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Olney youth football teams benched for the playoffs

Brookeville steps back in time


n 1814, when President James Madison fled to Brookeville as the British burned Washington, town residents showed their hospitality to him and his accompanying troops. The Town of Brookeville showed its hospitality once again Sunday evening, when the town hosted The Madison Supper at the Inn at Brookeville Farms. Nearly 300 people attended the event, which raised funds for the Town of Brookeville’s War of 1812 bicentennial activities. Notable guests included James and Dolley Madison (re-enactors from Montpelier, the Madison homestead in Virginia), Gov. Martin O’Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., State Sens. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. and Karen S. Montgomery, and County Executive Isiah Leggett. Leggett’s wife Catherine served as honorary chairman of the event co-chaired by Sandra Heiler, Brookeville’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission chair. O’Malley, a history buff, arrived portraying Gen. John Mason, wearing his own War of 1812 general’s uniform. The evening included an

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Gov. Martin O’Malley (right), dressed in period clothing, is greeted by a re-enactor of Dolley Madison (left) on Sunday during a pre-reception for the Madison Supper at the historic Madison House in Brookeville, where in 1814 President James Madison sought refuge following the burning of Washington in the British invasion. Looking on is Montgomery County Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (back, center), her husband David Stewart (back, left) and a reenactor of President Madison. address by James Madison, a historically accurate menu based on what Dolley Madison would have served her guests, and a silent auction.

Brookeville Commissioner Katherine Farquhar said that one guest described the event as “a landmark in Brookeville history.”

“They nailed it, and of course, we’re all in love with the charming Madisons,” she said.


Parents Joe and Donna McShea have tried to teach their children that hard work will pay off, but they are having a tough time explaining why that is not the case in a recent decision that will keep their sons’ football teams out of the playoffs. The league in which their sons play eliminated their teams from postseason play following accusations that the teams were stacked with the best players — players who should have been put on more elite squads. But the teams argue their players have a record of improvement that shows they performed well

because they worked hard, not because the teams were stacked with the best players. The McShea brothers, 11-year-old Joey and 9-year-old Timothy, play for the Olney Boys and Girls Community Sports Association, which competes in the Mid-Maryland Youth Football and Cheer League. The league, for players 5 to 13 years old, is based in Howard County and includes teams from throughout the D.C./Baltimore area. The league has five divisions, and each division is made up of several age groups. The McShea brothers play in the Liberty division, which is listed fourth in competitiveness, but Olney also fields teams in the National division, which is usually reserved for the most talented players. OBGC chair and football

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Council OKs help for working families Mother honors late daughter by trying to save teens’ lives Will increase county supplement for low-income households n



Montgomery County is restoring a tax break for lowincome working families. The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill requiring an increase in the county’s Working Families Income Supplement, which provides money to taxpayers working at or near the poverty level. The increase could help

people make a car payment they otherwise might have missed, which could have jeopardized their ability to get to work and put their job at risk, said Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Silver Spring, who sponsored the bill. Many community groups in the county strongly supported the bill, Riemer said. A county memorandum on the issue reported that representatives of Catholic Charities, the Justice and Advocacy Council of Montgomery County, Progressive Maryland and Maryland Hunger Solutions, among other groups, supported the bill at a July public hearing.

Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park said she’s always voted for a full match by the county, and she hopes the county will be able to do more in the future in other areas. “I’m fine with this solution, but I’m hopeful we can do better in the coming years depending on the resources available,” Floreen said. Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he’d like to see the county take a more comprehensive approach. The income supplement itself won’t lift anyone out of poverty, and with many fed-

eral programs facing cuts, the county will have to do more, Rice said. Maryland residents can claim a credit for up to half of their federal earned income tax credit, and a refund of up to one quarter of the federal credit, according to a county release. In 2000, Montgomery started matching 100 percent of the Maryland refund to help residents afford the high costof-living in the county. But a bill passed in 2010 allowed the council to set the county income supplement at less than 100 percent of the state refund-

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There are no markers, no cross, flowers or stuffed teddy bears along Md. 118 in Germantown where Christina MorrisWard, 15, died a year ago after

being struck by a car. But part of her mother’s heart is there. Gwen Ward is working for pedestrian safety so no other parent will go through what she has. Ward has partnered with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and with Safe Kids Worldwide in a campaign against distracted

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Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said he prioritized adding classroom space in his newly proposed $1.55 billion Capital Improvements Program for

fiscal years 2015 to 2020. “We are bursting at the seams,” he said Monday at Highland Elementary School in Silver Spring, which is at maximum capacity. Starr said the school system needs $2.2 billion to cover all of its capital improvement needs for the six-year period. He is proposing a $1.55 billion program, he said, because the county is currently facing “fiscal restraints” and the school system is not getting the

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funding it deserves from the state. The proposed program is about $184 million higher than the current program, which covers fiscal years 2013 to 2018. Starr said the program addresses the school system’s ongoing, significant enrollment growth with a recommendation for 14 new classroom addition projects. The plan also maintains schedules for other, previously approved capacity projects, including five

new schools. Since 2007, he said, the school system has grown by 14,000 students; another 11,000 are expected over the next six years. Even if the program were fully funded, Starr said, 13 school clusters are expected to be over capacity in fiscal 2020. Fifteen school clusters in the system are over capacity this fiscal year. Most of the school system’s growth has occurred in elementary schools, he

said. Of the 14 classroom addition projects, 12 are proposed for elementary schools. Starr recommended five addition projects at elementary schools in the Downcounty Consortium, an area that he said has faced the county’s largest growth in the last six years. “While the growth is most dramatic

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Cancer survivor encourages study participation Cancer survivor Alicia Mahmot of Gaithersburg is on a mission to help find a cure for the disease. She is a member of the Olney Jewels team that actively participates for Olney’s Relay for Life, and has sold “thousands” of handmade beaded cancer awareness bracelets, donating all proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Now, her focus has turned to Cancer Prevention Study-3, a grassroots effort in which communities from across the country support cancer research by participating in a research study. The purpose of the study is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer, and to ultimately eliminate cancer. “When I was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2002, I expected someone to call and interview me about my lifestyle, but I never got that call, which was baffling to me,” she said. “When I heard about this study, I thought it was an easy way that people could help to find a cure — you don’t need to be a scientist, researcher or a medical person.” Mahmot said it was Cancer Prevention Study-1 that made the association between smoking and lung cancer. “Who knows what important information this study will find?” she asked. Adults age 30 to 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are eligible to participate in the study. Local enrollment is being made possible in partnership with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney. Mahmot has signed up her husband, Ron, and encouraged


many others to do so through her fundraising efforts at various community events. “Thankfully, 99 percent of the responses I have received have been positive,” she said. Initial enrollment requires completion of an online survey and setting up an appointment at which blood will be drawn and waist circumference will be measured. Appointments will be offered Nov. 7 and 9 at MedStar Montgomery’s Community Learning Center, 18101 Prince Phillip Drive. Following enrollment, participants will receive mailed surveys at home every few years to update information. Mahmot said that as of last week, 277 people had signed up to participate in the local study. The initial goal was 300, but more will be accepted. “As a cancer survivor, I would encourage others to participate in this study if they are passionate about not wanting to see others deal with cancer,” she said. To sign up or for more information about the study, go to www., email, or call 888-604-5888. For information on Mahmot’s cancer prevention bracelets, contact her at

Museum seeks donations for kids gift shop Sandy Spring Museum’s annual Frosty and Friends community holiday party is planned for Dec. 8.




“When I heard about this study, I thought it was an easy way that people could help to find a cure — you don’t need to be a scientist, researcher or a medical person,” says Alicia Mahmot, who is encouraging people to sign up for Cancer Prevention Study-3. As in the past, there will be a children-only gift shop stocked entirely with donations from the community, featuring new and gently used items suitable for gifts children can purchase for others. Donations will be accepted at the museum by Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call Sandy Velsor at 301-774-8134 or go to The museum is at 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Scouts launch food drive this week It’s time for Scouting for Food. Starting Saturday, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts across the county will deliver empty plastic bags in their neighborhoods, along with a flier explaining the Scouting for Food campaign.


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Tango de Buenos Aires, 7 p.m.,

Kreeger Auditorium at Rockville Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville; also 1 p.m. Nov. 2. $45-$55. Nicotine Anonymous Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Northwood Presbyterian Church, 1200 W. University Blvd., Silver Spring. Free. dmurphy1945@ All Souls Bilingual Vigil, 7-8:30 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 205 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-948-0122. Singer Songwriter Concert Series, 7:30-10 p.m., The Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. $25 per concert, admission for each concert and workshop combined is $45. 301258-6394. Meaningful Movies Olney: Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War, 7:30-10

p.m., Buffington/REMAX Building Community Room, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Free. 301-5700923. “Guys and Dolls,” 8-10:15 p.m., F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmon-

SATURDAY, NOV. 2 Holiday Bazaar and Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 11501 Mountain View Road, Damascus.

Holiday Marketplace and Silent Auction, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Covenant

United Methodist Church, 20301 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Montgomery Village. Free admission. 301-9268920. Bizarre Bazaar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mill Creek Parish United Methodist Church, 7101 Horizon Terrace, Derwood. Free. Resident Artists Open House, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Free. 301-774-0022.

Hospice Caring’s Holiday Quarter Auction, 1 p.m., Activity Center in

Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; includes one bidding paddle and $10 in quarters. 301-869-4673. Teen Writers’ Workshop, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen



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 thogan@gazette. net. 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.

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A week later, on Nov. 9, the Scouts will collect filled bags and deliver them to one of several collection points, where they will be loaded into trucks for Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, the main food bank in Montgomery County. Residents participating in the collection are asked to place filled bags outside their doors the morning of Nov. 9.

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12276 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Free to attend; RSVP. 301-365-1755. Blanket-making, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Extension Office, 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood. Volunteers needed; donations of acrylic yarn accepted. 301-460-5451.

CORRECTION An Oct. 23 story about Community Service Week had an incorrect Web address for the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s website, which is

Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Main phone: 301-948-3120 Circulation: 301-670-7350

DEATHS Angelo Mangano Angelo Mangano, 60, died Oct. 7, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Aspen Hill. A celebration of life will follow from 1-4:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville.

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It takes a village to create a village Community members weigh in on planning




Sandy Spring residents, business owners and civic representatives had their first opportunity to help plan a new village center at a meeting on Oct. 23. Those working on the 1998 Sandy Spring/Ashton Master Plan recognized that the details of the village center concept were beyond its scope, and recommended more detailed study and analysis to develop the concept. This past spring, the County Council approved a minor master plan amendment, to implement recommendations of the 1998 Plan for the development of a village center concept. The village center will be developed with input from Wednesday’s meeting, and future community meetings. The meeting, hosted by Park and Planning Wednesday, was the first step in creating the village center as defined in the master plan amendment. Planners explained the boundaries of the project, the work scope, and the timeframe to more than 30 people in attendance. The approved master plan proposed the creation of a village center for Sandy Spring “that will help ensure that the village center serves its role as a focal point of community


Residents, business owners and other stakeholders attended a community meeting Oct. 23 to start planning the framework for the Sandy Spring Village Center. (Left to right) Caroline Hussman, Sam Shahrooz, Brooke Farquhar and Miche Booz plan out ideas on a map. life.” The plan focuses on three elements: design and construction of a new fire station that would serve as a community focal point; the realignment of Brooke Road to improve both pedestrian and vehicular circulation in the village center; and the creation of a village green. Since the master plan was approved, the new fire station was built off of Brooke Road, just north of Olney-Sandy Spring Road. The other two elements remain incomplete. The attendees on Wednesday were divided into groups with each group given a map of the area and markers, to come up with and sketch ideas. There were several ideas about rerouting Brooke Road, and where

to put the village green. Other ideas included sidewalks and bike paths, streetscaping, and zoning changes to incentivize property owners. The ideas will be posted to sandyspring/. Planner Coordinator Kristin O’Connor said the turnout was good, and represented a great mix. She was particularly pleased to see so many property owners present. “People have wanted to see a change for a long time,” she said. “There were some staff issues, and then other plans got ahead of this one, but we finally got the green light to move forward on this.” “I’m excited by the small

scale and design aspects of this project,” added O’Connor. I am looking forward to it, and think that it is going to be fun.” Business owner Tom Christopher thought lots of good ideas came out of the meeting. “It’s nice to get everybody together and get some ideas out on the table,” he said. “Most of the groups came up with the same ideas, although they may have disagreed on certain details. Those are the action items we should be looking at.” Local architect Miche Booz also thought the meeting was very productive. “This is a hopeful sign for Sandy Spring,” he said. “If we all cooperate, maybe we will have that long-hoped-for village center.” Additional public meetings are scheduled for January and May, with the scope of work expected to be completed by June 2014. After review by the planning board, county executive and county council, the schedule calls for the final plan to be adopted in May 2015. O’Connor said future outreach will be through website updates, email, Twitter and Facebook, and face-to-face conversations with property owners, and at community meetings and events. There will also be opportunities for public comment and testimony.

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A new look, a new date and a new location have revitalized the Olney Chamber of Commerce’s 34th annual Community Night, set for 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Chamber Executive Director Jon Hulsizer said organizers are ramped up and ready for a record-breaking event, and are optimistic that the new changes will add to its success. “The event’s new home at Good Counsel has generated record interest in the Taste of Olney and Business Expo,” he said. “More than 100 exhibitors and 11 restaurants have committed to the event, and the Chamber

has already closed registration. We had hoped for a high level of response from the business community, and they have really come through.” Hulsizer said the event provides area residents an opportunity to learn about local businesses, ranging from financial professionals and dance studios to taxi service and plumbers. Local restaurants and nonprofit organizations will also be represented. In the past, the event was held in October at Longwood Community Recreation Center, with parking on the athletic field. Each year, the event’s success was dependent on the weather, since parking was prohibited on wet fields, ultimately affecting attendance. “Our Lady of Good Counsel High School has twice the square footage in a modern building, and includes almost

500 paved parking spots—components which will assure the evening’s success, regardless of weather conditions,” Hulsizer added. The Taste of Olney features 11 local restaurants taking over the school’s dining hall, selling samples from their menus. Tickets for purchasing food samples are 50 cents each. “Folks love to try out new dishes from all the different restaurants,” says Robyn Quinter, event co-chair. “New to this year’s Taste of Olney are: Angelo’s Pasta and Deli, al Sospiro Trattoria Romana, Villa Maya and The Winery at Olney. Quinter said that Community Night is once again a collection site for Olney HELP, a local nonprofit organization that offers food and financial assistance to local families in need. “We urge attendees to bring canned goods, shelf-stable

foods or a financial contribution to help restock its shelves,” she said. The family-friendly event will offer children’s activities ranging from face-painting to golf putting, a silent auction and paper bag raffles. Demonstrations including dance, martial arts and fitness will take place in the auxiliary gym. The Olney Lions Club will provide free health screenings from its mobile van, and is also collecting used eyeglasses. Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is at 17301 Old Vic Blvd., Olney; the entrance is Olney-Sandy Spring Road, 1.5 miles east of Georgia Ave., near the Olney Theatre Center. Admission and parking are free. For more information, go to or contact the chamber at 301-774-7117.

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The Olney Theatre Center for the Arts is remembering visionary William H. Graham Sr., who died Oct. 15 at age 87. Graham, who lived in Silver Spring, had served the theater, its patrons, its staff and performers since 1956. He was the theater’s executive director from 1956 to 1968, then joined the Olney Theatre Corp.’s board of directors as chairman. He also taught speech and drama at Catholic University of America in Washington and LaSalle University in Pennsylvania, and led the National Players, a classical touring company. Alan Wade, a fellow member of the theater’s board, said he knew Graham since 1968, when Wade auditioned for the National Players. Graham, whom Wade knows as “Uncle Bill,” took the young actor out to lunch after his audition.

Graham was then in his early 30s, teaching acting classes at Catholic University. “He had movie star good looks and a commanding voice and presence,” he said. John Going, associate artistic director at the Olney Theatre, also was a student of Graham’s who later became a colleague. “When I was in school, everyone clamored to get in his class,” Going said. The Olney Theatre honored Graham in 2011 for his 50 years of leadership, compassion and boundless love of the arts. The theater’s managing director, Amy Marshall, said Graham was “instrumental” in transforming the theater from a summer performance venue to a year-round center for the arts. Jim Petosa, a former director at the theater who works at Boston University, said the Olney Theatre “was born out of the growth that was happening in the [Olney] community.” At the time, around the 1980s, Montgomery County’s population was about 600,000. The “rustic” Ol-

Residents weigh in on school start n First of four forums held Monday at Paint Branch High BY


More than 150 people attended the first community forum about changes to school start and end times held Monday at Paint Branch High School in Silver Spring. Parents, students and teachers were given the opportunity to share their opinions about Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s recommendations 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.; move the middle school first bell from 7:55 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., and keep elementary school start times the same, but extend the day by 30 minutes. Speakers mentioned the effect on parents who rely on older children to take care of their siblings; loss of family time for very young children; parents of high school children who will have to stay home for an extra hour, and safety issues with more adolescents driving during afternoon rush hour. “By pushing back the start time you push back everything in the day. Not just school, but after-school activities, family time, and bed time,” Suzanne Paholski said, adding that her children go to sleep at 10:30 p.m. and get up at 6:30 a.m. “I don’t have problems getting them up in the morning.” Gabriel Coxson, 14, who goes to Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, said that starting school later will not help students, especially high school students. “The only benefit is going to be for people who actually go home, and actually get right to homework, and go to sleep. ... I am not one of those people.” But not everyone was completely against the proposal. Dorothy Gardner, a Montgomery County Public School ESOL teacher and parent, said she asked her students to speak with their parents about bell times and came representing them. “I did have one class where parents were really for the time change because it is dark [in the morning], and it is really early,” Gardner said. Gardner’s older high school class spoke about a completely different issue. “They have to pick up their brothers and sisters,” the teacher said. The next community forum is scheduled for Dec. 16 at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville.


William H. Graham Sr. acted in “Sabrina Fair,” a 1956 play performed at the Olney Theatre for the Arts.

ney setting provided local residents with an alternative to the metropolitan theaters in Washington, Petosa said. Under Graham’s leadership, the venue grew and soon saw the same number of patrons in November as it did in July. Marshall said Graham meant more to the theater than the job titles he held. “He was an actor on stage, he was a teacher for our national touring program, he was our executive director, he was on our board of directors, and he was completely

dedicated in every shape and form,” she said. Graham worked tirelessly to ensure the financial and artistic health of the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts. Even as his health was failing, Going said, Graham made an effort to attend dress rehearsals and offer feedback on performances. “He had so much to share,” he said. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) honored Graham with a lifetime achievement award in 2011. Marshall said being at the theater without Graham has been a difficult adjustment to make. “It’s very, very hard,” she said. “He was loved by everybody.” Contributions in memory of Graham may be made to the William H. Graham Scholarship Fund at Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. N.E., Washington, DC 20064, or the Olney Theatre for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD 20832.

Lisa Alexander, Audubon Naturalist Society executive director, at the Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase.


Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Lisa Alexander would follow her mother into nearby bogs to hunt for pitcher plants. It was there in those peatlands, hunting the carnivorous Sarracenia purpurea at her mother’s side, that she developed a love of nature that has guided her career. “My mom was my first naturalist,” Alexander said. “Everything was a nature hike with my mom.” Throughout her career, Alexander has honored her mother’s tradition of teaching about nature, culminating on Oct. 21 in her appointment as executive director of the Audubon Naturalist Society, one of the area’s leading environmental educational nonprofits. Founded in 1897, the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase is a membershipbased nonprofit that provides environmental education for all ages and advocates on behalf of clean water, rural lands and smart transportation in the Washington, D.C., area. In September, Neal Fitzpatrick, who had served as executive director since 1991, retired, and Alexander beat out about 40 other candidates for the job. In her new position, Alexander will oversee 53 employees and more than 575

Sherwood Pom day camp is Nov. 9 The award-winning 2013-14 Sherwood High School Pom Squad will host a fundraising Pom Day Camp on Nov. 9 for all girls from kindergarten through high school. The camp will be in the school gym from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., with a public performance from 11:30 a.m. until noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the gym. The cost is $25 in advance or $30 for walk-ins. Fees include poms, snacks, a photo souvenir, and instruction in skills and a dance routine. Camp T-shirts, hair ribbons and souvenirs will be available for sale. All proceeds support Sherwood Athletics and the MedStar Montgomery Capital Campaign for Oncology. To register, send a check for $25 made out to Sherwood High School, with the following information: child’s name, address, school, age, grade, home and cellphone numbers, email address and parent’s signature for permission to Jeanne D. Laeng, Pom Sponsor, Sherwood High School, 300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860. For further information or questions, contact Laeng at

Coat drive for homeless is underway The Montgomery County Department of Recreation and Interfaith Works are collecting gently worn coats of all sizes through Friday to support the county’s and Gaithersburg’s Homeless Resource Day. The goal is to collect more than 500 winter coats, especially in adult sizes from XL to 3XL. Here are some nearby drop-off locations: • Olney Indoor Swim Center, 16605 Georgia Ave. • Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville. • Upper County Community Recreation Center, 8201 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg. • Wheaton Community Recreation Center, 11711 Georgia Ave. For information, call 240-777-6875.

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

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volunteers. Alexander brought to Audubon her passion for connecting young people to nature, co-workers say, launching in 2005 the Green Kids program, a grant-funded outreach program that partners with local public schools to foster environmental literacy. Alexander became the director of Environmental Education and then deputy director of the society in 2011. “Lisa has such a huge vision,” said Diane Lill, who now runs the Green Kids program, which has raised more than $1 million to support environmental science at local schools. “She’s a wonderful leader, very easy to talk to. She’s our biggest cheerleader.” For Alexander, 51, the new job is akin to coming home. When she graduated from Cornell University, where she studied forest ecology, she got a job at Audubon teaching children and reviewing children’s science books. She lived on the third floor of Audubon’s Woodend Mansion, an example of Georgian Revival architecture built in the 1920s by John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art, for Captain Chester Wells and his wife Marion Leigh. The mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places and the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, houses the nonprofit’s offices and also is the setting for many weddings and parties. Without a car, she got

to know the 40 acres of the Woodend Sanctuary well. The property is one of the few remaining old estates in Chevy Chase and dates back to 1699. The Wells Family donated the Woodend Mansion and property to the Audubon Naturalist Society in 1968. Kathryn Mitchell, the development director, said she was ecstatic to learn Alexander had been chosen to the leadership post. “I see Lisa’s leadership as by example. She doesn’t ask for others to give unless she has done so herself,” Mitchell said. That doesn’t just go for financial contributions either, she said. “Unless she has physically put boots on the ground or in the creek, she won’t ask you to do it yourself.” This past weekend, Alexander was part of a team restoring a meadow by planting 1,000 native plants. And when she’s not digging at work, she’s likely to be found fussing around in her own garden at her Chevy Chase home, where she lives with her husband and son. Another son is in college. During her tenure as director, Alexander hopes to help spread the word about Woodend, which she calls a jewel inside the beltway. “We have so much going on here,” Alexander said in her office at Woodend. “We have a lot of stories to tell. We tend to hide our light under a bushel.”

Armed robbery • On Oct. 11 at 7:38 a.m. in the 3700 block of Carey Street, Silver Spring. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Strong-arm robbery • On Oct. 13 at 12:20 a.m. in the parking lot of Exxon, 11310 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and took property. • On Oct. 14 at 11:37 p.m. in the 2100 block of Bel Pre Road, Silver Spring. The subject assaulted the victim and took property. Commercial burglary • On Oct. 12 at 4:56 p.m. in the 1700 block of University Boulevard West, Silver Spring. No forced entry, took nothing.

FIRE LOG For the week of Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, through Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following incidents:

From Station 4 (Sandy Spring Station): • On Monday, Oct. 21, at 4:59 p.m., units responded for a property damage collision in the 400 block of Firestone Drive. • On Thursday, Oct. 24, at 8:51 a.m., units responded for a vehicle collision at the intersection of Layhill Road and Norbeck Road. Two patients were taken to a nearby hospital. • On Thursday, Oct. 24, units responded for a brush fire in the 600 block of Olney-Sandy Spring Road. • On Friday, Oct. 25, at 10:32 p.m., units responded to the 3300 block of Olney-Sandy Spring Road for an electrical short. • On Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10:27 a.m., units responded to the intersection of Spencerville Road and Veitch Lane for a property damage collision. From Station 40 (Olney Station): • On Monday, Oct. 21, at 6:13 p.m., units responded to the 4800 block of Walbridge Street to assist the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department with a building fire. • On Friday, Oct. 25, at 9:57 a.m., units responded for a property damage collision at Georgia Avenue and Spartan Road. • On Friday, Oct. 25, at 10:32 p.m., units responded to the 3300 block of Olney-Sandy Spring Road for an electrical short. • On Saturday, Oct. 26, at 12:17 p.m., units responded to the 18900 block of Rolling Acres Way for smoke coming from a sewer. • On Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1:35 p.m., units responded to the 5400 block of Manorfield Road to assist the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department with a building fire. In addition to the above-mentioned responses, units from Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department responded to 64 medical emergencies.


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Montgomery County Police say new cameras on some county school buses will be installed and ready for action by early January to catch drivers who illegally pass the buses. The cameras will automatically record drivers who pass a stopped bus while its stop arm is extended with flashing red lights. Violators will have to pay a $125 fine, according to an Oct. 22 memo from County Council staff. Cameras will be installed on 25 school buses that run routes with the highest number of passing incidents. Wiring for the cameras will be installed on another 75 buses so the cameras can be swapped among the buses. County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said the cameras will be ac-

tive by Jan. 3. The county also has the ability to purchase up to 75 additional cameras during its contract, according to the memo. The County Council enacted a law in March 2012 that enabled police to install and operate cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass the vehicles when they are stopped and operating their flashing red lights. Speaking on Thursday at a joint meeting of the County Council’s education and public safety committees, Manger said a vendor contract was in the works and the police department had signed a memorandum of understanding with Montgomery County Public Schools. As of the Thursday meeting, the county attorney was still reviewing the police and school system’s agreement before approving it, said county spokesman Patrick Lacefield. Manger attributed the delay in getting the program up and running to the

police department’s unsuccessful attempt to bridge a contract with another jurisdiction. The department eventually turned to a request for proposal process. The police department also had a difficult time finding similar programs in the country to analyze, he said. Manger said the issue was related to the police department’s efforts to analyze other bus camera programs.

Looking at other jurisdictions “Make no mistake, we were trying to look at what other jurisdictions were doing,” he said. “Much of the delay for this had nothing to do with the procurement process.” Manger said he thinks the cameras coupled with county police’s public education campaign scheduled to start in December will mean more drivers will be aware of the law. According to the Oct. 22 memo, revenue from the cameras will depend on

variables including the “structure of the contract” and the violations that occur. Manger said the cameras are not about making money. “It’s about the fact it makes the roadways safer,” he said. County Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said he thinks it’s important the cameras are publicized. “This is a crucial public safety measure the public needs to be aware of,” Andrews said. Andrews said police should cast “a large shadow” to help minimize violations around the county, while focusing the cameras on the routes where the most violations happen. County Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said his daughter was recently almost hit by a vehicle that illegally passed a bus and that he had chased down the driver. “I’ve seen it firsthand,” Rice said, describing some drivers who “disre-

Potomac Disposal strike agreement set Unity Disposal workers also to return to work




Workers at Gaithersburg’s Potomac Disposal were set to return to work Wednesday after reaching an agreement with the company’s management to end a strike that lasted 10 days. Potomac owner Lee Levine said the company was “thrilled” to have the issue resolved. The strike was hard on the workers and the company, but both sides worked hard and were able to come to a mutual agreement, Levine said. Nicole Duarte, a spokeswoman for Laborers International Union of North America Mid-Atlantic Regional Orga-

nizing Coalition, called Tuesday’s agreement “a very fair compromise.” The company agreed to pay raises for workers, one paid holiday and sick and vacation days for workers, but weren’t able to agree on a plan to provide affordable health insurance, according to a release from the union. In the release, LiUNA Vice President and Regional Manager Dennis Martire said the agreement was a good example of what can happen when workers stand together to reach a fair compromise with an employer. But he said he was disappointed that Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett wouldn’t support a plan to offer the workers affordable health insurance. County spokesman Patrick Lacefield said the county had

been very supportive, holding meetings with Potomac and auditing the company to ensure it pays workers a living wage required by the county. “We have never been asked, by either side, to give more money,” Lacefield said. If the county adds more money to the contract to provide for health care, it could face issues with companies who had bid for the contract, claiming the county had changed the rules in the middle of the game, Lacefield said. He noted that the sevenyear contract had only been bid two years ago. The county has hundreds of contractors, many of whom would probably like money added to their contracts, Lacefield said. “If you do for one, are you going to have to do for all?” he

asked. Workers at Laurel’s Unity Disposal and Recycling, which also provided trash service for the county, also were scheduled to report to work Wednesday, 11 days after dozens were terminated after protesting the firing of an employee who had helped advocate for a union, Duarte said. The majority of Unity workers have expressed an interest in being part of a union, but management hasn’t responded to their request, she said. The company has expressed a willingness to allow the workers back, and they have decided to return to work while continuing to work toward union representation, Duarte said.

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Andrews says Lohr off to an ‘excellent start’

Montgomery County’s acting fire chief will get at least six more months on the job as the county begins its search for a permanent replacement. The County Council voted 7-0 to approve an extension until May 1 for Acting Fire Chief Steven Lohr on Tuesday, at the request of County Executive Isiah Leggett (D). Council members Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring and Marc Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park were not present for the vote. Leggett asked that the council approve an extension for Lohr until a permanent chief is found and confirmed by the council. Lohr, a veteran of




gard” buses signalling for them to stop. County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring — who voiced her frustration at the program’s delay in August — said it was “astounding” to her how many drivers don’t know the rules. “I see it happening all the time,” she said. Todd Watkins, director of transportation for the school system, said in a previous interview that the new cameras will automatically detect a violation and send the evidence, which will be confirmed by both a contractor and the police before a ticket is sent out. Of about 1,270 total buses in the school system, roughly 400 currently have cameras that run continuously, he said. If a bus driver believes they were illegally passed, the school system is able to go back and examine the footage and pass it on to police who can send out a warning notice.


about 29 years with the department, was named acting chief in May after the departure of former Chief Richard Bowers to become chief in Fairfax County, Va. There is no search for a fulltime chief yet, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Tuesday. Through department spokesman Scott Graham, Lohr said he was honored to receive the extension as chief, and appreciated the chance to further the mission of the county’s fire and rescue services. Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg, the chairman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, said Lohr was “off to an excellent start” in his time heading the fire department. — RYAN MARSHALL


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Memuna Mansaray McShane (center) is congratulated for scoring a goal by her soccer teammates (from left) Katherine Bruchalski and Jarena Harmon on Oct. 19 at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac.

In talking with Memuna Mansaray McShane, a junior at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac with a bright smile and a positive outlook on the world, no one would immediately guess what she’s been through. Though you might be able to tell by looking at her. On Sept. 18, standing in the front of an auditorium with her teachers and classmates listening carefully, she finally revealed the answers to so many questions about her life. Why was she adopted? Where is she from? And what happened to her arm? Memuna’s story began 17 years prior in Sierra Leone. In 1996, Memuna was born amid a civil war between the government and anti-government rebels had already been violently

tearing the nation apart for five years. At age 2, she and her family were hiding in a mosque in Freetown, the nation’s capital, when members of a rebel militia came in with guns and the intent to kill. The militants fatally shot Memuna’s mother and grandmother while she was in her grandmother’s arms. Bullets also shattered Memuna’s right arm, which doctors were later forced to amputate. Little did Memuna know that this would be the turning point in her life. She was placed into a refugee camp, but not for long. Little Memuna fit the description that the president of Sierra Leone was looking for — young, cute and an amputee — to try to bring international attention to the violence of the war. She was quickly removed from the camp, and soon became the worldwide poster child for the peace movement—taking photos with then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former President Bill Clinton, being showcased at peace talks and protesting in the streets of New

York City all around the age of 3. Then, Memuna made her way into the United States permanently when the New York Rotary Club brought her, along with seven other refugees, to the country for treatment. She spent the next two and a half years living in foster care before she finally found a place she could call home in 2002, when Kelly and Kevin McShane permanently adopted 6-year-old Memuna into their Washington, D.C., home, along with their two children Molly and Michael — a transition that Kevin McShane called “pretty seamless.” Memuna said she doesn’t remember much about her life before living with her adopted family. She doesn’t remember Sierra Leone or Madeleine Albright, and she certainly doesn’t remember being a monumental factor in ending the civil war that savaged her own home and family. In her mind, the war isn’t her story at all; so to Memuna, despite everything she’s been through, being adopted has had the largest impact on her life.


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“I don’t use the war to guide me through my life,” she said. “I don’t worry about the past, just the here and now and the future.” And for Memuna, the “here and now” is pretty typical of a high school teen: school, friends and sports, including soccer and basketball — arm or no arm. “[Her experiences have] made her a loving and caring person, but other than that she’s just a normal 17-year-old girl,” said Kristin Butler, a soccer teammate and close friend to Memuna. By the time Memuna tried out for the St. Andrew’s soccer team as a freshman, she had been playing the sport ever since she began living with the McShanes — and it certainly showed; she made the varsity team during her first tryout. “She made an athletic and emotional impact from day one,” said head coach Glenn Whitman. “Beyond where she’s been and what she’s been through, I’ve been truly amazed by what she can do on the field.” But despite her confidence and ability to adapt, Memuna still had to deal with the emotional stress that inevitably comes with only having one arm. When she began playing soccer at St. Andrew’s, Whitman almost immediately noticed that she constantly wore fleece jackets during training to hide her arm, even in the summertime. But in time, the fear dissipated and Memuna finally became confident and comfortable enough to stop hiding. “One thing I’ve been proud of both Memuna and the team for is she no longer trains with a coat on,” Whitman said. “The girls have always treated her like a full person.” Memuna attributes her ability to be comfortable about the things that have happened to her throughout her life and to the welcoming nature of her teammates. “I had a hard past but the soccer team has made me feel welcomed and not like an outcast,” she said. “I would probably be completely different person if it wasn’t for them.” According to Kristin, 17, Memuna made it easy for the team to accept her into the group. “She thinks we were welcoming toward her, but she was welcoming toward everyone else. She’s part of the team family,” she said. And Kevin McShane, who is also the team’s assistant coach, attributes Memuna’s success to the entire St. Andrew’s community, not just the team. “A big part of Memuna opening up about all this is being part of the community,” he said. “She feels very safe here to open up about her story, wear short sleeves, all of that stuff.” Although Memuna gives her friends, family and teammates the credit for her perpetual smile, she isn’t the only one benefitting from the experience. “We always say she’s given us so much more than we could ever give her,” Kevin McShane said. And according to Whitman, despite the team’s competitive nature and constant strive to win, the lasting memory for them all probably won’t have much to do with soccer. “What we’ll remember most is what she taught us about adversity and never giving up,” he said.

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Draft board ready for call ‘It’s part of our defense structure’ n



William Hill of Germantown wanted a way to support the military, but as a civilian. He found it in September by joining the Montgomery County Draft Board. Although the draft has been inactive since the Vietnam War, Hill is one of about 11,000 volunteers who make up local, district and national boards in case Congress calls for a draft. Montgomery County board member Don Libes said the primary function of the draft board today is to visit post offices to ensure that they have proper materials and posters to help men fulfill their requirement of registering with the Selective Service System upon turning 18. “It’s part of our defense structure,” said Matthew Tittmann, public affairs specialist with the Selective Service System. “To maintain this complex system and ensure equity, we need to register men. You can’t start the system on day one and expect it to be operational shortly after that.” Hill saw an ad for the position and decided to apply.

He has served as detachment commander for the Sons of the American Legion, and now is the organization’s National Sergeant-at-Arms. Many members of Hill’s family have served in the military, including his father in World War II. Recently, Hill said, he also was appointed to the board of directors of the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, a Baltimore-based organization that helps homeless veterans and other veterans with training and services. Men ages 18 through 25 who are U.S. citizens or immigrants living in the United States are required to register with Selective Service, according to the agency’s website. Maryland has 273,861 men who have registered for the draft, according to the Selective Service System 2012 report to Congress. Nationwide, that number is nearly 15.7 million men. In the case of a draft, the board is charged with deciding who would be exempt. Part of the board’s work includes training sessions in which they practice various scenarios, Libes said. Exemptions from military service include men who are hospitalized, incarcerated or disabled; those who have a dependency status; and those who

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For about two months, Brad Pabian has been getting to know the 120 students at Northwood High School in Silver Spring he will help coach toward a common goal — college. Pabian is one of 10 academic coaches working in a new program that ties county high schools and college institutions together to give underserved students the support that could land them a college acceptance letter and a degree. The Northwood students are among hundreds across 10 Montgomery County Public Schools participating in the first year of the Achieving College Excellence and Success program, the product of a partnership between Montgomery College, the county school system and The Universities at Shady Grove. So far, Pabian said, the enthusiastic juniors and seniors at Northwood have been telling him the areas where they could use some help, whether it’s a senior in the midst of college applications or a junior “hungry” for more information about college. “They’re making me want

to do stuff because they’re just happy that I’m there giving them these resources,” said Pabian, who previously worked as a school counselor. Karen Callender, the program’s director, described it as “the first continuous partnership” between the three academic institutions. Callender said the partnership aims to provide resources to students who are underrepresented in higher education. The program — similar to one at Northern Virginia Community College — will provide students with the resources they need on a case-by-case basis, Callender said. The vast majority of students who applied to the program were accepted, she said. Each school has an average of 90 students in the program, though there were enough spots for about 120. The 10 high schools involved this year are Clarksburg, Seneca Valley, Watkins Mill, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Wheaton, Blair, Kennedy, Einstein and Northwood. Many students are expected to continue on to Montgomery College for the first two years of college and then Shady Grove for the final semesters of a four-year degree. “It’s a natural pathway for students that live in Montgomery

County,” Callender said. Yet even if a student decides to go to another college, Callender said, they stay in the program until they can frame a degree. Stewart Edelstein, executive director of The Universities at Shady Grove, said the program aims to provide “a support system” for students facing obstacles to a college education, a good part of which are financial. “They may not be thinking college is possible for them,” he said. Many of the students in the program — about 60 percent, according to Callender — would be first-generation college students who might need extra support to navigate the opportunities available to them. Montgomery College has also seen students arrive on campus who are not prepared for higher education and who don’t complete their degrees, Callender said. Edelstein said the program also provides adult mentors. Students will be identified in ninth grade as program candidates and will receive support during their freshman and sophomore high school years, Callender said. If accepted into the program, they will start working with an academic coach like Pabian in 11th grade through graduation

during both one-on-one meetings — usually weekly — and group workshops that focus on topics such as financial aid, college essays and study skills. Dinecia Pierre-Louis is also among the academic coaches who will meet their high school students before and after school and during lunch and free periods. Pierre-Louis — who previously worked with at-risk students and then as a college academic advisor — said recently that she was also still learning about the 121 Watkins Mill High students under her charge. The students are “so excited” to be in the program and eager for help — a sign that it is needed, she said. The limit was supposed to be 120 students at each school, but she accepted one more. “It’s so hard when a student comes in and you see their enthusiasm,” she said. “How could I say no?” Pierre-Louis said that as someone who moved from Haiti to the U.S. as a teenager, she can relate to the students who come from different backgrounds and cultures. Callender said there are plans to expand the program in the school system.

