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David Kottler, who manages Mamma Lucia’s in Bethesda, checks an ID in the restaurant’s bar.

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Rachel is an underage volunteer for the Montgomery County Liquor Board. She poses in a Montgomery County liquor and wine store with her Maryland underage driver’s license, which is vertical and has a red box around her picture to indicate that she is not old enough to purchase alcohol. The Gazette blurred the personal details on her license.

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pronounce it correctly. When she started testing restaurants, she was nervous, she said. That first night, more than a half dozen of the 20 restaurants she tested ended up serving her illegally. Montgomery County Police work with underage volunteers such as Navarrete to check if restaurants and liquor establishments are selling to drinkers younger than 21, the minimum age to buy or drink alcohol in Maryland. “We don’t call it a sting operation,” said Kathie Durbin, chief of the licen-



Valeria Navarrete remembers the first time she tested whether a restaurant would sell her alcohol illegally. She was an underage volunteer working with Montgomery County Police. “I didn’t know anything or what to choose,” Navarrete said. She asked for a chardonnay, mostly because she knew what the wine looked like and how to

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With the American flag in their hands, and surrounded by family and friends, 26 candidates from 23 countries became U.S. citizens at a ceremony hosted by students and the administration Tuesday at Rosa Parks Middle School in Olney. The ceremony in the school’s gymnasium was part of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. More than 18,000 people are becoming U.S. citizens in about 180 naturalization ceremonies across the country from Monday through next Monday, according to a news release from Citizenship and Immi-


Of the 400 county businesses tested in the last fiscal year, which just ended, 111 sold alcohol to minors.









They may have white painted lines with diagonal stripes, but two crosswalks along Olney-Laytonsville Road aren’t the real thing. Over the past couple of weeks, crosswalks mysteriously appeared along OlneyLaytonsville Road (Md. 108) in Olney, but according to the State Highway Administration, the “graffiti” must go. The crosswalks, which cross both eastbound and westbound lanes, showed up near the entrance to the Olney Shopping



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ing mistakes to the facility. “Given the construction deficiencies present in the project...the county is well within its contractual rights to retain payment, or demand return of moneys already paid” to Foulger-Pratt Contracting for its work on the project, which is “grossly” behind schedule, according to a letter to the contractor from David Dise, director of the county’s Department of General Services. Foulger-Pratt released a statement about the letter Monday.

“Foulger-Pratt is in receipt of a letter from David Dise, sent in response to the letter sent to David by Bryant Foulger on September 10. We stand by the statements made in our September 10 letter and have nothing further to add at this time.” The two sides are engaged in a dispute over fixing cracks in the $120 million transit hub, including the use of a latex-modified concrete as the overlay product to make the repairs. The site at the corner of Colesville


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Road and Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring was scheduled to open in 2011, but a series of cracks found in the structure and disparities in the thickness of the concrete have delayed the opening. In a letter sent to Dise Tuesday, Foulger-Pratt Managing Principal Bryant Foulger said the facility likely won’t be ready until at least summer 2014. Foulger wrote that the firm opposed the installation of the concrete overlay because it wouldn’t address

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the design issue that caused the cracking and long-term maintenance of the concrete slabs. In a release to The Gazette, Foulger strongly opposed the county’s approach. “Our recommendations with regard to the overlay have been ignored in favor of an approach that we believe to be highly inadvisable — an approach insisted upon by the county’s design

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Family receives posthumous honor for father’s service in war PEOPLE & PL ACES TERRI HOGAN

The family of the late Francis W. Sherman was honored

Sept. 9 when a representative of the Russian Embassy presented them with the Medal of Ushakov for his wartime deeds — specifically for helping protect the northern convoys that delivered resources and weapons to the Soviet Union during World War II. The presentation ceremony took place at the Sandy Spring office of Transportation Management Services, owned by Frank Sherman Jr. of Sandy Spring. Besides Sherman and his wife, Carroll, others present included Francis Sherman’s widow, Elizabeth “BJ” Sherman of Silver Spring, and their children Elizabeth Sherman of Brookeville and Kathleen Hutson of Laurel. “Today was a pretty awesome day,” said his daughter Elizabeth. “Vlad Chernyshov of the embassy of the Russian Federation came to present Dad’s medal and we learned that he is the last U.S. recipient to receive the Ushakov Medal. There were only 45 medals given to U.S. servicemen and a total of 1,915 worldwide. Mr. Chernyshov also said that this medal was one of distinction and honor in Russia because it was earned during a dangerous mission during World War II.” Family members say that in June 1943, the crew of the battleship USS Alabama participated in a mission to protect Allied convoys to Murmansk, Russia, when the ship was stationed in Reykjavik, Iceland. During one of these operations, the Alabama received orders to try to lure the German battleship Von Tirpitz — sister ship of the famed Bismarck — out of its Norwegian lair. The Germans, however, did not rise to the challenge, keeping their ship hidden among the fjords along the Norwegian coast. The Von Tirpitz was considered a major threat to the British and Russians until its destruction in 1944. At a reunion aboard the Alabama in 2011, Francis Sherman learned from fellow crew members that they had received recognition from Russia for a particular tour of duty aboard the Alabama during the war. After returning home from the reunion, family members researched the criteria for receiving the medal. Sherman wrote to the embassy and learned in September 2012 that he would receive the medal

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from Russia. He died soon thereafter, on Oct. 9. “He was thrilled with this news and asked every day until the day before he died if the medal had come yet,” his daughter Elizabeth said. The Alabama was launched in February 1942 at Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Va. When he was 15, Sherman boarded the ship and he was one of the few crewmen who remained on the ship from the time it was launched until its decommissioning in 1947. Sherman was born in Massachusetts in 1927. After his service in the Navy, he married Elizabeth “BJ” Holmes, a Navy nurse, and they lived in Garrett Park for 40 years.

New board to guide museum’s new vision The Sandy Spring Museum held its annual meeting Sept. 12, when new board members were elected and the museum’s new strategic vision was presented. Board members for 2013-14 are Marcia Ferranto, president; Doug Farquhar, vice president; Elizabeth Thornton, secretary; Edmund Cronin, treasurer; and

Kulley Bancroft, Lee Canby, Laurel Chiat, Glenna Christopher, Neeta Datt, Andrew Dawes, Larry Eig, Brooke Farquhar, Barbara Gibian, Fred Harde, Arthur Holmes Jr., Eric Luedtke, Andrea Mohr, Ralph Portee, Joe Reiff and Kareemah Woodard. Executive Director Allison Weiss said the new vision fo-

cuses on the nexus of history and the cultural arts. “For example, we now have nine resident artists, many of whom use the museum collection as a source of inspiration in their work, or they are exploring local history through their art,” Weiss said. “Our newest artists, a Potters’ Cooperative, is going to be researching the Fair Hill Pottery Manufactory that operated in Olney in the 1800s. They will be creating pottery that is a modern version of the historic pieces.” The vision also includes broadening the museum’s concept of history, to include the stories of everyone who lives in the Sandy Spring community — those whose ancestry dates back generations and those who have moved to the area more recently.

Students are semifinalists for Merit Scholarships Nicholas P. Cameron, Jacob Fishbein and Singiti P. Weerasuriya of Sherwood High


Vlad Chernyshov of the Russian Embassy presents the Medal of Ushakov to relatives of the late Francis Sherman for his efforts in the Navy during World War II. From left are Chernyshov, Elizabeth Sherman, Elizabeth “BJ” Sherman and Kathleen Hutson, along with a photo of Sherman. School in Olney and Michelle N. Odonkor of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, also in Olney, are semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists were selected from among high school juniors who were top scorers on the 2012 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 16,000 semifinalists across the nation will be considered to become finalists. These students, now seniors, compete for one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million that will be offered in the spring.

Weekly documentary screenings start Friday A group of Olney-area citizens has organized a 10-week Friday night film series, screening documentaries on a range of current issues. “War on Whistleblowers” will be the first showing, on Friday. Screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Olney Community Room of the Buffington Re/Max building, 3300 OlneySandy Spring Road. This effort is volunteerdriven and self-funded. All showings are free and open to the public. Discussion will be encouraged following the films. More information and the schedule are at

Humane society plans pet microchip clinics The Montgomery County Humane Society will hold clinics from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 13 at which pet owners can have a microchip inserted under their dog’s or cat’s skin to help find it if it’s missing. The clinics will be held at Aspin Hill Memorial Park at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Aspen Hill Road in Silver Spring. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and can identify an animal when it is read by a scanning device. The cost of inserting a microchip in each animal is $35. Selected pets also will be available for adoption. For more information, call 240-773-5960 or visit preventionisthebeststrategy. shtml

Foundation awards grants to small nonprofits The Carl M. Freeman Foundation of Rockville is taking grant applications from small nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County. The Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support grant program is open to nonprofits with operating budgets of $750,000 or less. Applications are due 5 p.m. Sept. 25. Complete guidelines and applications are at For questions,

The Cancer Prevention Study-3 is a grass-roots effort in which communities across the country support cancer research by participating in a research study. The purpose of the study is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer, and ultimately to eliminate cancer. Men and women ages 30 to 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are eligible to participate. Local enrollment is being made possible in partnership with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney. Initial enrollment requires completion of an online survey and an appointment. Enrollment will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at the hospital’s community learning center, 18101 Prince Phillip Drive, Olney. Following enrollment, participants will periodically receive mailed surveys at home every few years to update information. More information about the project is at, or by emailing or calling 888-604-5888.

DEATHS Roy Linwood Selby Jr. Roy Linwood Selby Jr., 75, of Beallsville, died Sept. 14, 2013, at Frederick Memorial Hospital. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 20 at Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road, Poolesville. Hilton Funeral Home in Barnesville handled arrangements.

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More thrills, more effects make attractions scarier than ever before TERRI HOGAN STAFF WRITER

Organizers of the Field of Screams Maryland say that new lights, props and sound effects elevate Olney’s haunted attraction to the level of a Hollywood production. Field of Screams, hosted by the Olney Boys and Girls Community Sports Association, opens Friday night, and continues each weekend through Nov. 2. This year marks the event’s 11th anniversary. Association officials say that Field of Screams Maryland is the largest and most popular haunt in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia, offering four spectacular haunts spread over 50 acres at the Community Park at Freeman Fields, located at 4501 Olney Laytonsville Road. Last year, more than 10,000 mustered the courage to experience Field of Screams. The event, which costs “tens of thousands” to put on, is one of OBGC’s largest fundraisers. Organizers say their goal is to make $75,000. Admission costs range from $10 to $84, depending on the date and attraction. Paintball Apocalypse, a popular attraction new last year, returns. Visitors ride on a custom-designed double-decker wagon, while shooting glow-in-the-dark paintballs at zombies who are attacking the vehicle. Other attractions include the Lusion Manor haunted house, where visitors will navigate through an all-new experience of 13 professionally designed rooms; the Hades Hayride; and the most popular attraction —Trail of Terror, which features several new stations and effects. Sports Association Chairman Dan Dionisio said they have built a professional team of the best haunt designers, makeup artists and actors in the country to elevate the event to one of the top in the nation. “Each year we challenge ourselves about how we can improve the experience for our guests,” he said. “Members of our





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(Clockwise from top) Matt Crase, 22, of Laytonsville, Michael Mainwaring, 19, of Gaithersburg and Taylor Payne, 21, of Gaithersburg in the funhouse at Field of Screams Maryland. creative team now include the best designers in the world that you can get your hands on and we are honored that they want to be part of our project — the national haunt business now knows where Olney, Md., is.” He said that while he does not want to give away any surprises, he believes people will be shocked by the level of sophistication and scares offered this year. “The industry is noticing us and asking to visit, which is a big compliment,” said Dionisio. He said volunteers, paid staff and management team make it all happen, with help from many third-party organizations that provide expertise in safety, lighting and sound, prop design and production. Mike Lado, 25, of Olney has been involved with Field of Screams for several years. A longtime fan of the horror genre, he started out as a makeup artist, and is now an effects specialist, working on prop work, painting and set design. “Field of Screams is very professional and definitely a business,” he said. “It is

geared to be the biggest and the baddest for the guests that come through, to really experience the horror season.” He said fresh changes keep people coming back year after year. “I definitely believe we have upped the ante,” Lado said. “We’ve made some major adjustments that will leave people horrifically surprised.” The event also features bonfires where guests can roast their own s’mores, and purchase favorites including fried Twinkies and Oreos, funnel cakes, hot chocolate and other refreshments. There are several special guest appearances planned, including visits by local radio stations. Other special events, including Military Night and Midnight Madness offering expanded hours, will be announced on the website and on social media sites. The full schedule, pricing information, and discount tickets are available on www.

Heavy rain, pesky insects and swinging temperatures followed by an August drought made 2013 a tricky year for agriculture in Montgomery County, but several local community supported agriculture farms reported success nonetheless. “I’ve been here for 25 years. We have not seen, in recent memory, challenges like we are seeing this year,” said Jeremy Criss, the county’s agricultural manager. Among those challenges, Criss noted heavy rains in June, stink bugs and kudzu beetles and the lack of rainfall in August and early September. Community supported agriculture is a burgeoning industry in Montgomery County, one that’s boomed in the past five years, Criss said. Buyers typically pay upfront for a “share” of locally grown produce which is then regularly delivered throughout the summer and fall. Montgomery County has 12 community supported agriculture farms, plus 14 that do not grow in the county but have local delivery points, according to the Montgomery Countryside Alliance website. At Query Mill Hill Farm in North Potomac, the cool, wet spring caused rot in a portion of the onions and potatoes, farm President Mark Israel said. Nevertheless, deliveries have been consistent, production “enormously high” and every bag has arrived stuffed with “a little more than they paid for,” he said. Eliminating corn, which is very energy- and land-intensive and produces little financial return, has freed up space to plant more of the farm’s other crops,

Israel said. Red Wiggler Community Farms in Clarksburg operates the county’s longest-running CSA, started in 1996. This year the farm faced diseased peppers and parsley, said Executive Director Woody Woodroof. The farm also missed a small tomato planting in June because of wet weather. “It has been challenging, but we’ve met our weekly goals,” Woodroof said. “We rely on diversity. We’ve got 40 other crops that are actually doing fairly well.” The use of trap crops, such as sunflowers and buckwheat, has helped mitigate effects of an unpredictable growing season. They serve as protectors, coaxing stinkbugs and other pests to them while shielding the true prizes, patches of tomatoes and peppers “hidden” nearby. A wildflower patch sits adjacent, where the “good bugs” hide out and emerge to prey on the “bad bugs” lurking in vegetable patches, Woodroof said. For Sandy Spring CSA, produce is grown in Lancaster County, Pa., for delivery in Silver Spring. Deliveries have been consistent, reported farm administrator Benjamin Zuses. Product diversity also has helped; Sandy Spring offers an herbal medicine bundle, featuring creams, teas and balms, a package inherently less vulnerable to weather and bugs. Although pleased with the Red Wiggler CSA’s performance thus far, Woodroof noted there is still a significant work to be done and challenges ahead. “Our fall planting is always challenging to get to germinate ... [There could be] hurricanes, winds blowing things down, we could be inundated by stink bugs,” Woodroof said. “We still have half our season to go. Anything could happen.”

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The Olney Library construction project has made significant progress over the past two months, and county officials are hopeful that the facility will be open by the end of the year. In July, contractor Milestone Construction announced that it was going out of business, after work on the project had come to a halt. Milestone agreed to complete the project, and county officials stepped in to oversee the project’s completion. Suresh Patel of the Department of General Services Division of Building Design and Construction, and Olney Library Manager Joseph Eagan provided updates at the Sept. 10 meeting of the Greater Olney Civic Association (GOCA). Patel said there are more than 30 laborers on the site each

day, and Pepco and water connections were expected this week. Eagan said they are expecting “substantial completion” by Oct. 15. At that point, staff will move inside to oversee the installation of shelving and other furnishings, which should take about a month. Then, it will take four to six weeks to get “tens of thousands” of books onto the shelves. Staff will have to go through the books that have been in storage one by one. The Olney Library closed in December 2010 after staff funding was eliminated as of January 2011, in anticipation of construction. The library, located near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Olney-Laytonsville Road, was built in 1981. The nearly $13 million project will expand the building from 16,825 square feet to 22,574 square feet, and will also include a complete renovation of the interior. The energy-efficient facility will offer increased seating, an enlarged children’s area, a separate teen area, program rooms, meeting areas, quiet and

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GOCA reopens issue of adding Bus Rapid Transit The issue of a Bus Rapid Transit system was up for debate at the Sept. 10 GOCA meeting, as it relates to the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan. The planning document examines and provides recommendations for transit, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure that will help create complete transportation options in Montgomery County. The document is under review by the County Council, and public hearings are scheduled for Sept. 24 and 26. The county is currently considering a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, which would utilize buses or specialized vehicles on roadways or dedicated lanes to transport passengers to their destinations. One of the routes that has been mentioned is Georgia Avenue, between Olney and Silver Spring.

GOCA’s Transportation Committee offered a motion that opposes using any further funds or taxing restricts to fund the expansion of BRT to Olney. The motion was postponed, and will be further discussed at an upcoming GOCA meeting, depending on when speakers to present both sides can be scheduled. At the July 2012 meeting, GOCA delegates unanimously approved a resolution that supported a Bus Rapid Transit system in the county, but opposed any special tax district imposed on existing property owners to finance it.

GOCA supports Spring Arbor project Representatives from Spring Arbor, an assisted living and special care facility proposed for the property just north of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department on Georgia Avenue, returned to GOCA for a third time to present their latest plans. GOCA had suggested that the plan be changed from a one-

story building to a two-story building to reduce the footprint and impervious surface area, and that a portion of the land to be donated to the fire department for its future expansion. Rebecca Walker, an attorney from the law firm Miles and Stockbridge, said that GOCA’s concerns were all addressed, including donating a 4,700-square foot portion of property to the fire department, which will allow for a future two-bay expansion. GOCA delegates supported the updated plan unanimously. They are expected to present their plans to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday. Planning Board staff has recommended approval, with conditions.

Plan calls for 54 homes for Marian Fathers land Tom Natelli of Natelli Communities shared plans for a proposed housing development to be built on the Marian Fathers site, located at 19101 Georgia

Avenue in Brookeville. The current plan calls for 35 single-family homes and 19 townhouses. The homes would be built in two sections, and would be accessed from St. Albert Drive and Abby Manor Drive, both in the Manor Oaks community. Residents of Manor Oaks attended the meeting and expressed concerns, mostly about the additional traffic, and its impact on their residential streets. Natelli said that the county and the state are in disagreement about providing access from Georgia Avenue. He is hoping the two agencies will work together to come to an agreement. Manor Oaks residents at the meeting appeared to support a Georgia Avenue connection. Natelli said that they are early in the approval process, but expect to submit their preliminary plan and site plans later this month. His best guess is that the earliest they could break ground is the spring of 2015.


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Group asks school staff, students to stay home, celebrate Eid al-Adha BY


A coalition of local Muslims and others are urging Montgomery County Public Schools to close on two holidays, which the coalition’s co-chair, Saqib Ali, framed as a civil rights issue. Besides an amended county school system calendar, the Equality for Eid Coalition — sponsored by the Maryland chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations — wants students and staff members to skip school on Oct. 15 and instead celebrate Eid al-Adha. Supporters can sign the coalition’s online petition at www. As of Tuesday, it had about 260 signatures. The coalition, which formed about a year ago, also wants schools to close when classes conflict with another Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr. However, for at least the next three years, Eid al-Fitr will fall on days during the school system’s summer break. Both Eid holidays fall on different days each year, as they follow the Islam lunar calendar. Eid al-Adha marks the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadan, according to the coalition’s website. The issue was discussed by the county Board of Education in November 2012, when it opted not to close school on the Muslim holidays after parents and community leaders requested it. School system staff reported at the time there was not a high absentee rate on the holiday in the past three years. Ali — a state delegate from 2007 to 2011 who has filed to run again next year — said, however, the coalition thinks attendance is “not the right question to ask.”

The decisions to close school on or near Christian and Jewish holidays were not based on similar analyses of attendance records, Ali said, and Muslim holidays should not be held to a different standard. “If we’re only going to use them (the attendance studies) for certain communities, that’s not equitable,” Ali said. Ali said the number of Muslim students in the county school system is unknown. “But we know there’s a significant number and it seems to be growing,” he said. According to its website, the coalition’s supporters include Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Council President Nancy Navarro, and seven state senators and delegates. Montgomery County Board of Education member Philip Kauffman (At-large) of Olney said it boils down to what the law allows. “We need evidence of student absences or staff absences that would impact on the delivery of instruction,” he said. The school system will monitor absences this year, he said, though past studies in recent years have not indicated a “discernable trend.” Schools close on Christian holidays such as Christmas and Good Friday under state law. Chief Operating Officer Larry Bowers said the school system added Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur based on low attendance from Jewish teachers and students on the holidays. The school system, however, does not have records showing how it came to the decision in the early 1970s, he said. Since then, Bowers said, case law has arisen that lets districts close schools only for secular purposes. “We make it clear that these are excused absences, but we, at this stage, we really need to follow the law,” Kauffman said. The school system recog-


Saqib Ali, co-chair of the Equality for Eid Coalition, a campaign to get Montgomery County Public Schools closed on two Muslim holidays.

nizes both Muslim holidays by declaring them nontesting days and giving Muslim students excused absences. Mimi Hassanein, outreach coordinator for the Islamic Society of Germantown, said she personally has advocated on this issue for about 25 years and joined the campaign about a year ago. Hassanein has had three children go through the county school system and has five grandchildren currently attending. She said she has had a “positive” experience in her efforts to help educate school system teachers and staff about Muslim holidays and culture. Yet, she wants schools to close in observance of the Eids, either entirely or just for students. Hassanein said the school system has been more sensitive to Muslim students and staff by trying not to schedule exams or introduce new topics in class. But, she said, “it varies from school to school. It’s not set in stone.” In her experience, she said, about half of Muslim families have their children miss school to celebrate an Eid holiday. Montgomery County Coun-

cil member George L. Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park has supported efforts to close school on Muslim holidays in the past and said he thinks the school system eventually will decide to close schools. “It poses a conflict for people who want to exercise their right to religious observance,” Leventhal said. If schools remain open, he said, parents and students “highly motivated toward academic achievement” will go to school instead of celebrating. If schools were open on a Jewish holiday such as Rosh Hashanah, Leventhal said, he thinks “a substantial number” of Jewish students would attend classes. Leventhal said the school system has “a lot of flexibility” when it comes to closing schools. “They’ve drawn the line at Christians and Jews, and that’s exclusionary,” he said. Area mosques and organizations, including Jews United for Justice, which has an activism focus in the Washington, D.C., area, are supporting the campaign. Rebecca Ennen, the organization’s development and communications manager, said generally holidays are “crucial and central” to a religious group’s community and identity. “When those don’t get recognized, it’s a real negation of what our values are and what we stand for,” she said. The coalition will hold a press conference outside the Montgomery County Council Office Building in Rockville on Sept. 23 to announce itself and its mission. The school board is scheduled to discuss the issue next in the fall of 2014.

