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Thousands of federal jobs and employees call Montgomery County home, but many were not working Tuesday after Congress’ inability to compromise on the federal budget, shutting down most government operations. Exactly how many Montgomery County residents were forced to stay home was unclear, but most agencies in
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n High-speed Internet access is available to more than nine of every 10 households in the county, making it one of the nation’s most connected communities. A-15
Lawmakers and government groups are resuming a ﬁght with media representatives over a requirement to buy newspaper advertisements. Known as “legal notices,” the ads are mandatory an-
nouncements of certain government proceedings, such as public hearings and zoning requests. They are a revenue source for newspapers and a longstanding way to inform the public. The main questions: Are these ads the best way to publicize government workings?
Should government bodies be forced to buy the ads? The Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Association of Counties argue that the current legal-ad system is inefficient and wasteful; government bodies have better, cheaper ways to reach constituents. But the Maryland-DelawareD.C. Press Association, a media
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the county were slashing operations and mandating that most employees stay home. Employees who are furloughed are required to not work and will not receive pay. Montgomery is also home to many companies that contract with the government. Those companies could see employees furloughed and delays in contract bids and awards. Eighteen federal agencies and installations are in the county, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the National Institute of
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County Public Schools’ 2013 SAT results showed movement in both African-American and Hispanic students’ scores — but in different directions. African-American students’ average combined score rose to 1397 this year — eight points above last year’s score. From 2011 to 2012, African-American students’ average score increased seven points. Hispanic students’ aver-
age combined score, however, fell 32 points this year after a six-point increase from 2011 to 2012. Both student groups scored significantly higher than their state and national peers this year. The county school system’s overall average combined score fell three points — from 1651 in 2012 to 1648 this year — but was still 11 points above the 2011 score. The SAT serves as a college placement exam and has a maximum score of 2400 across three areas: critical reading, mathematics and writing. African-American students’ scores improved in all
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First bell would ring at 8:15 a.m.
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
High school students in Montgomery County Public Schools may be one step closer to getting more time to sleep before they wake up for school. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr announced Tuesday his recommendation to move the start time for the school system’s high schools back 50 minutes, from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Starr is also recommending adding
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30 minutes to the elementary school day to match the length of the high school and middle school days, and moving middle schools’ start time 10 minutes earlier to 7:45 a.m. Start and end times would not change until the 2015-16 school year at the earliest, Starr said. Starr said at a press conference Tuesday that the school system will study the feasibility and practicality of his recommendation, partially through engaging students, families, staff and the community and partially through estimating costs. “We’ve heard from some but not all of our community,” he said.
He said there’s “a clear link” between sleep and students’ health and well-being, an area of focus for the school system. “Anything we can do to promote the well-being and health of our kids, we will try to do,” he said. In a news release from the school system, Starr called sleep deprivation among adolescents “a public health and safety issue.” After studying the issue for 10 months starting in January, the 2013 Bell Times Work Group developed a report including different options
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MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2 The History of Turkish Cuisine and the Sultan’s Kitchen, noon-1 p.m., Sandy Spring Mu-
seum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Free. 301-774-0022. Bloody Orators Toastmasters Club, 6-7 p.m., American Red Cross-Jerome H. Holland Laboratory, 15601 Crabbs Branch Way, Derwood. Develop public speaking and leadership skills in a positive, friendly environment. Free to guests. contact-614319@toastmastersclubs. org.
THURSDAY, OCT. 3 Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-7 p.m., Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St. Damascus. Free. 800-733-2767. Fables and Tables, 5:30-8 p.m., Smokey Glen Farm, 16407 Rifﬂe Ford Road, Gaithersburg. An evening of community caring and companionship by sharing a humble meal of soup and bread. $40 in advance. 301-315-1101. Toastmasters in Potomac, 6:45-8:30 p.m., Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolder Drive, Potomac. Gain conﬁdence in public speaking. Free. email@example.com. Norbeck Toastmasters, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Sandy Spring Bank, 17801 Georgia Ave., Olney. For those interested in becoming a more effective communicator. 301-570-8318.
FRIDAY, OCT. 4 Meet the Author book signing and presentation, 7-9 p.m., Potomac Presbyterian Church,
10301 River Road, Potomac. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. (retired) Terry McKnight will discuss and sign his book “Pirate Alley,” about ﬁghting Somali pirates. $10 suggested donation. 301527-1235. Meaningful Movies Olney, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Bufﬁngton/REMAX Building Community Room, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. The documentary “Harvest of Empire” reveals
the direct connection between U.S. intervention in Latin America and immigration. Free. 301-570-0923. Red Molly, 8 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Ger-
mantown. Trio of Americana and folk music. $25. firstname.lastname@example.org. The Nerd by Rockville Little Theater, 8 p.m., F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, also 8 p.m. Oct. 5 and 2 p.m. Oct. 6. $16 for students and seniors, $18 for other adults. 240-314-8690.
SATURDAY, OCT. 5 Scrapbooking and Stamping Yard Sale,
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Damascus. Beneﬁts the Damascus Y Women’s Relay for Life Team. Free admission. 240-388-3117. Flea market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., MARC Commuter Parking Lot, Route 118 and Bowman Mill Drive, Germantown. Sponsored by the Germantown Historical Society, The Menare Foundation and Boy Scout Troop 1325. Free admission. email@example.com. Walk for Food Allergy, 9 a.m., Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Funds food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. Free. Kristen.clemens@ gmail.com. Women’s Fellowship Kickoff, 9:30 a.m.noon, Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown. Fellowship, food and coffee featuring Charm City Limits, a country bluegrass duo. Free. Kimberlynugent@ hotmail.com. Down Syndrome Network Buddy Walk, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hadley’s Park, 12600 Falls Road, Potomac. A one-mile walk with games, moon bounces, arts and crafts and refreshments. $15 for adults, $5 for children. 301-502-2041. Antique and Collectible Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, same time Oct. 6. Many vendors with antiques for sale with free
verbal antique appraisals on Oct. 5. $6. 301649-1915. Wild Game Dinner, 4-8 p.m., Lois Green/ Sligo Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, 8721 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg. $15. 301-869-4943. Eddie from Ohio, 5 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. Has received WAMMIES for “Best Contemporary Folk Group” six times. $32. firstname.lastname@example.org. Sadie Hawkins Barn Dance, 7-11 p.m., Alﬁo’s Restaurant, 4515 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase. Transportation provided to Clarksburg for the Junior Women’s Club of Chevy Chase dance, which beneﬁts A Wider Circle. $25. 240223-7426. The Sunrise Quartet, 8-10 p.m., Latvian Lutheran Church, 400 Hurley Ave., Rockville. $20. email@example.com.
SUNDAY, OCT. 6 Prayers for the City, 7-8:30 p.m., Asbury Methodist Village, Roseborough Theater, 409 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. A celebration of religious diversity in greater Gaithersburg. Free. 301-948-0122, ext. 12.
MONDAY, OCT. 7 Pain Connection DMV Chronic Pain Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., 12320 Parklawn Drive,
Rockville. Laurel Rubinstein from Village Green Apothecary will speak on “Nutrition and Chronic Pain.” 301-309-2444.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9 History as Beer: Recreating Local Traditions, 6:30-8 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901
Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Learn the history of brewing in D.C. and how historical records can be used to recreate a delicious past. Ages 21 and up. $10. 301-774-0022.
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Germantown nonproﬁt builds better future for upcounty residents able to meet one-on-one with attendees. Brides-to-be can sample cuisine from local caterers and learn about the latest bridal fashions and wedding trends. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. The event at The Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road, is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $5 per person. For more information, call 301258-6425.
A Germantown nonproﬁt is helping volunteers give back to disabled and underprivileged upcounty residents.
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Breezy Acres Ministry recruited volunteers from churches, schools and community groups, including Christ Community Church of Germantown and Neelsville Presbyterian Church, for its third annual workcamp. The volunteers built a wheelchair ramp for Germantown resident Stephen Tinkleman, who suffered a traumatic brain injury last year and is partially paralyzed. Before the ramp was built, Tinkleman, 29, had to rely on his family to set up a temporary aluminum ramp each time he needed to leave the house, according to his mother, Suki Tinkleman. She told a social worker that she was worried Stephen couldn’t leave the house quickly enough if there was an emergency, and Breezy Acres answered their call for help. “This is a piece of cake,” Suki said of the new plywood ramp. “It’s changed our quality of life.” Earl Haag, who operates Breezy Acres Ministry in his spare time, started the organization in 2010. A second project for their workcamp, held in July, brought the volunteers to Brookeville group home Our House, where they gathered chicken eggs from the on-site farm and painted fences. Our House is a residential workforce training program for disadvantaged youth. Breezy Acres Ministry had 35 volunteers participate in its workcamp this year. Haag plans to hold another workcamp next summer.
Father Hurley Boulevard contractors are recognized The County Engineers Association of Maryland has awarded a Montgomery County ﬁrm for its work on Father Hurley Boulevard. Towson-based engineer Wallace Montgomery and Gaithersburg contractor Concrete General received awards for demonstrating cost effectiveness, innovative use of county resources and responsiveness to citizens’ needs. Their project, “Father Hurley Boulevard Extended,” was the winner in the Large Project Category and won the Project of the Year award for 2013.
Poolesville athletes raise funds for cancer awareness The Poolesville High School Girls Volleyball program is raising funds for breast cancer awareness. Their Dig Pink campaign is an initiative of the Side-Out Foundation, which awards grants to medical research organizations and entities that provide support to patients and families, with a focus on breast cancer. The volleyball team has raised about $900 on the way to their $5,000 goal. The team will raise funds at its Oct. 21 game at Poolesville High School, starting at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear pink.
Deer management begins in county parks Several Montgomery Parks will be closed intermittently starting Oct. 28 through February when the deer manAdvertisement
Animal league celebrates anniversary The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County will mark its eighth anniversary Sunday with an open house. The celebration will take place at the group’s cat shelter and adoption facility, 12 Park Ave., and run from 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments also will be served. For more information, call the events line at 301-740-2511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Volunteers from Breezy Acres Ministry helped build a wheelchair ramp for a Germantown resident. agement operations season begins. There is also a proposal to add Cabin John Regional Park to the program. Lottery-based and cooperative managed deer hunts, as well as park police-based sharpshooting, will take place in 27 parks in the Montgomery Parks system. For a complete schedule of park closure dates and times, visit ow.ly/phcUy All of the deer harvested from the program are transported to a processing facility and the meat donated to local food disbursement organizations. Last year, approximately 16,000 pounds of processed venison was donated to the National Capital Area Food Bank. For more details on the lotterybased programs are available at www. parksdeermanagement.org. Cabin John Regional Park has seen an explosion in deer recently -- a study indicated that 125 to 150 deer inhabit the 514 acres of parkland located within the boundary of Interstate 270, Democracy Boulevard and Seven Locks Road, which is three times the density recommended for the area. As a result, Montgomery Parks is proposed adding sections of Cabin John Regional Park to the program and is accepting public comment on the proposal through October 25. Comments must include a valid name and address, and will be posted online at www.parksdeermanagment. org for public review. Comments may also be submitted by email to MCP-deermanagement M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, Deer Management Initiatives, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown, MD 20876.
Talent search for MLK Day celebration Montgomery County is looking for talented county residents to perform at the county’s 20th anniversary and tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will be held on Jan. 20, 2014, at the music center at Strathmore in Bethesda. Performers of the spoken word, musical selections, creative dance, instrumental selections and skits are all welcome to try out at auditions, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the music building’s recital hall at
Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. To schedule an audition, email Rachel Reed at MLKcelebrationMC@ yahoo.com by Oct. 8. For more information, call Carmen Poston-Farmer at 240-567-5253 or Yvonne Stephens at 240-567-4203.
Hughes recognized for service, innovation Germantown-based satellite service
provider Hughes Network Systems has been recognized with a new industry award. The company received the Service Provider of the Year award for 2013, which recognizes innovation and technical contributions to the VSAT, or Very Small Aperture Terminal, satellite industry. Informa Telecoms and Media, with COMSYS, presented Hughes with the award on Sept. 19 in Amsterdam.
Northwest holds marching band competition Northwest High School will host and perform in a marching band competition on Oct. 12. The school will host several other bands from around the tri-state area. They will be judged on music, originality, percussion, color guard and visuals. Marching bands from Watkins Mill High School and Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg will also attend the competition at Northwest. Tickets for attendees ages 8 and up cost $12 and can be bought at Northwest’s ticket booth. Attendees age 7 and under are admitted free of charge. All ticket proceeds will fund Northwest High School’s Marching Jaguars’ trip to the national marching band competition in New Jersey.
Oktoberfest returns to Germantown The Germantown Oktoberfest is scheduled to be held Oct. 5 in Clarksburg. The event will start at 10 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Music and family activi-
ties, as well as a biergarten and organ grinder, will be part of the annual celebration at High Point Farm. Kids can make their own scarecrows, climb a rock wall and paint pumpkins. Admission is free, but activities, souvenirs, drinks and food will be individually priced. High Point Farm is located at 23730 Frederick Road in Clarksburg.
Suburban Hospital honors Gaithersburg nurse Suburban Hospital in Bethesda recently honored Gaithersburg resident Aleykutty Vetticad as the recipient of the James A. Brown Award for Excellence in Oncology Care. Vetticad, a registered nurse who has worked in the hospital’s oncology unit for 35 years, was selected because of her consistently demonstrated skill and compassion in the workplace, according to the hospital news release. The Brown Award, established in honor of the hospital’s Dr. James A. Brown, recognizes a nurse who goes above and beyond as a patient advocate, exhibiting exemplary compassion and empathy in communicating with oncology patients and their families.
Derwood author will hold book signing Author Thomas A. McLoughlin will be on hand to sign copies of his book, “Failure is the Only Option”, at a Rockville coffee shop Saturday. McLoughlin, a Derwood resident, will be available at Caribou Coffee, 5562 Norbeck Road, Rockville, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, email Michelle Whitman at michelle@keymgc. com or call 877-727-0697.
Bridal showcase comes to the Kentlands Mansion Plan a dream wedding all in one day at the Kentlands Mansion Fall Bridal Showcase on Oct. 20. A variety of wedding vendors, including caterers, photographers, event planners, musicians, makeup artists and hotel representatives will be avail-
On Saturday, the Casey Health Institute will unveil a new state-of-theart primary care clinic and wellness center. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Institute will celebrate the opening of the center by offering exercise classes and health awareness workshops. Keynote speaker John Schumacher, founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Studio, will talk about “The Therapeutic Aspects of Iyengar Yoga.” The Casey Health Institute is located at 800 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. For more information, contact Barb Gallagher at 301-3552023 or email email@example.com. 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 Gaithersburg Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD20877, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
DEATHS Roger B. Gregory Roger B. Gregory, 79, of Germantown, died Sept. 22, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, 610 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Roy W. Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville handled the arrangements.
Julia H. Moxley Julia H. Moxley, 95, formerly of Gaithersburg, died Sept. 25, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at Homewood Crumland Farms, 7407 Willow Road, Frederick. Roy W. Barber Funeral Home of Laytonsville handled the arrangements.
Shirley L. Whipp Shirley L. Whipp, 72, of Rockville, died Sept. 28, 2013. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at DeVol Funeral Home in Gaithersburg.
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Montgomery County Councilman Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown, former Congresswoman Connie Morella, former County Executive Sidney Kramer and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) at the renaming of the Sidney Kramer Upcounty Regional Services Center in Germantown on Sunday.
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The 23-year-old Upcounty Regional Services Center in Germantown has a new name. On Sunday, county and state ofﬁcials unveiled the new name with a sign at the building’s front entrance. The center is now the Sidney Kramer Upcounty Regional Services Center, in honor of a former county executive and state senator. Kramer, a North Bethesda resident, is 88. While he was county executive, from 1986 to 1990, he oversaw the opening of the Upcounty Regional Services Center, the expanded Germantown li-
brary, the BlackRock Center for the Arts and the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department. Sue Tucker, a county spokeswoman, said they decided to rename the center because they wanted to honor Kramer for his work. During his term, Kramer said he saw a need for upcounty services as more people moved into Damascus, Germantown, Poolesville and beyond. “The upcounty, in my view, had been underserved. They were obviously the growing area in that time in Montgomery County,” he said. “They certainly deserved the same kinds of services that were provided in Wheaton and Silver Spring.” Kramer recently toured the center, where he said he was “excited” to see people lined up to take advantage of its
services. The Upcounty Regional Services Center houses the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, the county’s volunteer center, a daycare, housing assistance staff and other services. “The building is beautiful, and the reason it’s successful is not because of the bricks and mortar, but because of the people serving the community,” Kramer said. Kramer was accompanied at the renaming ceremony by his son, Del. Benjamin Kramer (D-Dist. 19), and family friend and former U.S. Congresswoman Connie Morella. The former county executive said it’s the ﬁrst facility that has been named after him. “I’m very honored,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Poolesville is striving to bring in new businesses and economic opportunities while keeping its small-town character. The town’s planning commission will meet Oct. 16 to discuss changes to the town’s self-governed residential and commercial zoning. Some ideas come from former Montgomery County Council member Mike Knapp, who has advised Poolesville on how to drive its own economic development.
Knapp’s consulting business, Orion Ventures, published a report in September 2012 on the subject. Poolesville Town Commissioner Chuck Stump said the planning commission is using the report to help guide zoning changes. “We looked at every single zone in town, and the use chart and what things are permitted in each zone,” he said. According to Knapp’s report, Poolesville is “uniquely situated” to bring in a smallscale athletic center, a facility that Stump said could accommodate soccer, lacrosse or mixed-use ﬁelds. “There was no zoning that actually allowed that,” Stump said.