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The judgment of three Wall Street bond rating agencies will allow Montgomery County to retain the highest possible credit rating offered by the firms. The rating agencies Fitch, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s

each gave the county a AAA rating, the highest one possible, according to a county release. County Executive Isiah Leggett’s office announced the ratings Monday. Fitch praised the county’s “multi-year fiscal plan that balances current resources against spending,” while Moody’s predicted that Montgomery’s “sizable and diverse tax base will continue to remain strong going forward,” according to the release.

Standard and Poor’s was quoted as saying it viewed the county’s management position as strong, with “strong financial policies and practices in place,” according to the release. The bond rating lets the county sell long-term bonds at the most favorable rates, and is also factored into other financial transactions to allow the county to pay lower rates. Leggett (D) said the AAA rating affirms his decisions to close gaps in the budget,

change county health and retirement benefits and boost financial reserves, and would let the county make its government more effective and create economic opportunities in the future, according to the release. County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said the rating demonstrated a proactive approach by the council and Leggett during hard economic times.


Maryland Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler answers questions about his presence at a party where teenagers were drinking in June.

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Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said he should have investigated whether teens were drinking alcohol at a party his son attended in June. “I didn’t go over and stick my nose in [the cups] and see, but maybe I should have,” Gansler told about a dozen reporters at a Silver Spring press conference Thursday. Gansler, a Democrat who is running for governor in Maryland, called the press conference to address a Baltimore Sun story about the party. According to The Sun, Gansler’s son and other students from the Landon School in Bethesda attended a party in South Bethany, Del., on June 13 to celebrate their graduation. A few of the students’ parents paid for a weeklong vacation at a beach house where the party was held. In The Sun’s photo, Gansler is shown holding up his cellphone in the center of a large group of dancing teens. Gansler said he dropped by the party to tell his son when they would leave Delaware to drive to Pennsylvania in the morning, but he did not pay attention what his son’s friends were drinking. The Sun reported that two party chaperones, parents of the students, were at the event to enforce the house rules: bedroom doors must stay open and teens may not drink hard liquor or drive. Gansler told The Sun that he was concerned about his own son, and not necessarily the contents of the teens’ red plastic cups. But at the press conference, he said that was a mistake. Gansler is aware there was beer at the party, but he said investigating underage drinking was not his priority that night.

“I didn’t buy the beer,” he said. “I showed up, talked to my son and left.” At the press conference, Gansler also addressed questions about his use of his cell phone, which he appears to be holding at an arm’s length. He verified that he was in the photos, and said he was not taking pictures, but was walking through the party while trying to read a text message. The gubernatorial candidate said he did not see anyone in immediate danger, using drugs or getting hurt, and his main concern was to talk to his son. Gansler noted he was not one of the chaperones, and did not take part in the lease for the beach house. “What I could have done is investigate whether there was drinking going on, and take action,” he said. “I probably should have done that.” Gansler said he has strong relationships with his son and his son’s friends, many of whom he has coached since they were children. “I’m a very, very involved parent,” he said. This is the second time this month Gansler has been forced to answer questions about his conduct after a news story. The Washington Post reported that police assigned to drive Gansler around have alleged that he directs them to drive aggressively and unnecessarily use lights and sirens. Gansler has disputed the allegation. Gansler is one three Democrats seeking the gubernatorial nomination next year. The others are Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Del. Heather R. Mizeur. Gansler was first sworn in as Maryland’s attorney general in 2007. He was re-elected in 2010. The Democratic candidate for governor hit the campaign trail in September, and is now working on a county-by-county campaign to share his vision for Maryland, The Gazette previously reported.

Obituary Michael Charles Grace, Jr. April 25, 1981 – October 9, 2013

On October 9, 2013, Michael Charles Grace, Jr., 32, died of natural causes. He was the beloved husband of Megan Alexis Ford Grace. Michael was a graduate of Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring and played on the football team. He was a gifted athlete who cultivated his interest in sports through the Olney Girls and Boys Club. A resident of Greenbelt, he worked in the printing industry. He also is survived by his parents, Michael Charles Grace, Sr. and Laura Rexon Grace of Brinklow, Md. and sisters Nicole Grace and Christina Arroyo of Portland, Maine. He was son-in-law to Charles and Rosemary Ford of Olney, Md., and brother-in-law of Charles Ford, Jr., Brindley and Matthew Swaney, and Travis Ford. Additional survivors include grandparents Barbara and Howard Rexon and a loving circle of family members.


A memorial service celebrating Michael’s life is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 2900 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Maryland 20832. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Olney Boys & Girls Club, c/o Michael Grace, Sr., 400 Brighton Knolls Dr., Brinklow, Md. 20862. 1913011


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For six years, green energy business Clean Currents made the Rockville Innovation Center above the downtown Rockville library its home. The company enjoyed reduced costs for spaces and certain services than it would have had in the general private market. It had access to shared conference rooms, administrative help, a kitchen and copy machine, all pretty much financed by Montgomery County. When Clean Currents “graduated” last year to reside in larger commercial space near the Silver Spring Metro station, it had grown from two employees in 2007 to about 20. Officials praised the company as exemplifying the intent of the Business Innovation Network program to see startups blossom into thriving businesses, but they admitted this week that the ideal goal is to get such companies out faster, preferably in three years, rather than six. Thus, the county has been working on a plan to reorganize its five innovation centers — once called incubators in reference to their role of hatching young businesses — to better focus them and provide more intensive services that can make them grow faster. “We want to rethink the system,” Steven A. Silverman, director of the county’s Department of Economic Devel-


Jun Zhou, a scientist for GeneImmune Biotechnology, does an inventory of samples in the lab at the William E. Hanna Center for Innovation at Shady Grove. opment, said during a council committee meeting.

Proposal would refocus centers, close Wheaton One proposal from Silverman’s department calls for focusing the two Rockville centers on data analytics. Those include the 23,000-squarefoot downtown one and the 60,000-square-foot Shady Grove center that is the oldest, having opened in 1999. The latter has mostly life sciences companies such as NeoDiagnostix, a cancer diagnostics company with an emphasis in women’s health. The former has a mix of information technology, life sciences and professional services. The 32,000-square-foot Germantown center, the newest one that opened in 2008 with 45 offices and 11 wet labs, would retain its life sci-

ences focus. The 20,000-square-foot Silver Spring center, which formed in 2004 and is in the only building owned outright by the county, would become an accelerator, which provides more intensive programs, including access to funding, in a fixed, reduced time frame. The 12,000-square-foot Wheaton facility, the smallest one which opened in 2006, would close once its lease is up in 2016. While there would be savings in lease costs, the changes would likely necessitate increased funding for operating costs and possibly additional staff, said former County Councilman Michael Knapp, CEO of Germantown consulting firm Orion Ventures, who is working with the DED on its proposal. The five centers now have an annual budget of about $4.5 million, with about $2.5 million recovered in rent, licensing fees

and other income. The current program was designed more to meet real estate space needs of startups, while the current best practice among incubators and accelerators is provide more targeted programs that include investment from venture capital firms and more intensive mentoring, Knapp said. “The idea is to get away from real estate management to partnership management,” he said. Transitioning the Silver Spring center into an accelerator may result in a steeper learning curve than thought, said Jacob Sesker, a senior legislative analyst for the county who generally supported the plan. Closing the Wheaton facility could also prove more difficult and costly in trying to move current tenants into surrounding private space, he said. County Councilman Marc Elrich said he would like to see what innovation center models have been most successful and how to replicate that success. The program has graduated more than 100 companies into private space since forming in 1999. Over the past three years, about 50 have graduated, with 40 of those such as Clean Currents operating within the county, said Ruth Semple, a county business development specialist who oversees the Rockville centers. The proposal is in the initial planning stages and the DED would likely need help from an outside firm with the realignment process, Silverman said.


Electricity forum invites candidates, not Pepco Powerupmontco, AARP to host event meant to educate candidates




Only candidates for elected office and the media will be welcomed to attend a November forum on Montgomery’s electric reliability woes. The county’s primary supplier of electricity, Pepco, is not invited. Abbe Milstein said her organization, Powerupmontco, is hosting the forum in North Bethesda on Nov. 6 to educate potential future lawmakers on Montgomery’s issues with the Maryland Public Service Commission and electric reliability. Candidates will be there to listen and ask questions, not to speak, she said. The forum, she said, is intended to educate the candidates, not the general public. Milstein formed Powerupmontco in response to the June 2012 derecho that left her and thousands of other residents without power for days. Through the organization, Milstein since has lobbied in Annapolis and intervened as a party in Pepco’s last rate case, in which it was awarded $27 million in higher rates and $24 mil-


Continued from Page A-1 in the DCC, we’re also seeing enormous elementary enrollment growth across the district,” he said. The downcounty elementary schools with planned addition projects include: Brookhaven, Glen Haven, Kemp Mill, Sargent Shriver and Highland. The other schools where addition projects are planned include Ashburton, Lucy V. Barnsley, Burtonsville, Diamond, Kensington-Parkwood, Christa McAuliffe and Judith Resnik elementary schools; North Bethesda Middle School; and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. Other previously approved elementary- and secondaryschool capacity projects are scheduled to stay on target in the program. The projects include classroom additions; new elementary schools to serve the Clarksburg, Northwest and Richard Montgomery clusters; and new middle schools to serve the Clarksburg/Damascus and Bethesda-Chevy Chase clusters. About $725 million — or about 47 percent — is recommended for “revitalizations/expansions.” “The schools built in the ’60s and ’70s, the ones we’re replacing now, were not built to last,” Starr said. “We see that across the county and renovating them is not cost efficient.” Starr said the recommended plan includes more than two dozen such projects, adding about 118 classrooms throughout the system. The plan, however, pushes back the timeline of 20 of those projects. Elementary school projects would see a one-year delay. Middle and high school projects would see a two-year delay. “We know that so many of our school communities are impacted by the delay,” Starr said. “They’ve been waiting for many years for their aging schools to be replaced.” The plan proposes that six revitalization/expansion projects continue with their current completion dates. They include Bel Pre, Candlewood and Rock Creed Forest elementary schools; Wheaton and Seneca Valley high schools; and the Thomas Edison High School of Technology. If the state provides more funding, Starr said, it may be possible for some projects to return to their original schedule. The recommended program also directs about $283 million toward systemic projects that include security upgrades and HVAC, roof and door replacements. Starr said it’s “starting to show” that the school system has not put budgeted enough

lion in new fees. Both Democratic and Republican incumbents and candidates for state office (including the General Assembly) will be invited to the Nov. 6 forum, which is sponsored by the AARP, she said. Milstein said she will be joined by Somerset Town Councilwoman Cathy Pickar and representatives of AARP in Maryland in addressing the candidates and fielding their questions. Milstein said she received an email from Pepco’s regional vice president Jerry Pasternak detailing that a reporter — who was not identified — told him Pepco was invited to the forum. Pasternak wrote that he “plans on attending and looks forward to seeing you.” Milstein said Pepco is not welcome to attend and that she has told the Pepco the same. The forum also is not open to the general public, she noted. Rather than comment on the situation, Pepco authorized Pasternak to forward the Business Gazette his email response to Milstein. Pasternak expressed disappointment at Milstein’s decision to not welcome Pepco to the forum.

in recent years for infrastructure needs. “We’ve been skimping on that because we’ve had to fund so many other things,” he said. Starr said he is asking for an increase of $28 million in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016 to put toward the school system’s backlog of HVAC replacement projects. He added that further investments will need to be made “down the road.” About $155 million was recommended for technology modernization projects such as new computers. The county school board is scheduled hold a work session on the plan Nov. 7 and two public hearings on Nov. 11 and 14 before it is expected to approve Starr’s request Nov. 18. The program request then moves to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and the County Council. School board President Christopher S. Barclay said the work session will mark a chance for the board to start asking questions. “Capacity is the biggest issue that we have,” Barclay said. “We have got to figure out how to address this.” Highland Elementary Principal Scott Steffan said the addition planned for his school in the proposed program hopefully will enable the school to accommodate its students without needing to add portable classrooms. “I don’t have an open space anywhere. We’ve really felt the impact (of enrollment growth) this year,” he said. “For us to have the addition is tremendous.” Lynne Harris — vice president for legislation for the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations — said her son attends Highland View Elementary School in Silver Spring, which is scheduled to undergo an expansion project but at an undetermined time. While she is disappointed as a Highland View parent that her school will not see construction soon, she said, she sees that there are needs at every school and the school system’s capital budget requires “tough choices.” Harris said the school system needs state funds more proportionate to the number of students it serves. Montgomery County students are getting a good education, Harris said, but the school system has to figure out where to put the growing number of students. “What are we going to do?” she said. “Put them on the roof?”


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MOTHER Continued from Page A-1 walking, which Christina was doing before she was hit. The campaign is called “Moment of Silence.” Students are urged to put down or turn off their electronic devices as they are about to cross a street. During school lunch breaks and after school, Ward has stood on the same corner where Christina died to remind students to take that moment of silence and be aware of their surroundings when they cross the street. She has passed out reflectors for them to clip onto their jackets or backpacks. “It’s been difficult, but it’s been therapeutic,” Ward said. “[I’m involved] to help prevent this from happening again.” Ward said she was at work on the morning of Oct. 31, 2012, when her son called to say Christina had been in an accident and he was going to the hospital. That was all she knew when she arrived at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. It was not long before she heard the bad news that her daughter had died. “Our kids are precious, and to lose someone that young is really devastating,” Ward said. “I never expected my daughter would not come home.” Ward said that after putting stories together from witnesses and the police, she learned that Christina was wearing dark clothes. It was early morning, not quite daylight, when she was walking to school. Christina was looking down at her cellphone and had earphones on. She was not in a crosswalk as she crossed the eight-lane road. Those conditions and actions increase the chance of pedestrian collisions, said Jeff Dunckel, pedestrian safety coordinator for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. “Sadly, she paid the ultimate price,” he said. Dunckel said vigilance by


Continued from Page A-1 able credit by passing a resolution each year. In fiscal 2011, the county supplement was set at 72.5 percent, 68.9 percent in fiscal 2012 and 75.5 percent in fiscal 2013. In May, the council approved an increase in the supplement to 85 percent of the state refundable credit for fiscal 2014. The bill passed Tuesday requires the county supplement to increase to 90 percent in fiscal 2015, 95 percent in fiscal 2016 and 100 percent in fiscal 2017 and beyond. According to an analysis by the county’s Finance Of-


drivers and pedestrians is “a two-way street.” “We are trying to get drivers to be aware that pedestrians may not be where they expect to see them,” he said. Kate Carr, president of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries to children, said she heard about Ward’s work with Montgomery County’s transportation department and asked if she was willing to help students nationwide by sharing her story. “She’s been really willing to get involved. We developed our Moment of Silence campaign with her in honor of Christina,” said Gary Karton, director of communications for Safe Kids Worldwide. The need is great, Carr said. Safe Kids conducted an observational study in 17 states during the 2012-13 school year involving 34,325 students walking to school. “One in five high schools students was distracted by an electronic device and one in eight middle schoolers,” she said. “There are a lot of campaigns against distracted driving. [We need one] for distracted walking.” In Montgomery County, Dunckel said, information from 2010 to 2012 shows 172 pedestrian collisions within a half-mile of Montgomery County high schools, 30 of them involving high schoolage kids. “This is the time of year that we have an increase in pedestrian collisions,” he said. “We think it’s because more people are out when it’s dark.” Pedestrians will stand out more near traffic if they wear light-colored clothing or have on something reflective. That is why Ward stood on the corner giving out reflectors and talking to students. “I want them to be safe,” she said. “I just want to get this message out.”

Continued from Page A-1 coach Dan Dionisio said Olney’s football commissioner recently received an email from Mid-Maryland’s executive committee regarding accusations received by a few parents and a football coach that OBGC purposely stacked the Liberty teams with its best players. Dionisio said Olney met with the committee to address the allegations of stacking, but was surprised when a memo was later released eliminating three of the four teams (age groups 7-9, 8-10 and 9-11) from the Liberty division playoffs held in November. “No rules were broken and the accusations of stacking were satisfied, and that is why no one understands how the governing league body can make a subjective determination that impacts innocent kids in such a way.” Dionisio said. “Ultimately, these 71 boys that have been working hard since the end of July are being banned at the last minute, a week before the playoffs start for being too good.” Dionisio said that in the case of the 9-11 age group, 80 percent of this year’s Liberty team played at the same level last year, and another 15 percent of the kids didn’t play football last year. This year, the team’s record is 7-0, but last year the team was 6-2, and the year before it was 5-3. Dionisio cited national trends in parent awareness about concussions as the reason why some parents are scared, and therefore choose to keep their kids on less-competitive teams. “From a legal and liability perspective, parents have a say about where their kids play and that trend is only going to grow,” he said. “Some good players are playing for lesser teams because

of their parents’ concerns; it happens on every team in every division and that is what has happened here in a few cases.” OBGC appealed the decision, which led to a vote on Oct. 23 by the 32 other teams in the league. Mid-Maryland board member Aaron Schwartz said the vote was 29-2 to ban Olney’s three Liberty teams from the playoffs. Schwartz said the disparity was discovered after week seven, when Olney had only posted one win in three age groups at the National division. “They were getting destroyed by other teams; they had one win and 23 losses,” Schwartz said. “The total points scored by the three Olney teams was 38, and they gave up a total of 824 points.” He said they then looked at the same age groups in the Liberty division, which had won 20 games and lost one, scoring 521 points and giving up 91 points. “What we believed happened is that they put their better players in the Liberty division and forced their weaker players to play in the National level, and they weren’t competitive at all,” Schwartz said.