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Almost every area scrutinized in an audit of Rock Terrace School’s independent activity fund contained weaknesses in its management, school officials said Friday. “It was hard to tell from the audit how many things the school did right,” said Philip Kauffman, vice president of the Montgomery County Board of Education. The Rockville school serves developmentally delayed students, and parents alleged last summer that school staff misappropriated money students earned in a work-study program. The audit did not review the money collected in the workstudy program, called Transition to Work. In the wake of the allegations, school principal Dianne Thornton retired in August. Auditor Roger Pisha did examine the school’s independent activity funds, which a school mostly generates through avenues such as its PTA, booster club and activities such as the school’s cafe and paper-shredding program that generate funds for the school and provide other work-experience opportunities for students. The audit period covered Oct. 1, 2011, to May 31, 2013. In an Aug. 19 report to the school’s acting principal, Katherine Lertora, Pisha said he found instances of improper recording or poor reviewing of the school’s financial activity with these funds, among other issues. “Almost all areas” the audit examined contained “weaknesses,” said Larry Bowers, chief operating officer for the school system. “I would say this is pretty unusual in terms of how many areas have been identified,” he said. As a result, school system officials now are considering whether the Rockville school

may need an extra person on staff to handle the financial management responsibilities that now fall to the school’s administrative secretary, Bowers said. Among other findings, the audit report said school employees made expenditures without properly documenting the reason for them. Some unexplained expenditures included magazine subscriptions, books, gift cards, an iPod Nano and a traffic citation, according to the audit report. “We did not find any information that would lead us to believe they were for personal use,” Bowers said of the expenditures. Some of the same expenditure items, including gift cards, came up in a 2011 audit of the school, which discovered the items were given to students, Bowers said. The school system also could not locate the logs where school employees are required to record purchases they make with the school’s credit cards. Rock Terrace also did not follow financial procedures for its “business-like activities” that were put in a place after a previous audit, the report said. Bowers said he believes those financial procedures stemmed from the 2011 audit. The business activities refer to the work-experience opportunities available to students in the school, Bowers said. The report does not specify which ones it is referring to. Other issues identified in the recently released audit report include: School employees did not properly document fundraising activities; employees did not submit some financial information related to field trips; the school’s outdoor environmental education program account had excess money for an undetermined reason; transfers were made between school accounts without necessary signatures; and it was not always clear whether the principal had reviewed financial reports in a timely manner. Bowers emphasized in an interview that some of these issues are not unique to Rock Terrace.

They are also tied to teachers’ responsibilities, he said. “This isn’t just about the principal or the financial agent,” he said. Kauffman said responsibility for a school’s financial management ultimately lies with the leadership, but that teachers should also have been aware of their responsibilities. With the school’s administrative secretary balances financial management responsibilities with others, Bowers said the school system is looking into whether the school may need a separate person for the job. The school system will provide a “visiting bookkeeper” who will help the school’s administrative secretary as “a stopdrop measure” until it decides whether a financial specialist is necessary, he said. Bowers said the school once had a financial specialist position, but it was eliminated in 2011. Every middle and high school has a financial specialist, Bowers said. Each elementary school has an administrative secretary to handle financial management responsibilities along with other responsibilities. Kauffman said Rock Terrace has fewer students than a typical middle or high school. The school system has developed a plan for the school that outlines how it can improve its fiscal management. Among other measures, the plan includes training the school system will provide for the administrative secretary and other employees. A school employee at the school’s main phone number said Lertora had no comment on the audit. Kauffman said the school board will have to “vigorously follow up” on the remaining questions regarding the student bank accounts set up as part of the work-study program. “The board recognizes that the system has a lot to do to redeem the trust of parents in the community and make it right by the families,” he said.

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Above, Don Pruett of Leisure World in Silver Spring, a volunteer with the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department, joins about 50 other people for the department’s annual Sept. 11 Candlelight Remembrance on Sept. 11 in Olney. Below, Mark Brown (left) of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department, his daughter Alyssa Brown and his wife, Valerie Brown (center), join in the department’s remembrance.


he Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Sept. 11 Candlelight Remembrance on Wednesday evening at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Route 108. Deputy Chief George Brown and his wife, Connie, organized the first event in 2001, and have held it annually. In early years, crowds were several people deep. Although crowds have declined over the years, the Browns said they are determined to keep the tradition alive. “Even if it is just George and I standing there, we are going to keep doing this,” said Connie Brown. “It’s just a simple way for people to show that we haven’t forgotten.” — TERRI HOGAN

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Montgomery County’s plan to move two shelters to the White Flint area will increase the number of beds available for men, but leaves one fewer bed for women. Nadim Khan, chief of special-needs housing with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human

Services, said the White Flint facility will replace two existing transitional housing shelters. Bethesda House in Bethesda, which houses 15 men, and Dorothy Day in Rockville, which has room for 20 women, will be combined into a 37-bed shelter at 5320 Marinelli Road near the White Flint Metro station. Khan said the county will rent the new building, which is currently being renovated and is owned by Marinelli Associates LLC. He expects the current shelters to move there in six to eight months. The new shelter will have 19


beds for women and 18 for men. Khan said the existing shelter has 19 women staying there now; the shelter is not going to kick anybody out during the move, he said. “The shelter’s not at full capacity right now, and transition is going on anyway — people are coming in and out of the shelter,” he said. Khan said the new shelter will have three more spaces for men. “There are more men in our transitional shelters, and there’s more pressure to serve men,” he said. The women’s part of the new shelter will have single beds instead of bunk beds, like the Dorothy Day shelter has. Khan said the single beds will be safer than bunk beds. “Even if we have one less bed, it’s a safer environment,” he said. The new building also will have more space for programs and activities during the day, as well as shared kitchens and shared dining halls, Khan said. Catholic Charities, which operates the existing shelters, also will operate the new shelter, Khan said. Eric Salmi, director of communications for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, said his organization supports combining and relocating the shelters. “It’s not going to change anything in the way the two shelters operate and the population they serve,” he said. Khan said combining the two shelters should help the county save money and make services more effective. “The day programs are going to be more robust because there’s more space available,” he said. Lindsay Hoffman, executive director of Friends of White Flint, said the organization has a few questions about the shelter that haven’t been answered yet because the plans were just announced, such as what services would be offered during the day. “We have no objections to a well-run facility being run in White Flint,” she said. In January, volunteers counted 1,004 homeless people living in Montgomery County, according to a report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services currently has 11 shelters with 95 beds for families and 130 beds for individuals, said Mary Anderson, a county spokeswoman. During the winter, the county opens up an additional 244 beds, and it also has provided hotel rooms for families when the family shelters have run out of beds, she said.


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School board member cites ‘unfinished work out there’ BY


School board member Michael Durso said he sees Montgomery County Public Schools facing a variety of complex issues — and he wants to keep working on them. “I see there’s a fair amount of unfinished work out there,” Durso said. “I like to be part of what’s going on and solving the problems and not just stating the problems.” Durso of Silver Spring will run for reelection next year to the Montgomery County Board of Education for a second term as the District 5 representative. Durso was appointed to the school board to finish the term of former school board member Nancy Navarro, who won a special election for a Mont-

gomery County Council seat. Durso was later elected to the board in 2010. “It’s been an interesting experience,” Durso said in a Tuesday phone interview. “I’m not sure I really knew what to expect.” Durso spent decades in the education field as a social studies teacher and then a principal in Washington, D.C., Arlington County, Va., and Montgomery County. Looking back at the board’s performance during his more than four years as a member, Durso said his rating of its performance is “a bit mixed.” If he were to give it a grade, he said, it would be “incomplete.” “There have been a lot of things that I think we have grappled with and that I think we continue to grapple with,” Durso said. When it comes to the school system’s ongoing achievement gaps, Durso said he thinks the county has made some strides.

“There have been a lot of things that I think we have grappled with and that I think we continue to grapple with.” Michael Durso “I still think there’s a significant group of young people that we’re not reaching,” he said. The issue is a familiar one to him as an educator, he said. “My first year teaching was in 1965,” he said. “I remember vividly some of these same issues being discussed then.” Sociological, economic and other

County men die at Navy Yard Gunman killed 12 on Monday in D.C.




Two of the victims identified in Monday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard were residents of Montgomery County. According to D.C. Metropolitan Police, John Roger Johnson, 73, of Derwood and Vishnu Pandit, 61, of North Potomac were among 12 people shot and killed by a gunman at the Navy Yard in Southeast Washington. The suspected gunman, Aaron Alexis, was killed in a shootout with police; the FBI is seeking information about him. According to The Washington Post, Pandit was a civilian employee of the Navy for more than 25 years. He was born in Mumbai, India, in November 1951 and moved to the U.S. when he was in his 20s. He attended a marine

engineering college in Calcutta and later enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1974 before moving to Maryland Pandit and raising two sons with his wife, Anjali Pandit. The Post reported that a Hindu service will be held for Pandit and that the family has requested donations in lieu of flowers to the Wounded Warriors Project, organizations supporting the Navy or the Humane Society of Montgomery County. One neighbor called Pandit “a very good friend, a very good person,” before declining further comment. Another neighbor who also declined to provide her name said, “I think everyone’s just in shock.” Pandit and his wife “were very

good friends. They would do anything for their neighbors. He will be greatly missed, he was such a sweet man,” she said. “Everybody loves them.” Pandit loved his golden retriever, Bailey, she said. “You can live next to somebody forever and not know the intimate details of their life, but what you do know about him you love,” the neighbor said. Johnson also was a civilian employee of the Navy. One of his neighbors told The Washington Post that Johnson “always had a smile on his face,” adding that Johnson had lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years. Johnson was further described as a “smart man.” “He loved children. He loved our grandchildren. No one could ask for a better neighbor,” she told The Post.

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An opinion from an official in the state Attorney General’s Office says state employees from outside Maryland State Police can help deal with the backlog of applications for gun purchases. Del. Kevin Kelly (D-Dist. 1B) of Cumberland wrote the Attorney General’s Office Sept. 8 to rule on the legality of using the outside employees. The reply, from the office’s chief counsel, Adam D. Snyder, is that the system is legal. “Although I understand the concern, in my view the [Maryland State Police] does perform the review and investigatory functions under the arrangement

discussed above; the [state police] has simply borrowed employees from other units of the Executive Branch to enable it to effectively and efficiently perform the clerical work associated with carrying out its statutory duty,” Snyder wrote. “When entering data into the [state police] database, those employees function as the [state police’s] agents for that task,” he wrote. “I am not aware of any legal principle that would prevent one State agency from making its employees available to assist another State agency in this manner.” A controversial gun-control law that takes effect Oct. 1 will place new restrictions on buying certain weapons, prompting a surge in applications. To handle the backlog, up to 200 employees from the departments of Health and Mental Hygiene; Public Safety and Correctional Services;

County delegate wants to give the code a shave BY


Deep in the annals of Maryland law is a single sentence that one Montgomery County lawmaker says needs to be shaved from the code. It reads: “A barbershop in Montgomery County may not open for business more than 6 days a week.” Del. Eric Luedtke says the old law needs to go and has drafted a bill repealing it. He plans to introduce his bill in the 2014 Maryland General Assembly session, which starts in January. “Laws have real effects on people’s lives and I think we should have a clean code,” he said. Luedtke (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville suspects the law is an old “blue law,” a subset of laws that ban activity on Sundays for religious purposes. As far back as 1971, state

law prohibited barbershops in Montgomery and, at the time, Prince George’s County, from being open for business more than six days each week, according to information from the Maryland Department of Legislative Services. In 1996, the General Assembly repealed the requirement for Prince George’s County, but it remained for Montgomery. Restricting barbershops in Montgomery — and only there — to a six-day business week is a law the state can do without, Luedtke said, especially since few know it even exists. “As far as I know, it is not being enforced,” Luedtke said. The law is not enforced, said Michael Vorgetts, acting commissioner of the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulations’ Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. It would fall to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, as the staff for the state’s Board of Barbers, to enforce the law, he said. “We have a high volume of complaints for more serious vio-



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Human Resources; and Juvenile Services had been working since Sept. 6 to enter data from more than 38,000 applications. Kelly wasn’t surprised by the reply. “I didn’t like the result. I was hoping against hope,” he said Tuesday. State Sen. Nancy Jacobs last week called for a federal investigation into whether the practice violated the applicants’ privacy. In his letter, Snyder said he didn’t believe the system breached an applicant’s privacy. Jacobs said Tuesday she was concerned that the data entry was not secured. “There’s no guarantee that the data isn’t out there being used by somebody for identity theft. It’s is a huge exposure,” said Jacobs (R-Dist. 34) of Abingdon.

lations, more significant threats to public health and safety,” Vorgetts said. “So those are the things that we would try to focus on.” Andrew Fremming has been a barber for 12 years. His shop, The Suite, has been open in Silver Spring just shy of four years. While The Suite is only open five days each week, Fremming had no idea that the law restricted his profession to less than a full week of operation. Fremming said he thinks few barbers know about the law and noted that the Board of Barbers rarely checks up on his business, let alone enforces the shop’s days of operation. Luedtke suspects religion as a reason, but Fremming suggested it could be tradition that put the law on the books. “The only thing I can think of is the tradition of barbershops being closed on Mondays,” he said. “It’s something that has been going on for quite some time.” Vorgetts agreed. He did not know the origin of the tradition to be closed on Mondays, but

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announced in June, involved more input from the “ground level” of the school community than the system’s Seven Keys to College Readiness. “Not that they weren’t valid or didn’t make sense,” he said. “I’m not sure that the buy-in from teachers and administrators and to some extent the community was solid.” Durso is chair of the strategic planning committee that will discuss the plan’s milestones — different points in a student’s education when they will be assessed. Durso said he thinks the current school board “works reasonably well together” and hopes to continue working with the members who bring different perspectives to the board room. “I think we could be in the position of accomplishing things, and I’d like to be part of that for another term,” he said.

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issues factor into the achievement gap, Durso said, and many different kinds of families are affected. “If you and your family are operating at the survival level, I’m not sure an extra focus on school, as commendable as that sounds, is always realistic,” he said. Durso said he thinks more resources should be directed toward early-childhood education as a way to address the gap. “That doesn’t mean that those who are already in the pipeline or already in secondary school, that we can just abandon them and we hope this new group gets it right,” he said. While he’s been on the school board, Durso has seen the arrival of a new superintendent. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, Durso said, has a different style and focus than his predecessor, Jerry D. Weast. Durso said he thinks the school system’s new strategic plan, which Starr


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Continued from Page A-1 sure, regulation and education division of the county’s Department of Liquor Control. “The young people are trained to not trick anyone. We just want to check to see if businesses are carding and not serving to people under 21.” Volunteers testing for legal sales use their real, state-issued IDs, which have a bright red box around the portrait and the block script “under 21 alcohol restricted.” The IDs also say what day the person will turn 18 and 21. Volunteers can’t lie about their age or refuse to show servers their IDs. They can’t wear excessive makeup or have facial hair, which might make them look older. If a server or bartender refuses to serve them, they must leave immediately, police said. “That’s the disadvantage we have ... but kids going in are going to lie and do whatever they can to get alcohol,” said Montgomery County Police Officer Bill Morrison, a 20-year veteran of the county’s Alcohol Enforcement Unit. Morrison said police only use volunteers younger than 20, so they won’t be 21 if summoned to testify in a court case. Navarette made compliance checks from the time she was 17 until last year, when she turned 20. Waiters and clerks usually are taken aback when someone underage actually presents identification, said Ron Price, compliance manager with the county’s liquor control department. “A lot of people make the assumption that if the under-21 [customer] showed me their ID, they must be 21,” he said. “Otherwise, why would they show me?” Businesses must be prepared and alert to prevent serving minors, Price said. “You’re not serving a CocaCola, for crying out loud,” he said. “You’re serving a beverage that may change someone’s behavior. You should have someone properly trained.” Of the 400 county businesses tested in the last fiscal year, which just ended, 111 sold alcohol to minors, meaning 72 percent passed, according to Emily DeTitta, the Department of Liquor Control’s licensing and outreach manager. During those 111 failed tests, 39 times employees looked at volunteers’ IDs and still completed a sale,


Continued from Page A-1 gration Services. Eighth-graders at Rosa Parks had the opportunity to witness and learn about government while taking part in the citizenship process. “I was so proud of the students today,” said Principal Donna Redmond Jones. “Preparing the orchestra, preparing the patriotic music, and they just came to school in August. ... They did a great job.” Rendell L. Jones, associate director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, presided over the event and cited the words of President Harry Truman to set Citizenship Day “aside as a public occasion for the honoring of American citizenship by giving special recognition to all our citizens who have recently become full members of the body politics.” “So today we honor you,” Jones added. Jones also told eighth-graders that they were witnessing one of the nation’s oldest traditions. Eighth-grader Stefanie Wilpon, 13, won a contest in which students drew a poster for the new citizens to take home along with their citizenship certificate. She stood in front of the new Americans, congratulated them and gave the poster she drew of an American eagle and Statue of Liberty. “It was really cool and made me realize how lots of people take for granted how many rights we have,” Stefanie said. The 26 citizenship candidates were from Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Malaysia, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Korea and Vietnam. Among them was 64-fouryear-old Cheng-Seng Lim. The U.S. Postal Service employee from Boyds moved to America in 1971 from Malaysia. He was only

DeTitta said. In fiscal year 2012, 102 of 400 businesses that were checked sold alcohol to minors, meaning 75 percent passed. Of those 102 failures, 50 times servers or clerks asked for ID, yet went ahead with the sale. “Our compliance rate is not getting better,” Durbin said. When Navarrete started doing checks — sometimes she went to 20 businesses a night — she had a limited knowledge of alcohol, so police officers took her around to liquor stores to show her types of booze she might run into, she said. Police said the tests are an important part of keeping teens safe and avoiding unnecessary and avoidable fatalities and injuries. Underage drinkers don’t know how to drink responsibly, which can have deadly consequences, Morrison said. “It’s a perfect storm leading to disaster — an inexperienced drinker and an inexperienced driver,” he said. Rachel, of Rockville, began performing alcohol checks at age 15. Now 17, she is studying criminal justice at Towson University. The Gazette is not publishing her last name to protect the integrity of future compliance checks. Her photo, though, is widely used by the Department of Liquor Control in an educational poster about serving alcohol to minors. Even after years of compliance checks, Rachel said, she still gets uncomfortable. “I get nervous when there are other people around ... or if I’m the only customer. ... It looks funny,” she said. When an establishment makes an illegal sale, the Department of Liquor Control cites the business, Durbin said, and issues other penalties, such as fines or mandatory trainings. The county has an ALERT — Alcohol Law Enforcement Regulatory Training — class for restaurant workers and owners. A restaurant also can get a fine, usually of $1,000 to $20,000, Durbin said. The server gets a criminal citation and could face fines, community service or additional training. Navarrete, who studies psychology at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., used to feel bad when businesses and servers were cited. “Some people would get in a lot of trouble,” she said.

After a while, her opinions shifted. “These people are selling to minors,” she said. “And that’s how accidents happen.” If a sale was made, Rachel said, she left the establishment. Then, police officers went inside and explained the result of the check and the potential consequences, she said. Maryland’s driver’s license system makes it easier for clerks and servers to distinguish underage customers. People younger than 21 receive a vertical license — like a standard, horizontal license, but on its side. “Most of the time they look at it and seem confused or they don’t know what to look for,” Rachel said. “It’s not every single one, but it’s more than it should be.” She said she thinks servers might be distracted, or just want to make a sale. Many waiters have served her even after she’s shown her ID, she said. Now in her third year as a volunteer, Rachel knows the value of what she does. “I’m around people who are on the other side of what I’m doing because a lot of people my age do drink,” she said, referring to peers buying alcohol illegally. “It’s concerning because there are so many indicators of my age.” “I’m kind of proud,” Rachel’s mother said in an interview. “She’s on the good side of drinking, working at the compliance checks, instead of going to underage parties and getting citations.” Rachel has made her share of enemies among clerks and shopkeepers. “I’ve had people start yelling at me and telling me I’m crazy and I should never come back here,” she said. “I’ve had people think they know what’s going on and tell me, ‘Go tell your inspector friend to stop what they’re doing.’” “It can be intimidating,” said Price, the county compliance manager. “Some people can get really pissed off about it.” Still, Rachel isn’t fazed. “I feel like it’s a service to save people’s lives and prevent underage drinking,” she said.

20 years old, looking for better opportunities, economic stability and freedom. Lim married and raised a family, but only now feels like they are “finally one.” Meanwhile, Wilson Reis, 25, moved to the U.S. in 2006 from Brazil and now lives in Silver Spring. Reis has plans to study at Montgomery College to become an engineer, and said he felt accomplished and free after receiving his citizenship certificate. During the week prior to the ceremony, students at the Rosa Parks Middle School were quizzed during the morning announcements with the same government and civic questions that naturalization candidates face on their citizenship test. “It is just the sheer appreciation. [It is] really understanding the process and what it takes to become a citizen and being able to see the real deal,” Jones said. Ana Giordani-Richter, 41, of Silver Spring, a fifth-grade teacher at Rock Creek Forest Elementary School in Bethesda, also became a new American on Tuesday. She met her future husband in Argentina, where she was a lawyer, and moved to the U.S. in 2008. Giordani-Richter began volunteering in schools and decided to get a master’s in teaching from the University of Maryland. “It is a long road. The whole immigration process and the whole paperwork ... so I am really happy,” she said. “This is important for us as a family.” Students sang the national anthem and led the new citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance. The school orchestra played “America the Beautiful” and a video was shown in which students shared what it meant to be an American citizen and congratulated the new Americans. Jones ended the ceremony by calling the new citizens “my fellow Americans” and thanked them for “choosing the United States of America as their new home.”


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Martial arts students of defunct club encouraged to file claims Club continued to collect payments




Anyone who purchased a membership at the now-defunct Chung’s Martial Arts Clubs in Silver Spring is being encouraged to file a claim with the Consumer Protection Division. The gym allegedly shut both Silver Spring locations at 744 Cloverly St. and 15440 New Hampshire Ave. in December 2012 and January 2013 without previous notice and continued


Continued from Page A-1 approach is technically ill-advised and ill-conceived.” Dise’s letter, sent Tuesday, said the county blames Foulger-Pratt for the problems that have delayed the opening of the center. “The county will hold [Foulger-Pratt] responsible for all costs associated with cor-


Continued from Page A-1 Center (just east of the Olney Library) and farther west, at Homeland Drive in front of St. John’s Episcopal School. Although the crosswalks were not done professionally, the lines were carefully painted. For a while, a large, orange, diamond-shaped sign, which appeared to be an official sign with homemade lettering, warned of the new crosswalks. People posting messages on the Olney-Brookeville Exchange Yahoo Group thought the spray-painted lines were “temporary” until the permanent lines could be installed.

to collect payments set up as automatic debits from bank accounts, according to the Maryland Attorney General’s office. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler advised former members of Chung’s Martial Arts Clubs to file a refund claim with the Consumer Protection Division. Maryland law requires health clubs to obtain security, which gives consumers a safety net to ensure they won’t be paying for services after clubs close, he said. “The company is required to post a bond. ... It protects

consumers’ interests,” said Alan Brody, deputy communications director for the Attorney General’s Office. According to Brody, the division has received almost 100 claims so far. Consumers who need more information about the closing or would like to know how to file a claim to discontinue debit payments should call 410-576-6350, or send an email with their name, address and telephone number to

recting defects in the Project caused by FPC,” Dise’s letter said. The letter argued that everyone except Foulger-Pratt, its subcontractors and consultants have agreed that the latex-modifed concrete is preferable to other alternatives. And he left no doubt who the county would hold responsible for fixing the mistakes on the project. The county “fully expects

that any costs, and time, attendant to correcting such conditions are and will be the responsibility of FPC,” Dise wrote. “The county has already made payment for work since determined to be defective. Therefore, all costs incurred to correct defective conditions must be borne by the responsible parties.”

Posts on the forum wondered when the work would be completed and questioned why traffic wasn’t stopping for pedestrians. However, State Highway Administration officials said their department has nothing to do with the crosswalks painted across the state road. In fact, according to SHA Community Liaison Christopher Bishop, they consider it “graffiti.” The highway administration works with police and local authorities in cases of graffiti. It is not known whether this case will be investigated. “Our maintenance shop has been instructed to remove the crosswalks,” said SHA

Community Liaison Christopher Bishop. “Weather permitting, that should take place within the next couple of days.” Jim Smith, Transportation Committee chairman for the Olney Town Center Advisory Committee, said that several years ago, his committee, along with other community leaders, requested that the state install a crosswalk at that location. “They told us that it would not be a safe crossing,” Smith said. “It is a shame because we know people cross there.” Bishop said that to his knowledge, the SHA is not planning to install any additional crosswalks at this time.


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Montgomery grand jury faults corrections buildings Report challenges job requirements; praises health care, training


“It would be helpful to officers to add security features such as cameras and mirrors.”