The town would not build a facility on the scale of the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown; instead, Poolesville would have ﬁve or six ﬁelds, Stump said. The SoccerPlex has 24 outdoor ﬁelds and a stadium that seats about 3,200. Knapp’s report notes that the soccer ﬁelds at Muldoon’s Farm, beyond Poolesville’s town limits, are in demand. “However, there are certain restrictions in the county regarding the number and size of events that can be hosted each year on the property,” the report states. Poolesville’s fields would have their own restrictions. The planning commission is also looking at ways to
attract repair shops and stores to ﬁx agricultural equipment and sell farm supplies, as well as crop-processing facilities. The Agricultural Reserve’s zoning restrictions don’t allow those kinds of buildings, Stump said. “The Agricultural Reserve has very strict zoning, and doesn’t allow a lot of agriculture-compatible uses,” he said. Since Poolesville is not part of the Agricultural Reserve, the town could set its own restrictions. Creating special-exception rules for some uses may help attract businesses, Stump said. email@example.com
Chuck Fry’s voice is tinged with sadness when he talks about the future of his family’s farm. “I’m worried, worried,” he said. Fry, the Maryland Farm Bureau’s ﬁrst vice president, runs a dairy farm in Tuscarora, Md., in southern Frederick County. Across the state, the average age of farmers is edging upward — and it’s even higher in Montgomery County. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s census, the average age of farm operators in Maryland is 57. It has reached 60 in Montgomery County, up from 57 in 2002. “It’s hard to get that next generation to follow,” Fry said. Farming at Metro’s Edge — a group assembled by local business owners, elected ofﬁcials and agricultural stakeholders — held a conference in January about the future of agriculture in Montgomery and Frederick counties. In the group’s subsequent report, released Sept. 16, farmers voiced their concerns about regulations, economic development and a lack of agriculture education for the general public. That worry extends to aging farmers in Montgomery County, where some families and owners are looking toward uncertain futures. “There is great concern over the sustainability of the agricultural economy,” the report stated. Attracting new individuals into the farming profession, and training them in ever-changing local, state and federal regulations, is a challenge, the report said. “Typically, everyone thinks of agriculture as it was two or three years ago, as just a mom-and-pop operation,” said Laurie Adelhardt, spokeswoman for the Maryland Grain Producers Association. “It doesn’t lend itself to being as attractive a career.” Wade Butler, farm manager at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, said Montgomery County poses its own challenges for new farmers looking to get into the business. “It’s really tough in Montgomery County; land is expensive,” he said. He runs his 300-acre farm with his sister and a core staff of about 20, which grows to over 100 during busier seasons. Butler said farmers at smaller and midsize operations often rely on spouses to provide health care and income. Fry admitted the work isn’t glamorous. “You work long hours. Your pay
scale is not what the government can pay nearby,” he said. “It’ll make you a poor man quick.” According to the Department of Agriculture’s 2007 census, Montgomery County has 561 farms, totaling about 67,000 acres. The average size of a farm has decreased from 130 acres in 2002 to 121 acres in 2007. But with high demand for community-supported agriculture, Butler said, there is an opportunity for new, part-time farmers to start their own small business. The Farming at Metro’s Edge report notes the growing popularity of community-supported agriculture and farmers markets. With community-supported agriculture, customers pay for a share of a farm’s produce, which is then regularly delivered to a home or centrally located community facility. The county has 12 CSAs. Brookeville resident Joan Riser and her husband, Gerald, run Avianmead Produce, a small CSA built from the large garden on their ﬁveacre property. They grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, spinach and other produce. “We’ve enjoyed it,” Riser said. “It doesn’t make a whole lot of money, but it keeps us going.” The Risers, both 75, are easing out of the produce business. After they started the CSA in 1996, they hit a peak of 25 customers, but only had 12 this year. They delivered their last order of the season on Sept. 26. With her husband in poor health, Riser said they’re not sure how much longer they’ll continue to run the CSA. The couple’s children, who live in other states, are unlikely to take it on. “They love coming out here, but they’re not interested in doing this kind of thing,” she said. Montgomery County’s New Farmer Pilot Program, launched in August 2012, is experimenting with ways to support agricultural entrepreneurs who are new to the business. Similar to an incubator program, farmers start growing on a shared space for about three years, then ﬁnd a site of their own. But unless more young farmers get involved in the business, the average age will continue to increase. Butler said his three children, in their late 20s and early 30s, are interested in continuing Butler’s Orchard. But Fry said his children have moved away from agriculture. Though he has farmed all his life, he’s not sure who will take on the farm that has been passed down through his family since 1883. “There comes a point where we get beyond 57 — we’re old farmers now,” Fry said. “I worry about our family, and our family’s history.” firstname.lastname@example.org
New leadership at BlackRock Center for the Arts striving for local connections n
Venue staff reaching out to restaurants BY
SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
BlackRock Center for the Arts’ new leadership is kicking off the venue’s 12th season with a focus on the local community. Executive Director Krista Bradley is programming her ﬁrst season at the Germantown venue.
Out of 37 acts this year, 12 are local — about 30 percent. That’s up from 26 percent last year. Silver Spring-based dance company ClancyWorks and Grammy-nominated Washington, D.C., soul artist Carolyn Malachi are among the local performers on BlackRock’s 2013 season schedule. Bradley said she wants BlackRock to be a venue for local audiences to see “top-notch artists from around the world.” It also wll host emerging and established local artists.
BlackRock Director of Marketing Lynne Kingsley said the venue also wants to reach out to local businesses, especially restaurants, to create partnerships. “The surrounding neighbors haven’t had a lot of interaction with BlackRock,” Kingsley said. The venue’s staff has contacted several restaurants on nearby Century Boulevard. She said BlackRock is in the “early stages” of a partnership with Corner Bakery and Baja Fresh. The Wegmans supermarket in Ger-
mantown, which opened Sept. 15, has formed a partnership with BlackRock. Store Manager Phil Quattrini gave Bradley a check for $5,000 before the store opened. The money will be used to support educational programs for atrisk youths, as well as the venue’s concert series, according to Kingsley. Corner Bakery will help with catering, Kingsley said, but the focus is getting more people into nearby restaurants before and after BlackRock events. “We want more restaurants to be
in the area because we want people to have a great night out,” Bradley said. According to Kingsley, BlackRock staff is considering creating a membership card offering promotions to BlackRock ticket holders and local restaurant patrons. The BlackRock Center should be an entertainment and cultural destination, as well as an “economic driver” for the Germantown area, Kingsley said. The 2013 season kicks off Sept. 28. email@example.com
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Holy Cross Hospital to open in 2014 Planning to have a partnership with Montgomery College
SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown is one year away from its grand opening, according to a hospital spokesperson. The 93-bed facility is the ﬁrst hospital to be built in the county in 35 years. Holy Cross Hospital spokeswoman Yolanda Gaskins said construction started in July 2012 and continues today.
The proposal for the hospital was approved in 2012 with a groundbreaking on Dec. 8, but construction was delayed by a technical issue related to the plan approval process. Adventist HealthCare had a competing proposal for a new hospital in Clarksburg, but the Maryland Health Care Commission decided in Holy Cross’s favor. Adventist HealthCare has leased space at Clarksburg Village Center for a new primary care center with other medical services. Holy Cross Hospital will have a partnership with Montgomery
College in which students and faculty can work with health care professionals on campus, Montgomery College Germantown Provost Sanjay Rai said. The college is preparing to accommodate a larger student body and integrate the hospital into its existing programs, Rai said. A 120,000-square-foot bioscience facility currently under construction on campus will be open in the fall of 2013. Germantown’s Holy Cross Hospital will be six stories high and accessible through Observation Drive. firstname.lastname@example.org
Crown opens for business, welcomes homeowners Starbucks already serving customers
BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Downtown Crown has ofﬁcially opened its doors to business with a new Starbucks open and more retailers soon to follow, while the new community is already home to several families who moved in over the last few weeks. Starbucks began adding its caffeine to Crown on Friday, according to Crown spokeswoman Tammy Murphy. A Starbucks spokesman did not return phone calls to ﬁnd out how the new store is doing. LA Fitness plans to open its doors by the end of this year to capitalize on the post-New Year’s workout frenzy, and Harris Teeter is looking to welcome customers in January 2014, Murphy said. Restaurants like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, La Tagliatella, Asian Nine and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill will eventually join Starbucks, according to Crown’s website. A few retail stores, like Verizon Wireless, will also come to the center soon. Businesses are not the only thing to have moved into the development. Crown West, a residential section that lies in the middle third of the Crown area, is now a functioning neighborhood with several families already moved in, Murphy said. About 50 homes have been sold so far, and since Aug. 22, seven households have closed on their townhomes, which were the ﬁrst units to go up in the neighborhood. “Crown is ofﬁcially a neighborhood now with people occupying some of the homes,” Murphy said. Work doesn’t stop there, however, as Crown developers have turned their attention to signage for the mega-center. At a Gaithersburg Planning Commission meeting on Sept. 25, commissioners unanimously approved a plan that will allow Bethesda-based Streetsense to install three types of signs throughout Downtown Crown. According to city documents, one primary monument sign will be placed at the development’s main entrance at the intersection of Fields Road and Sam Eig Highway, sitting parallel with the highway. Designed with curved grooves, the 40-foot long sign will have internal lighting, and the words “Crown” and “City of Gaithersburg” on the front. Secondary signs with the same curved groove design and light feature will be at Crown’s
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Several families have moved into the ﬁrst section of the Crown development to be completed. four entryways, the intersections of Ellington Boulevard and Fields Road, Crown Park Avenue and Alcott Place, Ellington Boulevard and Diamondback Drive, and Sam Eig Highway and Diamondback Drive. These three-dimensional rectangular prisms will stand about 10 to 15
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feet high and have “Downtown Crown” etched on all four sides. Additionally, Downtown Crown’s parking garages will have mesh or vinyl hanging banners. At Garages A and B, on Copley Street and Alcott Place respectively, banners will project from the side of the building
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with metal support arms holding them in place. For Garage C on Copley Street, banners will hang ﬂat against the building. Estimated costs for Crown signage were not discussed at the meeting or in city documents. At the same meeting, the Planning Commission approved a site plan for a community center in Crown Neighborhood 3 at the intersection of Decoverly Drive and Crown Park Avenue. Nestled on 2.35 acres, the center will be between 4,800 to 9,500 square feet and likely have two swimming pools, three hard surface areas including bocce ball and tennis courts, a playground, community gathering areas and a parking lot, according to city documents. Gardens, walking trails and bike paths will be placed throughout the property. A suggested Homeowner Association fee for the community amenities was not included in the proposal. Developers broke ground on the Crown project, built on the former Crown farm, in October of 2012. Aside from 320,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, the property will eventually be home to over 2,000 residential units. email@example.com
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Enrollment falls slightly at Montgomery College n
Financial aid requests still on the rise
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Montgomery College saw a slight decline in its fall enrollment this year in what a spokeswoman called a “leveling off.” Previously, during a recession, there was a boom in enrollment, she said. Total fall enrollment at the college — which has Rockville, Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses — is down about 4.7 percent compared to last fall’s enrollment, according to Sept. 18 enrollment data from the college’s website. Elizabeth Homan, the college’s director of communications, said the college has experienced growth over the last decade and record enrollment during the past couple years. “We’re seeing that level off this year,” she said. “We recognize that once the economy changes, that can impact
our enrollment.” More than 26,000 students enrolled in for-credit classes at the college this fall, Homan said, though she added the number is not yet ofﬁcial. Enrollment is also expected to grow during the spring semester, she said. Homan said the fall enrollment numbers are close to what the college saw in ﬁscal 2011. According to the online fall enrollment report, the college’s Rockville campus is down 6 percent in unduplicated students, its Germantown campus is down 4 percent and its Takoma Park/ Silver Spring campus is down 0.8 percent. The slight decline comes after the college had its highest fall enrollment of nearly 27,500 for-credit students last year. Montgomery College had the highest undergraduate fall enrollment in the state with nearly 27,000 for-credit students in fall 2011. Similar to the experience of community colleges around the country, Homan said, Montgomery College saw an increase in enrollment during the recession as students turned to more
affordable college opportunities. In ﬁscal 2009, annual enrollment rose to about 35,600 students in forcredit classes and in ﬁscal 2010 rose to about 37,500. “It changes an individual’s mindset when you’re dealing with an economic recession versus a more robust economy,” she said. Homan said the college is renewing its focus to retention of its students. Bernard Sadusky, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, said that — with the exception of one or two schools — community colleges are generally seeing a decline in their enrollment this fall. Last year, Sadusky said, statewide community college enrollment was generally flat or slightly down after about five years of “unprecedented growth.” This year, average enrollment is down about 3 percent from last year, he said. Sadusky said he thought one of a couple reasons for the enrollment decline is tied to the fact that “the econ-
omy seems to be picking up.” “For us, that has the opposite effect on enrollment,” he said — an inverse relationship that has existed for the past few decades. Yet Montgomery College students’ requests for ﬁnancial aid are not mirroring the enrollment trend. Melissa Gregory, the college’s ﬁnancial aid director, said that for each of the past ﬁve years the college has seen between 15 and 20 percent increases in ﬁnancial aid requests. As of around mid-September, the college was still up about 5 percent in its ﬁnancial aid applications. The college offers its own ﬁnancial aid and participates in a variety of ﬁnancial aid programs, including the federal Pell Grant program as well as state programs. “Things may be bouncing back, but family incomes are not as high as they were before,” she said. Montgomery County has a “fairly high median income,” Gregory said, but many families still fall in the lowincome scale.
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Students wait between classes Thursday in the Montgomery College, Rockville campus’s Science Center.
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Accused rapist from Gaithersburg does not show up for trial Tuesday Rivas was accused of paying a woman to have sex with her daughter n
BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER
He had been like an “uncle” to her — but that was before Be-
jarni Rivas allegedly paid a teenage girl’s mother to have sex with the girl. Rivas, 45 of Gaithersburg, did not show up to his trial, which had been scheduled to start Tuesday. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl A. McCally issued a bench warrant for his
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arrest, according to one of her clerks. “We’ll do everything we can to track him down,” Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin said Tuesday, adding that his office’s Fugitive Unit was already looking into Rivas’ disappearance. “We’ll start with his local connections during our investigation but we’ll quickly turn national or international if necessary,” he said. Sheriff’s deputies frequently have to track down fugitives who do not appear for their court dates, he said. According to Popkin, two recent examples include the case of Alma Preciado, who ﬂed to Mexico to after being charged with theft, and David E. Fuster, a Bethesda dentist who ﬂed to Mexico after a jury convicted him of sedating and then raping one of his patients, who was 15 years old at the time. After his arrest in March,
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Rivas was originally held on $500,000 bail, which was later reduced to $100,000. In April, Rivas, of Irish Court in Gaithersburg, posted bail of $100,000 at 10 percent — meaning he only had to pay $10,000, per a district court judge’s decision. He has been charged with 13 crimes, including conspiracy to commit child abuse, along with human trafﬁcking, rape, sex offense, and other charges. Rivas had been a family friend to the victim’s family. The victim is 15 years old, but was 14 when the ﬁrst instance of alleged abuse took place. The Gazette is not identifying the victim or her mother to protect the girl’s identity. The mother, a 41-year-old Germantown woman, was found guilty of 10 crimes on Sept. 19, including child sex abuse, conspiracy to commit sex abuse, as well as rape, human trafficking and other charges.
Prosecutors say she could receive more than 100 years in prison for the charges arrayed against her at her sentencing in November. In the first trial, jurors learned that there were two instances of alleged abuse. In the first, which took place in December at a clubhouse at the Georgian Colonies in Silver Spring, Rivas allegedly molested the girl. In the second, which took place in January, the girl’s mother told her that she had to have sex with him. “I’m not going to have sex with him,” the girl said she had told her mother, later adding, “I remember begging her, not to go with Bejarni.” “I’ve done bad things to make you have a good life, go with him,” the woman told the girl, court records show. When the victim’s mother arranged a third meeting between the two in March, the
girl fled to a relative’s house and called police. Hours later, when she texted her mother, her mother responded, “Goodbye ... take care,” prosecutors said in the mother’s trial. Theresa Chernosky, the mother’s public defender, had argued in court that the woman was not guilty, and that the girl had made up the allegations because she wanted to be free of her mother’s rules. Esteban Gergely, Rivas’ attorney, did not return a message left at his ofﬁce Tuesday. “[Rivas] is charged with very serious crimes,” Montgomery County Public Affairs Director Ramon Korionoff said in an email. “It is our hope that ... he will be found and will appear before a judge and jury for trial on serious charges ranging from 3rd degree sex offense to human trafﬁcking and rape.” email@example.com
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New trafﬁc, synthetic marijuana laws now in effect across Maryland Sen. Jennie Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville speaks at a press conference to announce new laws against talking or texting while driving. Behind Forehand are Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger and Montgomery State’s Attorney John McCarthy.
Law bans sale, consumption of ‘spice’ n
ST. JOHN BARNEDSMITH STAFF WRITER
Colesville’s Tony and Sandy Eichler said that before his death just a few months ago, their son Charlie, 22, was a vibrant and happy young man living in New York and acting. But that was before Eichler, a drug addict who was trying to wean himself off of methadone, began using synthetic marijuana, called “Spice” or “K-2,” to get through the withdrawal symptoms of the methadone. But the drugs, which he bought legally at a tobacco shop, wreaked havoc on their son, Eichler’s parents said on Monday. “He went from a vibrant young person to a person struggling to stay alive,” said Charlie’s father, Tony, recalling how his son lost feeling in his ﬁngers, how he couldn’t sleep, lost the ability to walk and had to use adult diapers. “Every time I wake up, there’s something else wrong with me,” he remembers Charlie telling him. Charlie eventually committed suicide, his parents said Monday, the day before new drug laws went into effect in Maryland, banning synthetic cannabinoids like the ones Eichler used. The law bans the sale of substances that invoke a cannabis-like response in the brain. Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said letters would be sent to different stores in Montgomery County informing retailers about the ban. Prosecutors can seek a sentence of up to four years for possession of the drug, and up to 20 years for those who seek to distribute it, he said, explaining that the drugs could have a much stronger high than natural marijuana. “The effect of this drug on the receptors of the brain can be 800 times more powerful than a THC high in a marijuana cigarette,” he said. Synthetic cannabinoids are usually made from plant material that has been treated with chemicals similar to the drugs in marijuana, said Leah King, technical leader of the Forensic Chemistry Unit in Montgomery County Police’s Crime Laboratory. The drugs are sometimes packaged to appeal to young users. Police have come across versions of the drug with names like “Mr. Nice Guy” or “Scooby Snacks.” Part of the danger of synthetic drugs is that there is no quality control and no way to verify what’s actually in the drugs, she said. “It’s dangerous — like smoking gasoline-treated vegetation,” she said. The drugs have been tough to prosecute in the past; laws outlawed specific drugs,
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and chemists could change the drug’s chemical make-up by just a molecule, creating a new, legal substance that elicited a similar high, she said. “The effective gist is, these are products that were legal, and now are not,” said Montgomery County Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At Large), explaining that the law closes previous loopholes and that the new law covers any drug that invokes a “cannabinoid-like” response in a user’s brain. Authorities said the drugs have been sold in tobacco shops or in neighborhood convenience stores, or masked as incense.
drivers have to call police or rescue services. Otherwise, “if the vehicle is in motion and a phone in your hand, you will get a citation,” he said. Police will issue an $83 ﬁne for the ﬁrst offense, a $140 ﬁne for the second offense, and a $160 ﬁne for the third offense. Drivers will not receive points on their license unless they are also in a collision, he said. Distracted driving — failing
must wear seat belts,” he said, adding that it is illegal for passengers to “double buckle,” or put one seat belt around two people. Before the change in the law, people who were over the age of 16 sitting in the back seat were not required to wear their seat belts, even though passengers younger than 16 or who were sitting in the front seat were required to wear theirs. “You’re not safe in the back seat without a seat belt,” he said. The law is a personal one for Didone, whose 15-year-old son, Ryan, died in a car accident in Damascus in 2008.