‘Never seen anything like this’ Dionisio said the situation is a first for him. “In 25 years of doing this, I have never seen anything like this,” he said. “It’s been heartbreaking for these kids. Competitiveness issues should be resolved in the off-season.” Dionisio said such discrepancies have been evident for years and that is why Olney’s football commissioner made a request to be moved out of the National division and into a less competitive one before the season started, although Schwartz denied that, stating the league

Page A-11 had asked Olney to move down, but the club refused. “This is an important issue that was discussed at the initial hearing and acknowledged by the Mid-Maryland president and raised during the appeal,” Dionisio said. “The key issue of discrepancy was created by Mid-Maryland’s refusal to allow the football program to move down in competitiveness.” Schwartz said some Olney parents told the league they were not given the choice of what division their kids would play in. “This was a parent of two boys with no football experience who were placed on a National team without a tryout,” he said. “She said her boys felt demoralized.” Dionisio disputed that description of the situation. “The parent in question misled Mid-Maryland and made misleading statements at the appeals hearing and Mid-Maryland never spent the time to ask us about it or check her facts,” he said. Donna McShea said Liberty and National coaches spoke with her when deciding on placement for Timothy, who had never played football before this year. “We decided he was more of a Liberty player,” she said. “And for Joey, he wanted to stay on the same Liberty team with his friends.” Schwartz said that while he thought the process was fair, the unfortunate victims are the 71 children who didn’t get to play for a trophy. “We had to balance the desires of three Liberty teams from Olney against the other organizations that fielded Liberty teams,” he said. “The competitive balance was so striking because the three teams from Olney were clearly playing in the wrong division.” In response to the notion that parents chose to have their children play at

less-competitive levels to avoid injury, Schwartz said he understands that thought process. “There are injuries down from the NFL to college to high school to youth leagues,” he said. “Football is a contact sport, and we can’t guarantee you will not get hurt. But that is why it is important to have a competitive balance where like talent is playing against like talent.” Dionisio disputed this by stating that Olney Liberty teams had three reported injuries this year and the National teams only one, and Mid-Maryland’s statistics prove there is no difference in injuries. Schwartz said this is the first time this issue has come up in the league’s eight-year history and prior to that when it operated as another organization. “Olney has been an upstanding member of the league from the beginning,” he said. But for the McSheas and many other parents, it is hard to explain this to young boys who just don’t understand why they can’t play in the playoffs. Donna McShea said that Timothy started off the season coming in last when running laps, and was ready to quit. Instead, with the encouragement of his coaches and teammates, he persevered, and is now starting at offensive tackle. “He’s very enthusiastic on the field, and he just loves football,” she said. Donna McShea said they initially held off telling him about the ruling, knowing how disappointed he would be. “We just presented it as we don’t understand how adults made the ruling, but we recognize and are proud of their hard work,” she said. “Football has been a very positive experience, but this decision has been a very big disappointment, and as a parent, difficult to explain.” fice, the funding increase in fiscal 2015 will cost the county an additional $1.016 million. In fiscal 2011, 33,840 Montgomery residents qualified for the supplement, receiving an average of $381.81, according to the county. Restoring the county match to 100 percent would provide an extra $124 per person. To qualify for the earned income tax credit for the tax year 2013, a resident with three or more qualifying children must make less than $46,227, or $51,567 if filing jointly with a spouse. A taxpayer with no qualifying children must make less than $14,340 or $19,680 if filing jointly.

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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 Prostate Cancer Survivorship Series, from 7-8:15 p.m. at

Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. After undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, men may experience a range of issues that affect their sexual health. Decreased libido, erectile dysfunction and anxiety can all impact quality of life. Stephen Greco, radiation oncologist, will talk about reducing the severity of these side effects, and what you can do to improve intimacy with your partner. Free. www.suburbanhospital. org.


Faris, Coles Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Faris of Gaithersburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Lee Faris, to Mr. Daniel Edward Coles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coles of Burlington, N.C. The bride-to-be was born in Gaithersburg and is a 2003 graduate of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2008 with a degree in special education. She is employed at the Kilmer Center in Fairfax County, Va. She is also currently enrolled in George Mason University for a master’s degree in special education. The prospective groom was born in Burlington, N.C., and is a 2006 graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in political science. He is currently an assistant vice president in the legal department of the Bank of America. His next focus will be an MBA. A March 2014 wedding is planned at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.

Complete Childbirth Preparation at MedStar Montgomery, Nov. 7 to Dec. 19 at

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Six-week complete childbirth preparation program prepares couples for a positive birthing experience. The program is designed to help expectant couples plan for labor, delivery and how to care for a newborn. $150.

Figert, Dudley Mr. and Mrs. Karl D. Figert of Silver Spring announce the engagement of their daughter, Lynmarie I. Figert, to Michael C. Dudley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dudley of Chevy Chase. The bride-to-be graduated from University of Maryland, College Park, in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in community health and from Howard Community College with a degree in nursing in 2010. She is currently employed as a registered nurse at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The prospective groom graduated from Salisbury University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and in 2007 with a Master of Business Administration degree. He is currently a development accountant for StonebridgeCarras in Bethesda. A June 2014 wedding is planned in Washington, D.C.

ONGOING New Mothers Postpartum Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m.

RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING Neelsville’s Alternative Gift Market, Nov. 3 in the church’s

Fellowship Hall, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown. The church will also observe Orphan Sunday that day. All are welcome. Services are held at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday mornings. Sunday School for all ages at 9:40 a.m. www.

A new and prospective member Shabbat, 9:30 a.m.

Nov. 16 at Torah Synagogue, 10 Ridge Road, Greenbelt. Shabbat will feature services, kiddush lunch and an opportunity to meet rabbi, education director and members. RSVP appreciated but not required to Free. 301-474-4223.

ONGOING Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church

Fisher, Abbamonte Bill and Ginger Fisher of Silver Spring announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley E. Fisher, to Drew B. Abbamonte, son of Tom and Debi Abbamonte of Damascus. The bride-to-be graduated from Blake High School in 2004. She attended Coastal Carolina University and received a degree in nursing from Howard Community College. She currently is employed by Sheppard Pratt in Ellicott City. The prospective groom graduated from Damascus High School in 2003. He graduated from McDaniel College in 2006 and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He currently is employed by the Montgomery County Police Department. They will be married in Spring of 2014.


Mondays at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Ever wonder if you are the only one feeling stressed and alone now that a baby has joined your family? Wasn’t it supposed to be easier? If you are finding yourself feeling sad, anxious, angry or irritable, group support can help. Group led by two therapists who specialize in the postpartum period. Babies are welcome. Free; registration required. 301-774-8881, Senior Fit, meets from 9-9:45 a.m. once a week at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Free 45-minute exercise program designed for seniors age 55 and older. Senior Fit focuses on increasing strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance. Exercise is an important factor in preventing falls, managing chronic illnesses and improving quality of life. Classes are ongoing and a physician’s consent form is required to participate. Free for people over the age of 55. 301-774-8881, A Diabetes Support Group, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda.

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

South, Massullo Gail and Steve South of Derwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Vincenza South, to Matthew Thomas Massullo of Morgantown, W.Va. Danielle is currently working on her master’s degree in Spanish at West Virginia University and expects to receive her degree in May 2014. She is also provisionally certified as a sign language interpreter. Matthew holds his bachelor’s degree from WVU and is currently a specialist in the U.S. Army, getting ready to enter Special Forces training. A late 2014 wedding is planned. The couple plan to reside in North Carolina, or wherever the Army tells them to live.

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old

Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www.

“MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Childcare is provided. This year’s theme, “A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story,” focuses on remembering that beauty can come out of chaos and that your past, present and future can be used for good with God’s love. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email mops@ Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,

Germantown, has returned to its Fall worship schedule, with services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday School for all ages at 9:40 a.m. www.

Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit

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SCHOOL LIFE For a half-century, sixth-graders have taken to the great outdoors School district celebrates program’s 50th anniversary n



Looking for a better way to reach some of his students, Joe Howard, then principal of Four Corners Elementary School in Silver Spring, launched a program that still touches the lives of thousands of students every year. That was 50 years ago. Howard is retired now and Four Corners Elementary no longer exists. But his idea, outdoor education, is still going strong. Montgomery County Public Schools celebrated the 50th anniversary of its outdoor education program Saturday with an open house at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center in Rockville. “The motivation came when we were building an out-

door trail at [Four Corners] and found that the ‘problem’ kids were not problems when working outdoors,” Howard said. “So we tried to find things in the curriculum that we could teach outdoors — things like studying the ecosystem, the forest community, ponds and streams and meadows.” Howard took the very first class of outdoor education students, fifth-graders from Four Corners, to Camp Greentop in Thurmont in 1962. About 20 of those students attended Saturday’s open house for a minireunion. A photo of them hangs in the meeting hall of the Smith Center. “It was just one class, a pilot program,” said Kathleen Cochran of Chevy Chase, who was part of the pilot program. “The next year Mr. Howard took about 90 kids, the very first class to do outdoor ed.” Howard eventually became the school district’s first supervisor of outdoor education programs, he said, serving in that position from the mid-1970s

until he retired in 1988. “To me it was a more effective way of teaching, learning by doing,” Howard said. “We didn’t just tell them what was going on in a pond, we showed them.” The school district opened the Smith Environmental Education Center on 10 acres in Rockville in 1974, built to accommodate all the district’s sixth-graders as they attended the five-day residential program. Smith, who lived from 1902 to 1971, was a Montgomery County Council president, board of education president, farmer and conservationist. “[He was the] driving force for the preservation of the Rock Creek valley to save it from mass development of residential communities,” Laurie Jenkins, current supervisor of the program, wrote in an email. Over the years, with budget cuts and population growth, Howard said, the residential program has been cut from five to three days. And the program needs to rent other facilities to handle all the sixth-graders, Jen-


Chris Jansson, a physical education teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary School in Germantown, shows his son C.J., 4, a solar-powered plastic bug at an open house Saturday at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center in Rockville. kins said. “We can get about 40 to 45 percent of our sixth-grade schools in but we also use two other sites, Summit Lake [Camp] in Emmitsburg and Skycroft

[Conference Center] in Middletown,” Jenkins said. According to the Smith Center website, the Outdoor Environmental Education Program “serves over 20,000 students

each year in two major programs: the Residential Program in which every Grade 6 student participates and the Day Program in which [pre-K]-12 students explore and investigate the natural environment. At all programs students participate in curriculum-based environmental investigations.” The staff also provides professional development in environmental education to more than 500 teachers annually. Outdoor education was celebrated Saturday by more than 300 people, Jenkins said. The day included a formal news conference, a birthday cake and hands-on activities at 24 learning stations. Brandon Hebert, 8, a thirdgrader at Lois P. Rockwell Elementary School in Damascus, said his favorite activity was the confidence course. “It makes you stronger and you have to think before you use it,” Brandon said.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Willing to weed: Students clean school courtyard About a dozen sixth-graders, 10 volunteers from Home Depot and a few staff and faculty members worked to clean up a courtyard at Montgomery Village Middle School on Oct. 22. “I think the outside should be pretty. When we are walking through the hall, we should be able to see flowers and all,” said Tamyiah Starnes, 11. “And if there are bugs, they need a home.” The group pulled weeds, cut back overgrown shrubs and picked up trash, collecting 12 large bags of waste for the dump. Then, they planted new plants, spread mulch and swept the walkways. In less than two hours, the courtyard was transformed with plants that would last through the winter, including burning bush shrubs, named for their brilliant fall foliage, and variegated liriope, an ornamental grass showing green and white against the dark brown mulch. “I think it is really cool because this is helping the school, we get [student service learning] hours and it’s helping nature,” said Jade Pinkowitz, 11. Along the way, the students learned about planting, pruning, mulching and even how to use a push broom. “As we go along, we teach them how to plant and what’s a weed,” said John Roberts, man-



Sixth-graders at Montgomery Village Middle School work with volunteers from Home Depot to clean up one of the school’s courtyards Oct. 22. ager of the Germantown Home Depot store. Roberts spearheaded the project, a repeat of a cleanup at the school two years ago. “The Home Depot Foundation is all about giving back to the community,” Roberts said. “We volunteer because it’s important to us.” Christian Bergman, 11, said he has helped with yard work at home and enjoys it because it keeps the environment clean. “It’s fun getting all the weeds out of the dirt,” he said. “It’s making it look nice.”

Richard Montgomery student wins green award Jessica Li, a senior at Richard Montgomery High School

in Rockville, won the inaugural

Next Generation Award, one of the 2013 Maryland Clean Energy Awards, at the Maryland Clean Energy Summit on Oct. 15 and 16. As president of the school’s Environmental Awareness Club, Li organized Friday afternoon energy shutdowns during which students go around the school turning off lights, printers, computers and monitors. She has organized presentations during first-period classes on energy conservation and alternative energy, coordinated a T-shirt design contest, an energyfocused “Jeopardy!” game, a “Watt’s Up” poster contest and a “Why Use Alternative Energy” essay contest to boost awareness of energy issues. For the past two years, Li has given presentations at

Rockville Science Day on the benefits of energy conservation at home. She also was invited to present her research on wood batteries at the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Fair and has worked with the county’s School Energy and Recycling Team program to advance effective, local strategies that schools can use to reduce energy consumption. The Clean Energy Awards recognize individuals, companies and organizations that have demonstrated leadership, partnership, advocacy and entrepreneurism in a distinct commitment to advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and job creation, Kathy Magruder, executive drector of the Maryland Clean Energy Center, said in a statement. “When I read the nomination for Jessica Li, I felt as though there is hope for the planet with remarkable young people like her coming up in the world,” Magruder wrote.

Takoma Park, Sadie Isakower of Bethesda and Ivan Reimers of Silver Spring. Each year, the program honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from more than 250,000 Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The students are from the U.S., including its territories, plus Americans attending schools abroad. “I feel honored to have received this award,” Isakower said in a statement. “Being part of the Blair Magnet has been an awesome experience, and I will never forget the wonderful teachers and friends I’ve met at Blair. The Magnet has totally changed how I think about real world problems, and I feel that because of this, my peers and I are at a definite advantage as we enter college.”

Blair High seniors honored by Hispanic program

Montgomery County’s inaugural school food forum, “Creating a Vision of Fresh, Real Food in Montgomery County Public Schools,” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. The forum will feature regional and national experts on nutrition and diet, food education, and sourcing fresh, local food for school systems.

Four seniors at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver

Spring were selected Sept. 25 to be honored in the 2014 National Hispanic Recognition Program, which recognizes academically outstanding Latino high school students. The seniors are Sabrina Bradford and Jared Collina of

School food forum is Saturday in Silver Spring

Keynote speaker Tony Geraci is a nationally known school

food reformer, former food director for Baltimore City Public Schools, current director of nutrition services in the Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tenn., and subject of the film “Cafeteria Man.” Presenters include Marla Caplon, director of the Montgomery County Public Schools Division of Food and Nutrition Services; Lisa Y. Lefferts, senior scientist with the Center for Science in the Public Interest; endocrinologist Shivani Narasimhan of Annapolis; Kathy Lawrence, director of strategic development, School Food Focus; Jill Coutts, science resource and horticulture teacher, Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring; Karla Kratovil, PTA vice president and school garden coordinator at Flower Hill Elementary School in Gaithersburg; and county Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park. There will be a nutritious, locally sourced lunch, with a talk by Ype Von Hengst, COO and executive chef of Silver Diner. The forum is co-hosted by Real Food for Kids-Montgomery and Montgomery Victory Gardens. Registration, including lunch, is $25. For more information and to register, visit realfoodforkidsmontgomery. org.



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Gansler’s soul searching

One of the most telling quotes from Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, as his gubernatorial candidacy became mired in controversy last week, was: “I’m a big boy.” Gansler was declaring that he can admit when he’s wrong. But the line works equally well in summarizing his decision-making, as shown in two examples recently discovered by area newspapers. A few weeks ago, The Washington Post reported on complaints by Maryland State Police troopers assigned to drive him around. The troopers alleged that Gansler directed them to use lights and sirens so he could get places quickly. Sometimes, Gansler got antsy and flipped on the lights and sirens himself — or he’d take the wheel, the Post reported. More recently, The Baltimore Sun published a story and photo showing Gansler standing among a roomful of teenagers at a party at a Delaware beach house. Instead of focusing on whether he’s qualified to govern Maryland, voters have been sucked into dissecting his inclinations for driving fast and permissive parenting. Gansler has denied the driving allegations, claiming a state police “henchman” is generating political fodder. (Wouldn’t that require a conspiracy among troopers filing false statements?) But Gansler couldn’t refute a picture of what looked like a raucous party, possibly with alcohol. Never mind that Gansler, 50, sounds like a teen trying to talk himself out of a grounding by his parents. The questions that accompany these controversies are real and worth debate. Should the attorney general initiate and condone potentially illegal behavior? Gansler might dismiss the driving controversy as dirty politics, but he should pledge unequivocally to obeying the laws of the road and not interfering as troopers do the same as part of their jobs. As for the teen party, even outside of his jurisdiction, the attorney general should be a legal and moral model. It’s hard to fathom him knowingly participating in a plan to give teenagers free rein — likely with beer — at a rented house. This is questionable behavior as a parent, but unthinkable as the state’s top legal officer. Gansler, commendably, has spoken out in the past against underage drinking, but he loses credibility with his regrettable permissiveness. We look forward to returning to the issues of the gubernatorial campaign, of which there are many. First, Gansler has soul-searching and explaining to do.

Rec center blues About 30 years ago, many radio stations adopted the “classic rock” format, a term that entered the public lexicon without much recognition that it’s an oxymoron. As a style of music, rock ’n’ roll is rooted in rebellion and rejecting the status quo. Would Jerry Lee Lewis want to be called “classic”? A debate in Wheaton could take oxymoronic musical genres to new heights with the creation of “historic rock.” A number of people think the Wheaton Recreation Center should receive a historic PRESERVING designation, in part, because WHEATON in 1969, before anyone knew SITE WOULD who they were, Led Zeppelin NOT HONOR played there. Maybe that’s true, or maybe that’s an urban legITS TIES TO end. Many people believe the ROCK assertion though there’s little evidence to support the band actually played there. But since when has rock ’n’ roll been about bricks and mortar? Elvis Presley shook his hips to outrage middle America. Long after hip-shaking became passé, rock found other ways to shock, including Led Zep’s everincreasing volume and sensuality on stage. If indeed the band played in Wheaton — and even if the assertion is false, who doesn’t want to believe it? — preserving the rec center is no way to honor that event. The building has a leaky roof and mold. A kitchen stove has only two burners that work. There’s a lump on the basketball court that defies attempts at repair. Beyond the tenuous connection to popular culture, others want the building preserved because of its Asianinfluenced modern design architecture. Even so, there’s not much to preserve. To most people, the building would be a universally endorsed candidate for demolition. The community desperately needs the new rec center-library that’s planned to be constructed in its place. The Planning Board should approve the request to raze the building. And if there are people who want to honor one of the band’s first performances, a music festival might be more appropriate. Or possibly a plaque on the new building: “Robert Plant might have slept here.”

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We can’t eliminate all vehicles

David Hauk’s Oct. 16 letter urges “a robust bus rapid transit network” because “the way to solve gridlock is to move people, not cars.” [“Bus plan looks to the future, not an auto-centric past”] I grew up in Cleveland when it had an exceptional streetcar/bus system. That was fine to get to and from work. It was improbable to use when going shopping, going to a dress-up event, etc. Also, public transpor-

tation presents problems for people with physical impairments, despite special devices to help passengers getting on and off. The White Flint development planners allege area residents will be able to walk to all kinds of stores, office buildings, entertainment venues, restaurants, etc. They fail to take into account the hordes of “outsiders” who will also want to take advantage of those stores, office buildings, entertainment ven-

David H. Brown, North Bethesda

He who pays the piper The budget of the Montgomery County Public Schools for FY 2015 is in the early stages of formulation. This budget of over $2 billion is close to 50 percent of the tax-supported budget of Montgomery County. So who are the players who will influence this budget at this critical stage? It is the Budget Steering Committee. The members of this committee are the deputy superintendents, the employee union leaders representing the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals, the Montgomery County Education Association (teachers), the Service Employees International Union Local 500, and the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teachers Associations. These are all undoubtedly important players and represent important sectors of the Montgomery County Public Schools. Every member of this committee has a vested interest in increasing the budget for many and various reasons. Why is the school board not

represented? It is true that they will eventually get the budget for approval but they do not have the analytical capability at that late stage to ask the hard questions. Also a little known fact: The charter of the board allows only those questions to be asked of the school administration if all members have an interest. Individual questions from individual board members are not entertained — and this for a $2 billion budget. Now that the maintenance of effort law has stripped the County Council of its operating budget oversight role, virtually turning the council into a spectator with power of the purse only over capital spending, there is even greater need for outside representation. Matching MCPS resource requirements with other county priorities no longer takes place in public. In effect the formulation of the MCPS budget is left to folks with an inherent conflict of interest. Would the committee gain from the inclusion of other members such as those who might

question the long-range implications of Budget Steering Committee decisions, who might inquire about the effective and efficient use of current dollars, who might ask about the crosswalk between strategies and funding and between funding and performance? Could the MCPS budget process be improved with more citizen-group participation? Could an independent study of the MCPS budget, as we proposed to the superintendent last Spring, be beneficial? We suggest that the committee be expanded to include representatives from the County Council, the office of the county executive and even, perhaps, from a civic group. Because what is missing from the equation are the interests of the Montgomery County taxpayer. It is telling that he who pays the MCPS piper does not call the tune.

