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Mass furloughs expected in Montgomery

Having a good stein At right, The Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden “Old Comrades” German Band performed at the Sandy Spring Museum’s Oktoberfest fundraiser. Below, Doug Farquhar is in the Oktoberfest spirit, wearing, as he puts it, his thrift store lederhosen, with Lisa McKillop of Highland (center) and Julie Thomas of Leisure World at the fundraiser.

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erman bands, German beer and lederhosen may have been on stage at the very first Oktoberfest Saturday, but it was the Sandy Spring Museum that was the star of the show. About 150 people attended the festival at the museum campus, located at 17901 Bentley Road. The event raised about $25,000 for

programming and projects at the museum, according to Allison Weiss, executive director of the Sandy Spring Museum. “For the first-time event, I think our goals were achieved. I think it was everybody’s intention to be an annual fall event,” she said. — KRISTA BRICK

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High school students in Montgomery County Public Schools may be one step closer to getting more time to sleep before they wake up for school. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr announced Tuesday his recommendation to move the start time for the school system’s high schools back 50 minutes, from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Starr is also recommending adding 30 minutes to the elementary school day to

match the length of the high school and middle school days, and moving middle schools’ start time 10 minutes earlier to 7:45 a.m. Start and end times would not change until the 2015-16 school year at the earliest, Starr said. Starr said at a press conference Tuesday that the school system will study the feasibility and practicality of his recommendation, partially through engaging students, families, staff and the community and partially through estimating costs. “We’ve heard from some but not all of our community,” he said.

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Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr talks to the press about a report from the Bell Times Work Group, which is looking at pushing back school start times.


Thousands of federal jobs and employees call Montgomery County home, but many were not working Tuesday after Congress’ inability to compromise on the federal budget, shutting down most government operations. Exactly how many Montgomery County residents were forced to stay home was unclear, but most agencies in the county were slashing operations and mandating that most employees stay home. Employees who are furloughed are required to not work and will not receive pay. Montgomery is also home to many companies that contract with the government. Those companies could see employees furloughed and delays in contract bids and awards. Eighteen federal agencies and installations are in the county, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Institutes of Health. When Congress failed to pass legislation to fund the government Monday night in an impasse over the health care reform law, it triggered plans for agencies to halt all but essential operations. For the Silver Spring-based Food and Drug Administration, 45 percent of its 13,000-member work force was scheduled for furlough, spokesman Steven Immergut said. Most of those reporting to work Tuesday are paid with user fees, money outside the budget, he said. The last time the government shut down in 1996, em-

One of the gates to the National Institute of Standards and Technology is closed Tuesday afternoon after federal workers were furloughed.

ployees were eventually repaid for the closure. Whether employees will get back pay this time is up to Congress, said Jennifer Huergo, spokeswoman for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Reached Monday, Huergo said she was among those who would be furloughed during the shutdown. During the 1996 shutdown, which lasted three weeks, contractors were not reimbursed. If all of Montgomery County’s residents employed by the federal government were out of work for one day, it would cost the county $500,000 in income tax revenue, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said. Should the federal government not repay employees furloughed by the shutdown, he said it will affect actual county income tax revenue. To lessen the blow, Montgomery prepared for both federal furloughs by lowering its budgeted income tax revenue $60 million in fiscal 2014, he said. Whether $60 million is enough cushion, Leggett said remains to be seen. In 2011, federal jobs totaled 46,020 in Montgomery, according to county data. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated the number of federal jobs in both Montgomery and Frederick counties at 51,400 in August 2013. Many county residents work in federal jobs in Washington,

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INSIDE n High-speed Internet access is available to more than nine of every 10 households in the county, making it one of the nation’s most connected communities. A-15





Lawmakers and government groups are resuming a fight with media representatives over a requirement to buy newspaper advertisements. Known as “legal notices,” the ads are mandatory an-

nouncements of certain government proceedings, such as public hearings and zoning requests. They are a revenue source for newspapers and a longstanding way to inform the public. The main questions: Are these ads the best way to publicize government workings?


Should government bodies be forced to buy the ads? The Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Association of Counties argue that the current legal-ad system is inefficient and wasteful; government bodies have better, cheaper ways to reach constituents. But the Maryland-DelawareD.C. Press Association, a media


Prince George’s County man stabbed Olney man at Woodley Park Metro Station.

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Meaningful Movies Olney, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Buffington/ REMAX Building Community Room, 3300 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney. The documentary “Harvest of Empire” reveals the direct connection between U.S. intervention in Latin America and immigration. Free. 301-570-0923.



Spook-tacular at Fair Hill, 1-4 p.m., 18169 Town Center Drive, Olney. Performances, a balloon artist, a moon bounce and trick-or-treating. Free. 703-785-5634.

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MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2 The History of Turkish Cuisine and the Sultan’s Kitchen, noon-1 p.m., Sandy Spring Mu-

seum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Free. 301-774-0022. Bloody Orators Toastmasters Club, 6-7 p.m., American Red Cross-Jerome H. Holland Laboratory, 15601 Crabbs Branch Way, Derwood. Develop public speaking and leadership skills in a positive, friendly environment. Free to guests. contact-614319@toastmastersclubs. org.

THURSDAY, OCT. 3 Getting a Job in the Age of Social Media,

10:30 a.m.-noon, Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville. Free. 301-610-8380. Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-7 p.m., Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St. Damascus. Free. 1-800-733-2767. Guide to Local Gardening Series Session Two: Regionally Adapted Plants, 2-3:30 p.m.,

Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, Adult Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Explore plants that can take clay soil, deer, and/or periods of drought. $18. Register at www.parkpass. org. Evening Grief Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. A six-week group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Free, registration required. 301-921-4400. Norbeck Toastmasters, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Sandy Spring Bank, 17801 Georgia Ave., Olney. For those interested in becoming a more effective communicator. 301-570-8318.

FRIDAY, OCT. 4 “The Nerd” by Rockville Little Theater, 8 p.m., F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, also 8 p.m. Oct. 5 and 2

p.m. Oct. 6. $16 for students and seniors, $18 for other adults. 240-314-8690.

SATURDAY, OCT. 5 Scrapbooking and Stamping Yard Sale,

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Damascus. Benefits the Damascus Y Women’s Relay for Life Team. Free admission. 240-388-3117. Walk for Food Allergy, 9 a.m., Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Funds food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. Free. Kristen.clemens@ Preschool Fair, 9 a.m.-noon, Sandy Spring Friends School, 16923 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring. Meet with preschools and educational consultants. Free. 301-774-7455, ext. 208. Saturday Morning Story Time, 10 a.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Participate in and listen to nature and seasonal stories. Ages 3-6. Free. 301 962-1400. 53rd Candle Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1001 Brighton Dam Road, Brookeville. Homemade goods with games and a silent auction. Free admission. 301-570-3834. Teen Writers’ Workshop, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville. Discover techniques and exercises for creative writing and receive feedback and revision tips. Free. 240-773-9410.

SUNDAY, OCT. 6 Mushroom Fair, noon-5 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Sponsored by the Mycological Association of Washington Inc. Free. 301-962-1400. Open House, 1-3 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal School, 3427 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney. Serves preschool through eighth-grade stu-

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Homeschool Day Nature by Design, 10-11

a.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Students will play games and go on a nature hike to gather materials to interpret their own meaning of nature through creative artwork. $6 for nonmembers, $3 members. 301-774-0022. Dig Pink, 5:30-8 p.m., Sherwood High School, 300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring. Raises money for breast cancer research. $5. 301-370-4682. Greater Olney Toastmasters, 7:30 p.m., MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney, every first, third and fifth Tuesday. Improving communication skills.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9 History as Beer: Recreating Local Traditions, 6:30-8 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum,


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17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Learn the history of brewing in Washington, D.C., and how historical records can be used to recreate a delicious past. Ages 21 and up. $10. 301-7740022. Jazz Concert Series, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville. Featuring Raddy and the Cats. Free. 301-8711113.

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Brookeville teen and her horse earn state equestrian award service; holiday parties and celebrations.


Ashley Foster, 17, of Brookeville, and her horse

Charade, a 12-year-old Warmblood gelding, recently received the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s Touch of Class Award, presented by Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Joining him in the presentation were Agriculture Deputy Secretary Mary Ellen Setting and board chairman Jim Steele. “I am pleased to present the Touch of Class award to Ashley and Charade, an accomplished rider and horse who represent the best of our equine industry’s past, present and future,” said Lt. Governor Brown in a news release. “Maryland has a long tradition of horsemanship, and today we have more horses per square mile than any other state. I congratulate this team for being such outstanding representatives of our state on the national level.” Foster and Charade, trained by Foster’s aunt Mary Lisa Leffler at Rolling Acres Farm in Brookeville, were champions in the Large Junior Hunter division for riders ages 16-17 at the Washington International Horse Show, the Capital Challenge Horse Show, the National Horse Show, and placed first nationally in the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s 2012 Horse of the Year Grand Champion for Junior Hunters 16-17. This division attracts thousands of competitors at horse shows throughout the United States. The pair also collected multiple championships at shows in Florida, Virginia, New York and Vermont. Foster was the recipient of many special awards including the Frances Rowe Award for Junior Exhibitor of the Year by the Virginia Horse Shows Association and the Tad Coffin Equitation Championship. She will attend Auburn University in January as a freshman and will be a member of the school’s Equestrian Team. The Maryland Horse Industry Board, a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, presents the Touch of Class Award monthly to recognize Maryland horses and people who achieve national and international success.

Fire department news An open house, yard sale and promotions announced The Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department has begun its annual fund drive. President Michael Valente said residents would soon receive a packet in the mail asking them to contribute to the department. “The department asks that our residents be generous, as the department no longer receives direct tax funds from Montgomery County,” he said. The mailing will also include details about the upcoming open house, and provide contact information for those


Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown presented Ashley Foster of Brookeville with the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s Touch of Class Award at Rolling Acres Farm in Brookeville. Pictured are (left to right): Maryland House Industry Board Chair Jim Steele, Patty Foster (Ashley’s mother), Ashley Foster, Brown and Maryland Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Mary Ellen Setting. interested in joining the department as volunteers. The department’s annual open house is scheduled to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Station 40, located at 16911 Georgia Ave. The free event will feature a variety of activities for all ages, including apparatus on display, demonstrations of fire rescue operations and fire and health safety. Valente also announced some personnel news. Department member Mitchell Dinowitz has been promoted to Fire Rescue Captain. Several members recently graduated from the spring and summer training courses: Emergency Medical Technicians-David Drucker, Ryan Hash, Samantha Kauffman, Sean Musgrove and Nicholas Park; paramedic-Kelly Robinson and firefighter I and II-Sean Musgrove. The Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a yard /craft and vendor sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19th at Station 40. Spaces, which include a table, are available for $15. Call 240-372-8435 or email for more info. Proceeds benefit the department. For more fire department information, go to

Preschool fair The Olney Moms Group and Sandy Spring Friends School

are hosting a Pre-School Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Meet with representatives from area preschools, as well as educational consultants. There will also be fun activities including a moon bounce, face painting, a bubble table, and refreshments. The event takes place at

Sandy Spring Friends School, 16923 Norwood Road. For information contact Suzannah Hopkins, director of Lower & Middle School Admission, at 301-774-7455, or Suzannah.

Meet the artists Monthly open houses to be held The Sandy Spring Museum Artisans are scheduled to host their first open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Oct. 5th. During the open houses, which will take place the first Saturday of each month, visitors are invited to see the museum’s resident artists at work. Many of the artists incorporate materials and inspiration from the museum’s collection in the creation of their pieces, and use both historic and modern techniques in their craft. Resident artists include painter Eileen K. Crowe, Silversmith EunJu Lee, quilter Lauren Kingsland, enamelist Susana M. Garten, and five members of the Museum’s Potters’ Cooperative: Karen Blynn, Rikki Condon, Jean Fletcher, Robin Ziek, and Pamela Reid. There will also be live music, refreshments, and special sale items. The open houses are free. The museum is located at 17901 Bentley Road. For more information about the museum or upcoming programs, call 301-774-0022 or go to www.sandyspringmuseum. org.

Spook-tacular fun Fair Hill shopping center presents free fall fun for the whole family at its Spook-

tacular event on Oct. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring performances by children’s entertainers, Rocknoceros at 1 p.m., and two shows by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Children can also enjoy the moon bounce, a balloon artist, glitter tattoos, trick-or-treating at Fair Hill retailers, and Pet Valu is presenting a pet costume parade. Located at 18169 Town Center Drive in Olney. For information, go to www.

Chili cook-off returns to the market The Olney Farmers and Artists Market will hold a chili cook-off at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Market Founder and President Janet Terry said that there will be celebrity judges, and the grand prize will be a $100 gift certificate to Fogo de Chao restaurant in Washington, D.C. Those wishing to enter the competition must drop off their chili at the Chef’s Tent by 10:45 a.m. There will be several categories, including vegetarian. Following the judging, samples of the chili will be available for sale. The market takes place on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the old hospital grounds at Md. 108 and Prince Phillip Drive, through Nov. 3. For more information go to

Warriors dig pink The Sherwood High School Volleyball team will sponsor a Dig Pink fundraising event on Oct. 8 in the school’s gymnasium. Sherwood takes on the

Paint Branch Panthers, with the junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m. and varsity game at 6:30 p.m. The team will be selling concessions, pink necklaces, Warrior Nation car decals and Warrior Nation T-shirts in a limited edition pink color. There will be basket raffles and a candy guess game. The proceeds raised from the events will benefit the Side Out Foundation, which funds Breast Cancer awareness and research projects Donations can also be made at campaigns/campaign/7403.

Shaare Tefila honored The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes recently honored Shaare Tefila with its 2013 Synagogue Inclusion Award. Barbara Harkaway of Bethesda, a member of Shaare Tefila for over 50 years, and former president and first lady of the foundation, presented the award to the synagogue. In her remarks, she praised Shaare Tefila and its members for having “embraced, supported and included group homes residents as members of the community.” She cited numerous examples of Shaare Tefila’s providing extensive levels of support at three different time periods in its history—at its previous Silver Spring location, during the years that it lacked a permanent location, and now at its new home in Olney. Examples of the support to the group homes offered by Shaare Tefila included hosting residents for High Holiday Day services, monthly Shabbat dinners; a Bar/Bat Mitzvah


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Several local residents received degrees from Salisbury University at its spring 2013 commencement ceremony. They are: Adetoun Adewole of Ashton, B.S., respiratory therapy; Elana Warsaw of Ashton, B.A., communication arts; Christopher Everett of Brookeville, B.A., conflict analysis and dispute resolution; Jamil Saah of Brookeville, B.A., communication arts; Amanda Chacon of Laytonsville, B.S., elementary education; Sean Singh of Laytonsville, B.S., biology, cum laude; Patrick Bergmann of Olney, B.S. finance; Colleen Fordham of Olney, B.A., history; Bryan Goldberg of Olney, B.A., communication arts; Chelsea Jacobs of Olney, B.S., nursing; Victoria Knorr of Olney, B.S., elementary education, magna cum laude; Sean Morley of Olney, B.A., conflict analysis and dispute resolution; Vitumbiko Ngwira of Olney, B.S., accounting; Adrian Tombini of Olney, B.S., finance; Kevin Vaughan of Olney, B.S., exercise science. If you have an interesting note or photo to share about the people or an event in the community, please send it to Staff Writer Terri Hogan, The Olney Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, or email to Our fax number is 301-6707183. Photos should be 1 MB or larger. Deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday for consideration for the following week. All items are subject to space availability.

DEATHS Roger B. Gregory Roger B. Gregory, 79, of Germantown, died Sept. 22, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, 610 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Roy W. Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville handled the arrangements.

Julia H. Moxley Julia H. Moxley, 95, formerly of Gaithersburg, died Sept. 25, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at Homewood Crumland Farms, 7407 Willow Road, Frederick. Roy W. Barber Funeral Home of Laytonsville handled the arrangements.

Shirley L. Whipp Shirley L. Whipp, 72, of Rockville, died Sept. 28, 2013. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at DeVol Funeral Home in Gaithersburg.

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Prince George’s man pleads guilty in Olney man’s slaying

Fired up to build

unday marked the official launch of the construction project to modernize and expand the Laytonsville District Volunteer Fire Department station at 21400 Laytonsville Road. The project includes an expansion of almost 2,800 square feet, with the renovation of the current 3,000-square-foot station’s living and working areas. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2014. — TERRI HOGAN

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From left to right: Clark Beall, Chief Murphy Richards, Chief Stanley “Buddy” Sutton, Ken Wingate of NorthPoint Builders, President Mathew Bowles, Laytonsville Mayor Dan Prats, Joe Greenville of Damascus Community Bank, Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville, Sen. Karen S. Montgomery (D-Dist. 14) of Brookeville, and Del. Craig J. Zucker (D-Dist. 14) of Brookeville help turn the first shovels of dirt on the site of the new Laytonsville District Volunteer Fire Department station.

Montgomery SAT scores show rises, falls African-American students’ scores up; Hispanic scores drop

scores improved in all three areas of the test. Hispanic students’ scores fell in all three. About 61 percent of the school system’s 2013 African-American graduates took the SAT and about 47 percent of Hispanic graduates took the test — relatively the same as last year’s participation for both student groups. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in an interview Thursday that school system staff will sit down with principals and schools leaders to talk over the scores and evaluate what they did and did not do. “I’m concerned, I’m really concerned,” Starr said of the decline in Hispanic students’ scores. “I don’t understand why that drop exists.” Addressing the county school system’s overall combined score, Starr said, “We are essentially stable.” Starr said the school system has focused efforts toward helping students traditionally underrepresented in colleges, including African-American and Hispanic students. Montgomery County Board of Education member Michael Durso said he and others in the school system will need to take time to determine what these scores mean. “I think on the surface that’s disturbing,” said Durso, addressing Hispanic students’ scores. “I think





Montgomery County Public Schools’ 2013 SAT results showed movement in both African-American and Hispanic students’ scores — but in different directions. African-American students’ average combined score rose to 1397 this year — eight points above last year’s score. From 2011 to 2012, African-American students’ average score increased seven points. Hispanic students’ average combined score, however, fell 32 points this year after a six-point increase from 2011 to 2012. Both student groups scored significantly higher than their state and national peers this year. The county school system’s overall average combined score fell three points — from 1651 in 2012 to 1648 this year — but was still 11 points above the 2011 score. The SAT serves as a college placement exam and has a maximum score of 2400 across three areas: critical reading, mathematics and writing. African-American students’

deeper down I’d probably want to talk to some others and maybe talk to some people at the schools to get their impression.” He described “the whole SAT score phenomenon” as “fluid and unpredictable.” Durso, a former principal, said that in all three jurisdictions he’s worked in there were years when SAT scores would change without an apparent corresponding change of the school’s instruction. “Of all the issues we deal with in education, interpreting those scores is one of the more challenging ones,” he said. School board member Rebecca Smondrowski said she thinks the SAT scores are “one piece of a lot of different things” and that the SAT data will help the school board determine what questions it needs to ask. Smondrowski said the school system’s Hispanic students are “our fastest growing population.” “I’m not confident that we have the resources totally to keep up with the growth,” she said. She said the school system is working hard to target achievement gaps, but that this time that was not reflected in Hispanic students’ scores. Across the school system, four high schools increased their average combined score by 20 points

or more, while eight decreased their scores by 20 points or more. Rockville High School’s score rose 57 points to 1582 with the greatest increase and Seneca Valley High School’s score fell 75 points to 1447 for the greatest decrease. Rockville High Principal BillieJean Bensen said the school formed a team last year that worked to identify students who, based on their course work and PSAT participation, would be good candidates for the SAT but had not yet taken the test. “We’re certainly continuing that this year,” she said. Marc Cohen, Seneca Valley High’s principal, said his initial reaction to the decrease in his school’s scores was “disappointment.” The school, however, saw a nearly 110-point increase the year before, he said. Cohen said he meets with the school’s SAT and ACT committee on a regular basis and that over the next few months they will discuss what might have changed to affect this year’s scores and what interventions they believe led to the increase last year. The SAT data, Cohen said, will “push us to ask questions.”

A Prince George’s man pleaded guilty Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court to killing an Olney man last November at the Woodley Park Metro Station in a fight over a jacket. Chavez Myers, 18, made a deal with prosecutors to have him serve 30 years in prison, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. Olijawon Griffin, 18, a Sherwood High School graduate, football player, and Olney native, ran into Myers twice in the early morning of Nov. 17. The second confrontation led to Griffin’s death. After Griffin died, investigators learned he had run into his attackers in the early morning of Nov. 17 in Adams Morgan, when they robbed him near a gas station on Adams Mill Road. The robbers took his black Helly Hansen jacket, hat, and an iPhone, according to the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Griffin then ran into the robbers on the platform of the Woodley Park Metro Station at about 1:15 a.m. He fought with the robbers, trying to get his possessions back. One attacker, later identified as Myers, snuck up behind Griffin and stabbed him in the chest, according to the statement. Griffin died shortly after. Police initially arrested nine people. Six have now been charged as adults, while two were charged as juveniles. Muquan Cawthorne, 16, of Mount Ranier; Deon Jefferson, 18, of Landover; Gary Maye, 17, of Hyattsville; Immanuel Swann, 18, of Brentwood; and Gary Whittaker, 20, of Hyattsville have pleaded guilty to their roles in the crime. According to the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Cawthorne pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed, armed robbery, and a firearms offense. Likewise, Jefferson has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed and armed robbery. Maye pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed, armed robbery, and robbery. Swann has also pleaded guilty, to voluntary manslaughter while armed and two counts of armed robbery. And Whittaker pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy, and a firearms offense, according to the statement. Prosecutors said Myers is the sixth person charged as an adult to plead guilty to Griffin’s murder or related crimes. Two others were previously charged as juveniles. Myers and the other five people charged as adults will be sentenced in December. Janet Mitchell, Myers’ public defender, could be immediately reached by phone Thursday.