Ryan wasn’t wearing a seat belt, Didone said. “That’s why I advocated the law,” he said, adding that states with blanket seat belt laws tend to have compliance rates that are 20 percent higher than states that don’t have such laws. “This law now gives ofﬁcers the tools they need to take some action to save lives,” he said. The offense will be a “secondary enforcement” violation, meaning it cannot alone be the reason ofﬁcers pull over a car. It carries a ﬁne of $83, he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
to pay full time and attention — was one of the main factors causing crashes in 2012, Didone said. “We believe cellphone usage was a signiﬁcant contributor to those factors,” he said. The other law being changed is one that now mandates all people in a vehicle must wear a seat belt — including passengers in the back seat older than 16. “Now everyone in the car
New seat belt and texting laws Drivers caught talking on a cellphone can be pulled over for not using a hands-free device and drivers and all passengers in a vehicle will be required to wear a seat belt since new laws went into effect Tuesday. Driving and talking on a cellphone without a hands-free device now is a primary offense, meaning police can pull drivers over for that infraction alone, said Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone. Didone did not know how many stops had been made as of Tuesday afternoon. “I’m happy to say we are seeing a lot more compliance,” he said. There are a few exceptions to the new law, he said. Drivers can have phones in their hand when starting or ending calls, turning phones on or off, or if
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Reaching his dream in the sky, 16-year-old boy pilots ﬁrst solo ﬂight n
Urbana teen earned student certiﬁcate BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Most teenagers dream of getting a car or throwing a big bash for their 16th birthday. For his special day, Youssef Selim set his sights high: ﬂying an airplane solo for the ﬁrst time. On Monday evening at dusk, the Urbana High School junior ﬂew a PA-28-161 Piper Warrior plane without anyone else in the aircraft for two consecutive takeoffs and landings at Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg. The ﬂight, which included two circles around the airport at an altitude of 1,500 feet, sealed Youssef’s position as one of the youngest pilots to ﬂy solo in the area, according to his ﬂight instructor. Following the ﬂight, more than 40 friends and family members waited in the airpark’s cafe to surprise him with a celebratory dinner. “I’m pretty psyched,” Youssef said about his accomplishment. After turning 16 on Saturday, the Urbana resident became eligible for his student pilot certiﬁcate, a document issued to pilots in training. It is a prerequisite to ﬂy alone in the plane. To qualify, the pilot must be 16 years of age, demonstrate English language fluency and pass a flight physical administered by an aviation medical examiner, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. For his solo ﬂight, Youssef’s ﬂight instructor had to endorse the student pilot certificate, deeming his student competent to ﬂy on his own and giving written permission for the event to proceed. The FAA’s website says there is no minimum number of ﬂight instructional hours to achieve the certiﬁcate or ﬂy solo. The certiﬁcate carries certain restrictions, such as not being able to ﬂy at night or take passengers. Montgomery County Airpark instructor Sharif Hidayat,
Youssef Selim of Urbana taxis for another takeoff after he made his ﬁrst solo ﬂight. who has been teaching Youssef since July 2013, said he was pleased with Youssef’s performance. “I would not have ever signed off on him if I didn’t think he was ready, and he proved he was,” he said. Hidayat said he hoped Youssef’s milestone would inspire other youths to learn about aviation and take advantage of the opportunities that the small airpark offers. Youssef reached this milestone at a young age, but it was years in the making. The International Baccalaureate student said aviation has intrigued him since childhood. He began taking lessons at age 12 at Frederick Flight Center Inc. Twice a week during the summer, Youssef attended three-hour training sessions that were split into ground and in-ﬂight instruction. After taking lessons for a year and a half, Youssef took a break to make more time for school and football. He started training again this July, spending about three hours each week at the Montgomery County Airpark with Hidayat. “I feel free when I’m ﬂying,” Youssef said. “You can see the world from up there. You can see it from a different perspec-
tive.” Learning to ﬂy isn’t a cheap hobby, according to Selim’s mother, Hwaida Hassanein. A two-hour training session runs about $200 to $250. Youssef belongs to the Octopus Flying Club, a nonproﬁt organization at the Gaithersburg airpark. The group has helped offset training expenses, Hassanein said. By paying a monthly fee of $75, Youssef gets access to three planes at the airpark, which he can ﬂy at any time. There is still an hourly rate to use the aircraft, but the price is lower because of the club membership. Hassanein said she is proud of her son, but was glad he was safely back on the ground. “I am so relieved,” she said right after the flight. “I was counting down the seconds until he touched back down.” The young pilot doesn’t plan on stopping here. When he turns 17, he will be eligible to ﬂy crosscross country on his own, and can take another step toward his ultimate goal of making a career out of his hobby. “I’d like to become a commercial pilot, without a doubt,” he said.
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Youssef made his ﬁrst solo ﬂight in a Piper Warrior aircraft over the Montgomery County Airpark on Monday in Gaithersburg. Here, he performs his pre-ﬂight checks.
Youssef -leaves the ground for his ﬁrst solo ﬂight.
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Gaithersburg counseling center marks 35 years of helping families Last year number of clients topped 1,200
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“The very ﬁrst day that I saw a patient I thought, ‘This is it.’ I knew that was what I’d like to do,” says Maryrose Rogolsky, founder and president of Child Center and Adult Services in Gaithersburg.
In its 35 years, Child Center and Adult Services in Gaithersburg has expanded its customer base from about 170 clients to more than 1,200 last year. The nonprofit’s success can be traced to the devotion of 83-year-old founder Maryrose Rogolsky and her mission to help people. While at the University of Chicago, Rogolsky — commonly known as “Posey” — didn’t intend to own a counseling center. It wasn’t until she was in graduate school, when she took her ﬁrst job in a clinical program, that she realized what she wanted to pursue as a career. “The very ﬁrst day that I saw
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Bernice Margaret Dyer Cole, 83, of Point Harbor, died Friday, September 20, 2013, in her residence. Mrs. Cole was born in Washington, DC and retired from WSSC as a mechanical shop manager. She was a member of Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church. She was predeceased by her parents James Martin and Margaret Jeanette Cooksey Dyer and her husbands Rudolph Kyano and John Cole. Surviving are four daughters: Deborah B. Valentin, Christine A. Burke, Sandra M. Sidman and Donna M. Coen; one sister: Carol Geriak and one brother: Joe Dyer; Grandchildren: James Martin, Amy Cole, Antoinette Agarwal, Debra Verma, Tony Valentin, Jesse Coen, Cassie Coen, Melanie Burke and Ryan Burke; Great grandchildren: Sierra Agarwal, Zane Agarwal, Aria Verma, Armaan Verma, Shannon Martin, Nicole Martin and Sawyer Burke, Madelaine Martin and Phoebe Cole. Mrs. Cole was predeceased by her brother Raymond Dyer. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Dr. William F. Walsh, o.s.f.s.presiding. Burial will take place on a later date in Hilton Cemetery in Maryland. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church, P.O. Box 510, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com. 1894843
a patient I thought, ‘This is it,’” she said. “I knew that was what I’d like to do.” In 1978, Rogolsky established Child Center in a small ofﬁce rented out of the Rockville Seventh-day Adventist Church. The immediate goal was to create a continuing education program for health professionals, focusing on children. With only three staff members, the nonproﬁt began by offering therapy programs to help children whose problems fell into one of three categories: family therapy, sex abuse and having parents in cults. Since then, the organization has changed the name to indicate its increase in adult patients, who now account for about 70 percent of its client base. It has expanded its services by adding both adult and child therapy services, communitybased programs and continuing education programs. The center is funded by insurance and client co-payments, foundation grants, contracts with local governments and another nonproﬁt, donations and continuing education fees. It now employs about 25 licensed social workers, counselors and psychologists, a big jump from the original staff of three in 1978. In 2012, the staff served more than 620 patients of all ages dealing with grief from loss; separation or divorce; parenting or work issues; and common mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression. Aside from counseling provided at its Gaithersburg ofﬁce, the organization also offers community-based programs. They include a Positive Aging Program to serve senior citizens; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies to help pregnant women, new mothers and their children with depression; and programs to assist low-income patients at primary care clinics. The agency also offers free support groups for people with diseases such as multiple sclerosis and six continuing education programs to train mental
health professionals in the area. Through these external programs, it helped an additional 600 people, totaling more than 1,200 throughout last year. Child Center and Adult Services reported revenues of $1.02 million in 2011, according to its most recent available tax return, clearing about $17,000. It ﬁnished the year with a balance of $671,262.
Counseling in other languages The organization continually strives “to make care available to people who otherwise would not be able to get it because of limitations of insurance, income [or] language,” said co-director Nancy Ebb. “That is truly our mission — to help people ... function in the world with dignity, with good relationships at home and help them be able to thrive on the playground, in school, in the workplace and in their families,” Ebb said. Child Center and Adult Services accepts many forms of insurance and offers a sliding fee scale to those who are uninsured, ﬁnanced by earmarked money from donors. “That’s one of the most important, special things about us is that we provide help to many people who plain couldn’t ﬁnd it otherwise,” Ebb said. The center also emphasizes the rapidly growing need for services in several languages, and offers counseling in several foreign languages, including Spanish, German and Mandarin Chinese. “This is a community where either the minority is now the majority or it’s about to be, and we have many therapists who speak [other languages],” Ebb said. According to the most recent census data, 50.7 percent of Montgomery County residents reported being “other than non-Hispanic white,” which is classiﬁed as “Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian or Paciﬁc Islander.” The county’s Latino population most recently was reported at 17 percent — a 64.4 percent increase in the last decade — and the Asian and Pacific Islander population at 13.9 percent, up 37.5 percent in the last decade. Rogolsky — who in 2003 was honored with the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s annual Neal Potter Path of Achievement award for extraordinary senior citizens in the county — said she intends to continually expand and reform the organization to keep it running at least another 35 years. “The quality of work here is good and Posey is enormous fun to work with,” Ebb said with a smile. “We help people come alive after they’ve been living in the shadows, and that is incredible work.” firstname.lastname@example.org
On September 27, 2013,
Theodore Ray Muse
was called home to be with the Lord. He was the son of the late Louis and Iretha Muse of Halifax, VA. Theodore was preceded in death by his beloved sister Betty Gail Jordan and his granddaughter Kadijah Waliullah Gilbert. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Rebecca Muse, daughter Thealisha Muse, daughter Michelle Cook, sons Donald Ramey, Steven Tarbell, Thomas Kelly, Robert Tarbell. He is survived by his sisters: Lois Wallace, Geraldine Davis and Yetta Patterson, and his brothers: Tyrone Muse, Kevin Muse, Dwight Muse and Eric Muse. Friends will be received by the family on Thursday, October 3, 2013, from 7-9pm at Thomas Tabernacle Holiness Church of God located at: 517 S Market St, Frederick, MD. Funeral services Saturday, October 5 5, 2013 12:00 viewing and 1:00 Service at New Zion Baptist Church: 7107 Chatham Rd, Nathalie VA 24577. Services provided by Dunn & Sons, Washington, DC. Please send flowers to Dunn and Sons Funeral Home of Halifax, VA: 540 North Main Street, Halifax, VA 24558
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Amazon’s Bezos completes purchase of Gazette, Post BY
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
The $250 million sale of The Gazette, The Washington Post and other properties to a private investment company owned by Amazon.com CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos was completed Tuesday, executives said. The sale, announced in August, ends four generations of ownership of the ﬂagship Post for the Graham family. The deal is “an exciting — and historic — opportunity” for the Post, Gazette and other entities sold, Donald E. Graham, CEO and board chairman of The Washington Post Co., wrote Tuesday in a letter to employees. Besides The Post and The Gazette, the sale includes the Express newspaper, Southern Maryland Newspapers, the Fairfax County Times, the Spanish-language El Tiempo Latino newspaper, the Post’s printing plant in Springﬁeld, Va., the Comprint printing plant in Laurel and several military publications. The Kaplan education
company, Cable One, Slate magazine, some television stations, the headquarters building in Washington and some other holdings will remain with The Washington Post Co., which will be changing its name. A new name has not yet been announced, and it is not yet known where that company will be headquartered, Rima Calderon, a spokeswoman for The Washington Post Co., said on Tuesday. Graham, who will continue as CEO of the new company, wrote that the “future of The Washington Post Co. is the future of Kaplan.” He said the company had a “very, very strong balance sheet” and “will be quite a bit stronger in a year or two when the headquarters building and our Alexandria waterfront property is sold.” Bezos’ investment company, Nash Holdings LLC, is not part of Amazon.com. A spokesman for Bezos could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. email@example.com
Continued from Page A-1 for the school system regarding start and end times. The work group — which includes parents, students, principals, department leaders and others — gathered information through meeting with experts, studying experts’ research and examining what other comparable school systems have done, among other methods. Starr made his recommendation based on a combination of two options. Starr said in a letter to the school board dated Oct. 8, 2013, that “data indicating that changing bell times increases student achievement is inconclusive.” The school system will ask for feedback to the recommendation through avenues including public meetings, focus groups and surveys before a ﬁnal decision is made. Starr said in the Oct. 8 letter that input from low-income families and others who would potentially be “disproportionately affected” by the changes will be an important part of the system’s outreach.
The school system will also look into what the changes would cost and how they might affect the system’s operations. The work group’s report cites a preliminary figure of about $11.5 million as the net annual transportation cost associated with one option Starr is recommending. A full cost analysis is expected by spring 2014, according to the release. The recommendation to move middle school start times earlier would help the system use the same buses for several different routes, Starr said at the conference. The county school system currently has four different start times so it can reuse buses. Lengthening the elementary school day is “not just a logistical issue,” Starr said, but will also add more instructional time for the students that currently see the second-shortest elementary school day in the state. Starr and members of the work group will speak on the issue at the Oct. 8 county school board meeting. About 70 percent of high school parents who responded
to a school system survey said they considered the current high school start time “too early,” according to the report. About 69 percent of those parents said they wanted the start time 30 minutes or one hour later in the morning. Looking at a school system survey of high school students, the report says that students get an average of about 7 hours or less of sleep each night, compared to the nine hours that experts cited in the report recommend. “Important brain functions that are part of the learning process—the ability to complete abstract and complex tasks, develop working memory, and consolidate memories of information gathered during the day — are affected negatively by sleep deprivation,” the report said. The work group’s report also says sleep deprivation is associated with obesity, psychological problems and trafﬁc accidents. One study of 18 Minnesota school districts that the work group reviewed said “less afﬂuent” families were more likely to
be affected by school start time changes in areas such as transportation and childcare. These families also often needed to change jobs. The report continues that, based on a spring 2013 school system survey, some students said they thought that, if school started later, it might be harder for them to get a job and participate in after-school activities and athletics. John Matthews, the work group’s project manager, said that, in addition to forming school start time options, the group also recommended the school system incorporate “sleep education” into its curriculum. Mandi Mader — a work group member, a psychotherapist and a parent advocate for later start times — said she thinks the recommended delay of the high school start time would make “a huge difference.” “It gets the high school kids that precious 50 minutes,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Request for Proposal Professional Engineering and Consulting Services
Specification and instructions may be obtained at Town Hall or on the Town’s website www.ci.poolesville.md.us. 1890791
The Town of Poolesville is soliciting proposals through a fair and open process. Sealed RFP responses will be received at Poolesville Town Hall, 19721 Beall Street on or before October 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM at which time and place responses will be opened.
TOWN OF POOLESVILLE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that there will be a Public Hearing before the Poolesville Planning Commission on October 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM at the Poolesville Town Hall, 19721 Beall Street, Poolesville, Maryland to consider the following items: 1. Zoning Code: A comprehensive revision of the Poolesville Zoning Code, Poolesville Code Appendix B. This revision establishes a Poolesville Transition Two Plus (2+) Acre zone for properties now zoned RDT for certain properties and eliminates the Central Business District (CBD) zoning classification, replacing it with the Poolesville General Commercial zoning classification. 2. Comprehensive Rezoning: The Poolesville Planning Commission has analyzed current zoning and has proposed that certain parcels be rezoned from Poolesville One-Half (1/2) acre to Poolesville Commercial; and from RDT to Transition Two Plus Acre zoning. Copies of these proposals are available to review at the Poolesville Town Hall.
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Man charged with robbing two banks in Montgomery Police made an arrest based on anonymous tip
BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER
A man who robbed from banks in Silver Spring and Germantown earlier this year is behind bars, police say. According to a police statement released earlier this week, detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division arrested 28-year-old Pierre Ramon Washington of Temple Hills on Friday. They believe he robbed from two Capital One banks — one in White Oak on May 22 and one in Germantown on July 24. Police said an anonymous
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three areas of the test. Hispanic students’ scores fell in all three. About 61 percent of the school system’s 2013 AfricanAmerican graduates took the SAT and about 47 percent of Hispanic graduates took the test — relatively the same as last year’s participation for both student groups. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in an interview Thursday that school system staff will sit down with principals and schools leaders to talk over the scores and evaluate what they did and did not do. “I’m concerned, I’m really concerned,” Starr said of the decline in Hispanic students’ scores. “I don’t understand why that drop exists.” Addressing the county school system’s overall combined score, Starr said, “We are essentially stable.” Starr said the school system has focused efforts toward helping students traditionally underrepresented in colleges, including African-American and Hispanic students. Montgomery County Board of Education member Michael Durso said he and others in the school system will need to take time to determine what these scores mean. “I think on the surface that’s disturbing,” said Durso, addressing Hispanic students’ scores. “I think deeper down I’d probably want to talk to some others and maybe talk to some people at the schools to get their impression.” He described “the whole SAT score phenomenon” as “ﬂuid and unpredictable.” Durso, a former principal, said that in all three jurisdictions he’s worked in there were years when SAT scores would change without an apparent corresponding change of the school’s instruction. “Of all the issues we deal
tip they received on Sept. 25 helped them link Washington to the crimes. Video surveillance captured photos of a man who wore thick-rimmed glasses and his hair in long dreadlocks. According to police, Washington has been charged with two counts of robbery and is currently being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center on $20,000 bail for the charges against him in Montgomery County. He also faces theft and robbery charges for cases in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. For those charges, he is being held on an additional $40,000 bail. A lawyer for Washington was not listed in online court records as of Tuesday afternoon. with in education, interpreting those scores is one of the more challenging ones,” he said. School board member Rebecca Smondrowski said she thinks the SAT scores are “one piece of a lot of different things” and that the SAT data will help the school board determine what questions it needs to ask. Smondrowski said the school system’s Hispanic students are “our fastest growing population.” “I’m not conﬁdent that we have the resources totally to keep up with the growth,” she said. She said the school system is working hard to target achievement gaps, but that this time that was not reﬂected in Hispanic students’ scores. Across the school system, four high schools increased their average combined score by 20 points or more, while eight decreased their scores by 20 points or more. Rockville High School’s score rose 57 points to 1582 with the greatest increase and Seneca Valley High School’s score fell 75 points to 1447 for the greatest decrease. Rockville High Principal Billie-Jean Bensen said the school formed a team last year that worked to identify students who, based on their course work and PSAT participation, would be good candidates for the SAT but had not yet taken the test. “We’re certainly continuing that this year,” she said. Marc Cohen, Seneca Valley High’s principal, said his initial reaction to the decrease in his school’s scores was “disappointment.” The school, however, saw a nearly 110-point increase the year before, he said. Cohen said he meets with the school’s SAT and ACT committee on a regular basis and that over the next few months they will discuss what might have changed to affect this year’s scores and what interventions they believe led to the increase last year. The SAT data, Cohen said, will “push us to ask questions.” email@example.com
TOWN OF POOLESVILLE BOARD OF APPEALS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION 002-13
Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on October 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM, Poolesville Town Hall, 19721 Beall Street, Poolesville, Maryland for the purpose of receiving evidence concerning Special Exception 002-13 submitted by Lakisha Reid of Discovery Early Learning Center for the property located at 19831 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, Maryland. This special exception is to request approval to operate a licensed daycare center as a use in the General Commercial Zone. This application is made pursuant to the Poolesville Zoning Code, Appendix B, Section 10.D.3. to authorize a special exception from Section 3 “Development Standards Chart” in the (P-GC) Poolesville General Commercial zone. Copies of this application are available at Town Hall. 1890790
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Continued from Page A-1 Standards and Technology and the National Institutes of Health. When Congress failed to pass legislation to fund the government Monday night in an impasse over the health care reform law, it triggered plans for agencies to halt all but essential operations. For the Silver Spring-based Food and Drug Administration, 45 percent of its 13,000-member work force was scheduled for furlough, spokesman Steven Immergut said. Most of those reporting to work Tuesday are paid with user fees, money outside the budget, he said. The last time the government shut down in 1996, employees were eventually repaid for the closure. Whether employees will get back pay this time is up to Congress, said Jennifer Huergo, spokeswoman for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Huergo said she was among those who would be furloughed during the shutdown. During the 1996 shutdown, which lasted three weeks, contractors were not reimbursed. If all of Montgomery County’s residents employed by the federal government were out of work for one day, it would cost the county $500,000 in income tax revenue, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said. Should the federal government not repay employees furloughed by the shutdown, he said, it will affect actual county income tax revenue. To lessen the blow, Montgomery prepared for both federal furloughs by lowering its budgeted income tax revenue $60 million in ﬁscal 2014, he said. Whether $60 million is enough cushion, Leggett said, remains to be seen. In 2011, federal jobs totaled 46,020 in Montgomery, according to county data. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated the number of federal jobs in both Montgomery and Frederick counties at 51,400 in August 2013. Many county residents work in federal jobs in Washington, D.C., or Northern Virginia. Of the county’s 971,771 residents recorded in the 2010 U.S. Census, 72,492 worked for the federal government.
necessary by the NIH director, and will discontinue some veterinary services.
