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Richard Willis strolled up and down the thin median strip in Bethesda, following the ebb and flow of traffic as the lights changed. Monday was one of the first days Willis had come to the intersection of Democracy Boulevard and Old Georgetown Road in months, but he said he’s been coming to the area off and on for nearly 10 years. His small cardboard sign said he needed money for prescriptions, but Willis said he was actually trying to raise money to stay at a motel because there was no room in the homeless shelter where he had been staying. Drivers’ reaction to his presence is mostly good, although occasionally someone will tell him to get a job, Willis said. He said sometimes people will bring him a soda or a sandwich. Other times, a driver will say they are on their way to the grocery store across the street, and they’ll bring him something on the way back. In the winter, people will bring gloves, hats or an umbrella if it’s raining, he said. Earlier Monday morning in Wheaton, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), County Councilman George Leventhal and other officials announced an initia-




A store employee prepares the check-out area Tuesday for Sunday’s opening at the new Wegmans in Germantown.

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With less than five days before Wegmans opens its first Montgomery County grocery store, Kevin Grenzig took a glance around at fellow employees preparing for Sunday morning. “This is going really smoothly,” said Grenzig, the executive chef of the Germantown store on Seneca Meadows, who has helped open several Maryland Wegmans branches. “By now, we’re usually scrambling to get things done, but I don’t see a lot of that here.” Employees have been preparing for opening day for months. The development process began some four years ago, after Wegmans found a parcel within walking distance of the 150,000-square-foot

Walmart in Germantown. Its latest 123,000-square-foot store is set to open at 7 a.m. Sunday. Such an opening can draw a large crowd. When the 130,000-squarefoot Frederick store opened on a Sunday morning in 2011, people started lining up hours before, and upwards of 20,000 shoppers packed the aisles that initial day. Planning for how much specialty food, housewares, beverages and other items on shelves can pose a challenge, said store manager Phil Quattrini, a 25-year company veteran who managed the Frederick store. Then, there is the fresh seafood shipped in daily from ports that include those in Maryland, and the meats, produce and other perishable items.


WEGMANS OPENING n When: 7 a.m. Sunday n Where: 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown n Hours: 6 a.m.-midnight, seven days a week

When a teacher has been accused of inappropriate behavior with a student, that teacher could wind up in a new school. Montgomery County Public Schools is considering new rules that would make such reassignments less likely in cases of “a sexual nature,” said chief operating officer Larry Bowers. The school system is examining its policy for reassigning teachers and other employees as it works to improve its ability to track incidents of employee behavior, he said. The school system recently studied several cases involving employees who engaged in inappropriate behavior with students over extended periods of time, leading the school system to make changes to its tracking system for reports on such alleged behavior, according to school system memorandums. The discussion over the changes comes on the heels of the arrest of Lawrence Joynes, a music teacher who was accused of sexually abusing 14 children at New Hampshire Elementary School in Silver Spring and raping a 15th victim at Eastern Middle School, also in Silver Spring. Joynes taught at 11 schools during 27 years in the school system. School officials have not said

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n Employees: 550 n Size: 123,000 square feet n Special features: Market café with indoor and outdoor seating for 200, pizza shop, old-fashioned sub shop, kosher deli, coffee shop, organic salad bar, fresh seafood delivered daily from Maryland ports and others across the country, cheese shop with 300 specialty and artisan cheeses, pharmacy.

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Girl Scout creates patch for Poolesville Day Design will be on sale during town’s festival




Richard Willis said he stays on the median as he panhandles. People who don’t follow the rules have no business panhandling, he said.


WSSC ADMITS ‘MISTAKE’ Utility company takes responsibility for water main break in March.


Girl Scouts can earn a range of badges — such as for trailblazing and money management. Now, Girl Scouts in the Poolesville area will have one that’s unique. Eight-year-old Scout Amelia Hobart designed it in honor of her hometown. Hobart won the first-ever Girls

Scout Service Unit 32-11 Poolesville Day patch contest. The patch is in honor of Poolesville’s annual festival, called Poolesville Day. It is scheduled for Sept. 21. The third-grader at Poolesville Elementary School is a member of Girl Scout Troop 3380 now and has been in Scouts since kindergarten. Her mom, Nicole Hobart, is her troop leader. “My mom suggested I enter the contest and I did,” Amelia said. The contest was open to any member of the service unit. Amelia immediately focused on


A DIFFERENT TYPE OF PRESSURE Tennis players face a unique type of pressure when wearing their school’s colors.


Amelia Hobart, 8, is shown with the patch she designed for the upcoming Poolesville Day.

the town’s iconic water tower. “I just starting drawing in crayon, but I used marker to write the words ‘Go Falcons’ on the tower since I didn’t have a black crayon,” she said. The design includes a sun and sky and the words “Poolesville Day 2013.” This is the second year the service unit has created a patch for Poolesville Day, but the first year the group offered a contest to design it, according to Marilyn Mense, service unit manager. Mense designed last


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Ridge Drive, Boyds. A susnset cruise led by a naturalist. $6. Register at

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Becoming a U.S. Citizen: Understanding the Naturalization Process, 6-8 p.m., Upcounty

Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown. Intermediate level of English required. Free. 240-777-6950. Introduction to Square Dance, 7 p.m., Rockville Nursing Home, Conservatory Hall, 303 Adclare Road. Couples, singles and families welcome for eight-week series. $6. 301-761-4108.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13 Quartermania Fundraiser, 7 p.m., Laytonsville Volunteer Fire Department, 1400 Laytonsville Road. Food and refreshments available. $8 for one paddle and $2 for each additional. 301-540-1772.

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Crop Mob, 8 a.m., Sharp’s at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville. Hands-on experience at the farm. Free. 301962-1400.

Gaithersburg. $35. Yard sale and fundraising cookout, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Wesley Grove United Methodist Church, 23640 WoodďŹ eld Road, Gaithersburg. Refreshments and food on sale. $10 to rent a space. 301-253-2894. Book sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd. 240-777-0110. Bluegrass on the Farm, noon-6 p.m., Montgomery County Agricultural History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood. Performers include Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Danny Paisley, Southern Grass and Clearspring. $15.

Jessica Rose’s “Watch Her� is part of Strathmore’s Fine Artist-in-Residence exhibit, currently on view to Sept. 15. For more information, visit



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Olney Farmers and Artists Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., MedStar Montgomery Thrift Shop Grounds, Olney-Sandy Spring Road and Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Locally grown produce with music and crafts. 202-257-5326. Youth Against Hunger: National Day to Serve, 3-5 p.m., International Cultural Center, 19650 Club House Road, Montgomery Village. Bring nonperishable food items. Free. 240-396-5350. Second Annual Ice Cream Social, 3:304:45 p.m., Emmaus Faith Community, 11301 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown. Free. 301-509-5932.

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Hospice Caring starts book of memories as tribute to deceased den Impact. Kicks Karate and the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre will offer demonstrations. Tickets for the activities cost $5 for five tickets or $10 for 12. Each activity requires one or two tickets, which can be purchased at the store’s customer service desk at the event. All proceeds will benefit the Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that supports schools and families’ nutrition. For more information about the fair, call 301-258-9500.


Hospice Caring in Gaithersburg has launched a new

way for people from around the county to memorialize and honor their loved ones. On Saturday, the nonmedical hospice helped attendees pay tribute to almost 50 mothers, grandmothers, fathers, sisters, uncles and friends with a book of memories. “It’s something new we’re starting because we wanted something permanent for the names,” said Executive Director Jeannette Mendonca. The hospice staff has put together tribute events involving the release of butterflies and the reading of names, but they wanted something that families could point to when they return to the agency’s cottage, she said. Attendees who signed the book were given a single, longstemmed rose as a keepsake. Names were read aloud, accompanying poetry and the dedication of bricks and pavers in the Hospice Caring cottage’s garden walkway. The garden has become a place for “quiet reflection” for the hospice’s visitors, Mendonca said. A children’s garden at the cottage was installed in April and paid tribute to grieving children and their families. Twenty-six bricks and pavers were dedicated as part of the tribute event. They are being inscribed with names and installed this week. Families and attendees who dedicated pavers chose their location along the path as well, Mendonca said. Bricks along the garden path have been made into tributes at the Hospice Caring cottage for more than a decade, she said. The book of tributes will be on permanent display in the cottage, at 518 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Hospice Caring is “24 years young,” Mendonca said. The nonprofit is planning to start a garden catalog, where those interested can sponsor flowers, plants and ornaments that will appear in the Hospice Caring gardens. — SYLVIA CARIGNAN

Retailer wins award in business plan contest The founder of an online Germantown retailer that sells infant and toddler bedding and other merchandise won an award Aug. 29 in the 10th annual StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition. Dana McFadden, founder

City kicks off Backyard Concert series Gaithersburg is kicking off its free fall Backyard Concert series with two family-friendly performances. Irish-American roots rock group Donegal X-Press will perform Sept. 28 at Diamond Farms Park, 857 Quince Orchard Blvd. King Teddy will perform swing music Oct. 5 at Morris Park, 421 Summit Hall Road. Attendees are invited to bring blankets or low lawn chairs. Both concerts start at 7 p.m. The city also will accept nonperishable food items at the concerts to donate to local food banks. For more information about the concert series, visit or call 301-258-6350.

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Roslyn Price of Montgomery Village dedicates a stone paver to the memory of her late husband, Harvey Price, during the Gardens of Memories Tribute on Saturday at Hospice Caring in Gaithersburg. of Jai’s Dreams, won first prize and $2,500 in the contest, which is organized by the Maryland Women’s Business Center and Rockville Economic Development Inc. McFadden also won the online Capital Business Pickthe-Pitch Competition, which allowed the public to vote on semifinalists’ short pitches. The awards were presented at a conference at the Montgomery County Conference Center in North Bethesda. The Maryland Women’s Business Center was started in 2010 as part of Rockville Economic Development as a way to help women in the region start businesses that can achieve long-term growth. The center provides training, business counseling and other resources.

Groups offer bicycling adventure in Poolesville Bicycling enthusiasts can

take an outing Sept. 29 with a tour of destinations around the Poolesville area. The Potomac Pedalers and Montgomery Countryside Alliance are co-hosting a ride around northwestern Montgomery County to check out the fall countryside. The ride will start at the Poolesville Golf Course at 16601 W. Willard Road. From there, it will move along country roads through the county’s agricultural reserve, with stops including Homestead Farm, the Comus Market and Kingsbury’s Orchard. Kingsbury’s will host a picnic lunch from 12:30 to 3 p.m., with the $12 registration fee required by Sept. 25. Information:

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Kentlands Whole Foods to hold fair Whole Foods Market in the Kentlands will hold a familyfriendly fair Sunday. Activities at the store, which is at 316 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg, will include face painting, a moonbounce, a dunk tank and crafts. Live music will be provided by the band Sud-

Montgomery Village will hold its annual Great Pumpkin Race at its fall festival Oct. 12. The race is a single-elimination event featuring handcrafted, decorated pumpkin race cars. Registered pumpkin car owners will compete for the Pumpkin Race Championship trophy at North Creek Community Center. Pumpkin race car kits are available for $12 at the Montgomery Village Foundation office, at 10120 Apple Ridge Road. A limited number of free kits also are available for groups and families. Racers may use their own supplies to propel their pumpkins, but must follow race rules posted at The fall festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 20125 Arrowhead Road, with pumpkin racing at 1 p.m.

Our House benefit will be Sept. 20 Our House, a residential job-training program in Brookeville, is celebrating 20 years of serving local disadvantaged teenage boys and young men. A gala to benefit the non-

profit will take place from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The residents at Our House serve the Olney community in many ways — making repairs to the Olney Satellite Police Station, and assisting at events including the Women’s Board Picnic and Bazaar, the Olney Farmers and Artists Market, Olney Days and National Night Out. The benefit, called “Give a Child a Future,” will feature food, drinks, dancing, and both live and silent auctions. The honorary chairman and keynote speaker is actor Charles S. Dutton and Gwen Tolbart, a weather reporter with WTTG Fox 5, will be the master of cermonies. The Daryl Davis Band featuring Angela Hill will perform. The suggested minimum donation is $125, part of which is tax deductible. For information, reservations and sponsorship, and to donate auction items, contact Tolbart at 202400-1999 or gala@our-house. org. More information on Our House is at For more information, call 301-948-0110 or visit If you have an interesting note or photo to share about the people or an event in the community, please send it to Staff Writer Sylvia Carignan, The Germantown Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD20877, or email to Our fax number is 301-670-7183. Photos should be 1 MB or larger. Deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday for consideration for the following week. All items are subject to space availability.

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Montgomery County trash collectors might end picket and go back to work

Happy birthday, Montgomery


Labor union, Potomac Disposal scheduled to meet Wednesday



Dick Parks of Virginia, leader of the Sunshine Skiffle Band, plays an alto horn during the Montgomery County Historical Society’s birthday celebration Sunday at the Beall Dawson House in Rockville. The county was established Sept. 6, 1776.

Kendall Bryant of Potomac plays a game with sticks and a hoop called graces while touring the grounds during the Montgomery County Historical Society birthday celebration Sunday.

A strike by workers at a Gaithersburg trash-collecting company over accusations of worker intimidation by managers could end on Wednesday, if the sides can work out their differences. About 50 employees for Potomac Disposal went on strike Monday morning, claiming the company tried to intimidate them during labor negotiations last week with threats of immigration checks. Nicole Duarte, communications director for Laborers’ International Union of North America Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizing Coalition, which bargains for the workers, wrote in an email on Tuesday that strikers have offered to return to work, as they are legally required to do to keep their jobs. A meeting between management and the workers is scheduled to be held early Wednesday morning. “However, whether or not they actually return to work [Wednesday] is up to the employer and the content of that conversation,” Duarte wrote. Potomac Disposal did not address the accusations that workers made against the company. On Tuesday afternoon, Lee Levine, president of the company, invited a Gazette reporter to speak with him at the company’s offices on Woodfield Road, then canceled at the last minute after company officials learned that the strikers planned to come back to their job site on Wednesday. “Striking is an option of last resort and we felt it was warranted with the severity of the intimidation here,” Duarte said during an interview on Tuesday. “They felt they have made their point and want to hear what management has to say,” she said. Duarte said the workers were not ruling out future strikes. On Tuesday, dozens of strikers milled about on Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg, holding signs with slogans like “We haul trash, but we’re not trash,” as trucks rolled by, horns blasting in support. “There’s a lot of injustice going on,” Yovany Ramos, a striker, said on Tuesday, when the workers normally would have been collecting trash from 18,000 homes sprawling across Potomac, Bethesda, Wheaton and Silver Spring.


Felix Rodriguez uses a bullhorn Tuesday to lead the chants as workers from Potomac Disposal protest along Woodfield Road outside the Gaithersburg headquarters. According to Duarte, the workers had been negotiating with the company’s managers Thursday, seeking higher wages, health care benefits, and sick days. When workers showed up Friday morning, they found Form I-9s — forms the government uses to identify workers — attached to their time cards, something they had never experienced before, strikers said. “In general, the company should have gone through this process right when the workers were hired. ... If they do have records for some workers, then the timing of this particular action on their part is even more suspicious,” Duarte said. “If it wasn’t a priority when [the workers] were hired, you have to wonder what made it a priority this week,” she said, adding that only the company’s mostly Latino crew, which covers Montgomery County, was asked for I-9’s. “It’s a very common tactic — you’ll see it through out country in a bunch of different industries,” Duarte said. “That was sort of the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Ramos said. “We condemn that kind of practice,” said Sirine Shebaya, an attorney at the ACLU of Maryland. “If this was happening in Montgomery County, that would be really shocking because we would expect more from these more progressive areas of Maryland.” She said labor laws prohibit reprisals against workers, even if they are undocumented. Potomac Disposal has a $5 million contract with Montgomery County. It serves about 40,000 homes in the county, according to county officials. “We don’t want workers who work for county contractors to not have the right to organize and bargain collectively. ... We’re monitoring this and we’ll see where things lead,” said Patrick

Lacefield, a county spokesman. He did not know if the county would audit Potomac Disposal, he said. Right now, though, the county is focusing on the basics. “We want to make sure trash get picked up. If this company can’t do it, we have other provisions [so that] the other two [that already collect trash] are required to step in and do the work,” he said. Ernest Ojito, an organizer at the strike, said the workers began trying to improve their working conditions last November. The workers claimed they were being called names and were not allowed to file for worker’s compensation, among other issues. Drivers earn about $120 to $130 per day, Duarte said, and receive some sick days or vacation days. Helpers make about half of that, and do not receive sick time. “Sometimes I finish my route and they want me to finish another route. They don’t pay more for any of that work,” said Oscar Martinez, adding that the workers do not receive holiday pay. Martinez has been with Potomac Disposal for eight years. Union attorney Brian Petruska said employees file I-9’s when they start their jobs, but employers can update their records if they have a good reason to do so — for instance, if documents had been damaged in a flood. “Ordinarily, you get it done on the first day and never hear about it again,” he said. In another labor dispute earlier this year, a company used the same tactic to fire about half of its workforce, he said. “It’s not proper or legal for those people to lose their jobs because they were trying to join with other workers to collectively bargain for a raise,” Petruska said. Staff Writer Andrew Schotz contributed to this story

Judge dismisses resident’s lawsuit over February 2011 fire Man lost shed, antique clock parts, in blaze that scorched hundreds of acres




A Darnestown-area man’s investigation into the cause of a February 2011 brush fire that consumed a huge swath of land in Montgomery County and damaged dozens of buildings may have come to an end. On Thursday, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge dismissed resident Don Buck’s lawsuit seeking access to “secret files” and notes from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service about the fire investigation which he believed had not been pro-

vided to him. In an interview after the dismissal, Buck called the proceedings a “charade,” adding the materials he had received from the county were “not the quality of investigative report I had expected.” He said he was not sure what he would do next. Buck sued Montgomery County on April 17, arguing that Fire and Rescue had not provided him with all of the information from its investigation. The blaze tore through more than 460 acres of land in the county, 337 of which were state-owned, according to a Fire and Rescue report. In Buck’s neighborhood, the blaze incinerated sheds and trees and damaged some area houses. It destroyed a building on Buck’s property that contained antique clock movements.

County lawyers had asked that the case be dismissed, arguing fire officials had already given Buck all of the information they collected, spending about $3,600 to respond to his various information requests. “I don’t believe the story I’ve been told,” Buck said in court, saying that notes and other materials from the fire investigation had not been given to him. “We complied fully,” Bernadette Lamson, an attorney for the county, countered in court on Thursday. Montgomery County Circuit Judge David A. Boynton told Buck, “I’ve heard nothing to rebut [the county’s claim] ... so I’ll grant the motion to dismiss.” Buck made more than a dozen requests for access to records, which the county claimed cost about $3,600 to

respond to. The county did not charge him for any of the requests, but asked for the right to do so if he made any more requests. Under Maryland’s Public Information Act, government bodies can charge “a reasonable fee” to cover the cost of reproducing records; the amount is not defined. Government bodies also can charge fees to cover the cost of finding and preparing records, but the first two hours must be at no charge. Boynton granted the county’s request, telling Buck that if he made any more requests, the Fire and Rescue Service could charge him. “Till this point, it’s been a freebie, and we’ll leave it at that,” Boynton said.


Don Buck, here holding one of the charred and twisted clock movements destroyed in a 2011 brush fire, saw his lawsuit against Montgomery County dismissed last week.


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WSSC admits ‘mistake’ in water main break, promises inspections 17 vulnerable sections of pipe are on a line that runs through the county n


Montgomery County’s water mains have about 160 sections that contain similar vulnerabilities that caused a “catastrophic” water main break in March, leading to a massive crater on Chevy Chase Drive and a loss of 60 million gallons of water, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission representatives said Monday. According to a forensic analysis of the break, three simultaneous issues led to the failure: first, the wire used between two components of the 35-yearold reinforced concrete pipe had not been “pre-stressed” and was therefore

weak. Second, chlorinated water had been slowly leaking from a gasket seal. Third, that leak had weakened the grout in the joint, allowing water to seep in, corroding the steel parts inside the pipe. WSSC’s current detection system did not, and can not, pick up on these kinds of failures and a new inspection system must be created, said David Burke, group leader for technical services at WSSC at a meeting before the Montgomery County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment on Sept. 9. Inspections of all the areas that have the same vulnerabilities will begin this fall, Burke said, but there are limits on how thorough those inspections can be, since so many water mains are buried in places that are difficult to access. “There are numerous locations we can’t excavate,” he said. While officials would not release the

exact locations of the vulnerable sections, spokesman I.J. Hudson said that 17 of them were located on a 48-inch transmission line that runs through Montgomery County. Originally, workers thought accumulating water on Chevy Chase Drive was due to a leaky valve and did repair work to correct that. But later on that evening, around 8 p.m. on March 18, the water main burst. It turned out the problem was not a valve, but the 60-inch concrete water main. The break, at the southeast corner of the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Chevy Chase Lake Drive, created a crater about 90 feet long and 45 feet wide and produced a 30-foot high geyser. Much of the 60 million gallons lost ran into Rock Creek, but large portions of asphalt and pavement were washed out, Burke said. “What we’ve learned when we’re

out looking at these valves for leaks, is if it’s connected right to a main line, make sure it’s not from the main itself,” said Gary Gumm, WSSC’s chief of engineering and construction. That will require more time on each site, he said. “In the future, we will do more testing when it’s in that situation,” said Derrick Phillips, the acting chief of customer care for WSSC. The utility representatives admitted their workers had made a mistake, but were quick to point out this was the first time a break like this one had occurred in 70 years. Councilmember Hans Riemer (DAt large) of Silver Spring, questioned whether the workers on the scene had done a slipshod job. “I can’t escape the notion that, did they just want to get home for the day?” Riemer asked.

