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Olney students lend a hand to help homeless

Several Olney business properties along Md. 97 (Georgia Avenue) between Queen Mary Drive and Md. 108 could be lost if the BRT project were to move forward as currently proposed.

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Local business owners and community leaders are considering how much Montgomery County’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit project could change the character of downtown Olney. State and county officals are attempting to allay fears.

BRT is described as similar to light rail with dedicated rights of way, station stops and reliable, fast service, but on roads instead of rails. Three members of the Greater Olney Civic Association’s Transportation Committee attended the May 14 Alternatives Public Workshop to study the proposed Bus Rapid Transit’s Georgia Avenue route. Paul Jarosinski, the GOCA Transportation Committee’s chairman, said that based on maps presented at the workshop, “most of the businesses between Olney

Elementary School and Md. 108 would be wiped out, under the best-case scenario.” Many residential properties also could be lost. Other businesses could lose a portion of their property fronting Md. 97. “This will totally change Olney’s town center as we know it, and I don’t think local people want that,” he said. The Md. 97/BRT project planning study is funded by Montgomery County for $5 million and is being jointly conducted by

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Students at Washington Christian Academy in Olney recently held a day of community service, which they labeled “Changing, One Step at a Time” to benefit the Stepping Stones homeless shelter in Rockville. The students in the Lower School collected items from the shelter’s “most urgent needs list,” including diapers, baby wipes and air fresheners. First- and second-graders, with help from their fifth-grade friends, tie-dyed 40 pillow cases. The shelter provides each new resident with a brand new pillow and pillow case. The students welcomed the opportunity to help people in need. “I like it because we are caring for other people,” secondgrader Hannah Carr said. “I feel happy because I am helping others,” added Love Guillette, a fifth-grader. The school’s middle school and upper school students

are divided into four groups, or “houses,” which compete for points in various activities throughout the school year. This time, the “houses” competed by collecting change to raise money for the shelter. Each “house” set a goal of $200, for a total of $800. They far exceeded that goal by raising $1,255.80. “It is important to invest in the community. This is just a little way to do so,” said 10thgrade student Matthew Crank. “There isn’t much to giving a couple of dollars, but it is a good way to be responsible for our community.” “It’s exciting to see that when the whole school comes together and everyone gives a little, we can make a big difference,” said Maddie Yi, who also is in 10th grade. Stepping Stones plans to use the money to install electric hand dryers in all three of its bathrooms. “We are just amazed, in the best way possible, that they were able to put together that amount of money together for us,” said Liz Trabucco, the shelter’s com-

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Wootton High School in Rockville will not see a cellphone tower planted on its property following stiff community opposition to a proposal from AT&T. Michael Doran, Wootton’s

principal, announced the decision on May 21 on the school’s website, the day after a community meeting on the issue at which dozens of parents and others protested the tower. “After careful consideration of AT&T’s request to place a cell tower on Wootton’s property and your clear and strong opposition to the proposal, it has been decided that we will not move forward with the proposal,” Doran said on the website.

Robin Lenkin was one of the parents at the meeting on May 20 who opposed the tower. “On a basic level, I am outraged about this idea,” Lenkin said. “Public schools should not be used for commercial use. Schools are for education.” Lenkin also said she worried about the property values of nearby homes. “Some people have sacrificed a lot to live in this area and attend a school as prestigious as Wootton,” she said.

At the meeting, which about 50 people attended, Doran and his staff tried to make it clear that there were no plans to move forward with the tower before hearing the parents’ and community’s concerns. Doran said the tower would earn $36,000 in annual revenues, with $12,000 going to Wootton High, $12,000 going to its feeder schools and $12,000 going to the tower developer.

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Middle School and Upper School students at Washington Christian Academy led the school in a community service project, raising $1,256 to benefit Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville.

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Montrose Baptist Church is looking to move out of its current Rockville property where it holds services and runs the Montrose Christian School, to rezone it to allow for the construction of


A WALK TO HONOR AND SUPPORT Olney family takes strides to remember wife, mother in Relay for Life.



townhouses. Some of the church’s neighbors, however, are concerned the townhouses would lead to increased traffic around their homes. In a letter sent to community members, Ken Fentress — the church’s senior pastor and the school’s chancellor — said the church decided to change locations to move closer to where its congregation members and students live. The church filed an application with the county to make a zoning

change after consulting with experts about potential property uses, Fentress said in the letter. “We have been mindful of the neighborhood character, and with [the experts’] assistance have concluded that the property would be best redeveloped with attached single family residential homes,” he said in the letter. The church planned to hold a meeting in May or June to provide more information to community members about the proposed townhomes, according to the letter.


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The Montgomery County Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings is scheduled to hold a hearing about the church’s application on Sept. 22, according to the county website. Calls to reach Fentress at the church were not returned. The church held its first service at its current location in 1958, according to its website. According to state tax records, the church owns more than 5 acres on Randolph Road. Brian Hooker, president of the Ran-

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dolph Civic Association, lives in a house on Macon Road that abuts the church’s property. Hooker said he and his family are concerned the proposed townhouses will be built too densely and would generate traffic congestion on Randolph Road and potentially within the neighborhood. “I think we are concerned about the number of additional people added to a small area,” he said.

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Two more Scouts from Troop Yard sale at 264 achieve Eagle rank Olney Elementary

The Olney Elementary School PTA is hosting a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Spaces are available to sellers and crafters for $15. For those who don’t wish to sell but have items to get rid of, the organizers will accept donations from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at the school at 3401 Queen Mary Drive in Olney. The proceeds will benefit the PTA. To rent a space or for more information, contact Mary Nowotny at OESYardSale@ or 301-717-3310.

Sandy Spring students honored in video contest A team of Sandy Spring Friends School students earned honorable mention for an original video on population and global poverty produced for the “World of 7 Billion” student video contest, sponsored by Population Connection. Thaara Shankar of Rockville served as the captain of a group, along with teammates Nora Langer of Takoma Park and Shuming (Frank) Zhang, a boarding student from China. In the video, titled “Two Dollars a Day,” the team delivered a compelling statement on the difficulties poverty-stricken people face when trying to get out of the cycle. The video is online at www. contest/winners. The students created the video as part of their AP Environmental Science class, taught by Takisha Reece.



Brandon Orzel (left) and Jacen Sherman recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Winning entries can be seen at earth-day-art-contest-winners.

The award includes a cash prize, which the group plans to use toward their class’s project to build an electric car. The video was selected from 929 entries from the U.S. and 26 other countries.

Run for Alex Get out your sneakers and get ready to join family, friends and neighbors for the fourth annual Alex’s Run on June 8. The event is held in memory of Alex Popeck, a 17-year-old Sherwood High School scholar-athlete who died in a car crash in 2011. The 5K course is designed for runners of all abilities and walkers. It will begin at 8 a.m. at the Olney Boys and Girls Community Sports Association Park at Freeman Fields. Proceeds will benefit the Alex Popeck Never Back Down Foundation, to help teens recognize that they can make a difference. The foundation raises money for college scholarships for seniors who best embody caring, compassion, humility, honesty and a “Never Back Down” attitude.

Olney Adventist Prep students win art contest Four students at Olney Adventist Preparatory School were first-place winners in an Earth Day contest sponsored by Planet Aid. They are: Lucas Marinho, kindergarten; Izzie Touma, grade 4; Joanna Scott, grade 6; and a second-grader whose parents requested that she not be identified. More than 400 students participated from the U.S. and 200 from India, according to John Nagiecki, a spokesman for Planet Aid. “Winners were selected in each locale,” Nagiecki wrote in an email. Students were asked to think creatively about the planet’s resource.

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6:30-7:30 p.m., Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville. Free. 240-314-8620.

Montgomery County Transportation Forum, 7-9 p.m., Silver Spring

Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring.

FRIDAY, MAY 30 Sligo Creek Stompers Concert/ Silent Auction to Benefit The Quotidian Theatre Company, 8 p.m., The Writer’s

Center, 4801 Walsh St., Bethesda, auction continues at 8 p.m. May 31 and 2 p.m. June 1. $20.

The Latvian Organizations of Washington, D.C., Presents Youth Choir Balsis in Concert, 8 p.m., Latvian

Center, 400 Hurley Ave., Rockville. $25 for general admission, $15 for students, free for ages 16 and younger. 301 814-1080.

a.m.-2 p.m., Rose Hill Falls, at Rt. 28 and Great Falls Road next to Julius West Middle School, Rockville.

Damascus Motors Rally in the Alley, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Damascus Motors,

26100 Woodfield Road, Damascus. Free. 202-363-1732.

Community Day and Spring Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Da-

vis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922.

Summer Kick-Off Campfire Lunch,

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $5. Register at

Relay for Life of Rockville Rings of Hope: An Olympic Relay, noon-

5:30 a.m. June 1, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville. Visit “A Spring Potpourri” by the NIH



Flower Valley Community Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-noon,

Jazz Samba Project Film Screening: Birth of Bossa, 7-9 p.m., The Man-

Off Norbeck Road between Muncaster Mill Road and Emory Lane, Rockville. Free admission. FVyardsale2104@gmail. com.

sion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. $12. 301-581-5145.

Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $30. 301929-8824.


Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Free-will donation. 240-277-3480.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Glenview Mansion Art Opening and Free Concert, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 603

Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Free. 240-314-8660.

MONDAY, JUNE 2 Burtonsville Lions Charity Fondation Golf Classic, 8 a.m., Montgomery

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Preschool Film Fest, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444. Eat Right, Live Well, 1 p.m., Ingleside at King Farm, 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville. 240-499-9019.

Wednesday Farmers Market, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Rockville Town Square, 225 N. Washington St., Rockville, through Sept. 24. www.rockvillemd. gov/events. District 3 County Council Candidates Forum, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Aspen

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Local Boy Scouts Brandon Orzel and Jacen Sherman of OlneyBrookeville’s Troop 264 were presented the rank of Eagle Scout at a Double Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony on May 18 at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Brandon is a senior at Sherwood High School and has been a member of Troop 264 since 2007. Prior to joining Boy Scouts, Brandon was a Cub Scout with Pack 1074 in Olney. His Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project was building a stage for raptor presentations at the Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville. During his Scouting career, Brandon participated in Boy Scouts of America’s high adventure outings, including sailing in the Abaco Sea with Bahamas Seabase and backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico’s Rocky Mountains. Jacen is a senior at Springbrook High School. He has been a Scout since 2002 — first as a Cub Scout in Pack 442 in Cloverly, then as a Boy Scout in Troop 264 and Venture Scout in Crew 264. Jacen’s Eagle Leadership Service project was renovatin an overgrown historic cemetery adjacent to Cloverly Elementary School, which Jacen attended and where his Cub Pack 442 meetings were held. Jacen has participated in all three of the Boy Scouts of America’s high adventure experiences — a Northern Tier canoe excursion in the Minnesota Boundary Waters region, Bahamas Seabase, and Philmont Scout Ranch.


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Celeste Lassiter Henry and her sister Christine Lassiter Nowak are participating in Olney Relay for Life this year in memory of their mother, Alice Lassiter. The team known as Alice’s Angels has hit the ground running, one of nearly 50 teams that has raised more than $116,000 for this weekend’s event. David and Alice Lassiter moved to their Cherrywood home in 1980. Henry and Nowack grew up in Olney and graduated from Sherwood High School. The sisters returned to Olney to be

closer to their parents, and to raise their young families together. In 2007, Alice Lassiter was diagnosed with the rare islet cell neuroendocrine cancer. She battled the disease for five years, going to Switzerland, New Orleans, Boston and Baltimore for treatment. She died in 2012 at age 65. Alice Lassiter taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Rosemont Elementary School in Gaithersburg for more than 10 years. She is remembered as a warm, dedicated, funny, caring soul who inspired others. Henry said she, her sister, and their father rallied more than 40 friends and relatives to be in the Relay this year. “I’ve never even been to a Relay, but I really liked that it benefits all cancers, since my mom had a rare cancer,” she said. “I also am excited that it is in

Olney, and that we have a lot of family and friends to participate as a big, fun group. It seemed like a great way to honor my mom.” As of Tuesday, the team had tallied $13,404, through personal donations, corporate sponsorships, a yard sale, and California Tortilla and Pampered Chef fundraising events. Najia Hasan, a Relay for Life specialist for the American Cancer Society, is chairing this year’s event. “Celeste and her family have done an awesome job of getting involved and motivating their team,” Hasan said. Previously held at Sherwood High School and Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, this year’s Relay takes place at Sandy Spring Friends School, 16923 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, due to scheduling conflicts.

“The whole set-up will be different,” Hasan said. “We are used to having a track with things set up in the middle, but here, we will be set up in the quad, and use the nearby buildings and fields. We are really excited and think that it will be a nice change.” Hasan said Olney’s Relay goal is $204,000. The event begins on Saturday with a survivors’ luncheon, catered by Mamma Lucia, The Greene Turtle, Harris Teeter and Baskin Robbins, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. “We welcome any survivors,” Hasan said. “Pre-registration is not necessary.” The opening ceremony begins at 2 p.m., followed by a survivors’ lap, then all teams participating in a lap together. Then, team members will take turns walking laps though the night.

Visitors are welcome at the familyfriendly event, which will include a dunk tank, moon bounce, games, a dance performance, a karate demonstration, a zumba class, and live music. A touching luminaria ceremony will take place at 9 pm. Candles will be placed in bags, each printed with a name. They can be purchased in honor of or memory of friends or loved ones. At 10 p.m., visitors are asked to leave, and team members will continue to walk while enjoying a battle of the bands, movies, and a cupcake party. Relay concludes following the closing ceremony, held at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. “Relay for Life is a great opportunity to have fun with everyone in the community, while fighting to end cancer,” Hasan said. “We will keep fighting until we find a cure.”

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The Greater Olney Civic Association is hosting a debate of the at-large candidates in the Democratic primary for Montgomery County Council at 7 p.m. on June 10 in the Community Room of the RE/MAX Building, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Olney. “A lot of folks are focusing on the county executive position, so we thought it was appropriate to look at the at-large County Council position,” GOCA President John Webster said. “Because the primary election is June 24, our intention is to come back in the fall with a general election debate for both Democratic and Republican candidates, to be fair to both parties.” Candidates will have two


Melvino, a clown with the Kelly Miller Circus, recently visited Olney Toys and other local businesses to promote the circus’s upcoming performances in Olney on June 5 and June 6. The performances are sponsored by American Legion Post 68. Advance tickets are available at Olney Toys, Fletcher’s Service Center, Graeves Auto and Appliance, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Christopher’s Hardware and El Andariego.

