s haves and have-nots,” Paint Branch field hockey coach Dan Feher said. “Which has always been the case, which we’ve tried in the county to avoid in certain cases. Some places have money; some places don’t.” “Haves” might pay for an unguaranteed future of their children’s athletic careers. “Have-nots” might not be able to afford decent equipment

— a complete golf bag can run around $1,000 — without help. The ramifications are both emotional and financial. “I’d say about half of my kids are members at country clubs and a few have had swing coaches,” Thomas S. Wootton golf coach Paul Williams said. “You’re talking thousands and thousands of dollars. These parents and kids are investing loads and loads of time and money and I can’t put an exact number on it, but the expenses are massive.” He added: “The players come to me knowing how to play. They’ve had swing coaches, they’ve had lessons, they’ve played before, and that’s money.” Each sport has its own costs. It costs more to play golf and


hockey, because of the green fees and ice time, than it does to run track, which requires only a pair of shoes. Asked about certain athletes not having the liberty to choose which sport they want to play due to financial constraints, Thurman said, “Absolutely. There’s absolutely no question about it. I always thought, ‘Wow, I wish I could go to the inner city with a grant and get all these athletes into different sports.’” On the idea of spending money in hopes of getting an athletic scholarship, Thurman said: “Is it worth the extra money? I don’t know. It’s all about trying to find the right balance.”



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Pet project Montgomery County opens its new Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood on Nov. 1, meaning a government function that had been provided by the volunteers at the Montgomery County Humane Society will now fall squarely on the county government’s shoulders. The Humane Society spent $1.6 million a year running the well-worn facility on Rothgeb Drive, but as Police Chief COUNTY Thomas NEEDS TO Manger told a County CHANGE Council DOG committee AND CAT last week, LICENSING the new $20 million county center will cost more to run. (The police department oversees animal control services.) One way to bolster the budget would be to seek out grant funds more aggressively. He also mentioned the county could revamp pet licensing. Here, there’s plenty of room for improvement. A few numbers: There are an estimated 400,000 pets in the county. The cost of an annual license for a cat or dog that has been spayed or neutered is $12 and $25 for an unaltered pet. The licensing compliance rate is 7 percent. The county collects $400,000 a year in license fees. There will always be scofflaws, but 7 percent is abysmal. It should be a high priority of the new shelter director to see the compliance rate increase, and fast. A licensed dog or cat ensures that one more pet is vaccinated against rabies, a dangerous disease that can transfer from an animal to a human being. But if a pet license is meant to serve as disease prevention, one has to doubt how seriously the county takes the job. Do pet owners know the licenses need to be updated annually? Do cat owners know they face the same provisions as dog owners? Here, the Humane Society could play a vital role in the new animal services scheme. Another way to improve compliance would be to make it easier to pay. At that committee meeting, participants discussed an online payment system — and it’s odd that one wasn’t created before. And finally, an annual fee of $12 is just too high. Montgomery County residents can point to any number of taxes or fees that ought to be reduced. But the pet tax should be first in line. A homeowner can see the value of paying property taxes, however high, when a police officer meets with a neighborhood watch or a snow plow clears a street. A $12 pet license? Lower the fee, make it easier to pay and remind pet owners it’s their duty. The compliance rate will increase, and fewer tax dollars will be needed to shelter homeless pets. MY MARYLAND BLAIR LEE


Train deaths the result of trespassing The letter was entitled “Train deaths have implication for Purple Line,” was published on July 10, and was written by Mary Rivkin, a member of the board of directors of the Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail. This is a totally false argument. The two young men unfortunately killed in Garrett Park last week were not “killed by the train.” They were trespassing on the railroad, and on the busy CSX line that is the same as if they went out for

a stroll on Interstate 270. In many cases people who do this also have their music player earbuds in, volume turned way up, and never even hear the train coming. The railroad is not your shortcut to get somewhere. Keep off the tracks — always, and expect a train on any track, in either direction, at any time. What is really going on is an argument by a special interest group that does not want a needed transit im-

provement. The Purple Line will be separated from the trail by a fence, and no one with any intelligence is going to be vaulting the fence to go for a stroll on the railroad. Further, the Capital Crescent Trail would not even have been there had the old B&O Georgetown Branch had been purchased by the government decades ago, with the intent that the right of way would ultimately have been a transit line.

Wasteful defense spending hurting county As sequestration cuts sink in, the consensus seems to be that they are causing little pain, even though they have resulted in cuts for programs in Montgomery County such as housing assistance and senior lunch programs, as well as layoffs and furloughs for government workers and contractors. This comes after years of budget cuts necessitated by economic recession. None of this pain would have been necessary if Congress had the courage to cut wasteful spending that has drawn the criticism of both liberals and conservatives, but there has been no action by either side. Military spending is bloated

by pork and waste that primarily benefit a wealthy few without improving national security at all. Publications as diverse as Businessweek and the American Conservative have listed areas of military waste that could be cut. Weapons manufacturing is rife with corruption and overspending. Fighter planes don’t need to cost $200 million to $300 million apiece. They do because contracts are awarded to companies in districts with influential congressmen, based on political expediency not efficiency or comparative advantage. Other Defense Department programs have nothing to do with defense at all: a $100,000 De-

fense Advanced Research Projects Agency strategy planning workshop including a session titled “Did Jesus die for Klingons too?” that entailed a panel debating the implications for Christian philosophy should life be found on other planets; a DOD and Department of Agriculture co-produced reality cooking show called “Grill It Safe”; and DOD-run microbreweries. The needs of Montgomery County citizens are being sacrificed because Congress doesn’t have the willpower to cut the most bloated and unnecessary programs that both parties have criticized as wasteful.

Since last August, I have tried to license five pets, initial one-year licenses for two cats, one-year renewals for one cat and one dog and a three-year renewal for my younger dog. Acknowledgement for only the one-year dog license was returned by MCHS and even that was mishandled. I had checked the box

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher

Congratulations to those responsible for creation and approval of the development plan amendment increasing retail space to 484,000 square feet in Cabin Branch [“Planning board OKs Clarksburg outlet center,” July 19]. This amendment sets the stage for Clarksburg to finally have the kind of upscale retail that has long been

Muriel Hardin, Silver Spring

Edward Miller, Damascus

needed. It will transform the unused Adventist property into an asset that will re-energize our community, adding more than 1,000 jobs and over $150 million in private investment to the local economy. Most important, it finally will allow for implementation of a broad vision for Clarksburg that not only incorpo-

rates a wide range of business, service and employment opportunities, but positions it to serve as an attractive — and competitive — place for a wide range of employers and a key component of the economic engine that is driving Montgomery County and the entire state forward.

Shanise DeMar, Clarksburg

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He beat the ticket, but he’s no hero

for a new tag but no tag was sent. I have the check images from my bank showing that each payment I sent was processed but I am supposed to have the piece of paper from MCHS for each license. I hope the changes coming in the fall will solve the problems with licenses.

Tim Willard, Kensington

Cabin Branch will re-energize Clarksburg community Go to blairlee to read “The Laura Neuman Story,” part 2 of his examination of the Anne Arundel County executive.

Carleton MacDonald, Gaithersburg The writer says he worked for a railroad for 33 years.

Paul Layer was portrayed in a front page article as being a hero for defeating a speed camera ticket in county court [“Montgomery County drops case of Damascus speed camera ticket,” July 10]. I’m sure some of us gave a silent cheer to see someone who escaped a fine, especially for those of us who have received these tickets. However, let me present a different perspective. First, in the article Mr. Layer never refuted his ticket on the basis of speeding. Therefore, there was a good chance he was speeding. Second, the camera is along Ridge Road which is heavily traveled and is flanked by numerous schools, residential homes and businesses. Third, Mr. Layer ties up the court with his case and causes untold Montgomery County resources to be spent. So instead of some money going into our county’s coffers, our judicial system languishes on bureaucratic technicalities and thus wastes our tax money. Personally, I support speed cameras from both the safety and revenue standpoint. And I consider the real heroes as those who obey the laws and pay their fair share for any transgressions.

How will pet licenses be handled? Your article in the July 10 Gazette [“County to play larger role in managing animal shelter”] was a little disturbing to me as it did not mention how pet licensing will be handled after the change. While the Texas firm that used to handle that task had problems, they did a better job than the Montgomery County Humane Society.

There is an excellent trail from Bethesda to Georgetown on the portion that will never be used by transit, and the trail and the Purple Line will be integrated on the portion from Silver Spring to Bethesda. Someone just doesn’t want something in her backyard.

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Arts & Entertainment

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always thought I was born too late,” said musician James Bazen. “ ... I thought I definitely would have been one of those guys in the big bands traveling around, but that doesn’t happen so much anymore.” While traveling big bands may be a thing of the past, Bazen is still managing to live out his big band dreams today. Bazen is the owner of Music Unlimited, a Montgomery County-based booking agency that schedules local bands and DJs. He’s also the leader of the James Bazen Big Band, a 17-piece jazz orchestra. The band will perform at BlackRock for the first time Saturday. Bazen is a graduate of Greensboro College in North Carolina where he earned a degree in musical performance. He then spent a year studying jazz and commercial music at DePaul University in Minnesota. Bazen moved to Montgomery County from Chicago in 1984. “It took me a couple of years to get the business off the ground and make contacts,” he said.








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James Bazen is also the owner of Music Unlimited, a booking company based in Gaithersburg. PHOTOS FROM JAMES BAZEN BIG BAND

Piano soloist Jon Nakamatsu from California will perform Gershwin’s classic “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Thursday at the Music Center at Strathmore. PHOTO BY SARAH SHATZ



Privately trained pianist went down different road to forge his career



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One singular sensation


Wildwood Summer Theatre Company in the midst of annual production BY


A year after composer Marvin Hamlisch’s death, Wildwood Summer Theatre presents one of his most celebrated scores with their production of “A Chorus Line,” now in its second week at BethesdaChevy Chase High School. “ ... This seemed commemorative,” said Mattia D’Affuso, Wildwood’s producer. The theater company’s members range in age from 14 to 25. A group of Walter Johnson A CHORUS High School LINE students started the n When: 7:30 p.m. company in Friday, July 26, 1965. Since 2 p.m. and 7:30 then, Wildp.m. July 27 wood has p r o d u c e d n Where: BethesdaChevy Chase at least one High School, musical every 4301 Eastyear. West Highway, “Every Bethesda year, the pron Tickets: $20 ducer and diadults, $18 rector select seniors, $12 a list of five students to six shows and then the n For information: 240-583-0978, board holds a meeting to choose the shows,” said Ben Lurye, chairman of the board of directors. The 65-member company includes the Wildwood board made up of 15 young people who make decisions about everything from what show the company will produce to rehearsal and performance space. It wasn’t just the anniversary of Hamlisch’s death that led members of Wildwood’s board to choose “A Chorus Line” — the story of Broad-

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Some musicians apply to the Juilliard School in New York for the training they need to become solo pianists, but Jon Nakamatsu of California achieved the same end by using different means. Nakamatsu didn’t go to a music conservatory, but in 1997 the privately trained pianist won the Gold Medal at the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, capping his performances with Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. “It changed my life overnight — I began touring three days after that,” said Nakamatsu, who will perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” during the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “Gershwin’s Greatest Hits” concert on Thursday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

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GERSHWIN’S GREATEST HITS WITH JON NAKAMATSU n When: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25 n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $25-$45 n For information: 301-581-5100,,


Devin Goodman, director of “A Chorus Line” (left) gives directions to cast member Alex Palmer who plays Zach.