Jerry Johnson, general manager at WSSC, called his workers “true professionals” who made a rare mistake in not correctly diagnosing the problem. An observant neighbor called the original leak in to the WSSC emergency line, a move Councilmember Nancy Floreen, (D-At large) of Garrett Park, praised. “We quite honestly rely quite heavily on the public to identify and find these kinds of situation so that we can respond,” Johnson said. Committee Chair Roger Berliner (DDist. 1) of Bethesda, asked if the utility thought the failure was part of a systemic problem or a one-time occurrence. There was no indication that this was systemic, said a representative, but that would be clearer once an assessment was finished, which should be sometime late spring of 2014.

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With or without co-sponsors, one Montgomery County councilman says he will introduce a bill to nearly double the county’s minimum wage. Seeking to close the gap between the county’s high cost of living and actual wages, Councilman Marc B. Elrich is drafting legislation that increases the county minimum wage from the federally mandated $7.25 per hour to $12 per hour. “Everybody knows you can’t live on minimum wage,” he said. “But everybody knows that $12 an hour isn’t really a living wage either. So I’m trying to narrow the gap.” Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park said he plans to introduce the bill Sept. 24. Elrich announced his


bill two weeks ago and had planned to introduce it this week. His goal was to let the council tweak the legislation as it moved through the process, he said. But in his discussions with the business community and colleagues, he decided he could address their concerns before he introduced the bill. He included a provision to phase in the increase over several years and language that keeps the bill in line with existing exclusions to the federal minimum wage. “I’m hoping that some of the changes will get me some co-sponsors,” he said. As of Monday, a day before Elrich was going to introduce his bill, he had no co-sponsors. With or without co-sponsors, however, he said he will bring his bill before the council to start discussion on raising wages. Across the state and nation, lawmakers are pushing to raise minimum wages. A bill by for-

mer Sen. Robert Garagiola (DDist. 15) of Germantown to raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $10 an hour died in committee in the 2013 state legislative session. But the effort is likely to continue in 2014. Raise Maryland, a singleissue campaign focused on increasing Maryland’s minimum wage, plans to push for a bill next session that raises the wage to $10.10 per hour. Matt Hanson, campaign coordinator, said the bill is essentially the same as the $10 wage introduced last session, adjusted for inflation. Increasing Maryland’s minimum wage has drawn support from politicians including Rep. John Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who is pursuing the Democratic nomination for governor. But $10 an hour does not go as far in Montgomery County as it does in some of the state’s rural regions, Elrich said. According to the 2012

Maryland Self Sufficiency Standard by the Maryland Community Action Partnership, a single adult with no children needs to earn $17.07 per hour to meet basic needs in Montgomery County, such as food, rent and clothing. In a two-adult home with children, each adult must earn $19.62 per hour and single parents need to earn even more, as much as $36.90 per hour, to meet basic needs. Montgomery spends a significant chunk of its money on health and human services to subsidize basic needs for its lower-income residents. For the current fiscal year, which started July 1, the county looks to spend more than $253 million on health and human services. “Everything we spend is basically a wage subsidy,” Elrich said. Between subsidies for housing, child care, food and health care, the county is paying with taxes what should be paid with wages, he said.

“You think you’re overtaxed. The easiest way to reduce services is to start increasing the amount of pay people working local jobs make,” he said. “I don’t want a welfare state, but the cause is not people not working, the cause is the wages being paid.” On Monday, Council Presi-

dent Nancy Navarro’s chief of staff, Adam Fogel, said Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring had not received a copy of Elrich’s bill for introduction on Sept. 24. Typically, the council president meets with staff to set the agenda a week in advance.


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Montgomery County wants the four appeals of Pepco’s latest rate increase heard locally, but the utility company and the Public Service Commission want Baltimore City Circuit Court to decide the cases. Pepco and the PSC have asked Montgomery County Circuit Court to transfer the county’s appeal to Baltimore City Circuit Court. That’s where the utility, the Office of People’s Counsel and AARP also have filed appeals on the Maryland Public Service Commission’s July 12 approval of higher rates. Montgomery County has asked

Baltimore City Circuit Court to transfer the cases filed there to Montgomery County Circuit Court. All parties want the four appeals heard in one court but at issue is which court ultimately will decide if the PSC’s decision to grant Pepco higher rates and an upfront surcharge will stand. In its July ruling, the PSC granted $27.9 million of a $60.8 million request by Pepco for higher rates, adding about $2.41 to the average customer’s monthly bill. It also granted the electric utility $24 million of a $192 million request for an upfront surcharge, the first ever awarded by the commission. Known as a grid resiliency charge, the approved surcharge would tack an additional 6 cents on monthly customer bills in the first year and would fund additional improvements to Pepco’s infrastructure. The charges went into effect on July 12.

Montgomery County Attorney Marc P. Hansen said the appeals should be heard where the bulk of those affected by the PSC ruling live, Montgomery County. Pepco serves about 536,000 customers in Maryland, of which about 312,000 are in Montgomery County, according to the company. “Montgomery County Circuit Court is the most appropriate venue,” Hansen said. “This is where the ratepayers are.” Pepco, in a statement provided by spokesman Marcus Beal, said it filed in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City because the Public Service Commission and the Office of People’s Counsel, which is an advocate for the state’s residential utility customers, are located there. “This is in line with Pepco’s previous activities involving judicial review,” the statement said. “Three of the four parties that have filed an appeal also

have filed in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City.” Regina Davis, a spokeswoman for the PSC, wrote in an email that the commission’s motion to transfer Montgomery County’s case to Baltimore City argued that Baltimore is where the first appeal was filed and is the most convenient to the various parties. The Office of People’s Counsel said it supports transferring Montgomery’s case to Baltimore City Circuit Court. A hearing in Baltimore City Circuit Court on the request to transfer the cases to Montgomery County is scheduled for Oct. 18. No hearing has been scheduled in Montgomery County Circuit Court, according to court records. The city of Gaithersburg has said that it will join Montgomery County in its appeal of Pepco’s new rates instead of forming its own appeal.

The mayor and council decided on this approach in a closed session on Aug. 19 and made the decision public at a regular meeting on Sept. 3. However, Hansen said Tuesday that the city has not yet shared its plans with his office. According to City Attorney Lynn Board, the city is concerned about the increased power costs. “The biggest issue has been the cost of street lighting, because there are separate rates for power to street lights,” she said. The higher rates would mean a $40,000 increase in power costs over previous years. The city has planned for a higher power bill in its budget, Board said, since the case was in progress when the budget was drawn. Staff Writer Sylvia Carignan contributed to this story

County honors residents of African heritage with a month of celebration Festival and an African naming ceremony round out list of activities




Since 2008 Montgomery County has designated September as African Heritage Month, with a number of events designed to celebrate the cultural heritage of county residents of African descent. But it is a celebration for the community at large, said Daniel

Koroma from the county’s Office of Community Partnerships. “Many people realize that we are from Africa but Montgomery County is home,” he said. “It brings together [the idea] that we are part of this community.” County Executive Isiah Leggett started off the month with a celebration Sept. 3 at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The event included a reception hosted by members of the Montgomery County African Affairs Advisory Group, music and African foods. “Montgomery County has become a magnet for talented

people from every corner of the globe,” Leggett said in a released statement. “In September, we celebrate African Heritage Month with events across the County recognizing the extraordinary contributions made by our residents of African ancestry.” On Saturday the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association is scheduled to host a walk-a-thon to raise funds for its work promoting the importance of cancer screenings, especially mammograms for women. “Most of the women we deal with have never had a mammogram,” said Ify Nwabukwu, the

association’s executive director. “Eighty percent don’t have health insurance.” Nwabukwu said this will be the ninth year of the walk-athon, which is open to everyone. “Cancer does not discriminate,” she said. “There are no color barriers.” For more information on the event visit On Sunday there will be an Ethiopian Cultural Festival from noon to 9 p.m. at the Silver Spring Veterans Plaza at Fenton Street and Ellsworth Avenue. The festival will feature children’s activities, music, cultural

performances and a fashion show. The month will also include a Diaspora Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The president of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, will host the meeting in collaboration with the African Affairs Advisory Group of Montgomery County. A Pan African Cultural Festival will round out the month’s activities. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 on the plaza of the Silver Spring Civic Building. “In the morning there will be a African naming ceremony for African-Americans who traced their DNA back to Africa,” said

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For eight years, Cristina Ulrich has taught kindergartners at Brookhaven Elementary School in Rockville — students she described as “still so, so excited” to come to school. On Sept. 3, Ulrich — already named the 2013-2014 Montgomery County Public Schools Teacher of the Year — was recognized again for her role teaching the young students. In a surprise visit to her classroom, Superintendent Joshua P. Starr told Ulrich she had been named a finalist for the 2014 Maryland Teacher of the Year award. “I’m in a little bit of a shock,” she said later that day. Ulrich will be considered for the award along with six other teachers from around the state. Various Mary-

land education organizations had a voice in the judging process that determined the finalists. “Cristina is a wonderful example of the dedication and commitment that our educators have to our students and our community,” Starr said in a released statement. Ulrich has taught kindergarten at Brookhaven since she joined the school system in 2006, staying with the students she said have an enthusiasm for learning. “I don’t have to trick them into wanting to be in school with me,” she said. Kindergarten also marks a period during which she said she sees students experiencing significant growth in their education. “Seeing that growth is truly amazing, knowing that I had a little part in seeing that kid transition through that process,” she said. One driving factor in her decision to

become a teacher, Ulrich said, was her first- and second-grade teacher Mary Hawkins-Jones — who also happens to have recently been named “The Most Hopeful Teacher in America.” “She sparked that curiosity and sense of hope that her students could accomplish goals through hard work,” Ulrich said. Looking to Hawkins-Jones’ example, Ulrich said she similarly aims to emphasize with her students the importance of putting their all into their work. “Instead of me telling my students ‘You’re so smart,’ I would emphasize, ‘You worked really hard, that’s why you accomplished that,’” she said. The next step for her as a finalist, Ulrich said, will be an interview process. The winner will be announced on Oct. 11 at the Maryland Teacher of the Year gala in Baltimore.

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A bill making possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil rather than criminal offense will be introduced in the coming state legislative session, after failing to advance this year. Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (DDist. 11) of Owings Mills said he will “absolutely” introduce a decriminalization bill in the 2014 General Assembly session. A bill he introduced in the 2013 session failed to come up for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee. The Senate approved the bill, 30-16, before sending it to the House. Zirkin said Thursday he didn’t know yet if his new bill would have any substantial changes. This year’s bill made possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana punishable by a fine of up to $100. He also didn’t know if other legislators planned to introduce similar bills. Zirkin said he’ll submit another bill because decriminalization makes sense for the state. “I firmly believe in it,” he said. Zirkin said he has an upcoming meeting with Judiciary

Chairman Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr. (Dist. 27A) of Upper Marlboro and plans to talk about marijuana decriminalization. After that, he’ll have a better idea what form his bill will take. Del. Kathleen Dumais (DDist. 15) of Rockville, the vice chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee, said several committee members struggle with the concept of decriminalization. Dumais said she believes the committee’s general philosophy is to take small steps on the marijuana issue. The state recently legalized medical marijuana and allowed police officers to issue citations for marijuana possession rather than arrest offenders. She and other committee members had concerns in the last session about whether decriminalization would make it easier for minors to get access to marijuana. “I think we’re going to have to wait and see” where the committee stands on a bill for the next session, Dumais said. Zirkin said research doesn’t show any increase in usage among teens or other groups, or use as a gateway to other drugs in comparisons between states that have decriminalized marijuana and states that haven’t. He said the state could save hundreds of millions of dollars on enforcement, as well as time by judges, police officers and prosecutors. Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist.

20) of Silver Spring, who serves on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, said he thinks the days of marijuana as a cultural issue are over. “Today, we are looking at this as a question of public policy and dollars and cents. People want to know whether it really makes sense to be putting people behind bars for simple possession,” he said. Raskin was behind a 2011 bill that provided a defense for those possessing marijuana for medical reasons with a doctor’s order, and a 2012 bill that reduced the punishment for simple possession of the drug from 12 months in jail to 90 days. Both he and Zirkin think the public is moving toward approving the idea of decriminalizing

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When Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett travels to China later this month, much of his time will be spent trying to build relationships to help the county’s tech industries. The trip, scheduled for Sept. 15-25, will feature a delegation of 86 people including Leggett and County Council members Hans Riemer and Roger Berliner, as well as Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr, two school principals and business executives from around the county, said Lily Qi, director of special projects for the Office of the County Executive. Not all of the delegation will be going to every stop, Qi said. Much of the trip will be geared toward developing relationships and attracting funding for Montgomery’s biotech industry, one of the main types of industry in the county. The trip will include stops in Shanghai, Beijing, and other cities. Montgomery County is home to about 300 biotech companies, the most of any county in Maryland and among the largest group of such companies in the country, said Kristina Ellis, a spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Economic Development. Starr and the other county school officials are also scheduled to visit several schools on the trip. Among the roughly two dozen businesses that will be


Staff Writer Kate S. Alexander contributed to this report.

Darryl Ross Holliday, physicist and proposals manager for environmental sciences, died at his home in Germantown, MD, on September 4, 2013, of natural causes. He was 63. Mr. Holliday graduated in 1973 from Oakland University in Rochester, MI, with a master s degree in physics. He was hired by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a Navysupporting contract research center of the university. JHU/APL also provided technical advice to the state of Maryland on the siting and licensing of all electrical power facilities in the state. At about the time he joined JHU/APL, the state got its first application for a nuclear power plant that fell under the siting law, and so he was drafted into the JHU/APL advisory team and assigned the role of handling nuclear safety issues. Shortly thereafter, recent faults were discovered in sediments near the site, and that became a major part of his portfolio. He went into the field with geologists, and he fell in lifelong love with geophysics in general and plate tectonics in particular. After he left JHU, Mr. Holliday did environmental licensing work for private utilities in New York City. Upon returning to Maryland, he supported the Department of Energy as a contractor in energy conservation projects and cleanup, and geological disposal of wastes from the nuclear weapons program. His job has always been to read what the professional geologists (and other scientific specialists) were finding in the field and translate it into concepts that the policymakers could understand.

In the last four years, he served as a staff blogger for He joined in thoughtful discussions with many writers and contributors through an online, long-distance relationship. Mr. Holliday also served on the board of The Tacy Foundation since its inception in 2008. His passion was science, especially geology, cosmology and astronomy. He enjoyed the paradoxes of science, religion and the arts. An avid fan of professional sports, he followed the Washington Redskins, Mystics and Capitals. Mr. Holliday was born in Highland Park, MI, on September 18, 1949, to the late James B. and Dora B. Holliday. A devoted husband, he is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughters Dr. Tacy Holliday and Jennifer Randolph; uncle Kenneth Holliday; mother-in-law Pearl M. Tacy; sisters Rilla Fields, Claudia Scott, Stephanie Tacy and Carolyn Tacy; brothers Dr. Edward Fields and Lester Tacy. His brother, Donald G. Tacy, and sister, Frances Ellis, are deceased. He was supported by his family members throughout the United States and by many devoted friends in the Washington area.

represented on the trip are Marriott International, Discovery Communications, BioHealth Innovations, Aeras, US Pharmacopeia, Sirnomics and Washington Labs, according to a county handout on the trip.

marijuana. Raskin compared it to other issues the state has taken up in recent years. “I feel like the question of the war on drugs is where marriage equality or the death penalty repeal were several years ago,” Raskin said. “People are beginning to assess in a very sober way the costs and benefits of criminalizing marijuana.” Zirkin said he’s willing to have the measure go to referendum and let the voters decide, if that’s what it would take for the Judiciary Committee to approve it. “I think the voters overwhelmingly would support this,” Zirkin said.


For many years, Mr. Holliday served as a lay minister for Community of Christ, pastoring a congregation in Towson, MD, and serving as counsel in Laurel and Frederick, MD.

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Cristina Ulrich, a kindergarten teacher at Brookhaven Elementary School in Rockville, was named a finalist for the Maryland Teacher of the Year award.


A memorial service for Mr. Holliday is planned for Saturday, September 14, at 2 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist Church, 20301 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Montgomery Village, MD. A reception will follow. All are welcome. 1894807


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A Montgomery County police officer was injured when her cruiser crashed into a tree near Montgomery Village Avenue Thursday morning. According to county police spokeswoman Blanca Kling, the officer was responding to a domestic violence report at 9:53 a.m. The officer, whose name was not disclosed, was driving near Montgomery Village Avenue and Stedwick Road when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Kling said a vehicle may have failed to yield to the police cruiser. The officer, a four-year veteran of the county police department, was transported to a local hospital. She was conscious and able to speak at the time, Kling said. There were no other injuries, and no charges had been filed. Montgomery Village Avenue temporarily closed after the accident, but has since reopened.

POLICE BLOTTER The following is a summary of incidents in the Germantown area to which Montgomery County police responded recently. The words “arrested” and “charged” do not imply guilt. This information was provided by the county.

Armed robbery • On Aug. 21 at 2:40 a.m. at Shakespeare Boulevard and Amber Ridge Circle, Germantown. The subjects threatened the victim with a weapon and took property.

Auto theft • On Aug. 21 on Cabana Drive, Germantown. No further information provided. • On Aug. 23 on Cabana Drive, Germantown. No further information provided.

Commercial burglary • On Aug. 21 at Sunoco, 18001 Mateny Road, Germantown. Forced entry, took property. • Between 10 p.m. Aug. 21 and 6 a.m. Aug. 22 at Sunoco, 19235 Frederick Road, Germantown. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • Between 9:20 p.m. Aug. 22 and 9:30 a.m. Aug. 23 at the HOA recreation center at 18400 Cinnamon Drive, Germantown. Forced entry, unknown what was taken.

Residential burglary • 100 block of Cross Ridge Court, Germantown, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Forced entry, took property. • 9700 block of Noble Ridge Terrace, Gaithersburg, at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 22. The subject unsuccessfully attempted to enter the residence. • 13000 block of Well House Court, Germantown, at 2:45 a.m. Aug. 23. Forced entry, took nothing. • 21000 block of Sojorn Court, Germantown, between 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and 4 a.m. Aug. 27. The subject took items from an open garage.

Vehicle larceny • Four incidents in Germantown on Aug. 21 or 22. Took GPS units, two laptops and cash. Affected streets include Circle Gate Drive, Crystal Rock Drive and Stoney Bottom Road.


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O’Malley’s farewell tour

Brown, Gansler, Mizeur. Craig, George, Lollar. Maryland’s political solar system is filling up with gubernatorial-candidate planets. What’s a sitting governor — and presidential-maybe — to do? How can he redirect sunlight and attention his way? Martin O’Malley’s solution: Go on tour and proclaim his accomplishments after 6½ years in office. O’Malley’s statewide criss-cross is called “Better Choices, Better Results.” The governor is repackaging his achievements as a “greatest hits” album and playing it for all to hear. Pop star Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” could have been the soundtrack when O’Malley’s tour kicked off Aug. 28 at Goucher College in Baltimore. A video DON’T LOOK on Maryland’s quality BACK UNTIL THE of life played more like a campaign ad, minus the JOB IS DONE “Authority” line. O’Malley is scheduled to present more of the same Sept. 26 in Charles County, Oct. 31 in Howard County and in November in Prince George’s County and Baltimore City. O’Malley, a Democrat nearing the end of his two-term limit, openly admits — as if it were a secret — that he’s laying the groundwork for a possible White House run. While O’Malley unabashedly trumpets his successes more than a year before his successor takes over, Montgomery County voters should think about what the governor has done for them. The repeal of the death penalty and the legalization of same-sex marriage certainly play well here. Remember, though, that O’Malley was lukewarm on repeal for years. Other than testifying at bill hearings, his approach was to stall instead of taking action on new rules after the a court struck down Maryland’s capital punishment protocol. Maryland had a death penalty, but couldn’t use it. And the governor also wouldn’t commit beyond civil unions for gay couples until he evolved into a champion for expanding marriage. Those issues — and alternative energy — could get liberal voters to dance in presidential primaries. But his legacy will be remembered also for a pizzicato of tax increases. The sales, income, corporate income, gas, flush and cigarette taxes all increased during his two terms. And he signed the millionaire’s and rain taxes into law. With possibly the exception to dancing, if it were taxed, O’Malley increased it. All that led to the crescendo of his two terms — the legalization of gambling, anathema to many liberals because casinos prey upon the ones least able to afford slot machines and table gaming. Even though the 2016 presidential campaign is coming to life, O’Malley has a quarter of his second term left. The governor’s focus should be on the next songs on his playlist, not reminding voters’ of previous hits.