Contractors could see furloughs, bid delays Lockheed Martin is keeping its facilities open and employees will continue to receive pay and beneﬁts unless directed otherwise by customers, company ofﬁcials said Tuesday in a statement. The impact on operations, work force and subcontractors during the shutdown “depends on individual contract terms,” Lockheed spokeswoman Jennifer Allen said. In fiscal 2012, Lockheed was the federal government’s largest single contractor with $37 billion in contract dollars obligated to the company, according to federal ﬁgures. About $3.7 billion in federal contractors to companies in the Washington area — more than 20 percent — were hurt by funding delays during the 1996 shutdown, according to a Congressional Research Service report.
Nymeo Federal Credit Union, which has offices in Frederick, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Adelphi, will allow temporary reduced payment for loans and even skipped payments to customers who are furloughed due to a shutdown. While its ofﬁces in federal buildings such as at the National Institute of Standards and Technology will likely close, other branches will be open and have increased staff. Some contracts awarded by federal agencies are specified that awardees ﬁnd private funding for those projects. That’s the case with Rockville-based Standard Solar, which builds and installs solar electric systems, when it was recently selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center to develop photovoltaic solar systems on Army facilities. Standard Solar was one of 22 companies to be chosen under the Multiple Award Task Order Contracts program, which qualiﬁes those businesses to compete for future solar projects.
“The awarded companies have been qualiﬁed by the U.S. Army to have the capacity to bring private sector funding to each of the awarded projects, so funding is not impacted by government shutdowns or extended sequestrations,” said John Finnerty, director of business development for Standard Solar. The Greater Washington Board of Trade recommends companies that contract with the government confirm arrangements with regular contractors and suppliers in writing, and detailed documentation of correspondence should be kept in case future disagreements arise.
National park visitors asked to leave Visitors to national parks, including the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and Glen Echo parks in Montgomery County, were asked to leave Tuesday as Park Service employees closed and secured park facilities and grounds. The Park Service will sus-
Federal agencies prepare contingency plans The National Institute of Standards and Technology is part of the Department of Commerce, which will keep only about 6,000 of its 46,000 employees on duty during the shutdown, according the department’s contingency plan. Most research at NIST was scheduled to cease as well as most research as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring. Ofﬁcials were meeting Tuesday to discuss closure, expecting the Gaithersburg ofﬁce to close about 3 p.m. In Bethesda, the National Institutes of Health will continue patient care for current Clinical Center patients and provide animal care services to protect the health of its animals, according to information from the Ofﬁce of Management and Budget. It will maintain only minimal staff and will not admit new patients unless deemed medically
pend all activities during the shutdown, except those needed to respond to emergencies, and will furlough 21,379 of its 24,645 employees, according to Management and Budget data. Adventure Theatre MTC had to abandon its site in Glen Echo Park because of the shutdown, moving all activities to its Wintergreen Plaza location in Rockville, according to a news release. Adventure Theatre MTC provides children with theater classes, camps and productions. Michael J. Bobbitt, producing artistic director, said in a statement that the theater was prepared for the effect the shutdown would have on his organization. But he was also confident lawmakers would fund the government before Adventure Theatre MTC had to cancel performances. The ofﬁce of U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac was one of the government operations that did not shut down. The U.S. Constitution mandates legislative operations
continue and in response to a “constitutional duty” to represent District 6, Delaney’s Capitol Hill and district ofﬁces would remain open, the ofﬁce said in a news release. Among the agencies open Tuesday was the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, based in Rockville. The commission had enough money from the previous year’s budget, which ended Monday, to operate for one week, spokeswoman Holly Harrington said. Should the government remain unfunded for longer, the commission faced keeping about 90 percent, or all but 300 of its 4,000 total employees off the job. Most NRC employees — about 3,000 — work in Rockville, Harrington said. The Department of Energy also had money to stay open, spokesman Steven Thai said. While Department of Energy employees reported to work Tuesday, Thai said how long the agency could sustain operations was unknown.
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Page A-14 start. My biggest problem is boys, they just don’t read. As a teacher I know they are cutting themselves short, stunting their progress.
VOICES IN EDUCATION
Do you think the schools are ignoring reading for STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math]?
Sure we do. I really think we need to up our requirements and give them more reading of the classics and emphasize writing on what they read.
n Age: 53 n Job title: English teacher, Springbrook High School, Silver Spring
n Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo. n Education: Bachelor of Arts, Russian Studies, University of Virginia, 1982; Master of Arts, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UVA, 1986; Masters of Teaching, Johns Hopkins University 2006
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Andrew Leddy, an English teacher at Springbrook High School, Silver Spring, in his classroom on Friday.
n Favorite activity/vacation spot: Avid runner; Colorado mountain climber n Lesson to live by: “The imagination will not perform until it has been ﬂooded by a vast torrent of reading.” Petronius (27-66 A.D.)
Andrew Leddy is an English teacher at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring. He was interviewed at the school Sept. 25. In an email you sent, you stressed the importance of reading for high school students. You wrote, “Simply put,
we are in the midst of a reading and knowledge crisis.” Can you tell me more about this?
[The students] are not reading, they simply don’t read. So I created a Springbrook Reading List. Last spring I asked every English teacher: tell me what you think are the most important books [for students] to read in high school. There were 18 teachers. This list is limited to novels. We need another for plays, poems and speeches.
So you turned the list into a poster [listing 60 books] and that is in every classroom?
The English Department created
the graphic. The larger the type size [on the poster], the more frequently the novel title was mentioned by teachers. This isn’t an absolute, its representing a real nice foundation in literature, a core of books we think are really important. Have you presented this to your class?
Oh yeah! The problem is, it’s as though they didn’t know these books were out there. What I didn’t want was for a kid to get out of school and say nobody ever told me to read. If they look at all the people who made this list and talk to them about it or ask why, that’s a
Do you have a favorite book on this
So much of what I’m into is things that are culturally signiﬁcant. When they miss reading them they miss out on cultural allusions. Take Frankenstein [by Mary Shelley]. The idea of an experiment overtaking us. That’s relevant when you talk about science, genetically modiﬁed seed. It seems small but I think it’s big, the beginning of industrial agriculture, worries and fears. At the end it’s just a great chase story. Who is the monster? The creator or the created? What is your plan for the list?
At Back to School Night get every English teacher to talk about it. I want this to be schoolwide, to get parents to know the way to get into IB [International Baccalaureate] and AP [Advanced Placement], you need to read. I only have 45 minutes a day [with the students] so it’s about impressing on the student the need to read. I read a lot of books, one is “The Shallows” [by Nicholas Carr] about what the Internet is doing to our brains,
another is “The Dumbest Generation” [by Mark Bauerlein]. The evidence is that despite all the information [young people] have at their hands, they aren’t smart. I don’t want to be Chicken Little here, but I don’t want to understate it either. So what is the role of parents?
I can’t say it enough, parents need to be impressing upon students how important [reading] is. I defy the world to ﬁnd a Nobel Laureate that did not start off with books. It’s about curiosity, it’s of enormous cultural importance, it’s a big deal. Everybody is saying they are going to college but I can say they would do much better [in college] if they start here. Is this a new mission for you?
In a sense it is. I’m getting really worried about this generation. We’re not getting the best citizens we could have. I would like to challenge other teachers, other schools, to come up with their own lists. It would be interesting to see [them], every school would be different. To see the Springbrook Reading List visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/ schools/springbrookhs.
“Voices in Education” is a twicemonthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured e-mail Peggy McEwan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Baker students get ﬁrsthand career knowledge Eighth-grade students at Baker Middle School in Damascus got a head start making career choices at the school’s annual Career Day on Sept. 27. Almost two dozen parents, teachers and community members spent the morning at the school talking to students about what they do and the training it took to get where they are. Students selected ﬁve talks they would like to attend. They got to attend three of their choices. Each session lasted 30 minutes. “It was a fabulous day. We had a good bunch of presenters,” said Cindy Loweth, counseling secretary at Baker. “They kept the kids involved and answered lots of questions.” Among the 21 career professionals speaking with the students were teachers, medical professionals, business people, engineers, public safety chiefs, accountants, contractors and computer specialists.
Residents encouraged to participate in Walk to School Day County’s focus school for the event will be Kensington Parkwood Elementary School Students, parents and community members throughout
walk the rest of the way. This year, the county’s focus school for the event will be Kensington Parkwood Elementary School, 4710 Saul Road, Kensington. For more information about Walk to School Day or organizing an event at a local school, contact Nadji Kirby, 240-7777169 or email@example.com or visit the county’s website.
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Jennifer McCloskey (far left), a civil engineer with the Department of Energy, gets ready to place a ﬁfth tuna can on a structure built from toothpicks and soft candy by John T. Baker Middle School eighth-graders (seated at table, from left) Blake Schmaltz, 14, Jordan Anderson, 13, Jacob Hamrick, 14, and Ryan Commarota during a career day activity at the school. Algebra teacher Karen Emmerick (far right) points out the inevitable collapse, which is about to occur. Montgomery County will celebrate International Walk to School Day Oct. 9 by walking or bicycling to school as a healthy way to start the day. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to promote more walkable communities, safer streets for walking and biking, healthier habits and cleaner air. It become “International” in 2000, when Canada and the United Kingdom joined with the U.S. to celebrate. Around the globe, International Walk to School Month brings together more than 40 countries in recogni-
tion of the common interest in walking to school. The ﬁrst-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, as part of National Bike Month. Nearly 1,000 local events in 49 states across the U.S. encouraged children to safely bicycle or walk to school. Last year, 47 schools in Montgomery County participated in Walk to School Day and this year all schools are encouraged to organize an event. Students who would like to participate but live too far from school are encouraged to carpool part of the distance and
Discussion on mindfulness to be held at Whitman HS Walt Whitman High School Stressbusters Committee invites parents and students of all ages to learn about and experience mindfulness and meditation at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Walt Whitman High School auditorium, 7100 Whittier Blvd.,
Bethesda. Tara Brach, founder of In-
sight Meditation Community of Washington, and U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, (D-Ohio), author of “A Mindful Nation,” will lead a discussion: Cultivating Resilience: How Mindfulness Training can Beneﬁt Students and the Adults who Nurture Them. They will share the growing body of empirical and anecdotal evidence on the beneﬁts of mindfulness for youth, educators and parents both in the classroom and out, as well as how to use mindfulness to manifest our full potential and
in responding to life’s stressors with clarity and balance. Attendees will be able to explore meditation practice ﬁrst-hand. Suggested donation for the evening is $10, cash or check only. No reservations are necessary. For more information call 301675-3177.
MCPS to host forum on alcohol and drug abuse prevention Montgomery County Public Schools, in collaboration with county and nonproﬁt partners, is scheduled to host a community forum on youth substance abuse and prevention from 6:30-9 p.m. Monday at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr.,
The event, titled “Time to Talk: Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Prevention Forum,” is being coordinated by MCPS, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, the Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse and the Brave and Bold Coalition. There will be a resource fair, presentations, and a question-and-answer session. “Recognizing and preventing substance abuse in our children is a very important topic for our schools, our families, and our community at large,” said Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr in a statement.
“It is an issue that will require us to collaborate on solutions that will help our young people making healthy choices, so they can lead productive lives.” Among those expected to speak at the event are Starr and other MCPS staff members, as well experts in the area of substance abuse and prevention, including: Dr. James M. Bjork, program ofﬁcer, National Institute on Drug Abuse; Dr. Raymond Crowel, chief, Montgomery County Behavioral Health and Crisis Services; and Sgt. Keith Matthis, Montgomery County Police Department. To register for the forum visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org.
Norwood to host Secondary School Fair The 15th Annual Secondary School Fair is scheduled to be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Norwood School, 8821 River Road, Bethesda. Admission representatives from more than 100 day and boarding schools will be available to answer questions as well as provide information on the application process, tuition and ﬁnancial aid, curricular and extracurricular offerings, class size and what makes their schools unique. Admission to the fair is free. For more information contact Cathy Russo at Norwood School, 301-841-2101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“They just don’t come to grips that newspapers have far greater readership than government websites.” Jack Murphy,
Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association executive director
[Listservs in small communities] “are essentially the digital town square that much of the community is engaged with.” Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher, state delegate
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Garrett Park’s ofﬁcial town bulletin board inside the Garrett Park post ofﬁce.
Continued from Page A-1 trade group, says newspapers are widely read and their websites visited far more often than local government sites. The debate is destined to rekindle in January, when the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes for its 2014 session. Government groups have an ally in Del. Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher (DDist. 18) of Kensington, whose 2013 session bill would have let local governments post most legal notices on their own websites. Similar bills in the legislature failed in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Several Montgomery County state legislators have signed on to past versions of the bills. Conversely, Sen. Karen S. Montgomery (D-Dist. 14) of Brookeville helped defeat a proposal in a Senate committee in 2011. She said in a recent interview that printed newspapers are valuable and more reliable resources than the electronic world, especially for older people. This year, the House Environmental Matters Committee referred Waldstreicher’s bill to “summer study,” or further discussion after the session. Waldstreicher said a compromise could come by ﬁguring a reasonable transition from print to online, although he wasn’t ready to be speciﬁc. Jack Murphy, MDDC’s executive director, can’t imagine a middle ground if it means pulling back on newspaper notices. The association
ﬁrmly believes printed notices are effective in relaying information. “They just don’t come to grips that newspapers have far greater readership than government websites,” said Murphy, a former editor of The Gazette. Karen Acton, the president and CEO of Post-Newsweek Media LLC, which includes The Gazette, said some rural areas still use dial-up Internet access. Minorities and senior citizens, with less Internet access, would be disproportionately inconvenienced if they had to get information online, she said. Legal notices cover an array of government-related proceedings and proposals, such as annexations, charter amendments and zoning regulations. They give the public a chance to react and participate in the process. Lawmakers who support a shift in notices have proposed accommodations for those needing printed information. Governments would be required to mail printed copies of legal notices to anyone who signs up, at no charge. In addition, governments would have to annually buy a newspaper ad telling the public where to ﬁnd future legal notices. Garrett Park Mayor Peter Benjamin backs Waldstreicher’s legalnotice bill. He thinks the current structure unfairly imposes a onesize-ﬁts-all requirement. Residents there have several ways to stay apprised of their government: by email, an online listserv, a town newspaper, the town’s website, Ben-
jamin said. In addition, Garrett Park, with a population of about 1,000, has no home mail delivery. So, people regularly go to the post ofﬁce, where the town hangs notices, Benjamin said. He objects to small governments being directed to spend money on an ad buried in the back of a larger regional newspaper. Listservs in small communities “are essentially the digital town square that much of the community is engaged with,” Waldstreicher said. But Murphy said larger municipalities need a good central repository for information. Legal notices in newspapers reach people who might not even know to look for them, he said. Money is an undercurrent in the battle. But Acton said communication, not money, is the driving force. For The Gazette, legal notices covered under the bill make up less than 2 percent of the newspaper’s advertising revenue. They’re sold at a lower rate than other ads. Other types of required legal notices in newspapers, such as for foreclosure auctions or people legally changing their name, come from private entities — usually lawyers — and are excluded from the bill. Those notices make up most of the ads in The Gazette’s business and politics edition, known as the Business Gazette. A Maryland Association of Counties chart shows that 15 counties and Baltimore City spent $1.9 million to publish legal notices in ﬁscal 2010. Spending from the other eight counties was not available.
Costs didn’t necessarily correspond to size. Montgomery County was listed at $213,894, about half as much as Anne Arundel County, despite having about twice Anne Arundel’s population. A Maryland Municipal League chart shows total legal-notice expenses for some municipalities covering ﬁscal years 2008 to 2010. Among them: Rockville ($41,000), Poolesville ($9,792) and Kensington ($4,000). Waldstreicher said his goal is “to save my municipalities money.” Sen. Montgomery, though, said newspapers are local businesses, too, and wondered why government wouldn’t help them survive. In written testimony earlier this year, Candice Donaho, MML’s director of governmental relations, wondered why newspapers claim to be the best source of information while their circulation drops “drastically year after year” and people turn more to the Internet. Media representatives counter that newspapers also post legal notices on their websites, which have many times more visits and clicks than government websites get, and on the press association’s website. The press has an essential civic duty of being a watchdog and ensuring transparency, said Acton, a former MDDC board president. Murphy sees an inherent ﬂaw in the cost-saving claim driving recent bills: If everyone who reads legal notices asks for mailed printed copies, “it would be ferociously expensive.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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The suburbs are wired. High-speed Internet access is available to more than nine of every 10 households in Montgomery County, making it one of the nation’s most connected communities. “Government [online] services will go where the technology enables,” said Gary H. Arlen, whose Bethesda-based research company Arlen Communications LLC has monitored industry and government information-technology trends for more than two decades. “We are one of those rare markets with multiple sources for broadband, both wired and wireless.” The Federal Communications Commission’s annual look at broadband penetration found cable-television services were within reach of 93 percent of Montgomery’s households and newer, ﬁber-optic conduits were available to 78 percent of the county’s homes last year. Commercial Internet service providers closely guard customer subscription data, but analysts say the pace of broadband access connections is accelerating nationwide. Seventy percent of adults have an Internet connection at home, up 4 percent from a year earlier, according to a survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project released in late August. As wireless phone companies upgrade their networks and adjust pricing, more customers are expected to access the Internet with wireless smartphones, tablets and other portable devices, analysts say. At the same time, gaps remain because of escalating monthly costs, the location of cables and transmission towers. “Anecdotally, there are places in my house where my wireless service doesn’t work, and I’ll walk 20 feet to another room and it does,” Arlen said. “Those are infrastructure issues that are beyond the grasp of local governments.” Reliability is improving. A separate federal study published last winter conﬁrmed most Internet providers were delivering on the guarantees of speed — about 96 percent of the time, the advertised speed was being met during prime-use hours, when demand is greatest. As performance increases, so do prices, even in markets with ﬁerce competition. That poses a problem for government services online, since some families have limited access, having to rely on often-crowded libraries or government centers for Internet-connected computers. A springtime Commerce Department report showed less than half of U.S. households with incomes less than $25,000 a year had broadband connections. “Clearly, there is the question of affordability,” Arlen said. “The poor can get exploited and can’t get access.” Maryland is one of six states participating in a test program funded by the FCC to provide wireless broadband access to the poor, similar to a generations-old “lifeline service” that subsidized dial-up telephone service. Findings are due within a year. email@example.com
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
An off-key salary proposal
Each year, before “American Idol” kicks its singing competition in high gear, the show focuses on the people who audition to be a part of the show. Though viewers see a number of talented singers progress, the show has capitalized on the clueless contestants who miss the high notes, who can’t keep a beat, who don’t know the lyrics. Something similar is playing out at the Council Ofﬁce Building in Rockville. The Montgomery County Council has received a proposal to increase the salaries of the county executive and the nine members of the council. It is, sadly, an excellent example of political cluelessness. COMMISSION Under the proMISSES NOTES posal — submitted by a IN EXECUTIVE, commission seated to consider the compenCOUNCIL PAY sation levels of elected RAISES ofﬁcials — the county executive’s pay would increase from $180,250 to $190,000 per year, a 5.4 percent increase. For the next three years of the executive’s term, he or she would get a pay increase equal to inﬂation. A council member’s salary would climb from $104,022 per year to $125,000, a 20 percent increase. Likewise, council members also would receive annual inﬂationbased raises for the remaining years of the term. The council president, elected by members of the council to one-year terms, would continue to receive a 10 percent increase over the council member’s base pay. Current ofﬁceholders would not see the raises unless they are re-elected in the November 2014 elections. And the raises are not a done deal. The council can accept the recommendations as they are, lower them or reject them. They should be rejected. According to the report that came with the commission’s recommendations, the county executive deserves the raise because of the complexity of running the county. It also noted that the Prince George’s County executive is paid more. “Both counties are part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and share similar characteristics, but Montgomery County has a higher population; fairness dictates that the salary of the County Executive for Montgomery County be comparable to or slightly high than the County Executive salary for Prince George’s County.” In a perfect world, the comparison might make sense. But in this imperfect world, such a comparison just means the two counties will get into an endless cycle of one executive’s salary increase justifying the next one’s. For the council members, the same panel looked through the opposite end of the telescope. What other jurisdictions pay their legislative body was ignored in favor of far less tangible considerations: “The Councilmember salary should more accurately reﬂect the scope, complexity, and leadership responsibilities of the job and the value and the demands placed on the position by the community.” Curiously, while the commission believes Montgomery County Council members deserve to be paid $125,000 a year, it barely acknowledges that Fairfax County, Va., pays its supervisors $75,000. That county is a bit larger, and equally complex. By its earlier logic, the panel should be recommending the same salary, or slightly lower. No one should object that a county executive or County Council member should be well paid. It is a tough job. But such large pay increases now, when the region hasn’t convincingly escaped the Great Recession, is not much better than a tone deaf “American Idol” contestant. Except with the TV show, viewers can change the channel and such silliness is soon forgotten. These recommendations will be around, possibly for four more years, and taxpayers can’t switch them. Then there’s Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), who shared last month he felt “stuck” making $172,000 a year in Congress. There’s no reason to believe any of our council members feel similarly “stuck,” but Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Takoma Park did say many people choose not to run for ofﬁce because of concerns over whether they can make it work ﬁnancially. The salary commission’s report says the county’s median household income is $95,000. Anyone interested in serving the people of Montgomery should be able to provide for his or her family comfortably. The council should recognize that they and the county executive are already paid handsomely. If they feel compelled to approve any increase, leave it to cost of living. That’s a tune almost everyone can sing.
