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Proposed changes could set completion back two years BY

SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER

News of a possible delay to Poolesville High School’s new building stirred little surprise in the local community. Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr has proposed a $1.55 billion Capital Improvements Program that prioritizes solutions for overcrowded schools over scheduled renovations. Poolesville High School is in line for a new building to replace the existing facility, which was built in 1953. Additions to the main building were made in 1978. The new school was anticipated to be complete in 2022, but if the County Council approves Starr’s current proposal, that date would be 2024. “We’re all disappointed,” Pool-

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William Harper-El of Hagerstown, a fifth-generation member of the Harper family, checks out the historic Harper cabin Saturday at the Brookside Nature Center in Silver Spring. The cabin was moved from Poolesville in 1976. See story, Page A-2.

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As federal stimulus money dries up, thousands of hungry Montgomery County residents are scrambling to make ends meet. An expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program meant to cover individuals and families during the recession expired Friday. In 2009, President Barack Obama’s stimulus package included a temporary increase in funding for food stamps. All households that receive federal food stamps will now see about a 5 percent cut this month. The maximum amount of SNAP funding an individual could receive per month was $200. But as of Nov. 1, that maximum is $189. For a household of two people, the maximum funding level, $367, fell by $20. And for a family of eight, $65 is cut, leaving them with a maximum allowance of $1,137, according to Brian Schleter, spokesman for the state’s De-

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esville High School Principal Deena Levine said. “We’ve been waiting a long time.” Levine said the school’s building services staff have worked hard to repaint the lockers and halls when needed, and keep the grounds landscaped. “We have done our best to make it look clean and bright,” Levine said. When capacity becomes a problem, as with the school’s 212-seat cafeteria, the school employs workarounds — students may eat in the hallways and on school grounds during lunch. A newer building on the campus, built to supplement the magnet program with new science labs and bigger classrooms, opened a few years ago and graduated its first class in 2011. Donna Lowell, coordinator for the Poolesville cluster, said the high school’s limited facilities affect other schools in the area. “The high school is where the

Request for proposals issued in July

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SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER

Poolesville’s town commissioners have selected a Rockville marketing firm to help publicize the town’s image. At a meeting Tuesday, four of five commissioners voted to approve a contract with Van Eperen & Co. for an initial sum of $9,000, plus hourly pay for marketing support. The firm has also worked with the city of Rockville and city of Gaithersburg. Town commissioners talked to nine firms about the contract, according to Commissioner Chuck Stump. The request for proposal was issued in July, and bids were due Aug. 30. The commissioners sought out a marketing firm that would help the

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Losing $11 in monthly food stamp benefits represents “three days’ worth of food,” says Byron Kelly, who lost his job in February and cares for his mother in their apartment in the Aspen Hill area of Silver Spring.

town market its events to residents outside of Poolesville, advise the town manager and commissioners, and develop a one-year strategic marketing plan. The firm would work closely with the town’s Community Economic Development Committee, led by town Commissioner Valaree Dickerson. Town Commissioner Jerry Klobukowski voted against the contract, saying the town should have considered more firms before settling on Van Eperen. “I think this is a waste of money,” he said at the town hall meeting. The town’s four other commissioners were in favor of the contract. Steve Simon, vice president of Van Eperen and Co., said the firm is glad to work with Poolesville. “We look forward to working with the town leadership,” Simon said in an email. scarignan@gazette.net

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Plan would apply to new contracts and renewals in Montgomery BY

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After talking with workers during recent strikes at two garbage-collection companies, Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro is preparing a bill requiring many county

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contractors to provide affordable health insurance to their employees. Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring sent a memorandum to other council members on Oct. 30 asking them to consider signing on as co-sponsors. The bill would amend the county’s living wage law that requires companies that have contracts with the county to pay at least $13.95 an hour. The change would require county contractors to provide affordable health insurance for employees who work on

county contracts for more than 30 hours per week and who make less than twice the living wage. Navarro is also looking at possible legislation to grant preferences to companies bidding on a county contract if they already provide affordable benefits to their employees. Both bills would apply to new contracts, as well as existing contracts that are renewed, according to the letter. Workers at Potomac Disposal in Gaithersburg reached an agreement

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with the company on Oct. 28 after a 10day strike. The agreement provides a pay increase, one holiday, and paid sick and vacation days for workers. The two sides weren’t able to agree on a plan for affordable health insurance. Workers at Unity Disposal, based in Laurel, also returned to work after an 11-day strike that began after about 70 workers were terminated. The employees had refused to go to work to protest the firing of a coworker who criticized

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management’s attempts to stop workers from joining a union. Even the county’s living wage doesn’t provide enough money to buy affordable health care, Navarro said. Navarro said Thursday that the bill wasn’t finished. She and her staff still were working with the county’s Department of General Services to understand how the regulations would work. County spokesman Patrick Lace-

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Jonesville descendants tap their roots A new program at Brookside Nature Center is celebrating the heritage of one of upper Montgomery County’s historic black communities. The Harper cabin was built in the historic black community of Jonesville, just north of Poolesville, in the 1870s. The cabin was relocated to Brookside Nature Center in Silver Spring in 1976. Local volunteers, naturalists and staff from the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission discussed the town’s history at an event Saturday at the nature center. Descendants of the Harper and Jones families, as well as residents from Poolesville and the surrounding area, were invited. “This is a group that we have not seen at the nature center,” said program and facility manager Priscilla Taylor. “To have them tell their story ... is a really great opportunity.” Taylor said the center’s researchers had begun their own investigation into the cabin’s history, but members of the Harper family were way ahead of them. The researchers got in touch with members of the Harper family in the Philadelphia area and invited them to share what they know about their ancestors. The Harper homestead attempts to replicate what the family

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would have had in the 1870s. A hog pen and a small garden are set up close to the cabin, and an outhouse will be built in the wooded area. Taylor said the forested setting of the cabin will help visitors understand what it was like for the Harpers to live in Montgomery County all those years ago. “The whole idea of family trees takes on a whole new meaning,” she said. The Harper cabin is open to the public on weekends and is part of the Brookside Nature Center at 1400 Glenallan Ave. in Silver Spring.

Germantown Library hosts war talk A presentation, “Vestiges of the War of 1812 in Maryland,” will be offered Nov. 24 at the Germantown Library. Ralph Eshelman will present an illustrated program on Maryland’s role in the War of 1812 and the state’s battlefields and monuments. The presentation will begin at 3 p.m. in Room A. The library is at 19840 Century Blvd. The event is sponsored by the Germantown Historical Society and the Maryland Humanities Council.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 7 History Happy Hour, 6:30-8 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. $20. 301-7740022. HearArts Poetry and Music, 7-8:30 p.m., VisArts, 155 Gibbs St., second floor, Buchanan Room, Rockville. Free. 240-899-6514. Under Pressure: Helping Tweens

Ladies’ Night Out is Nov. 15 Rocky Hill Middle School will host a Ladies Shopping Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15, courtesy of the school’s PTA. Those interested in selling products at the fair may apply to be a vendor by emailing Karen Ward at wardkk@msn.com or calling 202-528-1608. The event will have jewelry, accessories, clothing, gifts, stationery, home decor and beauty products available for sale. Rocky Hill Middle School is at 22401 Brick Haven Way, Clarksburg.

Suburban Hospital offers home sleep tests Suburban Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center in Bethesda is now offering home sleep testing. In some cases, insurance companies may require that a home study

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Betty Harper, who is married to William Harper II, a fourth-generation member of the Harper family, sits in front of the historic Harper cabin Saturday at the Brookside Nature Center in Silver Spring.

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Meaningful Movies Olney: The Invisible War, 7:30-10 p.m., Buffington/

REMAX Building Community Room, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Free. 301-570-0923.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Church Bazaar, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Darnestown Presbyterian Church, 15120 Turkey Foot Road, Darnestown. Free admission. 301-9489127. Fall Festival, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., The Village at Rockville, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville. Free. 301-949-4688.

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CORRECTION An Oct. 30 article about Forrester Construction of Rockville’s award to increase burial space at Arlington National Cemetery incorrectly described what will happen with a stream on the site. The stream is going to be restored.

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LOCAL Three injured, one killed in crash in Germantown Police: Driver was going against traffic on Great Seneca Highway

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The King Barn Dairy Mooseum in the South Germantown Recreational Park will have a model milk train in its milk transportation exhibit, thanks to a $2,000 grant from Heritage Montgomery.

Group to research American Indian trails Sugarloaf Regional Trails, others receives mini-grants

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SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER

A Barnesville organization is delving into the history of Montgomery County’s longlost American Indian trails. Sugarloaf Regional Trails, a nonprofit headed by President Peg Coleman, received a $625 grant Tuesday help get started on its research. The organization focuses on the conservation of natural resources at Sugarloaf Mountain and the surrounding region. Coleman said its volunteers are hunting down a 1700s book by Marylander Thomas Cresap, who mapped out trails in the Montgomery County area. “We’re hot on the trail of finding the maps,” she said. Coleman said the group plans to trace

out the trails and compare them with modern-day Montgomery County, but the exact locations of the trails are not yet known. The grant was one of a batch of minigrants awarded by the Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County, also known as Heritage Montgomery. The nonprofit awards grants every year to groups that contribute to interpreting, promoting, preserving or researching the county’s history. According Peggy Erickson, executive director of Heritage Montgomery in Germantown, about half of Sugarloaf Regional Trails’ $625 grant will go toward its event for Heritage Days, a two-day celebration of county history and culture. Coleman said the group plans to bring a banjo player who makes his own instruments out of gourds to its Heritage Days event. Several other upcounty organizations also received small grants this week from Heritage Montgomery. The King Barn Dairy Mooseum received

$2,000 to build a model milk train for its Milk Transportation exhibit. The Mooseum educates visitors about dairy farming in Montgomery County and is housed in a barn in South Germantown Recreational Park. The Montgomery Countryside Alliance in Poolesville received $1,000 for a short film project, “Growing Legacy,” about the county’s Agricultural Reserve. The alliance also is accepting donations through its website to help the film’s production. The Warren Historic Site Committee in Dickerson received $625 to revise and reprint its site brochure, according to a news release from Heritage Montgomery. Organizations are eligible for up to $2,500 in grant funding annually from Heritage Montgomery. The organization has awarded more than $142,000 in grants to organizations in Montgomery County over the past 10 years. scarignan@gazette.net

A three-car crash in Germantown Sunday evening killed a 77-year-old man and injured three others. According to Montgomery County police, the crash took place on Great Seneca Highway in Germantown just before 6 p.m. According to a police statement released Monday, a 2013 Hyundai Elantra driven by James Thomas Marks, 52, of Luxemburg Street in North Bethesda was traveling north, against oncoming traffic in the southbound lanes of Great Seneca Highway when it struck a 2006 Toyota Camry head on. The crash killed Thong Ba Huynh, 77, of Mateny Road in Germantown, who was a passenger in the Toyota. According to police, Huynh died after being rushed to a local hospital. Family members say that Huynh and his wife were coming home from a monastery where they had been praying for the health of Huynh’s stepmother. Huynh’s wife, 74-year-old Thi Ngoc Dung Tran, was also taken to a local hospital. According to Vi Phan, a niece of the couple, Tran is in critical condition at Suburban Hospital. Phan said the couple came to the U.S. in 1989 with their son and daughter, and lived with her family until they were able to move into their own place. She said Huynh was “quiet-spoken” and “reserved,” but had a “goofy laugh.” Phan said that Tran, her aunt, was family oriented, and a devout Buddhist. According to police, Kim Dung T. Nguyen, 55, of Lullaby Road in Germantown, was driving the Toyota. Nguyen was taken to a local hospital, as was Marks, the driver of the Elantra. Police have not released their conditions. Lisa Renee Jackson, of Detroit Mich., was driving a third car, a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville. Debris from the first crash damaged her car but police spokeswoman Angela Cruz said Jackson was not injured. Police have not yet filed charges and are asking anyone with information to call the department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. sjbsmith@gazette.net

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Tallilah Ortiz (right), 7, of Montgomery Village chases Parker Booth, 7, of North Potomac with her feather fan between events during the American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Social Powwow on Saturday at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg. Tallilah’s family is from Oklahoma and also of Acoma Pueblo heritage, while Parker is from Alaska and is also called Sha Meek Ushk. Both were dressed for the social dancing.

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ommunity members gathered to celebrate the heritage and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives at the American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Social Powwow on Saturday, hosted by Gaithersburg’s Multicultural Affair Committee and the Indian Health Service Headquarters’ Employees Association. The free event, which was held from 2 to 9 p.m. at Bohrer Park’s activity center, featured traditional songs and dances, games, storytelling, a stickball exhibition and a silent auction. A hand drum singing competition also was held. American Indians and Alaska Native artisans were on hand selling crafts, jewelry and other handmade items. — JENN DAVIS

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Manna celebrates 30 years of distributing food n Executive director: ‘If we’re going to eliminate hunger we’ve got to have a lot of the community at the table’

Poolesville meeting on solar array project Poolesville’s commissioners will hold an informational meeting Friday about a municipal solar array proposal. The public is invited to the free meeting. Topics include why Poolesville considered a solar array; the town government’s electricity needs; and costs versus benefits. A representative from Standard Solar will be on hand to answer questions. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Poolesville Town Hall, 19721 Beall St.

Walk your dog under the holiday lights Families and their four-legged friends alike can walk under the holiday lights Nov. 17 at the Leashes ‘n’ Lights event in Gaithersburg. Walkers take a 3-mile stroll through a park filled with more than 380 light displays. The festivities will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Road. The cost is $8 for residents and $10 for nonresidents for those who prepay and register online via RecXpress. On the day of the event, the cost will be $10 per person. Children younger than 4 and dogs walk free. A rain date is scheduled for Dec. 2. For more information or to register, visit gaithersburgmd.gov/winterlights.

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The volunteers search the industrial shelves packed with canned foods, diapers, infant formulas, they reach into the immense cardboard box overflowing with cabbage heads and they count apples. It’s all part of the process of packing about 200 boxes with food a day — about 16,000 pounds of food total — that the Manna Food Center gives to Montgomery County residents each day. It’s a labor of love that has been going on for 30 years. On Monday, the Gaithersburg nonprofit celebrated its 30th birthday. What started as a small operation in Hungerford Park Elementary School has moved into a large warehouse on Gaither Road, supplemented by six other food distribution sites in Silver Spring, Germantown, Gaithersburg and Wheaton. In a county where the median household income is $92,000 it can be easy to forget that some people are going hungry, but Manna helps people remember, said Jackie De Carlo, executive director of the food center. “There’s a perception that we’re very affluent,” De Carlo said. “But the reality is that there are a lot of working families that need food support.” Manna distributes food to about 43,000 households each year, serving more than 194,000 county residents a year. The program could not run without the help of volunteers, DeCarlo said, who donate more than 64,000 hours a year. The nonprofit has a staff of 20 people. The increase in need spiked during the reces-

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

Armed robbery • On Oct. 14 at 10:10 p.m. at S&N Beer and Wine, 12839 Wisteria Drive, Germantown. The subjects threatened the victim with a weapon and took property.

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Wegmans employees (from left) Krystal Register, Ken Cortez and Rob Griffin load food boxes at the Manna warehouse. sion, said Mark Foraker, director of development at Manna, and has not receded. In 2008, about 24,000 households received food. In 2012, that number had jumped to almost 43,000. “It’s tied into the larger issue of poverty,” Foraker said. That’s why the nonprofit works so closely with the county government and other local groups, De Carlo said. Over the next few years, she would like to see Manna Food Center work with the community even more. “If we’re going to eliminate hunger we’ve got to have a lot of the community at the table,” she said. Back inside the warehouse, 10 volunteers and one staff member were busy sorting cans and packing up boxes of food. Trucks would be com-

ing in with what they had picked up at local supermarkets, farms and farmer markets. Combined with the food donated by the community it adds up to about 4 million pounds of food a year. Then, they would turn around and deliver boxes of food in the afternoon. One of those volunteers was Keith Feeney, who is a healthcare recruitment consultant. Feeney, of Germantown, has been coming every Tuesday morning to help sort food for about four years. “We’re coming in to the busiest time of the year,” Feeney said. “I leave here around 12 o’clock every day and you see the families and people lined up — it puts a face to what we’re doing here. And those lines aren’t getting any shorter.” ablum@gazette.net

Commercial burglary • Between 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the concession stand of Edward Taylor Center Field, 19501 White Ground Road, Boyds. Forced entry, took property. Residential burglary • 11200 block of Sibley Terrace, Germantown, between 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 8 a.m. Oct. 16. Forced entry, unknown if anything was taken. • 24100 block of Preakness Drive, Damascus, between 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 2:30 a.m. Oct. 16. No forced entry, took property. • 5100 block of Brookville Road, Germantown, between midnight Oct. 20 and 8:40 p.m. Oct. 21. Forced entry, took property. • 19700 block of Winding Creek Place, Germantown, between noon and 1 p.m. Oct. 21. No forced entry, took property. Vehicle larceny • Four incidents in Germantown between Oct. 14 and 16. No force, took cash, a laptop and sunglasses. Affected streets include Placid Lake Terrace, Seabreeze Court and Tidewinds Way.

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A husband and wife accused of traveling from Tennessee to kill a Germantown woman had bail denied last week in Montgomery County District Court. Prosecutors argued in court that the two should be denied bail because they were a flight risk. According to documents made public Thursday, when Baldeo K. Taneja and Raminder Kaur were arrested Oct. 13 in Tennessee, they had a wig and hair dye with them, as well as a gun matching the one used in the shooting, and $3,600 in cash. Taneja, 62, and Kaur, 63, are accused of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. If convicted, they could spend the rest of their lives in prison. A judge denied bail for Taneja on Thursday and for Kaur on Friday. According to police, Taneja and

Kaur traveled to Germantown to kill Preeta P. Gabba, Taneja’s 49-year-old ex-wife. Gabba was shot on Crystal Rock Drive and died. Taneja and Gabba divorced in 2011, but continued having court hearings over alimony payments. According to Taneja’s charging documents, detectives learned from Gabba’s son that Taneja had been having issues making his alimony payments and had a court hearing scheduled for Oct. 11. Police learned that Taneja did not show up for that hearing, but according to his attorney, Rene Sandler, he had not been required to be there. “The inference that the state and police want the public to believe here is that somehow Mr. Taneja intentionally failed to appear for a court appearance. That is simply untrue,” Sandler said at his bail review Thursday. “His appearance for that proceeding was waived, meaning he was permitted not to attend, so any other suggestion is simply not true,” she said. Sandler also rebutted police records that said his cellphone records tied him to the crime.