The minimum wage

As the major state and county elections are still a year away, supporters of a minimum-wage increase have lined up an array of politicians. The announced and presumed Democratic candidates for Maryland governor — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Del. Heather Mizeur and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler — have all expressed support for an increase. The current rate, $7.25 an hour, was last increased in 2009. Maryland’s rate matches the federal rate. Nineteen states have minimumwage rates higher than the POOR TIME TO federal rate. Proposals at MANDATE A the state and federal level HIGHER RATE IN A would push the rate to $10 DOUR ECONOMY an hour or higher. Another supporter is Rep. John Delaney, who made his millions as a financier, and has pledged his own money to support an increase to the Maryland minimum wage. From inside Montgomery, County Councilman Marc Elrich (D-Dist. 1) of Takoma Park wants the county to raise its minimum wage to $12 an hour. He is expected to introduce county legislation soon to establish the rate. For the proponents, the timing is perfect. Raising the minimum wage is an election-friendly issue for Maryland. Opposing an increase could be seen as opposing our hard-working neighbors who struggle to make ends meet. For the people who have to pay the minimum wage, however, the timing is horrible. The economy remains fragile; no one doubts better days are ahead, but the question remains how far off those better days are. An increase could hurt the people who most need help — by increasing costs, employers may hire fewer minimum-wage workers. Teenagers could lose the chance at getting their first jobs. A better solution would be to wait at least a year to revisit and renew a debate. By then, the signposts to the future economy should point in more definitive directions.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher

Fees sprout from tree bills This letter is in response to the letter to the editor published on Aug. 28 regarding tree canopy [“New tree legislation a step toward sustaining tree canopy”]. Conservation Montgomery continues to characterize all homebuilders as obstructionists and to misrepresent the facts, betraying their real agenda of stopping new home construction. The tree legislation that was passed by the council in July, Bill 35-12 Tree Canopy and Bill 4112 Roadside Trees, were based on anecdotal and selective examples and it is understandable the public is confused about the real consequences of these bills. The most recent Park and Planning study shows that our canopy is thriving and exceeds neighboring states. So those who may be concerned with the county’s tree canopy should be comforted that there is data proving there is no shortage of canopy. I am sure anyone who has been through one of our recent storms also knows this to be true. Without demonstrating a need for legislation, County Executive Ike Leggett submitted Bill 35-12 that used satellite imagery to measure the canopy located within the limits of disturbance. It did not matter if the canopy was disturbed. The sole purpose was to create a fee to

plant trees somewhere else. His bill did not save any trees or require any tree planting; it just established a new fee for a certain part of the population to fund a county goal — though the goal was never identified. Renewing Montgomery represents most of the builders in the downcounty area. In response to Leggett’s bill, we proposed a progressive tree planting requirement on all lots whether trees were removed or not. Our goal was to have an immediate positive impact for the community by planting trees instead of paying fees. DEP agreed with our approach. After several meetings, we also agreed on a reasonable number of trees that could fit on a lot. Then everything changed. Just prior to the County Council vote, DEP arbitrarily tripled the number of shade trees (oak, elm) required, and decided not to count ornamental trees (cherry, magnolia), making it impossible to plant all the trees on the impacted property and creating a new tree fee which was their original intention. Ornamental trees are desired by homeowners and grow to 30 feet so they definitely provide shade. The builders did all the compromising on these bills and now all property owners are economically impacted.

This legislation affects everyone who needs a sediment control permit — which is required for a single-room addition, a new driveway, a front porch or a new home. For residents on a fixed income, seeking to make minor improvements to age in place or accommodate the handicapped or create a rentable space, these additional fees may make their projects unaffordable. Unbelievably, even if no trees are removed, the property owner must agree to plant a significant number of trees on their private property to proceed with their home improvements! As an example, under this bill, an 8,001-square-foot lot will require nine shade trees. The county also requires excessive spacing making it impossible to plant this number of trees on site. The county’s solution is to require the property owner to pay a fee for any tree not planted. The fee for a lot this size is estimated at $2,250. These fees will be used by the county to plant trees somewhere else. That’s a lot of fees for a front porch. Montgomery County has the strictest regulations in the U.S. regarding stormwater management, and the county agrees these regulations are the primary reason trees are removed. So in effect the county is requiring an

Voters need to ask questions

What do voters want? County Executive Ike Leggett, former county executive Douglas Duncan, and County Councilmember Phil Andrews are all hoping to be elected to a four-year term as Montgomery County executive. They base their campaigns on their years of experience in government. Their priorities and reasons to vote for them are different, but all three claim to have a strategy to lead the county out of a “Great Recession.” The differences are how each candidate will prioritize fiscal responsibility, manage aggressive growth and be “transparent” — a buzzword that means integrity. The large number of building permits for works-inprogress is obvious, and new construction is everywhere: public school additions; recreation facilities; high-rise apartment, condominium and office structures; new retail locations; single-family and townhouse land use. Forthcoming is more development as the county planning authority and the City of Rockville and Gaithersburg master plans have adopted

future land use zoning. By November 2014, the economic downturn may be in the past. Governance must respond to the welfare, protection and civil rights of all citizens. County governance has assumed that residents will accept higher taxes and numerous fees, while public service employees have been generously compensated. Future state and county tax and fee increases will challenge both senior citizens on fixed incomes and low-income residents on tight budgets. Ask! What more can the three candidates for county executive do for our county than is already ongoing? There is always unfinished business. The candidates have a transportation vision for commuters, involving costly rapid transit systems built with help from state politicians using taxpayer dollars. Will rapid transit make county business more productive? According to “Montgomery County moves into the fast lane,” [The Gazette, Aug. 28], the county has more private companies than any other Maryland county.

Robert Rand, Managing Editor Ken Sain, Sports Editor Andrew Schotz, Assistant Managing Editor Dan Gross, Photo Editor Jessica Loder, Web Editor

Dennis Wilston, Corporate Advertising Director Neil Burkinshaw, Montgomery Advertising Director Doug Baum, Corporate Classifieds Director Mona Bass, Inside Classifieds Director

Mimi Brodsky Kress, Bethesda

The writer is chairwoman of Renewing Montgomery.

Fixated on the Purple Line

Since WWII, Montgomery County has been on the path to be a colossal urban-suburban metropolis including centers of culture, trade and recreation that are planned and developed in livable environments. That is the vision. To praise or to criticize: Ike Leggett has worked hard to steer the ship away from floundering and default. Will Mr. Duncan or Mr. Andrews bring alternative goals and priorities? The county needs to elect a fiscally responsible thinker and doer to manage growth and to bargain openly with lobbyists and promoter interests. The executive needs to replace debt with a balanced budget. Ask the candidates where theircampaignfundscomefrom. Ask them how they will deal with collective bargaining, with developer land use, and with very, very angry residents who must have an objective even-handed executive approach. It is most important that registered voters are informed and go to vote on Election Day.

The Aug. 28 article on the Purple Line [“A virtual ride”] misses a key point. The “virtual ride” begins at the proposed Bethesda station at 9 a.m. and describes a hypothetical morning commute to Takoma Park/ Langley Transit Center, arriving at 9:28 a.m. Better, and more likely, morning commutes will originate from the east in Takoma Park or elsewhere to Bethesda with the reverse in the afternoon. Projected ridership is overstated, “mature trees” lost from East Bethesda through Rock Creek are understated and the practical destruction of the hiking/walking/biking trail is obfuscated by planners. They and our politicians have too long been fixated on running an expensive county light rail transitway for two-plus decades while ignoring reasonable alternatives for east-west transport in lower Montgomery County.

Jack Martinelli, Rockville

Mike McGovern, Bethesda

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unavoidable fee to comply with their regulations. Sometimes this is called a tax. Bill 41-12 Roadside Trees was sponsored by Councilman Roger Berliner. Trees in the right of way must be removed if they conflict with regulations regarding driveways and utilities. Prior to this bill, a property owner was required to obtain a permit from the state and replace any tree that was removed. The former process provided the county with the final approval of all tree removal permits and allowed the county to require additional tree protection. We had an efficient, economical process that resulted in no net loss of street trees. What do we have now? Now we have a duplicate process that requires you to plant three trees for every one removed. We have a requirement to submit a costly plan and pay two fees — even if a tree is not removed. We have a fee of $250 for every tree not planted to plant trees somewhere else. There are still many details to work out that could impact the additional costs to property owners. If you are interested in joining the discussion I encourage you to contact your council representative.

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Medical students no longer train on live animals at military school Pigs like this one were used to teach medical students surgical techniques.

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Live animals are no longer used during the undergraduate medical curriculum at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, according to an email sent by retired Col. John E. McManigle, acting dean of the medical school, on Sept. 3. The federal government runs the university to train graduates for service at home and abroad in the medical corps. For years, students at the school used live pigs to practice surgery and live ferrets to practice intubation. “We are shocked and we didn’t think they would change. It’s pretty exciting,” said Jeanne Stuart McVey, a spokeswoman for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit dedicated to ending research on animals and what it considers unethical human testing.


McManigle could not be reached for comment. In 2008, military doctors and the committee complained to the Department of Defense about the school’s use of live ferrets to teach students how to insert tubes into infants. The school stopped the practice later that year, but the use of live animals in surgery continued. In the surgery lab, students performed several procedures on pigs, involving cutting open the abdomen, chest and internal organs as well as inserting drainage tubes into the chest, both while the chest was closed and after opening the chest. After the procedures, the pigs were killed, according to documents obtained by the committee via a

Freedom of Information Act this spring. The committee learned the programs had been discontinued when it received the documents, although the exact date cannot be established, McVey said. The program was supposed to run until the end of the year. Marion Balsam, a pediatrician and a retired Navy rear admiral, was one of the doctors instrumental in halting the intubation of live ferrets for pediatrics training in 2008. Ferrets have since been replaced with lifelike human patient simulators, which most medical schools now use, Balsam said. Only four accredited medical schools in the country still use live animals.


A still frame from a training video obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. “I’m very pleased that they have seen the light. My feeling is that there is equally good, if not superior, simulation technology available,” Balsam said. “I am

against using live animals for medical education in general.” The doctor, who lives in Bethesda, said technology and ethics compel schools to find al-

ternatives to live animal testing. “There’s absolutely no excuse,” Balsam said.

Montgomery County Republicans hear from lieutenant governor candidate Haddaway-Riccio says Craig would take hard line against taxes, budget growth




Taking a hard look at Maryland’s taxes and government agencies will be a key part of David Craig’s administration if he’s elected governor in 2014, his running mate told a group of Montgomery County Republicans last week. Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (RDist. 37B) of Newcomb, the lieutenant governor candidate with Harford County Executive Craig (R), spoke Sept. 3 to the Republican Club of Montgomery County at Savannah’s American Grill in Kensington.


Haddaway-Riccio is using only her maiden name, Haddaway, for the campaign. The gathering of 10 to 15 people was a chance for Montgomery Republicans to get to know the delegate from the Eastern Shore, whom Craig chose in July as his running mate, said Mark Uncapher, chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee. A Craig administration would be centered around getting the state’s fiscal house in order by stopping the growth of a state budget that’s increased every year in recent memory, cutting taxes and aggressively fighting waste, Haddaway-Riccio told the members of the Republican Club. She praised Craig as a candidate with proven executive experience, who has lowered taxes and balanced the

budget in Harford County. According to Harford County government spokeswoman Sherrie Johnson, the county is required to submit a balanced budget every year. Everywhere the candidates go in Maryland, they hear from people concerned about taxes, Haddaway-Riccio said, and there’s no tax a Craig administration wouldn’t review, reduce or repeal. Every state agency can be looked at and pared down, Haddaway-Riccio said. She also called for budgetary consequences for agencies that don’t correct problems and issues turned up by state audits. Haddaway-Riccio said the campaign plans to keep a steady presence in Montgomery County, where registered Demo-

crats outnumber the 125,000 registered Republicans by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio. Their message seems to resonate in Montgomery when they talk to business owners about taxes and other issues, she said. Good turnout statewide will be necessary to win in the general election, and they won’t discount any county in the state, she said. Craig and Haddaway-Riccio will spend a lot of time in Montgomery because the sheer numbers dictate it, said campaign manager Paul Ellington. With 125,000 registered Republicans in the county, they’re hoping to get at least a 65 percent turnout, he said. Haddaway-Riccio said it was too soon to tell what the effect would be of Charles County businessman Charles Lollar’s recent entry into the GOP gu-

bernatorial primary, joining Craig and Del. Ronald A. George (R-Dist. 30) of Arnold. Last month, Frederick County Board of Commissioners President Blaine R. Young ended his pursuit of the Republican nomination and said he’d endorse Lollar. Lollar officially kicked off his campaign Sept. 3 with several events. When asked about Lollar’s impact, Ellington played up Craig’s executive experience in Harford County, as well as his experience in the state Senate and House of Delegates, which Ellington said would allow him to hit the ground running in Annapolis. “Governor is not an entry-level position,” Ellington said.


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Continued from Page A-1 “It’s like this,” Quattrini said, making a rolling-thedice gesture as he guided a reporter on a sneak-preview tour through the Germantown store Tuesday. Special promotions for that day are not planned, though shoppers have access to store coupons, Quattrini said. “Our prices are so good already,” he said. Wegmans has more than 70,000 products, including 700 produce items and 300 imported and domestic cheeses. There is a team of culinary chefs preparing lasagna, spaghetti squash and other dishes. There are full sushi and rice-bowl bars, a coffee shop, sub shop, pharmacy and a market café that can seat 200 indoors and outdoors with a special fireside TV viewing room. The Germantown store has a number of distinctive touches. It will offer a new pizza menu, featuring crust enriched with olive oil and hand-stretched before baking, and an organic salad bar, Grenzig said. The set-up is a little different in the bread and bakery section from Frederick, with desserts first to tie with the larger coffee shop, Quattrini said. The layout helps employees with a more efficient, tighter equipment setup, he said.


Skylights give the store more natural light. A covered parking garage is another feature. There is a bridge from the second level for easy access to the store. A large part of the Wegmans store’s 550 employees live in the county, and some can even walk to the store, said Quattrini, who began working for Wegmans in his hometown of Corning, N.Y., and lives in New Market. The culinary team alone has 180 full- and part-time employees. The family-owned company has 81 stores. Germantown is the seventh location in Maryland. Wegmans dates to 1916 and was ranked fifth this year on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Wegmans will be the first store or restaurant opening in the Shops at Seneca Meadows, a multi-use center near Interstate 270 and Father Hurley Boulevard. A Famous Dave’s barbecue restaurant plans to have its opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the center. The Famous Dave’s on Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg closed Sunday “based on strategic decisions that support our future growth,” said John Spoon, director of operations for Famous Dave’s of America. The 5,200-square-foot Germantown store is larger, seating 171 people inside and another 57 in an outdoor patio.

Continued from Page A-1 whether Joynes was reassigned to different schools because of accusations at any of the schools. The new tracking process would aim to help the school system better follow behavioral patterns, the Aug. 28 memo said. “The review highlighted the need to maintain information centrally from both formal and informal reporting of such behavior whether the reports were or were not substantiated and to assist in establishing patterns of inappropriate behavior to be addressed by [the Office of Human Resources and Development],” the memo said. School Superintendent Joshua P. Starr sent a June 11 confidential memorandum, supplied by the school system, to members of the school board describing plans for the new system, noting the use of a confidential database for reported allegations and training that principals and supervisors would receive. In a recent interview, Bowers said that reassignments also will be considered. Bowers said that when it comes to cases in which inappropriate behavior of “a sexual nature” is suspected from an employee, reassignments will be rare if not nonexistent. “I don’t want to say never, but it will not happen very often in the future,” Bowers said.


DRAFT ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT The City of Gaithersburg has completed its draft Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, which it is required to prepare as a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community grantee. During the period covered by the report, Gaithersburg received a CDBG award of 365,876 to address the following national objectives and goals set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for low-to-moderateincome persons. Beginning September 12, 2013, this report will be available at the following locations: City of Gaithersburg City Hall 31 South Summit Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877

City of Gaithersburg Community Services Division 1 Wells Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Gaithersburg Upcounty Senior Center 80A Bureau Drive Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Quince Orchard Library 15831 Quince Orchard Road Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Upon request, copies will be mailed at no charge by contacting the Division of Housing and Community Development at (301) 258-6320 or Copies will also be available for pick up at City Hall. Comments provided in person or in writing (by mail, fax, or email) and received by September 27, 2013 will be considered. All comments will be summarized and submitted to HUD with the CAPER. 1890788

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Bowers also said that reassignments have occurred “not very often” in the past. When it comes to behavior of a sexual nature, county Board of Education member Michael Durso said, he would have to “think long and hard” if reassignment is an appropriate action and that there are “many shades” to the issue. “Now I guess it depends on the severity of maybe what the action is: Was it something that was said? Was it maybe someone touching someone and that was seen as inappropriate and maybe it wasn’t intended to be? All the way up to the most severe of sexual involvement or, you know, actual abuse,” said Durso, a former principal. “That’s the dilemma; it’s very difficult to lump everything into one category,” he said. Durso said the school system needs to consider false accusations. According to some people’s perceptions, “just being accused is tantamount to being guilty.” “It’s a huge gray area, but just because it’s complicated doesn’t mean we shouldn’t address it,” he said. In the Aug. 28 memo, “transfers” and “reassignments” are listed among a group of seven potential types of disciplinary action, which also includes a written reprimand, demotion, suspension, coursework and termination. Bowers said, however, that the inclusion of transfers and reassignments — as well as coursework — in the list of potential disciplinary action is a “miswording” in the memorandum. There are cases in which keeping an employee in the school where a report was made would create a bad working and learning environment, he said. Generally, a reassignment would happen in a situation

“where the principal feels it’s in the best interest of the school to not have that person there,” Bowers said. Susan Burkinshaw — health and safety committee cochairwoman of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations — said she thinks that if an employee is suspected of being a danger to students, they should not be kept where they might continue the alleged behavior. The school system “should not put them in a position where they have access to children,” she said. Burkinshaw said she has faith in the school system that they would “know better” than to move a teacher to a different school where they might still pose a danger to students. While it’s important to keep students protected, she said, she recognizes there’s “a fine line” the school system has to walk when it comes to addressing suspicious behavior. “There should not be a witch hunt against anyone suspected” of inappropriate behavior, Burkinshaw said. “They can’t just be willynilly putting people on probation based on rumors,” she said. In Joynes’ case, according to court documents, the principal of New Hampshire Estates Elementary placed a variety of restrictions on him in November 2011, including “activities only in public areas, classroom door to remain open during instruction, stay off playground during recess, no sitting at the cafeteria with students, use of staff restrooms only, don’t be alone with any student in classroom, and no touching of students in any form.” These restrictions were put in place after a second-grade student told her mother, who then told the school’s principal, that Joynes had “asked her if she

wanted to crawl into his lap” and if she dreamed about Joynes; and after a first-grade student told her teacher that Joynes tickled her during instruction, according to court documents. Not speaking to any specific case, Bowers said that, generally, restrictions placed on a school system employee are “not necessarily disciplinary actions.” Such restrictions can be put in place following situations in which a teacher’s behavior, though not inappropriate, made a student feel uncomfortable, he said. “It’s the result of either observations that others have made or concerns that have been raised,” Bowers said. If a teacher were to have several or “extensive” restrictions placed on them, Bowers said, that doesn’t mean the teacher actually did all the things they are directed not to do. A principal can choose to be cautious in the restrictions on an employee, he said. He added he has not seen “a lot of examples” of restrictions placed on employees. When asked if extensive restrictions were concerning, Bowers responded, “This is my perspective — it’s concerning to place restrictions on a teacher for anything,” he said. “But you have to say that a lot of it is about perceptions.” A person’s words or actions could be innocent, he said, but another person may perceive them as inappropriate. Durso said that when a teacher is under extensive restrictions — such as those placed on Joynes — that are starkly different than what the school asks of another teacher or employee, it raises questions. “If it’s that bad, then I think you have to wonder: Does that person need to remain in that position?” he said.


county’s Department of Health and Human Services, said her department goes out to try and interview panhandlers. Some agree and some refuse, and others just take the information the workers provide, Ball said. Panhandling is a complex, complicated issue, said Susan Sinclair-Smith, executive director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, who spoke at the press conference. Montgomery County’s affluence, with a median household income listed by the U.S. Census Bureau of $95,660 from 20072011, adds to the problem. “I think the disparities between rich and poor are even more stark here,” Sinclair-Smith said. Most people feel compassion and a desire to help when they see someone struggling, she said. But giving the person cash isn’t really the best way to help them; a county service might be, officials said. “We know what works, so we just need to get people into the programs that work,” SinclairSmith said. The press conference was held at Veirs Mill Road and Georgia Avenue in Wheaton, the site of a May 16 crash that killed Mary Fish, 52, who had been known to panhandle in the area. A collision between two vehicles at the intersection pushed one of them onto the curb and into the median, where it hit Fish, according to Montgomery County police. Officials on Monday seemed particularly concerned about

panhandlers who enter into traffic to ask drivers for money or to accept a donation that’s offered. Any time someone is on the roadside or the median, it creates a dangerous situation because it impedes traffic, distracts drivers and causes them to make bad decisions, said Capt. Thomas Didone, director of the Montgomery County Police Department’s Traffic Division. Panhandling is generally not illegal in Montgomery County, unless the panhandler is aggressive or walking in the roadway, he said. As someone who has stood in the roadway to direct traffic, Didone can attest to the danger of it. “People voluntarily doing this for money is insane,” he said. On Democracy Boulevard, Willis said there are rules that panhandlers need to follow. He said he’s careful to stay in the median strip and is careful never to touch cars or people or wander into the street. People who don’t follow those rules have no business being out there, he said. He said he’s all for the county’s initiative to encourage people to give to organizations to help people who need it. Ball said giving money at intersections helps panhandlers address their immediate problems. But many have more longterm issues that need to be dealt with to truly help them, she said. “Giving them money is not going to help that situation,” she said.