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At right: (from left) Cpl. Phil Lew and Cpl. Karl Plitt of the Rockville City Police Department, along with Navy Hospitalman Malcolm Burts of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, salute during Rockville’s 70th annual Memorial Day ceremony and parade on Monday. Below: The Rockville High School Pipe Band marches. PHOTOS BY GEORGE P. SMITH/FOR THE GAZETTE

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A trail of prom-goers jumped off their music-blaring party bus, swapped their heels, dress shoes, lengthy prom dresses, and rented tuxedo’s for a pair of loaned bowling shoes, Nike shorts, and senior class T-shirt’s to start the night off comfortably at Wootton High School’s Project post prom event, held recently at Bowl America in Gaithersburg. Bowling wasn’t the only thing to participate in that night, Black Jack and Texas Hold ‘em tables were a main source of entertainment, along with a money grab machine and an assortment of pizza’s and cookies to snack on. “I went home with an extra $17 and some free Slurpee coupons so that was a plus in my book,” senior Amanda Hamouda said about the May 17 event. In part to help decrease drunk driving behavior and the number of students out on the roads on prom nights, Montgomery County Project Prom/Graduation organizers Meg Baker and Karen Bashir have worked for nearly two decades to get their mission, Project Prom on the map with high school PTAs, and students. The idea behind Project Prom was to create an event where teens could go with friends after prom, to keep them off the roads and engage in activities such as bowling, faux gambling, moon bounces, and more. Bashir, Baker, and additional Project Prom board members work as an group to provide the basic information needed for parent coordinators and volunteers to successfully plan a post prom event for their specific school. “The meetings we hold offer lots of information as to where to look for vendors if certain schools need them, or help with fun activities to plan,” co-president of Project Prom Karen Bashir said. “Some first year coordinators don’t know where to look for everything so we try to pack our meetings with information for all,” she said. A staple in the community for nearly 22 years, the program was inspired by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), a partnership that aims to lower underage drinking in the Washington-Metropolitan area through educational programs.


Thomas S. Wootton High School student Max Greenblatt, 18, prepares for his turn to bowl with friends at a post-prom event May 17 at Bowl Mor Lanes in Gaithersburg. The coalition has grown from just four schools to a membership of 30 schools, six private and 24 public which work through the program by planning after prom celebratory events within their school PTA. An estimated 250,000 students have attended Post Prom sponsored events. “You can never pin point how much you are making a difference in others lives, but I feel as if we are impacting many students and they are leaning toward making better decisions on nights like these especially,” Bashir said. “We just want to give kids an alcohol-free, drug-free place they can turn to and still have a really enjoyable time.” The accomplishments of the post prom group is not only credited to the leading organizers, the Montgomery County Police Department; vendors, such as The Green Turtle, WingStop, and Domino’s Pizza also donate their services to the program and certain schools regularly. Barwood Taxi Company participates in the Safe Ride Home program, which offers complimentary rides to teens on prom. Coordinators or volunteer parents are the only authorized callers to request a cab for a student, and relate the pick up and drop off addresses. Some schools even request for

Montgomery County Police officers to speak with students before the start of prom season, to discuss the dangers and consequences of bad decisions on one night. Although Project Prom as a group receives a Highway Safety Grant, which serves as an reimbursement toward the schools food budget for the event, schools are required to separately raise further funds to cover the remainder of costs. Which can be up to $2,000 or more. A few schools’ events are supplemented by the Under 21 Activity Fund Grant hosted by the Collaboration Council at the Department of Health and Human Services, a grant awarded to individual schools that apply and are accepted. If accepted the applicant school can be awarded up to $1,000. The grant helps compensate the schools for the funds spent on activities held at the event. “Surprisingly, the schools who have a lower budget to work with, end up having the most students in attendance,” Bashir said. “It just goes to show that our parents and volunteers really try their best to make it work.” Ticket sales raise a good deal of money for the schools that do charge for entry, some pre-sale prices are

$10, and $20 at the door. However, coordinators often start arrangements in September to assist with fundraising for the event, methods like faculty basketball games where all proceeds made benefit post prom are ways to raise funds, as well as bake sales, bingo night, and silent auctions. Funds usually go toward decorations, entertainment activities, DJ costs, and prizes distributed throughout the night of the event such as Beats headphones and Keurig coffee makers. “Fundraising has definitely gotten harder but the tactics we used worked. For example, events like restaurant night and car washes helped us raise extra money needed,” said Lisa Hedgepath, head parent coordinator at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring. Hedgepath, a post prom coordinator for three years said she is happy to help because, “Project Prom allows for a way for parents to be involved and assured their kids are in a safe environment.” Project Prom ensures safety by providing two police officers at each event location to help make sure plans run smoothly. Blake’s post prom which was held on May 10 at Dave and Buster’s in Kensington had about 540 students who attended. Coinciding with their prom theme, masquerade designed T-shirts made by students were given out at the end of the night as gifts, along with various other prizes. Arcade games like Temple Run were a big hit, along with billiards and shuffleboards. “I’ve usually seen an upward of about 500 students attend since I’ve started with the planning process,” Hedgepath said. “The kids seem to enjoy themselves and the night, I think our location at Dave and Busters offers so many things for the kids to do the whole night.” At high schools like Damascus, and Paint Branch after prom events are set to be held at the Damascus Fire Activity Center, and Church of the Resurrection, facilities that work hand-in-hand with the organization. Bethesda’s Winston Churchill’s after prom event was located at Bowl More Lanes in Bethesda, which featured activities like a green screen room, unlimited bowling and a variety of sweets for the students. “My friends and I had a pretty good time for the amount of time we stayed,” senior Sabine HawthorneCodato said. “We got excited about bowling once we made teams, and some of us even won prizes through the night.”

Montgomery Parks is seeking volunteers to serve as docents and trail guides at two local historic sites — Oakley Cabin in Olney and the Underground Railroad Experience Trail in Sandy Spring. Underground Railroad volunteer conductors lead hikes through a wooded, natural surface trail and teach visitors about the Underground Railroad experience in Montgomery County and the Quaker heritage of Sandy Spring. Oakley Cabin docents share with visitors the history and culture of former tenants who lived there during the 19th century and other African-American communities in the local area. Free training sessions are provided to participants. Students are eligible for Student Service Learning hours. The Underground Railroad Experience Trail guide training is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 31 and June 7 at Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Ave., Silver Spring and Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring. Training for Oakley Cabin docents is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 and June 14, at Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Ave., Silver Spring and Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park, 3610 Brookeville Road, Olney. Volunteers must complete an application and background screening. Potential volunteers are encouraged to submit applications online at prior to training sessions. For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, contact Lisa MacLeman at 301-650-4373 or lisa.macleman@

Chamber announces award winners The Olney Chamber of Commerce announced that Bette Buffington, RE/MAX Realty Centre owner, has been named this year’s Business Person of the Year. In addition, The Winery at Olney was selected to receive its Partners in Business award. The Chamber also announced its 2014 scholarship winners. Local high school seniors Molly Freedman, Sandra Chung, Jordan Newmark, Nicole Lertora, and Andrew Frascella will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship. The business and scholarship winners will be recognized at the chamber’s annual Celebration of Excellence Awards and Installation Dinner on June 5 at Manor Country Club. For information or tickets, go to or call 301774-7117.


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

Sexual assault • On May 11 at 8:30 p.m. on a path connecting Ring Road and Torrance Court, Kensington. The subject inappropriately touched the victim and fled. Strong-arm robbery • On May 9 at 9:08 p.m. in the 2200 block of Bel Pre Road, Silver Spring. The subjects are known to the victims. • On May 9 at 10 p.m. at Randolph and Veirs Mill roads, Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and took property. • On May 12 at 7:20 p.m. at Wheaton Metro, 11171 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. The subject unsuccessfully attempted to forcefully take property from the victim. • On May 14 at 2:15 a.m. in the area of Elkin Street and Price Avenue, Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and took property. Aggravated assault • On May 9 at 4:46 p.m. in the 2300 block of Jones Lane, Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. Commercial burglary • On May 6 at 8:47 a.m. at Caribou Coffee, 5500 Norbeck Road, Rockville. Forced entry, unknown what was taken. • On May 7 or 8 in the 4800 block of Brightwood Road, Olney, on May 7 or 8. No forced entry, took property. • Between 7 p.m. May 9 and 10 a.m. May 10 in the 1500 block of Autumn Sage Lane, Silver Spring. Forced entry, took nothing. Residential burglary • 18600 block of Brooke Road, Sandy Spring, at 10:21 p.m. May 7. • 3300 block of Tanterra Circle, Brookeville, between 3 and 8 p.m. May 9. No forced entry, took property. Vehicle larceny • Six incidents in Silver Spring on May 9 or 10. Took loose property. Affected streets include the 14600 block of Jaystone Drive and the 14800 and 14700 blocks of Silverstone Drive.


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In 12 years on the Montgomery County Council, George Leventhal said his favorite part is being able to help constituents deal with problems they’re confronted with. In his ďŹ rst term, Leventhal said he was probably too anxious to associate himself with speciďŹ c issues. Since then, he’s learned that although it’s a cliche, you really can get a lot more done if you don’t care who gets the credit, he said. “I just get great satisfaction out of helping people,â€? he said. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park is one of six Democrats vying in the June 24 primary for four at-large

spots on the ballot for the Green nonproďŹ t, which he Nov. 4 general election. There said was the ďŹ rst green jobs are also four Republicans runincubator in Maryland and ning, along with one Green promotes community sustainability and reducing carParty member. bon emissions. The son of two doctors He was also a cofounder who worked at the National of the Purple Line Now! coaliInstitutes of Health, Levention, which worked to keep thal said he grew up familiar Leventhal the issue of the Purple Line with the idea of service to others. project alive when support He counts the creation of the Mont- for it was not as strong as it has been gomery Cares network of community in recent years. The 16-mile light-rail health clinics as one of his most impor- project running between Bethesda and tant successes on the council. New Carrollton is scheduled to start The clinics will provide access to construction in 2015. health care to more than 31,000 county Along with public service, another residents without insurance this year, early inuence as Leventhal grew up he said. outside the nation’s capital getting the Leventhal has been active in trying Washington Post delivered each mornto lower homelessness in Montgom- ing at the height of the Watergate scanery, and initiated the county’s involve- dal, was politics. ment in the 100,000 Homes campaign. He participated in his ďŹ rst camHe also cofounded the Bethesda paign as a college student at the Uni-

versity of California at Berkeley, and worked as an aide to a Berkeley city councilman while still in school. He worked on Capitol Hill as a staff member for a U.S. Senate committee, then for Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) for ďŹ ve years. Later, while working for the Association of American Universities, Leventhal served as the chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee from 1996 through 2001. Despite his partisan afďŹ liations, Leventhal said he’s been sad to see the decline of Republicans in the county. “I don’t think the absence of Republicans is healthy for Democrats,â€? he said. Registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans in Montgomery by a nearly three-to-one margin. Leventhal said if he’s re-elected, he’ll continue to hold county staff ac-

countable for spending taxpayers’ money. He’s never been afraid to ask questions on spending, and residents deserve to have their questions answered, he said. He’s also concerned the county’s school system. There are essentially two school systems in the county, with high-performing and low-performing schools, he said. Education is a great social equalizer, and the county needs to make sure all students have the same chance for success, he said. That involves studying analytics and ďŹ nding what works and what doesn’t. “Greatness requires being honest about where we can do better,â€? he said.

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A year ago, Sen. Brian E. Frosh did not expect to run for Maryland Attorney General. Rather, he was ready to support his colleague, Sen. Jamie B. Raskin, who was planning to run for the ofďŹ ce. But when Raskin decided against running and urged Frosh to run instead, it got Frosh thinking. “I’m very satisfied with career I’ve had in the General Assembly,â€? said Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Somerset. “While I love the Senate — and that was a concern, I loved doing that job — the fact that I could have an even greater impact as attorney general outweighed that.â€? With his two daughters grown and gone leaving just he

and his wife of almost stopped drilling for 30 years, Marcy, as oil and gas in the empty nesters, Frosh Chesapeake Bay and said now was a good one that overturned time to run for a fullthe effects of a contime ofďŹ ce. troversial court rulAs he reected on ing on pit bulls. his career as a lawAs chair of the maker and an attorSenate Judicial ProFrosh ney, he said he is well ceedings Committee, suited for the job. Frosh led work on the legalizaFrosh has held public ofďŹ ce tion of gay marriage, the repeal for 28 years. of the death penalty and proIt was the presidential electections for victims of domestic tion of Ronald Reagan, who violence, among other laws. Frosh felt was unqualiďŹ ed for When not in Annapolis the job, that made him want to Frosh is an attorney of 35 years hold ofďŹ ce, he said. “When I saw Reagan get with his private practice, Karp elected in 1980, I was just gal- Frosh Wigodsky and Norwind, vanized,â€? he said. Running for PA. He has worked on interofďŹ ce was a way Frosh felt he national antitrust issues, real estate and business litigation. could make a difference. During his tenure in the His ďŹ rm was named in 2014 by General Assembly, Frosh has U.S. News and World Report been a catalyst for many state as a top tier personal injury laws, including the new Fire- and real estate litigation ďŹ rm. arms Safety Act, the Mary- Frosh was named a one of the land Recycling Act, a law that best lawyers in America by

Best Lawyers, a peer-reviewed publication, and was elected to the American Law Institute, an elite legal organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. “What distinguishes me from rest of the ďŹ eld are my accomplishments and my experience,â€? he said. Frosh is one of three Democrats running this June for Attorney General. Del. Jon S. Cardin (Dist. 11) and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (Dist. 25) also are in the race. The winner in the June 24 primary will face Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker and Libertarian Leo Wayne Dymowski in the general election. Serving as attorney general requires not just knowledge of government, but an understanding of how people in government work and how to work with them, Frosh said. And it requires a lawyer with broad experience, he said.

As he campaigns across the state, Frosh said, he is hearing the same issues raised by voters: consumer protection, environmental protection and public safety. “People want to feel safe in their neighborhoods; they want clean air to breathe; they want clean water to drink; and they want equal opportunity, a fair shot at the American dream,â€? he said. “They don’t want to be victims either in the sense of violent crime or scams, frauds and rip-offs.â€? If elected, Frosh said, he plans to partner with state’s attorneys ofďŹ ces, which prosecute criminal cases, and have his ofďŹ ce provide research and answer questions of law while a case is still at the trial level. The Attorney General’s OfďŹ ce handles criminal appeals. Such a partnership could make the

law more effective across the state, Frosh said. He also wants to see it made clear that those who pollute the environment and get caught will be punished, he said. And he wants to go after those preying on victims of credit card debt the way outgoing Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) pursued mortgage lenders for foreclosures. Frosh said lenders can sell consumer debt for pennies on the dollar. Often, it means honest borrowers can end up in court for money they may or may not owe. “People get put in jail for debt in the United States as result of this,â€? he said. “The attorney general can play an important role in ďŹ xing this.â€?