“There is no evidence to suggest by cellphone records — at all — Mr. Taneja was at, near, or around the vicinity of this murder,” she said. In court, Sandler portrayed Taneja as a man who had never had trouble with the law, who had a Ph.D. and worked as a statistician for the Food and Drug Administration. In Nashville, Tenn., he had been working as a statistician for the Hospital Corporation of America. Assistant State’s Attorney Marybeth Ayres described another man in court when she argued against granting Taneja bail. According to Ayres, Taneja and Gabba had a “turbulent” marriage and divorce, which she called “tumultuous up to the end.” Gabba had sought a protective order in 2010, alleging that Taneja had threatened to kill her, Ayres said. And when investigators searched Taneja’s home, they found a laptop loaded with an email from 2009 referring to the issues in their divorce, she said. “Clearly that stayed with him. The evidence against him is very strong. His

flight risk is huge,” Ayres said, reminding Montgomery District Judge John C. Moffett of the wig, hair dye and cash found in Taneja’s car when he was arrested. Taneja’s charging documents show that detectives tracked his phone from Tennessee to the Washington, D.C., area before the phone was turned off, and that they discovered that he and Kaur had stayed at the Red Roof Inn on Shady Grove Road in Rockville. In an interview Thursday, Taneja’s attorney said that he had paid more than $41,000 in alimony payments and was just months away from completing his alimony payments. Taneja’s arresting documents also show that in September, Taneja bought a Ruger LCR, which is a smallcaliber revolver, and a GP-100, which is a double-action revolver, along with some ammunition. Police compared, and matched, a bullet test fired from that gun with a bullet they recovered from Gabba’s clothing, according to the documents. The police documents also show that police believe Kaur, 63, was the one who actually pulled the trigger

in the shooting. Witnesses told police they saw a woman matching Kaur’s description walking next to Gabba before she was shot, according to Taneja’s arrest documents. At Kaur’s bail review on Friday, Assistant State’s Attorney Jessica Hall, like Ayres, argued against bail, citing “overwhelming” evidence. “There is a significant concern she may flee upon release,” she said, noting business and family ties that Kaur has in India. Alan Drew, Kaur’s defense attorney, said she had not bought the weapon used in Gabba’s murder, and said that Kaur had no history of violence. And he told Judge William G. Simmons that there was no evidence tying her to the scene of the crime. Witnesses had told police they saw a short, darkskinned woman walking next to Gabba before she died, he said. “That description could fit a multitude of people,” he said. sjbsmith@gazette.net


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A forum focusing on healthful food in Montgomery County Public Schools drew a mixed group of participants to the table on Saturday. The issue is an ongoing one, said Lindsey Parsons, cofounder of Real Food for KidsMontgomery, and the goal of the forum was to “move the conversation forward” and see why and how the food should be made more healthful. Parents, advocates, and school and county officials, among others, gathered at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring for the forum hosted by Real Food for KidsMontgomery and Montgomery Victory Gardens. Gordon Clark, project director of Montgomery Victory Gardens, said the event is a unique one in the county and that he thinks interest and passion in the community on the issue is coming together. “I think the overall goal is to start a conversation, a very public conversation a lot of people — parents and nonparents alike — want to have and that’s how do we make our school food better,” he said. The forum gained the support of “honorary hosts,” including Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington and state Sen. Jamie Raskin (DDist. 20) of Silver Spring. Speakers covered topics from food-related health issues to school efforts to improve food options to the importance of nutrition in education. Marla Caplon, director of food and nutrition services for the school system, described several ways the school system is working to make its food more healthful. Caplon said the school system is continually reformulat-

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Karen Devitt, co-founder of Real Food for Kids-Montgomery, gives the opening remarks at Saturday’s forum on school food.

ing recipes to lower amounts of ingredients such as fat and sodium, has made the vast majority of cafeteria grains whole grain, and has been removing fryers and replacing them with ovens. The most important part of the school system’s menu development, she said, is “student acceptability.” “We have to make sure we’re providing food items these kids will eat,” Caplon said. Speakers from two schools shared their experiences working with students to grow food and other plants. Karla Kratovil — vice president of the parent teacher association and school garden coordinator at Flower Hill Elementary School in Gaithersburg — said her school garden gave some of the students their first chance to “get into the dirt” and plant. “You’ve never seen kids so enthusiastically eating vegetables,” she said. Lisa Lefferts, senior scientist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, focused her talk on the adverse health effects of artificial food colorings and caffeine. Lefferts said that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, food dyes can exacerbate hyperactivity disorders in some children. Several food dyes, such as Red 3, are carcinogenic but still appear in food, she said. Lefferts also spoke on the growing number of products that contain caffeine, including chips, popcorn and waffles. “You could find caffeine

in just about anything these days,” she said. Tony Geraci, a chef and food service consultant and the subject of the documentary “Cafeteria Man,” shared what he had learned in his experiences leading and changing school food programs. Nutrition is an important part of students’ ability to learn, he said, and it’s unrealistic to expect a student who is “jacked up on sugar” or hungry to absorb a lesson. Geraci said he bases his work on the principles that food “has to look good, has to taste good, and has to be good.” County Councilman George Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park, who also spoke at the event, said in an interview he doesn’t think food quality in the school system’s cafeterias has been a “front-of-mind priority” for the county school board or superintendent. The school system is making good efforts, he said, “but it’s not at the front of the pack nationally.” Aura Triana, the parent of an eighth-grader at Rosa Parks Middle School and a member of Real Food for Kids, said she is disappointed in the food quality found in the school system. The school system should not only provide more healthful food, she said, but also educate its students on the importance of good eating. “I think we are sending a contradictory message to our students by not providing decent meals to them alongside the education that we are proud to consider so good,” she said.

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County executive’s staff says altering policy would be ‘premature’ BY

RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER

County Executive Isiah Leggett thinks scaling back the county’s bag tax would be “premature,” as the policy needs more time before its effectiveness in limiting litter in waterways can be evaluated, a staff member told members of a Montgomery County Council committee Monday. Leggett (D) believes the law that requires retailers to charge a 5-cent fee for each plastic bag is proving effective in limiting the number of bags used by customers, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kathleen Boucher told the council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee. The law should be given at least two years to allow for data to be collected before any changes are considered, according to Leggett. In January 2012, the county began charging a nickel tax on most carryout bags, with a few exemptions such as paper “doggy bags” at restaurants. The new bill would exempt plastic “doggy bags” as well as paper ones. The new bill now being considered would apply the tax only to businesses that make more than 2 percent of their sales from food. That would exempt retailers such as many department stores. The county collected about

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$2.2 million from the tax in its first 12 months, double what was expected. The money pays for stormwater management projects through the Water Quality Protection Fund. Evidence shows that the tax is keeping more bags out of streams, but the ones that are found aren’t all grocery bags, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Monday. Robert G. Hoyt, director of the county’s Department of Environmental Protection, said stations used by the county are collecting data. But he said there is strong anecdotal evidence that fewer bags are showing up in streams. Making changes now could undermine the environmental improvements the county has already seen, Lacefield said. The committee voted 2-1 to send the bill for consideration by the full council, with an amendment that would categorize alcohol sales as food for the purposes of determining the 2 percent threshold. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, who sponsored the bill, and Councilwoman Nancy M. Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park, a co-sponsor, voted to send the bill on. Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Takoma Park opposed it, saying he believed the bill should look at other ways to

tighten the number of exemptions. Berliner said he supported the original bag tax proposal, but has since come to question its breadth and believes the county “overreached” when it passed the law. He said he thinks a tax can change people’s behavior to the extent of bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, but he doesn’t think it’s reasonable to expect people to bring them to department stores or other retailers. Limiting the tax to stores that sell food would still go a long way toward cutting down on litter, Berliner said. “They are not Macy’s bags that we find in our streams, for the most part,” he said. Riemer said he thinks most people are OK with paying a fee that will reduce litter and help clean up streams, and he’s afraid any changes will “blow the policy open” and damage the county’s efforts. Floreen said she thinks customers’ reactions aren’t as negative as they were when the tax took effect, and people have gotten used to paying it. Berliner argued that even with the exemptions, the largest issuers of bags — such as Giant Food, Safeway, Target, Whole Foods Market and Harris Teeter — would still be covered by the tax.


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Cheng’s platform focuses on cutting taxes BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER

Xiangfei Cheng has never held public office before, but he hopes to change that next year. The Montgomery Village Republican, 50, is running for a seat in District 39 of the Maryland House of Delegates. He filed his candidacy with the state Board of Elections in July. Cheng said he decided to run for the position after listening to concerns from citizens in his community and district regarding high taxes. “I talked with many people in my district before I made a decision,” he said. “I’m trying to help people.”

District 39 includes Clarksburg, Germantown and Montgomery Village. It recently underwent state legislative redistricting that is set to take effect in January 2015. Much of Cheng’s platform is Cheng centered around decreasing taxes. If elected, Cheng said, he would work to eliminate sales tax on food and reduce the overall state sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent. “The economy is bad, yet people are still paying high taxes,” he said. Another part of Cheng’s plan would be to repeal speed and red

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light cameras in the state. Cameras make the driving experience more stressful, he explained. His agenda also includes reforming property tax rules and passing legislation that would provide financial assistance for educational costs. For the campaign, Cheng is looking to raise between $50,000 and $100,000 by collecting donations from family and friends. He is in the process of planning a fundraiser, but the date and location had not been decided. A native of China, Cheng completed medical school in his home country at Nanchang University’s medical college in 1983. He earned a Ph.D. in medical biochemistry from Umea University in Sweden in 1995. Cheng came to the U.S. that same year and completed his postdoctoral work at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is an instructor in the surgery department at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Cheng has lived in Montgomery Village for a little more than a decade. He has been married to his wife, Jamie Huang, for 25 years and they have two children. State Sen. Nancy King (D) of Montgomery Village and Dels. Charles Barkley (D) of Germantown, Kirill Reznik (D) of Germantown and Shane Robinson (D) of Montgomery Village currently represent the district. All of the incumbents are seeking re-election, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections website. The primary election is June 24, 2014, and the general election will be Nov. 5, 2014. jedavis@gazette.net

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Cancer patients in Montgomery County have a new option come Thursday, as Adventist HealthCare opens its Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville. The 50,000-square-foot center on the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital campus is the county’s first free-standing, comprehensive outpatient facility, according to Adventist officials. Patients will have access to an array of independent specialists, such as medical and radiation oncologists, plus counselors and dieticians. Physicians also will be able to closely collaborate with researchers, and patients will be given the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. A navigation team comprising nurses, social workers and dieticians will work with patients’ specific needs and lead them through every step of the treatment and recovery process, officials said. While the radiation oncology department and the cancer care navigation team began seeing patients at the building on Sept. 23, the rest of the departments will start to provide care in the coming weeks. Thursday will mark the center’s opening, with an informational program, self-guided tours, a building dedication and ribbon-cutting, and refreshments.

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The ceiling of the high dose rate room at the Aquilino Cancer Center has illuminated fall scenes for patients to look at while lying on their backs. The center also will offer fitness activities such as yoga and meditation, cooking demonstrations and support groups for patients to transition into “survivorship” after their diagnosis. “It’s not that you can’t get these services on other hospital campuses in the county, but you can’t get them all under one roof,” said Jane Peck, executive director for cancer services for Adventist HealthCare of Gaithersburg. “For a cancer patient that is compromised and weak, traveling is a big deal to them and being able to come to one location is important.” State-of-the-art equipment is used throughout the center, including a high dose rate instrument that administers powerful dosages of radiation but can reduce the number of sessions a patient has to endure. The building is certified

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under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. For example, a rooftop garden absorbs rainwater and reduces runoff. “We focus on the health of our patients, but also the health of the community is important to us, too,” Peck said. To make the space warm and inviting, a neutral color palette and serene art were incorporated into the decor. The building features large windows for natural light. Several of the radiation treatment rooms have illuminated nature scenes mounted in the ceiling for patients to look at while lying on their backs. “We want it to feel like home,” said Don Bridges, a radiation oncologist at the center. “We want patients to be in a very comfortable environment and feel relaxed.” Grace Lee, a two-year cancer survivor from Frederick and the infection control coordinator at the hospital, called the facility “phenomenal” and said it will make the process easier for patients. “I look back when I had [cancer]. I didn’t have everything in one location, so this is wonderful,” Lee said. “It will help make what others are going through a lot easier.” jedavis@gazette.net

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LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County Police are looking to expand a program that places its officers in schools, but some County Council members have concerns about the program’s cost and the necessity of its growth. County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said during a Oct. 24 joint meeting of the County Council’s Education and Public Safety committees that he aims to continue building up the county’s school resource officer program to its status before budget cuts in recent years. “My intention is to get the program back to where it was,” Manger said. “We’re well on our way doing that.” But County Councilman Marc Elrich said he is not sure the officer program is the best place to put the county’s limited resources. “I continue to have some heartburn over this program,” said Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park. “This is an extraordinary amount of money we’re talking about.” Bruce R. Meier of the county’s office of management and budget said in March that the recent addition of six officers to the pro-

gram cost about $952,900. County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin said the county has recently cut youth programs “substantially,” while directing more money to the officer program. “I don’t think this is a panacea,” Ervin said of the officer program. “I don’t think everything is going to come to the attention of the SRO.” The county could help kids through the youth programs that keep them “safe and engaged” and help address problems “where they start,” Elrich said. Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring also said she hasn’t seen many incidents reported at schools that would necessitate more officers. “Until we see data that backs up the need for SROs, I’m going to continue to be a pitbull on this thing,” she said. During the 2009-10 school year, the program included 33 budgeted resource officer positions, according to the program’s coordinator, Sgt. Suzanne Harrell. The program, however, was slashed in July 2010 to nine officers and later to six officers. It grew slightly when the council approved six new officer positions for fiscal 2014, resulting in the current total of 12 officer positions in the county police department. Another eight officers par-

ticipate who are not in budgeted positions, including five assisting police officers, a Gaithersburg city police officer, a Rockville city police officer and a deputy sheriff. “We have 25 high schools right now and only 20 SROs, so really, to reach that effectiveness, you want that one-onone,” Harrell said. “We’re not quite there yet.” Some council members did express support for the program’s current work and for increasing the officers’ presence in middle schools. County Council Vice President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he thinks the

officers help stave off violent incidents and are doing work that is difficult to quantify. Their work also often won’t be heard about, he said. “That’s the beauty of it,” Rice said. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said he was concerned that schools underreport incidents, but that he appreciated Ervin’s frustration. Berliner asked county school board member Michael Durso to take back to the board the idea of splitting the cost evenly with the county. Durso, a former principal, said he has seen firsthand the positive impact of the officers

who were able to develop relationships with students. “I really can’t say enough of the importance of the growth of the SRO program,” Durso said. Susan Burkinshaw — health and safety committee cochairwoman of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations — said she sees the council “between a rock and a hard place” when it comes to deciding how to use limited funds for the officer program and youth programs. However, she said, she thinks school safety has to come first and that students are safer when the officers are present. “I believe that when there’s

an officer in the building, incidents are diffused,” she said. The parent teacher associations council ultimately wants to see an officer in each high school and middle school, Burkinshaw said, but recognizes the county’s financial restraints. Doug Steel, supervisor of school safety and security for the school system, said after the meeting that he agreed that the county’s youth programs are important places to commit resources. “The safety and security of kids is also critically important,” he said. “For the parents, this is the most precious commodity.”

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Man convicted in absentia on nine of 13 counts in child sex-abuse case n

Acquitted of second-degree rape, human trafficking

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ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER

A Gaithersburg man accused of paying a woman who owed him $5,000 to have sex with her daughter has been convicted of human trafficking. The Montgomery County jury on Friday also found Bejarni Rivas, 45, of Irish Court in Gaithersburg, guilty of eight other crimes, including conspiring to commit human trafficking, of committing sex abuse and sex offenses, and soliciting sex from a minor. The jury acquitted Rivas — who was not at the trial because he had fled — of

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second-degree rape, human trafficking, attempting to commit a sex offense and conspiring to commit a sex offense. Rivas’ co-defendant — a 41-year old Germantown woman who is the girl’s mother — was convicted Sept. 19 of 10 crimes, including sex abuse of a minor, conspiracy to commit sex abuse, a sex offense charge, human trafficking of a minor, human trafficking by a parent and rape. According to prosecutors, Rivas wanted to have a relationship with the girl and paid her mother so he could have sex with the girl. The Gazette is not naming the mother to protect the identity of her daughter. During the trial, jurors learned that there were two instances of alleged

abuse. The first act took place in December at a clubhouse at the Georgian Colonies in Silver Spring, where Rivas molested the girl. In the second, which took place in January in a locker room in the clubhouse, the mother told the girl that she had to have sex with Rivas. “I’m not going to have sex with him,” the girl testified 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 victim testified her mother told her. After one of the incidents, she also saw Rivas give her mother a wad of cash, she said during the trial. The girl, who was 14 at the time of the first incident of abuse, testified that in the second encounter, Rivas forced

her to have sex with him. However, the jury cleared Rivas of the rape charge he faced for that encounter. When the victim’s mother arranged a third meeting between the two in March at her home in Germantown, the girl fled to a relative’s house and called police. Rivas faced charges of attempted sex offense, conspiring to commit human trafficking and conspiring to commit a sex offense for that third incident. He was acquitted of those charges Friday, along with the rape charge. Esteban Gergely, one of Rivas’s attorneys, questioned the credibility of the victim and argued that Rivas’s requests for a lawyer while in police custody had been ignored for two and a half hours. “That is illegal,” he told jurors in

closing arguments Thursday. He also said that despite the rape charge, investigators never found DNA evidence in the locker room where the incident was alleged to have occurred. Montgomery County State’s Attorney spokesman Ramon Korionoff hailed the verdict. “Mr. Rivas was a predator who took advantage of a vulnerable young girl and used the debt her mother owed [him] to pressure her into sexual acts,” he told The Gazette in an email. Rivas also paid the girl $100 each time he abused her, according to court records. The mother is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. Prosecutors have said she could receive a sentence of more than 100 years in prison.


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County officials to request $20M for school expansion

Fifth-graders take a test in teacher Jessica McKelvey’s portable classroom at Sargent Shriver Elementary School in Silver Spring. The school has nine portables, three of which were added over the summer.