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A Ratner roundup “6 at the Ratner Museum” continues to July 29 at The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, featur-

ing the “color, abstraction and whimsy” of six unique artists: Rajika Vani Banarjee, Jim Haynes, Kimberly Iles, Ed Ramsburg, Cherie M. Redlinger and Colleen Sabo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Visit page/calendar.


Kimberly Iles’ “Core,” mixed media on Yupo, 30” x 24.”


The Unexpected Stage Company’s presentation of Alan Bennett’s play, “The Lady in the Van,” continues to Aug. 11 at the Randolph Road Theatre in Silver Spring. From left are Sally Anderson as Miss Shepherd, Adam Downs as Alan Bennett and Lois Sanders-DeVincent as Mam.


The Unexpected Stage production of Alan Bennett’s “The Lady in the Van” continues to Aug. 11 at the Randolph Road Theatre in Silver Spring. Partial proceeds from Sunday’s 2 p.m. performance will benefit The Dwelling Place. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, the nonprofit assists low income families in Montgomery County achieve housing and financial stability. The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with Dwelling Place board members, director Christopher Goodrich and actors. Audience members are encouraged to mention The Dwelling Place on Sunday, and half of their admission will benefit the organization. Bennett’s play was inspired by his own personal relationship with Miss Shepherd, a homeless eccentric who moved her van into the playwright’s garden — and remained there for 15 years. For more information, visit PHOTOS BY SHERVIN LAINEZ

Cello, guitar and electronics duo Janel and Anthony will perform in concert on Friday at the United Therapeutics BioWall Plaza in Silver Spring. For more information, visit

No strings attached

Avant-garde at the plaza Sonic Circuits and Cuneiform Records will present the experimental stylings of cello, guitar and electronic duo Janel and Anthony at 6 p.m. Friday at the United Therapeutics BioWall Plaza, Cameron and Spring Streets, Silver Spring. The avant-garde concert marks a first for the plaza, a new urban space recognized for its architecture and “green” design. Guitarist Anthony Pirog and cellist Janel Leppin’s second album, “Where is Home” (Cuneiform) draws on everything from Hindustani ragas to surf rock. Rain date is 4 p.m. July 27. For more information, visit



“Lanterneers” from the puppet company Nana Projects.

Strathmore’s puppet extravaganza continues at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday with “Nana Projects: Alonzo’s Lullaby” at CityDance Studio Theater 405. Featuring an original score co-written and performed live by Strathmore Artist in Residence alumna ellen cherry, Nana Projects’ haunting tale of madness, passion and intrigue was inspired by the tragic Hagenback-Wallace Circus train wreck of 1918. Nana Projects’ style of puppetry is performed by “lanterneers” who project hand-manipulated cutout images made of acrylic gels onto a screen, gracefully and ingeniously using tricks of Victorian magic lantern slide shows. The program is intended for audiences ages 10 and older. Tickets are $8. For more information, visit www.


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Cuba calling: Free concert offers Afro-Cuban music in Gaithersburg Cuban sounds influenced by West African rhythms




LATIN MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL n When: 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 26


Traveling to Cuba has become easier in recent years. Those who can’t get there, however, can experience the island’s Afro-Cuban music at the annual Latin Music and Dance Festival on Friday in Gaithersburg. Performing at the event for the first time will be the Afro Bop Alliance, a jazz septet that won a Latin Grammy in 2008 for its CD “Caribbean Jazz Project.” Also performing will be the DC Casineros, a Washington, D.C., based troupe named after a popular Cuban-style salsa called casino. The free outdoor event will take place at the City Hall Concert Pavilion. Organizers suggest bringing a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating and encourage audience members to join in and dance along with the music. “They say in Cuba, ‘If you can walk, you can dance,’” said DC Casineros director Amanda Gill. Gill, who speaks Spanish, has been to Cuba eight times, most recently with a group of students from George Mason University based in Fairfax, Va. “We’ll probably be getting the audience in circles and lines so they can learn the basic footwork,” she said. Popular dances in Cuba include the “rueda de casino” (“wheel of casino”), a highenergy group dance performed by couples in a circle. A social dance, it became popular in Cuba during the 1950s, Gill said. “I think Cuba has the widest range, probably the richest range of music,” she said about its African influences. West African musicians use the five-stroke clave rhythmic pattern, and the clave is at the center of Cuban music, she said. “It’s found in most Cuban dance forms,” said Gill, referring

n Where: City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg n Tickets: Free n For information: 301-2586350,

to dances such as the rumba, salsa, son (which pre-dated salsa), mambo and timba, which has become increasingly popular in Miami. Cuban musicians also developed a connection to musicians in New York over the years, tapping into the rhythms of American jazz, while AfricanAmericans traveled to Cuba in the 1930s and 1940s. After the Cuban Revolution ended in 1959, the Castro regime set up free music, dance and art schools in the country, which enabled people who had danced as part of their everyday lives to also study the music behind the dances. “It was then that popular music got more complex,” Gill said. “It’s never been considered ‘low’ art, because it’s become so sophisticated.” Joe McCarthy, percussionist and leader of the Afro Bop Alliance, said Afro-Cuban music has a “rhythmic depth” that makes it “some of the hippest music” out there. McCarthy teaches music at George Mason University and at Georgetown University in the District. Currently leader of the Naval


The Casineros, who perform Afro-Cuban dances, will perform at the Latin Music and Dance Festival in Gaithersburg on Friday, July 26. From left are Laura Dalemarre, Adrian Valdivia, Alison Blank, Amanda Gill, Cedric Teamer and Margaret Villalonga. Kneeling are Jahaira Vanegas and William Sanchez. Academy jazz ensemble, McCarthy said he first heard Afro-Cuban music in college in Connecticut and later learned more about it from musicians in New York. “It’s been a profound impact that goes both ways,” said McCarthy about the cross-cultural links between Cuba and the U.S. “American and Cuban musicians have their strengths and they rub off on one another,” he said. Traditionally Cuban musi-

cians learned music by watching and listening to others. “The street training gave them a reaction time and listening skills that were stronger than [conservatory trained musicians in the U.S.],” he said. “The Americans could read music well, but they can’t improvise as well.” McCarthy said the Afro Bop Alliance typically plays jazz made more for listening than dancing but that it is reworking

some of its music for dances like the mambo and cha-cha for the Gaithersburg concert. Even so, he said the band, with its two saxophones, trumpet, bass, drums and recently added

steel pan, is not likely to sound like a typical Latin dance band. “It’s definitely not your standard type of salsa,” he said.

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What do Broadway star Sutton Foster, country music legend Travis Tritt, blue-collar comedy alum Bill Engvall, actress Olympia Dukakis and THE Michael Bolton have in common? They’re all scheduled to perform this season at Strathmore. Tickets went on sale to the public July 18 for the 2013-2014 season at Strathmore. Shelley Brown, artistic director at Strathmore, said it’s exciting to see the venue come into its own. “I think that we really are hitting our stride,” Brown said. “We’re finding out what we do well and we’re doing more of it. I think, in the area of Broadway, Sutton Foster I think is one of the biggest names out there who’s doing performances. We’re delighted to have her featured here in the fall. Also Diane Reeves, who’s coming out with a big, new album. It’s nice that we’ve become a venue with the reputation that sometimes these artists are seeking us out, in the case of these two. Going into planning with a sense of balance was paramount for Brown. It was important to everyone at Strathmore to have the right mix of dancers, singers and performers.

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“When I start to present – or to outline – a season, we do try to have a balance both in terms of the dates throughout the year from September through June and we do try to have a balance of performances from different constituencies,” Brown said. “This year there was a big change. We did a big thematic festival in the summer – that’s going on right now – it’s called ‘Puppets Take Strathmore.’ The big thematic events in years past have happened in the Music Center or in the Mansion. This one is taking place in the new blackbox theater … in the Education Center.” According to Brown, the puppets really started the new season for Strathmore. “It’s a marvelous way to begin a season because it’s creative, it’s interdisciplinary, it’s surprising, it’s artistic and some of it’s a little naughty with little adult puppets,” Brown said. “So I’m really happy with how that sets the tone for the season.” With dance groups popping up regionally, Brown said it was important to try to get performers local dancers could come and see.

“We try to have dance in every season,” Brown said. “We’ve got ‘Forever Tango’ coming up, we’ve got Pilobolus here in February, which I’m delighted because I’ve been trying to get Pilobolus here since we first opened. … I’m working really hard to keep dance on the stage here. ... I think that we have a growing market for dance in Montgomery County with [American Dance Institute]’s great success and with CityDance’s school growing like crazy, I want to have product for them to come see at the Music Center.” Also featured in the growth of the season is the inclusion of more country acts. Again, the dynamic of the surrounding area played a big part. “This year we do have more country music,” Brown said. “I’m really trying to move into that area because I think, well, number one, because of WMZQ right here, we have a great country radio station. We don’t have that with all formats of music, but we have a good way to speak to audiences who like that music. We also have a whole new group of neighbors at the NIH at the Walter Reed Center and country music is one that ... age group likes. So I’m trying to adjust our concerts in response to changes going on in our community.” Big name acts aside, there are plenty of other events and acts coming to Strathmore that audiences will find intriguing.


Vocalist Michael Bolton will perform in concert on March 2 as part of Strathmore’s highly-anticipated 2013-14 season. Strathmore continues its artists-in-residence program and a comic book exhibit will make its way there in mid-April. For Brown, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. “You know, the Mansion at Strathmore, we have a 100-seat music room,” Brown said. “This year, we have created a new cabaret series and we have Nellie McKay coming and others. But Nellie, I think, is one of the just brightest rising stars in music. She has performed in the Music Center before and some 100 lucky people are going to get to see her there. So that’s one that I think is quite wonderful. “The other one is we’re working on a residency program with Jayme Stone and his Lomax Project. Alan Lomax was an important recorder of music for the Smithsonian and went all over the country to record sounds and music and this will

Broadway star Sutton Foster will perform in concert on Oct. 12 at Strathmore. be looking at that archive, which is available in the public domain to use. We’ll be looking at what’s there and using that as a teaching tool. [Stone] will be working with Julian Lage, who’s amazing, and Bruce Molsky, who’s from the area and brilliant, and Margaret Glaspy. … This is giving us

an opportunity to present fantastic concerts but also do some school outreach, some education stuff, education events in conjunction with the concerts that I think will have some real impact.”