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A Montgomery County grand jury investigation has found that local corrections facilities are old and in disrepair. The grand jury also questioned the pressure on inmates to find jobs as they leave jail and challenged the mindset of longtime employees. County officials concurred with some findings, such as the need for improvements to buildings, but strongly contested others. The grand jury investigation occurs annually and the findings are forwarded to the Montgomery County Council. This year’s report said the Montgomery County Detention Center at Seven Locks — the central processing unit for arrests — is “old and deteriorating.” “It would be helpful to officers to add security features such as cameras and mirrors,” the report said, recommending the construction of a new facility “as soon as possible.” “The building is ancient and all agree it needs replacement,” said Correction and Rehabilitation Director Arthur Wallenstein, adding that a new facility was already planned, but, “We are fully operational with no impediments to MCDC operations.” The grand jury also found several positives in the county’s correctional system, commenting that local prisoners have access to excellent health care, job training and education. “Prisoners in this county serving a sentence of less than 18 months are lucky to be incarcerated here, where they have opportunities to better themselves while incarcerated



A crew breaks up the concrete walk leading to the county’s Pre-Release and Re-Entry Services facility on Nebel Street in Rockville. ...,” the report stated. The report praised the quality of the staff at the different facilities, saying, “The demeanor of the officers and staff produces a much less tense environment for both the officers and the inmates.” In addition to the detention center, the study focused on the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Clarksburg and the county’s PreRelease and Re-Entry Services facility in Rockville. The report found that the design of the detention center led to “stifling hot conditions” in some parts of the facility in the summer months, and that one of the facility’s housing pods was “unusable” because of a roof leak. The facility has a capacity of 200 inmates, but currently houses fewer than 130, Wallenstein said. The grand jury said the county’s Pre-Release and Reentry Services facility — an airy building on Nebel Road in Rockville — was in a state of

“near disrepair.” The report found the county’s jail in Clarksburg to be in “excellent condition” and “well maintained.” At the facility on Thursday, Pre-Release and Re-Entry Services Chief Stefan LoBuglio called the grand jury’s assessment of the facility “hyperbole.” Improvements that were planned before the investigation were underway Thursday, as a construction crew installed ramps and other items to help make the facility handicapped accessible. Some air conditioners, locks and bathrooms need to be upgraded or replaced, LoBuglio said, adding that about $50,000 of improvements to the facility’s air conditioners would occur in the next few days. The building has had about 17,000 residents over the last 35 years and gets “a lot of wear and tear,” LoBuglio said. It is audited every three years by two separate agen-

cies, as well as four times a year by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and other inspecting officials, he said. “Our building is a well-designed building,” he said. The economic downturn forced the program to defer some maintenance. “We just haven’t recovered yet,” he said. The grand jury’s report also questioned why the pre-release facility only gave inmates 28 days to find a job after they arrive. Specially approved inmates arrive at the center as they near the end of their jail terms, and generally are given a month to find a job with assistance from staff. They stay at the center for an average of three to four months, Wallenstein said. “Given the state of the economy, it is unreasonable to expect that residents can find gainful employment within such a short time,” the report stated. The report also said that workers at the pre-release facility had a “We know what we are doing” culture among long-time corrections employees. “This has resulted in a lack of fresh perspective,” the report said. Corrections and rehabilitations officials disputed those findings, as well. “Inmates are sent to the pre-release center to gain work, and everything in that program is focused on their return to the community — but not in a state of unemployment,” Wallenstein said, adding, “We just flat out dis-

agree in total with that grand jury suggestion that we are too tough or push too hard for a job in 28 days in Montgomery County.” “It’s very strict. It holds you

accountable for everything,” said Thomas Chatmon, 49, an inmate at the pre-release center finishing a 10-year federal prison sentence. The program helped him learn computer skills and kept him focused on the goals he first made when he entered the facility several months ago, he said. Prison, he said, “was almost like being spiritually and mentally dead. ... Coming to the PRC was like the beginning of life again.”



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Stand back

In Montgomery County, the public is now getting mixed messages on the mechanics of solicitation. Last week, the county urged motorists to refrain from giving money to panhandlers. The county’s advisory was framed in two ways. One, you can’t be sure if the money you give will be wasted or feed an addiction. Two, it’s hazardous for people to stand along the road and beg from motorists during a fleeting lull in traffic. The better course, the county says, is to donate COLLECTING to social service organiMONEY zations that know the ROADSIDE IS plight of the homeless A HAZARD, NO and how best to come to MATTER WHO IS their aid. Our instincts of deDOING IT cency make it tough to ignore direct pleas from the needy. Stepping over and past someone camped on the sidewalk — jobless, homeless and possibly hopeless — is a clash between of mind and heart. Note that Montgomery County is not telling us to stop giving generously. In fact, the county’s advisory is a reminder that we might not know beyond what we see. We don’t know who on the streets is addicted and to what. We can’t possibly figure out, in a snap decision, the most efficient way to be charitable. At the same time, the county’s professed concern about roadside solicitation creates a puzzling false dichotomy. Why is it unsafe for panhandlers to stand on a curb or median strip and ask for money, when Montgomery County firefighters are allowed to do it? In their annual “Fill the Boot” drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, firefighters blanket local roads for a few days. They collect money from motorists on main roads when traffic stops. This practice has been the subject of much wrangling among county elected leaders, state legislators from Montgomery and the firefighters’ union. Separate bills from Montgomery’s state lawmakers have tried to limit roadside solicitation, including the “Fill the Boot” campaign. One bill, which passed, lets the county create a permit system for individuals or groups to collect money along the road. A second bill, which failed, would have limited fundraisers to sidewalks and median strips, out of the roadway, according to Del. Aruna Miller (D-Dist. 15) of Darnestown, who supported that bill instead. County Councilman Phil Andrews, who opposes roadside solicitation as a safety hazard, said the new permit authority, should the county exercise it, is unlikely to solve the problem. People still could walk in the road as they ask for donations. You would expect firefighters, thoroughly trained for dangerous jobs, to be more mindful and cautious along the road than the average person. Yet, that’s no guarantee of safety. Andrews points to cases in at least two other states in which firefighters were injured during similar fundraising efforts. One was in California. A 2010 story in the Whittier (Calif.) Daily News says a firefighter crossing the road during an MDA “Fill the Boot” drive was hit by a small pickup truck. According to a police officer who responded: “Technically (the driver) had the right of way. He was not at fault. Chances are (the firefighter) didn’t see the truck and the truck never saw him coming.” Miller, a traffic engineer, voices a succinct objection: “Roads are not meant for commerce. They’re meant for travel.” Unquestionably, Montgomery County’s firefighters, mirroring altruistic departments across the country, are doing yeoman’s work in directing money toward MDA. MDA has come to rely greatly on “Fill the Boot” money. In 2011, when a debate flared up about fundraising, and firefighters kept to the road’s edge, donations sank, from the typical $250,000 to $94,000. After 28 years of MDA drives, county firefighters had raised an amazing $1.8 million. Some years, they are among the nation’s most prolific firefighting fundraisers for MDA. But just as the county’s advisory is right for panhandling, the same safety sense should be imposed on all streetside fundraising. There are too many distractions on the roads and in our vehicles. Common sense tells us that it’s a bad idea to sanction people walking among motor vehicles and having monetary transactions from drivers, however worthwhile the cause. Let’s return to old techniques to reach the public, and find new ways. Approach people when they have a chance to absorb the message and thoughtfully react to it. The space outside heavily visited commercial, community or government buildings are all reasonable spots. Social media can help, and The Gazette is glad to spread the word, too. Surely, this community would rally to help firefighters meet their fundraising goal in a different way. Safety and generosity would both thrive, without cutting into each other.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher


Coaches need coaching on tackling I was glad to read that The Gazette is paying attention to the serious issue of concussions in high school football. [“Concussion awareness starts at the top,” Sports, Sept. 4]. However, this story reports that football coaches in Montgomery County Public Schools are teaching dangerous “helmet on the football” tackling. Since the 1970s, initiating contact with the front or top of the head has been prohibited by the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations and NCAA. The technique is prohibited because it increases the risk the tackler will suffer a catastrophic and sometimes deadly cervical neck injuries. But the story reports that, in Prince George’s County, “helmet on the ball is preached.” In Montgomery County, Walter Johnson High School football coach, John Kadi, was quoted as saying, “It should be helmet on the ball.” Last month, I heard the football coach at Walt Whitman

High School tell parents that he too taught “face mask on the football” tackling. The widespread ignorance on this important issue among football coaches suggests that referees for MCPS and PGCPS football games are not calling face tackling penalties. In its annual survey of football injuries, NFHS underscores the danger of tackling with the front or top of the helmet “initial contact should never be made with the head/helmet or face mask.” But NFHS notes, “at the present time, officials are not calling all helmet contacts.” According to National Association of Athletic Trainers, the proper tackling technique is to initiate contact with the shoulders and chest. Coaches in Maryland, however, are not required or expected to know this long-standing technique that was adopted to reduce catastrophic cervical neck injuries. But just across the Potomac, football coaches at every one of Fairfax County’s 24 high schools

are taking the Heads Up course, which is aligned with the shoulder and chest tackling technique. Unfortunately, the leadership for high school athletics in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and at Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, have not required football coaches to have training in current football fundamentals so that they teach safe tackling. Instead, the leadership seems to think that high school football coaches should be allowed to coach whatever they remember, or think they remember, from when they played in college or high school. The story says that Maryland high school football coaches are limited this year to two full contact practices per week (plus one game). If coaches in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties are coaching dangerous tackling techniques, this is two practices too many.

Tom Hearn, Bethesda

Panhandling doesn’t help the needy I was pleased to see your coverage of the new county initiative to discourage panhandling. However, I wish the story placed more emphasis on the problems that prompted this new program, problems which we at Interfaith Works face with our clients on a daily basis. Panhandling is not just a distraction that is dangerous for both drivers and panhandlers. Panhandling is a practice that does little or nothing to get at the underlying, complex problems of poverty, homelessness and addiction. Dropping a buck in a cup is a short-term response that doesn’t usually bring about the changes that needy and homeless people require to get to a better, more stable place in life. In fact, studies show that money often goes not for food or other essentials, but to fuel negative habits, including purchase of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. The initiative led by County

Executive Isiah Leggett and County Council member George Leventhal offers a welcome alternative to redirect the generosity of folks who want to do something to help. Using a simple text message, concerned individuals can send a donation that the Community Foundation for Montgomery County will then distribute to groups like ours. Of course, a concern that comes with this initiative is that people just may stop giving altogether. It is easy to not put a dollar in a cup, and then forget to send money through the Community Foundation or through other direct service agencies. For those who still wish to help panhandlers directly, there are alternatives to cash. Another helpful approach is keeping packets of small necessities in the car to offer to individuals. These could contain PowerBars, water bottles, nonperishable foods, toiletries and the like.

We and our partner agencies are on the front lines, working with homeless and needy people to help them move from crisis to stability over the longterm. As long as drivers keep dropping change into those cups, panhandlers will keep coming to car windows at busy intersections. It’s time to take a different approach: give a hand up, not a handout. Text “SHARE” to 80077 to give $5 to support programs that provide a hand up to the needy in Montgomery County, or please consider providing basic necessities instead of cash directly to panhandlers through essentials packs kept in your car.

James Mannarino, New Market The writer is the executive director of Interfaith Works, a Rockville-based nonprofit agency and a non-sectarian interfaith coalition working to meet the needs of the poor and homeless.

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Ten Mile Creek opinion ill-informed The Gazette’s editorial position regarding proposed development in the Clarksburg area and Ten Mile Creek is ill-informed and shortsighted. It reads like it was written a half-century ago without the benefit of knowledge of the county’s earlier attempts to save other streams. And the suggestion that the developer Pulte has the best interests of Montgomery County residents at heart when it comes to stream quality and protection is laughable. This stream means nothing to Pulte except perhaps as an advertising backdrop for their sales brochures. Ironically, they propose to call their development “Ten Mile Creek” but perhaps “Forget Ten Mile Creek” would be more fitting. In 1986, my family bought a property in a new, lovely development in what is now North Potomac. That house backed to Rich Branch Creek, a tributary of Muddy Branch Creek, and over the 16-plus years we lived there, I saw a gradual degradation of the creeks within our neighborhood, despite wellintentioned planning with “stream valley park” designation and stormwater pond management and modest stewardship by the neighbors. It was disheartening and disturbing to see firsthand the changes that occurred from just houses, streets and driveways — without shopping centers or parking lots in the mix. My story of one creek was probably played out thousands of times over the years at other new housing developments in watersheds around the county. We should have learned some lessons from this, but now we have one goodquality creek left in all of Montgomery County and we want to risk its water supply with development and the use of the “old” conservation methods, with a few new techniques thrown in? Do we really dare risk it? Really? The prudent course is to stop all development in the Ten Mile Creek watershed and save this Montgomery County treasure. New development can go elsewhere — just not here.

Julia Larson Wurglitz, Gaithersburg

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Why are they leaving?

My Aug. 23 column “Taxpayers Exiting Maryland” drew some heated responses from readers believing factors other than taxes and cost of living are causing the exoduses. Bill Nickerson of Silver Spring pointed out that warm-weather states are the top “winner states” in the taxpayer migration derby, “So are more people moving to Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia for better weather, or for lower taxes and more Republicans?” Mike McCracken of Bethesda believes that routine turnover in Congress and the administration as well as outmigration of students and government workers hired to better-paying jobs are major causes, not taxes. According totheIRS,1,335,104 U.S. citizens MY MARYLAND moved into BLAIR LEE Maryland from other states between 2000 and 2010 while 1,401,377 Maryland citizens moved away, a net loss of 66,273 people (only nine states lost more people). Unfortunately, the move-aways took their income with them, a net taxable income loss of $5.5 billion which, if taxed at 7 percent, is an annual $385 million revenue loss to Maryland and its local governments. Yes, many factors cause people to move: climate, housing costs, jobs, retirement, schools, health, crime and so on. But taxes are at the top of the list and influence the other factors. For instance, many Marylanders move to adjoining states seeking less-expensive home prices. But Maryland’s high housing costs are largely due to taxes, fees and environmental regulations that drive up construction costs and closing costs. Likewise, retirement relocations are greatly driven by taxes. Gazette staff writer Kevin Shay wrote a follow-up story confirming that high taxes are chasing away Marylanders. “Real estate agents I’ve talked with say the exodus from Maryland


is astonishing,” said Constance Khim, who relocated to Florida in May. And Julie Ann Garber, an estate attorney who also migrated to Florida, said, “My firm has worked with many clients who have changed their domicile from Maryland, New York and other states to minimize their income tax bills and/or estate tax bills.” The IRS data doesn’t lie. Look at the top seven “winner states” that drained off the most Marylanders between 2000 and 2010. I’ll grant you that many or most of the 80,376 net population loss to Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina was due to retirement, although many Marylanders are avoiding income taxes by establishing Florida residency. That way a $500,000 income earner can save more than $42,500 a year in income taxes. But how do you explain the net loss of 88,762 Marylanders to the adjoining states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia? Did they really move across the border for the weather? Former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich recently was contacted by a Pennsylvania congressional candidate asking Ehrlich to campaign with him in York, Pa. Why? Because, he explained, so many Pennsylvania voters are former Marylanders that know Ehrlich better than any Pennsylvania politicians. I’m amazed at how many letters and emails I receive from readers who are either moving away or glad they did. And here’s what they say: David Winkler, La Plata: “I used to enjoy the idea that my family was growing up with family and friends who have remained for several generations around Charles County. Sadly, I told them it is not a matter of IF I move, but WHEN. Every time I pick up a newspaper I hear of a new fee or tax from the state. My wife and kids can’t afford to live in Maryland any longer.” David Lindoerfer, Silver Spring:

“I own a small business with 45 employees, I am 60 years old and always planned on buying land here and retiring here. NOT. I’m getting outta Dodge and I hear the exact same thing from every friend of my age group.” May Post, Rockville: “The proposed increase in the income tax

rate (from 4.75 to 5 percent) may not seem like much to some people, but for those of us who barely make it into the six-figure category, boosting taxes is worrisome. It’s time to leave Maryland.” Barry Siegle, Ellicott City: “The rain tax is a frigging crime and another way to tax the people to death. I will be looking for a way to move outta this frigging state.” Harry O’Sullivan, Sykesville: “This news makes me want to leave the state. I’m retired, 67 years old, have paid for a home in Sykesville on 1 acre. We love this area, but how much can we take living on fixed income?” David Eastman, Pawleys Island:

“I owned some land in Bishopsville, Md., where I was going to retire but I just could not stomach the high taxes and regulations in Maryland so I sold my land and bought my Pawley’s Island, S.C., home. (My property taxes are $600 a year and I pay very little in state income taxes).” Jackie



“Could you please get me a list of the tax increases that O’Malley has enacted? I want to pass it to my liberal friends who just bought two homes in Florida and are leaving Maryland due to high taxes.” Lee Trunnell, Rockville: “As a lifelong Marylander, except for four years in the Navy, I am ready to pack up and leave and my wife is ready to move, too. Probably to Virginia.” Todd Johnson: “My family have been in Maryland since the 1600s. If I could sell my house for as much or more than I paid, I would move to Northern Virginia tomorrow.” Raymond Lombardo, Rockville:

“Yesterday my wife was at lunch at her law firm during a presentation on various new Maryland laws. At the end of the presentation, the partner making it said, ‘And we wonder why so many of our clients are moving to Virginia?’” Anecdotal evidence? Yes, but ignore at your own risk. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at blairlee. His email address is

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A college program to help new Americans A world-renowned singer from Ethiopia forced to leave her country due to persecution and fear of imprisonment or death; a single father from Sierra Leone trying to escape famine and war and keep his children alive after the execution of his wife; two inseparable sisters from Iran determined not to become victims of a dictator’s regime. Their stories are only a few of the many students who participate in the citizenship program of Montgomery College to become naturalized U.S. citizens. On Tuesday, our country celebrated Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. During Constitution Week, Sept. 16-23, thousands will become citizens at naturalization ceremonies and vow to support and defend the Constitution. They’ll recite the Pledge of Allegiance and wave the American flag. It’s a joyous event to witness because, for new citizens, getting to this milestone takes hard work and preparation. At Montgomery College, we provide lawful permanent residents the support they need on their paths to citizenship. It is a privilege to work with these aspiring citizens, and we now have an even greater ability to assist those in our community through a grant from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. We are one of 40 organizations across the country to receive this grant, totaling approximately $250,000 for the next two years. The college’s citizenship program, with legal services provided by Catholic Charities of Washington, proposes to serve 600 legal permanent residents,

with low to intermediate levels of English language skills. The new funding award allows the college to continue to provide innovative learning opportunities for students to access civic and citizenship engagement experiences outside the classroom. Students volunteer in the community, visit local historical sites and attend public meetings. Providing these options gives students the opportunity to connect English to their daily lives. This is the fifth year USCIS has awarded grants to expand the availability of high-quality citizenship preparation services, and the fourth year of funding for Montgomery College. With this grant, our efforts will have a greater impact, helping even more immigrants improve their English language skills, learn about history and government and the rights and responsibilities that define citizenship. With civic integration comes participation — in service groups, school boards, and many other worthy causes. This citizen-driven participation is a hallmark of what makes this country great. At Montgomery College, we are proud to be a part of a process that is vital to our country and our community, and look forward to serving 600 legal permanent residents as they pursue their dreams of becoming U.S. citizens.

Nancy Newton, Silver Spring The writer is special programs director/ citizenship program director at Montgomery College.

Praise for Blair Lee It has been a distinct pleasure reading the many letters protesting Blair Lee’s oped column. One can practically hear the politically correct crowd choking and sputtering with righteous indignation as Mr. Lee skewers the liberal orthodoxy again and again. Many of your readers are simply unable to accept Mr. Lee’s critique of what passes for accepted truth, nor can they forgive his exposes of blatant manipulation of the political process by the same folks that they vote for year in, year out.

One reader complained that it is hard to believe that running Mr. Lee’s column comports with the philosophy of your bosses at Post-Newsweek Media. I concur, and compliment you in the highest terms for your courage in allowing Mr. Lee to repeatedly challenge the conventional wisdom. Mr. Lee, please keep giving us your fresh insights and offering us an alternative to mainstream groupthink. Your column is a breath of fresh air.

Barry Miller, Bethesda


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At an early age, Laurie M. Boyer found she was a good communicator. “I’ve always been able to talk in front of groups and get across a message,” said Boyer, executive director of Rockville Economic Development Inc., who recently was selected as

one of 49 members of the Class of 2014 of Leadership Montgomery Core program. “Communication is at the core of what we do in economic development and the key to a lot of professions.” Growing up in Frederick, Boyer traveled outside the state to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish at Juniata College in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in communication studies at West Virginia University. But her first job out of college was back in Maryland as an adjunct instructor in the Humanities

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“Rockville has a lot of cranes in the air, which is good to see in economic development,” Boyer said, citing projects downtown and along Rockville Pike. “It’s a city going through some changes from a largely suburban community to a more urbanized environment. There will be some growing pains, such as getting used to parking in garages. But I think Rockville will emerge as a better city because of the changes.” The idea of implementing more walkable, town centertype developments where residents live, work and shop makes sense, she said. Projects like White Flint and Pike & Rose, which is just outside the Rockville city limits, are moving fast, she noted. “Now’s the time to figure out exactly what we want here,” Boyer said.

Personal experience with traffic jams As a Frederick resident, taking the daily traffic-laden commute down I-270 gives Boyer personal experience in a


Rockville is “going through some changes,” says Laurie Boyer, executive director of Rockville Economic Development Inc., big issue to businesses: transportation. The Corridor Cities Transitway project, a highquality rapid bus line operating between a nine-mile corridor from the Shady Grove Metro station to northern Montgomery County, is an important component to easing traffic backups there, she said. Many people want to see the Red Line of the Metro extended to Frederick, but that would probably cost too much at this time, she noted. Boyer has long been involved in a wide range of professional and community organizations, such as being past president of the Maryland Economic Development Association. “That helps me gain a good understanding of economic development issues and chal-





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lenges across the state,” Boyer said. “I’ve learned how the state is strong in many areas. It’s not just high-tech, but areas such as agriculture and manufacturing are strong.” While job creation has slowed some statewide with the number of jobs increasing only 3 percent in the past three years, below the national average of 4.6 percent, a large part of that is due to changes in the federal government landscape and sequestration budget cuts, she said. “A lot of businesses are changing their focus to not rely on the federal government as much,” Boyer said. “I think you will see those numbers go up significantly in the near future.”




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‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ is a jumble, but it works.

Arts & Entertainment

TONY DEMARCO AND SIOBHÀN BUTLER n When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 n Where: Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park n Tickets: General admission, $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Students, $12 in advance, $16 at the door n For information: 301-960-3655,


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Irish musician, dancer bring unprecedented act to Takoma Park

Irish fiddler Tony DeMarco and percussive dancer Siobhán Butler are a groundbreaking duo in the American world of Irish song and dance. “This is one of the first American duos that are combining these two styles together,” Butler said. “It’s something new, it’s a new idea and it’s kind of a trend I guess ...” Butler and DeMarco, who will be performing Sept. 25 in a show presented by the Institute of Musical Traditions at the Takoma Park Community Center, combine the sean-nós style of Irish dance with New York/Sligo fiddle music. Unlike traditional Irish dance, sean-nós, or old style, is considered a casual dance form characterized by steps that are close to the floor with a resemblance to tap dancing.