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RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County and its state representatives will mount a “very hard and vigorous fight” for money to increase school capacity for an influx of students, said County Executive Isiah Leggett. From 2000 to 2012, Montgomery public school enrollment grew by 14,599 students — more than Anne Arundel, Howard, Frederick and Baltimore counties combined, according to the county. With nearly half of the county’s public schools projected

Obituary Eddie Michael Demory, 46, of Germantown, passed away on October 28, 2013. Born November 24, 1966, on Thanksgiving Day, in Gaithersburg, MD. He had a career in food service in the Gaithersburg area for over twenty-five years with his last job being with Casey Management. He also took great pleasure in the company of friends. He enjoyed the great outdoors, specifically hiking, kayaking and photography. He leaves behind his parents Barbara Moore Dougherty, Germantown, and Larry Demory, Ranson, WV; his brother Aaron & wife Holly and two nieces, Amber & Paige of Boonsboro; his sister Nancy Bolhoff & husband Robert and two nephews, Michael & Nathan of Frederick; a daughter, Madison Boyle of Germantown; his cousins and many friends. A graveside service was held at Bestgate Memorial Park in Annapolis, MD where a green burial took place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chesapeake Climate Action Network, P.O. Box 1138 Takoma Park, MD 20913 or Greenpeace, greenpeace.org For online condolences, please visit www.LastingTributeFuneralCare.com 1912786

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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett speaks at a news conference Thursday at Julius West Middle School in Rockville.

to not have enough seats for students by the 2018-19 school year, Leggett, County Council members and state legislators highlighted the need for more school funds Thursday at Julius West Middle School in Rockville. To help fund expansion projects, the county plans to request up to $20 million from the state, to go along with $40 million from the county, similar to a bill passed last year to provide funding for Baltimore City Public Schools. The infusion of cash would let the county issue about $750 million in bonds to fund 56 construction projects at severely affected schools over the next five years, according to a county release. “We’re bursting at the seams,” said Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendant Joshua Starr. He said schools hold classes on auditorium stages and work with students in hallways. The county also uses 379 portable classrooms. The county’s public schools are part of the attraction for many new residents, said County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring. But the schools can’t sustain their performance without additional resources, she said. Montgomery has been “a victim of our own success” in pursuing policies that supported growth and development the past several decades, said Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington. If there’s no additional money for school expansions this year, it will impede growth in Montgomery and beyond, he said. “Slowing Montgomery slows the growth of Maryland,” Madaleno said. Solving the capacity crisis will be the county’s top priority in Annapolis for the next General Assembly session, which begins in January. Del. Sheila Hixson (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, said getting the increase might not be easy, but she believes that, ultimately, many large jurisdictions in the state will support it. Madaleno, who serves on the Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee and chairs the Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee, said it’s always a challenge to get something new and innovative approved. While the Baltimore bill might be a template, he thinks everyone is “keeping an open mind” on how the issue can be addressed. Everyone needs to stay focused on what the challenges to the school system could mean for the county, and the larger repercussions for the state if Montgomery’s economy starts to decline, he said. But getting approval might be a heavy lift, even for one of the most powerful county delegations in the state. “This will be a challenge, there’s no question,” Madaleno said. rmarshall@gazette.net


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Maryland celebrates Emancipation Day Living historians (from left) Mirand Lewis of Washington, D.C., portraying Mary Ann Shadd Cary; Patricia Tyson of Silver Spring as Hallie Quinn Brown; and Sandy Wilson of Baltimore as Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler gave firstperson character accounts of their lives during the Maryland Emancipation Day celebration Saturday at the Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park near Olney. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE

County executive won’t sign bill for pay increases Raises will take effect without his signature, irking council members

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RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER

In a move that caught members of the Montgomery County Council off-guard, County Executive Isiah Leggett won’t sign a bill the council passed that would provide pay increases for the next council and executive, but Leggett will allow the bill to become law without his signature. Leggett’s lack of action means the bill automatically became law on Monday and will go into effect in December 2014. The bill would increase the pay for council members by about $32,000 over the next four years, from the current salary of $104,291 a year to $136,258 on Dec. 4, 2017. It would also provide an increase of about $10,000 for the next county executive, to a salary of $190,000 a year from $180,250, and ties the salaries of the sheriff and state’s attorney to a consumer price index. The bill won’t apply to the

current council or executive, who are legally prohibited from giving themselves raises while in office. The fact that the bill passed the council by an 8-1 vote factored into Leggett’s decision not to veto the measure, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Thursday. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg voted no. Six votes are needed for the council to negate an executive veto. “It’s pretty clear any veto would be overridden,” Lacefield said Thursday. The Washington Post reported on Oct. 29 that Leggett might not sign the bill. That came as news to several council members. Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said Thursday that Leggett never conveyed any hesitations about the bill during the legislative process that led up to the council’s vote on Oct. 22. “It’s unfortunate that this is being raised all over again,” Navarro said Thursday. Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he and Leggett discussed

the issue on Oct. 30, but that was the first he’d heard of the executive’s misgivings. “I wish that we had known about it ahead of time,” Rice said. Councilman Marc Elrich (DAt Large) of Takoma Park said Thursday he speaks to Leggett regularly, and Leggett never told him about any concerns about the bill. “People do things I don’t understand sometimes,” Elrich said. In July, Leggett told members of the committee in charge of making a recommendation to the council that he believed a cost

of living adjustment would be enough, Lacefield said Thursday. “We hear the recession is over, but things are still tough for a lot of people,” he said. Leggett had assumed the committee would pass on his reservations, Lacefield said. Leggett should have shared his concerns with the council in a more timely manner, Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda. There was a time and place for the executive to weigh in on the compensation issue, and it shouldn’t have been after the fact, Berliner said.

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Starting next year, cybersecurity companies based in Montgomery County will be eligible for a bonus — a local tax credit to go with the state one passed by the General Assembly in the spring. The Montgomery County Council recently approved legislation that makes companies involved in the growing cybersecurity field that get certified for the state tax credits to be eligible for supplemental local credits. The program offers cybersecurity businesses not just financial support but provides a “vote of confidence” for those in the industry, said Kwok Li, president and CEO of Bethesda-based cybersecurity business RioRey. The company develops products that defend systems from a type of Internet attack called distributed denial-of-service. “This segment requires continuous innovation,” Li said. “It requires a full spectrum of employment levels.” John Prisco, president and CEO of Rockville cybersecurity firm Triumfant, also praised the program. He said he moved his company to Montgomery in 2006 partly to take advantage of the skilled work force in the cybersecu-

rity industry. The business has eight patents on its products, he said. “The climate is already great, but [this program] really makes it even better,” Prisco said. The program is modeled on a similar tax credit Montgomery officials passed in 2010 for life sciences businesses. A difference is that cybersecurity companies receive the credit themselves, rather than investors in the companies under the biotech program. The county also has a tax credit for investors in green businesses that began this year. Steven A. Silverman, director of the county’s Department of Economic Development, said during a recent council meeting that he did not know of any other local entities with tax credit programs in those three areas. “We think this sets Montgomery County apart as the place to start and grow businesses in these sectors,” he said. The exact amount of the supplement will be depend on the number of companies that receive credits and the amount of funds county officials appropriate each year. The state program is capped at a total of $3 million for next year. Eligible businesses have to be certified by the state as “qualified” Maryland cybersecurity companies, as well as have fewer than 50 employees and be privately held.

Obituary Mr. Lloyd Winfield Geiser, 84, of Ocala, FL and formerly of New Market, MD, passed from this life to be with Jesus his Savior, surrounded by his loving family and his beloved dog “Peaches”, on Oct. 29, 2013. He was the husband of Carol Newbury Geiser, his wife of 58 years. Born June 4, 1929 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late George A. and Edna May Geiser, and graduated from McKinley High School. Mr. Geiser received his Bachelor’s degree Commercial Science from Benjamin Franklin University and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War. He worked for 40 years as an account manager with Steuart Motor Company and Steuart Investment Company. He enjoyed singing in the Church choir, tropical fish, and bowling. Lloyd and Carol were charter members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, and longtime members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Damascus. In addition to his loving wife, Carol, Lloyd is survived by his son, Gregory Geiser, daughters Susan Geiser, Gail Peron & husband Wayne; grandson Ted Gladden & wife Heather; granddaughters, Jeannette Gladden, Sara Peron, and Taylor Peron; five great-grandchildren, Kara Gladden, Daphne Gladden, Katelynn Lewis, Casey Lewis, and Ava Bond; and numerous cousins from the Swab and Newbury families. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 PM on Thursday, Nov. 7th at the Chapel Mausoleum of Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 9501 U.S. Route 15 N in Frederick; where a funeral service will begin at 1:00 PM on Friday, Nov. 8th. Interment with military honors will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of West Team Marion County, 3231 SW 34th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474 (www.hospiceofmarion.com) . Arrangements in Frederick are with Resthaven Funeral Services, Skkot Cody P.A. 1913015

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As food stamp recipients adjust to recent cuts in their benefits, they face losing even more. A bill before Congress, known as the farm bill, threatens to cut as much as $39 billion more from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, over the next 10 years. On Friday, recipients lost about 5 percent of their benefits when temporary funding for food stamps from the 2009 stimulus expired. “It’s like a perfect storm,” Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin said of the potentially double cuts. About 70,000 Montgomery County residents rely on the benefits from the $79 billion annual federal program to feed themselves and their families. More cuts could mean even less money for food each month and that has local leaders like Ervin concerned. “We are very concerned about this because, on average these SNAP benefits, which aren’t very big anyway, really supplement what you already have to buy food,” she said. The maximum benefit an individual can receive per month is $189. For a household of two people, the maximum benefit is $347, and for a family of eight it is $1,137, according to Brian Schleter, spokesman for the state’s Department of Human Resources. Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring was active in establishing the county’s new Food Recovery Network, a program that works to provide the excess food from restaurants and grocery stores to local organization and families who need it. But significant cuts in SNAP benefits could force the county to have to consider providing emergency food

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Continued from Page A-1 elementary school has its talent shows, and the auditorium’s not big enough for even the elementary school audience,” she said. In 2001, the school district placed Poolesville High in a queue of schools to be modernized, but the project was not added to the Capital Improvements Program budget until Starr proposed his recommendations last month. For Poolesville, modernization will mean building a new school over the current parking lot, then demolishing the old facility and replacing it with a new parking lot. The sciences building will be a wing connected to the new facility. Other than that, the new building has not yet been designed. According to Dana Tofig, spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools, the 2001 document listed a preliminary date of 2019 for Poolesville’s modernization. In 2012, the school district’s Capital Improvements Program noted that “a modernization project was scheduled for this

to SNAP participants, she said. Exactly how much, if any, the federal farm bill will trim from the program remains to be seen. Congressional lawmakers began negotiations on the measure last week. Versions passed by both the House and the Senate cut the nutrition program, but the two chambers differ vastly on the depth of those cuts. The farm bill passed by House Republicans would cut $39 billion over 10 years, while the bill passed by the Democratically controlled Senate would cut one-tenth that amount, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, is among House Democrats hoping to protect the safety net from Republicans who have targeted the program as part of spending reductions. “With the expiration of the extra SNAP benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, I urge my colleagues negotiating on the farm bill to protect the program from additional deep cuts in any conference agreement,” Van Hollen said in a statement provided to The Gazette. “This vital food assistance program provides a safety-net for millions of Americans working hard at low wage jobs, children, seniors, and veterans, including over 780,000 Marylanders.” Among the cuts in both bills are changes to how a household’s LowIncome Home Energy Assistance Program benefits would affect its SNAP benefit calculation by setting a threshold, and changes that would end broad-based eligibility. Van Hollen said the House bill would also eliminate benefits for 4 million Americans. “It’s time to work together on a responsible, long-term farm bill that supports families and farmers, and promotes conservation in areas like the Chesapeake Bay,” he said.

school with completion in August 2020.” But, because of “fiscal constraints,” according to the document, it had been delayed for two years to 2022. Tofig said prioritizing certain schools’ projects over others for the proposed 2013 program was a difficult decision. “Our growing enrollment and crowding across the district required Dr. Starr to put an emphasis on projects that will build capacity quickly,” Tofig said in an email. About 1,200 students are enrolled at Poolesville High School in grades 9 through 12. The school has a capacity of 1,152. Countywide, Starr’s plan delays revitalization and expansion projects at secondary schools like Poolesville for two years, while similar projects at elementary schools would be pushed back one year. Poolesville town commissioner Jerry Klobukowski, who has been following the issue for years, said the school district has lost credibility with the Poolesville community. “This is really shabby treatment,” he said.

While the farm bill looks to cut the nutrition programs, the House version would significantly increase funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, a federal program that supplements the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance. The funds pay to purchase and ship food to the states, which is then distributed to individuals through local organizations, like Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg. Over 10 years, the House bill would inject $333 million into the program, but the Senate bill would only provide $54 million more, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Jenna Umbriac, nutritional educator for Manna, said her organization is able to buy most of its frozen meats because of money it receives through the Emergency Food Assistance Program. However, both bills would limit eligibility for the Commodity Supplement Food Program to just the elderly, who made up 97 percent of those served in fiscal 2011. Currently the program, which provides food and administrative funds to states, also provides food to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children. With declining federal aid, Ervin said the obligation to feed those in need is falling onto on the shoulders of local government and the community. She expects local organizations will see more people turning to them for food. “It’s a shame in our country that we have to really think hard about how to provide the most basic of all human needs and that is food,” Ervin said. “This is becoming a very, very serious problem locally.” Staff Writer Sylvia Carignan contributed to this report. kalexander@gazette.net

In the school’s 1970s-era main hall, awards decorate the brick wall. The Washington Post declared Poolesville the “Most Challenging” high school in Maryland this year, based on the number of college-level tests given at the school divided by the year’s graduates. According to Tofig, there is a chance for Montgomery County Public Schools to get the funding it needs for projects like Poolesville’s. “Dr. Starr is hoping that county and state leaders can work together to find additional revenue to meet the district’s facility needs. If that occurs, we may be able to put some of our [revitalization and expansion] projects back on schedule,” he said. Klobukowski, Lowell and other Poolesville supporters plan to testify before the Board of Education about the school���s new facility at public hearings later this month. The board will hold public hearings on Monday and Nov. 15, and will take action on Starr’s recommendations for the Capital Improvements Program on Nov. 18. scarignan@gazette.net

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Continued from Page A-1 partment of Human Resources. Jenna Umbriac, a nutrition educator at Manna Food Center, said the cuts in SNAP funding mean participants will have to make difficult decisions about their food budget. Since protein is often the most expensive food item on a shopping list, meats like chicken and beef are going to be the first items a cash-strapped resident will cut out of their diet. “It just means a bigger pot of rice and beans on the stove, or something else that lasts longer,” Umbriac said. Individuals and families tend to show up at Manna for food assistance toward the end of the month as their SNAP funding and other resources begin to run dry. About 70,500 people are participating in the SNAP program in Montgomery County as of September, Schleter said. In 2007, that number was less than 25,000. SNAP participants must meet income and deduction requirements to be eligible for the program. Across the state, 795,795 Maryland residents have enrolled in the food stamp program as of September, said Kate Sam, Maryland Food Bank spokeswoman. “This is going to be devastating for people on SNAP,” Umbriac said. For Silver Spring resident Byron Kelly, losing $11 in monthly food stamp benefits is more than a couple of meals. “It’s probably three days worth of food,” he said. Kelly, who cares for his mother at home, lost his job in February. His mother held a part-time job but suffered a stroke over the summer, leaving both of them unable to work. The only source of income for their household of two comes from his mother’s Social Security payments, Kelly said. “As soon as I get the [food stamp] benefits, I have to run to the store because we’ve usually used up what we have,” he said. Kelly visits Manna Food once a month to supplement what they can get with food stamps, but he said he’s not sure how long their smaller food stamp benefit will last.

Households of one or two people who receive the minimum SNAP benefit, which was $16 before Nov. 1, will now receive $15. Households may receive varying amounts of federal assistance based on their income and other factors. Damascus resident Lynne Bowser supported herself and her husband with the $16 SNAP benefits for three years, but recently decided not to continue with the program. “For the time, effort and gasoline, my $16 a month wasn’t worth it anymore,” she said. At $4 a week for a household of two, she still had to supplement her food with donations from Manna. C. Marie Henderson, director of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, said she and her staff took the “SNAP Challenge” last year when she headed Interfaith Works, a coalition of congregations that works to meet the needs of the county’s poor and homeless. For five weekdays, she and her staff members limited their food budget to a $25 allowance, similar to what an individual in the SNAP program would allocate for one week. Henderson’s diet mostly consisted of beans, chicken, grits and frozen vegetables. “I was hungry all week,” she said. “The staff was hungry.” Local soup kitchens, help organizations and food banks may initially be able to help SNAP participants make up the difference, Henderson noted, but the organizations themselves are already strained. “They’re tapped, almost to the max, right now,” Henderson said. For now, local organizations are doing their part by educating SNAP participants and potential donors about the cuts to the program. The Maryland Food Bank, which serves the state of Maryland except Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, directs SNAP outreach workers to needy communities. If the cuts to SNAP benefits are permanent, Sam said, she’s concerned that more people will rely on food banks, creating an influx of new clients. “Neither source,” meaning SNAP benefits or food pantries, “is designed to meet all their needs,” she said.

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field said Executive Isiah Leggett (D) was still reviewing the proposal Tuesday, and wanted to see what the cost estimates attached to the bill would be. “Obviously, it’s a worthy goal,” Lacefield said. Ellen Valentino, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, hadn’t seen the bill, but said it likely would eliminate the ability of small businesses to compete for county contracts. That would create a more exclusive environment for bigger businesses, and less competition usually means higher contract costs, Valentino said. “When you inhibit competition like that, generally, it drives up costs,” she said. Montgomery has been aggressive in trying to create a competitive environment for small businesses to get county contracts, but maintaining that competitiveness is a fine line, she said. “It’s easy to lose businesses overnight,” she said. Navarro said she didn’t think the bill would hurt small businesses, since they would build the costs of health insurance into their bids. rmarshall@gazette.net


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Maryland’s top company on the Inc. jobs list was Bethesda’s Digital Management Inc., a provider of mobile enterprise and big data solutions and services that created 1,009 jobs in the 18-month period. About 200 of those jobs were formed in Maryland, with many in Montgomery County, said Jay Fiore, vice president of marketing at DMI. DMI, which also has made Inc.’s list of the fastest-growing businesses for revenue the past six years, now has more than 1,500 employees companywide, with about 200 at the 44,000-square-foot Bethesda headquarters. The company, founded by CEO Jay Sunny Bajaj in 2002, has offices in Washington, D.C., Reston, Va., Linthicum and other cities. Fiore attributed the big workforce jump to demand for the use of mobile devices in the workplace. The rise has occurred among both government and private commercial clients such as Ford, Honda and The Gap, he said. WedingWire of Chevy Chase, an online wedding planning resource serving both couples and wedding professionals, was rated second in Maryland on the Inc. list. Of the 143 jobs created in the 18-month period, 141 of those were at the Chevy Chase headquarters, said Kamari Guthrie, a company spokeswoman.

