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Man killed by police Monday in Germantown
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Police shot and killed a man in Germantown who had called them earlier that night saying he had just shot and killed his grandmother and roommate. Antoine Duane Goodrum’s initial claim that he had killed two people turned out to be untrue. When Goodrum, 27, was shot, he was wearing a tactical utility vest and carrying numerous extra magazines loaded with ammunition, according to Montgomery County Police Capt. Jim Daly. The events unfolded around 9:15 p.m.,when police received a call from Goodrum, who said he had just shot and killed his grandmother and his roommate at his home on Red Robin Terrace, according to a police statement.
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Growlers Brew Pub brewmaster Eric Gleason (left), general manager Chuck Blessing (third from left), Dave Blessing (right), a part-owner of the enterprise, and local Poolesville farmer Brian Kubiak (seated) of The Owl Farm, which supplied hops for a recent batch of beer, in the Olde Towne Gaithersburg establishment. For more on Growlers’ award-winning beers, see Page A-4.
In this 1978 photo, ballistics expert Larry Sturdivan holds a bullet believed to have struck President John F. Kennedy.
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n the early-morning hours of Nov. 23, 1963, Dr. James J. Humes washed his hands after overseeing what is arguably the most controversial autopsy in modern U.S. history at Bethesda Naval Hospital, now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The director of laboratories of the National Medical School in Bethesda took his notes of the proceedings to his Bethesda home and burned them after meticulously copying the records because, Humes later testiﬁed, they were stained with John F. Kennedy’s blood
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and “inappropriate to be turned over to anyone.” “Having transcribed those notes … I destroyed those pieces of paper,” Humes, who died in 1999, testiﬁed in 1977 before a medical panel convened by the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations, one of several political bodies that investigated the killing. “I felt they would fall into the hands of some sensation seeker.” That admission is one of many facets of the case that have fueled speculation of a cover-up and conspiracy over Kennedy’s death for the past 50 years. As the half-century anniversary approaches Friday, the autopsy in Bethesda continues to be one of the more controversial elements. “Dr. Humes may have had his reasons for
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burning the original autopsy notes,” Philip Shenon, a former New York Times journalist and author of a new book, “A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination,” said in an interview. “But it was still jaw-dropping to discover what he did.” Jim Lesar, president of the Assassination Archives and Research Center, a private organization in Silver Spring that preserves documents and other records on political assassinations, added, “It was an extraordinarily controversial autopsy that has been denounced by many authorities in the ﬁeld.” Of the roughly 30 agents, military ofﬁcers, medical personnel and others that the House
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Proposes ﬁve middle, high schools stay on schedule BY
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County students and staff in ﬁve middle and high schools may not face delays to construction projects after all. The Montgomery County Board of Education decided Monday not to delay revitalization and expansion projects at two high schools and three middle schools. The board voted Monday to approve a $1.74 billion Capital Improvements Program budget for ﬁscal years 2015 through 2020 — compared to Superinten-
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Boyds teen takes crown at pageant Rebecca Block of Boyds took home the title of Miss Historic Maryland’s Outstanding Teen with the help of a pink, rhinestonestudded dress and conﬁdence in her platform. Rebecca competed in the contest Nov. 9. The title is a precursor to the Miss Maryland pageant. The 14-year-old winner’s platform was all about helping those with special needs. Every summer, Rebecca volunteers as a mentor for Longview School’s program in Germantown, which educates students with special needs. “We help them with arts and crafts, and we help teach them,” she said. The Longview students range in age from 5 to 21. Block said she has been interested in pageants for a long time and wanted to be part of the Miss America pageant’s message of service and talent. When she competed for the Miss Historic Maryland title, she was interviewed and judged on her talent, evening wear, ﬁtness and on-stage responses to questions. “I do get nervous sometimes, but I’m conﬁdent because I know I’m as prepared as I can be,” she said. Rebecca said she considered many different dresses for the evening gown portion of the contest.
“I narrowed it down based on how it ﬁt my personality,” she said. “I picked pink!” Rebecca, a freshman at Northwest High School in Germantown, is enthusiastic about dancing and chose a jazz solo dance for the talent competition. Now that she has the crown, she is planning to compete in the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen pageant in June. In the meantime, the organization’s directors are helping her ﬁnd opportunites to reach out to children with special needs across the state.
Eat breakfast with Santa in Beallsville Families can enjoy a breakfast visit and photos with Santa on Dec. 7 at the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Deparment. The breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8; $6 for children 3 to 11; and younger children are admitted free. The menu has juice, fruit salad, pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs and coffee. Also, a toy train will be set up and Santa will be available for
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“I do get nervous sometimes, but I’m conﬁdent because I know I’m as prepared as I can be,” said Rebecca Block of Boyds, Miss Historic Maryland’s Outstanding Teen. photos. Instant photos with Santa are available for $2, but parents are welcome to bring their own cameras. Fireﬁghters at the station will collect new, unwrapped toys to donate for the Toys for Tots program. The ﬁre station is at 19801 Beallsville Road, Beallsville.
S’more-making at Winter Lights Festival Visitors of Gaithersburg’s 18th annual Winter Lights Festival can enjoy a s’more sandwich under the lights Sunday. Festivalgoers can take a ride
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Bicycle Center, Weis Shopping Center, 26039 Ridge Road, Damascus. Birding Basics for Families, 9 a.m.10:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at www. parkpass.org. Jen Miller, 301-528-3492, jennifer.miller@MontgomeryParks.org. Black Hill Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. $6. Free Anti-Bullying Seminar, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For ages 8 to 12. Preregistration required. Frank Pugarita, 240-552-0632, pugaritasensei@gmail. com. Pugarita Karate, 8945 N. Westland Drive, Suite 101, Gaithersburg. Computer Repair, 10 a.m. Bring your own damaged computer or laptop to learn how to repair it. Space is limited; registration required starting two weeks in advance. www.montgomerycountymd. gov/library. Offered on the fourth Saturday of most months, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Amy Alapati, 240-773-9444, firstname.lastname@example.org. Damascus Library, 9701 Main Street. Free.
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through the 380-plus light displays in a bus or hay wagon. Upon reaching “Toyland Loop,” visitors will have time to explore the lights on foot and then head to the campﬁre to make a s’more sandwich. The activity 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. Children younger than 4 enter free. For more information or to register, visit gaithersburgmd.gov/ winterlights.
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Small-business owner worried about losing customers BY
Poolesville Hardware owner John Speelman chats with Carter van Devanter of Poolesville on Monday afternoon at his store.
SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
The owner of a small-town hardware store is ﬁghting to keep his business alive as two chain stores consider opening Poolesville branches. John Speelman, owner of Poolesville Hardware, has run his store for almost 30 years. “I’m not here for the money,” Speelman said. “I’m here because I enjoy what I do.” The town commissioners have welcomed the prospect of Tractor Supply Co. moving into the space formerly occupied by Selby’s Market at 19610 Fisher Avenue. The market served as the town’s only grocery store before it closed in 2012. The second chain store with its eye on Poolesville is Dollar General, whose representatives have presented sketches of a new building for 19718 Fisher Ave. Tennessee-based Tractor Supply Co. sells home and garden supplies, animal feed, vehicle accessories and power equipment in its retail stores. Speelman worries that if Tractor Supply moves in, he’ll have to close shop. “There’s no doubt it’s going to hurt,” he said. Business is slow during the day, he said, and he’s lucky if he makes up the difference on weekends. But if Tractor Supply opens, new residents moving into town may not know he’s there, he said. Tractor Supply provides much of the same kind of merchandise he sells at Poolesville Hardware, except for plumbing and electrical supplies. Tractor Supply has provided no ofﬁcial conﬁrmation of a new Poolesville store. “There is still nothing we can conﬁrm concerning a possible Poolesville location at this time,” Tractor Supply spokesman Rob Hoskins said in a Monday email. But, town Commissioner Chuck Stump said Tractor Supply representatives have been talking with the owner of the shopping center about reﬁtting the space for the business. Speelman said there is a small chance Poolesville Hardware might survive if Tractor Supply moves in. Instead of waiting to see what happens, he is taking action. He has created a survey for Poolesville residents, asking how often they would shop at new stores like Tractor Supply. He plans to distribute 200 copies next week and give the town commissioners the results in December. Stump and the planning commission met Nov. 13 to discuss Tractor Supply’s plans. Two issues are apparent, Stump said:
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the high number of required parking spaces for the store and whether merchandise can be kept outside the building. The town can provide a waiver on its parking regulations, but the outdoor merchandise will have to be in a new, fenced-in part of the parking lot. “If they do end up needing it,” Stump said, “we’re going to want it to look really nice.” Otherwise, the store could be a “potential eyesore and safety issue” if the store takes over too large a footprint, he said. The town’s parking regulations for retail stores require one parking space per 100 square feet of sales ﬂoor area, which, in Tractor Supply’s case, would mean about 70 spaces, he said. The planning commission is drafting new regulations that would require fewer parking spaces — one per 300 square feet of sales ﬂoor. The town’s current regulations have been problematic for new, smaller businesses, which pay hundreds of dollars to get a special exception, Stump said.
Preserving the small-town atmosphere Dollar General has been working with the town’s commissioners to build a new store at 19718 Fisher Ave. According to Town Manager Wade Yost, the empty lot was a residential home decades ago. The commissioners and development representatives have gone through multiple rounds of redesigns for the new store’s facade, Stump said, making it look more like Poolesville’s town hall. According to Yost, Dollar General’s plan is to secure the permits it needs for its building, then move onto the property. The planning commission will meet next in December to hold a public hearing on Dollar General’s site plan. George Coakley, the chairman of Poolesville’s planning commission, said residents who attended the recent meeting had two main concerns: retaining the “small-town atmosphere and charm” of Poolesville, and
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Dollar General’s design for its new Poolesville store has gone through several rounds of changes.
the harm that the two new stores may bring to existing businesses. Though Poolesville’s master plan lays out a “caring community with small-town values,” Speelman said, the commissioners are risking the town’s image by welcoming chain stores. The majority of Poolesville’s commissioners generally have welcomed small and midsize businesses to town, but Tractor Supply also would play the role of ﬁlling the prominent anchor space in the shopping center. At a commissioners’ meeting at Town Hall on Nov. 4, Speelman spoke out about Poolesville’s future. “I think we’re going in the wrong direction,” he said. Town Commissioner Valaree Dickerson responded that since the shopping center’s buildings are already built, they can’t be allowed to deteriorate, without tenants to improve them. The president of the town commissioners, Jim Brown, said they have to look at the big picture and allow growth in Poolesville. “We’re on your side,” Dickerson told Speelman. But, if Tractor Supply moves in, the hardware store owner said he’ll have to work harder just to get by. “I’m ﬁghting for my life here,” he said. email@example.com
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An Olney man was killed early Sunday in a head-on collision with a truck after he began driving the wrong way on Interstate 95 in Prince George’s County and a Germantown woman died Nov. 12 when she drove the wrong way on Interstate 270, authorities said. In Sunday’s incident, Maryland State Police said Christian Allen Knight, 22, of Olney was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-95 near the Intercounty Connector about 3 a.m, when his car struck a tractortrailer. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Vernelle Knight Crudup, was taken to Laurel Regional Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Maryland State Police. Police are continuing to investigate the accident. Knight lived in the Hallowell community of Olney his entire life. He attended Sherwood Elementary, William H.Farquhar Middle School and James Hubert Blake High School, graduating in 2009. “He was really full of life, and full of smiles. He was always the life of the party, but also very sensitive. He was always there for his friends,” said Anne Hoffman, a friend of the family. Knight had been working as an electrician, she said. He is survived by parents Kathy and Steve Knight, older brother Stephen, stepfather Dave Cameron, stepsister Emily and stepbrother Bradley. He was a “fanatical” sports
fan, Hoffman said, and played basketball for several local leagues. Many young people have visited the family’s home to mourn him, “with looks of shock and disbelief,” she said. “They feel betrayed that this could have happened to one of their own. There are lots of broken hearts. Sadness prevails. He touched a lot of lives,” she said. Arrangements have not yet been ﬁnalized for a memorial service as of Monday evening. In the Nov. 12 incident, Erica Choi, 25, of Germantown was driving a 2011 Honda Accord south on the northbound lanes of I-270 at 11:27 p.m., according to Maryland State Police. Her car struck a Mercedes SUV driven by 38-year-old Lai Fung Lam of Clarksburg. Choi died in the accident and Lam was taken to Suburban Hospital with serious injuries. All northbound lanes and two southbound lanes were closed for about four hours following the accident, according to police. No explanations for either incident of wrong-way driving were available immediately. The two wrong-way collisions, along with one that occurred in October, provided examples of what federal trafﬁc specialists have described as a nagging safety problem since the creation of the interstate system in the late 1950s. In a 2002 issue of a publication of the Federal Highway Administration, driving the wrong way on freeways was said to have persisted despite four decades of highway striping and sign improvement. The report said that on average about 350 people each year were killed throughout the nation in wrong-way freeway crashes. According to the report, studies showed that most wrong-way drivers turn around before any collision occurs. Gazette Staff Writer Sarah Scully contributed to this article.
TOWN OF POOLESVILLE BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CASE NO. 003-13 The Poolesville Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a Public Hearing on December 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Poolesville Town Hall, 19721 Beall Street, Poolesville, Maryland on Case No. 003-13 filed by Dollar General, 19718 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, Maryland, requesting a variance in the number of required parking spaces from 77 spaces to 38 spaces pursuant to the Poolesville Zoning Code, Section 8.F and Section 8.D.2. This property is located in the Poolesville General Commercial Zone. Copies of this application are available at Town Hall. 1890803
Willier, Paul Allen, 55, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2013 at his home in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is survived by his wife Debra, sister Diane, children Paul and Jessica, and granddaughter Leah. He was born in Philadelphia, PA and worked in the auto parts industry most of his life. His viewing will be on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Rapp Funeral and Cremation Services in Silver Spring, MD. He will be cremated and buried next to his father in Glenside, PA. 1913022
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SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
Gaithersburg’s award-winning microbrewery is working with Montgomery County farmers to bring local tastes to the table. Now approaching its third year, Growlers is turning out dozens of new brews annually, with names like “Rawktoberfest Oktoberfest,” “Your Mom’s Apple Pie Ale” and “Broken Shovel Stout.” Growlers’ brewmaster, Eric Gleason, said Growlers has released more than 75 different beers that have brewed on-site over the past year, and average one or two new releases per week across its 12 draft lines. Scheduling the production and releases of the beers has been a “daunting task” for Gleason and the staff, Growlers General Manager Chuck Blessing, Jr. said. The microbrewery uses a variety of local hops, and has already incorporated hops from Poolesville, Thurmont and Derwood in its beers. On Nov. 14, Growlers reintroduced an India pale ale of its own, called “Hop Blastard.” When it was ﬁrst unveiled last fall, Gleason said it wasn’t brewed with local hops. Now, the ale incorporates hops from Poolesville’s The Owl Farm. Growlers’ award-winning
Yorkshire Porter was released Monday, with an Imperial Pumpkin beer to come on Thursday. “Growlers Yorkshire Porter” was entered in the ﬁrstever Maryland Comptroller’s Cup competition, and won “Best of Show - Best Overall Maryland Beer” at the Nov. 4 event. Growler’s Yorkshire Porter “rose to the occasion,” eliminating 15 other beers in the Porter/Brown category, then 12 more beers in other categories, according to Brewers Association of Maryland Executive Director J.T. Smith. “Growlers can conﬁdently and ofﬁcially state they have brewed the best beer in Maryland in 2013 and the Comptroller’s Cup has ofﬁcially found its home for the next 365 days,” Smith said in an email. Almost 200 varieties of the alcoholic beverage were entered in the comptroller’s statewide contest. “We’ve been working really hard to put out quality food and brew, and we’re getting recognition for that,” Blessing said. Growlers was up against stiff competition from local brewers Gordon Biersch in Rockville and Frederick’s Flying Dog, which took home awards of their own. In the spirit of collaboration, Gleason is working with the brewmaster at Rockville’s Gordon Biersch on an unnamed new beer to be released early next year. firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents concerned about limited county resources BY
SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
Upcounty residents are concerned that their growing communities won’t have an adequate mass transit system. The Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board met Monday evening with county and state experts on the Corridor Cities Transitway. The board is composed of 20 upcounty residents who represent different communities, including Montgomery Village, Laytonsville, Dickerson and Germantown. The transitway is a bus rapid transit system running from the Shady Grove Metro station to Clarksburg. The ﬁrst phase of the project, currently in the engineering stage, includes nine stations
Transit advisory panel seeks members The Maryland Transit Administration has announced the creation of Corridor Cities Transitway Area Advisory Committee and is seeking residents, community organization members, area employees and business owners to serve on it. The proposed 15-mile bus rapid transit system would stretch from the Comsat facility just south of Clarksburg to the Shady Grove Metro station in Rockville. For more information and self-nomination forms, visit mta.maryland.gov/cct. All completed forms are due Dec. 3.
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Growlers Brew Pub general manager Chuck Blessing (left) and cousin Dave Blessing, a part owner of the enterprise, are pictured in the Olde Towne Gaithersburg establishment on Thursday.
from the Metropolitan Grove MARC station to the Shady Grove Metro station. The second phase is four upcounty stations, named Germantown, Cloverleaf, Dorsey Mill and COMSAT. Dedicated roadways will allow the bus system to run independently from other commuter trafﬁc. Rick Kiegel, project manager for the Maryland transportation department’s Department of Planning, spoke to the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board about the transitway. “We’re moving forward on Phase One right now, which takes the CCT up to Metropolitan Grove,” he said. “Upcounty citizens are interested in...how soon it can make it there.” The 18-station portion of the Corridor Cities Transitway that runs from the Shady Grove Metro station to COMSAT has not been precisely mapped out, Kiegel said. “Generally speaking, we know where they will be,” he said.
Board members expressed concern that the quickly growing community of Clarksburg would not get an adequate public transit system. So far, residents’ public transit options with Clarksburg stations are limited to the county’s Ride On buses. Members were also concerned that if more county funds are dedicated to the transitway, the proposed extension to Midcounty Highway would lose its piece of the county’s budget pie. The county’s Midcounty Highway extension study has been controversial among residents, as each of its six alternatives affect different communities. In a County Council meeting held Tuesday, Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park said nothing in the county’s Corridor Cities Transitway master plan is ﬁnal. “We don’t know how it’s going to be funded,” he said. The county will receive $100 million from the
state government for the project, but the remainder of the $500 million transitway is unfunded. Leventhal said the county may never be able to solve the congestion issues present in main arteries such as Md. 355. “[Congestion] will get worse, regardless of our transit improvements,” he said. The council emphasized the importance of public input on the Corridor Cities Transitway as the plan begins to become more concrete. “A vital facet of facility planning is to receive feedback,” said Councilman Roger Berliner (DDist. 1) of Potomac. Leventhal said a citizens advisory group will be formed for each route of the Corridor Cities Transitway. The county council will take action on the proposed Corridor Cities Transitway plan on Nov. 26. email@example.com
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SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
Poolesville’s commissioners are redrawing their agreement with Verizon as the company asks to place more cell towers atop the town’s water tower. The town’s current lease with Verizon allows for nine cell towers. The company is asking for three more, according to Town Manager Wade Yost. The telecommunications company is seeking a special exception for the additions to the
Public asked to weigh in on Poole’s Store The Montgomery County Parks Department will hold a community meeting in Darnestown to discuss a restoration project for the Seneca Store. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the all-purpose room at Darnestown Elementary School, 15030 Turkey Foot Road. Staff from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will offer a presentation on plans to restore the Seneca Store, formerly Poole’s Store. The store, at 16315 Old River Road, Poolesville, is to be rehabilitated to obtain building and occupancy permits for use as a general store. The parks department also will accept written comments. They can be sent to Eileen Emmet, Project Manager, M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, 9500 Brunett Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20901; or Eileen.Emmet@MontgomeryParks.org. Comments also may be submitted at 301-495-2550. For more information, contact Emmet.