The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month As state’s attorney and as sheriff for Montgomery County we review numbers and statistics daily. However, there is no number of which we are more proud than the number zero. That’s because we experienced zero domestic violence related homicides in this county in the entire calendar year of 2010 and the same so far this year. As a long-time prosecutor and a career sheriff, we are both painfully aware of the fact that all too often, if a woman living in this county were the victim of a homicide, it likely would have occurred during the course of a domestic violence incident. It is with this in mind, and because of our joint concern, we came together to attack this problem with innovative and holistic approaches; not only to address murders but also to address the associated problems of domestic abuse. On April 29, 2009, Montgomery
seek a life without abuse. The majority of them return multiple times for services. This program is meeting the needs of these families. The Montgomery County FJC has become the model of services for the entire mid-Atlantic region with innovations such as video links to the courts for protection orders, collaborations with private nonproﬁts and the generous support of more than 1,000 donors from the community and the corporate world to the FJC Foundation. We realize that the FJC may be our ﬁnest example of how public and private partnerships can together help us build a safer and more caring community. We would like to extend our appreciation to Verizon and Kaiser Permanente, among others, for their continued generosity and support of our efforts through the FJC Foundation. The Annual FJC Foundation’s Beneﬁt Gala will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Bethesda Hy-
County opened the doors of the Family Justice Center and changed the way we, as a county, respond to domestic violence victims. No longer do victims have to travel from place to place, retelling their stories (often with children in tow) in order to seek protection, counseling, investigations of criminal acts, emergency and legal services. The new FJC relocated these services in one family-friendly space. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that in more than half of families affected by domestic violence, children witness the abuse. These children are at greater risk of entering child protective services, the juvenile justice system and later in life; the adult criminal justice system. The FJC has served nearly 5,000 victims and their children. [“County volunteers provide 24hour support to victims of sexual assault,” Sept. 4] These survivors
Texas has nothing on Maryland, except opportunity
President George W. Bush famously admonished his political foes, “Don’t mess with Texas.” But Texas now is messing with Maryland. Texas Governor Rick Perry is filling Maryland’s airwaves with 60-second spots aimed at luring many of Maryland’s residents and business owners to the Lone Star state. What is Texas’s allure? It certainly is not the climate. Maryland has four real seasons, with glorious springs and unforgettable autumns. Texas has two — hot and hotter (and more humid). It certainly is not the schools. K-12 public schools in Maryland, particularly in Montgomery and Howard counties, are some of the top rated in the country. Texas’s schools, with a few exceptions, are inferior. It certainly is not the colleges. Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland system are second to none in higher education, and they certainly are not second to any colleges and universities in Texas. It certainly is not transportation. Maryland is served by multiple world class airports and interstate highways that connect the state with the largest markets
and population centers in the country.Marylandhasoneofthe best ports (the port of Baltimore) inthewholecountry,connecting Maryland with the commerce of theworld.Texas’stransportation system does not measure up. It certainly is not the culture. Maryland’s cultural opportunities in the arts and sports compare very favorably to those in Texas. The Rangers and the Cowboys have nothing on the Orioles and the Ravens. But Texas trumps all of Maryland’s advantages in climate, culture, transportation and education with a single concept: Opportunity. Opportunity to start a business. Opportunity to grow a business. Opportunity to keep more of what that business earns. For the past five years, Maryland’s taxes have been increasing, and its business regulations have been multiplying. This business unfriendly environment has forced thousands of residents and small businesses to seek shelter out of state. Many of Maryland’s overtaxed upper bracket earners have moved across the river to more business-friendly Virginia, saving thousands in
yearly taxes, while reducing their businesses’ regulatory burdens. Indeed, between 2001 and 2010, more than 66,000 Marylanders fled the “Free State” (or more aptly, the “fee state,” as Gov. Perry refers to Maryland in his radio ads). Thousands more Marylanders are planning to follow suit this year, as some Maryland counties, like Montgomery, ﬂirt with even more egregious business regulations, like a $15 minimum wage and even higher taxes on upper bracket earners. All the while, Texas’s business climate has become increasingly business-friendly, and it charges no state income tax. As Maryland has lost $5.5 billion in state income, as it has shed thousands of upper bracket earners and their businesses, Texas has gained $17.6 billion. While Texas understands that you can collect the golden eggs (jobs and tax revenues) produced by the golden goose (business), Maryland is about to learn that when you choke the golden goose, there are no more golden eggs.
Dan Bongino, Severna Park The writer is a Republican candidate for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.
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att Regency (registration at www. mcfjcfoundation.org). This is the public’s chance to see how benefactors and practitioners collaborate to help survivors. Our daily mission with the FJC remains simple yet challenging — saving lives. We are committed to that goal. And with further public awareness, more resources and continued community and corporate commitment we can make every month (not just October) less about domestic violence abuse and more about the number zero — zero murders, zero domestic violence victims and zero tolerance of domestic abuse.
John McCarthy, Rockville Darren Popkin, Olney The writers are, respectively, the Montgomery County state’s attorney and the Montgomery County sheriff.
Turn panhandlers into workers I refer to the news item, “Montgomery program tries to discourage donations to panhandlers” [Sept. 9]. These panhandlers pace along the median strips for several hours each day with a cardboard sign in hand. They are actually working long hours supporting themselves under difﬁcult personal circumstances. Just look across the median strip to the sidewalk and one will ﬁnd young people twirling signs asking people to visit a furniture store, or a gold jewelry shop, or some other commercial enterprise. This second category are paid by the businesses and from the economy point of view, they are contributing to society. Then, how do we convert the effort of the ﬁrst category into an economic activity? The county (or city), businesses, and charities (representing donors) form a partnership and do the following: • Ban panhandling. • Give them jobs doing the same thing, i.e. pacing while holding a card board sign — but with a different message. • Pay them wages to compensate the earnings they would have made by their discontinued profession, viz., panhandling. For example, they can stand about 500 feet ahead of a red light camera or a speedzone camera warning drivers that there is such a camera. Another cardboard sign might say, “stop using cellphones while driving.” In general, we should look for ways to convert them into beneﬁcial workers. Hold a contest and people will give ideas on how to use their skills in ways beneﬁcial to the society.
Som Karamchetty, Potomac
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Why Baltimore is not Detroit
There was considerable rejoicing in Baltimore city this week when George Mason University released a study saying that, compared to Detroit, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Providence and San Bernardino, Baltimore is on “reasonably solid ﬁnancial footing” and is demonstrating “ﬁnancial resiliency.” Of course those other ﬁve cities are all basket cases (two are in bankruptcy), so being best of the lot isn’t so hot. The Baltimore Sun highlighted the parts of the report crediting Baltimore’s success to sound city management provided by a strong-mayor MY MARYLAND system which lets the city’s BLAIR LEE Board of Estimates (controlled by the mayor) write the city budget and run the city’s ﬁnances without interference from the City Council, which can only lower the spending levels, not increase them. But if you actually read the George Mason report it tells a much different story. What’s really keeping Baltimore aﬂoat isn’t its mayor or its charter, it’s the billions of dollars the state of Maryland pours into the city every year. Baltimore runs on OPM: other people’s money. Much of what taxpayers in Maryland’s 23 counties send to Annapolis is recycled to Baltimore as direct and indirect state aid. Thanks to the city’s political muscle, decades of governors who were former Baltimore mayors (Schaefer, O’Malley) or city politicians (Mandel, Hughes) and a liberal state legislature, Baltimore now is the most subsidized city in America. State taxpayers pick up the tab for the city’s community college (other community colleges are mostly locally funded); for the city’s metrorail, metrobus and light rail operating and capital costs; for the city jail’s construction and operating costs (county jails are locally funded); 71 percent of the city’s K-12 school budget (the feds pay another 10 percent); all of the city’s social services costs; most of the
city’s road/bridge maintenance costs ($134 million a year); the operating and capital costs of what used to be the city’s port and airport (Friendship); annual grants to run the city’s zoo, museums, theaters, concert halls and libraries; and now the city wants the state to pay for its courts, as well. To help boost the city’s economy, the state located a host of state agencies and departments in Baltimore; paid for the Ravens and Orioles stadiums, the Convention Center, the Aquarium expansion, the Science Center, the Meyerhoff concert hall, the Hippodrome Theater, the Christopher Columbus Center, the Lyric, Center Stage, a new $1 billion school construction deal ($20 million a year for the next 30 years) and a new $2.5 billion light-rail system. Meanwhile, the city wants the state to participate in a $900 million convention center/ hotel/arena project in hopes that an NBA or NHL team will come if they (the state) build it. Then there are all the hidden state subsidies: historic tax credits to rehab city buildings (the city gets more than half), enterprise zone tax credits (Baltimore gets 61 percent of the state total), a special city cut of the state’s casino tax, a $79 million annual “disparity grant,” special police aid grants and impact aid that the counties don’t get, using state police to supplement the city’s police force, rebuilding the city’s failing wastewater treatment plants and scores of other subsidies embedded in state law. Ironically, on the same day that the George Mason study was released, so was an account of the city’s failed Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, which the state built for $30.6 million. The state also pays half ($2 million) of the annual operating costs and now is paying an additional $450,000 of the other half because the museum is a dud (the 150,000 estimated annual attendance turned out to be 38,000). But the city isn’t chipping in, and Baltimore state Sen. Bill Ferguson said, “The state has an obligation to ensure that the Reginald Lewis Museum continues to function.” An obligation? That’s the city’s pervasive attitude — the state owes us. When Martin O’Malley was mayor, the city foolishly spent $305 million building a Hilton Hotel that’s now going broke, costing the city $28 million a year by 2023. When asked recently about the Hil-
ton boondoggle, O’Malley blamed it on former Gov. Bob Ehrlich. Why? Because, said O’Malley, “You may recall, at the time, that we asked (and) we were told ‘no’ by the then-governor.” In other words, when O’Malley and the city tried to get the state to pay $305 million to build a loser hotel that private investors wouldn’t touch, Ehrlich dared saying “no.” You see, in Baltimore’s view, the city is entitled to special status. Baltimore doesn’t owe the state taxpayers any gratitude; state taxpayers owe Baltimore more assistance. When state and city assessors recently miscalculated city residents’ historic tax credits, costing them huge new taxes, city politicians argued that state taxpayers should pay the costs. And the city is lobbying Annapolis to shift city residents’ high auto insurance burden to suburban motorists. The audacity is stunning: When Detroit went bankrupt this summer, The Baltimore Sun editorialized “Why Baltimore Isn’t Detroit,” citing the city’s willingness “to make difﬁcult decisions” without one word about the city’s massive state bailouts — the real reason why Baltimore isn’t Detroit! The city has beneﬁted, so far, from the largess of liberal Montgomery state legislators who don’t mind raising Montgomery taxes and cutting its state aid to help the city, from P.G. lawmakers with whom the city shares the loot and from Baltimore County lawmakers who feel linked to the city as long as the city’s problems don’t ﬂow across the county line. But things are changing: The city’s political muscle is dwindling (only 11 percent of the state’s population and 8.5 percent of the statewide vote), for the ﬁrst time in memory there’s no Baltimore candidate running for governor, and federal spending cuts are squeezing the D.C.-area counties, which may not feel so charitable in the future. Living on other people’s money only works until the “other people” decide differently. When that happens, what’s Baltimore’s “Plan B”? Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www. gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is email@example.com.
LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Questions to ask before council gets pay raise When considering the merits of the recommendation to raise by 17 percent the salaries of County Council members from $106,394 to $125,000, Montgomery County citizens might ask the following questions. When they do, they will certainly see that the answer is “no raise.” • The proposal, in effect, treats council membership as merely a “job” at which someone “works” for a “salary” which must be “raised” if not “adequate.” Is this in our country’s best traditions? Isn’t elected ofﬁce in these United States not a “job” but a position of trust in which a citizen is placed by his or her fellow citizens to represent them? If we treat elected ofﬁce as something less, are we trivializing the ideals of democracy and representative government on which our country is built? Will that cause us to lose them? $106,394 is more than enough to serve as our representative. • When considering the merits of this “raise,” citizens in this miserable economy — assuming they even have a job — should ask themselves when the last time was that they received a
“raise,” a raise of 17 percent no less? If county government is so large that council members must devote more time to it, might the answer be not to pay them more but to reduce the size of government? • Should so-called “constituent services” be factored into the equation since they are little more than electioneering on the taxpayer’s dime? • Finally, given that the council’s membership has been completely Democratic since 2006 and that the “citizens panel” which recommended the 17 percent increase consisted of six Democrats and one Republican, does it reﬂect and help maintain a healthy, two-party democracy if Democrats do nothing more than recommend more money for Democrats? Having suffered through Democrats gerrymandering themselves into control across Maryland government at all levels, must citizens also suffer through them bootstrapping raises for themselves in Montgomery County? How much oneparty dictatorship is enough?
Paul Schilling, Bethesda
Appalling policy on unusable fares I was appalled to read the letter from Michael Gooden and Margaret Nolan about Metro’s refusal transfer the value of unused (and unusable) farecards of seniors who are medically unable to use the fares remaining on their paper cards to the current Smartrip cards. No “free ride” or refund was requested. The writers obviously understand that they, or other family members who would receive such a transfer, would have to expend it at the going rate for riders in general, with no senior discount. And it is clear that the owners of the unusable tickets have no objection to such a transfer. The most benign explanation for Metro’s response is that some inexperienced staff member simply saw the “no refunds” policy and jumped to an incorrect conclusion. Equally plausible, unfortunately, is the conclusion that
Metro is just looking for a quick windfall in the form of unused cards. Response to the writers’ appeals suggests the latter scenario is closer to the truth. I don’t use public transportation extensively because my ability to walk and drive is, thankfully, ﬁne at this time. My late husband could not drive, and his ability to get around on foot, Metro, and Ride On was legendary. I do use and appreciate the Senior Smartrip card when it is the most efﬁcient or most economical way to get around. Based on Metro’s policy, I have concluded that at no time will I carry more than $10 on my Senior Smartrip card so that my family will not have to go through a similar frustrating dialogue with Metro. So I ask: Was Metro’s ruling ﬁnancially sound, humanely equitable, or good public relations?
Mary L. Miers, Bethesda
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Senior makes a change of directions at Damascus n
Tight end leaves Good Counsel, basketball behind and quickly excels at football BY
DAN FELDMAN STAFF WRITER
Stephon Jacob, who hadn’t played football in two years, went through the banner and saw the Damascus High School stands packed with more fans than he’d ever seen for one of his games. After playing basketball for two years at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Jacob was back home beside the friends with whom he’d grown up, and he just wanted to savor the moment before the 2012 opener against Clarksburg. “There’s no greater feeling than Friday nights in Damascus,” Jacob said.
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Rockville High School quarterback Chuck Reese throws a pass during the ﬁrst half of Rockville’s game at Wheaton.
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Stephon Jacob (top, center), on defense, during Damascus High School football practice on Sept. 25.
FROM AN UNEXPECTED SOURCE
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Since last season, the Rockville High School football team moved its starting quarterback to receiver, made the 5-foot-8, 140-pound junior varsity quarterback the varsity starter and completely changed its offense. By halftime of its ﬁrst game, Rockville had
scored zero points. Rockville coach Seth Kenton said he scanned the locker room’s many concerned faces until his eyes met new starting quarterback Chuck Reese’s. Reese winked, Kenton said. That’s the moxie that convinced the coach to start Reese, and the junior has rewarded its faith, starting with leading a season-opening comeback win against Richard Montgomery. Reese is 116for-179 (65 percent) for 1,306 yards with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season. “If you were to come to a game or come to practice, you would say which one is Chuck?” Kenton said. “It’s not going to be the ﬁrst person you pick and go, ‘Oh, it’s that guy.’ It’s not that guy.”
As a freshman, Reese joined Rockville’s junior varsity team as an undersized and position-less player. He tried slot receiver, safety and even kicker. Eventually, he became the scout-team quarterback. “He ran our scout team to try to beat our ﬁrst defense every day of practice,” said Jason Lomax, who wasthentheJVoffensivecoordinator.“Andyoucould see the ﬁre and the drive. It was just in that little body. “There were many frustrating days for the ﬁrstteam defense, because he would go out there, and he would audible at the line, and he would do things that a normal, prototypical scout-team quarterback is not going to do. He’s out there literally like he’s
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Surviving on close calls Nolan has made the difference in three one-goal games for Churchill
TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER
Clare Nolan said she honestly didn’t remember the ﬁrst one, the lone goal in a 1-0 season-opening win over Quince Orchard High School. She did remember the next two, the second against Walt Whitman and the third to top Poolesville, which ran her total to three game-winning goals in Winston Churchill’s opening ﬁve ﬁeld hockey games. Simply put, the senior has an undeniable
nose for the goal. “The best word to describe Clare is hustle,” Churchill coach Cay Miller said. “She always goes all out and she’s dependable in high-pressure situations.” Keeping tune with Miller’s assessment of the tireless midfielder, it was Nolan’s hustle that landed her in the right place at the right time against the three teams which she struck. Though she claims not to recall the game’s lone goal when Churchill handed Quince Orchard its ﬁrst of four one-goal losses thus far, the stats say she took a pass from Carly Kabelac and Annie Moshyedi,
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Winston Churchill High School’s Clare Nolan and Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Gigi Jones compete during Monday’s ﬁeld hockey game.
Blair running back thrives winging it n
Despite not starting the year there, senior excels in the backﬁeld BY HARVEY VALENTINE SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
Montgomery Blair High School senior Darron Cumberbatch is a fast learner. He’s also a pretty fast runner. Since being made the starting running back in Week 2, Cumberbatch has thrived, helping the 2-2 Blazers already equal their win total from a year ago. Over the past three games, Cumberbatch has rushed for 319 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he’s averaging 27 yards on ﬁve kickoff returns, including an 82-yard touchdown against Northwood Sept. 20. “He’s having an outstanding year. He’s averaging about seven yards a carry,” coach Andrew Fields said. “He started the year off at receiver and outside linebacker. We kind of transitioned him into the running back role, and he’s really learning on the ﬂy and getting better every week. “Just a great, great kid. He’s a better person than he is a player, which says something.”