‘The Conjuring’: Haunting, in all the best ways BY




Haunted house movies only work if the people in the house are worth scaring. Sounds stupid, but it’s true, although let’s be honest: Real estate is inherently frightening. You put all that money in and only Satan knows if it’ll turn out to be a decent investment, or if you’ll be able to afford what it takes to repair any undisclosed matters of basement seepage. The quirks and creaks of an old house are always good for gallows humor or a cold shot of dread. As I write

this the fridge in our new/old residence is softly moaning like a distant foghorn. Is it the way the appliance sits on a slightly askew kitchen floor? Is it demonic? When a really good new horror film comes out — something more about creative intelligence than executing the next grisly kill shot — it’s something of a miracle in this eviscerating post-“Saw” era. Old-school and supremely confident in its

attack, “The Conjuring” is this year’s miracle — an “Amityville Horror” for a new century (and a far better movie than that 1979 hit), yet firmly rooted, without being slavish or self-conscious, in the visual language of 1970s filmmaking. Also like “The Amityville Horror,” “The Conjuring” derives from an alleged true-life haunting, this one in rural Rhode Island, at an old house where terrible things happened and are happening still. The relative restraint of “The Conjuring” is a surprise given that the director, James Wan, made the


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first of the “Saw” films. A more apt reference point is Wan’s recent, slow-simmer horror outing “Insidious,” which, like “The Conjuring,” took its time in establishing the ground rules. The script by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes blends the tales of two families under extreme duress. Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, the reallife ghost hunters played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, investigate the strange goingson in the riverside farmhouse owned by a family of seven (two parents, five daughters) headed by Roger (Ron Livingston) and Carolyn (Lili Taylor). Warning signs and troubling details abound, but subtly, in the opening sequences. The family dog won’t go inside. The clocks stop every night at 3:07 a.m. Unexplained bruises appear on the mother’s body, and one of the daughters complains of someone tugging at her feet in bed. Then the ghost of a long-dead child appears to one of the girls in a mirror. The miserably outof-tune piano found in the cellar plays … itself. Before all that, though, “The Conjuring” begins with a


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(From left) John Brotherton as Brad, Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren, Patrick Wilson as as Ed Warren and Ron Livingston as Roger Perron in New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “The Conjuring,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. bait-and-switch and an entirely different story set three years earlier, that of a devil doll in 1968 (the year of “Rosemary’s Baby”!) terrorizing nurses in Manhattan. The doll ends up in the possession of the paranormal investigators played by Wilson and Farmiga. They have a young daughter of their own, who’s no less vulnerable to demons and such than the Rhode Island girls living by the river. Shooting digitally but with great attention to practical and postproduction lighting and color effects, Wan and his cinematographer, John R. Leonetti, keep the “gotchas!” coming. Near the end, when the full-on possession is underway, “The Conjuring” starts to feel more familiar, and there’s less downtime between thrills. (Wan’s technique grows more obviously hysterical as the characters do.) Wilson, a solid actor, brings to

the material a stalwart leadingman aura that’s more serviceable than compelling on its own. But the movie belongs to the women, for once, and “The Conjuring” doesn’t exploit or mangle the female characters in the usual ways. Farmiga, playing a true believer, makes every spectral sighting and human response matter; Taylor is equally fine, and when she’s playing a “hide-and-clap” blindfold game with her girls, she’s like a kid herself, about to get the jolt of her life. Wan shoots “The Conjuring” like a Robert Altman film, slipsliding around the interior or the exterior of the old dark house in a series of slow zooms and gratifyingly complex extended takes. Might this movie actually be too good, in a slightly square way, to find the audience it deserves among under-20-somethings? Maybe. Maybe not. I hope not.


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Living phat at Wheaton’s Mi La Cay Noodles and Grill

Mi La Cay is Wheaton’s newest destination for authentic Vietnamese noodle and grilled dishes, and that can be a daunting proposition considering the population density of pho and noodle restaurants in the neighborhood. Located on University Boulevard near the intersection with Georgia Avenue, Mi La Cay is the expanded operation of what was until recently a tiny little noodle shop call Song Phat, located in a few square feet behind the perfectly charming Huang Phat market on Fern Street. In addition to expanding the size of the dining room, the menu has grown significantly without diminishing the quality, and ample parking makes Mi La Cay far more accessible.

DINING REVIEW BRIAN PATTERSON The space, formerly the venerable Lucia’s Delicatessen, is now a vast and clean restaurant space. Tables are well stocked with a tidy caddy of condiments. There is a vestibule at the front door, which matters when it comes to containing the outside elements from the dining room. Come for the beef in grape leaves. They are moist and rich with just the right singe of char on the briny grape leaf. And the dipping sauce is modestly sweet, sour and salty. Stay for the duck in broth. It’s an elegant, deeply flavored consommé piled with hunks of duck roasted on the bone, served with typical pho garnishes including fresh bean sprouts, cilantro,

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lime and sliced jalapenos. Seafood soup also begins with a nice clean broth loaded with shrimp, scallops, squid and mussels. The clean, clear broth is rich in flavor, and can reasonably tolerate the addition of a couple of chilies at the table. Spicy beef soup with peanuts and noodles is thick and viscous in texture and it glows with the iridescence of red chilies. It satisfies in a teary kind of way. Their superb rendition of classic pho with the usual array of off-beat cuts of beef is reasonably priced at $6.95 for small, and $7.95 for large. Spring rolls contain a nice mixture of vegetables and meat in a fairly greaseless fried wrapper and they are served with a piquant sweet and sour marinated cabbage salad. Grilled lemongrass chicken has that floral, tropical, citrusy flavor of lemongrass that has an affinity for the slight bitterness from be-


Main dishes at Mi La Cay in Wheaton include (clockwise from bottom left) grilled pork chops; crispy fried chicken with tomato rice; barbecued pork, squid, shrimp, fish balls and fish cakes with pork broth; strawberry-mango smoothie and stir-fried noodles with chicken, shrimp, fish cakes, bean sprouts and onions. ing touched by flames. The noodles and straightforward salad make this simple yet satisfying. I was looking forward to a house breadstick that goes with some of

the soups, but they ran out of those they day I was there. In any incarnation, Mi La Cay enjoys a loyal following. On one Sunday,

Mi La Cay was packed, yet food came out in a timely manner and the noise level did not leave us straining to converse.



way dancers auditioning for a spot in a musical. “We haven’t done a dance show in the last few years,” D’Affusso said. “ ... This would be a good opportunity to give student dancers an opportunity to audition for us ...” Wildwood Theatre Company is all about providing opportunity, whether it’s for young actors looking for a role, singers hoping to join the chorus or a technician looking to gain some hands-on experience behind the scenes. “We try to take an array of people who are interested ... and we provide them with a way to ... get their feet wet with various aspects of theater,” said D’Affuso. “Everyone gets to focus on whatever they’re interested in and just gain more experience with that.” D’Affuso joined the theater company in the summer of 2009 as a member of the cast, while he was a student at Thomas S. Wootton High School. The next summer he became the group’s director of public relations. “My major was music but I decided to get involved in the PR side and see that part of the theater,” said D’Affuso, who graduated in May from James Madison University. D’Affuso went on to join the board of directors and work as an associate producer before becoming producer this summer. Actress Katherine Worley said she too has explored more than one area of the theater business during her three summers with Wildwood. “It’s a whole group effort so everyone is encouraged to work on the tech side of things,” Worley said. Though she appreciates Wildwood’s collaborative nature now, Worley said she was apprehensive when she first heard about the theater company. “I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect because I had always worked with adult directors,” Worley said. “I was shocked by how professional everyone seems but at the same time, how much of a learning experience it is.” A graduate of Quince Orchard High School, Worley will start her senior year at Salisbury University in the fall. Though performing is her first love, Worley said Wildwood wouldn’t function if members didn’t contribute in multiple areas. “Everyone’s individual skills really do come together in putting together a company,” Worley said. “It’s really neat to see.”

On Friday, Nakamatsu and the BSO will perform the same concert at the Myerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. The BSO also will present music from Gershwin’s “An American In Paris” at both venues. Composed in 1924, “Rhapsody in Blue” established Gershwin as a serious composer, but the piece for solo pianist and jazz ensemble has never been easy to pigeonhole. “It’s not jazz, it’s not classical, it’s not pop — it’s just Gershwin,” said Nakamatsu, adding that there’s no disagreement about its popularity among musicians and audiences. “It’s fun to play, because of the interplay between the piano and the orchestra, and it’s immediately appealing to everybody,” he said. A San Jose native, Nakamatsu was 4 years old when he saw a piano for the first time at his preschool, knowing right away that he wanted to learn how to play it. “The teacher pressed these [keys], and this magical sound came out that attracted me,” said Nakamatsu, who started lessons when he was 6. “I had private teachers who [referred me] to others for musical theory and background — it was like being home-schooled,” he said about the focus and intensity of his years of classical music training. At the same time, he was also able to pursue his academic interests, including a love of languages and grammar, focusing on German because so many of the great piano works are by German-speaking composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert. “I thought it would help with travel, and I could study the same materials and the same books that Beethoven did,” he said. Nakamatsu earned a bachelor’s degree in German Studies from Stanford University in 1991 and a master’s in education from Stanford the following year. He also taught German at a high school in Mountain View,

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Continued from Page A-13 By 1986, Bazen was heading The Music Unlimited Big Band, a smaller ensemble that plays commercial jazz. The James Bazen Big Band performs more traditional swing and jazz orchestra, featuring the work of Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington. The Music Unlimited Band is still active but plays mostly at private events. “ ... The Music Unlimited Band is the commercial version of the James Bazen Big Band,” Bazen said. “It’s the same players but the repertoire is different.” The James Bazen Big Band got its start at a small, now de-


The Wildwood Summer Theatre cast rehearses the closing number of “A Chorus Line.” In “A Chorus Line,” Worley plays Kristine, a character she said is a far cry from other roles she’s played and her own personality. “It’s been very, very different from anything I’ve done,” Worley said. “I typically play the more provocative role.” Perhaps the biggest difference between Worley and Kristine is their musical abilities. Kristine is supposed to be tone deaf while Worley has been playing the piano and singing since a young age. While Worley still has a few years of eligibility left, “A Chorus Line” will be Lurye’s final show with Wildwood. Now

funct, pizza place in Rockville called Paisano’s. “We had a steady gig there on Wednesday nights for 10 years, maybe,” Bazen said. “So that’s how the band got developed and got to be known, because people would come in and it was often standing room only.” The gig was so integral in helping the band get off its feet that they named their second album, “Wednesday Night Pizza Band.” “ ... That’s what we were,” Bazen said. “We were playing in this pizza joint on Wednesday night.” Bazen has four other recordings under his name; “Tonight is Mine,” “Merry Christmas Take One, “James Bazen Quintet” and “USA Canteen,” a tribute to the

25, Lurye has been a member of Wildwood since 2006. He studied music at the University of Maryland and now works as a professional actor, appearing in shows at local theater companies in the Washington, D.C., area. He said his experience with Wildwood has helped him tremendously in his career. “ ... It has given me incredible insight as to how things work,” Lurye said. “Even though I won’t continue to pursue the business side of things, it’s certainly an experience that will sit with me my entire life.”