Metro isn’t going to accept the county’s fix unless we (Montgomery County taxpayers) agree to pay the costs for subsequent repairs in the years to come! The fix oughta be: 1. Fire all the county engineers who placed their P.Eng stamp on the flawed structural drawings. 2. Redesign the weak ramps and parking slabs. 3. Foulger-Pratt uses a different concrete placement company, and Facchina pays the costs for concrete replacement. The county needs to do this project right! The time it takes to rebuild the flawed areas is not the issue.

Steve Cullen, Silver Spring

Robert J. Riker, Chevy Chase

Joan Fidler, Bethesda The writer is the president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League.

Latex-modified concrete isn’t the answer The remediation plan to use a latex-modified concrete (LMC) overlay being adopted by Montgomery County’s Building, Design, Construction & the Division of General Services and the “ad hoc working group,” according to Foulger-Pratt is “illadvised and ill-conceived.” Way back when, Ike Leggett secretly hired KCE Structural Engineers (Ike didn’t inform the County Council) to study and report back on Transit Center’s flawed construction. KCE reported serious issues with the Transit Center’s design, construction, concrete strength & testing, etc. And now, we have Earnest Lunsford Jr., the administrator

of the county’s building design and construction division, and David Dise, the director the county’s General Services Division (who were both involved with this project in its initial stages) suggesting that Byrant Foulger hire a contractor to do a Band-Aid fix using the LMC method — instead of demolishing and replacing the flawed concrete ramps and areas that are not on spec for this project. The gentlemen from the county are consulting with Wagman for using the LMC method, but there isn’t any proof that this latex-modified concrete will hold up over the long term that taxpayers will need to guarantee — because we all know that

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Purple Line will not get enough riders

Among the numbers MDOT most often uses to define the Purple Line are 70 trains per day and 51,200 passengers per day in the opening year, 2020. They say it will grow to 74,160 riders per day on the same 70 trains 20 years later. Thus the starting average load carried by each two-car train calculates to 731 passengers/train and grows to 1,059 in a couple of decades. Nearby property owners who dread the passing of 70 trains a day in each direction need not fear an increase in that figure. MDOT is fond of pointing out that trains will travel the length of the Purple line in barely over an hour. They emphasize that traveling between Bethesda and New Carrollton by bus today takes more than an hour and a half. (You have to travel into downtown Washington, D.C., and back out). Not too long ago, private bus companies sought routes which might attract a very profitable 50 passengers per mile per day. If there were even 800 daily riders, a bus route would have been established long ago. The Purple Line is not replacing a Bethesda-New Carrollton bus route because bus operators never could find sufficient riders. How will MDOT support an exclusive right of way (designed to handle 200 trains per day) with a daily ridership that might be closer to 800 than 51,200?

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ues, restaurants, etc. Also, there are service people and their small trucks who are vital to any community. Then, there is the weather — whether it be rain, intense heat, snow, etc. Using public transportation is a challenge then. The reality is there will always be a need for vehicular traffic. At least, keep that in mind in development plans.

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Intel from Gonzales

As Maryland’s state elections begin warming up we’re entering the phony opinion survey season when candidates release so-called “polls” they’ve commissioned showing “political momentum.” Such polls should be taken with large grains of salt. That’s why it’s helpful when a legitimate, independent polling service like Gonzales Research and Marketing gives us some reliable insight into the voters’ mood. Last week Gonzales released its poll taken during the first two weeks of October surveying a cross section of voters demographically weighted to reflect who shows up on MY MARYLAND Election Day. Here are the BLAIR LEE highlights: M o s t people are not yet paying attention to a primary election that’s still eight months away. When asked to judge the two Democratic frontrunners for governor, 56 percent of Democratic voters were either “neutral” or didn’t recognize Anthony Brown and 72 percent were the same about Doug Gansler. A third candidate, Heather Mizeur, was unknown to 79 percent of Maryland Democrats. Conversely, Maryland voters widely recognize Gov. Martin O’Malley and have no reluctance judging his job performance. Among all voters, O’Malley’s favorable is 47.7 percent, his unfavorable is 48.1 percent, his worst rating since January 2008 (49 percent), just after he engineered the biggest tax hike in state history. O’Malley’s rating is far behind President Obama, who gets a 58 percent favorable, 40 percent unfavorable in the same poll. Compared to a January 2013 Gonzales poll, O’Malley’s positives are down 6 points while his negatives are up 7 points among all voters. But the big story is the intensity of O’Malley’s negatives. Only 19 percent of Mary-

land voters “strongly approve” of O’Malley, while 34 percent “strongly disapprove” (compared to 25 percent strong approval and 24 percent strong disapproval in January 2013). The intensity shift is dramatic among independent voters: “strong approval” dropped from 25 percent to 15 percent while “strong disapproval” increased from 23 percent to 29 percent over the past eight months. And it’s even more pronounced among African-American voters, where, between January and October, “strong approval” dropped from 47 percent to 28 percent and “strong disapproval” hiked from 4 percent to 17 percent. So what’s driving O’Malley’s bad showing, and how does it impact this election, where O’Malley is not a candidate but where both the primary and general elections will likely be referendums on the O’Malley record? Patrick Gonzales thinks O’Malley’s problem is the same as back in 2008 — taxes. According to the poll, the 83 percent gas tax hike O’Malley pushed through the legislature remains vastly unpopular: 22 percent favorable, 76 percent unfavorable (with 59 percent “strongly opposed”). And you wonder why Gansler is running against the gas tax? Add to this the infamous “rain tax” and O’Malley’s 38 other taxes and fees, which amount to $3.1 billion a year in new taxes since O’Malley became governor. O’Malley’s quixotic White House bid appears unpopular as well. When Gonzales asked Maryland voters back in January if O’Malley should run for president, only 25 percent said “yes,” while 58 percent said “no.” O’Malley ignored them, and now, apparently, many jilted Marylanders believe O’Malley cares more about his career than about them. So, does this bode poorly for Brown, O’Malley’s lieutenant governor, who is running as O’Malley’s protege against Gansler, the O’Malley/Brown alternative? No, because only Democratic voters will decide the Brown vs. Gansler primary and, among Dems, O’Malley remains popular (favorable 67 percent, unfavorable 29 percent). True, among Demo-

cratic voters O’Malley’s favorable is down 6 points and his unfavorable is up 9 points, but running against the O’Malley record in a Democratic primary is uphill for Gansler. Things might be different for Brown in the general election against an attractive Republican. But this is where Brown’s race — African American — becomes such a huge factor. In 2002, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend had everything going for her: first woman governor, uncontested primary, overwhelming party and media support. But her campaign lapses and, more importantly, voter animosity against Parris Glendening, the incumbent governor, cost her the election. Like KKT, Brown is battling voter fatigue, his boss’s declining popularity and, in addition, a strong primary opponent. But running as Maryland’s first African-American governor in a state that’s 30 percent African American is Brown’s ace in the hole. Or, put it this way; if Brown was white, his prospects would look a whole lot more like KKT’s. One possible game changer in this nascent governor’s race is Obamacare. O’Malley put Brown in charge of designing and masterminding Maryland’s Obamacare program. It’s Brown’s signature accomplishment as lieutenant governor, and if it implodes, so does Brown. The Gonzales poll, taken during the first days of the Obamacare rollout, shows wide popularity: 57 percent favorable, 39 percent unfavorable. But will these numbers change if the “glitches caused by the website’s early popularity” prove systemic and if the entire program goes into a “death spiral”? As Maryland’s elections unfold we’ll depend on Gonzales to keep us up to date on who’s happy, who’s angry and why. 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 His email address is blairleeiv@gmail. com.

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A pledge to recuse I am grateful for the endorsement of my candidacy for the Rockville City Council by The Gazette [“For Team Rockville,” editorial, Oct. 23]. The endorsement noted that there could be concerns regarding my effectiveness as a county government senior manager and a Rockville City elected official. There are very few occasions when my work with the county will overlap with the business of the city. In those rare instances when there could be a concern, I pledge to recuse myself from any vote that may be perceived as a source of conflict. It should be noted

that I am no longer with the county’s Office of Management and Budget where resource allocation recommendations are made to the county executive. More importantly, it is precisely my long-standing professional relationships with county elected officials, county government appointed and merit leaders which will permit me to build bridges for improved dialog and decision-making to reach consensus ... while advocating for city interests. I believe that my 24 years of service with Montgomery County Government as well as my experience as a member of

Other letters on the Rockville City Council election appear on the Rockville City Board of Supervisors of Elections, a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and Rockville University as well as my current chairmanship of Montgomery Hospice will be an excellent foundation for serving as a member of the Rockville City Council.

Beryl L. Feinberg, Rockville The writer is a candidate for the Rockville City Council.

Historic Pink Bank set to be demolished At the Oct. 14, mayor and council meeting, Rockville’s representatives voted 3-2 to allow the demolition of the historic “Pink Bank” at 255 N. Washington St. This vote was accomplished through the use of a flaw in Rockville’s historic designation process, which allows the mayor and council to cut short the normal public hearing process, preventing public hearings before both the Planning Commission and the mayor and council. I urge the citizens of Rockville to review the meeting’s discussion and ultimate decision online as I believe the decision made that evening has implications for how the public’s voice will be heard in Rockville in the future. However, this is only a symptom of a larger issue: the misuse of historic preservation in Rockville. Several council members claim to be in favor of historic preservation, yet their actions indicate not an interest in preservation of history, but rather, preser-

vation of specific architectural styles that meet their own tastes. This is a devastating way to view historic preservation, as we should have learned during the gutting of our town center through urban renewal in the 1960s. By eliminating one of the last physical reminders of that era, we are also engaging in a whitewashing of our history, and as we all should know by now, to forget past mistakes is to be doomed to repeat them. Furthermore, the city will miss out on a key economic development opportunity. In 30 years, I expect we will be gutting our town center again, when the current architectural and planning trends fade. The Pink Bank represents something unique in our community that could set the city apart for years to come. In fact, the Maryland Economic Development Association’s fall conference this year focused on placemaking. According to MDBIZ News, a publication of

the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development that covered the conference, two takeaways from this gathering of the region’s top economic developers were that “a community’s uniqueness fuels growth because ‘the more your community looks like everyone else’s, the less people will want to go there’ (Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute)” and “investing in historic preservation yields lasting long-term results in fostering place, but it needs to follow a long-term plan.” Rockville’s Historic Resources Management Plan states as its goal: identify and protect the Historic Resources as visual and physical reminders of the themes and periods in the city’s development. Therefore, I ask Rockville’s citizens to consider these important issues, and make their voices heard.

Jessica Reynolds, Rockville The writer is a Rockville Historic District Commissioner, and an economic development professional.



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One October afternoon while practicing with Our Lady of Good Counsel High School’s boys’ soccer team, senior Alessandro Burlew took a moment to look around. He surveyed his teammates while simultaneously reflecting on the Falcons’ 2013 campaign, as well as his own. In doing so, he came to a rather startling realization. “We have some sophomores


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Paint Branch High School football coach Mike Nesmith and senior receiver Javonn Curry said they have a similar exchange whenever they pass each other in the hallway. “Are you going to make any big plays at all this year?” Nesmith asks. “I got you, coach,” Curry says after laughing. “It’s going to come.” “I hope so,” Nesmith says. “The year’s almost over. Make a play.” Of course, Nesmith is just taking advantage of one of his favorite Curry attributes, his ability to take a joke. Curry has 41 catches for 600 yards and 11 touchdowns entering No. 6 Paint Branch’s game against No. 8 Sherwood on Friday. Really, Nesmith expected this type of production last season from Curry. But caught on a team with internal issues, Curry was limited. The year before, Curry led Paint PHOTOS BY GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE Branch to a championship in the Paint Branch High School wide Freaks in Cleats 7-on-7 tournament receiver Javonn Curry. at Towson when several top older players were out with injuries. Ever since, Nesmith was sky high on the player who’d already impressed him as a freshman on junior varsity. “We’ve seen those flashes that, when he was on — in that passing league tournament, he was on — no one would stop him,” Nesmith said. “He’s got great size. You’re not going to have a lot of defensive

who have been playing varsity for two years and they have more varsity experience than me,” he said. Indeed, because of his fights against chronic injuries, this is the first time Burlew’s been healthy and contributing to his club since he transferred to Good Counsel from Linganore following his freshman year. Contributing, however, would be putting it lightly. The 5-foot-9, 150-pound forward has scored a team-leading 15 goals this season and assisted three more helping the Falcons to an 8-3-3 record. His goals total is tops among all Montgomery County players, public and private. Burlew also doubles as the place kicker on Good Counsel’s football team, which is 6-4

Paint Branch High School wide receiver Javonn Curry (right) catches a pass during team practice Thursday at the school in Burtonsville.

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Three months ago, Gabriel Ndiaye was not in the United States. He was back home, in Gambia, a West African country, getting ready to move across the Atlantic Ocean for college. Now, he is the most prolific goal-scorer in the country for the second-ranked National Junior College Athletic Association Division III men’s soccer team heading into postseason play. Ndiaye’s Montgomery College (19-1) squad earned a first-round bye in the Region XX tournament (hosted by Prince George’s Community College) and is scheduled to play in the semifinal round Thursday. The national tournament is scheduled for Nov. 14-17 at Herkimer County Community College in New York. “This is why we play

this game,” Raptors secondyear coach Pedro Braz said. “We play to go to the postseason and make a run. Last year was a surprise, but this year we have a target on us being the No. 2 team in the country. Opponents expect us to be good; we expect it and [Ndiaye] is one of the reasons why.” Ndiaye came to Montgomery College, admittedly, very raw on the soccer field. He grew up playing unorganized soccer from a very young age. So, after enrolling at Montgomery College, he attended the Raptors’ open tryout sessions and immediately impressed the coaching staff. “The first thing we noticed is he was a very talented natural goal scorer,” Braz said. “But he just didn’t have a lot of experience playing in an organized setting. He played a lot of street soccer back home and he struggled at the beginning and was a reserve, but now that he understands, he’s just doing what he is

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Montgomery County’s 25 public high school girls’ soccer teams have collectively scored an average of 27 goals apiece in 2013. Up until recently, that likely would’ve been the handy work of just one player. In the fall of 1998, a Watkins Mill


freshman by the name of Noelle Keselica scored an unprecedented 35 goals and averaged 25 a year over a four-year tenure. Walter Johnson’s all-time leading scorer, Caroline Miller, graduated in 2009 with a 22-per-year goal scoring average and Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s recent string of four consecutive state titles was propelled by go-to scorers such as Hannah Cooper (Class of 2009, four straight 18-plus goal seasons) and Vic Gersh (20 goals scored in 2009-10). Gone are the days, for the most part it seems, of such dominant scorers. But the trend is in no way a sign of trouble for the county’s soccer teams. In fact,

coaches agree it’s symptomatic of increased talent county-wide. As more and more elite level clubs have popped up all over the region and attracted younger and younger athletes, experienced players are filling out teams’ depth charts in all areas of the county, not just the traditionally strong Bethesda and Potomac areas, Walt Whitman coach Greg Herbert said. Case in point, Gaithersburg’s recent ascent into the county’s upper echelon. Thirteen different players have scored for both Winston Churchill and Whitman in 2013 but none have exceeded eight

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Eliza Doll (left) of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School loks to shoot the ball near the goal of host Walt Whitman during a game this fall.


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Continued from Page B-1 goals. B-CC has 19 players with at least one goal and no one with more than six. Damascus senior midfielder Steph Cox is currently the county’s leading scorer with 18 goals but the Swarmin’ Hornets have outscored their opponents 64-5 and still have 15 players with at least one goal. Even defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Our Lady of Good Counsel lacks one particular scorer with 12 contributors and none with more than 12 goals — in 2011 two Falcons scored 22plus goals. “The trend [of more balanced scoring] is definitely there,” said Churchill coach Haroot Hakopian, who has been coaching in the county for two decades. In those times you had solid players and one outstanding player take it upon themselves to score. Now

you have several teams across the county with girls with six to 10 scorers. That means when they get the opportunity to finish, they’re finishing.” The county is in no shortage of star power capable of peppering the stat sheet. If Whitman midfielder Aliza Wolfe played in the front field and put more emphasis just on scoring, Herbert and Hakopian agreed, her numbers could sky rocket. Though more comfortable in the set-up role, Hakopian said B-CC senior and Colgate University recruit Eliza Doll has the ability to take over games in a similar manner. The recent trend has also been boosted by the type of player being developed at a young age, Hakopian said, and the brand of soccer it enables high school teams to employ. Players are more versatilethesedaysthantheywere 10 to 15 years ago, Hakopian said, and can play various roles on the field depending on where they’re

needed. Teams are generally able to efficiently execute a prettier, more possession style of soccer that lends itself to more balance among scoring options, coaches agreed. Kurtz joked after the Barons’ 2-1 win over Whitman earlier this month that he would pay to have the high-scoring numbers he was accustomed to in the mid-2000s — one-goal decisions can be stressful — but the recent lack of dominant scoring signifies a new level of competition in Montgomery County girls’ soccer. “You don’t see those players anymore who are ripping home 25 goals,” Kurtz said. “Hannah Cooper scored 18 goals for us four years in a row, I’d be paying her if she did that for us now. But the good thing is we’re getting it from a lot of different players.”


Continued from Page B-1 doing, which is score.” Ndiaye, who appeared softspoken and thoughtful during Monday’s practice, deflected the praise to his teammates. He’s made 15 starts and appeared in 19 games this fall. “I owe it all to them and coach because they make sure I’m in the right place and their skills are amazing. I mean, Nick Castro has assisted on half of my goals,” Ndiaye said. “The atmosphere is just amazing here and we have a lot of diverse cultures, but we all hang out, call each other and stay together as a team.” The 20-year-old freshman, who lives in Silver Spring, has been enjoying his time immersing himself in American culture. His favorite thing is all of the fast food establishments. “The food is the best here,” Ndiaye said. “McDonalds, Chipotle, Burger King — I try everything.” Ndiaye, who is studying business and economics, moved to the United States primarily for education, but said he couldn’t give up his favorite sport. “It was a little tough to move, but the education system is so much better here than back


Continued from Page B-1 this year. “It’s like I’m making up for lost time,” Burlew said. “I’ve got to be happy with what I’ve done, but the job’s not over yet. I’d be happywithmakingittotheWCAC championship.” The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference soccer playoffs began on Tuesday. And while the Falcons are likely underdogs behind DeMatha, Gonzaga and Paul VI — the three teams that beat them this season — Burlew and second-year coach Dylan Dempsey are confident this team has a run in it. “We’re way more competitive than we were last year,” Dempsey said. “Even though we’re not blowing teams out, I’m pleased with the way things are coming along.” Burlew, who called his gamewinner against Archbishop Spalding in the first match of the season

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Our Lady of Good Council High School’s field hockey team raises the championship trophy after beating Holy Cross. 2-1 in overtime, to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship Thursday at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Our Lady of Good Counsel field hockey coach Theda Bagdon had a simple message for her players prior to Thursday night’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game, the fifth straight year the Falcons matched up with Academy of the Holy Cross in the season finale.