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The opening date of the Silver Spring Transit Center so far has been a crapshoot. Now, a transportation advocacy group is also making it a contest. Action Committee for Transit is holding a tongue-in-cheek contest to attract members and spark discussion about when the transportation hub — the subject of a fight about its construction — will open its doors to commuters. On Thursday morning, group members handed out contest entry forms to passersby to celebrate the fifth anniversary

of the 2008 groundbreaking of the Silver Spring Transit Center. The form reads: “When will the Silver Spring Center open? Guess the date and win a free dinner for two at 8407 Kitchen Bar.” But the committee makes no promise about when the prize will be awarded — that depends when the center opens. “Nobody knows when that day is, so we thought to have a contest. ... We cannot award the prize until the transit center is open,” said Tina Slater, president of the Action Committee for Transit. “We were very frustrated that the transit center is taking so long since the 2008 groundbreaking, which was going to take only two years — except now it is five years and we still don’t know when it is going to open.” The long-delayed center groundbreaking was in 2008.

The $112 million project, on the corner of Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue, was expected to open in 2011. When open, the transit center will be a threelevel transit hub that connects MARC commuter trains, Metro, taxis, and Ride On and intercity buses. A March 2013 report by KCE Structural Engineers showed the project had a series of cracks in the middle and upper levels of the structure. The county and its contractor have had public disagreements over how to fix the center. Slater did not know how many entries were submitted so far. “I’ve heard about 20 people saying ‘never,’” she said. “I did hear somebody say ‘next century.’ A few people said ‘not in my lifetime.’ “But my favorite was this

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man who came up and said, ‘I think they should open next year on April Fool’s Day.’” James Freeman, who works in front of the transit center project selling newspapers to commuters rushing to get to work, has followed the project’s construction. “I was here when they had a place for the buses to come in. I was here when they tore down. I was here when they were building this,” he said. “So your guess is good as mine.” Slater and her group of volunteers handed out entry forms from 6:30 a.m. until about 10:30 a.m. and encouraged each person to make a guess. One passerby quickly responded, before running to catch the Metro, “Never. It is what feels like, anyway.”


Silver Spring resident Tina Slater (right), a volunteer with the Action Committee for Transit, an advocacy group for public transportation, hands out forms to pedestrians Thursday on Colesville Road for a contest to guess the opening date of the long-awaited Silver Spring Transit Center, which is in the background.


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Cardin braces council for even more federal budget tensions ahead Senator says debt limit default could permanently damage U.S. economy n



U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) warned the Montgomery County Council on Sept. 23 that even more fiscal problems could be on the horizon — beyond the government shutdown over a disputed new health care law. Congress and the White House deadlocked over whether to continue funding the federal government, forcing a shutdown that started on Tuesday. Another battle is coming soon: whether to raise the ceiling on the country’s debt, Cardin said during an informal lunch and discussion. If no agreement is reached and the country defaults on its debt, Cardin said the U.S. economy could suffer permanent damage this month. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Sept. 25 that the country would run out of emergency borrowing power by Oct. 17, according to The Washington Post. “There is no flexibility here,” Cardin said. Much of the Sept. 23 talk involved the budget showdown that was percolating in Congress, after the House of Representatives passed a spending bill that did not include money for the health care system known as Obamacare. Cardin blamed the showdown on about 50 Republican “extremists” in the House of Representatives who refuse to negotiate the differences between

individual budgets passed by the House and Senate. Several Senate Republicans he’s talked to think the idea of pursuing a strategy to shut the government down is crazy, he said. Cardin and the council also discussed pressures created by the federal government’s budget sequestration. Cardin said the good news is the country’s economy is slowly recovering. “All the numbers are pointing in the right direction,” he said. Montgomery County is home to federal facilities that use subcontractors who are laying off workers or are reluctant to hire until the budget situation become more clear, said Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown. Cardin said he’s worried the budget issues would cause bright, young researchers at employers such as the National Institutes of Health to move to other areas or other fields. CouncilmanPhilAndrews(DDist. 3) of Gaithersburg called the picture painted by Cardin “truly depressing.” Cardin said he’s talked to many businesses concerned about the uncertainty caused by sequestration. He said he, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D) and Congressmen Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) and John Delaney (D-Dist. 6) are committed to ending automatic budget cuts as soon as possible. “We are never going to accept sequestration as the new norm,” Cardin said.

Temple Hills man charged in county bank robberies A man who robbed from banks in Silver Spring and Germantown earlier this year is behind bars, police say. According to a police statement released earlier this week, detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division arrested 28-year-old Pierre Ramon Washington of Temple Hills on Friday. They believe he robbed from two Capital One banks — one in White Oak on May 22 and one in Germantown on July 24. Police said an anonymous tip they received on Sept. 25 helped them link Washington to the crimes. Video surveillance captured photos of a man who wore thick-rimmed glasses and


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New traffic and drug laws take effect Measures target synthetic marijuana, phoning while driving n


Colesville’s Tony and Sandy Eichler said that before his death just a few months ago, their son Charlie, 22, was a vibrant and happy young man living in New York and acting. But that was before Eichler, a drug addict who was trying to wean himself off of methadone, began using synthetic marijuana, called “Spice” or “K-2,” to get through the withdrawal symptoms of the methadone. But the drugs, which he bought legally at a tobacco shop, wreaked havoc on their son, Eichler’s parents said on Monday. “He went from a vibrant young person to a person struggling to stay alive,” said Charlie’s father, Tony, recalling how his son lost feeling in his fingers, how he couldn’t sleep, lost the ability to walk and had to use adult diapers. “Every time I wake up, there’s something else wrong with me,” he remembers Charlie telling him. Charlie eventually committed suicide, his parents said Monday, the day before new drug laws went into effect in Maryland, banning synthetic cannabinoids like the ones Eichler used. The law bans the sale of substances that invoke a cannabis-like response in the brain. Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said letters would be sent to different stores in Montgomery County informing retailers about the ban. Prosecutors can seek a sentence of up to four years for possession of the drug, and up to 20 years for those who seek to distribute it, he said, explaining that the drugs could have a much stronger high than natural

his hair in long dreadlocks. According to police, Washington has been charged with two counts of robbery and is currently being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center on $20,000 bail for the charges against him in Montgomery County. He also faces theft and robbery charges for cases in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. For those charges, he is being held on an additional $40,000 bail. A lawyer for Washington was not listed in online court records as of Tuesday afternoon. — ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH



Sen. Jennie Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville speaks at a news conference to announce new laws against talking or texting while driving. Behind Forehand are Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger and Montgomery State’s Attorney John McCarthy. marijuana. “The effect of this drug on the receptors of the brain can be 800 times more powerful than a THC high in a marijuana cigarette,” he said. Synthetic cannabinoids are usually made from plant material that has been treated with chemicals similar to the drugs in marijuana, said Leah King, technical leader of the Forensic Chemistry Unit in Montgomery County Police’s Crime Laboratory. The drugs are sometimes packaged to appeal to young users. Police have come across versions of the drug with names like “Mr. Nice Guy” or “Scooby Snacks.” Part of the danger of synthetic drugs is that there is no quality control and no way to verify what’s actually in the drugs, she said. “It’s dangerous — like smoking gasoline-treated vegetation,” she said. The drugs have been tough to prosecute in the past; laws outlawed specific drugs, and chemists could change the drug’s chemical make-up by just a molecule, creating a new, legal substance that elicited a similar high, she said. “The effective gist is, these are products that were legal, and now are not,” said Montgomery County Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At Large), explain-

ing that the law closes previous loopholes and that the new law covers any drug that invokes a “cannabinoid-like” response in a user’s brain. Authorities said the drugs have been sold in tobacco shops or in neighborhood convenience stores, or masked as incense.

New seat belt and texting laws Drivers caught talking on a cellphone can be pulled over for not using a hands-free device and drivers and all passengers in a vehicle will be required to wear a seat belt since new laws went into effect Tuesday. Driving and talking on a cellphone without a hands-free device now is a primary offense, meaning police can pull drivers over for that infraction alone, said Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone. Didone did not know how many stops had been made as of Tuesday afternoon. “I’m happy to say we are seeing a lot more compliance,” he said. There are a few exceptions to the new law, he said. Drivers can have phones in their hand when starting or ending calls, turning phones on or off, or if drivers have to call police or rescue services. Otherwise, “if the vehicle is

in motion and a phone in your hand, you will get a citation,” he said. Police will issue an $83 fine for the first offense, a $140 fine for the second offense, and a $160 fine for the third offense. Drivers will not receive points on their license unless they are also in a collision, he said. Distracted driving — failing to pay full time and attention — was one of the main factors causing crashes in 2012, Didone said. “We believe cellphone usage was a significant contributor to those factors,” he said. The other law being changed is one that now mandates all people in a vehicle must wear a seat belt — including passengers in the back seat who are over the age of 16. “Now everyone in the car must wear seat belts,” he said, adding that it is illegal for passengers to “double buckle,” or put one seat belt around two people. Before the change in the law, people who were over the age of 16 sitting in the back seat were not required to wear their seat belts, even though passengers younger than 16 or who were sitting in the front seat were required to wear theirs. “You’re not safe in the back seat without a seat belt,” he said. The law is a personal one for Didone, whose 15-year-old son, Ryan, died in a car accident in Damascus in 2008. Ryan wasn’t wearing a seat belt, Didone said. “That’s why I advocated the law,” he said, adding that states with blanket seat belt laws tend to have compliance rates that are 20 percent higher than states that don’t have such laws. “This law now gives officers the tools they need to take some action to save lives,” he said. The offense will be a “secondary enforcement” violation, meaning it cannot alone be the reason officers pull over a car. It carries a fine of $83, he said.


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Businesses prepare for federal health care changes ‘There is not a great deal of clarity on the law’ n



Larry Gross prepared for Tuesday for quite awhile. That day marked the opening of Maryland’s new health care exchange system, a key part of the federal Affordable Care Act. Individuals and families could start shopping for health insurance Tuesday, while small businesses with from two to 50 full-time employees in Maryland can start applying Jan. 1. “We’ve actually been preparing for this for a couple of years now,” said Gross, executive director of market development for Rockville-based Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. Kaiser is one of several health care companies offering plans through the exchange, called Maryland Health Connection. With the system being

new, Gross expects a few bugs and delays, though it’s hard to know what to expect. “We don’t know how many people will sign up when open enrollment begins [Tuesday],” Gross said. “The coverage won’t begin until Jan. 1. ... We hope people will evaluate the options and make sure they make the right choices of what is best for them.” Maryland has been ahead of the curve in many ways in building its own health insurance exchange and preparing for open enrollment, Gross said. Maryland is one of 16 states, along with Washington, D.C., operating their own exchanges. Others such as Virginia are allowing the federal government to run their exchanges. “The idea for us is to keep it as simple as possible,” Gross said. “Maryland is limiting the plans to make them as simple as possible, so people can understand what they are getting and compare choices.” While many employers

Georgia Ave. sidewalks called possible hazard Officials: Extra repair work won’t cost taxpayers n



Gaps between bricks in the sidewalk at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ellsworth Drive could be a future public hazard, according to the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee. The committee met on Sept. 19 for its monthly meeting and spoke about unacceptable conditions left by State High Administration contractors. “State Highway is doing a much-needed project repaving Georgia Avenue. ... We are happy to have them doing it ... but I don’t think it has been done as well it should be,” said Melvin Tull, chair of the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee. Tull is concerned that raised

bricks can cause people to fall and said contractors are not meeting county standards. “When you have those bricks gaps filled with sand ... the rain washes out the sand,” Tull explained. The sidewalk restorations are part of a $4.02 million project to repave Georgia Avenue from the Washington line up to 16th Street, according to the State Highway Administration. F.O. Day, a site development contractor based in Rockville, did not return four calls and one email for comment. Officials said the sidewalk construction was not a big mistake, but contractors should have done it right the first time. “Our inspectors are on top of them ... and it will definitely be done,” said David Buck, a State Highway Administration spokesman. He said the county will not spend extra to fix the gaps since it was not a county mistake.

limit health plans to one or two choices, the idea for the exchange is to increase the pool of plans and perhaps the costs will drop. For a 50-year-old nonsmoker in Maryland, premiums run from $278 a month to $470, depending on which plan is selected. Tax credits and other assistance are available based on income. Kaiser has trained customer service employees in case they are called about the exchanges, Gross said. Individuals can sign up for plans directly with Kaiser, but won’t be able to get the credits and assistance in most cases unless they apply through an exchange, he said. The system will allow for more choices for employers as well as employees, Gross said. “Rather than have an employer pick the plan, employees get to select the carrier they want,” he said. “We think that is a great idea, both for individuals and small-group employers.” Eric Feldstein, business banking market manager for


Clinical assistants Nicoya Rigby (left) and Margo Cioffi work in the Neurology Department at Kaiser Permanente’s Gaithersburg Medical Center. Greater Washington, Central Maryland and Virginia with M&T Bank, said small-business clients he deals with in seeking loans are still uncertain about aspects of the law. “It’s a top-of-the-line issue with clients,” Feldstein said. “There is not a great deal of clarity on the law.”

Pregnancy protection took effect Tuesday Several new state laws passed by the General Assembly earlier this year that impact businesses took effect Tuesday. One gives pregnant employees the same rights in many

cases as disabled workers if their condition is considered a disability. Maryland employers who employ 15 workers or more must make “reasonable accommodations” to a woman who experiences limitations due to her pregnancy, said Glendora Hughes, general counsel for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. Those accommodations can be as simple as being able to get more bathroom breaks, or can lead to a change to less strenuous job duties, she said. “It’s up to a negotiation between the employer and the employee as to what is reasonable,” Hughes said. “The law provides suggestions. ... The intent was to provide as much guidance as possible.” Employers can require certification from a medical physician to the same extent as any temporary disability, she said.

Aging farmers face uncertain future Farm operators in Montgomery are, on average, getting older n



Chuck Fry’s voice is tinged with sadness when he talks about the future of his family’s farm. “I’m worried, worried,” he said. Fry, the Maryland Farm Bureau’s first vice president, runs a dairy farm in Tuscarora, Md., in southern Frederick County. Across the state, the average age of farmers is edging upward — and it’s even higher in Montgomery County. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s census, the average age of farm operators in Maryland is 57. It has reached 60 in Montgomery County, up from 57 in 2002. “It’s hard to get that next

generation to follow,” Fry said. Farming at Metro’s Edge — a group assembled by local business owners, elected officials and agricultural stakeholders — held a conference in January about the future of agriculture in Montgomery and Frederick counties. In the group’s subsequent report, released Sept. 16, farmers voiced their concerns about regulations, economic development and a lack of agriculture education for the general public. That worry extends to aging farmers in Montgomery County, where some families and owners are looking toward uncertain futures. “There is great concern over the sustainability of the agricultural economy,” the report stated. Attracting new individuals into the farming profession, and training them in ever-changing local, state and federal regulations, is a challenge, the report said. “Typically, everyone thinks

of agriculture as it was two or three years ago, as just a momand-pop operation,” said Laurie Adelhardt, spokeswoman for the Maryland Grain Producers Association. “It doesn’t lend itself to being as attractive a career.” Wade Butler, farm manager at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, said Montgomery County poses its own challenges for new farmers looking to get into the business. “It’s really tough in Montgomery County; land is expensive,” he said. He runs his 300-acre farm with his sister and a core staff of about 20, which grows to over 100 during busier seasons. Butler said farmers at smaller and midsize operations often rely on spouses to provide health care and income. Fry admitted the work isn’t glamorous. “You work long hours. Your pay scale is not what the government can pay nearby,”


he said. “It’ll make you a poor man quick.” According to the Department of Agriculture’s 2007 census, Montgomery County has 561 farms, totaling about 67,000 acres. The average size of a farm has decreased from 130 acres in 2002 to 121 acres in 2007. But with high demand for community-supported agriculture, Butler said, there is an opportunity for new, part-time farmers to start their own small business. The Farming at Metro’s Edge report notes the growing popularity of communitysupported agriculture and farmers markets. With community-supported agriculture, customers pay for a share of a farm’s produce, which is then regularly delivered to a home or centrally located community facility. The county has 12 CSAs. Brookeville resident Joan Riser and her husband, Gerald, run Avianmead Produce, a small CSA built from the large garden on their five-acre property. They grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, spinach and other produce. “We’ve enjoyed it,” Riser said. “It doesn’t make a whole lot of money, but it keeps us going.” The Risers, both 75, are easing out of the produce business. After they started the CSA in 1996, they hit a peak of 25 customers, but only had 12 this year. They delivered their last order of the season on Sept. 26. With her husband in poor health, Riser said they’re not sure how much longer they’ll continue to run the CSA. The couple’s children, who live in other states, are unlikely to take it on. “They love coming out here, but they’re not interested in doing this kind of thing,” she said. Montgomery County’s New Farmer Pilot Program, launched in August 2012, is experimenting with ways to support agricultural entrepreneurs who are new to the business. Similar to an incubator program, farmers start growing on a shared space for about three years, then find a site of their own. But unless more young farmers get involved in the business, the average age will continue to increase. Butler said his three children, in their late 20s and early 30s, are interested in continuing Butler’s Orchard. But Fry said his children have moved away from agriculture. Though he has farmed all his life, he’s not sure who will take on the farm that has been passed down through his family since 1883. “There comes a point where we get beyond 57 — we’re old farmers now,” Fry said. “I worry about our family, and our family’s history.”


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Gansler officially in Democratic race



When choosing among a racially and demographically diverse field of gubernatorial candidates, voters are likely to consider more than just the issues next year, experts say. The state could have its first black governor, its first female governor, or its first openly gay governor. It also could have a heterosexual, white, male or Jewish governor, none of which would be a first. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) is the latest candidate to officially throw his hat into the ring, kicking off his campaign Tuesday.

In the 2014 Democratic primary, he faces Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) of Mitchellville. Across the aisle, Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ronald A. George (RDist. 30) of Arnold and Charles Lollar of Charles County, the past Maryland state director of Americans for Prosperity, are competing for the Republican nomination. As Gansler addressed voters Tuesday, he spoke often of diversity — what he has helped bring to Maryland government and what is yet to come, promising an administration that “from top to bottom, will unapologetically be diverse.” But his promise was not far removed from the heat Gansler took in August for accusing


Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) kicked off his campaign to be Maryland’s next governor Sept. 24 in downtown Rockville.

Brown of relying on race to get elected. While some criticized Gansler’s comment as racist, Richard E. Vatz, professor of

communication studies at Towson University, said that what Gansler was really saying was “get to the issues.” Demographics shouldn’t matter in an election, Vatz said. “It is not relevant,” he said, quoting the late President John F. Kennedy’s response to being asked about being the first Catholic president. Vatz said race, as well as religion and gender, are not persuasive selling points and overshadow critical issues in an election. But demographics matter to some voters, said Melissa Deckman, chair and professor of political science at Washington College in Chestertown. Studies show that AfricanAmerican and Latino voters tend to support candidates who are like them, but not all voters

vote for their own, she said. For instance, women do not tend to vote for other women so much as they tend to lean Democratic. While many African-Americans voted for Barack Obama in 2008, isolating race has proven difficult in empirical political science research, Deckman said. If elected, Brown would be the state’s first black governor. But so would Lollar, and to date, Lollar’s race has been a focal point. Vatz said demographics matter more to Democrats than Republicans. “It has to be said that this is really one sided,” Vatz said. Deckman agreed. “Republicans, by definition, do not like to do identity politics,” Deckman said. For candidates in the majority Democratic state, how and when to mention demographics

in a campaign is a challenge. Deckman said it can be a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. “In some respects, these would be important milestones for those communities,” she said. “But you also have to weigh the general election and general voters. You have to appeal to people in the middle of the road. Too much emphasis on identity politics really turns off Republicans.” A poll commissioned by Brown’s campaign showed the lieutenant governor leading among Democrats with 43 percent. Trailing behind were Gansler with 22 percent and Mizeur with 5 percent. However, 31 percent of those polled were undecided.

Five years into Montgomery trans fat ban, violations persist County has not had to impose $50-per-offense fine, official says





Five years after Montgomery County imposed a ban on trans fats in food establishments, nearly 10 percent of restaurant inspections are turning up violations. During fiscal year 2013, there were 308 trans fat violations out of 3,238 inspections, said Clark Beil, a senior administrator for the county’s Licensure and Regulatory Services. If a restaurant is found to use cooking products with more than 0.5 grams of trans fat or without labels, it’s considered a violation of the countywide ban. Trans fat, most of which is artificial, is responsible for raising LDL (bad) cholesterol levels

and increasing the risk of stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Montgomery County was the first county in the country to ban trans fat in restaurants and supermarkets. The ban started in 2008 for vegetable oils, shortenings or margarines for frying, pan frying and grilling, or for spreads, and took effect in 2009 for oils and shortenings for deep frying cake batter and yeast dough. It applies to any place “in which food or drink is prepared for sale or for service on or off the premises,” according to a county fact sheet on the ban. Beil said most of the violations this year were from firsttime offenders. The ban does not apply to food served in a manufacturer’s original sealed packaging, the fact sheet says. “Sometimes people don’t realize their product is a violation,” Beil said. “We ask them to

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fix it and they always do.” The DoubleTree Hotel Bethesda received a trans fat violation in 2012, but was in compliance with the regulation for its two inspections this year. Mente Lawson, the executive chef of Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro at the DoubleTree, said that when the ban was implemented in 2008, the only product he had to replace was frying oil. At first, the only issue was purchasing products differently, Lawson said. Most chefs buy through wholesale. Some products containing trans fat had to be sent back. Eventually, the wholesale venues he buys from changed products to match the guidelines. Lawson said trans fat can be found in many processed meals, but he makes most of his dishes from scratch. Lawson believes the countywide trans fat ban is beneficial.