Michael Franti & Spearhead have been a band since 1994. They got their first Top 20 hit last year with “Say Hey (I Love You).” LAUREN DUKOFF

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“All People” tour stops by


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Siobhan Butler and Tony DeMarco will perform as a duo in Takoma Park as a part of the Institute of Musical Traditions fall concert lineup. KEEGAN GRANDBOIS

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Ultimate bedtime story begins at Glen Echo BY



he San Franciscobased musician and leader of Michael Franti & Spearhead has been preparing for the band’s firstever performance at the Fillmore in Silver Spring on Saturday. Here, A&E catches up with the socially conscious singer about the success of the band’s single “Say Hey (Love You),” his charity work and why he’s been barefoot for more than 10 years now. A&E: Your single “Say Hey (Love

You)” from the 2008 album, “All Rebel Rockers” was on the Top 20 Chart for

According to actress Anissa Hartline, “Goodnight Moon” is one of her son’s favorite books. Hartline said 20-month-old Cameron also loves playing with the “Goodnight Moon” app on her iPad. “When you touch the screen, different objects pop up ... the kittens meow,” Hartline said. “It’s kind of like the world Roberta has created.” 63 weeks. It also had a ton of commercial play including on an episode of “Weeds” and in the movie “Valentine’s Day.” Were you anticipating the success? Franti: No. Not at all. We started in 1994 and that [song] became a hit in 2010 so it was like 16 years of overnight success [laughs]. We’ve never had a song in the top 20,000 let alone the Top 20, so we were like, “This is a big surprise.” We’re all just grateful for the success the last few records have had. Really well-received by both our fans and the radio.

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MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD n When: 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $35 n For information: 301-960-9999,


Anissa Hartline as Old Lady Whispering Hush, Colin Cech as Bunny and Maya Brettell as Mouse in “Goodnight Moon.”


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‘Big Top,’

“Agnes Under the Big Top” continues to Sept. 28 at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring. Presented by Forum Theatre, Aditi Brennan Kapil’s tall tale follows six individuals — a Liberian nurse, a Bulgarian one-time ringmaster and his wife, an Indian subwaydriver trainee, a nomadic busker, and a bedridden woman — in a comic adventure about immigrant life in America. Directed by Michael Dove, open forum discussions will follow Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday evening shows. For more information, visit www.


Michael F. Shibley’s “Man on the Street,” watercolor.

Pâté by numbers “Pâté Painters,” featuring original artwork by ten local artists, will be on view Saturday and Sunday at the Yellow Barn Studio Gallery in Glen Echo. A mixture of mediums will be featured, including acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and oils. The Pâté Painters are a group of local artists who meet weekly for critiques, painting, food and fellowship. Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday and from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 301-371-5593.

Actress Nora Achrati plays Bulgarian immigrant Roza in “Agnes Under the Big Top,” to Sept. 28 at the Round House Theatre Silver Spring. NORA ACHRATI

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double bill with socially conscious Americana band The U-Liners at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Takoma Park Civic Auditorium, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. For more information, visit or visit www.uliners. com.

“Memories, Mythologies, Symbols and Archetypes,” featuring the work of artist Sara B. Peck, is currently on view to Sept. 30 at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road, Bethesda. Beck’s work

spans multiple mediums, from printmaking and photography to video. Her images in the show highlight an ongoing series of monotypes initially launched in 2005. A reception is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. Sept. Sarah B. Peck’s “Horses.” 29. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and select weekend hours. For more information, visit




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Jazz singer Sachal Vasandani imitated other singers when he first began learning his art as a boy, but now in his mid-30s, he does it his way. The New York City vocalist, composer and arranger presents unique interpretations of jazz and pop classics made famous by Sinatra, Fitzgerald and others, but he also sings his own compositions. “I love what I do,” said Vasandani, who will perform with his trio on Friday at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda. No stranger to Washington, D.C., venues, Vasandani has previously appeared at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley and Bohemian Caverns, as well as the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park and the Birchmere in Alexandria. Vasandani said he expects to sing songs from his three

SACHAL VASANDANI QUARTET n When: 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday n Where: Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda n Tickets: $30 n For information: 301-5815100,,

CDs, which include “Eyes Wide Open” (2007); “We Move” (2009); and “Hi-Fly” (2011), the latest being a mix of standards, originals and pop covers. Performing with him will be bassist David Wong, pianist Jeb Patton and drummer Kendrick Scott. Known for his on-stage calm and nuance, Vasandani does not rely on volume to get his music across. Vasandani said he learned a lot about phrasing from Sinatra and appreciated Sinatra’s attention to detail and playfulness. Sinatra, Fitzgerald and Vasandani are three of the many singers who have recorded the 1934 song, “The Very Thought of

You,” a tune by Sid Ascher that has stood the test of time. “[If] it happens to be a good song ... that still makes sense, that resonates with you as an artist and helps you tell your own story that much more richly, then it’s cool,” said Vasandani in “Hi-Fly” promotional materials on his website. Also in his repertoire are contemporary songs, such as the 2006 song, “Love is a Losing Game,” sung and written by the late Amy Winehouse, as well as music he has written himself. “I’m always presenting new songs that have a personal [quality]. ... Lyrically, a lot of them are some form of love song,” he said. Although his lyrics are often about love and loss, Vasandani said he will sometimes offset that with a brightness in the music. “I like to throw it against a fun tempo, something with charm and lightness,” he said. A Chicago native, Vasandani was drawn to jazz early, thanks in part to his parents, who encouraged him to listen all kinds of music, including Indian classical music as well as Western


Jazz singer Sachal Vasandani and his trio will interpret a mix of jazz and pop standards during two shows on Friday at the Mansion at Strathmore. genres. “I absorbed all the music on the radio and figured out how to listen to music,” he said. He also learned to play the piano, bass guitar and French horn, catching a glimpse of his future as a singer while still in middle school. At the time, Vasandani was struggling to master the French horn in the school band and also singing in the jazz choir across

the hall, he said during an interview with Jon Weber on NPR’s “Piano Jazz: Rising Stars” in 2012. “I would raise my hand to do a scat solo on one of the jazz choir songs and found out that the ideas that were in my head were coming out a lot easier in my voice than on the French horn,” Vasandani said during the interview. Later at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he stud-

ied Western classical music and opera “to build my best voice.” “The door has always been open for other music to seep in,” he said. But it was his early exposure to jazz that ultimately prevailed. “What I liked about jazz is the sense of individuality and the freedom,” Vasandani said.

Theatre presents “Hamlet” and “Saint Joan,” to Oct. 20, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, The Puppet Co., “Totally Tiny Tots,” Sept. 18 to Oct. 13; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “This,” Oct. 9 to Nov. 3, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. Round House Theatre, Silver

Spring, “Agnes Under the Big Top,” presented by Forum Theatre, to Sept. 28, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-6441100, www.roundhousetheatre. org. Silver Spring Stage, Paula Vogel’s “The Baltimore Waltz,” Sept. 20 to Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The Writer’s Center, Fall for the Book: Clifford Garstang and Hailey Leithauser, 2 p.m. Sept. 22, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-6548664,

IN THE ARTS Hollywood Ballroom, Sept. 18, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16), Sept. 20, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Sept. 21, free Tango lesson at 8 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 9 p.m.; Sept. 22, free Hustle lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8 p.m. ($16); Sept. 25, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Sept. 26, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181,

Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Sept. 20, Beth Molaro calls to Tidal Wave; Sept. 27, George Marshall with Wild Asparagus, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, Sept. 29, Wild Asparagus, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, Sept. 18, Caller: Tom Spilsbury; Sept. 25, Caller: Joseph Pimentel, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Swing, Sept. 21, The Craig Gildner Big Band; Nov. 9, WWII Canteen Dance with the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra; Dec. 14, Daryl Davis, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, www. Waltz, Oct. 6, Larry, Elke and Friends; Oct. 20, Gigmeisters, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Michael Gallant, 8 p.m. Sept.

18; Beverly McClellan, 7:30 p.m.

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

1 p.m. Sept. 17-18, 21, 24-25; Pet Shop Boys: Electric, 8 p.m. Sept. 19; Sachal Vasandani Quartet, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 20; BSO: Scheherazade and 1812 Overture, 8 p.m. Sept. 21; BSO: Thibaudet Plays Bernstein, 8 p.m. Sept. 26; Warren Wolf and the Wolfpack, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, 8 p.m. Sept. 27; National Philharmonic: Beethoven’s Eternal Masterworks, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100,

Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, Tony DeMarco &

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

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, The John Jorgenson

Bluegrass Band, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea,

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ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Goodnight Moon,” Sept. 20 to Oct. 27, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Do or Die Mysteries, TBA, 6:30 p.m. buffet, 7:30 p.m. show, $47.50 buffet and show, Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 443-422-3810, www. Imagination Stage, “Lulu and the Brontosaurus,” Sept. 25 to Oct. 27, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Olney Theatre Center, Bedlam


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Movie lovers will have more opportunities to talk directly with visiting filmmakers this year at the 23rd AFI Latin American Film Festival opening this week in Silver Spring. The festival typically hosts talks by two or three people, but this year there will be six. “This year we have a bumper crop — compared to other years, it’s a high number,” said Josh Gardner, associate director of programming at AFI Silver. The three-week run of 45 movies opens at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center on Thursday and closes on Oct. 9. Screening will be films and several documentaries from 17 countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America, as well as Spain, Portugal and the United States. “We’re trying to show the diversity of cultures and how that’s reflected in the diversity of film,” said Todd Hitchcock, AFI programming director. Opening night features back-to-back films by young Argentine director Matias Piñeiro. Inspired by the romances in “Twelfth Night,” he sets his film “Viola” in contemporary Buenos Aires. The movie, about an all-female cast performing “Twelfth Night,” shifts back and forth between rehearsals and their real lives. His second film, “Rosalinda,” is about actors rehearsing Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” a comedy about mistaken identifies, which Piñeiro sets on the island of Tigre in the Paraná River delta north of Buenos Aires. Also from Argentina is “The-

AFI LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL n When: Thursday to Oct. 9. n Where: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $150 festival pass; $12 individual ticket ($10 each for eight or more tickets, if purchased in a single transaction at the AFI Silver box office, discount does not apply to Web sales or highlighted special presentation films.) n For information: 301-495-6720

Q&A’S WITH FILMMAKERS n Sept. 20, 9:15 p.m.: “The Snitch Cartel” from Colombia with executive producer Francisco Cardona.

sis on a Homicide,” a murder mystery starring internationally known actor Ricardo Darin, and “The German Doctor” by filmmaker Lucia Puenzo, who adapted her novel about Nazi criminal Josef Mengele to the screen. “She took the facts as understood and created a work of fiction based on that,” Gardner said of Puenzo. Screening during the last weekend of the festival is “Sugar Kisses” from Mexico, a story about first love for two young teenagers in Mexico City. Director Carlos Cuarón will answer questions after the screening. (Cuarón co-wrote “Y Tu Mamá También” with his brother Alfonso Cuarón, who directed “Gravity,” an upcoming 3-D movie about stranded astronauts starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.)

n Sept. 21, 7 p.m.: “Sugar Kisses” from Mexico with filmmaker Carlos Cuarón, with post-screening reception sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute. n Sept. 22, 3:10 p.m.: “Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America” from the United States with co-producer Jacqueline “Wendy” ThompsonMarquez. n Sept. 28, 3 p.m.: “Once Upon a Time in Bolivia” from Bolivia with filmmaker Patrick Cordova and producer Nahuel Attar. n Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.: “Pánico: The Band That Met the Sound Beneath” from Chile with filmmaker James June Schneider. n Oct. 4, 7 p.m.: “The Dead Man and Being Happy” from Spain with filmmaker Javier Rebollo, with post-screening reception sponsored by the Embassy of Spain.

There will also be a free, onetime-only screening on Sunday, Sept. 22, of the 90-minute documentary “Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America.” The 90-minute film was coproduced by Wendy Thompson-Marquez, a native of Peru who lives in northern Virginia and will attend a Q&A session after the screening. The documentary, which screened at the Majestic Theater in Silver Spring in March, is based on the book of the same name by “New York Daily News” columnist Juan Gonzaléz. Gonzalez put forth the premise that recent Latino emigration to the United States was set in motion by disruptive American involvement in Central and South American politics. “People often overlook that


In “Sugar Kisses,” young Nacho falls in love with Mayra in a story about young love in an inner-city neighborhood of Mexico City. The film will be screened during the 24th annual AFI Latin American Film Festival, which runs Thursday to Oct. 9 in Silver Spring. a huge part of it is because of political unrest and civil wars that have a lot to do with our foreign policy,” said Thompson-Marquez, who started work on the film during the immigration debates raging during the George W. Bush administration. “It’s about why Latinos come, what drives them to leave their homelands, their families,” she said. Also screening during the festival are movies about music, including “Pánico: The Band that Met the Sound Beneath,” from Chile, co-directed by James June Schneider, who will visit for a Q&A session after the screening. Panico, a Chilean alternative rock and post-punk band based in Paris, visits the Atacama desert plateau in northern Chile to make a record, where they experience unique sounds — and an earthquake. Another music film is “Viramundo,” a documentary featuring internationally known Brazilian guitarist and songwriter Gilberto Gil, who toured the Southern Hemisphere after serving as Brazil’s first black minister of culture from 2003

through 2008. The film follows him to the Amazon River basin in Brazil to the Outback in Australia and the townships of South Africa. “He meets with the indigenous populations, and has a jam session with everyone he meets with,” Gardner said. “He wanted to make connections where he could and highlight cultural diversity.” The festival is also featuring several animated films, representing a “trend in flower,” said Gardner. “It’s definitely a generational thing,” he said. “Individual filmmaking is being made possible because of better, more readily available, digital filmmaking equipment.” “Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury” is about an immortal warrior and his paramour as they are repeatedly persecuted, reincarnated and reunited during 600 years of Brazilian history. Also showing is “Anina” from Uruguay by cartoonist and illustrator Alfredo Soderguit, who illustrated the 2003 children’s book of the same name by Sergio López Suárez. The animated film is about a

little girl named Anina Yatay Salas who is teased by classmates in elementary school because her three names are palindromes (spelled the same way backwards as forwards). She gets into a fight with a classmate and her principal suspends her from school. In voice over style, she talks about her feelings and her life with parents, meals, homework and neighbors. “It’s definitely family friendly,” said Gardner. Also from the U.S. is “Bless Me, Ultima” an American movie adapted from U.S. writer Rudolfo Anaya’s 1972 Chicano novel of the same name. The story is about Antonio, a young boy growing up in New Mexico in the 1940s, who becomes friends with Ultima, a village elder rumored to be a witch but who introduces him to the spiritual side of life. “It had a limited commercial release,” Gardner said. “It’s already been shown in Los Angeles, southwest Texas and Florida.”

Horror ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ is an effective, eerie jumble BY


With the crafty “Insidious” (2011) and this year’s exceptional “The Conjuring,”


director James Wan asserted the reliability and profitability of old-school suggestive horror, haunted-house division, easy on the sadism. Now comes “Insidious: Chap-

AT THE MOVIES ter 2,” which picks up mere moments after the first one. That one ended with Patrick Wilson’s

demon-possessed family man, Josh Lambert, throttling, fatally, the kindly hypnotist played by Lin Shaye. From the hard-working actor’s perspective, it’s a handy thing being cast in a movie such as “Insidious”: You get killed off, but you can come back as a limbo-dweller or a spirit. Life goes on even when it’s over. And that’s a working definition of most Hollywood film franchises — they’re something to keep going even when there’s no creative need to do so. Director Wan’s recent comments in interviews about wanting to leave behind the horror genre, at least for a while, make some sense now that I’ve seen “Insidious 2.” The sequel’s not bad; it’s not slovenly. Some of the jolts are effectively staged and filmed, and Wan is getting better and better at figuring out what to do with the camera, and maneuvering actors within a shot for maximum suspense, while letting his design collaborators do the rest.


Hot of his success with “The Conjuring,” director James Wan returns with the horror-thriller “Insidious: Chapter 2.” But Leigh Whannell’s script is a bit of a jumble, interweaving flashbacks and present-day action, setting up parallel action involving “real” world hauntings and simultaneous, nightmarish goings-on in the supernatural limbo known as “the further.” To which the logical follow-up question is: the further what? Has Josh gotten rid of his demon self? Hardly: He’s like a motel, perpetually vacant so that somebody might check in and stay awhile. Rose Byrne returns as his justifiably paranoid wife, who keeps losing her children and who runs afoul more than once of that new/old horror trope, the insidious baby monitor. Barbara Hershey’s also back as Josh’s mother, who opens her doors to the haunted Lambert family only to find the spirits come with the package. Reliable gotchas are brought out for mini-sequels of their own, within this sequel. The bit with an invisible someone playing the family piano? We get




INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 n 2 1/2 stars n PG-13; 105 minutes n Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson n Directed by James Wan

that three times, at least. Closet doors opening on their own, revealing pitch blackness containing … something … in the space between the neatly hanging shirts: twice? Three times? Whannell once again writes himself a comic-relief supporting role, that of one half of a pair of eager-beaver ghostbusters, opposite Angus Sampson. They’re moderately entertaining. The movie’s moderately tense, though Wan is smart to want to get out of the old dark houses for a while. Until something hideous pulls him back in, that is.


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Trawick finalists make a great showing One of the highlights of the fall art scene continues to be the exhibit of finalists for the Trawick Prize for Contemporary Art. Now in its eleventh year, the current exhibit at Gallery B in Bethesda features a group of eight artists working in different media. With an emphasis on conceptual but object-focused work, this year’s exhibit is remarkable for its variety and high quality.

ON VIEW BY CLAUDIA ROUSSEAU Yet, the jurors’ selection of prize winners from among this group of both established and emerging artists was more than a bit surprising. The top prize was given to Gary Kachadourian, whose work is represented in the exhibit by an installation specifically made for the space. Kachadourian’s untitled piece reflects his current practice of taking photographs of objects, storefronts and surfaces like an asphalt street. He then makes detailed drawings of these in pen or pencil that are scanned and patched together digitally. The work is finally printed, as in the Gallery B installation, according to one of a prescribed number of scales relative to the size of the original place photographed. Kachadourian also prints these in book or multiple smaller scales which he offers at very low prices — twice the cost of printing them — to encourage sales to the average consumer. Although the process is of inter-

est, the results are rather bland, and, compared to the process of another finalist, Selin Balci, pretty tame. Balci gives living microbes a place to grow and organize themselves on specially prepared plates. The microorganisms, which normally are invisible to the naked eye, are made visible in these conditions. They create maps of “territories” as they battle for the food sources, and their behavior is disturbingly parallel to many scenarios of human conflict. The artist organizes and assembles the landscapes or maps that result from these natural migrations into abstract compositions that are limited in tonal variation but elegant in form. Another finalist who did not receive a prize, but whose work is compellingly strong, is Kate Kretz. Kretz is represented in the exhibit with some very subtle but gently provocative works. However, her overall artistic practice and her iconography are both richer and more extensive than might be implied from this selection. A fine painter and draftsman, Kretz’s canvasses are drenched with color and full of symbolically referential material. The artist also works with embroidery, and, as in three works on display here, uses human hair instead of thread. The themes she expresses with this technique are largely personal and autobiographic, but they resonate with the lives of women everywhere. Set in elegant Victorian frames like relics or memorabilia, they touch on issues like motherhood


Continued from Page A-15 “It’s basically the opposite of competitive step-dancing but the music and the rhythms are very similar,” Butler said. Now living in New York, Butler grew up an Air Force brat. She was born in Cambridgeshire, England, and moved to the U. S. when she was 4. After seeing “Riverdance,” Butler said she “fell in love” with Irish step-dance. “I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” she said. Other than her “very Irish” first name and a love for Irish step-dance, Butler said she wasn’t in tune with her family’s Irish heritage. “I didn’t really know that I was Irish


To make his whimsical construction “SuperTuff” Adam Hager combined an old muffler, a xylophone, typewriter keys attached to little wooden mallets to “play” it with, and a coded musical score.


“Deluge II” is one of Kate Kretz’s found pieces of old silverware on which she paints tiny scenes of natural disasters on tarnished silverpoint. Instead of soup, this ladle offers a memory of a flooded town.

and the restrictions that women still face in all aspects of life, from marriage to societal expectations. Perhaps to connote storms of emotion beneath the surface, or how real storms affect the history of families, Kretz uses found silverware on which she has painted, in tarnished silverpoint, tiny scenes of disastrous weather

growing up,” Butler said. “ ... It was kind of bizarre.” Butler took Irish step-dance until she was 18. It was around that time that she moved to Boston to work under distinguished performer, teacher and choreographer of Irish dance Kiernan Jordan. In 2010, during her apprenticeship with Jordan and on scholarship at her studio, Butler began to learn the sean-nós style. “It was definitely bizarre for me,” Butler said. “It took me ... a couple months to get used to bending my knees and using my heels. It just took practice, really. It was definitely awkward at first.” DeMarco has been performing and teaching Irish fiddle music for more than 30 years. He cites sligo players of the previous generation such as Mi-

events like tornados and floods. Clearly open to interpretation, the sense that an old silver ladle (“Deluge II”) carries a history inside it is beautifully and eloquently communicated. The second-place winner was Adam Hager, a young conceptual artist working with mechanical parts from odd places brought together in unexpected combinations. His work is attractive and even amusing. For example, “Super Tuff” is made of a car muffler into which a xylophone has been installed that can be “played” by the viewer with old typewriter keys attached on the front. Hager’s work is mostly fun. It provokes interest in things counterpoised to other things with which they had no apparent history. But his interest in the “strangeness of objects as they relate to function and non-function” led him to take a slice of a large old tree and interlace it with a large cir-

chael Coleman and James Morrison as his influences. “There’s a strong legacy of that style,” DeMarco said. “It’s very improvisational, very much dance music ... A lot of the sligo stuff is very lively, happy ... it plays a little brisker, a little bit faster than some of the other styles.” DeMarco and Butler met two years ago in Boston right before Butler made the move to New York. “I was always a big fan of his music,” Butler said. “[Tony] being [Tony], he’ll jokingly say I was stalking him.” As the two continued to run into each other, they began collaborating. “He had always loved the idea of collaborating with a dancer,” Butler said. “We really feed off of each other.” Butler and DeMarco have been per-

cular saw blade (“Wise”). Only darkly humorous, the work is impressive in both its form and its disturbing message. The third-place winner was Mariah Anne Johnson, another conceptual artist working with fabric, but in a rather unusual way. Growing up in Little Rock, Ark., in what sounds like a chaotic family, Johnson was struck from the time she was a little girl by her mother’s obsession about the linen stored in a special closet devoted to sheets and pillowcases. She probably ironed them, and then laid them carefully in nice flat bundles. This memory has stayed with the artist, and her work employs these same folded bed linens, in all their usual colors, but in new and often dramatically baroque arrangements. In the exhibit, a small corner is occupied by the flatly folded cotton pieces, one hanging from the ceiling, the others bent around the bottom.


Tony DeMarco has been performing and teaching Irish fiddle music for more than 30 years.

forming as a duo for a year now, pairing his tunes with her footwork. The two



Roberta Gasbarre is the educational theater guru and director of “Goodnight Moon,” opening the 2013-2014 season at Adventure Theatre MTC on Friday. The musical is based on the beloved book by Margaret Wise Brown and adapted for the stage by Chad Henry. Hartline will play the role of the old lady whispering “hush,” or the grandmother in Gasbarre’s version. Gasbarre has more than 35 years of experience in educational theater, including 13 years as the director of Discovery Theater, the Smithsonian’s Theatre for Young Audiences. She returns to Adventure Theatre MTC after directing “The Red Balloon,” based on another children’s classic, in 2010. “‘Goodnight Moon’ is packed with possibility,” Gasbarre said. “The book ‘Goodnight Moon’ [is a] place you can live and with ideas you can play ... dances you can dance and ultimately a place you can close your eyes and dream about.” For those wondering how the beloved rhyming bedtime story could possibly translate into a 45-minute stage production, you’re not alone. “I kind of thought, how would they ever do that?” Hartline said. “I was surprised that they were able to make a big exciting musical based on a book about putting kids to bed,” added Maya Brettell. Brettell plays several characters in “Goodnight Moon,” though her main role is the mischievous mouse who keeps the little bunny (Jake Foster) awake. Brettell and Foster, both 15, are two of the youngest members of a cast consisting of teens, adults and puppets. “I personally have been involved with puppets for many, many years,” Gasbarre said. “For me, they’re [a child’s] expression and allow them to become other people.” While Gasbarre describes “Goodnight Moon,” the book as “ ... a lullaby in verse ...” she said “Goodnight Moon” the show isn’t exactly a bedtime story. “This show of magic and fun is really the true story behind ‘Goodnight Moon,’” Gasbarre said. “We know that children don’t eat their dinner and then start yawning and close their eyes and go to sleep. There are lots of other things people do before they go to sleep.” Brettell added that in addition to typical bedtime routines, the musical also explores some recognizable markers of childhood. “Songs stem from things that we all experience as kids,” she said. “Losing teeth or being amused by the moon ... fairy tales ... things like the ‘Three Little Bears’ are represented in the show.” Ultimately, Gasbarre said she hopes “Good-

A&E: You had a pretty serious health scare around that time the song was released, right? Franti: Right when the song came out, my appendix ruptured on tour and I came very close to dying. So it just put everything in perspective, like, wow you have a big hit but you could be dead the next day...

also often feature guest musicians as a part of their performance. “It’s kind of the first time anyone’s done [this] with a sean-nós dancer,” Butler said. “It’s more common with tap.” “It hasn’t been done a whole lot,” DeMarco added. “There hasn’t been a lot of stuff choreographed with this music and the sean-nós dancing.” DeMarco and Butler hope to be part of a movement to bring the style of song and dance to the U.S. “It hasn’t caught on real big but it is [starting] now,” DeMarco said. “It’s a special thing that’s kind of coming to light in this country.” He added with a laugh: “After our concert, everyone will be doing it.