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Continued from Page B-1 Moments later, it got even better. Jacob recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and returned it for a touchdown, raising the ball over his head as he ran the ﬁnal 15 yards. “It was my adrenaline rushing, and it was just an amazing feeling,” Jacob said. Jacob drew a penalty for
Continued from Page B-1 found a way to get her stick on it and redirected it into the cage. The next came three games later against visiting Whitman, though this one came early, just 18 minutes into the ﬁrst half. Junior forward Isabel Mangan found her so wide open on a cross that, despite Nolan fumbling around with the trap for a few seconds, she still managed to get a decent enough drive off to beat the Viking keeper. “She’s just on her game all the time,” said keeper Sophie Ascher, who had allowed just ﬁve goals in six games as of Sunday.
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his celebration, showing, for all his potential, he still had a few kinks to work out in his ﬁrst high school football season. After beginning the year as a special teamer, Jacob earned steady roles as a tight end and outside linebacker. This season, he’s starting and excelling at both positions. “Now, he’s one of the top players in Maryland,” Damascus coach Eric Wallich said. Jacob transferred to Damascus and switched to foot-
ball from basketball to improve his chances at getting a college scholarship. So far, he hasn’t received an offer, but University of Virginia, Old Dominion, Appalachian State, Elon, James Madison, Richmond, Delaware, Coastal Carolina, Monmouth, Stony Brook, Albany, Duquesne, Towson and New Hampshire have all shown interest. Theseniormustprovehimself to college football coaches who hadn’t heard of him before last season. If how quickly Jacob im-
pressed Wallich is any indication, college offers should roll in soon. “A lot of times, basketball kids, when they haven’t played football, you don’t expect a lot of toughness from them,” Wallich said. “But he actually was very tough, and I think his best quality is how smart he is. You tell him one time, he locks it in his brain. He was like a sponge. He learned the offense and defense — pretty amazing for just one year.” Once Jacob acclimated to wearing pads, his talent began to
show, and a list of his best traits on the football ﬁeld reads like a basketball scouting report: Athletic. Good hands. Long wingspan. Boxes out well. Ambidextrous. (Jacobs writes with both hands. Primarily, he dribbles and eats with his right hand and leads with his right shoulder, and he throws and shoots with his left hand and kicks with his left foot). By playing basketball and
football, Jacob might have delayed his ﬁrst scholarship offer, but Wallich expects one will come soon. It’s not just that he has seen Jacob up close for more than a year, but Wallich has noticed how Montgomery County opponents have increasingly paid attention to Jacob and believes college recruiters will follow suit. “Any school that is scouting Damascus, he’s not under the radar to them,” Wallich said.
Nolan wasn’t quite done yet. Her ﬁnal clutch moment came via the rebuilding Falcons in overtime, and she “didn’t even look at the goal.” “I just drove it and it went in,” she said. “I remember when we were going into overtime. I said, ‘We got this. We’re going to get this.’” And, as she always has this year, she did. Without Nolan working to get to where her teammates needed her to be, Churchill could have just as easily been 2-4 as it was 5-1 prior to Monday’s matchup with Bethesda-Chevy Chase, which very nearly upset Walter Johnson earlier in the week. “She’s similar to [Churchill
graduate] Jennifer Shim,” Miller said. “When everybody is out of gas,Clarekeepsgoing.That’sClare. She hustles as much as any of the best players that I’ve coached.” Ascher may not have to go through a lung-searing workout every game like her teammate does, but the goalie has been every bit as valuable to Churchill’s early season success. There would have been no Nolan gamewinner had Ascher not stuffed every last one of Quince Orchard’s shots. There would have been no Nolan game-winner had Ascher not kept Whitman scoreless. And there would have been no Nolan game-winner had she not limited Poolesville to just two goals after the Falcons pounded in 16 in the
two games prior. “We wouldn’t be the same team without Sophie,” Nolan said. “She’s unbelievable. It’s just such a nice feeling to know that we have Sophie back in goal.” The funny thing is that Miller didn’t know who would be starting in goal less than six weeks ago. Ascher had transferred from Brighton High in upstate New York, and Miller didn’t know all that much about her. She sifted through a few newspaper articles online but that was the extent of her knowledge. Compiling onto that was the new heat rules that prohibit keepers from dressing in full pads for much of the preseason. But Ascher did enough to earn
the starting spot by the first game, and she vindicated Miller’s choice with four consecutive shutouts to open the season. “Sophie has been incredible,” Miller said. “She’s a very strong player and she’s been stepping up this year.” One of the most important aspects of goalkeeping that Ascher has brought with her is not necessarily her ability to keep shots out of the net, but her penchant for keeping her defense constantly aware of where they need to be at all times. When Ascher ﬁrst earned her starting spot, her platoon of defenders approached her and told her to be vocal, to make sure they are in the right position for
the attack she sees unfolding. “They know I’m not being mean when I tell them something,” Ascher said. “It’s just when I tell them that they have to move, they know they have to move.” Miller, while she said she is getting better at handling the stress of the overwhelming amount of close games, has admitted that the anxiety has died down a bit since the beginning of the year. But, just in case, how many game winners does Nolan have left in her? “I don’t know,” Nolan said with a laugh. “I hope enough to get us to 9-1.”
Continued from Page B-1 playing in a game. He wants to win every day and everything we cover.” The next year, Reese became the starting JV quarterback when classmate Spencer Brigman moved up to the varsity as starting quarterback. During that season, Lomax met with his players about their long-term goals in the program. Seeing Brigman entrenched in frontofhim,ReesetoldLomaxhe’d do his best as the backup quarterback the following two seasons. Lomax admired Reese’s maturity, though he agreed the backup path looked inevitable for Reese. But this offseason, Kenton realized his team needed an edge after 1-9 and 0-10 seasons. Rockville has a lower enrollment than eight of the 10 schools on its schedule. The other two, Damascus and Poolesville, made the playoffs last season. Kenton promoted Lomax to varsity offensive coordinator, and Lomax implemented the up-tempo, four-receiver offensive he’d used on JV. During the summer passing league, Reese earned the starting job and since has helped engineer a 2-2 start. Reese’s diminutive build stands in even starker contrast to opposing defenders now that he’s on varsity. Is that intimidating? “No!” Reese said. “I’m not normally that easily intimated person. I don’t feel that intimated, because I trust my offensive line and I trust everybody around me to do their jobs.” That trust with teammates like Brigman, who has become one of Reese’s top targets, was forged while eating lunch together daily in Lomax’s ofﬁce last year. In the summer, Reese hosted teammates at his house for video games, and they walked to workouts together afterward. “At Rockville, we have such a diverse background. We have Asian kids, Hispanic kids, black kids, white kids. And they all come from different economic backgrounds. They all come from all different kinds of religions. It’s just a melting pot at our school,” Lomax said. “And Chuck is able to reach into all those guys and be able to pull them in together and give them that family feel. That kind of quality alone is enough for him to lead our team.” Said Reese: “I’m just friendly with everybody. There’s not one type of person I wouldn’t want to talk to. For me, it’s always fun being social with people, making new friends, joking around with everybody.” But there was no joking while Rockville trailed Richard Montgomery 25-0. Reese said, “You could obviously see our fans putting their heads down, like, ‘Dang it. Not another 0-10 year.’” At that point, Lomax approached him and said it was time to step up. “He nodded. He said, ‘OK, we’re going to go score right now.’ And that’s what he did,” Lomax said. “From there, it was just a snowball going downhill. It just kept getting better and better every time he touched the ball.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HOW THEY RANK The 10 best football teams in Montgomery County this week as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Quince Orchard Cougars Good Counsel Falcons Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Bullis Bulldogs Gaithersburg Trojans Wootton Patriots Paint Branch Panthers Northwest Jaguars Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles Poolesville Falcons
4-0 60 3-3 54 3-1 47 3-1 42 4-0 37 3-1 30 4-0 24 3-1 18 3-1 12 3-1 3
Also receiving votes: Whitman 2 points; Sherwood 1 point.
LEADERS Top rushers
Carries Khalil Wilson, Einstein 53 Charles Lyles, Poolesville 89 Zac Morton, Whitman 89 Dage Davis, Geo. Prep 59 Devonte Williams, Bullis 67 Liam Duffy, R. Mont. 79 Chris Dawson, G. Counsel 75 Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel 89 Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard 53 E. Spottswood, Sherwood 72
Cmp-Att. Sam Ellis, Wootton 93-145 Chuck Reese, Rockville 116-179 G. Cooper, P. Branch 56-100 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 55-95 Mike Murtaugh, Q. Orch. 39-61 Evan Smith, Whitman 35-65 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 37-57 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 37-78 S. Morningstar, Pooles. 34-56 C. Hennessey, N’wood 41-77
Top receivers Joey Cornwell, Rockville Jibri Woods, Wootton Darrell Blue, Blair Trevon Diggs, Wootton Anthony Albert, Rockville Michael Scott, Kennedy Ryan Stango, P. Branch Elliott Davis, Q. Orchard Keon Paye, G. Counsel Javonn Curry, P. Branch
Catches 35 31 31 32 23 20 18 9 8 18
Yards 809 675 541 519 472 454 448 442 428 424
Avg. TDs 15.2 8 7.6 6 6.1 5 8.8 7 7.0 7 5.7 2 6.0 6 5.0 2 8.1 6 5.8 5
Yards 1319 1306 685 676 633 516 671 528 415 364 Yards 425 412 411 402 330 281 264 226 224 220
Int. TDs 4 13 4 16 3 7 2 8 1 9 4 3 2 3 5 5 4 3 2 2
Avg. TDs 12.1 5 13.3 4 13.3 4 12.6 7 14.3 4 14.1 0 14.7 3 25.1 4 28.0 3 12.2 3
Northwood coach tackles bigger issue After kidney failure, Gladiators’ Harris hopes to raise awareness for organ donations
for people to register during the game as organ donors. “I want to do something to show how thankful I am to have a second chance at life and to encourage everyone to register as an organ donor and consider giving a loved one or even a stranger a gift of life,” Harris said in a statement announcing the event, which he became committed to creating once his own experience taught him about the issue.
Football coaches, by nature, tend to be control freaks who obsess over every little detail. Many carefully organize team activities to the second. Northwood High School coach Dennis Harris plans to give up some of that carefully thought-out control Friday night be-
Good Counsel, good defense
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN fore his team’s homecoming game against Rockville. What’s so important to disrupt routine? Organ donations. Harris intends to wrap up his team’s pre-game warm-ups a little early, leaving himself time to speak shortly before kickoff to the crowd about kidney donations. He’ll tell his own story, how his kidneys failed him during the 2011 season and how his wife donated him one of her kidneys in July 2012. Most of all, he’ll encourage fans to join the Maryland Donor Registry. “If you’re able to be a donor, be a donor,” Harris said, “because the second
Northwood High School football coach Dennis Harris rounds-up his team during a practice.
chance that people can get from that. With a kidney, you can function perfectly with one, so if there’s anybody that you can help, whether it’s a person that you know or don’t know, just being able to provide that person with a second chance is something that you cannot put a price tag on.” Harris said the National Kidney Foundation will be on hand, potentially providing green pom poms for cheerleaders and green wristbands for fans. Most importantly, there will be forms provided
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
Kennedy vs. Wheaton Springbrook at Watkins Mill Rockville at Northwood Paint Branch at Einstein Richard Montgomery at Whitman Blair at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Churchill at Quince Orchard Blake at Northwest Walter Johnson at Magruder Wootton at Gaithersburg Damascus at Clarksburg Seneca Valley at Sherwood St. Albans at Georgetown Prep Poolesville at Catoctin Bullis at Cape Henlopen (Del.) Good Counsel at McNamara Episcopal at Landon Avalon at Riverdale Baptist
R. Montgomery Wootton* Whitman B-Chevy Chase Churchill Walter Johnson*
1-3 3-1 2-2 1-3 1-3 1-3
1-0 3-1 1-1 1-2 1-2 1-2
97 118 149 34 72 85 59 105 36 120 28 134
Montgomery 4A East Division Team
Paint Branch Sherwood Blair Springbrook* Blake Kennedy
4-0 3-1 2-2 1-3 1-3 0-4
3-0 2-0 1-2 1-2 0-1 0-2
153 25 84 75 81 59 66 50 20 108 25 96
Montgomery 4A West Division Team
Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder
4-0 4-0 3-1 2-2 0-4
2-0 2-0 2-1 0-2 0-2
110 20 140 13 121 52 64 56 38 169
Montgomery 3A Division Team
Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Watkins Mill Rockville Northwood Wheaton
3-1 3-1 2-1 2-2 2-2 0-4 1-3
3-0 2-0 2-1 1-1 1-2 0-2 0-3
Montgomery 2A Independent Team
147 42 124 55 111 84 78 97 137 149 20 155 62 164
3-1 104 54
Bullis 3-1 92 70 Good Counsel 3-3 130 80 Avalon 2-3 103 91 Landon 1-2 63 49 Georgetown Prep 1-3 76 133 * Includes forfeit result
Last week’s scores
Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Catoctin Bullis Good Counsel Landon Riv. Baptist
Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Catoctin Bullis Good Counsel Episcopal Riv. Baptist
Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest W. Johnson Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Landon Riv. Baptist
Wheaton Watkins Mill Rockville Paint Branch Whitman Blair Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Episopal Riv. Baptist
Wheaton Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest W. Johnson Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Episcopal Riv. Baptist
Wheaton Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis McNamara Landon Riv. Baptist
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Montgomery Blair High School running back Darron Cumerbach pops through the Springbrook line on Friday. rebounded after intermission to ﬁnish with 83 yards, including a 14-yard score. “I think it was actually more them than us,” Fields said of Cumberbatch’s struggles. “I don’t think he was having a hard time, I think it was more Springbrook was being more physical than us and more aggressive.” Cumberbatch said he hasn’t felt the pressure of being a focal point of the offense. “It would only be more pressure if I didn’t know what I was doing or if I wasn’t conﬁdent in my abilities,” he said. He even seemed surprised to hear that now he’s one of the players other teams have to
Montgomery 4A South Division
Cumberbatch isn’t a stranger to running back. He was a wing last season when Blair ran the Wing-T. Instead of lining up near the tight end as he did in the Wing-T, he’s now in the backﬁeld in the new Blair offense. “I think it’s worked out great. I’ve actually learned a bunch from my running backs coach and Coach Fields, stuff that I never would have imagined,” he said. “They’ve showed me a bunch of techniques that I’ve actually used in a game and it makes a huge difference.” Cumberbatch said Fields, in his ﬁrst year at Blair, told his new players over the summer to express an interest if they wanted to try a certain position. Cumberbatch, who was working as a receiver, spoke up. In the meantime, as he learned the receivers’ role in the offense, he said he also tried to memorize the running back assignments. “[He’s a] smart guy. And athletically, he’s probably our best all-around athlete in terms of strength and size and speed,” Fields said. “He’s just a dynamic guy with the ball in his hands and so we ﬁgured, ‘Hey, let’s make him the guy.’” In his first game as the starter he rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries against Sherwood. Then he ran for 151 yards on 13 rushes against Northwood and added the kickoff return touchdown. “Our offense is not easy,” Fields said. “It’s not like we just line up and say, ‘Run right or run left.’ There’s a lot of terminology and a lot of individual working parts. And he came in and just picked things up pretty quickly and that’s been a huge bonus for us.” Friday night was a tougher test. Springbrook defeated Blair 26-6 and held Cumberbatch to ﬁve yards in the ﬁrst half. He
Despite its uncharacteristically mediocre record, Our Lady of Good Counsel (3-3) has held ﬁve of six opponents below their season average for points scored. During the lone exception, a Sept. 20 game against Gonzaga, defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, who committed to University of Maryland, College Park, and safety Kobe Walker (Kentucky) suffered injuries that knocked them from the contest. Walker, whom Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy called “a great player,” returned in a 21-0 loss to DeMatha Catholic on Friday, registering 3.5 tackles. “He’s a leader back there in that secondary, so I just hope he’s still healthy,” Milloy said.
think about when they prepare for Blair. “I don’t know if teams have to do that, but if they did it would be awesome,” he said. “Just for them to take a minute and notice me would be pretty cool.” As the midpoint of his ﬁnal high school season approaches, Cumberbatch said playing football in college is “definitely” something he’s interested in. “My way to get into college is through academics,” he said. “If a college were to show me some type of interest, my ﬁrst thing would be to look at the school, see if they have my major (mechanical engineering) and see if I can get in academically.”
Seneca Valley 42, B-CC 20 Einstein 41, Northwood 0 Damascus 49, Watkins Mill 7 Wootton 43, Whitman 20 Poolesville 41, Walter Johnson 6 Sherwood 28, R. Montgomery 15 Quince Orchard 56, Magruder 0 Springbrook 26, Blair 6 Paint Branch 48, Churchill 0 Clarksburg 24, Blake 0 DeMatha 21, Good Counsel 0 Bullis 37, John Carroll 8 W. Wilson (D.C.) 21, Kennedy 7 Landon 49, Annap. AC 11 Avalon 41, Chavez 6 Rockville 54, Wheaton 22 Gaithersburg 26, Northwest 6
BEST BET Wootton vs. Gaithersburg,
6:30 p.m. Friday at Richard Montgomery. Both teams are undefeated on the ﬁeld and eyeing the playoffs after missing them last season. Sam Ellis, Trevon Diggs and Jibri Woods lead Wootton’s offense. Gaithersburg’s Solomon Vault’s health, who didn’t play last week, could be crucial.
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QO coach still unsure of team Magruder’s Argueta earns exceptional opportunity
Quince Orchard ﬁeld hockey spreads it out
It’s five games into the season and Quince Orchard High School girls’ soccer coach Peg Keiller is still a bit unsure of exactly what type of team she’s got. The Cougars’ record is good, of course, as they were 4-0-1 as of Monday night. But
Since the first day of volleyball tryouts, the overarching theme of the 2013 season has been one of parity and question marks. Coaches couldn’t quite pin down what team would be the top prospect, though the de facto leader in the public ranks
SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA AND JENNIFER BEEKMAN the meatiest portion of QO’s schedule has yet to hit, which leaves Keiller wondering what will happen during the season’s busiest stretch. “It is a bit weird,” Keiller said. “Especially that fact that our ﬁrst game was [a 0-0 draw] against [Walt] Whitman and to have such an incredible opponent and such a nail-biting game followed by a bit of cruising through the next four games makes it a very odd feeling.” Quince Orchard, which lost to BethesdaChevy Chase in the 4A West Regional semiﬁnals last season, has scored 18 goals through the ﬁrst ﬁve matches and allowed only two (both in a 4-2 victory against Paint Branch). Four of the Cougars’ ﬁve games have resulted in clean sheets from the defense — bolstered by strong performances by center backs Sam Sullenger and Sarah Gutch and goalkeepers Ricki Shultz and Rachel Hollander. Keiller said the early-season schedule has allowed her to better evaluate her players’ performances and focus on things that need ﬁxing once the matches become more intense. “You can tell what’s going to work against the higher competition and what’s not,” Keiller said. “We’ve still seen many things we need to work on and improve and we deﬁnitely know it’s going to be a battle from here on out.”
Special honor for Magruder player Thanks to an 11-goal outburst against Northwood, Col. Zadok Magruder’s boys’ soccer team has scored 17 goals this season in seven matches and allowed six. Still, despite the favorable goal differential, the Colonels, like so many other teams in Montgomery County, are 4-3-0 this season and sitting in the middle of the pack. One player, however, who’s stepping into the spotlight is sophomore forward Bryan Argueta. The multi-talented striker in April was a national ﬁnalist with D.C. United in Major League Soccer’s Sueño competition — a program that affords players ages 14-18 the opportunity to earn a week-long trial with their host club’s developmental academy — and two weekends ago, he competed in the national ﬁnals of Sueño Alianza at Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. According to Magruder coach Juan Gomez, Argueta impressed many onlookers at the event, which was capped by a scrimmage against Liga MX side Club Tijuana’s youth team. Argueta also piqued the interest of MLS’s Chivas USA and reportedly has been invited to go on trial with the Los Angelesbased club. “He’s a playmaker and has great footwork,” Gomez said. “It’s like a lottery. In Maryland, how often do you receive some attention like that? He’s a good student from a humble family.” Argueta didn’t play last season because
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he was recovering from a broken leg, but has scored three goals and assisted another so far this year.