“A lot of foods have trans fat leading to obesity,” he said. “Anything that comes back to what the body can break down naturally is better for us in the long run and short run.” The county’s environmental health specialists do the inspections. According to Beil, the inspections are not complicated. “They simply look on shelves in the pantry and storerooms of the restaurant and they read the labels,” he said.


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If an establishment is found to have a first-time violation for a product, specialists ask those in charge to replace the product. Beil said restaurants usually replace products immediately. The director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services can suspend an establishment’s license for up to three days if the business has “knowingly and repeatedly” violated the ban, the fact sheet says. “Obviously, if someone were

to repeatedly not replace a product, we have the ability to issue a citation,” he said. An offense is a Class C civil violation, carrying a $50 fine. Each day in which the establishment is in violation is considered a separate offense. However, “I don’t recall anyone every being fined,” Beil said; offenders comply quickly. Beil said no restaurants have appealed the inspectors’ findings.


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Maryland’s first Capital Bikeshare stations open in county Red bikes ready to roll; unveiled Friday at Rockville grand opening



Fifteen shiny new bikes lined up, ready to roll, as the county unveiled its 14 Capital Bikeshare stations Friday. The first Capital Bikeshare station in Maryland opened in Rockville with city and state officials hosting a grand opening event at the station, located at the corner of Maryland and Montgomery avenues. The Rockville station is one of 14 stations opening in Montgomery County Friday with 51 total planned to span the area. The expansion of Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., marks the first bike-sharing program in Maryland. The network includes stations on both sides of Metro’s Red Line inside the Beltway, and stations clustered around the Rockville and Shady Grove Metro stations.

“The sturdy red bikes are finally rolling into Bethesda, Rockville, and Silver Spring,” said Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, chairman of the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee. “This is a significant step in creating a less car-centric culture. We want an environment that encourages healthier and greener mobility options and Bikeshare does just that.” Steve Friedman, a member of the county’s Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, biked up to the bikeshare launch, saying the advisory committee was happy to put its weight behind the program. “We support it and recognized the value of it,” Friedman said while sitting atop his own bicycle. To use the bikes, memberships for 24 hours or three days can be bought with a credit card directly at the station and monthly and yearlong memberships can be purchased online or over the phone. Within the membership time, bikes can be used free of charge as many times as necessary for 30-minute increments, with longer trips costing a


County Council members (from left) Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring and Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Silver Spring pose on bikes in Courthouse Square in Rockville before a ribbon-cutting for the Capital Bikeshare stations opening in Montgomery County. small fee. One of the main draws of the program is that, unlike traditional bike rentals, bikes don’t have to be returned to the same place they were picked up. Instead, renters can leave the bike at the

most convenient station to their travels. Maryland Secretary of Transportation James Smith attended Friday’s event, praising the county for taking the initiative and saying Montgomery County residents and politicians always

“show up, stand up and pay up” when they want something done. “[Residents can] use mass transit to get to a location and the Bikeshare to get to their ultimate destination,” Smith said. Safety was another theme of the grand opening, with many of the speakers commenting on bike paths and lanes and the safety manuals being handed out. Casey Anderson, a member of the Montgomery County Planning Board, suggested riders attend a $10 bicycle safety course being taught at Montgomery College. A group of Richard Montgomery High School students passing by the Bikeshare celebration were interested in the program, but not enough to consider a membership. Though the teens said they didn’t think they would ever really use it to travel anywhere specific, they all agreed they would consider using them as a fun group activity for a day. To learn more about Capital Bikeshare or to sign up for one of six different membership options, visit www.

Enrollment falls at Montgomery College after steady growth n

Financial aid requests still on the rise



Montgomery College saw a slight decline in its fall enrollment this year in what a spokeswoman called a “leveling off.” Previously, during a recession, there was a boom in enrollment, she said. Total fall enrollment at the college — which has Rockville, Germantown and Takoma Park/ Silver Spring campuses — is

down about 4.7 percent compared to last fall’s enrollment, according to Sept. 18 enrollment data from the college’s website. Elizabeth Homan, the college’s director of communications, said the college has experienced growth over the last decade and record enrollment during the past couple years. “We’re seeing that level off this year,” she said. “We recognize that once the economy changes, that can impact our enrollment.” More than 26,000 students enrolled in for-credit classes at the college this fall, Homan said,

though she added the number is not yet official. Enrollment is also expected to grow during the spring semester, she said. Homan said the fall enrollment numbers are close to what the college saw in fiscal 2011. According to the online fall enrollment report, the college’s Rockville campus is down 6 percent in unduplicated students, its Germantown campus is down 4 percent and its Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus is down 0.8 percent. The slight decline comes after the college had its highest fall enrollment of nearly 27,500 for-

credit students last year. Montgomery College had the highest undergraduate fall enrollment in the state with nearly 27,000 for-credit students in fall 2011. Similar to the experience of community colleges around the country, Homan said, Montgomery College saw an increase in enrollment during the recession as students turned to more affordable college opportunities. In fiscal 2009, annual enrollment rose to about 35,600 students in for-credit classes and in fiscal 2010 rose to about 37,500. “It changes an individual’s

mindset when you’re dealing with an economic recession versus a more robust economy,” she said. Homan said the college is renewing its focus to retention of its students. Bernard Sadusky, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, said that — with the exception of one or two schools — community colleges are generally seeing a decline in their enrollment this fall. Last year, Sadusky said, statewide community college enrollment was generally flat or slightly down after about five years of “unprecedented growth.” This year, average enrollment is down about 3 percent from last year, he said. Sadusky said he thought one of a couple reasons for the enrollment decline is tied to the





fact that “the economy seems to be picking up.” “For us, that has the opposite effect on enrollment,” he said — an inverse relationship that has existed for the past few decades. Yet Montgomery College students’ requests for financial aid are not mirroring the enrollment trend. Melissa Gregory, the college’s financial aid director, said that for each of the past five years the college has seen between 15 and 20 percent increases in financial aid requests. As of around mid-September, the college was still up about 5 percent in its financial aid applications. The college offers its own financial aid and participates in a variety of financial aid programs, including the federal Pell Grant program as well as state programs.


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Autism doesn’t hold back Montgomery College grad n

Each time Hoffman reached a goal, he set a new one

“It’s great to have everything done and more opportunities.”



Adam Hoffman


When Adam Hoffman graduated from Montgomery College in May, his degree marked the end of a five-year college experience some said he might not be able to complete. Adam, 25, of Rockville has high-functioning autism, a disability that made college a challenge for him. But — as he proved by earning a degree — it didn’t take a college education out of his reach. He received an associate degree in applied science, majoring in computer applications. Adam said he knew he wanted to go to college to learn about technology. But others were concerned. According to evaluations provided by his dad, Howard Hoffman of Bethesda, several experts said Adam likely would find college a frustrating experience. “His disability is such that conceptual thinking is more challenging for him,” Howard said. But, he said, he saw his son highly motivated to attend college. He thought it was better for Adam to try and not succeed than to not try and “lose an opportunity.” Howard Hoffman described his son as having “a knack” for learning computer software. “We weren’t sure how far he could get,” Howard said. “The idea was to try and see how it went.” A psychologist wrote in a 2006 evaluation that “due to Adam’s significant learning issues, a traditional two- or four-year college program will be highly challenging, and will potentially generate considerable frustration.” In 2010 — after Adam had completed lower-level computer courses at the college — a Montgomery College guidance counselor recommended that Adam use skills he had learned to make himself a better job candidate. “Taking additional advanced courses in the Computer Applications department will require increased conceptual skills that, from what I have read in his records and experienced in my interactions with Adam, he does not have,” the guidance counselor’s evaluation said, according to Howard. Adam certainly faced challenges, starting with what classes to take when he first started. “I didn’t know what I was going to do at first,” he said. A few classes, including a geography course, proved too difficult the first time around. Adam would drop the course and take — and pass — it the next semester. He needed to take some classes outside his major, such as biology and English — each obstacles in their own right, Howard said. “It was more of a stretch as the semesters went on,” he said. Yet, Adam graduated with a 3.2 GPA and made the dean’s list a few times. Adam said he averaged about three courses each semester over the five years while also working part time as an administrative assistant during most of his time in college. “I think some other people may have become discouraged,” Howard said. “He never got that way.” Adam’s goals progressed as he would reach one and take on another. After he passed several courses, Adam decided to work toward a certificate. When the certificate was within reach, he decided to go for an associate degree. “I found out I was heading toward it,” he said of the certificate. “I thought it would be a great thing to have.” He had the same thought process when he went for the degree, he said. Adam worked hard during his time at the college, but also had the benefit of several supporters, Howard said. “It takes a village to send a special-needs child to college,” Howard said, putting a spin on the familiar phrase.

Adam said he received help from several tutors and other assistance from College Learning Experience, an organization that provides support services to college students with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other disabilities. Ric Kienzle, director of the College Learning Experience’s Rockville location, described Adam as “a wonderful young man” who, despite the struggles he faced, “worked hard and pressed hard to achieve his goal.” Kienzle said Adam’s tutors and others saw him grow over the five years he attended col-

A college degree was a challenge, but not out of reach for Adam Hoffman, at Montgomery College, Rockville campus. TOM FEDOR/ THE GAZETTE

lege. “He’s one of those guys who’s driven,” he said. “He really wanted to get it done and he did.” Adam said his favorite class was graphic design, but he doesn’t know if he wants to work in the field. He still works as an administrative assistant and said his newly earned degree has helped him in his job. “It’s great to have everything done and more opportunities,” he said.

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Most teenagers dream of getting a car or throwing a big bash for their 16th birthday. For his special day, Youssef Selim set his sights high: flying an airplane solo for the first time. On Monday evening at dusk, the Urbana High School junior flew a PA-28-161 Piper Warrior plane without anyone else in the aircraft for two consecutive takeoffs and landings at Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg. The flight, which included two circles around the airport at an altitude of 1,500 feet, sealed Youssef’s position as one of the youngest pilots to fly solo in the area, according to his flight instructor. Following the flight, more than 40 friends and family members waited in the airpark’s cafe to surprise him with a

celebratory dinner. “I’m pretty psyched,” Youssef said about his accomplishment. After turning 16 on Saturday, the Urbana resident became eligible for his student pilot certificate, a document issued to pilots in training. It is a prerequisite to fly alone in the plane. To qualify, the pilot must be 16 years of age, demonstrate English language fluency and pass a flight physical administered by an aviation medical examiner, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. For his solo flight, Youssef’s flight instructor had to endorse the student pilot certificate, deeming his student competent to fly on his own and giving written permission for the event to proceed. The FAA’s website says there is no minimum number of flight instructional hours to achieve the certificate or fly solo. The certificate carries certain restrictions, such as not being able to fly at night or take passengers. Montgomery County Airpark in-


Youssef Selim of Urbana made his first solo flight in a Piper Warrior aircraft over the Montgomery County Airpark on Monday in Gaithersburg.

structor Sharif Hidayat, who has been teaching Youssef since July 2013, said he was pleased with Youssef’s performance. “I would not have ever signed off on him if I didn’t think he was ready, and he proved he was,” he said. Hidayat said he hoped Youssef’s milestone would inspire other youths

to learn about aviation and take advantage of the opportunities that the small airpark offers. Youssef reached this milestone at a young age, but it was years in the making. The International Baccalaureate student said aviation has intrigued him since childhood. He began taking lessons at age 12 at Frederick Flight Center Inc. Twice a week during the summer, Youssef attended three-hour training sessions that were split into ground and in-flight instruction. After taking lessons for a year and a half, Youssef took a break to make more time for school and football. He started training again this July, spending about three hours each week at the Montgomery County Airpark with Hidayat. “I feel free when I’m flying,” Youssef said. “You can see the world from up there. You can see it from a different perspective.” Learning to fly isn’t a cheap hobby, according to Selim’s mother, Hwaida Hassanein. A two-hour training session runs about $200 to $250.

Youssef belongs to the Octopus Flying Club, a nonprofit organization at the Gaithersburg airpark. The group has helped offset training expenses, Hassanein said. By paying a monthly fee of $75, Youssef gets access to three planes at the airpark, which he can fly at any time. There is still an hourly rate to use the aircraft, but the price is lower because of the club membership. Hassanein said she is proud of her son, but was glad he was safely back on the ground. “I am so relieved,” she said right after the flight. “I was counting down the seconds until he touched back down.” The young pilot doesn’t plan on stopping here. When he turns 17, he will be eligible to fly cross-cross country on his own, and can take another step toward his ultimate goal of making a career out of his hobby. “I’d like to become a commercial pilot, without a doubt,” he said.




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The $250 million sale of The Gazette, The Washington Post and other properties to a private investment company owned by CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos was completed Tuesday, executives said. The sale, announced in August, ends four generations of ownership of the flagship Post for the Graham family. The deal is “an exciting — and historic — opportunity” for the Post, Gazette and other entities sold, Donald E. Graham, CEO and board chairman of The Washington Post Co., wrote Tuesday in a letter to employees. Besides The Post and The Gazette, the sale includes the Express newspaper, Southern Maryland Newspapers, the Fairfax County Times, the Spanish-language El Tiempo Latino newspaper, the Post’s printing plant in Springfield, Va., the Comprint printing plant in Laurel and several military publications. The Kaplan education company, Cable One, Slate


Continued from Page A-1 D.C., or Northern Virginia. Of the county’s 971,771 residents recorded in the 2010 U.S. Census, 72,492 worked for the federal government.

Federal agencies prepare contingency plans The National Institute of Standards and Technology is part of the Department of Commerce, which will keep only about 6,000 of its 46,000 employees on duty during the shutdown, according the department’s contingency plan. Most research at NIST was scheduled to cease as well as most research as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring. Officials were meeting Tuesday to discuss closure, expecting the Gaithersburg office to close about 3 p.m. In Bethesda, the National Institutes of Health will continue patient care for current Clinical Center patients and provide animal care services to protect the health of its animals, according to information from the Office of Management and Budget. It will maintain only minimal staff to safeguard facilities and infrastructure and will not admit new patients unless deemed medically necessary by the NIH director, and will discontinue some veterinary services.

Contractors could see furloughs, bid delays Lockheed Martin is keeping its facilities open and employees will continue to receive pay and benefits unless directed otherwise by customers, company officials said Tuesday in a statement. The impact on operations, work force and subcontractors during the shutdown “depends on individual contract terms,” Lockheed spokeswoman Jennifer Allen said. In fiscal 2012, Lockheed was the federal government’s largest single contractor with $37 billion in contract dollars obligated to the company, according to federal figures. About $3.7 billion in federal contractors to companies in the Washington region, which is more than 20 percent, were adversely affected by funding delays during the 1996 shutdown, according to a Congressional Research Service report. Nymeo Federal Credit Union, which has offices in Frederick, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Adelphi, will allow temporary reduced payment for loans and even skipped payments to customers who are furloughed due to a shutdown. While its offices in federal buildings such as at the National Institute of Standards and Technology will likely close, other branches will be open and have increased staff. Some contracts awarded by federal agencies are specified that awardees have the ability to find private funding for those projects. That’s the case with Rockville-


Continued from Page A-1 He said there’s “a clear link” between sleep and students’ health and well-being, an area of focus for the school system. “Anything we can do to promote the well-being and health of our kids, we will try to do,” he said. In a news release from the school system, Starr called sleep deprivation among adolescents “a public health and safety issue.” After studying the issue for 10 months starting in January, the 2013 Bell Times Work Group developed a report including different options for the school system regarding start and end times. The work group — which includes parents, students, principals, department leaders and others — gathered information through meeting with experts, studying experts’ research and examining what other comparable school systems have done, among other methods. Starr made his recommendation based on a combination of two options. Starr said in a letter to the school board dated Oct. 8, 2013, that “data indicating that changing bell times increases student achievement is inconclusive.” The school system will ask for feedback to the recommendation through avenues including public meetings, focus

magazine, some television stations, the headquarters building in Washington and some other holdings will remain with The Washington Post Co., which will be changing its name. A new name has not yet been announced, and it is not yet known where that company will be headquartered, Rima Calderon, a spokeswoman for The Washington Post Co., said on Tuesday. Graham, who will continue as CEO of the new company, wrote that the “future of The Washington Post Co. is the future of Kaplan.” Graham added that the new company will continue to look for “good businesses to invest in” and “will have a new name to announce soon.” He said the company had a “very, very strong balance sheet” and “will be quite a bit stronger in a year or two when the headquarters building and our Alexandria waterfront property is sold.” Bezos’ investment company, Nash Holdings LLC, is not part of A Bezos spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday. Bezos, who has a reported net worth of $25 billion, founded Amazon in 1994. based Standard Solar, which builds and installs solar electric systems, when it was recently selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center to develop photovoltaic solar systems on Army facilities. Standard Solar was one of 22 companies to be chosen under the Multiple Award Task Order Contracts program, which qualifies those businesses to compete for future solar projects. “The awarded companies have been qualified by the U.S. Army to have the capacity to bring private sector funding to each of the awarded projects, so funding is not impacted by government shutdowns or extended sequestrations,” said John Finnerty, director of business development for Standard Solar. The Greater Washington Board of Trade recommends companies that contract with the government confirm arrangements with regular contractors and suppliers in writing, and detailed documentation of correspondence should be kept in case future disagreements arise.

National park visitors asked to leave Visitors to national parks, including the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and Glen Echo parks in Montgomery County, were asked to leave Tuesday as Park Service employees worked to close and secure park facilities and grounds. The park service will suspend all activities during the shutdown, except those needed to respond to emergencies, and will furlough 21,379 of its 24,645 employees,

according to Management and Budget data. Adventure Theatre MTC had to abandon its site in Glen Echo Park because of the shutdown, moving all activities to its Wintergreen Plaza location in Rockville, according to a news release. Adventure Theatre MTC provides children with theater classes, camps and productions. Michael J. Bobbitt, producing artistic director, said in a statement that the theater was prepared for the effect the shutdown would have on his organization. But he was also confident that lawmakers would find a way to fund the government before it required Adventure Theatre MTC to cancel performances. Not all government operations ground to a halt Tuesday, including the office of U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac. The U.S. Constitution mandates legislative operations continue and in response to a “constitutional duty” to represent District 6, Delaney’s Capitol Hill and district offices would remain open, the office said in a news release. Among the agencies open Tuesday was the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, based in Rockville. The commission had enough unspent funds from the previous year’s budget, which ended Monday, to keep it open and operating for one week, spokeswoman Holly Harrington said. Should the government remain unfunded for longer, the commission faced keeping about 90 percent, or all but 300 of its 4,000 total employees off the job. Most NRC employees, about

groups and surveys before a final decision is made. Starr said in the Oct. 8 letter that input from low-income families and others who would potentially be “disproportionately affected” by the changes will be an important part of the system’s outreach. The school system will also look into what the changes would cost and how they might affect the system’s operations. The work group’s report cites a preliminary figure of about $11.5 million as the net annual transportation cost associated with one option Starr is recommending. A full cost analysis is expected by spring 2014, according to the release. The recommendation to move middle school start times earlier would help the system use the same buses for several different routes, Starr said at the conference. The county school system currently has four different start times so it can reuse buses. Lengthening the elementary school day is “not just a logistical issue,” Starr said, but will also add more instructional time for the students that currently see the second-shortest elementary school day in the state. Starr and members of the work group will speak on the issue at the Oct. 8 county school board meeting. About 70 percent of high school parents who responded to a school system survey said

they considered the current high school start time “too early,” according to the report. About 69 percent of those parents said they wanted the start time 30 minutes or one hour later in the morning. Looking at a school system survey of high school students, the report says that students get an average of about 7 hours or less of sleep each night, compared to the nine hours that experts cited in the report recommend. “Important brain functions that are part of the learning process—the ability to complete abstract and complex tasks, develop working memory, and consolidate memories of information gathered during the day — are affected negatively by sleep deprivation,” the report said.

3,000, work in Rockville, Harrington said. The Department of Energy also had some money to stay open, spokesman Steven Thai said. While Department of Energy employees reported to work Tuesday, Thai said how long the agency could sustain operations was unknown. Department of Energy employees 13,814 workers and has a facility in Germantown. Once its money runs out, the agency plans to keep only 1,113 workers on the job along with 3,106 workers who are paid with funds from outside the general budget.

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The work group’s report also says sleep deprivation is associated with obesity, psychological problems and traffic accidents. One study of 18 Minnesota school districts that the work group reviewed said “less affluent” families were more likely to be affected by school start time changes in areas such as transportation and childcare. These families also often needed to change jobs. The report continues that, based on a spring 2013 school system survey, some students said they thought that, if school started later, it might be harder for them to get a job and participate in after-school activities and athletics.



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Page A-14 start. My biggest problem is boys, they just don’t read. As a teacher I know they are cutting themselves short, stunting their progress.


Andrew Leddy

Do you think the schools are ignoring reading for STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math]?

Sure we do. I really think we need to up our requirements and give them more reading of the classics and emphasize writing on what they read.

n Age: 53 n Job title: English teacher, Springbrook High School, Silver Spring


n Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo. n Education: Bachelor of Arts, Russian Studies, University of Virginia, 1982; Master of Arts, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UVA, 1986; Masters of Teaching, Johns Hopkins University 2006


Andrew Leddy, an English teacher at Springbrook High School, Silver Spring, in his classroom on Friday.

n Favorite activity/vacation spot: Avid runner; Colorado mountain climber

we are in the midst of a reading and knowledge crisis.” Can you tell me more about this?

n Lesson to live by: “The imagination will not perform until it has been flooded by a vast torrent of reading.” Petronius (27-66 A.D.)