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water tower on Wootton Avenue. Yost said the company is seeking to expand its data transmitting capacity from a 3G network to 4G, which is generally faster, but the coverage area would not change. Town commissioners are taking the opportunity to look at Verizon’s lease, possibly adding or modifying charges to the company. “Basically, everything’s on the table right now,” the president of the town commissioners, Jim Brown, said at a town hall meeting on Monday. In May, the town commissioners voted to hire the Kansas company Radiofrequency Safety International Inc. to conduct a hazard assessment monitoring
of the towers. The $3,000 report found nothing of concern; the amount of radio-frequency energy the towers produced was below the limits to which humans can be safely exposed. “I seriously doubt there is a signiﬁcant amount of radiation [coming from the towers],” town Commissioner Jerry Klobukowski said. But town Commissioner Brice Halbrook said the town still needs to take precautions. “We want to be careful,” Halbrook said. Halbrook suggested conducting a similar study with a different company, to conﬁrm the results Radiofrequency Safety International found.
Town Commissioner Chuck Stump said they should add the cost of the study to Verizon’s lease, and have a company conduct the study on a regular basis — possibly every three or ﬁve years. Verizon pays about $2,500 per month to rent the space atop the town’s water tower. Sprint, Nextel, AT&T and T-Mobile each pay between $2,300 and $3,700 per month for their spaces, Yost said. It was not clear how many cell towers the other companies currently have on top of the water tower. A Verizon representative did not respond to questions by press time. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium will offer on Dec. 9 a free course certiﬁed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “Mobilizing FaithBased Community Organization in Preparing for Disaster.” The course is a training program for religious organization representatives, emergency managers and ﬁrst responders from small and rural communities to strategically mobilize and engage the organizations in a reciprocal approach to disaster planning. The course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Montgomery County Public Safety Communications Center Training Room, 1300 Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg. Registration is required by Monday. For more information and to register, visit ruraltraining.org.
Medical insurance forums this week A program on open enrollment for medical insurance beneﬁts will have its last two panel discussions from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Executive Ofﬁce Building and from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Calvary United Methodist Church. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington is hosting the panels in cooperation with the Maryland Federation of Chapters of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. A Medicare expert will be at the morning forum, and representatives from federal health insurance and other insurance plans will attend both sessions. They will discuss different health plan options and the new insurance exhanges, and answer individual questions. The Executive Ofﬁce Building is at 101 Monroe St., Rockville. The church is at 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy. For more information, visit silverspringspeaks. blogspot.com.
Complete report at www.gazette.net 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.
Commercial robbery •Nov. 4 at 7:27 a.m. Subway restaurant located at 19911 Frederick Road in Germantown. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and obtained property. Residential burglary •Between Nov. 2 and Nov. 4. 19500 block of Gunners Branch Road in Germantown. Forced entry; property taken. •Nov. 5 between 5:40 and 8:10 p.m. Unit block of Observation Court in Germantown. Unknown entry; property taken. •Nov. 1. 24800 block of Woodﬁeld Road in Damascus. •Oct. 30 about 10:30 p.m. 13200 block of Country Ridge Drive in Germantown. Forced entry; nothing taken. A male, 28, from Montgomery Village, was arrested. •Nov. 5 between 5 and 8:30 p.m. 12900 block of Churchill Ridge Circle in Germantown. Unknown entry; property taken. Sex assault •Nov. 4 about 1 a.m. Woodcutter Circle in Germantown. The subject is known to the victim. Strong-arm robbery •Oct. 30 at about 8:40 p.m. 18400 block of Stone Hollow Drive in Germantown. The subject assaulted the victim and obtained property. A male, 17, from Germantown, was arrested. •Between 4 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 3 at 8 a.m. 13200 block of Wonderland Way in Germantown. Forced entry; unknown what was taken.
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District 15 delegate seeking third term
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Del. Kathleen Dumais (DDist. 15) is moving forward with her family-focused initiatives and a uniﬁed tax policy in Annapolis as she seeks support for another term. Dumais, a Rockville resident, is working with Sen. Brian Feldman (D-Dist. 15) on unifying tax policies in Maryland. The District 15 legislators have presented a bill that would form the “Commission on Tax Policy, Reform and Fairness.” “We haven’t had an academic group look at our overall tax policy in over 20 years,” Dumais said. The “patchwork” quality of the state’s current policies becomes frustrating when spending needs to be adjusted. The commission would create a report on the state of Maryland’s taxes. “It would make sense to have a document that might take a year and a half to get to, but it has, at least, a long-term policy,” she said. It’s especially important for Montgomery County because a unified tax policy would be more welcoming to businesses that might consider moving into Northern Virginia instead, she said. Dumais, 55, said she plans to continue her work with the Maryland Judiciary Committee if she is elected for another term in 2014. The delegate is now serving as the committee’s vice chair. Dumais helped form the Commission on Child Custody Decision Making, which will advise legislators on a statute
for custody in the state. The commission consists of family law experts, representatives from advocacy groups, educators and members of the House and Senate. Currently, an assortment of Maryland’s appellate court rulings lay out the law, Dumais said, making it difﬁcult for those who represent themselves to defend their case. The commission is holding public hearings in several Maryland counties to talk to people Dumais about the court system. Dumais said Montgomery County is not on the commission’s tour, but local residents have spoken up to request a visit. The Commission on Child Custody Decision Making is required to produce a report by the end of 2014. Dumais, who is single, serves as senior counsel at the Rockville law firm Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan and Hartinger. She was ﬁrst sworn in to the District 15 delegate seat in 2002, and has
served consecutive terms since then. District 15 covers much of western Montgomery County, from Clarksburg to North Potomac. Dumais, Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo (D) of Boyds and Del. Aruna Miller (D) of Darnestown currently represent the district. Fellow incumbent candidate Miller, of Darnestown, will seek a District 15 seat, along with Republican candidate Flynn Ficker, former Democratic Del. Saqib Ali, who served District 29, and FraserHidalgo of Boyds, who is serving the rest of former District 15 Del. Brian Feldman’s term. Feldman was tapped to ﬁll Sen. Robert Garagiola (D-Dist. 15) seat after he resigned earlier this year. Feldman, Miller and Dumais plan to run on a single slate. Dumais noted that running together helps candidates manage costs for fundraising events. She has already started fundraising for her campaign, but does not have a target amount. “I keep the costs down as much as I can,” she said. The primary will be June 24, 2014. The general election will be Nov. 5, 2014. email@example.com
with King, Barkley, Reznik BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Shane Robinson had his ﬁrst experience with public office when he was elected in 2010 to a state delegate seat in District 39. With his ﬁrst term almost behind him, he’s ready for more. Robinson, 36, of Montgomery Village spent much of his ﬁrst term focusing on the environment and serving on the Environmental Matters Committee. Earlier this year, he helped to craft legislation that will give permanent funding to The Chesapeake Conservation Corps, a program that provides Robinson servicelearning opportunities and green job training to young people through environmental and energy conservation projects. If re-elected, he said he hopes to continue working on the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay and would like to explore how to make the state’s food system sustainable. “A lot of work that I do and
am passionate about surrounds the environment,” he said. “I would like to keep working on environmental issues that concern Maryland.” The Democrat incumbent and his District 39 colleagues, state Sen. Nancy King (D) of Montgomery Village, Del. Charles Barkley (D) of Germantown and Del. Kirill Reznik (D) of Germantown, have formed a slate to run for re-election. Xiangfei Cheng, a Republican from Montgomery Village, is the only challenger who has ﬁled to run. District 39 includes Clarksburg, Germantown and Montgomery Village. It recently underwent state legislative redistricting that is set to take effect in January 2015. Aside from environmental matters, Robinson plans to work on education issues brought on by the increasing number of children entering the state’s school systems each year. He would focus on lowering class sizes and increasing the salaries of teachers. “I think about my children, and when they go to school, they will be spending more time with their teachers than with us sometimes,” he said. “It’s important to me that these teachers are happy and motivated to be there.” By the end of 2013, Robinson plans to have between $25,000 and $30,000 in the bank for his
campaign. In the new year, the team of candidates will begin to campaign actively, he said, adding that he and his colleagues have spent most of their time thus far knocking on doors of new constituents in Clarksburg and Germantown as a result of the redistricting. Born in Iran to American parents who were teaching in the country at the time, Robinson earned bachelors’s degrees in biology and Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2000. He went on to receive a master’s degree in sustainable development from the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Vermont in 2011. Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Robinson joined the Peace Corps and worked as a health volunteer for three years in rural Zambia. He is a senior associate at Coulter Nonprofit Management and is also the executive director of the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation, a client of the management ﬁrm. The foundation provides resources to those affected by Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a connective tissue disorder. Robinson is married and lives with his wife and two young children. The primary election is June 24, 2014, and the general election will be Nov. 5, 2014. firstname.lastname@example.org
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369 homeless people throughout county completed surveys BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Poor health conditions and repeat emergency room visits are plaguing the homeless population throughout Montgomery County, according to results from the county’s 100,000 Homes Campaign survey. As part of its participation in the national campaign, the county just completed Registry Week, with volunteers surveying 369 homeless people living in places such as parking garages, outdoor stairwells, wooded en-
campments and shelters. The three-day count took place each day from 4 to 7 a.m. Nov. 4 through 6. The purpose of the count is to identify the most medically vulnerable homeless people and move them into permanent housing with supportive services. “Now we have a prioritized list of people according to their vulnerability,” said Susanne Sinclair-Smith, executive director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. “We can use that priority list to place people into permanent housing.” Findings revealed that 40 percent of people surveyed reported they had at least one serious health condition, such
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ing and connect them with a primary doctor.” Montgomery County Councilman George Leventhal (D-At large), who serves on the executive committee of the Montgomery County 100,000 Homes campaign, said the results show that the county needs to prioritize housing placement for the most vulnerable homeless people. Along with Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2), Leventhal said he will introduce a supplemental appropriation Tuesday for just under $700,000 to place 15 homeless individuals in housing by February 2014. The money would provide for housing with supportive services for a year and a half. While the county government is heavily involved with this issue, religious and philanthropic support is still needed, according to Leventhal. “We’re going to do a lot, but the county has to work with private, nonprofit and religious
partners to solve the problem,” he said. County volunteers encountered 62 homeless individuals who declined to participate in the survey, but according to Sinclair-Smith, their lack of response still made an important statement about the homeless situation in the county. From her experiences talking with homeless people in Silver Spring during the count, she said, many of those who chose not to participate were so mentally ill, specifically dealing with paranoia, that they were unable to be engaged to complete the survey. “I feel very responsible toward that number because I think it represents the most vulnerable people living outside,” she said. This is the first time the county has conducted a homeless count on its own. At the beginning of each year, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments counts homeless individuals and households
in and around Washington in its Point-In-Time homeless count. In January, the council reported 1,004 homeless people, including families, living in Montgomery County. The county’s own three-day count included only individuals, as homeless families typically have more access to county government services. Sinclair-Smith said the county’s count and survey were more thorough than the council’s because the volunteers reached the most vulnerable people during a three-day stint, as opposed to just one day. “This is the ﬁrst step of the campaign,” Sinclair-Smith said. “I think the county government, nonproﬁts and members of the community have really rolled up their sleeves and worked together in an incredibly effective way. Going forward, we are really going to be able to work together to identify where gaps are and how to ﬁll them.” email@example.com
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as kidney disease, asthma or diabetes, and 74 percent of that group were medically vulnerable, meaning that they have a higher likelihood of dying in a state of homelessness because of their health issues. The results also showed that the 369 individuals reported a total of 677 in-patient hospitalizations in the past year. Twentytwo percent of respondents said they received in-patient emergency room treatment at least three times last year. By moving these people into permanent housing with services such as case management and nurse care, high costs to the health system and the county can be reduced, and homeless individuals can increase their quality of health, according to Sinclair-Smith. “We will have those immediate health care services to help them with the medical conditions they have,” she said. “Case managers will continue to work with them in permanent hous-
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Citizens organization focuses on falling test scores
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They came to identify the problem, discuss solutions and decide how to enact their plan. It was an ambitious agenda
for the ﬁrst community meeting of the members of One Montgomery, an organization formed this summer to look at the problem of declining test scores in schools of the Montgomery County Public Schools Northeast Consortium and see how the trend can be reversed. Ed Wetzlar was one of the founders of the group, along with Fred Stichnoth and Adrian Lees, all Silver Spring residents
living in the Northeast Consortium area. “I was concerned not only for the students, but also our property values,” said Wetzlar, who lives three blocks from Springbrook High School. “Schools are the foundation of your children’s future and, if you own property, schools determine the value of your property.” Although originally focused on the Northeast Consortium
— which encompasses James Hubert Blake, Paint Branch and Springbrook high schools, along with ﬁve middle schools, 16 elementary schools and the Carl Sandburg Learning Center — One Montgomery would like to have a farther reach, Wetzlar said, working for equity in education throughout the county. The organization’s reach is already growing, as several of the nearly three dozen people at the meeting Thursday at the Episcopal Church of the Transﬁguration in Colesville live in the Downcounty Consortium area. Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Northwood and Wheaton high schools and their feeder schools make up that consortium. “We have schools highly impacted by the needs of the student population,” said Jill OrtmanFouse, a Takoma Park resident with children at Blair and Takoma Park Middle School. “The differences in the learning levels in our classrooms is huge.” She said some of the reasons for the different learning levels are the large number of English for Speakers of Other Languages students; more students who move and change schools frequently; and those with unidentiﬁed special needs, requiring teachers to spend more time getting them up to speed for state exams. Ortman-Fouse said she was at the meeting because “if we all partner together we can more easily get resources.” After a presentation contrasting east county schools with those in other parts of the county by Dan Reed, a 2005 graduate of Blake High School interested in community affairs, the group was randomly divided into four focus groups, each tasked with brainstorming ways to promote school equity. “We’re doing this to raise awareness of the differences in the schools, both performance and perception,” Reed said. “Our schools do good things but they could do better.” The focus groups discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the county’s public schools, current opportunities and future threats to education, causes for the current state of the schools, and solutions. Dan Wilhelm, who does not have children in the schools, said he is concerned about the number of east county students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. He sees better employment as one part of the solution. “We need more higher-paying jobs in the east county,” he said. “A better balancing of income levels.” Bernice Mireku-North of Takoma Park, a 1999 graduate of Blair, said she and her husband have yet to have children but are concerned about the future of east county schools because they plan to send their children there when the time comes. “People come to this area for [job] opportunities and good schools,” Mireku-North said. “I’m interested in the solution [to improving the schools] and how to implement the solution.” Stichnoth said after the meeting that he thought it was a good start. “This is important stuff,” he said. “It is important to act as a community, ﬁgure out what our message is and do it.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Report suggests changes to improve local nightlife
Running with conﬁdence Thousands of girls and their friends and parents took part in a 5K fun run Sunday at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. The 5K marked the close of a 10-week afterschool program by Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, a Rockvillebased nonprofit that provides running activities for young girls while helping them build selfesteem. — ELIZABETH WAIBEL
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Francis Mockey of Gaithersburg puts a running bib number on his daughter, Chelsea Mockey, 9, before the Girls on the Run 5K at Westﬁeld Montgomery Mall in Bethesda Sunday morning. Mockey was running with a group from Summit Hall Elementary School in Gaithersburg.
Exports from Maryland companies on the rise
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
Earth Networks has set up its weather monitoring systems worldwide but only recently entered Africa. What the 160-employee Germantown company, which operates the WeatherBug brand, has found is a continent eager for technological advancements, said John Doherty, global development ofﬁcer. “They are thirsting for new technology,” Doherty said Monday during a forum on doing business in Africa at Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County campus in Rockville. About 180 people attended the forum, which featured addresses by U.S. Commerce and State Department ofﬁcials, ambassadors to Chad, Lesotho and Guinea, and trade leaders, as well as panel discussions and networking opportunities. The conference was one of several coordinated in recent months by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, state Department of Business and Economic Development, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development,
Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp., U.S. Department of Commerce and Hopkins as part of a global trade program. Past conferences have been on Mexico, Brazil and multilateral development banks. Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world in terms of technology and development, said Nancy Wallace, vice president of innovation and strategy for Frederick-based Computer Frontiers. The company has four call centers in Africa. “You can’t ignore what is happening there,” Wallace said. “Every time I go back, there is something new. … The adaptation to technology and learning is incredible.” Exports from Maryland companies to many countries in Africa increased last year from 2011, according to U.S. Department of Commerce ﬁgures. Egypt, which has a small portion of its country in Asia, was Maryland’s favorite African trading partner in 2012, with $391.5 million in exports, up from $301.5 million in 2011. Nigeria is another signiﬁcant partner with $194.1 million in exports from Maryland companies last year, up from $166.5 million in 2011. Being a small to mid-sized company with 100 employees, Computer Frontiers
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has found Africa’s market to be the right size, Wallace said. “It takes awhile to get in there and ﬁnd opportunities, but they are there,” she said. Finding a partner you trust who brings funds to invest or assets is a key factor, she said. Earth Networks, which is developing Guinea’s ﬁrst comprehensive early warning storm system, worked through embassies to ﬁnd partners, Doherty said. “They have programs to help companies get high-quality partners that have been vetted,” he said. An initial challenge in some countries is just getting through customs, Doherty said. It is important to work with reputable people, said Vince Onuigbo, senior marketing director of Germantown satellite company Hughes Network Systems. The company has marketed its satellite systems in Africa for many years. “Make sure you ﬁnd someone local who knows the system well,” Onuigbo said. The forums have focused on areas that are prime for partnerships with local companies and offer good opportunities, said Barbara Ashe, executive vice president of the Montgomery chamber. email@example.com
Providing more places for bar-going patrons to catch taxis and allowing food trucks to roam certain neighborhoods to serve them late at night are among the options suggested by a task force charged with thinking up ways to spice up Montgomery County’s nightlife. After a six-month process, the county’s Nighttime Economy Task Force presented its recommendations to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) on Friday morning. Montgomery has a strong daytime economy, but in the evening hours the county often loses business to areas such as Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va., as people go out in search of entertainment, said Heather Dlhopolsky, chairwoman of the task force that was made up of 19 residents, business owners and others. Providing more nighttime activity in areas such as Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville, Wheaton and Germantown will help the county “ﬁll in missing pieces” to provide a stronger overall economy, according to the group’s report. The county has worked hard to make its urban areas more walkable to enhance foot trafﬁc, Leggett said. Many of the changes suggested in the report will appeal mostly to young people, but Montgomery should be a place for people of all ages to live, work and raise a family, he said. Leggett said he wants to move quickly to implement the task force’s recommendations, and he’ll work with the County Council and the county’s delegation to the General Assembly to put as many as possible into effect. “This is an action plan,” he
said Friday. Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Silver Spring said he’s sensed a lot of energy and excitement about the initiative since it was announced. The recommendations include: • Simplifying the process for opening an arts and entertainment venue or holding an event. • Changing the county’s noise ordinance to create “Urban Noise Areas” around locations such as Rockville’s Town Square and Veteran’s Plaza in Silver Spring, increasing the noise levels allowed for certain events and making sure residents who live near those areas would be informed before they move in about the possibility of noise from events. • Creating a way to provide good customer service, help streamline the planning and permitting process and make it easier for business customers to work with multiple county departments when planning an event. • Allowing food trucks to operate in certain areas from 10 p.m. until bars close. • Support more density in urban areas to create a vibrant nighttime economy. • Increase the number of taxi stands. • Expand the frequency and range of late-night transit service. • Have the Alcohol Beverage Advisory Board make recommendations about special orders, product placement and customer service for the Department of Liquor Control. • Speed up the completion and implementation of a Department of Liquor Control Warehouse Management system to improve selection, ordering and delivery processes. • Extend the hours of venues that serve alcohol to 2 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday and to 3 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and the Sunday before a federal holiday that falls on a Monday. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Man charged in pair of local bank robberies
Accused mall stabber held without bail Prosecutor: Road rage sparked confrontation at shopping complex
BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER
The 24-year-old Potomac man who prosecutors say stabbed a man and woman Thursday afternoon in a fit of road rage in the Westﬁeld Montgomery Mall parking lot in Bethesda was denied bail Friday. In his bail review, David B. Goldberg listened from jail via a closed-circuit video-recording system, his head bowed and hands folded in front of him, as Montgomery County District Court Judge Gary G. Everngam listed the charges against him. Prosecutors have charged Goldberg, of Milbern Drive in Potomac, with two counts each of attempted ﬁrst-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault; and three counts of reckless endangerment. The maximum penalty for the most egregious offense, attempted ﬁrst-degree murder, is life in prison. When asked if he had received a list of the charges, Goldberg replied simply, “Yes, sir, I did.” Police arrested Goldberg on Thursday, shortly after the incident. According to Robert Hill, an assistant state’s attorney, Goldberg, who was driving a gray Mitsubishi Lancer with his young daughter in the back seat, drove through a stop sign on a mall access road and cut in front of a car containing four
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Dennis Hines of Bethesda came out of Westﬁeld Montgomery Mall to ﬁnd two people had been stabbed and were bleeding in the parking lot. He found his car had been hit by the suspect’s car and pushed over a curb. people — a couple from Potomac, a young child and an older woman — that was on Motor City Drive. The couple — a man, 31, and a woman, 28 — thought he was driving recklessly and the driver honked his horn at Goldberg, who then swore at them, according to his charging documents. They followed Goldberg and the couple got out of their car to approach him, but Goldberg sped away. The couple then parked near Sears and got out of their car to enter the mall, Hill said. “For them, this unfortunate event was over,” Hill said. But moments later, Goldberg “revved his engine at a high rate of speed and took off, and drove directly at these people,” Hill said. Goldberg then either lost control of his car or intentionally drove his car over a curb and into another car, he said. Goldberg, Hill said, then got out of his car and drew a knife. He began ﬁghting with
the man from the other car, stabbed him in the back and cut him on his right arm and left cheek. The woman from the other car tried to intervene, and at some point in the ﬁght, Goldberg stabbed her in the abdomen, which Hill said caused “life-threatening injuries,” requiring immediate surgery. Dennis Hines of Bethesda, the owner of the other car that Goldberg allegedly plowed into, told The Gazette he came out of the mall to ﬁnd “two bloody people” and his car “smashed from the back and pushed out of its parking space.” Police soon found Goldberg outside of a California Pizza Kitchen on the upper level of the mall parking garage, along with his daughter, 2. The knife he allegedly used in the attack was still in his car, according to his charging documents. “This was a very serious case of road rage ... he’s demonstrated he’s a danger to the
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Police investigate where two people were stabbed after a trafﬁc dispute at Westﬁeld Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. public,” Hill said. The woman is in a local hospital and unlikely to be released for at least four to ﬁve days, he said. Hill also said Goldberg had been the subject of a peace order in 2010 and owned swords and other weapons in his house, a statement that caused Goldberg to begin emphatically shaking his head. Goldberg, who lives with his mother in Potomac, said little during the hearing. A halfdozen relatives appeared in court but declined to speak to reporters after the bail review. Goldberg’s attorney, Paul Chung, had asked for reasonable bail, saying Goldberg was not a ﬂight risk or danger to anyone else and didn’t have a criminal history. “As tragic as it appears ...