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Cardin seeks to hit tough issues Hogan wants to change state AG candidate focused on safety, civil rights

old daughter and an attorney, issues of public safety, civil rights and the safety of children also became priorities for him. BY KATE S. ALEXANDER Cardin, his wife Megan — expecting their second child — STAFF WRITER and their 2-year-old daughter As an attorney in private live in Baltimore County. practice and a state represenCardin has been a delegate tative, Del. Jon S. Cardin said for 12 years. As a member of he has spent the last 15 years the Ways and Means Commitworking to help people who tee, Cardin said, his legislative have been harmed become career has focused on taxes, whole again. gaming, education “And now I want and election law — to do that for the the subcommittee of state of Maryland which he chairs. and for each and Through his work, every citizen of the Cardin said, he bestate of Maryland came skilled at bringas the next attorney ing people together to general,” he said. solve problems before Cardin, who repCardin they become crises. resents District 11 The nephew of in Baltimore County, is one of three Democrats running this U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin June for attorney general. Sen. (D), Jon Cardin said he has enBrian E. Frosh (Dist. 16) and joyed early polling leads based Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (Dist. on name recognition. But, he said, the polls show his mes25) also are in the race. The winner in the June 24 sage is catching on with voters. “While of course I am very, primary will face Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker and Libertar- very appreciative of the advice, ian Leo Wayne Dymowski in the counsel my uncle has given to me and the reputation that the general election. Cardin said he got into poli- he has given to me, I believe tics to focus on environmental that, not only, has my campaigning resulted in improved protection. But as a father of a 2-year- interests in my candidacy, but


my goals of creating a safer Maryland [have] really been resonating,” he said. Cardin, 44, said he has a proven ability to understand issues that will matter in coming years. “Everybody deserves a voice, everybody deserves a safe place to live but also safe air to breathe and also a safe environment to purchase things, be it on the Internet or in person,” he said. Cyber security, he said, will be a top public safety issue for the next generation. For consumers, identity theft is big. Cardin sponsored the law that criminalized cyber sexual harassment. He also sponsored Grace’s Law, which he said is one of the nation’s toughest against cyber bullying. Cardin said he wants to ensure every Marylander can vote conveniently and safely. As an attorney, he said, he went after school systems that didn’t take bullying seriously and fought energy companies trying to install explosive gas pipelines under houses. “I’m not afraid to say, ‘You know what? The safety of every individual and the dignity of every individual far exceeds political gamesmanship,” he said.




Gubernatorial candidate would cut taxes, but won’t promise to drop personal income tax BY


When Larry Hogan founded the nonpartisan Change Maryland three years ago, he was fed up with politics as usual, troubled by Maryland’s future, and looking for a way average voters could hold their elected officials accountable. “We felt our elected leaders are not only not solving the serious problems, but that they’re actually causing some of the problems and making things worse,” he said. Hogan said he did not start Change Maryland looking to run for governor. But rather, he said, he and a handful of friends started it to bring fiscal responsibility and common sense to Annapolis. Yet in January, at the encouragement of many in his group, Hogan became the final Republican to toss his hat in the ring for governor. Hogan is seeking the GOP party nomination this June, along with Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Charles County businessman Charles Lollar and Del. Ronald A. George (Dist. 30). At the core of Hogan’s campaign to be governor is change. “I didn’t run out of a desire to be something. It was more like I felt an obligation to try to do something,” the 57-year-old Hogan said. An overwhelming majority of residents believe the state is “way off track,” he said. Hogan was Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s appointment secretary, overseeing the appointments for about 7,000 government positions. When Ehrlich left office in January 2007, Hogan said the state had a cash surplus, low unemployment, growing businesses and was in good fiscal shape. In the last seven years — as the nation endured the worst recession since the Great Depression — he said, the state increased spending by $10 billion, passed 40 tax increases, and lost thousands of jobs and thousands of taxpayers to other states. “The result has been devastating,” he said. “Our state is no longer competitive with any of the states in our region.” Hogan said Maryland’s “wounds” are self-inflicted and can be healed by focusing on jobs, the middle-class taxpayers and restoring the economy. “We’ve got to get the government off our backs









and out of our pockets so we can grow the private sector, put people back to work and turn the economy around,” he said. How will he do it? For starters, veto power. If a policy comes across his desk as governor that doesn’t make families and small business want to stay in or move to Maryland, he said he is going to veto it. While his competition promises to eliminate the state income tax to help fix state finances, Hogan said it is a promise they cannot deliver. “I’m not a politician. I’m a business guy, and I do not like to over-promise and under-deliver,” he said. “Unless somehow you can wave a magic wand and the entire legislature changes over, and it is 100 percent conservative Republicans rather than two-thirds Democrats, you are not going to be able to eliminate the income tax.” However, the state needs to look at reducing the income Hogan and corporate taxes, he said. Knowing he could not change Maryland alone, Hogan said he sought the strongest most capable guy he could as his running mate, choosing Boyd Rutherford, an attorney and former associate administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration. Rutherford also served as Ehrlich’s secretary of the Department of General Services. Together, the ticket brings a mix of experience in the private sector as well as running government and the knowledge of how that affects those in the “real world,” he said. Hogan said Maryland’s biggest problem is the mismanagement of government by incompetent leaders, pointing to the health care rollout as a prime example. He and Rutherford will be handson managers looking to run the state more efficiently and effectively. While Hogan said he is not a “professional politician,” having never held elected public office, he is no stranger to politics. Hogan served on the Prince George’s County Central Committee and is the son of former Rep. Lawrence Hogan (R-Dist. 5). He is also the founder and chief executive officer of the Hogan Companies, a commercial real estate and development firm in Annapolis. He and his wife Yumi live just south of Annapolis and have three adult children. He is a graduate of Florida State University.


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Montgomery County police are searching for a 24-year-old convicted felon who allegedly abducted a county judge with whom he was romantically involved by forcing her into her BMW, yanking on her hair and screaming at her to drive him to Gaithersburg, according to court and police records. The judge escaped by jumping out of the car, fending off the suspect and running into a grocery store to call 911, according to police. The suspect got back into the car, took off and drove one mile before crossing into oncoming traffic and crashing into another car, injuring two occupants and himself. He was taken to Suburban Hospital in

Bethesda. On May 20, the day after the incident, Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton, 53, sought a protective order against the alleged assailant, Rickley Joshua Senning, whom she said had lived in her home for three weeks in May and three months last year. Senning has convictions for assault, burglary, auto theft and a firearms violation. In 2008, he was sentenced to five years for punching a handcuffed inmate at the Montgomery County jail and assaulting two corrections officers, according to court records. That same year, Creighton had represented Senning in a separate case when she was a county public defender. Creighton has been a Circuit Court judge for a month, ascending to the position from the county’s District Court bench in April. She was not on the bench Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, having al-

ready scheduled personal leave, court officials said. She has been granted two additional weeks of leave, Judge John W. Debelius III, the chief administrative judge in Montgomery said Tuesday. He declined to comment on the events of this week. Creighton, who was scraped on her right hand during the incident, did not return telephone calls and an email Tuesday seeking comment. Since Monday night, she has spoken with patrol officers, detectives and court officials — at one point saying her relationship with Senning was platonic and at another stating they were intimate partners, according to the police and court records. For police, the case began about 9:40 p.m. on May 19, when they were called for a reported assault outside the Harris Teeter grocery store along Darnestown Road, west of Gaithersburg. There, they met Creighton. According

Teachers union supports most County Council incumbents Leventhal, Floreen not on endorsement list n



Montgomery County’s teachers union named five incumbents May 21 in its second and final round of endorsements for Montgomery County Council races. The union, which represents more than 12,000 Montgomery County Public Schools teachers, endorsed County Councilman Roger Berliner of Bethesda in District 1; Council President Craig L. Rice of Germantown in District 2; Councilwoman Nancy Navarro of Silver Spring in District 4 and Marc Elrich of Takoma Park and Hans Riemer of Takoma Park for at-large seats. The union endorsed only two candidates running for at-large positions, though the council has four at-large seats. The recommendations leave out two at-large incumbents seeking re-election: Council Vice President George L. Leventhal of Takoma Park and Councilwoman Nancy Floreen of Garrett Park. The union announced in March its endorsements of Gaithersburg City Councilman Ryan Spiegel in District 3 and school board member Christopher S. Barclay in District 5. Councilman Philip M. Andrews of Gaithersburg, who holds the council’s District 3 seat, is running for county executive. Councilwoman Cherri Branson of Silver Spring was appointed to the District 5 seat and is not seeking election. The primary election is June 24. The general election is Nov. 4. A May 21 union statement said multiple factors were considered, including “the temperament of each candidate and how she/he interacted with the interview teams and with school system leaders during the recent Montgomery County budget discussions.” The Washington Post reported on Thursday that the union did not like that, during a budget discussion with school officials, Leventhal brought up a February incident in which a young student was dropped off at the wrong bus stop. Doug Prouty, the union’s president, would not comment on Leventhal’s comments during budget discussions. He echoed

part of the May 21 statement, saying interactions were a factor. Leventhal — whom the union endorsed in 2002, 2006 and 2010 — said he does not “regret asking questions of [Superintendent Joshua P. Starr] if that’s what triggered the [union’s] decisions.” “I don’t think we should just usher the school budget through the council in five seconds or without asking any questions about it,” he said.


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Floreen said she has never received a teachers union endorsement and she has “no idea why.” “I assume they think I don’t cozy up to them sufficiently,” she said. She said she “couldn’t identify any differences” between herself and the candidates the union does support. “I’ve always been respectful and supported their initiatives,” she said.

to an incident report written by patrol officer John Gloss, she told them the following: Senning had been temporarily staying in the basement of her home in the Dickerson area. About 9:20 p.m., she came home to find him in the driveway, yelling at her. “Take me to Gaithersburg!’ he said, continuing to pressure her to do so. Creighton said “it was obvious to her that Senning was very intoxicated,” Gloss wrote. Creighton began driving him to Gaithersburg. Senning yelled at her to go “Faster! Faster Faster!” and at one point reached down to try to push the accelerator with his hand. He began to grab and pull her hair. When Creighton reached the Harris Teeter, she bailed out. Senning followed her and tried to drag her back into the car, but Creighton broke free. At some point that night, according to police, Senning left Suburban Hospi-

tal, but it is unclear how. Officers may have been under the impression that his condition left him unable to walk, so they left him unattended. On May 20, Creighton applied for a temporary protective order, stating that she and Stenning were intimate partners. In her application, she wrote that Senning had also lived in her home in June, July and August of 2013. A judge granted the order and set a court hearing for May 27, according to court records. Montgomery County police said Tuesday that they were still looking for Senning. Police asked anyone with information about Senning’s whereabouts to call 911. Crime Solvers of Montgomery County — 866-411-TIPS — is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Staff Writer Tiffany Arnold contributed to this report.


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Members of Montgomery College’s 2014 graduating class donned caps and gowns and shared stories of struggle and success Friday for the commencement ceremony at its Rockville campus. Hundreds of family members, friends and others joined graduates from the college’s Rockville,

Germantown and Takoma Park/ Silver Spring campuses and its Workforce Development & Continuing Education programs. Of the 3,000 students who received degrees or certificates this year, about 800 students participated in the ceremony. Montgomery College President DeRionne P. Pollard said in her address that the students are part of the college’s largest class. “Wherever your inner compass takes you, it will always lead you back in some way to your home here at Montgomery College,” she told the graduates.

Pollard asked students to stand and say “I am MC” — for Montgomery College — if certain statements applied to them. A large number of graduates responded when she asked for students who graduated from a county high school, worked while attending the college and who planned to transfer to another school. Former Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin, the commencement speaker, shared her life story with the students, telling them she had to overcome a variety of challenges. She described how she didn’t graduate from college the first two times she sought a degree and how she rose from a position as a grocery store clerk to become a union organizer. She went on to get a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore, according to her campaign website. Ervin — currently the executive director of the nonprofit Center for Working Families — also shared advice she received from her dad to “be nice” and consider


Graduates wait to receive their diplomas during commencement at Montgomery College on Friday. laughter “a powerful tool.” “Be your true and authentic self. Open yourself to the universe and all the marvelous things that are waiting for you,” she said. “You are a bright light. Shine it.” Other speakers included three students who received Board of Trustees Scholar Awards and one student who received an Apprenticeship Trustee Scholar Award. Samuel Damesa, who earned

an international studies degree, was one recipient of a Board of Trustees Scholar Award. Damesa, who immigrated to the U.S. in 2010 and now lives in Silver Spring, said he learned the values of a strong work ethic, discipline, responsibility and “a fighting spirit” in his home country of Ethiopia. “America is truly the land of opportunity for people with a

fighting spirit, people with determination and people who are willing to work hard — people like you, graduates,” he said. Lacey Hornkohl, another scholar award recipient, described how her life and career goals were changed by a group of nurses who worked with her dad while he battled cancer. “It was watching [a nurse practitioner] and that team of nurses at the cancer center that inspired me to quit acting and go to nursing school,” she said. A graduate of the college’s nursing program, she said Montgomery College helped make her dream a reality. Lisa Baughman told her fellow graduates she decided to attend Montgomery College after a difficult period in her life and 25 years out of a classroom to become a paralegal studies major. “Whether you’re a late bloomer like me, or you’re just starting out, arm yourself for whatever opportunities you can make for yourself in life,” she said.

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prison. “We’re hopeful the judge will give him less than that,” Compres’ attorney, Andrew Jezic, said after the hearing. The maximum penalty for the charge is 20 years. Sentencing is scheduled for August. Montgomery County police said in court filings that Compres, 18, was a regular at the Five Guys at 653 Center Point Way, where his girlfriend, Brenda Marisol Cortez, was a manager. But Cortez, 20, of Gaithersburg, was fired for stealing money, police said in court filings. On Sept. 29, according to police, Compres and another person robbed the restaurant.

Compres ordered workers into the back of the restaurant, ripped the phone lines from beneath the counter and took employees’ cellphones before making off with $1,500 in cash, police said in court filings. Meanwhile, the girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter were waiting in the getaway car, police said in court filings. She pleaded guilty May 20 to being an accessory after the fact. Her sentencing was scheduled for August. Two other men were charged in the robbery. Police alleged that Dennis Rivas-Membreno, 30, was the other robber. Rivas-Membreno

was indicted in December on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. A hearing on that charge and a separate conspiracy charge tied to a Germantown liquor store robbery in October is scheduled for Thursday in Circuit Court. The lookout man during the robbery, Esau Melara-Santos, 30, of no fixed address, was also charged for his role in the Kentlands robbery and for the Germantown liquor store robbery. On May 19, he received concurrent sentences of 18 months in jail for those offenses.