Andrew Leddy is an English teacher at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring. He was interviewed at the school Sept. 25. In an email you sent, you stressed the importance of reading for high school students. You wrote, “Simply put,

[The students] are not reading, they simply don’t read. So I created a Springbrook Reading List. Last spring I asked every English teacher: tell me what you think are the most important books [for students] to read in high school. There were 18 teachers. This list is limited to novels. We need another for plays, poems and speeches.

So you turned the list into a poster [listing 60 books] and that is in every classroom?

The English Department created

the graphic. The larger the type size [on the poster], the more frequently the novel title was mentioned by teachers. This isn’t an absolute, its representing a real nice foundation in literature, a core of books we think are really important. Have you presented this to your class?

Oh yeah! The problem is, it’s as though they didn’t know these books were out there. What I didn’t want was for a kid to get out of school and say nobody ever told me to read. If they look at all the people who made this list and talk to them about it or ask why, that’s a

Do you have a favorite book on this

So much of what I’m into is things that are culturally significant. When they miss reading them they miss out on cultural allusions. Take Frankenstein [by Mary Shelley]. The idea of an experiment overtaking us. That’s relevant when you talk about science, genetically modified seed. It seems small but I think it’s big, the beginning of industrial agriculture, worries and fears. At the end it’s just a great chase story. Who is the monster? The creator or the created? What is your plan for the list?

At Back to School Night get every English teacher to talk about it. I want this to be schoolwide, to get parents to know the way to get into IB [International Baccalaureate] and AP [Advanced Placement], you need to read. I only have 45 minutes a day [with the students] so it’s about impressing on the student the need to read. I read a lot of books, one is “The Shallows” [by Nicholas Carr] about what the Internet is doing to our brains,

another is “The Dumbest Generation” [by Mark Bauerlein]. The evidence is that despite all the information [young people] have at their hands, they aren’t smart. I don’t want to be Chicken Little here, but I don’t want to understate it either. So what is the role of parents?

I can’t say it enough, parents need to be impressing upon students how important [reading] is. I defy the world to find a Nobel Laureate that did not start off with books. It’s about curiosity, it’s of enormous cultural importance, it’s a big deal. Everybody is saying they are going to college but I can say they would do much better [in college] if they start here. Is this a new mission for you?

In a sense it is. I’m getting really worried about this generation. We’re not getting the best citizens we could have. I would like to challenge other teachers, other schools, to come up with their own lists. It would be interesting to see [them], every school would be different. To see the Springbrook Reading List visit schools/springbrookhs.

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

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Baker students get firsthand career knowledge

Residents encouraged to participate in Walk to School Day County’s focus school for the event will be Kensington Parkwood Elementary School Students, parents and community members throughout


Jennifer McCloskey (far left), a civil engineer with the Department of Energy, gets ready to place a fifth tuna can on a structure built from toothpicks and soft candy by John T. Baker Middle School eighth-graders (seated at table, from left) Blake Schmaltz, 14, Jordan Anderson, 13, Jacob Hamrick, 14, and Ryan Commarota during a career day activity at the school. Algebra teacher Karen Emmerick (far right) points out the inevitable collapse, which is about to occur. Montgomery County will celebrate International Walk to School Day Oct. 9 by walking or bicycling to school as a healthy way to start the day. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to promote more walkable communities, safer streets for walking and biking, healthier habits and cleaner air. It become “International” in 2000, when Canada and the United Kingdom joined with the U.S. to celebrate. Around the globe, International Walk to School Month brings together more

than 40 countries in recognition of the common interest in walking to school. The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, as part of National Bike Month. Nearly 1,000 local events in 49 states across the U.S. encouraged children to safely bicycle or walk to school. Last year, 47 schools in Montgomery County participated in Walk to School Day and this year all schools are encouraged to organize an event. Students who would like to participate but live too far from school are encouraged to

in responding to life’s stressors with clarity and balance. Attendees will be able to explore meditation practice first-hand. Suggested donation for the evening is $10, cash or check only. No reservations are necessary. For more information call 301675-3177.

Discussion on mindfulness to be held at Whitman HS

Montgomery County Public Schools, in collaboration with county and nonprofit partners, is scheduled to host a community forum on youth substance abuse and prevention from 6:30-9 p.m. Monday at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr.,

Walt Whitman High School Stressbusters Committee invites parents and students of all ages to learn about and experience mindfulness and meditation at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Walt Whitman High School auditorium, 7100 Whittier Blvd.,

Bethesda. Tara Brach, founder of In-

sight Meditation Community of Washington, and U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, (D-Ohio), author of “A Mindful Nation,” will lead a discussion: Cultivating Resilience: How Mindfulness Training can Benefit Students and the Adults who Nurture Them. They will share the growing body of empirical and anecdotal evidence on the benefits of mindfulness for youth, educators and parents both in the classroom and out, as well as how to use mindfulness to manifest our full potential and

MCPS to host forum on alcohol and drug abuse prevention


The event, titled “Time to Talk: Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Prevention Forum,” is being coordinated by MCPS, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, the Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse and the Brave and Bold Coalition. There will be a resource fair, presentations, and a question-and-answer session. “Recognizing and preventing substance abuse in our children is a very important topic for our schools, our families, and our community at large,” said Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr in a statement.

“It is an issue that will require us to collaborate on solutions that will help our young people making healthy choices, so they can lead productive lives.” Among those expected to speak at the event are Starr and other MCPS staff members, as well experts in the area of substance abuse and prevention, including: Dr. James M. Bjork, program officer, National Institute on Drug Abuse; Dr. Raymond Crowel, chief, Montgomery County Behavioral Health and Crisis Services; and Sgt. Keith Matthis, Montgomery County Police Department. To register for the forum visit

Norwood to host Secondary School Fair The 15th Annual Secondary School Fair is scheduled to be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Norwood School, 8821 River Road, Bethesda. Admission representatives from more than 100 day and boarding schools will be available to answer questions as well as provide information on the application process, tuition and financial aid, curricular and extracurricular offerings, class size and what makes their schools unique. Admission to the fair is free. For more information contact Cathy Russo at Norwood School, 301-841-2101, or email

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Eighth-grade students at Baker Middle School in Damascus got a head start making career choices at the school’s annual Career Day on Sept. 27. Almost two dozen parents, teachers and community members spent the morning at the school talking to students about what they do and the training it took to get where they are. Students selected five talks they would like to attend. They got to attend three of their choices. Each session lasted 30 minutes. “It was a fabulous day. We had a good bunch of presenters,” said Cindy Loweth, counseling secretary at Baker. “They kept the kids involved and answered lots of questions.” Among the 21 career professionals speaking with the students were teachers, medical professionals, business people, engineers, public safety chiefs, accountants, contractors and computer specialists.

carpool part of the distance and walk the rest of the way. This year, the county’s focus school for the event will be Kensington Parkwood Elementary School, 4710 Saul Road, Kensington. For more information about Walk to School Day or organizing an event at a local school, contact Nadji Kirby, 240-7777169 or or visit the county’s website.

Our special feature will highlight all the wonderful aspects of owning a pet and key elements of caring for pets! We will feature everything from grooming, general health, events and even what to wear! If your target audience is a pet owner/lover, you want to make certain your business is a part of this section. This section will also be available online through the end of the year! RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY!

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Digital overnment

The first in a two-part series

“They just don’t come to grips that newspapers have far greater readership than government websites.” Jack Murphy,

Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association executive director

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[Listservs in small communities] “are essentially the digital town square that much of the community is engaged with.” Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher, state delegate

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Garrett Park Mayor Peter Benjamin straightens items on the official town bulletin board inside the Garrett Park post office.


Continued from Page A-1 trade group, says newspapers are widely read and their websites visited far more often than local government sites. The debate is destined to rekindle in January, when the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes for its 2014 session. Government groups have an ally in Del. Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher (DDist. 18) of Kensington, whose 2013 session bill would have let local governments post most legal notices on their own websites. Similar bills in the legislature failed in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Several Montgomery County state legislators have signed on to past versions of the bills. Conversely, Sen. Karen S. Montgomery (D-Dist. 14) of Brookeville helped defeat a proposal in a Senate committee in 2011. She said in a recent interview that printed newspapers are valuable and more reliable resources than the electronic world, especially for older people. This year, the House Environmental Matters Committee referred Waldstreicher’s bill to “summer study,” or further discussion after the session. Waldstreicher said a compromise could come by figuring a reasonable transition from print to online, although he wasn’t ready to be specific. Jack Murphy, MDDC’s executive director, can’t imagine a middle ground if it means pulling back on newspaper notices. The association

firmly believes printed notices are effective in relaying information. “They just don’t come to grips that newspapers have far greater readership than government websites,” said Murphy, a former editor of The Gazette. Karen Acton, the president and CEO of Post-Newsweek Media LLC, which includes The Gazette, said some rural areas still use dial-up Internet access. Minorities and senior citizens, with less Internet access, would be disproportionately inconvenienced if they had to get information online, she said. Legal notices cover an array of government-related proceedings and proposals, such as annexations, charter amendments and zoning regulations. They give the public a chance to react and participate in the process. Lawmakers who support a shift in notices have proposed accommodations for those needing printed information. Governments would be required to mail printed copies of legal notices to anyone who signs up, at no charge. In addition, governments would have to annually buy a newspaper ad telling the public where to find future legal notices. Garrett Park Mayor Peter Benjamin backs Waldstreicher’s legalnotice bill. He thinks the current structure unfairly imposes a onesize-fits-all requirement. Residents there have several ways to stay apprised of their government: by email, an online listserv, a town newspaper, the town’s website, Ben-

jamin said. In addition, Garrett Park, with a population of about 1,000, has no home mail delivery. So, people regularly go to the post office, where the town hangs notices, Benjamin said. He objects to small governments being directed to spend money on an ad buried in the back of a larger regional newspaper. Listservs in small communities “are essentially the digital town square that much of the community is engaged with,” Waldstreicher said. But Murphy said larger municipalities need a good central repository for information. Legal notices in newspapers reach people who might not even know to look for them, he said. Money is an undercurrent in the battle. But Acton said communication, not money, is the driving force. For The Gazette, legal notices covered under the bill make up less than 2 percent of the newspaper’s advertising revenue. They’re sold at a lower rate than other ads. Other types of required legal notices in newspapers, such as for foreclosure auctions or people legally changing their name, come from private entities — usually lawyers — and are excluded from the bill. Those notices make up most of the ads in The Gazette’s business and politics edition, known as the Business Gazette. A Maryland Association of Counties chart shows that 15 counties and Baltimore City spent $1.9 million to publish legal notices in fiscal 2010. Spending from the other eight counties was not available.


Costs didn’t necessarily correspond to size. Montgomery County was listed at $213,894, about half as much as Anne Arundel County, despite having about twice Anne Arundel’s population. A Maryland Municipal League chart shows total legal-notice expenses for some municipalities covering fiscal years 2008 to 2010. Among them: Rockville ($41,000), Poolesville ($9,792) and Kensington ($4,000). Waldstreicher said his goal is “to save my municipalities money.” Sen. Montgomery, though, said newspapers are local businesses, too, and wondered why government wouldn’t help them survive. In written testimony earlier this year, Candice Donaho, MML’s director of governmental relations, wondered why newspapers claim to be the best source of information while their circulation drops “drastically year after year” and people turn more to the Internet. Media representatives counter that newspapers also post legal notices on their websites, which have many times more visits and clicks than government websites get, and on the press association’s website. The press has an essential civic duty of being a watchdog and ensuring transparency, said Acton, a former MDDC board president. Murphy sees an inherent flaw in the cost-saving claim driving recent bills: If everyone who reads legal notices asks for mailed printed copies, “it would be ferociously expensive.”



The suburbs are wired. High-speed Internet access is available to more than nine of every 10 households in Montgomery County, making it one of the nation’s most connected communities. “Government [online] services will go where the technology enables,” said Gary H. Arlen, whose Bethesda-based research company Arlen Communications LLC has monitored industry and government information-technology trends for more than two decades. “We are one of those rare markets with multiple sources for broadband, both wired and wireless.” The Federal Communications Commission’s annual look at broadband penetration found cable-television services were within reach of 93 percent of Montgomery’s households and newer, fiber-optic conduits were available to 78 percent of the county’s homes last year. Commercial Internet service providers closely guard customer subscription data, but analysts say the pace of broadband access connections is accelerating nationwide. Seventy percent of adults have an Internet connection at home, up 4 percent from a year earlier, according to a survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project released in late August. As wireless phone companies upgrade their networks and adjust pricing, more customers are expected to access the Internet with wireless smartphones, tablets and other portable devices, analysts say. At the same time, gaps remain because of escalating monthly costs, the location of cables and transmission towers. “Anecdotally, there are places in my house where my wireless service doesn’t work, and I’ll walk 20 feet to another room and it does,” Arlen said. “Those are infrastructure issues that are beyond the grasp of local governments.” Reliability is improving. A separate federal study published last winter confirmed most Internet providers were delivering on the guarantees of speed — about 96 percent of the time, the advertised speed was being met during prime-use hours, when demand is greatest. As performance increases, so do prices, even in markets with fierce competition. That poses a problem for government services online, since some families have limited access, having to rely on often-crowded libraries or government centers for Internet-connected computers. A springtime Commerce Department report showed less than half of U.S. households with incomes less than $25,000 a year had broadband connections. “Clearly, there is the question of affordability,” Arlen said. “The poor can get exploited and can’t get access.” Maryland is one of six states participating in a test program funded by the FCC to provide wireless broadband access to the poor, similar to a generations-old “lifeline service” that subsidized dial-up telephone service. Findings are due within a year.



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An off-key salary proposal

Each year, before “American Idol” kicks its singing competition in high gear, the show focuses on the people who audition to be a part of the show. Though viewers see a number of talented singers progress, the show has capitalized on the clueless contestants who miss the high notes, who can’t keep a beat, who don’t know the lyrics. Something similar is playing out at the Council Office Building in Rockville. The Montgomery County Council has received a proposal to increase the salaries of the county executive and the nine members of the council. It is, sadly, an excellent example of political cluelessness. COMMISSION Under the proMISSES NOTES posal — submitted by a IN EXECUTIVE, commission seated to consider the compenCOUNCIL PAY sation levels of elected RAISES officials — the county executive’s pay would increase from $180,250 to $190,000 per year, a 5.4 percent increase. For the next three years of the executive’s term, he or she would get a pay increase equal to inflation. A council member’s salary would climb from $104,022 per year to $125,000, a 20 percent increase. Likewise, council members also would receive annual inflationbased raises for the remaining years of the term. The council president, elected by members of the council to one-year terms, would continue to receive a 10 percent increase over the council member’s base pay. Current officeholders would not see the raises unless they are re-elected in the November 2014 elections. And the raises are not a done deal. The council can accept the recommendations as they are, lower them or reject them. They should be rejected. According to the report that came with the commission’s recommendations, the county executive deserves the raise because of the complexity of running the county. It also noted that the Prince George’s County executive is paid more. “Both counties are part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and share similar characteristics, but Montgomery County has a higher population; fairness dictates that the salary of the County Executive for Montgomery County be comparable to or slightly high than the County Executive salary for Prince George’s County.” In a perfect world, the comparison might make sense. But in this imperfect world, such a comparison just means the two counties will get into an endless cycle of one executive’s salary increase justifying the next one’s. For the council members, the same panel looked through the opposite end of the telescope. What other jurisdictions pay their legislative body was ignored in favor of far less tangible considerations: “The Councilmember salary should more accurately reflect the scope, complexity, and leadership responsibilities of the job and the value and the demands placed on the position by the community.” Curiously, while the commission believes Montgomery County Council members deserve to be paid $125,000 a year, it barely acknowledges that Fairfax County, Va., pays its supervisors $75,000. That county is a bit larger, and equally complex. By its earlier logic, the panel should be recommending the same salary, or slightly lower. No one should object that a county executive or County Council member should be well paid. It is a tough job. But such large pay increases now, when the region hasn’t convincingly escaped the Great Recession, is not much better than a tone deaf “American Idol” contestant. Except with the TV show, viewers can change the channel and such silliness is soon forgotten. These recommendations will be around, possibly for four more years, and taxpayers can’t switch them. Then there’s Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), who shared last month he felt “stuck” making $172,000 a year in Congress. There’s no reason to believe any of our council members feel similarly “stuck,” but Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Takoma Park did say many people choose not to run for office because of concerns over whether they can make it work financially. The salary commission’s report says the county’s median household income is $95,000. Anyone interested in serving the people of Montgomery should be able to provide for his or her family comfortably. The council should recognize that they and the county executive are already paid handsomely. If they feel compelled to approve any increase, leave it to cost of living. That’s a tune almost everyone can sing.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month As state’s attorney and as sheriff for Montgomery County we review numbers and statistics daily. However, there is no number of which we are more proud than the number zero. That’s because we experienced zero domestic violence related homicides in this county in the entire calendar year of 2010 and the same so far this year. As a long-time prosecutor and a career sheriff, we are both painfully aware of the fact that all too often, if a woman living in this county were the victim of a homicide, it likely would have occurred during the course of a domestic violence incident. It is with this in mind, and because of our joint concern, we came together to attack this problem with innovative and holistic approaches; not only to address murders but also to address the associated problems of domestic abuse. On April 29, 2009, Montgomery

seek a life without abuse. The majority of them return multiple times for services. This program is meeting the needs of these families. The Montgomery County FJC has become the model of services for the entire mid-Atlantic region with innovations such as video links to the courts for protection orders, collaborations with private nonprofits and the generous support of more than 1,000 donors from the community and the corporate world to the FJC Foundation. We realize that the FJC may be our finest example of how public and private partnerships can together help us build a safer and more caring community. We would like to extend our appreciation to Verizon and Kaiser Permanente, among others, for their continued generosity and support of our efforts through the FJC Foundation. The Annual FJC Foundation’s Benefit Gala will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Bethesda Hy-

County opened the doors of the Family Justice Center and changed the way we, as a county, respond to domestic violence victims. No longer do victims have to travel from place to place, retelling their stories (often with children in tow) in order to seek protection, counseling, investigations of criminal acts, emergency and legal services. The new FJC relocated these services in one family-friendly space. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that in more than half of families affected by domestic violence, children witness the abuse. These children are at greater risk of entering child protective services, the juvenile justice system and later in life; the adult criminal justice system. The FJC has served nearly 5,000 victims and their children. [“County volunteers provide 24hour support to victims of sexual assault,” Sept. 4] These survivors

Texas has nothing on Maryland, except opportunity

President George W. Bush famously admonished his political foes, “Don’t mess with Texas.” But Texas now is messing with Maryland. Texas Governor Rick Perry is filling Maryland’s airwaves with 60-second spots aimed at luring many of Maryland’s residents and business owners to the Lone Star state. What is Texas’s allure? It certainly is not the climate. Maryland has four real seasons, with glorious springs and unforgettable autumns. Texas has two — hot and hotter (and more humid). It certainly is not the schools. K-12 public schools in Maryland, particularly in Montgomery and Howard counties, are some of the top rated in the country. Texas’s schools, with a few exceptions, are inferior. It certainly is not the colleges. Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland system are second to none in higher education, and they certainly are not second to any colleges and universities in Texas. It certainly is not transportation. Maryland is served by multiple world class airports and interstate highways that connect the state with the largest markets

and population centers in the country.Marylandhasoneofthe best ports (the port of Baltimore) inthewholecountry,connecting Maryland with the commerce of theworld.Texas’stransportation system does not measure up. It certainly is not the culture. Maryland’s cultural opportunities in the arts and sports compare very favorably to those in Texas. The Rangers and the Cowboys have nothing on the Orioles and the Ravens. But Texas trumps all of Maryland’s advantages in climate, culture, transportation and education with a single concept: Opportunity. Opportunity to start a business. Opportunity to grow a business. Opportunity to keep more of what that business earns. For the past five years, Maryland’s taxes have been increasing, and its business regulations have been multiplying. This business unfriendly environment has forced thousands of residents and small businesses to seek shelter out of state. Many of Maryland’s overtaxed upper bracket earners have moved across the river to more business-friendly Virginia, saving thousands in

yearly taxes, while reducing their businesses’ regulatory burdens. Indeed, between 2001 and 2010, more than 66,000 Marylanders fled the “Free State” (or more aptly, the “fee state,” as Gov. Perry refers to Maryland in his radio ads). Thousands more Marylanders are planning to follow suit this year, as some Maryland counties, like Montgomery, flirt with even more egregious business regulations, like a $15 minimum wage and even higher taxes on upper bracket earners. All the while, Texas’s business climate has become increasingly business-friendly, and it charges no state income tax. As Maryland has lost $5.5 billion in state income, as it has shed thousands of upper bracket earners and their businesses, Texas has gained $17.6 billion. While Texas understands that you can collect the golden eggs (jobs and tax revenues) produced by the golden goose (business), Maryland is about to learn that when you choke the golden goose, there are no more golden eggs.

Dan Bongino, Severna Park The writer is a Republican candidate for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

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att Regency (registration at www. This is the public’s chance to see how benefactors and practitioners collaborate to help survivors. Our daily mission with the FJC remains simple yet challenging — saving lives. We are committed to that goal. And with further public awareness, more resources and continued community and corporate commitment we can make every month (not just October) less about domestic violence abuse and more about the number zero — zero murders, zero domestic violence victims and zero tolerance of domestic abuse.