400 victories The Our Lady of Good Counsel High School girls’ soccer team’s 3-0 win over Independent School League power National Cathedral School Thursday was the program’s and 26th-year coach Jim Bruno’s 400th since the program’s inception in 1987. The eight-time Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Falcons (6-03) have never endured a losing season in that time and have proved incredibly consistent with an average of 16 wins in each of the past 25 seasons. Good Counsel achieved Thursday’s
milestone win with relative ease despite missing one of its best playmakers, midﬁelder Imani Dorsey, who was on her ofﬁcial visit to Duke University, where she gave her verbal commitment to play on scholarship in 2014-15 a year ago. But tthat perfectly exempliﬁed what impresses Bruno so much about this year’s squad, he said. WIthout a dominant scorer Bruno said he expected more players to get involved, offensively. But even he couldn’t predict how truly spread out scoring would be. Through nine games, 10 players have two goals or more. Sophomore Nia Dorsey leads the way with six goals. Sister Imani has ﬁve to go with her seven assists. Thursday’s win was also Good Counsel’s third shutout in four contests. “I’m a little surprised,” Bruno said. “I felt like we would be getting contributions from a lot of people but this has surpassed my hopes and expectations. I’m really pleased.”
Perfection Damascus is the only remaining team with a perfect record. While the Swarmin’ Hornets’ success is often attributed to its less competitive Montgomery 3A/2A West Division, their 7-0 start to 2013 includes wins over five-time defending Class 4A West Region champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase, defending 4A North champion Sherwood and perennial county power Walter Johnson. Montgomery County Public Schools’ most productive offense with 27 goals is lead by Steph Cox and Katie Kirschenmann, who have scored eight goals apiece. email@example.com; jbeekman@ gazette.net
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Quince Orchard High School’s Sam Sullenger warms up before a scrimmage with the Academy of the Holy Cross in August.
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will always be Sherwood High School, the three-time defending state champs, until proven otherwise. Through the first three weeks, very little light was shed on how the new hierarchy would shake out. Until last week, No. 3 Poolesville, Damascus, Col. Zadok Magruder, No. 2 Sherwood, No. 4 Winston Churchill, and No. 5 Thomas S. Wootton — the relative consensus for which public school teams would likely be the front runners — hadn’t had much of a chance to prove themselves against opponents of equal or better talent. Some of that changed last week, when then-No. 4 Poolesville came back from down two sets to top then-No. 3 Damascus in the county’s ﬁrst big clash of the season. This week portends a wave of volleyball equally as exciting. It begins tonight, when Lizzi Walsh and Magruder host Makayla Roy and Sherwood. The two have met before, in Magruder’s annual early-season tournament, and the Warriors took a 2-0 win over the Colonels, but that was also a three-set match. Had Poolesville and Damascus played under that same threeset format, the Falcons wouldn’t have been the ones with the earto-ear smiles afterwards. Then, on Friday, Sherwood will match up with newly ranked No. 5 Churchill, which survived a 3-2 squeaker against Wheaton but has otherwise been operating with smooth sailing all year. “This type of schedule is really difﬁcult because it simulates what the playoffs will be like,” Sherwood coach Brian McCarty said. “It’s good for the players in practice to prepare for a quick turnaround.” As he has already played Magruder, McCarty knows where his best blockers will be assigned: Walsh. But Friday will be his first time seeing undefeated Churchill, which boasts three talented hitters in Kaitlyn Hillard, Sarah Chang, and Olivia Chao. “They’re tough,” he said.
Volleyball hierarchy starts to take shape
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“They’re really good. They don’t have any holes. They’re a team that doesn’t beat themselves.” So, for the ﬁrst time all year, there may be some clarity at the top. Or, depending on what happens, even more confusion. And it’s not just the elites that are getting a crack at truly establishing themselves. Northwest and Watkins Mill, who combine for a 9-4 record, will match up on Wednesday and the Jaguars host Damascus on Monday for a potential upset.
Field hockey Another week, another bizarre scoring line from Quince Orchard. On Sept. 25, visiting senior-laden Springbrook, the Cougars posted ﬁve goals from ﬁve different players — two being freshmen — for their fourth win in the past ﬁve games. Dani Tapiero, Skylar Saffer, Ashley Plante, Rachel Feidelman and Sarah Husted all found the net in the victory over the Blue Devils. That type of spread effort has been the theme all season for Quince Orchard. Four scored in a 6-1 win over Paint Branch, two did to top Gaithersburg 3-0, and there was a new Cougar ﬁnding the net for each of the three goals in a shutout against Northwest. “That’s the good thing about this team,” coach Alicia Vincenty said. “I don’t really have any superstars. We’re very well rounded. It’s very hard to defend because you can’t just focus on one girl.”
Girls’ tennis Though Thomas S. Wootton girls’ tennis coach Nia Cresham was clearly proud of her team’s monumental 5-2 win over Winston Churchill, she spent a large portion of Wednesday’s match vocally worrying about the two ﬂights that lost. No. 2 singles player Aishu Iyer missed the previous two days of school with an illness and still wasn’t 100 percent during her loss to Hayley Keats. Cresham repeatedly suggested Iyer consider retiring, the worry etched all over the coach’s face, but Iyer had none of it and ﬁnished her match. At No. 4 singles, Hannah Hwong fell to the court multiple times with cramps, the last late in the second set. After a stoppage to stretch, Hwong returned to court near tears as she limped through the ﬁnal points of a lost game that tied the match at one set apiece. Her opponent, Churchill’s Alissa Le suggested a shorter tiebreaker to determine the match, but Hwong insisted on a full third set. Before they could complete the ﬁnal set, the match was delayed due to darkness as Hwong’s teammates rushed to her, clearly impressed by her resolve. “She’s very quiet. She’s very sweet,” Cresham said of Hwong. “But she’s one of those people that has that inner steel, because when she’s made up her mind, you can’t push her one way or the other. She just won’t stop.” Gazette reporters Travis Mewhirter and Dan Feldman contributed to this report.
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Ron Howard’s latest directorial effort is certainly a ‘Rush,’ but it feels a little hollow.
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ill Engvall is a man of many talents. He’s a successful comedian, a loving husband and a doting father. Engvall, however, is not known for his dancing prowess. So why did the 56-yearold entertainer decide to join a TV show such as “Dancing With the Stars?” “I don’t know,” Engvall said. “You know what, I joke about it but I do know. When they called and asked me I actually said, ‘Let me think about it for a day.’ I thought, you know, this is something that I’ve never done before and I probably won’t have a shot to do this again. I always like to try things that I haven’t tried before to prove to myself that I could do it.” Engvall is still dancing on the show, but he’ll take time away from the dance ﬂoor to bring his standup routine to Strathmore for two shows on Sunday. “I don’t know how long this will last,” Engvall said. “If I get bumped on the ﬁrst night of elimination, I was proud of what we did. I don’t think anybody expected anything out of us.” Engvall avoided elimination the first night — former NFL wideout Keyshawn Johnson was kicked off the show — but he’s under no illusions about his time on the show and knows he’ll eventually be done. “[I don’t worry about it] because I know my life’s not going to change,”
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Puppeteer, actor work together to make beloved story come to life BY
CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
When describing his works of art, puppeteer Matthew Pauli resembles a father talking about his newborn child. “There have actually been times in the past, and I expect LULU AND THE it’ll happen again, BRONTOSAURUS where I look at it and it becomes difﬁcult to n When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through believe that I actually Fridays; 1:30 p.m. helped make it,” Pauli and 4 p.m. Saturdays said. and Sundays, Pauli’s newest 11 a.m. select baby has a head that’s Saturdays, to Oct. 2 1/2 feet wide and 27 (special 7 p.m. a neck that’s 15 feet performance on Oct. long. The puppeteer 25) is the designer and creator of Mr. B, the n Where: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn brontosaurus in ImagAve., Bethesda ination Stage’s first show of the 2013-2014 n Tickets: $12-$25 season, “Lulu and the n For information: Brontosaurus.” 301-280-1660, “Lulu” is the ﬁrst imaginationstage.org book in a series by Judith Viorst, the author of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Viorst also wrote the lyrics for “Lulu’s” stage adaptation.
BILL ENGVALL n When: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $28$68 n For information: 301-581-5200; strathmore.org
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Bill Engvall and partner Emma Slater ﬁnish their routine on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.” KELSEY MCNEAL/ABC BLAKE ECHOLS/IMAGINATION STAGE
Casie Platt as Lulu and Vaughn Irving as Mr. B’s voice and puppeteer in “Lulu and the Brontosaurus” now showing at Imagination Stage.
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The cast of Olney Theatre Center’s “Rancho Mirage.”
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On Thursday, the Olney Theatre Center kicked off the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Steven Dietz’s black comedy “Rancho Mirage.” The network is a cohort of nonproﬁt theaters dedicated to the evolution of new plays. Their Continued Life of New Plays
Fund allows multiple theaters to produce the same new play within the same oneyear period. The program results in a Rolling World Premiere where several artistic teams, directors and actors develop the new work for their respective communities. “The idea behind it is that if we all agree to do this play before any of the reviews come out, we are taking a real risk and launching it into the cannon of American plays,” said Jason Loewith. Loewith
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return Artists in Residence
Jessica Damen’s “Hold on Tight, This is Gonna Hurt Like Hell” will be on view throughout October as part of “The Body Beautiful” exhibit at the Capitol Arts Network in Rockville.
Celebrating the human form Singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn will kick off Strathmore’s AIR Alumni Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Jaime Salazar (Gato + The Palenke Music Co.) will follow Burhenn on Oct. 9 at Strathmore. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org.
Barry Baugass and the rest of Bach Sinfonia will perform on Saturday at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. BACH SINFONIA
Strathmore will introduce a month-long retrospective AIR Alumni concert series, celebrating graduates from the venue’s Artist in Residence education program, now in its ninth season. The series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday with Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds. Burhenn, who went on to tour with supergroup The Postal Service, will share new material during Friday’s intimate concert at the Mansion. Upcoming performances include Latin American sounds from Jamie Salazar and Gato + The Palenke Music Co.; an album release from rock cellist Loren Westbrook-Fritts and Primitivity, and eccentric jazz duo The Mancuso-Suzda Project. For a complete schedule, visit www.strathmore.org.
“The Body Beautiful,” a juried exhibit highlighting the human ﬁgure in various forms, opens Friday at the The Capitol Arts Network gallery in Rockville. Featuring painting, photography and mixed media, October’s featured artist will be Baltimore’s Jessica Damen, acclaimed for her ability to capture youthful emotion in her images. An opening reception is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The exhibit runs throughout the month. For more information, visit www.capitolartsnetwork. com.
The sound of ‘Silence’
The Bach Sinfonia will present “100 Feet of Brass” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. A pre-concert discussion is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. The program will include rarities from 17th and 18th centuries such as Johann Ernst Altenburg’s brilliant concerto for seven trumpets and timpani, solo sonatas, and works for four, ﬁve and seven trumpets by Biber, Zelenka and others. For more information, visit www.bachsinfonia.org.
Renowned pianist Haskell Small will kick off his national tour, “Journeys In Silence,” with a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Presented by the Washington Conservatory of Music, Small will perform the complete “Musica Callada,” by Catalan Spanish composer Federico Mompou. This rarely performed work, a delicate set of 28 miniatures, was composed between 1959 and 1967. Its title refers to a poem by the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, who expressed the idea of music as the voice of silence. For more information, visit www.washingtonconservatory.org.
The Washington Conservatory of Music will present pianist Haskell Small in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bethesda’s Westmoreland Congregational Church. For more information, visit www.washingtonconservatory.org.
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Everything’s coming up haunted! Scary sites around the region BY
WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
It’s about that time again. The air gets a little chilly and folks are a little more susceptible to a good fright. … Boo! OK, maybe not that susceptible, but a good haunted house, ﬁeld or even hospital can make things downright creepy for the most stoic of Halloween fans. This year, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are ﬁlled with things that go bump in the night. Here is just a small sampling of what’s around. Be sure to visit our website at gazette.net for updated haunted attractions in the area.
Montgomery County Markoff’s Haunted Forest
(19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson, 301-216-1248, Oct. 4-5, 1112, 17-19, 24-26, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, $20 and up) — Much like with the
hot sauces with the little skull and crossbones on the label, you’ll have to sign a waiver to wander through Markoff’s Haunted Forest. You don’t have to be a connoisseur of the macabre to enjoy your time there, however. Markoff’s will have a variety of attractions, from zip-lines, strongman challenges, concessions, high wire acts, carnival games and flaming flying Frisbees. Careful with that last one! markoffshauntedforest.com Field of Screams/Scream City (4501 Olney-Laytonsville
Road., Olney, now through Nov. 2, $10 - $84) — One of the great things about this time of year is the selection of different scares horror enthusiasts get to enjoy. At Field of Screams, folks can choose from a haunted hayride, a haunted house, a haunted trail or a haunted paintball apocalypse with zombies — any way you look at it, it’s haunting! screams.org
Fall Frolic (Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2222, Oct. 27, admission is free) — While some enjoy the heart-stopping shrieks from ghosts and ghouls, others prefer their spookiness to be as minimal as possible, especially if there are children involved. Glen Echo Park has you covered with its Fall Frolic. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in Halloween activities, crafts and even a costume parade. Adults might enjoy visiting the park’s open studios and galleries. There is a small fee for pumpkin decorating ($1) and face painting ($1-$2). Otherwise the event is free and runs from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. glenechopark.org Halloween at the Medical Museum (National Museum
of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, 301319-3303, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until noon, free) — Contrary to what some adults might say,
Halloween really is a great time of year for children. The folks over at the National Museum of Health and Medicine understand that some children might be intrigued by the “creepiness” of skulls! The museum invites children and family members of all ages to participate in a morning dedicated to all things skulls. medicalmuseum.mil
Prince George’s County Six Flags America Fright Fest (13710 Central Ave., Largo,
$34.99-$49.99, 301-249-1500) — Evil clowns, terrifying roller coasters and sinister zombies … what else do you need for a great Halloween? Six Flag America’s yearly Fright Fest has more events than you could possibly shake a full bag of candy at — from the time you walk into the park until the time you leave. The festivities begin on Saturday and run through Oct. 27, so get your
goosebumps before it’s over. frightfest.sixﬂags.com Nightmares (4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, $15 in advance, $17 at the gate) — What’s scarier than a haunted house? How about a haunted minor league baseball stadium? Have you ever been inside a baseball stadium when no one was there? It can be a little creepy. Tack on the ghosts that haunt the place and yeah, you’ll have nightmares. That’s pretty much what the folks at Prince George’s Stadium are going for. The Tulip Gulch’s Nightmares Haunted House, which they rate a PG-13 experience, features live actors and takes about 20 minutes to walk through — 20 minutes of evil! Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the show runs until 11 p.m. The
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haunted house is entirely indoors so you don’t have to worry about the rain. The event starts on Oct. 4 and runs every Friday and Saturday from then until Oct. 26, and then Halloween night until Nov. 2. baysox.com Haunted Hangar (College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029, Oct. 26, $4, $3 seniors 60+, $2 ages 2-18, 1 and under free) — Halloween fun can be had by all at the College Park Aviation Museum. The Haunted Hangar event, from 7-9 p.m., will have arts and crafts, hayrides and spooky fun for the whole family. collegeparkaviationmuseum.com
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Birthday blues Singers King, Parker celebrate at Bethesda supper club
VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
Blues singer/guitarist Cathy Ponton King will return to perform on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. The day will mark her birthday and it will also be a chance for her to perform with special guest, veteran bluesman Bobby Parker. “When management asked me who I’d like to share the stage with, that’s who I named,” said King, who grew up in Hyattsville and now lives in Northern Virginia. “He’s an unbelievable guitar player,” King said about Parker, who lives in Upper Marlboro. The two will perform with their respective bands at the club. The performance will also honor the memory of King’s cousin, U.S. Navy SEAL Brendan Looney, who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010. Looney’s family has established a scholarship fund to
BRENDAN LOONEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND A popular student and athlete at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Brendan Looney, class of 1999, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004.
CATHY PONTON KING AND BOBBY PARKER n When: 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open 7:30 p.m. n Where: Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda n Tickets: $20 n For information: 240-3304500, bethesdabluesjazz. com, cathypontonking.com, bobbyparkerblues.net
cover tuition at his alma mater, DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville. “There’ll be a big jar in the lobby [for donations],” said King. Born in Louisiana, Parker played lead guitar with Bo Diddley and toured with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Clyde McPhatter, the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly in the 1950s. In 1961 he recorded the single “Watch Your Step,” the inspiration behind the 1964 Beatles hit song “I Feel Fine.” Now in his 70s, Parker plays regularly at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar and Soul Food Restaurant in the Adams Morgan neighbor-
Singer/guitarist Cathy Ponton King and her band will perform with Bobby Parker and his band at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Saturday. hood of Washington, D.C. King said she will be performing with longtime bandmates drummer Pete Ragusa, guitarist Andy Rutherford, keyboardist Bill Starks, saxophonist Bruce Swaim and bassist Jan Zukowski. King, who went to the University of Maryland, College Park, came under the spell of Muddy Waters in the 1980s. She started a blues band of her own called Rhythmasters, touring the East Coast from 1980 to 1986. She currently performs regularly at Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle in Bethesda. King, who writes most of the tunes that she performs, has released three CDs: “Lovin’ You Right” in 1993, “Undertow” in 2007 and “Crux” in 2012. She recently released two
new songs on an extended play CD, “Quartet/Duet.” One song, “That’s When a Woman Calls the Blues by Name,” is a joint effort with friends Sista Pat, Mary Ann Redmond and Caz Gardiner. “It’s four women testifying the blues,” King said on her website. The second song, “Famous Last Words,” is a duet with Joe Triplett with the Rossyln Mountain Boys. “I never stop writing,” said King, who is working on songs for her next CD, “No Friction, No Fire.” “I’ll be walking down the street, and I’ll think of a new song,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Looney, who lived in Owings in Calvert County, was a lieutenant with the Navy SEALs and died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010, at the age of 29. His family has established in his memory the Brendan Looney Scholarship Fund to help students cover DeMatha tuition costs.
Costs currently run $14,500 a year, said Thomas Ponton, DeMatha’s development director. Anyone who would like to donate may contribute cash at the Cathy Ponton King and Bobby Parker blues concert on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Contributors may also send a check to Brendan Looney Scholarship Fund, c/o DeMatha Catholic High School, 4313 Madison St., Hyattsville, MD 20781. Donations are tax deductible. — VIRGINIA TERHUNE
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U.S. Navy SEAL Brendan Looney was a 1999 graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville.
One foot on the brake in Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ BY
Chris Hemsworth as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda in “Rush,” two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard’s spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s Grand Prix rivalry between Hunt and Lauda.