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Continued from Page A-1 SHA and the Maryland Transit Administration, according to SHA spokesman David Buck. The study extends from the Wheaton Metro Station to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney and is evaluating roadway improvements to implement Montgomery County’s Bus Rapid Transit system. Over the past weekend, Jarosinski visited several businesses that could be lost. None knew about what might lie ahead. Debi Klein has owned the Backyard Naturalist in Olney for 25 years — 22 1/2 of them in a small white building at the corner of Md. 97 and Morningwood Drive. “I had no idea we were a bull’s-eye,” she said. “I am devastated at the thought of losing our business, where we’ve spent 25 years of hard work and service to the community.” “I am frustrated that we and the other businesses with a bull’s-eye on our backs didn’t know this was a possibility,” Klein added. “I think we are owed more than a mass-mailing postcard. This shouldn’t be how we do business in Montgomery County.” Joe Buffington is the owner/manager of Re/MAX Realty Center, also in the heart of Olney. “Any proposal that takes out buildings in the town center needs serious consideration,” he said. “There’s only so much real estate on Georgia Avenue. Olney has a small commercial district, and losing any of it could be detrimental.” He acknowledged that major transportation problems need to be solved. But, “I am not convinced that BRT is the solution,” he said. “We need more information, because the information we do have isn’t real comforting.” On Tuesday, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett sent a letter to Olney residents and the Olney Chamber of Commerce. “First, I want to allay any fears in the Olney community that their property on Geor-


gia Avenue may suddenly be purchased by SHA,” he wrote. “This is not the case. As I noted in a recent community meeting, the Georgia Avenue BRT project will not move forward anytime soon. There is no funding in either the County’s six-year Capital budget, nor is there any funding in the State Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) budget for this project. This project is still very much in the study/public comment phase.” Buck wrote in an email that any specific decisions or details about right-of-way acquisitions are several years away. “Under a best case scenario, with a fall 2015/early 2016 Location Approval, approximately three years for design/engineering, and up to several years for right-of-way acquisition, it would be a minimum of 7-10 years before construction could begin,” he wrote. “During the Project Planning process, possible displacements are identified early on at a very big picture level. The process to design and engineer the project would further refine the possible right-ofway impact and every effort is made to minimize and/or avoid impacts. Following the project planning study, funding would need to be identified for design and engineering, right-of-way acquisition and finally construction, totaling “hundreds of millions,” according to Buck. Buck wrote that as with any major project, discussion with specific property owners would occur throughout the design process. “Which again would begin in 2016 at the absolute earliest, after additional funding is identified,” he wrote. Jon Hulsizer, the chamber’s executive director, also expressed concern. “We’ve been assured by the county executive’s office that the BRT is far down the list of transportation projects under consideration, and is several years from being considered,” he said. “However, we believe it’s important to monitor any proposal or program that may at some point impact Olney businesses. The proposed BRT routes would affect us, from requiring some businesses to

close, to the imposition of a supplemental tax for funding construction.” Hulsizer said that until the chamber is convincted the bus route is beneficial, it won’t support plans by the state or county to move forward. “Our responsibility is to protect the business interests in the Olney area, and preserve the community’s character,” he said. Buck wrote that the state owns the right-of-way north of Md. 108, as the route continues to the hospital, and does not anticipate any additional rightof-way impacts. “However that could change depending on the option selected and detailed right of way that would be done in the later unfunded engineering and design phase,” he said. In his letter, Leggett wrote that he does not support widening Georgia Avenue in Olney. “As with other SHA projects, many alternatives are presented to the community knowing that projects lacking public support will be dropped,” he said. “The next step will be for SHA to review the public comments from the workshop and identify alternatives to be retained for more detailed study.” He stressed that SHA is considering five alternatives for BRT on Georgia Avenue — two of which would not widen Georgia Avenue or affect any homes or businesses along the route and three of which do propose widening Georgia Avenue. “At this stage, SHA has not done any road designs, but only conceptual drawings,” he wrote. The displays presented at the recent public meeting are being uploaded to the SHA’s website and should soon be available at http://apps.roads. aspx?projectno=MO9731115. Buck said there is no formal public comment period, since it is an active project planning study. Comments can be sent at any time to SHA project manager Carmeletta Harris at


Continued from Page A-1 Doran said the revenues would have helped fund summer program scholarships for students who could not afford to pay for extracurricular programs. “I have talked with the other 11 schools [in Montgomery County with cell towers] and they have told me about their revenue streams,” Doran said. “The schools are comfortable with the streams, and the money we would have gotten would have gone to our kids.” AT&T offered to put up a tower at the high school’s athletic field because there is a dead zone on its coverage map. Doran said he was open to the proposal because the it would help the school financially. “Parents can say they’ll


Continued from Page A-1 munity engagement manager. “It will allow us to complete a big project that we have been wanting to do for a long time.” She said the shelter has been using paper towels in the bathrooms. The hand dryers will be easier, less costly, and more environmentally friendly. “Washington Christian Academy’s support over the years has been so vital to


Continued from Page A-1 He said he would like to hear from the church about whether other institutions that would keep the same zoning had expressed interest in the property and if the church might “further explore” selling to such an institution. Hooker said May 21 that the civic association was still gathering input from community members about the proposal. Maris Vissari, another

Page A-9 donate, and sometimes they do,” Doran said. “But it’s hard to keep asking, and they don’t always give. This tower is a way to get money without fundraising.” Cece Kobylski, a junior at Wootton, said the money would be nice, but because of health concerns she did not want the tower. “More revenue would be nice, but we just put up a new turf field,” Kobylski said. “I’m not sure we really need more money. I don’t like it because of the health risks.” Dave Sawyer, a Wootton parent, agreed. “There is no reason for a tower to be put up,” he said. “If they need more money, they should just ask.” Lenkin, whose son attends Fallsmead Elementary School in Rockville and is a future Wootton student, said she is worried that a similar proposal

might come up again at Wootton or another school. “I’m very relieved [about the decision] but just concerned it could happen again,” she said. In 2004, Cingular Wireless approached Wootton about putting up a cell tower, but parents and others in the community pushed the school board not to erect one. Many parents on Tuesday said they were concerned that the idea was brought up again and what it could mean for the future. “So many people use these facilities,” Lenkin said. “When they got rid of the idea in 2004 we thought it was over. What’s the difference, why did it happen again — what’s next?”

our organization,” Trabucco said. Tracey Reeder, Washington Christian Academy’s community service coordinator, said the school has worked with Stepping Stones the past several years. “It’s a great organization,” she said. “They run a really good operation, using volunteers and donations. We are really impressed with what they do to help the community and help people get out from where they are.” The students and fami-

lies of Washington Christian Academy host six community service days throughout the school year. This year, their efforts also supported Olney Help, Operation Christmas Child, Redland Baptist Church’s missions trip to the Dominican Republic and The Oakleaf Club of Greater Washington, which supports wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

resident on Macon Road who lives a stone’s throw from the church property, said she doesn’t think townhouses would be a good fit for the neighborhood. If a townhome community were built on the property, Vissari said, she is concerned the current dead-end street she lives on might be opened up and allow through traffic. Vissari said she would be okay if regular houses were built because she thinks they would not generate as much traffic as townhomes. Macon Road resident

Ira Orenstein said his concern lies in how he thinks the townhouses would change the nature of the neighborhood — which he said currently hosts single-family houses on large lots — and that similar changes might occur in other parts of the county. He said he doesn’t think the townhouse community would produce traffic that Randolph Road couldn’t handle. “It’s not like it’s a little country lane,” he said.

Staff Writer Lindsay A. Powers contributed to this report.



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Ellsworth Park dog park proposal lacking evidence I recently attended and testified in a county Planning Board public hearing (April 24th) for a dog park proposal for Ellsworth Park in Silver Spring. The entire experience was eye-opening as I learned that park users and neighboring residences are not important in Parks Department studies and the Planning Board is not interested in evidencebased proposals. The proposal is for the installation of a 21,000-squarefoot dog park (four times larger than the children’s playground space) in the park’s only open, green space used throughout the year. During the entire year that the proposal study was underway, there was one public

meeting (approximately 50 attendees) held on a weeknight in the fall, one visit to a neighborhood group (approximately 25 attendees) and a public website with the dog park design buried deep in a lengthy presentation and an email address to send in comments. There were no documented visits to the park by the department to observe park space use, no known input from active park users or neighboring residents on the current park use or the proposed dog park design, and no information posted in the park to raise awareness about the design or to seek input. Even the recent public hearing was not communi-

Council makes right move on M-83 Hooray for the County Council for adopting a “transit-first” mentality and opposing M-83 [“Council leaning toward transit options instead of M-83,” May 7]. As an upcounty resident, I have seen first-hand that more highways just mean

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more gridlock. To really improve mobility in the upcounty, we need to invest in rapid, convenient transit, not waste hundreds of millions of dollars on an obsolete, environmentally destructive highway.

Miriam Schoenbaum, Boyds

that myself apparently it takes more than 57 million bags for the “pools” to come to life. Wake up Montgomery County! It’s just another tax that produces income from those not wanting to use germ-laden recyclable bags that are supposed to be washed after every use — sure. P.S. You can get a box of plastic bags at Sams Club for under 2 cents each, but be responsible and make sure they reach the trash can.

Gene Taylor, Brookeville

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ask about park user/neighbor input into the study. Despite all of the public testimony questioning the site selection, timing, landscape materials, lack of user/neighbor input, child safety concerns, and counterevidence on current space utilization, the Board approved the proposal. As county residents, we should demand that Parks Department proposals are based on evidence of park use and input from those affected the most, and that the Planning Board represents us by seeking evidence for claims made in proposals.

Steve Peck, Silver Spring

Other issues in Chevy Chase elections

The bag tax is just another tax The May 14 Gazette letters to the editor carried two pro letters for the bag tax [“Bag fee helps reduce litter” and “Bag fee cuts retailers’ costs’]. According to Montgomery County Department of Finance, Division of Treasury for the year 2012 (latest I could find) 57,684,003 bags were sold for an income of $2,307,360. If the bag fee worked why did we sell so many bags? According to last week’s writers we no longer have “ugly pools of polyethylene.” While I never witnessed anything like

cated well, with hearing notices posted in the park where dog owners congregate, rather than the front park entrance where most park users would see it. During the Planning Board hearing, the Board primarily focused only on the park design — not on the dog park site location study. The board also did not allow time for those testifying to rebut Parks Department claims. With the public library (bordering Ellsworth Park) closing soon and no decisions on the use of that space after closure, why would the county select this site for development? The Planning Board did not inquire about the Parks Department’s evidence that the space is “underutilized” and failed to

I would like to thank the Gazette for covering the Town Council elections in the Town of Chevy Chase [“Metro, parks major concerns for candidates in Chevy Chase,” April 30]. But I would also like to note that there were issues raised in the election campaign, besides the issue of the Purple Line, and the issue of what to do with the reserves, that The Gazette did not cover. As a candidate, I raised for discussion and debate several issues. These are issues faced not only within our town, but also within other local municipalities. One issue that I raised was the devastating effects that real estate development is having within our town; in my view, too many of our older, modest-sized, well-built homes are being sacrificed to make way for a building boom of huge houses, which take away trees and green space, all to satisfy the greed of builder/developers and

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Andrews for county executive The three Montgomery County executive candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination on June 24 each offer admirable qualities. Incumbent Isiah Leggett led the county through difficult fiscal times. He made hard budget decisions, and for that, residents should be thankful for his leadership. In our interview with him, Leggett compared the county to a ship that looked fine, except there were many repairs needed below the waterline. The past eight years have been spent making those repairs, and now — taking the metaphor further — he wants to chart the ship to new ports. Former county executive Douglas Duncan’s time in office, 1994 through 2006, was a remarkable era, with a host of accomplishments including the Silver Spring revitalization, the construction of Strathmore and the expansion of the life sciences along Interstate 270. He has built his campaign around rekindling the kind of bold action that marked those years. County Councilman Phil Andrews has painted a slightly different picture of the two. He criticized his colleagues, Leggett and Duncan, when he was in office, targeting extravagant union contracts for government employees. On a council full of Democrats, Andrews often can sound like a Republican railing against no-restraint taxing and profligate spending. We pondered long on whom to endorse, because each provides a set of skills that could be useful over the next four years. Ultimately, we decided Andrews offers a better prescription as the county emerges from our economic hardships. For one, Andrews promises to be tight with our money. As we’re in the middle of a sputtering recovery, Montgomery County needs four years of that. In a March op-ed piece in The Gazette, he showed where he would trim $40 million from the recently passed budget, and where he would redirect the money: tax relief, infrastructure maintenance, expanded library hours and increased school resource officers. These are all tangible services, showing Andrews would be a wise steward of the taxes we pay. The plan includes holding Montgomery County Public Schools to the state’s mandatory minimum levels. Politicians have won support by showering schools with excess cash, but Maryland law insists that shower must continue year after year. An extra million this year is an extra million for every year on out. Until the law is changed, we need leaders willing to wisely monitor the education budget. Andrews also would expand the inspector general’s office. With a $5 billion budget, the county needs more than four people to ferret out waste. He’s not afraid to take on controversial topics, either. He fought for a county smoking ban and resisted as restaurants insisted they’d go out of business because of it. Now, smoke-filled rooms almost seem to be from a bygone age. Andrews was often the lone voice opposing the Intercounty Connector. Now that it’s built, he’s part of a small but vocal group calling for lower tolls on the highway. He also remained skeptical that Montgomery needed an ambulance fee. We shared his skepticism then, and we still do. The smart money in this race might lean toward Leggett, the incumbent, or Duncan, who still enjoys broad name recognition. As much as we appreciate Leggett’s fiscal management over the worst of the past eight years, he must take responsibility for the debacle over the Silver Spring Transit Center. Yes, there will be many people who should shoulder the blame, including whole companies, but ultimately it was a project the Leggett administration should have watched more closely. For that, we cannot endorse the incumbent. Second, we admire what Duncan accomplished during his 12 years in office; it was a fantastic example of what government with vision can achieve. But he was also known for offering excessive salaries to county workers. (And when times have been flush, Leggett has done the same thing.) For that reason, we fear runaway government spending and cannot endorse Duncan. We believe Andrews offers what Montgomery needs, and he earns The Gazette’s endorsement in the Democratic primary.


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Realtors out to make profit. In the campaign, I advocated a moratorium on building in our town, to enable the Town Council to take a look at the town’s building code, and revise it to provide further protections for our neighborhood character, the tree canopy, green space, and neighbor privacy. I also set forth a proposal to hold our Town Manager, who is the public face of the town on a dayto-day basis, and essentially the CEO of the town, more accountable to the residents through the electoral process. Neither of these campaign issues was covered by The Gazette. I was not elected to the Town Council, but I intend to continue my activism within the town. And I thank those town residents who voted for me in the election.

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Bright ‘Future’ Bryan Singer’s mutants find the humanity and the fun in a genre.