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BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER
A study released Thursday by a courts watchdog group advocates for reforms to how Montgomery County Circuit judges deal with victims of domestic violence seeking protective orders. The report, released by Court Watch Montgomery, a local nonproﬁt, praised Montgomery County Circuit Court judges for being polite to those seeking orders, but noted that “many of the important national and state best practice standards ... are not common practice in our county’s higher court.” “There are a lot of things that happen at court that aren’t safe for domestic violence victims,” said Laurie Duker, one of the nonproﬁt’s co-founders, in an interview. One of the main ﬁndings of the report regarded “staggered exits,” meaning that when hearings for protective orders conclude, judges should order the person seeking a protective order be allowed to leave 15 minutes before the person they are seeking the order against. In the last year, judges and sheriffs used staggered exits 65 percent of the time after the protective order hearings, but incorrectly or not at all in 35 percent of the orders, according to the report. “We will have to sit down and meet and come up with a plan in unison to make sure [staggered exits] occurs through direction of judges on a higher level,” Montgomery County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin said. The report also said that in 47 percent of the hearings the group monitored, judges failed to remind the subjects of protective orders that it is illegal to violate the orders. The report also states that 55 percent of the time, judges don’t tell the subjects of the orders that they must turn in guns, if they own one. Between July 2011 and June 2012, 12 people died in Montgomery County in domestic-violence-related deaths, according to the report. In the past year, there has been one such homicide in the county, the recent death of Preeta Gabba, who police say was
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killed by her ex-husband and his new wife. Court Watch Montgomery’s report is the third such report the watchdog group has issued. Previously, Court Watch Montgomery analyzed and made recommedations on how the county’s District Court judges handled protective orders. Judge John W. Debelius III, the Circuit Court’s administrative judge, said he hadn’t read the whole report yet, but called it “constructive criticism,” and acknowledged several of Court Watch Montgomery’s ﬁndings. “We’re happy to have their input,” he said, later adding, “We should probably make [our procedures] more uniform,” speaking of the report’s ﬁndings on staggered exits or when judges remind people being served protective orders that it is illegal to contact the people being served the order or that they must give up their guns. “I think it’s a good idea for a judge to reiterate that,” he said.
The report also found that about 13 percent of people who initially sought protective orders asked that the orders later be dropped. In 39 percent of those cases, judges failed to ask the petitioners if they had been coerced by their abuser or his or her friends. It also argued for more pro bono lawyers and victim advocates to help represent domestic violence victims or to answer their questions. The report also advocated for a video introduction before hearings that would explain the proceedings to both the victim and the subject of the order. Finally, the report advocated for having information in bathrooms that would display hotlines for domestic violence victims, since “that is one of the few places where many domestic violence victims are allowed to go alone, free from being observed by their abuser.” email@example.com
based on statement of probable cause prepared by the Montgomery County Police Department, it’s clear that Goldberg drove away on two prior occasions,” Chung said, adding that he believed a different version of events would come to light as the case progressed. Chung said Goldberg worked two jobs and earned his GED diploma in 2007. He also said that while in jail, Goldberg had been unable to take his presciption medications. “There appears to be no motivation for what occurred here,” Everngam said, denying bail. Goldberg has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 5. firstname.lastname@example.org
Montgomery County police said they have arrested and charged one man in connection with two bank robberies that occurred in Germantown and Gaithersburg last month. Christopher Lee Guzman, 29, of the 11400 block of Stoney Point Place in Germantown was arrested Nov. 12, according to a release from police. Guzman is accused of robbing the TD Bank at 19501 Frederick Road in Germantown on Oct. 15 and the Capital One Bank at12 Bureau Drive in Gaithersburg on Oct. 25. According to the release, Crime Solvers received an anonymous tip regarding Guzman’s address after police released serveillence photos of the robber taken from cameras at both banks. Guzman has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of theft less than $1,000 and one count of theft between $1,000 and $10,000. He was being held on $300,000 bail and has a Dec. 6 hearing scheduled in Montgomery County District Court, according to online court records. Lawyer information for Guzman was not yet listed online. email@example.com
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Washington Gas is seeking Leggett says he would OK wage increase legislation Cites lack of predictability surcharge to upgrade pipes on state action n
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KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
The sponsor of a bill that would raise Montgomery County’s minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017 is conﬁdent the bill will pass when it comes before the council for a vote next week. The bill, sponsored by Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, would incrementally increase Montgomery’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017. Maryland’s current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The bill is similar to legislation pending in Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. The County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to discuss the bill at a meeting Thursday, and it’s scheduled to come before the full council
Leggett also said he didn’t think an increase would hurt the county economically, since it’s home to few minimum wage workers, but the increase for those workers would likely lead to them spending more money in the county. The Montgomery committee’s meeting comes as the bills in Prince George’s and the District are reaching their ﬁnal stages. The Prince George’s County Council is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday, but it wasn’t clear Monday if a vote would be scheduled. Meanwhile, a bill in the District could be marked up before Thanksgiving, according to The Washington Post. Elrich, who worked with ofﬁcials in the other jurisdictions to coordinate their respective legislation, said he’s conﬁdent the bill will get at least the ﬁve members needed to pass. “I think they can get there,” he said. Staff Writer Jeffrey K. Lyles contributed to this report
Leggett may ask council to join call to rename Redskins Executive will no longer use team name in county announcements
THE WASHINGTON POST
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is considering asking the County Council to stand with Washington, D.C., lawmakers and pass a resolution urging the Washington Redskins to change their name. At a minimum, Leggett (D) said, he will drop “Redskins” from all of his ofﬁce’s announcements and news releases. He disclosed his intentions Sunday in response to an email from Bethesda resident Joshua Silver, who urged him to join the call for a different team name. “Personally, I agree with you,” Leggett told Silver, who is vice president for research and policy at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a nonproﬁt that advocates for fair lending and banking practices.
Washington Gas Light Co. has asked for permission to upgrade its gas pipes and charge customers upfront for the work. Maryland law passed this year allows gas companies to charge for infrastructure upgrades or improvements before those are complete and bypass the typical method of recouping the money later through a rate increase. On Nov. 7, Washington Gas Light ﬁled a 22-year, $869 million plan with the Maryland Public Service Commission to repair or replace 633 miles of pipe main and 75,200 services. To pay for the upgrades, the utility would tack a 29-cent monthly fee on the average residential heating customer’s bill. The fee would fund the ﬁrst ﬁve years and $200 million of the upgrades and also would pay for $5.2 million of improvements made in August and September. It could increase each year up to the maximum $2 per month allowed by the new law, according to the utility’s request. In its request, the utility said the new fee would take effect Dec. 7. But the PSC has put a temporary kibosh on the fee, suspending it for 150 days so the commission can mull it over. “The suspension period is necessary to provide the Commission with an opportunity to determine the justness and reasonableness of the proposal,” according to a Nov. 13 order issued by the PSC. Washington Gas is the third Maryland utility to apply to the
PSC for a surcharge since the law passed in the spring. In its request, the utility said the project would create more than 250 jobs, eliminate gas leaks and reduce gas emissions. Del. Charles E. Barkley (D-Dist. 39) of Germantown, sponsor of the law, said it was intended to accelerate infrastructure repairs on miles of aging pipe. It also sought to save customers money and create jobs, he said. “Ratepayers are eventually going to pay for this stuff anyway,” Barkley said. “If utilities can get some money as they go along, it should save some interest down the road.” Washington Gas will be required to ﬁle a full rate case after the ﬁve years, but Barkley said it cannot double dip and ask for a rate increase to pay for what the surcharge covered. Del. Alfred C. Carr Jr. said Washington Gas lobbied for the law, which he opposed, and that it will actually increase company proﬁts. “My understanding is that Washington Gas has the ability and resources to raise the money to make the needed upgrades to keep system safe and reliable using the traditional rate making process,” said Carr (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington. “They prefer to do this way because it is more proﬁtable for them.” The law also opened the door for other utilities to seek similar surcharges, he said. “My expectation is that you’ll see electric utilities pushing for a similar law,” he said, noting that electric utilities already have begun to see the surcharges through other means. In July, the PSC granted Pepco $24 million of a $192 million surcharge, tacking about 6 cents per month upfront on customer bills. That decision is currently facing appeal in court.
for a vote on Nov. 26, Elrich said. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) wrote in a letter to Councilman Roger Berliner (DDist. 1) of Bethesda that he would sign the bill if the council passes it. Leggett wrote that he supported a bill in the General Assembly last year that would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour, but the legislation didn’t get passed. “There is no guarantee that such an effort will succeed in the General Assembly this year or in the foreseeable future,” Leggett wrote. “Accordingly, I support Bill 27-13 to increase the minimum wage now.” Leggett told the Gazette on Nov. 12 that he would still prefer a statewide bill. In response to questions in Berliner’s letter, Leggett wrote that he believes Montgomery’s higher standard of living would justify the county having a higher wage than the rest of the state, although he’s willing to discuss what that wage should be and how long it takes to be phased in.
“As for action by the County, I am asking our Ofﬁce of Human Rights to review the matter and make a formal recommendation to me before I forward an ofﬁcial recommendation to the County Council,” he said. It’s not exactly clear what OHR’s role will be. Director James Stowe didn’t return phone or email messages Monday. Team owner Dan Snyder, a Montgomery resident who lives in Potomac, has vowed that the team name will never change. But he has been under intense pressure to reverse his position, with even President Barack Obama saying that he’d be considering a name change if he owned the team. Leggett spokesman Patrick Laceﬁeld said there’s no expectation that Montgomery’s gestures will be anything other than symbolic. “Obviously, anything we do has no control over the owner of the Redskins and what he calls his team,” Laceﬁeld said. The D.C. Council voted overwhelmingly Nov. 5 to call on the team to change its name,
condemning it as “racist and derogatory.” Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has dropped “Redskins” from his public statements, but has stopped short of denouncing the name as racist or offensive. Silver, who said he was speaking only for himself, not his nonproﬁt, in approaching Leggett, was pleased with the response. “I’ve hated to have to root for a team whose name I’m ashamed of,” he said. It’s difﬁcult to imagine the council actually rejecting a Leggett-sponsored resolution on the issue. But when Silver sounded out his council member, Roger Berliner (D-PotomacBethesda), about sponsoring a resolution, there wasn’t much interest. Berliner said it wasn’t the best use of the council’s time. “While I personally believe there are compelling arguments as to why the use of ‘Redskins’ is no longer acceptable, I do not believe this issue is one that should come in front of the council,” Berliner said in a Nov. 6 email
to Silver. “I have been an advocate for the Council to weigh in on issues that are germane to ... and affect the work of the Council. Since the geographic identiﬁer with the Redskins has always been ‘Washington,’ I can see why the D.C. Council would bring up this issue.” Silver also tried council member George Leventhal (DAt Large), telling him: “I fully understand that a resolution does not have the force of law. No one needs to remind me of that. But I urge the Council to stand with an injured people. Join with the President of the United States in making a statement. It is the right thing to do and sends a powerful statement to the owner of the Washington pro football team. The civil rights movement teaches us that moral suasion matters also.” Leventhal said Silver had his history wrong, but that he would take the matter up informally with his colleagues nevertheless. email@example.com
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Continued from Page A-1 dent Joshua P. Starr’s proposed $1.55 billion budget, which was based on holding off on some projects. The board added a total of about $192.6 million to Starr’s proposed ﬁgure. The board’s capital improvements program budget is about $376.5 million more than the current program, which covers ﬁscal years 2013 to 2018. The budget now moves to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and the County Council for their approval. The decision to keep the ﬁve schools’ projects on track added about $172 million to the budget. The board kept Starr’s recommendation to delay 15 elementary school revitalization and projects by one year. The two high schools with projects back on their previous schedules are Wootton in Rockville and Poolesville. The middle schools back on track are Farquhar in Olney, Tilden in North Bethesda and Eastern in Silver Spring. At two public hearings held before the board last week, advocates lobbied for the needs of their school buildings, which they they described as aging, deteriorating, overcrowded and unsafe. School board Vice President Phil Kauffman offered the amendment to Starr’s proposal that the ﬁve secondary schools remain on their previously approved schedules. The board approved the amendment unanimously. Kauffman said he looked at several recent capital improvements cycles and noted the public hearing testimony from the school communities. “These projects have been delayed time and time and time again,” he said.
The school system has recently seen the majority of its growth in its elementary schools; that “surge” of students soon will move to the middle and high school levels, Kauffman said. School board member Patricia O’Neill (Dist. 3) of Bethesda said it’s difﬁcult to get more state funding, but it’s more important for the school system to plan ahead. “We’re in a unique situation here in the county and I think we have to do everything we can to keep the secondary rev/ex (revitalization and expansion) projects on track,” she said. Starr said his proposed budget is “a reasonable stretch for the county” and that by reversing the delays, the board would add money the school system will need to request from the county and the state. “This pushes them a little further,” he said. Starr has said the school system needs $2.2 billion to cover all of its capital improvement needs for the six-year period. He proposed a $1.55 billion program, he said, because the county is currently facing “fiscal restraints” and the school system is not getting the funding it deserves from the state. County legislators recently said they are planning to seek more school funding from the state. Starr previously said he prioritized adding classroom capacity in his proposed budget. Farquhar Middle School Principal Diane Morris said Tuesday that a new building for the school is “super exciting.” Without the delay, the building is slated to be ﬁnished in 2016. “This is awesome news,” Morris said of the board’s decision. The school community, however, had been prepared to support the board’s decision even with the delay, she said.
“It’s the people that make the school, not the building,” she said. Poolesville High School Principal Deena Levine said the school community is pleased with the board’s decision, but is prepared to continue advocating for funding with the County Council and in Annapolis. “They know it’s a step in the process,” Levine said. The board made other changes to Starr’s budget proposal. Barclay offered an amendment — which also passed unanimously — to add about $16.6 million to the budget for a revitalization project for the Blair G. Ewing Center in Rockville, which houses alternative programs in the school system. Barclay said he thinks the board should look at the center as a priority. “These are young peoples who have become very disengaged in education in many cases and the facility will hopefully help that process for the young students in the program,” he said. The school board also approved a service area for a new Clarksburg elementary school with an amendment that slightly changed which areas are assigned to each of the area’s elementary schools. The new elementary school will join Cedar Grove and Little Bennett elementary schools in the area. The board also approved two elementary school capacity studies. One is for the lower portion of the Downcounty Consortium, to which it added six schools that are paired with another school. The second is for the Gaithersburg cluster. Another approved study will look into whether the school system should assign students living in the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to Bethesda Elementary School. New Hampshire Estates and Oak View elementary schools in
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Silver Spring will remain paired, though some in the schools’ community had expressed interest in creating two, full elementary schools. The board agreed with Starr’s recommendation to keep students in pre-kindergarten through second grade at New Hampshire Estates and third through ﬁfth grades at Oak View. The capital improvements budget also includes 14 new classroom additions, which Starr said he included in his proposal to address the school system’s ongoing, signiﬁcant enrollment growth. The plan maintains schedules for other, previously approved capacity projects, including various addition projects and ﬁve new schools. About $283 million in the program is directed toward systemic projects that include security upgrades and HVAC, roof and door replacements. Both public hearings before the school board drew large numbers of speakers from around the county who spoke passionately about overcrowded classrooms and aging buildings with leaking roofs, broken HVAC systems, mold and cockroaches. Melissa McKenna, president of Maryvale Elementary School’s parent teacher association, said at the second public hearing that her school had not been modernized since it was built in 1969. It was built with larger, middle school kids in mind rather than its current, smaller occupants, McKenna said. Maryvale is among the 15 elementary schools where revitalization and expansion projects are delayed a year under the school board’s program budget. McKenna, who was joined by others who testified on Maryvale’s needs, brought a pair of boxing gloves up with her to the podium. “This is a ﬁght and we are here to give it our all,” she said.