Gabriel Ndiaye (right) practices with the Montgomery College men’s soccer team Monday at the campus in Rockville. home,” he said. “I’ve loved playing soccer since I was little — you ask for soccer balls for Christmas every year back home — but the education is my first goal. Montgomery College is averaging 6.2 goals per game with a .729 shot percentage while allowing just 0.9 goals per game. The Raptors, who don’t feature much height, are extremely technical, focused on ball control and make quick passes and swift movements.

“We don’t like the ball in the air a lot,” Braz said with a laugh and smile. Sophomore center back and Sherwood graduate Sergio Navarrete agreed. “It’s a lot of team play. The line between starters and the reserves is becoming more and more blurred,” he said. “The level of play is great.”

his most memorable goal to date, does the bulk of his scoring on off-ball runs. He and sophomore Dominic-Maximilian Duncan work combos well with one another, Dempsey said. “He definitely gets the hard goals,” Dempsey said. “He definitely earns every single one of them. He gets the ball in wide areas, makes defenders miss and he’s very smooth on the ball, very elusive. It’s fortunate that he’s been healthy.” For a long time, he wasn’t. In the second game of his sophomore season, Burlew broke his ankle against Winston Churchill. That rendered him unable to play for the rest of the year. After an arduous recovery process, the speedy striker felt ready to make amends for missing all of 2011 by starting strong for his junior season. Two weeks before the first game, however, Burlew found out he had a stress fracture in his hip. He had been playing through it for roughly four months and it went undiscovered until he had

an MRI before the season. For the second consecutive year, an injury forced Burlew to the sidelines. “I just spent a lot of time out, watching my team play. I guess it made me hungry,” said Burlew, who started playing soccer and football when he was 5 because he wanted to be like his brother. “I wanted to take part in it and wanted to make a difference to my school and my community.” Balancing his roles between soccer and football can be challenging. As soon as soccer practice ends, he heads over to the football field and then usually returns home at around 7:30 p.m. But what’s most noticeable for Burlew is juxtaposing the stature of the football team — consistently elite and nationally-recognized — with that of the soccer team, a program that hopes to get there sooner than later. “There’s going to be a school that kind of lucks out on getting him,” Dempsey said.

“Everybody has to try just a little bit harder, do just a little bit better, think just a little deeper, work just a little longer,” she said. It’s former gymnast Mary Lou Retton’s quote, and from thelooksofhowthegameturned out, with Good Counsel shedding the runner-up moniker that has haunted it for the past half decade, it did just the trick. When the Tartans tied it up 1-1 in the second half, they dug just a little deeper, holding on to extend the game to overtime. When Holy Cross fired in 12 shots on goalie Caroline Campbell, the keeper tried just a little bit harder. And when Elaine McCabe deked Holy Cross goalie Kathleen Mauck with 2 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in overtime, Good Counsel rose just one notch higher. “I told them, I said, ‘Every single time you feel one ounce of pulling back, think I have to work a little harder, I have to think a little deeper,’” Bagdon said. “The chemistry and the heart of this team, and the undying support for each other, there’s no girl — it’s awesome. There’s no division.” The victory has been a long time coming for Good Counsel. Bagdon watched her team relinquish a 2-0 second-half lead last year to lose 3-2 in overtime, and a player was sent off during the extra period, making it seven on six. The 2009 championship went to extra minutes as well, and that one ended in a 1-0 overtime victory in Holy Cross’s favor. Two years later, the title was decided by another one-goal margin, a 2-1 Tartans victory. “I am so happy right now,” Campbell said. “We have been

to so many championships and we have worked so hard in the off-season and regular season and this team is so close and we wanted it so badly. We put it all on the field and we’re so happy.” Just down the road at James H. Blake there was another postseason tilt providing some free field hockey. The Bengals, hosting Springbrook, went to overtime before knocking in the game-winner. They advanced to top-seeded Sherwood on Monday night (results came in after deadline). In the round previous, in which Col. Zadok Magruder and Gaithersburg were the lone game in the 4A West, the Trojans took two additional frames to finally top the Colonels. No. 1 seeded Quince Orchard proceeded to knock them out in the ensuing round, 5-0. While Stone Ridge’s 2-1 victory over St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes onThursdaywasn’tquitethewatershed win being had by Good Counsel, it was similar in nature. The Saints are the owners of 10 of the past 11 Independent School League titles, and though it was only a regular season matchup, the win certainly raised an eyebrowortwo,especiallywithplayoffs just a week away.

Cross country A pair of Good Counsel runners had a banner day Saturday in the WCAC cross country championships at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Va. Sophomore Megan Crilly took home the girls’ individual championship by running the course in a time of 20:55.06, while senior Collin Crilly won the boys’ race with a time of 16:27.57. Overall, Good Counsel’s girls finished second at the meet with 47 points, seven behind Bishop O’Connell as Cosette Riley (21:13) finished fourth and Cassidy Burke (21:15) placed fifth, The Falcons boys won the team title by two points over Gonzaga, as they had five runners finish in the top 12 (Crilly, Jack Wavering, Tyler Richards, Matt Lopez, Kevin McGivern). Even the two runners who didn’t score performed remarkably well as Miguel Alonso and Jeff Moxley finished 16th and 17th, respectively.

Tennis Holton-Arms School junior No. 1 singles player Lilly Lynham might not have physically won her match against Bullis’ Ines Vias in Thursday’s seasonending Independent School League “AA” Division tournament final but her just being on the court at Madeira (Virginia) was vital to Holton’s ninth title in 10 years. Lynham was rather sick Thursday but this year’s ISL tournament took on a new structure — dual matches rather than separate brackets per position. If Lynham sat out Thursday’s final, everyone down the Panthers’ ladder would have to move up a spot. Holton, which defeated St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (6-1) and National Cathedral School (4-3) in the first and second rounds won the final, 5-2 Thursday. “I was very tempted not to play [Lynham] because she was in pain but she asked me to play in the last match so she played at her request, not mine,” Holton coach Yann Auzoux said. “In this particular format, that makes a big difference. Last year it wouldn’t have made a big difference because we probably would’ve been in good position in every other position.” Bullis won the top two singles courts — last year’s ISL No. 1 singles champion Vias avenged a regular-season loss to Lynham with a win Thursday — but Holton won third and fourth singles and swept the doubles. Maya Das’ win at No. 3 singles Thursday capped an undefeated 2013. Jillian Lawler won at No. 4. Holton’s No. 1 doubles team consisted of Karsyn Lawler and Elise Lovett and Susan Darvishi and Sophie Gary won on the second doubles court. The team’s only two seniors, Lauren Di Franco and Lauren Ahn won the third doubles match. Auzoux credits Holton’s dominance of the league the past decade with the programs that have been implemented for younger athletes at the school, helping prepare them to feed into the varsity squad. “I think what we’ve managed to do is establish a good system for the girls to go through,” Auzoux said.





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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. 8. 10.


Record Points

8-0 6-4 7-1 7-1 7-1 7-1 5-3 6-2 5-3 5-3

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

60 54 48 42 36 28 22 17 17 5

Also receiving votes: Whitman 1.

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

Carries 140 159 186 171 110 147 157 112 94 116

Yards 1412 1285 1224 1145 1126 1122 978 803 671 649

Top passers

Cmp-Att. Chuck Reese, Rockville 216-343 Sam Ellis, Wootton 159-304 G. Cooper, P. Branch 128-217 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 118-217 Mike Murtaugh, QO 73-118 Marvin Galdamez, Ken. 82-137 C. Reighard, Seneca 81-146 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 59-104 Evan Smith, Whitman 63-127 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 53-115

Top receivers Jibri Woods, Wootton Trevon Diggs, Wootton Joey Cornwell, Rockville Ryan Stango, P. Branch Louison Biama, Rockville Javonn Curry, P. Branch Michael Scott, Kennedy Anthony Albert, Rockville Steven Kelly, B-CC Phil Osborn, R. Mont.

Catches 55 62 53 39 33 41 41 46 21 39

Avg. 10.1 8.1 6.6 6.7 10.2 7.6 6.2 7.2 7.1 5.6

Yards 2465 2221 1751 1324 1275 1027 1015 977 819 770 Yards 791 762 655 625 623 600 581 524 486 465

Int. 11 12 5 6 4 5 5 5 9 5

TDs 13 17 11 9 22 17 12 11 13 6 TDs 33 18 24 14 15 5 11 7 7 7

Avg. TDs 14.4 5 12.3 9 12.4 7 16.0 8 18.9 6 14.6 11 14.2 1 11.4 8 23.1 5 11.9 8

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Three schools have clinched berths

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association determines the four teams that advance to the postseason in football through a points

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN system that rewards schools for defeating good teams. Here’s a look at the race for playoff berths with two regular-season games to be played:

4A West Quince Orchard High School has clinched a playoff berth and controls its own destiny for the No. 1 seed. It’s possible Quince Orchard clinches the No. 1 seed this weekend. Gaithersburg has also clinched a playoff berth and controls its destiny. Northwest controls its destiny for a top-three seed and would clinch a playoff berth by winning either of its last two games (Quince Orchard or Springbrook).

Clarksburg controls its destiny for making the playoffs. Whitman must win at least one of its remaining two games (Churchill and Blair) to have a chance of qualifying. If Wootton loses to Rockville and Clarksburg beats Magruder this week, Wootton would be eliminated. If Wootton beats Rockville, Wootton will enter Week 10 with a chance to make the playoffs, but even a final-week victory over Quince Orchard wouldn’t guarantee a postseason berth. Blair can possibly remain in contention with a loss to Blake this week. But Blair cannot overcome a loss to Whitman the following week.

4A North Paint Branch controls its own destiny for receiving a top-two seed. Paint Branch would clinch a playoff berth with any one of the following outcomes in the next two weeks: Paint Branch over Sherwood, Paint Branch over Gaithersburg, Woodlawn over Kenwood, Parkville over Kenwood, Bethesda-Chevy Chase over Richard Montgomery, Churchill over Whitman,

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


Continued from Page B-1 backs that can cover a 6-[foot]-3 wide receiver in high school that’s got very good speed and is going up to catch balls with his hands. We knew that, if he played to his potential, that he could be what he’s become.” Curry never played organized football before high school, though he said he was pretty good in pick-up games with his friends. As he learned to wear

2A West

Montgomery County record All games

Northwood at Watkins Mill Einstein at Seneca Valley Wootton at Rockville Wheaton at Damascus Churchill at Whitman Gaithersburg at Walter Johnson Bethesda-Chevy Chase at R. Montgomery Northwest at Quince Orchard Magruder at Clarksburg Kennedy at Springbrook Sherwood at Paint Branch Blake at Blair Boonesboro at Poolesville Georgetown Prep at Landon Bullis at Episcopal


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

All Div.

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

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


207 139 169 135 178 196 106 235 46 247 43 227

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Springbrook* Blair Kennedy Blake

All Div.

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

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


324 79 199 140 159 91 149 133 133 129 36 222

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Quince Orchard Gaithersburg Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

8-0 7-1 6-2 5-3 1-7

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


324 26 182 84 274 113 139 104 89 337

Montgomery 3A Division

Poolesville, currently ranked third, controls its own destiny for making the playoffs. If Poolesville beats Boonsboro and one or both of the two teams directly behind Poolesvile (Catoctin and Oakdale) lose this weekend, that alone would not guarantee Poolesville a playoff berth. With wins in both its final games, Poolesville could finish with the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 seed.

Ken Sain

Dan Feldman

Nick Cammarota

Travis Mewhirter

Jennifer Beekman

Kent Zakour

121-23 236-45

121-23 235-46

118-26 233-48

114-30 230-51

117-27 228-53

111-33 219-62

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg R. Mont. Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg B-CC Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Poolesville Geo. Prep Bullis

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg R. Mont. Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg R. Mont. Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg R. Mont. Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg B-CC Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Sherwood Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis

Rockville QB tosses for state-best 480 yards, 8 touchdowns vs. Magruder

One month after being named 2013 USA Swimming Athlete of the Year, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart junior Katie Ledecky was honored as United States Olympic Committee SportsWoman of the Year at an awards ceremony in New York Tuesday that was part of the 100 Days Out Celebration, counting down to this winter’s Olympic Games in Sochi. A year after winning her first Olympic gold medal in the

Damascus has clinched a playoff berth. If it wins its final two games, Damascus could finish with the No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 seed. The loser of Friday’s Seneca Valley-Einstein game will be eliminated. Both teams will be eliminated if South Hagerstown wins a game. Rockville must win its final two games (Wootton and Poolesville) and South Hagerstown must lose its final two games (Williamsport and North Hagerstown).

Montgomery 4A South Division


Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Rockville Watkins Mill Wheaton Northwood

All Div.

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

5-0 4-1 3-1 3-3 1-3 0-4 0-4

Montgomery 2A Independent Team








6-2 181 122

Private schools Team


240 82 233 85 178 205 296 246 84 238 104 271 60 313

Bullis 7-1 255 88 Good Counsel 6-4 226 121 Avalon 5-4 252 158 Georgetown Prep 4-4 232 190 Landon 2-5 142 154 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores


USOC honors Katie Ledecky

3A West



Rockville High School quarterback Chuck Reese threw for 480 yards and eight touchdowns — marks that best Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association single-game records — in Rockville’s 64-41 win Friday against Col. Zadok Magruder. Rockville fell behind 35-8 in the first quarter as Magruder read Rockville’s signals. After changing signals during halftime, Reese found immediate success to begin the third quarter. “Then, his confidence was through the roof,” Rockville offensive coordinator Jason Lomax said. “After that, they couldn’t even slow him down.”

Einstein over Seneca Valley, Franklin over Dundalk, Patapsco over Landsowne, Bethesda Chevy-Chase over Walter Johnson, Blair over Whitman, Blake over Seneca Valley, Churchill over Damascus, Einstein over Watkins Mill, Kennedy over Sherwood, Springbrook over Northwest, Franklin over Catonsville, Towson over Dulaney, Perry Hall over Dundalk or Milford Mill over Woodlawn. Sherwood would guarantee a playoff berth by winning either of its final two games (Paint Branch or Kennedy). Springbrook must win its final two games (Kennedy and Northwest) to have a chance of reaching the playoffs. If Springbrook beats Kennedy, either of two sets of outcomes would eliminate Springbrook this week: First, Howard over River Hill and Sherwood over Paint Branch; second, Howard over River Hill, Whitman over Churchill, Northwood over Watkins Mill, Quince Orchard over Northwest, Magruder over Clarksburg, Richard Montgomery over Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Seneca Valley over Einstein and Springbrook over Kennedy.



Rockville High School quarterback Chuck Reese throws against Watkins Mill during a football game earlier this season. Reese threw for 480 yards and eight touchdowns last week against Col. Zadok Magruder. 800-meter freestyle in London, Ledecky claimed four gold medals — 1,500-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle relay — at this summer’s 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Ledecky’s time of 15 minutes, 36.53 seconds crushed the previous 1,500-meter freestyle world record by more than six seconds; she set another world mark in the 800-meter freestyle and an American record in the 400-meter

freestyle. With her time of 3:59.82, Ledecky became the first American woman to eclipse the 4-minute mark in the event and first U.S. woman, second overall, to sweep the three individual distance freestyle events at a single World Championships. Ledecky, who follows in the footsteps of such athletes as Janet Evans and Natalie Coughlin, became the first women’s swimmer to be named USOC SportsWoman of the Year since 2008.

pads and run plays, he was still at least somewhat unsure of himself for his first couple seasons. He wasn’t unconfident. He just wasn’t confident. “I didn’t really have any,” Curry said of expectations when he joined Paint Branch’s football program. “I knew I could catch, and I was pretty fast. I was just going out and trying to see if I actually could be good.” He is. Still, Curry has no scholarship offers, though Towson has shown interest ever since that 7-on-7 tournament in the

summer of 2011. Since, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Robert Morris and Stony Brook have expressed interest. Discussing Curry’s prospects of landing a scholarship offer, Nesmith uses the knowledge he feigns lacking in the Paint Branch hallways. “It’s going to pick up for him,” Nesmith said. “I really think, as the year goes on and if we’re able to have success in the playoffs, once people start looking at his film, they’re going to realize this kid is a pretty special talent.”

Poolesville 23, Wheaton 20 Blair 34, Einstein 18 Damascus 16, Seneca Valley 14 Wootton 24, R. Montgomery 20 Whitman 28, Walter Johnson 3 Springbrook 35, Churchill 7 P. Branch 54, B.-Chevy Chase 14 Clarksburg 14, Northwest 13 Rockville 64, Magruder 41 Q. Orchard 41, Gaithersburg 6 Sherwood 32, Blake 16 Spalding 28, Georgetown Prep 24 S. Hagerstown 42, Watkins Mill 0 Avalon 60, KIPP 14 Good Counsel 35, O’Connell 10 Kennedy 49, Northwood 13 Bullis 24, Landon 0

BEST BET Sherwood at Paint Branch,

6:30 p.m. Friday. Both teams will likely make the playoffs in the 4A North Region, but only the winner is guaranteed a berth. Sherwood has won eight the past nine games in the rivalry, including a 35-0 victory last season. Quarterback Gaston Cooper leads the Paint Branch offense.


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Year of unpredicatable results continues in boys’ soccer

If it seemed like the Thomas S. Wootton High School girls’ soccer team didn’t know what it was doing, or what kind of team it wanted to be, early this season, it didn’t. During a 2-6 start first-year Pa-

SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA AND JENNIFER BEEKMAN triots coach Andrew Ratti, a 1989 Wootton graduate, said it’s possible the team implemented a different formation in every game. “The first part of the season, they were figuring me out, I was figuring out our personnel,” Ratti said. “We played almost every formation trying to figure out what works best for us.”

The Patriots found it in an offensiveminded 3-4-3 rooted in a possession style soccer and have turned a corner in the last month, just in time to position themselves as a dangerous floater in the Class 4A West Region tournament that started a week ago. Wootton is undefeated in its last seven games, including a 3-2, first-round win over Col. Zadok Magruder. The Patriots faced the region’s bottom section’s second seed, Gaithersburg, Tuesday night but the game ended too late to be included in this edition of The Gazette. Whatever the result, Ratti said, the positive strides taken this fall will only continue to benefit the program next year as the 1998 state champion Wootton tries to regain its spot in the county’s elite. “One of the things, I look back at what Dave Greene did with the program, we were a powerhouse when I played and after I left and I want to try and get

the girls back to where we’re not losing in the first or second round of playoffs and a better record than what we’ve had [recently],” Ratti said. “It’s not a one-year process. We’re on our way.”