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Turn panhandlers into workers I refer to the news item, “Montgomery program tries to discourage donations to panhandlers” [Sept. 9]. These panhandlers pace along the median strips for several hours each day with a cardboard sign in hand. They are actually working long hours supporting themselves under difficult personal circumstances. Just look across the median strip to the sidewalk and one will find young people twirling signs asking people to visit a furniture store, or a gold jewelry shop, or some other commercial enterprise. This second category are paid by the businesses and from the economy point of view, they are contributing to society. Then, how do we convert the effort of the first category into an economic activity? The county (or city), businesses, and charities (representing donors) form a partnership and do the following: • Ban panhandling. • Give them jobs doing the same thing, i.e. pacing while holding a card board sign — but with a different message. • Pay them wages to compensate the earnings they would have made by their discontinued profession, viz., panhandling. For example, they can stand about 500 feet ahead of a red light camera or a speedzone camera warning drivers that there is such a camera. Another cardboard sign might say, “stop using cellphones while driving.” In general, we should look for ways to convert them into beneficial workers. Hold a contest and people will give ideas on how to use their skills in ways beneficial to the society.

Som Karamchetty, Potomac

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Why Baltimore is not Detroit

There was considerable rejoicing in Baltimore city this week when George Mason University released a study saying that, compared to Detroit, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Providence and San Bernardino, Baltimore is on “reasonably solid financial footing” and is demonstrating “financial resiliency.” Of course those other five cities are all basket cases (two are in bankruptcy), so being best of the lot isn’t so hot. The Baltimore Sun highlighted the parts of the report crediting Baltimore’s success to sound city management provided by a strong-mayor system which lets the city’s Board of Estimates (controlled by the MY MARYLAND mayor) write BLAIR LEE the city budget and run the city’s finances without interference from the City Council, which can only lower the spending levels, not increase them. But if you actually read the George Mason report it tells a much different story. What’s really keeping Baltimore afloat isn’t its mayor or its charter, it’s the billions of dollars the state of Maryland pours into the city every year. Baltimore runs on OPM: other people’s money. Much of what taxpayers in Maryland’s 23 counties send to Annapolis is recycled to Baltimore as direct and indirect state aid. Thanks to the city’s political muscle, decades of governors who were former Baltimore mayors (Schaefer, O’Malley) or city politicians (Mandel, Hughes) and a liberal state legislature, Baltimore now is the most subsidized city in America. State taxpayers pick up the tab for the city’s community college (other community colleges are mostly locally funded); for the city’s metrorail, metrobus and light rail operating and capital costs; for the city jail’s construction and operating costs (county jails are locally funded); 71 percent of the city’s K-12 school budget (the feds pay another 10 percent); all of the city’s social services costs; most of the city’s road/bridge maintenance costs ($134 million a year); the operating

and capital costs of what used to be the city’s port and airport (Friendship); annual grants to run the city’s zoo, museums, theaters, concert halls and libraries; and now the city wants the state to pay for its courts, as well. To help boost the city’s economy, the state located a host of state agencies and departments in Baltimore; paid for the Ravens and Orioles stadiums, the Convention Center, the Aquarium expansion, the Science Center, the Meyerhoff concert hall, the Hippodrome Theater, the Christopher Columbus Center, the Lyric, Center Stage, a new $1 billion school construction deal ($20 million a year for the next 30 years) and a new $2.5 billion light-rail system. Meanwhile, the city wants the state to participate in a $900 million convention center/ hotel/arena project in hopes that an NBA or NHL team will come if they (the state) build it. Then there are all the hidden state subsidies: historic tax credits to rehab city buildings (the city gets more than half), enterprise zone tax credits (Baltimore gets 61 percent of the state total), a special city cut of the state’s casino tax, a $79 million annual “disparity grant,” special police aid grants and impact aid that the counties don’t get, using state police to supplement the city’s police force, rebuilding the city’s failing wastewater treatment plants and scores of other subsidies embedded in state law. Ironically, on the same day that the George Mason study was released, so was an account of the city’s failed Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, which the state built for $30.6 million. The state also pays half ($2 million) of the annual operating costs and now is paying an additional $450,000 of the other half because the museum is a dud (the 150,000 estimated annual attendance turned out to be 38,000). But the city isn’t chipping in, and Baltimore state Sen. Bill Ferguson said, “The state has an obligation to ensure that the Reginald Lewis Museum continues to function.” An obligation? That’s the city’s pervasive attitude — the state owes us. When Martin O’Malley was mayor, the city foolishly spent $305 million building a Hilton Hotel that’s now going broke, costing the city $28 million a year by 2023. When asked recently about the Hilton boondoggle, O’Malley blamed it

on former Gov. Bob Ehrlich. Why? Because, said O’Malley, “You may recall, at the time, that we asked (and) we were told ‘no’ by the then-governor.” In other words, when O’Malley and the city tried to get the state to pay $305 million to build a loser hotel that private investors wouldn’t touch, Ehrlich dared saying “no.” You see, in Baltimore’s view, the city is entitled to special status. Baltimore doesn’t owe the state taxpayers any gratitude; state taxpayers owe Baltimore more assistance. When state and city assessors recently miscalculated city residents’ historic tax credits, costing them huge new taxes, city politicians argued that state taxpayers should pay the costs. And the city is lobbying Annapolis to shift city residents’ high auto insurance burden to suburban motorists. The audacity is stunning: When Detroit went bankrupt this summer, The Baltimore Sun editorialized “Why Baltimore Isn’t Detroit,” citing the city’s willingness “to make difficult decisions” without one word about the city’s massive state bailouts — the real reason why Baltimore isn’t Detroit! The city has benefited, so far, from the largess of liberal Montgomery state legislators who don’t mind raising Montgomery taxes and cutting its state aid to help the city, from P.G. lawmakers with whom the city shares the loot and from Baltimore County lawmakers who feel linked to the city as long as the city’s problems don’t flow across the county line. But things are changing: The city’s political muscle is dwindling (only 11 percent of the state’s population and 8.5 percent of the statewide vote), for the first time in memory there’s no Baltimore candidate running for governor, and federal spending cuts are squeezing the D.C.-area counties, which may not feel so charitable in the future. Living on other people’s money only works until the “other people” decide differently. When that happens, what’s Baltimore’s “Plan B”? Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www. His email address is

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Questions to ask before council gets pay raise When considering the merits of the recommendation to raise by 17 percent the salaries of County Council members from $106,394 to $125,000, Montgomery County citizens might ask the following questions. When they do, they will certainly see that the answer is “no raise.” • The proposal, in effect, treats council membership as merely a “job” at which someone “works” for a “salary” which must be “raised” if not “adequate.” Is this in our country’s best traditions? Isn’t elected office in these United States not a “job” but a position of trust in which a citizen is placed by his or her fellow citizens to represent them? If we treat elected office as something less, are we trivializing the ideals of democracy and representative government on which our country is built? Will that cause us to lose them? $106,394 is more than enough to serve as our representative. • When considering the merits of this “raise,” citizens in this miserable economy — assuming they even have a job — should ask themselves when the last time was that they received a “raise,” a raise of

17 percent no less? If county government is so large that council members must devote more time to it, might the answer be not to pay them more but to reduce the size of government? • Should so-called “constituent services” be factored into the equation since they are little more than electioneering on the taxpayer’s dime? • Finally, given that the council’s membership has been completely Democratic since 2006 and that the “citizens panel” which recommended the 17 percent increase consisted of six Democrats and one Republican, does it reflect and help maintain a healthy, two-party democracy if Democrats do nothing more than recommend more money for Democrats? Having suffered through Democrats gerrymandering themselves into control across Maryland government at all levels, must citizens also suffer through them bootstrapping raises for themselves in Montgomery County? How much oneparty dictatorship is enough?

Paul Schilling, Bethesda

Appalling policy on unusable fares I was appalled to read the letter from Michael Gooden and Margaret Nolan about Metro’s refusal transfer the value of unused (and unusable) farecards of seniors who are medically unable to use the fares remaining on their paper cards to the current Smartrip cards. No “free ride” or refund was requested. The writers obviously understand that they, or other family members who would receive such a transfer, would have to expend it at the going rate for riders in general, with no senior discount. And it is clear that the owners of the unusable tickets have no objection to such a transfer. The most benign explanation for Metro’s response is that some inexperienced staff member simply saw the “no refunds” policy and jumped to an incorrect conclusion. Equally plausible, unfortunately, is the conclusion that Metro is just looking for a quick windfall

in the form of unused cards. Response to the writers’ appeals suggests the latter scenario is closer to the truth. I don’t use public transportation extensively because my ability to walk and drive is, thankfully, fine at this time. My late husband could not drive, and his ability to get around on foot, Metro, and Ride On was legendary. I do use and appreciate the Senior Smartrip card when it is the most efficient or most economical way to get around. Based on Metro’s policy, I have concluded that at no time will I carry more than $10 on my Senior Smartrip card so that my family will not have to go through a similar frustrating dialogue with Metro. So I ask: Was Metro’s ruling financially sound, humanely equitable, or good public relations?

Mary L. Miers, Bethesda

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SPORTS OLNEY | SANDY SPRING | Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | Page B-1

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Dozier plays with USA Volleyball’s Women’s National Team BY


When Kristen Dozier was in middle school she attended high school volleyball tryouts at St. John’s College High School with her older sister Jourdan. But neither of them — initially — wanted to be there. Their mother Patrice, who grew up playing the sport in high school and elementary school, felt that volleyball would be a great outlet for the two budding athletic stars. “They were all pretty much basketball players and never interested in volleyball, but I always wanted them to play and give it a chance,” Patrice said. “For the first few days [of tryouts] they were furious with me saying, “Oh my God! Mom this is dumbest sport ever.’ Well Jourdan ended up making the team and she was even angrier at me because she had to commit to it.”

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Rockville High School quarterback Chuck Reese throws a pass during the first half of Rockville’s game at Wheaton.


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Sandy Spring resident and Ohio State graduate Kristen Dozier is working out with USA Volleyball’s Women’s National Team.


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Since last season, the Rockville High School football team moved its starting quarterback to receiver, made the 5-foot-8, 140-pound junior varsity quarterback the varsity starter and completely changed its offense. By halftime of its first game, Rockville had

scored zero points. Rockville coach Seth Kenton said he scanned the locker room’s many concerned faces until his eyes met new starting quarterback Chuck Reese’s. Reese winked, Kenton said. That’s the moxie that convinced the coach to start Reese, and the junior has rewarded its faith, starting with leading a season-opening comeback win against Richard Montgomery. Reese is 116for-179 (65 percent) for 1,306 yards with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season. “If you were to come to a game or come to practice, you would say which one is Chuck?” Kenton said. “It’s not going to be the first person you pick and go, ‘Oh, it’s that guy.’ It’s not that guy.”

As a freshman, Reese joined Rockville’s junior varsity team as an undersized and position-less player. He tried slot receiver, safety and even kicker. Eventually, he became the scout-team quarterback. “He ran our scout team to try to beat our first defense every day of practice,” said Jason Lomax, who wasthentheJVoffensivecoordinator.“Andyoucould see the fire and the drive. It was just in that little body. “There were many frustrating days for the firstteam defense, because he would go out there, and he would audible at the line, and he would do things that a normal, prototypical scout-team quarterback is not going to do. He’s out there literally like he’s

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Surviving on close calls Nolan has made the difference in three one-goal games for Churchill




Clare Nolan said she honestly didn’t remember the first one, the lone goal in a 1-0 season-opening win over Quince Orchard High School. She did remember the next two, the second against Walt Whitman and the third to top Poolesville, which ran her total to three game-winning goals in Winston Churchill’s opening five field hockey games. Simply put, the senior has an undeniable


nose for the goal. “The best word to describe Clare is hustle,” Churchill coach Cay Miller said. “She always goes all out and she’s dependable in high-pressure situations.” Keeping tune with Miller’s assessment of the tireless midfielder, it was Nolan’s hustle that landed her in the right place at the right time against the three teams which she struck. Though she claims not to recall the game’s lone goal when Churchill handed Quince Orchard its first of four one-goal losses thus far, the stats say she took a pass from Carly Kabelac and Annie Moshyedi,



Winston Churchill High School’s Clare Nolan and Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Gigi Jones compete during Monday’s field hockey game.

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Despite not starting the year there, senior excels in the backfield BY HARVEY VALENTINE SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Montgomery Blair High School senior Darron Cumberbatch is a fast learner. He’s also a pretty fast runner. Since being made the starting running back in Week 2, Cumberbatch has thrived, helping the 2-2 Blazers already equal their win total from a year ago. Over the past three games, Cumberbatch has rushed for 319 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he’s averaging 27 yards on five kickoff returns, including an 82-yard touchdown against Northwood Sept. 20. “He’s having an outstanding year. He’s averaging about seven yards a carry,” coach Andrew Fields said. “He started the year off at receiver and outside linebacker. We kind of transitioned him into the running back role, and he’s really learning on the fly and getting better every week. “Just a great, great kid. He’s a better person than he is a player, which says something.”

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Continued from Page B-1 found a way to get her stick on it and redirected it into the cage. The next came three games later against visiting Whitman, though this one came early, just 18 minutes into the first half. Junior forward Isabel Mangan found her so wide open on a cross that, despite Nolan fumbling around with the trap for a few seconds, she still managed to get a decent enough drive off to beat the Viking keeper. “She’s just on her game all the time,” said keeper Sophie Ascher, who had allowed just five goals in six games as of Sunday.


Continued from Page B-1 After a few weeks, however, Jourdan and Kristen, who attended many of the Cadets’ practices just for the experience until she enrolled at the Washington, D.C., private school the ensuing year, fell in love with volleyball. The rest, as the adage goes, is history. “Mom is always right,” Patrice said with a laugh. “She would say something like that,” Kristen countered with. “We did give her a hard time, but she turned out to be right.” Now, Kristen, who went on to play at perennially nationally-ranked Ohio State University, is one of the best women’s volleyball players in the entire country, having received an opportunity to train with USA Volleyball’s Women’s National Team. She has also played professionally in Puerto Rico, Israel and Spain. Jourdan also played collegiately at George Mason and professionally, albeit briefly, in Argentina. Their younger sister, Darian, currently plays at South Carolina and their cousin, Sherwood graduate Alex Holston, is a freshman at Florida. “I would love to say I was the lead volleyball player and had a wonderfully successful career and inspired them to follow my footsteps, but that certainly wasn’t the case,” Patrice said. “They got off to such a late start in really learning and understanding the game. I mean, Kristen didn’t start playing club ball until she was a sophomore in high school and Jourdan as a junior. “They are just so athletic, coachable and competitive. It’s a testament to them and the kind of athlete they are that they ended up getting Division I scholarships.” Last winter, Kristen sent match film to U.S. Women’s


Continued from Page B-1 playing in a game. He wants to win every day and everything we cover.” The next year, Reese became the starting JV quarterback when classmate Spencer Brigman moved up to the varsity as starting quarterback. During that season, Lomax met with his players about their long-term goals in the program. Seeing Brigman entrenched in front of him, Reese told Lomax

Nolan wasn’t quite done yet. Her final clutch moment came via the rebuilding Falcons in overtime, and she “didn’t even look at the goal.” “I just drove it and it went in,” she said. “I remember when we were going into overtime. I said, ‘We got this. We’re going to get this.’” And, as she always has this year, she did. Without Nolan working to get to where her teammates needed her to be, Churchill could have just as easily been 2-4 as it was 5-1 prior to Monday’s matchup with Bethesda-Chevy Chase, which very nearly upset Walter Johnson earlier in the week. “She’s similar to [Churchill National Team Coach Karch Kiraly and in the spring, she received an email back asking her to a two-week tryout in Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter she found out she made it and was invited back to train with the team over the summer and compete for a spot on the 2016 Olympic team. She’s now back home in Sandy Spring, waiting to see where she will spend the fall and winter playing overseas. “This is everything I’ve worked for in my sports career and dreamed of for my whole life,” Kristen said. “It’s kind of a big deal! Representing our country at the highest level and biggest competition and wearing the flag on your heart, chest and sleeve is just amazing.” During her down time, Kristen, along with Jourdan, founded Dozier Performance Volleyball, which offers private lessons and team volleyball camps. They want to give back to the area and are offering a clinic on Oct. 26 at Champions Field House in Rockville. More information can be found at “In 2010, my sister and I just noticed a big void in the market in training for volleyball and for team camps,” Kristen said. “We started small scale with emails and brochures to people we knew and ended up having pretty decent turnouts. … Last year, it really started to take off and we’ve had some real growth.” While Patrice and her husband, Eric, a former college basketball player at Tulane, have traveled around the county from gymnasium to gymnasium watching their daughters play, the whole family hopes they may have the opportunity to go to Brazil in three years. “This is all just so surreal,” Patrice said. he’d do his best as the backup quarterback the following two seasons. Lomax admired Reese’s maturity, though he agreed the backup path looked inevitable for Reese. But this offseason, Kenton realized his team needed an edge after 1-9 and 0-10 seasons. Rockville has a lower enrollment than eight of the 10 schools on its schedule. The other two, Damascus and Poolesville, made the playoffs last season. Kenton promoted Lomax to varsity offensive coordinator, and Lomax implemented the up-

graduate] Jennifer Shim,” Miller said. “When everybody is out of gas,Clarekeepsgoing.That’sClare. She hustles as much as any of the best players that I’ve coached.” Ascher may not have to go through a lung-searing workout every game like her teammate does, but the goalie has been every bit as valuable to Churchill’s early season success. There would have been no Nolan gamewinner had Ascher not stuffed every last one of Quince Orchard’s shots. There would have been no Nolan game-winner had Ascher not kept Whitman scoreless. And there would have been no Nolan game-winner had she not limited Poolesville to just two goals after the Falcons pounded in 16 in the

two games prior. “We wouldn’t be the same team without Sophie,” Nolan said. “She’s unbelievable. It’s just such a nice feeling to know that we have Sophie back in goal.” The funny thing is that Miller didn’t know who would be starting in goal less than six weeks ago. Ascher had transferred from Brighton High in upstate New York, and Miller didn’t know all that much about her. She sifted through a few newspaper articles online but that was the extent of her knowledge. Compiling onto that was the new heat rules that prohibit keepers from dressing in full pads for much of the preseason. But Ascher did enough to earn

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 o the starting spot by the first game, and she vindicated Miller’s choice with four consecutive shutouts to open the season. “Sophie has been incredible,” Miller said. “She’s a very strong player and she’s been stepping up this year.” One of the most important aspects of goalkeeping that Ascher has brought with her is not necessarily her ability to keep shots out of the net, but her penchant for keeping her defense constantly aware of where they need to be at all times. When Ascher first earned her starting spot, her platoon of defenders approached her and told her to be vocal, to make sure they are in the right position for

the attack she sees unfolding. “They know I’m not being mean when I tell them something,” Ascher said. “It’s just when I tell them that they have to move, they know they have to move.” Miller, while she said she is getting better at handling the stress of the overwhelming amount of close games, has admitted that the anxiety has died down a bit since the beginning of the year. But, just in case, how many game winners does Nolan have left in her? “I don’t know,” Nolan said with a laugh. “I hope enough to get us to 9-1.”


Sandy Spring resident and former Ohio State University women’s volleyball player Kristen Dozier (center) is working out with USA Volleyball’s Women’s National Team in hopes of making the 2016 Olympic team. tempo, four-receiver offensive he’d used on JV. During the summer passing league, Reese earned the starting job and since has helped engineer a 2-2 start. Reese’s diminutive build stands in even starker contrast to opposing defenders now that he’s on varsity. Is that intimidating? “No!” Reese said. “I’m not normally that easily intimated person. I don’t feel that intimated, because I trust my offensive line and I trust everybody around me to do their jobs.” That trust with teammates

like Brigman, who has become one of Reese’s top targets, was forged while eating lunch together daily in Lomax’s office last year. In the summer, Reese hosted teammates at his house for video games, and they walked to workouts together afterward. “At Rockville, we have such a diverse background. We have Asian kids, Hispanic kids, black kids, white kids. And they all come from different economic backgrounds. They all come from all different kinds of religions. It’s just a melting pot at our school,”


Lomax said. “And Chuck is able to reach into all those guys and be able to pull them in together and give them that family feel. That kind of quality alone is enough for him to lead our team.” Said Reese: “I’m just friendly with everybody. There’s not one type of person I wouldn’t want to talk to. For me, it’s always fun being social with people, making new friends, joking around with everybody.” But there was no joking while Rockville trailed Richard Montgomery 25-0. Reese said, “You could obviously see our

fans putting their heads down, like, ‘Dang it. Not another 0-10 year.’” At that point, Lomax approached him and said it was time to step up. “He nodded. He said, ‘OK, we’re going to go score right now.’ And that’s what he did,” Lomax said. “From there, it was just a snowball going downhill. It just kept getting better and better every time he touched the ball.”


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


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


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

Record Points

4-0 60 3-3 54 3-1 47 3-1 42 4-0 37 3-1 30 4-0 24 3-1 18 3-1 12 3-1 3

Also receiving votes: Whitman 2 points; Sherwood 1 point.