It’s big, brash and dramatically it goes in circles. The ﬁrst two may be enough for most people, especially if they’re into Formula One racing, to overlook the third. With “Rush,” director Ron Howard brings a long, earnest career’s worth of expertise to bear on a two-headed Formula One biopic, dramatizing the rivalry between dashingly louche Englishman James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth, and the rigid, cautious Austrian ace Niki Lauda, portrayed by Daniel Brühl. The Grand Prix competition between Hunt and Lauda in the 1976 racing season, full of tense reversals
AT THE MOVIES and scary track conditions all over the world, is more than enough movie for a movie. On a technical and atmospheric level, Howard and his collaborators have a ball with the 1970s-ness of everything, from the hair to the clothes to the widescreen, supersaturated images of blazing color. For Howard, who started out directing features 36 years ago with “Grand Theft Auto,” “Rush” ushers him back into his own past (he was acting on “Happy Days” on TV during this time) while allowing him to exploit his ﬁlmmaking knowledge. There’s a fair amount of digital effects work in the racing sequences,
designed to push you ever closer to the high-velocity death lurking around every hairpin curve. If “Rush” feels a little hollow, the reason lies with screenwriter Peter Morgan, whose play “Frost/ Nixon” Howard ﬁlmed, to pleasing results. Morgan has long proved himself adept at intertwining, interdependent biographical studies. In “The Queen,” for which Helen Mirren won her Oscar, the character of British Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen) achieved equal narrative importance. In “Rush,” Morgan treats the men jockeying for position throughout as contrasting pencil sketches of ‘70s-era princes behind the wheel. One is a sober, meticulous character, the
RUSH n 2 1/2 stars n R; 123 minutes n Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde n Directed by Ron Howard
other a carouser who must be taught, by life and circumstance, to respect his rival. “Twentyﬁve people start Formula One,” Lauda explains at the beginning, “and each year, two die. What kind of person does a job like this?” A gut-wrenching crash plays a major part in this story, by factual necessity, though to be sure Howard is not making a documentary here. (For a terrific Formula One documentary, do yourself a favor and see director Asif Kapadia’s “Senna,” about the Brazilian Grand Prix racer Ayrton Senna and his rival, Frenchman Alain Prost.) By nature a cautious and tidy dramatist, screenwriter Morgan’s sensibility is at odds with the material. The writer doesn’t do much of anything with Lauda, establishing him as a by-thebook prig and leaving it at that. Also, the multilingual Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds”) works hard, but he’s pretty dull on screen. If the ﬁlm ﬁnds an American audience, it’ll be because of Hemsworth, best known for swingin’ the hammer in “Thor.” Hunt, a charismatically reckless party boy, is the kind of guy (according to the script, if not real life) who proposes to model Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde, in a swank variety of enormous hats) mere seconds after they meet. Hemsworth lives for excess, and just as Hunt brought a boozy sort of panache to the sport, Hemsworth conveys genuine enthusiasm for whatever he’s doing on screen without going over the top. Where the events of 1976 took these two is fascinating history. But “Rush,” while never dull, rarely feels dramatically alive; it hits its marks dutifully and darts onward.
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Continued from Page B-5 Engvall said. “... If I do get bumped, what’s the downside for me? I get to continue doing what I was doing, which is a great career doing standup and acting. “If I get to keep going, it’s a great weight-loss program!” Engvall is quick to point out he’s not doing the show for the money or the silver disco ball trophy the winner of “Dancing With the Stars” receives. “It was just something I wanted to see if I could do,” Engvall said. “And obviously, for my partner Emma [Slater], I’d like for us to go as far as we can. I understand, though, that this is a tough crowd this year. There are three or four celebrities on this show who have danced professionally. I’m under no pretense that I’m one of these great dancers. I think I did a very reputable job — I didn’t embarrass myself. I’m probably the least known of anyone in this group.” While it’s true this year’s “Dancing With the Stars” group is ﬁlled with celebrities such as Elizabeth Berkley (“Saved By The Bell,” “Showgirls”), Valerie Harper (“Mary Tyler Moore Show”), Amber Riley (“Glee”) and even Bill Nye (yep, they even got the Science Guy), Engvall’s status as a star was never in question. Best known for his work partnering with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White, Engvall spent six years touring as part of the Blue Collar Comedy gang. The group was responsible for several DVDs, a television show on Comedy Central and a satellite radio show. The group reached out to millions and sold out auditoriums everywhere they went. Be that as it may, the guys are all doing their own things now. Foxworthy has hosted several TV shows, Larry the Cable Guy does commercials and was the voice of Mater in Disney/Pixar’s “Cars,” and White is a New York Times best seller and created his own record label. Engvall admits the chances of the guys doing a Blue Collar tour again is slim to none. “I think [it’s over] and I say that in a positive way,” Engvall said. “We went out on top. You don’t want to go back out — and I think that’s where some artists make the mistake — you don’t want to go to a city that you sold 8,000 tickets and all of a sudden you’re selling 2,000 or 1,000. Unfortunately with comedy, nobody assumes you’ve written anything new, so it’d be like ‘Oh, we saw him last time. We probably won’t see him again.’ Why even put yourself in that position? “It was a wonderful run while it lasted. It is literally the reason why if I wanted to retire tomorrow I could. I made great friendships with the guys — we were already friends, but we became just like
brothers. Everybody’s got their own project now and they’re doing stuff. Listen, if they decided they wanted to get back in, would I be in? You betcha. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on it.” Before the Blue Collar tour, Engvall reached celebrity status as a comedian with his “Here’s Your Sign” routine. Much like Foxworthy’s “You Might Be a Redneck If …” bit, Engvall made it easy to laugh at the stupidity of others. Still, he doesn’t get bothered by fans who constantly say to him, “Here’s your sign!” “The honest answer is no,” Engvall said when asked if he grew tired of it. “You know why? That’s what got me … to come into Maryland and do a show. It takes two seconds out of my life. I don’t say this as an artist [being interviewed], it’s that I’ve never understood why people get in this business and turn into jackasses. I don’t get it. I always say if you want people to stop acting that way, stop asking them for their autograph. Stop buying their records. Stop going to their movies. I guarantee you they’ll change. When they go, “What’s wrong? Why aren’t people going to my movies?” Well, it’s because you’re a jackass, man. “This isn’t going to go on forever. I’m under no guise that this will last. It’s already lasted 25 years longer than I thought it would. When it does [end], I don’t want to leave this business with people saying, “Man, he was a jerk!” I want them to say, ‘You know, he was always nice to me. He always signed something for me. Or if I wanted to say hi or take a picture, he did it.’ That’s the legacy I want to leave behind.” Until that day comes, though, Engvall still has comedy and he’s still dancing with an incredibly attractive partner. Luckily for Engvall, his wife Gail doesn’t mind. “Gail and I have been married for 30 years,” Engvall said. “She also knows that I’ve got 32 years on Emma. It’s not even sexual. It’s like dancing with my daughter. I would be like that creepy guy where you’d go, ‘Oh my god!’ I love Gail — she’s been with me from Day 1 of this career and I’m sure not going to throw all this away just because of one little cute girl that I dance with.” Engvall does have some words of advice to younger guys out there: If you think girls won’t go out with you because you dance — here’s your sign. “I was telling my kids the other day, if I knew then what I know now, I’d be in a dance class every day,” Engvall said. “Girls love guys who can dance. I was always the guy who was like, ‘Oh, guy dancing, that’s sissy, whatever.’ I’m going to tell you right now — guys that can dance see girls you and I don’t see. I tell every young guy out there to get in a dance class. “It’ll get you further than a sixpack of beer.” email@example.com
Bill Engvall is set to bring his brand of comedy to Strathmore in between episodes of Dancing with the Stars. “It was just something I wanted to see if I could do,” Engvall says. STRATHMORE
Continued from Page B-5 was the executive director for the network for three years. In February, he was named artistic director at Olney, and “Rancho Mirage” marks his directorial debut with the theater company. “For the ﬁrst three days, we had the three other companies that are producing the piece [at rehearsal] ...” said actor James Konicek. “They got to hear our read and our input. It’s really a great luxury ...” The New Repertory Theatre in Boston, Curious Theatre in Denver and Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis are the other three companies that will produce “Rancho Mirage” later this year or early in 2014. “Rancho Mirage” follows Nick (Konicek) and his wife Diane (Tracy Lynn Olivera), as they host a dinner party for two other couples and longtime friends. As the night unfolds, each
Happily ever after for author of historical novels Gaithersburg women’s group welcomes novelist Maggie Anton n
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Maggie Anton prefers reading books with happy endings. And she writes books that appeal to readers with like minds. “There’s enough real tragedy in the world. You can see that in the news,” the 63-year-old Los Angeles native said. “I want my readers to feel uplifted, happy, and glad to have spent their hours reading.” Each of Anton’s four published historical novels — the “Rashi’s Daughters” trilogy and “Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Apprentice” is “a combination of a heroine’s quest, romance and the Talmud,” the author said. “Rav Hisda,” the most recent, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award Fiction ﬁnalist and a Library Journal choice for Best 2012 Historical Fiction. All of Anton’s characters come from the Talmud. “The Talmud is one long conversation between hundreds of rabbis. Sometimes they tell stories and sometimes they argue Jewish law,” she said. Her process offers numerous scenarios. “I choose which scenes to use,” Anton said, noting ruefully that too many must be left on the cutting room ﬂoor. She then creates “a broad outline and a historical timeline for each character.” The “Rashi’s Daughters” trilogy, set in 11th-century France, is about the daughters — Yocheved, Miriam and Rachel — of the Talmud scholar known as Rashi. Anton said she was motivated to tell their stories upon discovering that these women were learned. To her surprise, they studied Torah, the ﬁrst ﬁve books of the Hebrew Bible, and taught it to other women in the town. After their father suffered a stroke, they transcribed what he dictated to them. “I suspect they answered the simpler questions themselves,” Anton said. “Rav Hisda’s Daughter” is set in third century Babylonia, after the destruction of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, where a handful of rabbis, among them the prominent Rav Hisda, began creating the Talmud. “I chose to write about his daughter Hisdadukh after encountering a fascinating passage in the Talmud where Rav Hisda brings his two best students before her,” Anton said. “Though she is merely a child, he asks which one she wants to marry, and astonishingly, she replies, ‘Both of them.’ Even more astonishingly, that is what eventually happens. … Any
Continued from Page B-5 Unlike the defeated Alexander, Lulu is a spunky little girl who wants nothing but a brontosaurus for her upcoming birthday. After her parents reject the idea based on its shear impracticality, Lulu heads off into the forest to get the dinosaur for herself. When she discovers the perfect pet in Mr. B, there’s only one problem: the brontosaurus ﬁnds Lulu to be the perfect pet for him. For actor Vaughn Irving, who voices and operates Mr. B, the task of playing a dinosaur isn’t so different from any other, human role. “The process of creating the character, at the heart, it’s the same,” Irving said. “But then you just throw in other stuff on top of it like, alright, now I’m the size of a mountain.” Irving, who also plays the snake, added he approaches any part the same way: through the eyes of the other characters. “The ﬁrst step for me is looking at the script at what all the other characters say about your character,” he said. “Because even if it’s a brontosaurus, he could be 10 different kinds ... with any of the anthropomorphized animals, it’s always better
couple reveals their secrets — whether it be divorce, adoption or financial woes. “These can sort of be seen as ‘ﬁrstworld problems,’” Konicek said. “But it’s relative. When you’re in it, they can be life-ruining. To [the characters], they are devastating.” In addition to the $7,000 grant from the network as a part of the Continued Life of New Plays Fund, Olney was also granted $21,000 from the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Awards for “Rancho Mirage.” The grant allows for an extended rehearsal period. “The American theater business is very cookie-cutter oriented,” Loewith said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re doing a three-hour play ... or you’re doing a two-act play. It’s 2 1/2 weeks and then tech rehearsals. It does [new plays] a great disservice to put them through that same cookie-cutter process.” “A lot of times you get into tech week feeling like you’ve been shot out of a cannon,” added Olivera. “And in
this case ... instead of trying to hastily throw everything together during tech week, we got to be complete during tech week ...” The extra week of rehearsal meant more time to spend with the representatives from the other theaters and even made it possible for Dietz himself to work with Olney’s cast and artistic team. “It’s an incredible gift and can only make the end result that much better,” Loewith said. “It made for a much more creative environment for all of us,” added Paul Morella, who plays Trevor. “When Steven spoke to the group ... [he] created an open, accessible and generous dynamic.” As Olney’s production is “Rancho Mirage’s” world debut, not even the playwright had seen his work live. “He’s only heard it, so it’s a great incubator as well,” Konicek said. According to the “Rancho Mirage” actors, the time to develop a piece of work alongside its playwright is rare.
Maggie Anton, author of “Rav Hisda’s Daughter,” will speak to the The Sisterhood of Kehilat Shalom Synagogue on Oct. 13 in Gaithersburg.
girl who declares that she wants to marry both her suitors deserves to have her story told.” During her research, Anton learned that sorcery was prevalent during this period. Magic was used mostly for “healing the sick, protecting children and pregnant women from harm, and guarding against demons and the Evil Eye,” she said. As such, her heroine, Hisdadukh, forbidden from reading Torah because of her gender, studies instead to become an enchantress. Writing is Anton’s second career. Equipped with a degree in chemistry from UCLA, she spent 32 years working for Kaiser Permanente. She began writing at age 47, while still working full time, self-publishing the ﬁrst volume of “Rashi’s Daughters” eight years later, in July 2005. “I knew I had an audience,” Anton said. “[Anita Diamant’s] ‘Red Tent’ [a bestselling novel about a female character from the Book of Genesis] had just come out, and all the women I talked to were interested.” Her prediction was accurate. “Eighteen months out, the book had sold 26,000 copies and the publishers came a calling,” she said. “I retired [from my job as a chemist] in 2007 when the advance check from Penguin didn’t bounce.” The second book had already been written, and with book three, then in outline form, due to the publisher in 2009, a full-time commitment was necessary. Vocation has not been the only dramatic change for Anton. Earlier in life,
to start from the human perspective and then sort of add those animalistic qualities to them.” As Irving worked to develop a personality for his character, Pauli worked on a puppet that would reﬂect that personality. A professional actor, clown and puppeteer, Pauli spent six years touring with the Big Apple Circus and is now a member of the Big Apple Clown Care Unit, a community outreach program that visits hospitalized children in 16 pediatric facilities across the country. He is returning to Imagination Stage after building the bunny puppet for the theater’s 2004 production of “Bunnicula.” Pauli said the months-long process of constructing a puppet Mr. B’s size starts with sketches and lots of meetings. “You have to think like an actor and director and what you want the character to be able to do as a performer and then you have to design something that you think will be able to do that,” Pauli said. “Logistically, what will work? And then you go through the process of actually building it.” Once the construction is done, then comes the ongoing task of adjusting and readjusting. “The process of building a puppet is in many ways like an ongoing negotiation with reality,” Pauli said. “Once
RANCHO MIRAGE n Recommended for ages 15 and older due to mature themes and strong language n When: To Oct. 20, see website for speciﬁc dates and times n Where: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney n Tickets: $31-$65 n For information: 301-924-3400, olneytheatre.org
And to do it with a playwright like Dietz is even more rare. “It was brilliant for me to have a playwright in the room to help ...” Loewith said. “It’s like having a living encyclopedia ... Steven is such a veteran ... he really understood how to be collaborative without being overbearing.” “Some playwrights are very protective of what they’ve written,” Olivera
she also evolved from her secular Jewish upbringing into becoming observant as well as a Talmud scholar. Anton said learning about the Holocaust inspired strong feelings for her heritage. At about age 11, she read Leon Uris’ “Exodus,” then William L. Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” “These books had a huge impact on me. I learned that being Jewish is more than lighting Hanukkah candles,” she said. “Everyone I knew would have been exterminated.” A second impetus came during college, when she accepted her future husband’s proposal of marriage, along with his promise to convert to Judaism. Realizing “I would never convert to any religion for anyone,” Anton said the classes she had to take with him gave her the religious education she did not get in childhood. When the couple relocated to a suburb with few Jewish residents, they became active in its synagogue for social reasons. As her husband Dave, a partner in a patent law ﬁrm, became more involved in his adopted religion, Anton signed up for a women’s Talmud class led by a feminist theologian. She has continued to study since 1992, in classes, with partners and individually. “Discussion is important, that’s how you learn Talmud,” Anton said. “There are so many voices, arguments, discussions. It’s not monolithic: thou shalt or shalt not. We don’t have the answers sometimes.” Anton works — answering mail, doing research and writing — nearly every day, typically starting in late afternoon and going on until midnight. She has completed the ﬁrst draft of Book Two of “Rav Hisda,” subtitled “The Enchantress,” and is now editing, with an expected release date in the fall of 2014. Readers of Book One can look forward to a resolution to the cliff hanger that ended the book. “The Enchantress,” Anton said, does not end with uncertainty, but she could write a third book by proceeding to the next generation. Still, Anton said she has several ideas for both ﬁction and nonﬁction projects. With hundreds of rabbis telling stories, ﬁnding compelling new subjects in the Talmud is likely to pose no problem. The Sisterhood of Kehilat Shalom Synagogue, 9915 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, will present Maggie Anton on Oct. 13. Check-in is at noon, with a presentation and question-and-answer session at 1 p.m., and a book signing and dessert buffet at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18, $15 for Sisterhood members. Reservations must be made by Friday. For more information, call 571-276-8142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
you’ve got [it] all put together, you get to go back to the beginning and ﬁgure out, now that I’ve actually built this thing, what does it actually do?” According to Pauli, the biggest challenge with the brontosaurus puppet is its overwhelming size. “The easiest description I’ve come up with is that the brontosaurus is brontosaurus-size,” he said. As a result, Pauli used lightweight materials such as foam padding and spandex velour to construct Mr. B. Even after the curtain went up on Wednesday, Pauli’s work was still not completely done. “At that point I become essentially a puppet paramedic,” Pauli said. “In the course of activity of performance, actors may get bumps and bruises and they will heal; puppets will not. So my job is to be on call if the puppet develops any bumps or bruises so that I can come in and get it touched up.” But for the most part, after opening night, Pauli gets the chance to sit back and watch his masterpiece in action. “Mostly when the show opens, I get to be the audience,” he said. “Once it’s taken on a life in somebody else’s hands, I get to be as amazed by it as I hope the rest of the audience is.” email@example.com
added. “Steven is super open ... he’s up for discussion ... You never have to wonder what he meant. He’s right there so you can ask him your damn self,” she laughed. Though the “Rancho Mirage” actors had the luxury to ask Dietz questions, Olivera said the key to his play can be found in a note on the ﬁrst page of the script: “This play is a comedy until it is not.” “Comedy can come out of dire situations,” Konicek said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be farce or what we would normally think of as comedy. There’s a ﬁne line between tragedy and comedy, laughter and disaster.” “If [Dietz] wrote a drama about this subject, no one would go see it because it’s self-indulgent rich people complaining about nothing,” added Olivera. “When they fall apart, it means more. It falls farther when we’ve all been laughing with them.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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20K, PW, PL, 7 Pass.............$19,975
2013 Chevy Equinox
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Rt. 355 • Hyattstown, MD
10 Miles South of Frederick www.burdettebrothers.com
NEW 2013 PRIUS PLUG-IN
NEW 2014 COROLLA LE 2 AVAILABLE: #470005, 470049
2 AVAILABLE: #377637, 377690
4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO
NEW 2013 CAMRY LE 2 AVAILABLE: #372252, 372403
36 Month Lease
FFALL ALL SSAVINGS! AVINGS!
4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO
2 AVAILABLE: #377558, 377569
AFTER $500 REBATE
BASE, AUTO, 6 CYL, INCL $1500 MANF. REBATE
4 CYL., AUTOMATIC
NEW 2013 CAMRY LE 2 AVAILABLE: #372252, 372403
4 CYL., 2 DR., AUTO
1 AVAILABLE: #360360
AFTER $500 REBATE
NEW 2013 SCION TC
36 Month Lease
NEW 2013 SIENNA
4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL.,
1 AVAILABLE: #350141
4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL., INCL.
NEW 2013 RAV4 LE 4X2 BASE 2 AVAILABLE: #364369, 364394
NEW 2013 PRIUS C II
On 10 Toyota Models
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AFTER $1,000 REBATE
AUTO, 4 CYL., 4 DR
15625 Frederick Rd (Rte 355) • Rockville, MD n OPEN SUNDAY n VISIT US ON THE WEB AT www.355Toyota.com
PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $760, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810 AND $975. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. OFFERS EXPIRES 10-31-13.
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