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RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County legislators know a daunting task lies ahead, as they hope to convince their colleagues around the state that the affluent county needs up to $20 million in state money to ease its problems with crowded schools. But they think they can make a persuasive case based on the county’s growth numbers. Sen. Nancy King (D-Dist. 39) of Montgomery Village, vice chairwoman of the county’s Senate delegation, said it won’t be easy, but they need to be smart about how they make the case. The delegation plans to seek up to $20 million from the state to go along with $40 million from the county, similar to a package the General Assembly approved for Baltimore’s public schools in its last session. But Sen. Ronald N. Young (D-Dist. 3) of Frederick said Baltimore was given special attention because its schools were in such bad shape. “Fair or not, [Montgomery is] going to have a tougher case to make,” he said. If the legislature agrees with Montgomery’s request, the money would let the county issue about $750 million in bonds to pay for 56 construction projects at crowded schools during the next ﬁve years. From 2007 to 2013, Montgomery County Public Schools added 13,544 students, including 12,000 at the elementary school level, school board President Christopher S. Barclay told delegation members at a Nov. 12 meeting at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown. From 2000 to 2012, Montgomery public school enrollment grew more than in Anne Arundel, Howard, Frederick and Baltimore counties combined, according to numbers provided by the county. Projections call for nearly 11,000 more students by 2019; no other county comes close, Barclay said. “We’ve got to ﬁgure out a way to tell that story to your colleagues,” he told legislators. Many of the county’s schools were built in the 1950s and ’60s, when an elementary school was usually built for 250 to 300 students, Larry Bowers, chief operating ofﬁcer for the school district, told them. Now, elementary schools are built to accommodate about 740 students, he said. Bowers said the county has about 400 temporary class-
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Police said they found the two unharmed, but discovered a parked car near the home riddled with bullet holes. Police said several shots were fired from inside the home. Police heard other gunshots being ﬁred in the neighborhood, called for back-up, and created a perimeter using police dogs and a helicopter as they searched for Goodrum Monday night. They found him at Great Seneca Highway and Grotto Lane, police spokeswoman Angela Cruz said. Police said Goodrum was armed with an AR-15 riﬂe and refused to comply with ofﬁcers’ commands. According to the police report, officers negotiated with Goodrum for 12 minutes before he was shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Daly said in his report that seven ofﬁcers ﬁred their weapons during the incident. The ofﬁcers involved in the shooting were: Joseph Arnold, 5th District, 11 years of service; Peter Camp, 6th District, 15 years of service; Edward Clarke, SWAT, 10 years of service; Lee Guzinski, 5th District, 15 years of service; James Reed, SWAT, 11 years of service; Sgt. Adam Taylor, 6th District/Decentralized SWAT, 15 years of service; and Sgt. Alexander Yokley, 6th District, 9 years of service.
rooms, with 90 percent of them at elementary schools. Several lawmakers said convincing lawmakers from other parts of Maryland who may resent the amount of money Montgomery gets from the state may be tough. Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville discussed the need for the delegation to “hone the messaging” in appealing to colleagues. Rather than discuss how many students qualify for free and reduced meals, Montgomery legislators should talk about how many students’ parents have trouble putting food on the table, he said. Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring, chairman of the county’s Senate delegation, said he believes thoughtful colleagues will understand that the growth has put Montgomery in a drastically different situation. The delegation unanimously supported the plan for Baltimore because the city needed it to help bring people back to the city, Raskin said. Montgomery has the opposite problem, trying to deal with a rapidly growing school population, he said. While Young understands Montgomery asking for the money, he said there are plenty of school needs around the state, including several in Frederick County. Rural legislators will say Montgomery doesn’t need the help and can take care of the problem itself, he said. Young, who represents parts of Frederick and Washington counties, said he’s likely more sympathetic to Montgomery’s problem than legislators from more rural parts of the state. There’s a feeling in Annapolis that rural areas are paying fees and taxes to pay for the Purple Line and other transportation projects in metropolitan areas, he said. For instance, Frederick County has been pushing for years to have Metro’s Red Line extended north from Shady Grove, but without results, he said. But he said the size of Montgomery’s delegation means that if it can get lawmakers from Baltimore and Prince George’s County to go along, the measure will almost certainly pass. Sen. Richard Colburn (RDist. 37) of Cambridge, a member of the Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee, said in an email Thursday that other school projects may affect Montgomery’s request. “I think the response from other legislators will be positive if the school construction needs in their respective counties are met,” Colburn wrote. firstname.lastname@example.org
They are all on paid, administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure after a shooting. Marcos del Castillo, a neighbor near where the shooting took place, said he didn’t know the people living in the home on Red Robin Terrace. At about 9:30 p.m., he and his housemate were preparing to go to bed, he said. “We heard a series of loud bangs” that sounded like “loud hammering,” he said. He didn’t call police immediately because he wasn’t sure it was gunﬁre. “I don’t have any experience with guns,” he said. Minutes later, though, he looked out a window, and saw that a truck parked outside had one of its windows shot out, he said. He called 911 soon after. Then, he heard gunﬁre farther away. For 20 minutes, he and his housemate huddled on the floor, and tried to stay away from the house’s exterior walls or windows. “We were definitely both very scared,” he said. They never saw the man who ﬁred the gunshots, he said, but ofﬁcers came to the house to let them know everything was all right. One ofﬁcer told him, “Don’t worry, he’s dead,” del Castillo said. email@example.com
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Inspection reports used in union-restaurant dispute Silver Diner chain has corrected critical violations
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
Restaurant health inspection reports are the latest part of a dispute between Rockvillerestaurant chain Silver Diner and a union that wants to organize some of its workers. Unite Here — a New York labor union representing workers in industries that include food service, hotels and manufacturing — recently sent news releases to media outlets highlighting inspection reports of Silver Diner. The union said inspectors found 260 total food safety violations, including 78 “critical” violations, since Jan. 1, 2012, at Silver Diner’s 15 restaurants in Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. Silver Diner has corrected all critical violations and is in good standing with county health regulations in all three states, said Vicki Bendure, a Silver Diner spokeswoman. “All 15 Silver Diner restaurants are in compliance with local health and food safety regulations,” Bendure said. “If they were not in good standing, they would be closed. Silver Diner’s record in Montgomery County is particularly good.” Unite Here is unfairly targeting the chain because of a months-long union dispute, she said. “They have picketed res-
taurants and handed out ﬂyers,” Bendure said. “They have no other reason to have an interest in Silver Diner other than an attempt to organize Silver Diner employees.” The union is in the midst of an organizing campaign at Silver Diner’s Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport location, said Meghan Cohorst, a Unite Here spokeswoman. The case has involved the National Labor Relations Board, which in June issued a complaint against Silver Diner, alleging intimidation of workers involved in union activity. That complaint was settled when Silver Diner agreed to read a notice to workers with a NLRB representative present and not to interfere with union activity. But that was not the driving factor behind the union sending out news releases on the inspection reports, Cohorst said. “Some of what we do is to look at and analyze restaurants’ inspection reports and other public reports associated with businesses in our industries,” Cohorst said. “In the course of reviewing Silver Diner, we came upon these inspection reports and thought that they would be something that would interest the public.” Unite Here has analyzed inspections and other reports of businesses besides Silver Diner, she added. That type of tactic is pretty typical, Bendure said, citing a website that she said detailed excesses by the union. Silver
Diner has never been involved with unions in the past, she said. “There was some changeover in management at BWI Airport, and I believe that’s what triggered this,” Bendure said. “Unite Here saw an opportunity.” Silver Diner has a strong family and community culture, with many managers working their way up from servers and remaining with the company for a long time, Bendure said. The company also is heavily involved in the community and has raised about $450,000 for area schools through a customer card program called “Eat Well, Do Well” and school fundraisers, she said.
More than 60 closure notices to other food service facilities A check of Montgomery County health department inspection reports of restaurants and other food-service establishments in the past two years showed 64 closure notices were handed out, but none of those went to Silver Diner. The chain’s restaurants in Gaithersburg and Rockville have had seven inspections since Jan. 1, 2012. Both received two critical violations for not storing food at the proper temperature, according to records from the county Health and Human Services’ Licensure and Regulatory Services. Those were noted as being corrected at the time of inspection.
That Unite Here has not gone after any of the food establishments in Montgomery that received closure notices gives Silver Diner executives more reason to believe they are being unfairly targeted, Bendure said. In the past two years, county inspectors have handed out about 4,000 critical violations, with more than 98 percent of those corrected before they receive a closure notice, according to county records. Almost 10,000 food-service sites passed without receiving any critical violations. The overwhelming majority of closure notices are temporary, with most establishments correcting the problems “fairly quickly,” said Kenneth Welch, environmental health manager in the county’s licensure and regulatory services unit. “The time period is dependent on the closure violation,” he said. “Cold and hot holding violations can be corrected on site. Others, such as vermin control, may take a few days until they are able to clean, bring in a pest control business and properly treat.” Establishment owners who receive closure notices usually meet with county ofﬁcials to review what is needed to regain compliance. A re-inspection fee of $100 during business hours is charged after closures. The county can issue steeper ﬁnes and seek judge’s orders if the facility refuses to comply. firstname.lastname@example.org
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HoneyBaked Ham reopens in Gaithersburg Franchisees Jeff and Barbara Wahlbrink were looking for a new location for their HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe when their previous lease expired in May and they hoped to open in a new spot this summer. They just reopened in the Walnut Hill Shopping Center, 16529 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Family-owned and -operated, HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe offers “premium products that bring families and friends together to celebrate, plus a taste of that same quality in affordable, healthy lunches,” according to the Wahlbrinks. The restaurant offers dine-in, carry-out, catering and delivery services. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. More information is at myhoneybakedstore.com/gaithersburg/2205 or 301-527-8777. It’s also at facebook.com/HBHGaithersburg.
Italian tile store opens in Rockville Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, has opened its ﬁrst U.S. showroom at 725 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Besides the 8,500-square-foot showroom, the Italian residential tile supplier and designer has an adjoining 20,000-square-foot warehouse, according to a news release. “We are excited to apply our overseas experience to the American market,” said Paul Abbott, the company’s general manager. The showroom’s hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 301637-0026 or go to www.italoceramica.com.
Bakery opens in Poolesville Zaglio’s Bakery Cafe is now open in Poolesville. The independently owned cake and dessert shop ﬁrst welcomed customers on Nov. 18. The menu offers cakes, cupcakes, pies, pastries, shortbread and a variety of caffeinated beverages. Owner Amanda Bochain also takes orders for custom cakes. The bakery is at 19639 Fisher Ave. and is open on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bakery opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. To contact Zaglio’s Bakery Cafe, call 240-489-3175 or email customerservice@ zaglios.com. For more information, visit zaglios.com.
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SCHOOL LIFE VOICES IN EDUCATION n Age: 64.
n Job title: Freelance science writer and team leader, AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program, Montgomery County. n Hometown: Bridgend, Glamorganshire, South Wales, U.K. n Education: Undergraduate degree in pure and applied chemistry and graduate degree in analytical chemistry, both at Gwent College, University of Wales, U.K. n Family: Wife, Donna Marie; two daughters in college: Deryn, 21 at Boston College, and Glenna, 18, at Colgate University. n Hobby/Favorite vacation spot: Making beer and wine/Swiss Alps. n Lesson to live by: Based on our knowledge, expertise and professional experience, we all have a duty to give something back to our local communities. This is the driving force behind my desire to give students a greater appreciation of science, by connecting it to the real world.
Robert Thomas is a science writer and team leader for the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Senior Scientists and Engineers STEM Volunteer Program in Montgomery County. He was interviewed Thursday. Please tell me about your organization and what you do in Montgomery County schools.
We are a group of retired scientists who wanted to give back [to the community]. We work with science teachers. We have a lot of experience and can bring a valuable world perspective on what science means. We support the teachers, we do not teach on our own. We rely on the teacher to dictate the tone of the class, what’s being taught. We are there to help and lend expertise, to bring activity to make science exciting for the students. What are your responsibilities?
There is no one typical volunteer because we are in high schools, middle school and a few elementary schools. The partnership is worked out between the volunteer and the teacher. It’s basically what the teacher needs and what the volunteer is comfortable with. How do you get teachers interested
in your program and volunteers to work with them?
Every summer we get about 20 minutes to present [our program] before science teachers, mostly middle and high school, because most elementary schools don’t have dedicated science teachers. We make a pitch for our program and we get between 15 and 20 schools that sign up. In early September we have a new volunteer orientation meeting. Our program in the Washington, D.C., region has been going since 2005. I’ve been involved since 2008. There are about 120 volunteers total in the region. In Montgomery County there are about 50, a small group of whom are still working. This year we have doubled our recruitment efforts. I got invited to an elementary principals’ meeting in early October, there were about 600 people there. I had a table with information and we got 27 principals who signed up and asked for a volunteer. Now we have to place volunteers in the elementary schools who want our program and we don’t have the volunteers. That’s my dilemma.
What is your personal experience with the program?
I work at Sherwood High School, [Sandy Spring], with the chemistry teach-
ers. This is my ﬁfth year. I am an analytic chemist. Since I’m in high school I give a lot of talks and make real-life applications, though a lot of our teachers do hands-on experiments, especially in the middle schools. I go one day each week and, this year, work with ﬁve classes, with three different teachers. With about 30 students per class, that is about 150 students. Over all, [in Montgomery County], we impact between 7,000 and 7,500 students per week. I just love working with the kids. I’m hoping to get the kids to know science can be fun. I have a whole pack of props that I demonstrate to them. I tend not to worry about the curriculum, I leave that to the teacher. How would an interested scientist or engineer get in touch with you about the program?
Visit our website: www.seniorscientist.org.
“Voices in Education” is a twicemonthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured e-mail Peggy McEwan at email@example.com.
EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Kennedy students cook up food and friendships
but also must submit a resume and complete a job interview and other activities that relate to SkillsUSA. Earning the statesman award were Eduardo Adum,
Chopping, mixing, stirring and pouring, students from the
John F. Kennedy High School
International Baccalaureate Program Cultures and Cuisine Club were busy one day last week creating an American Indian meal to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving. “We meet one time a month and each month select a different country to learn about and make foods from,” said Stacy Wahrman, an International Baccalaureate resource teacher and club sponsor at the Silver Spring school. “I think a lot of the value is about helping [the students] understand cultural differences.” Wahrman said they discuss each country and talk about how food is connected to geography and history. “It’s a great way for kids to share their heritage,” she said. “Parents sometimes come in to talk about their culture.” On the Nov. 13 menu were buffalo-meat chili with fry bread, baked acorn squash with hazelnuts and honey, bean and corn salad, cranberry-apple juice and maple candy — which didn’t harden as it was supposed to, so some of the students poured it on their fry bread. Konrad Olson, a junior, said that made it taste like a funnel cake. “I really think this is an amazing opportunity. [International Baccalaureate] is all about raising our cultural consciousness and there is no better way than by cooking,” said senior Eseme Koge. It was also a time for having fun and getting to know the International Baccalaureate students from other grades. The 16 students at the gathering were working seriously but also having fun.
Adonis Corvoisier, Angelo DiPasquale and Joshua Thompson, network operations; Benjamin Connors and Pornpim Phorntavewat, restaurant management; Amanda Gamage, Zachary Hough and Vivi Lethanh, graphics; Michael Prebble and Jayvon Sneed, electricity; Alison Coyne, interior design; and Dari Diaz, cosmetology 3. PEGGY MCEWAN/THE GAZETTE
Students in the International Baccalaureate Program Cultures and Cuisine Club at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring cut acorn squash as they prepare a meal of American Indian foods Nov. 13. At left is International Baccalaureate resource teacher Stacy Wahrman, who coordinates the club. As the cooking progressed, several students quoted lines from Shakespeare, testing each other’s knowledge. Another group started singing winter holiday songs such as “Winter Wonderland” and another responded with their rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” “Every day they amaze me,” Wahrman said. While the chili simmered, students fried the bread dough and mixed the salad. Others washed the knives, bowls and cutting boards. Everyone seemed more than willing to pitch in and help. “I like it,” said senior Caitlin Deyto. “We get to learn about cultures but at the same time it brings us together, especially because we are all in one program and in high school people are wondering where they belong.” Finally it was time to sit down and enjoy the meal together. The singing and banter stopped. All was quiet. Was it good? “Yes, yes,” they nodded, not wanting to stop eating to talk. Next month: a cooking tour of Germany for holiday treats
to include potato latkes and a traditional holiday cake from Konrad’s family.
Tech students compete in state conference Fourteen students from
Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring
participated in the Maryland SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Ocean City. Thirteen of them earned statesman awards and one, Sara Pugh of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, earned the advanced statesman award. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Its mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens. For the statesman award, students must answer 25 questions orally about SkillsUSA, including questions related to the group’s pledge and shield. The advanced statesman candidate has questions to answer
The students also participated in a scarecrow-decorating competition. The Edison scarecrow, named Tom Eddy, represented the school’s programs. For example, the head was a light bulb; the eyes and mouth were car parts; the arms were metal tubes from heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; the hands were made from wood with fake ﬁngernails; the shirt was designed by the graphics students last year; the feet were bricks cut to look like shoes; and the scarecrow was holding a tray with a blue print on it and fake fruit. Tom Eddy won ﬁrst place. More than 400 students from around Maryland attended the conference.
Edison tech students donate computer lab The Montgomery County Students Information Technology Foundation’s network operations class at Thomas Edison High School in Silver Spring will hold its annual computer lab gifting ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday at the school. This year’s recipient of the computer lab will be Rehabilitation Opportunities of Germantown. The nonproﬁt provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to do meaningful work and acquire the technical skills required by
many employers. It will use the lab to expand its clients’ skills and access to job opportunities. The Edison students reconditioned six computers with operating systems, monitors, keyboards, mice and a printer for the donation. The project provides an opportunity for the students to put into practice their computer skills, earn student service learning hours and develop a deeper appreciation for charity and community involvement. The nonproﬁt foundation was established cooperatively by the Montgomery County business community and school district. It provides hands-on training for high school students to earn computer certiﬁcations that will prepare them for higher education opportunities or entry into the information technology job market. More information about the foundation is at itfcareers.org and foundationsfb.org.
Rockville school plans open house St. Patrick’s School in Rock-
ville will hold an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the school, 4101 Norbeck Road. St. Patrick’s is an accredited, pre-kindergarten through grade eight Catholic school and is part of the Archdiocese of Washington. For more information call 301-929-9672, email ofﬁce@ stpatrickadw.org or visit www. stpatrickadw.org.
High school musicals on stage this week County high schools will present several musicals this month. • Clarksburg High School: “A Year with Frog and Toad,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 22500 Wims Road. Tickets: $7,
$5 for students. The 90-minute show is appropriate for all ages. To purchase tickets visit montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/ clarksburghs. • Walt Whitman High School: “Miss Saigon,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7100 Whittier Blvd. Bethesda. Tickets: $10 for students, $15 for adults and $20 for reserved seating. They can be purchased online at whitmandrama. ticketleap.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also for sale on show nights beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cash and checks only at box ofﬁce, credit cards only accepted online. This show may not be suitable for children under 13. Proceeds will be donated to Team River Runners, a national, volunteer-supported adaptive and therapeutic adventurepaddling program that serves wounded and disabled veterans, and their families. Information: teamriverrunner.org. Information about the play: whitmandrama.com or Caroline Duffy at whitmandrama@ gmail.com.
Christian school students in spelling bee Students from Living Grace Christian School in Montgom-
ery Village participated in the Association of Christian Schools International District Spelling Bee on Nov. 5. Eighth-graders Vanessa Chavez and Kimberly Ruiz; seventh-graders Andrew Bolton and Dannette Vendeuvre; sixthgraders Eugenio Escalante and Liliana Gomez; and ﬁfth-graders Aileen Navarrete and Emily Parr represented Living Grace. Liliana won third place for her grade and Vanessa won fourth place in hers. In the ﬁnal spell-off with the winners from all grades, Vanessa won fourth place. She now advances to the regional bee in February in Lancaster County, Pa.
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The Rev. Delman Coates, the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur, speaks in Silver Spring on Nov. 13. Behind him are Debra Mizeur and her wife, Heather Mizeur, along with Coates’ wife, Yolanda Coates and son Joshua, 7.
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All three Democratic tickets have Prince George’s County tie
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In her bid to be Maryland’s next governor, Del. Heather Mizeur introduced her running mate, the Rev. Delman Coates — a Prince George’s County pastor and political newcomer — to supporters in Silver Spring on Nov. 13. From afar, it might seem like an unlikely pairing — a black Baptist minister and a white lesbian — but Mizeur said her and Coates’ progressive values and vision for Maryland align perfectly. Coates, 40, brings charisma, passion and loyalty to the campaign, as well as a talent for community engagement, said Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, who also is 40. A Mizeur-Coates ticket rounds out the Democratic ﬁeld and shifts focus to Prince George’s County as a battleground in the June 2014 primary, as each Democratic ticket includes a candidate from that county.