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Inc. magazine recently released its second annual list of leading privately held job creators, in which six of the top 10 in Maryland reside in Montgomery County and one in Frederick County. But before anyone starts trumpeting Montgomery as the epicenter of job creation in Maryland, like most surveys, there are a few qualifications. The list is based on the companies that submitted verification and an application to Inc. swearing to how many jobs they have added in the 18-month period from Jan. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. It’s also limited to privately held companies. So a public company like Wal-Mart or a private company that did not apply to Inc. could have created more jobs in the 18 months. So is there a way to figure out which companies are definitely creating the most jobs? County and state economic development officials say tracking that would be too wieldy given the fact that researchers would have to know how many jobs every single company or employer created. “The data we get on job creation are not available by individual establishment,” said Karen Glenn Hood, a spokeswoman with the Maryland Department of Business and

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Jay Sunny Bajaj is founder and CEO of the Bethesda digital management consulting firm Digital Management Inc. Economic Development. DBED does publish a list of the largest employers researchers know of by the number of jobs they have in Maryland, updating the figures late each year through personal surveys. From late 2011 to late 2012, Fort Meade in central Maryland was the top jobs creator in the state among large employers at about 12,000, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added almost 3,000 jobs in that period. The state agency also compiles a report each month on new and expanding businesses that lists ones that have added jobs recently, as well as looks at federal labor reports. The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development lists on its website “leading employers” without getting into how many jobs they have in the county, taken from the latest federal labor reports.

The Frederick County Business Development and Retention Division lists major employers with job figures in a survey similar to that of the state. The latest state Labor Department job report that breaks down county employment shows Montgomery growing jobs by 0.5 percent between the first quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2012. Frederick County has a job growth rate of 3.0 percent in the same period. The Montgomery DED also uses jobs data from private firm Economic Modeling Specialists International that show job creation to be a little more robust in the county, putting the county growth rate in the past year at 1.6 percent. “More counties are starting to use the EMSI data to supplement the [Department of Labor] data,” said Steven A. Silverman, director of Montgomery DED.

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Olney has The Look What woman isn’t looking for new clothes? The Look Boutique, owned and operated by Donna Johnson, is a new store in the Fair Hill shopping center in Olney selling moderate to upscale clothing and accessories for women. The 1,600-square-foot shop at 18119 Town Center Drive is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The venture is a new career for Johnson, who had a 25-year career in Montgomery and Howard counties’ public schools, where she taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels. “Our goal is to deliver a distinctive shopping experience for the professional woman seeking individual style, exceptional quality, value, convenience, and unparalleled customer service. We will provide a total fashion look for our customers,” Johnson said in a news release.

Give me a sign What’s your sign? Whatever it is, chances are Greg Utterback can make it. Utterback just opened a Signarama store at 19532 Amaranth Drive, Germantown. This is the second Signarama store for Utterback, who has been a franchisee since 1994. His

other location is at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. “I hope to maximize the potential of this new service area while maintaining my existing client base in Washington, D.C.,” Utterback said in a news release. Signarama provides sign and graphic services to the business community. The Germantown location’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call Utterback at 202-244-9171.

Smashburger opens Germantown’s got a new burger joint. Smashburger opened at The Shops at Seneca Meadows in Germantown on Oct. 23. It’s the first location for this national chain to hit the Maryland market, following Dupont Circle last month and Fairfax, Va. last fall, according to a company press release. Smashburger Seneca Meadows has 64 seats inside the restaurant with an additional 16 on its outdoor patio. The name comes from the way the burgers are made, fresh Angus Beef smashed on a 400 degree flat grill to sear in the flavor, according to the release. Smashburger’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. To learn more, visit www. smashburger.com.

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Mygenet Tesfaye Harris n Age: 39 n Job title: Art teacher, Visual Art Center, Albert Einstein High School, Kensington. n Hometown: Rockville.

Mygenet Harris is a teacher in the county’s Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School, Kensington. She was interviewed Friday at the school. Her colleague, Jane Walsh, who also teaches in the center, participated in the conversation. Tell me about the Visual Art Center.

It is a magnet art program. Students must submit a portfolio of their work to be considered for admission. I’m actually an alumni [sic] of the V.A.C. Tell me about that.

n Education Data: I did a dual program for five years with a bachelor’s of fine art in fibers/fine arts and a master’s in Art Education all from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. n Family: My parents were both educators for county schools. I was adopted at the age of 11 by my parents, Sandi and Ed Harris. I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I have two beautiful blessings: my girls, Grace, 7, and Bethelehem, 10. n Hobby/Favorite vacation spot: I love reading a good book any time of the day… in addition [to] traveling, everything involving creativity is my hobby and way of life! My most peaceful vacation place was Kampen, Holland. My most spiritual vacation spot was Lalibela, Ethiopia. n Lesson to live by: Every day is a gift. Living in the moment is the only way to be.

I remember coming to the V.A.C. with my parents with a set of drawings and Mr. Barnes [Oroon E. Barnes] said I was accepted after reviewing my work. I was intimidated by him but really worked hard. He wanted only your best and there was not any room for nonsense. He really saw something in me and challenged me very hard. I kept going and going and he had me doing eight [8-foottall] paintings by the time I graduated. When I graduated high school in 1993 I was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and received a medal from President [Bill] Clinton for my paintings and drawings. I got a full scholarship to Maryland Institute College of Art because of the V.A.C. My path was paved by Mr. Barnes. My parents were just teachers and could have never afforded to send me to a school like MICA. Now I am teaching in the same program that made me.

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Jane Walsh (left) and Mygenet Harris teach in the Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington.

Did you always want to be an art teacher?

Even when I was little in Ethiopia I always played the role of a teacher with my friends. I was always told I was good with people and later with kids. The irony of it all is that when I graduated from V.A.C., Mr. Barnes gave me a copy of his curriculum and told me I might need it one day. I guess he knew it was in the cards for me. I chose MICA partly because they had a master’s of teaching program. I knew that it was my calling. My dad and mom, who have dedicated their life to teaching, always said to me that teaching is the most rewarding career of all. When I finished my master’s in teaching I had two opportunities to go to New York and work with European traveling artists as a sculptor with Socrates (Sculpture) Park. I also had an offer to work with a curator for Baltimore Museum of Art. I made a decision to teach first and knew that was my path. Deep inside I wished

for my destination to be the V.A.C. but knew that was a long hard path. Like a great dream I could not believe it when I received this position last year after 12 years with [county schools]. It was really like coming home and Mr. Barnes also knew somewhere inside of him that I would come back. I also know in the future I will begin the first artist residency between Ethiopia and U.S./ European artists in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. I am working on the plans and hope for it to happen in the next six years. How many students are in the program and how does it work? Walsh: There are 90 students,

from all four grade levels. About 85 percent are full time at Einstein, they can transfer [here] since they are in a magnet program. Fifteen percent come from five other schools. Harris: We are a small learning community. It’s not just the visual arts, we are teaching students to be problem solvers. Walsh: We’ve developed a fouryear curriculum that builds on [their] skills. We are a traditional drawing and painting program because we can’t predict the jobs of the future. Eighty percent of our students go to university art programs, only 20 percent go to art school because they are too expensive. Harris: A lot of our students are balanced, they are student scholars. We mentor them. It’s all about guiding them for the future. We are our own little career center.

Are most of your students planning on art as a career?

A lot will probably have art in their careers but the world is changing. I see that they will have at least three careers in their lifetimes.

Can you teach a person to be an artist?

The honest truth is the spark, the absolute talent, the energy can’t be taught. I could teach you to draw an object, there is a formula, but it would lack energy.

Can you tell me about the Rendering Project the students are working on?

Students at George Washington University who served in the military wrote essays about their experiences. We got 22 of the essays, called testimonials. The students read them and selected one to represent in a drawing. They are mostly pencil and charcoal. We guided them through the project but the work is theirs — that’s problem solving. They will be on display with the testimonials at GW and the students will meet the writers. That is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at 2013 H St. N.W., Washington, D.C. “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, email Peggy McEwan at pmcewan@ gazette.net.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK A different kind of school photo When Peggy Salazar, principal of Oak View Elementary School in Silver Spring, was looking for a collaborative project the whole school could work on, she found the work of Daniel Dancer, a conceptual artist from Hood River, Ore. Dancer was at Oak View Oct. 29-30 to work with the students and staff to create a Peace Dragon photo, a picture that included all of the school’s 350 students and staff. Dancer’s canvas was the school playground and his medium was the staff and students, all dressed in black, who filled in the body of a dragon, the school’s mascot, that Dancer had outlined using black mulch and turf paint. The dragon embraced a peace symbol created by laying out 200 pairs of blue jeans collected by the students. With everyone in place, Dancer rode 80 feet into the air in the bucket of a Montgomery County fire truck and photographed the scene. For added effect, some students had red shirts under their black ones and, on cue, ran to the mouth of the dragon to simulate fire breathing. There was one other detail, Dancer said: The number 350 is one he tries to work into each of his aerial photos. “It’s the maximum parts of carbon we can have in the air and continue life as we know it,” Dancer said. “Its a big wakeup call to all the participants to change the way they view the world ... to see through the eyes of future generations.” During his three days at the school, Dancer met with all the students and staff, explaining his mission to get them to have a new perspective on life by looking up and thinking about the importance of combating

award presented by the county executive and The Gazette as part of the countywide King celebration Jan. 20 at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. For more information, contact James Stowe, director of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, at 240-7778491 or email human-rights. commission@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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Staff and students at Oak View Elementary School in Silver Spring are part of a living work of art created by Daniel Dancer, an Oregon artist who spent three days at the school. Dancer took the photo from the platform of a Montgomery County Fire Department truck ladder high above the school’s playground air pollution. “He’s been a lot of fun to work with: watching the process and talking to him about what he does. There is a lot of math involved; he works it all out on a grid,” art teacher Sarah McCarron said. Carolyn Scalera, whose daughter Amelie is in fourth grade, was one of many parents who were at the school to see the final photos taken. “What is exciting about it is the art and the collaboration,” she said. “[It] is a metaphor for working together to save the planet.”

Martin Luther King contest underway Montgomery County’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee is seeking entries for its literary arts contest and visual arts show in observance of King’s life. The writing contest and visual arts show is open to all county elementary, middle and high schools students. Essay entries must be 150 words or

less, and must be in poetry or essay format. Entries will be judged on understanding and appreciation of King’s ideals; clarity and originality of expression; and adherence to the 2014 theme, “Honoring the Legacy: Celebrate, Serve, Remember.” Entries for the visual arts show may include prints, posters, collages, murals, photographs and all other twodimensional visual art forms. Entries also should portray the 2014 theme. There is no limit on the number of visual arts entries from each school. All visual arts submissions will be exhibited at the program, and at the Executive Office Building during Black History Month in February. The submission deadline is Dec. 6. Participating schools should submit a maximum of three essay entries per school to the MLK Essay Contest, c/o Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. The top three winners from all entries will be invited to read their essays and receive an

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Clarksburg students collect food for needy Students at Clarksburg Elementary School are hold-

ing a Thanksgiving food drive through Nov. 22. Nonperishable foods will be collected in each homeroom and community members are invited to send food with students or drop it off at the school, at 13530 Redgrave Place. Food will be donated to the Clarksburg Community Assistance Network, a free supplemental food pantry for residents of the 20871 ZIP code who need assistance. For more information, call 301-353-8060.

Einstein students to exhibit artwork Students from the Montgomery County Public Schools Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington will have their work displayed this month at the Student Veterans Center at George Washington University. “The Rendering Project” takes stories of life in and out of the military uniform and puts a visual representation to them through the arts and minds of today’s youth. Visual Art Center students were given testimonials and asked to render the experiences with charcoal and pencil.

The project was a joint venture of the George Washington University Institute for Middle East Studies and Office of Military and Veteran Student Service in partnership with the Visual Arts Center. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at 2013 H St. N.W., Washington.

Careers seminar and college fair are Nov. 16 Xi Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Omicron Lambda Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity are co-sponsoring the seventh annual Traditional and Non-Traditional Careers Seminar and College Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Watkins Mill High School, 10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg. All students in sixth through 12th grade are invited to attend this free seminar featuring panelists and exhibitors in more than 25 career fields to help students prepare for college. College admissions information also will be available. Reservations are due Nov. 15 by email to jacquelynallyce@ gmail.com or by calling 202550-9376 In addition, the joint planning committee is seeking professionals to serve as panelists or exhibitors, and colleges and universities to participate. For more information, call 240-7784043 or 301-526-4377 or email pearlsandivy9@yahoo.com or repitoire@gmail.com. Established in 2006 as part of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Economic Security Initiative, the On Top of the Game Partnership Signature Program is a coalition of members of Xi Sigma Omega Chapter, Sisters in Success and the administration of Watkins Mill High School. It’s designed to help students recognize the value of

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Clarksburg High sells ornaments to support music Clarksburg High School’s instrumental music department, in cooperation with the Organization of Musical Parents and Helpers, is selling 2013 commemorative White House holiday ornaments to help support instrumental music at the school. The ornament honors peace represented by an image of the American elm tree planted just before Christmas by President Woodrow Wilson on the north lawn of the White House in 1913. The snowy scene comprises elm leaves, a wreath of olives branches and holly leaves. Two white doves of peace perch on the olive branches and hold the 2013 banner. The ornaments cost $25 and come in a gift box with a descriptive booklet. To order, contact instrumental music director Charles Orifici at Charles_A_Orifici@ mcpsmd.org.


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County high schools’ four-year graduation rate inched up in 2012 BY

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Montgomery County Public Schools’ four-year graduation rate rose slightly from the class of 2011 to the class of 2012, according to Maryland State Department of Education data released Oct. 30. About 87.4 percent of students in the class of 2012 graduated after four years of high school, which is 3.8 percentage points higher than the 2012 state graduation rate. The school system saw a

similar increase from the class of 2010 to the class of 2011. The school system’s fiveyear graduation rate increased 0.8 percentage points to 90.2 percent, while its dropout rate decreased slightly, from 7.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Four-year graduation rates rose to varying degrees across the school system’s major student groups. Black students’ rate rose about 1 percentage point, to 82.3 percent, and Hispanic students’ rate rose about 1.4 percentage points. With white students’ graduation rate staying about the same, the gaps between black students and white students and

between Hispanic students and white students closed slightly. Over the past two years, the gap between black and white students decreased by about 3.9 percentage points; the gap between Hispanic and white students decreased by about 2.1 percentage points. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in a school system news release that more black and Hispanic students are “graduating on time.” “While there are still significant gaps in performance, it is encouraging to see that those gaps have narrowed in the past couple of years,” Starr said in the release. “We must focus on meeting the individual needs

of our students if we are going to continue to see this type of progress in the years to come.” Among the other changes: The graduation rate of students who receive free and reducedprice meals rose about 1.4 percentage points, to 76.7 percent. Limited English proficient students’ rate rose about 3.9 percentage points, to 53.1 percent. Special education students’ rate stayed about the same. Of the school system’s 25 high schools, 12 schools’ graduation rates increased from the class of 2011 to the class of 2012 and 17 schools’ rates increased from the class of 2010 to the class of 2012. The top five graduation

“While there are still significant gaps in performance, it is encouraging to see that those gaps have narrowed in the past couple of years.” Joshua P. Starr, school superintendent rate increases from 2011 to 2012 were at Bethesda’s Walter Johnson, Rockville, Rockville’s Col. Zadok Magruder, German-

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Some boys in Olney are the big losers in a parentagainst-parent brouhaha over football. If you aren’t familiar with the story, the Mid-Maryland Youth Football and Cheer League divides teams in multiple divisions based on player ability. The lowerdivision team trounced its competitors and the upper division-team “wasn’t competitive at all,” according to a league board member. That led to the allegation that Olney was “stacking” better players in the lower division to beat the lesser players on other teams. BOYS BIG LOSERS Because of the allegaAS ADULTS tion, the league eliminated the Olney teams PUT WINNING from the postseason. AHEAD OF The Olney teams apSPORTSMANSHIP pealed the matter to the league’s board, where the decision was upheld after a 29-2 vote. Youths learn a lot playing team sports: sportsmanship, working toward a goal, personal responsibility, to name a few. What these boys have learned is that some parents have a warped view of what’s right and wrong. If you believe the charges, the Olney organizers did a disservice to the boys. By creating a team of ringers, the organizers allowed their desire for victory to overwhelm their sense of fair play. If you think the charges are trumped up, league officials relied on circumstantial evidence. As the playoffs proceed, the winning team will know it won only because one of the best teams in the league didn’t participate. We have far too many examples of youth sports ruined by overcompetitive adults. We all have tales of parents crossing the lines of good sense, shouting from the sidelines at coaches and officials. We all know kids who are missing out on childhood because they’re being pushed into athletics early, hoping they eventually score a college scholarship. Here, we have a youth football league in which either the local parents or the league officials are placing winning over the life lessons they owe these boys. Adults, somewhere, should be ashamed.