LEADERS Top rushers

Carries Khalil Wilson, Einstein 53 Charles Lyles, Poolesville 89 Zac Morton, Whitman 89 Dage Davis, Geo. Prep 59 Devonte Williams, Bullis 67 Liam Duffy, R. Mont. 79 Chris Dawson, G. Counsel 75 Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel 89 Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard 53 E. Spottswood, Sherwood 72

Top passers

Cmp-Att. Sam Ellis, Wootton 93-145 Chuck Reese, Rockville 116-179 G. Cooper, P. Branch 56-100 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 55-95 Mike Murtaugh, Q. Orch. 39-61 Evan Smith, Whitman 35-65 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 37-57 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 37-78 S. Morningstar, Pooles. 34-56 C. Hennessey, N’wood 41-77

Top receivers Joey Cornwell, Rockville Jibri Woods, Wootton Darrell Blue, Blair Trevon Diggs, Wootton Anthony Albert, Rockville Michael Scott, Kennedy Ryan Stango, P. Branch Elliott Davis, Q. Orchard Keon Paye, G. Counsel Javonn Curry, P. Branch

Catches 35 31 31 32 23 20 18 9 8 18

Yards 809 675 541 519 472 454 448 442 428 424

Avg. TDs 15.2 8 7.6 6 6.1 5 8.8 7 7.0 7 5.7 2 6.0 6 5.0 2 8.1 6 5.8 5

Yards 1319 1306 685 676 633 516 671 528 415 364 Yards 425 412 411 402 330 281 264 226 224 220

Int. TDs 4 13 4 16 3 7 2 8 1 9 4 3 2 3 5 5 4 3 2 2

Avg. TDs 12.1 5 13.3 4 13.3 4 12.6 7 14.3 4 14.1 0 14.7 3 25.1 4 28.0 3 12.2 3

Northwood coach tackles bigger issue After kidney failure, Gladiators’ Harris hopes to raise awareness for organ donations

for people to register during the game as organ donors. “I want to do something to show how thankful I am to have a second chance at life and to encourage everyone to register as an organ donor and consider giving a loved one or even a stranger a gift of life,” Harris said in a statement announcing the event, which he became committed to creating once his own experience taught him about the issue.


Football coaches, by nature, tend to be control freaks who obsess over every little detail. Many carefully organize team activities to the second. Northwood High School coach Dennis Harris plans to give up some of that carefully thought-out control Friday night be-

Good Counsel, good defense

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN fore his team’s homecoming game against Rockville. What’s so important to disrupt routine? Organ donations. Harris intends to wrap up his team’s pre-game warm-ups a little early, leaving himself time to speak shortly before kickoff to the crowd about kidney donations. He’ll tell his own story, how his kidneys failed him during the 2011 season and how his wife donated him one of her kidneys in July 2012. Most of all, he’ll encourage fans to join the Maryland Donor Registry. “If you’re able to be a donor, be a donor,” Harris said, “because the second


Northwood High School football coach Dennis Harris rounds-up his team during a practice.

chance that people can get from that. With a kidney, you can function perfectly with one, so if there’s anybody that you can help, whether it’s a person that you know or don’t know, just being able to provide that person with a second chance is something that you cannot put a price tag on.” Harris said the National Kidney Foundation will be on hand, potentially providing green pom poms for cheerleaders and green wristbands for fans. Most importantly, there will be forms provided

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

Montgomery County record All games

Kennedy vs. Wheaton Springbrook at Watkins Mill Rockville at Northwood Paint Branch at Einstein Richard Montgomery at Whitman Blair at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Churchill at Quince Orchard Blake at Northwest Walter Johnson at Magruder Wootton at Gaithersburg Damascus at Clarksburg Seneca Valley at Sherwood St. Albans at Georgetown Prep Poolesville at Catoctin Bullis at Cape Henlopen (Del.) Good Counsel at McNamara Episcopal at Landon Avalon at Riverdale Baptist


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

All Div.

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

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


97 118 149 34 72 85 59 105 36 120 28 134

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Blair Springbrook* Blake Kennedy

All Div.

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

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


153 25 84 75 81 59 66 50 20 108 25 96

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

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

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


110 20 140 13 121 52 64 56 38 169

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Watkins Mill Rockville Northwood Wheaton

All Div.

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

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

Montgomery 2A Independent Team



147 42 124 55 111 84 78 97 137 149 20 155 62 164







3-1 104 54

Private schools

Bullis 3-1 92 70 Good Counsel 3-3 130 80 Avalon 2-3 103 91 Landon 1-2 63 49 Georgetown Prep 1-3 76 133 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores

Dan Feldman

Ken Sain

Jennifer Beekman

Nick Cammarota

Travis Mewhirter

Kent Zakour

59-14 122-28

59-14 121-29

59-14 119-31

57-16 119-31

54-19 118-32

57-16 114-36

Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Catoctin Bullis Good Counsel Landon Riv. Baptist

Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Catoctin Bullis Good Counsel Episcopal Riv. Baptist

Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest W. Johnson Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Landon Riv. Baptist

Wheaton Watkins Mill Rockville Paint Branch Whitman Blair Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Episopal Riv. Baptist

Wheaton Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest W. Johnson Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Episcopal Riv. Baptist

Wheaton Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis McNamara Landon Riv. Baptist

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Montgomery Blair High School running back Darron Cumerbach pops through the Springbrook line on Friday. rebounded after intermission to finish with 83 yards, including a 14-yard score. “I think it was actually more them than us,” Fields said of Cumberbatch’s struggles. “I don’t think he was having a hard time, I think it was more Springbrook was being more physical than us and more aggressive.” Cumberbatch said he hasn’t felt the pressure of being a focal point of the offense. “It would only be more pressure if I didn’t know what I was doing or if I wasn’t confident in my abilities,” he said. He even seemed surprised to hear that now he’s one of the players other teams have to

Montgomery 4A South Division




Cumberbatch isn’t a stranger to running back. He was a wing last season when Blair ran the Wing-T. Instead of lining up near the tight end as he did in the Wing-T, he’s now in the backfield in the new Blair offense. “I think it’s worked out great. I’ve actually learned a bunch from my running backs coach and Coach Fields, stuff that I never would have imagined,” he said. “They’ve showed me a bunch of techniques that I’ve actually used in a game and it makes a huge difference.” Cumberbatch said Fields, in his first year at Blair, told his new players over the summer to express an interest if they wanted to try a certain position. Cumberbatch, who was working as a receiver, spoke up. In the meantime, as he learned the receivers’ role in the offense, he said he also tried to memorize the running back assignments. “[He’s a] smart guy. And athletically, he’s probably our best all-around athlete in terms of strength and size and speed,” Fields said. “He’s just a dynamic guy with the ball in his hands and so we figured, ‘Hey, let’s make him the guy.’” In his first game as the starter he rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries against Sherwood. Then he ran for 151 yards on 13 rushes against Northwood and added the kickoff return touchdown. “Our offense is not easy,” Fields said. “It’s not like we just line up and say, ‘Run right or run left.’ There’s a lot of terminology and a lot of individual working parts. And he came in and just picked things up pretty quickly and that’s been a huge bonus for us.” Friday night was a tougher test. Springbrook defeated Blair 26-6 and held Cumberbatch to five yards in the first half. He

Despite its uncharacteristically mediocre record, Our Lady of Good Counsel (3-3) has held five of six opponents below their season average for points scored. During the lone exception, a Sept. 20 game against Gonzaga, defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, who committed to University of Maryland, College Park, and safety Kobe Walker (Kentucky) suffered injuries that knocked them from the contest. Walker, whom Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy called “a great player,” returned in a 21-0 loss to DeMatha Catholic on Friday, registering 3.5 tackles. “He’s a leader back there in that secondary, so I just hope he’s still healthy,” Milloy said.


think about when they prepare for Blair. “I don’t know if teams have to do that, but if they did it would be awesome,” he said. “Just for them to take a minute and notice me would be pretty cool.” As the midpoint of his final high school season approaches, Cumberbatch said playing football in college is “definitely” something he’s interested in. “My way to get into college is through academics,” he said. “If a college were to show me some type of interest, my first thing would be to look at the school, see if they have my major (mechanical engineering) and see if I can get in academically.”

Seneca Valley 42, B-CC 20 Einstein 41, Northwood 0 Damascus 49, Watkins Mill 7 Wootton 43, Whitman 20 Poolesville 41, Walter Johnson 6 Sherwood 28, R. Montgomery 15 Quince Orchard 56, Magruder 0 Springbrook 26, Blair 6 Paint Branch 48, Churchill 0 Clarksburg 24, Blake 0 DeMatha 21, Good Counsel 0 Bullis 37, John Carroll 8 W. Wilson (D.C.) 21, Kennedy 7 Landon 49, Annap. AC 11 Avalon 41, Chavez 6 Rockville 54, Wheaton 22 Gaithersburg 26, Northwest 6

BEST BET Wootton vs. Gaithersburg,

6:30 p.m. Friday at Richard Montgomery. Both teams are undefeated on the field and eyeing the playoffs after missing them last season. Sam Ellis, Trevon Diggs and Jibri Woods lead Wootton’s offense. Gaithersburg’s Solomon Vault’s health, who didn’t play last week, could be crucial.


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QO coach still unsure of team Magruder’s Argueta earns exceptional opportunity

Quince Orchard field hockey spreads it out


It’s five games into the season and Quince Orchard High School girls’ soccer coach Peg Keiller is still a bit unsure of exactly what type of team she’s got. The Cougars’ record is good, of course, as they were 4-0-1 as of Monday night. But

Since the first day of volleyball tryouts, the overarching theme of the 2013 season has been one of parity and question marks. Coaches couldn’t quite pin down what team would be the top prospect, though the de facto leader in the public ranks

SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA AND JENNIFER BEEKMAN the meatiest portion of QO’s schedule has yet to hit, which leaves Keiller wondering what will happen during the season’s busiest stretch. “It is a bit weird,” Keiller said. “Especially that fact that our first game was [a 0-0 draw] against [Walt] Whitman and to have such an incredible opponent and such a nail-biting game followed by a bit of cruising through the next four games makes it a very odd feeling.” Quince Orchard, which lost to BethesdaChevy Chase in the 4A West Regional semifinals last season, has scored 18 goals through the first five matches and allowed only two (both in a 4-2 victory against Paint Branch). Four of the Cougars’ five games have resulted in clean sheets from the defense — bolstered by strong performances by center backs Sam Sullenger and Sarah Gutch and goalkeepers Ricki Shultz and Rachel Hollander. Keiller said the early-season schedule has allowed her to better evaluate her players’ performances and focus on things that need fixing once the matches become more intense. “You can tell what’s going to work against the higher competition and what’s not,” Keiller said. “We’ve still seen many things we need to work on and improve and we definitely know it’s going to be a battle from here on out.”

Special honor for Magruder player Thanks to an 11-goal outburst against Northwood, Col. Zadok Magruder’s boys’ soccer team has scored 17 goals this season in seven matches and allowed six. Still, despite the favorable goal differential, the Colonels, like so many other teams in Montgomery County, are 4-3-0 this season and sitting in the middle of the pack. One player, however, who’s stepping into the spotlight is sophomore forward Bryan Argueta. The multi-talented striker in April was a national finalist with D.C. United in Major League Soccer’s Sueño competition — a program that affords players ages 14-18 the opportunity to earn a week-long trial with their host club’s developmental academy — and two weekends ago, he competed in the national finals of Sueño Alianza at Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. According to Magruder coach Juan Gomez, Argueta impressed many onlookers at the event, which was capped by a scrimmage against Liga MX side Club Tijuana’s youth team. Argueta also piqued the interest of MLS’s Chivas USA and reportedly has been invited to go on trial with the Los Angelesbased club. “He’s a playmaker and has great footwork,” Gomez said. “It’s like a lottery. In Maryland, how often do you receive some attention like that? He’s a good student from a humble family.” Argueta didn’t play last season because



HOW THEY RANK Girls’ soccer n 1. Good Counsel n 2. Walt Whitman n 3. Winston Churchill n 4. Damascus n 5. Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Boys’ soccer n 1. Georgetown Prep n 2. Northwest n 3. Walter Johnson n 4. Montgomery Blair n 5. Gaithersburg

he was recovering from a broken leg, but has scored three goals and assisted another so far this year.

400 victories The Our Lady of Good Counsel High School girls’ soccer team’s 3-0 win over Independent School League power National Cathedral School Thursday was the program’s and 26th-year coach Jim Bruno’s 400th since the program’s inception in 1987. The eight-time Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Falcons (6-03) have never endured a losing season in that time and have proved incredibly consistent with an average of 16 wins in each of the past 25 seasons. Good Counsel achieved Thursday’s

milestone win with relative ease despite missing one of its best playmakers, midfielder Imani Dorsey, who was on her official visit to Duke University, where she gave her verbal commitment to play on scholarship in 2014-15 a year ago. But tthat perfectly exemplified what impresses Bruno so much about this year’s squad, he said. WIthout a dominant scorer Bruno said he expected more players to get involved, offensively. But even he couldn’t predict how truly spread out scoring would be. Through nine games, 10 players have two goals or more. Sophomore Nia Dorsey leads the way with six goals. Sister Imani has five to go with her seven assists. Thursday’s win was also Good Counsel’s third shutout in four contests. “I’m a little surprised,” Bruno said. “I felt like we would be getting contributions from a lot of people but this has surpassed my hopes and expectations. I’m really pleased.”

Perfection Damascus is the only remaining team with a perfect record. While the Swarmin’ Hornets’ success is often attributed to its less competitive Montgomery 3A/2A West Division, their 7-0 start to 2013 includes wins over five-time defending Class 4A West Region champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase, defending 4A North champion Sherwood and perennial county power Walter Johnson. Montgomery County Public Schools’ most productive offense with 27 goals is lead by Steph Cox and Katie Kirschenmann, who have scored eight goals apiece.; jbeekman@

n 1. Holy Cross n 2. Sherwood n 3. Poolesville n 4. Winston Churchill n 5. Thomas S. Wootton

Golf n 2. Winston Churchill


Quince Orchard High School’s Sam Sullenger warms up before a scrimmage with the Academy of the Holy Cross in August.


n 1. Walter Johnson


n 3. Walt Whitman

will always be Sherwood High School, the three-time defending state champs, until proven otherwise. Through the first three weeks, very little light was shed on how the new hierarchy would shake out. Until last week, No. 3 Poolesville, Damascus, Col. Zadok Magruder, No. 2 Sherwood, No. 4 Winston Churchill, and No. 5 Thomas S. Wootton — the relative consensus for which public school teams would likely be the front runners — hadn’t had much of a chance to prove themselves against opponents of equal or better talent. Some of that changed last week, when then-No. 4 Poolesville came back from down two sets to top then-No. 3 Damascus in the county’s first big clash of the season. This week portends a wave of volleyball equally as exciting. It begins tonight, when Lizzi Walsh and Magruder host Makayla Roy and Sherwood. The two have met before, in Magruder’s annual early-season tournament, and the Warriors took a 2-0 win over the Colonels, but that was also a three-set match. Had Poolesville and Damascus played under that same threeset format, the Falcons wouldn’t have been the ones with the earto-ear smiles afterwards. Then, on Friday, Sherwood will match up with newly ranked No. 5 Churchill, which survived a 3-2 squeaker against Wheaton but has otherwise been operating with smooth sailing all year. “This type of schedule is really difficult because it simulates what the playoffs will be like,” Sherwood coach Brian McCarty said. “It’s good for the players in practice to prepare for a quick turnaround.” As he has already played Magruder, McCarty knows where his best blockers will be assigned: Walsh. But Friday will be his first time seeing undefeated Churchill, which boasts three talented hitters in Kaitlyn Hillard, Sarah Chang, and Olivia Chao. “They’re tough,” he said.



Volleyball hierarchy starts to take shape

n 4. Thomas S. Wootton n 5. Quince Orchard

Field hockey n 1. Thomas S. Wootton n 2. Sherwood n 3. Winston Churchill n 4. Walter Johnson n 5. Clarksburg

“They’re really good. They don’t have any holes. They’re a team that doesn’t beat themselves.” So, for the first time all year, there may be some clarity at the top. Or, depending on what happens, even more confusion. And it’s not just the elites that are getting a crack at truly establishing themselves. Northwest and Watkins Mill, who combine for a 9-4 record, will match up on Wednesday and the Jaguars host Damascus on Monday for a potential upset.

Field hockey Another week, another bizarre scoring line from Quince Orchard. On Sept. 25, visiting senior-laden Springbrook, the Cougars posted five goals from five different players — two being freshmen — for their fourth win in the past five games. Dani Tapiero, Skylar Saffer, Ashley Plante, Rachel Feidelman and Sarah Husted all found the net in the victory over the Blue Devils. That type of spread effort has been the theme all season for Quince Orchard. Four scored in a 6-1 win over Paint Branch, two did to top Gaithersburg 3-0, and there was a new Cougar finding the net for each of the three goals in a shutout against Northwest. “That’s the good thing about this team,” coach Alicia Vincenty said. “I don’t really have any superstars. We’re very well rounded. It’s very hard to defend because you can’t just focus on one girl.”

Girls’ tennis Though Thomas S. Wootton girls’ tennis coach Nia Cresham was clearly proud of her team’s monumental 5-2 win over Winston Churchill, she spent a large portion of Wednesday’s match vocally worrying about the two flights that lost. No. 2 singles player Aishu Iyer missed the previous two days of school with an illness and still wasn’t 100 percent during her loss to Hayley Keats. Cresham repeatedly suggested Iyer consider retiring, the worry etched all over the coach’s face, but Iyer had none of it and finished her match. At No. 4 singles, Hannah Hwong fell to the court multiple times with cramps, the last late in the second set. After a stoppage to stretch, Hwong returned to court near tears as she limped through the final points of a lost game that tied the match at one set apiece. Her opponent, Churchill’s Alissa Le suggested a shorter tiebreaker to determine the match, but Hwong insisted on a full third set. Before they could complete the final set, the match was delayed due to darkness as Hwong’s teammates rushed to her, clearly impressed by her resolve. “She’s very quiet. She’s very sweet,” Cresham said of Hwong. “But she’s one of those people that has that inner steel, because when she’s made up her mind, you can’t push her one way or the other. She just won’t stop.” Gazette reporters Travis Mewhirter and Dan Feldman contributed to this report.



Ron Howard’s latest directorial effort is certainly a ‘Rush,’ but it feels a little hollow.

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W I L L C. F R A N K L I N


ill Engvall is a man of many talents. He’s a successful comedian, a loving husband and a doting father. Engvall, however, is not known for his dancing prowess. So why did the 56-yearold entertainer decide to join a TV show such as “Dancing With the Stars?” “I don’t know,” Engvall said. “You know what, I joke about it but I do know. When they called and asked me I actually said, ‘Let me think about it for a day.’ I thought, you know, this is something that I’ve never done before and I probably won’t have a shot to do this again. I always like to try things that I haven’t tried before to prove to myself that I could do it.” Engvall is still dancing on the show, but he’ll take time away from the dance floor to bring his standup routine to Strathmore for two shows on Sunday. “I don’t know how long this will last,” Engvall said. “If I get bumped on the first night of elimination, I was proud of what we did. I don’t think anybody expected anything out of us.” Engvall avoided elimination the first night — former NFL wideout Keyshawn Johnson was kicked off the show — but he’s under no illusions about his time on the show and knows he’ll eventually be done. “[I don’t worry about it] because I know my life’s not going to change,”



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Puppeteer, actor work together to make beloved story come to life BY




When describing his works of art, puppeteer Matthew Pauli resembles a father talking about his newborn child. “There have actually been times in the past, and I expect LULU AND THE it’ll happen again, BRONTOSAURUS where I look at it and it becomes difficult to n When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through believe that I actually Fridays; 1:30 p.m. helped make it,” Pauli and 4 p.m. Saturdays said. and Sundays, Pauli’s newest 11 a.m. select baby has a head that’s Saturdays, to Oct. 2 1/2 feet wide and 27 (special 7 p.m. a neck that’s 15 feet performance on Oct. long. The puppeteer 25) is the designer and creator of Mr. B, the n Where: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn brontosaurus in ImagAve., Bethesda ination Stage’s first show of the 2013-2014 n Tickets: $12-$25 season, “Lulu and the n For information: Brontosaurus.” 301-280-1660, “Lulu” is the first book in a series by Judith Viorst, the author of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Viorst also wrote the lyrics for “Lulu’s” stage adaptation.

BILL ENGVALL n When: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $28$68 n For information: 301-581-5200;

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Bill Engvall and partner Emma Slater finish their routine on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.” KELSEY MCNEAL/ABC BLAKE ECHOLS/IMAGINATION STAGE

Casie Platt as Lulu and Vaughn Irving as Mr. B’s voice and puppeteer in “Lulu and the Brontosaurus” now showing at Imagination Stage.

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The cast of Olney Theatre Center’s “Rancho Mirage.”


On Thursday, the Olney Theatre Center kicked off the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Steven Dietz’s black comedy “Rancho Mirage.” The network is a cohort of nonprofit theaters dedicated to the evolution of new plays. Their Continued Life of New Plays

Fund allows multiple theaters to produce the same new play within the same oneyear period. The program results in a Rolling World Premiere where several artistic teams, directors and actors develop the new work for their respective communities. “The idea behind it is that if we all agree to do this play before any of the reviews come out, we are taking a real risk and launching it into the cannon of American plays,” said Jason Loewith. Loewith

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return Artists in Residence


Jessica Damen’s “Hold on Tight, This is Gonna Hurt Like Hell” will be on view throughout October as part of “The Body Beautiful” exhibit at the Capitol Arts Network in Rockville.

Celebrating the human form Singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn will kick off Strathmore’s AIR Alumni Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. tonight.


Jaime Salazar (Gato + The Palenke Music Co.) will follow Burhenn on Oct. 9 at Strathmore. For more information, visit

Barry Baugass and the rest of Bach Sinfonia will perform on Saturday at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. BACH SINFONIA

Strathmore will introduce a month-long retrospective AIR Alumni concert series, celebrating graduates from the venue’s Artist in Residence education program, now in its ninth season. The series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday with Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds. Burhenn, who went on to tour with supergroup The Postal Service, will share new material during Friday’s intimate concert at the Mansion. Upcoming performances include Latin American sounds from Jamie Salazar and Gato + The Palenke Music Co.; an album release from rock cellist Loren Westbrook-Fritts and Primitivity, and eccentric jazz duo The Mancuso-Suzda Project. For a complete schedule, visit

“The Body Beautiful,” a juried exhibit highlighting the human figure in various forms, opens Friday at the The Capitol Arts Network gallery in Rockville. Featuring painting, photography and mixed media, October’s featured artist will be Baltimore’s Jessica Damen, acclaimed for her ability to capture youthful emotion in her images. An opening reception is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The exhibit runs throughout the month. For more information, visit www.capitolartsnetwork. com.