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler’s running mate, Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Dist. 47), lives in Cheverly. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown is a Mitchellville resident. His lieutenant governor candidate is Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. As of October 2012, Prince George’s had 443,643 enrolled Democrats, the most of any jurisdiction in Maryland and about 22 percent of the state’s total. The next highest was Montgomery, with 345,449 Democrats. Having never held or run for ofﬁce, Coates is admittedly new to politics — but not new to public service, he said. “There is a saying that we say in some faith circles. It says a shepherd ought to smell like sheep,” he said. As a pastor, Coates said, he has devoted his ministry to serving people not moving in establishment circles. “It’s that connection and contact with the people that qualiﬁes me for this opportunity,” he said. Among African-American clergy leaders, there is precendent of moving from pastoral service into political service, he said.
“Nothing says that you have to be an elected ofﬁcial for 10, 20, 30 years in order to qualify for elected ofﬁce,” he said. “I have a discernible record of leadership.” A local example of the dual role of pastor and legislator is C. Anthony Muse, a state senator from Prince George’s and bishop at Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro. Voters might recognize Coates, a Fort Washington resident, from the 2012 campaign for same-sex marriage, when he appeared in ads supporting a ballot question to uphold the legislature’s newly passed law. Nationally, Coates is known for his work on social justice and combating inequalities, according to Mizeur’s campaign. Others might recognize him as the senior pastor at Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton. Since 2004 he has led the church, growing its membership to 8,000. He said will continue to preach and lead the church it even while on the campaign trail. Coates and his wife, Yolanda, have two sons, ages 10 and 7, and 4-year-old twin girls.
The Gazette OUROPINIONS
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Keeping outside money out
On its face, Douglas F. Gansler’s push to limit thirdparty advertising in the Maryland gubernatorial race looks like a reasonable step toward campaign purity. Gansler has challenged his rivals in the 2014 Democratic to make a promise: If an outside group buys an ad in a candidate’s favor, that candidate — as a self-imposed penalty — will donate half of the cost of that ad to a charity. In theory, this could dissuade outside groups from buying air time, if it would squeeze the coffers of the group’s preferred candidate. There’s no question that the free ﬂow of money can alter political races through attack ads intended to win over the uniformed and the easily inﬂuenced. “It is easy to talk about reform, the test is — are you willing to do something to keep outside money out of Maryland,” Gansler said in a campaign news release. “The Candidates Pledge is a chance to do just that. It is a chance not to talk, but to act.” In Massachusetts, U.S. Senate candidates Scott Brown (R) and Elizabeth Warren (D) signed the same pledge in 2012. It’s worth noting that that was a general election, in which partisan attacks are more likely to dominate a race. This is a party primary; third-party groups aren’t as likely to lob damaging attack ads that could beneﬁt Republican candidates in November. Strategically, Gansler’s proposal could be seen as protecting an advantage his ticket had in campaign cash as of January 2013 (new totals won’t be known until a January 2014 ﬁling). Or it might be perceived as a mufﬂing of outside voices, as the Brown-Ulman ticket racks up scores of endorsements. Suppressing outside spending is also attractive for a candidate whose campaign started with two controversies that can easily be skewered in 30-second TV segments. We could get behind a movement that helps keeps the focus on the issues and handcuffs the mudslingers. But we don’t see this pledge as a guarantee that dirt and sleaze won’t permeate the race; candidates and their operatives are plenty good at doing that on their own. Pledge or not, nothing stops the candidates from calling off attack dogs, even if they are ofﬁcially unafﬁliated with their campaigns. We suggest a simpler, stronger pledge that candidates can control: No distortions in campaign speeches, ads and mailings. When your facts and allegations are challenged, provide proof. Win on your merits, not at all costs.
A useless test
Karen Acton, President/Publisher
Silver Spring needs a park
When Montgomery County’s downtown plan for Bethesda was being implemented during the 1980s and ’90s, the one signiﬁcant oversight made was the faddish addiction to hard-surface urban plazas to the exclusion of any sizable green park in the city center. No city a century ago would have committed such an error. Downtown Silver Spring is much larger than downtown Bethesda, it has been successfully redeveloping per our 1993 and2000downtownsectorplans, and yet, like Bethesda, it has no green park anywhere in the city
center (the few parks at its distant edges do not, and cannot, serve the growing downtown population, whose many residents and workers will only increase in the coming years). Yet there happens to exist today a sizable, publicly owned green space at the city’s center — it adjoins the Transit Center. A corner of that space is currently planned to be just one more small, urban plaza. Let’s not repeat the same mistake. Let’s elevate our vision. Let’s make the city of Silver Spring even grander in the future. I propose that that sizable
green tract be re-imagined and then planned and developed into a true public park, complete with grass and trees, and lounging people. A lovely, peaceful oasis in the middle of a bustling town. A short generation from now people will be grateful that we had the foresight to create such a public green area in the heart of the downtown. This is our one shot at it. We should do this. We should start now.
Gus Bauman, Silver Spring
The writer was the chairman of the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission.
Talking about underage drinking
Students weren’t created to take tests. Tests were created to assess students. Accordingly, Tiferet Ani, a social studies teacher in the Quince Orchard cluster, has a great idea. The state is phasing out the Maryland School Assessments in favor of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers test, which won’t arrive until next year. Students are scheduled to take the MSAs — a grueling process that can eat up as much as an entire week of a student’s schooling — in the spring even though the data won’t mean much. Ani has started a petition on MoveOn.org calling on the state school superintendent, Lillian Lowery, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr, state lawmakers and Gov. Martin O’Malley to refuse to administer the test. “It is an outdated test, the scores will not be looked at, and it is a waste of taxpayer money and instructional time for students,” her petition reads. More than 700 people have signed the petition. Ani, a seventh-year teacher, offers her students — and the adults charged with overseeing their education — a great lesson in common sense. Why force children to take a useless test? That question might seem rhetorical, but it has a direct answer. The students must take the test because federal law says they must; at least, that’s the reasoning from the Maryland State Department of Education. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a major piece of legislation from LBJ’s “War on Poverty,” requires that certain students be tested each year on reading and math with a state-approved assessment, state education department spokesman William Reinhard told Gazette reporter Lindsay A. Powers. Reinhard insists the MSA is not a useless test. “It’s imperfect, but it’s important to continue testing students,” he said. Starr has been a vocal critic of placing too much value on standardized tests. We urge Starr, bolstered by Ani’s lesson in common sense, to convince federal education regulators that Maryland kids deserve a break from the tests.
LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Recent media coverage of a beach week party gives parents and under-21s alike multiple opportunities to apply critical-thinking skills to the beach-week tradition, parent and youth responsibilities regarding underage drinking, and upholding personal integrity by admitting a mistake without ambiguous, defensive language. ... [“Gansler’s soul searching,” editorial, Oct. 30] To deﬁne their own moral compass, parents first need to decide whether they would want another adult, whom they might not even know, to intervene if that adult observed their child in a risky or illegal situation and contact them, for the sake of their child’s safety and well-being. If a parent does
want this action taken, he/she should be prepared to do the same for other children. Underage drinking is not a rite of passage. ... Parents can set limits on beach week — or any teen gathering — from saying “no” to requiring law-abiding adults actively supervise the event, and the parents of any youth who breaks any law will be called to pick up their child. Let us give our children the message that when you make a mistake, take full responsibility with clear language that you were wrong, what you learned, and how you will make amends if possible, or at least how you will be more responsible in the future. Under 21s, you know right from wrong and the legal drink-
ing age, and you are still a few years out from a mature frontal lobe. Talk with your parents about how to define safe vs. dangerous risks (those that do irreversible harm to self and/or others), and whether a dangerous risk is worth putting your future on the line. You are smart enough to do the right thing, if you just give yourself the chance! Whatever mistakes parents or under 21s make, regardless of how many times or their rationale, both groups have an opportunity to grow and improve, and nothing is forcing them to repeat any mistake.
Patty Winters, Derwood The writer is the coordinator of the Brave and Bold Coalition.
The Gazette publishes on the front page happy photos and articles featuring Christmas, Easter, Jewish holidays, Halloween and the return of the spring blossoms. Until you realize that Norooz, Eid and Diwali are being equally joyfully celebrated by an increasing number of people and report on them on the front page (as opposed to a back page), neither the government nor the people in general will see the slighting of the holidays by the county public schools as a problem. Norooz is one of the most important Persian holidays, regardless of the religion of the immigrants. However, it routinely falls during the county’s MSA spring testing schedule and both students have staff have to make the hard decision of whether to celebrate the holiday and miss work school at a time they are told no absences are allowed. I am happy to have my (Jewish) holidays recognized, though sometimes misunderstood. Until The Gazette does a better job of informing the public at large of the other annual cultural celebrations, there will not be a big shift in the government, nor in the support of the constituency. So, get with it, Gazette!
Angie Loomis, Chevy Chase
Historic vote ahead on drinking water County Council members will soon face a historic decision, one which will impact future residents for generations, and one for which they will certainly be remembered. The Ten Mile Creek watershed and the Little Seneca Reservoir are the ﬁnest water resources in the county. Ten Mile Creek is the county’s “reference” water source, meaning that its unsurpassed quality in the area is used to measure the quality of all other creeks. And the Little Seneca reservoir is the best source of backup drinking water in times of crisis and drought, not only for Montgomery County but for more than 4 million people in the Washington, D.C., metro area. These last, best drinking water resources are now at risk of being irrevocably degraded
by the county planning board’s recommendation to allow extensive development along the entire watershed. Apparently swayed by developers’ claims that they can “mitigate” damage with new “pollution management” practices, the planning board has recommended rampant building that will drain directly into this last-of-its-kind resource. This claim of “pollution management” is dubious to any reasonable observer, and the planning board heard testimony from experts that in fact there is there is no evidence that this type of “management” can maintain these pristine resources anywhere near their current condition. In fact, they heard evidence that it will almost certainly fail. In addition, Gazette readers know, from
long experience, the track record of developers in the county, particularly in the Clarksburg area. The current council members may intend to hold developers accountable, but they cannot ensure that future ofﬁcials will be so vigilant. In fact, based on the past we can expect that they will not. Only acting at this key moment will prevent that predictable and irreversible outcome. I therefore call on council members to be stewards for the future: Make the historic decision to save these last-of-their-kind Montgomery County drinking water resources. Generations to come will be affected by their votes, and they will be remembered.
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Continued from Page A-1 assassinations committee determined were present in the Bethesda examination room 50 years ago, only a handful remain alive. Walter Reed does not have anyone still working there who can comment on the autopsy, but a historian at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery was preparing an information packet Tuesday about the autopsy and Navy medicine, said Katie Mollet, a medical center spokeswoman. James Curtis Jenkins, one of the few present at the autopsy still alive, is scheduled to speak this weekend during a conference in Dallas on the assassination organized by JFK Lancer Productions and Publications. Jenkins, who then was a lab technician at the Bethesda hospital and could not be reached for comment, told William Law, who interviewed Jenkins and others for his book, “In the Eye of History: Bethesda Hospital Medical Evidence in the JFK Assassination,” that physicians were ordered to “follow a scenario” during autopsy proceedings. Jenkins said that any time doctors “stepped outside that scenario, they got slapped,” Law said in an interview. “That could be why Dr. Humes burned his notes.” In his 1977 testimony, Humes said he was “distressed” over allegations of being involved in a cover-up, which he called “totally ridiculous.” He reiterated his testimony before the Warren Commission, formed in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the killing. Humes said he believed only two gunshots struck Kennedy and both came from behind. But when asked if he could say the shots came from above, Humes stopped short. Accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was thought by the Warren Commission to have shot at Kennedy from behind and above, from the sixth floor of the nearby Texas School Book Depository. “I think behind is probably the most one can say from the anatomical findings,” Humes testiﬁed in 1977. Humes expounded on the
case during testimony in 1996 before the Assassination Records Review Board, formed by Congress to review decisions related to records on the assassination. He acknowledged burning an original draft of the autopsy report that was not stained with Kennedy’s blood because he “didn’t want anything to remain that some squirrel would grab on and make whatever use that they might.” “That was my decision and mine alone,” Humes said. WALLY MCNAMEE/THE WASHINGTON POST
‘Hysterical’ scene The scene in that Bethesda examination room was “hysterical,” with a large contingent of ofﬁcials and medical professionals in the room, Humes testiﬁed in 1977. Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline, and brother Robert remained at the hospital, and a crowd gathered outside on the grounds. “How we kept our wits about us as well as we did is amazing to me,” Humes said. “There was no question but we were being urged to expedite this examination as quickly as possible. … We made every effort to put aside [such urgings] and approach this investigation in as scientiﬁc a manner as we could. But did it harass us and cause difﬁculty? Of course it did; how could it not?” Dr. J. Thornton Boswell, chief of pathology at the Bethesda hospital in 1963, who also signed the autopsy report, testiﬁed before the House committee in 1977 that Rear Adm. George Burkley, who was Kennedy’s personal physician and among those present at the autopsy, imposed only one “immaterial” constraint on them. They had “caught Oswald and that they needed the bullet to complete the case,” said Thornton, who died in 2010. “We were told initially that’s what we should do, is to ﬁnd the bullet.” After the pathologists determined there was no bullet inside Kennedy but only fragments, Burkley, who died in 1991, agreed that “we should continue and do a complete autopsy,” Thornton said. Humes added that he understood Burkley’s position as he was concerned about the emotional state of the Kennedy
Her stockings and dress soiled, widowed ﬁrst lady Jacqueline Kennedy reaches for the door of the ambulance carrying the body of her slain husband at Andrews Air Force Base on Nov. 22, 1963.
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Dr. Michael Baden testiﬁes in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, 1978, with X-rays and drawings, along with the coat and shirt President John F. Kennedy was wearing when he was assassinated. family. “He was in hopes that the examination could achieve its goal in as expedient a manner as possible,” Humes said. Shenon’s book describes how the morgue at the Bethesda hospital had been renovated with new equipment just a few weeks earlier. “It was spacious by the standards of military hospitals, about twenty-ﬁve by thirty feet, with a dissecting table ﬁxed to the ﬂoor in the center,” Shenon wrote. “A closed-circuit television camera had been installed so audiences across the street at the National Institutes of Health … could observe at a distance.” But no one switched on that camera for the Kennedy autopsy, which Humes later said he wished had occurred to help end speculation about the proceedings. The House committee medical panel, headed by former
New York City chief medical examiner Michael Baden, concurred with the Warren Commission and Bethesda autopsy pathologists that two bullets had struck Kennedy from behind. But there was a key dissenter, former Allegheny County, Pa., coroner Cyril Wecht, who disagreed that a single bullet struck Kennedy and then caused all of the wounds to Texas Gov. John Connally, who was riding in the car with Kennedy. “Without the single-bullet theory, there cannot be one assassin, whether it is Oswald or anybody else,” Wecht testiﬁed in 1978. He also raised questions about the “remote” possibility of another shot ﬁred from the right side or lower right rear that could have struck Kennedy at the same time a shot struck him in the back of the head. Another controversial ques-
tion related to the autopsy concerned whether a neck wound was an entrance or exit wound. Doctors and nurses in Dallas who tried to save Kennedy’s life described the neck wound as an entry wound, but Baden testified in 1978 that emergency room personnel are not “trained in distinguishing some of the ﬁne points of differences between entrance and exit gunshot wounds because this does not have much pertinence to treatment and therapy.” The neck wound had “some characteristics of an exit wound because of its smallness and roundness, which may have been, in part, due to the fact that it came out right beneath the collar and tie of the president where the skin was held fairly ﬁrm,” Baden said.
Conspiracy sentiment still strong A recent Gallup poll showed that 61 percent of Americans believe others besides Oswald were involved in Kennedy’s killing. That’s down from 75 percent a decade ago. Among those who professed questions in recent years was James W. Sibert, a former FBI agent who took notes in the Bethesda autopsy room for the federal agency. Sibert, who died in 2012, was quoted in numerous published reports as late as 2009 that he didn’t “buy the single-bullet theory.” Law interviewed Sibert numerous times for his book, in-
cluding at Sibert’s Florida home. “He thought the back wound was too low to be part of the single-bullet theory,” Law said. “He said he often wondered if the shooter used an exploding bullet.” Sibert also told Law that when Kennedy’s body reached Bethesda, his cranium appeared to be empty of a brain. The issue of what happened to Kennedy’s brain remains another mystery. Humes and Boswell told the assassinations review board that they placed the remains of the brain in a stainless-steel container during the autopsy and then examined it two or three days later. Humes said he gave the brain remains to Burkley and did not see them again. The remains reportedly were taken from the White House to the National Archives in 1965, according to the House assassinations committee, but they turned up missing in 1966. The House assassinations committee “was not able to determine precisely what happened to the missing materials,” the panel said in its report. The committee added that Robert F. Kennedy “most likely acquired possession of, or at least personal control over, these materials.” Many doubt such questions will ever be fully resolved. “A lot of key witnesses and people who knew important information have died and taken evidence with them,” Shenon said. “It will likely remain a mystery.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Damascus High School’s Carly Marella jumps for joy with teammates following the defeat of La Plata on Saturday.
There are high school football teams in Maryland that have 23-plus spare players on the sidelines who might not even get on the ﬁeld for a single play all season. Then there’s the Poolesville High School football team, which made its second consecutive postseason appearance in Friday’s loss to two-time defending Maryland Class 2A state champion Middletown, with a 26-person roster, only 23 of whom were active the majority of the season. Middletown, a school in the same classiﬁcation, had 51 players listed on its roster. The challenges facing a program of Poolesville’s (7-4) size are endless. Some days the Falcons didn’t have enough players at practice to do 11-on-11 drills and sometimes the fatigue factor sets in late in games since many players have to play just about every snap of every game — just to name a couple. “We do what we can with what we have and getting two consecutive [playoff appearances] is special for anyone,” junior quarterback Steven Morningstar said. “[The biggest challenge] is depth. We have a lot of guys who have to go both ways. Someone gets injured and the next kid has to step up big time because he’s probably the only kid left.
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WIN A STATE TITLE
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As early-season practices were getting underway in August and coaches were trying to get a feel for their teams, Damascus High School coach Becky Ronquillo said she was sure of at least one thing. She had four “impact players.” Over the course of the season, those players — Madi Wyatt, Carly Marella, Annika Schwartz and Alex Nelligan — accrued a variety of much less formal names from their coach and fellow students. In a single press conference, Ronquillo, the
coach of the eventual 3A state championship winning team, called them everything from her “babies” to “little ducklings.” The quartet labeled themselves “quadruplets” and Schwartz even glanced down to Ronquillo’s half of the table and called the coach, “Mama.” The school paper hopped aboard the nickname bandwagon, using the headline “band of sisters” in a story on them. It’s the closest team Marella says she’s ever been a part of. “So many club teams, so many co-ed teams, and just the way that our team chemistry is this year was amazing,” the senior setter said. “We all really loved each other. Annika always says, ‘We’re a big happy family,’ and we really were. And that’s saying something with 18 players. Talent is one thing but when you have that passion and that heart coming
from your gut, you can do anything.” On Saturday, that “anything” Marella spoke of was a state championship, the ﬁrst in school history. And it came unusually easy for a team that, as Ronquillo says, “loves to make things interesting.” “It wouldn’t be my team if we didn’t make me worry. I keep telling them I’m going to have a heart attack before I’m 30,” she said, to which Marella responded, “You’re welcome!” Even with the “quadruplets,” Damascus made a habit of extending matches to ﬁve sets. In just the fourth match of the year, Gaithersburg took the Swarmin’ Hornets to ﬁve. Two matches later, after going up two sets to none, Damascus relinquished its undefeated season to Poolesville in ﬁve. Sherwood and
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Poolesville High School running back Charles Lyles runs against Catoctin on Oct. 4.