Hazardous isolation

When Timothy Leary implored, “Turn on, tune in, drop out” a generation ago, he wasn’t talking about iPods, smartphones and ear buds. But here we are, in a time of increasing technologically driven isolation, and the mantra fits. People walk around in their normal time and space, but with their minds and attention elsewhere. When we lost the umbilical cord of the rotary phone, we became free to socialize and carry on business talks wherever we went — and thus grew the phenomenon of Constant Connection. But we can’t blame FOR SAFE Apple or AT&T or Nokia TRAVEL, DON’T for creating a distracted BE A PRISONER culture. Walk-around enOF YOUR OWN tertainment was well estabDEVICES lished before that. The Sony Walkman was born in 1979. A tragic tale of fatal distraction — the death of Gwendolyn Ward’s 15-year-old daughter, Christina Morris-Ward — made us stop and think. On Oct. 31, 2012, Tina, as she was known, was on her way to Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, where she was a sophomore. She was doing what many people do. As Tina walked that dark morning, she was wearing headphones and looking down at her cellphone. She wore dark clothes as she crossed eight-lane Md. 118. A few blocks from the school, a car traveling legally under a green light struck her. Sad but determined, Gwendolyn Ward is doing her utmost to prevent similar heart-wrenching, avoidable deaths. She’s working with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and Safe Kids Worldwide. She also spoke recently before local officials from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia as the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board kicked off a Street Smart campaign. It’s a series of common-sense tips: for driving (be alert when passing stopped vehicles), for walking (look left, right, left before crossing) and for biking (ride with traffic, at least a car door away from parked vehicles). But for safety, so much hinges on awareness of and connection to the human and mechanical forces around us. Motor vehicles are large, powerful, potentially destructive forces. Whether you’re operating them or co-existing with them, please use the full extent of your senses while you get around. Know your surroundings, like a police officer would. Turn off, look around, tune in.

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We need to expand our road network In response to “Bus plan looks to future, not an auto-centric past” [letters, Oct. 16], the reader needs only to look at one thing in David Houck’s letter to understand where he stands — he is from Takoma Park. For years, any time I’ve raised traffic issues with anyone living inside the Beltway, I’ve heard the same tired refrain: “We don’t need more roads, we need more transit.” Guess what? If you live where I’ve lived for the last 15-plus years, and where most of the development has been for far longer than that — outside the Beltway — this is a nonstarter (full disclosure: I grew up in very closein Bethesda). While the rest of the state has invested in road improvements, we’ve really only seen the addition of the Intercounty Connector (40 years late). In the meantime, the Beltway drops to two through-lanes on the Inner Loop at Old Georgetown Road and Interstate 270 drops to two unrestricted through-lanes northbound at Md. 118 in Germantown. And, despite a major expansion of several miles of the road, I-270 has not seen any added unrestricted lanes on the spurs in at least 30 years! These places create major bottlenecks for auto traffic every day and must be addressed. Anyone who argues that we have constructed enough new roads or adequately expanded what we have in Maryland (specifically Montgomery County) is simply wrong. Our population and employment levels have exploded, but the road network has been effectively left behind or only half-baked. Even in my neighborhood, we built the first part of the Montrose Pkwy (on the books for many years), but the other half (into Wheaton) remains unfunded and unplanned.

As “auto-centric” road networks have failed to grow with development, and the vast majority of folks outside the Beltway are suffering because of this, addition to and expansion of the road network absolutely must be a primary objective of any transportation plan. Most cities have at least one good “beltway” (well planned and multi-lane, which does not describe the section in Montgomery County), and many have two (outer and inner). Most have more than one bridge crossing a major river between jurisdictions. Most have multiple highways that connect the city center with these beltways. There is nothing inbound in Maryland from Interstate 295/U.S. 50 to the George Washington Parkway in Virginia that serves this purpose and really only one way to get from Montgomery County to Northern Virginia via highway. We are woefully underserved from a road network perspective, and well behind the growth curve from any transportation perspective. I fully support the need for public transportation networks, as most of us do, but that will never serve a huge segment of the county’s population. I’d love it if I could walk to work, the grocery store and the gym. But I don’t live in downtown Bethesda/Silver Spring/Takoma. I live in Rockville, where I need to drive. There is no future in a transit-only approach, and no future that does not address all of this in the very near future. Folks who live in their urban cocoons, like Mr. Hauck, need to open their eyes to the rest of the county and state when they argue for transit as a priority.

as Ms. Bellis suggests, a dedicated bus lane.) There would be no need to build multiple buildings, i.e. Metro stations. There would be no need to use the massive amounts of electricity that the stations and the train would use. The bus lane could be adjusted easily for the intensity of traffic and parts of it could even include a dedicated bicycle portion. The bus lane could also be used for other, recreational purposes, such as foot races and bicycle races. We need to ask: Why are our representatives so interested in pursuing a seemingly unnecessary, but huge, expense?

I have really liked the handsome and personable Doug Gansler ever since he stopped by our house during his campaign for attorney general as my kids held a yard sale to sell some of their old toys. He was friendly to my children, and he bought a few books for his own family. Every time he made the news, I would point out to my kids: Remember him? That is Doug Gansler, that nice guy who came to your yard sale. I was sorry to read about his recent faux pas concerning underage drinking. The incident has helped me determine how to choose a Democrat to support in the primary, but not for the reasons you might think. I honestly don’t care that Gansler allowed his son to drink beer at age 18. (After all, my generation did it. Drinking was legal for 18-year-olds in those days, and we felt more like adults than today’s 18-year-olds.) Sure, it was hypocritical and irresponsible of Gansler to look the other way, but we all live with our own hypocrisies. What the incident underlines to me, though, is this: He and other parents rented a house at Bethany Beach for their children — who were graduating from an expensive private school — to enjoy Beach Week! How can this guy possibly understand middle-class Marylanders? My kids both went to Beach Week when they graduated from Rockville High School. And each of them had saved money from their part-time jobs to pay for it. Mr. Gansler’s son had a house handed to him! What must it be like to grow up with that sense of entitlement? I am glad that Mr. Gansler is a Democrat, and I am sure that he has done a lot for those of us who live more modest lives. But can he really understand us? That is my question. And that is the lens through which I will now examine the candidacy of Anthony Brown.

John J. O’Neill Jr., Rockville

Linda Di Desidero, Rockville

David K. Ohlrich, Rockville

A bus lane makes more sense Jennifer Bellis pointed out that the Purple Line should be proposed as a bus lane [“Make the Purple Line a bus lane,” letter, Oct. 16]. I am in total agreement with her views for the following reasons: 1. The toll highway, Interounty Connector/Md. 200, was built as a highway designed to handle traffic between Prince George’s County and Montgomery County, as is the intent of the Purple Line. That highway, by my observation, is barely used and must be losing quite a bit of money. Its tolls are expensive and that is one factor of its non-use. This would be the same for the expense of using a subway connecting those two counties.

Supposedly it is designed for use by lower-income persons for access to jobs, but they could not afford to use it. 2. A portion of the Purple Line would eradicate or constrict the Capital Crescent Trail. That is one of the most used, if not the most used, parks in the state of Maryland in terms of daily numbers. In these days of constant promotion for a “green” ecology, the Purple Line seems to be an extreme oxymoron. 3. If such a transportation route between the counties is actually needed, a bus lane using cross-country streets already built, such as East-West Highway, would cost a fraction of the Purple Line. (Even with,

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For gubernatorial candiate Doug Gansler, name recognition is no longer a problem. Last week his name and photo got widespread national attention including NBC’s “Today Show,” ABC’s “World News With Diane Sawyer,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” CNN, FOX, Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show,” every Maryland and D.C. television news broadcast, every Maryland and D.C. newspaper, multiple editorials and op-ed columns, endless radio talk shows and all the political blogs. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the widespread photo is of Gansler standing in the middle of a teenage beach party that looks like a Roman orgy. What followed was MY MARYLAND a public freeBLAIR LEE for-all over Gansler’s duty to stop the underage drinking made worse by Gansler’s lame attempt to talk his way out of it. “Beachpartygate” followed on the heels of “Ticketgate” (Gansler’s failure to pay a D.C. speed camera ticket) which followed on the heels of “Troopergate” (allegations that Gansler pressured his state trooper drivers to bypass traffic jams by going off-road with emergency lights), which followed on the heels of “Videogate” (a spy secretly recorded Gansler telling campaign supporters that his opponent, Anthony Brown, was counting on his race to get elected). The media is having a field day with Gansler’s misdeeds but you don’t need to be a Doug Gansler fan to wonder if there isn’t something just a little bit fishy about all this. First, there’s the timing. The “Troopergate” allegations date back to December 2011 but only become “newsworthy” on Oct. 13, this year. Why the 23-month delay? And how come it appeared on The Washington Post’s front page the day before Gansler’s big news conference announcing his running mate? Clearly “Troopergate” was held back and rolled out to overshadow and ruin

Gansler’s campaign event. Likewise, “Ticketgate” stems from a June 12, 2012, traffic ticket that didn’t get media attention until Oct. 23 of this year. Why the 16-month delay? Even “Beachpartygate” dates back to June, a fourmonth pause until the infamous Instagram made its way onto the front pages. My grandfather once told me that “politicians shouldn’t do anything they don’t want to read about in tomorrow’s newspapers.” He was right about the conduct part, but he was wrong about the “tomorrow’s newspaper” part. What he should have said was “politicians shouldn’t do anything they don’t want their political enemies saving up and feeding to the media during the next election.” Look, the news reporters aren’t digging up those damaging Gansler revelations. They’re being fed to the reporters by people who don’t want Gansler elected. You have to be criminally naive to believe otherwise. Second, there’s the overkill. As a result of “Beachpartygate,” The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza gave Gansler his “Worst Week in Washington” award. Wow, even worse than the Obamacare roll-out or NSA’s latest spy scandals? Chancellor Angela Merkel might disagree. A Frederick News-Post editorial demanded that Gansler quit the governor’s race and The Baltimore Sun ran a front page, over-the-top story comparing Gansler to criminally convicted Marvin Mandel, Marion Barry and Dale Anderson. Then there were the letters-tothe-editor blaming Gansler for everything short of the Kennedy assassination (“it was a Landon School student who murdered [Yeardley Love] and allegedly spent many days in a drunken state”). Welcome to the Doug Gansler beat down, anyone can play. I don’t blame the media for running with the juicy “tips” being dropped on them. But I blame them for not asking, who is dropping these dimes? Why? And are we complicit in a “dirty tricks” effort at voter manipulation? Ironically, Gansler, a Democrat, is getting the politics of personal destruction usually reserved for Republicans and the tea party. Re-

member how the media dredged up Mitt Romney’s high school haircut hazing caper? Or George Bush’s ancient DUI? Or Virginia candidate Bob McDonnell’s 35-year-old college thesis? Or the great fun the media had speculating whether Sarah Palin’s grandchild was really her own child? It’s always open season on Republicans, and no blow is too low. Teenage drinking? That tragedy struck the O’Malley household, but I don’t recall any front-page stories or media smear campaigns. Likewise, Anthony Brown has had some personal problems that the media properly chose to ignore. Poor Doug Gansler isn’t used to brass knuckles politics because he’s a product of Montgomery County’s pillow-fight politics, where a “dirty trick” is putting-up your lawn signs a week early or starting a whisper campaign that your opponent is a global warming denier. Over the years, no one has been more critical of Doug Gansler than me. When he was state’s attorney, I went after him for grandstanding and improper conduct. I even wrote that he was a “hot dog” (that’s when he stopped talking to me). And I’ve criticized his attorney general’s opinions on free speech and gay marriage because I thought he was demagoguing. But just because I was born at night doesn’t mean I was born last night. I know a political smear campaign when I see one. In politics, “when you’re explaining, you’re losing,” and Gansler’s enemies want this election to become a referendum on Gansler’s conduct instead of a referendum on the real issues facing Maryland. That’s a huge diservice which the media should resist even if the beat down sells newspapers. Meanwhile, Gansler’s enemies have accomplished the impossible: they’ve actually made me feel sorry for Doug Gansler.

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 blairleeiv@gmail.com.

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Takoma Park officials ignored opponents to teen voting

Expanded democracy? Or hypocrisy? The Gazette story about teen voting in Takoma Park [“Takoma teens excited to vote,” Oct. 23] ignores that this change was very controversial. In the few weeks following the council action, 523 registered voters, more than 90 percent of those presented with the petition, requested that this proposal be put on the ballot for all the voters to decide. These voters believed that such a big

change should be discussed and decided by the whole community, not just six City Council members. But the City Council ignored this request. Apparently they believed they knew better than the electorate. Thus, this action, which the council claimed they took to increase voter participation, had the opposite effect — the council clearly told voters that their views do not matter.

Catherine Tunis, Takoma Park

Study doesn’t support Lee’s position My primary complaint about Blair Lee’s first column on why people move out of Maryland [“Taxpayers exiting Maryland,” Aug. 28] was that he blatantly misrepresented the Tax Foundation study when he said the study looked at why people moved. It did not, and the Tax Foundation states very clearly that their study should not be taken to imply that people move because of taxes. And now here comes Blair Lee with a follow-up column [“Why are they leaving?” Sept. 18] where he again refers to some data that actually do nothing to support his argument about why people move. To be clear, I have no quibble with the Tax Foundation study or the underlying IRS data upon which it is based. Nor do I doubt that some people move out of Maryland because of high taxes. But there is just no way of knowing how many of the 1.4 million Marylanders who left the state between 2000 and 2010 did so because of taxes, or even, necessarily, that taxes “are at the top of the list” as is asserted again in Mr. Lee’s latest column. It seems that Mr. Lee has fallen into the classic pitfall of assuming that correlation is causation. People move to states with lower taxes, but they also move to states with warmer weather. People leave Maryland, but people also move to Maryland (in search of higher taxes?). People move to Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia and I agree with Mr. Lee that such moves are probably not for the weather. While they could be related to taxes, they could

also be for jobs, less traffic, more open space, cheaper housing or a host of other reasons. In search of additional support in his latest column, Lee directs the reader to a story [“Fight or flight,” Aug. 30] that followed up on his original column. The article was rather interesting in that it refers to an actual study, this one by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, that found that “tax flight is a myth” and “a large body of scholarly evidence” shows that people move to a different state primarily for new jobs, cheaper housing or better weather. Yet these basic, common-sense, alternative explanations get only a passing mention in both of Mr. Lee’s columns. Instead we get a set of letters to lend anecdotal support for his tax theory, but two of the 10 letters included in the most recent column don’t even mention taxes as a reason for a move. In any case, a handful of letters is rather thin gruel to sustain any single assertion about the complex decision making of over one million people. I don’t begrudge any individual their decision to move out of the state, and if they believe they are, or would be, better off leaving then by all means they should do so. But let’s at least assume people who move out of state are something more than low-tax seeking automatons, and let’s not confuse opinion, assertion, and anecdote with relevant data that actually demonstrates causation.

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Martin Foray wanted to play soccer when he enrolled at Northwest High School as a freshman last year. That was the sport he’d played growing

up in Liberia, and he says he’s pretty good. But he didn’t have a physical on record in time for tryouts. So, he sought to play football, a sport he’d known only distantly as “Giant Ball” while living in Africa. At least Foray, who moved the United States in 2006, had played pickup football games with friends, so it wasn’t a bad alternative.

For a while, though, it was unclear Foray would get a chance at football. He’d already missed summer workouts, and it took a few more days for his paperwork to process. If Northwest didn’t have enough properly fitted equipment for each player, those who participated in the offseason would get preference. One day while waiting to suit up, Foray talked with ju-

nior varsity coach Matt Blank and one of Blank’s assistants. “I’m going to be one of your best players,” Foray said. Once Foray was out of earshot, Blank told the assistant, “Oh, we’ve got another one of those kids who thinks he can do more than he can.” “As a coach, I work with a ton of young kids that think that they’re way better than they really are,” Blank says

now. “They have an inflated sense of what they can do.” It turned out Foray was wrong. He wasn’t one of Blank’s best players, because he didn’t spend much time on the JV team. One of several junior varsity players to practice with varsity during a JV bye week, Foray impressed so much that Northwest coach Mike Neubeiser kept him on the upper

squad the rest of the season. “It was a little bit scary,” Foray said. “It was a lot scary, actually. The players are a lot bigger, more physical than on JV. “I was less a confident, a heck of a lot less confident. I started paying a lot more attention to what the coaches were saying, focusing more,

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runners from across the state push themselves to the limit in the final race of their high school season. This year, however, for only the third time since 1980, Hereford will not play host to the championship race because parts of the school are under construction. That honor belongs to McDaniel College in Westminster. “I’m a little bit happy about the change in course because now the story of the day will be less about the hills at Hereford and more about the athletes and the competition, to be honest,” said Bethesda-Chevy Chase coach Chad Young. “I’m excited about that.” Young and other county coaches have been

forced to speculate, however, on just how different the three-mile stretch, which winds through the golf course at McDaniel, is from Hereford. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, as specified on its website, is not permitting any access the course prior to Saturday’s championships, so all walk-throughs will be done the day of the event. There is, however, a link to a course video posted on the MPSSAA website. “From what I hear, there are rolling hills, it’s somewhat hilly, but they don’t have the intense hills that Hereford has,” Young said of McDaniel, which was the site of the Carroll County cham

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Walt Whitman High School’s Kamilla Beisenova hits the ball against Thomas S. Wootton’s Miranda Deng Oct. 2.