Andrews Sisters. All are available on Amazon, CD Baby and Bazen’s website. After Paisano’s closed, the James Bazen Big Band moved on to regular gigs at Felicita’s in downtown Rockville and Ching’s in Sterling, Va. More recently, the band has started playing more regularly at Montgomery County venues and events, including Taste of Bethesda, Blues Alley and most recently, the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. In fact, Music Unlimited is responsible for booking all local bands that perform at the club. Bazen sees the club as an opportunity to bolster the jazz and swing scene in Montgomery County. He feels so passionately about the genre of music that

he’s become an advisor on the county executive’s task force on nighttime economy. “We need a place that plays jazz badly in Montgomery County,” Bazen said. “What they’re trying to do is trying to keep people in Montgomery County for their nightlife instead of leaving for U Street or somewhere else in D.C. We’re going over some ideas about how to keep people here and them spending their money here and going to clubs like Bethesda Blues and Jazz.” One of the ways to keep big band and jazz music alive locally is to broaden its audience. Bazen said he and his band try to do that by incorporating different styles of music into traditional swing and jazz.

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“ ... There are so many styles and influences we play on any given day, even if somebody doesn’t like what they’re hearing for this tune, they’re going to like the next tune because it’s so different,” Bazen said. Bazen hopes his vocalist

Calif., while continuing to enter musical competitions, not yet sure he could chart a successful career for himself as a solo pianist. “The Van Cliburn visibility is so enormous that it gives you the push that you need to start something,” said Nakamatsu, who quit his teaching job and has been touring the world ever since. “There’s not just one way to do something,” he said. “There’s so much about experience that matters. It’s not so much about the paper, although it helps.” On the road for most of the year in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Nakamatsu continues to make good use of his musical skills while also employing the social skills he learned as a teacher. “Fifty years ago, you could hop from hall to hall and play, but today you need to do more than that,” he said. “You might have to teach a master class, or talk to the press or go a reception. You’re expected to know all that — music is just a part of what you do.” Meanwhile, Nakamatsu has found time to release CDs, including a recent all-Gershwin album with conductor Jeff Tyzig and the Rochester Philharmonic featuring “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Concerto in F.” He also records with clarinetist Jon Manasse, with whom he serves as co-artistic director of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. The duo released its first CD in 2008 called “Brahms Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano,” followed in 2010 by “American Music for Clarinet and Piano” and “Brahms Quintets” in 2012. During Nakamatsu’s years of performing, the Internet has made it easy for the public to access musical performances from all over the world without leaving the house. But he said he doesn’t think the experience of listening to live music will not be going away any time soon. “There’s something about hearing an instrument right in the same room,” he said. “There’s an excitement and energy you can’t replicate.” at Saturday’s performance will help draw some of the younger audiences. “Our singer is my daughter,” Bazen said of 18-year-old Jamie. “ ... Of course she grew up in my house so she likes jazz and all of that stuff and she has influenced her friends and they all come out to hear me and they seem to like it.” Bazen said the big-band sound is one that he thinks is capable of transcending generations. “I think it’s just the novelty and the beauty of the sound,” he said. “The uniqueness of the band appeals to a whole bunch of different people.”

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Coaches agree they must guard against youngsters’ emulation of professional athletes BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

Every young athlete has that moment when he turns his shoulders and runs backward at the perfect diagonal to steal a base hit with a miraculous backhanded grab. Just for that second, they know what it feels like to be the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter. Or that moment when he speeds to his right and with no chance at reaching an opponent’s shot slides toward the ball and slaps a squashshot style slice forehand for a cross-court winner just like the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic. “I’ll even draw on my own experience. All the time [as a kid] we’d play pick up basketball and we’d be counting down, ‘Magic Johnson for the NBA championship. Larry Byrd for the NBA championship,’” ninth-year Northwest High School softball coach Kevin Corpuz said. Watching sports can benefit young athletes in many ways. Coaches agree the pros set great examples in work ethic, intensity and overall knowledge and strategy in their respective sports.

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up (and sometimes down) lengthy flights of stairs. The Empire State Building, the Willis Tower and the U.S. Bank Tower are all skyscrapers in which competitive stair climbers race to the top in an all-out display of strength, balance and wild desire. “I know a lot of very good athletes who won’t go near this, they’re terrified of it,” said Karlin, who lives in Bethesda and works as an entrepreneur in the biotechnology and Internet fields. Karlin specializes in sprint-distance climbs that take the top performers anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to complete depending on the course. In April 2012, after failing to complete the course in 2011, Karlin became the first American to finish the Mount Everest Stair Marathon in Radebeul, Germany. The climbers have 24 hours

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hen Michael Karlin ran track for Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, he wasn’t — as he put it — any good. A young Karlin, now 41 with a lanky and seemingly-unathletic build, ran a mile in six-plus minutes and was fairly discouraged by the entire concept of racing competitively. “I got lapped on the mile,” Karlin said. “I had recollections that I never wanted to do this stuff again. Especially when you’re young to get killed like that, it’s never fun.” Roughly 23 years later, not only can Karlin run the mile nearly a minute faster than he did in high school, but he’s ranked 50th in the world in the remarkably demanding sport of stair climbing. Stair climbing features sprint and marathon-distance races

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Michael Karlin, 41, competes in the Mount Everest Stair Marathon in Radebeul (Dresden), Germany in April 2012. The Everest Marathon is the longest endurance stair event in the world, where athletes have only 24 hours to climb up and down the equivalent distance from sea level to the summit of Mount Everest, while covering the horizontal distance of two marathons across.

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It’s easy to see why Robert Churchwell’s resume jumped out among the 60-plus applications for the vacant Our Lady of Good Counsel boys basketball coaching position, which became available after Blair Mills resigned. As a graduate from Gonzaga College High, he has the local roots. As a standout at Georgetown University from 1990-1994, he earned a spot on the Big East All-Rookie Team, started 128 consecutive games and finished 18th in

all-time scoring at the school and 15th in rebounding. As a former NBA player with Golden State and eight years playing professionally overseas, respect from his players likely won’t be an issue. “I think my experience as a player, as a [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference] student-athlete, my experience at the professional level, my experience coaching and teaching — they obviously thought I was the right guy for the position,” Churchwell said. “The first step is just coming in, gathering in all the information I can gather, reaching out to all the families I can, let them know who I am and what I am trying to do here.” Mills said he resigned in May to fo

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First-year Our Lady of Good Counsel High Schoool boys basketball coach Robert Churchwell.


Capitol Heights native and Montrose Christian graduate Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder can do things most basketball players, especially young ones, can’t.

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Titans’ star led county in rushing last fall BY JORDAN



During the 2012 season, rising fifth-year senior running back Khalil Wilson led Montgomery County in rushing at Albert Einstein High School with 1,567 yards and 12 touchdowns. This fall, he is aiming to repeat the feat, but this time, he wants to surpass 2,000 yards. “Personally, I want to be the best I can be,” he said during one of the team’s summer workouts on Thursday. Wilson, who attended Charles H. Flowers High (Prince George’s County) as a true freshman, began playing football after meeting Einstein coach Jermaine Howell during the winter of 2011. Last fall, he suited up and proved to play a vital role for the Titans. “I was granted a fifth year by [Principal Jim] Fernandez himself,” said Wilson. “We had a contract that was on the table ... I had to step up to the plate and I managed to do it ... through hard work in the classroom.” Wilson and Howell declined to discuss the specific details of the contract. “[The contract] was about him proving [that he could play] to

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Continued from Page B-1 cus on his family, including a new child he and his wife are expecting. “It was just the right time for me and my wife,” said Mills at the beginning of June, who added he will continue to teach social studies at the school in the fall. “I’ve been there quite a while. I love working there, but just with us expecting a baby ... and the demands and rigors of coaching in the WCAC, and teach a full course load, it’s a lot. It’s a hard decision to make, but when I compare my family and coaching, it’s unfair to my wife and child if I’m never home.” Along with Mills, five players transferred out of the program, most notably leading scorer Byron Hawkins (18.1 points per game) and rising sophomore Anthony Cowan, the team’s third leading scorer (8.8). The personnel losses present Churchwell with a pressing issue: Finding enough bodies to fill the voids. In addition, the new coach will

see plenty of Cowan next season when the Falcons play St. John’s College High, a favorite alongside Bishop O’Connell and Paul VI to capture the WCAC crown. “I really can’t worry about those five spots that were vacated,” Churchwell said. “I got to focus on the young men that are still there. I definitely have a plan. I expect to win and obviously you can expect a lot of things but you have to put in the time and work to get there.” Success is something that Churchwell has had little issue in attaining and sustaining throughout his career as both a coach and player. Last season, he coached Benedictine to a 31-4 record and a VISAA Division I state title, beating out WCAC champ O’Connell for the trophy. Preceding his one season at Benedictine in Richmond, Va., Churchwell coached for six years at Harrison High in Georgia. Most impressive, however, may have been his 3-1 record against WCAC opponents this past season, which included wins over O’Connell, DeMatha and Bishop Ireton.

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First-year Our Lady of Good Counsel High Schoool boys basketball coach Robert Churchwell. “It’s very exciting, obviously, coming back to the WCAC, it’s very exciting,” Churchwell said. “I’m very familiar with the talent there.” One school he is extra familiar with the talent in is Gonzaga, his alma mater turned conference rival. Though the Eagles have lost one of the region’s top

talents in 6-foot-6 small forward Kris Jenkins, they’re never one to sleep on. “I graduated from there so I’m always going to be an Eagle,” Churchwell said with a laugh. “But I’m all in as a Falcon right now.”

to finish a course that requires 100 laps on a 397-step staircase (up and down), which happens to be equivalent to the vertical distance from sea level to the summit of Mount Everest. And back. The course, which is comprised of 85 percent stairs and 15 percent hills, also is equivalent to the horizontal distance of two full marathons. Karlin conquered the 39,700 steps, while listening to a collection of 1980s rock music, in 23 hours, 20 minutes and 45 seconds. During this successful second attempt at the challenge — around the lap where Karlin cramped in 2011 (he retired

your muscles make,” Karlin said. “I do lose time. You feel it. On the flip side, the fact that I can compete at the global level and have a world ranking, I’m proud of myself for that.” So how did Karlin discover stair climbing in the first place? “I was going to the gym and working out and I noticed I was very good at the step mill,” Karlin said. “I started working with a terrific personal trainer and the combination of the two was great.” Karlin began researching races and entered himself into an Empire State Building race in 2005. His admiration for the sport grew from there. Karlin said he competes in six to 10 races per year, which usually are stacked during the colder months, and he’s sore for two

“I was like, ‘I love it, but if I don’t finish, I’ll have to come back and do this crap again.’ You make fun of yourself and you’re like, ‘How stupid can this be?’