“This year’s patch has such a heartfeltmeaning.Somanythings in Poolesville have changed over the years to include the name on the water tower, but certainly the water tower itself is a landmark for Poolesville and Poolesville Day has become an everlasting event that everyone looks forward to as a mini reunion and an excuse for a ‘homecoming,’” she wrote in an email to The Gazette. Dickerson suggested incorporating the patch into a Poolesville Day T-shirt. The service unit had 300 patches made and each will be available for sale at $2, with profits going to the service unit to support local Girls Scouts in Poolesville, Dickerson, Beallsville and Barnesville. The patch will be on sale at the Girl Scouts booth on Poolesville Day. To reserve a patch in advance and pick it up at Poolesville day, email Mense at with a name, email address and the number of patches being requested.

Continued from Page A-1 tive to discourage drivers and other county residents from giving money to panhandlers such as Willis and instead direct their money toward county programs that work with the poor and homeless. “We want people to give. We don’t want people to give to panhandlers,” Leventhal said at a press conference. People who want to help panhandlers can text SHARE to the number 80077 to donate $5 to the Community Foundation of Montgomery County, which helps coordinate charitable giving in the county. Kim Ball, administrator of homeless services for the

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year’s patch. Hobart’s entry was one of six in the contest this year. “Girls Scouts love to sew patches to the back of their uniform vest or sashes to remember activities they participated in as Girl Scouts,” Mense said. “Boy Scouts collect them as well. Since the Girl Scouts march in the Poolesville Day parade and have a booth at Poolesville Day, it seemed like a great fit.” Last year’s patch was inspired by the old town hall and said “Poolesville Day Parade” on it. Amelia found out she won just days after her birthday in May. “I think it turned out really nice,” she said of the final product. Her original drawing hangs on the refrigerator at her house. Valaree Dickerson, who was a Poolesville Girl Scout in 1975, presented Amelia with a certificate for her patch idea on May 22.




“Agnes Under the Big Top” kicks off 10th season for Forum Theatre.

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The AFI Silver movie theater in Silver Spring, which opened in 1938, was saved from demolition and restored to its original Art Deco look. The theater is celebrating its 75th anniversary from Sept. 13-18 with screenings of four 1938 films.


Errol Flynn stars in “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” one of three movies released in 1938 that will be screening at the AFI Silver Theatre.

Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood star in Alfred Hitchock’s “The Lady Vanishes.”



The AFI Silver Theatre almost fell beneath a wrecking ball in the 1990s, but thanks to a passionate and committed effort made by movie lovers and county officials, the theater was saved, restored and reopened. On Sunday, its operators, the American Film Institute, will celebrate the theater’s 75th anniversary with a free, one-time-only showing


of “Four Daughters,” the movie on the marquee when the theater first opened in 1938. “We’re trying to make it special,” said Ray Barry, director of the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. “It’s been a central part of the county for 75 years.”

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Local laughs Silver Spring comic co-produces show featuring up-and-comers n

Lead singer talks about rehab, family and new album n






(From left) Ryan Delahoussaye, Jeremy Furstenfeld, Justin Furstenfeld and Matt Noveskey make up the platinum-selling band Blue October. The group will be performing Friday at The Fillmore Silver Spring.

Blue October frontman and lyricist Justin Furstenfeld has spent most of his life in pain. Suffering with bipolar disorder and anxiety issues, Furstenfeld turned to self-medication through alcohol and drugs. In 2012, his pregnant wife threatened to leave him for good. Shortly afterward, his bandmates — including his brother Jeremy — went to his house ready to kick him out of the band. Enough was enough for Furstenfeld. After years of anger, frustration and pain, he decided it was time for

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Comedian and Silver Spring native Martin Amini.

Just a few years after discovering his own passion for comedy, Silver Spring native Martin Amini returns to the Washington, D.C., area this weekend to host a show featuring a new crop of up-and-coming talent. Amini is the co-producer and master of ceremonies for the D.C. stop on the Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour, playing at Club Heaven

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Bedlam’s ‘Saint’


New York’s critically acclaimed Bedlam Theatre continues its rotating repertory of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” to Oct. 20 at the Olney Theatre Center. In “Saint Joan,” directed by Eric Tucker, Joan of Arc is portrayed not as a saint, a witch or a madwoman — but as a French farm girl who is anything but simple. Considered by many to be Shaw’s greatest play, it played a critical role in him receiving the 1925 Nobel Prize. For more information, including tickets and show times, visit www.


Nebiur Arellano’s “City in Blue,” mixed media on silk.


Nebiur Arellano’s “Timeless Filigree” will be on view from Friday to Oct. 13 at VisArts’ Common Ground Gallery in Rockville. An opening reception is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Sept. 20. The solo exhibition spotlights Arellano’s mixed-media paintings, inspired by the beauty and striking modern designs of ancient Peruvian textiles. Through the shimmering and richly textured surfaces of her paintings on silk, the Peruvian-American artist creates timeless compositions layered with vibrant colors and intricate lines echoing primitive figures and contemporary cityscapes. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. For more information, visit



Launched in 2008, Colleen Henderson’s “Daily Differences” series features photographs of varying subject matter. The series is now on view at the Multiple Exposures gallery in Alexandria, Va.



The work of fine art photographers and Bethesda residents Colleen Henderson and Karen Keating is currently on view to Oct. 13 at the Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va. Henderson’s “Daily Differences” hail from an ongoing body of work culled from a “shot of the day” series started in 2008 after attending a contemplative photo class. Keating’s “Street Portraits” include observations of daily life which have spanned Honduras, Bulgaria, Africa, Cuba, Sicily and Key West. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. For more information, visit

“Forever Plaid” closes this weekend at the Olney Theatre Center. From left are Brandon Duncan as Smudge, David Landstrom as Sparky, Austin Colby as Frankie and Chris Rudy as Jinx.

Farewell tour The clean-cut quartet of “Forever Plaid” returns to rock ’n’ roll heaven this weekend, following closing performances at the Olney Theatre Center’s Historic Stage. Touted as

“America’s favorite original boy band,” Stuart Ross’ musical revue finds the fictional Plaids, downed in an ironic bus collision, bestowed with one last chance for musical glory. For more information, including tickets and show times, visit


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The greatest show on earth n Latest at Round House explores immigrant culture BY


Bittersweet comedy “Agnes Under the Big Top” is now playing at Round House Theatre. The play opened Thursday to kick off the 10th season for socially-minded ensemble, and resident company, Forum Theatre. Agnes is also the pilot production for a new ticketing policy at Forum. “At least half of the seats available are for walk-up sales and pay what you want,” said Michael Dove, artistic director at Forum and director of “Agnes.” “I really want theater to move away from being this elite kind of experience for people with extra income ... if we’re truly going to tell stories about people in our community, it should be available to everyone in our community.” “Agnes” is the tale of the immigrant experience in America, told through six interconnected characters living in the city. Like the play’s setting, Dove said downtown Silver Spring boasts its own incredibly diverse population. The city’s demographic was just one of the reasons the director said he felt so passionate about bringing “Agnes” to Forum. “You’ll see that mix of cul-

AGNES UNDER THE BIG TOP n When: To Sept. 28 (See website for show times)

Actress Nora Achrati plays Bulgarian immigrant Roza.

n Where: Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: Guaranteed advancesale tickets $20. Pay what you want tickets go on sale an hour before every show.


Actress Annie Houston (left) plays Ella and actor Edward Christian (center) plays Shipkov in the Forum Theatre production of “Agnes Under the Big Top.”

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ture coming together,” he said. “It felt like a really great starting point to have that conversation with those people around us.” “We’re right in downtown Silver Spring ...” said Forum ensemble member Nora Achrati. “You see everybody, Ethiopians, Dominicans, Senagalese ...” Achrati, who grew up in Silver Spring, plays Roza, a Bulgarian woman who’s been in the States for almost 10 years. Roza doesn’t speak much throughout the course of the play and when she does, it’s mostly in Bulgarian. “She and her husband came to the States ... and their relationship is quickly deteriorating,” Achrati said. “She’s a really funny woman. She’s very smart, she understands English ... but she won’t let on that she does. She’s an enigmatic character who absorbs things but isn’t giv-


ing much back.” Roza and her husband Shipkov are just two of several characters floating in and out of the life of the play’s only American character, Ella, an older bedridden woman. “Things happen to the Liberian and the Bulgarian that affect in small ways, the bedridden woman,” Achrati said. “You have these lower-class immigrant struggles that people don’t really see ... that are totally invisible except in the way they affect people with privilege.” There were other things about “Agnes,” which premiered in 2011 in Minneapolis, that ap-

pealed to Dove. After reading a draft of the show a few years before it was produced, Dove just couldn’t shake it. “It kind of stuck in the back of my head as something we would want to do,” Dove said. “It’s the one I just haven’t been able to get out of my head.” The director said it was playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil’s style that drew him in. “It was a play that struck me immediately with just some amazing language,” Dove said. “As a director you’re reading a lot of plays. You see one writer influenced by another writer and this one just had its own sound.”

Though “Agnes” focuses largely on the immigrant experience, Dove said audiences of varying backgrounds will relate to the show’s characters and some of their struggles. “You can certainly talk about it being about immigrant culture ... but I think that can also translate to anyone who is put into a situation that is different,” Dove said. “Relocating to a different school, to a different country. What I sort of loved about this is while it can be heavy, it really gets down to the idea of how do we interact with one another.”

This is actor Jason Glass’ first appearance at Forum Theatre. He plays the role of Happy.

IN THE ARTS Hollywood Ballroom, Sept. 11, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m.; Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Sept. 12, 19, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); Sept. 13, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Sept. 14, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo from 8-10 p.m., dance from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for workshop and dance, $15 for dance only); Sept. 15, free Rumba lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Sept. 18, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Sept. 13, Gwyn Williams with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Sept. 20, Beth Molaro calls to Tidal Wave; Sept. 27, George Marshall with Wild Asparagus, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, Sept. 15, Susan Michaels with Honeysuckle Rose, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, Sept. 11, Caller: Anna Rain; Sept. 18, Caller: Tom Spilsbury; Sept. 25, Caller: Joseph Pimentel, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www. Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Swing, Sept. 21, The Craig Gildner Big Band; Nov. 9, WWII Canteen Dance with the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra; Dec. 14, Daryl Davis, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, www. Waltz, Sept. 15, KGB, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,


The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, TBA, hours are 10 a.m. to

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Mary Ann Redmond, 8 p.m.

Sept. 13 ($20); Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, 8 p.m. Sept. 14 ($35); Michael Gallant, 8 p.m. Sept. 18; Beverly McClellan, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 ($25); Cassandra Wilson, 8 p.m. Sept. 20 ($50) The Music of Abba with Arrival from Sweden, 8 p.m. Sept. 22 ($45); Gotta Swing Dance Night with Bitter Dose Combo, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 ($10); Eric Felten & His Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m. Sept. 27 ($25), 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-634-2222, www. The Fillmore Silver Spring, Blue October, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13; Café Tacuba, 8 p.m. Sept. 17; Yellowcard Ocean Avenue Acoustic — The Tour, 8 p.m. Sept. 18; Savant, 8 p.m. Sept. 19; Michael Franti & Spearhead, 8 p.m. Sept. 20; Jamey Johnson with special guest Chris Hennessee, 8 p.m. Sept. 22; Billy Currington, 8 p.m. Sept. 27; Get the Led Out, 8 p.m. Sept. 28; 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring. com,

Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, Tony DeMarco &

Siobhán Butler, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655,

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, John McCutcheon,

7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, BSO: 2013 Strathmore Season Preview Concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 11; Chinese Culture Land — Talented Youth Troupe Gala, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13; Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Sept. 17-18, 21, 24-25; Pet Shop Boys: Electric, 8 p.m. Sept. 19; Sachal Vasandani Quartet, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 20; BSO: Scheherazade and 1812 Overture, 8 p.m. Sept. 21; BSO: Thibaudet Plays Bernstein, 8 p.m. Sept. 26; Warren Wolf and the Wolfpack, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, 8 p.m. Sept. 27; National Philharmonic: Beethoven’s Eternal Masterworks, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,


Susan Stacks’ “Bed The Moon, Then Rouse the Sun” is part of Strathmore’s Fine Artist-in-Residence exhibit, currently on view to Sunday. For more information, visit

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Goodnight Moon,” Sept. 20 to Oct. 27, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Do or Die Mysteries, TBA, 6:30 p.m. buffet, 7:30 p.m. show, $47.50 buffet and show, Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 443-422-3810, www. Imagination Stage, “Lulu and the Brontosaurus,” Sept. 25 to Oct. 27, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Olney Theatre Center, Bedlam Theatre presents “Hamlet” and “Saint Joan,” to Oct. 20, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, The Puppet Co., “Totally Tiny Tots,” Sept. 18 to Oct. 13; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www.

Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” to Sept. 15; 4545 EastWest Highway, Bethesda. 240-6441100, www.roundhousetheatre. org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Agnes Under the Big Top,” presented by Forum Theatre, to Sept. 28, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www. Silver Spring Stage, Paula Vogel’s “The Baltimore Waltz,” Sept. 20 to Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The Writer’s Center, Reading by Dario DiBattista and O-DarkThirty authors, 2 p.m. Sept. 15, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301654-8664,


4:30 p.m. Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. 301-897-1518. Gallery B, The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, to Sept. 28, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 13, gallery hours, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Glenview Mansion, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Greater Washington, to Sept. 30, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www.rockvillemd. gov. Marin-Price Galleries, “Today’s Realism,” Sept. 14 to Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday,

7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-7180622. Strathmore, Fine Artist in Residence Exhibition, to Sept. 15, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, VisArts, Nebiur Arellano, Sept. 13 to Oct. 13, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 20; Judy Stone, Sept. 18 to Oct. 20, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 20; “This is Labor: Washington Sculptors Group Juried Exhibition,” Sept. 18 to Oct. 20, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 20, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www. Washington Printmakers Gallery, “New Prints,” Jenny Free-

stone, to Sept. 29, reception from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 14, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www.

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The next chapter for ‘Riddick’: And then there was Vin



From the dusty annals of a science-fiction franchise belonging to another age, that of “Pitch Black” (2000) and “The Chronicles of Riddick” (2004) and several video game variations, here’s a modestly scaled summer picture continuing the legend that time and many moviegoers forgot. And it’s fun! Extremely violent, cleverly managed fun, full of eviscerating aliens, Vin Diesel making those little swimmer goggles look sharp and Katee Sackhoff of “Battlestar Galactica” swaggering around as a sexually ambiguous bounty hunter stuck with a bunch of guys on a crummy planet, ruled (more or less) by the escaped prisoner Riddick, whose story is recapped in “Riddick” but there’s not much to it, don’t worry. This is not one of those Johnny-come-lately sequels preoccupied with getting a new audience up to speed on where the story was. It’s about living in the moment, in the now, and killing in the now. The character name Riddick has a twee, sprightly air, two adjectives which do not bring Vin Diesel to mind. But he’s the one taking care of his adversaries in a plot line recalling Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” except here it’s: “And Then There Was Vin.” And here’s the beauty part, to the extent writer-director David Twohy’s simple, compact movie can be called beautiful: The bounty hunters are all individuals, and you actually care about some of them, so it’s not simply a “Saw”-type grinder of a movie, wherein we wonder how the next side of beef is going to get sliced. I mean, we do wonder that, but there are other things going on. “Riddick” opens with a


(From left) Riddick (Vin Diesel) is forced to work with mercs Dahl (Katee Sackhoff) and Boss Johns (Matt Nable) in “Riddick,” the latest chapter of the saga that began with the hit sci-fi film “Pitch Black.” near-wordless sequence set on a hot, scrubby planet, where our antihero, betrayed by the Necromongers — there, that’s it: done with the plot summary — is left for dead among the winged beasts and slithering giant scorpion- and fanged squid-like denizens of the swamps. The opening half-hour of Twohy’s picture is a grabber, a chronicle of Riddick dealing with the swamp things and his domestication of a dingo-type alien jackal dog. The occasional voice-over (“Whole damn planet wanted a piece of me”) reminds us that Riddick can, in fact, speak if needed. Then come the bounty hunters, some old, some new, and “Riddick” turns into a different picture, one that scrambles your sympathies nicely as Riddick squares off against the meanest of them while everyone

RIDDICK n 3 stars n R; 119 minutes n Cast: Vin Diesel; Katee Sackhoff; Bokeem Woodbine; Karl Urban; Jordi Molla n Directed by David Twohy

contends with ace creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos’ alien animal kingdom. The movie is worth seeing simply for the aceof-spades-shaped ears on the hero’s pet dingo. The first half’s more compelling than the second; the flying effects, with zippy hovercrafts, look cheeseball; and the whole of “Riddick” smacks of being filmed in GreenScreenLand, which it was. (And Montreal.) More persuasively than the recent “After Earth” and “Oblivion,” “Riddick” makes

Vin Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick. an entertaining survival-guide virtue of its main character’s isolation. The side characters all get their share of profane zing-

ers. The audience came away sated. In the 13 years since the first Riddick chronicle, Diesel has discovered what it means

to be a certain kind of movie star, working hard but not too, serving material that, here, does what it’s supposed to do.

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“Getaway” will never be mistaken for a “Fast & Furious” sequel. It’s more like “Taken … for a Ride!” Terrible but, in its squealing way, sporadically fun-terrible, it features a glowering Ethan Hawke as a former professional race car driver named Brent Magna … or Brock Magma … or Frack Slaterock … or something like that. Let’s call him Magma. Magma and his wife (Rebecca Budig, seen mostly in black-and-white, those-werethe-days flashbacks) live in Sofia, Bulgaria, allowing the producers to film in a city willing to let visitors mess up traffic for a spell. Mrs. Magma is abducted on Christmas and held in a warehouse, so that a criminal mastermind listed in the film’s credits as The Voice (Jon Voight, more or less German this time) can blackmail Hawke’s character into “a series of tasks” behind the wheel of a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake. These include a high-speed assault on a crowded ice rink and several rounds of police pursuits and evasions. Selena Gomez takes the passenger seat.


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(From left) Selena Gomez as The Kid and Ethan Hawke as Brent Magna in Warner Bros. Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment’s action thriller “Getaway.” In one of the weirdest character introductions in the history of any medium, her character, the least-madcap heiress around, known only as The Kid, attempts to steal back the car belonging to her. So. You have Magma, The Voice and The Kid. This movie is The Dumb. As steered with more enthusiasm than skill by “An American Haunting” director Courtney Solomon, the takeaway on “Getaway” goes this-a-way: Is there anything a filmmaker can’t do in Sofia, Bulgaria? With Los Angeles and environs suffering millions in lost revenue thanks to runaway film production, “Getaway” serves handily as Exhibit A. Certain shots and the most head-banging stunts on view suggest that you can happily murder all sorts of extras if you film there. The action in “Getaway” is hacked up into messily edited bits, run through what are supposed to be a dozen different surveillance cameras recording the action inside and outside the death car. With Voight’s voice on the car’s GPS saying things like “Smash everything you can,” the movie makes its intentions clear. Hawke’s character spends most of the film not knowing why The Voice is making him do the things he does. Magma and The Kid trade cross-generational barbs (“Stop almost kill-

GETAWAY n 1 1/2 stars n PG-13; 94 minutes n Cast: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight n Directed by Courtney Solomon

ing us!” she whines at one point) and develop a grudging mutual respect, although if you look up the word “chemistry” in the dictionary, you won’t find a picture of these two actors together. The repeated close-ups of Hawke’s foot slamming the clutch are more expressive. The movie requires little acting; it requires screeching — of tires. I will say this: It’s perversely satisfying to see the Bulgarian capital roughed up by a movie crew in this way, even by second-raters. And near the end there’s an extended shot, taken with a car-mounted camera, reminding audiences of the gut-level pleasures of high velocity. The rest of “Getaway,” which many in the audience seemed to genuinely hate based on comments on the way out, is so mechanical and derivative, not even the abducted-spouse routine can stoke the audience’s rooting interests. Still, I confess: After the screening, I drove my Honda Fit home like a maniac.