Sinfonia sensation

The sound of ‘Silence’

The Bach Sinfonia will present “100 Feet of Brass” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. A pre-concert discussion is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. The program will include rarities from 17th and 18th centuries such as Johann Ernst Altenburg’s brilliant concerto for seven trumpets and timpani, solo sonatas, and works for four, five and seven trumpets by Biber, Zelenka and others. For more information, visit

Renowned pianist Haskell Small will kick off his national tour, “Journeys In Silence,” with a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Presented by the Washington Conservatory of Music, Small will perform the complete “Musica Callada,” by Catalan Spanish composer Federico Mompou. This rarely performed work, a delicate set of 28 miniatures, was composed between 1959 and 1967. Its title refers to a poem by the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, who expressed the idea of music as the voice of silence. For more information, visit





The Washington Conservatory of Music will present pianist Haskell Small in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bethesda’s Westmoreland Congregational Church. For more information, visit


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Everything’s coming up haunted! Scary sites around the region WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER

It’s about that time again. The air gets a little chilly and folks are a little more susceptible to a good fright. … Boo! OK, maybe not that susceptible, but a good haunted house, field or even hospital can make things downright creepy for the most stoic of Halloween fans. This year, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are filled with things that go bump in the night. Here is just a small sampling of what’s around. Be sure to visit our website at for updated haunted attractions in the area.

Montgomery County Markoff’s Haunted Forest

(19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson, 301-216-1248, Oct. 4-5, 1112, 17-19, 24-26, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, $20 and up) — Much like with the hot sauces with the little skull and crossbones on the label, you’ll have to sign a waiver to wander through Markoff’s Haunted Forest. You don’t have to be a connoisseur of the macabre to enjoy your time there, however. Markoff’s will have a variety of attractions, from zip-lines, strongman challenges, concessions, high wire acts, carnival games and

flaming flying Frisbees. Careful with that last one!

4 p.m.

Field of Screams/Scream City (4501 Olney-Laytonsville

Halloween at the Medical Museum (National Museum

of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, 301319-3303, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until noon, free) — Contrary to what some adults might say, Halloween really is a great time of year for children. The folks over at the National Museum of Health and Medicine understand that some children might be intrigued by the “creepiness” of skulls! The museum invites children and family members of all ages to participate in a morning dedicated to all things skulls.

Nightmares (4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, $15 in advance, $17 at the gate) — What’s scarier than a haunted house? How about a haunted minor league baseball stadium? Have you ever been inside a baseball stadium when no one was there? It can be a little creepy. Tack on the ghosts that haunt the place and yeah, you’ll have nightmares. That’s pretty much what the folks at Prince George’s Stadium are going for. The Tulip Gulch’s Nightmares Haunted House, which they rate a PG-13 experience, features live actors and takes about 20 minutes to walk through — 20 minutes of evil! Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the show runs until 11 p.m. The haunted house is entirely indoors so you don’t have to worry about the rain. The event starts on Oct. 4 and runs every Friday and Saturday from then until Oct. 26, and then Halloween

Road., Olney, now through Nov. 2, $10 - $84) — One of the great things about this time of year is the selection of different scares horror enthusiasts get to enjoy. At Field of Screams, folks can choose from a haunted hayride, a haunted house, a haunted trail or a haunted paintball apocalypse with zombies — any way you look at it, it’s haunting!

Fall Frolic (Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2222, Oct. 27, admission is free) — While some enjoy the heart-stopping shrieks from ghosts and ghouls, others prefer their spookiness to be as minimal as possible, especially if there are children involved. Glen Echo Park has you covered with its Fall Frolic. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in Halloween activities, crafts and even a costume parade. Adults might enjoy visiting the park’s open studios and galleries. There is a small fee for pumpkin decorating ($1) and face painting ($1-$2). Otherwise the event is free and runs from 1 p.m. until

Prince George’s County Six Flags America Fright Fest (13710 Central Ave.,

Largo, $34.99-$49.99, 301-2491500) — Evil clowns, terrifying roller coasters and sinister zombies … what else do you need for a great Halloween? Six Flag America’s yearly Fright Fest has more events than you could possibly shake a full bag of candy at — from the time you walk into the park until the time you leave. The festivities begin on Saturday and run through Oct. 27, so get your goosebumps before it’s over.

IN THE ARTS DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Oct. 2, free

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, Oct. 4, Sargon de Jesus calls to Devine Comedy; Oct. 11, April Blum with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Oct. 18, Steve Gester calls to Triple Helix; Oct. 25, Will Mentor with Perpetual Emotion, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, Oct. 6, Brian Hamshar calls with Larry Unger and Elke Baker; Oct. 13, Ann Fallon calls with Devine Comedy; Oct. 20, Jean Gorrindo with Crab Apples; Oct. 27, Costume Dance with Perpetual e-Motion, Will Mentor calling, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students,


English Country, Oct. 2, Caller: Michael Barraclough; Oct. 9, Caller: Dan Gillespie; Oct. 16, Caller: Stephanie Smith; Oct. 23, Special Guest Jacqueline Schwab on piano; Oct. 30, Caller: Marth Siegel, 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, 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, Waltz, Oct. 6, Larry, Elke and Friends; Oct. 20, Gigmeisters, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

Fabulous Hubcabs, 8 p.m. Oct. 19; Deaf Dog and the Indictments & Feels So Good Band, 7 p.m. Oct. 20, call for tickets, 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda. 240-330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Red Molly, 8 p.m. Oct. 4; Eddie from Ohio, 8 p.m. Oct. 5; Buskin & Batteau, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17; Furever (film), 8 p.m. Oct. 18; The Spooky Magic of Joe Romano, 1 p.m. Oct. 19; Carolyn Malachi, 8 p.m. Oct. 19; Julie Fowlis, 8 p.m. Oct. 25-26, call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, The Johnny Artis Band,

8 p.m. Oct. 4; Cathy Ponton King with Bobby Parker, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5; Perry Conticchio Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6; Cloudburst, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9; New West Guitar Group, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10; Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, 8 p.m. Oct. 11; The Soul Crackers with Tommy Lepson, 8 p.m. Oct. 12; Blue Moon Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13; Abbe Buck, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16; Ingratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18; The


night until Nov. 2. Haunted Hangar (College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029, Oct. 26, $4, $3 seniors 60+, $2 ages 2-18, 1 and under free) — Halloween fun can be had by all at the Col-

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater

603 Edmonston Dr. Rockville, MD 20851


Rockville Little Theater “The Nerd” By Larry Shue

Sept. 27 - Oct. 6 Tickets $16-$18


International Quickstep Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Oct. 4, Drop-in lessons at 7:30 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Oct. 6, free Rumba lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8 p.m. ($16); Oct. 9, free International Quickstep Routine Lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Oct. 10, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181,


Jason Robinson, 22, of Olney, in the morgue at Field of Screams.



lege Park Aviation Museum. The Haunted Hangar event, from 7-9 p.m., will have arts and crafts, hayrides and spooky fun for the whole family.


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Birthday blues Singers King, Parker celebrate at Bethesda supper club




Blues singer/guitarist Cathy Ponton King will return to perform on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. The day will mark her birthday and it will also be a chance for her to perform with special guest, veteran bluesman Bobby Parker. “When management asked me who I’d like to share the stage with, that’s who I named,” said King, who grew up in Hyattsville and now lives in Northern Virginia. “He’s an unbelievable guitar player,” King said about Parker, who lives in Upper Marlboro. The two will perform with their respective bands at the club. The performance will also honor the memory of King’s cousin, U.S. Navy SEAL Brendan Looney, who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010. Looney’s family has established a scholarship fund to cover tuition at his alma mater, DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville. “There’ll be a big jar in the lobby [for donations],” said King. Born in Louisiana, Parker played lead guitar with Bo Diddley and toured with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Clyde McPhatter, the Everly Brothers

Chris Hemsworth as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda in “Rush.”

BRENDAN LOONEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND A popular student and athlete at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Brendan Looney, class of 1999, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004.

CATHY PONTON KING AND BOBBY PARKER n When: 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open 7:30 p.m.

Looney, who lived in Owings in Calvert County, was a lieutenant with the Navy SEALs and died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010, at the age of 29.

n Where: Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda n Tickets: $20 n For information: 240-3304500, bethesdabluesjazz. com,,

and Buddy Holly in the 1950s. In 1961 he recorded the single “Watch Your Step,” the inspiration behind the 1964 Beatles hit song “I Feel Fine.” Now in his 70s, Parker plays regularly at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar and Soul Food Restaurant in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. King said she will be performing with longtime bandmates drummer Pete Ragusa, guitarist Andy Rutherford, keyboardist Bill Starks, saxophonist Bruce Swaim and bassist Jan Zukowski. King, who went to the University of Maryland, College Park, came under the spell of Muddy Waters in the 1980s. She started a blues band of her own called Rhythmasters, touring the East Coast from 1980 to 1986. She currently performs regularly at Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle in Bethesda. King, who writes most of the tunes that she performs, has

His family has established in his memory the Brendan Looney Scholarship Fund to help students cover DeMatha tuition costs.

Anyone who would like to donate may contribute cash at the Cathy Ponton King and Bobby Parker blues concert on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Contributors may also send a check to Brendan Looney Scholarship Fund, c/o DeMatha Catholic High School, 4313 Madison St., Hyattsville, MD 20781. Donations are tax deductible. — VIRGINIA TERHUNE


Singer/guitarist Cathy Ponton King and her band will perform with Bobby Parker and his band at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Saturday. released three CDs: “Lovin’ You Right” in 1993, “Undertow” in 2007 and “Crux” in 2012. She recently released two new songs on an extended play CD, “Quartet/Duet.” One song, “That’s When a Woman Calls the Blues by Name,” is a joint effort with friends Sista Pat, Mary Ann Redmond and Caz Gardiner. “It’s four women testifying the blues,” King said on her website.

The second song, “Famous Last Words,” is a duet with Joe Triplett with the Rossyln Mountain Boys. “I never stop writing,” said King, who is working on songs for her next CD, “No Friction, No Fire.” “I’ll be walking down the street, and I’ll think of a new song,” she said.


U.S. Navy SEAL Brendan Looney was a 1999 graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville.

One foot on the brake in Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ BY



It’s big, brash and dramatically it goes in circles. The first two may be enough for most people, especially if they’re into Formula One racing, to overlook the third. With “Rush,” director Ron

AT THE MOVIES Howard brings a long, earnest career’s worth of expertise to bear on a two-headed Formula One biopic, dramatizing the rivalry between dashingly louche Englishman James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth, and the rigid, cautious Austrian ace Niki Lauda, portrayed by Daniel Brühl. The Grand Prix competition between Hunt and Lauda in the 1976 racing season, full of tense reversals and scary track conditions all over the world, is more than enough movie for a movie. On a technical and atmospheric level, Howard and his collaborators have a ball



Costs currently run $14,500 a year, said Thomas Ponton, DeMatha’s development director.


with the 1970s-ness of everything, from the hair to the clothes to the widescreen, supersaturated images of blazing color. For Howard, who started out directing features 36 years ago with “Grand Theft Auto,” “Rush” ushers him back into his own past (he was acting on “Happy Days” on TV during this time) while allowing him to exploit his filmmaking knowledge. There’s a fair amount of digital effects work in the racing sequences, designed to push you ever closer to the high-velocity death lurking around every hairpin curve. If “Rush” feels a little hollow, the reason lies with screenwriter Peter Morgan, whose play “Frost/ Nixon” Howard filmed, to pleas-

RUSH n 2 1/2 stars n R; 123 minutes n Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde n Directed by Ron Howard

ing results. Morgan has long proved himself adept at intertwining, interdependent biographical studies. In “The Queen,” for which Helen Mirren won her Oscar, the character of British Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen) achieved equal narrative importance. In “Rush,” Morgan treats the men jockeying for position throughout as contrasting pencil sketches of ‘70s-era princes behind the wheel. One is a sober, meticulous character, the other a carouser who must be taught, by life and circumstance, to respect his rival. “Twentyfive people start Formula One,” Lauda explains at the beginning, “and each year, two die. What kind of person does a job like this?” A gut-wrenching crash plays a major part in this story, by factual necessity, though to be sure Howard is not making a documentary here. (For a terrific Formula One documentary, do yourself a favor and see director Asif Kapadia’s “Senna,” about the Brazilian Grand Prix racer Ayrton Senna and his rival, Frenchman Alain Prost.) By nature a cautious and tidy dramatist, screenwriter Morgan’s sensibility is at odds with the material. The writer doesn’t do much of anything with Lauda, establishing him as a by-thebook prig and leaving it at that. Also, the multilingual Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds”) works hard, but he’s pretty dull on screen. If the film finds an American audience, it’ll be because of Hemsworth, best known for swingin’ the hammer in “Thor.” Hunt, a charismatically reckless party boy, is the kind of guy (according to the script, if not real life) who proposes to model Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde, in a swank variety of enormous hats) mere seconds after they meet. Hemsworth lives for excess, and just as Hunt brought a boozy sort of panache to the sport, Hemsworth conveys genuine enthusiasm for whatever he’s doing on screen without going over the top. Where the events of 1976 took these two is fascinating history. But “Rush,” while never dull, rarely feels dramatically alive; it hits its marks dutifully and darts onward.


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Continued from Page B-5 Engvall said. “... If I do get bumped, what’s the downside for me? I get to continue doing what I was doing, which is a great career doing standup and acting. “If I get to keep going, it’s a great weight-loss program!” Engvall is quick to point out he’s not doing the show for the money or the silver disco ball trophy the winner of “Dancing With the Stars” receives. “It was just something I wanted to see if I could do,” Engvall said. “And obviously, for my partner Emma [Slater], I’d like for us to go as far as we can. I understand, though, that this is a tough crowd this year. There are three or four celebrities on this show who have danced professionally. I’m under no pretense that I’m one of these great dancers. I think I did a very reputable job — I didn’t embarrass myself. I’m probably the least known of anyone in this group.” While it’s true this year’s “Dancing With the Stars” group is filled with celebrities such as Elizabeth Berkley (“Saved By The Bell,” “Showgirls”), Valerie Harper (“Mary Tyler Moore Show”), Amber Riley (“Glee”) and even Bill Nye (yep, they even got the Science Guy), Engvall’s status as a star was never in question. Best known for his work partnering with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White, Engvall spent six years touring as part of the Blue Collar Comedy gang. The group was responsible for several DVDs, a television show on Comedy Central and a satellite radio show. The group reached out to millions and sold out auditoriums everywhere they went. Be that as it may, the guys are all doing their own things now. Foxworthy has hosted several TV shows, Larry the Cable Guy does commercials and was the voice of Mater in Disney/Pixar’s “Cars,” and White is a New York Times best seller and created his own record label. Engvall admits the chances of the guys doing a Blue Collar tour again is slim to none. “I think [it’s over] and I say that in a positive way,” Engvall said. “We went out on top. You don’t want to go back out — and I think that’s where some artists make the mistake — you don’t want to go to a city that you sold 8,000 tickets and all of a sudden you’re selling 2,000 or 1,000. Unfortunately with comedy, nobody assumes you’ve written anything new, so it’d be like ‘Oh, we saw him last time. We probably won’t see him again.’ Why even put yourself in that position? “It was a wonderful run while it lasted. It is literally the reason why if I wanted to retire tomorrow I could. I made great friendships with the guys — we were already friends, but we became just like

brothers. Everybody’s got their own project now and they’re doing stuff. Listen, if they decided they wanted to get back in, would I be in? You betcha. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on it.” Before the Blue Collar tour, Engvall reached celebrity status as a comedian with his “Here’s Your Sign” routine. Much like Foxworthy’s “You Might Be a Redneck If …” bit, Engvall made it easy to laugh at the stupidity of others. Still, he doesn’t get bothered by fans who constantly say to him, “Here’s your sign!” “The honest answer is no,” Engvall said when asked if he grew tired of it. “You know why? That’s what got me … to come into Maryland and do a show. It takes two seconds out of my life. I don’t say this as an artist [being interviewed], it’s that I’ve never understood why people get in this business and turn into jackasses. I don’t get it. I always say if you want people to stop acting that way, stop asking them for their autograph. Stop buying their records. Stop going to their movies. I guarantee you they’ll change. When they go, “What’s wrong? Why aren’t people going to my movies?” Well, it’s because you’re a jackass, man. “This isn’t going to go on forever. I’m under no guise that this will last. It’s already lasted 25 years longer than I thought it would. When it does [end], I don’t want to leave this business with people saying, “Man, he was a jerk!” I want them to say, ‘You know, he was always nice to me. He always signed something for me. Or if I wanted to say hi or take a picture, he did it.’ That’s the legacy I want to leave behind.” Until that day comes, though, Engvall still has comedy and he’s still dancing with an incredibly attractive partner. Luckily for Engvall, his wife Gail doesn’t mind. “Gail and I have been married for 30 years,” Engvall said. “She also knows that I’ve got 32 years on Emma. It’s not even sexual. It’s like dancing with my daughter. I would be like that creepy guy where you’d go, ‘Oh my god!’ I love Gail — she’s been with me from Day 1 of this career and I’m sure not going to throw all this away just because of one little cute girl that I dance with.” Engvall does have some words of advice to younger guys out there: If you think girls won’t go out with you because you dance — here’s your sign. “I was telling my kids the other day, if I knew then what I know now, I’d be in a dance class every day,” Engvall said. “Girls love guys who can dance. I was always the guy who was like, ‘Oh, guy dancing, that’s sissy, whatever.’ I’m going to tell you right now — guys that can dance see girls you and I don’t see. I tell every young guy out there to get in a dance class. “It’ll get you further than a sixpack of beer.”

Bill Engvall is set to bring his brand of comedy to Strathmore in between episodes of Dancing with the Stars. “It was just something I wanted to see if I could do,” Engvall says. STRATHMORE


Continued from Page B-5 was the executive director for the network for three years. In February, he was named artistic director at Olney, and “Rancho Mirage” marks his directorial debut with the theater company. “For the first three days, we had the three other companies that are producing the piece [at rehearsal] ...” said actor James Konicek. “They got to hear our read and our input. It’s really a great luxury ...” The New Repertory Theatre in Boston, Curious Theatre in Denver and Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis are the other three companies that will produce “Rancho Mirage” later this year or early in 2014. “Rancho Mirage” follows Nick (Konicek) and his wife Diane (Tracy Lynn Olivera), as they host a dinner party for two other couples and longtime friends. As the night unfolds, each

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Happily ever after for author of historical novels Gaithersburg women’s group welcomes novelist Maggie Anton n




Maggie Anton prefers reading books with happy endings. And she writes books that appeal to readers with like minds. “There’s enough real tragedy in the world. You can see that in the news,” the 63-year-old Los Angeles native said. “I want my readers to feel uplifted, happy, and glad to have spent their hours reading.” Each of Anton’s four published historical novels — the “Rashi’s Daughters” trilogy and “Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Apprentice” is “a combination of a heroine’s quest, romance and the Talmud,” the author said. “Rav Hisda,” the most recent, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award Fiction finalist and a Library Journal choice for Best 2012 Historical Fiction. All of Anton’s characters come from the Talmud. “The Talmud is one long conversation between hundreds of rabbis. Sometimes they tell stories and sometimes they argue Jewish law,” she said. Her process offers numerous scenarios. “I choose which scenes to use,” Anton said, noting ruefully that too many must be left on the cutting room floor. She then creates “a broad outline and a historical timeline for each character.” The “Rashi’s Daughters” trilogy, set in 11th-century France, is about the daughters — Yocheved, Miriam and Rachel — of the Talmud scholar known as Rashi. Anton said she was motivated to tell their stories upon discovering that these women were learned. To her surprise, they studied Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, and taught it to other women in the town. After their father suffered a stroke, they transcribed what he dictated to them. “I suspect they answered the simpler questions themselves,” Anton said. “Rav Hisda’s Daughter” is set in third century Babylonia, after the destruction of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, where a handful of rabbis, among them the prominent Rav Hisda, began creating the Talmud. “I chose to write about his daughter Hisdadukh after encountering a fascinating passage in the Talmud where Rav Hisda brings his two best students before her,” Anton said. “Though she is merely a child, he asks which one she wants to marry, and astonishingly, she replies, ‘Both of them.’ Even more astonishingly, that is what eventually happens. … Any


Continued from Page B-5 Unlike the defeated Alexander, Lulu is a spunky little girl who wants nothing but a brontosaurus for her upcoming birthday. After her parents reject the idea based on its shear impracticality, Lulu heads off into the forest to get the dinosaur for herself. When she discovers the perfect pet in Mr. B, there’s only one problem: the brontosaurus finds Lulu to be the perfect pet for him. For actor Vaughn Irving, who voices and operates Mr. B, the task of playing a dinosaur isn’t so different from any other, human role. “The process of creating the character, at the heart, it’s the same,” Irving said. “But then you just throw in other stuff on top of it like, alright, now I’m the size of a mountain.” Irving, who also plays the snake, added he approaches any part the same way: through the eyes of the other characters. “The first step for me is looking at the script at what all the other characters say about your character,” he said. “Because even if it’s a brontosaurus, he could be 10 different kinds ... with any of the anthropomorphized animals, it’s always better

couple reveals their secrets — whether it be divorce, adoption or financial woes. “These can sort of be seen as ‘firstworld problems,’” Konicek said. “But it’s relative. When you’re in it, they can be life-ruining. To [the characters], they are devastating.” In addition to the $7,000 grant from the network as a part of the Continued Life of New Plays Fund, Olney was also granted $21,000 from the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Awards for “Rancho Mirage.” The grant allows for an extended rehearsal period. “The American theater business is very cookie-cutter oriented,” Loewith said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re doing a three-hour play ... or you’re doing a two-act play. It’s 2 1/2 weeks and then tech rehearsals. It does [new plays] a great disservice to put them through that same cookie-cutter process.” “A lot of times you get into tech week feeling like you’ve been shot out of a cannon,” added Olivera. “And in

this case ... instead of trying to hastily throw everything together during tech week, we got to be complete during tech week ...” The extra week of rehearsal meant more time to spend with the representatives from the other theaters and even made it possible for Dietz himself to work with Olney’s cast and artistic team. “It’s an incredible gift and can only make the end result that much better,” Loewith said. “It made for a much more creative environment for all of us,” added Paul Morella, who plays Trevor. “When Steven spoke to the group ... [he] created an open, accessible and generous dynamic.” As Olney’s production is “Rancho Mirage’s” world debut, not even the playwright had seen his work live. “He’s only heard it, so it’s a great incubator as well,” Konicek said. According to the “Rancho Mirage” actors, the time to develop a piece of work alongside its playwright is rare.