Continued from Page B-1 himself,” Howell said. Wilson has certainly already proved himself to his coach and Howell expects him to again be a key part of the Titans’ squad both on and off the field. “Frankly, we need our best players on the field,” he said. “Khalil is a student of the game, watching a lot of film of other players in the county, college level, and professional players ... learning what he can and cannot do.” Howell also expects Wilson to become more of a vocal leader on a quiet team. The Titans finished 6-4 last fall, their best record in 12 years, according to Howell. “He’s never been intimidated by another team. He’s a competitor, and it’ll start to trickle down to our younger players,” Howell said. “If it becomes contagious, we’re expecting some success out of our players.” Howell said the team’s goal for the upcoming season is to make it to the Class 3A West Region. Wilson, meanwhile, is looking to play at the next level at either a junior college or a four-year institution. “Lackawanna is definitely a good possibility,” he said. “I liked the way it reminded me of Einstein, how they’re trying to turn the program around.” Howell said he is confident that Wilson will not only succeed this coming season, but also in securing an offer for an opportunity past this season. “We do expect Khalil to be in someone’s college,” he said. “And that’s the only thing we’ll expect.”


Continued from Page B-1 But they also do a lot of things most “normal” people can’t. Coaches said they must constantly guard against young players’ emulation of their favorite players. “I think when you take it to the professional level, it’s just a whole different breed. They’re freaks of nature who can do things with their body that the average person can’t. That’s why there are so few out there,” said four-year Northwest High School football’s defensive line coach Scott Pierce, a longtime coach with the Germantown

Albert Einstein High School running back Khalil Wilson. Sports Association. Children tend to learn visually, President of Clarksburg Baseball Scott Davis said. It is natural for them to want to play like their favorite athletes. But no 10-year-old, or high school student for that matter, is 6 feet, 9 inches and 235 pounds and can pull down a rebound in traffic with one single outstretched arm like seemingly half of the NBA. While it might be hard for children to understand early in their development, a foundation built on proper fundamental skills is integral to their success in high school, college and beyond. “I’ll see guys trying to rebound the basketball with one

hand or trying to do too much dribbling to get by a guy when you could just keep it simple. You see things on TV and it’s tough at times to get people back to reality. Just because it might work great for Kevin Durant, it doesn’t mean you should be trying that stuff,” St. Andrew’s Episcopal School boys basketball coach Kevin Jones said. “They shouldn’t be emulating Kobe’s fadeaway. They should look at what Kobe does every single day to get better.” There is a certain entertainment factor in sports, coaches agreed, and the best players can be flashy at times. Coaches agree that it’s important to instill good sportsmanship in young


athletes and eliminate the showboating common at the professional level. But perhaps most importantly, there are some things children see on television — sliding headfirst into home plate, for example — that are just plain dangerous. Precautions have been taken at the lower levels to ensure athletes’ safety. In recent years rules have been implemented in youth baseball to prevent headfirst sliding into first base and home plate as well as to avoid high impact collisions at home plate — something that happens quite often in Major League Baseball — said Kenny Roy, who has coached football, basketball,

near lap 70 and roughly 18 and a half hours of climbing) — he achieved a mental breakthrough. “I was kind of thinking to myself — this is both an amazing feat and a ridiculous feat,” he said. “Here we are, a bunch of guys going up and down a staircase, going nowhere, it’s kind of ridiculous. “I was like, ‘I love it, but if I don’t finish, I’ll have to come back and do this crap again.’ You make fun of yourself and you’re like, ‘How stupid can this be?’ And I really motivated myself to pick it up and finish this thing. I didn’t let anything distract me from that point on.” In 2005, Karlin was in a snowmobile accident that nearly ended his stair climbing career just as it was beginning. The vehicle crashed, flipped over and landed on his left ankle, shattering the bone. An emergency surgery required eight screws and a plate to be inserted into his leg. If Karlin’s middle-aged development into an elite athlete out of relative obscurity wasn’t enough of a testament to his determination and willpower, overcoming that type of injury and continuing to climb stairs competitively sure is. “It makes a difference. I got the hardware removed, but there are compensations softball and baseball for 13 years with the Olney Boys and Girls Club. “You really do have to be careful. I think the leagues have done a really good job. In regards to plays at home plate, you’re supposed to avoid contact if at all possible. If you have to slide, if a player doesn’t slide to avoid a potential collision, they’ve been calling them out,” Roy said. Jeter doesn’t need to secure the baseball in his glove with his right hand. Durant might not need to rebound with two hands. Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu might be able to take a running back down without wrapping him up.

or three weeks after every event. “He had no real athleticism, per say, but he just wanted to strengthen his core,” Karlin’s trainer Elvin Baldwin said. “I saw something more in him and we started to get into performance training and he became a very good athlete. “The fact that he is so coachable really determines his success.” Naturally, it can get pretty tight in the staircase, especially for the elite climbers. But proper preparation and strategy can help climbers achieve the best time possible. Always use the hand rail, Karlin said, and pivot on the landings instead of shuffling your feet or taking baby steps. Slower climbers on the right, faster climbers on the left. If Karlin’s participating in a sprint-distance climb and needs to stop for water, he’s having a bad day. But it’s still likely better than how he performed in high school. “I’m a late bloomer,” Karlin said. “You preserve some of your energy that might have been expended by some other athletes at the high school level. I had the reserve and it kind of helps me to take a bit of revenge on the track.” But they put in the work to get where they are. They are in a class of their own, one players can work to try and reach — though so few get there — but shouldn’t be concerned about yet. “If [young tennis players] are going to emulate anything, they should really watch the footwork and how the players set up for the ball and less of how they swing. The biggest thing right now is trying to hit the running forehand slice. They all want to try and run and slide and hit that slice, it drives me crazy,” Bullis School boys tennis coach Steve Miguel said.





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Richard Montgomery High School first-year football coach Josh Klotz (right) works with rising sophomore Alex Page and other players in the weight room on Wednesday.

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With a cloudless sky above and a sweltering heat causing innocent bystanders to sweat despite no physical activity, Phillip Osborn ran across the grass field behind Richard Montgomery High School to catch a pass from coach Josh Klotz. The ball slapped off of Osborn’s hands and fell to the ground. Before making his way back to the receiver’s line, the rising senior dropped to the ground, without direction to do so, and did 10 pushups. “We’re more motivated,” Osborn said. “We have a lot of coaches here that are pushing us harder than the coaches we had last year. It’s just a different mindset going into the season.” Entering his first season as the Rockets’ football coach, Klotz is trying to establish a culture of hard work and accountability at the Rockville school. Klotz comes to Richard Montgomery after coaching at Quince Orchard the past seven years, the last four as offensive coordinator. After reaching the state finals the past two seasons with the Cougars, Klotz wanted to take

on a greater role in a program. He did his research and decided Richard Montgomery would be a good fit for him. “After the end of last season, I just wanted to be around football more,” said Klotz, who will also teach English at Richard Montgomery. “I wanted to have a greater influence on a greater number of kids. I thought I was able to help out a bunch of guys at QO and be a role model and help turn them into men. But as a head coach, I’m able to directly impact even more young men and help them out. And I wanted the personal challenge.” Klotz said he likes to challenge himself, just like he hopes his players seek a challenge. During the offseason, he’s tried to create a competitive atmosphere every day, ending each workout session with a contest. Joshua Dyson has bought in. He has attended every workout since Klotz arrived and has seen his body change. He’s gained around 15 pounds, going up from 170 to 185, and has increased his bench press by 50 pounds (195 to 245). “We’ve got new coaches and I want to establish myself as a person that wants it and is a hard worker,” Dyson said. “I know if I take one day off, then I’m going to take more. Then I’m going to just sit back and get lazy while other people are working their [behind] off.”

Klotz said he’s going to build his offense around his talent, so he said the offense won’t necessarily look like what was run at Quince Orchard. But he did promise that the Rockets will run a no huddle. “I’m flexible,” said Klotz, who brought Mike Wheeler with him from Quince Orchard to run the defense. “Whatever is best for our players. We’ll build around our talent.” While he is happy with what his players have done athletically so far, Klotz also beams when talking about what they do away from the field. The players went to area elementary schools during the offseason to read to students, and also held questionand-answer sessions with older students. They’ve also helped with youth camps. Klotz believes that in building a program, it goes beyond what happens on the field. “I keep stressing — wins and losses are obviously important to me, and what we do on the field is important, but the last five months it’s also rewarding to see just how, when we reach out to the community, how supportive everyone is,” Klotz said. “When we get into the football season, the whole idea of a program and community is going to come together and support the team and build that relationship. That’s exciting.”

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Club has expanded from seven members to 81 BY JACOB BOGAGE STAFF WRITER

It takes a lot of care to play one of the oldest sports, polo. Poolesville’s Capitol Polo Club has 90 horses that need daily care on its 170 acres. The field they play on, all 30 acres, requires nearly as much care as the turf is cut thick but short. Hoof marks are stomped out. Manure is scooped away briskly. General manager Marcos Bignoli left his native Argentina in 2008 to take over the Capitol Polo Club and since, the club has increased in popularity, now playing the sport five times a week, six months a year. Since Bignoli started at Capitol Polo, the club’s membership has increased from seven members to 81. The club hosts sanctioned tournaments every weekend and a number of large professional charity tournaments every year. Polo players are assigned a handicap ranging from -2 for beginners to 10 for the best. As a professional, Bignoli, 55, carried a handicap of 6 — one of 50 active players at the time to do so — until he retired to play recreationally, pursue a career in real estate and run his ranch and polo club in Pilar, Argentina. “Everybody in polo knows who Marcos Bignoli is,” club coowner and Bethesda resident T. Hoy Booker. Bignoli started the club’s polo academy, which currently has 30 students, to help take the edge off the game many view as dangerous or cruel to both horse and horseman.


Capitol Polo Club rider Marcos Bignoli (left) participates in a match on Sunday in Poolesville. Neither is true, Bignoli says. Riders at the polo academy start slow and learn to ride with one hand before even touching a mallet or ball. After three months, they progress to play games. Horses, on the other hand, train for two years before they can enter a match. “When you are training a horse from out West, lets say Wyoming, Montana, and it’s ... raised with cattle and it’s been roped off, it’s easier — a horse that’s been exposed to pressure and things being swung around their heads,” Bignoli said. “When you train a thoroughbred off the track, you need a lot of patience.” A match begins or resumes after a goal with a referee throwing the rock-hard ball between two teams of four players each. From there, more experienced horsemen maneuver their steeds to pass the ball forward to where an attacker can break away from the pack and at 40 miles per hour with defensemen in hot

pursuit. To prevent a goal, players can hook an opponent’s mallet from the right side or bump an attack off their line on the left side. Never can a defenseman cross in front of the ball or an attackman for safety reasons. “It’s kind of an adrenaline rush,” attackman Pat Post, 53, of Potomacsaid.“It’sfullblast.These horses are going 30, 40 miles per hour. It can be a bit scary.” Booker says most beginners find they love the rush of the game and the social aspect of the club even more. Since polo is such a time-consuming sport and economic investment, club dues cost $4,000. The fee does not include the cost of purchasing a horse or renting two or three per match. “People come out here on a whim and they end up staying,” he said. “You get ‘em to buy one horse and it’s all over.”