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Colin Cech as Bunny in the Adventure Theatre production of “Goodnight Moon.”

GOODNIGHT MOON n When: Sept. 20 to Oct. 27, see website for specific dates and times n Where: Adventure Theatre MTC 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo n Tickets: $19 n For information: 301-634-2270,

night Moon” the musical is an homage to a book that is treasured by countless generations; from Foster, who said a copy of the story was the first gift he ever received, and Brettell, who recalls her parents reading it to her, to a whole new generation of children like Hartline’s son experiencing the story for the first time. “For the people who really know and love the book, it will be an exploration of the possibilities between the pages,” Gasbarre said. And for those experiencing the “lullaby in verse” for the very first time, the director said the musical serves as a “delightful doorway.” “They can go home to their rooms and look at their stuff and make their connections to ‘Goodnight Moon,’” Gasbarre said. “Goodnight my teddy bear, goodnight my lamp, goodnight my moon outside my window.”

A&E: What was the inspiration for the latest album, “All People?” Franti: The songs are all about asking yourself, “If I only have x amount of days on this planet, how do I want to spend them and who do I want to spend them with? What’s the mark I want to leave here, on this life, my friends, my family, the planet?” It’s also a celebration of diversity. The diversity we see in this country and around the planet and the title track “All People” is really a statement. No matter if they’re black, white, gay, straight, rich or poor, all of us are significant. All of us matter. And that’s really what the record is about. And then stylistically, we really wanted to combine songs that I’ve written on the acoustic guitar with electronic song and dance music. A&E: How would you answer that question? How would you spend your days knowing you only had x amount left on the planet? Franti: First thing, I have an amazing partner in my life, Sara, who is really incredible. I have two great sons who I love dearly and the three of them are really the most important people in my life. But I also want to make a difference in the world. I want to be somebody who promotes positivity and I really believe that the positivity in me will find solutions for problems that we face in life and in our world. A&E: You’re known for your social and political activism. What are some of the issues that have your attention at the moment?

Otherwise notable in the exhibit is the work of Travis Childers, a young artist who grew up in rural Tennessee. The artist says that he “enjoys the challenge of transforming commonplace things into a new object, keeping in mind the original purpose of the material when giving it a new meaning.” There’s a strong environmental message in these pieces. Consider his “Grind.” An oldfashioned school pencil sharpener, the kind we all used as kids, is mounted on a wooden shelf. An ordinary yellow pencil is stuffed into it. Perhaps to remind us that when we grind that pencil we are also grinding the trees the wood in them is from, the pencil bears tiny little trees made of model train landscape material. The effect is subtle but psychologically challenging. How many, we might wonder, would like to turn the crank and see what happens to the trees?


Michael Franti & Spearhead released their latest album, “All People” in July.

Franti: Obviously right now in the news it’s the issue with Syria. Should we attack Syria for using chemical weapons? I wrote a song years ago called “Bomb the World,” and you know, we can bomb the world to pieces but we can’t bomb it into peace. Today is Sept. 11. We felt what it was like to be bombed and any time we do that anywhere else in the world, people are going to feel the same thing. Before we consider dropping one bomb that’s going to kill even one civilian, we should make sure that every form of diplomacy has been enacted. So that’s what I’m hopeful for in this situation. A&E: You’re also giving back through the foundation you recently started, “Do it For the Love Foundation.” What can you tell us about the mission of the organization? Franti: We started the foundation to bring people with advanced stages of life-threatening illnesses and kids with severe disabilities and wounded veterans to live concerts. Any fan can contact us and say, some band is coming to my town who I want to see and we’re kind of like the Make-A-Wish Foundation for music. We like making it possible to get to shows for free. A&E: What inspired you to start the foundation? Franti: Sara is an emergency room nurse so we’re always trying to think of ways to combine what she does in health care with what I do in music. Throughout my years

of touring, I’ve had lots of people say, you know, “I have cancer, I have Lou Gehrig’s disease, I have something where I’m close to dying and I want to come to your show.” We would always invite them and bring them backstage and find a special place for them to watch the show from. Fans who did that were always really moved. They’d say, “Concerts are my favorite thing and it made a beautiful memory for myself and my family.” Sara and I met a couple, Hope and Steve. Steve has Lou Gehrig’s disease. A lot of times you see somebody who’s in a wheelchair or who’s paralyzed and you think to yourself, “Oh, that poor person.”ButhavingmetSteveand Hope, I don’t think that anymore. Now when I see someone I think to myself, “I wonder what their nameis.I’dliketotalktothemand find out about their life.” A&E: You haven’t worn shoes for the last 13 years. When and why did you make that decision? Franti: It started 13 years ago on my birthday, April 21. I had been traveling to a lot of countries where kids couldn’t afford to wear shoes so I came home and I was like, “I wonder if I could go just three days barefoot, just to see what it’s like.” So I decided to go barefoot for three days and then three days turned into three weeks and a month and a year. A&E: And it’s actually led you to a partnership with another charity, right? Franti: After ten years, I started partnering with “Soles4Souls.” They bring shoes to people who can’taffordthemorwholostthem in some natural disaster. They started after Hurricane Katrina bringing shoes down to New Orleans and from there they went to Haiti and now they’re in dozens of countries around the world. They collect shoes and bring them ... we have shoe collections at our shows and we’re working with them to get the word out about the work they do.”

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Rockville resident Steve Bobadilla (left) served as an honorary guest of the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition public draw ceremony Sept. 4 at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows (N.Y.).


Kennedy High graduate gets pointers while attending the US Open



ockville resident Steve Bobadilla’s 23rd birthday on Sept. 4 was bound to be a good one. Earlier in the summer he had won three tickets to the US Open while competing in a US Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section wheelchair tennis tournament and on that Wednesday was Flushing (N.Y.)bound with his mother, Luz, and father, Victor, for quarterfinal day at the final grand slam of the professional tennis season. It turned out to be an even more memorable day than Bobadilla could’ve imagined, he said. The US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition public draw ceremony held on-site at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was being held Sept. 4. Bobadilla served as an honorary guest — he pulled out the chips that determined the competition’s random draw. Bobadilla’s birthday got even better when his wish to hit the courts with some of his wheelchair tennis idols, including Paralympic gold medalists David Wagner and Nick Taylor, was granted. “I didn’t know that was going to happen, they surprised me with that and it was a once in a lifetime experience, something I will never forget,” Bobadilla said. “I was nervous [to play with the pros], I was like, ‘Am I


Winston Churchill High School’s Katie Gauch could benefit from a new USTA initiative.

going to choke, or am I going to do OK?’ I did pretty good, the top players were giving me some tips. It was very memorable.” Bobadilla was born with Spina Bifida, which literally translates to “split spine,” according to the Spina Bifida Association website. Levels of severity differ among individuals with the disease, which is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States, and Bobadilla’s case is fairly limiting — he has been wheelchair-bound since birth. Doctors warned his parents of the lifelong struggles their son would face, Victor said, and gave the younger Bobadilla little chance of leading any semblance of a normal life. Traveling the country to compete in wheelchair tennis tournaments seemed completely out of the question. Steve played wheelchair soccer, basketball and baseball as a child — Victor credited Luz with her commitment to keeping their son involved in activities. But it wasn’t until he was about 14 that he realized playing tennis with his dad could also be a reality. “I started watching all the able-body people played and started to enjoy it and one day I just said, ‘Alright, let me try this,’” Steve said. “I figured I had the ability to do all the things that are required to play wheelchair tennis.”

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Changingthelandscape? n


At the start of each fall and spring season many high school girls’ and boys’ tennis coaches of Montgomery County’s top-ranked teams have to wonder if their school’s best player will opt to participate in scholastic competition. College coaches look almost exclusively at U.S. Tennis Association rankings during the recruitment process, county coaches agreed, and players who choose to completely sit out or ease up on tournament play during the two- to three-month sea-


son risk a drop in USTA ranking, Winston Churchill High School junior singles player Katie Gauch said. Therefore it has become more common for players in search of an athletic scholarship to sit out one or more high school seasons. A new USTA initiative still in its early planning stages could change that pattern and the landscape of county tennis overall. According to Bonnie Vona, the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section Manager of Competitive Tennis, there is a movement toward ultimately awarding USTA ranking points for high school matches. “Let’s recognize those matches and

give [players] some participation and ranking points,” Vona said. “That will encourage players already ranked in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section more encouragement to participate in high school.” The point scale has not yet been determined, but it’s not likely the points will weigh as much as those acquired at the top national tournaments. But the ability to somewhat stabilize their ranking might help some players feel more comfortable participating in high school tennis, Gauch said.

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Good Counsel’s last defense Girls’ soccer: Goalkeeper leads the Falcons’ defense




Our Lady of Good Counsel High School goalie Megan Hinz holds the ball during practice on Aug. 15.

Ten minutes separated the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School girls’ soccer team from its eighth Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title last fall when longtime rival Bishop O’Connell (Va.) was awarded a penalty kick. The Falcons held a 1-0 lead in the 70th minute of the championship game, a

pretty dicey time to give up what more often than not would end up being a free point. The thought of letting the ball by her in any capacity didn’t even cross current Good Counsel senior goalkeeper Megan “Stu” Hinz’s mind for a second, she said. Protected by perhaps the Washington Metropolitan area’s stingiest backlines each of the past two seasons, this was one of few chances Hinz would have to back up longtime Falcons coach Jim Bruno’s proclamation that she

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Brown, a 16-year-old senior, leads Cougars against Damascus this week BY


IF YOU GO Quince Orchard vs. Damascus


n When: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Malcolm Brown arrived at Quince Orchard High School, where his two older brothers had played football, for his first practice and received quite the welcome from coach Dave Mencarini. “The first thing Mencarini said to him, Mencarini says, ‘Hey, you’re the best-looking one out of all three of them,’” said Richard Montgomery coach Josh Klotz, who served as Quince Orchard’s offensive coor-

n Where: Damascus High School, 25921 Ridge Road


n Preview: Both teams are 2-0 and have dominated their opponents so far this year. The Gazette ranks them No. 2 and 4 in Montgomery County.

dinator the previous four years. “And then he said, ‘The younger they get, the more athletic they get,’” Brown said. Within or outside of his own family, Brown is proving that axiom. Brown, a senior, is just 16. He’ll be 16 when Quince Orchard plays at Damascus at 6:30 p.m. Friday. He’ll be 16 when Quince Orchard concludes its season, even if that’s in its third straight 4A state-title game. He’ll even be 16 when he’s eligible to sign with one of the NCAA Division IFootball Bowl Subdivision teams recruiting him. Brown won’t turn 17 until Feb. 18 because he

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Quince Orchard High School’s Malcolm Brown (right) looks to break a tackle on Friday after catching a pass against host Walt Whitman Thursday in Bethesda.


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Thomas S. Wootton and Walt Whitman coaches Nia Cresham and Jasen Gohn, respectively, agreed. “I think it would help [kids choose to play for high school],” Cresham said. “There are of course certain big, big national tournaments where it’s important for them to go. But they might not feel compelled to go to all the ones they normally would. And if they could use the county tournament, regionals and state toward their ranking, that takes a lot of pressure off.” On the other end of the spectrum, there are some county coaches who arrive for the first day of tryouts wondering if anyone who shows up has ever played an actual competitive tennis match before. That might be the high school initiative’s main focus. The movement is coming from the top, USTA national headquarters in White Plains (N.Y.), and the overall main intent, USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis Kurt Kamperman said, is USTA’s outreach to engage high school players, in general, nationwide. The fear, he added, is that the USTA junior tournament circuit has become elitist, but that tennis players of all levels, with different goals and futures in the sport, can find something beneficial in tournament play. There are approximately 300,000 high school tennis players in this country that the USTA has not really tapped into, Vona said. An outreach program would make it easy to be part of the family, she added. This movement could be extremely beneficial for the No. 2 doubles player who dismisses himself as a possible USTA tournament candidate, thinking that’s just for the top one or two players on his team. It could be a gateway for players on one of the county’s smaller or weaker teams that just haven’t been exposed to that world — getting involved can take effort and be complicated, Cresham said. This, in turn, could eventually result in a more competitive high school season countywide. Gohn said a little taste of success, a few ranking points from a high school match or tournament, could go a long way in a tennis player’s drive. Kamperman said he hopes to have the start of something in place by the spring high school season. Ideas floating around include tournaments that do

It was harder than he imagined, Bobadilla said. In wheelchair tennis, athletes must master the game and the wheelchair, according to the USTA website. It takes incredible upper body strength and cardiovascular ability, Bobadilla said. Out of physical condition at the time, getting better at tennis and the opportunity to compete in tournaments provided him with the motivation to train. Soon thereafter he linked up with Prince George’s Tennis and Education Foundation instructor Brenda Gilmore, a nationally-ranked wheelchair tennis player in her own right who promotes the sport, especially among youngsters. Gilmore took Bobadilla under her wing and the sport has changed his life, he said, building his selfconfidence to new heights. This year for the first time in his life Steve moved away from home and is living on his own — he is studying graphic design at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Victor agreed that his son is a new person, living independently and more sociable than ever before. People with disabilities are often told what they can’t do, Steve said. He is thankful he found his outlet and now joins Gilmore in demonstrations several times a year at various schools and businesses to expose the public to wheelchair tennis and the opportunities that many wheelchair-bound people might now know exist. Bobadilla said he hopes to compete at the US Open Wheelchair Competition one day. Maybe one day he will be a professional wheelchair tennis player granting an aspiring athlete’s birthday wish. “I just want to tell people to never give up and never think the doors are closed,” Bobadilla said. “There are so many opportunities out there.”

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Continued from Page B-1 is Montgomery County’s best goalie, possibly the best keeper to ever come through the Falcons’ program. Hinz, of course, made the save, she tends to thrive in those pressure situations, Bruno said. And recent Good Counsel graduate Midge Purce scored on the ensuing punt to clinch the 2-0 victory. “That was a spotlight situation and I think Stu has stepped up in several of those situations,” Bruno said. “A goalkeeper always looks great if she saves a penalty kick, but a penalty kick under those circumstances, that’s about as big as I’ve seen. Immediately after she


Continued from Page B-1 completed kindergarten and first grade in a single school year, making him younger than his classmates ever since. “I’ve never used that as an excuse, and I never plan to,” Brown said. “... I like it. I like taking it as a challenge.” Despite being so young for his grade, Brown, a wide re-


Winston Churchill High School’s Katie Gauch could benefit from a new USTA initiative. not require USTA membership as well as team tournaments that are USTA sanctioned. Points are not currently being awarded to high school players, but Vona said she is trying to encourage area coaches to use the tournament data management software that gets players’ sent the punt that Midge scores off of, that’s maybe the biggest turnaround in a game that I’ve seen.” Hinz is likely to be tested more often this fall after graduation casualties and illness have left Good Counsel’s defense in a bit of a transitional period — she has already had to come up with 11 saves in four games. But if anyone is going to get a backline in order, Bruno said, it’s Hinz. The University of Michigan recruit has all the physical attributes of a fantastic goalie: quick reaction time, agility and range, among them. But where she soars above the rest, Bruno said, is her ability to organize the defense in front of her and stay in tune with the 10 players on the field ahead of her. “I’m not sure I’ve had a more de-

ceiver and defensive back, has emerged as one of Montgomery County’s most physically impressive players. He claims offers from East Carolina University, University of Delaware, Towson University, Old Dominion University, Monmouth University, Appalachian State University and Eastern Michigan University, and Villanova University and Syracuse University are also recruiting him, but have not offered scholarships.

names and results online to at least start giving them more exposure in the hopes that it will catch on. “I think a lot of high school players don’t realize how many opportunities are out there, even at some of the colleges,” Vona said. “There are a lot of opportunities past the high school years manding goalkeeper, Stu is very exacting in what she wants,” Bruno said. “I think she’s really someone that’s going to help solidify this defense just by her presence and direction. Some goalkeepers talk to talk because they’re told to talk but they have nothing to say. This kid has definitive things to say as the game progresses and the girls pay attention.” Having someone of Hinz’s caliber defending the net also gives players in the midfield and offensive third the confidence to push and take risks, sophomore forward Nia Dorsey said. Playing goalkeeper can be a thankless job. Goal scorers typically get more attention than those defending against them. But Hinz doesn’t fish for compliments and accolades. In fact, she went

Prior to high school, he chose Quince Orchard over Our Lady of Good Counsel, but he had to bide his time before seeing the field regularly. Brown describes becoming a starting safety at the beginning of the postseason his sophomore year, working hard all regular season to prove he deserved a chance. But when Brown became an offensive starter during his junior year, his coaches didn’t have the luxury of going

to stay involved in tennis and we want to work to enhance that experience for them and let them recognize the opportunities that are out there. For players who are already tournament players, this should help stabilize their ranking.”

through nearly the entire 2012 season without surrendering a single goal and didn’t even want to take credit. “Everyone always says, ‘Let’s get a shutout for the goalkeeper,’ but I don’t need credit,” Hinz said. “It’s everyone as a whole. It’s cool, but I’d rather the team succeed as a whole. I love when we get a shutout, but it’s not just me, it’s the whole team. You have to get through 11 players to score.” Defending the net can take it’s toll on a person’s body and Hinz has had to come back from some pretty serious injuries. She missed most of her freshman season with microfractures in her back — she spent three months in a restrictive brace — and recently strained her back (not the same injury) over the summer. But each time she’s seemed

another direction. Quarterback Mike Murtaugh was injured early last season, and wide receiver Matt Choi moved behind center. At that point, Brown replaced Choi as a starting outside receiver. “He became our most trusted receiver,” Klotz said. “... He brought that defensive physicality that he has to the offensive side of the ball. There’s not too many teams that can press him up when he’s playing



to come back stronger. Probably because of her tremendous work rate, Bruno said. Hinz is on the field doing individual workouts before Bruno gets to practice each day, he said, and her drive is something that rubs off on her teammates. “Her training regime is unbelievable, which pushes all the other girls too,” Bruno said. “They’ve got no choice. ... Let’s face it, you can say ‘Oh, no wonder [Hinz] got all these shutouts [in 2012], she had all these people in front of her.’ But she has a lot to do with that. I think she’s more than just the technically sound and tactically sound goalkeeper. It’s also the way she talks and directs that is a big strength.”

receiver. He brings that same aggressive style to offense. Again, I keep coming back how he attacks the ball in the air. Playing safety attacking the ball in the air, he does the same thing on the offensive side of the ball. That ball is in the air, he’s going to go after it.” This season, Brown leads Quince Orchard in receiving yards (135) and receiving touchdowns (three) and is tied for the top spot in receptions (seven).



He has also demonstrated Mencarini was right to praise him. This summer, Quince Orchard and Richard Montgomery attended a team camp together at Shepherd University. “Every time I saw him, he’s got a smile on his face, he’s shaking my hand, introducing himself to the other coaches on my staff,” Klotz said. “Everybody likes him.”


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



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Good Counsel Falcons Quince Orchard Cougars Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Gaithersburg Trojans Northwest Jaguars Bullis Bulldogs Wootton Patriots Paint Branch Panthers Walt Whitman Vikings

Record Points

3-1 58 2-0 56 2-0 48 2-0 42 2-0 33 2-0 32 1-1 25 2-0 16 2-0 11 1-1 7

Also receiving votes: Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2 points.

LEADERS Top rushers

Carries Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel 64 Chris Dawson, G. Counsel 57 Dage Davis, Geo. Prep 39 Elijah Spottswood, Sher. 38 Charles Lyles, Poolesville 48 Solomon Vault, G’burg 32 Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard 25 Zac Morton, Whitman 32 Joshua Gills, Northwest 11 N Amankwah-Ayeh, B-CC 17

Top passers Sam Ellis, Wootton Chuck Reese, Rockville Mike Murtaugh, Q. Orch. Gaston Cooper, P. Branch B. Strittmatter, G. Counsel Nick DeCarlo, G’burg Evan Smith, Whitman S. Morningstear, Pooles. S. Strittmatter, Churchill Chase Williams, Damas.

Yards 361 341 354 255 347 248 224 164 162 155

Cmp-Att. 42-65 64-97 26-37 27-59 17-37 14-22 20-37 16-26 18-30 11-16

Top receivers

Catches Trevon Diggs, Wootton 15 Joey Cornwell, Rockville 19 Anthony Albert, Rockville 16 Jibri Woods, Wootton 13 Malcolm Brown, Q. Orchard 7 William Tearney, G’burg 3 Jesse Locke, Churchill 8 Elliott Davis, Q. Orchard 6 Preston Bampoe-addo, QO 7 Louison Biama, Rockville 9

Avg. TDs 5.6 2 6.0 6 9.1 6 6.7 3 7.2 3 7.8 6 9.0 3 5.1 2 14.7 3 9.1 2

Yards 595 530 446 295 265 261 250 233 228 202 Yards 205 172 157 145 135 134 131 125 125 119

Int. TDs 2 5 2 6 0 7 2 1 2 6 0 0 3 1 2 2 3 2 0 4

Avg. TDs 13.7 2 9.1 2 9.8 2 11.2 1 19.3 3 44.7 0 16.4 2 20.8 2 17.9 2 13.2 0

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Georgetown Prep School junior Dage Davis attended a football camp at Stanford University last summer. Next year, he plans to return to Stanford’s camp and also hit camps at UCLA and Cal. Ever since visiting Los Angeles and San Francisco for family reunions and basketball camps, Davis has fallen for the Golden State. “It’s just so much different from the East Coast,” Davis said. “I like to experience different things.” When Georgetown Prep football coach Dan Paro switched Davis’ position this fall, Davis said he wasn’t so sure he wanted that. Paro moved Davis from receiver to running back, and though Davis said he wanted to do whatever was best for the team, he still couldn’t fully hide his in-

Georgetown Prep, where he enrolled based on the recommendation of family friend Markel Starks, who attended the school before becoming a starting guard on the Georgetown men’s basketball team. “I was just running the ball, trying to out-run everybody,” Davis said. As a sophomore, Davis started at cornerback on varsity. Offensively, he shifted toward receiver, where his TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE 5-foot-11, 165-pound frame Georgetown Prep football running back Dage Davis works out with team- seemed to be a better fit. Davis hopes to add anmates Monday at the North Bethesda school. other 15 pounds, and he’s still “He can make really good learning how to read defenses. herent reluctance. “It was kind of surprising athletes miss him,” Paro said. In addition to Stanford, UCLA to me,” Davis said. “I mean, I “He runs with a purpose, and and Cal, he plans to attend a know my coach and I trust him, he just keeps going. ... He camp at Northwestern. so I knew he was doing best, has an innate ability to stop Davis said no college teams but I thought of myself as more on the dime and start on the are recruiting him right now, dime. You know what I mean? but Paro said all of the approxiof a wide receiver.” So far, Davis has shown the There’s guys who’ve got him in mately 60 college coaches who their sights, and they’re coming have visited the school have inswitch was the right move. Davis ran for 242 yards and right down at him, and all of a quired about Davis. six touchdowns in a season- sudden, he’ll stop, and then “He’s a good football opening win over Fork Union he’ll go another direction, and player who can be something Military Academy (Va.). The he can get back to full speed even a lot better than good,” next week, he followed with very quickly.” Paro said. Davis played running 112 yards in a loss to Bishop back on the freshman team at McNamara High School.