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Continued from Page A-13 Accompanying the movie on Sunday afternoon will be an eight-minute Warner Bros. cartoon, “Cracked Ice,” featuring a pig who sounds like W.C. Fields scheming to get into the cask of booze carried by a Saint Bernard who rescues people. Also showing will be a 1938 newsreel, with footage of that year’s huge East Coast hurricane, the Japanese incursion into China and the Nazi takeover of Austria. Tickets to the first-come, first-served screening will be available when the box office opens late Sunday morning, Barry said. “Four Daughters” is part of a six-day run featuring four other 1938 movies running several times each day from Friday through Wednesday. For $5 a ticket, movie lovers can sit back and watch the dashing Errol Flynn in “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” as well as a goofy Cary Grant with Katharine Hepburn and a roving leopard in “Bringing Up Baby.” Other films include Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood looking for a lost woman on a train in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Lady Vanishes” as well as Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire sharing their first screen kiss in “Carefree” featuring Ralph Bellamy. AFI is inviting moviegoers to email their memories of the theater through today for an ongoing celebration this year of the 75th anniversary. Built in 1938, the 1,000 seat theater owned by Warner Bros. served as the anchor for the then-new Silver Spring Shop-


Continued from Page A-13 help. He checked into a rehab facility in Nashville. “I’m actually very well [now],” Furstenfeld said. “I would have to say that I’m very grateful and I’m very blessed to be where I’m at today. I’m still pretty shocked and in awe of how well I am doing.” Healthy and, for the first time in a long time, happy, Furstenfeld and Blue October are on tour promoting their new album, “Sway.” They will be making a stop at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Whereas previous albums were used to lash out at others, “Sway,” takes the band into new territory. “’Sway’ is a lot different,” Furstenfeld said. “After putting ‘Any Man in America’ out, there was really nowhere to go but up. I’ve always known myself to just be brutally honest no matter what I was going through. For some reason in the past, there was always some sort of huge turmoil going on. All of our past records reflected that. … The No. 1 rule of this new album — and I wanted to challenge myself — there can’t be one song about how hard Justin’s got it. There can’t be one song about how hard life is and there can’t be one song that just centers around me-me-me-me-me.” “Any Man in America,” which was released when Furstenfeld was going through a bitter divorce with his first wife and custody battle over his daughter, Blue, was heavy with name calling, finger-pointing and accusations. While Furstenfeld feels the album needed to be made for the sake of his daughter, as he has called the record a push for parental rights, he realizes he’s in a much better place now. “It’s hard to explain the transition, but I’d rather enjoy my life and take it very honestly, simply and humbly,” Furstenfeld said. “In the past, when my ego and depression took over [it was different]. Now, I’m in a really good place. “‘Sway’ was a lot harder to make, to be honest with you, because it’s easy to write about sadness. It’s really easy to write about how bad you’ve got it. When it comes to happiness, peacefulness and when it comes to serenity … there’s a fine line between bubble-gum cheesy and honest and sincere. There was a lot of editing that went on and a lot of thinking. And work, work … if I can say one word, it was work!” As with most new releases, artists have to tour to promote their work. Blue October is no exception. The band is currently on a massive tour that will cover the United States and parts of Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom. Being on the road can be stressful for anyone — espe-

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AFI SILVER 75TH ANNIVERSARY n When: Friday through Wednesday n Where: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $5 (Free screening of “Four Daughters” at 2 p.m. Sunday) n For schedule, information: 301-495-6700

ping Center, one of the first centers to provide off-street parking in a lot. “At the time Silver Spring barely qualified as a suburb,” said Barry about the almost rural surroundings of the time. Designed by Romanianborn architect John Eberson, the Art Moderne (a late form of Art Deco style) building was intended to evoke thoughts of an ocean liner, with a tall silver smokestack on the roof above the entrance and other nautical touches. Inside were murals of tropical birds, wave-like patterns on the walls and wall sconces with “porthole” lights intended to make patrons feel as they had boarded a ship bound for exotic locales. Using old photos, restorers were also able to reconstruct the lobby to look almost exactly like it did in the 1930s. “They identified the original carpeting pattern,” said Barry. “It’s pretty authentic.” The busy regional shopping center thrived during the 1950s, but in 1960, a new center opened in Wheaton and began to draw business away. The owners closed the


The AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a free, one-time showing on Sunday of “Four Daughters,” the movie that opened the new Art Moderne theater in 1938. From left are Lola Lane, Priscilla Lane, Gale Page, Claude Rains and Rosemary Lane. The Oscar-nominated film also featured John Garfield in his debut role. building in 1985 and planned to knock it down in the 1990s, when movie-lovers, preservationists and county officials mobilized to save it. “The key was finding the right operator,” said Jim Mooney, who at the time was working with County Executive

Douglas Duncan to revitalize downtown Silver Spring. At the same time, the American Film Institute, which had been screening films at the Kennedy Center, happened to be thinking about moving to the suburbs. AFI’s Jean Firstenberg, CEO and president of the group

at the time, paid a visit. “As soon as she saw it, she appreciated the potential,” said Mooney. With AFI at the helm, the theater reopened in 2003, now with three screens, as the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, offering a year-round program

of movies, videos, talks and festivals. “It’s been 75 years — it seemed noteworthy,” said Barry about marking the first showing of “Four Daughters” with a second.

BLUE OCTOBER n When: 7:30 p.m. Friday n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $26 n For information: 301-9609999;

cially someone who is a recovering addict. Furstenfeld, however, said he’s excited about the tour. “If you were to have asked me about a year ago, I would have said I was nervous,” Furstenfeld said. “I finished a book and did a solo spoken-word tour earlier this year to kind of get my feet wet and back into touring in a different space. In the past, I would just drain all this darkness on stage and drama. So I wanted to see if I could still do it with just as much impact and just as much passion if I was talking about enjoying life. I’m really excited. Plus my wife goes with me on tour and my daughters. I’m just blessed to be able to do what I do for a living.” One of the tracks on the new album, “Bleed Out,” is a powerful song that focuses in on the pain a man has caused for a woman. While writing songs such as “Bleed Out,” is cathartic for Furstenfeld, he said the memories of the past still haunt him. “That one was written in the eyes of my wife,” Furstenfeld said. “Just the hell I put her through. She needed that. I needed to honor her by telling the whole truth, not just ‘Oh, look at me! I’m clean and sober! Pat me on the back!’ No, that’s not something you pat someone on the back for. It should have been done a long time ago. I should have manned up a long time ago. ‘Bleed Out,’ is my song to her. Every time I hear it now, it’s just sadness when I listen to it — but it’s this rebirth. It’s almost like I’m proud of myself for putting that together because it needed to be done. The memories that come along with it are hard to think about, but the fact that I’m owning it and celebrating the new-found freedom that we have together is quite powerful.” Furstenfeld said he hopes fans take to heart the messages in “Sway.” “The light at the end of the tunnel is now,” Furstenfeld said. “We can sit around and dwell on our problems all day long, but I’ve found — just personally, me — I’ve found that it just doesn’t get me anywhere. After awhile, people don’t want to see you doing that. People don’t want to watch someone circling the drain over and over again for years. They get sick of it. … You’ve got to live up every single moment you’ve got. Life’s short.”


Comedian and producer Dan Frigolette performing at Caroline’s on Broadway.


Continued from Page A-13 and Hell in Adams Morgan on Friday night. The tour has enjoyed a 19-city run and showcases aspiring comedians in states across the country. This weekend, D.C.’s best kept secrets are Martin Montana, Gordon Baker-Bone and New York comedian and producer Dan Frigolette. “These are the funniest guys you haven’t heard of yet,” Frigolette said. “The idea is to get some exposure for these guys who haven’t popped yet.” Just last year, Amini was one of those guys. Born and raised in Silver Spring, Amini attended John F. Kennedy High School and graduated from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. After graduation, he earned a degree in entrepreneurship from the business school at the University of Maryland. Amini moved out to San Francisco after college with the intention of going to law school. But it wasn’t long after taking his LSATs that Amini said he realized it wasn’t the career he wanted and decided to move to Los Angeles. “I moved out to L.A. to pursue something,” Amini said. “I wasn’t sure what ...” During his first year in L.A., Amini lived with his cousin, comedian Max Amini. It was Max who initially suggested Amini check out the entertainment industry. “He asked me, ‘What do you plan on doing?’” remembered Amini. When Amini told his cousin he was thinking of using his background in busi-

COMEDY’S BEST KEPT SECRET n When: 9 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 8 p.m. n Where: 2327 18th St., NW, Washington, D.C. n Tickets: $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door n For information: bestkeptsecret.

ness to open a hookah lounge, Max told him: “But then you’ll just be a hookah lounge owner.” “[He said], ‘L.A. is the entertainment capital of the world. You could do anything,’” Amini said. “And that’s when he planted the seed.” Amini soon started promoting his cousin’s shows and eventually landed an internship with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Productions. After earning some experience through jobs with other local production companies, Amini bought a camera and headed out on the road with his cousin, filming his comedy acts. It was his first real exposure to the world of stand-up comedy. “[Max] caters to a Middle Eastern audience and I remember watching him sell out shows ... and saying, ‘I wish I could come back to my community and do that,’” Amini said. Last summer, Amini moved back to Montgomery County to do just that. He started doing stand-up with District Comedy, a booking production company started by local comics Ralph

Cooper and Brad Ryan. “I started off just talking about myself,” Amini said. “What works for most comics is they talk about their own experiences. I started immediately just making fun of myself ... and it worked.” It worked so well, in fact, that Amini admits the early success went to his head. “I thought, ‘Aww, man, I’m a natural,’” he said. “I was a little cocky ... the second time wasn’t nearly as funny as the first and the third and fourth sucked, too.” But after a few humbling experiences in the beginning, Amini seems to have found his footing. He now runs the Martin Amini & Friends Comedy Show at Heaven and Hell every Friday night. His open mics and showcases at Brass Monkey, also in Adams Morgan, earned Amini mention in DCist’s Best Comedy Clubs in D.C. Amini has also started his own production company, Silver City Productions, named for his hometown. He earns a living shooting commercials and promotional material for D.C. clubs. With Amini’s experience in L.A., and Frigolette’s in New York, the producers’ expectations for the Best Kept Secret Tour are understandably high. But both say they haven’t been disappointed in the D.C. comedy scene. “There are a lot of guys doing a lot of great comedy in D.C.,” Frigolette said. “Being in L.A. ... I was spoiled a bit,” Amini said. “But coming back to D.C., the talent level of D.C. comics is through the roof.”

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Richard Montgomery High School senior girls’ tennis player Thea Postolache is one of the county’s best athletes.





It seems like a pretty easy concept. If a tennis player can consistently weather nerves to win U.S. Tennis Association tournament matches and is ranked on a national level, he or she should have no problem cruising through a high school season, right? Not necessarily. “Whenever [the boys] first come back [to high school tennis in the spring] they always say it’s hard for them to make the switch,” Thomas S. Wootton High School boys’ and girls’ tennis coach Nia Cresham said. “It’s hard to make the transition. Team tennis is a lot more pressure on them than USTA.”

The USTA junior tournament circuit can be a lonely and cut-throat place, said Richard Montgomery senior No. 1 singles player Thea Postolache, who is the defending all-county Region II champion. Players are out for themselves as they attempt to raise their rankings and compete for the few scholarships available to tennis players. Despite the internal pressure that might cause, the only person affected by a USTA tournament loss is the individual. Playing with a school name displayed across the front of a jersey is a completely different story, Postolache said. Success at the national level and on the tournament circuit doesn’t always translate the way

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No home, no problem Boys’ soccer: While new field is under construction, Trojans find ways to cope




On a late-August day before his team began a training session at Morris Park in Gaithersburg, first-year Gaithersburg High School boys’ soccer coach Matt Bowling brought a picture into the locker room to show his players. It was of Italian national team


superstar Mario Balotelli and his AC Milan teammates carrying a goal on their practice field. Bowling’s intent in showing his team the photo wasn’t just to have them take a glimpse of one of the world’s more effervescent players, but to create a connection with a task his club carried out one day prior. They lugged their own 24x8x5-foot goal from Gaithersburg High to Morris Park — a 2.2 mile round-trip — so that they could train for the afternoon as construction continues to

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County’s top athletes say there’s different pressure when representing high school team BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School girls’ soccer player Courtney Parr (right) is one of the Falcons’ top defenders this fall.

If one didn’t know any better, Austen Herbert looked clueless. As a sophomore on the Seneca Valley High School football team and playing Damascus, Herbert intercepted a pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown. “He just kind of looked like he was lost out there, like, ‘Oh, my God. There’s a football in my hand,’” Seneca Valley coach Fred Kim said. “It was almost like he waddled in the end zone. It’s like he was so surprised to be in that position.” Herbert’s composure didn’t improve once he reached the end zone. “I probably looked like a child getting ice cream,” Herbert said. “... I don’t think it hit me until I was on the sideline.” That was another mistake. Herbert ran to the sideline immediately after his score, but he was on the extra-point team, so he had to return to the field. The way Kim tells it, that might have been the last time Herbert has been confused during a game.


Seneca Valley High School senior linebacker Austen Herbert is one of the top players in the county at his position.

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Members of Gaithersburg High School’s boys’ soccer team move the goal to a new position during Friday’s practice at Morris Park in Gaithersburg.

Marcellus Powell had seen the play before. Powell, a senior outside linebacker at BethesdaChevy Chase High School, dropped into coverage on Friday as Winston Churchill quarterback Sean Strittmatter received the shotgun snap and turned to his left with just under seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The play was a designed quick out pass to the wing back, a play which the Bulldogs had run twice before — a first quarter incompletion due to a deflection by Powell and a 6-yard first down conversion two plays earlier. This time, Powell broke towards the ball just as Strittmatter planted to throw and intercepted it cleanly with no one between him and the goal line. He outraced Strittmatter to the corner of the end zone and gave the Barons the final blow in a 25-15 season-opening victory.

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Continued from Page B-1 one would expect. If it did, even Postolache admitted that she was not the favorite to win last year’s region title. Ranked No. 70 of 1,521 in the USTA Girls 14s, Wootton freshman Miranda Deng certainly appears poised for a successful high school campaign, but questions stillremainonhowshewillhandle

the pressure of team expectations. “Playing for a team is very different,” Postolache said. “You’re playing for yourself, but you also know that your score counts for the school’s score and that is added pressure.” While that weight and expectations can be paralyzing for some, the load doesn’t have to be a bad thing, Postolache said. In fact, she used it as motivation in last year’s first run to the state tournament by a Richard Mont-

gomery singles player in recent history. Knowing every point a match win earns can be the difference between a team win or loss, and being surrounded by supportive teammates pushes her more, Postolache said. There is also generally a wider range of talent level that athletes must adjust to on a daily basis, which can be tricky. It is a scenario not limited to tennis players, but athletes in individual and team sports across

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the board. “Maybe for their club [soccer] team they’re playing a certain position, but for me they’re playing a different position or formation and now they have to switch their brain,” longtime Our Lady of Good Counsel girls’ soccer coach Jim Bruno said. “Or you might be a big fish on your club team, but not be a big fish on your high school team. There are some other mental things going on.”

Levels also vary within the average high school athletic teams, higher level athletes might have to adjust their games accordingly in order to play more efficiently with their team, Bruno added. Performing for classmates and friends is not an opportunity elite-level athletes are faced with very often outside of high school athletics, Bruno said. The pressure to live up to expectations can put extra weight on

these athletes’ shoulders and everyone handles the load differently. But no one can deny the honor of representing a home school and community in athletic competition, Bruno said. “Yes, you get more nervous,it is more nerve-wracking because you know what you do also affects your team,” Postolache said. “But for me, that added pressure is helpful.”


Continued from Page B-1 “They had thrown it twice before, so when I dropped back I was like, ‘I’m going to get it this time,’” Powell said. “I got it and started running, and I just barely made it, I was just thinking, ‘Thank God I didn’t cramp up.’” The B-CC defensive unit shut out the Churchill offense over the final three quarters of the contest. A nineplay, 62-yard scoring drive in the first quarter was the only real blemish for the group, which forced the Bulldogs into four turnovers and seven punts. “We went to the locker room [at halftime] and we had that mindset that we were going to come out and get this win,” safety Keenan McUmber said. “We were tired and they were tired, but we have been working hard all summer running hills and all this stuff for conditioning, so we were ready for it.” Barons’ defensive coordinator Chad Mack also provided his insight on the Churchill offense after moving over from the Bulldogs’ staff this year. “We had a whole film study thing yesterday, with the day off for the Jewish holiday, a lot of us just watched film all day,” Powell said. “We’ve been going over their plays, I made flashcards of their different formations, so it was great to have Coach Mack’s help on that.” Mack’s defense will certainly be tested on Thursday (6:30 p.m.) when B-CC hosts a Thomas S. Wootton team that scored 41 points against Walter Johnson on Saturday.


Continued from Page B-1 blanket the school’s campus. Every day after school, the team travels to Morris Park to train. The Trojans don’t have a home game until they’re scheduled to play Thomas S. Wootton on Oct. 18 when the school’s field is expected to be accessible. “We’re making do with what we have and we’re having a positive attitude while we’re doing it,” Bowling said. “This is 11 people coming together to operate as one unit. If we can come together and adapt this philosophy of 11 playing as one, we can do great things at Gaithersburg.” Bowling would appear the perfect man for the job. After serving as Calvin Coolidge High’s boys’ soccer coach in


Continued from Page B-1 Now a senior, Herbert has emerged as one of Montgomery County’s top linebackers and someone Kim calls “definitely one of the best kids I’ve ever coached.” Herbert’s biggest strength on the field is his intelligence, and even on that awkward touchdown return, he showed it. All week leading up to the

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School safety Keenan McUmber blocks Winston Churchill’s extra point attempt on Friday. “It is great for this program to come back and beat the returning division champs the first week of the season,”

B-CC coach Josh Singer said. “We knew they would be a tough match up. They are a great team, a well-coached team,


Winston Churchill High School quarterback Sean Strittmatter gets tackled by Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Kevin Washington on Friday.

and Joe Allen has them up at the top every year. For the coaching staff it was a nice win, with Coach Mack getting a

win as a defensive coordinator against his old team. We are just confident, but now getting ready for Wootton.”

Washington, D.C. for two years, he moved to Gaithersburg and started working for the city as a city planner in 2011. With a demanding work schedule, Bowling often arrives at the office early in the morning to ensure he’s able to start training on time. He walks from his office to the school and said he’s received a tremendous outpouring of support from his coworkers and supervisors at City Hall. “I’m very blessed to be in this situation and there’s nowhere else I’d want to be coaching,” Bowling said. “I love coaching at this school because it’s the city I live in and work in. This is a school of 2,000 students and a city of 60,000 residents and I believe we can do great things with the group that we have.” The Trojans are a young and diverse team, sprinkled with a mix of veterans who will lead

a club that Bowling hopes will play a possession-based style similar to his favorite Spanish sides. Gaithersburg finished 5-8-0 last season under Steve Schwarten and lost in the first round of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s playoffs in penalty kicks. In the previous four years since the club’s last winning season in 2008, Gaithersburg has gone a combined 15-30-4. “He’s definitely putting in time even though he works a lot and he really believes we can do special things,” junior striker Gustavo Garcia said of Bowling. “I think we all want to surprise people and I feel like some people have no clue that there’s talent in Gaithersburg. The first thing he noticed is we have talent.” Whether or not the Trojans will be able to utilize that tal-

ent and translate it into results remains to be seen, but junior left back Parker Rist also is optimistic about the transformation of the attitude of his teammates since Bowling’s taken over. “We have lots of talent and lots of potential and having him in here to be very positive and motivational can bring out our full potential,” Rist said. While potential is one thing, the reality of having to play 10 consecutive road matches — and then play host to the defending state champions for the only home game — is daunting. “It’s going to be tough not being at home, not having that home feeling,” said junior goalkeeper Cristian Reyes. “We’ve talked through it a lot as a group and we pretty much said that if we have a field and we have a ball, we’re ready to

play. It doesn’t matter where we’re at.” Added Rist: “It’s not what we would prefer, but it’s also not going to be too different. We’re constantly somewhere else, moving and changing. We’re going to keep fighting through no matter what.” It’s that sort of positive mentality that Bowling’s infectious personality has seemingly imparted on all his players as the 2013 campaign gets underway. And it’s one he hopes will, along with hard work on the field, contribute to a successful tenure at his neighborhood high school. “I don’t want people to take us lightly,” Bowling said. “They’ll see that we’re a sleeping giant waiting to wake up from this nap. Once we get rolling, I think it’s going to be something else.”

game, Herbert practiced defending a play Damascus tended to run from a Bulldog formation, two receivers to the strong side and one on the weak side with a tight end on the field. The slot receiver would run a curl route into Herbert’s zone, and Herbert could jump the route. The first day of practice, Herbert got in proper position but kept dropping the interception. By the end of the week, he intercepted it every time — even

when he didn’t know in advance the play was coming. Damascus lined up in Bulldog for the first time late in the game, and Herbert recognized it immediately, jumped the curl route, scored his first varsity touchdown and showed how far he had come in a short period of time. Herbert said he was “a small presence on the field” during his freshman year on junior varsity. As program policy, Kim puts anyone he believes will be a key

varsity contributor as a junior on varsity as a sophomore. Really, that’s the only reason Herbert made varsity so soon. Herbert figured, if he played as hard as he could, he could at least ensure he wouldn’t be buried on the bench. But during preseason practice, he earned a starting job at outside linebacker. Kim even had Herbert set the defense, a responsibility typically assigned to a middle linebacker. Herbert did it

so well, his position didn’t matter. “I could tell him what the gameplan was on Monday after working on it for nine hours on Sunday, and he would learn it snap of the finger, and he would know it,” Kim said. As a junior Herbert became a captain, an honor Kim said goes to seniors “99.9 percent” of the time in his program. Now, Herbert is still setting the defense, and he’s fielding interest from Cornell, Towson, Le-


Gaithersburg High School first-year coach Matt Bowling instructs his team during practice on Friday at Morris Park.

high, Monmouth and University of Maryland, College Park. Kim wants Herbert to pick Cornell, just so the coach can say he sent the first Seneca Valley football player onto an Ivy League team. “He talks to me about that all the time,” Herbert said. If history is any indication, Herbert will swiftly process Kim’s words, analyze them and then make the best decision possible.