Maggie Anton, author of “Rav Hisda’s Daughter,” will speak to the The Sisterhood of Kehilat Shalom Synagogue on Oct. 13 in Gaithersburg.

girl who declares that she wants to marry both her suitors deserves to have her story told.” During her research, Anton learned that sorcery was prevalent during this period. Magic was used mostly for “healing the sick, protecting children and pregnant women from harm, and guarding against demons and the Evil Eye,” she said. As such, her heroine, Hisdadukh, forbidden from reading Torah because of her gender, studies instead to become an enchantress. Writing is Anton’s second career. Equipped with a degree in chemistry from UCLA, she spent 32 years working for Kaiser Permanente. She began writing at age 47, while still working full time, self-publishing the first volume of “Rashi’s Daughters” eight years later, in July 2005. “I knew I had an audience,” Anton said. “[Anita Diamant’s] ‘Red Tent’ [a bestselling novel about a female character from the Book of Genesis] had just come out, and all the women I talked to were interested.” Her prediction was accurate. “Eighteen months out, the book had sold 26,000 copies and the publishers came a calling,” she said. “I retired [from my job as a chemist] in 2007 when the advance check from Penguin didn’t bounce.” The second book had already been written, and with book three, then in outline form, due to the publisher in 2009, a full-time commitment was necessary. Vocation has not been the only dramatic change for Anton. Earlier in life,

to start from the human perspective and then sort of add those animalistic qualities to them.” As Irving worked to develop a personality for his character, Pauli worked on a puppet that would reflect that personality. A professional actor, clown and puppeteer, Pauli spent six years touring with the Big Apple Circus and is now a member of the Big Apple Clown Care Unit, a community outreach program that visits hospitalized children in 16 pediatric facilities across the country. He is returning to Imagination Stage after building the bunny puppet for the theater’s 2004 production of “Bunnicula.” Pauli said the months-long process of constructing a puppet Mr. B’s size starts with sketches and lots of meetings. “You have to think like an actor and director and what you want the character to be able to do as a performer and then you have to design something that you think will be able to do that,” Pauli said. “Logistically, what will work? And then you go through the process of actually building it.” Once the construction is done, then comes the ongoing task of adjusting and readjusting. “The process of building a puppet is in many ways like an ongoing negotiation with reality,” Pauli said. “Once

RANCHO MIRAGE n Recommended for ages 15 and older due to mature themes and strong language n When: To Oct. 20, see website for specific dates and times n Where: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney n Tickets: $31-$65 n For information: 301-924-3400,

And to do it with a playwright like Dietz is even more rare. “It was brilliant for me to have a playwright in the room to help ...” Loewith said. “It’s like having a living encyclopedia ... Steven is such a veteran ... he really understood how to be collaborative without being overbearing.” “Some playwrights are very protective of what they’ve written,” Olivera

she also evolved from her secular Jewish upbringing into becoming observant as well as a Talmud scholar. Anton said learning about the Holocaust inspired strong feelings for her heritage. At about age 11, she read Leon Uris’ “Exodus,” then William L. Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” “These books had a huge impact on me. I learned that being Jewish is more than lighting Hanukkah candles,” she said. “Everyone I knew would have been exterminated.” A second impetus came during college, when she accepted her future husband’s proposal of marriage, along with his promise to convert to Judaism. Realizing “I would never convert to any religion for anyone,” Anton said the classes she had to take with him gave her the religious education she did not get in childhood. When the couple relocated to a suburb with few Jewish residents, they became active in its synagogue for social reasons. As her husband Dave, a partner in a patent law firm, became more involved in his adopted religion, Anton signed up for a women’s Talmud class led by a feminist theologian. She has continued to study since 1992, in classes, with partners and individually. “Discussion is important, that’s how you learn Talmud,” Anton said. “There are so many voices, arguments, discussions. It’s not monolithic: thou shalt or shalt not. We don’t have the answers sometimes.” Anton works — answering mail, doing research and writing — nearly every day, typically starting in late afternoon and going on until midnight. She has completed the first draft of Book Two of “Rav Hisda,” subtitled “The Enchantress,” and is now editing, with an expected release date in the fall of 2014. Readers of Book One can look forward to a resolution to the cliff hanger that ended the book. “The Enchantress,” Anton said, does not end with uncertainty, but she could write a third book by proceeding to the next generation. Still, Anton said she has several ideas for both fiction and nonfiction projects. With hundreds of rabbis telling stories, finding compelling new subjects in the Talmud is likely to pose no problem. The Sisterhood of Kehilat Shalom Synagogue, 9915 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, will present Maggie Anton on Oct. 13. Check-in is at noon, with a presentation and question-and-answer session at 1 p.m., and a book signing and dessert buffet at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18, $15 for Sisterhood members. Reservations must be made by Friday. For more information, call 571-276-8142 or email

you’ve got [it] all put together, you get to go back to the beginning and figure out, now that I’ve actually built this thing, what does it actually do?” According to Pauli, the biggest challenge with the brontosaurus puppet is its overwhelming size. “The easiest description I’ve come up with is that the brontosaurus is brontosaurus-size,” he said. As a result, Pauli used lightweight materials such as foam padding and spandex velour to construct Mr. B. Even after the curtain went up on Wednesday, Pauli’s work was still not completely done. “At that point I become essentially a puppet paramedic,” Pauli said. “In the course of activity of performance, actors may get bumps and bruises and they will heal; puppets will not. So my job is to be on call if the puppet develops any bumps or bruises so that I can come in and get it touched up.” But for the most part, after opening night, Pauli gets the chance to sit back and watch his masterpiece in action. “Mostly when the show opens, I get to be the audience,” he said. “Once it’s taken on a life in somebody else’s hands, I get to be as amazed by it as I hope the rest of the audience is.”

added. “Steven is super open ... he’s up for discussion ... You never have to wonder what he meant. He’s right there so you can ask him your damn self,” she laughed. Though the “Rancho Mirage” actors had the luxury to ask Dietz questions, Olivera said the key to his play can be found in a note on the first page of the script: “This play is a comedy until it is not.” “Comedy can come out of dire situations,” Konicek said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be farce or what we would normally think of as comedy. There’s a fine line between tragedy and comedy, laughter and disaster.” “If [Dietz] wrote a drama about this subject, no one would go see it because it’s self-indulgent rich people complaining about nothing,” added Olivera. “When they fall apart, it means more. It falls farther when we’ve all been laughing with them.”

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Seneca Whetstone Community Yard Sale Saturday October 5th, 9am-2pm. Rain Date Sunday October 6th, 9am-2pm Game Preserve Rd off Rte 355. Multi family. Furn, toys, clothes, books & Misc.

home to provide a lifetime of joy & opportunity for your baby. No age or racial concerns. Expenses paid, 1-866440-4220.


Potomac need help w/3 kids. 5/days /wk., incl. Sat., must Drive. Call 240-506-4607

LOVING NURSING ASST looking for pvt

duty FT. 30 yrs exp., exc refs, own trans. 301-363-8045

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email

25 yrs exp, exc & local ref, reasonable rates, US citizen & spks English well! Please call 240-440-2657


Legal. Educated. Drive Cook. PT: mornings Mon-Th, Sat. 2 yrs + exp. 301-887-3212


Live-in priv spac apt + salary in exchange for several hrs of lt duty for pastors wife, 301-871-6565 lv msg



Infants-Up Pre-K program, computer Lab, Bi-lingual Potty Train. Lic# 15-133761 Germantown 301-972-1955



for info. 301-528-4616


Reliable, Insured & Monitored Care in a home setting for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers in Montgomery County

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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.

You can care for one or more children while staying in your own home. GP2352


for daycare. Friendly and fun personality Spk fluent English/Spa nish. 301-762-2042

Live-in/wkends & FT Tue-Thur. CPR Cert. 202-446-5849 oceanp




The winning photos will be published in our All About Pets special section on October 30, 2013.

Multi-Family, Saturday 10/05 8-4, HH items, lsrge & small size clothes/shoes & much more! 14716 Cobblestone Drive/Stonegate Oct 5th 8am -2pm raindate Oct.6th 10321 Parkman Rd MD Household items, furn, x-mas decor, hot tub, clothes & collectables

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

Enter your pet for a chance to win a luxury lodging package from Pet Dominion!


begin here - Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance training. Housing and Financial Aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 800-4818974.

become a Medical Office Assistant. No Experience Needed! Career Training & Job Placement Assistance at CTI! HS Diploma/GED & Computer needed. 1-877649-2671

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.

For more information contact us at 301-948-4066

We’re looking for the cutest, funniest or best dressed pet!

You Pickup. Olney household & children, references are required Area. 443-799-5952 240-242-5135


Dr. Jacqueline Eghrari-Sabet Dr. Gina Dapul-Hidalgo

ROCKVILLE: Grace Chapel Multi-Family Yard Sale! 4115 Muncaster Mill Road, Sat. 10/5 8am-3pm. Tools, appliances, e x e r cise equip., toys, games, furniture, baby furniture, books, jewelry, ping pong table, air hockey, drums and much more. Refreshments.



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POTOMAC : HUGE SALE - Fri 10/4 , 9am8pm, Sat 10/5, 9am3pm, Clothing, Furniture, Antiques, More! St. James’ 11815 Seven Locks Rd between Montrose & Tuckerman.






runs good, new lid, new filter, new head rest. $200. Call 301349-2468


crowave TV, H u n t / S p o r t Equip, Clothes,Household. 22620 C l a r k s b u r g Rd, Boyds 20841 (I2 7 0 Exit 121 Clarksburg R d ) 240.551.7415

To Our Mom and Grandma Dr. (Mrs.) V.A.E. FummeyOlabisi in Silver Spring, MD


BIG SALE! SAT. OCT. 5 8am-1pm Mi-


window air conditioners just come & pick them up. Call 413695-4184



pedi chair light blue leather, full facial chair & equip, massage tble/massage heater stones 301-674-0569


Admission $6; $5 with this ad, FREE Parking 301-649-1915 *

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

FOR SALE: Spa FREE 2 A/C : working


ADELPHI: 2 Jewish

Antiques & Collectible Show

Starburst Childcare

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Children’s Center of Damascus

Lic. #:31453



Nancy’s Daycare

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Little Angels Daycare

Lic. #:872479



Elena’s Family Daycare

Lic. #:15-133761 301-972-1955


Ana’s House Daycare

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Careers 301-670-2500

Career Training


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



TRAINING IN JUST 4 WEEKS Now Enrolling for We offer Medication Technician October 7th in just 4 days. Call for details. Classes GAITHERSBURG CAMPUS MORNING STAR ACADEMY 101 Lakeforest Blvd, Suite 402 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Call: 301-977-7393


Earn $300-$500/wk. M-F, No nights or wknds. Must have own car & valid. Drivers lic. Se Habla Espanol.

Merry Maids



CARE XPERT ACADEMY 13321 New Hampshire Ave, Suite 205 MORNING & EVENING CLASSES Silver Spring, MD 20904 Call: 301-384-6011

Gaithersburg 301-869-6243 Silver Spring 301-587-5594

Fashion Eye Glass Fitters Meds Techs & Opticians Exp or will train. Good hand eye, must own car, F/T including Sat. Salary $12$24/hr + benefit. Apply in person for

location call Doctors On Sight, 301-540-1200 or 703-506-0000

House Cleaning Rockville. Looking for 1 Full Time House Maid to join our Company for Residential Cleaning. Mon-Fri. 8 am-5 pm. Must have Drivers License, excellent cleaning experience, must speak some English and be legal to work in U.S. Pay $10.00 p/hr. 301-706-5550.

On Call Supervisor

Great job for students, retirees and stay at home moms. Work from home! Answer and handle phone calls from 5pm to 9am two evenings twice a month for staffing agency or one weekend a month. Must have Internet access, and a car. Fax resume to 301.588.9065 or email to

Restaurant Staff µ Wait Staff µ Buss Persons µ PM Line Cook Full & Part time shifts available Apply In Person: Normandie Farm Restaurant 10710 Falls Rd, Potomac

Payroll Specialist

Administer payroll & benefits. Opportunity for advancement. ADP PCPW Payroll & JDEdwards experience preferred. Send resumes & cover letter to

Lawn Maintenance

Lawns Plus Landscape located in Silver Spring. Experience preferred but willing to train. Driver’s license a must. Call 301-570-1470

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Careers 301-670-2500 Sales

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

Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706 CTO SCHEV GC3221

APPOINTMENT SETTERS Earn $750 to $1000 a week.

Come generate appointments for a Top Inc 500 remodeling Co. Ê Daytime & Evening Hours Available Ê Gaithersburg location

Call John at 301-987-9828


Courtroom Clerk District Court for Montgomery County Perform specialized clerical work at the advanced level assisting the judge in courtroom procedures and dockets. Prepare/generate paperwork for the judge’s and/or defendant’s signatures. Responsible for assisting the judge in the maintenance, operation, and organization of the courtroom. Work is performed with considerable independence and is evaluated for efficiency, effectiveness, timeliness and compliance with procedures. Resolve a variety of unprecedented or unusual problems. Ability to work overtime, as needed without prior notice. Maybe called in during emergencies, e.g. inclement weather conditions and staff shortages. For full details and instructions on how to apply, visit the court’s EOE website


Residential Builder/Remodeler needs experienced working superintendents, carpenters, and painters to work in the DMV area. Must have impeccable references. Start immediately! Salary based on qualifications, plus benefits. Send resume to or fax 301-721-9899.

Concrete Pump Operator, Dump Truck Drivers, Loader Operator Modern Foundations (Woodbine, MD) is looking for: Experienced concrete pump operator, Dump Truck Drivers, Residential Construction Loader Operator. Qualified applicants call 410-795-8877.


Periodontal office (Shady Grove) FT, with at least 2 years of experience and excellent communication skills. Benefits and salary based on experience. Please email resume to

Interior Decorating/ Residential Design Growing national firm seeks experienced salespersons with passion for decorating. Permanent positions available; various opportunities in booming market.

Send resumes to or call 301-933-7900


CPA firm, Olney, MD has multiple positions open. Tax supervisor/manager - 10+ yrs exp, General ledger accountant - 5+ yrs exp, F/T, P/T, flexible hours. For immediate consideration please email:

Software Business System Analyst

CYNCZ LLC (Clarksburg, MD & occasional work in Rockville, MD). Dvlp address book synchronization system. Dsgn, integrate, monitor advanced d/base mgmt system & complex communication network. Position reqs Bachelor’s deg or equiv in Comp Sci, Comp Applics or rltd & 1 yr s/ware dvlpmt exp, utilizing communications protocol, Apple IOS, Google’s Android, Research in Motion’s Blackberry, & Microsoft Windows’ Mobile platform. Mail resume to Jaya Pandey, 11905 Kigger Jack Lane, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

Vice President, Production Factual

Discovery Communications, LLC seeks to fill the position of Vice President, Production Factual in Silver Spring, Maryland to develop and maintain relationships with the production and development groups of the various US networks. Bachelor’s degree in Film or Television, or related and 8 yrs. prog. exp. rq’d. To apply, submit resumes to, click on the map and search for Vice President - Production Factual in Silver Spring Maryland.


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

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Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524 CTO SCHEV

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS FT/PT ROCKVILLE area. Must be "EXPERIENCED" & have a CDL w/PS endorsement. Call 301-752-6551


Upscale salon in Gaithersburg. Excellent commission. Booth rentals available. Great work environment and location. Call 301-693-8504

JANITORIAL POSITIONS Private School in Rockville seeks:

Janitorial Shift-Leader (PT, Evening). Perform and oversee evening cleaning processes. Janitorial Worker (PT, Temporary) Perform afternoon cleaning processes. Must have prior experience. Criminal background check required. Please e-mail or call Building Services at 301-962-9400 x5101.


Liberty Lock & Security in Rockville, seeking qualified technicians. Experience required. Confidentiality assured. Fax Resume to 301-424-3080, email

STYLISTS New Hair Cuttery Salon Opening Oct 5th! Stylist opportunities now available! Comp pay and benefits! REQ’D MD Cosmetology License! Call Heather at 410374-8760 or apply today at!

Let Gazette Careers help you find that next position in your LOCAL area.

NOW HIRING ELECTRICIANS Residential/Commercial Min 4 years experience

Call 301-349-2983 Part-Time

Work From Home

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

Call 301-333-1900

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2012 Beetle Coupe.....................#V13795A, 10,890 mi......................$16,993 2010 Tiguan S................................#P6060, White, 31,538 mi...............$18,492 2011 CC.............................................#FR7163, Black, 38,071 mi..............$19,613 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

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2003 Ford Windstar

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2007 Nissan Sentra

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2006 Buick LaCrosse CX

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

2004 Pontiac Bonneville GXP


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

2005 Chevy Impala

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

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1994 Ford Explorer 4x4.....................1,450

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

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

2005 Chevy Impala LS.......................6,990


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

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2008 Suzuki Reno H/BK ....................7,288

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2001 Ford Winstar SEL.....................2,450

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

2000 Chevy Camaro Z28...................3,950 #KP56784A, “CLASSIC” T-Top HANDYMAN” 3,218 OFF KBB

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2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4WD .........7,988 #KP09664A, PSEAT, PW/PLC, CASS/CD Combo, Great Value

2003 Olds Alero GL...........................4,488

2004 Chevy Trailblazer LT 4X4..........7,988

2002 Hyundai Sonata LS...................4,988

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

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2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee..............4,988 #KP26952, 4WD, MNRF, P/Options, 2-Tone, Sharp! “HANDYMAN”


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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT..............7,998

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2005 Hyundai Tuscon GLS AWD..........9,788 2001 Dodge Dakota Club Cab............9,997 2007 Ford Escape XLT.......................9,988 2006 Buick Lucerne CXS.................10,470

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2008 Chrysler Sebring Cnvtb’l.........10,470 #KP23531, OFF-SEASON, $2,082 OFF KBB

2008 Subaru Outback WGN.............10,688 #KP21097, Pampered!, AT, P/Options, HTD Seat

2009 Mitsubishi Gallant..................10,745 #KP01845, Ralliart Nav, MNRF, LTHR, Don’t Miss!

2005 Toyota Avalon XL....................10,988 #KP15848, GORGEOUS! MNRF, PSEAT, CD, ALLOYS

2000 Toyota Camry LE......................4,998

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

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

2005 Chrysler Twn & Cntry Ltd.......... #KP27304,DVD/Leather, $2,428 OFF KBB

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

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2001 Toyota Highlander Sport...........8,970

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1998 Toyota Camry LE...................... #KP03265, AT, AC, P/Options, Best Buy!

2003 Saturn L-200............................5,990

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

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2002 GMC Sonoma SLS.....................6,988 #KP53863, CREW CAB, 4WD, AT, PW, CD, CC, MUST SEE!

2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S..................6,988 #KP95439B, Clean! 92K, AT, AC, PW/PLC


UNDER $10,995




2005 Chrysler Pacifica TRNG............8,990 #KR02313, 3RD SEAT, PRISTINE! PSEATS, CD, P/OPTIONS

2008 Saturn Astra XE........................8,998 #KP59427, Beauty! Panoramic, MNRF, AT, P/Options


2007 Jeep Compas Ltd...................... #KP87612A, Gorgeous! Chrm Whls, Nav, Mnrf, Lthr

2005 Dodge Durango Limited..........10,988 2006 Volvo S80 2.5T.......................11,470

2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer......11,870 2006 Subaru Legacy Outbk 2.5XT...11,988 #KP09074, MNRF, LTHR, AT, CD-6, WELL KEPT!

2004 Acura MDX AWD.....................11,988 #KP62182, SHARP! DVD, MNRF, LTHR, DON’T MISS!

2008 GMC Savana Cargovan...........11,988 #KR11890, AT, AC, Tradesman


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



2008 Toyota RAV 4.......................... #KP64756, Beauty! PW/PLC/PMR, CC, CD



2005 Nissan Armada.......................14,988


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

2010 Dodge Charger SXT.................16,988

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

2010 Ford Econoline XLT.................19,745


2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6............14,488 #KP32745, Clean! MNRF, LTHR, CD CHGR


#KN46874, PSeat, Alloys, PW/PLC, CD, Fac Warr #KN77515, 15 PASS, PW, CC, CD, Park Sense

2007 Infinity M35............................19,788 #FP50592, AWD, Pristine! NAV, MNRF, PSEAT, P/OPTS


2011 Chevy Impala LT..................... #KN88726, MNRF, LTHR/PWER SEATS, CD, ALLOYS, P/Opts, CD Chgr

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT...... #KN41054, DVD, Backup CAM, PDRS/Gate, PSeat

2009 Mazda 5 Wagon......................14,988

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

#KP57035, Auto, Sunroof, Leather, 3rd Row


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