Montgomery County record All games

Landon at St. Paul’s Wheaton at Watkins Mill Einstein at Rockville Quince Orchard at Damascus Richard Montgomery at Walter Johnson Wootton at Churchill Seneca Valley at Northwest Blake at Magruder Gaithersburg at Clarksburg Springbrook at Sherwood Paint Branch at Kennedy McDonogh at Georgetown Prep South Hagerstown at Poolesville Spalding at Bullis Gonzaga at Good Counsel Bethesda-Chevy Case at Whitman Northwood at Blair John Carroll vs. Avalon

Nick Cammarota

Den Feldman

Travis Mewhirter

Ken Sain

Jennifer Beekman

Kent Zakour

30-8 64-17

28-10 64-17

28-10 63-18

29-9 63-18

30-8 62-19

30-8 61-20

St. Paul’s Watkins Mill Rockville Q. Orchard R. Mont. Churchill Seneca Blake Gaithersburg Sherwood Paint Branch McDonogh S. Hagers. Bullis Good Counsel B-CC Blair John Carroll

St. Paul’s Watkins Mill Einstein Q. Orchard R. Mont. Wootton Seneca Blake Gaithersburg Sherwood Paint Branch McDonogh S. Hagers. Bullis Gonzaga Whitman Blair John Carroll

St. Paul’s Watkins Mill Rockville Q. Orchard R. Mont. Churchill Seneca Blake Gaithersburg Sherwood Paint Branch McDonogh Poolesville Spalding Good Counsel B-CC Blair John Carroll

St. Paul’s Watkins Mill Einstein Q. Orchard R. Mont. Wootton Seneca Blake Gaithersburg Springbrook Paint Branch McDonogh S. Hagers. Bullis Good Counsel Whitman Blair John Carroll

St. Paul’s Watkins Mill Einstein Q. Orchard R. Mont. Wootton Seneca Blake Gaithersburg Springbrook Paint Branch McDonogh S. Hagers. Spalding Good Counsel Whitman Blair John Carroll

St. Paul’s Watkins Mill Rockville Q. Orchard R. Mont. Wootton Seneca Blake Gaithersburg Sherwood Paint Branch McDonogh S. Hagers. Spalding Good Counsel B-CC Blair John Carroll

Wootton, Springbrook improve to 2-0

Of all the words in the voluminous English language that Bob Milloy opted to use in describing his Our Lady of Good Counsel High School’s dominant, 21-3 win over Calvert Hall on Friday night, he went with “awful” without a moment’s hesitation. “Well we’re happy we won

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN but, you know, we played awful,” the ever-candid Milloy said. Here are a few things that were not awful: the running backs, Perry Stefanelli and Chris Dawson, who combined for 291 yards on 38 carries, two touchdowns, and untold amounts of clock; the offensive line, which opened up holes wide enough for the duo to skip through, and keyed the game-sealing, 98-yard final scoring drive in the fourth quarter; the defense, which sacked Calvert Hall quarterbacks Kenji Bahar and Colar Kuhns eight times for a loss of 50 yards, picked off a pass that led to a short field and Good Counsel’s first touchdown, and allowed -40 yards of rushing. To the buzzer: Thomas S. Wootton coach Tyree Spinner looked down his sideline toward a player’s mother photographing the game. “Make sure you get this,” Spinner said. Wootton quarterback Sam Ellis stepped back and fired a strike Trevon Diggs for a 37-yard gain a play after the two connected on a 40-yard pass. Though Diggs fumbled on the 1-yard line, the long completions in the final two minutes Monday set a tone during Wootton’s 24-14 victory against Bethesda-Chevy Chase.


Thomas S. Wooton High School reciever Trevon Diggs gains yards after the catch during the second quarter on Monday against Bethesda-Chevy Chase. “Every down that we play is preparation for our next game,” Spinner said. “So, what’s the point in wasting live reps and taking a knee versus keep going? At the end of the day, we have tied record at the end of the year, you go to point differentiation.” Spinner is clearly taking no chances with his team in solid contention for its first playoff berth in five years and just its second in 22 years, invoking the third tiebreaker. Fun run: Kevin Joppy juked. He lowered his shoulder and brushed off contact. Then he juked some more. The Quince Orchard running back finished the carry with his second touchdown, yet another dazzling run on a night he had a few, and returned to the sideline. “That’s why we recruited you, baby!” Quince Orchard football coach Dave Mencarini said. That’s their way of poking fun at the rumors Mencarini enticed Joppy, who played for Seneca Valley High School his first three seasons, to switch schools. In reality, Joppy just moved into the Quince Orchard zone over the


Wootton Whitman B-Chevy Chase Churchill Kennedy Walter Johnson

All Div.

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


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

65 28 39 36 6 6

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Blair Springbrook Blake

All Div.

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

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

14 42 39 31 32 62


63 34 47 27 0

13 54 27 28 70

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Northwest Quince Orchard Gaithersburg R. Montgomery Clarksburg Magruder

All Div.

2-0 2-0 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2


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

95 77 60 51 14 24

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Watkins Mill Rockville Wheaton Einstein Northwood

All Div.

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


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

Montgomery 2A Independent Team




Private schools Team


13 7 7 74 49 94

92 69 29 48 40 22 14

30 15 48 79 68 49 86





50 12

3-1 110 29 1-1 34 48 0-1 0 10 1-2 66 92 1-2 54 72

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Montgomery 4A South Division

Good Counsel Bullis Landon Georgetown Prep Avalon

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


summer, he said while smiling about his new situation. Quince Orchard had a lot of fun Thursday night, beating Walt Whitman 42-0 in Bethesda. Game-winner: Springbrook quarterback Neiman Blain received the snap, dropped back and saw receiver Antonio Lee streaking down the right sideline. He lofted a high ball toward the end zone, probably hoping the senior wide out would come down with it. Lee, left arm tangled with the defender, extended his right to the ball and hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass that would eventually give Springbrook a 14-7 victory against Clarksburg Monday afternoon. “He’s really maturing,” Springbrook coach Adam Bahr said of his junior quarterback, who rushed for a 2-yard score in the third quarter to tie the game and then heaved the game-winning throw with 5 minutes and 22 seconds remaining in the game. Travis Mewhirter and Oliver Macklin contributed.

Northwest 34, R. Montgomery 13 Sherwood 27, Blair 22 Q. Orchard 42, Whitman 0 Good Counsel 21, Calvert Hall 3 Bullis 34, St. Mary’s Annapolis 6 Avalon 42, MSD 0 Gonzaga 34, Georgetown Prep 0 Wheaton 33, Magruder 24 Gaithersburg 28, Watkins Mill 0 Seneca Valley 41, Rockville 8 Damascus 43, Northwood 8 Churchill 21, Walter Johnson 6 Wootton 24, B.-Chevy Chase 14 Springbrook 14, Clarksburg 7 Paint Branch 42, Blake 0 Poolesville 7, Kennedy 6 N. Harford at Einstein, cancelled Mt. St. Joseph at Landon, cancelled

BEST BET Quince Orchard at Damascus, 6:30 p.m. Friday:

Damascus ended a five-game losing streak to QO by beating the Cougars twice in 2010. QO moved to 4A the next year, and they haven’t played since. Damascus looks to show smaller schools play QO better than the county’s large schools do.


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Falcons replace scoring void with a committee

HOW THEY RANK Girls’ soccer n 1. Good Counsel

n 2. Holy Cross Seven different players not named Midge Purce n 3. B.-Chevy Chase scored the Our Lady of Good n 4. Walt Whitman Counsel High School girls’ soccer team’s seven goals n 5. Winston Churchill in two games played in Tennessee over the weekend. Boys’ soccer The Falcons defeated n 1. Landon School the defending Tennessee state champion Brentn 2. Walter Johnson wood, 5-1, and then tied n 3. Good Counsel the host Franklin, which had defeated Good Counn 4. Walt Whitman sel’s Washington Catholic n 5. Wootton Athletic Conference rival Bishop O’Connell (Va.) by two goals earlier in the week. In five games, eight different players have scored for Good Counsel (2-0-3), settling some early questions about how the Falcons would move on from the graduation of the program’s all-time leading scorer, Purce, who is cur-


Good Counsel player returns to Damascus BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

Seven years ago, current sixthyear Damascus High School girls’ soccer coach Katie Chapman was coaching the Baker Middle School boys’ team. “I wanted to coach the girls so I would always go over and watch them,” Chapman said. On that squad was current Swarmin’ Hornets senior midfielder Amanda Amankwa. Chapman was impressed, she said. “I mostly got to see practices,” Chapman said. “I saw that [Amankwa] had an eye for the goal and was sending some great balls through, even at the middle school level.” After Amankwa’s transfer out of Our Lady of Good Counsel back

to her home school for 2013-14, Chapman finally has the talented playmaker on her team. Amankwa spent three seasons with the perennially nationallyranked Falcons and was a contributing factor in the team’s offense the past two. Amankwa’s arrival could be just what the historically competitive Swarmin’ Hornets need to get over the Class 3A West Region final hump and back to the state tournament for the first time since their debut in 2003. “It’s exciting, we’re excited to have Amanda here,” Chapman said. “She reads the game well and knows where she is going before she gets the ball. She’s fit in and all the girls are playing well together.” It helps that Amankwa isn’t a total newcomer. She spent several years playing with many of her current Damascus teammates for the Damascus Sparks travel club team. Rejoining them, she said, has been a comfortable transition. And the team has been quite welcoming, Chapman said, which might not have always been the

at the door of a state semifinal appearance the past few years, but has fallen just short. Amankwa said she hopes to be a part of making school history with the Swarmin’ Hornets firstever state title. It’s not out of the realm of possibility. Damascus (3-0) has outscored its opponents 13-1 in its first three contests, which includes a 2-0 win over 1998 state champion and Class 4A Thomas S. Wootton. Six years ago when Chapman took over the Damascus soccer program, she probably didn’t think she’d have to wait so long for Amankwa to arrive. But now that she has, it almost feels like she’s been there all along. “I knew [Amankwa] when she played at Baker, I was the boys’ soccer coach at the time,” Chapman said. “I knew about her talent then and I’m excited to have her here now.”


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Boys It’s been a good few months for two standouts from Bethesda-Olney Academy’s U17/18 team as former Walter Johnson midfielder Jeremy Ebobisse and Chase Gasper both were called up to the U-18 United States men’s national team domestic training camp Sept. 22-29 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. During the summer, the pair attended a U.S. Soccer Nike combine in Portland, Ore., and will again travel to the West Coast to play with some of the nation’s elite upand-coming players. Also related to Bethesda, former AC Bethesda forward Patrick Tshiani signed a professional contract with Standard Liège of the Belgian League. Tshiani played for AC Bethesda’s U-14, U-15 and U-16 teams and last year was active with Royal Sporting Club, Anderlecht FC U19. Meanwhile, as of Sunday night in Montgomery County, only seven undefeated teams remained: Walter Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Northwest, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Blair, Watkins Mill and Springbrook.; 1906764

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case with past teams. The cohesion on this year’s squad could turn out to be a differentiating factor in the team’s success Chapman said. Amankwa has already meshed with the talented core of seven seniors that has been on varsity for three to four years. Her creativity in the middle and ability to move forward as well plays right into Damascus’ possession style offense, Chapman said. Her strengths complement those of her fellow midfielders, classmates Annika Leiby and Steph Cox and leading scorer Katie Kirschenmann (six goals). “[Amankwa] has still been a neighbor, she lives in this area, she just hasn’t been a schoolmate,” Chapman said. “The chemistry with these girls is amazing.” Amankwa played a part in Good Counsel’s eighth Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title a year ago, but there’s something special about trying to win a state tournament, she said. Damascus has been knocking

rently in her freshman season at Harvard University. Imani Dorsey, Nia Dorsey, Courtney Parr, Dana Reed and Julia Abbott scored against Brentwood, Maddie Pack and Kori Locksley recorded shots against Franklin. “Scoring is coming from everyone and it’s good,” longtime Good Counsel coach Jim Bruno said. “This team is spreading the ball around and I feel like [having so many scorers] gives them the confidence that everyone can score. ”



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Concussions: Concern in other sports as well Multiple head injuries occur in field hockey and volleyball



Gaitherburg High School volleyball player Jessica Tynes warms up before a Sept. 10 match against John F. Kennedy.

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Senior leader heads a youthful Trojan team



The crowd may as well have been asleep. The early goings of the girls’ volleyball match between Gaithersburg High School and John F. Kennedy Sept. 10 was a snoozer, and the dormant troop of Trojan faithful was reacting accordingly. The vast majority of points were being won off of passing errors or relatively weak kills that found an open patch of the newly renovated Gaithersburg gymnasium and the opening 20 minutes of the set had gotten the Trojans off to a 20-11 lead. Then Sierra Hill set up Jessica Tynes. The alarm clock went off. The senior outside hitter rocketed a spike so hard that a member of the Kennedy junior varsity team looked up from her homework, startled, and asked “What was that?” That was a Jessica Tynes’ spike colliding with hardwood, and there would be many more to come. With each Hill or Lexi Serafini set to Tynes, the match would turn, if ever so briefly, from a sleepy, slow-paced match into a mini-spectacle. She injected life into a threesetter that had been generally bereft of it, and it soon became a 3-0 Gaithersburg sweep. “I just didn’t know what was going to happen,” coach Michele Staymates said of her youthful squad. “I didn’t know who was going to show up. We had kind of a rocky preseason. Since Aug. 14, we’ve only practiced two times in this gym so that’s been a little different. It kind of feels like we’re still away. ... That was a nice way to start in the new gym.” Other than Tynes, who is being recruited by McDaniel College, Marymount and Franklin and Marshall, there isn’t much known about this year’s Gaithersburg squad. She’s one of just three seniors on the team and the only of her class who starts. Staymates deploys a starting lineup that includes precocious outside hitter in 6-foot-1 freshman Anya Chepernova, sophomore middle hitter Jacqueline Landry, and three other nonseniors. “I’m not really worried about youth,” Staymates said. “I’m bringing a team that has played a lot of volleyball in their short years and, individually, I’ve got some talent. It’s putting it all together that’s my job.” And it’s also part of Tynes’ job. As usually the only senior on the floor, the captain isn’t there just to pound a few balls past the blockers, but to keep things operating smoothly on her side of the court. “Very, very, very large,” she said of her role this season. “I was never captain but now I’m captain so it’s a big weight on my shoulder but I like it. It’s the same old same old but it’s just a little more leadership.” Tynes brings not only a powerful option for Hill and Serafini to look for, but some experience and leadership on a team that has very little of it.

HOW THEY RANK Volleyball n 1. Holy Cross

Given all the buzz surrounding concussions in football, it’s a bit ironic that at least four of the hot-button injuries happened in two of the lesser contact sports during the fall season: field hockey and volleyball. Walter Johnson High School’s top girls’ volleyball returner, outside hitter Brigid Morris, went down with the head injury during a scrimmage with Col. Zadok Magruder and could miss anywhere from a week to a month. The Wildcats have since begun the season with 3-0 losses to Damascus (25-22, 25-16, 2511) and Northwest (26-24, 25-23, 25-15). “IwassadtoseeBrigidwasn’t

n 2. Sherwood


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BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER playing,” Damascus coach Becky Ronquillo said after the win. “Because she’s a powerhouse when she’s playing.” Our Lady of Good Counsel’s field hockey team, meanwhile, had two players suffer concussions — one from getting caught in the chin with a backswing, the other from a collision, according to coach Theda Bagdon, in a 2-0 loss to perennial ISL power St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes. Nothing seems to be wrong with the Sherwood field hockey team and the county’s hottest scorer, Emily Kenul. After claiming an early-season tournament title at Paint Branch last weekend, the Warriors toppled Poolesville 4-0, getting two goals apiece from Kenul and Gabrielle Yore. The very next day, in a

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matchup with Northwest, Kenul accounted for all four goals in another 4-0 win. Clarksburg, which also saw a player sidelined with a concussion,isoperatingslightlydifferent than its undefeated counterparts, stacking the box score with eight girls who either scored or assisted in a 6-0 win over Magruder. “The exciting thing is the kids are starting to play with a little more confidence,” said coach Sissy Natoli, who has her Coyotes off to a 4-0 start as of Sunday. “It’s been exciting. It’s a fun season so far.” All four of Clarksburg’s wins have been shutouts completed by goalie Rachel Brenowitz. “She’s coming into her own,”


Sherwood High School senior Emily Kenul is leading the Warriors again. Natoli said. “She’s off to a good start.”

Golf For the second straight week, Walter Johnson broke 190, remaining the only team in the county to do so and certainly the only one to accomplish the feat twice. This led to the Wildcats going 3-0 for the second straight week, beating Walt Whitman (204), Quince Orchard (208) and Bethesda-Chevy Chase (226) at Northwest Golf course. “They’re for real,” Poolesville coach Dave Gillespie said. The Wildcats were led by Noah Moss, who shot a 35 after posting a season-opening 36 when Walter Johnson shot an alarmingly low 181. Josh Jacobs and Michael Gilman checked in at 36 and 37, respectively, and Jordan Bobb, who began the year with a 33, added a 39. Rounding out the effort was Taso Scilaris with a 41. Gillespie’s squad, meanwhile, is also undefeated in the second-tier Kyle Division, as is Col. Zadok Magruder in the

third-tier Kohut Division. “It’s been so far so good,” Gillespie said. “This is an extremely veteran team and they’re producing some really steady play.” Poolesville’s top four players — Rohit Mandavia, Craig Morton, Andy Baker and Trevor Stottlemyer — are separated by just six shots on the year with Mandavia being the current low man at 82. “I let them know that we have more depth than any other team in the division,” Gillespie said. And, though early in the year, he later added, “I like the sound of undefeated.” Some of the top individual performers this week were Winston Churchill’s Luke Schaap with a 34 and teammate Oliver Whatley with a 36, Thomas S. Wootton’s Delaney Shah (36), and Damascus’ Keith Berkheimer (36). Wootton, despite returning all four starters from last year’s state champion team, dropped to 3-3 after posting a 209.


Gaitherburg High School volleyball player Jessica Tynes hits a ball during Sept. 10’s match against John F. Kennedy.

She’s playful between points, keeping the mood light and her teammates relaxed. She laughs and claps and dances, even twirling Serafini around in a mini-tango between a point during the Kennedy game. “Jess has a great attitude out on the floor,” Staymates said. “She’s a great leader and she’s surrounded by babies. She’s my rock out there. She’s my captain and she stays in all the way around.” So, while light and jovial when needed, Tynes can also be all business when it comes to getting her Trojans out of a rut or siding out. With the third set tied at eight — too close by Staymates’ measure — Tynes called for her team to get it together. And who ended up being set from the left side on the ensuing point? Tynes. Kennedy would never draw within striking distance again. “She had the same role last year as a junior,” Staymates said. “She was our leader on our team offensively so she knew what she was coming in for. She’s gotten better, she’s gotten stronger, she’s gotten more consistent from the outside. She’s just our go to. When things are falling apart, just put the ball in her hands.”



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Seniors give Seneca Valley boys’ soccer an edge Boys’ soccer: Benson, Mendez, Swanzy and Vargas form county’s most experienced midfield

stories from his grandfather about what a brilliant player his father was until he got injured. Swanzy wanted to play in the U.S. to continue his father’s legacy. “I feel like we’re actually building up a lot of chemistry since we’ve played for three years now. We seem to know




They formed their bond on an unassuming field that sits behind Waters Landing Elementary School. Four senior midfielders who play boys’ soccer for Seneca Valley High School and were raised in four different countries are among the many players who participate in non-stop pick-up soccer sessions during the offseason and throughout the summer. No matter how hot (or cold) it is, it’s a good bet one will find Ricardo Benson, Miguel Mendez, Samuel Swanzy and Alejandro Vargas there, playing. How long do they usually play? “Oh, we play all night, until it gets dark,” Mendez said. “We come out at 3 p.m. and just keep going.” Vargas said they’ll position themselves the same as they do for their school team to gain more repetitions and breed a familiarity with one another. “People don’t notice, but we’re always thinking about the team in the offseason,” said Vargas, the captain. “I think that really helps.” For the aforementioned quartet of players, their senior

“Sometimes, you have to tell them less is more. They try to get a little fancy sometimes.” — Seneca Valley coach Hugo Zapata each other’s next move is all the time,” Swanzy said. A fantastic student and aspiring civil engineer, Swanzy first committed to playing for the Screaming Eagles after he enrolled GEORGE P. SMITH/FOR THE GAZETTE in a physical education course on Seneca Valley High School defender Ismael Sanchez clears the ball in front of his goalkeeper, Christopher Ocon. soccer and realized he had some season with the Screaming middle and Benson holds down potential. Last year, he scored an olimpico (a goal directly off a corEagles represents a unique cir- the right flank. ner kick) and continues to be one “Because they’ve played cumstance in soccer circles — an of the county’s more impressive entire midfield that’s played with with each other so long and they players taking set pieces. one another nearly every day of spend a lot of time together in the Mendez and Benson were their lives for the past two years, offseason, they know each other born in the U.S., but Mendez and is about to do so again this very well,” Seneca Valley coach moved to Bolivia when he was 1 year. At soccer’s most important Hugo Zapata said. “You can and didn’t return until he started position, Seneca Valley is loaded. see their chemistry on the field. middle school. It was during Sometimes, you have to tell them Swanzy starts on the left middle school where Menless is more. They try to get a little wing, Mendez and Vargas in the dez and Benson became good fancy sometimes.” friends and developed a passion Vargas wasn’t sure that he for the game. That passion fused wanted to play soccer two years perfectly with a similar love for ago. Now he aspires to play prothe game possessed by Swanzy fessionally. He was born in El and Vargas and has made for a Salvador before moving to the group that plays together, eats United States when he was 16. together, takes classes together “In El Salvador, we play socand breaks down the latest Barcer even if you like it or don’t like celona or Real Madrid match it. That’s life there,” Vargas said. together. “When I was 2-years old, I was “It’s no secret that we’re kicking the ball.” GEORGE P. SMITH/FOR THE GAZETTE very close friends,” Mendez He said despite the intense said. “We understand each Seneca Valley High School goalkeeper Christopher Ocon defends during a soccer culture in his home counother very well and hopefully try, Vargas didn’t develop a pasboys’ soccer game against Sherwood. that can lead to good results.” sion for the game until he joined The Eagles are 1-2-0 as of Swanzy, meanwhile, was Seneca Valley’s team and dedi- the club’s offseason workouts. “When you’re 16 and come born in Ghana and moved to Sunday night and hope to deliver cated himself to getting in shape. The 5-foot-8 tactician, with a here, everything is kind of cool,” the United States when he was their best season yet thanks to propensity for joining the attack, Vargas said. “You see what goals 13 after visiting his sisters in the rigorous offseason works, inspidropped 25 pounds while getting you want to set up and see that U.S. periodically throughout his ration from Zapata (in his second varsity season) and one heck of a childhood. fit and this past summer and led they can be accomplished now.” The speedy winger with a deft midfield partnership. touch also started kicking the ball around when he was 2 and heard


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Winston Churchill High School boys’ basketball coach Matt Miller announced Thursday that he is resigning from the school to accept an assistant coach position with Shepherd (W. Va.) University In Miller’s five years with the Bulldogs, he amassed a 7941 record, including three con-

secutive division titles. In 2012, he led Churchill to its first 4A West Region final in more than 30 years, according to a news release. The Bulldogs lost that game to eventual state champ, Col. Zadok Magruder. “I have been thinking about getting back into the college game for awhile and the right opportunity finally presented itself,” Miller said in the release. “I enjoyed my time at Churchill. I am very proud of the program that we were able to build and thankful for the opportunity to work with some outstanding kids at one of the best public high schools in the nation. We accomplished some great things together.” Coaching at the college level has always been an aspiration for Miller, who has also held stints at Marymount and Mount St. Mary’s. At Shepherd, his main duties will be scouting and recruiting. Conveniently enough, he’s become quite familiar with the recruiting hotbed that is the D.C., Maryland, Virginia region. “I’ve been doing a lot of thinking the last couple years,” he said. “I thought this would be a good opportunity to stay close and coach at the next level.” Asked whether a suicide of former player Evan Rosenstock back in May played a factor into Miller’s decision to leave the Potomac school, he said that this was simply about an opportunity to ascend to the next level. “We’ve had a great five years at Churchill and it was a very difficult decision,” he said. “It’s always been a dream of mine.” Miller said he will teach for another week and a half or so before heading out to West Virginia. — Travis Mewhirter


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Workers who had been on strike from Potomac Disposal are back on the job Thursday morning. About 50 employees for the Gaithersburg company went on strike Monday morning, claiming the company tried to intimidate them during labor negotiations last week with threats of immigration checks. The workers had been negotiating with the trash-hauling company’s managers Thursday, seeking higher wages, health care benefits, and sick days. “The striking Potomac Disposal workers will return to work Thursday. The union representing the workers will continue negotiating on their behalf to seek a satisfactory resolution of the ongoing con-

tract negotiations,” said Nicole A. Duarte, communications director for LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizing Coalition, which is representing the workers, in an email to The Gazette Wednesday afternoon. Lee Levine, president of the company, was not available to comment on the talks Thursday morning, but a company representative confirmed workers had return to their jobs. The Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services advised residents scheduled for Thursday collections in the areas affected by the strike at Potomac Disposal, Inc. to put their trash and recyclables out by 7 a.m. Potomac Disposal has a $5 million contract with Montgomery County. It serves about 40,000 homes in the county, according to county officials.