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



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Good Counsel Falcons Quince Orchard Cougars Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Gaithersburg Trojans Northwest Jaguars Bullis Bulldogs Walt Whitman Vikings Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons Wootton Patriots

Record Points

2-1 60 1-0 54 1-0 48 1-0 42 1-0 34 1-0 29 0-1 24 1-0 20 1-0 11 1-0 6

Also receiving votes: Winston Churchill Bulldogs 2.

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Senior aiming for first scholarship offer BY DAN FELDMAN STAFF WRITER

Joshua Gills spent three quarters not being a star. One of his Northwest High School football teammates spent four years in a lesser role, and Gills admired him all the more for it. In the fourth quarter of his first varsity game and first game ever at receiver, Gills, as a sophomore,caughttwotouchdowns and scored a two-point conversion — “The Josh Gills Show,” Northwest offensive coordinator Justin Sickeri called it. Gills went on to set the program’s single-season record for receptions (55). Along the way, Gills, now a senior, befriended an older player who rarely played. “He was my favorite player on the team because he was

persistent,” Gills said. “Even though he never played, he was always ... everywhere the team went.” Gills noticed the team’s upperclassmen often ignored the player, so Gills made even more of a point to talk to him. “Some guys don’t do what I do,” Gills said, “And they’re just sort of left out, coming to practices, not talking to anyone, not participating. I like to get everyone involved.” Few do what Gill does. He’ll play quarterback for about two-thirds of Northwest’s snaps this season and running back and receiver for the other third. Defensively, he’ll line up at cornerback a third of the time — plus on any key plays. Which is his best position? “Um, that’s a good question. That’s a really good question. Um, he seems to gravitate toward the offense,” Northwest coach Mike Neubeiser said, breaking into a laugh. “I think, I don’t [know] if I can answer that

question.” Sickeri handles the question similarly. “Well, I don’t know if he has a best position,” Sickeri said. “... He’s good everywhere. Asked the same question, Gills punts, too. (By the way, he also does that. He’s the backup punter and obviously a threat on fakes). “You’d have to tell me that,” Gills said. “I like playing everywhere.” Prior to high school, he played offensive guard, tight end and defensive end. As he got more athletic, he figured he’d play running back and receiver in high school, which he did for the practice of a twosession day. By the afternoon practice, he was a quarterback and on a fast track to starting at his new position on the junior varsity team. When he reached varsity as a sophomore, Gills moved to receiver and running back next

to quarterback Matty Callahan. With Callahan graduated, Gills is again using his impressive burst mostly behind center, but he’s also working at running back and receiver. With a 28-yard catch in Northwest’s61-0opening-week win over Magruder, Gills is just 110 yards shy of the program record for career receiving yards. Gills hasn’t stopped watching out for players who don’t possess as much talent, though that has taken a different tone now. Despite receiving interest from Monmouth, Bucknell, Towson, Morgan State and New Hampshire, Gills doesn’t have a scholarship offer. So, he’s especially motivated for a few matchups this fall. “Whenever I see someone at my talent or below it, I feel the need to show my superiority,” Gills said. “Especially if they’re getting attention that I’m not from colleges.”

Top rushers

Carries Dage Davis, Geo. Prep 39 Chris Dawson, G. Counsel 39 Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel 43 Solomon Vault, G’burg 18 Nino Scalia, G. Prep 12 Zac Morton, Whitman 19 Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard 16

Top passers Chuck Reese, Rockville Sam Ellis, Wootton Mike Murtaugh, Q. Orch. B. Strittmatter, G. Counsel Evan Smith, Whitman S. Strittmatter, Churchill G. Cooper, Paint Branch

Yards 354 207 204 155 128 112 106

Cmp-Att. 35-45 15-27 13-19 14-30 12-20 13-21 14-34

Top receivers

Catches Myles Robinson, G. Counsel 4 Zac Morton, Whitman 6 Malcolm Brown, Q. Orchard 4 Louison Biama, Rockville 6 Elliott Davis, Q. Orchard 4 Jesse Locke, Churchill 6 Joey Cornwell, Rockville 10

Avg. TDs 9.1 6 5.3 4 4.7 2 8.6 4 10.7 0 5.9 1 6.6 1

Yards 295 260 247 228 187 155 153

Yards 113 107 105 101 92 91 84

Int. TDs 1 6 1 4 0 4 2 6 1 1 3 1 1 0

Avg. TDs 28.3 2 17.8 1 26.3 2 16.8 0 23.0 2 15.2 1 8.4 2

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

Montgomery County record All games

Magruder at Wheaton North Harford at Einstein Gaithersburg at Watkins Mill Seneca Valley at Rockville Damascus at Northwood Quince Orchard at Whitman Walter Johnson at Churchill Wootton at B-CC R. Montgomery at Northwest Springbrook at Clarksburg Blair at Sherwood Blake at Paint Branch Poolesville at Kennedy Bullis at St. Mary’s Annapolis Avalon at MSD Good Counsel at Calvert Hall Georgtown Prep at Gonzaga Mount St. Joseph at Landon

Whitman running back accounts for over 200 allpurpose yards; B-CC shocks Churchill FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN Before his team’s season opener against Sherwood High School on Saturday night, Gaithersburg senior running back Solomon Vault didn’t feel right. Queasy and nervous, Vault vomited in the locker room at Richard Montgomery High — playing host to the Trojans while their home field undergoes renovations — and later threw up fluids before joining his team on the sideline. While most coaches would view their star player expelling his dinner minutes prior to kickoff with a concerned eye, Gaithersburg coach Kreg Kephart was — perhaps — relieved? “I felt good because I saw him throwing up,” Kephart said. “Usually, when he throws up he has a good game, so I thought to myself, ‘It’s going to be a good night out there.’” Kephart’s intuition was spot on as Vault rushed for 155 yards and four touchdowns and Gaithersburg dominated Sherwood, 32-7, to earn its first win against the Warriors since 2011 and spoil Chris Grier’s coaching debut. “The pregame jitters kind of got me and I was throwing up a little bit,” Vault said. “But we came out and we handled business, so I’m proud of my guys.” Morton stars: To rush for 100 yards in one game is impressive. To rush for 100 yards and tally another 100 yards receiving is pretty remarkable.Toachievebothwhile an entire opposing defense’s priority is to shut you down is a rarity in high school football. That’s precisely what Walt

Whitman High School senior Zac Morton did Friday in leading the Vikings to a 28-0 season-opening win at James H. Blake. Morton rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown and caught seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown to account for 50 percent of the Vikings’ scoring. Whitman coach Jim Kuhn said Friday’s win, and an overall strong team performance, was just what the Vikings needed as they look to move forward in 2013 from two mediocre seasons, including opening last season with back-toback losses. “That was a fabulous start,” Kuhn said. “The kids played a great game.” Fast start: Just 2 minutes, 45 seconds into Damascus’ opening game, junior standout Jalen Christian returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown. A Jake Funk touchdown run, a Chase Williams touchdown pass to Stephon Jacob, another Funk touchdown run and a Kevin Proctor touchdown run later, Damascus led 35-0 on its way to a 49-22 win over Einstein on Friday “We had a bad taste in our mouths from losing in the first round of the playoffs last season,” Damascus coach Eric Wallich said. “We were preaching to them, ‘Don’t be complacent. Just because the Damascus teams of the past have been successful, this team hasn’t done anything yet. “If you want something you have to work hard for it.’ Tonight was a step in that direction. A lot of things seemed to click tonight.” Opening statement: The Bethesda-Chevy Chase football team made a statement on Friday with a season-opening 25-15 victory over Winston Churchill, the defending Montgomery County 4A South Division champions. The Barons’ defense shut out the Bulldogs in the second half, as the opportunistic unit came up with four interceptions over the final two quarters. Jordan Miller


B-Chevy Chase Wootton Whitman Kennedy Churchill Walter Johnson

All Div.

1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1


Paint Branch Blair Blake Sherwood Springbrook

Travis Mewhirter

Ken Sain

Jennifer Beekman

Kent Zakour

Dan Feldman

15-7 21-8

14-8 21-8

14-8 20-9

14-8 20-9

14-8 20-9

13-9 19-10

Wheaton North Harford Gaithersburg Seneca Valley Damascus Q. Orchard Churchill Wootton Northwest Clarksburg Sherwood Paint Branch Poolesville Bullis Avalon Good Counsel Gonzaga Mt. St. Joseph

Wheaton Einstein Gaithersburg Seneca Valley Damascus Q. Orchard Churchill B-CC Northwest Clarksburg Sherwood Paint Branch Poolesville Bullis Avalon Good Counsel Gonzaga Landon

Wheaton North Harford Gaithersburg Seneca Valley Damascus Q. Orchard Churchill B-CC Northwest Springbrook Sherwood Paint Branch Poolesville Bullis Avalon Good Counsel Gonzaga Mt. St. Joseph

Wheaton North Harford Gaithersburg Seneca Valley Damascus Q. Orchard Churchill Wootton Northwest Springbrook Sherwood Paint Branch Poolesville Bullis Avalon Good Counsel Gonzaga Mt. St. Joseph

Wheaton North Harford Gaithersburg Seneca Valley Damascus Q. Orchard Churchill B-CC Northwest Springbrook Sherwood Paint Branch Poolesville Bullis MSD Good Counsel Gonzaga Mt. St. Joseph

Wheaton North Harford Gaithersburg Seneca Valley Damascus Q. Orchard Churchill Wootton Northwest Springbrook Sherwood Paint Branch Poolesville Bullis MSD Good Counsel Gonzaga Mt. St. Joseph


Gaithersburg High’s Solomon Vault runs against Sherwood on Saturday.

recorded a pair of interceptions in the contest and Marcellus Powell’s 47-yard interception return for a touchdown with just under seven minutes to play sealed the deal for B-CC. The Barons, who defeated the Bulldogs for the first time since 2009, will look to carry the momentum from this victory into their next contest against Wootton on Thursday. “You look at the [paper] and nobody picked us to win this, which we are kind of used to by now,” Powell said. “This sets the tone for the season that we are a good team, and we can beat a team that we normally haven’t beat. I think it sends the message that we are not that doormat team anymore. ... You’ve got to fear us now.” Extra home games: Wheaton planned to play Thursday’s game against Col. Zadok Magruder and its Sept. 28 contest against Rockville at Montgomery Blair, but construction to Wheaton has been delayed, so both games will be played at Wheaton. Kyle Russell, Nick Cammarota, John Harris III and Jennifer Beekman contributed.

25 41 28 0 15 0

All Div.

1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1

`15 0 0 25 25 41


1-0 21 13 0-0 25 0 0-0 0 28 0-0 7 32 0-1 13 21

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Northwest Quince Orchard Gaithersburg R. Montgomery Clarksburg Magruder

All Div.

1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1


1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1

61 0 35 7 32 7 38 40 7 35 0 61

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Northwood Rockville Watkins Mill Einstein Wheaton

All Div.

1-0 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1


1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1

Montgomery 2A Independent Team




Good Counsel Georgetown Prep Landon Bullis Avalon

Nick Cammarota


1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1

Montgomery 4A East Division


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Montgomery 4A South Division

Private schools




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

49 42 6 40 29 22 7

22 7 43 38 20 49 42





89 66 0 0 12



26 58 10 42 72

Last week’s scores

Poolesville 43, Northwood 6 Seneca Valley 42, Wheaton 7 Damascus 49, Einstein 22 Rockville 40, R. Montgomery 38 B-CC 25, Churchill 15 Quince Orchard 35, Clarksburg 7 Northwest 61, Magruder 0 Paint Branch 21, Springbrook 13 Blair 25, Kennedy 0 Whitman 28, Blake 0 McNamara 34, G. Prep 9 Watkins Mill 29, Frederick 20 Good Counsel 42, St. Frances 6 Wootton 41, Walter Johnson 0 Boys Latin 10, Landon 0 Gaithersburg 32, Sherwood 7 St. Mary’s Ryken 48, Avalon 12

BEST BET No. 2 Quince Orchard at No. 8 Walt Whitman, 6:30 p.m.


Since moving up a class in 2011, Quince Orchard has

won both 4A West Region titles and has 19-0 record against region opponents, winning by an average score of 41-7. Whitman, which shut out James H. Blake last week, is the latest challenger.


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Rockville hopes to be like G. Counsel Sherwood volleyball BOYS SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA When Julio Zarate decided to take over the boys’ soccer program at Rockville High, he knew his assignment was difficult. He knew the club didn’t win a game in 2012 and, far worse, didn’t score a goal. But as bad as those statistics are, the former Our Lady of Good Counsel coach wasn’t aware of just how much work needed to be done laying a foundation for the program until he began work in March. “It’s been a bit bumpy,” Zarate said. “When we took over this team, we knew what we were getting into, but not really. We started working with them to see what was the problem. We’ve been working on academics and we’ve been going every week to talk to the kids, trying to recruit, to make them be more interested and come back to play soccer.” Zarate said there were roughly 40 to 50 players at tryouts for the team this preseason, including junior goal-

keeper Benjamin Neely and senior defender Oscar Rivera, two players expected to lead the club this fall. Zarate said the core of his team consists of sophomores and he hopes to build a solid foundation despite obvious hurdles, such as the lack of a feeder program. He hopes this season will mark the beginning of a dramatic turnaround for the Rams. “Good Counsel was exactly like Rockville was when we took over,” Zarate said. “It was the worst program in the [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference]. Kids had basketball shoes and basketball shorts at practice and we thought, ‘Oh man, what are we doing here?’ But the kids changed the program around. With Rockville, we’re trying to do something similar.”

Patriot games Thomas S.Wootton’s boys soccer team had a solid showing in a 2-1 loss against strong DeMatha on Friday. After losing a number of key players from last year’s 4A state championship club to graduation, the Patriots, who received votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, didn’t appear starry-eyed or timid in going up against a national power. “We were excited for the

off to hot start Three-time defending state champions win Magruder Invitational




Thomas S. Wooton High School’s Cristobal Corvolan (right) fights for the ball against DeMatha Catholic’s Julian Dove on Friday. opportunity to come out here and play a very talented team. They were excited about it not so much because they were playing DeMatha but because they were going to have an opportunity to show their quality,” said Wootton coach Doug Schuessler of the first meeting between the two teams. “They were disappointed in the result, but that’s because we’re not out here to lose. We’re out here to compete and win.” Perhaps Wootton’s best chance of the game came in the waning minutes of the second half. Forward Jared Nozick sprinted down the far sideline with space in front of him, but suddenly fell to the turf with a

severe leg cramp and lost the ball out of bounds. Following the match, Schuessler spoke about his team’s mentality as defending state champs and channeled his inner-Rick Pitino. “I don’t think that anyone is kidding themselves. Matt Hoy is not walking out on that field. Sam Summerlin is not walking out on that field. But you know what? A bunch of other guys are,” he said. “I think there’s a belief that anything’s possible and there’s a real determination to reach for it and try to grab that ring again.”

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GIRLS SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN What started off Friday evening as an indicator of just how far the Walter Johnson High School girls’ soccer team would have to come if it intended to be a 2013 postseason contender turned into a

glimpse of the Wildcats’ promising potential. Down 2-0 at halftime during its 3-2 season-opening win against Harford County’s Fallston High, Walter Johnson coach Liz Friedman said she half expected her young team, which lost an incredibly talented group of seniors a year ago, to throw in the towel. Instead, the Wildcats scored three second-half goals to clinch the victory. One of the most exciting aspects of the win, Friedman said, was that the three scores came from a pair of freshmen forwards.

it’s nice to know the freshmen can be upon.” The Academy of the Holy Cross followed up its 5-0 season-opening win against Montgomery Blair — on the Blazers’ schedule as its final scrimmage — with a 2-1, come-from-behind win over Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Dani White scored both Tartans goals, the game winner off a cross from Marissa Madaras in the final five minutes of regulation.


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In what is widely expected to be a parity-filled year, Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Clarksburg earned the firstmatch-to-go-to-five-games award. After taking the first two games, B-CC had a little trouble getting past the Coyotes’ blockers, according to Barons’ coach Marie Cornejo, and the match was extended to the fifth, where B-CC ultimately prevailed in its season opener.

Field hockey While the Sherwood volleyball team was taking home an early-season tournament title in Magruder’s gym, the field hockey team busied itself by defending a similar title on the field for the second consecutive year in Paint Branch’s annual tournament. The two-headed monster of a scoring duo in Emily Kenul and Gabrielle Yore didn’t miss a beat from last year. Kenul scored four goals in a 7-3 win over Long Reach in the opening round and Yore added a pair in thechampionshipgameagainst Reservoir, which the Warriors won 3-0. “It’s definitely nice to start the season with a couple of wins,” Sherwood coach Amy Morse said. “I felt confident that we would be scoring goals but we had been moving a couple things around so I wasn’t quite sure what that would look like but it seems to have worked out pretty well.” Holy Cross’ Nicole Lantuh scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Holton-Arms, the first victory under first-year head coach Lindsey Weller. Montgomery Blair’s Allison Chen added one of her own in a 5-1 season-opening win against Northwood. In her first varsity start, Our Lady of Good Counsel goalie Caroline Campbell shut out Stone Ridge in what became a 1-0 overtime victory, the lone goal coming off the stick of Mallory Fox. In another 1-0 contest, Winston Churchill’s Clare Nolan scored the only goal of the game to top Quince Orchard, which has already lost three games by one-goal margins. 1906764

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Cammie Mutha scored the first and go-ahead goals; Anya Bitchek netted the game-tying goal. Junior forward Caroline Braviak assisted the Wildcats’ first two goals. “I was surprised, actually, for a lot of us we could easily see a team fall apart, especially when you’re not in a playoff situation where it’s lose and go home,” Friedman said. “The girls didn’t panic and rush, there was no freak out, like, ‘How are we going to score three goals in 40 minutes?!’ They didn’t play out of control, they kept their cool. And

There’s one of two ways the Montgomery County high school volleyball world can view Sherwood High School’s success at the annual Magruder Invitational on Saturday: The Warriors claimed the title, reestablishing themselves as one of the premier programs in the post-Alex Holston era, or they lost to Tuscarora, thereby technically putting an end to their vaunted 57-match winning streak — but at the same time, technically not. By all means and purposes, Sherwood’s 5-1 run in the allday tournament on Saturday counts for a record of some sorts, but not to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, which, in the minds of some, is the determining factor if the streak is still intact or not. “That’s not really for me to decide,” Sherwood coach Brian McCarty said Sunday afternoon. “[The tournament] has never really been included in the winning streak. I don’t want totakeanythingawayfrom[Col. Zadok Magruder Coach] Scott [Zanni], it’s a great tournament and they’re real games, but these don’t count in the official records.” The tournament featured best of three-set matches while the regular season features best of five. The Warriors could still be a contender come late October for the state tournament. “I think all the work the girls put in over the summer and over the preseason — they really grew,” McCarty said. Sherwood knocked out Zanni’s squad, which went 4-1 in the tournament, in the semifinals. Others in the county to participate were Northwest (22), Richard Montgomery (1-3), John F. Kennedy (0-4), Paint Branch (2-2), Quince Orchard (1-3) and Wheaton (0-4).