Boys’ soccer In what likely was a surprise to nobody, there were upsets in the opening round of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association boys’ soccer tournament across all classifications. One result, however, was particularly surprising, even when one takes into account how unpredictable this season has been. On Saturday afternoon, Richard Montgomery beat Winston Churchill in a 4A West first-round match, 3-2. Now, the context. Churchill, which featured one of the deeper rosters in the county, is bolstered by dynamic

goal-scorers in J.J. Van Der Merwe and Nathan Ferdowski and finished first in the 4A South Division during the regular season. The Bulldogs went 10-3-1 (4-1-0 in division) and scored 32 goals while allowing 12. The Rockets, on the other hand, were last in the 4A South. Plagued by an inability to score all season, Richard Montgomery only found the back of the net nine times and allowed 22 goals. They went 3-10-1 (1-4-0 in division) and lost to Churchill, 2-0, on October 17. Oddly enough, that was the score at halftime of Saturday’s match. But somehow, as if county coaches needed a reminder as to the volatile parity in the league this year, the Rockets rallied to score three goals — one third of their previous total on the season — to upend the Bulldogs. “I’ve been at RM 10 years now and this has been the most parity I’ve ever seen,” said Rockets coach Chamy Wi-

jeratne. “We’ve had some bad luck this year and we haven’t scored as many goals as we needed to, but the guys kept believing and none of the players gave up.” Of the Montgomery County games that were played in the 4A bracket in the first round, four went into overtime. One such game was between Walter Johnson and Bethesda-Chevy Chase where Nicholas Montes scored the winner in the first overtime. “I cannot recall a season where it was so open,” Wildcats coach Hector Morales said. “I feel like the first playoff game is like the first game of the regular season, you’ve just got to get that first one under you.” The other matches that took extra time to decide: Walt Whitman edged Kennedy in penalty kicks, Sherwood beat Springbrook also in PKs and Wootton downed Northwest in overtime.

Poolesville’s libero helps make Falcons a state contender BY


During a match against Damascus High School earlier this year, Sarah Kenneweg hit the floor to save a Madison Wyatt kill attempt. Later, the Poolesville senior stuck an arm out to turn an Annika Schwartz spike into a deftly placed pass for teammate and setter Allyson Convers to divvy out to her own hitters. Kenneweg is everywhere — her libero-distinguished jersey allows her to be — thinking ahead of hitters, getting to spots that looked open just seconds ago are now taken up by a diving, sliding or perfectly-positioned Kenneweg, frustrating the county’s best and most powerful hitters over and over again. “That is the worst feeling,” Schwartz said. “That’s a feeling I always feel when we play Poolesville. I’ve played club with her and she’s always there and I hate her for it. That’s the feeling and she obviously loves it and it’s so frustrating.” There isn’t much glory about being a libero, aside from the in-


Poolesville High School’s Sarah Kenneweg goes on to the court against Springbrook on Oct. 23. trinsic satisfaction of trumping an outside hitters’ best shot. Being a hitter is glamorous, crowd-

fense and will pick up everything and has a fantastic attitude on and off the court.” It’s no accident Kenneweg has garnered such rave reviews from around the county. Her big sister, Megan, who is now an assistant coach, was slotted at hitter for Poolesville, but Sarah has forever been a defensive specialist. Falcons coach Fran DuVall first saw the future Seton Hall University recruit when Sarah was just eight years old, small for her age even then, and the bright-eyed girl approached the coach with a request: “‘Hey coach Fran, show me what to do with a volleyball,’” she said. From then on, DuVall recalled, “every time she came up to me, she had always asked me for something to do and the amazing thing was, every time I’d see her, she was doing the thing I showed her last time I saw her.” When Kenneweg didn’t have a partner to pepper with, she always had a wall that would return it every time. And then something happened: she fell in love with passing a volleyball, not hitting it as many youths would. It didn’t take long for her to be a digging machine. But the best part for DuVall is that Kenneweg doesn’t just get a hand on a hit, she deadens it into an easily settable pass for Convers, who can turn around


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and set up Rosie Barry or Emily Agate for a hit of their own. “For whatever reason, we’ve never really had size at Poolesville,” DuVall said. “So ball control is huge, it’s absolutely huge. And she frustrates hitters. When you’re used to getting the ball down — when she’s back there, you’re not going to get one swing and be done. I just think she frustrates people. She covers a lot of the court.” Now in her senior season, Kenneweg is the core to an undefeatedPoolesvilleteam,onewhich has dropped a set only to Damascus, a group that recently snapped Sherwood’s 68-match winning streak. As far as their record goes, there’s no improving that. But there’s still one demon remaining that Kenneweg is determined to exorcise before she graduates: matching her sister with a state title of her own. The Falcons last won in 2008 and reached the semifinals when Kenneweg was a freshman, but that’s the closest they’ve been in the libero’s fouryear starting career. “[Megan] would always tease me about not winning my freshman year because I’ve made it to semis,” she said. “But it would be awesome, for both of us to have won a state title.”




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pleasing and fun. Being a libero is arduous and stressful, a test of any forearm’s durability to with-

stand hit after hit. Naturally, the position wasn’t Kenneweg’s first choice — it was her only one. She’s small enough where, when asked for her height, she argued for quarters of an inch — “I’m like 5-[foot]-and a half, maybe 5-and-three quarters, 5-foot-1 with shoes on!” she said. This, along with a tremendous knack for passing a volleyball, adds up to one perfectly packaged libero. “I was kind of put into this position because of my height,” she said. “I didn’t really have a choice.” Had she been presented an option, there’s no telling what position she would have chosen. But she’s made the most out of what she’s been given. She may be the one libero in the county who has found a way to catch the eye of every single coach who has played Poolesville this season, more-so than the vast majority of the hitters. Col. Zadok Magruder coach Scott Zanni said in an email: “There shouldn’t be any debate — she is the best libero in the county. Only libero who is going to play D1 vball next year (Seton Hall) and is far and away the best skilled of all the liberos.” Damascus coach Becky Ronquillo: “Not sure of stats — but one heck of a player! So fast in de-


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The cast is stunning, but Ridley Scott’s latest could use an intervention.

HEAVEN ON EARTH British rock band prefers life on the road

British hard rock band Heaven’s Basement will play the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday as a part of their eight-week-long North American tour. The band is opening for American rockers The Pretty Reckless. Heaven’s Basement — made up of vocalist Aaron



Buchanan, guitarist Sid Glover, bass player Rob Ellershaw and drummer Chris Rivers — recently wrapped a headlining tour of the U.K. Once their U.S. run ends in December, Heaven’s Basement will

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Irish pianist performs in Bethesda on Saturday

head right back out on the road in 2014 with stops in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. “That’s the best way for bands to do it,” Rivers said. “Touring.” But while many bands tour, Heaven’s Basement has



Classical pianist Finghin Collins from Dublin will perform works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms and Schubert on Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda. He will teach a masterclass on Sunday in Glen Echo.

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British Rock band Heaven’s Basement will perform at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday. JAMES MINCHIN III.



n When: 7 p.m. Sunday


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

n Tickets: $24.50

n For information: 301-960-9999,


Through rose-colored glasses

L Mozart, Irish pianist Finghin ColLike llins started playing the piano at the age a of 3. And, like Mozart, he has an older o sister who also plays. Unlike Mozart, Collins did not have musical parents. They grew up h in rural Ireland, met at the university in Cork and became scientists — his father, an agricultural scientist, and his mother, a chemist. Nor were there musicians in the family, making the sudden emergence of musical talent surprising. However, Collins’ eldest sister, 10 years his senior, started piano lessons at age 7 and loved it. She passed along her enthusiasm to her siblings including Collins, the youngest of four children. “We all took to it like fish to water,” said Collins. “It just seems to have sprung from nowhere,” he said. “They love what we do, but they never had a lesson, never played a note.” Now in his 30s, Collins travels the world playing the works of Mozart and other classical composers as part of a solo career that also includes directing two music festivals in Ireland. Collins will be performing pieces by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms and Schubert on Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda. He will also be holding a masterclass open to the public on Sunday for three students with the Washington Conservatory of Music in Glen Echo Park.

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(From left) Frank Vince, Christian Sullivan, Steve LaRocque, Ted Schneider, Genevieve James, Carolyn Kashner, Frank Britton, Tiffany Garfinkle, Manolo Santalla, Ken Lechter and Steve Beall rehearse for “The Iceman Cometh.”


Latest from Quotidian examines perspective, pipe dreams BY


Through November, audiences will

have a rare opportunity to see the scarcely performed “The Iceman Cometh,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill presented by Quotidian Theatre in Bethesda. “It’s considered a masterpiece of theater but is very rarely performed,” said “Iceman” director Michael Avolio.

With a reputation for staging the understated, “Iceman” falls in line with Quotidian’s repertoire. “I enjoy the fact that they do realistic pieces,” said actress Carolyn Kashner. “They really engage you emotionally.”


n Concert: 8 p.m. Saturday n Master class: 3 p.m. Sunday. Open to the public. n Where: Concert at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda; Masterclass at Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo n Tickets: Free, donations accepted. n For information: 301-320-2770,


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‘wonders’never cease JACK ROSENBERG

Jack Rosenberg’s “Angry Sea.”

Awe inspiring “Inspired by Nature,” featuring turned wood bowls by Phil Brown of Silver Spring, ceramics by Bethesda artist Rebecca Ravenal, photographs by Jack Rosenberg of Potomac, watercolors by Silver Spring artist Madeline Wikler and collages by Patricia Zannie of Silver Spring, opens with a reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Gallery Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. Although each participating artist has a personal artistic vision, each is inspired by nature. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.

The juried exhibit “small wonders” opens Friday at the Capitol Arts Network Gallery in Rockville, showcasing works measuring 12 inches by 12 inches or smaller from regional artists. As part of the exhibit, “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” will spotlight 21 miniature assemblage sculptures by Roanoke, Va., artist Page Turner, utilizing women’s dress forms and garments hand-sewn from antique sugar, flour and salt sacks, personal objects, and domestic tools housed under bell jars and glass domes. Growing up in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia in a devout Mormon household, Turner was taught domestic traditions and skills from women in the family and community. Each of her sculptures is a totem of a specific woman who helped to forge Turner’s identity. An opening reception is set for 6-9 p.m. Friday. The exhibition runs to Nov. 25. Also opening Friday will be the Washington School of Photography’s “Ethiopia From the Heart,” featuring guest photographer Andarge Asfaw of Washington, D.C., and “I Will Win — The War,” a presentation of a painting about love and peace by internationally renown Dutch artist Erik Van Loon. The painting is Loon’s ninth in his “I Will Win” series for the New York City Marathon. For more information, visit

‘Superstar’ The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center will celebrate

the 40th anniversary of Norman Jewison’s hit film, “Jesus Christ Superstar,”

with an exclusive Washington, D.C.area screening of the rock opera at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Spring theater. Jewison’s 1973 adaptation of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway smash tells the story of Christ’s final weeks told entirely in a series of dazzling songs, images and music. Star Ted Neeley will be present to participate in a Q&A before the film, and will sign merchandise in the lobby following the screening. For more information, visit www.neeleytour. com. Visit www.afi. com/silver.


Country music icon Travis Tritt is set to play at the Music Center at Strathmore at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Nashville star Country music legend Travis Tritt is set to perform at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Famous for songs such as “Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” “Help Me Hold On,” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Tritt will perform many of his platinum-selling hits. Lyndsey Highlander is slated to open for the country crooner. For more information, visit


“Jesus Christ Superstar” will screen Saturday at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring. Lead actor Ted Neely will be present to help celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary.

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In 2003, “The Pillowman” by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh was staged in London for the first time. Within 10 years, the show would premiere in eight other countries and win a slew of awards, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and multiple Tony Awards. Silver Spring Stage will stage its production of “The Pillowman” with opening night slated for Friday. “This show is unlike anything that I’ve ever seen on a stage,” said Chad Fornwalt, who plays Katurian in the show. “It’s just a really interesting combination of topics … it takes you on an emotional roller coaster. Just when you think you’re go-

n When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 1-23

ing to understand where we’re going with the story, it takes another little turn and sends you in a completely different direction.” The play revolves around the killings of children. Katurian is arrested by the police because his stories closely resemble the atrocities committed against the children. What follows is a series of questions and stories. Lars Klores, who plays detective Tupolski, said this isn’t a show for everybody. “There’s lots of heavy language and some disturbing images there,” Klores said. “People who ask me what the show’s about, I have a little line for them that I think pretty much sums it up — It’s like a nightmarish Kafka-esque episode of ‘Law & Order’ written by the Brothers Grimm and directed by Quentin Tarantino. That pretty much has everything in it.” Although the subject matter is fairly dark, neither Fornwalt

n Where: Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $18-$20 n For information: 301-5936036;


Chad Fornwalt plays writer Katurian in the upcoming Silver Spring Stage production of “The Pillowman.” nor Klores said they were uncomfortable doing the show. “What I’ve felt uncomfortable about is me trying to put myself in other people’s shoes,” Fornwalt said. “… I definitely do think about what other people might think. I really hope that when people come in, that they come in with a completely open mind and to not look at things the way maybe they always have.

On face value, it would be easy to say ‘Oh, there’s something wrong with this show. It’s too violent, it’s too dark.’ But if they can just give us a chance and go with us, there’s a lot more to this story than what is on the cover.” Klores, meanwhile, said that while there really is no message for the audience to take away from the show, the play itself is about storytelling and the re-

sponsibility, or lack thereof, of the storyteller. “There’s no message, per se, or at least I don’t think it can be distilled into a single message, but I will say like all great pieces of art, I do think ‘The Pillowman,’ is a great piece of art,” Klores said. “It leaves you with a lot of questions and it leaves you with a lot of things about art and about life that aren’t immedi-

ately apparent, but become apparent in your head as you start thinking about the play and it balloons for you. What I want to make sure audiences know is that, despite there being violence and despite there being horror … this is a play that gives you a lot to think about and discuss.” Fornwalt believes that all of the characters in the show are relatable, no matter what someone has dealt with personally. Overall, he said, the play isn’t about the violence or the dark material. “There’s just so much more to it,” Fornwalt said. “I just want people to come into it with an open mind and really understand what this piece is about.”

Write what you know: Author explores fiction based on career Architecture serves as basis for World War II suspense novel n




Charles Belfoure believes more folks should “take a crack at fiction.” “Most books are written by literary types, people with MFAs. It’s intimidating,” the 59-year-old architectauthor acknowledged. “But even late in life, people who don’t necessarily have training in writing can apply their backgrounds to telling stories. If [it turns out] they have a knack for writing, it may open up a whole new avenue.” Belfoure speaks from experience. The Baltimore-bred son of an immigrant single mother said he had no literary influences while growing up. Even now, he rarely reads fiction; notable exceptions include Baltimore-based novelist Anne Tyler’s body of work, and a few legal thrillers by John Grisham, who provided the model for applying his profession to fiction. Despite his background, Belfoure’s debut novel, “The Paris Architect,” a World War II story about an architect

hired to design spaces in which Jews could hide from the Gestapo, was released Oct. 8. The author co-opted the idea of priest holes, hiding places built into manor houses so clerics could celebrate Mass during the 16th century when English law persecuted Catholics. Architecture was Belfoure’s second career choice. He started off studying illustration, but switched gears as a result of a visit to a modern architecture exhibit fortuitously titled “Transformations” at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. “I hadn’t given much thought to architecture before. I paid no attention to it [while growing up] in Baltimore, but at MOMA, I was struck by the wonderful forms,” he recalled. Belfoure pursued the new field at Pratt Institute and Columbia University, while reveling in the craftsmanship and detailing of the city’s historic architecture. His master’s thesis also led him to recognize he enjoyed the research and writing process. During the ensuing years, Belfoure developed a practice focused on historic preservation, and now works as an architect as well as a historic preservation consultant with a specialty in historic tax credit consulting. The


Charles Belfoure, author of “The Paris Architect.”

Westminster resident has several current projects in Baltimore. Before taking on the novel, Belfoure wrote nonfiction in his field, coauthoring the books “The Baltimore Rowhouse” and “Niernsee & Neilson, Architects of Baltimore,” and going solo on “Edmund G. Lind: Anglo-American Architect of Baltimore and the South,” “Dying by Design” and “Monuments to Money: The Architecture of American Banks.” He also has contributed free-

lance pieces to The Baltimore Sun and The New York Times. There is method to Belfoure’s fiction. He begins with a basic one- or two- sentence outline, defines the protagonist and starts with “a chapter to draw the reader in. … [Then] I write as I go, discovering different plotlines and characters while I write.” The fledgling novelist has advice for the non-writers he encourages to follow in his footsteps. “If you haven’t done something before, you need to buy all the equipment and you need someone with experience to give you brutally honest advice,” he said. That person, he added, should be qualified to offer opinions on whether the book has potential as well as whether a chapter should be moved or a character more fully delineated. Belfoure hired a freelance editor for feedback on his first go-round, because he felt the manuscript must be “as polished and professional as possible.” Still, he said, writing is not the biggest challenge for a new author. “The economics of selling and marketing are far more daunting,” Belfoure said. “There’s the hard reality of finding an agent, and a publisher who has to re-

ally like the book.” So far, it appears that Belfoure’s strategy is working. Publishers Weekly called his characters “well-rounded and intricate,” and noted that “heart, reluctant heroism, and art blend together in this spine-chilling page-turner.” And Booklist praised his “unadorned, zippy style and broad-brush characters” and compared him to “an up-and-coming Ken Follett.” Belfoure said that the book has been sold in Italy, Israel and Brazil. Random House bought the audio rights and film companies have initiated contact. He has written a rough draft of a second novel, a crime-thriller with an architect as protagonist. And because of delays in financing on his architectural projects, he has ample time to adhere to a five-day-a-week schedule of writing five to six hours a day. As for the future, Belfoure said he has one or two other stories to tell. He took a crack, and it seems he has the knack. Charles Belfoure will read and sign books at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Alexandria Library, Beatley Branch|Alexandria, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call 703-746-1702.

IN THE ARTS Hollywood Ballroom, Oct. 30,

free International Quickstep Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m., ($16); Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6); Nov. 8, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15 cover); Nov. 9, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m., dancing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for workshop and dance; $15 for dance only); Nov. 10, free Hustle lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Nov. 13, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 14, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Nov. 1, Anna Rain calls to Nor’easter; Nov. 8, Dave Colestock with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Nov. 15, Greg Frock calls to The Avant Gardeners; Nov. 22, Eric Black with Gallimaufry; Nov. 29, Nils Fredland calls to Elixir, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, Nov. 3, April Blum calls with Cabaret Sauvignon; Nov. 10, Valerie Helbert calls with Ari & Mia; Nov. 17, Ted Hodapp calls with Dance du Jour; Nov. 24, Eric Black calls with Dead Sea Squirrels, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, Oct. 30, Caller: Marth Siegel; Nov. 6, Caller: Carol Marsh; Nov. 13; Caller: Tom Spilsbury; Nov. 20, Caller: Stephanie Smith; Nov. 27, Caller: Bob Farrall, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs),

Now and Then Dance Studio, Saturday Ballroom dances,

second and fourth Saturdays, beginner group lesson at 8 p.m., open dancing at 9 p.m., $10 cash

at door (all men admitted at half price throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, 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, Nov. 3, Cabaret Sauvignon; Nov. 17, Rhapsody, 2:453:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, First Annual Grand Mas-

querade with Doc Scantlin, 8 p.m. Oct. 31; Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Septet, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1-2; Avon Lucas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3; Emman-

uel Trifilio Tango Trio, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; Familiar Faces, 8 p.m. Nov. 8, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Della Mae, 8 p.m. Nov. 2; Thomas Pandolfi, 3 p.m. Nov. 3; District Comedy, 8 p.m. Nov. 8; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260, Fillmore Silver Spring, Cristian Castro with special guests Lazaro, 8 p.m. Oct. 30; Jessie Ware — Fall Tour 2013 with special guest Mikky Ekko, 8 p.m. Oct. 31; House of Blues 20th Anniversary Presents Third Eye Blind, 8 p.m. Nov. 1; The Pretty Reckless, 7 p.m. Nov. 3; Reel Big Fish, Five Iron Frenzy, Beautiful Bodies, Beebs & Her Money Makers, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; New Found Glory/ Alkaline Trio with H20, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7; Jake Miller, 7 p.m. Nov. 8; 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-960-9999,

Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, A Civil War

Scrapbook: CD Release with Hesperus & Maggies Music, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13; Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Rafe & Clelia

Stefanini CD Release, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4; Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Oct. 30, Nov. 5-6, Nov. 9, Nov. 19-20; Voice, 7 p.m. Oct. 30-31; Chris Thile, 8 p.m. Oct. 30; Voice; Bootsy Collins, 8 p.m. Oct. 31; Julia Nixon: Tribute to Carole King, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Nov. 1; Travis Tritt with opener Lyndsey Highlander, 8 p.m. Nov. 1; Jazz Vocal Intensive: Scat Singing 101, 10 a.m. Nov. 2; AIR Mentor: Cathy Fink with guests Brad Kolodner

and Amadou Kouyate, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango, 8 p.m. Nov. 7; BSO: Off the Cuff — The Planets, 8:15 p.m. Nov. 8; National Philharmonic: Lost Childhood, A Concert Opera, 8 p.m. Nov. 9; Kids EuroFestival: Leiutajateküla Lotte — Lotte from Gadgetville Vanemuine Theatre, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. Nov. 10; call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,

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Rockville Musical Theatre presents

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ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Nov. 15 to Dec. 30, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301634-2270, Imagination Stage, “Lulu and the Brontosaurus,” to Oct. 27; “Lyle the Crocodile,” Nov. 20 to Jan. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda,


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Prejudice on ‘Parade’ n Songs heighten emotions in Leo Frank murder trial of 1913 BY

PARADE n When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 1-3, 8-10, 15-16.