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A woman accused of prostituting her 15-year-old daughter to help pay off a $5,000 debt is on trial this week in a Montgomery County courtroom. The mother is charged with a total of 11 crimes, including rape, child abuse, prostitution, human trafficking, and other charges. The Gazette is not naming the woman to protect the identity of the victim, her daughter. The case dates back to March, when police arrested the woman and Bejarni Rivas, 45, of Irish Court in Gaithersburg. According to police, abuse occurred from December 2012 through March 2013 and many of the acts took place at the Georgian Colonies Club House

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Schmoozing in Silver Spring

At left, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) welcomes guests to the Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala on Thursday at The Fillmore Silver Spring. Below left, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) (left) listens to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez during the Gala. PHOTOS BY RAPHAEL TALISMAN/ FOR THE GAZETTE


ounty Executive Isiah Leggett celebrated the Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala on Thursday at The Fillmore Silver Spring. During the event, 25 Latino students each received a $2,000 scholarship from the Montgomery Hispanic Gala Fund. According to an official press release, Leggett also recognized three awardees: Maria Socorro Garcia, an English for speakers of other languages counselor with Montgomery County Public Schools, who was named Educator of the Year; Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard, Advocate of the Year; and U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, who won the Public Service Award. The event kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month in Montgomery County and the state. — ALINE BARROS

in Silver Spring. Arrest records say Rivas raped the girl, now 15, in a male changing room, then gave her $100. The girl’s mother, 41, from Germantown, ordered her daughter to have sex with Rivas even after the girl begged her not to, telling her in one instance, “I’ve done a lot of bad things to make you have a good life. Go with him,” according to the charging documents. When the victim’s mother was arrested, the woman told police she had left the girl alone with Rivas for only about 10 minutes, the documents said. Rivas is charged with 13 counts of rape, sexual abuse, and other charges. Esteban Gergely, Rivas’ attorney, could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon. Rivas has a trial scheduled for next month.

POLICE BLOTTER 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.

Aggravated assault • On Aug. 26 at 5:45 p.m. in the 12000 block of Dewey Road, Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. • On Sept. 1 at 1:35 a.m. in the parking lot at McDonald’s, 2741 University Blvd. West, Kensington. The subjects are known to the victim.

Armed robbery • On Aug. 30 at 5:12 a.m. in the 11500 block of Elkin Street, Silver Spring. The subjects threatened the victims with a weapon and took property.

Residential burglary • 15100 block of Interlachen Drive, Silver Spring, on Aug. 27. No forced entry, took property. • 14200 block of Georgia Avenue, Rockville, on Aug. 27. No forced entry, took property. • 2600 block of Cory Terrace, Silver Spring, at 3:12 p.m. Aug. 28. Unknown entry, unknown what was taken. • 16600 block of Emory Lane, Rockville, at 5:26 a.m. Aug. 30. Forced entry, took property. • 3900 block of Bel Pre Road, Aspen Hill, at 5:28 p.m. Sept. 1. No forced entry, took property.

Sexual assault • On Sept. 1 at 2:45 a.m. on a path between the Amherst 7-Eleven and Bucknell Drive, Silver Spring. The subject physically assaulted the victim, who fought back.



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Tell me about your teaching career. Was this your first career choice?


No, after graduating from the University of Maryland I actually started a pool management company: Aquatic Specialists Corporation. I also coached the swim team at the Upper Montgomery County YMCA [in Montgomery Village]. Being a swim coach is what drew me to teaching, working with kids, I found it very enjoyable. I started teaching in the 1999-2000 school year at Greenwood Elementary School [Brookeville], fourth and fifth grade. I wanted to teach middle school so I got certified to teach math and worked at Forest Oak Middle School [Gaithersburg] for three years, went back to Greenwood for two years, taught at Argyle Middle School [Silver Spring] for six years and this is my first year here.

Peter A. (Pat) Tozzi n Age: 49 n Job title: Math teacher at Lakelands Park Middle School, Gaithersburg n Hometown: Kensington n Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Maryland, College Park; master’s degree, McDaniel College, Westminster n Family: Wife, Lynn; two daughters n Hobby: Riding a motorcycle, swimming

Why did you go from elementary school to middle school then back to elementary before settling on middle school?

n Favorite vacation spot: Outer Banks in North Carolina

I felt like I needed to work on my classroom management skills and I thought it would be easier to practice in elementary school.

n Lesson to live by: There is always something more you can learn.

Does the county offer classes or help with that?

Yes, there are helps, like other teachers to work with you and I took a course — Fred Jones’ Tools for Teaching — three years ago that was very helpful.



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Just keep your cool. If students see you get flustered, sometimes that’s what they want. Are middle-schoolers a problem?

No, the kids here are wonderful, at Argyle they were wonderful, too. It’s not that kids are hard in terms of managing behavior, you have to motivate them. It’s all about motivating students to your lessons. You can never be an expert, there is always room for improvement. There are several ways to teach the same thing and I try to present the lessons in different ways. It’s about knowing your students and how they learn. How did you choose to be a math teacher? Was there any one person responsible?

My father. He is a Ph.D. electrical engineer. What he taught me was number sense. If kids understand how numbers work, they are more successful. As a kid [math] was my strength, I wasn’t a good reader — as an adult I was diagnosed with ADHD. Math was where I saw success and what I enjoyed doing. One reason I left elementary school was teaching the other content areas was somewhat difficult for me.

Do you have a favorite math course or level to teach?

The course I enjoy teaching most is Math 7, seventh grade. It is that step where you really get students ready for advanced math. It gives them a good foundation to get into algebra. What is the hardest thing about teaching math to middle school students?

The hardest part about teaching middle school kids is trying to make the lessons interesting enough to really get them involved. I try to move away from the old stand and deliver. I try to do more of having kids working in groups, more student discourse, working together to figure it out.

If you had one magic power to help you in teaching what would that be?

A secret way to make it interesting for them, a way to determine what it is to get students really interested in math.

What is it that you like best about your job?

My favorite part is trying to help the children, visiting the groups, listening to the discussion, seeing them come up with a solution. That “oh yeah!” moment is big.

“Voices in Education” is a twicemonthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured, email Peggy McEwan at

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Superheroes rule at PTA’s back-to-school picnic

Back to School Nights planned this week

The Christa McAuliffe PTA hosted its annual back-toschool picnic Sept. 6, with a theme of “Superheroes.” On hand to talk with students were people whom the PTA considers community superheroes: Maryland-National Capital Park Police with a bomb-sniffing dog, a Montgomery County police officer, fire and rescue members from the Germantown station with a fire truck, and an Air Force member. The evening included a table for children and families to write letters or draw pictures for deployed U.S. military members; a mask-making table where children decorated their own superhero mask and then donned a McAuliffe Superhero cape for a photo; an inflatable Superhero Academy obstacle course; a bubble station; a bean bag toss; and a disc jockey. “Great things happen when the school and the PTA work hand in hand to create memorable things that bring the community together,” said Wanda Coates, principal at S. Christa

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in Germantown. “Kids were encouraged to wear superhero costumes if they had them. A lot of kids came in costume.” Kindergartner Kara Creuziger wore her Batgirl costume. “It was great because I got to have some cake and it was really, really fun when it was night time. I was pooped out,” Kara wrote in an email. Cake and lemonade were served to the 300-plus attendees courtesy of the PTA and the school. “It was wonderful to see

so many families,” PTA President Sarah Barrett wrote in an email. “I think it’s important to show kids that a superhero can be more than a character in a movie who wears a mask. We have heroes in our own community and every student can be their own superhero.”

Band’s yard sale planned for Saturday Members of the Quince Orchard High School Marching

Band will sponsor a yard and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the school, 15800 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg. Items available for sale will include clothing, books, toys, games, electronics, furniture, sporting goods and baby items. The public may drop off donations between 7 and 8 a.m. Saturday at the school. All proceeds will support the band and its programs.

Children’s Day takes C L E R G Y

to the outdoors This year’s Children’s Day, called “School’s Outside!” will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. The free event will demonstrate how gardening and learning from the garden fosters environmental literacy and stewardship for the earth. There will be a variety of learning activity tents based on school subjects. Children can visit the activity tents to get their “class schedule” stamped while participating in hands-on learning activities that integrate the school subjects with the outdoors, gardening and nature. The day will include activities, crafts, displays, storytime and entertainment by the Crawdaddies, whose music combines some of Louisiana’s Cajun, Zydeco and blues sounds with other influences. Their shows will be at noon and 2 p.m. For more information, call 301-962-1400 or visit www.


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He and his group, which won the SciTech 2013 Scientific Poster Competition, intend to continue working on the problem with the hope of eventually publishing a formal research paper. Lichtman was named a 2013 National Merit semifinalist, competed in the American Computer Science League All-Star Contest in 2012, is an Advanced Placement scholar with distinction and member of the National Honor Society. He is a linguist and member of the Latin and French Honor societies at Blair and has been a member of the school’s track and field and varsity soccer teams. In June, he was awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal for four categories, including community service. Mandler, now a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he plans to study molecular biology and pharmacology in the context of medical research, worked this summer with adult cardiomyocyte cells to examine the role of a protein called Activating Transcription Factor 3 on thickening of the heart muscle and heart failure. He was president of the Whitman Key Club and a regular intern at the National Institutes of Health during high school. Upon graduation, Technion Associate Professor Ami Aronheim, who worked with Mandler and his partner in the lab, praised their enthusiasm for learning. “We found a cockroach in the lab and they studied its inside to look for its heart,” Aronheim said in a statement.


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to School Night and Table Fair from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 300 Norwood Road, Silver Spring. The fair, sponsored by the Parent Teacher Student Association, is a collection of displays from the school’s clubs and organizations. There also will be members available to answer questions. It will be held in the school cafeteria from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. before classroom visits begin. For more information call 301-879-1300. • Montgomery Village Middle School will hold its Back to School Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at 19300 Watkins Mill Road, Gaithersburg. It’s an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet with teachers and instructional teams. For more information call 301-840-4660.

school students from around the world to participate in SciTech, a three-week international science and technology research camp at the Technion, now in its 20th year. SciTech provides teenagers the chance to carry out research in a broad range of fields alongside accomplished Israeli researchers, while experiencing life in Israel. The scholarship is awarded each spring to deserving Washington-area high school students by the daughter of Madaras, an accomplished cellist and pediatrician who died in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Klein, now a freshman premed student at Georgetown University in Washington, worked at the Rambam Pediatric Hospital researching primary immunodeficiency disease. The experience provided the opportunity to study patient cases and to work in both the genetics and blood laboratories. The mentoring was top-notch, she said. Her mentor arranged for her team to meet Nobel Prize Laureate Distinguished Professor Aaron Ciechanover. “That was the best half-hour of my life,” Klein said in a statement. “He was very inspiring.” Lichtman, an athlete who has played soccer three times in the Maccabi Games, spent his summer immersed in another type of game — game theory. Working with an Israeli student and another American, Lichtman researched a mathematical algorithm. They looked at a situation in which there are people from each of three different parties arranged in threesomes.

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HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18 An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Blood donors report feeling a sense of great satisfaction after making their blood donation. Why? Because helping others in need just feels good. 301-896-2849.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 19 Community CPR, from 5-10 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Learn to respond effectively in emergencies. Appropriate for young adults, nannies, au pairs, lifeguards and preschool teachers. Class includes Infant, Child and Adult CPR. Credential course, CPR certification provided. Feel free to bring a light snack. Appropriate for ages 14 and up. $75. Previous Safe Sitter graduates can send completion card and receive a 25 percent discount on Community CPR class only. 301-896-3939. Pre-diabetes Group Class, from 3-5 p.m. at the Nutrition and Diabetes Center, 17735 Georgia Ave., Suite 010, Olney. Learn more about pre-diabetes and how to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes from a certified diabetes educator. Located next to Sandy Spring Bank in Olney. Entrance and

Hogan Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hogan married on Sept. 12, 1953, in Washington, D.C.

Farrell Eliza Carolyn Farrell of Silver Spring and Joshua Thad Reece of New York were married Sept. 1 at St. Mary of the Mills Church in Laurel. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Monsignor Michael Mellone, the church’s pastor and a family friend. Luke Farrell of Silver Spring served as his sister’s Man of Honor. Jason Betlow of Rock Hill, S.C., and Klevis Peshtani of New York were Best Men. The readings were proclaimed by Kaythi Han of Alexandria, Va., who also knit the shrug worn by the bride; Renae Nicholes, the groom’s sister from Columbia, S.C., and Shelley Eisenhardt, of Happy Valley, Ore. The bride, 25, has been employed for five years by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she has been an embedded librarian and environmental protection specialist. She studied at the University College Dublin in Ireland, and received a Bachelor of Philosophy summa cum laude in English literature, anthropology, and history from the Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a master’s degree in library science with a specialty in school media from the Division of Library and Information Science at St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y. The groom, 30, is an associate at Dwyer & Taglia, Esqs., in New York where he defends medical malpractice cases. He is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, Queens, N.Y., and the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., where he received his bachelor’s degree in music performance magna cum laude. He is a member of the District of Columbia and New York bars. The couple were given away by their parents, W. Christopher Farrell and Mary E. Crowley-Farrell of Silver Spring and James T. and Kimberly V. Reece of Irmo, S.C. The reception was held at Adelphi Historical Mill. The date of the wedding coincided with the 34th wedding anniversary of the bride’s parents. Following a honeymoon in New Zealand, the couple will reside in New York.

Bradbard, Brennan Laura and Steven Bradbard of Laytonsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Allyn Jenny Bradbard, to Aaron Brennan, son of Linda and Matthew Brennan of Burke, Va. The bride-to-be, who graduated from Wootton High School in 2005 and Lehigh University in 2008, works for Humanscale. The prospective groom, a 2004 Lake Braddock High School graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Temple University and is employed by Robert Half International. A June 2014 wedding will take place at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville.

ONGOING Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New

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

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old

Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick.

The Gazette prints engagement and wedding announcements, with color photographs, at no charge, as a community service. Copy should be limited to 150 words and submitted in paragraph form. Announcements are subject to editing for space. Please include contact information, including a daytime telephone number. Photos should be professional quality. If emailing photos, file size should be a minimum of 500 KB. Wedding announcements should be submitted no later than 12 months after the wedding. Send to: The Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, or email Montgomery County celebrations are inserted into all Montgomery County editions.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 20 Heart Smarts, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Educational program focuses on strategies for hearthealthy living. Learn how to care for, prevent and reduce the risk of heart disease and other heart-related conditions. Family members are encouraged to participate. Registration required with a five-person minimum to hold class. www.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21 First Aid, from 12:45-5 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The Heartsaver First Aid course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. This program is ideal for community members and meets the requirements for Childcare Providers certification. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver First Aid card from the American Heart Association. $55; Registration required. 301-774-8881.




ample free parking located in the rear of the building. $20; Pre-registation required. 301774-8727.

Childcare is provided. This year’s theme, “A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story,” focuses on remembering that beauty can come out of chaos and that your past, present and future can be used for good with God’s love. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email

Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-8817275. For a schedule of events, visit

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TH 3BR, 2.5BA, finish bsmt, comm pool, cl to Kentlands, $1800 + utils 301-222-7236


Ok Renov 5br 2fb 2hb, new paint & carpet, Nr Public Transp $2150 301-254-4878

GAITH: SFH 3BR, 2BA, Deck, lrg fncd yrd, nr Goshen & Metro, $1800 + utils 301233-2811 Avail 11/01 GERM:Gorgeous 4 BR/2.5 BA, SFH conv Milestone location $2500/m. Please call: 240-731-5361

GERM: great loc, quiet neighborhood, newly renov TH. 3BR 2.5 BA, all new appliances, flooring, & deck w/great bck yrd $1750 Call: 301-775-1912

4BR, GERM/TH: 2.5BA, wew carpet, paint, deck. Ready to Move In. $1750/mo + ROCK/ASPEN HILL clean SFH utils HOC Welcome Super 3br/1ba, hrdwd flr w/d, 301-972-1788 lv msg AC, $1985 + Avail LAYTONSVILLE/ Now. 301-275-2673 GAITH: 3BR, 1.5 BA, fresh paint, new eating kit, sep liv & dining rm, 2fps, deck, 2 car grg, $2050/mo + utils Joe B O W I E : TH 3 BR/ Marosy 301-452-0600 2.5 BA, car garage, 2 M V : All new remod level deck $1850/mo 3br, 2.5ba, 3 lvl TH, Call 916-718-7761 or deck, pool NS, NP, 770-337-0466 $1,525 + utils. Avail Now! 301-990-9294


Apt. $1250 incl util, CATV, Free Parking Avail now. NS/NP CALL: 301-424-9205 TAKOMA PRK: Unfurn 1Br 1Ba Apt. W/D $1200/mo or best offer, nr Metro, off street Prkng Please Call 301-559-3006

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Apt in SFH $850/mo utils incl Free Cable. Available October Call: 301-509-3050


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

OLNEY: 4br, 2.5ba, 3 finished floors,NP, pool/tennis ct, w/d. $1875/mo + utils. Avl 09/01. 301-774-2913 OLNEY: TH, 3Br, 2.5 Ba, fin bsmt, grg, deck, pool/tennis, great nbhd, NP/NS, avl 09/01, $1950 + util Call: 301-938-4587 OLNEY: TH 4BR, 3.5

BA, w/o bsmt, deck, fncd yd, near shops restaurants $2150/mo + utl Call Sam 301237-3070

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GERM: 2BR/2FB, W/D Newly renovated, near 270/Middle Brook Inter sect. $1400/mo HOC OK 301-455-8440

GERM: Lux 2BR, 2.5 BA Split lvl w/FP, hwd flrs, balc, w/d, nr Bus $1375. Avail Immed. Call 240-350-5392

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

Pvt entr, pvt kit & BA, $900/mo inclds util & FIOS. Storage. 301370-7508 Avail 8/1


cious 2 BR, renovated, updated appl, in unit W/D, prvt prk, $1250 incl utils 240-315-3831

Male, 1Br $299, master BR w BA $399. Nr Metro/Shop . NS. Avail Now. 301-219-1066

GAITHER: 1Br & Ba, renovated, nr bus, stores etc, $1200/mo inc util, Avl now Call 301-926-0163

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


3Br, + den, 2 Ba, renovated, Sec 8 welcome, $1800/mo inc util Call: 410-800-5005

Priv Ba, walk-in clst. Fios/Wifi. $650 utils incl. 301-674-9300

GAITH: Rm w/pvt BA

in SFH $550 Plus Utils 1st and Last Month in Advance Deposit Req. Call 240-606-7259

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BETH: beautiful 1400 GAITHERSBURG: sqft,3br,2fba/den/offic 1Br, 1Ba, Shr Kit, $2200+elec 301-452- cable/int, N/S N/P, 3636 bethesdagirl@ $550/month includes nr Mont Mall utils 240-643-4122 DAMASCUS: spa-



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

Bsmt w/priv Ba, NS/NP, priv parking, nr Bus, Female, 610 + uti, 240-401-3522


RIVERDALE: Furn SS: SFH Furnish BR 1Br, share Ba in 2br pvt Ba, Female Only Apt $500/mo internet uti incl $675 +Sec Dep nr Metro, Bus, Shop- nr RIDE ON, Wheaton ping Ctr 301-254-2965 Metro 301-681-7848 ROCK: 2 NICE BR

BSMT Apt , lvg rm part furn, prvt kit/ba/ent NS/NP, $850/mo + utils 301-424-4366


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


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

LG Furn BR in uppr lvl $500 util & laundry included. Sec. Dep Req. Call: 301-605-5199 ROCKVILLE: Furn. RM for rent, $500. 1 LAUREL: 1 BR base- mo deposit, shr utils. Close to White Flint ment in TH, prvt bath, share kit $650/month Metro. 301-881-8474 utils incl. Close to 95 SILVER SPRING: 202-903-6599 1BD in nice TH. Off Rt 29 near public NORTH POTOMAC: transp. NP/NS. $600 Cheery basement incl util. 301-793-4665 furn/unfurn w/full Ba & Br, $975/mo inc util SILVER SPRING: Call: 301-529-8632 1Br w/priv Ba, W/D, shrd kit, quiet neighNPOTOMAC: Clean borhood, nr bus, $625 bsmt w/pvt ent. FBA. + util 301-438-3357 Kit. Furn/None. $800+ SILVER SPRING: util. N/S, N/P. 1 mo. Rm for rent $600 incld S/D. 240-603-5280 utils; 2BR 2BA Condo for Rent $1650 inclds OLNEY: G R E A T utils, 240-460-2582 DEAL!! Br, shr Ba, beautiful EU TH, SILVER SPRING: female only $675/mnth Room for $465/mo, w/util, int, cable TV, shared kit Ba, W/D, NP/NS Sec. Dep. 301- CABTV & Util, Please CALL: 301-404-2681 774-4654


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Magnificent home in like new condition beautifully & tastefully renovated with superior materials both inside and out. Complete privacy yet so convenient to routes 70 and 270, a perfect retreat backing to acres of parkland. Custom construction offers character and quality, a rare combination of elegance and comfort with attention to detail at every turn. 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths, 3 finished levels, hardwood flooring throughout, extensive hardscape. Welcome home to paradise!

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3BA TH. Close to Fort Detrick. $1600/month. Call Mark 240-3530998

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

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




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


7 BR SFH/OUTSIDE FURN. Moving Sale Upscale Items! Entire content of house must go. 301-977-4123

scale Yard Sale! SAT, 9/21- 9a-3p. Home decor, hh items, guardian cookware, childrens furn and much more! 7511 OldChester Rd.


9/21,9a-2p (R/D 9/22). HH, lighting, furn, sports, tools & more! 21001 Sunnyacres Rd, 20882.