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Different year, same story for Damascus football Swarmin’ Hornets easily defeat Einstein to open season n




The Damascus High School football team took the message from its coach Eric Wallich to heart on Friday. The Swarmin’ Hornets were instructed to make sure that just because they are a part of a storied program, they didn’t take its present status for granted. The perennial postseason participants proceeded to make quick work of their opponents in Kensington, dispatching of host Albert Einstein, 49-22. “We knew Einstein was going to bring everything that they had,” said junior wide receiver-kick returner Jalen Christian. “When a team plays Damascus, they always want

to beat us [badly]. We knew we had to keep our heads straight and work hard and fight every play.” Damascus, like every high school team kicking off its regular season, had to fight to keep from urges of anxiousness and being overzealous when it was time to hit the field under the bright lights. “We’ve been training for nine months, and it all paid off for us tonight,” Christian said. “We all wanted to get that feeling out of our stomachs tonight. We’ve been working hard all off season, and we came out on fire tonight.” Damascus had plenty of contributors to its big opening night win. Christian scored two touchdowns, one on a 76-yard punt return and another on a 15-yard run from scrimmage. He also had a third touchdown called back by penalty to open the third quarter on a 75-yard kickoff return. Quarterback Chase Wil-

liams threw just four passes, but completed three of them for 75 yards and two 25-yard scores to Stephon Jacob and Alec Magas, respectively. “Chase has looked really good in the off-season I think he can have a really good year,” said Wallich. “He has a lot of confidence. “Jalen had a big night, [running back] Jake Funk had a big night Stephon Jacob had a great night. I am just pleased with the [overall] team. “ By building a 35-6 halftime advantage, the Hornets’ reserves received plenty of playing time. Said Wallich: ”[It was] nice to see everyone get in and get rewarded [with playing time]. And you want everyone to stay healthy, and for the most part, we were able to do that.” The Damascus first-string players were also appreciative for the rest. “The [first-string] coming out in the second half

means we’ve done our job,” Christian said. “It also means that our second string can get experience so when we get into tough games later in the season, they can play and do what they have to do. At practice, we go at each other every day. We train each other, and we help each other get better. That’s what we are here for.” Einstein coach Jermaine Howell used some humor to deflect some of pain of a solid defeat in the opening game. “I start coaching [varsity football] in [Montgomery] County, and in [the first three opening games] I get Seneca [Valley] first [in 2011], then Seneca first [in 2012] again, then Damascus,” he said. “How the heck do I get that? “Honestly as a staff, I look for the big tough games right at the beginning, because hopefully we can catch one of those teams that we are not supposed to beat off guard. With that said, I think it is good for


Damascus High School’s Jake Funk (left), Joey Salisbury and Johnny Fischer stop Albert Einstein’s Khalil Wilson on Friday. our program. We can’t do anything about the scheduling, so the bottom line is that we progress through the season. We took this one on the chin,

but hopefully this will make us stronger as we move forward. We are going learn from this, get into next week and see if we are any better.”

Walter Johnson’s golf team gets low early in season Wildcats open season with a 181 to start 3-0




The champs are back in town and it’s not those champs, the current state title holders, Thomas S. Wootton High School. This is Walter Johnson, right back where it began and ended the regular season and the first major tournament of the postseason: on top. At Bretton Woods Golf Course on Aug. 26, the Wildcats handily dispensed two of the county’s top contenders, Walt Whitman and Wootton,

totaling a combined 6-overpar between five players to finish at 181. Wootton, the heavy favorites to win the 3A/4A state title again this year, finished 10 shots back, and Whitman somehow went 1-2 in the match with a 195, something Whitman coach Karl O’Donoghue thought was just about impossible. “‘I can’t believe I shot a 195 and got beat by 191 and 181 and finished third,’” Wildcats coach Richard Payne recalled the Vikings coach saying after the season-opening match. “Because 195 will normally win. If we can keep that up, we can go pretty far.” Walter Johnson went more than pretty far last year. They

nearly went the distance. The Wildcats swept the county and district titles — both on tiebreakers, edging Whitman and Wootton on the former and Wootton on the latter — which predictably left the Patriots bristling. But Payne’s squad flamed out later that month in the state tournament, missing the cut and watching Wootton become the first team to top Urbana in four years. “Everyone on the team can go under par,” said Taso Scilaris, who is slotted as the Wildcats’ No. 1 player and finished with a 2-over-par 37 on Aug. 26. “We’re all capable and we’ve all done it.” What’s more comforting

for Payne than his team’s absurdly low score so early in the season is depth that may be unmatched by any in the county. His No. 5 golfer, Jordan Bobb, went lower than anybody in the county with a 33. His No. 3, Noah Moss, signed for a 1-over-par effort. Michael Gilman, who precedes Bobb on the depth chart, tied Scilaris at 2-over. Josh Jacobs, slotted at No. 2, came in at 3-over. And the final starter, Justin New, finished with a 40, which still ranked individually in the top 25 in the county and his score wasn’t even kept. “We just all stepped up to the plate,” Gilman said. “We kind of just came out and stayed positive and played

well. I thought [Bobb] would shoot low. He has the potential to shoot very low. We’re very deep. We’re a very solid five-, six-man team.” “It’s a great feeling to have,” Bobb added. “It kind of takes the pressure off of you because you know if you make a mistake you got all these guys behind you.” All this, and every single person interviewed on the Wildcats said that they can go even lower. To put that in perspective, if Walter Johnson were to match that pace at the state tournament, the Wildcats would shoot a 572, 30 strokes better than Wootton’s state title-winning effort last year and

a 24-stroke improvement from Whitman’s record of 596. “It was very easy to find three strokes where we could have shot under 180,” Payne said. So where exactly? According to Payne, one player made a bogey on a par-5 after hitting it in a hazard, another three-putted the ninth green and one made a double-bogey in 54 combined holes of recorded scores. But still, “I think we can go lower,” Scilaris said. “We had some mistakes we could shave off so we could go below 180.”

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Wheaton in search of signature win Youthful coach leads Sherwood Knights’ two wins in 2012 were more than the previous three seasons combined n

First-year girls’ soccer coach is fresh off NCAA Division I career



A year ago, the Wheaton High School girls’ soccer team was desperate for a win — any triumph — after three consecutive seasons without a single victory. The Knights are not willing to settle in 2013, third-year coach Jeremy Gelling said. Last fall’s two-win campaign was a milestone for the program, but with seven returning starters expectations are high this year for the first time in a long time. The season got off to a good start with Friday’s 2-1 victory over Class 4A John F. Kennedy. “Once you know what it’s like to win, you want to do it more,” senior midfielder/forward Brenda Flores said. “It was definitely a huge accomplishment for all of us because at the beginning [of our tenures] we’d lost all of our games. But now [two wins] isn’t enough for us. We’re definitely more focused and more positive and we have a better understanding of the game.” It’s likely the Knights will continue to be overlooked — Flores admitted that Wheaton sports in general have a poor reputation. But that provides additional motivation, she said. “We have to try and overcome [that bad reputation] every time we step on the field, we have to show that we don’t suck,” Flores said. “We don’t suck, we have potential and we have to prove everyone wrong.” The next step for Wheaton will be pulling off a signature win. In the meantime, Gelling said he is fine with continuing to play the underdog. The Knights will sneak up on teams that underestimate them, he said. There are two main reasons for this new air of confidence around Wheaton soccer: The return of a large core of players who



Wheaton High School’s Brenda Flores (right) moves the ball against a teammate on Monday during practice at Loiderman Middle School in Silver Spring. have competed together for two to three years and an influx of young and talented year-round soccer athletes to support them. Gelling and Flores agreed there are more clubsoccerplayersontheKnights’ 2013 squad than in recent history. “We’re more comfortable on the field this year,” Flores said. “Once you play with certain people you know what they can do and what they can’t do and you’re comfortable.” At the center of Wheaton’s varsity experienced core are Flores, who scored three goals last fall, classmate Meghan Culkin, junior Josselyn Flores (three goals) and sophomore and returning leading scorer Nadja Amaguana (five). As the Knights’ central midfielder and a talented playmaker from all areas of the field, Gelling said, Amaguana is likely to be at

the start of many Wheaton scoring runs. Brenda Flores provides much speed on the flanks and can drop back to help on defense and Josselyn Flores is a hustler who plays much bigger than her small stature, Gelling said. Amaguana scored both of Wheaton’s goals Friday, the first on a penalty and the second off a corner kick from Culkin. Culkin missed the majority of last season with a dislocated knee, but Gelling said he expects her to have an impact this fall. Another sign the Wheaton program is on the rise is increased participation numbers. Gelling said all his jerseys are occupied this fall for the first time in a while — 45 players between varsity and junior varsity. Five years ago there were only eight players on the junior varsity team. The growing number of players coming in

with soccer experience also allows Gelling to keep some players back on junior varsity for development whereas in the past he kept most people with any sort of athleticism on varsity, he said. Two wins in a season might not seem like a big deal for the average Montgomery County high school girls’ soccer team, but last fall’s two-win campaign marked a huge step forward for Wheaton soccer after three straight winless seasons. The Knights don’t intend to stall in 2013. “There are a few teams out there that will be really surprised if we beat them and I think there are a couple teams we can do that to,” Gelling said. “If we can get on a roll early and get some confidence, I think 6-6 is something we’d really like to be.”

The Sherwood High School girls’ soccer team’s penalty-kick loss to six-time state champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the Warriors’ first state semifinal appearance last fall was all too familiar for current first-year varsitycoachDanielleRosanova. Just eight years earlier, in 2004, she was a junior on Howard County’s Centennial High team that the Barons brushed aside en route to championship No. 2. “It was just as crushing as a coach,” said Rosanova, who was Sherwood’s junior varsity coach a year ago. “Watching [the girls] cryonthefield,Ihadtears[when we lost in high school].” Rosanova said high school, everything she went through on and off the pitch, is still fresh in her mind. The former NCAA Division I soccer player’s ability to relate to Sherwood’s studentathleteswasamajorsellingpoint when former four-year coach John Vukovich stepped down in July, said the school’s athletic director, Kathy Green. Recently acquired jobs as a department head and athletic director at nearby Farquhar Middle School made it impossible for Vukovich to give the Warriors as much attention as he’d like, he said. In addition to Rosanova’s relatability, Green said she was impressed with her overall knowledge of women’s soccer — Rosanova played for two years at Monmouth (N.J.) University before finishing her collegiate career at Towson. Familiarity with the college search process she just recently went through and connection to the Sherwood program after a year with the junior varsity squad

were added bonuses. Those factors certainly eased the mind of the returning players, Warriors senior Kelly Flammand said. The defensive player said she was admittedly worried when Vukovich’s resignation was announced in July. The team felt close to him — he was there for their entire high school tenures — and he had taken the program somewhere it had never been before. But Rosanova’shiringshortlythereafter eased Flammand’s nerves, she said. Rosanova has made a concerted effort to get to know each of her players individually so she can be in tune with their needs, something Flammand said she and her teammates appreciate. “I think [Rosanova] is going to be great for us,” Flammand said. “She knows us from last year, she is young and she is a girl, she’s been through all this stuff recently. She knows what we are going through in high school. If anyone feels like they need to, we know we can talk to her. Her high school team was good, she played in college so maybe, some of us want to play in college, she will know how to help us out and she knows the game really well.” Primarily a midfielder and defensive player in high school and college, Rosanova’s style revolves around a strong defense and midfield, she said. Fittingly, those are areas where Sherwood has historically shined — another reason Green said she felt good hiring Rosanova. With many new faces, Sherwood is still finding its identity early. The Warriors enter the 2013 season without several players who were key in the program’s recent rise, most notably four-yearstartingmidfielderand University of Maryland, College Park recruit Hope Gouterman. But Rosanova and Flammand agreed the Warriors have the potential to build on last year’s success this fall.

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It was a simple meal — roast chicken, rice and a salad — but the women who prepared it made it special with the addition of their own garden-grown herbs and vegetables. The chicken became roast chicken with rosemary, the rice was enhanced with herbs and vegetables, and the lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers for the salad were all freshly picked. The dinner, held Aug. 21, was a celebration of the Garden of Hope planted at Betty’s House, a transitional home run by the National Center for Children and Families for women who are survivors of domestic violence and their children. The garden was the idea of Christina Esposito, 16, a senior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. “This is part of my Girl Scout Gold Award project,” Esposito

said. “I wanted to do something local and I came up with the idea to plant a garden somewhere where they didn’t have the opportunity to have one.” The Gold Award for Girl Scouts is the equivalent of the Eagle Scout award for Boy Scouts, said Esposito, who is a member of Troop 5994 in Bethesda. The final project needs be one that requires at least 80 hours of work and is sustainable. “In a month or so, when it gets colder, I’ll come back and put the garden to bed for the winter,” she said. “I have a binder of notes telling [the residents] how to restart it in the spring.” After securing permission from the national center to work at Betty’s House, Esposito was invited to a house meeting to share her plan with the home’s four residents. “I was excited,” said Hadja, one of the residents who did not share her last name to protect her identity. “At home [in Guinea] we eat from our own garden. We don’t go to the market.”

Esposito said it took a lot of people to get the garden going. Her neighbor Kate Kern, a master gardener, helped her with the plan and American Plant in Bethesda, where she works as a part-time cashier, donated soil and the vegetable plants. Irwin Stone donated the stepping stones and Esposito got a free compost bin from Montgomery County. The small plot, in the southwest corner of the yard where the sun shines most of the day, is filled with tomato plants, sweet and jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, green beans, carrots, parsley, parcel — also known as leaf celery — and rosemary. It represents almost 80 hours of work, Esposito said, and more if the hours of help she received from Betty’s House residents are added. “We worked together,” Hadja said. “I was really happy and the kids are very excited about the garden.” Hadja said she was especially excited about the rosemary, an herb she never knew about before Esposito added it

to the garden. “We don’t have rosemary” in Guinea, she said. “Now I use it when I cook soup or vegetables. I love the smell of it.” One unexpected bonus from the garden project for Esposito was learning about the women and their lives, she said. “I felt very sheltered” prior to this, she said. “Working with [the national center] and Betty’s House was very interesting. I was exposed to different cultures and the women.” Myrna Moses, director of transitional housing services for the national center, said she thought the Garden of Hope was a great idea. “It does a lot for the women and extends our resources because [the women] are able to grow herbs and vegetables to use at the house,” Moses said. She was at the celebratory dinner and said it was excellent. “It was much better than I expected because they really wanted to showcase what they grew,” Moses said.


Christina Esposito (left), 16, a senior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, and Hadja, a resident of Betty’s House, tie up a cucumber plant in the vegetable and herb garden created by Esposito for families staying at the transitional home for survivors of domestic abuse.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Gaithersburg students relive history in March on Washington Fourteen fourth- and fifthgraders from Gaithersburg Elementary School were among a group of Gaithersburg residents who attended the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28. “They really were taken by the people who were there 50 years ago for the original march,” Principal Stephanie Brant said. “They were able to see themselves as making history and said they will be back for the 100th anniversary.” The students, along with four high school students, were invited to this year’s gathering, called the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice, by members of the Beloved Community Initiative at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. The Beloved Community concept was a dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., said Hal Garman, volunteer coordinator of the community at Asbury. It is a vision of a better society, a world where there is justice, equality, affirmation and acceptance of all people, Garman said. Members of the Asbury group mentor students from Gaithersburg Elementary, so including them on the trip to the march was a natural extension of their work. “This was a good thing to do because it has educational value for the kids,” Garman said. “Three presidents speak-

Volunteers are needed to help with cleanup after the Sept. 28 Park after Dark benefit for the C&O Canal National Historic Park at Great Falls Tavern in Potomac. Cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29. Volunteers will help get the tavern grounds back to their pre-celebration condition. Student volunteers can earn service learning hours. Registration: canaltrust. org/volunteer under “Register Today for Upcoming Events.” Great Falls Tavern is at 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac.

Dancers, children’s games and language labs, an awards ceremony for race winners and a silent auction to benefit the school’s sports facilities. Cost for early registration, before Sunday, is $30 for the 5K race and $20 for the Fun Run; race-day registration costs $38 and $25, respectively. All entrants will receive performance shirts. To register or for more information visit www.dswashington. org/run or call 301-767-3810. German School Washington, D.C., is a coed private school with more than 500 students from 20 nationalities in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. An additional 500 adults and children are enrolled in the affiliated German Language School courses. Satellite parking and shuttle buses will be available at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 9200 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac;

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Students interested in applying for the program may see their school counselor or contact Karen Crawford, Montgomery County page coordinator, at 301-444-8620.

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These fourth- and fifth-graders from Gaithersburg Elementary School and their chaperones attended the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28. ing at the Lincoln Memorial [was] a very powerful moment in the history of our country and in the lives of the kids.” Brant said that when her students learned that no president had been at the original March on Washington they wondered why and it opened up a great opportunity to talk about changes in the last 50 years. “It was fabulous,” she said. “They are still talking about it.” Garman agreed. “Even though it was crowded, even though we had to wait in line to get on the [National] Mall, even though it rained a little, [the students] were great,” he said.

Seniors are invited to apply to page program High school seniors who are at least 16 years old and

legal residents of Maryland are eligible to apply for the Student Page Program at the State House in Annapolis. Those selected can get a first-hand look at the state legislative process while serving in the Senate and House of Delegates. Each year, 105 pages and 36 alternates are selected from the state’s public and private schools. Pages serve two nonconsecutive weeks during the 13-week session, which runs from the second week of January through early April. Duties include keeping lawmakers’ bill books up to date, distributing materials and messages to members, running errands, answering the phone and assisting visitors. Each page receives a stipend of $55 per day to cover expenses, but lodging and meals must be paid by the page. Housing, at $25 per night, is arranged by the page office.

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St. Raphael students hold food drive St. Raphael School and Nursery School in Rockville are con-

ducting a food and supplies drive Monday and Tuesday to benefit Stepping Stones Shelter, a local organization that helps homeless families with children. Students are invited to bring in donations from the shelter’s current urgent-needs list, which includes personal care items, household supplies and food donations. Residents who would like to participate can drop off donations at the school, which is at 1513 Dunster Road, Rockville. The phone number is 301-762-2143. The drive is part of Day to Serve, a collaborative interdenominational effort to help those in need in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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HEALTH CALENDAR ONGOING New Mothers Postpartum Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m.

Cole Eileen and Ben Cole celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 10, 2013, with a dinner dance hosted by their three daughters at the Inn at Brookeville Farms. Along with the Coles, four other members of the original wedding party who attended the dinner were: Ms. Doris Mainville, maid of honor; Dr. Conrad Cole, best man; Mr. Jack Carroll and Ms. Nancy Elu. The couple met in seventh grade in Clearwater, Fla. They were married after college on Aug. 10, 1963, at St. Cecelia’s Roman Catholic Church in Clearwater, Fla. Dr. Ben Cole is a retired mathematician, and Eileen Cole is a retired librarian. The Coles have three daughters: Katherine Douglas of Bryn Mawr, Pa., Cheryl Holland of Kensington and Angela Cole of Rockville. Also in the family are two sons-in-law, John Douglas and Michael Holland, and five grandchildren: Alice and Sarah Douglas, and Colben, Ryan and Caitlyn Holland. As a special feature of the evening, Alice presented a slideshow set to music of the couple from their childhood to the present day. The Coles have lived in Maryland for 44 years and in the Ednor area of Ashton/Silver Spring for more than 37 of those years.

Mondays at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Ever wonder if you are the only one feeling stressed and alone now that a baby has joined your family? Wasn’t it supposed to be easier? If you are finding yourself feeling sad, anxious, angry or irritable, group support can help. Group led by two therapists who specialize in the postpartum period. Babies are welcome. Free; registration required. 301-774-8881, www. Senior Fit, meets from 9-9:45 a.m. once a week at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Free 45-minute exercise program designed for seniors age 55 and older. Senior Fit focuses on increasing strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance. Exercise is an important factor in preventing falls, managing chronic illnesses and improving quality

Offutt It is with great admiration and love that the family and friends of Bill and Eda Offutt honor them on their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 5, 1953, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda. They both grew up in Bethesda-Chevy Chase and graduated from the University of Maryland. Bill taught for Montgomery County Public Schools for 34 years. After retiring, he wrote the 780-page book “Bethesda: A Social History,” which has led to him giving hundreds of talks around Montgomery County about various aspects of its history. Eda Offutt has volunteered for the last 28 years at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Bill and Eda Offutt will celebrate this wonderful milestone at their Bethesda home of 56 years with their three children: Bill and wife Nancy Reagin, Kate and husband Mike Morton and Caroline and husband Andy Gallagher, and their grandchildren: Mary and Seth Offutt-Reagin and Kathleen (deceased), and Shannon and Willow Gallagher.

Chabad Lubavitch of Upper Montgomery County will offer

the following Yom Kippur services at its synagogue, 11520 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg: 6:45 p.m. Sept. 13, Kol Nidrei; 9 a.m. Shabbat Sept. 14, Shacharit; noon Sept. 14, Yizkor; 5:15 p.m. Sept. 14, Mincha/Neilah; 7:58 p.m. Sept. 14, Fast ends; breakfast following services. Street, will welcome Lauran Bethell, a global consultant helping to combat human trafficking, at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sept. 22. 301-585-5454,

Jamie and Karen Mills of Silver Spring announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Michelle Mills, to Joseph Armenti, son of Wayne and Lucretia Armenti of Montville, N.J. Erin is a 2005 graduate of Paint Branch High School, received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Muhlenberg College in 2009 and her master’s degree in human genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012. She is presently working as a certified genetic counselor for Reprogenetics in Livingston, N.J. Joe received his bachelor’s degree in political science and English from Muhlenberg College in 2010 and is presently a third-year law student in New Jersey. A summer of 2014 wedding is planned.