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What’s an ordinary day like for you? You get up, have a cup of coffee, head into the office for eight hours, go home and do something unproductive for a few hours before heading to bed? What if there was more to it than that? What if within your ordinary day, one small thing happens that sets off a chain of events that will impact not only your life, but people around you? That’s the premise behind the aptly-named musical “Ordinary Days,” opening Wednesday at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda. “It’s a chamber musical of sorts,” said director Matthew Gardiner. “It’s about four people who live in New York City on what, seemingly, is … a series of ordinary days. It ends up being completely extraordinary.” The show, written by Adam Gwon, features Claire and Jason, a couple in their mid-30s looking for different things, along with Deb, a cynical grad student, and Warren, a struggling artist who finds Deb’s thesis notes in the street. The show premiered off-Broadway in 2009 and has since been performed in several venues around the world, according to Gardiner. Although it’s not unheard of to have a musical with four or fewer people – “The Last Five Years,” for example, has a cast of two – it is rather uncommon. Gardiner said it wasn’t weird for him to direct a musical with such a small cast, but it was different. “This piece is about creating the relationship between the four actors,” Gardiner said. “Your mind is focused on different things than it would be if you were directing a musical that’s much larger.” A few years ago, Gwon was commissioned to write a musical for Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va., called “The Boy Detective Fails.” Gardiner, who played co-starred in the show,


n When: Wednesday through June 22 (contact theater for show times) n Where: Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East-West Hwy, Bethesda n Tickets: $25-$50, plus $5 service fee n For information: 240-644-1100;


Pictured (left to right): Janine DiVita, Erin Weaver, and Samuel Edgerly star in Round House Theatre’s production of “Ordinary Days.” At top: Pictured (left to right): Samuel Edgerly, Janine DiVita, Will Gartshore, and Erin Weaver.

worked extensively with Gwon. “During that time, he was talking a lot about ‘Ordinary Days,’ which he was developing for Roundabout [Theatre Company in New York],” Gardiner said. “With just him talking about it and hearing from people who saw it in New York, it was just something that was really intriguing to me and it seems like a good fit for Round House.”

There are times, especially when directing a musical, when exchanges between actors, directors and others can become heated. Things happen, stuff breaks – it’s par for the course for most shows. Gardiner said they have been fortunate in that things have gone rather smoothly. “It’s been a wonderful experience,” Gardiner said. “There’s been a lot of laughter in the room. I think the challenge for us has been continually discovering new things about the piece over our rehearsal process because it is only an hour and 15 minute-long show and we’ve been in rehearsal for two weeks. The challenge is just … making sure it’s fresh in the room. “With an hour and 15 minute-long show, you reach a point where you’re just ready for the theater.” Gardiner said he’ll be taking away one important theme from the show and he hopes audiences will as well. “The show has a very simple message to it,” Gardiner said. “And, to me, the message I take away from it is happiness is now. Happiness is not some point later down the road and happiness is not the past. Happiness is the moment that you’re in.”

An almost 6-year-old North Bethesda shih tzu is dealing with disappointment. Despite being described as “the best dog ever” by her owner, Piper was left out of his book about dogs. Author Tom Cohen, 43, attributed his decision not to include his first-ever canine companion in “Dogs with Old Man Faces: Portraits of Crotchety Canines” to her femininity. “She ended up looking like an old lady instead of an old man” in her photographs, he said. Cohen The idea for the 6-by-6 inch, 144-page hardcover volume of black-andwhite photographs accompanied by humorous captions came to Cohen while he was living in New York City. “I started noticing all these old-faced dogs on the street. They had so much personality and such interesting faces, and I thought ‘I wonder why no one’s ever done a book about dogs that look just like old men,” he recalled. His empathy for aging dogs provided additional motivation. “There are so many older, senior dogs that need homes, that have just as much love to give as puppies, and I’m hoping that this book will inspire people to adopt senior dogs, to think about older dogs when they go to the shelter or rescue facility, as opposed to just looking at younger dogs,” Cohen said. “Older dogs need love too! “ Cohen proceeded to take pictures of dogs in Manhattan, even using his iPhone “if I’d see the perfect dog outside a coffee shop or on the street.” Cohen and his wife Amanda, along with their pets Piper and Po the cat, opted to “take a break from New York City” in 2012. While acknowledging

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‘Good Man’/‘Damn Yankees’

The 10th annual Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried exhibit hosted by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, has announced eight finalists. Almost 300 artists from throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., submitted entries to the competition, which was created to honor the work of regional painters. The finalists are Si Jae Byun of ViURBAN PARTNERSHIP enna, Va.; Ryan Carr Johnson of The work of eight finalists for the BethesdaBETHESDA Painting Awards, Gaithersburg, Md.; Kyle Hack- including Ali Miller (pictured), will be on display from June 4-28 at Gallery B. ett, Ali Miller and Bill Schmidt of Baltimore, Md.; Philip Hinge of Richmond, Va.; Dan Perkins of Washington, D.C. and Kendra Wadsworth of Manakin Sabot, Va. Their work will be on view at Gallery B from June 4-28, with top prize winners being announced at 7 p.m. Wednesday during a private event. The Best in Show winner will be awarded $10,000, with $2,000 and $1,000 prizes for second and third place, respectively. An opening reception is scheduled to follow from 6-9 p.m. June 13, in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Entries were juried by Carrie Patterson, associate professor of art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland; Paul Ryan, professor of art in the Department of Art and Art History at Mary Baldwin College and Judy Southerland, artist and adjunct faculty at the Corcoran College of Art & Design. For more information, visit

The Highwood Theatre will present “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, and a small-cast production of “Damn Yankees” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Performed, designed and created by home-schooled, musical theater students, shows will be held at 914 Silver Spring Ave.,

Silver Spring. Based in Silver Spring and harboring the belief that “anyone can do theatre,” The Highwood Theatre is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promotion of the performing arts via communityproduced theater. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students. For more information, visit

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Jacqueline Chenault (center) stars as Scheherezade in Silver Spring Stage’s production of “Arabian Nights.”

“The Arabian Nights” continues to June 7 at the Silver Spring Stage, spinning a magical new take on Scheherazade’s life-sparing tales. Playwright Mary Zimmerman penned the adaptation, based on “The Book of the Thousand Nights One Night.” Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1. For more information, visit

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, May 28, “step of the evening” Viennese Waltz mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16); May 29, June 5, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); May 30, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); May 31, Oracle Band from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ($15); June 1, free Cha Cha lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); June 4, “step of the evening” Argentine Tango mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-3261181, www.hollywoodballroomdc. com. Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8,


Contra, May 30, Susan Taylor with Raise The Roof, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. Contra & Square, June 1, Susan Taylor with Raise the Roof, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. English Country, May 28, Caller: Anna Rain, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www. Swing, July 12, Boilermaker Jazz Band, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $15, Waltz, June 15, Maivish, lesson from 2:45-3:30 p.m., dancing to live music from 3:30-6 p.m., $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Peter & Will Anderson Trio,

featuring Alex Wintz, 7:30 p.m. May 28, Band Burrage, 7:30 p.m. May 29; A Taste of Divas DC with Special Guest Secret Society, 8 p.m. May 30; The Tom Principato Band with Horns, 8 p.m. May 31; Sunday Brunch with Women of Triumph,

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 1; The Flamingos, 7:30 p.m. June 1; Pablo Cruise, 8 p.m. June 3; Zoe, 7:30 p.m. June 4, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, The Crawdaddies – Free Summer Concert, 8 p.m. June 28, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, Fillmore Silver Spring, Ballyhoo! with Kill Lincoln, Knolly Moles and Wise Eyes, 8 p.m. May 30; Danity Kane - No Filter Tour, with GoGo Morrow, 8 p.m. May 31; Tree House School of Music, 1:30 p.m. June 1; Micro Wrestling Federation, 7:30 p.m. June 3; Fifth Harmony with Before You Exit and Jackson Harris, 8 p.m. June 4, , 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. www.fillmoresilverspring. com. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. May 28; AIR: Elijah Jamal Balbed, jazz saxophone, 7:30 p.m. May 28; BSO: A Midsummer Night’s Dream - A Concert, 8 p.m. May 29; Jazz Samba Project - Quiet Nights: Ron Kearns Quartet with special guest Michael Thomas, 7:30 p.m. May 30; Jazz Vocal Intensive: Using Improvisation to Create Song-

Interpretation, 10 a.m. May 31; call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Pinkalicious,” June 20 to Aug. 31, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www. Imagination Stage, “The BFG,” June 25 to Aug. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. Montgomery College, Film Series: “The 400 Blows,” 7 p.m. June 2, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, contact theater for ticket prices, PAC. Olney Theatre Center, August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson,” to June 1, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www.olneytheatre. org. The Puppet Co., “Pinocchio,”

to June 8; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301634-5380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Ordinary Days,” May 28 to June 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” to June 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, Silver Spring Stage, “The Arabian Knights,” to June 7, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www. The Writer’s Center, Janice Gary and Marion Winik, 2 p.m. June 1, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “Contemplating the Sweetness of Grass

and Startling Brevity of Life,” to June 18, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www. Gallery B, “72 Grams Per Pixel,” to May 24; gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Glenview Mansion, Pierre Ruffieux sculpture, “Trolls”, June 1-20; Ray Jubela, Photography, June 1-20, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Marin-Price Galleries, Donny Finley, to June 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Xiaosheng Bi, Liz Lescault and Alison Sigethy: “Fathom Full Five: Going Deeper,” to June 1, Gibbs Street Gallery; TARNISH: Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), to June 1, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, Washington Printmakers Gallery, “A Wonder Filled Life,”

Neena Birch, May 28 to June 29, opening reception from 1-4 p.m. June 7, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring,


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Death becomes her Chew the fat at the Urban Butcher Book tells story of teen who becomes something of a grim reaper




About two and a half years ago, while he was finishing up his graduate degree overseas at Oxford, Christopher Mannino traveled almost four hours southwest to Cornwall. It wasn’t until after visiting Tintagel Castle, the supposed birthplace of King Arthur, that the Montgomery County native realized there was only one bus in and out of town every day. It was getting dark and the tourist offices had closed. Mannino walked to a local pub and was able to sleep in the room above the pub that night. Except he didn’t sleep. With games being played and loud, drunken men singing and yelling until the wee hours, Mannino couldn’t get any rest. He was exhausted. He decided to leave just before daybreak. He was going to climb out onto one of the rock peninsulas. The formation went about a mile into the ocean, but there are no paths, no handrails and, at that time, no people. “I got this sense of, ‘What would it be like to be utterly alone?’” Mannino said. Mannino, who teaches drama at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, channeled that raw emotion into his first book, the young adult fantasy “School of Deaths.” The novel follows the story of 13-year-old Suzie from Damascus, Md., who is taken from her family and friends so she can learn to become a grim reaper – or, in this case, a Death. Suzie is the first female death in more than a million years. As one might imagine, the all-male school isn’t too fond of her being there. “Originally, the protagonist was a boy,” Mannino said. “As I started working more on the book, I realized I wanted to make him even more alone, so I ended up switching it … as I was working on it, I kept thinking ‘Well, Death is always personified as man. Why is that? What happens if ALL the Deaths are men, and all of a sudden, there’s a girl?’” Mannino said it took him about a year to write the story, another year to find a publisher and a half a year polishing and editing the book. It was during the year of finding a publisher that Mannino realized publishing was a shrinking business. Mannino ended up working with MuseItUp Publishing, which he said has 120 authors in its

WANT TO GO? n There will be a booklaunching party on Friday, June 13, at the Gaithersburg Monster MiniGolf Course. The party is open to all, from 6-8 p.m., and will feature games, signings, and activities.

stable. “Ever since Borders went under and as e-books take over – obviously mine is released now on e-book and I hope to get it to print eventually – it’s a very different industry,” Mannino said. “… Less and less books are being picked up by major publishers and more and more books are being selfpublished. It was hard for me. I tried to find an agent. I tried to find a major publisher.” Although the “students” in his book wield scythes and study about the history of Deaths, Mannino’s actual drama students are excited their teacher is a published writer. His students actually helped him film a book trailer. “That’s one of the benefits of being a theater teacher,” Mannino laughed. Mannino is currently hard at work on the sequel to “School of Deaths” called “Sword of Deaths.” Until then, “School of Deaths” is available on Amazon, the iTunes Store and just about anywhere you can find e-books. On the basic level, Mannino said he hopes he can inspire students young and old to read. “It makes me sad when I see I have nephews and younger relatives and … their idea of reading is reading the synopsis of a new movie coming out or reading the review of a video game they want to play,” Mannino said. “From the teacher’s point of view, with Common Core coming in … the way Common Core is designed, I truly believe it’s going to make a lot of people hate to read. … One effect it will have is taking away reading for pleasure.” On a much grander scale, Mannino hopes people who read the book realize that anyone can be a hero and anyone can overcome adversity. “We’re in a society where, even though we seem to be getting more and more tolerant of a lot of things, there’s still a lot of discrimination,” Mannino said. “Bullying is still very prevalent. I see it in some form or another at least every other week. This is one of those ‘The kids are going to stand up to the bullies and win,’ stories.”

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Sunday afternoon is a great time to size up a restaurant. Most places consider themselves over the hump of the weekend and put their “B” team in rotation to muddle through until Monday. It is also a time when families are gunning for an easy meal out. So how psyched were we when we descended on Silver Spring’s hot new Urban Butcher Restaurant on a recent Sunday evening and were personally greeted by the chef, and with our choice of seats in the dining room. In a word: thrilled. Chef said, “ordinarily, I wouldn’t have a chance to stop and visit with you at the table because we are so busy. But Sunday is good for getting out and chatting it up.” Urban Butcher turns the tables from brunch to dinner at 5 p.m. on Sunday, so we caught the chef and his kitchen in transition, when the menu was at its broadest. We are a family of cooks, and while we love to sift through table menus, there is no better experience than when chef interviews his guests, and offers to make the menu himself based on that conversation. Our menu began with an array of house made cures, salami, terrines, and pates from the meat cellar that were both strange and wonderful. Sliced paper thin at the order, Coppa is succulent cured pork from the back of the neck, translucent and fabulously marbled. Lardo is literally pure pork fat cured with rosemary and salt, and when it is served paper thin one perceives maximum flavor on the taste buds without the sensation that you are literally chewing fat. Petite slices of a pate made with cheddar cheese, dense and chewy salami, chorizo and pepperoni, all complimented by the subtle yet funky Asher blue veined cheese and tiny pots of mustard and cornichon pickles as well as thick slabs of grilled crusty bread may sound like a lot, but it was so modest in portion that it only made us hungrier for entrees and sides. A crock of clams were steamed until just opened, and expertly tossed with butter and fresh herbs. Andouille sausage is not so much smoked in house as over the house, since the smoker is on the roof, and it is delicious paired with purple cabbage dressed with vinegar and spice. The rarely ordered yet deeply meaty hanger steak was grilled to pink perfection

The dining experience at Silver Spring hotspot Urban Butcher begins with began an array of house made cures, salami, terrines, and pates from the meat cellar that are both strange and wonderful. BRIAN PATTERSON

and served with crisp and salty pommes frites hot out of the fryer. In an otherwise carnivorous landscape, vegetable sides are not only vegetarian friendly, they stand alone as worthy dishes. Brussels sprouts are roasted to perfection, even without bacon, curried chick peas are authentically seasoned and a pleasure to eat. Roasted broccoli rabe is well seasoned and dressed. Our meal only left us with a yen to buy cured and fresh meats from the butcher’s counter. Bacon, dry aged pork chops, lardo, cheese ... 0h my! Chef arrested us as we shopped with our eyes, saying “Hey, we

will be here for a while, don’t buy so much stuff at once!” And when we said we might freeze some stuff for later, Chef put his foot down, “Ill cryovac things for you, but don’t freeze my stuff!” The Meat Cellar is a stunning visual, a glassed-off library of hams, salami, and primal cuts in various stages of cure. Urban Butcher promotes and serves heritage breeds of pork, produced locally. The dining space is casual, the lounge and bar inviting, and the sound of voice and music tolerable. Whole pig butcher demos and related festivities are in the works for warmer weather.