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Gabby Bennett was scared to do it all over again. This would be the fourth time she pleaded with her mother to switch sports, a process she didn’t think the matriarch would respond to as kindly as she had the ﬁrst three times. Up to that point in her life,
then an eighth grader, Bennett had tried her hand at gymnastics, tennis and track. She was good on the mats, but they weren’t her thing. Then she took to the track, where she shined as a sprinter in the 100-, 200-, 400-, 800-meters and mixed relays. That was alright, too, but she wanted to continue expanding her athletic horizons. So she took up tennis. Again, a natural athlete, Bennett could play well, but she still sought a sport that truly grabbed her heart. And then, one day, her physical education class unit turned
to volleyball. Bennett was smitten. But she was hesitant to ask her mother to change sports one more time. “I had already switched so much,” said Bennett, currently a sophomore at Northwest High School. “I worked up the courage and I asked her and she was all for it. She supported me all through it which I was really happy about.” A few weeks ago, her decision to take to the volleyball courts rather than the track was vindicated by a surprise invitation to join the Under Armour
national team, selected as one of 32 possible players from around the country. Her coach, Stephanie Blake, had nominated Bennett and three other Jaguars to attend a tryout in Columbia, but the sophomore held little expectations for herself as she was competing for a spot amongst some of the best players the United States has to offer. “I thought it was just going to be something fun and interesting to do,” she said. “I honestly didn’t think I did that well so I was pretty shocked. I was really, really happy.”
The tryout, run by former Harvard coach Chris Ridolfi and several Penn State players, was broken into a morning and afternoon session, the former being a taped skills clinic, which Bennett attended in lieu of the later-day practice. Part of the skills portion of the morning workout was an athletic test noting the measurables of a volleyball player — standing jump and approach vertical in particular. Bennett scored as a “high performing athlete” across the board. “She’s so athletic. She can
do anything you ask her,” Blake said. “She can jump so high and she can run so fast. I love her in the way that I can tell her to do something and she’ll say, ‘OK.’ It could be the craziest thing in the world and she’ll try it.” When Northwest needed a middle, Bennet became a middle. When Northwest needed a setter, Bennett became a setter. When Northwest needed an outside hitter, she obliged. “She was amazing,” Blake said.
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QO, Northwest football meet again in region ﬁnal Top-seeded Cougars hope to rebound from earlier loss to Jaguars
two touchdowns and junior Jalen Christian added 126 yards in the loss. Urbana’s Raekwon Gray ran for 268 yards and three touchdowns. The Hawks are scheduled to play top-seeded Linganore 7 p.m. Friday in Frederick. Linganore (10-1) defeated Urbana 20-7 on Nov. 8.
Quince Orchard High School (101) and Northwest (9-2) cruised by their opponents in the 4A West Region semiﬁnals and advanced to the championship where they will meet Friday for the second consecutive year.
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN The top-seeded Cougars beat Clarksburg 42-21 on Friday to advance to the ﬁnals. Quince Orchard gave up a touchdown on the opening possession but the team scored the game’s next four touchdowns. Senior tailback Kevin Joppy had four touchdowns and rushed for 218 yards on 35 carries in the win. “It was one of those things where we had to be patient,” Quince Orchard coach Dave Mencarini said after the game. “We had to take what they were giving us and the big plays would come. We are just happy to be playing for the regional championship.” Northwest sophomore quarterback Mark Pierce threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 36-7 semiﬁnal victory over Gaithersburg (10-3). The two-time reigning champion Cougars defeated Northwest 41-7 in last year’s regional ﬁnals, but the Jaguars won this year’s regular season game, 35-21. The teams are scheduled to play 7 p.m. Friday in Gaithersburg. “We just got to come out tomorrow and all next week,” Northwest’s Rodney Snider said after the game. “And if we practice really hard, we’re going to beat Quince Orchard.”
Continued from Page B-1 We have a [small] bunch of guys who can all play.” There certainly is no shortage of talent within Poolesville’s small numbers. The Falcons are far from a one-trick pony. Led by Charles Lyles’ 1,549 rushing yards, there are three players with 300 or more rushing yards and three receivers with 20 or more catches for 200-plus yards. Playmaker Cody Zinsser leads that charge with seven receiving touchdowns. Morningstar has emerged
Continued from Page B-1 The remarkable thing about Bennett’s success so early in her career is her limited exposure to the sport. During her freshman year as a Jaguar, she missed most of her junior varsity season with a
Continued from Page B-1 Winston Churchill would follow suit, and by the time the state semiﬁnals with Glenelg rolled around, Ronquillo called her team “ﬁve-set pros.” Their experience against the ropes proved invaluable in the semis, when the Swarmin’ Hornets battled back to win the ﬁnal two sets on a match-high 24 kills from Schwartz. “We have higher expecta-
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Northwest High School quarterback Mark Pierce carries the ball against Gaithersburg on Friday night. The sophomore threw four touchdown passes in his ﬁrst playoff game.
Paint Branch rolling along
Coming up short, again
Paint Branch’s (10-1) high-powered offense scored six touchdowns in a convincing 42-7 win against Sherwood (7-4), giving the Panthers their first postseason victory since 2009. Senior quarterback Gaston Cooper continued his impressive season, throwing for 330 yards and ﬁve touchdowns in the win. His favorite target was Javonn Curry, who had 152 receiving yards and four touchdowns. “I deﬁnitely can’t say I was expecting that but we were hoping for it,” Paint Branch coach Michael Nesmith said after the win. “We were a little concerned after beating [Sherwood] soundly two weeks ago that the kids would underestimate them. Once the kids started rolling, we were able to pull away.” Paint Branch is scheduled to play Perry Hall (10-1) 7 p.m. Friday in Burtonsville. The Panthers have not won a state championship since 1975.
Another year, another one-point playoff loss for Damascus. The Swarmin’ Hornets (9-2) lost 35-34 to Urbana (9-2)
in Friday’s 3A West Region semiﬁnals, marking the second straight postseason Damascus lost to the Hawks by one point. Damascus sophomore running back Jake Funk ran for 134 yards and
John Harris III, Jennifer Beekman, Sam Smith and Travis Mewhirter contributed to this article.
FEARLESS FORECASTS The Gazette sports staff picks the winners for this week’s games involving Montgomery football teams. Here are this week’s selections:
Montgomery County record All games
Northwest at Quince Orchard Perry Hall at Paint Branch DuVal at Suitland Gwynn Park at Patuxent Sparrows Point at Surrattsville
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Q. Orchard Paint Branch Suitland Gwynn Park Sparrows Pt.
Q. Orchard Paint Branch Suitland Gwynn Park Surrattsville
Q. Orchard Perry Hall Suitland Gwynn Park Surrattsville
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as one of the county’s more dynamic quarterbacks, quick on his feet — and to make up his mind — with the ability to throw the ball down the field when necessary. “You have a quarterback that runs and can throw and it adds almost like a 12th player out there,” coach Will Gant said. “Steven has had several plays where he has created something out of nothing. Something might come across as an incomplete pass in the stats but he made eight or 10 yards by beating a sack and coming up with an incomplete pass. Second-and-10 is a whole lot different than sec-
ond-and-20.” The same aspect that presents Poolesville with the most challenges could also be the Falcons’ biggest strength. The small town that Poolesville High represents lends itself to about as close-knit a community as one can ﬁnd in Montgomery County. Many players have fathers, grandfathers and cousins that suited up for Poolesville, Gant said — Morningstar said his father was a Poolesville quarterback. The Falcons play for the community, the young aspiring Falcons and that tradition, the younger Morningstar and Gant agreed. But for all the past post-
season success — 12 playoff appearances, ﬁve this century — Poolesville has yet to win a state title and has only once reached the championship game. There has always been a comparable small school team, such as Middletown or nine-time state champion Dunbar out of Baltimore, in the way. Those teams represent where Poolesville aims to be within the coming years, Zinsser and Morningstar said. The town of Poolesville has the athletes to get there, Gant said. It all starts in the youth programs, something in which he said he is becoming more and more involved with. A summer
program at the high school fell through the cracks this summer, Gant said, but that is something, along with clinics, that will be reinstated. “For us to get to [Middletown’s] level we need to keep growing from within, growing our youth system,” Gant said. “Middletown, the kids are playing from young ages and they’re running the same system [as the high school team].” That is something Gant said he hopes to implement in the near future. While numbers were down this year, Gant said he hopes the Falcons success will help draw more interest in the
program. The consecutive playoff runs ended a six-year postseason drought and Zinsser said the atmosphere surrounding Falcons football has changed drastically since his freshman season. “When [my senior class] came into high school as freshmen, the team wasn’t doing so well,” Zinsser said. “Then we got our knew coach and he got us playing harder, playing like we really wanted it. He has us more and more playing with a never give up attitude. We didn’t have a lot of players but we just grind it harder.”
sprained ankle. Heading into her sophomore year, her experience was still essentially limited to a handful of gym classes and a few weeks on the junior varsity. Yet she kept at it all the same. She went out for the Montgomery Village Sports Association’s club team this past summer and made the bottom-
level squad. When it came time for fall tryouts, Blake said she could barely recognize the girl with the soft hands and hard hits. “I’d see her and think she was so athletic that by her senior year she’ll be really good,” the coach said. “And then I saw her this year and I was like, ‘Holy crap!’ She had come so far.”
Like many athletes, Bennett is a visual learner. She watched over YouTube videos of the Penn State volleyball team and college recruiting film and picked up bits and pieces where she could. While her skills came around, her natural athletic ability camouﬂaged her lack of experience. “Only having played for a
year, my exposure isn’t as much as the other people have but I’m getting there,” she said. “I’m getting better.” As a member of the national team, she’ll travel to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. in December to work out with her teammates under the tutelage of Kristee Porter, a
four-time All-American at UCLA. “I can’t wait,” Blake said. “I really cannot wait. If she’s this good now, there’s no telling how good she’s going to be when she’s a senior. When she puts her mind to something, there are no limits with her.”
tions for ourselves and those second and third games we let those expectations slip so we weren’t going to settle,” Ronquillo said after Damascus topped the Gladiators to clinch a state ﬁnal berth. “This wasn’t going to be our last stop.” But it was going to be the last time the Swarmin’ Hornets let a team take them the distance. In the locker room before the 7:30 p.m. state final match, Wyatt commanded the attention of her teammates. “’We’re not settling,’” she re-
calledtellingthem.‘”We’renotgoing to settle for ﬁve or four. We’re going to take it in three. We’re going to take them down in three.” This type of pregame pumpup speech had been done before, many times actually, but there was something a little different about this one. “We said that when we played Glenelg but this time we pushed ourselves,” Schwartz said. “We knew we had to do it. We knew it was our last game. We had to make it count.” Wyatt would note that this
year’s team wasn’t the most talented she had been a part of in her four seasons. When Autumn Jenkins, now with the University of Delaware, graduated without a state title in 2012, naysayers claimed it was Damascus’ last legitimate chance for a while. “We’ve been told every year when our seniors graduate that, ‘Oh, that was the last year. That was our last chance,’ ” Wyatt said. “We showed them. We came back. It’s great to win as a senior and know that you took your chance.”
As Marella said, no team had been nearly as tight-knit as Damascus was this year. They may not have been as talented as an Autumn Jenkins-led team, but they played with a little something more. “We played with the most heart of any team all four years,” said Nelligan, whose freshman sister, Isabel, ﬁnished with three aces in the state semis and ﬁnals. “I think that’s what pushed us this far and got us that win.” The mood afterwards was appropriately blissful for the
Damascus players and coaches, but with the season over, Ronquillo was forced to come to terms with the hard truth that Saturday was her ﬁnal match with her “little ducklings.” “This is where I choke up,” she said. “I haven’t cried yet. They know me as pretty tough. These four are my rocks, they really are. I’m so proud of them. They really mean a lot to me, they really are like my children. I couldn’t ask for better girls.”
Poolesville (7-4) was overwhelmed by top-seeded Middletown (11-0), falling 45-6 in the 2A West Region semiﬁnals. “They’re sound, there’s no weaknesses, they play hard,” Poolesville coach Will Gant said after the game. “They’re a very good team.” Falcons running back Charles Lyles rushed for 75 yards and scored the Falcons’ only touchdown. Middletown’s Bradley Rinehart and Tim Schumacher ran for two touchdowns apiece. Middletown is scheduled to host second-seeded South Carroll (9-2).
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KEEPING IT BRIEF FIELD HOCKEY
Bullis wrestling coach Chris Brown does more than simply teach his students to wrestle. Brown recently competed in the 2013 World Veterans Wrestling Championship in Bosnia, and took home a bronze medal in the Greco-Roman style event and placed ﬁfth in the Freestyle championships. The bronze medal was Brown’s ﬁfth straight at the world championships, which are designed for athletes 35-years-old and over.
— NICK CAMMAROTA
Senior Walter Johnson Midﬁeld/forward The Dartmouthbound, two-time Player of the Year led Walter Johnson with 16 goals and nine assists
Three county stars get national invitations BRIAN LEWIS/THE GAZETTE
Walter Johnson High School’s Anna Rowthorn-Apel (back) scored 16 goals this season.
Bethesda-Olney Academy’s Jeremy Ebobisse, Thomas Madden and Eric Matzelevich all have been selected to represent the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at an All-Star Select Match on Dec. 12 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The event, which is part of the Academy Winter Showcase, will feature four Academy Select squads — two at the U15/16 level and two at the U17/18 level — that will play against one another.
— NICK CAMMAROTA
17 Good Counsel athletes commit to colleges Allie Band
Senior Wootton Midﬁeld/forward
Senior Sherwood Midﬁeld/forward
Senior Sherwood Midﬁeld/forward
Senior Wootton Midﬁeld/forward
Senior Sherwood Goalie
Netted 24 goals on a quartet of hat tricks for the state-ﬁnalist Patriots
Her 29 goals led all of Montgomery County; also added 16 assists
With 25 goals, she was second only to teammate Kenul in county scoring
Helped lead the Patriots to ﬁrst state title berth since 1978; will play next year for UC-Berkeley
Had nine shutouts in 18 games, allowed just seven regular season goals
Senior Wootton Defense
Senior Quince Orchard Defense
Senior Quince Orchard Defense
Junior Clarksburg Midﬁeld/forward
Senior Holy Cross Defense
Was the anchor to a Wootton back line that limited teams to four regular season goals
Ensured that no team scored more than a pair of goals in any game
Made life easier on her goalie by leading team to eight shutout wins
Scored, assisted, or did both in eight games
Unanimously selected by coaches as the WCAC Player of the Year
Coach of the year Alicia Vincenty Quince Orchard Turned a struggling Cougar team into an 11-6 squad that nearly upended Sherwood in the playoffs
G. Prep lacrosse players sign
Bullis coach earns bronze at world championships
Player of the Year
Second team Allie Boyan, senior, Whitman, midﬁeld/forward; Kallie Drewyer, junior, Stone Ridge, midﬁeld/forward; Kiley Goodwin, senior, B-CC, goalie; GiGi Jones, junior, B-CC, defense; Rachel Maizel, sophomore, Wootton, defense; Elaine McCabe, senior, Good Counsel, midﬁeld/forward; Anna Murgia, junior, Poolesville, midﬁeld/forward; Clare Nolan, senior, Churchill, midﬁeld/forward; Kate Taylor, sophomore, Holy Cross, midﬁeld/forward; Michelle Thomas, sophomore, Damascus, defense; Alexis Wong, senior, Clarksburg, midﬁeld/forward
Honorable mention Katie Bergamesca, Holton-Arms; Caroline Campbell, Good Counsel; Amanda Chasin, Poolesville; Allison Chen, Blair; Chloe Druskin, B-CC; Sandra Durbin, Holy Cross; Blair Greenwald, Holton-Arms; Daysia Howard, Clarksburg; Julia Lee, Wootton; Zoe Kaminski, Sherwood; Erin King, Paint Branch; Michelle Krenkze, Damascus; Brooke Saffer, Quince Orchard; Emily Scheele, Walter Johnson; Samantha Taskey, Stone Ridge
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The Our Lady of Good Counsel dining hall was busier than usual on Wednesday as it hosted a National Letter of Intent event for all Falcons athletes providing their commitment to play an NCAA Division I sport in writing. Good Counsel had 17 athletes representing ﬁve sports in attendance. Boys’ lacrosse: Conor Lolan, Wagner College; Austin Smith, St. Joseph’s University; Pat Poulos, U.S. Military Academy; Dylan Szot, Randolph-Macon College. Girls’ lacrosse: Nicole Ortlieb, Fresno State University; Caleigh Gunn, Iona College; Erin Baumann, Fairﬁeld University; Madison Hoover, University of Louisville; Allison Flechsig, Lafayette College; Paige Graham, Virginia Tech University. Haley Giraldi is committed to play lacrosse at Princeton but did not sign a letter of intent. Softball: Krista Kelly, Longwood University. Swimming: Makenzie Miller, University of South Carolina; Brady Welch, Arizona State University. Wrestling: Matt Kelly, U.S. Military Academy; Adam Whitesell, University of Maryland.
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
Charlie Horning (Villanova), Wil Railey (Virginia), Brendan Collins (Notre Dame), Townsend Brown (Mt. St. Mary’s) and Kyle Strange (Drexel) all signed letters of intent to play NCAA DIvision I lacrosse in 2014-15.
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
Three from Stone Ridge sign Lynee Belton
Six from Holy Cross sign letters Several Academy of the Holy Cross student-athletes signed letters of intent for some high proﬁle schools on Wednesday’s National Signing Day: Rhamat Alhassan (volleyball, University of Florida); Jillian Dunston (basketball, Michigan); Kristyn Gaines (lacrosse, Connecticut); Nicole Lantuh (lacrosse, Mount Saint Mary’s). Soccer players Jamie DePaul (Carson-Newman) and Maribeth Harrington (Washington College) are committed to play next year as well.
10 from Bullis sign letters Ten Bullis School studentathletes were recognized Wednesday as they signed their letters of intent to compete at the college level. Lynee Belton (Duke University), Ashley Deleonibus (William & Mary), Kirby Porter (Harvard), and Andre Walker (Hofstra) plan to play Division I basketball in 2014-15. Lacrosse recruits include Nick Matzelevich (Siena), Caitlin McMahon (Jacksonville), Alex Robinson (Georgetown), Joe Stucky (Boston University), Rashad Wise (Lynn University), and Darian Hashemzadeh signed to play men’s tennis at George Washington University.
Four from Whitman sign letters Four members of the Walt Whitman girls’ soccer team who are scheduled to play Baltimore County’s Catonsville in Saturday’s state championship game are committed to play competitive soccer in college: Aliza Wolfe (Rice University), Anna Gurney (Emory), Bahar Ulusan (Emory), and Emily Martin (Colby). Drew Ahearn signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Lafayette College.
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
The Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart had three studentathletes sign letters of intent to compete collegiately in their respective sports: Natalie Alesandra Gosnell (lacrosse, Lafayette), Alene Marie Rock (lacrosse, Mercer) and Laura Garcia (swimming, Villanova).
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
Eight athletes from Landon sign letters Seven Landon student-athletes signed letters of intent to play lacrosse in college on Wednesday: Jack Falk (Virginia), Sam Lynch (Johns Hopkins), Andrew Mitchell (United States Military Academy), Sean O’Brien (Bucknell), Austin Petty (Virginia), Zac Butler (Jacksonville), Riley McTague (Hobart). Golfer Brent Bubes also signed his letter of intent to play for Maryland in 2014-15.
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
Three from Damascus sign letters Three student-athletes from Damascus signed their letters of intent to compete at the college level: Kelli Prange (basketball, George Washington); Lauren Green (basketball, Bentley); Anna Warﬁeld (softball, Shippensburg).
— ERIC GOLDWEIN
Two from Clarksburg sign Two of Clarksburg High School’s student-athletes signed their letters of intent, committing to participate in college athletics. Dani Hall will attend the University of Pittsburgh for gymnastics and Andie deCelis plans to attend Manhattan College for lacrosse.
— ERIC GOLDWEIN
Coaches or school administrators can email signings to The Gazette at sports@gazette. net. This list will be updated as we get conﬁrmed signings from school ofﬁcials.