Daniel and Nancy Wilkison of Clarksburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 31, 2013, at a dinner hosted by their children. The couple was married on Aug. 31, 1963, in St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Hollidaysburg, Pa. Daniel Wilkison is employed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg. Nancy Wilkison is semiretired, working part-time for Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville. The Wilkisons have been residents of Clarksburg since 1974. They have three children, Paula Wilkison of Germantown, Lori Wilkison of Manchester, and Mark Wilkison and wife, Malissa, of Frederick. They have three grandchildren, Alex and Michael Spinnichio, and Olivia Wilkison.

second Wednesdays, 18169 Town Center Drive, Olney. Join Andrea Ciccone Troutner, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator during a supermarket stop-and-shop tour for all your nutrition and wellness needs. You’ll be able to identify the right healthy foods for you and your family. Free; registration required. 301-774-8727.

Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church

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

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old

Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a

schedule of events, visit www. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Childcare is provided. This year’s theme, “A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story,” focuses on remembering that beauty can come out of chaos and that your past, present and future can be used for good with God’s love. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email mops@ Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with Children’s Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and adult’s Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit

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2.5Ba fpl, deck, wlk SILVER SPRING: out bsmt wlk to Twn Btful SFH. All brick, cnter nr 270/Bus HOC 4BR, 3BA, 2KIT, $1795. 240-383-1000 snrm,lv rm,dn rm, fr pl, 1 apt in bsmnt.. Plnty GERM: SFH 4Br/2Ba space. $2795/m 301fin bsmt, h/w floors, 793-6520 fenced yard, fireplace. Near 270. $2450. 301-442-5444 4BR, GERM/TH: 2.5BA, wew carpet, paint, deck. Ready to Move In. $1750/mo + utils HOC Welcome 301-972-1788 lv msg


Br, fireplace, beautiful setting, needs work, $1495/mo, good credit Call: 410-997-9045

I Buy Houses CASH! Quick Sale Fair Price 703-940-5530


3br 2.5ba, TH fen yd w/d , AC, renov, $1475+utils nr sch. 301-279-9328 or 206-992-5206

OLNEY: 4br, 2.5ba, 3 finished floors,NP, pool/tennis ct, w/d. $1875/mo + utils. Avl 09/01. 301-774-2913 OLNEY: TH, 3Br, 2.5

Ba, fin bsmt, grg, deck, pool/tennis, great nbhd, NP/NS, avl 09/01, $1950 + util Call: 301-938-4587



2Bdrm/2Ba minutes to Ft. Meade/NSA 301922-4996

BOYDS/NR Rt # 118 bsmt Apt in SFH 2BR’s, foyer, bath, all appl, kitchen, pvt ent Male/Female. $1500 inc util 240-899-1694 CHEVY


1BD, 1BA at Riviera. Indoor parking and util included. $1650. Near metro. 301-529-1226


Apt. $1250 incl util, CATV, Free Parking Avail now. NS/NP CALL: 301-424-9205


L e a s e / R e n t Please call 301-9773440.

BETH: beautiful 1400 sqft,3br,2fba/den/offic $2200+elec 301-4523636 bethesdagirl@ nr Mont Mall DAMASCUS 2 BR, 1BA W/D, A/C,Dogs ok, /S $1250/mo, + util avail 10/1, 301-693-0005



3BR Mountain view, fp w o o d flrs, w/d, min to 70 & 270, pets poss, $1,500 + util. Patrick 240-409-9410 owner/agent

2Br, 1Ba, patio, fpl, fully renov nr bus/shops, $1300/mo + util 240-508-3497


3Br, 1.5Ba, deck, renov nr bus/shops, $1450/mo + util Call: 240-508-3497

GAITHER: 1Br & Ba,



Contact Ashby

G E R M : 1 Lrg Br in

renovated, nr bus, stores etc, $1200/mo inc util, Avl now Call 301-926-0163

Lg Bsmt w/BA, $650 utils incld, nr bus/ shops. Cell 240-8484483 or 301-977-6069



3Br, + den, 2 Ba, renovated, Sec 8 welcome, $1800/mo inc util Call: 410-800-5005 GERM: 2BR/2FB, W/D Newly renovated, near 270/Middle Brook Inter sect. $1400/mo HOC OK 301-455-8440

GERM: Lux 2BR, 2.5

BA Split lvl w/FP, hwd flrs, balc, w/d, nr Bus $1375. Avail Immed. Call 240-350-5392

BELTSVILLE: 1Br shared Ba w/ a male $400 +util in SFH quiet neighborhod. Avail Now. 301-538-8575 GAITH: basment apt.

Lrg Rm in SFH, Pool, full privlgs, Vegetarian, NS. $600 + 1/4 elec Call: 301-482-1425


lux apt 1BR, nr bus/shop/lib, pool, fit rm, $585 utils incl, dep 240-477-0622


Rm For Rent, Prvt Ent/ Kit/Ba. $490 utils incld, Ns/Np, Convenient Loc. 301-254-8784


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

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

Bsmt w/priv Ba, NS/NP, priv parking, nr Bus, Female, 650 + uti, 240-401-3522

Male/Female Rm with pvt ba & INT $600 util inc+1mo Sec Dep Aval Immed. 301-916-6163

GERM: Male only 2 BRs $400 each + utils in TH NS/ND. Near bus & shops. Sec Dep Req. 240-476-6224 GERM: Room in TH.

RIVERDALE: Furn 1Br, share Ba in 2br Apt $500/mo internet nr Metro, Bus, Shopping Ctr 301-254-2965 ROCKVILLE:

Bsmt w/2BR, 1BA, Prvt Entr patio $1200 incl utils, cbl 301-2319390 / 240-644-2221


furn bsmt rm with priv entr, single person, shr kit/Ba, $700/mo inc util Call: 240-432-4751

Partial furnished. Near ROCKVILLE: RM for shops,bus& 270. $500 rent, $500. 1 mo deincl util, catv. NS/NP posit, shr utils. N/S. 301-760-7474 Close to White Flint Metro. 301-881-8474 LAUREL: 1 BR basement in TH, prvt bath, SILVER SPRING: share kit $650/month 1BD in nice TH. Off utils incl. Close to 95 Rt 29 near public 202-903-6599 transp. NP/NS. $600 MONT.VILL.: 1BR in incl util. 301-793-4665 SFH unfurn. $650 util,cable, int, laundry, shr SILVER SPRING: BA & Kit incl. NS/N- Room for $465/mo, shared kit Ba, W/D, P. 301-646-7691 CABTV & Util, Please MONT VILLAGE: CALL: 301-404-2681 Bsmt w/2 Br, priv kit, Ba & entr, LR, SS: SFH Furnish BR $1k/mo + 1/3 util, pvt Ba, Female Only C A T V / i n t . 2 4 0 - 6 4 3 - uti incl $675 +Sec Dep 2343 or 301-222-7327 nr RIDE ON, Wheaton Metro 301-681-7848

Pvt entr, pvt kit & BA, $900/mo inclds util & GAITH/MONT VILL. FIOS. Storage. 301- Room for Rent 370-7508 Avail 8/1 $500/month Avail GAITHERSBURG: Imm. Ns/Np Near Bus 1Br, 1Ba, Shr Kit, Shops 240-426-5651 cable/int, N/S N/P, NORTH POTOMAC: $550/month includes G A I T H / M U D D Y Cheery basement B R A N C H : utils 240-643-4122 furn/unfurn w/full Ba & 1Bedroom, shr Ba/Kit Br, $975/mo inc util new carpet, NS/NP, Call: 301-529-8632 to advertise $475/month +utils Call: 240-271-6776 OLNEY: G R E A T call DEAL!! Br, shr Ba, 301.670.7100 GAITH: Rm w/pvt BA beautiful EU TH, or email in SFH $550 Plus Utils female only $675/mnth 1st and Last Month in w/util, int, cable TV, Advance Deposit Req. NP/NS Sec. Dep. 301774-4654 Call 240-606-7259


for rent. $650 Incl Wifi/parking N/s, N/p. Nr Bus & Metro 301221-7348


BR, Female, 5min to Metro On Veirs Mill Rd $650 uti incl. NS/NP Call: 240-447-6476

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Treasure Hunt! Metro DC’s Largest Antique Event! Dulles ExpoChantilly, VA 4320 Chantilly Shop Ctr, 20151 Adm $8 Sat 9-6 Sun 11-5 www.damorepromotio

WANTED TO PUR- POTOMAC YARD CHASE Antiques & SALE: Bedding, toys, Fine Art, 1 item Or Entire Estate Or Collection, Gold, Silver, Coins, Jewelry, Toys, Oriental Glass, China, Lamps, Books, Textiles, Paintings, Prints almost anything old Evergreen Auctions 973-818-1100. Email evergreenauction@hot

books, clothes, home decor, electronics & more. Good condition! 9/13-14. 10-3pm. 9704 Kentsdale Dr,


Multi-Family Sat 9/14 9-2 (Rain Date 9/21) Furn, Antiques (inc. children’s), toys, HH items, clothes, books much more! 203 - 208 E. Indian Spring Dr, 20901.No ’early birds.’


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



µ Includes Delivery µ Stacking Extra Charge Ask for Jose 301-417-0753 301-370-7008

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Moving Sale Upscale Items! Entire content of house must go Call 301-977-4123 by appt. only



Furniture, (full house furnishings), lawn furn accessorie and more! To set appt please contact: 301-520-8099

Perfect cond, beige/cloth, brass legs, 7ftx10" in length Calll: 301-530-5113

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email

Zayo Group, LLC has submitted an application for a nonexclusive franchise in Montgomery County, Maryland to attach, install, operate, construct and maintain telecommunications facilities within the Public Rights-of-Way throughout the County for the purpose of operating its telecommunications system. Call: 262-993-0460


FOR SALE SENIOR m o v e mgmt, estate sales HOPING TO ADOPT a n d downsizing business A loving married couw/exclusive territory in ple longs to adopt PG County. Contact newborn. We promise a lifetime of unconditional love, opportunior (301)760 4024. ties and security. Expenses Paid. Please EARN $500 Acall Tricia & Don anyDAY: Insurance time at1-800-348-1748 Agents Needed;

Leads, No Cold Calls; Commissions Paid Daily; Lifetime Renewals; Complete Training; Health/Dental Insurance: Life License Required. Call 1-888713-6020.

Consignors Wanted


Garage Sale Sat 9/14, MULTI FAMILY 8a-2p 13218 Dutrow YARD SALE: 9/14 Dr. HH items, furni- 8a-2p, Tools, HH ture, kids 0-12yrs, Items, Kids Clothes, adult clothes & more! Furn, & Toys, 9984 Lake Landing Rd, DAMASCUS: Mont Village, 20886 Multi Family Yard Sale, September 14, COM10a-2p 9825 Moyer PARKSIDE MUNITY MULTIRoad Damascus MD


items Comps/Electronics,CDs/DVDs, lots more! Sat-Sun 9-2, 15309 Turkey F o o t Rd


Sat 9/14 8a-4p. Several homes with LOTS of "stuff" to sell!! Entrance is located at Windsong Ln and Clarksburg Rd.

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

hskpr & driver for Pastor’s wife. Poss live in Call once lve msg loudly 301-871-6565


(9-4, 9-11, 9-18-13) JOB SEARCH AND CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE with a Princeton and Yale-educated professional. Twenty-five years’ experience in Montgomery County and the Washington Metropolitan Area helping individuals to make rewarding career moves. Whether you are the managing director of a prestigious law firm seeking to develop a second career or a high school student in search of his or her first job, I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you. Very reasonable rates. Located at the juncture of Seven Locks Road and Tuckerman Lane in Potomac, MD. Please call any day of the week between 2 and 8pm to discuss your situation in complete confidence – accompanied by a resume if you have one. Thank You!

to advertise call AIRLINE CAREERS begin here - Get FAA 301.670.7100 approved Aviation or email Maintenance training. Housing and Financial

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Aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 800-4818974.


NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting of the Country Road Townhouse Condominium held June 12, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. has been rescheduled FOSTER PARENTS for September 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the NEEDED We are 16 Chestnut St Damascus Library. The meeting is re- looking for foster Gaithersburg, MD 20877 scheduled pursuant to Section 6-506 of the homes in PG County MontCorporations and Associations Article of and (use Chestnut or Dalmar entrances) Maryland Code, because of a lack of a quo- gomery County. If you Fri. 09/20 9a-7p, Sat 09/21 9a-5p have room in your Sun 09/22 10a-4p Many Items 50% Off, rum on June 12, 2013. Those present in home and heart for a person or by proxy will constitute a quorum child please contact us Mon 09/23 9a-10a (Dollar Dash) and a majority of those present in person or about Additional sales floor space has been added! taking the by proxy may approve, authorize, or take classes we offer for More room = more items! any action which could have been taken at free at our Takoma FREE ADMISSION! the original meeting if a sufficient number Park Location. Please join us and make a difBaby To Teen: Toys, Clothes, of members had been present. ference in a childs life. (9-11-13) Books, Baby Equipment & More!!!! CareRiteTFC 410-

400 + FAMILIES CHILDRENS SALE! Montgomery Fairgrounds

SPECIAL TRAINING GRANT is now available in your area. Grant covers Computer, Medical or Microsoft training. Call CTI for program details. 1888-407-7173.



Any objection to the proposed granting of the franchise by the County must be filed, in writing, with the County Executive by the close of business on September 28, 2013 at the Executive Office Building, 2nd Floor, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Copies of the proposed franchise agreement are available at the Office of the County Attorney, 101 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor, Rockville, Maryland 20850. For further information, contact Mitchell Merryman at 303-854-5271.




S i l v e r Spring Wheaton Area Contents of entire h o m e of a 90+ resident; treasures from past and present including b o o k s, vintage dolls, costume jewelry, Xmas, furniture, housewares and much more. Sale runs Sept 13-15th, 10am-4pm. 12508 Arbor View Terrace

leaf, 6 chairs, two piece cabinet with lights. Excellent condition, $800 or best offer Mt. Airy 301.607.9034

become a Medical Office Assistant. No Experience Needed! Career Training & Job Placement Assistance at CTI! HS Diploma/GED & Computer needed. 1-877649-2671


Zayo has proposed to pay Montgomery County’s reasonable expenses relating to the preparation, issuance, implementation and administration of this Agreement, not to exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) in the aggregate. Zayo has proposed to collect and remit to the County any applicable Users Tax that is collected HAVANESE PUPPIES Home raised, AKC, from subscribers. The proposed term of the franchise agreement best health guarantee is fifteen (15) years.

Sunday, Sept 15th,10:00 AM At Hunts Place



Proposed Award by Montgomery County, Maryland of Non-Exclusive Franchise to Zayo Group, LLC

$225/cord $150 per 1/2 cord

9/14. 8a-2p. Dir: 193, From Greenbelt R. MAINE COON KIT& From 450 L. TENS: CFA. Home Prospect Hill L. Glenn raised. Shots, M/F. Dale Rd. R. Harbor to $500. 610-869-9068 WP Dr.

19521 Woodfield Rd (Rte 124) DINING ROOM TAGaithersburg, MD 20879 W/CHINA Furniture-Collectables-LongB. Baskets BLE CABINET Light Oak,



822-5510 Amanda

ROMANIAN FOOD FESTIVAL SEP 2022, 2013 F a m i l y event, Romanian Food Festival, Sep 20-22, 2013, brought to you by Saint Andrew Romanian Orthodox Church. Location: 9111 River Road, Potomac, Md 20854. Traditional Romanian food including vegeterian, soft drinks, open bar, pop corn, delicious desserts. Kids’ activities; games, animals. Music and dance, falk and pop. Lots of fun! Fri. 4 pm- 9pm, Sat. and Sun. 10am-7pm, (301) 351-5286 Arthur C. Hamm (Art)

Daycare Directory September 4, 2013

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

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

µ Laborers that worked in heat treatment at Black & Decker in Hampstead, Maryland between 1971 and 1876 µ Tarpaper pullers that worked at Congoleum Cedar Hurst in Finksburg, Maryland between 1978 and 1979


DC BIG FLEA SEPT 14-15 An Amazing

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

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

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To Advertise Call 301.670.2641

If either of these apply to you, please call 888-900-7034

Careers 301-670-2500


PT (30hrs wk) Patient appts & medical billing, must be experienced with office work. Please contact:


with followings. Kohl’s Shopping Center in Aspen Hill, MD. Renters or Commission Call 301-871-8200

Bio-Technology Sales Engineer

Achieve sales goals for a defined territory thru development, maintenance, & enhancement of cust. accts. Develop & implement an effective territory busn. growth & plan. Manage relationships w/cust. Articulate complex busn & tech info to biomedical/engineering researchers. Utilize effective direct selling techniques & marketing strategies to expand prods & svc demands. Negotiate contracts w/guidance from mgrs. BA in Eng., Bio., Chem. or equiv. Exp in sales, inventory, purchasing, accounting & delivery of prods. Job Loc: Germantown, MD. Resumes to: Genewiz, Inc. Attn: E. Zhelezniak 115 Corporate Blvd South Plainfield, NJ 07080


Aggregate Industries, a leading supplier of quality construction building materials, has immediate openings for Class B Commercial Drivers in Rockville, MD. Qualified candidates will have a Class B Commercial Driver’s License, a clean driving record, the ability to work Mon-Fri with occasional Saturdays, and a strong work ethic.

Concrete Mixer Drivers

Primarily responsible for delivering concrete, conducting pre-trip/post-trip inspections, communicating truck/job status, maintaining the truck, and ensuring that all safety, compliance, environmental and DOT requirements are followed.

Water Truck Driver

Primarily responsible for loading and hauling water to appropriate areas to provide dust control and spraying material, performing pre-trip/post-trip inspections and adhering to all safety, compliance, environmental and DOT requirements. Apply online:, e-mail your resume to or fax: 301-513-0126 EEO/ADA/Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace.


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Become a Professional Chauffeur - We train! If you have a good driving record, know your way around and enjoy making people happy then we want to talk to you. Please join us Wednesday September 18th, 2013 from 11am to 5pm for our open house. 401K, benefits package, and bonuses provided! All applicants must be of the age of 25. RMA WORLDWIDE CHAUFFEURED TRANSPORTATION 11565 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852


Need to re-start your career?

Foster Parents

Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

Earn $300-$500/wk. M-F, No nights or wknds. Must have own car & valid. Drivers lic. Se Habla Espanol.

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

Merry Maids

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

Call 301-355-7205 MEDICAL



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

Planet Fitness in Gaithersburg is now hiring for a Certified Fitness Trainer. Send resume to Real Estate

Career Training

Silver Spring

Work with the BEST!

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

CNA’S/ACTIVITIES Coordinator Join a Winning Team!

(GNA & Med Tech a plu$) Asst. Living in a rural home enviroment, Brookeville, MD Must have own transp. Please send resume: or fax to: 301-570-1182


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

Must R.S.V.P.


Call Bill Hennessy

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



Exp./Compassionate caretaker needed for a vet clinic in Potomac. Good starting salary and benefits for the right person. Call Barbara at 301-983-8400 or email

VETERINARY RECEPTIONIST Seeking motivated, responsible person with positive phone personality. MUST have pleasant phone voice for 3 doctor hospital. Experience preferred. Apply at: Montgomery Village Animal Hospital; 19222 Montgomery Village Ave. or Fax resume to 301-926-6528.

Tax Preparers

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

Sports Coaches

PT Experienced Coaches wanted to teach young childrens skills in soccer, b-balll etc. Must have car and be available after 3pm. $25+ per hour. Call 240-401-4117


Geriatric Nursing Assistants (Rockville, MD)

Collingswood Nursing & Rehab Center in Rockville has immediate openings for experienced GNAs to fill full time and part time positions. Applicants must be willing to work every other weekend. Interested candidates are invited to come to our facility to complete the application process Monday thru Friday from 8am to 7pm. Our address is 299 Hurley Ave. Rockville, MD 20850. Insurance

Personal Lines Underwriter/CSR Rockville insurance company needs personal lines underwriter/CSR. Must be Md. licensed and have experience. Career opportunity with salary & benefits. Email resume to:

On Call Supervisor

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

Career Training Need to re-start your career?

Bus Driver Lycée Rochambeau, French International School is accepting applications for school bus drivers. Must have 5 yrs of exp driving school bus. For detail job description and to apply go to


Laytonsville Veterinary Practice has opportunities for full time experienced veterinary technicians. Busy multi doctor practice. Generous wages, health benefits and retirement available. Send resume to

Have a passion for interior decorating? 40 year old company hiring for a fun and lively decorating studio. Training provided, either non-exp or exp and all backgrounds welcome. only 2 prerequisites: 1.Great Attitude 2. People person with fun personality please email resumes to

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

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

TRAVEL CONSULTANTS Sundance Vacations, a national travel co, in Washington DC is looking for enthusiastic team members. Earn $1000+ wkly. Health benefits, 401(k), paid vac and discount travel. No experience necesary. Will train. Evening and weekend hours. Call for an appt today: 1-877-808-1158


Congressional Country Club is accepting applications for a FT to assist with preventative and corrective maintenance of golf course equip. HS diploma, verifiable references and mechanical exp with small engine repair and/or turf equip preferred. Schedule is Mon-Fri w/alternating wkends. $18/hr. FT Benefits. No phone calls please. Apply in person wkdays 9am-2pm at 8910 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817 or email resume to EOE

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VET TECH Experience preferred, but will train the right person. Call 301-299-0880; ask for Jean or Niki or fax resume to 301-983-6168 Part-Time

Work From Home

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

Call 301-333-1900

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