URBAN BUTCHER n 8226 Georgia Avenue n Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 n 301-585-5800 n http://www.urbanbutcher. com/ n First Plates, Sides, Assorted Cures, Salmi, Terrines, Pates and cheeses: $5-$16 n Entrees $12-$24 n Open for dinner (weekday lunch service is currently not available): n 5-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday n 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday (bar is open until 1:00 am) n Open for Brunch: n 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday n Butcher Shop Hours: n 2 p.m. to close on weekdays n 11:30 a.m. to close on weekends

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Washington Balalaika Society Spring Concert Saturday, May 31 at 8pm Tickets: $25 at the door.

Advance purchase: $20 Adults ; $18 Seniors; $15 Students, children under 12 free with an adult. The Pirates of Penzance presented by The Victorian Lyric Opera Company

Thursday, June 12 at 8 p.m. (Preview Night) Fridays, June 13 and 20 at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. (Family Friendly Matinee) Saturdays, June 14 and 21 at 8 p.m. Sundays, June 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $24 ADULT ; $20 SENIOR (65+); $16 STUDENT 1908959





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About midway into the latest X-Men flick, Bryan Singer’s generous, delightfully convoluted “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” there is a prison break so exuberant and uncharacteristic of superhero movies that you sit up a bit in your seat. You feel the audience around you snapping to. Not because Singer’s return to the 14-year-old film franchise feels undernourished (it doesn’t). Or what comes before seems perfunctory (it’s not). But because the sequence — Wolverine, the Pentagon and “Sanford & Son” — is so eccentric you’re reminded that a little charm has been in the contract between audiences and superheroes all along: Oh, right, it’s supposed to be fun. For more than 50 years, the Marvel Universe’s innovation, grounding its characters with relatable, everyday problems, has been its calling card. But in 2014 that back and forth between metaphorical angst and CGI spectacle, played out several times a year in 3-D and heralded with ongoing marketing maelstroms, lapses into an insistent, schematic ho-hum-ity. The superhero genre, like the Western before it, is in serious danger of becoming too familiar. Peter Parker has love troubles (but first another throwdown in Times Square), Iron Man is full of hubris (but the suit is cool), Hulk prefers to smash (but Hulk depressed). I enjoy many of these films, but like soap operas without end, over-determinism settles in and air gets sucked out. That prison break, though. It features Jim Croce. Also a coffee tasting. And duct tape, steely Michael Fassbender, aviator goggles, some slapstick and the fastest, most cheerfully annoying man alive, Quicksilver (an excellent Evan Peters, from TV’s “American Horror Story”). As much as a pricey, box-officesavvy international franchise can indulge in fun anymore, it does here. And the audience, perhaps more obligated to than elated over superhero movies lately, brightens. Because Singer’s own innovation, while not straying so far from Marvel’s playbook, is subtle: Stay light without being frivolous, remain emotionally committed without lapsing into imaginary gravitas. In a genre in which cities are flattened and worlds destroyed with offhanded frequency, “Days of Future Past” — despite, yes, flattening our world — walks a rare line between casual and urgent. Since the outcome for the bad guys is not promising, and the audience instinctively understands this, Singer looks for curlicues, gags, expressions, always keeping the drama between the X-Men themselves. Which is wise. There is so much plot in “Days of Future Past” that slavish reverence for the material (or the grander Marvel game plan) would verge on the morbid; the film is adapted from a beloved, deeply confusing early 1980s X-Men storyline by Chris Clare-


Continued from Page B-4 the city is “a vibrant, creative and exciting place,” the couple felt the need for “trees and birds and open space,” which they found in North Bethesda. Resuming work on the book there, Cohen hired a photographer who accompanied him to D.C.-area dog parks “to look for just the right faces.” The number of qualified canines surprised him. “Once I started working on the book, I started seeing ideal dog faces everywhere,” he said, and the result was “an embarrassment of riches.” Much to Piper’s chagrin, no doubt, a shaggy dog named Dakota is the cover canine. “Dakota has the cutest face of all the dogs. We wanted to


Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) wields his powers in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Below: Hugh Jackman as Logan.

“Days of Future Past”... walks a rare line between casual and urgent. Since the outcome for the bad guys is not promising, and the audience instinctively understands this, Singer looks for curlicues, gags, expressions, always keeping the drama between the X-Men themselves. mont. Indeed, when the lights came up in the theater and the credits rolled, the person beside me leaned over: “I didn’t know the Fantastic Four were going to be in this.” This person was serious. I assured her that the Fantastic Four were not in the XMen. But I sympathized: There have been so many X-Men, spread over seven movies now, so many alliances and machinations, a moviegoer should receive flashcards at the door. There are approximately 5,621 X-Men in this film: There is the guy with black eyeballs, the guy who shoots tattoos, the guy with a toad tongue, the woman who can rip the fabric of the universe. There’s a character named Warpath whose power is staring off meaningfully into misty canyons; a character who is his own toboggan; a character who transforms into a campfire and another who generates fire balls. There’s a lot of redundancy in the X-Men locker room. And those are just the secondary characters. You can almost understand why Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage, with a B-movie flair for villainy) is so eager to thin the herd. Problem is, when the film opens, he’s thinned the herd a lot: It’s the future, and mutantkind (and mankind) are endangered be-

cause Trask created killer robots to seek out the mutant gene that allows fireballing and such. The war got away from everyone. Trask is nominally the bad guy but mostly the plot motivation. After an opening salvo of quasiHolocaust imagery — a nod to Singer’s first X-Men film, which established Ian McKellen’s antivillain Magneto as an Auschwitz survivor — the remaining X-Men retreat into a temple at the top of a mountain in China. There, a patient Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and ornery Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) — and Halle Berry’s Storm, and Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde, and several others (seriously, no flash cards?) — decide (stay with me now) to send Wolverine back to 1973 and the origin point of their extinction. Can they change history? And if so, dear God, the ramifications … The Captain might never meet Tennille. As for that plan: Kitty, whose powers include an ability to send a consciousness back in time, must place her hands on the side of Wolverine’s head and work her magic. She does this seemingly for days — hands on a hard body, indeed. Once safely, metaphysically, in 1973, Wolverine, in his younger self, has to find the younger Professor X (James McAvoy) and younger Mag-

neto (Fassbender) and convince them to work together to locate well-meaning, blue-skinned shape-shifter Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). If she succeeds in assassinating Trask, the U.S. government and Richard Nixon, not about to be pushed around by some hippie freaks, will weaponize her cells and initiate Trask’s plan to hunt, capture and destroy the X-Men. Whew. A lot of plot. The film brings together the cast of the original X-Men films and the upstarts of the clever 2011 reboot “X-Men: First Class” — effectively teaming up several generations of X-Men (and ensuring that someone seated behind you will be asking, “Wait, OK, who is that again?”). And yet Singer keeps what matters clear and snappy enough. And what matters here, aside from a handful of impressive (albeit warily inevitable) special-effects smack-downs,

are merely four actors: McAvoy, Fassbender and Lawrence, with Jackman serving more or less as the connector between casts and time periods. The core of the movie is a triangle of strong wills, and the fragile alliance between Magneto and Professor X plays out with poignancy, particularly between their older selves, who wonder why they spent those years bickering. Fassbender seems to retreat a bit too coldly into Magneto (the playful warmth of McKellen barely registers), and Lawrence, a cog in a gigantic pastiche, struggles to work up her usual spunk and urgency. Strutting through an airport in a floppy suede hat and Joni Mitchell garb, she’s relegated to Instagram J-Law. The film belongs to McAvoy. Aside from the funny use of Wolverine’s leather bomber, a lava lamp and a water bed, Singer doesn’t have as much fun with the ’70s setting as, say, Lawrence

put a dog on the cover that made people say ‘aw’ rather than one of the more crotchety-looking dogs,” Cohen said. “Sure, the more crotchety dogs are cute, but Dakota’s face just seemed right for the cover. What’s better than a dog with a snow-covered snout?” Cohen, whose family moved from Connecticut to McLean, Va., when he was 18 months old, grew up with two cats. “We were an animal-loving family, and we all loved dogs, but I don’t think my parents wanted the work it took to have dogs…,” he said. “If I knew then what I know now, I would have insisted we adopt a dog.” Animal causes, not only for dogs, have been a constant for Cohen. He has volunteered for the Non Human Rights

Project, a group that seeks to secure legal personhood for chimps and other intelligent species, and spent a few days helping socialize animals at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. And he joined the crusade to ban carriage horses in New York City, because, he said, “The busy streets of Manhattan are no place for horses.” Creativity and comedy, Cohen said, have long been his bent. Within two years of his 1992 graduation from the University of Michigan with a degree in English and psychology, he was writing and performing comedy in New York City. Comedy Central and MTV hired him to write, perform and produce comedy for television; he proceeded to produce and write series and specials for Nickelodeon, the

History Channel and NBC. His 2,000-plus hours of television producing, programming and writing credentials included Discovery Channel’s sevenyear series “Cash Cab,” for which he won three Daytime Emmy Awards and MTV’s Ace Award-winning series “Idiot Savants,” as well as work for VH1, Spike and ABC Family. Now, Cohen is working on television series for National Geographic Wild and the Game Show Network, and pitching a few others. He also is in the “very beginning stages” of a second book about dogs. “The future,” he promised, “will involve much more creativity.” Hot dog! “Dogs with Old Man Faces” (Running Press, 2013) is available from and barnesand

Gus is just one of the “crotchety canines” featured in “Dogs with Old Man Faces.”

did in “American Hustle.” That “Days of Future Past” barely acknowledges here the civil rights subtext of early X-Men comics is an especially lost opportunity. But McAvoy, who plays Professor X as a ’60s washout in the first half, charts a convincing, archetypal ’60s-’70s path. He goes from early idealism to burnout and disillusionment, then back again. He lives isolated in a castle, taking a special drug to numb the pain of being able to listen in on the thoughts of the entire world. When he shoots up (tying off his arm in a soft ’70s light), the drug allows him to regain the use of his legs. But the drug also dulls his powers, including his ability to read thoughts, to sympathize. It’s a remarkable invention, a superhero whose directive is empathy first, butt-kicking second. The needle and the damage done, indeed.





Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedules subject to change. SUMMER PASSING LEAGUES: 7-on-7 football games, TBD The county’s football teams look to develop their passing attacks in scrimmages.

SUMMER BASKETBALL: Area teams aim to develop chemistry for the winter. BASEBALL: Ripken and American Legion league play begins this week.

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Wootton comes up short of team championship, but Eado and Banks finish on top





Sherwood High School defeated Chesapeake Saturday in College Park to win its third straight 4A softball state title.

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Sherwood won 62nd straight game in 12-1 victory over Chesapeake BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

While every team supposedly has its weaknesses, it likely won’t be hard to convince anyone in Maryland that the SherwoodHighSchoolsoftballteammightnot actually have one. Unless anyone wants to count the fact that arguably the state’s best pitcher, Towson University recruit Meggie Dejter, isn’t a home run type hitter — she’s an incredibly versatile bunter. “[Her role] is to bunt and get on base and that is exactly what she does,” Sherwood coach Ashley Barber-Strunk said.

So, again, no apparent weakness. And while it’s hard to convince a team that’s achieved Sherwood’s level of success in recent years to continue to work hard and find things to fix, it was ultimately the Warriors’ unwillingness to get complacent this spring that was the cornerstone to continuing their historic run, Barber-Strunk said. With Saturday’s 12-1, six-inning win over seven-time state champion Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County in the 4A state final at the University of Maryland, College Park, Sherwood (20-0) became the first team to win three consecutive 4A titles since Calvert County’s Northern in 1996. Perhaps even more impressive has been its perfect record — 62 straight wins since May 2011 — in that time. Seriously, who doesn’t have at least one bad outing? “I always tell them we should never

be 100 percent satisfied,” Barber-Strunk said. “Just because you’re winning, good teams still need to keep practicing and going back to the basics. You still have to do all the little things.” Barber-Strunk was also quick to credit former 17-year coach Pat Flanagan for putting Sherwood in a position to go unbeaten en route to three consecutive state championships. The Warriors’ first-year coach found herself with big shoes to fill when she took over the program this spring and many wondered how Sherwood would respond to having a new coach for the first time in nearly two decades. While it’s been a journey with its ups and downs, just like any season, Barber-Strunk said Flanagan’s unwavering support behind the scenes has been invaluable as she’s begun to


One of the things that makes track and field unique from other team sports is that there’s an individual accomplishment at stake at every single meet, whether your team wins or loses. In football, basketball and even baseball, at the end of a game, you’re either a winner or a loser. In track and field, a team may fall short of a championship, but an individual can still be the champion of his or her individual event. That was the case on Saturday for two seniors of Thomas S. Wootton High School at the state championship meet at Morgan State University. Wootton didn’t exactly have a day to be ashamed of as it finished second to an excellent Bowie team. Urgy Eado and Alan Banks will end their tenure in high school as champions. Eado finally won the 800 meters after placing sixth at last year’s championships and third at the indoor finals earlier this year. This season he swept the event, w winning at the county meet and the 4A West Region meet. Wootton has a tradition of strong 800 runners and Eado said he was happy to be able to keep that tradition alive. “It feels amazing,” Eado said. “It feels really good because our school has a good history of the [3,200 re-


County’s football teams use passing leagues to assess new players ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER


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Sherwood High School’s Bryse Thornwell is expected to be one of the top returning players for the Warriors.


The Montgomery County boys’ basketball landscape will have a different look this summer, thanks to a new league launched by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. The St. Andrew’s League will include 16 teams with many, like St. Andrew’s, that played in the Montgomery County Summer League in previous summers. Lions boys’ coach Kevin Jones, who helped launch the league, said he

hopes it will help the players gain additional exposure to college coaches. The league is in the process of adding a website that includes schedules, standings, rosters and statistics, Jones said. “We just thought it would be a good opportunity to run a league the way that we wanted,” Jones said. Walt Whitman, the Class 4A state finalists, is one of the 12 Montgomery County public school teams participating in the league, hosted at the Potomac private school. “[We wanted] to do something different,” Vikings coach Chris Lun said. “... For us, its’ right in Potomac. It’s close for a lot of our kids.” Other participants include Clarksburg, Winston Churchill, Albert Ein


lay] which is the 800 for individuals, so I’m really happy to win that. Just keep the history going. Hopefully someone will step it up next year.” Not only did he win the 800, he set a personal record of 1 minute, 54.88 seconds in the process — and he did it on legs that were tired from running a third-place finish in the 1,600 earlier in the day and running the 3,200 relay on the previous day. “[In the 3,200 relay], we did pretty good and that gave me a huge confidence,” Eado said. “This morning, I [set a personal record] in the 1,600 (4:17.31). I was feeling exhausted, but I had a confidence.” Banks earned his championship in the 300 hurdles. Like Eado, he came up short at last year’s championship with a fifth-place finish. And also like Eado, he won the

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St. Andrew’s launches its summer league


Thomas S. Wootton’s Urgy Eado, (right) won the 800 meters state title Saturday.