When John Pino’s eldest daughter, Daniella, started playing lacrosse several years ago, he knew little to nothing about the sport. The Damascus resident had never played lacrosse, had only seen a handful of games before and admits he didn’t know what was happening. But with a lack of available coaches in the area, he and two other fathers decided to immerse themselves in the sport so they could take up the coaching reigns. There wasn’t another option. “I was the true, stereotypical dad that was forced into learning on the spot,” Pino said. “There are very few girls lacrosse coaches. So I made it a mission. I can’t help if I don’t know about lacrosse.” Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. From 2011 to 2012, the participation rate grew 5.5 percent, according to a study by USA Lacrosse, and in the last five years, participation among females has increased by 67 percent. With the rapid increase in numbers, a lack of quality coaching, especially at the recreational levels, has stunted the growth in the quality of the game. Top coaches in the area are naturally attracted to high school and club coaching positions, which allows them to work with the best talent. Sherwood High School and Rebels club coach Kelly Hughes, a Sherwood graduate who played in college at Iona, said it’s natural for players who competed in college to gravitate towards higher levels of competition when returning to the coaching ranks. Parents taking over coaching duties “is really common,” Hughes said. “There are a lot of dads, which is great because they love sports, but they’re not getting the same understanding of how the game and the rules work together. ... You’re not getting the same stuff [on the field], but it’s the same lessons and the same game. But I


Stingers A Division girls youth lacrosse players Olivia Vozzo (left) and Casey Leach (right) try to stop Taylor DeRose as she advances on the goal during a Monday clinic at Ovid Hazen Wells Park in Clarksburg. don’t mind it because at least they’re playing.” Recent Damascus High School graduate Colby Muller, who is signed with Old Dominion University, said just getting out and playing is the most important thing. When she was younger, Muller played for Pino and her father, Frank, and enjoyed having male coaches. “From a defensive and physical perspective, that’s how guys play the game and I can see how that helped more,” she said. This summer, Colby Muller coached a team of rising eighth graders and got a different perspective of the game. “When my dad would coach me, he’d tell me things that the coaches can see, but as a player I wouldn’t really see what he was seeing,” said Muller, who is also helping coach at a clinic Pino is hosting this week. “But from a coach’s view, there’s a whole different perspective. It’s amazing because you can teach them these things. It’s easy to solve and I can work on the field, too, so it’s a lot of fun.” Muller represents the next phase of coaching in Montgomery County. Hughes and Pino agree that for lacrosse to take the next step, girls returning from college need to take up more of a role in the coaching ranks. That’s easier said than

done. Hughes said she knows plenty of viable former players in the area. But with jobs that aren’t conducive to coaching travel teams and more involved programs, it can be difficult to find time. But coaching at the recreational level is more doable, with fewer practices and games being played in the area. Coaches like Pino, who didn’t have to learn about lacrosse until they were forced to, are still playing a strong role. He said he spent countless hours watching other top coaches, using “osmosis” to pick up on whatever information he could. He took certification classes through USA Lacrosse. When Pino hosts clinics or practices — he currently coaches the Damascus Stingers U15 team, which won the Metro Girls Lacrosse championship this spring — he encourages parents to come out and learn about the sport. Still, he hopes it is feasible in the future for former girls lacrosse players to be afforded a greater role in the coaching community. “To get kids who went to college to come back and coach, they’re struggling [after college] and are working more hours and are not earning as much,” Pino said. “We have to make it worthwhile.”


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Gaithersburg Giants infielder Andrew Frazier throws out a batter against the visiting Frederick Hustlers on Thursday at Kelley Park.

Giants received a first-round bye in the double-elimination tournament and played Monday at Joe Cannon Stadium against Dig In. The result ended too late to be included in this edition of The Gazette. “We’re glad we got him,” said Giants coach Gary Holzapfel of Meiners. “We contacted him pretty early and locked him up. Everything that I’ve heard about him has been true.” In the eighth inning, with the Giants batting, a foul ball hit the massive screen on the first-base side of Kelley Field and plummeted down toward the players in the dugout. Meiners sprung forward, made a two-handed over-the-shoulder catch and threw the ball back to the umpire. He tipped his cap. “I’m really confident going into the playoffs. It’s a really good group of guys,” said Meiners. “It’s a good mix of local and guys from out of town.” Last season in college, Meiners played in 40 games and batted .268 with 20 runs scored and 18 runs batted in. If the Giants (18-14) hope to achieve their ultimate goal of winning the MCBL title, they’ll likely need to do so by beating the Baltimore Chop (31-1). “The four games we’ve played them, all of them have been close,” Meiners said. “We’re not intimidated by them.”


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Before the start of the seventh inning on Friday, Damascus Post 171 pitching coach Daryl Keys pulled his starter, Grant Dickey, aside and rested his hands on Dickey’s shoulders. The rest of the team was huddled around manager Tommy Davis in front of Post 171’s dugout, while the conference between Keys and Dickey was happening a few feet away under the lights at Kelley Park in Gaithersburg. Dickey, who was three outs away from pitching a shutout that would send his club to the American Legion Maryland state championship tournament, liked what he heard. “He told me to have fun with these three outs,” Dickey said of his chat with Keys. “And that he wasn’t going to take me out.”

Dickey made quick work of Sandy Spring Post 68’s final three batters of the game, putting the finishing touches on Damascus’ 8-0 victory against last year’s state champions in the double-elimination Montgomery County tournament. The sturdy righthander allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two as he pitched to contact and pounded the strike zone. While Sandy Spring stung a few balls, nearly all of them were right at Post 171’s outfielders. “If you’re talking about the ability to throw first-pitch strikes and control, you’re talking Grant Dickey,” Davis said of the Sherwood High School graduate. “If he’s going to throw strikes and we’re going to make the plays behind him, it’s going to force a team to really string some hits together and it’s a tough match for them to do that.” Damascus’ big inning was the bottom of the third. The regular season champs (214) scored six runs — four off of Post 68 left-handed starter Kyle Cassidy and two against right-handed reliever Marcus Hailstock. Post 171’s Zach Thompson stroked a two-

run double into the left field corner and John Hanley and Michael Zerafa also delivered doubles in the decisive frame. “I’m so proud of everyone. They’ve put in so much work during the season to get us that first seed and we really came together today and put together that big inning,” said leadoff batter and center fielder Emory McMinn. “We did what we’ve been doing all season stepped it up when it counted.” Despite the loss, Post 68’s season isn’t over. They’ll have TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE the opportunity to make the Damascus Post 171 player Zach state tournament by winning Thompson swings the bat against a play-in game against a team Sandy Spring Post 68 on Friday. (to be determined) from Anne Arundel County at 1 p.m. Sunday at Severna Park High Damascus became the first School. Sandy Spring won the American Legion team from play-in game last season be- Montgomery County to win a fore going on to dominate the state title in 2000. “We know what it takes,” state tournament. Damascus, meanwhile, Davis said. “We think the was scheduled to open the components are there, but tournament against the host, we’re going to have to prove Cumberland Post 13, at 7:30 it on the field. But going up p.m. on Tuesday at Veterans there with the club we have, Field in Cumberland. The re- we’re fine with that. We’re sult ended too late to be in- looking forward to having cluded in this edition of The some fun and playing good Gazette. baseball.” It is be Post 171’s first state tournament appearance since






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Damascus Post 171’s Daniel Johnson fields the ball for an out against Sandy Spring Post 68 during Friday’s game at Kelley Park.


In all the years Gaithersburg Giants shortstop Nate Meiners has played baseball, he had never experienced any arm issues until recently. He played in Little League, travel ball and started at St. John’s College High School. Meiners could play shortstop and pitch for days. But one cold afternoon last year — Meiners’ first game with Randolph Macon College — the tendons in his right shoulder reached their breaking point. “My arm had been bothering me a little bit up to that point in practices, but that game was the final straw,” said Meiners, who started at shortstop. “I played in one game my freshman year.” Meiners received a medical redshirt and spent the spring rehabbing his arm, watching his teammates play and longing to be on the field. “It was the first arm pain I’ve ever had in my life. My arm had always been rubber. I could throw forever,” said Meiners, who grew up in Silver Spring. “I pretty much dreaded going to physical therapy. ... It definitely wasn’t easy.” Meiners has since worked his way to a full recovery — something that’s not easy to accomplish with shoulder injuries — and is one of the catalysts on the Giants’ talented roster following a successful sophomore season at Randolph Macon. Meiners had a hit, a run and a walk in Gaithersburg’s 9-7 victory against the Frederick Hustlers at Kelley Park on Thursday, helping the Giants secure the second overall seed in the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League playoffs,. University of Delaware right-hander Chad Martin tossed six superb innings — allowed one hit, six strikeouts and three walks — on a blisteringly hot evening to get the win. The


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B-CC graduate signs with D.C. United Soccer star hopes to make most of his opportunity in Major League Soccer





B-CC High School graduate Collin Martin recently signed with D.C. United.

older brother, Trevor, who played for George Washington University. “He had me out there ... always training, always teaching me how to get better,” Martin said. Although he is currently not in school, Martin said he and his family value his education, and he will definitely return to school. He is currently working on transferring to George Washington University to major in either English or journalism. Martin, along with fellow newcomer Syamsir Alam, made his debut to a home crowd at RFK Stadium on July 12 in an international friendly game against Chivas de Guadalajara. “I think he did fine in the game ... It was nice to be able to throw him into the fire,” Olsen said. “There’s not a lot of fear in that kid ... it’s up to us to develop him now.”

Magruder basketball makes summer strides After losing eight seniors, Colonels amidst rebuilding process




It looked strange, seeing a Col. Zadok Magruder High School boys basketball team take the court without a guards J.J. Epps or Nick Griffin. Two four-year varsity starters, Montgomery County’s most formidable backcourt tandem combined for 84 wins, a state title and two more region titles — Magruder’s finest era of basketball. In Wednesday’s 61-41 loss to Clarksburg in a Montgomery County summer league playoff game at Thomas S. Wootton, the growing pains being weathered in the post-Griffin/Epps reign were evident, as were signs of a different type of basketball, however. “Everybody is going to sleep on Magruder,” commented St. Andrew’s coach Kevin Jones during the first half. “I think they’re going to surprise some people.” Given how most everybody seems to be looking at the Colonels as a bygone, any amount of wins will likely be labeled a surprise. “Everybody thinks we’re going to suck,” Magruder coach Dan Harwood rather candidly told his team after the game. “But the thing is, everybody can be as good as they want to be. We can be as

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On July 10, Collin Martin fulfilled a dream. The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduate signed a professional soccer contract with D.C. United’s first team. Martin, who has been playing soccer since he was 3, is happy to be living a dream he’s had since he was 8. After four years on United’s Academy team and one year on Wake Forest University’s team, he said he is excited for the opportunity. “I’ve never been like a goal person ... but there’s no reason not to hope for the best,” he said after training last week. “For these next six months, I want to train consistently well.” D.C. United coach Ben Olsen said that Martin’s growth and development over the past two years was what really caught their attention. “Collin is a kid we’ve had our eye on for awhile ... We’ve always known he was a very talented kid,” he said. “He wants to take it to the next level, and he was excited to do it, so that’s always a big part of this.” Having been a part of an Academy team that won the Major League Soccer Cup multiple times, Martin has traveled all over the world. He said his favorite destination so far has been South Africa. “I got to see crazy things,” he said. “Culturally it was so different from America. I got to pet baby lions, and that was so cool.” Growing up, one of Martin’s biggest mentors was his

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good as we want to be.” Predictably, considering Magruder’s loss of eight players and more than 65 points per game, the Colonels went through spells of miscommunications and sloppy basketball and then stretches of impressive resilience. With about six minutes left, Josiah Jones, the team’s third leading returning scorer (3 points per game) went on a run of and-one buckets and 3-pointers to whittle the lead to 12 while the defense forced a string of turnovers on the opposite end. “It just gives us more opportunities,” Jones said of the team’s steadfast approach on the defensive end. “Our offense obviously needs a lot of work but I think we’re going to be picking it up on defense.” Sure, Clarksburg would go on to win comfortably and without much of a real threat, but the Colonels gave the Coyotes a lot more fight than many may have expected. Over the summer, the chemistry of meshing together a team of bench players and junior varsity up-and-comers has been somewhat smoothed out, though it still has its kinks. The offense, after relying on one of the county’s best backcourts, showed signs of life in Jones’ slashes and Danny Schaerr’s muscled drives. But the defense, that’s what has Harwood excited the most. “It’s going to be a nightmare on Muncaster Mill,” he joked.