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a dominant player for the Coyotes and was being recruited by several NCAA Division I schools. But near the end of her high school tenure, the Germantown resident’s life drastically changed. On July 11, 2010, Cunningham had a daughter and her pursuit of a college basketball scholarship had to be put on hold. Later that year — around Christmas of Cunningham’s senior season — she transferred from Clarksburg to Seneca

Valley, where she graduated. Then, aboout 11 months after the birth of Harmony, Cunningham had a son, DeSean, on June 16, 2011. “It’s been pretty tough, but I’m managing everything,” said Cunningham, who added that she probably would have committed to Duke. “I was disappointed in myself because I was getting scouted and looked at by some pretty big D-I schools, but at the

Beisenova earns chance to become first Viking to win girls singles state title since 1984 BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN

same time it was life. ... Down the road, I knew I’d get back to the basketball court.” Now, with her life balanced, the 6-foot-2 forward/center, is reviving her basketball career as a freshman at Montgomery College. “Basketball keeps everything together,” said Cunningham, who brings her children to practice several times a week. “I love it and

Walt Whitman High School senior No. 1 singles player Kamilla Beisenova used to have a hard time finding someone willing to warm up with her, and it had nothing to do with the fact that she was the “new girl.” Beisenova was handed her first tennis racquet — a broken, triangle-shaped frame — when she was 3-years-old. By age 7, it was hard to separate her from what was probably a rac

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Georgetown Prep senior tight end Andrew Caskin, at the third of about 20 camps he planned to attend last summer in search of scholarship offer, beat linebacker after linebacker in a passing drill. Keith Willis, a former Virginia Tech tight end who is now Georgetown Prep’s tight ends coach and director of strength and conditioning, watched excitedly. Willis had accompanied Caskin on a bus tour of camps, and he believed Caskin was on the verge of reaching a new level. Finally, coaches at the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus, Ohio, called for a linebacker committed to Notre Dame and another committed to Ohio State. Caskin beat both. “What you did today was special,” Willis told Caskin. A few days later, Caskin would be back in Ohio, dirty and

cooped in a hotel room. While competing at a West Virginia camp, Caskin felt his knee pop. He continued with the bus tour to another camp in Columbus, but he couldn’t even shower, let alone compete. Eventually, Caskin called his dad to pick him up. They drove eight hours home, and Caskin had an MRI revealing a torn anterior cruciate ligament. “I was physically sick to my stomach,” Willis said. “My heart felt for him. “I’ve never seen coaches cry before when a kid gets hurt. He meant so much to the program, coaches shed tears when this kid got hurt.” Said Caskin: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through in my life. I’ve never really gone through an injury, and just to have this major of an injury [and] have so many expectations for my senior year go down the drain, it’s been really hard.” Caskin still hopes to play college football. He earned a scholarship offer from Bryant during a summer camp, and that’s still available. Yale, Brown and Vil-

lanova are also showing interest. Before his injury, Maryland and Virginia Tech expressed interest, and now, becoming a preferred walk-on at Maryland could become a possibility. Caskin, a team captain, is at least still making an impact at Georgetown Prep. Willis described him as an assistant tight ends coach and “my second set of eyes.” Perhaps, Caskin — the school’s student-body president (“President of the Yard”) — is most valuable now for his ability to connect with his teammates. At a recent walkthrough, Caskin was watching the scoutteam defense. “I said, ‘Andrew, our focus isn’t where it needs to be,’” Georgetown Prep coach Dan Paro said. “And at that point, Andrew stepped in, and he saw that the guys reacted. “I laugh at him sometimes. I say, ‘You thought I was only going to yell at you when you’re in equipment? That’s not the case. I’m going to yell at you when you’re out of equipment, too.’” Everyone believes Caskin, who’s just starting to run, will be

back in equipment soon enough Paro recalled Caskin’s sophomore year, when he was a 6-foot2, 185-pound scout-team middle linebacker challenging linemen Michael Boland (6-foot-7, 300 pounds) and Jerry Ugokwe (6foot-8, 330 pounds). “You knew you had someone special, because I’ll tell you, he wasn’t afraid of those guys,” Paro said. Caskin kept that mentality as he became a two-way starter. “He’ll go full go on a play. He’ll knock the tar out of someone. He’ll take 30 seconds to get up off the ground,” Paro said. “You’re like, ‘Oh my God, what happened to Andrew?’ And then, the very next play, he’s 100 percent. He goes non-stop.” Caskin has thought about that attitude since his injury, realizing how he approached football all along provides him exactly what he needs now. “You kind of have to have that chip on your shoulder and be pissed off and just kind of prove yourself, because once you get comfortable, you’re done,” Caskin said.

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KEEPING IT BRIEF GC, Prep fall short in soccer playoffs In the Interstate Athletic Conference boys’ soccer championship, the Georgetown Prep Hoyas saw their successful 2013 season come to an end in a 4-1 loss against St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes in Alexandria, Va. It was the Hoyas’ third loss to the Saints this season as Georgetown Prep finished the year with an 11-4-1 record. In the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs, Our Lady of Good Counsel’s boys’ soccer team reached the semifinals before bowing out to eventual WCAC champion DeMatha Catholic. The Falcons lost to the Stags, 2-0, after downing St. John College High School in the quarterfinals, 5-0. Under coach Dylan Dempsey, in his second year, Good Counsel finished with a 10-5-2 record.

Good Counsel defends WCAC title Good Counsel sophomore Nia Dorsey’s goal in the 25th minute of Saturday’s WCAC

final was all the Falcons needed in a 1-0 win over rival Bishop O’Connell for their second straight championship and third in four years. The meeting marked the 10th time Good Counsel and O’Connell played for the WCAC title. The win evened the headto-head at five games apiece but the Falcons have won the last two.

Holton-Arms wins ISL soccer The Holton-Arms School girls’ soccer team won the season-ending Independent School League “A” Division championship with a 2-1 win over crosstown rival Stone Ridge of School of the Sacred Heart Sunday. Panthers goals were scored by Megan Saunders and Katie Taylor. Saunders also assisted on Taylor’s goal.

Wootton QB throws for 541 yards in a game Thomas S. Wootton quarterback Sam Ellis threw for 541 yards — which would set a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association single-game record if verified — in a 58-40 win over Rockville on Friday. Ellis completed 22-of-36 passes with six touchdowns and one interception. Rockville’s Chuck Reese threw for 480 yards in a win over Col. Zadok Magruder earlier this season, but that was also under review by the state.

Holy Cross wins second WCAC title Rhamat Alhassan has been playing volleyball for only three years, but when she graduates from the Academy of the Holy Cross this spring, she’ll have a pair of WCAC titles in tow. On Friday, a day after sweeping Good Counsel in the semifinals, Alhassan recorded a career-high 26 kills in leading the Tartans to a 3-1 win over Paul VI in a rematch of last year’s title match, which was Holy Cross’ first championship in program history. “I think I did pretty good,” said a laughing Alhassan, who finished her final high school season with 289 kills, 154 more than her next closest teammate. “I guess it was just me really wanting to win.”

Good Counsel tennis wins two medals Junior Stephanie Grodecki’s runner-up finish in the No. 1 singles slot and gold medal with freshman Megan Keller in the No. 1 doubles bracket helped the Good Counsel girls’ tennis team to a third-place finish at the season-ending WCAC championship Monday. It was a drastic improvement from last year’s seventhplace performance. Every point in such a tournament format counts, and coach Lee Ingham said in an email that she was extremely pleased with her charges’ record in the first round. The Falcons were victorious in six of nine opening round matches, the most in recent history. The Falcons should only be stronger next year with a good portion of its top six slated to return.

Wootton doubles players win region titles Wootton seniors Aishu Iyer and Katarina Sherman won the girls’ doubles region tennis title over Churchill’s Hayley Keats and Sriya Movva. After regular season and county final losses to Wootton’s Miranda Deng, Whitman senior No. 1 singles player Kamilla Beisenova defeated the freshman star in straight sets to win last Wednesday’s all-Montgomery County Region II girls’ singles title. Maryland public high school tennis is divided into eight regions. The top two finishers in each bracket — boys’ and girls’ singles, boys’ and girls’ doubles and mixed doubles — earn a spot in the state championship played each May at the University of Maryland, College Park. Last Wednesday’s region finals featured the girls’ singles and doubles; boys and mixed doubles regionals will be played following the boys’ spring season.

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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.

Rank

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

School

Record Points

6-4 8-1 8-1 8-1 7-2 8-1 8-1 6-3 6-3 6-3

Good Counsel Falcons Quince Orchard Cougars Bullis Bulldogs Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Northwest Jaguars Paint Branch Panthers Gaithersburg Trojans Sherwood Warriors Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles Clarksburg Coyotes

59 54 48 40 35 31 27 15 13 8

Also receiving votes: None.

LEADERS Top rushers Isaac Boyd, Avalon Khalil Wilson, Einstein Charles Lyles, Poolesville Zac Morton, Whitman Dage Davis, Geo. Prep Devonte Williams, Bullis Chris Dawson, G. Counsel Amankwah-Ayeh, B-CC E. Spottswood, Sherwood Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard

Top passers Sam Ellis, Wootton Chuck Reese, Rockville G. Cooper, P. Branch Mike Murtaugh, QO Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. C. Reighard, Seneca Marvin Galdamez, Ken. Nick DeCarlo, G’burg C. Hennessey, N’wood Dwayne Haskins, Bullis

Carries 142 161 200 216 159 167 157 155 132 110

Yards 1673 1473 1470 1383 1285 1279 978 903 870 766

Cmp-Att. 181-340 242-384 139-237 88-148 118-217 88-163 91-161 63-111 99-204 62-112

Top receivers

Avg. 11.8 9.1 7.4 6.4 8.1 7.7 6.2 5.8 6.6 7.0

Yards 2762 2688 1993 1476 1324 1153 1108 1101 1099 974

Catches Yards Trevon Diggs, Wootton 72 1055 Jibri Woods, Wootton 60 946 Javonn Curry, P. Branch 45 742 Joey Cornwell, Rockville 57 700 Louison Biama, Rockville 41 682 Ryan Stango, P. Branch 40 640 Phil Osborn, R. Mont. 50 638 Michael Scott, Kennedy 44 622 Steven Kelly, B-CC 26 594 Anthony Albert, Rockville 51 549

TDs 29 14 14 16 17 21 12 10 12 14

Int. 13 13 6 4 6 6 7 5 10 4

TDs 24 36 25 17 14 13 5 8 6 11

Avg. 14.7 15.8 16.5 12.3 16.6 16.0 12.8 14.1 22.8 10.8

TDs 11 7 12 7 6 8 11 1 6 9

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Continued from Page B-1 instead of just talking.” Foray played special teams that year and learned well. This year, he’s a starting cornerback and will help lead Northwest into its final regular-season game, Friday at Springbrook. “He never backs down. Never,” Neubeiser said. “He’ll

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As high school football teams enter the final week of the regular season, 11 of the 25 public schools in Montgomery County are still battling for playoff berths. Five,

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg, Northwest, Paint Branch and Damascus, have clinched postseason games. Here’s a breakdown on what the others have to do to keep playing:

4A West Region Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg and Northwest have clinched the top three seeds. If Clarksburg defeats Richard Montgomery, Clarksburg earns the No. 4 seed. If Blair defeats Whitman and Quince Orchard beats Wootton, Clarksburg

will be the No. 4 seed. If Whitman beats Blair and Richard Montgomery beats Clarksburg, Whitman would finish ahead of Clarksburg. However, Wootton would pass a winning Whitman if Wootton beats Quince Orchard and at least five of six games go as listed (if a game appears twice, it counts twice): Bethesda-Chevy Chase over Walter Johnson, Churchill over Damascus, Churchill over Damascus, Rockville over Poolesville, Seneca Valley over Blake, Northwest over Springbrook. If Richard Montgomery beats Clarksburg and Blair beats Whitman, Wootton would make the playoffs if it beats Quince Orchard and at least two of four games go as listed: Churchill over Damascus, Rockville over Poolesville, Seneca Valley over Blake, Randallstown over Magruder.

4A North Region Paint Branch is guaranteed a top-two seed. If Sherwood beats Kennedy, Sherwood will make the playoffs as either the No. 3 or

No. 4 seed. If Parkville beats Kenwood and Northwest beats Springbrook, Sherwood will make the playoffs as either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. If Kennedy beats Sherwood and Kenwood defeats Parkville, Sherwood would finish ahead of Kenwood only if at least seven of eight games go as listed: Blair over Whitman, Magruder over Randallstown, Richard Montgomery over Clarksburg, Springbrook over Northwest, Franklin over Catonsville, Towson over Dulaney, Perry Hall over Dundalk, Milford Mill over Woodlawn To reach the playoffs, the No. 4 seed being the top possible outcome, Springbrook must finish ahead of Sherwood and Kenwood. For Springbrook to finish ahead of Sherwood, Springbrook must beat Northwest, Kennedy must beat Sherwood and at least four of five games must go as listed: Blake over Seneca Valley, Churchill over Damascus, Watkins Mill over Einstein, Randallstown over Magruder, Clarksburg over Richard Montgomery.

If Springbrook defeats Northwest and Parkville beats Kenwood, Springbrook would finish ahead of Kenwood.

3A West Region Damascus will receive the No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 seed. The Linganore-Urbana winner will receive the No. 1 seed.

2A West Region Poolesville would claim the No. 3 seed by finishing ahead of Oakdale and Catoctin. Poolesville would claim the No. 4 seed by finishing ahead of only one of Oakdale or Catoctin. If Rockville beats Poolesville, Poolesville will miss the playoffs. If Poolesville beats Rockville and Brunswick beats Catoctin, Poolesville would finish ahead of Catoctin. Poolesville would finish ahead of Oakdale only if Poolesville beats Rockville and Middletown beats Oakdale. This story was cut for space. See full version online.

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Poolesville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Paint Branch Landon Randallstown DeMatha

Rockville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Gaithersburg Landon Randallstown DeMatha

Poolesville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Gaithersburg Landon Randallstown DeMatha

Poolesville Northwood Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Paint Branch Landon Randallstown DeMatha

Rockville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Paint Branch Landon Randallstown DeMatha

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go against the toughest kid or the biggest kid on the team. He doesn’t care. He’s very toughminded. He’s also not as arrogant as he seemed during that early conversation with Blank. Blank taught Foray in school and learned his true character over a full school year. “He was a great kid during class, just a yes-sir, no-sir type of kid, never a distraction, always a very, very polite kid,

Montgomery 4A South Division Team

Wootton* Whitman B-Chevy Chase R. Montgomery Walter Johnson* Churchill

All Div.

5-4 6-3 3-6 2-7 1-8 1-8

4-1 4-1 2-2 2-3 1-3 1-4

PF PA

265 179 197 142 140 268 211 230 43 270 53 275

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Springbrook* Blair Kennedy Blake

All Div.

8-1 6-3 5-4 5-4 3-6 1-8

5-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-5

PF PA

379 100 220 195 186 94 177 147 136 156 50 250

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

8-1 8-1 7-2 6-3 1-8

3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 0-4

PF PA

225 84 345 61 309 134 174 104 89 372

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Rockville Watkins Mill Wheaton Northwood

All Div.

8-1 6-3 4-4 5-4 3-6 1-8 1-8

6-0 5-1 3-2 3-3 2-3 0-5 0-5

Montgomery 2A Independent Team

Poolesville

All

PF

PA

All

PF

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6-3 215 162

Private schools Team

PF PA

295 88 282 97 190 254 336 304 127 244 110 326 66 356

Bullis 8-1 309 110 Good Counsel 6-4 226 121 Avalon 5-5 272 212 Georgetown Prep 4-5 239 203 Landon 3-5 155 161 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores

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

Poolesville at Rockville Wheaton at Northwood Watkins Mill at Einstein Quince Orchard at Wootton Bethesda-Chevy Chase at Walter Johnson Clarksburg at Richard Montgomery Damascus at Churchill Northwest at Springbrook Sherwood at Kennedy Seneca Valley at Blake Whitman at Blair Bullis at Georgetown Prep Paint Branch vs. Gaithersburg Landon at St. Albans Magruder at Randallstown DeMatha vs. Good Counsel

STANDINGS

always saying hello and things in the hallway,” Blank said. “To his credit, it’s easy for a kid like that that’s really good at football — he got moved up so quickly — it’s really easy for a kid like that to not be humble and kind of be full of himself. But you never get that sense from Martin.” dfeldman@gazette.net

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Northwest High School sophomore defensive back Martin Foray (center) runs at practice on Oct. 30.

Watkins Mill 43, Northwood 6 Seneca Valley 49, Einstein 12 Wootton 58, Rockville 40 Damascus 55, Wheaton 6 Whitman 28, Churchill 7 Gaithersburg 43, Walter Johnson 0 B-CC 34, R. Montgomery 33 Northwest 35, Quince Orchard 21 Clarksburg 35, Magruder 0 Springbrook 27, Kennedy 3 Paint Branch 55, Sherwood 21 Blair 28, Blake 14 Boonsboro 35, Poolesville 34 Perry Street Prep 50, Avalon 20 Landon 13, Georgetown Prep 7 Bullis 54, Episcopal 22

BEST BET Paint Branch vs. Gaithersburg, noon Saturday at WJ.

Both teams are in contention for the No. 1 seed in their regions. It’s a great matchup of Paint Branch’s passing offense against Gaithersburg’s secondary. Both teams will want to enter the playoffs with a victory against high-quality opponent, but may see each other again so may hold something back.


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Continued from Page B-1 pionships. “But we’re not going to stress too much about the course.” During the 4A West Region championship meet on Thursday at High Point Farm in Clarksburg, the Barons’ girls finished in second place as they were upended by Walter Johnson. “They’ve let it be known that they’re a serious contender for the state championship,” Young said of the Wildcats. B-CC’s standout junior, Nora McUmber, still won the region comfortably, however, while the Wildcats placed five runners in the top 20 (three in the top 10) to score the upset. On the boys’ side, Walt Whitman junior Evan

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Continued from Page B-1 quet ball racquet. But Beisenova grew up in Kazakhstan, where tennis isn’t exactly the national sport. “Back there the coaching style is definitely different, here (the United States) they know a lot more about tennis,” Beisenova said. “When I was learning, I was taught to hit with huge swings, hit flat and I never put any spin on the ball. I thought that was the only way to play. “When I got here, the first time I went to a clinic and we [warmed up] short court, I would just hit it hard and flat

Woods paced the pack and helped the Vikings lock up a firstplace finish with WJ coming in second. “It’s all about momentum. We feel like we’re peaking at the right time. We’ve done all the work and now it’s time to have a great race and see what happens,” Whitman coach Steve Hays said. Hays, like many in the county, expressed mixed sentiments when discussing the course change. “We like the hills [at Hereford],” he said. “I just think it helps you become stronger. Everyone runs the same course. We’re just disappointed that we didn’t get the chance to go up there and look at it ahead of time.” In the 4A North Region

championship, Sherwood’s girls finished second to Dulaney and Paint Branch’s boys did the same.