In his more than 30 years of coaching, Gaithersburg High School football coach Kreg Kephart has never been in a situation quite like this; not a single skill position starter — quarterback, running back, wide receiver — is returning next season. So with nearly the entire seniorladen offense expected to graduate, the search for the replacements is already underway, and it will continue during one of the county’s annual summer football passing leagues, scheduled to begin Sunday at Seneca Valley. The 7-on-7 non-contact competition gives teams like Gaithersburg a head start in evaluating their players before the upcoming season. “It’s time to assess talent, to assess guys that are rising seniors that were backups last year, time to assess kids coming off of junior varsity,” Kephart said. “... Try and teach them our offense.” The Trojans went 8-3 last season, losing to eventual Class 4A state champion Northwest in the playoffs. Kephart said he expects rising junior Lee Ervin to make an impact at re-

ceiver after playing on junior varsity last season. The replacement for senior quarterback Nick DeCarlo, an All-Gazette honorable mention, has yet to be determined, but part of the offensive line is expected to return, he said. “We got to find a quarterback, a running back and four wide receivers,” Kephart said. “... We got some guys in mind, we just obviously have to see where they are, what they know and how they perform.” Seneca Valley coach Fred Kim, whose team went 7-3 last season, said that summer league gives athletes the opportunity to run plays during live competition. These reps will be especially important for players like rising sophomore Zack Robinson, who is expected to replace outgoing senior Calvin Reighard under center. “There’s some competition where he’s simulating our offense in a passing situation,” Kim said. “The more repetitions he gets, the better he gets.” First-year Col. Zadok Magruder coach Ray Fowle said he is more concerned about developing players than winning during the summer league games. Fowle, an assistant last season, takes over a 1-9 team that has made the postseason once (2007) since reaching the 1989 state finals. “It’s a blank slate, we’re starting

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The Sherwood High School bench cleared to welcome home Kelly Bouma after she hit a home run Saturday against Chesapeake in College Park. The Warriors went on to win their third straight 4A softball state title.

Continued from Page B-1 make this program her own. While Dejter’s dominance in the pitcher’s circle has certainly been at the center of the Warriors’ success — 146 strikeouts and a 1.18 earned-run average through regionals — a variety of factors have combined to create Sherwood’s perfect storm of a team, includingthenear-perfectdefense behind Dejter and a batting order than generated offense from top to bottom. Four players — Nicole Stockinger (.712 batting average), Julie Swarr (.492), MaryBeth Bidwick (.500) and Kelly Bouma (.490) — entered the state tournament


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Continued from Page B-1 county and regional meets this season, to go on and set a personal record of 38.57 at the state meet. “I just knew that the last stretch is where I really [had to] push it,” Banks said. “It feels great. I was working for this and I’m glad I finally got it. ... I’ll be running at [Bowdoin College], as far as track. This is a good prep for college track.” Coach Kellie Redmond said


batting .490 or better. Sherwood outscored its opponents 191-5 during the regular season. The few times it faced any pressure, like in a tight 2-0 win over state semifinalist Montgomery Blair, it responded. “There’s something inside [of these girls] that fires them up when they have competition,” Barber-Strunk said. “When competition comes our way these girls do what they have to do to come out on top.” The Warriors will certainly have some questions to answer early in 2015 with the graduation of Dejter and her catcher of three years, Rae Harrison, along with Bidwick and outfielder Addie Armbruster from the starting ros-

ter. But the Warriors have a host of young and talented players who likely would’ve been starters anywhere else this year, waiting to fill those holes. Plus the heart of its lineup will stay in tact. Just as Barber-Strunk won’t allow her team to settle, she also won’t let herself get pinned into to any specific style of play that has garnered team success in the past, she said. One thing is certain: The Warriors have no intention of slowing down. “Next year we’re looking for a four-peat,” said Bouma, who hit an over-the-fence home run Saturday.

until August when we start in pads will we know who’s taking what spot.” Magruder is part of the Montgomery Blair League, which includes Blair, James H.

Blake, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Walter Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Northwood, Paint Branch, Rockville and Sherwood.

Gaithersburg and Seneca Valley participate in the Upper Montgomery County League, which also includes Bullis, Clarksburg, Damascus, Richard Montgomery, Northwest, Paint

Branch, Quince Orchard, Watkins Mill, Walt Whitman and Thomas S. Wootton. “Our guys are kind of tired of banging the weights around and running around the track,”

Kim said. “It’s going to be good to get some competition out there. The spirit of competition is always a great thing.”

she was happy to see her team’s hardwork pay off. “They’ve worked really hard this season and we had lofty goals,” Redmond said. “It’s just great to see it all come together, I’m really proud of them.” In contrast to Wootton’s relative experience, the girls of Col. Zadok Magruder tied with Henry A. Wise to become co-state champions with just one senior, Bethany White, and a collection of freshmen and sophomores. White has competed at state championships each year since

being in high school and even won the indoor 55 earlier this year, so it’s safe to assume that she impacted the underclassmen on her team. Freshman Stephanie Davis won the 100 and 200 races, with White placing sixth in each. And the two teamed up to win the 800 relay with freshman Ayanna Lynn and sophomore Shelby Trout, and the 400 relay with Lynn and sophomore Keila Robertson. Although White will be graduating, Magruder coach Lubin Hernandez Palomino knows that

the team’s youth leaves it in good shape. “We knew that she was leaving, so we had to bring in kids to fill that gap,” Palomino said. “We have huge potential at Magruder. Believe me, huge potential. They don’t know it yet, but they are very, very good at running. It’ll be a matter of sharpening their skills, and getting healthy and strong and not be another Bethany, but a good competitor, and a good, strong leader.” Other notable state champios include Chase Weaverling

(Poolesville, 2A 3,200), Michael Scott (John F. Kennedy, 4A long jump), Ozioma Edokobi (Richard Montgomery, 4A discus), Kara Huie (Wootton, 4A triple jump), Devonte Johnson (Paint Branch, 4A shot put), Autin Castleberry (Northwest, 4A high jump), Katriane Kirsch, Melanie Cirillo, Emily Murphy, and Kiernan Keller (Walter Johnson, 4A 3,200 relay), Stephen Alexander, Emmanuel Porquin, Matt Agboola and Adam Jung (Richard Montgomery, 4A 3,200 relay), Nora McUmber (Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 4A 1,600,

3,200), Matthew Adedeji (Clarksburg, 4A triple jump), Claudia Ababio (Clarksburg, 4A shot put), Kendra Meredith (Northwest, 4A long jump), Alexus Pyles (Clarksburg, 4A 100 hurdles), Diego Zarate (Northwest, 4A 1,600), Martha Sam (James H. Blake 4A 400), Laila Ismail (B-CC, 4A 300 hurdles), Clare Severe (Walt Whitman, 4A 800), Kaela Jones, Sarah Moore,MarthaSamandElizabeth Adesanya (Blake, 1,600 relay). Full results can be found at

St. Andrew’s rising senior guard Marcus Adkison is expected to be one of the top players in the county. son,” Conley said. Sherwood coach Chris Campbell, who led his team to a 10-13 season in his first season, said summer league is the best time for the players to work on their weaknesses. “[Summer is] when you work on adding to your skill set,” Campbell said. “During the season you play to your strength.” Walter Johnson girls’ coach Lindsey Zegowitz said the county summer league is valuable for offseason training because it gives athletes

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the opportunity to compete with one another in live game situations. “For me, I just want the girls to be playing together,” said Zegowitz, whose team graduated five seniors. “We don’t worry about too many plays or that sort of thing. I just like that they’re together over the summer, that they’re playing basketball.”




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stein, Gaithersburg, The Heights, Landon, Col. Zadok Magruder, River Hill (Howard), Rockville, Richard Montgomery, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Watkins Mill and Thomas S. Wootton. The Lions return three starters, including rising senior Marcus Adkison, from last season’s 18-7 team. “It’s going to allow an opportunity for some young guys to get some minutes at the varsity level,” Jones said. While participation declined in the boys’ county league, about 50 public and private schools are participating in the girls’ league, according to Brad Roos, a senior sports specialist with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. “The real thing is for the kids to play additional games against the best competition they can play against, and quite honestly to keep them busy, to keep them involved,” Roos said. “I think it’s really important.” Montgomery Blair girls’ coach Erin Conley said that the league helps younger players gain in-game experience. That could be particularly helpful for the Blazers, who went 15-8 last season with five seniors and four in the starting lineup. “For us particularly, we have definitely a lot of rebuilding to do in this offsea-


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Brendan Peel

Georgetown Prep Senior Little Hoyas star won or tied for second in 12 of 13 events this season, including a victory IAC s. The consistent golfer’s scores ranged from 35-37 for nine-hole matches and 70-74 for 18-hole tournaments. He also tied for second at Metros to help Prep repeat as champions.

Paul Malinauskas

Thomas S. Wootton Senior, outside hitter Repeat Player of the Year led Patriots to their second straight county title over Clarksburg. He displayed a powerful left-handed swing and equally impressive jump serve.

Noel Camello

Wheaton Sophomore, libero Defensive specialist with tricky serves was key to division title.

Vedo Evantanto

Magruder Junior, setter Second-year captain led team in assists (341) and aces (33).

Jon Nguyen

Clarksburg Senior, setter Instrumental in leading Coyotes to an appearance in county title match.




Bob Barry

Georgetown Prep Veteran helmsman guided a deep and talented Little Hoyas squad to the IAC regular-season title, a second place finish at the IAC tournament and a second consecutive Metros championship.

Second Team and Honorable Mentions can be found online at

John Hartranft

Thomas S. Wootton Guided the Patriots to their second straight county championship and undefeated season despite graduating five starters from the 2013 title team.

Felix Tolentino

Ceril Venegas

Kevin Yates

Provided Rams offense with strong attack swings and a stellar jump serve.

Proved to be valuable to the Rockets on both sides of the net this spring.

Two-year starter led team in kills and was leader on and off the court.

R. Montgomery Senior, MH

Rockville Senior, OH

Sherwood Senior, OH

Second Team and Honorable Mentions are online at

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For the first time in school history, the Avalon School baseball team won both the Maryland State Private School B tournament and the Old Line Conference title in the same season. Less than two weeks after it defeated NoVa to win the Old Line Conference title game at Kelley Park in Gaithersburg, Avalon defeated longtime league rival The Heights, 5-3, in the private school tournament’s championship game at the same venue. The Black Knights prevailed with a combination of seasoned veterans and talented underclassmen who are scheduled to return for two more seasons. “All season long our two senior captains, Billy Lennox and


Thunderbolts hope to clean up past mistakes in Ripken League Silver Spring, along with Bethesda, Gaithersburg and Rockville, set to begin CRCBL season




Late-game errors, two-out walks, bloopers and balls in the dirt — these were the types of plays that cost the Silver SpringTakoma Park Thunderbolts games last summer and led to a 13-31 season. “The type of plays a lot of inexperienced guys make,” Thunderbolts second-year manager Doug Remer said. “... We missed out on a lot of opportunities.” With the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League set to begin next week, Remer is hoping that an extra year of experience can help the Thunderbolts cut down on those mistakes and improve on last season’s record. The team returns five players and is building around that core, Remer said. “We competed last year. We lost a lot of games in the last two innings,” he said. “... A lot of the new players I feel are going to complement those five we have.” One of the returning players is Jake Taylor, an Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

graduate (Class of 2010) and rising senior at Flagler College. “We just need to focus on it a little bit more and come out prepared,” said Taylor, who had three home runs and a team-high 16 RBIs last summer. Remer said that baserunning will be one of the Thunderbolts’ strengths. Catcher Robert Lucido Jr. stole a teamhigh 15 bases last season and is expected to be an impact player again, Remer said. “We have a lot of guys coming out that put the ball in play, and [we have] team speed, and pitchers that can throw strikes,” he said. The Thunderbolts join the Bethesda Big Train, the Rockville Express and the Gaithersburg Giants as the four Montgomery County teams competing in the competitive college wood bat league, founded in 2005. “The best thing in summer ball is just getting to play, seeing pitchers from all over the country, seeing how they pitch to you. It’s a good experience,” Taylor said. Bethesda consistently finishes at the top of the CRCBL standings; the Big Train went 30-14 last season before falling to the Baltimore Redbirds in the championship game for the second straight year, and won three consecutive titles from 2009 to 2011. “Our goal is to get better,


First baseman Jake Taylor is set to return to the Silver Spring-Takoma Park T-Bolts this summer.

enjoy the experience, relax in a structured environment,” said 16th-year manager Sal Colangelo. “... We’re going to have a lot of blue-collar guys that come in and play hard.” Gaithersburg went 26-18 last summer in its first season in the CRCBL under manager Jeff Rabberman. The Express went 25-19 before falling to Bethesda in the postseason. Rick Price, Rockville’s third-year manager, said the team has multiple players that are coming straight out of high school, including University of Maryland recruit Jamal Wade (St. Paul’s). “I expect the league to continue getting stronger,” Price said. “We just have to get better to continue to compete.”

G. Hutchinson

Delaney Shah

All-IAC selection for third straight year averaged 36 strokes per nine.

Rookie was public school’s regularseason scoring champ (35.5).

First person in county history to win co-ed and girls’ districts.

Landon Junior

Walt Whitman Freshman

Wootton Sophomore

Avalon baseball tops The Heights for private school state title BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER

First baseman Jake Taylor is set to return to the Silver Spring-Takoma Park T-Bolts this summer.

Morgan Egloff

Tommy Sanchez, have both set out their goals of going out with two titles this year,” said Avalon coach Patrick Duffy. “I think the younger kids on the team realized how much it meant to them and they didn’t want to let them down. The championship game was a great game, but it always is when we play The Heights.” Lennox and Sanchez, who verbally committed to Towson University over the weekend, were both Old Line Conference first-team selections. Lennox was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. Sophomore Pearce Howard also was named to the first team. Howard and fellow sophomore Paul Jackson should be two of the Black Knights’ key players the next two seasons. Jackson, who won four games for Avalon this spring, could develop into the ace of the staff. The Heights sent left-handed pitcher Guy DeSanctis to the mound to start the championship game, but Cavaliers’ coach

Jon Fritts replaced him with senior ace Brady Hall early on. Avalon scored two runs in the first. After The Heights tied the game in the top of the third, the Black Knights responded with three runs against Hall in the home half of the frame. While the B tournament went on as scheduled, the A tournament was cancelled due to a lack of participation. Initially, organizers expected six teams for the tournament, but three teams withdrew. “It was disappointing that we couldn’t get to play,” said Riverdale Baptist coach Terry Terrill, whose team would have been the top seed in the six-team tournament. “I think a lot of my guys wanted to play against Good Counsel and DeMatha. We’re not in a league, so those games are always really exciting and they allow us to measure how good we are each season.”