The musical “Parade” is based on an ugly anti-Semitic incident in American history, but the songs and the way they express emotion are anything but ugly. “For a very dark [story], it’s got beautiful music,” said Craig Pettinati, director of the show for the Kensington Arts Theatre (KAT). With a cast of 15 actors and a 10-piece orchestra, the musical is running to Nov. 16 at the Kensington Town Center. “Parade” is based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish-American man with a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell who married a Jewish woman from Atlanta whose family owned a pencil factory. In 1913, police accused Frank of murdering Mary Phagan, a 13-yearold employee of the factory. Frank was convicted and spent years appealing, eventually reaching the Supreme Court. Directed by Hal Prince, “Parade” debuted on Broadway in 1998. Librettist Alfred Uhry, who grew up in Atlanta and wrote “Driving Miss Daisy,” won a Tony award for Best Book of a Musical. Jason Robert Brown, who wrote the music and lyrics, won a Tony for Best Original Music Score. KAT has also performed two of Brown’s other shows, “The Last Five Years” and “Songs for a New World.” “I see it as a story about pride,” said Bobby Libby, who plays the part of Frank. “There’s the pride that the Southerners have, and he has his own

n Where: Kensington Town Center (formerly the Armory), 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington n Tickets: $13-$20 n For information: 206-888-6642,

sense of pride. They sense that and turn on him.” The musical opens with a young soldier heading off to fight for the South during the Civil War, singing goodbye to the girl he loves. “It’s so beautiful, you can’t help but be moved,” Libby said. The scene then shifts five decades ahead to 1913, where the people of Atlanta continue to take great pride in their history and culture, participating in a parade to honor Confederate soldiers who died in the war. Frank, who doesn’t understand the event, is viewed as an outsider, and the animosity is mutual. “As a protagonist, he’s kind of unsympathetic,” said Libby. “He doesn’t like where he lives. He doesn’t like the people or the community.” Frank’s wife, Lucille (Emily Zickler), tries to help him fit in, but “their relationship is strained,” said Libby, and Lucille wonders if she married the right man. Frank, meanwhile, can’t understand how his wife can be both Jewish and culturally a Southerner. “He’s been living in the South a few years, and he’s reacting badly to all of it,” Libby said. “He loses sight of how


A mob mentality begins to form in the musical “Parade” presented by the Kensington Arts Theatre to Nov. 16. The show is based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish-American man who was accused of murdering a 13-year-old girl in Atlanta in 1913. Holding the Bible is Brad Carnes-Stine as journalist Tom Watson. much he loves this woman.” After Phagan is murdered, prosecutor Hugh Dorsey (Michael Nansel) is told by the Georgia governor to get to the bottom of the sensational case. Initial suspicion is cast on Newt Lee, the black night watchman (Ian Anthony Coleman), but Lee is released. Eager to get his name in the headlines, Dorsey decides to go after Frank, tapping into the community’s distrust of him. Dorsey makes a deal with the factory janitor, Jim Conley (also played by Coleman), who testifies against Frank at the trial.

Mary’s boyfriend, Frankie Epps (Harrison Smith), also testifies, claiming that Frank had an eye for the female workers. Three factory girls testify under coercion from the prosecutor, performing a seductive dance with Frank in a fantasy sequence. Also among the characters is Tom Watson (Brad Carnes-Stine), who writes for a right-wing newspaper, and Britt Craig (Patrick McMahan), a reporter who sees the trial as a way to make a name for himself and who promises to support Dorsey if Dorsey runs for governor. “You see in the show how Frank was

set up,” said Pettinati. “In the courtroom scene, you see the corruption and the ordeal that he went through.” The only thing that keeps the show from descending into the depths of despair is Lucille, said Libby. The deepening connection between she and Frank is the focus of the musical. “It’s his wife and her strength and the beauty of that relationship,” he said. “They find a deep well of love, a love which they always had.” “It’s a very beautiful piece of theater,” Libby said.



had the unique opportunity to cover multiple continents in the span of just a few months. “A lot of bands have focused on one area before focusing on another but we’re doing Europe, Canada and the U.S. at the same time,” Rivers said. From their inception in 2008, Heaven’s Basement, who is now signed with Red Bull Records, has always spent time out on the road. The band gained a reputation for playing underground venues and then working their way up to larger stages. But no matter the size of the crowd, Rivers said he and the other members of Heaven’s Basement have always loved performing live. “It was quite hard to get shows in big cities so we’d play smaller places in the southeast [of England] and eventually started heading over to places like Germany,” Rivers said. “Anywhere that would have us.” Rivers and Glover are the only original members of the band remaining. Rivers said other musicians have come and gone over the years but it was a matter of “meeting people with the same ambition.” That ambition was to play great music, at any cost. Other than a fleeting desire to drive a tractor at age 3, Rivers said he’s never considered another career path. “It was about discovering what you’re into and sticking with it,” he said. “We never balanced the band with having other jobs and stuff. We just wanted to be a band right away.” And the one-track mindset has started to pay off. Heaven’s Basement’s single “Fire, Fire” from their debut album, “Filthy Empire,” released in February, has been climbing the U.S. Active Rock Chart, recently reaching No. 11. But it’s not the record sales that drive the members of Heaven’s Basement. It’s the need they feel to fill a void on the music scene. “You have an indie scene and stuff like that and we’ve never fit into any of that,” Rivers said. “We’ve just been doing our own thing and hope that it sparks something.” As for their own influences, Rivers said the members of the band aren’t too picky. “We’re fans of music and anyone who has stuff to say,” he said. “We’ll listen to anything from the heaviest music to the softest music. It ranges from old-school bands to new bands.”

The events are free but donations are welcome, said Kathy Judd, executive and artistic director of the conservatory. In 1999 as a teenager, Collins won first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland. He also studied with Irish pianist John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. O’Conor presently teaches at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. Judd is one of his friends, which is how she came to invite Collins to perform for the Washington Conservatory. Collins also studied at the Geneva Conservatory and served a three-year residency as the first-ever associate artist of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. During the residency with the orchestra, he performed all of Mozart’s 23 concertos live over the radio. In May, four of them were released on a double CD. For the past decade, Collins has been branching out in some new directions, doing more conducting and also serving as director of two

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Continued from Page B-5 Kashner returns to Quotidian after her debut with the company in last year’s production of James Joyce’s “The Dead.” “Iceman” is set in 1912 New York in the barroom of a hotel. Here, a group of drunks exchange stories as they await the arrival of charismatic salesman Hickey (Steve LaRocque), who typically provides much-needed levity with his dirty jokes and free drinks. However, when Hickey arrives, he brings with him a sad truth that makes his friends closely examine their own failings. “At face value I thought, ‘OK, this is about a bunch of alcoholics,’” said Kashner, who plays a “tart” named Margie. “But it’s about failed pipe dreams, being confronted with your

British Rock band Heaven’s Basement will perform at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday. However, Rivers does name some oldschool bands, including The Beatles, Metallica and Led Zeppelin, as favorites. For Heaven’s Basement fans waiting on the release of the band’s second album, Rivers said they could be waiting a while. “We’re touring all of next year as well, through 2015,” Rivers said. “It’s going to be

own morality.” Pipe dreams, Kashner said, are people’s “self-delusions.” “People have either had a glorious past or aspire to a glorious future,” she said. “They’re all in denial of their alcoholism and their feelings ... People might not want to reflect on that in real life.” While Quotidian audiences may not identify with the “Iceman” characters’ drinking habits, Avolio said they will be able to find common ground. “[O’Neill] views them with such humanity that it’s easy to relate to them even though they’re so different from us,” Avolio said. “ ... He is unafraid of looking at the darker side of humanity and probing deeper into the human soul.” “The major events in your life, if you look back at them and when you try to explain them, you come up with

music festivals in Ireland, the New Ross Festival and Music for Galway. “I enjoy creating the season and choosing the artists,” he said. For the concert in Bethesda, Collins will be performing Mozart‘s “Sonata in D major K. 284” and Debussy’s “Estampes” with its three movements — “Pagodas,” “The Evening in Granada” and “Gardens in the Rain.” “It’s a little collection of three evocative pieces, very atmospheric,” said Collins. For the second half of the program, he will perform Brahms’ “Rhapsodies Op. 79,” which Brahms composed toward the end of his life, and Schubert‘s “Drei Klavierstücke D. 946.” “They’re two of the great composers for the piano,” said Collins. “[These pieces] go very well together.” Collins said he is also looking forward to the masterclass on Sunday in Glen Echo. “It’s nice to be meeting people and to maybe give them something different to think about,” said Collins. “I remember from my own youth, it was nice to play for someone different.”

Classical pianist Finghin Collins from Dublin will perform works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms and Schubert on Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda


a while before we do the next album.” But that’s the way Rivers and his band members like things. “We’re always up for going places,” Rivers said. “There’s a whole world still to go and tour.”


different stories,” added actor Steve Beall, who plays Larry Slade. “As they go through their lives, they look at it from a different perspective.” Like other O’Neill pieces, “Iceman” touches on some heavy subject matter. But Avolio and his cast insist the show is not all darkness and gloom. “To me, there is this beautiful balance of showing this makeshift community of kindness and civility of a certain kind and then what happens to it when this guy Hickey shows up,” Beall said. It’s a balance, Beall added, that’s been missing in other productions of “Iceman” he’s seen. “I had seen a couple performances of it and ... those productions all seemed to focus so much on the dark part of this play and it became imbalanced,” he said. Conversely, Beall said Avolio has

been able to extract the lighter moments and even some of the humor from the “Iceman” script. “Michael has this ability to see what’s funny and use it as a way to play up the humanity of the character,” Beall said. “They’re not just bums. They’re people with hopes and dreams and memories.” Avolio said it was actually his sense of humor that helped him approach some of the play’s darkest moments. “There’s a lot of raucous comedy in the play and I think that’s a way people have of dealing with situations when they’re down and out,” Avolio said. “There’s often a gallows humor you have about things.” While Kashner, who has appeared in two other O’Neill plays, acknowledges the playwright’s style is not for everyone, she said he had a unique ability to urge audiences to look intro-

THE ICEMAN COMETH n When: To Nov. 24; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays with an additional matinee performance on Nov. 23 n Where: The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda n Tickets: $25-$30 n For information: 301-816-1023

spectively. “I think Eugene O’Neill forces us to look at aspects of our lives that we don’t necessarily want to deal with,” Kashner said. “It’s something we all should be doing but I understand why we might not want to.”

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Assistant Property Manager


Well established Metropolitan Washington Real Estate Services Company is seeking Assistant Property Manager (5+ yrs. Exp.) with hands-on leadership experience to manage its Residential MultiFamily portfolio. The Candidate must be experienced in all facets of property management, including, financial reporting, budgets and capital projects. In addition, the qualified Candidate will possess experience in day-to-day operations including overseeing maintenance staff and coordination with residential leasing department. Active CPM, ARM or RPA desired. Excellent interpersonal skills, full knowledge of Microsoft Office and Jenark preferred. The Company offers a competitive salary and benefit packages. Please send resumes to EOE

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Up to $10,000 SIGNING BONUS!!! A large MD Chrysler dealer in Prince George County has immediate opening for experienced Chrysler technicians. We are offering up to a $10,000- signing bonus for qualified applicants. We have record sales and more work than we can handle. Must have ASE CERTIFICATIONS and CLEAN DRIVING RECORD. PLEASE CALL 1-866-772-7306.

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Hiring individuals with some gas work experience to do installations of gas fireplaces, generators, gas grills, fire pits, and servicing gas fireplaces. Knowledge and exp using tools of the trade and running gas lines a plus! Must work well with customers and be professional. Drug testing/background checks required. Excellent pay, health insurance, and a great work environment! Call Sharon at 240-4466166 or e-mail

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The Salvation Army is now hiring Bell Ringers in Montgomery County for this Christmas Season. $8.25 per hour. Apply in person on M-F from 10am - 12pm and 1pm 3pm at 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, MD 20874


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Referral Coordinator Busy psychiatrist office in Rockville, Md seeking FT Administrative Assistant to process referrals, schedule appointments, answer phones and other admin duties. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel,Outlook and medical info system. Organized, responsible, professional, reliable with a great attitude. Experience in a doctor’s office/medical setting a plus. Prior office experience a must. Proven record of multi-tasking, juggling job duties, helping staff members, being very computer detail oriented in a busy office and having an excellent attendance record. Please e-mail resumes to

To work as part of our Community & Employment Partners Team. In this role, your accountability focuses on actively supporting individuals with developmental disabilities related to community living, housing, money management, insurance, employment, etc, as a stepping stone toward personal independence. Go to for details & to apply.


Extension Program Assistant

4-H Youth Development Program with University of Maryland Extension, Montgomery County. HS diploma required, 1 year post high school training preferred, three years experience working with youth and adults. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position focused on supporting 4-H educators who provide educational activities related to 4-H Youth Development. This position also involves coordination of enrollment and may require evening and weekend hours. Background check required. Apply at Call 301-590-2804 for more information. Closing date 11/01/2013 or until filled. AA/EOE

Seeking quality entry level technicians to train as full time field maintenance technicians to maintain hydraulic and electrical vehicle barrier equipment in the DC/NOVA and surrounding areas. For details and to apply go to


Seeking Full-Time Psychologist - 40 - Hours per week, M- F. Possession of Maryland Licensure, 3years experience treating children and adolescents. Member of multidisciplinary team in community based adolescent day/residential treatment program in Montgomery County. Must be able to supervise trainees; perform clinical treatment for individuals, families and groups. Candidate must have excellent clinical skills and an understanding of developmental issues. Additional experience working with court ordered adolescents desirable. Generous paid leave and MD State Benefits. JCAHO accredited facility. Mail Resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to Personnel Dept., John L. Gildner RICA, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD 20850 or Fax to (301) 251-6815 or e-mail to EOE

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For a busy orthopedic practice in Rockville. Excellent pay and benefits. Must be experienced, have the ability to multitask and communicate effectively. Orthopedic experience and casting skills are required, no exceptions. Please

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Housekeeper/Nanny needed to start work immediately for a busy family. Duties includes taking care of a 4 year old kid and few household chores. Payment is $480 weekly. Send resumes to

Leasing Professional Residential Property Mgmt. Co. in Bethesda is seeking full-time leasing professional. Must be available to work weekends. Candidate must have residential leasing experience, marketing knowledge, resident retention, strong computer skills and working knowledge of Jenark. Please e-mail resumes to; EOE

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Leisure World of Maryland, has an immediate need for a Part Time Accounting Clerk and Billing Clerk with 1 year related experience. Billing Clerk will assist the Customer Service Office with answering phones, processing service request, creating and scheduling work orders, generating invoices and resolving customer inquiries. Accounting Clerk will research accounts, maintain a log of batch reports, run and edit invoices, monitor aging A/R, and follow up with customers for payment collection of overdue balances. The schedule is flexible, Monday through Friday, 4 hours between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To apply for this position please send a resume to: or fax# 301-598-1061 website:


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


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2003 Saturn L-200............................5,990 #KP59757, Super Sharp! 90K, AT, PW


UNDER $10,995

2006 Subaru Legacy WGN..................6,970 #KP01702, AWD!, Nice!, PSeat, HTD Seats, P/Options

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

2005 Dodge Caravan SXT..................6,990 #KP12424, QUADS, PSET, PW, DON’T MISS!

2001 Toyota Sequoia SR-5 4WD ........7,988 #KP09644A, $726 OFF KBB

2008 Saturn Astra XE........................8,588 #KP59427, Beauty! Panoramic, MNRF, AT, P/Options

2001 Toyota Highlander Sport...........8,970 #KP11507, 4WD, MNRF, LTHR, CD CHGR/CASS, PSeat

2006 Hyundai Sonata LX....................8,988 #KP81514, Super Clean! MNRF!

2005 Hyundai Tuscon GLS AWD.........8,988 #KP34280, NICE! PW/PLC/PMR, CC, CD

2009 Suzuki SX4 Sport......................8,990 #KP71702B, NAV, P/Options, Fac Warr!

2007 Dodge Magnum SE ...................9,445 #KR95510, STICKING! CUSTOM WHLS, PW/PLC, CD


2007 Ford Escape XLT.......................9,588 #KP27730, Nice! MNRF, LTHR, CD, PW

2006 Buick Lucerne CXS...................9,988 #KP37654, Luxury!, LTHR/HTD/Mem Seats, Harman Kardon CD, SAB

2001 Dodge Dakota Club Cab............9,997 #KN99557A, Pampered 55K!! P/Options

2008 Subaru Outback WGN.............10,288 #KP21097, Pampered!, AT, P/Options, HTD Seat

2009 KIA Rondo EX WGN.................10,450 #KA64205, Nice! ABS, SAB, PW/PLC

2005 Cadillac CTS 3.6....................10,988 #KP91895, Pampered 68k! LTHR/PWR Seat, P/Options, OnStar

2006 Subaru Legacy Outbk 2.5XT...11,488 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer......11,870



2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6............13,588

2007 Infinity M35............................19,288

#47651KP, 4WD, Beauty! 3rd Seat, LTHR, MNRF, RNG BDS

#KP32745, Clean! MNRF, LTHR, CD CHGR

#FP50592, AWD, Pristine! NAV, MNRF, PSEAT, P/OPTS

2011 Ford Econoline E-350..............18,990

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT......19,288


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

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

#KN03615, WGN, XLT, PW/PLC, RAC,CC, CD, 12 Pass

2008 Hyundai Veracruz Limited AWD.....18,988

#KN41054, DVD, Backup CAM, PDRS/Gate, PSeat

2009 Toyota Venza AWD..................19,997 #KP05511, FG LTS, Alloys, P/Options

#KR11890, AT, AC, Tradesman


2009 Toyota Corolla LE...................12,588

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

#KP86231, NAV & Moonroof, LTHR

#KP65389, CLEAN, 50K! AT, PW/PLC, CD

#KN77515, 15 PASS, PW, CC, CD, Park Sense

2007 Ford F150 Super Crew Lariat.....21,570 2010 Chrysler TWN & CNTRY.............23,970 #KP51814,SHOWROOM COND!! DVD/NAV/LTHR

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