Meanwhile, Albert Einstein (third girls, fourth boys) was the highest county finisher at the 3A West Re-

gion championship. Poolesville finished first (girls) and second (boys) in the 2A West with senior

and they were like, ‘Whoa, slow down.’ I feel like no one wanted to warm up with me, I was not a good partner.” Beisenova certainly has a lot more control over her shots these days and used it Oct. 30 to become the first girl from Whitman to win an all-Montgomery County Region II singles title in recent history. Just by making the final, Beisenova earned a spot in the girls’ singles draw at next spring’s state championship — she won the girls’ doubles title in 2012. A straight-sets win over Thomas S. Wootton’s Miranda Deng, who defeated Beisenova during the regular season and a few days before the region tournament in a three-set county final, will likely set Whitman’s No. 1 up with a top seed

next spring. The Vikings have not had a girls’ singles winner at states since Lee Shelburne in 1984. “I’m excited, it’s my senior year and I wanted to finish it off on a good note,” Beisenova said. “I feel like [the region final win] will be a confidence booster as well and will transfer into matches.” While Beisenova, whose game is also predicated on court speed and her ability to retrieve just about everything thrown at her, has certainly shortened her backswing and added a bit of topspin on her groundstrokes, she has not completely abandoned her once solely flat ground game. Upon the advice of her mother, Beisenova said, she’s learned to absorb

input from a variety of sources and utilize what she needs. She drives her forehand through the court nicely and can counter opponents’ more loopy, topspin shots, but has found a good medium; the addition of some margin for error allows her to hit with depth, consistently. She also has a reliable backhand, can mix in some slice off both wings and is an overall cerebral player. “I like Kamilla’s forehand because she does drive it,” Whitman coach Jasen Gohn said. “I think she probably has the biggest groundstrokes [in the county] other than Miranda.” Beisenova arrived in Bethesda too late to join the team as a freshman. In 2011, she won the No. 3 singles county title but missed last season

while she focused on improving her U.S. Tennis Association national ranking in preparation for the college search process. Beisenova, who said rejoining the team and representing Whitman on the courts was extremely important to her, is currently No. 336 of 1,841 in the USTA girls 18s national rankings. Her addition to the top of Whitman’s lineup this fall was integral in keeping the Vikings among the top three teams — they lost only to county champion Wootton and Winston Churchill (4-3). Gohn said Beisenova’s ability to connect with everyone, from freshmen to seniors, was invaluable to the team’s cohesion and younger players’ motivation, and will

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Continued from Page B-1 it’s really helped me manage time with the kids, work and school. I just had to wait until the kids were a certain age.” Raptors coach Tarlouh Gasque agrees. “Nicole’s done something that I can really applaud her for,” Gasque said. “Not necessarily from the basketball standpoint. ... but she’s come back to school. Raising children, working, school and playing ball are not easy. But I do know she wants to do well for her kids.” Cunningham, who hopes to transfer to a four-year program and still play in the WNBA, will provide a much needed post presence on both ends of the court for the Raptors, which began their season Friday at the Roxbury (Mass.) Tour-

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Poolesville High School’s Chase Weaverling won the Montgomery County Cross Country Championship boys’ race this fall at Bohrer Park.

nament, this winter. Gasque said her team, which has perennially advanced to the national tournament in recent years, has more talent and depth this season. The 16-woman roster features a good mix and deep rotation of players in the frontcourt and backcourt. “You can’t coach height and I’m really blessed this year,” she said. “If I can play everyone, I’m going to play everyone, but they are going to have to be disciplined and play my style of ball.” Gasque says the team will implement — as usual — a fast-paced style of play focused on pushing the ball up the court. She also believes the Raptors will be able to consistently score from all areas of the floor with legitimate threats from the post to accompany their usual shooters. Joining Cunningham in the starting lineup will likely be freshman point

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ncammarota@gazette.net likely continue to benefit the Vikings moving forward. The No. 13-ranked player in all of Kazakhstan at one point — rankings there are not done by age, professionals and juniors are lumped together — Beisenova reworked her game when she arrived in the United States three years ago. A hybrid of old and new styles of play have made for quite the potent combination. “We had to start slow. My coach would toss me the ball, then we’d go back to the baseline and I’d forget what I was learning so we’d have to go back to him tossing the ball again,” Beisenova said. “It took me lessons and lessons.” jbeekman@gazette.net

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guard Jebria Smith (Washington Latin, 5-5), sophomore shooting guard Angelica Ceccone (Walt Whitman, 5-8) and freshman 6-foot forward Kierra McKellery (Arundel). Either sophomore guard/ forward Meghann Tilghman (Rockville) or freshman guard/forward Kiana Daley (O’Bryant School of Math and Science) are expected to round out the starters. Audrey Rankin (Quince Orchard), Trystan Sparks (Gaithersburg), Aimee Hart (John F. Kennedy), Jimica Mozie (Clarksburg) and Caprice Harvey (Shenandoah Valley) should all be key contributors off the bench. “Some of the press we’ve got has helped us because people are more aware of us,” Gasque said. “I think I have a pretty good team here.”

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Miller talks about his career, fans and his new album BY

WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER

Never underestimate the power of the Internet. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have helped artists all over the world share their talents. That’s important for hip-hop artist Jake Miller, who has turned Internet success into a full-fledged career. Miller, who released his debut full-length album, “Us Against Them” on Tuesday is out on a 43-date tour across the country to promote the CD. He will be making a stop on Friday at the Fillmore Silver Spring. “This is definitely my proudest project to date,” Miller said. “Eleven brand new songs — the production is just better, the lyrics are better, it sounds fuller … it’s just a really fun and different album from anything I’ve ever put out. I put EDM [electronic dance music], kind of house songs on there, I have acoustic songs, really happy songs and songs that let you know what I’m really stressing about.” These days, the soon-to-be 21 year old doesn’t have too much to

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Hip-hop artist Jake Miller will bring his “Us Against Them” tour to the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday. EDGAR ESTEVEZ

Judy Kang was a member of Lady Gaga’s band during her Monsters Ball Tour in 2010 and 2011.

JAKE MILLER n When: 7 p.m. Friday

n Tickets: $25

n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring

n For information: 301-9609999; fillmoresilverspring.com

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‘Lady at the O.K. Corral’ takes new look at American West BY

CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington will hold its 44th annual Lessans Family Book Festival starting Friday and running to Nov. 17. The festival features book signings, children’s programming and more than 20 author events. Author and media mogul Ann Kirschner will hold two talks on Nov. 14, one at the JCC in Rockville and the other at Leisure World in Silver Spring, about her book “The Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp.” Kirschner is the university dean of Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York. She earned a bachelor’s in English from the University of Buffalo, a master’s in English

from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She’s also an entrepreneur in the media and technology world, having launched NFL.com for the National Football League and Fathom, Columbia University’s online education company. In 2006, Kirschner published “Sala’s Gift,” the story of her mother, a Holocaust survivor, and her rescue of letters from Nazi labor camps. The book is available in multiple languages including Polish, German, French and Chinese. Kirschner has continued her

See WEST, Page B-9 Ann Kirschner, author of “Sala’s Gift” and “Lady at the O.K. Corral,” will speak at the Annual Book Festival at the JCC of Greater Washington on Nov. 14. She’ll hold a second talk the same day at Leisure World in Silver Spring. DAVID H. SNYDER.

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he story behind how a small Washington, D.C., violin studio landed a classical music star is truly one for the modern age. Horman Violin Studio founder Amy Beth Horman was checking her Twitter account one evening when she noticed she had a new follower. “I was kind of new to Twitter and I had a new follower, Judy Kang,” Horman remembered. “And my brain went, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s Judy Kang. Isn’t that Lady Gaga’s violinist?’” Now based in New York city, Kang is a Canadian violinist and the youngest person ever accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She was just 11 years old when she was accepted. Kang, who would not reveal her age, graduated at 17 with a bachelor’s degree in music and at 19 was granted the Lily Foldes Scholarship for the Juilliard School where she earned a master’s degree. She’s performed with major orchestras across six continents and from January 2010 to May 2011, she toured as a member of Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour. Pleasantly surprised and admittedly shocked with her newest follower, Horman decided to take a chance and send

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ART LEAGUE OF GERMANTOWN

The Art League of Germantown will host an exhibit through Sunday at the Black Rock Center for the Arts. Pictured: Georgia MacDonald’s watercolor painting “Yesterday today” is a scene from Sheperdstown, W.Va. WASHINGTON DUNHUANG GUZHENG ACADEMY

The Washington Dunhuang Guzheng Academy and Washington Qinqiang Club will host a concert on Saturday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville.

The Washington Dunhuang Guzheng Academy and Washington Qinqiang Club will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kreeger Auditorium, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. The Guzheng, also simply called zheng, is a Chinese plucked zither with 18 or more strings and movable bridges. It is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto and the Korean gayageum. Qinqiang is a Chinese folk music opera popular mainly in China’s Northwest, particularly Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces. One of the major Chinese operas, it is believed to be the ancestor of all other Chinese operas, including Peking opera. The performance will be subtitled in English. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 301-610-6592.

Urban expressions

Artist Cathy Abramson’s work will be on view at Gallery B through November as part of a joint exhibit with Nancy Abeles, Elaine Lozier and Jan Rowland — together known as The Figurative Four. The exhibit will be on view as part of the Bethesda Art Walk, which returns to the area Friday.

The Bethesda Art Walk returns this Friday, showcasing the works from several

members of the downtown gallery community, with exhibits spanning painting, sculpture, photography, pottery and mixed media. Participating galleries and studios include Artworks, Consider It Done, Gallery B, Interiors of Washington, Upstairs Art Studios, the Waverly Street Gallery and the public art exhibition “Tunnel Vision” at the Bethesda Metro Station. The Bethesda Art Walk began in 2002 to welcome arts patrons, residents and visitors into the city’s art galleries, studio spaces and frame shops all featuring original artwork by local, regional and national artists. For more information, visit www.bethesda.org.

BETHESDA ART WALK

A seat in the ‘League’ The Art League of Germantown will present the 31st Winterglow Art show and sale through Sunday at the Black Rock Center for the Arts. More than 50 artists will showcase their paintings, drawings, photography, ceramic and fiber arts and jewelry. An opening reception today will feature the presentation “Finding your Place in the Arts” by guest speaker and professional artist Judith HeartSong, executive director of the Capitol Arts Network. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Sunday, allowing the public to meet and greet participating artists. A quartet, composed of members of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, also will perform. For a complete schedule, visit www.alog.org. Visit www.blackrockcenter. org.

Showcasing ‘Simple Needs’ Conceptual artist Ellen Sherfey will be the featured artist for November at the Montgomery Art Association MAA Gallery at the Westfield Wheaton Mall. Sherfey’s oil paintings and multimedia sculptures utilize expressionistic realism to convey discerning yet unassuming inner truths, like her image of white china plates on a rainy pavement, “The Complexities of Simple Needs.” That work was accepted into the collection of Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway. An opening reception is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. The exhibit runs to Dec. 1. For more information, visit www.PeaceFireStudio.com

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AT THE MOVIES

IN THE ARTS

Playing to save the world in ‘Ender’s Game’

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Emmanuel Trifilio Tango

Trio, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; Familiar Faces, 8 p.m. Nov. 8, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, District Comedy, 8 p.m. Nov. 8; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Reel Big Fish, Five Iron Frenzy, Beautiful Bodies, Beebs & Her Money Makers, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; New Found Glory/Alkaline Trio with H20, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7; Jake Miller, 7 p.m. Nov. 8; Timeflies: The Warning Signs Tour, 8 p.m. Nov. 10; Tori Kelly, 8 p.m. Nov. 14; Saved By the 90s A Party with The Bayside Tigers, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16; David Nail With Special Guest Brothers Osborne, 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring. com, www.livenation.com.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, A Civil War

Scrapbook: CD Release with Hesperus & Maggies Music, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13; Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, www.imtfolk.org.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Alasdair Fraser & Nat-

alie Haas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Nov. 6, Nov. 9, Nov. 19-20; Cathy Fink with guests Brad Kolodner and Amadou Kouyate, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango, 8 p.m. Nov. 7; BSO: Off the Cuff — The Planets, 8:15 p.m. Nov. 8; National Philharmonic: Lost Childhood, A Concert Opera, 8 p.m. Nov. 9; Kids EuroFestival: Leiutajateküla Lotte — Lotte from Gadgetville Vanemuine Theatre, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. Nov. 10; Voices of the Holocaust: Kristallnacht Commemoration 2013, 7:30

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ENDER’S GAME

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

SARA BECKER

Sara Becker’s “Mysterious Landscape,” is one of many works on view as part of the 7Palettes Art Show Saturday and Sunday at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo Park. p.m. Nov. 10; State of the Schools: Building Our Future Together, 8:30 a.m. Nov. 11; Museum Shop Around, 10 a.m. Nov. 14-17; BSO: Chris Botti, 8 p.m. Nov. 14; call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore.org.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, Joan Belmar and Lori Anne Boocks, “Mathematics, Maps and Myths,” to Nov. 10, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www. adahrosegallery.com Gallery B, “ZigZag,” to Nov. 30, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www. bethesda.org. Yellow Barn Studio, 7Palettes Art Show, Nov. 9-10, reception from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. www. yellowbarnstudio.com.

In step with its sensitive, tactically brilliant 12-year-old hero, “Ender’s Game” is a bit of a tweener, neither triumph nor disaster, a war-games fantasy with a use-by date of Nov. 22, when the new “Hunger Games” movie comes out. Its central action scenes unfold in a vast zero-gravity battle-simulation arena, on a space station readying for an alien attack of enormous skittery bugs called Formics. The preteens and young teenagers being trained to save the world play dangerous rounds of laser tag and try to impress the authority figures played by Harrison Ford (a long way from Han Solo), Viola Davis and Sir Ben Kingsley. Asa Butterfield of “Hugo” is Ender Wiggins, the relentlessly bullied boy with the Hobbitty-sounding name who becomes “Earth’s ultimate military leader,” in the words of the film’s promotional materials. Hailee Steinfeld of “True Grit” is Petra, his sympathetic best friend and training mentor. They’re sweet together, these kids. Already, Butterfield and Steinfeld are learning the virtue of behaving on camera, as opposed to acting each tense encounter into the ground. When a best-seller such as Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” takes a generation or more to find its way to the

n 2 1/2 stars n PG-13; 114 minutes n Cast: Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley n Directed by Gavin Hood

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(From left) Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield star in “Ender’s Game.” screen, the result can acquire an unwanted aura of retronostalgia, whatever the story’s setting or the director’s approach. The look of this project, reflected by the film’s poster, settles for futuristic industrialism made generic. Still, while writer and director Gavin Hood may not be Mr. Style or a science-fiction visionary, he gets the story told, with appealing actors at the center. Across nearly three decades, many young readers have devoured Card’s books (the original, the four sequels, plus two spinoff adventures) as expressions of rebellious outsiders with a cause. Ender is a freak by definition simply by being a “third,” the third-born child in a near-future world ruled by a strict two-child pol-

icy. The violence in Ender’s life is nearly always justified since he’s dealing with dead-eyed sociopaths his own age who wish to do him harm. Then comes the not-so-twisty twist near the climax of the story, which asks the audience to grieve and question a different scale of violence. (Spoiler issues here, so we’ll keep mum.) Hood’s adaptation streamlines the novel and its concerns,

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Burdens to bear: National Philharmonic to perform ‘Lost Childhood’ Legacies of Holocaust wear heavy for Jew and German in musical work

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Two psychiatrists attending a conference in Manhattan in 1993 meet for a drink in a hotel bar and begin talking, forming the basis for an opera called “Lost Childhood.” Judah is a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust in Poland, and the younger Manfred, born after the war, is the German son of Nazi sympathizers. “This is probably the first opera to address post-Holocaust issues,” said Janice Hamer of Philadelphia, who composed the work with poet and librettist Mary Azrael of Baltimore. The opera is based on a memoir called “The Lost Childhood” by New York psychiatrist Yehuda Nir and talks with Gottfried Wagner, great-grandson of the composer Richard Wagner, who served as a consultant. The first fully orchestrated version of the two-act opera will be performed Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Performing will be 12 professional soloists along with the

LOST CHILDHOOD n When: 8 p.m. Saturday; preconcert lecture at 6:45 p.m. Saturday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $28-$84; free for children 17 and younger, but not recommended for ages 11 and younger. n For information: 301-5815100, nationalphilharmonic. org, operaprojects. org/lostchild.htm, miriammorselnathan.com, click on commissioned work

National Philharmonic and the National Philharmonic Chorale conducted by Maestro Piotr Gajewski of Rockville. Associate conductor Victoria Gau will give a pre-concert lecture that Hamer, Azrael and Wagner are expected to attend. A music historian, Wagner was disowned by his family for criticizing his great-grandfather’s anti-Semitic views and for criticizing his family’s later support of Hitler. He has devoted much of his adult life to facilitating talks between Holocaust survivors and their families and post-war Ger-

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Librettist Mary Azrael (left) of Baltimore, and composer Janice Hamer of Philadelphia discuss the score of their opera, “Lost Childhood,” during a rehearsal for its performance on Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

mans like himself. On view in the Strathmore lobby will be monoprints by Silver Spring artist Miriam Morsel Nathan, whose parents survived the Holocaust but who lost other members of her family. Nathan said she used photographs of her relatives to evoke the sense of absence, memory and loss that Hamer was looking for in the prints to complement the performance. “They were made with the idea that they would accompany the opera,” Nathan said. “Lost Childhood” takes place on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, an orchestrated attack on Jews and Jewish property on Nov. 9-10, 1938, in Germany and Austria. The night of violence killed at least 91 Jews and led to the arrest and jailing of 30,000 others as Hitler moved closer to World War II and his “final solution.”

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FRUITFUL COLLABORATIONS Years ago, composer Janice Hamer and cousin-in-law, poet and librettist Mary Azrael collaborated on an award-winning choral work, “On Paper Bridges,” based on a Yiddish legend. Excited about their success, they started thinking about creating an opera, possibly about the Jews hiding during the Holocaust based on books Azrael had been reading, such as “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Hamer then happened to hear German music historian Gottfried Wagner on National Public Radio, and “Lost Childhood” began to take shape. Great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner, Gottfried had written a book called “Twilight of the Wagners: The Unveiling of a Family Legacy,” published in English in 1999. A native of Bayreuth who now lives in Milan, Wagner had been living for most of his life with the legacy of not only his great-grandfather’s anti-Semitism celebrated by the Third Reich but also with that of his immediate family, some of whom were friends of Hitler and supported him during World War II. Struck by his openness and a shared interest in conflict resolution, Hamer wrote to Wagner, and when he came to Princeton University to speak at a conference about the Holocaust, he invited her to attend. There they met psychiatrist Yehuda Nir, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, who had written about his boyhood during the war disguised as a Polish Catholic in his memoir, “The Lost Childhood.”

nightmares, too.”