Earlier this month, Gus Gill was content on spending his final summer before college playing for Dig In Baseball, a team in the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League. But in mid-July, Gill, who graduated from Walter Johnson HighSchoolinthespring,wasable to fulfill a childhood dream. On July 13, he made his unexpected debut in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League as a member of the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. In fact, his first game was at Shirley Povich Field against the Bethesda Big Train, a venue and organization he frequently visited while growing up. “It’s actually is a dream come true being up here and [playing with my brother],” said Gill, who went 2-for-5 in his debut with a double and a run scored. “I’ve always known the Ripken League is the best [college-age] competition and talent around this area. I’ve been watching this league all my life because I went to so many Big


Walter Johnson High School graduates and brothers Mac (left) and Gus Gill play together for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. Train games with my travel teams as a fan. I kind of hoped I played for them someday.” Gill, who is hitting .286 (as of Monday) in limited action as the Thunderbolts (11-26 record) shortstop, joined the summer wood bat league at the request of manager Doug Remer, who also coaches at Springbrook High School. Gill’s older brother, Mac, a rising senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has been pitching for Silver Spring all summer. Mac owns a 2-4 record with a 6.24 earned-run average in

nine games (seven starts). “With Mac on the team and having coached [Montgomery County High School baseball], we had Gus on our mind before the season,” Remer said. “We had a couple injuries. ... We knew he was a good ball player with good defense and he’s a gamer.” Gus, who threw a no-hitter against Winston Churchill on April 17 and established Walter Johnson’s single-game record for strikeouts (13), is expected to attend Montgomery College in the fall and play for the Raptors. He

was recruited out of high school by a few Division I college programs to pitch, but would prefer to play every day at the next level. “My goal has always been to play D-I,” Gus said. “I feel I can go to MC like my brother did, grow as a player and then transfer. “I’m playing against guys that have top-notch talent this summer. I was a little nervous in the first game, but I have a lot of confidence in myself.” Added Remer: “It’s obvious playing in the Ripken League against older, established college players — not many kids that just graduated high school play up here — is going to help him. Unless he struck out every single at-bat and makes 42 errors in one game, this is a good experience and thing that will help him get a head start on college ball.” The Gills come from a strong baseball pedigree. Their father, Rich, played at Catholic University, and they are St. Louis Cardinal fans. Rich grew up listening to Cardinals games on the radio. “We’vealwaysdonebaseball,” Gus said. “We played whiffle ball, it is just what we do.”

Bullis’ top boys tennis players excel during summer Countee is topranked player in USTA Mid-Atlantic Section; teammate is No. 7 n


Rising Bullis School senior No. 1 singles player Kasey Countee’s first instinct on the tennis court is to get to the net. In an age where powerful baseliners have taken over the sport, it is quite rare, especially at the high-school level, for someone to be so comfortable moving forward. “It’s kind of old school. I like quick points. I don’t like staying out on the court that much. If you stay out there too long, you tire yourself out,” Countee said. Classmate Darian Hashemzadeh, however, prefers to stay back. He thrives in the marathon match environment his teammate consciously avoids. A self-proclaimed grinder on the court, Hashemzadeh prefers to work the point from the


baseline and wait for his opponent to make an error or the right opportunity to make his move. Their contrasting styles of play, though both boast big serves, have led each to individual success — Countee won his third consecutive Interstate Athletic Conference tournament singles title this spring, the last two coming at No. 1 singles, and Hashemzadeh went undefeated en route to his second consecutive tournament title in the second singles slot. But they also complement each other well in a doubles setting, the two agreed. In an important summer — Bullis coach Steve Miguel said they are working to get noticed by college coaches — Countee and Hashemzadeh have shot up the U.S. Tennis Association rankings. The No. 1-ranked player in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section Boys 18s, Countee is ranked No. 181 of 2,095 nationally. Hashemzadeh is No. 7 in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section, 293rd nationally.

Two regional doubles titles together this summer, in New York and California, in addition to a few final appearances, have not just helped boost the teammates’ individual rankings, but their confidence on the singles court, they said. Skills used in doubles, like the use of angles and getting to the net, can also be translated into his singles game, Hashemzadeh added. “I think [Kasey and I] really match up well together in doubles. If I wasn’t partners with Kasey I don’t think I’d be winning that much. I’ll work the point, cross-court, and he’ll poach over and finish at the net. He comes in so fast. I think the one thing he has that no other player [in this area] has that I’ve seen is he has the best anticipation. He knows exactly when to poach and when not to poach,” Hashemzadeh said. Though Countee and Hashemzadeh have settled at the top of Bullis’ lineup, their paths there were quite different. When Countee was 4, he was selected from a class at the Junior Tennis Champions Center catered toward finding

athletes with good hand-eye coordination. Thus started his tennis journey. He was recruited in sixth grade by former Bulldogs coach Jack Schore to feed into a program that was nearly untouchable for most of the 2000s — Bullis’ streak of seven straight IAC titles was snapped in 2011 — and recognized as one of the best high-school programs in the nation. By eighth grade he was practicing and holding his own with the guys on the varsity squad. “I almost played in eighth grade. But then I wouldn’t have been allowed to play senior year. But I traveled with the team and that was fun,” Countee said. The following year, in the spring of 2011, Countee announced himself as one of the league’s best by winning the No. 2 singles bracket at the IAC tournament. “Kasey has a really good feel for the game. He changes the pace well. He is always looking to come in,” Miguel said.

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Our Lady of Good Counsel High School graduate Brendan Marshall (right) rolls out to pass against Gilman last year.

Good Counsel to play Gilman on ESPNEWS


The Our Lady of Good Counsel High School football team is scheduled to play the Gilman School at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Towson University in a game ESPNEWS plans to televise. It is expected to be the season opener for two of the state’s best programs. Hosting Gilman last year, Good Counsel won, 20-19, in overtime. Running back Dorian O’Daniel ran for two touchdowns, and wide receiver Kendall Fuller caught the other. However, O’Daniel is moving onto Clemson, and Fuller to Virginia Tech.

Good Counsel will be breaking in several new starters after winning the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title the past four seasons. This is the Falcons fourth game on national television since 2008. Good Counsel played DeMatha that year, St. Xavier in 2010, and Bishop Gorman of Nevada last year. Gilman was also on national television last season, losing to Archbishop Moeller of Cincinnati. The Greyhounds finished the year at 9-2, defeating Calvert Hall for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship. — DAN FELDMAN


Our Lady of Good Counsel High School rising junior quarterback Bryan Strittmatter is expected to start this fall.


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Page B-7 Mia Branco (left), Imagination Stage access coordinator, and and Diane Nutting, director of access and inclusion, chat with occupational therapist Roger Ideishi after he viewed a performance of “Peter Pan and Wendy.” Ideishi was called in to suggest where tweaks could be made, so children with special needs can watch the play without experiencing sensory overload. PHOTOS BY DAN GROSS/ THE GAZETTE

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The theater is packed with kids eagerly waiting for the show to begin. One man sits in an aisle seat with a notepad opened on his lap and a pen in his hand, ready to take notes. He’ll be marking down all of the points in “Peter Pan and Wendy” when the lights might flash too quickly, the sound might be too loud or an action might be too surprising. This is the first step in occupational therapist Roger Ideishi’s role in helping Imagination Stage in Bethesda produce a sensory-friendly performance. Imagination Stage ran four shows of this type in its 2012-13 season. Sensory-friendly shows are aimed at families with children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory, social or learning needs. Many of the families who attend these shows can’t attend normal performances because of society’s reaction to their children’s actions, said Diane Nutting, director of access and inclusion at Imagination Stage. “These shows let families be who they are,” she said.

Producing a performance When selling tickets for the show, Imagination Stage leaves pockets of empty seats around families to allow easy movement if necessary. Some children stand close to the stage, leaning in to absorb the play, Nutting said. Once, a child ran around the theater for a whole show, taking breaks every once in a while to watch the actors. “It’s a hodgepodge of reactions,” Nutting said. “There’s no

(From left) Dan Van Why, Justine Moral and Matt Dewberry perform in “Peter Pan and Wendy” before a sold-out Imagination Stage in Bethesda on Friday. textbook case of how these children will react to the play.” The key, she said, is preparation — for both the families and the actors. Actors go through training to learn about what they might hear or see in the audience while on stage. They also run scenes that have been adjusted. Ideishi doesn’t change the script for sensory-friendly performances — he just adds clarity to it. In a meeting with members of the Imagination Stage team after watching “Peter Pan and Wendy,” Ideishi discussed making the message clearer for the audience. Instead of implying that the actors want the audience to answer a question or tell them what to do, he said they should clearly ask questions such as, “What should I do next?” Ideishi also recommended providing background on the “Peter Pan” story to the audience either during or before the show to give some context. Imagination Stage helps families prepare for shows by giving them guidelines — known as “social stories” — on how to pick up tickets, where the bathrooms are and how the theater looks. The families receive another

set of guidelines on the day of the event, as well, to tell them what will happen during the play itself. There are suggestions for what the children can do if they are scared or surprised. “If the music is too loud for me I can cover my ears, put on my headphones, or hug my mom or dad,” one set of guidelines said. Once in the auditorium, there are also Imagination Stage staff sitting in the corners with glow sticks. When a surprising scene is approaching or the actors are about to walk through the audience, the staff will raise the glow sticks as a warning sign for the audience. Nutting said the warnings and suggestions for surprising events are preparing children to know how they can react when watching a conventional show in the future. Going through the experience also prepares them for life, she said. “Life is surprising,” Nutting said.