Multi-Family Sat. Sept 21st, 8a-3p, Organ, TV, luggage cameras, excersise equp, kids toys & clothes, HH items, WW2 Navy uniform. 7318 Rosewood Manor Lane

OLNEY: Sat 09/21 9-4, pls no early-birds! Back to work! New cosmetics, fashion jewelry, furn, rugs & much much more! 4709 Broom Drive POTOMAC :9/21,9-2 Multi-family sale to benefit Seven Locks Baptist Church . 11845 Seven Locks Rd.



Colesville United Methodist Church Inside/Outside, Rain or Shine! Sat, Sept 21st, 9-1, 52 Randolph Road (vendors pls call 301-384-7775 for space/tables)

LUZERNE AVENUE/ Silver Spring, Maryland Louis Avenue to Glenridge Avenue (south side) GARLAND AVENUE/Silver Spring, Maryland Maplewood Avenue to 7807 Garland Avenue (east side) 7812 Garland Avenue to 7807 Garland Avenue (west side) GLENMONT FOREST COMMUNITY/Silver Spring Maryland Multiple Locations (Munson Street, Weisman Road, Grandview Avenue, and Lindell Street)

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KENTLANDS: Multi family Yard Sale. HH & decor items, small furn, jewelry & much more! Sat 9/21;9-3pm. 102 Treehaven St.

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Sat 9/21, 9a-1pm. Grand Yard Sale, Lrge collection, everything must go 13025 Cherry Bend Terrace


Scottsbury Terrace. Multifamily Comm. Yard Sale ! Sat. 9/21st 8a-1p. Something for Everyone ! Rt 355 to Shakespeare Blvd to Scottsbury Drive to Scottsbury Terrace.

HUGE COMMUNITY FLEA MARKET: Sat 9/21 9a-1p Bargains Galor! Moonbounce for kids! 850 Nelson St, Rockville




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The Department of the Navy (DON) announces the availability of its Record of Decision (ROD) to construct and operate the Medical Facilities Development at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland. The DON also announces the availability of its ROD to construct and operate the expansion of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (University Expansion) at NSA Bethesda. The construction and operation of the Medical Facilities Development and University Expansion at NSA Bethesda will be accomplished as set out in the Preferred Alternatives described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (dated July 2013) for these actions.

HAVANESE PUPPIES The ROD was published in the Federal Register on September Home raised, AKC, 10, 2013 and is available at the following: best health guarantee Call: 262-993-0460

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For further information, please contact: Mr. Joseph Macri, NSA Bethesda Public Affairs Office, 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Building 11, Room 216, Bethesda, Maryland 20889; E-Mail address: and Telephone: (301) 295-1803. (9-18-13)

Saturday, September 21st, 9:00 am-1:00 pm RAIN or SHINE!

Help us to test an investigational immunotherapy tablet for dust mite allergy. Participants may be eligible for this study if they are 12 years of age or older and have been taking allergy medications for dust mite allergy symptoms during the past year. Medical history and other criteria will be reviewed at the first study visit, including a skin prick allergy test and blood test. The study lasts up to 2 years and requires 9 clinic visits. All study-related office visits, medical examinations, and investigational immunotherapy treatment will be provided at no cost to qualified participants.

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Potomac family needs PT nanny, 3-6pm Mon-Thurs Call: 202-713-7834

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Zayo has proposed to pay Montgomery County’s reasonable expenses relating to the preparation, issuance, implementation and administration of this Agreement, not to exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) in the aggregate. Zayo has proposed to collect and remit to the County any applicable Users Tax that is collected ELENA’S FAMILY Daycare from subscribers. The proposed term of the franchise agreement Infants-Up Pre-K prois fifteen (15) years. gram, computer Lab,

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

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

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

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Any objection to the proposed granting of the franchise by the County must be filed, in writing, with the County Executive by the close of business on September 28, 2013 at the Executive Office Building, 2nd Floor, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Copies of the proposed franchise agreement are available at the Office of the County Attorney, 101 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor, Rockville, Maryland 20850. For further information, contact Mitchell Merryman at 303-854-5271. (9-4, 9-11, 9-18-13)

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Westat, a social science research company, needs children ages 7 to 11 years, in general good health and normal body weight, to participate in a study about how short periods of activity improve children’s metabolism and attention. Both boys and girls are encouraged to participate in 3 sessions: one outpatient screening visit of about 5 hours and two outpatient visits of about 7 hours each visit. The sessions will take place at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD and participants will be compensated for their time. If you are interested, call 1-888-963-5578, include your name, telephone number, email address and the best time to reach you or go online to (refer to study 13-CH-0169). This study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Children’s Health and Human Development.


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Project files are available for examination in the offices of the Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Engineering (DTE), 4th Floor, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland. You can call 240-777-7270 to schedule an appointment to review project files, obtain details and/or information related to a hearing, or to reserve time to present testimony at an upcoming hearing. Written comments for consideration by the Public Hearing Officer may be submitted to Annual Sidewalk Program, Department of Transportation, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. Interpreter services will be provided for the deaf or hearing impaired and Spanish-speaking citizens upon request. Please allow (5) days advance notice when requesting interpreter services. If special services or aids are needed to participate in this activity, please call 240-777-7220 (voice), TTY users call Maryland Relay. The COB facility is handicap accessible. DEPT: DOT/Division of Transportation Engineering FULL MAIL ADDRESS: 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878; PHONE NUMBER: 240-777-7270 (9-18, 9-25-13)

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Pursuant to Section 49-53 of the Montgomery County Code (2004) as amended, three (3) public hearings shall be held before the County Executive (or his designee) on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013, in the lobby level auditorium of the EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING (EOB) located at 101 MONROE STREET in ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND. The sole purpose of a public hearing is to allow citizens an opportunity to present oral and written comments concerning construction of a sidewalk that provides disabled citizens, pedestrians and bicyclists safer travel to schools and nearby public attractions or facilities. The information presented helps determine whether or not to recommend constructing a portion of or the entire proposed project. The hearings begin at 6:00 p.m. and run consecutively thereafter.


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for info. 301-528-4616

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Min. 5 yrs commercial exp. Job in Silver Spring, MD. Bilingual a plus. $22.00/hr. A Drug-free workplace EOE, E-Verify

Mechanical Contractor seeking individual to handle all aspects of AR including the collection of past due accounts, AIA billings, track and review contracts, change orders, COI, bonds, lien releases and other duties. Must be detail oriented and self-motivated. Please email resume including salary requirements to

ADMIN ASST Admin Asst to Director of Catholic Cemeteries, a nonprofit religious org. FT w/benefits + varied secy, recpt & HR duties. Requires experienced indiv w/excellent organizational &communication skills both written + verbal. Must be knowledgeable in the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic faith. Resume w/cover letter to or fax to 301-460-7025. Telephone inquiries are discouraged



with followings. Kohl’s Shopping Center in Aspen Hill, MD. Renters or Commission Call 301-871-8200 Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now

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Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706

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BILLING CLERK FT w/benefits. Must be detail oriented & computer literate. Email resume to


Assistant General Manager Planet Fitness, the growing health club chain is now hiring for our location in Silver Spring. Strong customer service and supervisory experience required. Send resume to

Entry level Position. FT M/F no wkds, immediate opening Excellent Opportunity to learn the Dental field. Must have great people skills. Located in Silver Spring, near Olney.Please email all resumes to


Montessori Assistants/Interns


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

Concrete Mixer Drivers

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

Water Truck Driver

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

Love working with children? Private Montessori school is hiring FT Teaching Assistant/Interns. Year-round employment; training provided; $9-$11/hour For more information call: 301-622-7808


Min. 1 yr exp. in commercial work. Job in Silver Spring, MD. Bilingual a plus. $12 to $14/hr. based on exp. Drug-free workplace. EOE & E-Verify 301-662-7584

CNA’S/ACTIVITIES Coordinator Join a Winning Team!

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

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email


Professional health care organization in Gaithersburg, Maryland seeks experienced full-time front desk professional. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Telemarketing experience required. Position starts at $11/hour plus commission and bonus. High School Diploma or equivalent required. Email resume to: or apply online at "Beltone is an Equal Opportunity Employer."


Rockville, CPA firm has a FT position for a take-charge person. Must be fluent in Spanish (written and verbal), able to work independently, have excellent verbal and computer skills, & be able to multi-task. Prior professional office exp a plus. Excellent salary & benefit package available. Email resume to or fax 301-770-1240.



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


Wednesday, September 25th 10am-3:30pm


Real Estate

Sheehy Ford Lincoln 901 North Frederick Ave. Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Sales Professionals Experienced preferred but not required.

Body Shop Technician Experienced preferred but not required. We provide training for all those interested in applying, and are looking for personable, fun, and customer service orientated professionals. Bilingual speaking employees needed in all departments. All positions require a background and drug screening test before employment. Excellent pay with Great Benefits, 401k, Life, STD, Flexible spending and other insurance offered! Can’t make it to the event? Apply online at and look for the job position.

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Rockville. Earn up to $11.00 per hour. All Shifts Available 301-231-6555 Ext 1111

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Call Bill Hennessy


Inventory Assistant Must drive manual.

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

Automatic Transmission Specialist Ford experience preferred - Rare opportunity!


Dental Sterilization Tech

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

Interior Decorators Entry Level to Experienced New design center opening Will train. Resumes to or call 301-933-7900

Janitor (FT) Must work flexible hours and every other weekend. Prior experience in laundry preferred but not required. Apply at 1235 Potomac Valley Road Rockville MD 20850 or fax to (301) 762-3216. EOE

Market Research A Gaithersburg company is preparing to launch a national campaign for its unique approach for servicing major US corporations. The position will: conduct internet research; add results to its ACT database; and provide support to other marketing/sales activities. No cold calls or traveling involved. Position requires a recent graduate with Excellent grades. Please send resume to

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Careers 301-670-2500 MEDICAL


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

BECOME AN AGENT In just a few weeks. MD/DC class begin 9/23/13. MD online class available. Ask about tuition reimbursement. Call PDI: 240.514.2323 WWW.PDITRAINING.NET


We are looking for AMAZING sales people!!! The Gazette, a Post Newsweek Media company, is looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated people to take our sales territories to the next level. If you value autonomy, but can work well in a team that values integrity, respect and growth, this may be the job for you. The mission of the Advertising Sales Consultant is to develop new business while servicing and increasing existing business. Position involves cold calls, interviewing potential clients, developing and presenting marketing plans, closing sales and developing strong customer relationships. Candidates should possess persistence, energy, enthusiasm and strong planning and organizational skills. We offer a competitive compensation, commission and incentives, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. To become part of this high-quality, high-growth organization, send resume and salary/earnings requirement to EOE

Email resume to or fax 240-439-4360 Seasonal

Tax Preparers

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

Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army is now hiring Bell Ringers in Montgomery County for this Christmas Season. $8.25 per hour. Apply in person on Oct 2nd, 4th, 8th and 10th from 10am - 2pm at 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, MD 20874


Provide non-medical care and companionship for seniors in their homes. Personal care, light housework, transportation, meal preparation. Must be 21+. Must have car and one year professional, volunteer, or personal experience Home Instead Senior Care To us it’s personal 301/588-9023 Call between 10am-4pm Mon-Fri

Entry Level Marketing

Guaranteed $10/hr plus bonuses. Must be outgoing, with positive attitude. Enjoy meeting new people. Call now, ask for Brad (240) 632-9040 ext 105


3-18 hrs per week; $8-$18/hr. Some knowledge of gymnastics is required. Gaithersburg. Email:


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

Call 301-333-1900

PT Billing

Position for specialty practice in Germantown, MD. Hours areTues. & Fri. 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Needs to be flexible. Experiance preferred. Fax resume to 301-916-9343.

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2011 CC.............................................#FR7164, Gray, 43,706 mi..................$18,991 2012 Jetta TDI........................#149435A, Coffee, 22,328 mi.............$18,991 2011 Routan SE.............................#P6065, Blue, 37,524 mi....................$20,991 2013 Passat SE......................#PR6025, White, 3,677 mi..................$21,694 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6024, Silver, 3,912 mi...................$21,994 2013 Passat SE......................#PR6026, Gray, 4,501 mi....................$21,994 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI...#100859A, Gray, 60,262 mi................$21,999 2012 Golf R......................................#FR7130, Black, 15,475 mi.................$27,795

All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 09/30/13.

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10 Scion TC $$

#350124A, Classic Silver, 4 Speed Auto, 2-Door


11 Toyota Corolla S $$

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12 Toyota Camry LE #E0236, 6 $ Speed Auto, $

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11 Ford Fiesta $$

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12 Chevrolet Sonic LS #367166A, $ 6 SPD Auto, $ Silver Pearl


08 Chrysler T&C $$

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11 Toyota RAV4 $$

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08 Hyundai Santa Fe $$

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11 Toyota Camry LE $$

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11 Toyota Camry LE $$

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12 Toyota Prius Two #R1702, CVT $ Trans. 4 Door, $ 20K Miles


2010 Toyota Tacoma........... $10,885 $10,885 2012 Toyota Camry LE......... $16,985 $16,985 #36717B, 5 Speed Manual, Super White, 2 WD Pick Up #E0229, 6 SpeedAuto, 37.6k miles, Silver

$13,900 2005 Mercedes-Benz S Class 2012 Scion XD.................. $13,900 #R1696, 4 SpeedAuto, Classic Silver, 4 Door #378059A, 5 SpeedAuto, 4 Door

$17,900 $17,900

$14,499 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE $19,955 $19,955 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS.... $14,499 #3722306, 6 SpeedAuto, Phantom Black, 42.8K Miles, 4 Door #R1692, CVT Trans, 14.5K Miles, Black 2009 Honda Civic Si........... $14,900 $14,900 2010 Toyota Venza............. $19,985 $19,985 #372316A, 6 Speed Manual, Silver #374561A, 6 SpeedAuto, Magnetic Gray, 44K MIles 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $14,985 $14,985 2013 Toyota Prius C Three.... $20,985 $20,985 #372388A, 6 SpeedAuto, Magnetic Gray, 48K MIles #372383A, 8.4K Miles, CVT Transmission 2009 Chevrolet Traverse...... $14,995 $14,995 2012 Honda Accord EX-L...... $22,985 $22,985 #362042B, 6 SpeedAuto, Gold Mist #351116A, 5 SpeedAuto, Coupe, Crystal Black, 22.4 Miles




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MSRP: Sale Price: NMAC Bonus Cash:

2003 Honda CRV EX 4WD



#341202A, 1-Owner, 4wd, Sunroof, Good Condition

MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:




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$23,110 $19,995 -$1,000 -$500




sunrf & leather, 67K Your donation helps mi, MD Insp, 1 owner local families with $4999 301-340-3984 food, clothing, shelter. Tax deductible. MVA licensed. LutheranMissionSociet 410-636-0123 or 2000 HONDA CRV: toll-free 1-877-737AWD, 5spd, AC, pow8567. er windows, MD Inspec, $4999 301340-3984 DONATE AUTOS,

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$31,445 $26,995 -$1,000 -$1,000


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DARCARS NISSAN of of ROCKVILLE ROCKVILLE 15911 Drive • • Rockville, Rockville, MD MD (at (at Rt. Rt. 355 355 across across from fromKing KingFarm) Farm) 15911 Indianola Indianola Drive 888.824.9166 ••

Prices include all all rebates andand incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. Prices Prices include rebates incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. exclude tags,tax, freight $780, trucks and $200and processing charge. *Lease areonly calculated with Prices tax, exclude tags,(cars freight (cars $810,$725-$995), trucks $845-$995), $200 processing charge.payments Prices valid on listed tax, tags, freight, $200 processing charge firstforpayment signing,09/24/2013. and are valid with tier one approval through VINS. See and dealer details. due Offeratexpires NMAC. Prices valid only on listed VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 10/22/2012.

V6, PW, PL, PS, CD...............$8,950

2004 Pontiac Bonneville GXP

Leather, Sunroof..................$10,495

2006 Jeep Wrangler Sport 2010 Nissan Rogue S AWD



6 CYL, 6 SPD, A/C.................$12,750

2012 Nissan Juke S AWD #349587A, All Wheel Drive, Auto, Bluetooth



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#E0239, 1-Owner, Moonroof, Bluetooth

2010 Infiniti EX35 AWD


#N0243, 1-Owner, All-Wheel Drive, Back up camera, Moonroof


2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD, PW, PL, CD...............$12,950

2007 Pontiac Torrent

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

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo With Navigation, Bluetooth, Power Liftgate #23213, 2 At This Price: VINS: 305034, 305583

2006 Buick LaCrosse CX

2005 Chevy Impala


$32,945 -$1,000 -$500 -$1,000 -$2,450


Service on Saturday’s Open 8am-12pm

58k, V6, PW, PL, PS, Sunroof....$10,525


NISSAN MURANO SV AWD 2013 MSRP: $38,265 Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash: Nissan Bonus Cash: Nissan Equipment Allowance



#367151C, 3rd Row Seat, CD, Cruise, Good Condition

With Bluetooth #22213 2 At This Price: VINS: 646990, 642954

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2002 HONDA CIVIC SI: 3 dr, 5spd, AC,

2008 Ford Taurus X SEL WGN 2011 Chrysler Town & Country

#341181A, All Wheel Drive, 1-Owner


4x4 #25013 2 At This Price: VINS: 688245, 689141


2002 Ford Mustang Coupe

#12113 2 At This Price: VINS: 758548, 764199


2009 TOYOTA 4 CAMRY LE: door sedan, 72k, 1 owner, MD insp, very good condition $10,975.00 firm Call: 301-865-5249



#347509A, Auto, Cruise, Auto Headlights, CD


V8, Auto, PW, PL, PS, CD.......$7,995



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1989 Chevy Corvette Conv.

Hard Top, Auto, 69k, Lhtr....$13,590

2012 Nissan Altima

29K, PW, PL, CD.................$16,925

2013 Chevy Cruze

16K, 4 CYL, PW, PL, CD......$17,550

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

20K, PW, PL, 7 Pass.............$19,975

2013 Chevy Equinox

AWD, 14K, PW, PL, PS, CD....$25,900

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‘97 Acura RL

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2000 Isuzu Rodeo LS.........................6,988


1995 BMW 5-Series..........................1,988

2005 Dodge Caravan SXT..................6,990

2009 Dodge Caliber SXT....................9,990

UNDER $10,995




2001 Ford Winstar SEL..................... #FP39852A, 7 Pass LTHR/PWER Seat, PWER OPTS, Don’t Miss “HANDYMAN”

2001 Mazda MPV LX.........................2,488 #KP39139A, DVD, RAC, PWR OPTIONS, “HANDYMAN”

1998 Toyota Camry LE......................2,488


2000 Chevy Camaro Z28...................3,950 #KP56784A, 5.7, V8, T-TOPS, P/OPTIONS, CLASSIC! “HANDYMAN”

2002 Kia Sedona EX.........................4,988 #KP31467, LOTS OF FUN! DVD, SPLR. PWR OPTIONS, MD INSP’D

2003 Hyundai Sonata GLS.................4,988 #KP84690, V6, PAMPERED! MNRF, PW/PLC, MD INSP’D

#KP17054, 4WD, 3.2L, Clean! LTHR, PW/PL, AC, MD INSP’D #KP12424, QUADS, PSET, PW, DON’T MISS!


2004 Cadillac Deville........................ #KP81202, Prisine! MNRF, LTHR, Parksense, P/OPTS

2005 Honda Accord LX......................7,988

#KP57155, PW/PLC, CD, CC, Don’t Miss!


2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4WD ......... #KP09664A, PSEAT, PW/PLC, CASS/CD COMBO, GREAT VALUE

2006 KIA Spectra SX.........................7,990

#KP43462, Clean 50K! 5 SPD, PW/PLC, CD, Gas Saver

1998 Toyota Camry LE......................5,988

#KP03265, AT, AC, P/Options, Best Buy!


#KP27304, Leather, Nav, One Owner

2004 Nissan Xterra SE ......................8,588



2006 Volvo S80 2.5T.......................11,470 #KP38876, AWD, Pampered! MNRF, LTHR/PWER Seat, SAB

2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer......11,870 #47651KP, 4WD, Beauty! 3rd Seat, LTHR, MNRF, RNG BDS

2006 Subaru Legacy Outbk 2.5XT...11,988 #KP09074, MNRF, LTHR, AT, CD-6, WELL KEPT!


2006 Toyota Camry XLE...................12,488



2004 Acura MDX AWD.....................11,988

2009 Toyota Corolla LE.................... #KP24515, ALL THE TOYS! NAV, MNRF, LTHR, PWR OPTS

2008 GMC Savana Cargovan...........11,988

2007 Caddy STS..............................12,990


2005 Mercedez C240W 4-MATIC.....12,488

2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6............14,488

2005 Hyundai Tuscon GLS AWD.........9,788

2008 Mercury Mariner....................12,488

2008 Suzuki X-7 Luxury...................14,588

2002 GMX Sonoma SLS.....................6,988


#KP95439B, Clean! 92K, AT, AC, PW/PLC

HEMI, Sunroof, Leather, DVD Nav, One Owner

2004 Ford Ranger Supercab..............8,988

#KP28744, 4x4, Tilt, Cruise, AT, Alloys Don’t Miss!

2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S..................6,988

2005 Toyota Avalon XL....................10,988


2009 Toyota Corolla LE.................... #KP65389, CLEAN, 50K! AT, PW/PLC, CD

2006 Subaru Legacy WGN.................6,970


#KP21097, Pampered!, AT, P/Options, HTD Seat

2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS...............11,988


#KP01702, AWD!, Nice!, PSeat, HTD Seats, P/Options

2008 Subaru Outback WGN.............10,688

2005 Dodge Magnum SXT..................8,970

2003 Toyota Matrix WGN..................6,745 #KR03506, CLEAN!, AUTO, TLT, PLCS, MD INSP’D

#KP37654, Luxury!, LTHR/HTD/Mem Seats, Harman Kardon CD, SAB

2008 Chrysler Sebring Cnvtb’l.........10,988

2005 Chrysler T&C Limited................8,488

#KP05316A, LTHR/HTD/PWER Seat, P/Options

2006 Buick Lucerne CXS.................10,470


2004 Dodge Caravan S&T.................. #KP11470A, Nice, DVD, LTHR, PWR DR/Gate

2000 Ford F-150 Supercab...............5,500

2000 Buick Lesabre LTD...................5,955


2001 Dodge Dakota Club Cab............ #KN99557A, PAMPERED 55K! AT, AC, P/OPTIONS, BD LNR

2005 Dodge Durango Limited..........10,988

#KP25777, PW/PLC, CC, CD, 5SPD, Gas Saver.

2004 Chevy Trailblazer LT 4X4..........8,455


#KP97597, Sharp! AT, PW/PL, CD, CC

2005 Mazda Mazda 6........................7,997

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser..................5,488 #KR08278, Clean!, AT, AC, PW/PLC


UNDER $10,995

2005 Chrysler Pacifica TRNG............8,990 2001 Toyota Highlander Sport........... #KP11507, 4WD, MNRF, LTHR, CD CHGR/CASS, PSeat


#KP77485, Beauty! MNRF, Wood Grain, P/Options

#KP62182, SHARP! DVD, MNRF, LTHR, DON’T MISS! #KR11890, AT, AC, Tradesman

#KP65999, IMMACULATE! MNRF, LTHR/PWR SEATS, CD #KP21874, Mnrf, Audiofile CD Chgr, Stability



#KP32745, Clean! MNRF, LTHR, CD CHGR



2011 Chevy Impala LT.....................14,770


2009 Mazda 5 Wagon......................14,988 #KP57035, Auto, Sunroof, Leather, 3rd Row

2005 Nissan Armada.......................14,988 #KP6061, AWD, NICE! ALLOYS, RNG BDS, P/OPTIONS

2010 Dodge Charger SXT.................16,988 #KN46874, PSeat, Alloys, PW/PLC, CD, Fac Warr

2004 Infinity FX45...........................19,990 #KP04556, AWD, All The Toys! Nav, MRF, LTHR


2009 Chevy Silverado 1500............. #KG36062, Crewcab, 4WD, Meticulously Maintained!

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