Duets and arias Hamer and Azrael had collaborated on a choral work before, but neither had ever worked on an opera. Composing music to a libretto was definitely something new. “We had to learn a basic fact — it’s not a play, it has to be much shorter,” said Hamer, noting that singing a syllable in

Nir and the younger Wagner became friends and began speaking at conferences about their own conversations and other efforts by Wagner to set up dialogues between Germans and Holocaust survivors and their families. Using Nir’s memoir and her conversations with Wagner, Azrael decided to structure the opera as a 1993 conversation between a Jewish survivor and a German born after the war that would share a stage with Nir’s flashbacks from Poland. Hamer and Azrael were able to develop the opera with support from American Opera Projects in New York. It was later performed as a piano and vocal work in workshops in New York and in Tel Aviv. Then came the time to find an orchestra to perform it. Hamer’s parents, Joe and Mickey Hamer, live at the Ingleside at King Farm retirement community in Rockville. They happened to be friends with fellow Ingleside resident Richard Gajewski, of Poland, father of Piotr Gajewski, who conducts the National Philharmonic based at Strathmore. “I emailed [Piotr] and asked him if he wanted to test drive my orchestration,” said Hamer. “He was very interested, we met at Ingleside for two hours, and I sent him the material.” Both Hamer and Azrael said they hope that an opera company will now take an interest in the work and perform it. “We’d love it to be fully staged,” said Azrael.

— VIRGINIA TERHUNE an opera takes a lot longer than speaking it. Hamer said most of the music is “very lyrical, very accessible,” touched with some modernist moments. There is a duet between Julek’s parents and two love duets between Lala and Ludwig, she said. She also includes subtle musical references in the score, including fragments of Gregorian chant, Maimonides’ “Thirteen Principles” of the Jewish faith, an opera composed in the Terezin concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic, Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” and a song that Eli Wiesel sang as a boy. Hamer and Azrael said one atypical scene in the opera had upset audiences during workshops. It takes place in a Nazi dentist’s office where Lala works. The SS dentist, Adolf Schmoll (Robert Baker) and his staff are joking and laughing about how they can smell a Jew. Schmool also deliberately terrifies the patient in the chair by pretending to suspect he’s Jewish. Hamer said she wove into the score a simultaneous mix of vocal cabaret-like singing, with the strings playing a polka and the brass section evoking the Nazi anthem, “Horst Wessel Lied.” Some said the scene was offensive, but librettist Azrael said she argued to keep it in. “This is one of the ways people get caught up in horrible behavior,” she said. “It made me nervous, but I felt I had to dig in, for better or worse.” There is also a scene in the dentist office in which an older dental assistant (Andrew McLaughlin) starts humming a Yiddish tune, “Oyfn Pripetchik,” which was widely sung in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. It is about a rabbi teaching young children the alphabet. Julek tentatively hums in response, and the two briefly and joyfully recognize each other as Jewish, but the moment quickly passes for fear of being discovered. Azrael said her biggest challenge was finding a way to channel all the information she had gathered from Nir’s memoir and talks with Wagner into the characters of Judah and Manfred, and the characters in Judah’s flashbacks. “I had to imagine their conversations ... and how to interweave the scenes from the memoir,” said Azrael. “There is no forgiveness, but they begin to understand each other,” she about Judah and Manfred. “To feel the other as a human being, that was a start.” vterhune@gazette.net


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Legal eagle: Alan Dershowitz at JCCGW book fair n

Celebrity attorney-writercommentator to speak at Rockville book fair BY

ALAN DERSHOWITZ n When: Reception at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7:30 p.m., Sunday

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Like many celebrities, Alan Dershowitz has a split personality. How does the “real Alan” see his public persona — what his son refers to as “the Dersh character”? “He can be a bit obnoxious at times, too opinionated, sometimes rude, but never boring,” said the 75-year-old high-profile attorney, Harvard Law School professor (since age 28), prolific writer (30 books plus more than 1,000 magazine, newspaper and journal articles) and outspoken commentator (especially in defense of Israel). From humble beginnings, born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn, Dershowitz went on to Yale Law School, graduating first in his class. As a criminal lawyer, he has defended clients including Patty Hearst, Harry Reems, Angela Davis, Leona Helmsley and O.J. Simpson. Dershowitz, whose most recent book, “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law,” was released Oct. 15, is coming to Rockville on Sunday evening for a Patrons Reception and Book Talk at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington’s Annual Book Fair. In anticipation of the event, he took some time to answer some questions. A&E: What was your career aspiration as

a child?

Dershowitz: To finish high school without getting expelled. I was a terrible student. I didn’t think much about college. But everybody I knew told me I would have to be a lawyer because I had a big mouth and a small brain. A&E: Who were the most influential people in your decision to become a lawyer, a teacher, a writer, a commentator? Were these actual decisions or evolutionary? Dershowitz: Everything I did was happenstance. I was never strategic about my career. Once I started to do well in college and law school, I wanted to do everything. I have a terminal case of FOMS — fear of missing something — so I never wanted to choose. My role model for not having to choose was General Telford Taylor, who was my professor at law school. He was an eminent appellate lawyer, a great teacher, a wonderful writer and a public intellectual. I tried to model my career after his. Fortunately, I was able to work with him on freeing Soviet Jews for a decade towards the end of his life. It was one of the great privileges of my life. A&E: Why do you do so many things? Do they nurture each other or do they dilute

n Tickets: $45, $38 for JCCGW members; Reception: $136 to $500 n For information: jccgw.org

Irwin Cotler, we used every tactic available to keep Natan alive and to free him both from the gulag and from the Soviet Union. It took too long, but when we first undertook the case, there was real doubt as to whether he would survive the sentence. He is now a proud grandfather and one of the most important and influential spokespersons for the Jewish people. A&E: What authors do you read for plea-

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your attention or effectiveness? Dershowitz: I do only one thing, but I do it in different ways and for different audiences. I am a teacher. I teach and learn in the classroom. I teach and learn in the courtroom. I teach and learn from my writing and on television. My teaching makes me a better practitioner and my practice makes me a better teacher. I live an integrated professional life, and so far I’ve managed to miss very little. A&E: How long did it take you to write

this book? Did you have a routine of writing daily? Do you write in a particular place? Dershowitz: In one sense, this book took me my entire life to write. In a more direct sense, it took me a couple of years. I write every day and wherever I happen to be: on airplanes, on trains, in waiting rooms, on Martha’s Vineyard, in Florida. I have no particular routine. I am an opportunistic writer. I write everything in long hand, with a ballpoint pen on legal pads. I don’t know how to type or use a computer. Fortunately, I have a great assistant who can read my handwriting. A&E: Which of your books are your fa-

vorites?

Dershowitz: Among my favorite books

are “Taking the Stand,” “The Genesis of Justice,” “Preemption,” “Just Revenge” and “Chutzpah.” The book I wish I didn’t have to write is “The Case for Israel,” but the outrageous charges leveled against Israel required a defense of the Jewish state. I hope I provided an adequate defense. A&E: Which of your cases are you proud-

est of?

Dershowitz: The case I am most proud of

is my defense of Natan Sharansky. Along with

Dershowitz: I have two categories. The first is classical literature: Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Costa. The second is contemporary fiction by authors such as Richard North Patterson and Linda Fairstein. There is a third category falling somewhere in between: Phillip Roth and Saul Bellow.

A&E: Is there something you regret not having accomplished? Dershowitz: If I did, I would try to still accomplish it. A&E: Are any of your children or grandchildren following in your footsteps? Dershowitz: The last thing I would ever want is for any child to follow in anyone’s footsteps. My three children and two grandchildren are incredibly individualistic, each following their own path. If I have had any influence on them, it is to encourage them to be individuals and not to follow into the footsteps of others. A&E: What do you do to relax? Dershowitz: For relaxation, I love sports.

At my age, it is now more watching them than participating in them. I spend a lot of time at Fenway Park and the Boston Garden. I also love long walks on the beach with my wife, Carolyn.

A&E: What do you see as your future? Do you have more books planned? Are you writing one now? Dershowitz: Yogi Berra once said that “prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” I have no idea what life holds in store for me. I plan to spend more time in Florida, also a bit more in New York and on Martha’s Vineyard. I am already working on my next book, which is tentatively entitled “Abraham: the world’s first (but certainly not last) Jewish lawyer.”

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Continued from Page B-5 theme of the impact of Jewish women in history with her latest book, “The Lady at the O.K. Corral,” available now. “I realized that’s a theme that really intrigued me, so when I heard about Wyatt Earp being married to a Jewish woman and buried in a Jewish cemetery and [that] all the myths that I grew up with about the American West were basically turned on their head, I was enormously drawn to it,” Kirschner said. After receiving an email from a friend about Earp’s burial in a Jewish cemetery in California, Kirschner said she was immediately intrigued. “I had that sense of glorious obsession when you’re on fire to understand something,” she said. “I wanted to learn how she ended up in Tombstone and how she ended up with Wyatt for 50 years.” Earp was a deputy sheriff known for the infamous 30-second gunfight in Tombstone, Ariz., the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, in which he and his two brothers killed two outlaws. Earp was married twice before meeting Marcus Earp. The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral has become a cultural touchstone in American history, often used as a metaphor for standoffs in contemporary America, most recently in regards to the federal government shutdown earlier this month. “We would love things to be black and white; simple solutions to really thorny situations,” Kirschner said. “We’re going to end this once and for all. The heroes are going to kill the villains.” For Kirschner, who grew up in the 1950s watching shows about the American West, her favorite of which was “The Life and Legend of

n When: Noon and 3 p.m. Nov. 14 n Where: Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville (noon), and Leisure World, 3701 Rossmoor Blvd., Silver Spring (3 p.m.) n Tickets: $10 for members, $15 for general public n For information: For a complete list of events and to reserve tickets call 301-348-3805 or visit jccgw.org

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Kang a message to see if she would be interested in leading a masterclass for Horman’s students. And again, to her pleasant surprise, Kang agreed. “We had a number of 140-character conversations where I felt like I was 14 and I was having to abbreviate things,” Horman laughed. “On the fourth one I thought, ‘I’m really sounding like a fool here,’ and asked her to move it to email.” Kang will hold an improv masterclass Monday at The Mansion at Strathmore. The event is co-sponsored by Strathmore Education and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra. Horman also received funding from the Walt Whitman High School Booster Club Fund. Four of Horman’s students along with two students from the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra will take part in the class which culminates when the students accompany Kang on a showpiece. “When I told them, they went berserk,” Horman said of her students’ reaction to the news of Kang’s visit. “I don’t think I’ve ever been cool until I made that announcement.” A Montgomery County native, Horman founded her studio in 1991. She began playing the violin at age 5 and is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris where she won the highly-coveted Premier Prix Solo Violin. Now an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America, Horman teaches violin to students of all ages out of her home in Washington, D.C. “I have one student who is 32 who has been here since he was 12,” Horman said. “I’ve watched them go from beginners to startling young soloists.” Horman has worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to help the studio gain recognition. She’s organized masterclasses with concertmasters including Ricardo Cyncynates of the National Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Carney with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Horman Violin Studio was also the only studio to team up with the National Symphony Orchestra for “NSO in Your Neighborhood” in D.C. in January. Horman credits the studio’s success with her willingness to ask for help, even in what is considered the “cutthroat” world of classical music. “People really want to help when it comes to the kids,” she said. “ ... That really warms my heart.” Working with violin students is something Kang said she’s made a priority

stress over. Born in Washington, D.C., Miller was raised in Florida and started putting videos of himself singing and rapping on YouTube when he was in high school. “I always just loved music, Miller said. “I always had music in my blood. My dad was in a band and my mom used to sing at tournaments and basketball games. I kind of grew up around music and, ever since I was little, I’ve enjoyed every kind of music – whether it was ’N Sync when I was really little and then John Mayer, Eminem, even the Beatles. I’m just a music lover in general. I don’t think it hit me that I wanted it to be my career path until probably ninth or 10th grade. I started like most kids just putting videos on YouTube just to see where it would get me and to see what kind of reaction I would get.” The reaction has been massive. Miller already has more than 221,000 YouTube subscribers with 25 million views, 319,000 Twitter followers and 220,000 likes on Facebook. What Miller described as starting out as a hobby quickly turned into the opportunity of a lifetime. “I don’t know where I’d be without [social media],” Miller said. “I always would talk to my parents about it and I honestly don’t know how people back in the day, like the Beatles ... blew up without social media. Obviously, nowadays social media is a very important tool. YouTube was the start of everything, so if I didn’t have an outlet to put my music, I’d probably be writing in my room still, singing to my family. Twitter and Facebook and Instagram are just another way to share to my fans and show them what I’m doing and what I’ve been up to. I literally live on social media. I owe a lot of my career to Twitter and Instagram and all that stuff because that’s where the fans discover me.” In 2011, in his first ever live performance, Miller opened for Snoop Dogg in Florida. Since then, he’s performed alongside R&B and hip-hop artists Flo Rida,

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Judy Kang will hold a masterclass Monday for students of the Horman Violin Studio and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra.

JUDY KANG n When: 7 p.m. Monday n Where: The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda n Tickets: Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. n For information: To reserve a seat, email Betty Scott at bscott@stratmore. org

throughout the course of her career. “Since I started performing, I definitely incorporate the opportunity to visit schools ...” Kang said. “I wanted to have the opportunity to work with [Horman’s students] and also be a part of something together.” Ultimately, Kang said she hopes stu-

dents at the Monday masterclass walk away with confidence not just in the technical aspects of the instruments but in terms of their own musical identity as well. “I want each of them to take away this confidence and trust themselves to see what they want to improve on,” Kang said. “They’re each their own individual artist with unique personalities ...” Not surprisingly, embracing her own unique personality is something Kang said was greatly encouraged during the Lady Gaga tour. “She trusted us to do our own thing,” Kang said. “The thing I appreciated about Gaga ... was the openness to allow each individual in the band to really just kind of bring ourselves to the music.” chedgepeth@gazette.net

chedgepeth@gazette.net

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Wyatt Earp,” Earp became the face of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. But it was his common law wife of 50 years who later fascinated Kirschner. “The Jewish dimension of this story of a frontier woman really grabbed me,” Kirschner said. “If you read the histories of the West, you would think that there were no women there ... if you leave women out of the picture, you’re not really understanding the true history of the time. My motivation was to put the women back in the picture.” Beyond Marcus Earp, Kirschner said she was also intrigued by the Jewish communities that settled in the American West. “I was fascinated by early Jewish communities in places like Tombstone and Nome, Alaska,” Kirschner said. “It struck me as fascinating; these untold stories of the settling of the U.S. Who knew they were celebrating the Jewish New Year in Tombstone?” Marcus Earp’s Jewish identity will be a major focus of Kirschner’s talks on Nov. 14. “[She] raises interesting questions about Jewish identity and when it’s easy to have a Jewish identity and when it’s difficult,” Kirschner said. “Some people think Josephine was a negative role model because she was so indifferent.” The author said she hopes readers and listeners will also consider their own identity in reading “The Lady at the O.K. Corral.” “We think about the Jewish community we grew up in and I’d be interested in having a conversation about when it’s difficult to be Jewish, how are you Jewish?” Kirschner said. “It’s a very important time to think about how we define being Jewish and ... how do we pass it on to the next generation.”

Sean Kingston, Mac Miller, Ne-Yo and Cee Lo Green. “We perform with huge celebrities and my musical heroes, to be honest,” Miller said. “Even to this day, I still get starstruck when I see them and I’m still blown away how I’m sharing the stage with the person I listened to growing up. It’s crazy.” Miller released an EP in 2012 called “The Road Less Traveled.” It debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Hip Hop Chart. The song “A Million Lives” off that EP cracked the top-10 on SiriusXM. The video for the song has more than 3.5 million views on YouTube. The song chronicles the lives of people going through hardships. “‘A Million Lives’ is a song I put out about a year ago that’s basically a song I wrote for my fans,” Miller said. “It’s kind of like a tribute to my fans because they always tell me how much I inspire them and how my music inspires them, but really they inspire me just as much. This song is just a story about fans who write me fan mail and they’re telling me how my music has gotten them through [a tough] situation, whether it’s being bullied or fighting cancer or losing someone that they know. Not only has it launched my career … more importantly it’s kind of opened my eyes to how important it is to put out music that has a positive message instead of music without any real lyrical depth. I’ve always said music with no message was just sound.” Miller said he hopes his music is enjoyed by everyone, no matter how old they are. “I hope people take away from my music that it’s just positive and it makes them feel good,” Miller said. “I want my music to be the music parents can listen to in the car with their kids. It’s on the line of edgy and cool, but it’s not too cool where families can’t listen to it together because I’m talking about bad stuff. I want it to be that perfect line where guys can listen to it, girls can listen to it, kids can listen to it, adults … everybody can just relate to it and feel good listening to it.” wfranklin@gazette.net


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Part-Time/20-hrs p/Week - Overnight Shift - 10:45 p.m. - 7:15 a.m., Fridays & Saturdays & alternating Sundays to fill shift rotation. Part of multi-disciplinary team working w/ emotionally disturbed adolescents. Nurses work closely with other members of a treatment team (counselors, psychiatrists, therapists and educators.) Psychiatric experience w/adolescents required. Current Maryland Nursing License required. Generous paid leave & other MD State benefits. Salary negotiable pursuant to experience + shift differential. Send resume w/cover memo to: John L. Gildner RICA, HR, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD 20850 - Fax : 301-251-6815 Or e-mail to: demetra.swarr@maryland.gov EEO

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VOLVO 2004 SUV XC90 T6 awd 7 pass, MD inspect, 1 owner $5999 301340-3984 V.W GOLF 2001 GTI 80K MIL 5 sp VR 6 MD inspect, $4999 301-3403984

219/mo.**

NEW 2013 HIGHLANDER 4X2 2 AVAILABLE: #363400, 363401

24,690

$

AFTER TOYOTA $1,500 REBATE

4x4, Leather, Sunroof.............$8,495

2004 Chevy Blazer

4x4, 61k, PW, PL, CD...................$8,950

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2007 Nissan Sentra

6 Spd, AC, PW, PL, CD..........$8,950

2002 BMW 330ci Conv

Leather, Hardtop...................$11,950

2009 Pontiac Vibe

AWD, PW, PL, CD...............$12,950

2007 Pontiac Torrent

AWD,57k,NewTires,PW,PL,CD. $13,450

2008 Chevy Equinox LT

AWD,PW,PL,CD,XM,RemoteStart.......$13,925

2012 Jeep Liberty 4x4

39k, PW, PL, CD.....................$18,750

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

20K, PW, PL, 7 Pass............$18,950

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PW, PL, PS, CD/Cassette.......$5,990

2000 HONDA CRV:

MERCEDES 2001 C240 4 DR, 6 spd manual, MD inspect only 73K miles $7000 301-3403984

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149/mo.**

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4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO

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17,590

$

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4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL.,

4 CYL., AUTOMATIC

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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 $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *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 11-30-13.


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