‘We all benefit’ Ideishi always has been interested in how people with developmental needs interact with society. Once he realized this community didn’t have

much involvement in society, he wanted to work to change that. “I wanted to reach out to community organizations to make [these families] be able to go out more,” Ideishi said. Through his work with museums, theaters and aquariums, Ideishi created a way for families with children who don’t develop typically to experience what everyone else does. He currently works with about six organizations spread out among Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and the Washington, D.C., area, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center. Now, it seems his dream is coming true. Nutting said families with typically developing children have attended the last two sensory-friendly performances at Imagination Stage. This trend is happening at other organizations. too. Betty Siegel, director of VSA — formerly known as Very Special Arts — and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center, said all families who attend sensoryfriendly performances benefit, not just those with non-typically developing children. The performances are “really about enabling families in the community who have children, typically or not typically developing, to have engaged theater experiences,” she said. The Kennedy Center began producing sensory-friendly performances in 2012 when it had four performances. It plans to present five in the 2013-14 season. Siegel said there is much collaboration among the Smithsonian, Imagination Stage and other public venues involved with sensory-friendly activities. “We’re collaborative in nature,” she said. “It’s not an area of competition — it’s about helping the community. We all benefit.”

State issues new protocols for heart attack patients 15 minutes of CPR now precede taking patient to hospital



A change in the way paramedics treat cardiac arrest patients could delay their arrival to the hospital, but could also increase their chances of survival. New protocols released by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems create two major practice changes for EMS providers. As of July 1, providers will first treat medical cardiac arrest patients on the scene rather than rushing them to a hospital. They also now have the authority to declare a patient dead on the scene. “The public expects that we swoop in, we scoop up the patient, and we swoop out,” said Alan Butsch, battalion chief for the EMS section of Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service. Now, EMS providers are required to perform “high-quality continuous CPR” for 15 minutes on the scene. If a patient regains cardiac activity during that time, then the patient would be taken to a hospital. The prior practice in Montgomery County was to get the patient to a hospital as soon as possible, Butsch said. “We now know that their best chance of survival comes within that 15-minute window and that it depends on effective CPR (which you cannot do when moving the patient) in combination with the advanced techniques our paramedics can do,” Butsch wrote in an email. Cardiac arrest survival rates are already very low. Nationally, there are roughly 383,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside a hospital each year, and fewer than 8 percent of these patients survive, according to the American Heart Association’s website. In Montgomery County, EMS is dispatched for a cardiac arrest roughly once or twice per day, Butsch said. Of those, about half are actually cardiac arrest patients. Successful treatment is a race against time. The American Heart Association calls this the “chain of survival” — noticing a cardiac arrest and calling for emergency help, early CPR, defibrillation, “advanced life support,” and proper care afterwards. The first steps in this chain, medical officials said, might be the most crucial. “If we are going to save them, we are going to save them right there,” said Richard Alcorta, EMS medical director at the state institute. “For every

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minute that someone is in arrest with no CPR, the chance of saving them drops by 10 percent.” After 15 minutes of CPR, EMS providers also can now declare a patient deceased and stop resuscitation attempts if the cardiac arrest did not occur while they were on the scene and the patient does not have a “shockable rhythm”; that is, the person won’t be revived with a defibrillator. In other cases, EMS can still stop resuscitation, but only after consulting with a doctor. There are exceptions. EMS providers cannot terminate resuscitation for minors, pregnant women, or those with cardiac arrest due to hypothermia or submersion. Families also can request that a patient still be taken to a hospital, Butsch said. Before the change, EMS providers in Montgomery County could declare a patient dead after 30 minutes of no pulse or breath if the provider consulted with an emergency room physician, Butsch said. The focus of these new protocols is on patient care, but there is always a risk to consider when ambulances move through traffic with sirens and lights on. In an emailed statement, the American Heart Association wrote, “In short, staying on the scene can reduce unnecessary transport to the hospital, reduces road hazards during the transport, reduces EMS exposure to biohazards, and reduces the need for Emergency Department pronouncement.” There were 55 ambulance collisions in the county in 2012 out of 80,000 EMS calls per year, Butsch said. Of those 55, 17 were traffic collisions in an emergency situation and one caused injuries. “Most collisions were minor and had nothing to do with traffic and the use of red lights and siren — so I can’t say that [Montogmery County Fire & Rescue] sees transporting cardiac arrests as a significant injury risk,” he wrote in an email. Statewide, 182 crashes were reported to police involving an ambulance or emergency vehicle in an emergency situation in 2011 and 239 the prior year, according to a University of Maryland, Baltimore analysis of Maryland Automated Accident Reporting System data. Although these protocol changes affect the behavior of paramedics, medical officials emphasized that the moments before they arrive count as well. “The patients that do better are the ones who had bystander CPR,” said Kiersten Henry, a cardiac nurse practitioner at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. “If you don’t know how to do handsonly CPR, learn it.”

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County Facilities, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has proposed that the Montgomery County Pre-Release Center be renamed the Neal Potter Pre-Release Center.

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Full-time position available for a home day care center in Kensington, Md for about 7 babies and toddlers. Must love children. Will pay for CPR, first aid, SIDS training and a security check. Great pay. Two weeks of paid vacation and off all major holidays. See my website for more information: Call Adrienne at (301) 530-7980.


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Brooke Grove Retirement Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Small family owned/operated construction company that specializes in water/sewer, storm & CIPP Lining. Immediate positions available in Poolesville, MD. Must be experienced, have valid drivers license and speak fluent English. CDL license a plus. Call: 301-725-9075 or e-mail

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For an established, fast paced Allstate agency in Damascus. Must have insurance experience & computer skills. Opening salary based upon experience with higher starting salary with a minimum of 2 years prior Allstate. Benefits include health/401k. Email resume to

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Award winning transportation company in R’ville is seeking an enegergetic individual to fullfill a F/T position in our Reservations Department. If you enjoy multitasking in a fast pace environment and have a passion for providing excellent customer service then please join us at our open house on Tuesday July 30th anytime between 9-1pm at 11565 Old Georgetown Rd. North Bethesda, MD 20852.

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Business Development Specialist Media Sales We’re looking for a Specialist who has a documented history of driving new business. Post Newsweek Media provides local news and information to communities in Maryland and Virginia. We are looking for a skilled sales professional to assist small businesses in marketing their products and services. This is a inside/outside sales position. You would develop an understanding of print, online, mobile advertising with a focus on recruitment, retail and service business segments. Previous sales experience needed, enthusiasm, great work ethic and a strong desire to succeed.

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Investment Officer Bethesda, MD Conduct financial & eco research on emerging mkts; perform qualitative & quant analyses; devise methods for analyzing eco & stat data; prep financial & eco analyses of internat eco trends to propose mkt entry plans for emerging mkts; perform eco analyses of countries; conduct eco & financial analyses of companies to negotiate price & hedging of debt invstmts; use credit scoring models to underwrite & price debt invstmts in Europe & Asia; identify, analyze, structure invstmts; portfolio mgt; perform country risk assmt; analyze credit data & fin stmts of companies to determ degree of risk in extending credit or making invstmts in emerging mkts; manage portfolio by asset class or country; conduct portfolio rvw assmts w/risk rating updates. MA Econ or rel field + 6 mos exp in job offrd. Fax resume to HR Microvest Capital 240-380-1028.


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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2013 JETTA S

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# 3011135, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Heated Seats.

MSRP $25,530

#2822293, Power Windows/Power Locks, Auto

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MSRP $25,790




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#4011487, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry

#V13770, Mt White, Pwr Windows, Sunroof

MSRP 24,790

MSRP $27,615





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MSRP $19,990

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2011 Golf 4DR.....................#340987A, Blue, 42,929 mi............$12,592 2012 Jetta SE.....................#409462A, Black, 38,888 mi..........$12,694 2010 Jetta Sedan.............#V13930A, Gray, 35,704 mi............$14,500 2010 Jetta Sedan.............#V13814A, Silver, 26,866 mi...........$14,894 2009 GTI HB.........................#135568A, Red, 50,283 mi............$15,094 2010 CC.................................#P7601, Blue, 45,327 mi................$17,000 2012 Jetta SE.....................#P5091, Black, 25,598 mi..............$17,491 2012 Beetle.........................#V13847A, Gray, 9,187 mi..............$17,500

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2006 Volvo S40 2.4L 2009 Volvo S60 2.5T 2008 Dodge Avenger 2012 Mazda Mazda2 Sport

#326022A, 5 Speed Automatic, Flint Grey


9,995 2,500







#327025A, 5 Speed Automatic, Grey


13,995 $ 3,100 $





#N0210C, 6 Speed Automatic, Bright Silver #E0197, 4 Speed Auto, 37.7K miles, 4 Door


15,895 $ 4,000 $




14,995 $ 2,100 $



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#E0174, Automatic, PZEV 4 Door, 29.3K miles #E0198, 6 Speed Automatic, 33.8K miles, Radiant Silver


17,985 $ 3,090 $




17,995 $ 2,100 $





#E0176, Automatic, 34.1K miles, Black


12,985 $ 4,490 $



#N0209, 5 Speed Manual, Sport Car, 1,290 miles


12,995 $ 4,500 $



2011 Honda CR-V SE 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO 2012 Hyundai Veloster Coupe 2011 Kia Optima EX Hybrid

#325091B, 4WD Sport Utility, 5 Speed Automatic, 43.8K miles,


21,995 $ 3,100 $



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24,985 $ 5,490 $





#N0222A, 6 Speed Manual, 6.2K miles, Marathon Blue Pearl


21,995 $ 2,500 $



#344516A, CVT Trans, 4 Door, Super Black


22,985 $ 3,490 $



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26,995 $ 7,100 $



#E0201, 6 Speed Automatic, 35.5K miles, Small Wagon


23.995 $ 4,100 $



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26,895 $ 5,400 $




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26,985 $ 4,490 $




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$17,985 2005 Toyota Sienna LE........ $11,985 $11,985 2012 Scion TC.................. $17,985 #35109A, 6 SpeedAuto, 23.6K miles #360283A, 5 SpeedAuto, 2WD, Blue $19,955 2010 Toyota Corolla LE........ $14,985 $14,985 2012 Toyota Corolla SE........ $19,955 #372351A, 6 SpeedAuto, 26.6K mi, Gray #364236A, 4 SpeedAuto, Black $19,985 2011 Toyota Corolla LE........ $14,985 $14,985 2011 Hyundai Santa FE........ $19,985 #364207A, 6 SpeedAuto, Silver #367171A, 4 SpeedAuto, 28.8K miles $21,985 2012 Toyota Corolla LE........ $15,985 $15,985 2012 Toyota RAV4 4WD....... $21,985 #360237A, 4 SpeedAuto, 6.4K mi, Silver #R1688, Silver, 4 SpeedAuto, 15.5K miles $23,985 $15,985 2010 Toyota Highlander 4WD $23,985 2010 Chevrolet Silverado..... $15,985 #363255A, 4WD Sport Utility, Silver #367140A, 1500 2 WD Pick Up, 30K mi, Gray $27,985 2012 Nissan Frontier S........ $15,985 $15,985 2010 Toyota 4 Runner SR5.... $27,985 #362026A, 5 SpeedAuto, Red #R1652A,Avalanche, 5 SpeedAuto, 39.7K mi



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2012 Ford Transit Connect XL

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