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Sherwood baseball falls silent A season of firsts for Poolesville Warriors lose in 4A state title game, 2-0, to Chesapeake n


One of the finest seasons in the history of the Sherwood High School baseball program ended in disappointment Friday at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. The Warriors were defeated 2-0 by Chesapeake in the 4A state title game. Sherwood (15-8) went through many of the peaks and valleys this spring that most high school teams go through each year and at times, its road to the state title game was bumpy. The Warriors lost close games to county foes Gaithersburg, Poolesville and Thomas S. Wootton on days when most of the runs they allowed were unearned. But by the time the postseason began, the Warriors played cleaner defense behind pitchers Brady Adam, Matt Chanin and Bryan Reich. Reich earned the victory over Perry Hall in the 4A North Region

final. Chanin, who is headed to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County this fall, was simply dominant in a no-hitter against Eleanor Roosevelt in the state semifinals. Friday, Adam was strong and struck out 15 batters, but the ultimate prize of a state-title victory eluded him. “My senior year was really my best year,” Adam said. “I would not have traded it for anything. I really loved being a part of this team. We did a lot of things together, hanging out, sleepovers, a lot of stuff. This year we were closer than ever before. I think that’s why we never doubted that we could BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE get here.” Sherwood High School baseball player Brady Adam and his teammates lost Adam, who reached on an error to start the game and to Chesapeake in Friday’s 4A state title game. had one of the Warriors’ two hits against Chesapeake senever come up with that key hit,” think we expected to get beat. We nior Andrew Spinneweber, was Chanin said. “It wasn’t like we had our chances, we just didn’t stranded on base three times Fri- weren’t used to seeing someone take advantage of them.” day. Chanin, who should remain like [Spinneweber] who could “This senior class was really teammates with Adam through the summer as members of the throw. We’ve faced some of the strong, but I like what we have Gaithersburg Giants, admitted best pitchers in the state all sea- coming back next year,” Sherhe felt responsible for leaving his son in our league. It was a tough wood coach Sean Davis said. way to go out. All of us seniors teammate on the bases. “It just seemed like we could knew we could be here. I don’t

Sloppy play dooms Gaithersburg baseball Several errors cost Trojans in 6-0 4A state semifinal loss to Chesapeake n


In the moments after his team had been shut out 6-0 by Chesapeake High School in the 4A state semifinals at the University of Maryland’s Shipley Field, Gaithersburg senior Nick DeCarlo was so emotionally spent that he didn’t want to remove his sunglasses. And despite the outcome of his final high school game, Gaithersburg (20-3) had earned a spot in the May 20

contest by riding DeCarlo’s talented right pitching arm, particularly in the 4A West Region final when he was able to shake off four first-inning runs and hold visiting Walt Whitman scoreless the rest of the way, as the Trojans rallied for a 5-4 victory. When DeCarlo, a Mount St. Mary’s recruit who finished the season hitting .306, led off the bottom of the first inning against Chesapeake, it proved to be the only time the Trojans would start an inning with a hit. Gaithersburg managed only one other hit against Chris Ruszin, a one-out single by Peter Galvin in the second inning. Not only did Gaithersburg fail to score, the Trojans

proved to be uncharacteristically generous on defense, committing five errors of their seven errors in the sixth inning. Chesapeake scored four unearned runs in the sixth and two more unearned runs in the seventh against a usually reliable Gaithersburg defense (.949 fielding percentage). “I think we committed more errors today than we had all season coming into this game,” said DeCarlo, who was 9-0 on the mound with 57 strikeouts and a 1.19 earnedrun average in 53 innings of work this spring. “It was a rough way to finish. I know we probably could have been OK down one run. But when you look up [at the scoreboard] and you’re down five or six

runs in the seventh, you know it’s going to be tough to come back.” Gaithersburg sophomore left-handed pitcher Anthony Felitti, who has verbally committed to the University of Virginia, shut out the Cougars through five innings in the semifinals. But several errors in the sixth changed the direction of the game. “We probably should have gotten out of the [sixth] inning only down 1-0,” Gaithersburg coach Jeff Rabberman said. “We just had way too many mistakes. It was a tough way for my seniors to go out. They meant a lot to me and to this program.”

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The Poolesville High School baseball team trailed 4-1 in the fourth inning with its usually reliable pitcher, Thayer Seely, struggling to make his way through the Parkside lineup. It was a situation that the Falcons and their lights-out pitching staff had avoided for most of their nearly perfect season, but with their backs against the wall in the school’s first ever Class 2A state semifinal May 20 in Silver Spring, Seely and his teammates weren’t fazed. With a man on third and no outs, Seely met briefly with fellow senior Hunter Pearre, then retired the next three batters to escape the inning unscathed and pave the way for a comeback. And though the Falcons didn’t complete it — they lost 5-4 in the ninth inning of the extra-inning affair — they proved once again why they belonged with Maryland’s best. “I was just saying, refuse to lose,” said Pearre, who hit the game-tying RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. “We got eight seniors; some of these guys will never pick up a baseball bat again. That’s just the sad truth of it. They just needed to grind it out ... They wanted it. We came up short. Hats off to Parkside.” Seely, a Towson University recruit, held Parkside scoreless after getting out of the fourthinning jam, finishing with three earned runs and eight strikeouts. The senior was a key part of a pitching staff that surrendered 1.82 runs per game for the Falcons (19-1), who defeated Middletown 4-0

to win the West Region. “The kids never gave up. They fought, they fought, they fought,” Poolesville coach Steve Orsini said. Parkside went ahead 3-0 in the third inning, scoring two of their runs off of Jack Goertzen’s two-out, two RBI single off the ninth pitch of the at bat. “That’s all it takes, one inning. We’ve won a lot of games in one inning. It was a great game to be able to come back the way we did,” Poolesville coach Steve Orsini said. The Falcons scored twice in the sixth inning on a twoout rally, which began with Pearre getting hit by a pitch with the bases empty. “Any way you can get on,” Pearre said. “We had to start chipping away, you weren’t going to get them all back at once. I guess that was good to get it going.” Poolesville was down to its last out in the seventh inning when senior Robbie Metz hit single to left field and eventually scored off of Pearre’s game-tying single. But it wasn’t enough. Goertzen hit the gamewinning RBI single in the top of the ninth and the Falcons came up empty in the bottom half of the inning. Orsini said this was the season that the Falcons had won a postseason game and their region. “We had a lot of firsts,” Orsini said. “... And that’s what gets things going. You have to crack the ice to get in there.” Pearre, a Barton College recruit, said the postseason experience could help the Falcons next spring. “My advice is to the younger guys is to just expect to win,” Pearre said. “They’ve all been here now … there’s no excuses, there’s no reason why this baseball program shouldn’t be one of the top in the county.”

Consistency is Blair’s key for success Blazers have won 12 or more games for 11 straight years




It’s a wonder why softball catchers are so often overlooked as they do, after all, touch the ball on every single play. Though they’re hidden behind a mask and tons of protective gear, catchers are quite prominent figures in everything they do to keep a team organized, a pitcher’s mind at ease. But even 14th-year Montgomery Blair High School softball coach Louie Hoelman said he’s guilty of taking his catcher, junior Maria Cruz, for granted at times. But only because she’s so good. “She does everything she is supposed to do and I never have to worry about her behind the plate, which is a big thing for a coach,” Hoelman said. “You forget sometimes that she has to catch every pitch no matter where it is, high, outside, if it bounces. No one ran on us this year, the way she warms up. The first thing a coach will ask is, ‘What’s their catcher like?’ No one wanted to run against Blair because [Cruz] has such a strong arm and quick release. That’s another thing you take for granted, that you don’t get run on.” There’s no denying what senior pitcher Annie Pietanza did for Blair this spring. After separating herself in the second half of 2013 as the Blazers’ best pitching option — the Salisbury University recruit will likely play first base or third base in college — Pietanza worked hard in the offseason, Hoelman said, to establish herself as the type of shutdown pitcher a high school team really needs to be successful. Pietanza, who was also backed by one of the county’s stingiest defenses, finished with a 1.40 earned-run average and held opposing batters to a

.164 success rate. But Cruz’s return to the lineup after missing 2013 with a broken ankle also provided an extra boost; Hoelman said her absence behind the plate impacted the Blazers last spring. While Blair certainly remained a top tier team, it fell a bit short of its expectations in the Class 4A West Region semifinals. Cruz’s return this season — she called every single pitch — gave the Blazers an additional sense of stability, Hoelman said. “She’s like the quarterback out there,” Hoelman said. “She calls out the plays and lets people know where to throw the ball, whether it should be cut. And she does it in a really good way. She’s kind of soft-spoken but people really respect what she says behind the plate.” Though the Blazers were unable to overcome an early deficit in a 5-2 loss to seventime state champion Chesapeake High of Anne Arundel County in the state semifinals May 19, Blair’s (19-3) second state tournament appearance in four years is indicative of the program’s growth and consistency the past 10-plus years. The Blazers have not dropped below .500 since a 7-10 campaign in Hoelman’s first year back in 2001. They actually haven’t been even close to that mark the past decade. Blair has won at least 12 games every year since 2004 and 15 or more since 2010. The continued success has helped the team evolve from a group of athletes Hoelman molded into softball players each spring to a more true, softball-minded squad as upand-coming players know they must come in at a certain level to break into the varsity lineup. While there are still signs of the small-ball only Blair teams of the past — speedy Andrea Brown (.423 batting average, 24 runs scored) surfaced as one of the county’s most effective slap/drag bunters — the Blazers’ batting order (.374) was more dynamic than ever. At the


Montgomery Blair High School senior pitcher Annie Pietanza was one of the reasons for the Blazers’ success this spring.

heart of it were three seniors — Pietanza (.450), shortstop Michelle McGhee (.407) and outfielder Briana Villa (.443). The Blazers have some big shoes to fill but the benefit of establishing itself as a top program, Blair has players ready to step in. Hoelman said he is excited about the prospect of a sister pitcher-catcher duo next spring as Maria’s younger sister, Karylena, is in line to take over pitching duties. The younger Cruz went 2-0 this season with a 2.21 ERA. “I’m excited about Karylena,” Hoelman said. “It’ll be nice to have sister pitcher and catcher. She has a certain calmness about her, she pitched about 20 innings for us and did a real good job. ... Annie really stepped up big time in the circle this year and helped us a whole lot, the whole team just kind of knew that she wasn’t going to give up too many runs and that made the whole season easier for us. The way Maria and Annie worked together to figure out batters, the way Maria handled the team and Annie this year, it was just an excellent year.”


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Maintenance Technicians

Condo/HOA in Greenbelt, MD seeking 2 Maintenance Technicians experience in building & grounds maintenance: basic drywall, plumbing, electrical work. Ability to lift 50 pounds or more, climb a ladder, have clean driving record. Good oral communication and customer service. Ability to work overtime as needed. Fax resume/references to HR Dept. at 301-596-2082 or email

Medical Assistant/ Ortho Tech

Busy Orthopaedic practice in Kensington has an immediate full time opening for a Medical Assistant/Ortho Tech. We are looking for a caring, energetic customer service driven individual to join our team. One year experience in orthopedics preferred.We offer competitive salary and benefits package. Please send resume to: or via fa to 301-9627450.

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Senior Accountant Post Community Media, LLC is looking for an exceptional senior accountant. Ideal candidate will have 4-year accounting degree, 2 to 3 years of accounting experience, knowledge of GAAP principles, MS Office, ability to create and work with complex Excel spreadsheets, and experience with an automated accounting system. Budgeting an cost accounting experience also helpful. In addition, performs various accounting duties including but not limited to, posting journal entries, monthly closings, reconciliations, financial statement preparation, analytical review. Help in preparation of operating budgets and other special projects as assigned. Skills/Qualifications: Accounting, SFAS Rules, Excel skills, Research Skills, Analyzing Information , Attention to Detail, DeadlineOriented, Confidentiality, Thoroughness, Corporate Finance, Financial Software, General Math Skills Post Community Media offers a competitive compensation & comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) & tuition reimbursement. Position is located in Gaithersburg, MD. Send resume and salary requirements to EOE.


Experienced commercial and residential service technicians needed. Send resume to

Spoken Language Interpreters

Local agency looking for independent spoken language interpreters for multiple languages primarily in Maryland for medical assignments at local hospitals. Surgeries, inpatients, medical appointments, ER. Email resume to For additional details go to

Wood Flooring

Floor helper needed in Gaithersburg area to assist Floor Mechanic.Own vehicle needed. Contact Weyer’s Floor Service, Inc. at 301-912-2700.


General office support, supply maintenance, phones, shipping and other duties as needed for Bioresearch office in Rockville MD. Very close to 270. Word and Excel needed.

To apply fax resume to: 301-838-9022 Attn: Linda


Work From Home

National Children’s Center Making calls. For more info please call Weekdays between 9a-4p No selling! Sal + bonus + benes. Call 301-333-1900

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New advanced standard safety technologies

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Third-generation navigation and audio technology

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NORTH BETHESDA, MD – May 15, 2014. Today marks a special milestone at Fitzgerald Auto Malls. At today’s monthly Child Seat Inspection, Fitzgerald Auto Malls will install and inspect their 45,000th child safety seat. No other local volunteer program in the United States has ever achieved this many child safety seat inspections within a single program. Jack Fitzgerald, CEO and founder of Fitzgerald Auto Malls, started the Fitzgerald Child Car Seat Inspection Program in 1999 after learning the dangers of improperly installed child safety seats. Since then, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, in partnership with national and local government agencies, has been committed to injury prevention and increasing the number of lives saved through properly installed child safety seats. “As a local business owner, I am proud to have the opportunity to work with the great government and state organizations to promote public safety,” said Jack Fitzgerald. “For 15 years now, Montgomery County Police and Fire & Rescue Services have been actively involved at our child safety seat events and I thank them for their support.” The Fitzgerald Child Car Seat Inspection Program has been a wonderful example of public-private partnership success. The local Montgomery County police and fire rescue volunteers have been integral in helping to organize and staff the events. “Today we celebrate a unique public-private partnership that has helped 45,000 children travel safer and given at least as many families greater peace of mind,” said Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. “Congratulations to all of our state and local law enforcement and fire and rescue professionals who’ve teamed with Jack Fitzgerald and his staff, for their hard work and dedication to protecting the most vulnerable passengers in any vehicle.” From 1975 through 2008, NHTSA estimates that almost 9,000 children were saved in crashes because they were restrained in car seats or seat belts. The misuse of car seats remains a big problem and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 3 to 14. The latest numbers show that every day in the United States, an average of 4 children younger than 14 were killed and 529 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. In 1999, the first year of the Fitzgerald Child Safety Seat Program, the misuse rate was 97%. The numbers have dropped to 50% year to date. Monthly events are held at the White Flint Rockville dealership on Nicholson Lane, on the third Thursday of every month. Visit for details or to make an appointment.

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