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ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER
Sherwood High School’s football team has experienced its fair share of transistion this season, but for the past two years, they’ve had a father-son duo that’s been a constant on the defensive unit. Senior linebacker Paris Atwater and his father — former National Football League safety Steve Atwater — have helped lead the Warriors to back-toback playoff appearances the last two years in spite of signiﬁcant changes in Sherwood’s staff and player personnel. “[Paris] is not a big in your face yelling type leader, but he leads by example,” Sherwood ﬁrst-year coach Chris Grier said. At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, Paris is rarely the biggest player on the ﬁeld. But like his 6-foot-3 father, an eight-time NFL Pro Bowler, he is an intimidating presence on defense. “When he wants to turn it on, he’s a big hitter,” said senior cornerback Alec Perez. “... He’s not much of a vocal player, but by his actions and his play, he brings everybody up.” Steve, who recorded 1,180 tackles and 24 interceptions in his 11-year NFL career, started working as an assistant midway through the 2012 season. “[Steve] does a great job. A great personality, just like his son,” said Grier, who coached DeMatha Catholic’s freshman team the previous two seasons. “He’s really good about relating football to life.” The Warriors went 9-3 in 2012 under coach Mike Bonavia, making it to the 4A North Region championship game before falling to Westminster in the ﬁnals. This year, they brought in a new coach and plugged several new players into the starting lineup, but maintained their high level of play, going 7-4 and losing 42-7 to Paint Branch (10-1) on Friday in the region semiﬁnals. “They’ve dealt with [the
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Paris Atwater (left) of visiting Sherwood High School tries to slow down running back Shawn Barlow of Quince Orchard earlier this fall.
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Sherwood High School’s Paris Atwater (back) tries to make a tackle against Gaithersburg on Sept. 7. changes] well,” Steve said. “They’ve done a good job of putting that extra time in.” Paris attended Peachtree Ridge High School in Georgia before moving to Maryland and transferring to Sherwood in 2012. Joining the football team eased the transition, he said. “I’ve made a lot of good friends up here. It’s really like a close-knit community,” Paris
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we won states we all just started screaming and we all just hugged each other. I didn’t even know what to do with myself, I was so happy.” A mere 48 hours after the Wildcats won, they carried out another well-executed strategy to tackle an important issue. They all congregated in Martin’s technology education classroom Nov. 11 at lunch to design their state championship jackets. They settled on black as the base color. “It was almost magical,” Murphy said of winning the title. “In the very beginning of the year everyone was at different spots. At the end, you just start to get closer and closer and closer and it was amazing to see how much better everyone got.” Indeed, this was a very close team. Not only did they enjoy socializing while working hard during practice, but they had team pasta dinners before every race, a team sleepover and constantly dreamed up competitions to keep one another motivated while training. Murphy said assistant coach Ashley St. Denis told her and the team that they were of state championship caliber after they won the Frank Keyser Invitational in September. Slowly but surely that belief sunk in. “The thing that stood out most to me about the championship was that every single one of us was there for each other,” said Bukharin, who originally wanted to play tennis at WJ but found her way to cross country. “We weren’t thinking about times, we weren’t thinking about places. We were just thinking about winning a state championship.” The last time Walter Johnson’s girls won a cross country title, it was the fourth of four consecutive championships won by then-coach Greg Dunston’s teams. A dynasty. Martin was around then, too, and he said that group of girls was incredibly close. He’s been to all of their weddings since and kept in good contact with them as the years have rolled on. “I see a lot of that group in this group,” Martin said. “They’ve made a bond through this endeavor that they surely will never forget.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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said. Having his father on the sidelines helped too, he said. “He can give me a lot of advice for certain techniques for tackling, dropping back into coverage,” Paris said. Paris said that some teammates were star-struck at ﬁrst by having an NFL star on the sidelines. “Now, everybody just looks
at him as ‘Coach Atwater,’ Paris said. “It’s just a good connection.” Perez, who had seven interceptions as a ﬁrst-year starting cornerback, said Steve has made a positive impact on the secondary. “Even if our defense doesn’t get beat, he still has pointers to give me. I’m always getting better, no matter what,” Perez said. Paris started at fullback in addition to linebacker this season while earning a 4.0 gradepoint average in the ﬁrst marking period. “He does what he needs to do,” Grier said. “He plays big on the ﬁeld.” He said he wants to play football after graduating. His schools of interest include the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Davidson and Princeton. “He’s pretty much all you could ask for from a high school athlete,” Grier said.
In a way, one could argue that Walter Johnson High School’s girls’ cross country team won the Class 4A state championship nine days before it actually happened. On Halloween, the Wildcats shocked the county and, perhaps, themselves by finishing first in the 4A West Region meet at High Point Farm in Clarksburg. In the process they beat BethesdaChevy Chase, the strongest team all season. A team that featured All-Gazette Runner of the Year Nora McUmber and appeared to bealegitimatecontendertothreepeat as 4A state champions. But when Tom Martin’s team placed ﬁve runners in the top 16 to beat B-CC by 20 points in that region ﬁnal, something changed. “That was a big moment for us,” senior Irina Bukharin said. “Over the season we’ve become a much better team, but I think then we realized we really did have an opportunity to win states. That moment, it became important.” Added Martin: “We changed a couple things with some racing strategies between counties and regions and it went a lot better than I thought it would. It’s a lot easier when you get a group of girls that believe in each other and are willing to do whatever it takes to reach their goal.” So, with the newfound conﬁdence of a victory against the Barons, a new racing strategy employed by the 16th-year coach and several of the more talented runners in the area, the Wildcats won a state championship for the ﬁrst time since 1999. They edged B-CC by four points as junior Kiernan Keller finished ﬁfth, sophomore Emily Murphy placed seventh, freshman Katriane Kirsch was eighth, Bukharin came in 11th and junior Cirillo Melanie rounded out the top ﬁve runners in 41st. “I think the synergy of the team pushed us forward,” said Keller, whose work ethic was lauded by Martin as a key factor in motivating the team. “After
Winning region helped WJ believe it could win it all
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One of the nation’s most innovative and fastest growing breweries has a presence in Gaithersburg.
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CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
Famed tap dancer presents ‘STePz” at Montgomery College
Tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover will honor the art of tap in his show, “STePz,” on Nov. 21 at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville. LOIS GREENFIELD
“Lyle the Crocodile,” based on the beloved picture book series by author and illustrator Bernard Waber, opens to the public on Saturday at Imagination Stage. The musical, which follows the adventures of the Primm family, who have recently relocated to New York City to discover an unconventional pet living in their apartment, is directed by Imagination Stage associate artistic director Kate Bryer. Bryer revisits the production after directing a nonmusical version at the theater company during its 2008-2009 season. “When I did it in 2008-2009, I actually put a lot of dance and music into it,” Bryer said. “The script just has this wonderful sophistication. It’s silly but sophisticated ... It just felt like it lent itself to those kinds of moments where [characters] could break out into song ... Even JEREMY RUSNOCK back then I thought it would be Michael John Casey as Mr. such a great musical ...” The director’s instincts were Grumps with Loretta (as right. Kevin Kling, a humorist, herself). storyteller and commentator for National Public Radio, ﬁrst adapted the books for the stage in the early 1990s. Kling and composer Richard Gray later transformed the play
See CROCODILE, Page B-9 Kurt Boehm as Lyle and David Landstrom as Joshua in the musical “Lyle the Crocodile” at Imagination Stage, running to Jan. 10.
VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
A set of stairs is not just a set of stairs in tap dancer Savion Glover’s show “STePz.” The steps become a place to dance, as Glover taps his way through a dozen songs ranging
from Charlie Parker’s “Dexterity” to a classical piece by Shostakovich to Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke.” Glover and four fellow hoofers will bring the show to the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville on Thursday. Glover said “STePz” is an homage to tap dancing masters and mentors whom he has known
SAVION GLOVER’S ‘STEPZ’ n When: 8 p.m. Thursday n Where: Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville n Tickets: $38-$40 n For information: 240-567-5301, montgomerycollege.edu/PAC
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Play focuses on family and love
WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
Kimberly Gilbert as Lisa and Naomi Jacobson as Rita in the Round House Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Lyons.”
Playwright Nicky Silver has written more than a dozen plays, but “The Lyons,” which was released in 2011, was the ﬁrst to make it to a Broadway stage. “The Lyons,” which will open at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda on Nov. 27, focuses on the impending death of a husband and father and what it means for the wife and adult children. John Vreeke, who is directing “The Lyons,” said he was impressed by Silver’s style of writing.
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THE LYONS n When: Nov. 27 to Dec. 22 (call for show times) n Where: Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda n Tickets: $25-$50, prices include a $5 service fee n For information: 240-644-1100, roundhousetheatre. org
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The Tom Cunningham Orchestra will
The Greater U Street Jazz Collective will
celebrate 30 years of performances at the
host a CD release party for their latest, “Ballin’ the Jack,” from
Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom with a Swing
music and dance concert scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Adding to the fun will be a prize for the bestdressed vintage couple, a dance performance by the 8-Week Wonders and the debut performance PHOTO DANIEL SCHREIBER of the new Yazoo Zazz The Tom Cunningham Orchestra will celebrate 30 years Vocal Trio. Admission in Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom on Saturday. — $15 for adults and $8 for children 5-13 — includes a beginning swing dance lesson. For more information, visit www. glenechopark.org.
7:30-9:30 p.m. today at the El Golfo Restaurant,
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8739 Flower Ave., Piney Branch, Silver Spring. The GREATER U STREET JAZZ COLLECTIVE Greater U Street The Greater U Street Jazz Collective will host a CD Jazz Collective is bassist Thomas L. release party for their latest effort tonight at the El Golfo Restaurant in Silver Spring. View, trumpeter Carl MacIntyre, pianist Peter Frassrand, saxophonist Russell Carter, drummer Art Cobb, crooner Barry Moton and emcee Keren Asali. For more information, visit www.elgolfosilverspring.com.
PHILADANCO will bring its award-winning blend of dance styles to the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday and Sunday.
The Philadelphia Dance Company, also known as PHILADANCO, will bring its trademark fusion of ballet, jazz, modern and black dance to the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown this weekend, with show times at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. A free masterclass is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, with a pre-curtain discussion at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $32. For more information, visit www. blackrockcenter.org.
Everyone loves a parade The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade returns at 10 a.m. Saturday to Silver Spring. Now in its 16th year, the pa-
rade kicks off at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, proceeding south on Georgia Avenue before reaching its destination at Silver Spring Avenue. ABC 7 meteorologist Brian van de Graaff will emcee, introducing the more than 100 participating parade units, including glittering ﬂoats; high school, college and professional marching bands; beauty queens; clowns; ﬁre engines; and performing dog and rescue animal groups. The parade will culminate with the introduction of Santa Claus, ofﬁcially kicking off the holiday season in Montgomery County. For more information, visit www.silverspringdowntown.com.
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Elizabeth Hester as the Cat in the Hat and Caitlyn Gilbert as Jojo in “Seussical.”
The Cat in the Hat is back The Damascus Theatre Company’s
“Seussical,” inspired by the whimsical
works of Dr. Seuss and featuring a book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty as co-conceived by Eric Idle, continues to Saturday at the Olney Theatre Center’s Historic Stage. Directed by Shelly Horn and produced by Elli Swink and Matt Kopp, the production features musical direction by Arielle Bayer and choreography by Laurie Newton. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, students and children. For more information, visit www. damascustheatre.org.
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The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade kicks off the holiday season Saturday in Silver Spring.
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Dogﬁsh Head still making a splash One of the nation’s most innovative and fastest growing breweries is on the way to the ocean beaches many Washingtonian’s frequent. The Dogﬁsh Head brewery, in Milton, Del., has become the 13th largest craft brewery in the country, producing over 170,000 barrels of beer in 2012, up 20 percent from 2011. The brewery is ﬁnishing an expansion which will allow brewing 600,000 barrels per year.
BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER Sam Calagione, the brewery’s cofounder and co-owner, opened the Dogﬁsh Head brewpub in 1995 in Rehoboth Beach, Del., near his wife’s hometown. It was named after Calagione’s fondly-remembered vacation spot near Boothbay Harbor in Maine to lend a New England character. Starting with a minuscule 12-gallon brewing facility that needed constant use to keep up with customer demand, Calagione was continuously brewing and getting bored with the repetition. He experimented by grabbing “everything but the kitchen sink,” in a brewing career that has led to his being called the “Mad Alchemist of Brewing.” Demand rapidly increased and a packaging brewery was added in 1997. The kitchen to brewpot escapades gave Dogfish a well earned reputa-
tion for using unusual ingredients and brewing unusual beers. Some of the non-standard additions to the Dogﬁsh beers include St. John’s Wort, Saffron, Agave nectar, hawthorn berry from China, and spirulina, a blue green algae to give green color for a St. Patrick’s Day beer. Dogﬁsh also has become renowned for its series of India Pale Ales, some very high alcohol brews, and re-creations of ancient ales. The three IPAs, called 60 Minute, 90 Minute, and 120 Minute, add hops continuously for the respective time durations. Calagione got the idea from watching a chef prepare food and adding spices on a continuous basis to enhance the ﬂavor. The high alcohol beers, definite brewing achievements, include World Wide Stout (15-20 percent alcohol by volume, ABV), once the highest alcohol beer being regularly brewed; Fort (15-18 percent ABV), a fruit beer with raspberries and the highest alcohol fruit beer being produced; 120 Minute IPA (15-20 percent ABV); and Olde School Barleywine (13-16 percent ABV.) The Ancient Ales series started as a collaboration with Patrick McGovern, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, to recreate the libation consumed at King Midas’ funeral, calling it Midas Touch. Successive collaborations with the McGovern have resulted in producing Chateau Jiahu based on a 9000 year old dig in China; Theobroma based on an 3,200 year old
Aztec chocolate beer; Ta Henket using ingredients and traditions from Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Bierra Etrusca Bronze from excavations in a 2,800 year old Etruscan tomb. Midas Touch (9 percent ABV) has a sweet, light honey nose with a hint of white grapes which presages the taste in the front. These all continue in the middle with a slight increase in the grape to medium. The ﬁnish adds muted alcohol notes which grow in the aftertaste giving a touch of alcoholic warmth. Ratings: 8/7.5. Palo Santo Marron (12 percent ABV) is brewed in a barrel made from the wood of the Paraguayan Palo Santo tree, one of three woods so dense they do not ﬂoat. Palo has a aroma of roast, grape, licorice and alcohol. The medium roast and muted licorice front continues in the middle as the licorice increases and is joined by a dollop of chocolate. The roast increases in the ﬁnish with an emerging vinous character. In the aftertaste the roast continues, the licorice fades, and a restrained bitter hop appears. Ratings: 9.5/9. 90 Minute IPA (9 percent ABV) opens with a melon, citrus, pine, and bitter hop bouquet. The mild sweet front segues into a middle of melon, citrus and bitter hops. Both the melon and the bitter hops increase to medium in the ﬁnish. The hops come to the forefront in the aftertaste but are very well balanced by a strong malt backbone. A relatively high alcohol is present but well integrated. Ratings: 9/9.5. World Wide Stout (18-20 percent
Dogﬁsh Head Brewery’s 90 minute Imperial IPA. ABV), a two year old version, begins with a deep roast, a whiff of alcohol and a slightly vinous aroma. The deep roast and slight alcohol are evidenced in the front. The alcohol increases to medium in the middle as a splash of Port wine appears. The wine grows modestly in the ﬁnish and again in the aftertaste, as
the alcohol continues. Even with this two year old version, the alcohol is overpowering and the beer needs another two years to become well blended and more balanced. Ratings: 8/8.5. World Wide ages very well. An 8-year old, more mellow and well-integrated version scored 9.5/10.
IN THE ARTS DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Nov. 20, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 21, Tea Dance from 12:303:30 p.m. ($6); Nov. 22, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Nov. 23, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, 8-10 p.m. workshops, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. dance ($18 for both; $15 for dance only); Nov. 24, free Tango lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8 p.m. ($16); Nov. 27, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 28, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www.hollywoodballroomdc.com
fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, Nov. 24, Eric Black calls with Dead Sea Squirrels, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www.fsgw.org. English Country, Nov. 20, Caller: Stephanie Smith; Nov. 27, Caller: Bob Farrall, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www. fsgw.org. Waltz, Dec. 1, Elixir; Dec. 15, Sugar Beat; Dec. 29, Terpsichore, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.
MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Rene Marie, 8 p.m. Nov.
20; Sara Gazarek and Matt Dusk,
Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Contra, Nov. 22, Eric Black
Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, Al Petteway &
Amy White, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 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, Jim Malcolm,
Balbed and Christie Dashiell, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20; Lawler & Fadoul Duo, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21; National Philharmonic: Verdi’s Powerful and Timeless Requiem, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; Michael McDonald — This Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville
7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. The Music Café, Dixieland Express, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 20, 26528 Ridge Road, Damascus. No admission. Tips accepted. 301-253-1500. www.the-music-cafe.com. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Nov. 20; AIR Mentor: Graham Breedlove with guests Elijah
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Vive la France! Rockville Concert Band Sunday, Nov. 24; 3 p.m. at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. Suggested donation: $5
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30th Annual Kris Kringle Holiday Craft Show
with Gallimaufry; Nov. 29, Nils Fredland calls to Elixir, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.
8 p.m. Nov. 21; Cindy Blackman and Another Lifetime, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, The Sweater Set, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Hoodie Allen, 8 p.m. Nov. 22; Mazzy Star with special guests Psychic Ills, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Lamb of God & Killswitch Engage, 7 p.m. Nov. 26; K. Michelle w/ Sevyn Streeter, 8 p.m. Nov. 27; Giving Thanks, 11 a.m. Nov. 28; The Smokers Club Tour Featuring Joey Bada$$, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; MiMOSA, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring.
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AT THE MOVIES
Fourteen-year reunion of ‘The Best Man’ cast is pleasant company BY
Robin (Sanaa Lathan) and Harper (Taye Diggs) star in “The Best Man Holiday.”
MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“The Best Man Holiday” follows in the footsteps of writer-director Malcolm D. Lee’s successful 1999 comedy “The Best Man,” using a template familiar to anyone who may have seen “The Big Chill” or its micro-budget predecessor, “Return of the Secaucus Seven.” They’re all different in their qualities and atmosphere. “The Best Man Holiday,” for example, is a far more Tyler Perry-ish mixture of comedy and tragedy than the easygoing “Best Man” was, back in the pre-Perry movie era. Yet along with everything from “Jumping the Broom” to “Think Like a Man” to Adam Sandler’s slovenly “Grown Ups” hits, these disparate ensemble pictures live or die on the same simple question: Do we enjoy hanging out with these people for a couple of hours? The hangout factor remains gratifyingly high in “The Best Man Holiday,” though the mood has grown bittersweet. In the ﬁrst “Best Man,” Taye Diggs’ character, the novelist Harper, wrote a thinly disguised book about himself and his college friends in which he revealed his long-ago affair with Mia (Monica Calhoun), who’s about to marry football star Lance (Morris Chestnut). Lance nearly threw Harper off a balcony when he ﬁnally learned of the tryst, but with God’s guidance Lance’s forgiving instincts brought everyone peaceably together for a climactic wedding and closing dance number. Fourteen years later, times are tough for Harper. Now married to Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), with a child due, the once-hot novelist has followed up his best-seller with a sophomore slump of a book. Also he’s been laid off by New York University, news he has yet to share with his wife. Harper still holds a small- to mediumsized torch for TV producer Jordan (Nia Long). Reneging on the all’s-well ending in the ﬁrst “Best Man,” superstar Lance has slipped into a jealous funk once again regarding Harper’s dalliance with
PHOTOS FROM MICHAEL GIBSON
THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY n 3 stars n R; 124 minutes n Cast: Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut, Eddie Cibrian, Melissa De Sousa, Monica Calhoun, Harold Perrineau, Regina Hall n Directed by Malcom D. Lee
Mia. Nonetheless, Mia invites everyone to stay with them for Christmas. The gang’s all here, including Julian (Harold Perrineau), now happily married to his ex-stripper, now-educator wife (Regina Hall). The shrill handful Shelby (Melissa De Sousa) was last seen hooking up with the unrepentant horn dog Quentin, played by Terrence Howard. Both return, and in particular it’s a treat to see Howard mess around so entertainingly, after so many dramas, in a brashly comic role. Some of the writing is pungently funny, as when Jordan’s new squeeze (Eddie Cibrian) is described by one of the characters as “a tall vanilla swagga
(From left) Quentin (Terrence Howard), Jordan (Nia Long) and Brian (Eddie Cibrian) star in “The Best Man Holiday.” latte.” The ﬁrst ﬁlm’s clash of true Christian believers and nonbelievers was part of the fabric of the comedy, though it wasn’t all played for laughs. This time there’s a blunt tone to the inspirational uplift. It’s a bit of a drag that the ﬁlm is conﬁned for long stretches to the interior of
Lance and Mia’s oddly underfurnished McMansion. But Lee, who made the underrated Chicago-set “Roll Bounce,” knows where this movie’s bread and butter is stored. When the four male leads suave their way through a dance number set to New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain,” it’s a highlight because the hangout factor with this cast is con-
siderable. And the movie, while nothing visually special, earns its queen-sized dose of pathos honestly. As to why studios don’t put out twice, three times, ﬁve times as many predominantly African-American ensemble pieces every year, given their typical cost-to-profit ratios ... good question.
IN THE ARTS
Continued from Page B-7 Dec. 30, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Neil Simon’s “God’s Favorite,” to Nov. 24; Singer Songwriter Concert Series presents Stephen Fearing, Nov. 21; The Comedy and Magic Society, Nov. 29, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394, www. gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. Imagination Stage, “Lyle the Crocodile,” Nov. 20 to Jan. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. imaginationstage.org Olney Theatre Center, “The King and I,” to Dec. 29, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “The Nutcracker,” Nov. 29 to Dec. 29; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301634-5380, www.thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Lyons,” Nov. 27 to Dec. 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Meena’s Dream,” Jan. 8-14, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www.
roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, “The Pillowman,” to Nov. 23, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. www.ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Workshop Participant Reading, 2 p.m. Nov. 24, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.writer.org.
VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, John James Anderson and Mei Mei Chang, to Dec. 28, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www. adahrosegallery.com
The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, TBA, hours are 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. 301-897-1518. 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. Glenview Mansion, Washington Watercolor Association, to Dec. 3, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, Hennesy & Hennesy, to Nov. 25, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Dawn Gavin, to Nov. 27, Gibbs Street Gallery; Carol Miller Frost and Rebecca Kamen: “Flow and Shift,” to Nov. 27, Kaplan Gallery; 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www. visartsatrockville.org.
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‘Italianissimo,’ ‘Ethiopia from the Heart’ now on view
Coinciding with DC Photo Week, two photo exhibits have opened that will transport the viewer to other places full of unique beauties. One artist focuses uniquely on the land and the weather while the other includes the people and the animals. What they share is a sensibility to a place and its culture, and a talent for capturing the very essence of it in pictures.
ON VIEW BY CLAUDIA ROUSSEAU “Italianissimo” means “so Italian,” something that positively characterizes the Italian way of doing things, or the look of a particular aspect of that wonderful country. Richard Lasner has been photographing Italy every year since 1996, covering small areas of the peninsula on each trip. Last fall he participated in a photography workshop sited in a small winery near Siena, in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. The current exhibit features a group of large format, lushly toned, new images from this trip, plus a few of neighboring Florence and one fascinating picture taken in a park in Gubbio, a small medieval town in Umbria. This latter, titled “Eyes in the Park” shows very large, brightly colored globes representing eyeballs — yes, veins and all — ﬂoating around in a quiet park setting void of people. If I didn’t know from my own long time living in Italy that this surreal image was, indeed, “Italianissimo,” I might have believed Lasner had doctored the photo. But, indeed, these “Eyes” were really there for reasons that remain, and probably always will be, undiscovered. During his October stay in Tuscany, Lasner was able to record remarkable weather effects such as the heavy fog that descends on the Sienese hills in the early morning, but retreats by midday. These photos of the fog are very nearly abstract, pale grey with a touch of lavender, but views of the same hills at other times of day reveal the gold and reddish colors of the vines in brilliant hues. Lasner’s sensitivity to the shape
Continued from Page B-5 “As a director, I always look at language ﬁrst … just to see how well it’s written,” Vreeke said. “… Nicky Silver is a master at being able to put together very well-constructed language, sentences, paragraphs. All the actors really need to do is pay attention to that. His punctuation is very speciﬁc and his choice of words is extremely cogent and economical — there’s not an ounce of fat on it.” Although Vreeke isn’t Jewish, he said he feels audiences will be able to comprehend the overall family dynamic they see on stage. “It goes way beyond just being a Jewish family,” Vreeke said. “There is some humor that’s particular to a Jewish family and Jews will be able to recognize and enjoy that, but I think it goes way beyond that into recognizing each of our family dynamics.
larly when they include people and animals. However, Asfaw, who is Ethiopian, is deeply concerned with the effect of his pictures. He aims at making work that “captures the beauty that remains [in Ethiopia] in spite of the tragic environmental crisis that is taking place,” in the hope that his photos might be “messengers for change.” These are powerful images, boldly conceived in color and black and white. Just inside the door of the gallery are two richly toned views inside rural Ethiopian Orthodox churches, a faith that originates in the Coptic Christianity of the ﬁrst century A.D. and is still dominant despite a violent history of invasion. With a rich pictorial tradition, Ethiopian church art is characterized by bright colors and a distinct drawing style. Inside these poor rural churches, the remnants of wall paintings can RICHARD LASNER just be made out, but the vivid sense of their antiquity is deeply moving. In Richard Lasner, “Giostra,” 2012. “Inside Genet Mariam Church,” two of the land is combined here with his turbaned men come tentatively inside, exquisite sense of composition and eyes wide open, to engage an elder color. Many photos are taken from seated in the half-lit room. Asfaw capunusual points of view, from a yellow tures the silence, even the holiness that ﬁeld ﬁlling most of the image with a permeates this space. “Inside Abune strip of blue sky above, to a ﬁeld of Arun Church” is similar, with brightly green grass resembling ocean waves, colored and patterned fabrics decorator a close up of the very last cluster of ing the ancient walls of the building. grapes left on a vine. Among my favor- “Timket in Lalibela,” a region noted for ites was a photo of a carousel (titled, in ancient rock-hewn churches, shows a Italian, “Giostra”) in the Piazza della religious procession crossing a suspenRepubblica in Florence. The carousel sion bridge over a shallow ravine. Here, is all bright warm colors, with its tent- Asfaw takes advantage of the black and like top in turquoise and white topped white format to contrast the line of by a crown and edged with arabesque people walking under their white umframed painted scenes. Behind it is brellas through the high grass under a the gray façade of an old building, its ﬁery white sun. Another striking black arched door echoing the forms on the and white image shows two zebra in a stem of the carousel, while other curves national park, their crisp stripes standand spiky ornaments on it ﬁnd their ing out against the gray tones of the parallels in the details of the façade be- plain, their curved shapes repeated in yond. These formal relationships that the arcs of trees beyond. bring foreground and background into If you go to see this show in the a tight pictorial unity continue to be Washington Gallery of Photography, one of the hallmarks of Lasner’s work. go upstairs to the Capitol Arts Network The Washington School of Photog- to see the work of Page Turner. A line raphy, in its new location in Rockville, is of antique glass domes with tiny handshowing a group of 28 photos by Andargé made dress forms on high wooden Asfaw entitled “Ethiopia from the Heart.” perches goes down the center of the Much like Lasner’s photos of Italy, As- gallery. Each contains a “figure”: a faw’s similarly convey an essence of place memory of past experience in a strict through focus on select subjects and country upbringing. “Waste not, want careful composition. His acute formal not,” is the driving theme, while a prosense make these pictures much more found feeling of sadness permeates the than a handsome travelogue; always a group. Not the best installation, but indanger with photos of this kind, particu- triguing all the same.
… I think anyone who was born and raised into a family that has siblings and parents is going to recognize the family and the familiarity that these characters live in.” One of those characters is Rita, the mother of two and wife of 40 years. Actress Naomi Jacobson said the character is “sort of like an everymother.” “You know, like an everyman?” Jacobson said. “I think she is really recognizable no matter what religion or ethnicity you are. She wants her children to ﬁnd love and be happy. … She’s been married for 40 years to a man she never really loved, which is why I think ... she wants the one thing for her children that has eluded her. “I think everybody in the play kind of sees their own imagined reality.” Because Rita has to deal with her husband dying and an alcoholic daughter and estranged gay son, her part can be difﬁcult at times. Jacobson said she sees a lot of Rita in herself —
at least to an extent. “I think, as an actor, you need to know more than your character knows about the character,” Jacobson said. “… In other words, I know things about Rita that she probably doesn’t know about herself or is even conscious of. So, for me, it’s delicious and challenging in a way to let yourself identify the parts of me that are as ugly as Rita is. And I am. I have them, oh my God, I’m completely self-absorbed and narcissistic — I can be. I work really hard not to be. … I don’t think Rita’s ever accessed herself or looked at that.” Vreeke said he hopes audiences connect with the characters in their own way, but he also hopes they see one of the major themes in the show. “[It’s about] finally finding the courage to grow up and take care of yourself,” Vreeke said. firstname.lastname@example.org
(From left) Kimberly Gilbert as Lisa, Naomi Jacobson as Rita, and John Lescault as Ben in the Round House Theatre’s production of “The Lyons.” DANISHA CROSBY
Continued from Page B-5 and performed with personally and also to tap dancing greats that have preceded them. “It’s a tribute to all the men and women who have informed my approach to tap dance,” said Glover. “The show is to honor those who we’ve been blessed to know and learn from.” Among them are dancers such as Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde and Steve Condos. “They poured so much love into me that I have no choice at this point but to pay honor to them every time I touch the wood,” Glover said.
Performing with Glover on Thursday will be Marshall Davis Jr., Ayodele Casel, Sarah Savelli and Robyn Watson. Glover said each dancer brings his or her own style to the show as the troupe performs solos, duets and ensemble pieces. “My choreography still allows the dancers their individuality,” he said. Featured in the show is a structure that allows performers to dance up and down stairs. Glover credits his wife with the idea, harking back to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in the 1935 ﬁlm “The Little Colonel.” Audiences can watch a tap dancer perform, but they can also just listen to the sound of
his or her feet . “If you just see the entertainment, you don’t hear what’s going on,” he said about the complex rhythms, both choreographed and improvised, in the show. “I tell students you can either be the instrument or be the additional instrument,” he said. In “Dexterity,” he follows the syncopated rhythms of Charlie Parker, but in “Miles Mode” by John Coltrane, he adds his own rhythms, as if running on a parallel track. The troupe will also be dancing to music by other jazz and swing greats such as Miles Davis (“Flamenco Sketches”) and Benny Goodman (“Bugle Call
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Continued from Page B-5 into a full-scale musical. Bryer had the opportunity to see the musical version in the summer of 2012 when her son appeared in a production at Northwestern University. “I’m really happy to do this version,” Bryer said. “It’s really, really different.” Running about an hour and 15 minutes, “Lyle” features 37 minutes of music. There are also several dance numbers. “In this version, Lyle is a dancer ...” Bryer said. “There’s a big, huge tap dance number in the show.” “You approach a play versus a musical differently,” added actor Michael John Casey. “It’s different muscles but as long as you’re incredibly clear telling the story ... you really can’t go wrong.” With a background in theater for young audiences, including credits as a director, Casey said he recognizes the importance of presenting a simple and succinct message for young children. “You want to be as clear as possible for the audience,” Casey said. “ ... One of the goals is, what is the playwright using the character for?” In “Lyle,” Casey’s character, the Primm’s disgruntled old neighbor Mr. Grumps, is used to teach a lesson. “With Mr. Grumps, it’s about learning to understand that those that are different from you ... deserve a chance. The lesson of being open-minded to that which is different is incredibly important.” Though Bryer grew up the daughter of a librarian and said she was raised on the “Lyle” books before reading them to her own children, the director admits it wasn’t until recently that she began to think of Lyle as a hero.
Rag”). “Tap gets sort of categorized to one type of music, like swing or jazz,” said Glover. But also in the show are songs by Wonder and Prince (“When the Lights Go Down”). There’s even a piece of classical music by Russian composer Shostakovich, part of a program Glover once choreographed and performed called “Classical Savion” with just himself and a string orchestra. “We also did Mendelssohn and Vivaldi and others of that genre,” he said. The show also pays tribute to the choreography of Gregory Hines, one of Glover’s mentors.
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“When I was doing research, I came across a lot of lesson plans about Lyle being a hero because instead of ﬁghting back, he faces antagonism with kindness,” Bryer said. “I hadn’t really thought about him as a role model for kids ... but being kind to people who are not kind to you is a heroic way to approach life.” Though “Lyle” and its message is obviously aimed at a younger demographic, Kling’s background as a humorist and storyteller mean there’s plenty for parents, too. “This script in particular has a lot of appeal for adults because Kevin ... is a professional storyteller,” Bryer said. “We have to be able to tell stories that are not just directed at younger audiences but the whole scope of the audience that is there,” Casey added. Whatever parents and children may take away from this latest take on a classic character, Bryer said the important thing is that they’re doing it together. “I think it’s so fun to have that; that you enjoyed a piece of literature that you then get to share with your children,” Bryer said. “And then to get to put it on stage is even more spectacular.”
“Gregory Hines was a big part of my life,” said Glover, who performed in several movies with him, including the 1989 film “TAP,” also co-starring Sammy Davis Jr. A Newark native, Glover started taking tap dance lessons in New York at age 7. He made his Broadway debut at age 12 in “The Tap Dance Kid,” followed by “Black and Blue.” In 1996 at age 23, he won the Tony Award for Best Choreography for “Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk.” In 1991 he played the younger Jelly in the Broadway musical, “Jelly’s Last Jam” with Gregory Hines as Jelly Roll Morton. Hines won a Tony Award for
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2011 Jetta Sedan........................#VP0004, Black, 40,159 mi........$14,995
2012 Passat S...............................#VPR6111, Gray, 35,959 mi.......$15,990
2012 Jetta SE................................#VPR6116, Blue, 38,430 mi.......$16,495
2013 Jetta Sedan........................#V607047A, Black, 14,150 mi...$16,995
2012 Jetta TDI...............................#V010241A, Black, 24,444 mi...$20,995 2012 Passat TDI...........................#V071353A, Gray, 42,293 mi.....$21,995
2012 CC.............................................#V540037A, Gray, 27,601 mi.....$22,995
2007 Jetta Wagon.......................#VP0005, White, 87,642 mi.......$11,995
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12 Hyundai Accent GLS $$
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10 Mazda Mazda3 S #377580A, $ 4 Door, 5 Speed $ Auto, 1 Owner
10 Toyota Rav-4 $$
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07 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS #364333A, $ 5 Speed Manual, 1 $ Owner, 44k Miles
10 Toyota Corolla LE #P8802, $ 4 Speed Auto, $
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11 Toyota Camry LE $$
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10 Toyota Prius III $$
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09 Scion XD $$
#353054A, 4 Speed Auto, 4-Door, Barcelona Red
#326063A, 5 Speed Auto, Taffeta White, 108K Miles
#325096B, CVT Transmission, Super Black, 52K Miles
#P8750, AWD, Electric Silver, Metallic, Certified
#329040A, Ent.Center, 4WD Sport Utility, Formal Black, 88K Miles
#325025A, 6 Speed Auto, Black, Mid Size Wagon, 53K Miles
2008 Volvo V70 3.2L
2013 Infinity G37
2008 Lexus RX 400H
#325074A, Navigation, Back-Up Camera, 4WD, 1-Owner, Smokey Mica
#N0270, RWD W/1SB, 6 Speed Auto, Black Raven................................
2010 Nissan XTERRA X........ $16,800 $16,800 2013 Scion FR-S................ $22,800 $22,800 #472099A, 5 SpeedAuto, 4WD, Super Black, 1 Owner #364357A, Coupe, 6 SpeedAuto, 1k Miles, 1 Owner, Silver
355 3 5 5 TOYOTA TOYOTA PRE-OWNED P R E - OW N E D
#327217B, 6 Speed Auto, 9K Miles, Satin Metal, 1-Owner.....................
2011 Volvo XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC60
#327223B, Touring, Navigation, M/T, 24K Miles, 1-Owner......................
#326082A, Navigation, 3K Mile...............................................................
2009 Volvo XC90
#N0276, 22K Mile....................................................................................
2012 Mazda Mazda 3 Speed 3
2011 KIA Optima EX
2012 Hyundai Sonata LTD
#N0276, 6 Speed Auto, 22.5K Miles, 1-Owner, Gray Metallic.................
#E0216,BackupCamera, 23KMiles,BlackObsidian, SedanTouring
2013 Honda Civic XLE
#N0271, 6 Speed Auto, 7.9K Miles, Black..............................................
2012 Hyundai Sonata
2013 Volvo C30
2013 Volkswagen Passat SE
2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $15,800 $15,800 2013 Mazda Mazda 5.......... $21,900 $21,900 #R1719, 4 SpeedAuto, 13k Miles, 1 Owner, Black Sand Pearl #460022A, Grand Touring, 2WD Minivan, 5 SpeedAuto
#332293A, 5 Speed Auto, 2.6K Miles, Ice White, 1-Owner.....................
#429002A, 4WD, Sport Utility, 44K Miles, Gray Metallic Certified...........
#P8825, 6 Speed Auto, Ice White, 4WD, 1-Owner, Certified...................
#327208A, 6 Speed Auto, Caspian Blue, Certified.................................
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2008 Cadillac STS
2007 Honda CR-V EX-L........ $14,800 $14,800 2012 Toyota Venza LE......... $20,985 $20,985 #472069A, 5 SpeedAuto, Beige Metallic, 1 Owner #365010B, 6 SpeedAuto, 34.9k Miles, 1 Owner, Golden Umber
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2009 Nissan Xterra X
$14,800 2011 Toyota Highlander SE. . . $20,800 $20,800 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $14,800 #P8782, 6 Speed Auto, 1 Owner, Silver #363230A, 6 SpeedAuto, Blizzard Pearl
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#326024A, Premium, M/T Car Coupe, 46K miles, 5 Speed
#N110003, 5 Speed Auto, Blue Metallic, Sunroof, 73K Miles
2012 Mazda Mazda 6
#N110008, 5-Speed Auto, Supra Black, 4WD Sport Utility.....................
$13,500 2013 Toyota Pruis C Three.... $18,800 $18,800 2006 BMW X5 3.0i............. $13,500 #360298B, 4WD,Auto, Silver Metallic #372383A, CVT Transmission, 4 Door, Classic Silver
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#E0259, 5 Speed Auto, 38K Miles, Polished Slate
2010 Volvo XC60 3.2L
2007 Toyota Sienna LE........ $11,800 $11,800 2013 Toyota Tacoma........... $16,800 $16,800 #364373A, 5 SpeedAuto, 2WD,Artic Frost Pearl #N0238B, 4 SpeedAuto, 9.8k Miles, 1 Owner, Black, 2WD
2008 Volvo S60 2.5T
CERTIFIED #426021A, 6 Speed Auto, 37,6K Miles, Taupe Gray Metallic
13 Toyota Camry LE #R1738, $ 6 Speed Auto, 14.2k $
miles, 4 Door, 1 Owner
#E0263, 32K Miles, 4 Speed Auto, 4 Door Coupe
2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ
11 Toyota Camry LE $$
#P8793, 6 Speed Auto, 29k miles, Mid-Size
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2012 Nissan Versa S
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2004 Toyota Highlander Limited
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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S Coupe
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#E0251, Auto, Gray, 1 Owner
2003 Ford Thunderbird #N0275, Hard Top Convertible, Low Miles
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2013 NISSAN MAXIMA SV MSRP: $34,430 Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash: NMAC Bonus Cash:
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#12113 2 At This Price: VINS:784016, 907382
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4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO
AFTER $500 REBATE
AFTER $750 REBATE
4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL.,
4 CYL., AUTOMATIC
NEW 2014 CAMRY LE
NEW 2013 PRIUS C II
2 AVAILABLE: #377729, 377728
2 AVAILABLE: #472071, 472086
On 10 Toyota Models
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AUTO, 4 CYL., 4 DR
AFTER TOYOTA $1,000 REBATE
15625 Frederick Rd (Rte 355) • Rockville, MD n OPEN SUNDAY n VISIT US ON THE WEB AT www.355Toyota.com
PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $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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The Gazette - Germantown edition, 11/20/13, Montgomery County, Maryland